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From Crypto to Gondolo -- John Reardon interviews Ryan Zurrer

Collectability Podcast

In our most diverse interview yet, Collectability's John Reardon and venture investor Ryan Zurrer explore the intersection of art, NFTs, watch collecting and saving the world. Last year, Ryan Zurrer garnered international media attention when he paid $29 million for Beeple's kinetic video sculpture, Human One. Here he explains why and the future importance of NFTs in every aspect of our lives, as well as the art and watch industries. Ryan Zurrer's captivating career has spanned future technologies from renewable energy to crypto, yet he is also a distinguished collector of vintage Patek Philippe watches, particularly Gondolo pocket watches and early wristwatches. Zurrer explains why he collects from both the past and the future, and his assertion that Patek Philippe vintage watches are a good store of value. He also explains why he believes that mental health is the biggest problem on the planet and why he has invested in psychedelic therapy in a mission to provide a tool that can help many people. #patekphilippe #vintagepatek #chronometrogondolo #NFT #Technologist #cryptocurrency #ryanzurrer #beeple #humanone #digitalart #psychodelics

1hr 16mins

30 Jan 2022

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Ryan Zurrer - Investing in Our Psychedelic Future

The Third Wave

After a successful career in entrepreneurship and cryptocurrency, Ryan Zurrer turned his attention to the burgeoning psychedelic space. As he continued to learn more via research, attending conferences, and speaking with others, he became concerned about what he considers the “dystopian future” of psychedelic therapies - sterile doctors’ offices, $8000 treatments, synthetic drugs, no community or connection. Determined to help others harness the powerful benefits of plant medicines in traditional settings, he started Vine Ventures, a VC fund focusing on a future in which everyone who wants to access a psychedelic experience can do so safely, legally, and affordably. In this episode, Ryan and Paul discuss the importance of accessibility, Ryan’s criteria for investment, and the differences between a centralized and decentralized approach to therapy and legalization.


2 May 2021

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How to invest in psychedelic companies: Vine Ventures' Founder Ryan Zurrer

Business Trip

Today's episode features Ryan Zurrer, founder of Vine Ventures, one of the first venture capital funds investing in psychedelic medicine. Ryan has deep roots in psychedelics culture and understands the many cultures within the psychedelic space. His fund is aligned with those values.If you’re a founder, investor, or early hire at a psychedelic company, this episode is a must-listen!In this episode, we discuss:Which psychedelic business models are a good fit for venture capital?Why did Ryan start Vine Ventures?What traits of entrepreneurs does Ryan invest in?Which form of psychedelic medicine is better: natural or synthetic compounds? Links to topics discussed in this episode:PharmauascaOregon Initiative Measure 109ENTHEONPsyGenCalifornia SoberAtaiCompassGet in touch with Ryan Zurrer - TW: @rzurrer LI: Ryan ZurrerRead the transcript here.Watch episode 3 on YouTube.Created by Greg Kubin and Matias SerebrinskyHost: Greg KubinProduced by Jonathan DavisFind us at businesstrip.fmFollow us on Instagram and Twitter!Theme music by Dorian LoveAdditional music by Blue Dot Sessions and Chad Crouch


17 Sep 2020

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Why Ryan Zurrer Would Like to See a New DAO - Ep.88


Ryan Zurrer, formerly chief commercial officer and director at the Web 3 foundation and former principal and partner at Polychain Capital, discusses his recent proposal for a new DAO, reviving one of the most notorious experiments in crypto history. Zurrer explains the way it works, some of the new technologies, such as SourceCred, that he thinks could make a new DAO better than the original, what problem he wants to solve with the DAO, and how it would work. He also talks about why he believes that if the DAO had survived, that the due diligence in the space would be far higher than it was during the ICO craze, and why he thinks that the architecture of the DAO he's proposed will not violate U.S. securities law.  Thank you to our sponsors! Crypto.com: https://crypto.com/ CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed Episode links: The DAO white paper: https://github.com/the-dao/whitepaper Ryan Zurrer: https://twitter.com/rzurrer SourceCred: https://sourcecred.io/ CoinDesk article on the recently proposed DAO: https://www.coindesk.com/former-polychain-partner-ryan-zurrer-is-leaving-web3-to-start-his-own-dao The SEC's report on the 2016 DAO: https://www.sec.gov/litigation/investreport/34-81207.pdf Comprehensive Bloomberg feature on the 2016 DAO: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2017-the-ether-thief/


30 Aug 2019

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Ryan Zurrer: Response To Tom’s Polkadot Report, Web3 and Lessons Learned In China

The Delphi Podcast

Host Tom Shaughnessy of Delphi Digital (DelphiDigital.io) is joined by Web3 Foundation's Ryan Zurrer. This was an awesome episode where we discuss everything from how the Web3 foundation is ushering in the decentralized web where users control their data to Polkadot, a high profile interoperability project. I recently wrote a post on Polkadot exploring my concerns, so it was great to discuss them with Ryan. The post is linked in the show notes below. To access the insights package of Delphi's leading crypto research, visit DelphiDigital.io on your device and sign up using coupon code CHAINREACTION Follow Tom on Twitter @Shaughnessy119 Follow Ryan on Twitter @rzurrer  Resources: Polkadot: Promise and Problems Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Tom owns tokens in ETH, BTC, XTZ, LEO, DCR, VRA and STX.   - Advertisers: To advertise on this podcast, email Tom@DelphiDigital.io Potential Guests: If you're interested in appearing on the podcast, email Tom@DelphiDigital.io  -

1hr 6mins

5 Aug 2019

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Ryan Zurrer, Director of the Web 3.0 Foundation

Messari's Unqualified Opinions

Ryan Selkis interviews Ryan Zurrer, the director of the Web 3.0 Foundation.-----If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe.This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: https://www.blockworksgroup.io


30 Jul 2019

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#40 How Should We Govern Blockchains? - Ryan Zurrer (Web3 Foundation)

Blockcrunch: The Crypto Investor Podcast |Project Breakdowns| Founder Interviews

Ryan Zurrer, Director of the Web3 Foundation and former Principal at Polychain Capital, joins us in discussing one of the most important questions in crypto: how should we govern? We touch on: How should blockchains be governed?  What are the different models of governance? How do we prevent plutocracies? How does Polkadot further the governance debate? Not finance advice. Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi) ** Resources: Relay node newsletter (Asia crypto events) Libsyn link Apple Podcast Stitcher Spotify **** Intro music by Phortissimo. Outro music by Garreth Chan. Disclaimer: The Blockcrunch podcast series is intended for educational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice. Conduct your own research and invest at your own risk.

1hr 1min

28 Jan 2019

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Ryan Zurrer: Polychain – A Crypto Hedge Fund Success Story

Epicenter - Learn about Crypto, Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

We are joined by Ryan Zurrer, Principal and Venture partner, at Polychain capital. Polychain capital is a breakout crypto hedge fund with over $100 million in assets under management, and large investments in major crypto projects such as Dfinity, Polkadot, Filecoin and Vest. Ryan was the first person to join Olaf Carlson Wee in managing this fund. He built multiple companies in the wind energy industry prior to making a switch to the cryptocurrencies. In this episode, we go behind the scenes of the Polychain success story. We get details on what crypto hedge funds are, how Polychain got started, reasons for its breakout success, its approach to blockchain investments and the current challenges of running a crypto hedge fund. Ryan also walks us through Polychain’s interest areas – Layer 1 blockchain protocols such as Filecoin, Dfinity and Polkadot; and financial derivative protocols. If you want to understand how some of the leading minds allocate capital at a large scale in the cryptocurrency industry, check out the episode. Topics covered in this episode: What is a crypto hedge fund? Differences between a crypto hedge fund and a venture capital firm The Polychain success story and how it played out Polychain’s approach to cryptocurrency investments and entrepreneurs Polychain’s major flagship investments – Filecoin, Dfinity and Polkadot Polychain’s perspective in the “frozen Parity ether” debate Episode links: Polychain capital website Fortune article on Polychain Previous Epicenter episode on Polychain with Olaf Carlson Wee Polychain's perspective on the “Parity frozen ether” controversy This episode is hosted by Meher Roy and Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/249

1hr 27mins

22 Aug 2018

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All Things Cryptoeconomics, Pt. 1, With Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of Polychain Capital


In an intermittent series on cryptoeconomics, Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of crypto hedge fund Polychain Capital describe what cryptoeconomics is, what goals it typically helps networks accomplish and what behaviors token systems might someday incentivize. We discuss when cryptoeconomic models don't make sense, how the type of consensus algorithms a blockchain chooses can affect behavior in that system and which consensus mechanisms excite them now. We also dive into whether or not it's desirable for a cryptoeconomic system to depend on a small number of knowledgeable participants, how to manage on-chain governance so networks don't vote themselves into a "black hole," and what disciplines are helpful in designing smart cryptoeconomic systems. Polychain Capital http://polychain.capital/ Thank you to our sponsors: Preciate: Recognize someone with a shout out: https://preciate.org/recognize/ Bitwise Asset Management: https://www.bitwiseinvestments.com/unchained Keepkey: https://www.keepkey.com/

1hr 4mins

3 Apr 2018

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203: ICOs with Ryan Zurrer

The Critical Path

Horace and Anders speak with Ryan Zurrer of Polychain Capital about the disruptive possibilities of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and the blockchain token model.

1hr 3mins

10 Aug 2017