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Blockchain Insider - a dedicated weekly podcast catering for all your blockchain needs.

Blockchain Insider, hosted by Simon Taylor and Colin Platt is a dedicated podcast specialising in all things blockchain, ledger technology and crypto currencies. Simon and Colin are joined weekly by a range of guests with expertise and enthusiasm for the blockchain and digital currency sector to discuss the latest news, developments, and trends within the industry. Whether you're a crypto currencies expert or you've been avidly following their rise from afar and are keen to know more, then this is the podcast for you!

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Episodes

Ep. 67. The CEO of Binance is [so] hot right now

Simon's in the studio with Joon Ian Wong, Managing Director for Europe and Asia at Coindesk, Claire Wells, Director of Legal & Business Affairs EMEA at Circle, and Aman Kohli, CTO of Financial Services and Insurance Practice at Microsoft. First up, Circle eyes crypto securities bid with crowdfunding site acquisition. Circle is reportedly moving to acquire SeedInvest, a crowdfunding platform for startups. Their acquisition will – if approved by regulators – open to the door to allowing startups to raise funds by selling digital tokens via its platform. Yale Invests in Crypto Fund That Raised $400 Million. The Ivy League school is getting into the market for cryptocurrencies. $30 billion endowment is headed by David Swensen. Under Swensen’s leadership, Yale has returned 11.8 percent on average for the past 20 years. Ninety-six percent of endowments and foundations responding to a survey by consulting firm NEPC in February said they don’t invest in digital currencies. SEC, CFTC charge bitcoin futures firm 1Broker with securities law violations. The SEC announced in a press release that it filed charges against 1pool Ltd., also known as 1Broker, as well as its CEO Patrick Brunner for selling security-based swaps to U.S. and international investors without following proper "discretionary investment thresholds." Notably, investors could only purchase these swaps with bitcoin, according to the claims. The SEC is further claiming that 1Broker was not registered a "security-based swaps dealer" and "failed to transact its security-based swaps on a registered national exchange." Marco Polo blockchain platform for trade finance released. Marco Polo is an initiative to develop an open account trade finance platform powered by blockchain technology. The platform is built by TradeIX, R3 and a group of banks on the Corda blockchain framework, using TradeIX’s open-source tools to test, pilot and manage open account trade finance transactions. The announcement was made at the CordaCon London event on September 13, where Rob Barnes, co-founder and CEO of TradeIX, gave the audience new insights into the project’s timeline. TD Ameritrade all-in with crypto, invests in exchange. Announced this week a strategic investment in ErisX, the cryptocurrency spot and futures exchange. We also have a Tweet of the Week on Iconomi discontinuing their ICN token. Tying up the show we have a great interview with Adi Ben-Ari, Founder of Applied Blockchain (he was supposed to be on this week but he was sick). All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Michael Bailey. Special Guests: Adi Ben-Ari, Aman Kohli, Claire Wells, and Joon Ian Wong.

Date: 2018-10-11 14:30:00

Ep. 66. Blockchain Live: Interviews (featuring Blockchain.com & Chorum)

Today's episode is a little bit different. Simon and Colin interviewed some great guests at Blockchain Live to get an insight into what's happening in blockchain straight from the experts. We speak to: Garrick Hileman, Head of Research at Blockchain Xen Baynham-Herd, Head of Strategy and Lead Economist at Blockchain Joanna Hubbard, Co-Founder of Electron Rhian Lewis, Founder of London Women in Bitcoin David Williams, CEO at Chorum Richard Crook, CTO at Chorum Ben Wyeth, Senior Innovation Engineer at Chorum Lydia Torne, Senior Associate at Simmons & Simmons All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Michael Bailey Special Guests: Ben Wyeth, David Williams, Garrick Hileman, Joanna Hubbard, Lydia Torne, Rhian Lewis, Richard Crook, and Xen Baynham-Herd.

Date: 2018-10-04 14:30:00

Ep. 65. Blockchain Live

Simon and Colin are live at the Blockchain Insider stand and sat down with a great guest, Teana Baker-Taylor, CMO at Coinfloor. We also have an exclusive interview with Dan Larimer, CTO of Block.one and Brendan Blumer, CEO of Block.one. First up the panel takes a look at New York AG report faulting crypto exchanges for manipulation risks. The New York Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has released a report on cryptocurrency trading platforms, finding that many are vulnerable to market manipulation and referring several exchanges to another agency for potential violations of state law. NYAG's inquiry was launched in April, seeking voluntary participation from 13 of the world's most notable trading sites, including Coinbase, Kraken, Bitfinex, Bittrex, and Binance, among others. a16z crypto purchases 6% of MKR, backing Stablecoin Vanguard MakerDao. Signaling their support of MakerDAO’s Dai stablecoin, investment fund a16z crypto has purchased 6% of the total MKR token supply for $15 million USD. The purchase gives a16z crypto a stake in the first functional decentralized stablecoin and the only system built with formally verified smart contracts on Ethereum (or any blockchain). From adoption to FOMO: Reasons behind Ripple’s leap. Over the past week, altcoin Ripple’s (XRP) price has gone through the roof. It has seen an unprecedented 140 percent growth over the past seven days. We explore the major reasons why it's grown so fast. How Colin because a crypto quadrillionaire without writing a single line of code. Bitcoin bugs out. CVE-2018-17144, a fix for which was released on September 18th in Bitcoin Core versions 0.16.3 and 0.17.0rc4, includes both a Denial of Service component and a critical inflation vulnerability. In order to encourage rapid upgrades, the decision was made to immediately patch and disclose the less serious Denial of Service vulnerability, concurrently with reaching out to miners, businesses, and other affected systems while delaying publication of the full issue to give times for systems to upgrade. We also have a Tweet of the Week on moggy miners. All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha, written by Dhanum Nursigadoo and edited by Holly Blaxill. Special Guests: Brendan Blumer, Dan Larimer, and Teana Baker-Taylor.

Date: 2018-09-27 14:00:00

Ep. 64. Bitcoin Moons in Argentina

Colin and Sara are in the studio with Noelle Acheson, Editorial Producer at Coindesk and Tim Swanson, Founder and Director of Research at Post Oak Labs. First up, the group takes a look at a U.S. Judge stating that Initial Coin Offerings are covered by securities law. A federal judge has ruled that U.S. securities laws may cover an initial coin offering, handing the government a legal victory in its effort to regulate billions of dollars in cybercurrency offerings much like stocks. The ruling came in a criminal case against a man charged with promoting digital currencies backed by investments in real estate and diamonds that prosecutors said didn’t exist. Finra charges broker with fraud and unlawful distribution of unregistered cryptocurrency securities. FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) filed a complaint against Timothy Tilton Ayre of Agawam, Massachusetts, charging him with securities fraud and the unlawful distribution of an unregistered cryptocurrency security called HempCoin. This case represents FINRA’s first disciplinary action involving cryptocurrencies. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton releases statement regarding SEC staff views. The Commission’s longstanding position is that all staff statements are nonbinding and create no enforceable legal rights or obligations of the Commission or other parties. The $1Billion Tezos Blockchain has officially launched. The Tezos Foundation raised $232 million in July 2017 to build the network and issue a new type of cryptocurrency to its backers in one of the largest-ever initial coin offerings. Several class-action lawsuits have been filed in the United States against the project’s organizers alleging the fundraiser violated federal securities laws and defrauded investors. Binance to start closed beta testing of new crypto-fiat exchange in Singapore. While no further details have been specified, the crypto-fiat Singapore-based exchange will presumably support the local Singapore dollar. Singapore ranked third most favourable country for ICOs in mid-July (in terms of number of top global ICO projects. Bitcoin trading volume has "Skyrocketed" in Argentina due to rising inflation. Alexander Tapscott, Canadian businessman and author, recently pointed out that bitcoin trading volumes are ‘skyrocketing’. It appears that Argentina is heading toward a recession due to mismanaged monetary policies. Argentina is struggling and many of its citizens now appear to have more confidence in cryptocurrencies than in the traditional financial system. Significantly, weekly bitcoin trading volume on peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange, LocalBitcoins, (in Argentina) has increased to nearly $7 million. We also have a Tweet of the Week on ICO skeptics. All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Petrit Berisha, written by Dhanum Nursigadoo and edited by Michael Bailey. Special Guests: Noelle Acheson and Tim Swanson.

Date: 2018-09-20 14:30:00

Bonus: Interview with Richard Brown and Mike Hearn at CordaCon

This is an extra special bonus episode of Blockchain Insider as in this interview with Richard Brown, CTO of R3, Simon and Colin talk to him about how they first encountered Bitcoin and the start ofthe blockchain phenomenon. They also look at what blockchain, in the Corda sense, brings to the world that was missing before, how open source blockchain holds the potential to change industries across the world and how to represent real world assets on the blockchain. The four also talk about blockchain as the next megatrend, what the future of blockchain could be, why they focused on financial aspects of blockchain and sidechannel attacks. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This bonus episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Petrit Berisha and edited by Michael Bailey. Special Guests: Mike Hearn and Richard Brown.

Date: 2018-09-18 14:30:00

Ep. 63. Chickens on the Blockchain

Colin's back in the studio with Simon and they're sat with Ville Sointu, Head of Emerging Technologies at Nordea Bank. First up, the panel takes a look at Coinbase exploring a crypto ETF, and it has sought help from $6 trillion Wall Street giant BlackRock. Coinbase is looking to create an exchange-traded product tied to crypto, as a way to allow retail investors to gain access to the volatile market. The firm in recent weeks has held conversations with members of BlackRock's blockchain working group to tap into the firm's expertise at launching exchange-traded products. SEC suspends exchange-traded Bitcoin and Ether investment vehicles. A highly touted investment instrument that sought to appeal to U.S. public markets investors looking for cryptocurrency exposure has just seen a setback. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued an order seeking to suspend the trading of the Bitcoin Tracker One and Ether Tracker One exchange-traded notes, issued by XBT Provider AB, a Swedish-based subsidiary of the U.K. firm CoinShares Holdings. Crypto exchange ShapeShift to gradually introduce membership program. Cryptocurrency exchange ShapeShift has introduced a new rewards program, which will eventually become a mandatory membership model for the exchange’s users. Erik Voorhees, founder and CEO of ShapeShift, stated that today the exchange released a loyalty program entitled ShapeShift Membership. Ripple Labs reaches an agreement with R3 Consortium in token litigation. Ripple Labs Inc. has announced it has reached a settlement “of all outstanding litigation” between R3 Hold Co LLC, R3 LLC, and XRP II, LLC. The genesis of the legal skirmishes between these two parties goes back to the summer of 2016 when Ripple’s former CEO Chris Larsen made a fateful decision and signed a deal with a bank consortium R3. The agreement included an option enabling R3 consortium to buy up to 5 billion XRP tokens, in part or in whole, at a price of $0.0085 before the end of 2019. Goldman Sachs CFO says bank is working on bitcoin derivative for clients. Goldman Sachs Chief Financial Officer Martin Chavez called a report that the bank was ditching plans to launch a cryptocurrency trading desk "fake news." The Winklevoss twins received approval to launch new regulated crypto coin. Two financial technology companies won New York state approval to issue cryptocurrencies pegged to the U.S. dollar, creating more regulated and transparent competitors to Tether and other so-called stable coins. Gemini Trust Co., the digital-asset exchange founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, received approval from the New York Department of Financial Services to launch the Gemini dollar, according to a statement Monday. Major French football club plans to launch its own cryptocurrency. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), a major French Football team in the country's top league, is planning to issue its own cryptocurrency as a way to incentivize participation from its fans around the world. PSG is now eyeing a deadline of spring 2019 to start issuing its proprietary tokens, making it potentially one of the first soccer clubs anywhere to do so. Colin has a great interview with Garrick Hileman, Head of Research at Blockchain. We also have a Tweet of the Week on fiat currency devaluing by 99.5% All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Petrit Berisha and edited by Michael Bailey. Special Guests: Garrick Hileman and Ville Sointu.

Date: 2018-09-13 14:30:00

Ep. 62. Religiously HODLing

Sara is with Olivia Vinden, Director at Alpha FMC, Obi Nwosu, CEO and Founder of Coinfloor, and Richard Burton, CEO and founder of Balance Software. First up the panel looks at a16z back blockchain project Dfinity's funding round. Decentralized cloud startup Dfinity just raised $102 million to further its work in developing an "internet computer". Dfinity hopes to launch its world computer, what it refers to as "the cloud 3.0," by creating a scalable network that is more efficient than proof-of-work consensus. Messaging giant LINE is launching its own cryptocurrency. LINE has become one of the first publicly traded companies to have launched a proprietary blockchain mainnet with its own cryptocurrency. LINE aims to gradually issue a total of 1 billion of the network's LINK tokens, of which 800 million will be distributed to public users while the rest will be held as a company reserve. Crypto exchange Huobi acquires public firm for $70 Million. Huobi has become the largest shareholder of a public firm listed in Hong Kong, inching a step closer to a possible back-door listing. Pantronics Holdings, the acquired firm, released a statement on Aug. 29 saying Huobi Group had completed the deal by purchasing about 199 million of its shares. Cboe is telling market makers that it's getting close to launching ether futures- and it could mark a big step in the crypto's evolution, the exchange group behind the first market for bitcoin futures, is telling market makers that it is getting close to launching ether futures. Deutsche Bourse sets up dedicated blockchain and crypto-assets unit. Deutsche Bourse has been actively exploring potential applications of distributed ledgers and implications of crypto-assets, including co-operation with international central securities depositories on the use of distributed ledgers and smart contracts for mobilising scarce collateral, as well as the joint development of a functional prototype for the blockchain. Google now provides a big data view of the ethereum blockchain. Google has added ethereum to its big data analytics platform BigQuery. Coinbase survey shows 18% of US students now own cryptocurrency. According to the survey commissioned by Coinbase, 21 of the top 50 U.S. universities, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, now offer a class on blockchain technology or cryptocurrency, and at least 11 colleges offer more than one. The listing of several coins will happen in 2019 according to a NASDAQ source. While there have been other headlines connected to global exchanges dipping their toes into the crypto waters via partnerships and futures trading; the NASDAQ may just go all in. We also have a Tweet of the Week on revolutionary HODLers. Rounding off the show we have an interview from Colin with William Mougayar, Managing Partner and CIO at JM3 Capital. All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Petrit Berisha and edited by Michael Bailey. Special Guests: Obi Nwosu, Olivia Vinden, Richard Burton, and William Mougayar.

Date: 2018-09-06 14:00:00

Ep. 61. FOMO is Not an Investment Strategy

Simon and Sara are with Aman Kohli, CTO of Financial Services and Insurance Practice at Microsoft and Ryan Radloff, CEO at Coinshares. First up the panel looks at What an SEC Bitcoin ETF rejection review really means. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Thursday that nine bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) disapproval orders are to be stayed until further review. The aftermath of the Bitcoin boom and the hard lessons for cryptocurrency investors and whether crypto is too accessible. IBM-Maersk blockchain platform adds 92 clients as part of global launch. A previously unnamed collaborative effort between the world’s largest shipping company, Maersk, and IBM, has now grown to 92 participants and been dubbed TradeLens. The blockchain platform has been quietly orchestrating global trade with less reliance on middlemen for a year, resulting in 154 million shipping events in ports around the world, and is now growing at a rate of one million per day. Wirex becomes third crypto company to receive FCA e-money licence. Wirex Limited, the popular global crypto/fiat payment platform, has just become the third cryptocurrency-enabled company in the world to be granted a UK FCA emoney license. The FCA’s approach to cryptocurrencies has been relatively cautious, but their progressive stance towards blockchain technologies is encouraging. Singapore presses ahead with blockchain-based Project Ubin. Singapore's central bank is working with the Singapore Exchange and three technology partners - Anquan, Deloitte and Nasdaq - to develop Delivery versus Payment (DvP) capabilities for settlement of tokenised assets across different blockchain platforms. Thailand's Central Bank Is Developing a Digital Currency Based on R3 Tech. The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has announced it expects to complete the first phase of a proof-of-concept trial for a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by March 2019. We also have a Tweet of the Week on how the XRP ledger is inherently decentralised, even more so than bitcoin and ethereum... Rounding off the show we have an interview from Colin with Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director at Grayscale. All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Holly Blaxill. Special Guests: Aman Kohli, Michael Sonnenshein, and Ryan Radloff.

Date: 2018-08-30 14:00:00

Ep. 60. DLT is faster than your post trade

Simon and Sara are with Teana Baker-Taylor CMO of Coinfloor, Michele Curtoni, Director of Digital Assets, Blockchain at State Street, and Alex Hern, Technology Reporter at the Guardian to go over the biggest blockchain stories of the week. First up the panel looks at ASX's declaration that a new DLT system could save billions. The Australian Securities Exchange could save as much as $23 billion in its effort to replace its settlement system with a distributed ledger, its CEO announced Thursday. Dominic Stevens, MD and CEO of ASX believes DLT in place of Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS), would offer greater efficiency transmitting messages and accessing information. California opens up to allowing crypto political donations. The California Fair Political Practices Commission met on Thursday to discuss a number of election issues, including whether candidates for public office can accept cryptocurrencies as campaign donations. There's a blow to Bitcoin as Coinbase CEO makes a stark warning. He has warned that widespread, mass bitcoin adoption for payments is going to be a long time coming, Bitcoin price is down some 70% from its highs at the end of last year and many of newer cryptocurrencies that have been created in the last few years have been all but wiped out. Venezuela just devalued the bolívar by 95% and pegged it to a cryptocurrency. Venezuela has announced another series of desperate measures to try to save its economy from collapse. The government is devaluing the Venezuelan bolívar by 95% and pegging it to the government's oil-linked cryptocurrency. Nividia gives disappointing sales forecast on lower crypto demand. Nvidia Corp.’s nine-month crypto gold rush is over, sales of graphics chips to miners of cryptocurrencies like Ethereum dried up faster than expected. Nvidia said it had expected about $100 million in sales of chips bought by currency miners in the fiscal second quarter. Instead, the total was $18 million in the period, and that revenue is likely to disappear entirely going forward. Lack of Correlation for Bitcoin sees little relief as Markets Sell Off. While cryptocurrencies aren’t correlated with other asset classes, they’re strongly correlated among themselves. Bitcoin has held a correlation of over 0.7 with Bitwise’s 70 Small Cap and 10 Large Cap crypto indexes for most of the year. We also have a Tweet of the Week on how to explain Bitcoin to your grandpa. All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Holly Blaxill and Michael Bailey. Special Guests: Alex Hern, Michele Curtoni, Sara Feenan, and Teana Baker-Taylor.

Date: 2018-08-23 14:30:00

Ep. 59. Why You Should Still Care About Tokens

Simon is with Anthony Macey, Martin Bartlam, Partner and International Group Head of Finance & Projects and Fintech Global Co-Chair at DLA Piper, Noelle Acheson, CFA and Editorial Producer at Coindesk, and Todd McDonald, Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships at R3, to go over the biggest blockchain stories of the week. First up the panel looks at crypto unicorn, Bitmain considering $18 Billion IPO, one of the world's largest. The cryptocurrency mining company is filing for an initial public offering (IPO) potentially as high as $18 billion this September at a market capitalization of $40 to $50 billion. Then they discuss Facebook's Marcus stepping down from Coinbase board. David Marcus is stepping down from the board of directors at cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, citing his new assignment at Facebook leading the social media giant's blockchain strategy. Barclays denies crypto trading desk plans as staff removes ‘Digital Asset Project’ LinkedIn Info. Barclays told Cointelegraph that they have “no plans for a crypto trading desk.” As of press time, Duval and Tyrer’s LinkedIn profiles still show positions at Barclays working with 'digital assets,' but all information detailing the specifics of the jobs is not listed. Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan invest in Axoni's $32 Million funding round. Enterprise-focused blockchain startup Axoni has completed a $32 million Series B funding round led by Goldman Sachs and Nyca Partners. Also participating in the round were Andreessen Horowitz, Citi, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Y Combinator and Digital Currency Group, among others. R3 publishes a new post-quantum signature algorithm tailored to blockchains. Corda team has recently announced a new digital signature scheme that unlike RSA and ECDSA, it will remain secure even against a powerful quantum computer. The panel manage to explain quantum computing. Criminal activity in cryptocurrency has dropped 80% since 2013. An agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has noted that Bitcoin’s (BTC) role in crimes has dropped to just 10% of transactions, while transactions themselves have “grown tremendously”. We also have a Tweet of the Week on Ripple. All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Holly Blaxill. Special Guests: Anthony Macey, Martin Bartlam, Noelle Acheson, and Todd McDonald.

Date: 2018-08-16 14:00:00

Ep. 58. Buying Frappuccinos with Bitcoin

Simon and Sarah are with Teana Baker-Taylor, CMO at Coinfloor. We also have a great talk with Jeff Bandman, Principal at Bandman advisors, to take us through the biggest story of the week. First up we hear from Jeff Bandman on the world’s biggest stock exchange operator launching a Bitcoin market. ICE (the owner of NYSE) made the groundbreaking announcement on Friday, revealing that the new platform — Bakkt — has been developed in partnership with a variety of blockbuster names, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and BCG.Bakkt will integrate with the ICE’s U.S. futures market and clearinghouse to list a physically-settled one-day bitcoin futures product, complete with physical warehousing managed in-house by ICE. Next up we go over our Twitter poll results, don't forget to vote this week! Then the trio takes a look at Starbucks clarifying media misrepresentation on its new crypto venture. Starbucks has clarified that it will not be accepting Bitcoin (BTC) or other cryptocurrencies as payment -“customers will not be able to pay for Frappuccinos with bitcoin”. After that we discuss OKEx moving to protect its futures market with an injection of 2500 BTC into the exchange’s insurance fund from its own capital after a forced liquidation on July 31st threatened to destabilize its operations. The futures contract amounted to a staggering $420 million worth of BTC. Next the panel discusses Northern Trust opening doors to cryptocurrency hedge funds as part of pervasive blockchain expansion. In addition to adding a number of new blockchain features for managing its private equity workflow, the company, which has almost $10.7 trillion in assets under custody and administration, has also quietly opened its fund administration services to a select group of hedge funds betting on bitcoin and ethereum. Goldman Sachs Is Considering a Custody Offering for Crypto Funds. A formal offering from an institution like Goldman Sachs would provide a credible backing for crypto funds and could pave the way for more investors to bet on the asset class. Having a custody operation in place could also lead to other ventures, including prime-brokerage services. We also have a Tweet of the Week on Satoshi Nakamoto that you just can't miss. All this and so much more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, please leave us a review on iTunes. This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Holly Blaxill. Special Guests: Jeff Bandman and Teana Baker-Taylor.

Date: 2018-08-09 13:00:00

Ep. 57. Assassination Markets & WTF ETFs

Simon's with Noelle Acheson, CFA and Editorial Producer at Coindesk, Vinay Gupta, Founder of Mattereum, and Stephane Malrait, MD Global Head of Market Structure and Innovation for Financial Markets at ING. We kick things off with a potential U.S. Bitcoin ETF launch in 2018, widely anticipated as a catalyst to jolt Bitcoin out of its bear market, an ETF launch for the cryptocurrency in the U.S. this year is unlikely, in Bloomberg’s view. The SEC is increasingly sensitive to public opinion and well-aware of the potential market impact. The SEC may release its decision on the latest proposed Bitcoin ETF from CBOE Global Markets on Aug. 10. Next up the panel looks at IBM, Barclays and Citigroup building a blockchain-based app store. IBM and foreign exchange settlement service CLS are building a network based on blockchain technology for testing new applications. Nine financial institutions, including Barclays and Citigroup, are already signed up to participate. We move on to BBVA's inability to hold cryptocurrency and why it's a problem. In the process of executing what was expected to be the third in a series of blockchain-based corporate loans, the bank had to work around a lack of legal and regulatory clarity over whether it could (or should) hold the cryptocurrency needed to power a transaction on ethereum. However, erring on the side of caution, BBVA chose to abide by European Banking Authority (EBA) recommendations and not use the native token of ethereum, ether. Instead, the bank anchored the loans to an ethereum testnet, a blockchain which simulates the live version, but that doesn't move real value. This week's Tweet of the week comes from Vitalik Buterin criticising the focus on ETFs and pushing for adoption strategies. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets to try and get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Laura Watkins and Petrit Berisha. Edited by Holly Blaxill. Special Guests: Noelle Acheson, Stephane Malrait, and Vinay Gupta.

Date: 2018-08-02 13:00:00

Ep. 56. Is Bitcoin back?

Sarah's with Joon Ian Wong Managing Director for Europe and Asia at Coindesk and Aaron Stanley, Strategic Communications Lead at Sweetbridge to talk about the latest news, including: Police Confiscate some Bitcoin, Coinbase gets political, and Return of the Bitcoin We kick things off with Surrey police force obtaining 295 bitcoins last October after arresting a Latvian man, who has since been convicted for money laundering and sentenced to nine years in prison. Police since sold the assets for around $1.5 million - back then, the price of a bitcoin was around $5,000. The sale has been ruled as legitimate and the police force is allowed to keep 18.8% of the proceeds for its operational budget. Then we move on to the bitcoin price has climbing above the $8,000 mark for the first time since mid-May, what's pushing up the price, and what's going on with the rumours of a bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF). Next up, we take a closer look at MyEtherWallet, the most popular crypto wallet service on the internet. It's getting a mobile app in a bid to increase security for users. MEW Connect, is an iOS app that allows users to access their wallet through MyEtherWallet but without the need to type their private key. Instead it uses a QR code and it's free, with 600,000 visitors per day the beta demand is likely to be high. We continue on with VCTRADE, the world's first bank-backed cryptocurrency now opening to the public. Owned by SBI Holdings, the Japanese bank launched its in-house crypto trading platform last month. Launch comes nearly two years after SBI Holdings first announced it would build the exchange in October 2016. The platform received an operating license from Japan's financial watchdog, the Financial Services Agency, late last year. The service is now fully open for users aged from 20–70 who reside in Japan. Debut was delayed as the firm worked to raise levels of internal security following a massive $533 million hack at the country's Coincheck exchange in January. Then we move on to exciting news from Google. Google announced a partnership with the New York-based startup Digital Asset, which makes tools to build blockchain-based apps. Google wrote in a blog post that its Cloud customers can “now explore ways they might use distributed ledger technology (DLT) frameworks” through early access to Digital Asset software aiming to provide developers with a full stack solution so they can unleash the potential for web-paced innovation in blockchain. Next up, Coinbase has formed a political action committee (PAC) to raise money to spend on US elections. Under American federal law, an organization is classified as a PAC if it collects donations worth more than $1,000 from its members and channels them into campaign funds with the intention of influencing an electoral process. The biggest motive for Coinbase is access to the politicians that have substantial influence over financial regulatory policy. Finally, we discuss BitTorrent Inc. being acquired by TRON Foundation. BitTorrent Inc, the parent company behind the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, has confirmed its acquisition by the TRON Foundation. The TRON foundation has its own cryptocurrency and the idea is apparently to create. We take a look at what this means for blockchain and if crypto may go the way of BitTorrent, exciting technology that's used for a whille before being supplanted. And our Tweet of the week this time comes from @SmartereumTV Colin G. Platt catches up with Marieke Flament, Europe MD and CMO of Circle to talk about the tokenisation of everything. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Petrit Berisha and edited by Holly Blaxill. Special Guests: Aaron Stanley, Joon Ian Wong, and Marieke Flament.

Date: 2018-07-26 13:00:00

Ep. 55. Unlocking Institutional Capital in Crypto

Sarah and Sara go through a run down of the latest crypto news including: Blackrock explore bitcoin, Block.one close a ‘strategic investment round’, and will there be Major League Baseball Crypto? We kick things off with Blackrock beginning to explore bitcoin. BlackRock has set up a group made up from different parts of the business to investigate cryptocurrencies and their underlying infrastructure to investigate how the $6.3 trillion asset manager can take advantage of the fast-growing cryptocurrency market. Then we move on to Block.one announcing on the 16th of July that Peter Thiel has invested in the company, along with other notable investors, Bitmain, Louis Bacon, and Alan Howard. Block.one has so much money now it’s hard not to wonder what they’re going to do with it. Next up Major League Baseball has announced that it is launching a crypto-based game that runs on the ethereum blockchain later this summer. Fans will be able to purchase avatars from baseball history. Those avatars can then be sold or traded, and users can earn rewards. Is this the tokenisation of trading cards and can Ethereum handle it? We move on to Coinbase getting the green light to list coins deemed securities. Coinbase Inc. said it got the green light from U.S. watchdogs to move forward with a trio of acquisitions that will allow it to become one of the first federally regulated venues for trading digital coins deemed to be securities. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority approved Coinbase’s purchase of Keystone Capital Corp., Venovate Marketplace Inc. and Digital Wealth LLC. And this week’s Tweet of the week is the controversial bit of news from Coinbase that they’re adding a host of new crypto assets to their platform. Simon hosted a panel at the Europa conference discussion institutional firms moving into crypto featuring: Lawrence Lundy Head of Research and Partnership at Outlier Ventures Obi Nwosu, CEO and Co-Founder of Coinfloor Claire Wells, Director of Legal & Business Affairs EMEA at Circle. The panel examines how institutional financing can help put a price limit on crypto and stabilise the space, but how in a crypto-to-crypto space there’s possibly no reason to have institutional money at all, and what’s holding asset managers back from entering the space. They also look at the value of the crypto asset market and how it can be utilised as a use case for blockchain. And how crypto can operate as a means for global financial inclusion. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Petrit Berisha and edited by Holly Blaxill. Special Guests: Claire Wells, Lawrence Lundy, and Obi Nwosu.

Date: 2018-07-19 13:00:00

Ep. 54. Is Crypto Going Mainstream?

Simon and Sara sit down with Noelle Acheson Coindesk, Editorial Producer and Joon Ian Wong, Coindesk, Managing Director Europe/Asia to discuss the latest blockchain news, including: Todd McDonald had a Corda, The FCA is letting Blockchain play in their sandbox, and Coinbase get their custodial party started. We kick off with Binance eyeing a $1 billlion profit with a few discussions on why Binance is bothering to release this information now. And how with such a fragile market they may not be on top for long, with many younger companies biting at their heels. There's also a few interesting points made on how regulation may interact with crypto exchanges in the near future. We move on to Coinbase targeting insitutitional investors. There are few rumours that institutional investors have long been waiting for a custodial product in crypto that fits their needs, could this be it? We also discuss Vitalik Buterin's provocative comments on centralised exchanges and if these exchanges are even a good idea. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? This week's episode of Blockchain Insider was produced by Petrit Berisha and edited by Holly Blaxill. Special Guests: Joon Ian Wong and Noelle Acheson.

Date: 2018-07-12 13:00:00

Ep. 53. Is Anyone Doing Decentralisation Right?

Sarah and Sara sit down with Maya Kumar, Head of UK & Ireland for Luno to discuss the latest blockchain news, including: EOS & IOTA come under scrutiny, SolarisBank launches Blockchain Factory, and are Facebook going to acquire Coinbase? Simon also has a great interview with Peter Grosskopf, CTO of Solaris Bank to talk through the launch of Blockchain Factory. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Maya Kumar and Peter Grosskopf.

Date: 2018-07-05 14:30:00

Ep. 52. Cryptowinter is Coming......or Not?

Sarah sits down with Pete Rizzo, Editor at Coindesk and Anastasia Andrianova, CEO of Akropolis to discuss the latest blockchain news including: Stellar looking to acquire Chain, US Secret Service on Anonymous crypto, and #21e800. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Anastasia Andrianova and Pete Rizzo.

Date: 2018-06-28 15:00:00

Ep. 51. ETH Passes Dowey Test, Ripple isn’t ready and is Bitcoin Un-Tethered?

Simon and Taylor sit down in the WeWork Aldgate offices in London to catch-up and have some very emphatic discussions on the latest blockchain news. Colin also interviews Stephen Palley, Partner at Anderson Kill. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guest: Stephen Palley.

Date: 2018-06-21 15:00:00

Ep. 50. Amber Baldet Goes Over Clovyr, EOS Launch Woes, And Ripple Gets Sued Again

Simon sits down with Amber Baldet, CEO and Co-Founder of Clovyr in the 11:FS offices in WeWork Aldgate in London for our landmark 50th episode of Blockchain Insider. We bring you an interview with crypto queen Amber Baldet, Ripple under security scrutiny yet again, and the EOS Mainnet nightmare. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guest: Amber Baldet.

Date: 2018-06-14 15:00:00

Ep 49. Live from Money20/20 Europe: Interviews With Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and Brad Zastrow from Dash

We kick things off with the Blockchain portion of our live show from the Arena Stage, by talking cargo on a blockchain! Can companies revolutionise their shipping systems by utilising the technology? Find out what the team had to think about the Maersk x IBM pilot! Are we just doing old things using new technology? Next up, Binance announce a $1 billion investment fund! A drop in the ocean for them, but find out what our great panel think about the massive margins Binance work with, and what their future looks like. We then on go to discuss the future of tokenisation, how much money is still being raised by ICO's, regulators and much, much more. That's not all though folks, Brad Garlinghouse joined Simon Taylor to talk all about Ripple, XRP, xRapid, xCurrent, decentralisation and so much more. This interview has already got thousands of hits on YouTube- it's a great interview! But wait, there's more....Simon also talked to Brad Zastrow, Global Head of Business Development of the Dash Core group! We're really spoiling listeners on today's show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Brad Garlinghouse, Brad Zastrow, David M. Brear , Jeff Tijssen, and Sam Maule.

Date: 2018-06-07 15:00:00

Ep. 48. Tokenising the World, Bitcoin Price Probe and EOS Security Issues

First up, the US launch a probe into Bitcoin price manipulation (shock). Spoofing and fake buy/sell orders among a flurry of other illegal practices are what the justice department are focusing on. A long time coming some would say... Next up, tokenisation, tokenisation, tokenisation. IHS Markit, the market infrastructure giant, is developing a new blockchain-based system to handle the payments leg of syndicated loan trading – and eventually, a wider range of financial transactions. Is this one of the first steps in tokenising the world? Many argue that custody is what's stopping institutions from fully submerging themselves into the crypto world, and BitGo are trying to build their own digital asset custodian!The startup said Thursday that it was "seeking a charter to build BitGo Trust," a "new, regulated, qualified custodian" that will be built specifically for digital assets. Interesting stuff indeed... Next, the team discuss the link between the blockchain & crypto world and financial inclusivity. How can we help the unbanked bridge the gap between themselves and mainstream the mainstream financial world? Well 5 Philippines’ Banks are going to Pilot Ethereum-based Blockchain for Retail Payments! The team discuss the drawbacks, but also what incredibly positive implications this pilot could have. You may have heard a lot about GDPR recently, and there's been a lot of debate as to how blockchain is 'compliant' to the new set of regulations and our team continue said debate; is it a threat or an incentive? Next up, highly popular crypto EOS may be in trouble....Chinese cyber-security mogul 360 Total Security has identified a series of “epic” security vulnerabilities in the EOS network that has put it's mainnet launch into question. Code for tokens was the next story covered, as the startup behind Zk-Starks Tech Seek Cryptocurrencies as customers. Rather than doing an ICO, the guys behind ZK-Starks are offering up their novel technology to blockchains in return for their native asset. Lastly, we talk about blockchain going 'green'. Lot's has been made of the consumption of energy when it comes to mining, but we take a look at an article that discusses just how blockchain can have a positive impact on the environment! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guest: Teana Baker-Taylor.

Date: 2018-05-31 15:00:00

Ep. 47. Circle the Bitcoin Unicorn with R3 CTO Richard Brown

Colin G. Platt is back in our offices talking to Pete Townsend, CEO and Founder of Norio Ventures, and Richard Brown, CTO of our Lead Sponsor for Blockchain Insider, R3. The trio discuss Circle's status as a bitcoin unicorn, Consensys collaboration with Amazon, and the SEC's brilliant Howeycoin ICO. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Pete Townsend and Richard Brown.

Date: 2018-05-24 15:00:00

Ep. 46. A General Consensus

Sarah Kocianski sits down with Oscar Williams-Grut, Senior Reporter at Business Insider to discuss Amber Baldet's new startup, HSBC make waves with soybeans, and Citizen Reserves fires tokens at the international defence industry. Simon also meets with Pete Rizzo Editor of Coindesk for an interview. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Oscar Williams-Grut and Pete Rizzo.

Date: 2018-05-17 15:00:00

Ep. 45. Taylor-Copeland Lawsuits Send Ripples Through XRP’s Security Status

Our hosts take an in-depth look on the most interesting news in blockchain this week. Focusing on: what impact the SEC's decision on Ethereum will have on ICOs, Ripple being sued for security violations, and the likelihood of Fedcoin. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes?

Date: 2018-05-10 15:00:00

Ep. 44. Deutsche Wish Your Profit Was Hot Like Binance

Our hosts take an in-depth look on the most interesting news in blockchain this week. Focusing on: 1 in 5 financial institutions considering cryptocurrency trading, Binance making more than Deutsche Bank, Gary Gensler's new focus on blockchain, and UCL doesn't care one IOTA. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. We also introduce to the mic, for the very first time, Petrit Berisha. Our plucky Assistant Producer matches blockchain wits with Simon and Sarah, offering some deep insight into this week's stories. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guest: Petrit Berisha.

Date: 2018-05-03 15:00:00

Ep. 43. Sexism in Crypto, Pornhub takes Verge, and Binance Denies the Dollar

Our hosts take an in-depth look on the most interesting news in blockchain this week. Focusing on: Cambridge Analytica's virtual currency plans, Pornhub accepting Verge, Binance denying dollar trading, Coinbase suspending Wikileaks bitcoin account, and why the crypto world needs to ask better questions. All this and more on this week's episode of Blockchain Insider. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Jo Lang, Noelle Acheson, and Olivia Vinden.

Date: 2018-04-26 15:00:00

Ep. 42. Santander Makes Ripples and Charles Hoskinson Shares His Vision of Cardano

Our hosts take an in-depth look on the most interesting news in blockchain this week. Looking at: Santander's new blockchain-based money transfer service with Ripple, Coinbase acquiring Earn.com, R3's Corda expands with SBI subsidiary, Barclays commissions a cryptocurrency trading desk, Malta proposes test to see when ICOs are securities, and Harbor raises $28M to reengineer private securities for blockchains. We also have an interview with Input Output CEO, Charles Hoskinson. Special Guest: Charles Hoskinson.

Date: 2018-04-19 15:00:00

Ep. 41. Twitter Blocks Bitcoin, Monero Splits Opinion & is Ripple a Security

Bitcoin’s twitter account got hacked, causing yet another Internet-wide discussion on the death of free speech. It split the community and Colin clues us in on why both sides of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash think they’re right. Coinbase launch their early stage venture fund to a great deal of excitement, surprising given all the noise around ICOs. The exchange is planning to invest off its own balance sheet into companies it likes. It’s been a bad week for crypto exchanges with the Japanese regulator suspending two over failing KYC procedures and four high ranking executives have been arrested by South Korean police including CEO of South Korean exchange Coinnest in relation to billions of won embezzled from client accounts into their own. India bans regulated entities from entertaining virtual currencies. The central bank gave a deadline of 3 months to unwind from positions related to cryptocurrencies. Instead the regulator is planning to push blockchain in financial services to improve transparency. R3’s Research Director thinks that Central Bank digital currency could go live this year but warns that central banks will need to diversity their systems. Monero makes movements by splitting into four different crypto currencies and is XRP a security? Colin and Simon unpack the major debates on Ripple. All this and much much more on this week’s episode of Blockchain Insider. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and tell us how much you love the show by leaving a review on iTunes Special Guests: Greg Wolfson, John Collins, and Tim Swanson.

Date: 2018-04-12 15:00:00

Ep. 40. Dodgy Words from Binance, Vitalik Buterin Savages Faketoshi and Bluezelle's CEO Pavel Bains

Binance billionaire Changpeng Zhao makes a few very dodgy statements on a potential exchange that Simon and Sara both agree might be more than a little bit biased. Ethereum falters with the influx of ASIC mining rigs in the market. Simon explains the new powerful miner and the pair wonder if the era of Ethereum making money for ordinary people is coming to an end. Vitalik issues a scathing takedown on a man claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto without any real proof. The SEC delivers a knockout blow to Mayweather endorsed ICO after the founders are charged with fraud and a host of false executives are uncovered. We discuss what thos means for other ICOs and how transparent the SEC is around these takedowns. Bitcoin is still overvalued to the surprised of no-one in a recent study. Although Sara does appreciate the nuances addressed. Further damage to Bitcoin with Reddit refusing to accept the cryptocurrency any longer. Although if no-one’s using it can it really be called a currency? John McAfee makes waves in the crypto space with news that he’s charging over $100K for promotional tweets for ICOs. It’s a funny story that’ll probably make you laugh but it’s noted that what McAfee’s doing affects real people and there a question mark over the legitimacy of these tweets. Amber Baldet leaves JP Morgan in a positive way for both sides. It’s a loss for the investment bank but after establishing their blockchain platform Quorum, Amber is ready to set off on a new venture. Rounding off the show we have an interview with Pavel Bains from Bluezelle And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guest: Pavel Bains.

Date: 2018-04-05 15:00:00

Ep. 39. Coinbase Goes ERC-20, Bitcoin’s Lightning Lift Off and Coinfloor’s Obi Nwosu

Kicking off the show, R3’s CEO declares blockchain a once in a lifetime opportunity for financial markets. New opportunities chased by Deutsche Börse and HQLAx, the finance magnates are looking to build a securities lending platform on blockchain. Coinbase opening up its platform? The exchange is finally implementing Ethereum ERC-20 support but no specific assets have been named just yet. Lightning network gets its first lapp! Blockstream’s introduced FileBazaar, its first ever lightning app. What does the new e-commerce tool mean for blockchains future? Intel throws its weight behind blockchain to try and develop a next-gen media rights manager. We discuss how this could work, what mistakes developers have made in the past that they need to avoid and are consumers ready to go back to paying for all their media content? Google’s another blue chip working on blockchain. They’re working to integrate their cloud business and beat out the startups using the hyped tech to operate online in new ways. It might be possible with Google set to offer a distributed digital ledger to differentiate themselves. G20 meeting in Argentina ends with no new cryptocurrency regulation to the surprise of absolutely no-one. We discuss how regulation can be made and where that authority will come from. Polkadot’s looking to shake up the crypto market with a new playbook distributing power directly to token holders. We discuss what this means for crypto and Colin has some thoughts on Gavin Wood’s ties to the Parity hack and how secure this could be. Finally we bring you an interview with CEO and Co-founder of Coinfloor, Obi Nwosu who has some great insights on where blockchain is headed. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Anthony Macey, Obi Nwosu, and Sara Feenan.

Date: 2018-03-29 15:00:00

Ep. 38. LIVE: Lightning Strikes Bitcoin and Binance Gets Its DEX on

Kicking things off on a special live episode, has Bitcoin solved its scaling issues? Lightning Network launches, more than doubling transaction speeds! Colin is keen to explain it all. 'Bitcoin investors are clueless' says Visa's CFO. Are cryptocurrencies just the new casino for unaware buyers to double or triple their cash in a low interest environment? But is all the future crypto potential on the enterprise side? Payment rails should be very afraid! If cryptocurrencies can figure out how to scale up then there's no telling what they could do. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney thinks crypto has no risk to financial stability. At less than 1% of the global GDP at its peak and unable to function as a currency, Bitcoin isn't able to take on the financial system. ICOs split opinions on the panel but one thing's for sure, both public and enterprise want a solid infrastructure. Colin has some strong opinions on the future of cryptocurrencies, could they ever compete with banks or do they need to find a way past focusing on transactions? Binance is keen to decentralise, but without a way of stopping scammers can it be used properly. Does decentralisation remove legitimacy for cryptocurrencies or will it make them stronger than ever? We've got a fantastic interview with Preston Byrne, who also managed to snag tweet of the week, on block-chain versions of central-bank cash. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can make it on to the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Jason Bates, Richard Crook, and Sara Feenan.

Date: 2018-03-22 16:00:00

Ep. 37. Sandra Ro, Women in Blockchain and Tracking Crypto Crime

First up, Binance are offering a $250,000 bounty for the arrest of hackers that tried to infiltrate the exchange earlier in March! Is Bitcoin as untraceable as we think? The met police claim that Bitcoin is not anonymous and is easy to track! Simon and Colin discuss this one in great depth. Next up, Bitfinex'd, the the pseudonymous blogger and persistent critic of cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has lawyered up! An interesting saga to keep an eye on.... Following on from International Women's Day it was fitting that CoinDesk, one of the larger crypto publications wrote a great piece on encouraging and acknowledging Women in Crypto! We were super lucky to have Sandra Ro's insights on today's show as well! From Bifinex'd to Utility Token Bill's, Wyoming's state legislature has cleared a bill that would exempt certain types of crypto assets from securities laws. Are crypto-assets creeping toward legitimation? Now the next headline was controversial, but when Simon and Colin dogged deeper- it actually raised some interesting points. From The Verge, the headline read- 'Blockchain' is meaningless.... This wouldn't be a blockchain based show without mentioning the good folks of Ripple! According to Bloomberg Technology they have lost their bid to keep it's cryptocurrency fight in California. The dispute is over a staggering amount of XRP- once worth over $16 Billion, with R3. Another headline grabber, the FT writes that SWIFT claim blockchain not ready for mainstream use! According to them, the tech needs to mature to handle high volume transactions. From mainstream use to miners, Bitcoin miners have taken over a town in Seattle! This one was close to home for CGP (literally) so he gave us a good run down on this story. Staying with mining, Egypt are apparently forcing their citizens to mine cryptocurrency?! Simon and Colin had a lot to say about this questionable and slightly confusing headline! And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can make it on to the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guest: Sandra Ro.

Date: 2018-03-15 16:00:00

Ep. 36. The Empire Strikes Bitcoin and an Exclusive Interview With Joe Lubin

First up, Coinbase is hit with not one but two class action Lawsuits! They've been accused of insider Bitcoin Cash trading and when you look at it's price chart, it doesn't help their case whatsoever...in brighter news though it plans that Coinbase may be planning to start a Crypto fund as the unicorn eyes further expansion. Sticking with the shady side of the law, TechCrunch founder's Crypto fund, Arrington XRP Capital, was subpoenaed by the SEC....let's see where this one goes! Moving on from busy lawyers to governmental crackdowns, Quebec throws cold water on Bitcoin miners seeking cheap power. A spokesperson said “If you want to come settle here, plug in your servers and do Bitcoin mining, we’re not really interested,” also stating that cheap power wouldn't be available for those not adding value to society. Next up, Bank Of England governor Mark Carney says Crypto exchanges face regulatory clampdown! He said "The time has come to hold the crypto-asset ecosystem to the same standards as the rest of the financial system". Staying in the UK, Shadow Secretary Diane Abbott has called Bitcoin a Ponzi scheme! She was quoted saying "If everyone took their bitcoin money and tried to buy a new car all at once the whole thing would collapse"...... well yes much like many financial markets but hey ho. Moving on, US regional banks begin to cite crypto as a business risk...did somebody say disruption? On to Asia- Bitcoin's Kimchi premium has all but evaporated. During Bitcoin's run up to $20,000, South Korean traders were paying 10%+ premiums due to incredible demand...during the recent market correction that has all but diminished! Finally, Credit Suisse and ING finalised the first live transaction using HQLAX securities lending app on R3's Corda blockchain platform......really interesting stuff! Special Guest: Joe Lubin.

Date: 2018-03-08 16:00:00

Ep. 35. Get Bits or Die Tryin' and Ripple Explain XRP

First up, this week's big news that Circle (backed by none other than Goldman-Sachs) have acquired crypto exchange Poloniex. Is this Wallstreet's 'in' to Crypto? Moving on to some regulatory news, NYC lawmakers claim that they are 'open' to revisiting the BitLicense regulation. What kind of impact would a reform have on the market and on blockchain innovation? From Lawmakers to Lawbreakers, Craig Wright, who's infamously claimed to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, is being sued for a whopping $10 billion! Next, R3 pilots blockchain trade finance platform with global banks-aiming to develop a "fully interoperable" open-source trade finance network built with their distributed ledger technology (DLT) product Corda. The blockchain space has largely been male dominated in recent years, however the NY times has rightly voiced the opinions of many brilliant female minds in the industry. Their title "Women in Cryptocurrencies Push Back Against ‘Blockchain Bros'" was widely shared, a quote that stuck out to us was “Women always question if they’re qualified-but look at these clowns around us.” ICO's just don't go away and Germany’s financial regulator BaFIN issues a letter titled "Supervisory classification of tokens or cryptocurrencies underlying so-called Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) as financial instruments according to securities supervision laws". So. Many. Words. Next, the Venezuelan president has apparently asked central banks to mine their national cryptocurrency. If you though a country having a petrol backed token was strange enough, just imagine their banks mining it? As always, on stories we didn't have time to cover: Elliott Management, a $34 billion hedge fund, described cryptocurrencies as 'one of the most brilliant scams in history', the Tezos board is reorganized and 50 cent admits in a bankruptcy document that he never actually owned any bitcoin. Right Fifty, whatever you say. And if you enjoyed our tweet of the week why not send us your best tweets? See if you can make it on to the show! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Frank Muller and Marcus Treacher.

Date: 2018-03-01 16:00:00

Ep. 34. Vitalik drops crypto truth bombs, Ellen explains bitcoin and the Brooklyn project

First up on today's show from CNBC, the US government is nowhere near regulating Bitcoin. Rob Joyce emphasised the need to better understand the cryptocurrencies and our team discuss how this has been greeted positively by the trader community especially. Next, Ellen Degeneres compares Bitcoin to a Goat (I know) to her rather large audience. Even though the price hasn't been as exciting for speculators recently, Bitcoin is still mainstream and won't go away! Back to regulation, Switzerland's FINMA has released ICO guidelines and in the US the CFTC Chief has said the states should tread lightly on Crypto exchanges. Keeping with ICO's, Telegram have raised $850 million so far for their billion dollar ICO. The mass frenzy has seen many keep a keen eye on Telegram, some with less positive sentiments. Charles Noyas of Pantera Capital wasn't keen on this massive ICO. He described the project's 132-page technical whitepaper as "essentially a wishlist of things they want to have, and how it will work assuming that their wishlist doesn't crash and burn." Damning to say the least... Vitalik Buterin the father of Ethereum has tweeted a warning to his followers stating that "traditional assets" are a safer place to hold your live savings. He caught quite a lot of hate in the comments, but is this the way more blockchain figureheads should be acting in the crypto space? Bitcoin is mainstream but it's position in asset classes is still not obvious. Divorce lawyers are finding this out the hard way and a UK based firm have claimed that they are dealing with multi-million dollar cases over centring around cryptocurrency assets. Moving on- are Atari about to have their Kodak moment? The game-makers who created Pacman are planning an ICO because..it's 2018? On to Bitcoin mining- with China cracking down, where is the best place to mine Bitcoin? Apparently Venezuela is the cheapest place to mine the cryptocurrency whereas South Korea was found to be the most expensive. Finally, we follow up on dark pools after last week's episode, as a $30 million ICO could pave way for huge crypto traders. As always there's so much news out there and we can't cover it all, so we had some stories we just couldn't squeeze in. These include: Ethereum Dev Yoichi Hirai Steps Away From Role As EIP Editor, Citi Bank and Credit Agricole buy a stake in SETL and R3 are training DLT lawyers. In today's episode we also bring you an interview with Patrick Berarducci and Matt Corva from Consensys about Brooklyn Project. Exciting stuff! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Matt Corva and Patrick Berarducci.

Date: 2018-02-22 16:00:00

Ep. 33. Blythe Masters Interview, hacks, non-hacks & Europe's crypto crackdown

Simon and Sara (no Colin this week) tackle the week's news stories Kicking off with the biggest story: France and Germany's crackdown on crypto. France and Germany have put it to the G20 that the time has come to regulate IPOs and bitcoin. In a join statement they say they are aiming to: Build a common understanding on the nature of tokens Monitor the implications on market stability Find better protections for non professional investors Adopt a common approach on anti money laundering Simon and Sara share their views on this one. The second story this week covers JPMorgan Chase's report that, despite Jamie Dimon's infamous comments to the contrary, states that crypto is unlikely to disappear. Our third biggest story is Binance's denial of their hack, despite claims and particularly tweets from John McAfee. This brings the team to discuss the impact of sentimentality and drama on the market's volatility. Even if a hack isn't real, if headlines are written claiming it has been, it still has an impact. Sara and Simon also take on Ledger Nano's vulnerability to cyber attacks; Russians arrested for mining bitcoin, the Winkelvoss' latest bitcoin predictions, Litecoin's release of LitePay, Venezuela's backing of Petro, and bitcoin's popularity on the dark web. Simon also speaks to Blythe Masters, all about Digital Asset Holdings, the differences between assets and currencies and how to get involved in the digital asset market. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Blythe Masters and Sara Feenan.

Date: 2018-02-15 16:00:00

Ep. 32. Jameson Lopp, the Market be down but Enterprise is up

In this episode, Simon, Colin and guest Sara Feenan dissect the week's news and we have a fantastic interview from Jameson Lopp! Kicking off with the biggest story of the... year? The market be down: prices have tumbled 50% from all time highs, is this a disaster or must what goes up, always come back down? Lloyds have banned customers buying bitcoin on credit cards. Is this sensible or over-protecting of customers, and also protecting themselves? Colin and Sara say you should never buy crypto on credit card, for the risks involved, never invest your money if you don't have it in the first place - the price falling shows how much people can lose. They also talk regulation as the SEC and the CFTC begin to give testimony, the State of Wyoming tries to ring fence token sales out of securities law, and Canadian regulators approve their first Blockchain ETF. Does the Wired article "The Big ICO Swindle" mean the tech purists have turned their back on ICOs? Colin thinks no one has every done anything meaningful from an ICO, excepting Ethereum. Can you think of any examples? @Bchaininsider if so. GSass is back with a vengeance when it comes to the Puerto Rico "bitcoin bros" in their crypto "utopia', Colin does not hold back his opinions on this one! Additionally, one of Colin's 2018 predictions seems to be coming into fruition as Enterprise blockchain finally seems to be breaking out, and everyone is very enthusiastic about this, are the tools developers have been working on finally coming to the fore? And finally UNICEF asks PC gamers to mine Ethereum and donate to Syrian children - while well meaning, is anyone actually doing this? The team discuss. We also speak to Jameson Lopp, a massive presence in the Bitcoin and Blockchain world, software engineer at BitGo, creator of statoshi.info and founder of bitcoinsig.com. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Jameson Lopp and Sara Feenan.

Date: 2018-02-08 16:00:00

Ep. 31. South Korea's ban, Japan's hack, Robinhood and the future of crypto

We begin with big news from South Korea, as they announce that 6 major banks will facilitate data sharing with Cryptocurrency exchanges. Money laundering and tax evasion have been large governmental concerns with regards to crypto and it seems South Korea have taken the first steps to mitigate under the counter activity. Moving on, Japanese Cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck will refund the $400m worth of NEM that was stolen from them by hackers. This isn't the first time we've seen big hacks on Japanese exchanges.....(cough, cough, Mt. Gox). On to something more positive in the crypto-sphere, Robinhood, the app that lets you make zero-fee stock trading is going to allow its users to trade Cryptocurrencies. Robinhood users will be able to trade both Bitcoin and Ethereum with no transaction fees, with more coins on the horizon. Next, a Hong Kong based blockchain investment fund has acquired Bitcoin startup BTCC, who's mining pool accounts for 3.2% of Bitcoin's hashing power.....big news! Sticking with acquisition-BitGo Inc., a closely held crypto-security firm, agree to buy Bitcoin custodian Kingdom Trust as it seeks to attract $20 Billion worth of institutional investors. Telegram has been a hotly discussed topic and Silicon Valley VCs are reportedly lining up to invest in the Russian messaging app. Back to Japan, the BOJ have come out with more regulatory talk stating that it will be incredibly difficult to create cross-border regulatory protocol for Cryptocurrency trading. Now regulation in this space will be important- but how do we protect innovation? The chairmen of the CFTC and SEC, Christopher Giancarlo and Jay Clayton, have co-authored an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal about what their agencies are doing in relation to cryptocurrency and token markets. It seems mostly positive, as both have focussed on the technology- potentially encouraging governments to understand just how big blockchain could be. Now lots of Ripple enthusiasts claim that XRP could become the Bitcoin for banks, but do banks want it? A story coming from Bloomberg claims that banks have absolutely no interest in XRP. Current and former executives at seven global banks—some of whom have partnered with Ripple—say there was scant chance they would ever entrust their corporate clients’ payments to a cryptocurrency. Damning to say the least. We leave you with our Bull masks on, as hedge funds have swung their bitcoin-futures bets to the bullish side for the first time, according to recent figures. What will this mean for crypto markets going forward? As always there are several stories we didn't have time to cover. They include: Prodeum ICO Exits with a Prank-No Real Haul, How blockchain could kill both cable and Netflix, OpenDoor scores $10 million funding and Golden Kitty Awards Winners just missed out on some further discussion. We also bring you two fantastic interviews - Malcolm Lerider from NEO and Adam Ludwin from Chain! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Adam Ludwin and Malcolm Lerider.

Date: 2018-02-01 16:00:00

Ep. 30. Bitcoin Falls, Whales Rise and an Interview With bitFlyer CEO

After the market beatdown, Simon and Colin dissect the sustainability of current prices and how much longer regulators will stand idly by whilst pump and dumps continue to happen. Our first story comes from Coindesk, talking about the price action where Bitcoin 'defended' the $11,000 mark. Conversely, the Evening Standard came out with a story claiming investors were swapping their bitcoin for physical gold- are people actually swapping digital gold for it's physical counterpart? Staying with Bitcoin (shock, horror), Forbes claim that criminals are dropping BTC for other cryptocurrencies due to expensive, lengthy transactions. Criminals are apparently preferring more private coins. Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase recorded $1 Billion in revenue! The exchange exploded in 2017, so it's no surprise that it's booked such lofty numbers as the interest in cryptocurrencies continues to grow. Moving on and more from Coindesk, regulators gon' regulate as the SEC outlines reasons for reluctance to list cryptocurrency ETF's. Next, Shell has just made its first investment in blockchain with UK startup Applied Blockchain, and we have the pleasure of bringing you a soundbite from CEO Adi Ben-Ari! He explains what Applied Blockchain do, and how it's easy for Developers/Engineers to 'see through' certain crypto projects. Staying with large companies sticking their hands in the blockchain pie, IBM and Maersk form new blockchain company for international cargo which will automate paperwork for shipping across international borders. And lastly, Swift have signed an agreement with 7CSD's to explore blockchain post trade processes. Although no specific details have been leaked, Swift have claimed that the agreement is more exploratory in its nature. One to watch. We also bring you interviews with bitFlyer's CEO and founder Yuzo Kano and COO Andy Bryant, as the largest Japanese cryptocurrency exchange comes to Europe! Please do make sure to listen to the last 2 minutes for some great Orca/Whale related gags as Simon, Colin and the production team are struck by a giggling disease. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Adi Ben-Ari, Andy Bryant, and Yuzo Kano.

Date: 2018-01-25 16:00:00

Ep.29. Kraken on With Crypto After the Market Bloodbath

On today's show, we just had to start with crypto price bloodbath January has brought. Simon and Colin dissect rumours of centralised exchanges being banned in China & South Korea, as winter comes (http://uk.businessinsider.com/bitcoin-ethereum-ripple-cryptocurrency-prices-fall-on-january-16-2018-1) for crypto markets. Next, Mike Novagratz makes a '$400m bet' (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/vWNJsEPpqodBkquKu/michael-novogratz-usd400-million-bet-form-giant-crypto) attempting to form a giant crypto merchant bank. Novagratz (who went big on both Bitcoin & Ethereum early) had plans for a crypto hedge fund which were cancelled in the past, so it remains to be seen what happens with this project. Vitalik Buterin (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/CRoY4Fevje8hj2jxY/ethereum-co-founder-vitalik-buterin-has-left-vc-firm), Ethereum founder, is another blockchain personality in the news today, who left VC firm Fenbushi Capital. Drama is never far from the cryptocurrency ecosystem and Tron (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/ZbXT9tbr32m73J6jz/tron-s-whitepaper-is-copied-plagiarized), a Chinese crypto project has been accused of plagiarism with regards to their whitepaper. Translation issue? Or is there more in this story? ICO's were most certainly hot in 2017 and chat app Telegram (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/JFFhz3n7tYzBCxpzA/telegram-plans-multi-billion-dollar-ico-for-chat) hopes to raise up to $1.2 billion in an ICO. How will ICO's develop in 2018? The explore what could happen with that regard, but it seems initial coin offerings will still be a prevalent in 2018. Kraking on, Kraken (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/FbMDPMNxjun52hy2t/kraken-exchange-is-back-online-after-troublesome-system), the world's 5th largest cryptocurrency exchange is back after a troublesome upgrade. Many speculated that some of the upgrades were un-professional with fears surfacing that some money could be lost. Sticking with exchanges, we discuss Binance (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/p2gGhyvxTKeMxBnd3/binance-the-fastest-profitable-unicorn-in-history)-the fastest growing 'unicorn' in the crypto-currency world which has now surpassed a $1 billion valuation less than 6 months after launching. Truly extraordinary! Last but not least, we bring you interviews with two Ryan's! We were spoilt today as Ryan Shea came on the show to discuss Blockstack, a new internet for decentralized apps. The second Ryan, Ryan Selkis- came on to discuss his interesting blog titled 'I see You XRP' discussing all things Ripple, XRP and what's happening in the markets. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Ryan Selkis and Ryan Shea.

Date: 2018-01-18 16:00:00

Ep. 28. Where now for Ripple? & Blockchain gets all Zuck'ed up

We begin this week's news by discussing Mark Zuckerberg's (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/8zymDik7mxwwHNGSa/mark-zuckerberg-s-personal-challenge-is-all-about-fixing) interest in decentralisation, as he made it his 'challenge of the year' to study how it could 'fix' Facebook. Speaking of Zuck, XRP (Ripple's crypto-currency) had an incredible run up peaking at over $3.80, making Ripple co-founder Chris Larsen (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/3CSAMDdjxE2C7pNS8) actually wealthier than Mark Zuckerberg for a short period of time. This massive run saw Ripple monetarily become the second largest crypto asset in terms of market cap, so, as you can imagine Simon and Colin discussed the project (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/uAh53cCneZTFFYKb7/i-see-you-usdxrp) at great length! Regulators are always a hot topic in the crypto sphere and this week was no different as Texas regulators ordered Bitconnect (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/y3Ldjqf98Ms7AeADK/bitconnect-handed-a-cease-and-desist-order-from-texas) to cancel their token sale. We also saw Visa (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/cWWnRNK9yxdxxN3oD/bitcoin-card-providers-cancel-services-with-zero-notice) drop their cryptocurrency backed debit cards due to violation of operating regulations, which had users scrambling. Tying into 'dropping users', Bittrex, Binance and Bitfinex (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/r3dDsxS8z3Yf7mNKT/binance-bitfinex-bittrex-temporarily-say-no-to-new-users) all halted new user sign ups due to incredible demand. Binance in particular claimed that they were seeing over 250,000 new users a day at one point, this enormous volume evidently reflecting the current rush of retail investors into the crypto space. Could these issues give decentralised exchanges an important role to play in 2018? Next, the Bank of England (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/T32RNKpnn7DTDkaH2/bank-of-england-drops-plans-for-its-own-cryptocurrency) drops plans for its own cryptocurrency, fearing instability. Government backed cryptocurrencies stories really started surfacing in 2017, and it seems 2018 is no different. Moving on to some stranger news, we discuss Dentacoin (https://fintechinsidernews.com/posts/7NEs4E74R7muqZZto/dentacoin-dental-crypto-bringing-smiles-to-investors)- a dentistry based cryptocurrency that shot up 900%. Does this reinforce fears that the crypto market is in bubble territory? As always there's an array of topics we didn't have time to discuss including: Qtum - the next big thing?, Bitcoin Miners Shifting Outside China Amid Clampdown and What crypto didn’t give us in 2017. We also bring you an interview with Nordea's Head of Blockchain and DLT, Ville Sointu. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guest: Ville Sointu.

Date: 2018-01-11 16:00:00

Ep. 27. XRP's Ripple effect and Blockchain use cases

Welcome to the very first show of 2018! We kick off the year with a bang, including some of the biggest stories from the holiday season, our predictions for 2018 and an interview with Peter Rizzo, Editor at Coindesk. First up on the first show of 2018 we take a look at Blockchain and crypto predictions for the year to come. Why will this be the year that institutional investors really get involved? Will 2018 be the year that web 3.0 takes off? How will ICOs evolve through 2018, and will pump and dump syndicates come under regulatory scrutiny? Check out Simon's 2018 blog right here (https://11fs.com/blog/2018-blockchain-predictions-ready/). Next, it's fast-becoming a weekly feature, it's the cryptocurrency prices piece. On its 9th birthday, we ask how high Bitcoin can really go? Plus, Ether brings in the new year with a record high, and who are the crypto Billionaires getting rich from Ripple's XRP? Is it really true that nobody has come up with a use case for Blockchain in ten years? And is current technology simply the first stage in a wave of change that will take place over the next 10 to 20 years? 10 points to Colin, who, just two days into 2018, has already nailed one of his predictions for the year. So why has the ECB's Yves Mersch called Bitcoin a major threat to financial stability? Next in the news, we discuss how the US has closed a crypto loophole, and whether this will hit the market. What's up with Revolut? Or rather, what's up with Revolut crypto rates? How do they apply and how do they compare to other options? This week we're also very lucky to hear from Pete Rizzo, Editor at Coindesk, a leading industry news source. Pete explains how Coindesk went about curating 2017's Most Influential list and how they aimed to reach a consensus on the most influential players in DLT in 2017. And we didn't have time to talk about: whether Israel's central bank is considering digital currency; Putin's view on a possible CryptoRouble; and Blockchain's impact on the NHS. Check out the links below for all the stories we've discussed today. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guest: Pete Rizzo.

Date: 2018-01-04 16:00:00

Ep. 26. Holiday Interview Special - Tim Swanson, & Somil Goyal: Adjoint

As it's the Christmas break we are not here this week! But instead of the usual news overview we're giving you an interview-only special show, featuring Tim Swanson and Somil Goyal from new smart contracts start up Adjoint. Tim and Colin look back at the last year in blockchain and cryptoassets and give their predictions for 2018. Somil tells Colin all about Adjoint and what their first year in industry has looked like and what their plans for growth are in 2018 and the years to come. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to all our listeners! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider and if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Somil Goyal and Tim Swanson.

Date: 2017-12-28 16:00:00

Ep. 25. Keanu Reeves on bitcoin, Vanguard on Blockchain and Cardano

G-Sass is back in France this week but that won't stop him joining Simon for this week's installment of the news show. First up this week, the guys explore the implications of competition in the crypto futures space, as the CME launches its contract to compete with CBOE. Bringing the cryto debate firmly into the mainstream, we discuss the French finance minister's intervention, urging a debate at the G20. Plus, why has Keanu Reeves spoken out over Bitcoin and what does it mean for the future of cryptoassets? Why has Bill Miller's hedge fun put half its money in Bitcoin and what could his strategy be? Plus, has Bitcoin really become the biggest bubble the world has ever seen? The guys also discuss the nature of Bitcoin - is it a commodity? - and is the price totally fictional or is it really related to something? Our very own Pete Townsend, 11:FS Asset Management Lead, joins us this week to break down Vanguard's plan to adopt blockchain technology. We discuss the Gnosis Dutch exchange - do check out the blog post here (https://blog.gnosis.pm/introducing-the-gnosis-dutch-exchange-53bd3d51f9b2) - and finally, Cardano, the "Ethereum of Japan" has jumped into the top six cryptocurrencies by market cap of USD $12bn. So what's all the fuss about and is it really as secure as bitcoin? And we didn't have time to discuss: Loopring's decentralized exchange and open protocol; HODL - why the only good bitcoin advice is four years old; and, once again, CryptoKitties. And to finish up this week, we bring you interviews with Mark Jeffrey from Guardian Circle and Paul Forrest from MBN Solutions. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Mark Jeffrey and Paul Forrest.

Date: 2017-12-21 16:00:00

Ep. 24. CBOE futures, Bitcoin mining energy usage & investing responsibly

G Sass is back in London for a second week in a row to join Simon for this week's recap of the top Blockchain news - and what a week of news it was. Bitcoin futures are now available for trading through CBOE So what's a future, what's the significant of having a bitcoin future, and what was the impact when these futures launched? Next, why your grandmother should not be buying bitcoin, despite how easily some platforms are making it. The guys discuss the importance of investors' understanding of the market and risk. And if you do want to get up to speed, Colin gives his thoughts on the essential reading, and where to look for more information. Why are we so preoccupied with the energy consumption of bitcoin mining? And how might this impact the debate on energy use and climate change? Let us know why you think we're so attached to the energy narrative around bitcoin @BchainInsider. Digital Asset Holdings has been selected by Australian Stock Exchange, making it the first exchange to commercialise DLT. France will allow blockchain technology for trading unlisted securities (those not on the main exchange). So what will be the impact on startups and the listings market? And, MAMA has launched! That is, the Multichain Asset Management Association, an industry trade body for asset management startups. Plus, news that UBS is to launch a live Ethereum platform with Barclays, Credit Suisse and others. Next up, why has an ICO been halted after the SEC raised concerns over registration? And what does this say about the prospects for ICOs in the USA? And this week we also bring you an interview with Jamie Burke, founder and CEO at Outlier Ventures. Simon and Colin hear about Jamie's experience as an angel investor, the next phase of the web and the importance of decentralisation. They also discuss tokenomics and IOTA - why is it different to other DLTs and what's on their road map? That's it for this week. Don't forget, this episode is sponsored by ZILLA, a new ICO marketplace app. Browse ICOs, upvote or downvote so the good ones rise to the top and, if you like an ICO, participate with one-click! Pre-register for the limited ZILLA beta app at ZLA.io/bi (https://www.zla.io/bi). We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guest: Jamie Burke.

Date: 2017-12-14 16:00:00

Ep. 23. Bitcoin goes stratospheric, Ethereum Cryptokitties and R3 CEO interview

Colin has returned to the UK from his Australian adventure to join Simon back at our home in WeWork, Aldgate Tower. Once more, Bitcoin has hit a record high. But could the cryptocurrency's price be losing momentum? Bitcoin exchange Coinbase now has more users than stock brokerage Schwab, so what are the implications for its price? And, following its lawsuit defeat, Coinbase was forced to report some users to the IRS. Plus, as Bitcoin futures trading gets nearer, we ask why the price is still rising and what will contribute to its maturity? Five blockchain predictions for 2018, including non-financial applications, the internet of things and smart contracts. But will governments advance cryptocurrency tax rules? The cryptocurrency flash crash on the Bitfinex exchange caused uproar last week. So what caused it and could it have been avoided? Plus, was it really that bad? And, why did Bitfinex hire a law firm and team up with Tether? So many questions. And - it's finally here...the story of the week. Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. We bring you - CryptoKitties. Sims for Bitcoin. We explore why oh why one special CryptoKittie sold for $117,000. One hundred and seventeen. Thousand. US dollars. But please, don't fork your kitties. And how is "a silly game about cats" accounting for 17% of the Ethereum network? We also consider the more serious implications, including why the ERC721 contracts are going to displace Ethereum ICOs in 2017. This week we are delighted to bring you an interview with R3 CEO David Rutter. Simon and David talk about blockchain's arrival, the joys of gardening leave and R3's journey from start up to leading blockchain firm. They also discuss the development of R3's platform, Corda, and their work with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Project Ubin. We hear about the significance of anti-trust law, going through Series A fundraising and the advantages of being a network business. Don't forget, this episode is sponsored by ZILLA, a new ICO marketplace app. Browse ICOs, upvote or downvote so the good ones rise to the top and, if you like an ICO, participate with one-click! Pre-register for the limited ZILLA beta app at ZLA.io/bi (https://www.zla.io/bi). We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guest: David Rutter.

Date: 2017-12-07 16:00:00

Ep. 22. Can Bitcoin really hit $100,000?

This week, normal service is resumed as we returned, inexorably, to ANOTHER new Bitcoin high - this time, over $9,000 and, according to many, fast approaching $10,000. So is it just the result of more buyers than sellers in the market, or could there be other reasons? Plus, why maths might mean Bitcoin could reach $100,000 by 2021. Bonds on Ether! Nivaura has issued the UK's first regulated Ether bond. But what will be the impact on CSDs? Following a spate of rogue ICOs, we discuss the possibility that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) will crack down, and more fool the first ICO to fall foul of the DoJ as they might be looking to set an example. Non-financial blockchain applications are coming. But will it succeed in blockchain-based air travel? Several airlines have partnered up to try to use DLT to iron out some of the bumps in air travel with luggage. Plus, how to talk about cryptocurrency at the dinner table, and Ripple did a thing...again. This week we also bring you two special features. Firstly, a roundtable on the ICO space with Ruth Wandhofer, Global Head Regulatory, Market & Innovation Strategy at Citibank; Jeff Bandman, Principal at Bandman Advisors; Lawrence Wintermeyer, Principal at Capstone; and Oliver Oram, founder and CEO at Chainvine. And second, Simon talks to very special guest Commissioner Brian Quintenz from the CFTC about the derivatives markets and the potential impact of distributed ledger technology (DLT). Don't forget, this episode is sponsored by ZILLA, a new ICO marketplace app. Browse ICOs, upvote or downvote so the good ones rise to the top and, if you like an ICO, participate with one-click! Pre-register for the limited ZILLA beta app at ZLA.io/bi (https://www.zla.io/bi). We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Brian Quintenz, Jeff Bandman, Lawrence Wintermeyer, and Oliver Oram.

Date: 2017-11-30 16:00:00

Ep. 21. Bitcoin futures & ConsenSys London launch party

Welcome to an unusual show for us in recent weeks, as a new bitcoin high doesn't feature as our lead story! Getting us off the mark, the guys explore the new Bitcoin futures option from LedgerX priced at $10,000. Why did someone buy it, and could we be buying too? Next up, SegWit2x is back in the news, but having been called off last week, how has it caused some nodes to stumble? And our story of the week - the CME Group has announced that it'll launch Bitcoin futures. So does this represent Wall Street advancing on Bitcoin, or is it bringing crypto ever-closer to the mainstream? Answers on a postcard, please do let us know what you think @colingplatt (https://twitter.com/colingplatt?lang=en) or @sytaylor (https://twitter.com/sytaylor?lang=en).] WTF Colin G Platt? Could your next trip to the cinema feature a blockbuster funded by crypto? If everything goes to plan for one Hollywood producer, then absolutely! So, will Hollywood become the next industry to be disrupted by DLT? And R3 founder and CEO David Rutter has spoken about why 2018 is a key year for him, and what it'll take to make it a success. So what do the guys think? We also bring you a roundtable on the state of blockchain recorded live at the ConsenSys launch part in Shoreditch, London, featuring Alex Batlin and Ed Budd from ConsenSys, Lawrence Lundy from Outlier Ventures, and Charlene Chen from BitPesa. The guys discuss where we are with distributed ledger technology (DLT), the impact it's had on financial services and where it's heading. Simon also caught up with Jeremy Millar about ConsenSys' plans for growth and their move to London. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Alex Batlin, Charlene Chen, Ed Budd, Jeremy Millar, and Lawrence Lundy.

Date: 2017-11-23 16:00:00

Ep. 21. Bitcoin futures & ConsenSys London launch party

Welcome to an unusual show for us in recent weeks, as a new bitcoin high doesn't feature as our lead story! Getting us off the mark, the guys explore the new Bitcoin futures option from LedgerX priced at $10,000. Why did someone buy it, and could we be buying too? Next up, SegWit2x is back in the news, but having been called off last week, how has it caused some nodes to stumble? And our story of the week - the CME Group has announced that it'll launch Bitcoin futures. So does this represent Wall Street advancing on Bitcoin, or is it bringing crypto ever-closer to the mainstream? Answers on a postcard, please do let us know what you think @colingplatt (https://twitter.com/colingplatt?lang=en) or @sytaylor (https://twitter.com/sytaylor?lang=en).] WTF Colin G Platt? Could your next trip to the cinema feature a blockbuster funded by crypto? If everything goes to plan for one Hollywood producer, then absolutely! So, will Hollywood become the next industry to be disrupted by DLT? And R3 founder and CEO David Rutter has spoken about why 2018 is a key year for him, and what it'll take to make it a success. So what do the guys think? We also bring you a roundtable on the state of blockchain recorded live at the ConsenSys launch part in Shoreditch, London, featuring Alex Batlin and Ed Budd from ConsenSys, Lawrence Lundy from Outlier Ventures, and Charlene Chen from BitPesa. The guys discuss where we are with distributed ledger technology (DLT), the impact it's had on financial services and where it's heading. Simon also caught up with Jeremy Millar about ConsenSys' plans for growth and their move to London. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Alex Batlin, Charlene Chen, Ed Budd, Jeremy Millar, and Lawrence Lundy.

Date: 2017-11-23 16:00:00

Ep. 21. Bitcoin futures & ConsenSys London launch party

Welcome to an unusual show for us in recent weeks, as a new bitcoin high doesn't feature as our lead story! Getting us off the mark, the guys explore the new Bitcoin futures option from LedgerX priced at $10,000. Why did someone buy it, and could we be buying too? Next up, SegWit2x is back in the news, but having been called off last week, how has it caused some nodes to stumble? And our story of the week - the CME Group has announced that it'll launch Bitcoin futures. So does this represent Wall Street advancing on Bitcoin, or is it bringing crypto ever-closer to the mainstream? Answers on a postcard, please do let us know what you think @colingplatt (https://twitter.com/colingplatt?lang=en) or @sytaylor (https://twitter.com/sytaylor?lang=en).] WTF Colin G Platt? Could your next trip to the cinema feature a blockbuster funded by crypto? If everything goes to plan for one Hollywood producer, then absolutely! So, will Hollywood become the next industry to be disrupted by DLT? And R3 founder and CEO David Rutter has spoken about why 2018 is a key year for him, and what it'll take to make it a success. So what do the guys think? We also bring you a roundtable on the state of blockchain recorded live at the ConsenSys launch part in Shoreditch, London, featuring Alex Batlin and Ed Budd from ConsenSys, Lawrence Lundy from Outlier Ventures, and Charlene Chen from BitPesa. The guys discuss where we are with distributed ledger technology (DLT), the impact it's had on financial services and where it's heading. Simon also caught up with Jeremy Millar about ConsenSys' plans for growth and their move to London. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Alex Batlin, Charlene Chen, Ed Budd, Jeremy Millar, and Lawrence Lundy.

Date: 2017-11-23 16:00:00

Ep. 21. Bitcoin futures & ConsenSys London launch party

Welcome to an unusual show for us in recent weeks, as a new bitcoin high doesn't feature as our lead story! Getting us off the mark, the guys explore the new Bitcoin futures option from LedgerX priced at $10,000. Why did someone buy it, and could we be buying too? Next up, SegWit2x is back in the news, but having been called off last week, how has it caused some nodes to stumble? And our story of the week - the CME Group has announced that it'll launch Bitcoin futures. So does this represent Wall Street advancing on Bitcoin, or is it bringing crypto ever-closer to the mainstream? Answers on a postcard, please do let us know what you think @colingplatt (https://twitter.com/colingplatt?lang=en) or @sytaylor (https://twitter.com/sytaylor?lang=en).] WTF Colin G Platt? Could your next trip to the cinema feature a blockbuster funded by crypto? If everything goes to plan for one Hollywood producer, then absolutely! So, will Hollywood become the next industry to be disrupted by DLT? And R3 founder and CEO David Rutter has spoken about why 2018 is a key year for him, and what it'll take to make it a success. So what do the guys think? We also bring you a roundtable on the state of blockchain recorded live at the ConsenSys launch part in Shoreditch, London, featuring Alex Batlin and Ed Budd from ConsenSys, Lawrence Lundy from Outlier Ventures, and Charlene Chen from BitPesa. The guys discuss where we are with distributed ledger technology (DLT), the impact it's had on financial services and where it's heading. Simon also caught up with Jeremy Millar about ConsenSys' plans for growth and their move to London. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Alex Batlin, Charlene Chen, Ed Budd, Jeremy Millar, and Lawrence Lundy.

Date: 2017-11-23 16:00:00

Ep. 20. The greatest (bitcoin) story ever told!

The death of SegWit2x - what happened, why and what does it mean for bitcoin? How did $160m Eth get locked up in Parity wallets, and why might a fork be the only way to get it out? One of the greatest comebacks in (DLT) history - how could the former bitcoin king Mt. Gox be back in the money? Plus, a new blockchain-based international payments system from R3 and 22 of the world's biggest banks; Bjork accepting cryptocurrency for new album; a token to cryogenically freeze yourself; and, Grayscale Investments announces the launch of a Zcash investment trust. And we bring you two interviews. First, Simon speaks with Michael Casey, advisor, author, speaker and commentator. Next up, we talk to Daniel Cotti, CFO and Bank Partner Relationship, and David Sutter, Head of Platform Strategy, from TradeIX. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Daniel Cotti, David Sutter, and Michael Casey.

Date: 2017-11-16 16:00:00

Ep. 19. The prequel to the greatest (bitcoin) story ever told

First up this week - and what a week - we can confirm that SegWit2x is not going ahead! For more on this story, tune in to next week's episode. In this episode, we focus on the run up to what was nearly the biggest fork of the year. We return to the continuing astronomical rise in bitcoin - up as high as $7,600? So is it a bubble, and does the market need more infrastructure to entice large institutions? In related news, CME Group - the world's largest exchange - have announced that they're going to introduce bitcoin futures. The guys also discuss what SegWit2x will mean (or would have meant?) for the future of bitcoin. And will Bitcoin miners really consume as much electricity as the annual consumption of Nigeria? Is bitcoin really that power consuming or is it actually changing how we consume power? And we talk to Volodymyr Panchenko, founder and CEO of DMarket.io (https://dmarket.io/), and Alexander Kokhanovskyy, founder and CEO of DreamTeam (https://dreamteam.gg/), about their fascinating applications of DLT to e-sports. Also on this week's show: why Celebrity ICOs might become illegal; Colin wrote a long thing (derivatives clearing on distributed ledgers); the latest of Alex Tapscott and the NextBlock fund; Colin uses the words "willy-nilly" in a sentence; and much, much more. Don't forget, this episode is sponsored by ZILLA, a new ICO marketplace app. Browse ICOs, upvote or downvote so the good ones rise to the top and, if you like an ICO, participate with one-click! Pre-register for the limited ZILLA beta app at ZLA.io/bi (https://www.zla.io/bi). We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Alexander Kokhanovskyy and Volodymyr Panchenko.

Date: 2017-11-09 16:00:00

Ep. 18. Bitcoin soaring, plus ICOs, hipsters and Tezos

First up on today's show, Simon and Colin tackle "tulip mania" and other common misconceptions about crypto assets. Bitcoin has hit yet another all time high - but is the price the key figure or should we be focusing on the growth in use and user numbers instead? We also talk boomer biases - send us your favourites. Next up, Iran has announced it is preparing to adopt Bitcoin for use in the country. Will we see a geopolitical shift, and how might it influence Bitcoin's reputation? Why are startups struggling to get bank accounts in the UK? The FCA Sandbox's Lessons Learned report points out that startups, particularly DLT startups, are often can't secure banking services. So is it time for a more nuanced approach by the big banks? Colin analyses the AMF's approach to ICOs, folowing their announcement of project UNICORN. If you missed it, check out Simon's blog on a best practice framework for token sales (https://11fs.com/blog/open-source-token-best-practice/). And can blockchain revolutionise the coffee supply chain? Colin explains how, with the help of Shoreditch and hipsters. So is this another contrived blockchain application? Or, in an increasingly environmentally-conscious world, where authenticity and provenance are key, is this a real step forward? Breaking - we've unearthed the key to increasing your share price by 400% in one day...add the word Blockchain to your company name! We look at the story of On-Line Blockchain Plc. Also in today's show, Simon talks to Jeff Bandman about testifying to the SEC on Bitcoin and ICOs. And Colin catches up with Stephen Palley on his rather strong thoughts about Tezos. Thanks for listening, we hope you enjoy the show. As ever, don't forget to subscribe, and please do leave us a review on iTunes. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Jeff Bandman and Stephen Palley.

Date: 2017-11-02 16:00:00

Ep. 17. Bitcoin price explodes, ICOs implode and CEO of Ripple Interview

First up on this week’s show, Bitcoin keeps marching on, and it seems institutional money is behind its buoyancy. BlackRock, LedgerX, Wall Street - why it’s good news that everyone’s got an opinion on Bitcoin right now. The guys also dissect the Tezos story and ask: is it possible to raise too much money? With speculation that Tezos attracted nearly $300 million under a foundation model in Switzerland, the guys discuss how the situation will unfold. Meanwhile, with news that the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has aligned itself with the SEC in determining that ICOs can be commodities, are we seeing an emerging consensus towards blockchain in the US? Plus, we have a guest appearance from Fintech Insider’s Sam Maule, who caught up with Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, at Swell – Ripple’s payments conference – last week. Also on today’s show – how £11 trillion in derivatives is getting closer to the Blockchain; why Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella challenged Swift to build useful Blockchain applications; R3’s patent application; mining for charity; and much more. We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guest: Brad Garlinghouse.

Date: 2017-10-26 15:00:00

Ep. 16. Eth and Bitcoin forks, Bitcoin all-time high and Ripple vs R3

This week Bitcoin has gone the the moon! So what's the story behind its new all time high price? And how might the long courtship between Wall Street and Bitcoin have played a part in the story? The guys take a look at the JP Morgan messaging on Bitcoin, including Jamie Dimon's views. We cover news from both Swell and Sibos, the pseudonymous nature of Bitcoin and how SWIFT intend to respond to the changing payments landscape. PLus, how is IBM using cryptocurrency in cross-border payments? Colin explains why open blockchains might be the canary in the coalmine and, while the People's Bank of China Digital Currency Director calls for a centralised state cryptocurrency, Simon asks whether it's really possible to have a true cryptocurrency that's centralised. Plus, what can all this mean for a possible CryptoRuble? We return to the story of the legal battle between R3 and Ripple to find out who's in the ascendancy, and the guys discuss how Digital Asset Holdings intend to use the $40m series B funding they raised recently. And of course, we also revisit Segwit2x for an update on its progress, and discuss Ethereum's own Byznatium fork. Plus, interviews with Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of the Hyperledger Project (https://www.hyperledger.org/) within the Linux Foundation, and Paul Worrall, founder of Zonafide (https://www.zonafide.net/). We hope you enjoy the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or read more about the news stories and add your own thoughts at fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). And if you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Brian Behlendorf and Paul Worrall.

Date: 2017-10-19 15:00:00

Ep. 15. What the hell is Segwit2x, enterprise Blockchain and more regulators weigh in

This week Simon and Colin crunch through all the week's top news. Why's everyone talking about SegWit2x, when will it happen and what does it mean for the future of bitcoin? Switzerland looks set to remain 'crypto valley' with talk of a code of conduct for ICOs. The guys talk security in bitcoin exchanges and why "those regulators gonna regulate". And with news that HMRC has built a blockchain proof of concept for the UK border, we discuss whether this is an efficiency no-brainer, or the precursor to a dystopian, crypto-enabled future. The database giant Oracle has unveiled its enterprise blockchain platform, but will this solution cannibalise its existing business? We also hear from Scott Nelson at Sweetbridge on expanding the definition of liquidity, and Abasa Phillips from Zilla to tell us about their new platform to invest in ICOs. And finally, wtf - what the Fetchcoin?! Whether its brilliantly conceived satire or a credible venture, you decide - let us know what you think! We hope you enjoy the show and, as ever, don't forget to subscribe. Missing out on the conversation? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or to read more about the news stories and have your say visit fintechinsidernews.com (https://fintechinsidernews.com/). Special Guests: Abasa Phillips and Scott Nelson.

Date: 2017-10-12 15:30:00

Ep. 14. Legitimising crypto exchanges & ICOs: South Korea, Australia & DJ Khaled weigh in

In this episode: Simon, Colin and special guest Frank Schuil CEO and co-founder of Safello break down the last week's headlines including: The latest on the traditional finance vs crypto-currencies saga, with Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF speaking out about Bitcoin, We look at what South Korea, Singapore, Australia & the SEC have to say about ICOs, not to mention DJ Khaled! We also bring you 2 fantastic interviews from Yazan Barghuthi of Jibrel Network, and Jennifer Peve of the DTCC, and we speak to Adam Furgal from r3 about their recent announcements. We hope you're enjoying the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or read more about the news stories and add your own thoughts at fintechinsidernews.com. If you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Adam Furgal, Frank Schuil, Jennifer Peve, and Yazan Barghuthi.

Date: 2017-10-05 13:00:00

Ep. 13. Jamie Dimon vs Bitcoin, Ethereum Mixers & Blockchain Live

In this episode: We bring you the second part of our series of Interviews from Blockchain Live, including Sam Chadwick from Thomson Reuters, Gemma Milne, journalist and podcast host of Science: Disrupt; and Kaspar Korjus from the Estonian Republic. Simon and Colin break down the latest news from the last week including: - Jamie Dimon has more to say about Bitcoin, but is he a HODLer? - Study finds that most Ethereum transactions are just trying to hide Ether - Tim Swanson bears witness to all the sins in crypto-land in his latest blog post. We hope you're enjoying the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or read more about the news stories and add your own thoughts at fintechinsidernews.com. If you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Gemma Milne, Kaspar Korjus, and Sam Chadwick.

Date: 2017-09-28 12:00:00

Ep 12. Beyond Bitcoin - Blockchain Live and EOS Interview

In this episode: Simon takes us through the week's top stories including BTCC ceasing trading in China; John McAffee's challenge on Jamie Dimon; and Vitalik Buterin's claim we're in an ICO bubble. Also: we ain't saying he a gold digger - but Jamie Foxx promotes a currency exchange ICO. We also have some fantastic interviews recorded at Blockchain Live in London, including Brendan Blumer and Dan Larimer from Block One, all about their EOS platform. Simon also speaks to Eva Kaili, MEP, about her role as Chair of the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment body (STOA). We will have more insights from Blockchain Live next week! We hope you're enjoying the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or read more about the news stories and add your own thoughts at fintechinsidernews.com. If you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guests: Brendan Blumer, Dan Larimer, and Eva Kaili.

Date: 2017-09-21 10:15:00

Ep. 11. Bitcoin is dead. Long live Bitcoin

Simon and Colin take you through the madness that is this week's news including: China bans bitcoin, again! Tax Exemptions for bitcoin exchanges - does taxing them make them more real? As Japan launches major bitcoin mining centre, we ask if Japan is not bitcoin's untold story of the year, and Simon shares his views on JP Morgan chief exec Jamie Dimon stating that bitcoin is all fraud. We also speak to Matt Spoke fro the Aion Network following their latest release. All this and more on this week's show. We hope you're enjoying the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show @bchaininsider or read more about the news stories and add your own thoughts at fintechinsidernews.com. If you really love the show, why not leave us a review on iTunes? Special Guest: Matt Spoke.

Date: 2017-09-14 15:00:00

Ep. 10. China draws first regulatory blood on ICOs

In this episode: Simon and Colin and special guest, Fintech Insider and 11:FS' Jason Bates, break down the top news stories of the week including: -The PBOC declares ICOs illegal - Crypto markets tumble 20% as a result - Messenger app Kik raises funds to launch an ICO for its own currency, the kin. - And… Paris Hilton launches an ICO They also debate why it is that bitcoin is currently considered a no-go zone by big banks? Then Simon catches up with ICO lawyer and token expert Patrick Murck for his thoughts on token sales, ICOs and the Chinese rulings making headlines this week. And finally - let us know which celebrity you'd trust most if they endorsed an ICO - Tweet us @bchaininsider or drop us a line at podcasts@11fs.com. We hope you're enjoying the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Special Guests: Jason Bates and Patrick Murck.

Date: 2017-09-06 15:00:00

Ep. 9. Will regulators kill ICOs and Tokens?

In this episode: Simon, Colin and guests Kadhim Shubber and break down the top news stories of the last week including: - Bitcoin Segwit upgrade goes live - While Ethereum’s upgrade could still be a long wait - More regulators opine on tokens -And Burger King launches its own cryptocurrency We also have some fantastic interviews including: Andrew Chapin of Benja, talking about the BenjaCoin and proactively working with regulators; and Taylor Monahan of MyEtherWallet about the industry trends, and scam prevention. We hope you're enjoying the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode! Get in touch with us on Twitter @bchaininsider, and we'd also love it if you could leave us a review on iTunes! Special Guests: Andrew Chapin, Kadhim Shubber, and Richard Burton.

Date: 2017-08-31 09:00:00

Ep. 8 Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Bonds and Insurance on Blockchains

In this episode: Simon, Colin and guests Steve Webb and Hadi Kabalan break down the top news stories of the last week including: - Bitcoin Cash hits $1000, then quickly returns to $600! - The first bond on blockchain - IOTA the Internet of Things “Blockchain” announces flash channels And we have some top class interviews including: lawyer Stephen Palley about whether or not ICOs are legal, and what you should bear in mind if you're considering setting one up; then we speak to Blocksure's Ranvir Saggu and Joseph Goulden about their Ethereum-based Insurance project. We hope you're enjoying the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode, and we'd also love it if you could leave us a review on iTunes! Special Guests: Hadi Kabalan, Stephen Palley, and Steve Webb.

Date: 2017-08-24 10:00:00

Ep. 7. Filecoin's record-breaking raise & Tezos launching a VC fund

As Bitcoin makes new highs, surpassing $4000 over the week, we look into the stories behind cryptocurrencies, tokens and DLTs. In this week's show we cover: Filecoin overtakes Tezos for the largest crowdfunding ever, topping $250m in just one hour Not to be outdone, Tezos announces a series of updates including its upcoming $50m VC fund Microsoft goes all in on Ethereum, launching the Coco framework, while Vitalik Buterin and Joseph Poon release details of the Plasma scalability project. Top cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex, reduces services for US customers, including for tokens And, Twitter CEO and Square Founder Jack Dorsey calls Bitcoin and Blockchain the ‘next big unlock’ We have an exclusive interview from Jennifer O'Rourke of the Illinois Blockchain Initiative, all about the work that they're doing, and we also hear from Stefano Bernardi on his views on token sales and ICO investment. We hope you're enjoying the show - don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode, and we'd also love it if you could leave us a review on iTunes! Special Guests: Jennifer O'Rourke, Sara Feenan, and Stefano Bernardi.

Date: 2017-08-17 10:00:00

Ep. 6. How to get a job in blockchain & Bitcoin Cash: week one roundup

In this episode: Simon and Colin break down: high profile bankers leaving for cryptocurrency startups, The Chicago Board of Exchange announces that it will launch Bitcoin Futures, and ICO funding tops half a billion dollars in the month of July and 1.6Bn this year. Zeth Couceiro, expert recruiter in the blockchain space, makes his debut on the show giving his top tips on how to get a job in blockchain. They also look back at the first week of Bitcoin Cash since the bitcoin fork and discuss the impact on the price and the network with Chris Burniske. Special Guests: Chris Burniske and Zeth Couceiro.

Date: 2017-08-10 12:00:00

Ep. 5. The Bitcoin Fork and Bitcoin Cash

In another packed episode Simon and Colin discuss the latest news in the industry including the arrest of Alexander Vinnik and seizure of Bitcoin exchange BTC-e; Ethereum miners chartering jumbo jets and of course the Bitcoin split - and we have a comment from crypto expert Chris Burniske to get his take on what just happened and what the impact of the split will be. We also have two fantastic interviews, starting with Dr Gideon Greenspan who’s behind Multichain and Coinsciences and Reto Trinkler, CEO of of MelonPort about the Melon Protocol. Enjoy the show! Tell your friends and please do leave us a review on iTunes. Special Guests: Chris Burniske, Gideon Greenspan, and Reto Trinkler.

Date: 2017-08-03 10:00:00

Ep. 4: The SEC verdict on ICOs, the Parity hack and bitcoin forks!

Colin and Simon are joined by author Chris Burniske for the news. They cover the top stories rocking the blockchain and cryto space right now, kicking off with the Parity hack last week, which has as many twists and turns as a heist movie after $32M Ethereum was stolen, and a whitehat group attempted to hack it back and return the stolen money. Was this ethical? What is the impact of this? Colin, Simon and Chris try to make sense of it all. They also discuss the bitcoin scaling problem, resulting in a hard fork of bitcoin and a divide in viewpoint of the bitcoin community, and finally, the breaking news of the SEC's verdict on DAO ICOs and tokens and get an exclusive interview from Jeff Bandman in reaction to this. We also have an interview with Richard Brown, CTO of R3 all about the work that they do, and specifically about Corda. Guests: Chris Burniske - Author: Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond Richard Brown - CTO, R3 Jeff Bandman - Principal, Bandman Advisors and former Founding Director and architect, LabCFTC

Date: 2017-07-27 16:30:00

Ep. 3: Bitcoin Signs & is Crypto a New Religion?

This week Simon and guests talk through a guy holding up a “Buy Bitcoin” sign who gets $15,000 donated as a result, the developments in “DLT” and corporate Blockchain, Revolut's integration of bitcoin, and will Mauritius really become "Ether Island", the new go-to place for cryptocurrencies? Later on he chats to Meltem Demoirs from Digital Currency Group about what's hot in blockchain, what is a token, and women in blockhain. Guests: - Ajit Tripathi - Director, Disruptive Technologies, PwC - Jeff Bandman - Principal, Bandman Advisors and former Founding Director and architect, LabCFTC - Paul Gordon - Co-founder, Quantave & Director, Coinscrum - Melten Demirors - Director, Digital Currency Group Like what you heard? Don't forget to subscribe, review us on iTunes or contact us - podcasts@11fs.co.uk Special Guest: Ajit Tripathi.

Date: 2017-07-20 11:00:00

Ep. 2: Tokenomics, FOMO and $566M in a month

We talk Governments getting into Blockchain - will regulation be led by China and Singapore?, cryptocurrencies finally being taken seriously by banks, governments and regulating bodies - and then conversely, the fear of missing out now has its own coin! And later in the show we talk to William Mougayar - the author, expert and speaker on all things Tokens and Blockchain! He tells us how he got into blockchain, where he sees the industry going, his view on token sales and the million dollar question: are we in a bubble? Special Guest: William Mougayar.

Date: 2017-07-13 08:00:00

Ep. 1: Ongoing Token Madness

In this episode: Today we will talk about the ongoing token madness, the importance of the state of Delaware, followed by some Blockchain news, including the importance of bitcoin in both the sale of marijuana and related and unrelated transaction security. In the second part of the show we have two interviews with some fantastic guests - first up: Arthur and Kathleen Brietman, the founders of Tezos, about one of the most exciting token sales happening. They are followed by Stefan Thomas the CTO of famous start-up Ripple, the global settlement network, who discusses (among other things) the importance of protocols and the rise and investment in interledgers. Like what you heard? Don't forget to subscribe, review us on iTunes or contact us - podcasts@11fs.co.uk Special Guests: Arthur Breitman, Kathleen Breitman, and Stefan Thomas.

Date: 2017-07-06 12:00:00

Blockchain Special Part 2: Consensus Recap

Part 2 of our Blockchain Special, Simon and Colin with a roster of fascinating guests focus on the recent Consensus conference. We cover what the conference is, who should be attending and where it means to the industry. We give you a crash course on the difference between cryptocurrencies and DLT, what the main impacts ledger technology will have on banks and what is causing the major spikes in crypto currency prices right now. Special Guests: Ajit Tripathi, Ghela Boskovich, and Jeremy Millar.

Date: 2017-07-06 10:00:00

Blockchain Special Part 1: Tokens

As crypto currency interest and prices reach an all time high Simon and Colin bring you the first of a three part special on Blockchain. We delve into the hurricane of news that surfaced this week talking all time high prices, Bitcoin's effect on national security and the CFTC's foray into the blockchain. In our second half tokens and ICO's are on the table as we explain what exactly an ICO is, what tokens are, what industries are reacting and why you should be paying attention. Special Guests: Euros Evans and Kadhim Shubber.

Date: 2017-07-06 10:00:00

Blockchain Special Part 3: EEA and ZCash

In the third of our three part Blockchain Special, Simon and Colin are joined by some very special guests to discuss EEA, ZCash and the potential similarities between blockchain and the rise of cryptocurrencies and the dot-com bubble in the 90s, and asks the question: “Why should we be paying attention?”. They also debate the anonymity of blockchain and user privacy; and centralisation vs decentralisation in blockchain APIs - do we still need the middle man? In the second half they discuss highly topical news stories such as the EU’s pledge to invest in blockchain research and Theresa May’s proposal for greater internet security and access to public data - is she asking for the impossible? Special Guests: Alex Batlin and Jack Gavigan.

Date: 2017-07-06 10:00:00