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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


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


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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.

033: ICOs Go Mainstream on Indiegogo – with Jason White

Jason White heads up Indiegogo’s equity crowdfunding and token sale platform. Indiegogo is one of the first ever crowdfunding sites. It was launched in 2008 and has raised over a billion dollars for its participants across 232 countries.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

 

  • How ICOs were an obvious part of Indiegogo’s evolution
  • Indiegogo’s first ICO – the Fan Controlled Football League (FCFL)
  • How Indiegogo adds value and performs rigorous


Find the full shownotes here.

032: Ocean Protocol – The Future of Data, AI and Blockchain with Trent McConaghy

Trent McConaghy is the Co-Founder of Solido, Ascribe, BigchainDB and Ocean Protocol. He holds a PhD in Engineering and has a background in Computer Science.

In this episode, Trent and I discuss:

  • How Trent went from being raised on a pig farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, to being one of the world’s top experts in Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • How companies like Facebook and Google are really just data companies that hoard data (and it looks like Ocean may change that)
  • The “ArtDAO” – a thought experiment on how an autonomous piece of AI code becomes independently wealthy. What does it do with the money?
  • The nuts and bolts of Ocean Protocol, Estonia’s e-residency program (which Trent has advised Estonia on), and much more

 



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031: Tech Giant IBM Goes All In on Blockchain with Jerry Cuomo

Jerry Cuomo is the Vice President of Blockchain Technologies at IBM. He is an IBM Fellow, veteran software engineer, and one of the founding fathers of IBM WebSphere.

 

In this episode, Jerry and I discuss:

 

  • How Jerry and his father are lifelong “IBMers.” In fact, his father made a discovery in 1972 that eventually led to the invention of optical disks. Jerry recounts crawling through the hallways of the IBM Research Center in his diapers – true story
  • How IBM first embraced Ethereum before helping form Hyperledger
  • The IBM Blockchain Platform and how IBM is using blockchain to revolutionize supply chain management for big name clients like Walmart, Maersk, Dole, Kroger, and many more
  • Sovereign identity and private vs. public blockchains


Find the full shownotes here.

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