Rank #1: Sam Conner and Andre van Zyl Discuss Clic.World
Clic.World is creating an end-to-end community centric financial based eco-system in Africa using the open and inclusive Stellar network.
Sam Conner and Andre van Zyl (co-founder of Clic.World) discuss Clic.World's six-year journey, from inception to big plans for 2021 - the year when Andre believes the handbrake will be released and everything is going to happen. The discussion starts with a promise of sharing Uganda's Big Gorilla Coffee and a declaration from Andre that this coffee powers Clic and is not for amateurs.
The discussion quickly moves to Africa and the need to bring technology that supports and makes more robust the African model of social banking rather than trying to force the monolithic banking model that works in other areas of the globe. Andre explains his excitement when he first read the Bitcoin white paper and how he now believes Stellar built on that white paper and made possible a solution to the financial problems that Clic.World is working to solve.
The podcast ends with recent successes with African regulators and an exciting roadmap with partnerships that put Clic at the financial crossroad for modernizing social banking across all of Africa.
Dec 18 2020
Rank #2: Stellar Core Protocol 15
Brian and Daniel discuss the two exciting new features that went live on Stellar with the release of Stellar Core Protocol 15. The features are claimable balances and sponsored reserves. Brian and Daniel explain how these two features combine with the fee-bump feature that was released with Protocol 13 to provide developers the trifecta of tools needed to put the blockchain technology completely behind the scenes for users.
Brian and Daniel discuss how these new features can streamline the rewards token use case, including making it easier to track the amount of fish Brian buys at his local farmers' market. The discussion leads to the purpose of the Stellar lumen and how it is a facilitator of a healthy and liquid Stellar network, but, as Protocol 15 emphasizes, the lumen never needed to be the star of the show.
Dec 10 2020
Rank #3: Africa and the Cowrie Exchange
Cowrie Exchange is a Nigerian based fiat to crypto gateway that provides a way to trade cryptos with local fiat currency in the region.
Sam Conner and Ladi Okorodudu, from the Cowrie Exchange, discuss what the Cowrie Exchange has done so far for Nigeria and how it plans to be the leading African payment network using Stellar. The discussion begins with Ladi explaining the current state of Africa and the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians. Ladi then highlights how the Cowrie Exchange integrates directly with the Nigerian banking system - allowing payment in NGNT, an asset backed digital token pegged to the Nigerian Naira, to cash payout of Naira at the local brick and mortar bank in 60 seconds.
Ladi shares his experience with the people at the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF), including a recent heartfelt outreach from the SDF's CEO Denelle Dixon.
Ladi then provides insight into the Cowrie Exchange's decision to use the Stellar network as compared to Ethereum. The discussion then moves to the End SARS movement where Ladi provides his perspective into that movement and the youth in Nigeria. The podcast ends with big plans for the future with the Cowrie Exchange's planned expansion from Nigeria to several other countries in Africa.
Nov 06 2020
Rank #4: The Stellar Community Fund and Stellar Quest
Sam Conner and Tyler van der Hoeven from the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) discuss the current state of the Stellar Community Fund (SCF) and the robust launch of Stellar Quest.
The interview begins with Tyler in his parents' basement picking apples and planting pumpkins. It ends with Tyler's palpable excitement around Stellar Quest. Tyler explains how he found Stellar and how he ultimately got hired by the SDF. Sam and Tyler discuss the difference between the Seed Fund and the Lab Fund that are community funds available to help provide financial rewards to people building on Stellar.
The discussion ends on Stellar Quest and how participation has far exceeded Tyler's expectations. Tyler explains his vision for Stellar Quest to be the catalyst that onboards the next wave of Stellar developers.
Oct 30 2020
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Rank #5: Sam Conner and Stefan Schneider Discuss COINQVEST
COINQVEST provides cryptocurrency payment processing so that a business can accept and settle payments in Bitcoin, Ethereum and Stellar Lumens while also keeping accountants and tax authorities happy. COINQVEST, in conjunction with the Stellar blockchain technology, also allows the business to receive national currencies like EUR, USD or NGN regardless of whether their customers choose to pay in Bitcoin, Ethereum or Stellar Lumens.
Sam and Stefan (co-founder of COINQVEST) discuss the COINQVEST service and how it leverages the Stellar blockchain technology to provide digital cryptocurrency payment processing. Stefan shares his appreciation for the funding received through the Stellar Community Fund (SCF) and how the SCF helps lengthen the runway for startups like COINQVEST. He goes on to explain why COINQVEST chose the Stellar technology and provides a quick explanation of how Stellar's path-payment feature works. The episode ends with an overview of how a shop owner can get started with COINQVEST to reach new customers and do so with plugins that work with the top e-commerce platforms - Wordpress, WooCommerce, Shopify, and Magento.
Oct 23 2020
Rank #6: Sam Conner and Radko Albrecht Discuss Bitbond
Bitbond improves the issuance, settlement and custody of bonds with the help of Stellar blockchain technology and tokenization.
Sam Conner and Radko Albrecht, CEO and founder of Bitbond, discuss Bitbond's early accomplishments, partnerships, regulations in Germany, and an exciting future of financial inclusion. Radko explains that Bitbond Token (BB1) serves as a showcase for issuing a dematerialized security token in Europe using the Stellar blockchain network. He also explains why Bitbond chose to use the Stellar protocol as compared to other blockchain protocols.
In addition, this episode includes a teaser of an upcoming announcement by a German bank and its plans to issue a Euro-denominated stable coin utilizing the open and inclusive Stellar blockchain network.
Oct 15 2020
Rank #7: Sam Conner and Marco Montes Neri Discuss Saldo.mx and the Stellar Network
Saldo.mx aims to make it easier, less costly, and safer for migrant communities to make cross-border remittances to pay bills at home.
Sam and Marco, the founder of Saldo.mx, discuss the tremendous need that exists in the remittance space and how Saldo.mx aims to solve the problem by offering a digital peso (also known as a stable coin or a peso anchor) on the open and inclusive Stellar network. In addition to highlighting the real need for more efficient cross-border remittances, Marco explains regulations, why Saldo.mx ultimately picked the Stellar network, what the community can do to help drive network effect, and his ten-year ambition to be the most important fintech.
Oct 08 2020
Rank #8: The Futbol App on the Stellar Network
TheFutbolApp by pandaHAUS is a social network for the world's football community (also know as the soccer community). TheFutbolApp leverages the open and inclusive Stellar payment network so that its participants can earn and spend the apps TFC token (TheFutbolCoin).
In this podcast, Sam Conner interviews Steve Van Zutphen, the CEO and co-founder, where they discuss the apps success in Cyprus, how it aims to reward the entire football community from fans to players to advertisers, why TheFutbolApp chose the Stellar network, and plans for the future.
The podcast ends with Steve considering a Stellar community meetup hosted by TheFutbolApp in Cyprus with Sam as a guest speaker and off time spent on Cyprus' spellbinding beaches.
Oct 02 2020
Rank #9: The Business Case for Wallets on the Stellar Blockchain
Brian and Daniel discuss digital wallets on the open and inclusive Stellar network. They explore the business cases for custodial and non-custodial wallet providers and highlight the opportunities and challenges particular to non-custodial wallets since non-custodial wallet providers do not hold any assets.
Albedo.link is discussed and how it aims to streamline the management of wallet keys so that developers can focus on their primary Stellar-based business case. Brian takes a guess at where key management will be in five years and his view that there will be a formation of three distinct layers of value.
Stellarmap.io receives an impromptu mention with Brian and Daniel both encouraging Stellar consumers and merchants to connect and start using Stellar to do what it was designed to do - make payments cheaply and efficiently.
Sep 27 2020
Rank #10: Sam Conner and Michael Cowans discuss Velo Labs
The Velo Protocol is a value transfer engine that will initially consist of two components: a Digital Credit Issuance Mechanism and the Digital Reserve System. Sam and Michael discuss how blockchain technology will provide much needed modernization to remittances.
In this interview, Michael explains the Seven Eleven connection to Velo Labs in Asia, Velo Lab's growing partnerships, why they picked the Stellar Network over other blockchain projects, the importance of regulators, and the prospects of being "on-track" as it relates to near-term future milestones announcements.
The podcast ends with Michael agreeing to do a future Ask Me Anything (AMA) with the Stellar community.
Sep 21 2020