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We are proud to announce the inaugural episode of LAB Radio, Learn About Bitcoin and Learn About Blockchain. This show emerged organically from within the CoinStructive team as a way to document various subject matter around this new technology.Subject matter like: What is Bitcoin and the Blockchain, Compliance, Smart Contracts, 2 Factor Authentication, Altcoins, Multi-disciplinary Use Cases, and how this Technology will change society.Guests have included: Paul Snow of Factom, Mate Tokay of Bitcoinist, Pamela Morgan of Third Key Solutions, Eric Larcheveque of Ledger, Diego Gutierrez Zaldivar of Rootstock.io, Joe Colangelo of Executive Consumer Research and many many other innovative and bright individuals doing exceptional work.For full episodes, show notes and more please visit: http://www.coinstructive.com/blog

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Ep 33 - Seoul Korea Beyond Blocks with Jack Tan of Kronos, a platform bringing elite quantitative trading to the average crypto investor

In this episode, we’re at the Beyond Blocks in Seoul (the "capital city"), Korea. Chris Groshong, CEO of CoinStructive, caught up with Jack Tan of Kronos Token, a platform aimed at allowed token holders to access to elite trading strategies through a built-in trading desk. Kronos helps to bridge the gap between retail untrained investors and the elite 1% who have unfair access to the majority of global wealth, where they just get richer. Kronos disagrees with this premise. To solve this problem, Kronos sources and nurtures elite investing and trading talent which opens up the skillsets and strategies of these teams to KRON holders. In addition, Kronos leverages a variety of time-tested investment methodologies to battle unstable and volatile markets and pass the value to the users. This allows investors to benefit from enterprise trading strategies which help stabilize portfolios despite market conditions. As stated on the Kronos website: We are changing the rules once and for all. All KRON holders will have a chance to access the best strategies in quantitative trading and other investments within crypto. The mission of the KRONOS project is to: Attract, foster and retain the best trading talent globally Remove access barriers to the top investments Maximize resilience of the ecosystem through the intelligence of decentralized governance Our strategies carry a range of risk and return profiles, but are generally uncorrelated from the market. This means they can profit even when asset prices are falling. We will begin with high-frequency market making and proprietary trading, but will quickly add teams to trade "smart index", statistical arbitrage, and discretionary small-cap strategies. The Kronos token helps bring elite trading strategies to the average investor After listening to this episode you will learn: How Jack moved to the US when he was 7 with humble beginnings What nagging problem Kronos solves for investors The limited choices and options available to the average retail investor How Kronos provides access to liquidity, market making and trade execution Why Kronos structured their coin in Taipei, Taiwan with a focus on Asian markets An example of the use cases and stories from users of the platform The future outlook and vision of Kronos in 2-3 years How Kronos uses quantitative algorithms to drive intelligent trading 24/7/365 regardless of bull or bear markets Why Jack believes in thinking long-term and creating something bigger than yourself For show notes and more please visit: LAB Radio

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2 Aug 2018

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Ep 78 - The Crypto Curator, Paul McNeal

The Crypto Curator, Paul McNeal  The first person I met at the Avantpay |19 conference was the always smiling,  Crypto Curator, Paul McNeal. I had no idea Paul was the host of a crypto news show, but after talking to him, I knew he had the chops and would make a great guest for LAB Radio. Paul's path into crypto took a circuitous route to say the least. Like many, he was able to leverage a previous skillset to help him land where he is today. Initially Paul heard about Bitcoin from the Bitcoin Knowledge podcast by Trace Mayer.  This officially made him the "go-to" Bitcoin guy when the monthly Chamber of Commerce Tech Committee Meeting took place in Loudoun County, VA. Back in 2012 it was tough to make a case for its uses, but Paul always spoke about it in a positive light and defended it against its critics. However, the Chamber would not put on a Bitcoin event. Paul's background in the military has helped him in many ways. He was an ROTC Army member in High School and then went into the Navy. He was on a submarine and was doing IT work, which helped him transition after leaving the military. Also, Paul picked up lots of real world skills which was surprising to me. The story of how he actually joined the Navy is quite interesting and worth a listen (@14:02) At this point we transition into the Avantpay19 Conference. Initially he heard about the conference because he knows Joshua and Peter, the organizers and founders of the event. It's not every day you see Legislators, Bankers, Payments people, Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Crypto enthusiasts all in one space talking about the same thing. Since this conference is truly one-of-a-kind, I asked Paul for his take on the event and his other thoughts:   What was the most eye opening part of the event The difficulties bringing crypto and cannabis together What would he change about the conference What he learned by moderating the Tax panel The SAFE (Secure And Fair Enforcement) Banking Act The quality of the Speakers Finally, we run through the Crypto Curators biggest fears in the industry, as well as what he would change if he had a magic wand.  Tweet your favorite quote and tag @CoinStructive @djkinkle @_CryptoCurator & #LABradio Further Reading and Resources  Paul McNeal , The Crytpo Curator, Founder | Twitter | LinkedIn The Crypto Curator| Website | Twitter | LinkedIn 


5 Nov 2019

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Ep 76 - Hannah Rosenberg - Chicago's Queen of Crypto

Chicago's Queen of Crypto  When I noticed the talented Hannah Rosenberg would be speaking at the Avantpay |19 conference, you have no idea how happy I became. I had recently visited Chicago at the end of August and I was able to sit down with Hannah and record an episode. Unfortunately, the recording had some technical issues and it was unusable. I wasn't going to let a second opportunity slip by.  Hannah got started in crypto back in 2014 and is one of the most involved and passionate people in the industry. She is the Managing Director of the Blockchain Institute, the Lead Organizer of the B.O.B. meetup (Bitcoin and Open Blockchain),  an adjunct faculty member at UIC (University of Illinois Chicago) and the founder of Velas Commerce.  Hannah was representing Velas Commerce at the Avantpay conference. So I asked her what she was hoping to get out of this event. She was really curious to hear the Cannabis Industries thoughts on crypto. Additionally, Hannah shares with us her take on the intersection of cannabis, crypto and payments. She also identifies why it is important to get out of the crypto bubble. As a full time crypto person, Hannah needs to remind herself that obvious solutions to her, are not obvious to others.  For the rest of us that don't live in Hannah's bubble, we dig into what the Chicago seen is like. She starts with the B.O.B. meetup group and tells us how thankful she was to have pioneers like Brooke Mallers and Pamela Morgan.  "I really see crypto as 'Power to the People' via technology." -Hannah Rosenberg Hannah started out holding events and creating trustworthy information during the 2017 crypto rush. After one of her events a woman from her Alma Mater, UIC, reached out to her. They began talking and the next thing she knew, she was creating a curriculum. She loves teaching because she gets to emphasize the potential impact the technology has on the world. Additionally, you'll hear topics like:  Crypto Commerce & Lightning Network Gresham's Law  Velas Commerce Crypto Payment Integrations What a world with crypto for her children will look like Her thoughts on the trajectory of the industry What she would change about the crypto industry Tweet your favorite quote and tag @CoinStructive @djkinkle @hmichellerose & #LABradio Further Reading and Resources Hannah Rosenberg , Blockchain Institute, Managing Director | Twitter | LinkedIn The Blockchain Institute| Website | Twitter | LinkedIn Velas Commerce - | Website | Twitter |LinkedIn B.O.B. Chicago Meetup - | Website | Meetup


25 Oct 2019

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Ep77 -Lourdes Miranda, Crypto Financial Crimes Analyst

Money Launderers Beware  Cryptocurrency Analyst and Financial Crimes Investigator, Lourdes Miranda joins us for episode 77 on LAB Radio.    Lourdes’ expertise lies in her years working from a compliance and financial crimes angle. Her knowledge of the Bank Secrecy Act led her to a career in the intelligence community, primarily the CIA. She knows the ins and outs of how money launderers operate. So when she was approached to join, admittedly she didnt know much about cryptocurrencies. That didnt bother the Agency one bit. She told their cyber security teams, if they taught her how crypto worked, she’d show them how it was being used to launder illegal proceeds. Lourdes speaks to and teaches both local and federal law enforcement communities across the country. She also consults banks and financial institutions. More recently Lourdes tells us about an interaction with a Bank and a Bitcoin ATM operator. The advice she gives seems obvious to me, but it just goes to show the Banks disparate view of this asset class.We further discussed the future of the crypto and blockchain industry and how it will impact banks. Ultimately, Lourdes feels banks will end up going the route of the newspapers during the proliferation of internet. The small banks react the slowest and are most vulnerable, but also have an advantage the bigger banks don’t. They posses the agility big banks can’t. So if a Credit Union or small bank decides to take a proactive approach they might actually avoid extinction. Sadly, these institutions dont realize they’re eventually going to lose their customers to crypto exchanges as they add more services and products, with lower fees.Lourdes and I also have differing opinions on whether cryptocurrency illegal activity will increase or decrease. Let’s just say, we agree to disagree, but we both might be right. You’ll just have to listen and give us your opinion. Tweet your favorite quote and tag @CoinStructive @djkinkle & #LABradio Further Reading and Resources Lourdes C. Miranda, CAMS, CFE, Financial Crimes Investigator and Crytpocurrency Analyst at Miranda FinIntel Consulting,  | Email | LinkedIn 


29 Oct 2019

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Ep 75 - Celsius Network - Providing benefit above all else

Celsius Network is changing the game I was thrilled to interview, not only one of the Celsius Network top brass, but two at the same time. We rarely get a duo as dynamic as CEO, Alex Mashinsky and Head of Global Partnerships, Leah Jonas. I knew this was going to be fun and informative. You don’t have to go deep into a search for the name Alex Mashinsky before you uncover a plethora of amazing feats. Not only does Alex have an eye for the future, but he understands what it takes to get there. A big part of “getting there” is surrounding yourself with amazing people and one of those people on this journey with Alex is Leah Jonas.  “Are you part of the problem or part of the solution” – Alex Mashinsky With Leah’s energetic and inviting personality it’s no wonder she’s the head of partnerships. Now living in Tel Aviv, she is helping expand the reach of the Celsius Network. As a previous part of the core team in New York, she has a unique perspective on remote teams and how to keep them focused.  Celsius’s most well known feature is their ability to for individuals to receive interest on the crypto they deposit. Twenty years ago it was commonplace for the average person to expect to earn interest on their money deposited at a bank. In this day and age, people never have to go into a branch, yet parts of the world are now experiencing negative interest rates. Additionally, there are still entire populations and geographies with access to banking of any kind, let along the concept of earning on your savings.  Gain Interest on your Crypto Celsius Network is bringing to the masses a new way to let your money make money. You’ll hear stories from both Leah and Alex reinforcing their beliefs on how blockchain technology can be applied to the world.   Additionally, you’ll hear topics like:  How providing benefit out weighs education Alex’s position on how blockchain can disrupt the fintech sector  Leah’s stance on Venture Capital and the ICO model Why they give 80% back to the depositors How Leah has done a 180 since joining crypto The importance of diversity and taking chances on people Alex’s position on the future for his children What each would change about the crypto industry Tweet your favorite quote and tag @CoinStructive @CelsiusNetwork and @LeahNJonas @Mashinsky Further Reading and Resources Alex Mashinsky , Celsius Network, Founder & CEO | Twitter | LinkedIn Leah Jonas , Celsius Network, Head of Global Partnerships | Twitter | LinkedIn Celsius Network – | Website | Facebook | Twitter |Telegram


11 Oct 2019

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Ep 74 - "Where's my Crypto Insurance?" - InsureYourBit

Our guest on episode 74 of LAB Radio is InsureYourBit’s founder, Doug Moeller. Doug is passionate about providing crypto related insurance to individuals and entities who regularly use uninsured third party custodians as a regular part of their business.  Stay in crypto long enough and you will eventually hear of or be a part of an exchange hack. US based residents who are used to traditional financial services, like banking, are familiar depositors insurance. They receive this as part of the banks agreement with the FDIC. However, the FDIC only insures one kind of deposit, US dollars. Many US based exchanges have FDIC insurance for their customers US dollar deposits, but what about all those crypto deposits? This is where InsureYourBit comes in. Doug wants to see a world where users, on exchange platforms, are able to purchase their own insurance for their digital assets.  Crypto on an exchange is not insured Doug's passion for insurance comes from his experience of platform failure  in the crypto space, but also as a poker player on Full Tilt Poker. The similarities of this centralized failure to the crypto exchange failures is eerily synonymous. It also comes from a deep sense of wanting people to be able to protect their assets or provide for their loved ones. The principles of insurance are to protect people and share risk. Currently, no one offers hot wallet insurance. Exchanges currently have war chests in case they are hacked. However, Doug believes the exchanges could better deploy that capital if it wasn't all tied up in an emergency fund.  "Insurance is the oldest Coop" - Doug Moeller In this episode we cover topics like:  How insurance works What it takes to launch an Insurance company Regulatory Frameworks Smart Contract Insurance The types of Crypto they plan to cover Insurance "Need vs. Want" According to a recent survey by InsureYourBit, "64 % of people who hold their crypto outside of an exchange would be more likely to keep it there if there was a crypto insurance product available." Lastly, the indemnity to the user will cover the total amount of crypto losses, let's say Bitcoin in this case.  If a trader wants to use and insure 10 bitcoins on X platform, once they start paying their premiums, they are covered in the event of an exchange hack.  Hope you Enjoy! Tweet your favorite quote and tag @CoinStructive @Insurabit and @DougFMoeller. Further Reading and Resources Doug Moeller, InsureYourBit Founder & CEO | Twitter | LinkedIn InsureYourBit - | Website | Facebook | Twitter 


4 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 73 - Rockstar Developer - Bitcoin Ecosystem Developer

Who is Rockstar Developer? On episode 73 of LAB Radio, your host Chris Groshong visits with Rockstar Developer over lunch during a recent visit to Chicago. For those of you who are new to this personality or know little about him, you are going to find out why he is such a Rockstar. And he even gives us some pointers on becoming a Rockstar too. Sometimes it's best to start with the simplest things first. You will hear us visit this topic several times during the episode. Of many themes we cover during lunch  they all relate to the human element behind the things we do.  Imagine sitting at a corner table on the 15th floor, over looking the fork of the downtown Chicago river. A thunder storm was just finishing up and off in the distance the top of the formerly known Sears Tower could be barely seen as it was dodging in and out of a fog against a dark backdrop of ominous looking cumulus clouds. Rockstar Developer and I had never met, nor spoken by phone. Our only contact came briefly via Twitter(@r0ckstardev). This didn't stop us from instantly connecting. It turns out we have a lot more in common than we thought.  Zoom out, the canvas is bigger than you think In the first few minutes Rockstar's calming presence embraces you and makes you want to listen more. We start out with the basics, like background and origin story. Then we get into what he's been working on lately. BTCPay Server is where he is spending a lot of his time and he is also working with Jack Mallers(@JackMallers) on Zap Wallet, a Lightning enabled wallet(@ln_zap). At this point in the interview we start to dive into real world issues and philosophical concepts.  We cover topics like:  When will the people wake up The US economy User Data & Sovereign Identity Fairness and Monkeys Sports and Business Emotional Intelligence Finally, we come to a close with how you too, can become a Rockstar. There is so much good stuff in this episode it's hard to fathom.  Enjoy! Tweet your favorite quote and Tag us and Rockstar Developer. http://traffic.libsyn.com/labradio/Ep_72_Rob_Odell_-_Salt_Lending_mixdown.mp3 Download MP3 Directly Listen on iTunes Add to RSS Further Reading and Resources Rockstar Developer, Bitcoin Ecosystem Developer | Twitter

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28 Aug 2019

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Ep 72 - SALT Lending, Crypto Collateralized Loans

What is SALT Lending? On episode 72 of LAB Radio, we are joined by Rob Odell, VP Product and Marketing from SALT Lending to discuss what's new with SALT. SALT is a lending platform that uses crypto as collateral. It's a simple yet brilliant platform to allow users to leverage their existing crypto portfolio to leverage against a fiat loan.  How does it work? For example, you own 5 bitcoins and need $25K to put a new roof on your house. Let's assume 1 Bitcoin is valued at $10K and you believe Bitcoin will rise in value from $10K to $50K in the next 3 years. Instead of selling 2.5 BTC, you could leverage your 5 BTC at a 50% Loan To Value (LTC) ratio. You would receive a $25K interest only loan with minimal interest payments due monthly and the balance due in the last month of the loan.  Let's say Bitcoin never reaches $50K, but it does hit $25K at 24 months into the loan. In this scenario you could close out your loan by selling 1 BTC instead of the original 2.5 BTC you were going to have to sell.  On the flipside, if Bitcoin never goes up and actually drops to $5K, the value of Bitcoin you have locked up in collateral is now only worth $25K. When the loan was originated it was set up to maintain a 50% LTV ratio, the loan is currently at 100% LTV. This adds significant risk to the lender. To correct the out of range LTV, 3 things can happen. You can add more bitcoin to the collateral to bring the loan back down to a 50% LTV. You can make a one time stablecoin payment or your collateral can start to be liquidated to cover your loan.  "SALT is not in the business of liquidating your crypto." -Rob Odell The last part sounds scary, as it should. No one wants to lose their crypto, that's why they are taking a fiat loan in the first place. The pause that it gives to one's decision making should be noted. A loan is not free money. Crypto doesn't always go up.  However, if you find yourself in a situation needing cash, owning crypto and not wanting to part with it, SALT Lending is a possible killer solution. Meet Rob Odell. He's been with the company since 2017 and recently promoted to Vice President of Product and Marketing. Rob is very excited about the newest updates to the SALT Lending platform. The most significant of which include more business functionality and multiple users on business accounts.  SALT is originating more loans than ever. They actually have a lot of repeat customers. Since the terms of the loans range from 3-36 months, they have seen a lot of people take out test loans. They want to try a loan of a smaller amount before they get into a much higher leveraged position.  SALT has also worked very hard to bring insurance to their customers. There was a lot of basic education needed to make the insurance company feel comfortable with their processes. It took about 2 months and they had 2-4 office visits before they were given the insurance policy. "We wear it like a badge of honor," says Rob Odell. How Rob found crypto Rob's crypto journey begins in 2013 when he and his wife moved to Bali so she could pursue her dream as a SCUBA instructor. He became friends with some Ex-Pats and started going to meetups. At one meeting, he was introduced to a man who was purchasing local coffee from farmers, roasting it and selling it for bitcoin on the internet. Rob's curiosity was sparked. Before moving to Bali, he previously taught English in South Korea. He met Mike Facchin of Search Scientists and began helping him build his Ads business remotely. This allowed him to gain insights into marketing campaign management and ultimately to where he is today. During this episode, Rob Odell explains: How does SALT approach traditional financial products education? SALT's philosophy on product and process improvements? What crypto means in a relationship? His views on crypto adoption. What would he would change in the crypto and blockchain industry. http://traffic.libsyn.com/labradio/Ep_71_Alex_Adelman_-_Lolli_mixdown.mp3 Download MP3 Directly Listen on iTunes Add to RSS Further Reading and Resources Rob Odell | LinkedIn | Twitter Lolli |Website | Twitter | LinkedIn 


21 Jul 2019

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Ep 71 - Alex Adelman, CEO and Co-Founder of Lolli

What is Lolli? More coverage from the Bitcoin2019 conference. This time with CEO and Co-Founder of Lolli, Alex Adelman. Lolli is a rewards app that pays you in Bitcoin. Purchase things as you normally would, but instead of proceeding to checkout, use the Lolli browser extension. This enables the user to earn a percentage back on their purchase, which can be redeemed in Bitcoin. Lolli's goal is to onboard as many people into the Bitcoinsphere as possible. They believe most people are more likely to earn bitcoin rewards rather than bitcoin through investing or mining. Lolli just pops up when you're on a partner's website letting you know how much bitcoin you can earn. They want to make it as easy for possible. How does it work? The magic happens in the background. The retailer pays Lolli  in dollars for sending paying customers to their site. Then Lolli transfers bitcoin to your Lolli Wallet. It is a custodial solution, but the amounts are usually so small that the user risk is limited.   "The biggest challenge Bitcoin has is educating people what money is." Alex Adelman At first, Lolli plans only allow redemption of earnings. In the future, they plan to allow their users to purchase crypto through the Lolli platform. This will give them ability to also transfer funds to each other. Of course, Alex knows this path is very arduous, but is an important piece to their future success. For 40% of all their users, Lolli is the only crypto brand they are connected to. This means they must add functionality for those users to keep them engaged. Eventually, you will be able to buy, sell and send your crypto to anyone within the Lolli ecosystem.  "If Bitcoin is the bank of the future, where's the lollipop at the end?" -Alex Adelman Alex's background is quite fascinating. He grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina where his father was a psychologist turned banker. He saw first hand the issues with banks and financial institutions. In fact, that's where the name Lolli came from. In his younger days, he would have to go to the bank with his father. The only thing that helped with that dreadful experience for Alex was the lollipop at the end. When he transitioned from developing for fun to doing it as a side business he ran into numerous issues. As you may expect, a 16 year old has trouble opening Bank accounts, Paypal or other payment channels. His curiosity led him to ask questions about why middlemen are needed and aren't there more efficient way to transact? In college he studied economics, both micro and macro. This helped give him insight to his questions and build solutions.  His first venture after college was a company called Cosmic, a universal card as a service. It was a grandiose vision to allow people to transact with anyone, anywhere in the world. Alex felt a gateway like this was needed badly.  Cosmic was acquired by Pop Sugar to power ShopStyle. After growing 10X post acquisition, Ebates came in and bought both them and ShopStyle. Ebates is the largest cash back company in the US. That helped them form retailer relationships, which has sped up Lolli's on boarding.  During this time he had been learning about Bitcoin. After about a year with Ebates, he parted ways and decided he wanted to work in the crypto industry. He felt the solution in Bitcoin that hadn't been solved yet was distribution.  He knew with his background, determination to changing the world, and the timing of Bitcoin, he had hit the trifecta with Lolli. During this episode, Alex Adelman explains: How he learned about Bitcoin from Ryan Shea. Where does Alex's motivation come from? What happens to user sentiment when price goes down? His pivotal moment about how the world was not a fair place. His views communication and commerce. What would he would change in the crypto and blockchain industry. Further Reading and Resources Alex Adelman | LinkedIn | Twitter Lolli |Website | Twitter | LinkedIn 


17 Jul 2019

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Ep 70 – Bitcoin2019 – Chris Wittenborn – Velocity Markets

Chris Wittenborn,  Business Development and Strategy at Velocity Markets On episode 70 of LAB Radio, Velocity Markets’, Chris Wittenborn chats with your host Chris Groshong from Bitcoin2019.  Chris first heard about Bitcoin back in 2010. He read the whitepaper, but couldn’t get around the fact that he meet someone in parking lot to buy bitcoins. After growing up in Chicago, he moved to Colorado for better winters, great skiing and to pursue a degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. He landed a research job with a little finance firm locally and was given some sage advice to go East.     It was in 2011 when Chris headed to New York and where he really dug into the financial world. In 2017 there was lots of rumblings about the Institutional world coming into the crypto space. Being on the Institutional side, he knew that ecosystem was not ready to support Institutional grade customers. Therefore, he left to start providing institutional consulting for Exchanges and Private Equity companies building products.    “Shorthop is an institutional caliber exchange technology in the hands of the retail user” -Chris Wittenborn  Velocity Markets is the parent company for Shorthop, an institutional caliber exchange technology in the hands of the retail user. Shorthop aggregates liquidity across several markets to provide its users the best possible price. The user no longer has to worry about which exchange to transact on or moving funds around. The user only has to focus on their desired outcomes, Shorthop does the rest.   They have different levels of services for different levels of clients based on their sophistication. They really focus on providing the user,  whether its a Hedge Fund or an individual, with the best execution possible across a wide variety of exchanges. Initially, they are launching in California. Over the next several months, as they receive money transmission licenses, they will be opening up their platforms to other jurisdiction within the United States.  Recently, Chris Wittenborn has been spending his time working on leveraging their existing Broker/Dealer license to launch a digital securities exchange. This exchange would be separate from Shorthop and only be available to institutions and accredited investors. Creating a secondary market for compliant offerings is the future. The company Circle was recently able to achieve this, which is promising for Chris and the Velocity Markets team.   In this episode Chris Wittenborn discusses:   Insight to the advice he was giving companies building for institutional clients Bitcoin Volatility and whether aggregating price will reduce volatility.  Their efforts to launch a Finra registered digital securities asset exchange component. How he approaches is job and how he stays engaged. How he and his cofounders came together. What he would change about the industry. Further Reading and Resources:   Chris Wittenborn, Business Development and Strategy at Velocity Markets | LinkedIn | Twitter | Email Velocity Markets | Website | Twitter | LinkedIn 


15 Jul 2019

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Ep69 - Bitcoin2019 with Jan Čapek, Cofounder and Co-CEO at Braiins

Jan Čapek, Cofounder and Co-CEO at Braiins On episode 69 of LAB Radio, Braiins Cofounder and Co-CEO, Jan Čapek chats with your host Chris Groshong from Bitcoin2019. We finally got a chance to sit down and talk mining after meeting in January 2019 in Las Vegas.   We first get a run down from Jan about the history of mining and what's wrong with the state of things currently. There's no surprise when it comes to understanding the mysteries behind ASIC Boost were just the tip of the iceberg. The problem is now mining has become so commercialized companies go to great lengths to keep firmware proprietary and access to making modifications difficult. Braiins has decided to take a different approach. An open source approach. They feel if you can't audit or make changes to the miners at the root level then you really don't own them. This is why they have released Braiins OS.     "Not your firmware, not your miner." -Jan Čapek  The Braiins team motivation comes from their desire to have standards around mining. They spent a lot of time reengineering the software because they were tired inferior products being put onto the market. They even named their replacement of 'CGminer' with a symbolic cultural name, 'RURminer'. RUR comes from a 1920's sci-fi play from fellow countryman Karel Čapek about a future with robots.  By launching BraiinsOS, the goal is to maintain a repository that stays up to date and helps maintain stable version controls. This allows anyone to download a copy and get started building their own mining rigs. It became obvious to Jan and his team that the level of customization and quality of products being offered were not ready for Enterprise scale. However, the businesses that were trying to operate at Enterprise levels were being thwarted by lack of control and data insights at every turn. This is why Braiins exists and has taken over as the parent company that oversees the development of the open source BraiinsOS and Slush Pool.  In this episode Jan Čapek shares with us:   What is the current state of the Bitcoin mining scene? Why they choose the name 'RURminer' for their firmware.  Why they choose to write their codebase in Rust. The ASIC chip makers and the Foundry chokepoint How attacks on mining pools are much easier to mitigate  Further Reading and Resources:   Jan Čapek, Co-CEO at Braiins | LinkedIn | Twitter  Braiins | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | GitHub | Medium | Telegram | SlushPool 


11 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Ep 67 - Bitcoin2019 with Josie Bellini, Crypto Artist and Designer

Josie Bellini,  Crypto Artist   On episode 67 of LAB Radio, Crypto Artist Josie Bellini chats with your host, Chris Groshong from Bitcoin2019. Some might think the path is obvious for an artist and crypto lover. Create, Incorporate and Sell your works for crypto, but not Josie Bellini. Her passion for cryptocurrency and its ethos not only inspires her creative works, but also her innovative side.  Having a background in finance, specifically private wealth management, Josie invested personally in Ethereum and became interested more after its rise. After taking a full stack web development course at Northwestern University and doing design for a few blockchain and crypto companies, she knew she could contribute in very cool ways to the industry.  After one of her pieces went viral on Reddit, her arrival in the industry was cemented. Crypto Art was now her full time gig.     In this episode Josie Bellini shares with us:   Which is her favorite piece? If her pieces are political or if they have special meaning to her? Why she uses Augmented Reality (AR)? What's new and coming down the pipeline for Josie's art?   The intersection of Cryptocurrency and AR/VR tech adoption issues. How the addition of AR to her existing pieces has increased demand and keeps her collectors gushing. How NFT's are adding to her art repertoire while adding digital scarcity. -"Filter out the Fiat, Breathe in the Truth" - Josie Bellini    Josie feels the relationships she's built through these online communities has been invaluable. She is humbled by the great support, interest and knowledge she has received from both the online and the physical world.  As much as she loves the online community, the Twitter community that pushes negativity and the plethora of scam projects still marketing themselves well is dragging down the overall morale and needs a higher level of maturity.  All in all, Josie's involvement in the cryptocurrency and blockchain tech communities has helped open her mind to a totally different reality.  Further Reading and Resources:  Josie Bellini, Crypto Artist | LinkedIn | Twitter | Website Download the Artivive app to view Josie's work in AR | Google Play | App Store


9 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Ep 66 - BitShares, BEOS and Quintric, a family of Graphene based Blockchain Projects (Part 1)

What is Graphene? What is BitShares? And what else has been built on this framework? This episode is a bit of an open long form chat and deep dive with BitShares regular Michael Taggart. This is the 1st of 2 parts for this episode. Michael Taggart, co-founder of BEOS and Quintric Michael is a long time BitShares supporter and recently helped co-found an EOS clone to act as a middle-chain between BitShares and EOS networks and tokens. "BEOS Limited Cooperative Association (BLCA) is the world's first Non-Profit Cooperative Blockchain. Designed as a middle chain, BEOS Blockchain allows interoperability between EOS/BEOS/BitShares based tokens. BEOS is a new privately funded blockchain, a straight clone of EOS intended to serve as a middle chain between BitShares and the EOS main chain. Its goals are token portability and jurisdictional agility. It does these functions without requiring any modifications to or cooperation from either BitShares or EOS communities, neither of which are involved in its development. BEOS tokens serve the same functions as the EOS token on the EOS main chain - giving holders voting and access privileges to network resources. BEOS seeks to develop a new kind of censorship resistance by designing the blockchain to be "intra-jurisdictional" (confined to one jurisdiction) and ultimately "jurisdictionally agile" (able to control which operations take place in explicitly designated jurisdictions). If token portability and jurisdictional agility are what you are looking for, then BEOS is the best alternative to the EOS blockchain." During this episode, you will learn: How Michael got started in Bitcoin buyer around 2012 How he become a liason between the business and technical side of companies A review of BitShares and what's happened to date How BEOS bridges BitShares and EOS as a middle chain Why it will leverage the "$3 Billion R&D Department" that is EOS to benefit BitShares How they are moving toward a trust-less gateway and counterparty system What excites and scares him the most about Crypto For show notes and more visit: https://coinstructive.com/ep66-beos


3 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Ep 65 - The Blockchain Agnostic Scaling Holy Grail - bloXroute Labs

Uri Klarman, CEO and Cofounder at bloXroute Labs On episode 65 of LAB Radio, your host, Chris Groshong chats with Network Researcher and Ph.D. Uri Zubair. As CEO and cofounder of bloXroute Labs. After graduating from Northwestern University he and his inital cofounder Aleks Kuzmanovic knew that they could solve the relay issue that ultimately keep blockchain systems from scaling. As they progressed down this journey, they added two additional cofounders, Emin Gün Sirer, professor at Cornell and his PhD student Soumya Basu, the creator of the Falcon Network. Falcon can be thought of as a relay network for bitcoin to help pass along the block data faster. In 2017 it was their heads down approach that brought them to discover the real world solution for scaling blockchain networks. “This is a networking problem,” says Uri. Scaling of blockchains has been discussed since Satoshi’s whitepaper, but no one has solved it. At least until now. How can we be so sure that bloXroute Labs can provide this solution?   Uri explains: Propogation of blocks across against the network. The relationship between block size and block time at scale. How a blockchain can fork itself into infinity. What is a Blockchain Distribution Network(BDN)? How a relay network works and why its a vulnerability. How to prove that bloXroute is unable to discriminate against and protect against manipulation. (~27 min) “We are a faster internet for blockchains.” – Uri Klarman How bloXroute is blockchain agnostic. How bloXroute creates an incredible Win-Win-Win scenario. Miners will get 100X more transaction fees and Users will pay half as much. (~34-36 min) The more user and miners that use the network the bigger reward for all. How does bloXroute monetize?(~39 min) In the coming months the platform is going live and being incorporated to a few real world and well known projects. After this dive into the tech talk, we take a step back and find out what makes Uri tick. Hope you enjoy the show. Further Reading and Resources bloXroute Labs | Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Uri Klarman, Cofounder and CEO, bloXroute Labs| LinkedIn | Twitter


12 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Ep 64 - Creating Freedom, Anarchy 3.0 and how Content Creators can earn Crypto

Ashe Oro, Liberty Entrepreneur and founder of Liberty VAs What is Liberty, Blockchains and Anarchy 3.0? Well, you're going to find out in this episode!  Ashe Oro has been around the Blockchain space for many years and has even hosted a podcast called Liberty Entrepreneurs, helping his audience learn the virtues of freedom, entrepreneurship and sovereign money. He began as a Computer Engineering student and eventually morphed into the Head of Business Development for Euro Pacific Bank. In 2013, Ashe discovered how Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain tech can protect personal freedom due to its decentralized nature and ability to facilitate a free market of non-fiat digital currencies. In the Blockchain community, Ashe is: Building SteemSmarter, an analytics and reporting platform for the Steem blockchain. Advising Chintai, a decentralised leasing platform on EOS blockchain. Advising SelfKey.org, a decentralised identification network on Ethereum blockchain. "I help people build freedom. Everything else is details." ~Ashe Oro On this episode of LAB Radio, Aaron Mangal dives in into more than just the "Blockchain" but rather uncovers the philosophical side of Cryptocurrencies including Anarchy and the experiences that shaped his views.   During this episode, you will learn: How Ashe first discovered the Blockchain and what got him excited about it His political and economic philosophy His impressions of the scene and how its shifted over the years What Liberty Entrepreneurs is and how it began What Anarchy 3.0 is (and how it differs from 2.0 and 1.0) Why inflation is not the enemy How to break-up with your bank How content creators can earn Crypto What excites and scares him the most about Crypto For show notes and more please visit: https://coinstructive.com/ep64-ashe

1hr 26mins

28 May 2019

Rank #15

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Ep 63 - A Deeper Look at Building Blockchains, Algorithms and Proofs

Derek Sorensen, Pyrofex Research Mathematician Derek Sorensen is a Pyrofex Research Mathematician, has an MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford and is set to start his PhD this fall at the University of Cambridge, where he will study logic and topology. "I'm a motivated mathematician who wants to solve new and exciting problems. I thrive in a challenging and changing environment, as a boring routine can seem a bit soul-sucking to me. I have learned programming languages, software programs, organizational structures and spoken languages in the past to solve problems and am willing to learn about anything to address new and changing circumstances I'm placed in. Challenges are exciting to me and I'm always looking for something bigger and better to sink my teeth into." Source On this episode of LAB Radio, Aaron Mangal asked Derek all kinds of deep math questions like: What are proofs and algorithms? What are they for? What are some non-crypto use cases and of course what are the Crypto uses?  Who is Pyrofex? A Utah-based Blockchain Startup Founded by ex-Googlers As stated on their website:  "Pyrofex Corporation is Utah Valley’s first blockchain and cryptocurrency startup. Founded in the Spring of 2016 by ex-Googlers Mike Stay and Nash Foster, Pyrofex works hard to create the next generation of blockchain platforms, applications, and development tools. With its headquarters in the Riverwoods area of Provo, UT, Pyrofex has grown from a pair of co-founders to a team of around two dozen professionals. Our focus is on reliably delivering high-quality work and our reputation bears that out. Pyrofex was founded by mathematicians and computer scientists who wanted to build an engineering first company. One that hires special talent, gives them difficult and interesting work, and the tools and support to succeed." CDelta is a Blockchain built on their custom-made protocol, Cassanova CDelta is a proof of stake based Blockchain focused on high speed transactions and throughput for financial transactions. They custom built Cassanova, a leaderless optimistic pre-Nakamoto consensus protocol which is what CDelta runs on.  "Pyrofex introduces Casanova, a leaderless optimistic consensus protocol designed for use in the blockchain contexts. Casanova produces blocks in a directed acyclic graph (DAG) rather than in a chain and combines voting rounds with block production by singling out conflicting transactions. C∆’s physical network achieves unparalleled performance by mirroring the shape of the Internet itself. Using a tiered network architecture, local validators connect to backbone validators with guaranteed priority bandwidth. Using this architecture, C∆ ensures the fastest block propagation and the lowest transaction confirmation latencies. C∆ is unique among blockchains. Most blockchains are stuck finding a total ordering of all the world’s transactions. This process is very slow because every block requires an expensive consensus-finding protocol. Using Casanova and a simple UTXO transaction model, the C∆ blockchain eliminates this work and finalizes most transactions immediately. Only when a user attempts to double-spend does C∆ perform expensive and slow consensus finding. As a result of this innovation, C∆ confirms most transactions at wire speed. An attacker can only make his own transactions slower, but cannot materially affect the throughput of the rest of the network." Source Check out this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmGGJcAdWks   During this episode, you will learn: How Derek discovered his interest in Math His impressions of Cryptocurrenc from a math perspective What proofs are What algorithms are and how are they designed What consensus mechanisms are and how do they differ from algorithms (Plus Who creates them and how) Derek's thoughts on Proof of Work (PoW) algorithms vs Proof of Stake (PoS) and Delegated proof of stake (DPoS) His thoughts on Distributed Hash Tables (DHTs) and other Blockchain "alternatives" How their "Optimistic Consensus" is different/better than what's already out there The algorithm and consensus mechanism behind it How their customized Blockchain was built How the company plans to tackle adoption with so many other options on the market For show notes and more visit: https://coinstructive.com/ep63-derek-pyrofex/ 

1hr 7mins

2 May 2019

Rank #16

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Ep 62 - Lucid Sight - Fazri Zubair - CTO and Cofounder - Gaming and the Blockchain

Fazri Zubair, CTO and Cofounder at Lucid Sight On episode 62 of LAB Radio, your host, Chris Groshong chats with Fazri Zubair, a Los Angeles native, about his journey into the blockchain and cryptocurrency space through gaming at Lucid Sight. Lucid Sight is a gaming development studio, formed in 2015, located Santa Monica and has been building video games with frontier technologies like VR, AR and blockchain. Fazri and the two other cofounders had worked together in the past, had great chemistry and knew they all had to work together. The entrance into blockchain for Fazri was through a friend of cofounder, Randy Saaf, who introduced them to Ethereum. The use cases for smart contracts and provable digital scarcity was too tempting for them to ignore back in 2015. Some of the main issues they run into are UX/UI. The crossover from traditional gaming with in-game assets managed by a company producing the game to in-game assets controlled by the end user has a completely different feel. The end user has many barriers to entry, like understanding how to use wallets and obtaining crypto just to get started. Besides hardware, other issues exist like explaining digital scarcity and the basics of blockchain. Two of Fazri's favorite games being released this year are CSC (Crypto Space Commander), a MMORPG and MLB Champions. MLB Champions is this millenniums version of baseball cards and fantasy sports. They have licensing agreements with the MLB and the MLBPA(MLB Players Association), making it the first of it's kind in the blockchain industry. Both games have marketplaces for items to be bought and sold. The game developer takes a cut from each sale. This marks a paradigm shift in the economics of gaming. The implications for game developers are vast and relatively untouched.   Things you will learn during this episode: We get perspective from Fazri about growing up and pursuing a tech career in Los Angeles Where he feels the industry is headed and his plans to stay at the forefront The command economy vs. a free market economy in gaming How mainstream adoption barriers need to be lifted Why digital collectibles are easy for collectors to grasp What designing and building games with economies entails What problems may arise from real money economies in a gaming ecosystem Further Reading and Resources Lucid Sight Inc. | Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Fazri Zubair, Cofounder and CTO, Lucid Sight Inc.| Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter MLB Champions  | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Discord Crypto Space Commander  | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Discord


17 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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OG Crypto Series #2 - Alena Vranova - Strategy, Casa Inc.

Alena Vranova, Strategy at Casa, Inc. Welcome to the second episode of OG Crypto Series on LAB Radio, with the very talented, Alena Vranova, currently heading up Strategy at Casa Inc. There is no doubt that she is an OG in the world of Crypto and Blockchain. For those of you that don't know her past, she was pivotal to the formation of Satoshi Labs, TREZOR hardware wallet and Slush Pool to name a few. Alena and I first met in August 2015 after the Keynote 2015 event in Los Angeles at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. We had some mutual friends in the space already and we instantly connected. I vividly recall how much positivity and good energy she gave off.  After a business success, Alena likes to take some time to scan the field and find out what is calling to her next. And after leaving Satoshi Labs, she eventually landed at Casa, Inc. In this episode you will hear about why she chose Casa and how Casa's solutions are powering a safer and more user friendly environment for Bitcoin users. Other things you will learn during this episode: What is the latest from Prague? And why it's a great place for crypto & blockchain innovation The importance of building strong personal connections in a business setting Her advice to entrepreneurs in the crypto and blockchain space Inclusion, Diversity and Global Mentality perspectives If she could change one thing about the industry, what would it be? Alena is one the rare gems in this world, so if you ever get a chance to speak with her, do it. Her passion is obvious and she brings a great intensity to the table. She's also very cognizant of the position she is in now and how much good she can bring into the world. In this episode, you will also find out what the younger version of herself might think about where she is now. Alena says the most important skill to have in business is "Listening". So we hope you enjoy the episode. Further Reading and Resources Casa Inc.| Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Alena Vranova, Strategy @ Casa, Inc.| Twitter | LinkedIn |


9 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 61 -Starfish Network - Anthony Paglino, Community Manager & Economist

Anthony Paglino, Community Manager at Starfish Network SF Welcome to LAB Radio episode 61. Chris recently spent some time in San Francisco and had the great fortune to run into Anthony Paglino at Starfish Network's coworking space. Starfish Network is an agnostic blockchain community focused on building web 3.0 and providing a space for the community to leverage for events and meetings. Starfish Network was started by Alicia Ferratusco when the SF community was feeling pangs over lack of community space. Anthony came to Starfish from Tampa because he believes in the necessity to build tools for the future and San Francisco is the place where it can be accomplished. Anthony has an interesting past, which includes living in China after he graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics in 2008. Instead of looking at the recession as a bad thing, he took the opportunity to focus on learning how the world's most populous economy ran. Anthony is optimistic and realizes timing as well as location are important components to success. As a side project, Anthony is focused on how to token precipitous rainfall called RainCube. Aligned with his mission at Starfish Network, he hopes to help bring dApps into existence that benefit humanity and are easily replicable and adaptable. He believes blockchains will have some hyperlocalization in future, but still remain a part of the main chain. Things you will learn during this episode: We get perspective from Anthony about his time living in China. Where he feels the industry is headed and his plans to stay at the forefront Ideas around how we change the structure of economies to make them regenerative, rather than extractive. The Starfish Network's mission and plan to build a decentralized coworking network. How the path to enlightenment might be through cryptocurrency and blockchain. What other projects Anthony is working on and much more. Further Reading and Resources Starfish Network | Website | Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Anthony Paglino, Community Manager, Starfish.Network| Facebook | LinkedIn | Raincube, Inc.  | Website | Facebook | Twitter |


27 Mar 2019

Rank #19

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Ep 60 - Anchor, a Stable-coin Pegged to the Global Economy

Daniel Popa, CEO of Anchor Welcome to episode 60 of LAB Radio. We had a chat with Daniel Popa, CEO of Anchor. Anchor is a "stable currency designed to preserve and enhance the value of your holdings. Anchor is pegged to the value of the global economy, protected by a safety net comprised of six pillars." Daniel elaborates on his LinkedIn: "Anchor is addressing one of the biggest issues in the global economy – how to preserve monetary value over time, stabilize the value of any given currency, lower its volatility and prevent devaluation. Anchor aims to solve the problem of transparency, liquidity, guarantee and trust on a global scale and thus tackle these burning issues directly, with the introduction of stability, facilitated by a decentralized true stable token and backed by the purchase of sovereign debt as the backing for the two-token system. Additionally, Anchor goes a step further than other cryptos, and proposes a solution for the systemic issue of instability in the financial markets in general. We have devised an innovative and universal monetary value measurement Standard, in the form of a Proprietary mathematical algorithm – the Monetary Measurement Unit (MMU). The MMU is a true representation of the value of the global economy and an index based on the real GDP of more than 190 countries of the word. In light of this, Anchor’s value will be pegged to the MMU directly, providing a stable and dependable unit to store and preserve monetary value over many decades, as opposed to crypto and fiat currencies that are more susceptible to fluctuation as a result of market forces and the volatility of global and local economic landscapes." How Anchor's System Works   What you will learn during this episode: Who is Daniel Popa and his background What is Anchor and what problem they're solving Why we need another stable coin What is the MMU index and why its proprietary Why Anchor uses a two-token system What is the ultimate goal of the project and tokens? (Store of value, Investment vehicle) What resources he would recommend for people to learn more For show notes and more please visit: LAB Radio


20 Mar 2019

Rank #20