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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

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


Find the full shownotes here.

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.

030: Blockchain will be a 10-Trillion-Dollar Industry with RBC’s Mitch Steves

Mitch Steves is a Silicon-Valley-based Research Analyst at RBC Capital Markets.

RBC Capital Markets is one of the top global investment banks with almost 2,000 deals and approximately $250 billion dollars in capital raised for clients in 2017. 

Mitch made headlines at the beginning of 2018 when he published a report stating, “Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain could become a $10-trillion-dollar market in 15 years.”

In this episode, Mitch and I discuss:

  • How his predictions may have driven up the price of Ether by over 1,000% in 2017
  • We review his report on blockchain and cryptocurrencies and discuss the rationale behind the $10-trillion-dollar figure
  • And, because he’s a research analyst, I pick his brain on how to value cryptocurrencies and what best practices he recommends for ICOs

Please note, Mitch is providing his personal opinion in this interview, which may not reflect the views of his employer, RBC.

Also, for required disclosure on the companies discussed, please use the following disclosure link -

Find the full shownotes here.

029: Move Aside Blockchain – Introducing Hashgraph with Leemon Baird

Dr. Leemon Baird is the inventor of Hashgraph and the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Swirlds Inc. He has a PhD in Computer Science and is also a successful entrepreneur and former professor.

Hashgraph is a new data structure and consensus algorithm.

**PLEASE NOTE: This interview was conducted prior to the Hedera Public Ledger announcement.**

In this episode, Leemon and I discuss:

  • What a Hashgraph is. How does it compare to a Blockchain?
  • Byzantine Fault Tolerance (BFT) – Leemon does a brilliant job of explaining this
  • Exciting use cases for Hashgraph. Hint: they already have a few big ones in the pipeline

Find the full shownotes here.