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Blockchain Innovation

Interviewing The Brightest Minds In Blockchain

Frederick Munawa here. I’m a Blockchain Consultant for entrepreneurs and financial services firms. Blockchain Innovation is where I interview the brightest minds in Blockchain and cryptocurrency – entrepreneurs, executives, and top academics – to discuss present and future applications of Blockchain Technology. Why? To determine how Blockchain can be used to increase profits, cut costs, and disrupt traditional industries and business models – so you can borrow their strategies, tools, and tactics for your own success. Join me every Tuesday to learn how the brightest minds in Blockchain are pushing the envelope with Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and token sales, public blockchains, private blockchains, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger, smart contracts, and much more.

Podcast Episodes


038: ICOs are Dead. Introducing STOs – with Swarm’s Philipp Pieper

Philipp Pieper is the CEO & Co-Founder of Swarm. He has held various private equity and management positions at Deutsche Bank and Allianz Group.

 

Philipp is a serial tech entrepreneur and discovered Blockchain after an encounter with the founder of BitTorrent.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

 

  • The history of ICOs
  • Whether it makes sense to tokenize traditional securities
  • The 3 components of the Swarm system – tokenization, compliance, and decentralization
  • How Swarm, as an open-source non-profit entity, differentiates itself from other players in the STO market


Find the full shownotes here.

037: The Ultimate Cryptocurrency Tax Solution – with TaxToken’s Michael Foland

Michael Foland is the President and Co-Founder of TaxToken. His mission is to make TaxToken, “the ultimate cryptocurrency tax solution.” TaxToken leverages blockchain technology and artificial intelligence to modernize cryptocurrency accounting.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

 

  • Why you should file your crypto taxes and why 2019 is a good year to do that
  • Exactly what problem TaxToken aims to solve and what makes them the best solution
  • Challenges associated with filing your crypto taxes (like how does the tax-man treat quirky crypto events like hard-forks and airdrops).


Find the full shownotes here.

036: Purse.io is Making Cryptocurrency Useful – with Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford was the Director of Growth at Purse.io. Their mission is to make crypto useful. Purse allows users to name their own discount when shopping on Amazon by matching shoppers with individuals who wish to exchange Amazon gift cards for cryptocurrency.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

 

  • How the Purse system works
  • Why it’s critical for cryptocurrencies to be used in everyday transactions before they achieve mass adoption
  • The drawbacks of traditional payment networks like ACH (Automated Clearing House)


Find the full shownotes here.

035: NASDAQ is Quietly Dominating Blockchain – with Johan Toll

Johan Toll is an Associate VP and leads Nasdaq’s blockchain efforts. He received the prestigious "FinTech person of the Year" award from the Financial Technologies Forum in 2018. Johan is also a renowned blockchain thought-leader and frequent speaker and panelist.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

 

  • How Nasdaq is not just a stock market company, but a full-fledged FinTech firm
  • We go over how Nasdaq started experimenting with blockchain back in 2012, and how they created Nasdaq Linq, a blockchain-powered private share issuance platform that they used to become the first organization in the world to issue actual company shares on a blockchain in 2015
  • We also explore Nasdaq CEO, Adena Friedman’s statement, that Nasdaq is open to becoming a cryptocurrency exchange


Find the full shownotes here.

034: CFA Institute Embraces Blockchain – with Stephen Horan

Stephen Horan is the Managing Director of Credentialing at the CFA Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Economics, and is a former stock broker, portfolio manager, and finance professor.

In this episode, Stephen and I discuss:

 

  • What made the CFA Institute realize Blockchain and Cryptocurrency are here to stay
  • What type of material related to Blockchain will be included in the CFA curriculum
  • What type of impact Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies will have on the enterprise world


Find the full shownotes here.

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