Rank #1: Chronicled, Part 1 - Blockchain Begins ... What's Yet to Come?
Blockchain is about much more than Bitcoin. Blockchain not only makes cryptocurrencies possible. Blockchain also makes it possible to move priceless artwork from one owner to another, securely deliver collectible sneakers from sellers to buyers, and monitor prescription pharmaceuticals as they're shipped around the country. And that's just the beginning for blockchain.
In the most recent episode of Appetite for Disruption, Samantha Radocchia, co-founder of Chronicled and a Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2017, joins Troy and Lee to discus how blockchain will affect our lives.
Feb 05 2018
Rank #2: Melissa Netram, LabCFTC, Part 1: What a Regulator Thinks About Innovation
Melissa Netram heads LabCFTC, an office within the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission charged with understanding FinTech innovation and interfacing with the creators of new products and services. She comes to the job with significant experience in regulatory policy around tech from her time in the private sector and previous government roles. In leading LabCFTC, Melissa both educates and innovates, seeking the right balance between regulatory requirements and moving technology forward. Consider signing up for LabCFTC’s office hours and meeting with her and her team as you move your project forward! COVID-19: Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the virus, and we applaud the workers on the front lines as they strive to bring the world through this troubling time.
May 19 2020
Rank #3: Naval Ravikant Part 1: Business Plus Science Equals Technology
We welcome Naval Ravikant, a prodigious entrepreneur who has made a career helping other entrepreneurs. In this episode, we discuss how to be an effective entrepreneur, including the game theory of venture capital. Plus we cover complexity theory (or, Why can’t everything be simpler?), the “infrastructure of innovation,” and the first-principles thinking of science. Of course, nothing said in this episode is investment, legal, or any other advice of any kind.
Jul 01 2019
Rank #4: SeedInvest, Part 1
Dec 04 2018
Rank #5: Naval Ravikant Part 2: Will Your Phone Do Everything?
In this second part of our conversation with Naval Ravikant, we talk about how financial services will be disrupted, from blockchain to payments and beyond. We then venture into the future of work, such as what will the gig economy mean for how we will work in the future? At the end, Troy and Lee chat a bit about their impressions from the conversation with Naval, giving some additional food for thought. We hope you like this new feature. Of course, nothing said in this episode is investment, legal, or any other advice of any kin
Jul 15 2019
Rank #6: Flavio Mansi, Part 1: Disrupting the Mobile Phone Industry, with Blockchain
Flavio’s vision is a peer-to-peer open platform for buying and selling used mobile phones – of which there are millions around the globe. Flavio shares his take on the mobile phone industry, including existing inefficiencies in how used phones are graded, priced, sold, and delivered to the next owner, all of which he’s hoping to disrupt with blockchain technology. His plan is to use blockchain to fix informational asymmetries, reduce transaction costs, and promote pricing efficiencies. Flavio’s ultimate goal is for a platform that fosters a marketplace that is open to everyone and not limited to mobile phones.
Nov 18 2019
Rank #7: “What the Internet was for information, the blockchain is for transferring value.” – Michael Oved
In the second installment of Appetite for Disruption’s interview with Michael Oved of AirSwap, Troy and Lee explore the role of security and trust in shaping the future of blockchain, and how this technology may be just as big as the Internet.
Jul 09 2018
Rank #8: Trading in Crypto
In this episode of Appetite for Disruption, Troy and Lee speak with AirSwap co-founder Michael Oved about smart contracts, the future of (decentralized) trading, and the beauty of simplicity in technology.
Jun 25 2018
Rank #9: Dale Purves, Duke Neuroscientist, Part 2: What Human Brains Teach Us About Computer Brains
As Dale explains it, our brains have been practicing how to respond to stimuli for millennia. While humans have been around longer than computers, computers can “practice” harder and longer than humans can. And so, through practice, computers can get really good at what they do really quickly. Interestingly, according to Dale, different computers may learn differently, and so machine learning may yield different results by different computers – sort of like how different people learn differently and thus make different decisions. Where will it all lead? Troy and Lee’s wrap-up conversation explores some of the themes they discussed with Dale.
Nov 04 2019
Rank #10: Key Considerations for Crypto and Regulation
In the third and final installment of Appetite for Disruption’s discussion with crypto enthusiast and venture capitalist Lou Kerner, Troy and Lee discuss how regulators should approach crypto. What will help and what will hurt this developing innovation and marketplace?
Jun 11 2018
Rank #11: All Things Crypto
Business Insider reporter Frank Chaparro joins Troy and Lee to talk all things crypto -- big banks getting into the crypto space, when we might see a crypto ETF, how crypto is becoming more accessible, and the importance of keeping the long-view in mind.
Jul 23 2018
Rank #12: Marcus, Pt 1 - Small Loans Are Creating Big Business at Goldman
You order a slice of pizza. Just as the waiter is handing it to you, he takes a bite and claims it’s his “fee.” Naturally, you’re indignant. Does this tell us anything about banking? Goldman Sachs’ consumer lending arm, Marcus, thinks it does. In this episode of Appetite for Disruption, Troy and Lee talk with Omer Ismail (Marcus Chief Commercial Officer) and Dustin Cohn (Head of Brand Management for Marcus) about Marcus’ approach to putting the consumer first.
Mar 05 2018
Rank #13: Chronicled, Part 2 - Blockchain as a Community Builder
Blockchain is about more than technology. It's about human interaction. Even more than that, blockchain challenges how we think about "community." In the second installment of our discussion with Chronicled co-founder Samantha Radocchia, Troy and Lee look beyond technology to examine how blockchain is changing social and economic dynamics as more-and-more occurs anonymously.
Feb 19 2018
Rank #14: Currents in Crypto
Aug 06 2018
Rank #15: Prof. Hal Abelson, Part 2: Lessons from a Computer Scientist: Should a Computer or a Person Make that Decision?
Professor Hal Abelson of MIT continues to explain the world of machine learning, including its limitations. Have you ever considered that a computer can recognize some images better than people can, but the computer might not recognize that an image is a dog if the picture is upside down? Even the best computer scientists are still working to develop clear and fulsome explanations of why and how machine learning works. As we also discuss with Hal, even the best-trained machines lack what we, as humans, think of as judgment, and machines certainly lack human values. Perhaps new advances will move computers more towards possessing judgment and values – the ability to have compassion or empathy, for example. If so, that could have big implications for how key decisions that affect our lives get made.
Aug 12 2019
Rank #16: Clara Tsao, Part 2: The Health and Welfare of Society.
We return with more thinking from Clara about how to accomplish trust and safety on the internet. There are many players involved in the discussion, including government agencies, the press, brands, and think tanks, all of whom are committed to the health and welfare of society on (and off) the internet. All have ideas about the right rules and outcomes. One core point that Clara emphasizes is how anonymity allows people to engage in conduct they otherwise might avoid if they were identified, and there is little doubt that the internet allows people to gain much more information, including algorithmically biased information, than ever before. The next few years will be consequential as people without access to the internet get online and as the world becomes increasingly digital. Even through all of this, Clara remains optimistic, which gives Lee and Troy hope, as you will hear in our post-interview conversation.
Apr 20 2020
Rank #17: Jon Clark, Part 1: Marketplace choices when trading stock.
Buyers and sellers want choices regarding what to buy and sell and where to buy and sell it. Trading stocks for investors is no different, as choice matters there too. We talk with Jon Clark, the CEO of Luminex, about his efforts building a company with the mission of affording institutional investors another choice centered on trading a large block of shares, rather than accessing the moment-to-moment liquidity of stock markets. Luminex, which actually is owned by institutional investors, is a stock trading venue for blocks of at least 5000 shares traded by institutional investors. Luminex’s business is one part of equity market structure, which needs to keep up as technology and market conditions change.
Dec 16 2019
Rank #18: Stocks Trade Really Fast, Part 1
We chat with Chris Concannon, formerly President and COO of Cboe and now the same at MarketAxess. We spoke with Chris (before he switched jobs) about the role of technology, the role of humans, and the speed of markets, and about regulation and complexity. (Nothing in this or any other episode is advice of any kind; please contact your own experts to help with investment, legal, regulatory, or other advice.)
Mar 18 2019
Rank #19: Cryptographers Do Cool Stuff, Part 1
To sum it up, math matters. Troy and Lee with Brett Hemenway, a cryptographer looking at various practical applications of secure multi-party computation to solve real-world information sharing problems. Ever want to tell someone something but you’re not sure if you should trust that person? Brett delves into the theory and practice of cryptography in a way that we think "Appetite for Disruption" listeners will find fascinating. Really amazing.
Feb 12 2019
Rank #20: SeedInvest, Part 2
We continue our discussion with Ryan and learn about the proposed transaction with Circle, some of the early challenges SeedInvest faced and how passion is a necessary part of any start-up vision. (Nothing in this or any other episode is advice of any kind; please contact your own experts to help with investment, legal, regulatory, or other advice.)
Dec 10 2018