Month: November 2018

039. 5×5 (2) – Five Questions. Five Guest Interviews.

“The requirements for skills are changing so quickly that the only real characteristic you can have is a desire to constantly be learning and constantly be upgrading your skills. Anybody who thinks that they’re going to come into their career with the same skills that they’re going to leave their career in this generation, they’re going to be caught off guard. So, it’s adaptability and a willingness to constantly evolve as a person.”

– Matthew Spoke

In this compilation podcast, I talk to Susan Oh, Matthew Spoke, Anu Bhardwaj, Betsabe Botaitis, and Eman Pulis.

Aside from all things blockchain and crypto related, what else makes these forward-thinking, big-picture seeing, crypto dynamos tick? How do they look at the world and what’s some advice that they can give the rest of us who are trying to grow or do better or learn some insights?

I got to ask these five successful thought-leaders about things like: challenges they’ve overcome, an important character trait that would be helpful for someone entering the workforce, and what they’re looking for in a city if they could create one themselves.

Each of these five different podcast guests answered the same five questions.

1. If someone’s completely new to the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, what would you like them to know?
2. Looking back, what was one of the most challenging things you faced in your career and how were you able to overcome it?
3. What would you say is the most important character trait that someone who’s about to enter the workforce should possess?
4. If you could create your own city or town, what are three key elements you would want to include?
5. LOVE, MONEY, + INFLUENCE — can you rank them in order of importance and explain?

Guests:

Susan Oh, Co-chair of AI

Blockchain for Impact

Matthew Spoke, Founder

AION Foundation

Anu Bhardwaj, Founder  

Women Investing In Women DIGITAL

Betsabe Botaitis, Co-founder, CFO, + COO

AIKON

Emanuel Pulis, Founder + CEO

Malta Blockchain Summit

038. 5×5 – Five Questions. Five Guest Interviews.

“Most people can’t keep showing up to anything. I think that your ability to show up and keep showing up and, and outwork, everybody else is everything. I also want to comment that I think for young people listening to this podcast in their 20s and they’re getting going, there’s this horrible pressure that I did not have that they have that you have to be part of a startup be crazy successful, have a non-profit, intern at the White House… stop it. Slow down. Do one thing well.”

– Michael Hyatt

What if I could get five of the coolest, forward-thinking, big-picture seeing, crypto dynamos together in one place and pick their brain about things that are blockchain related, and not?

I’d want to ask them about some challenges that they’ve overcome. I’d ask if someone’s new to crypto, where should they start to wrap their head around Bitcoin, blockchain and this whole new crypto world. And I’d want to know what’s most important, from their perspective — Love, Money or Influence.

Well, in this compilation podcast, I’m bringing you five different podcast guests who’ve all answered the same five questions.

 

1. If someone’s completely new to the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, what would you like them to know?
2. Looking back, what was one of the most challenging things you faced in your career and how were you able to overcome it?
3. What would you say is the most important character trait that someone who’s about to enter the workforce should possess?
4. If you could create your own city or town, what are three key elements you would want to include?
5. LOVE, MONEY, + INFLUENCE — can you rank them in order of importance and explain?

Guests:

Sandra Ro
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandraro/

CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council
https://gbbcouncil.org/

Bruce Silcoff
https://www.linkedin.com/in/brucesilcoff/

CEO of Shyft Network
https://www.shyft.network/

Hartej Sawhney
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hartej/

Co-founder of Hosho
https://hosho.io/

Michael Hyatt
https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelhyatt1/

Co-founder of Blue Cat
https://www.bluecatnetworks.com/

Bernie Moreno
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bernie-moreno-4251884/

Blockland Cleveland
https://www.blocklandcleveland.com/

037. Tokenizing Securities in Art with Richard McBeath

“When we talk about securities tokens, that you openly can talk about a financial return because you’re investing in a product or a business with the expectation of financial return. When we talk about utility tokens and utility token sales, we’re talking about purchasing tokens in order to access or use a product or service so there shouldn’t be any expectation for financial return.”

Richard_McBeathRichard McBeath, VP of Marketing for Masterworks shares his story and the innovative project he’s working on involving tokenizing securities, specifically artwork, on a blockchain.

Have you ever wondered what’s it must be like to own a Picasso or a Monet or an Andy Warhol painting? Up till now, only the wealthiest people in the world have been able to afford the kind of artworks created by the masters. But with blockchain technology taking the securities world by storm, all that’s about to change.

Masterworks is tokenizing artworks. So, if you’ve ever dreamed of owning a piece of history, a famous work of art or a painting by a worldwide renowned artist, then you can.RichardMcBeath_BlockCon2018

And as a fractional owner of a Monet, I won’t exactly be able to hang said artwork on my wall at home. I will, however, be able to access the high-end art market and invest in an asset class that’s only been available, up till now, to the ultra-wealthy.

So, what are the advantages of putting artwork on a blockchain? Richard talks to me about blockchain’s transparency being one of the attractive features. Also,  the ability to  increase market participation and mass adoption is exciting, because as high end as this market is, it’s record keeping is archaic. Ownership records are still mostly kept on paper.

Despite the fine art market being an investment choice for the uber riche, it’s been slow to change. Perhaps those with old money are not always open to new technologies.

Historically the art market is a $60 billion+ market in terms of its sales form the major action house, so there are advantages to being able to open it up to a broader market. Masterworks is applying for an SEC regulation A+ qualification in order to allow for both accredited and non-accredited investors to be able to own a piece of art in their collection.

Founder Scott Lynn is an internet entrepreneur whose businesses are valued at over a billion dollars and he has a personal knowledge of the art world, having acquired many high-end artworks for years,

Richard hails from Australia, but has also lived in England, Dubai and now Los Angeles and he talks about what it’s like to “shoot out the door with a one-way ticket”. He says fear can be a barrier but that there is a great expanse of opportunity, especially since the world is very different in various countries and communities around the world.

Masterworks
https://www.masterworks.io/

 

036. Smart Contracts and Wise Women with Alexandra Levin Kramer

“I think the Wild West of non-compliant token sales is over, thankfully. I think from a securities law perspective, it’s very exciting actually because it’ll make the capital markets more accessible. We talk a lot about financial inclusion in the blockchain industry, and I think this is actually it. With a caveat that it still has to be compliant with securities laws.”

Alexandra Levin Kramer has three degrees, which is probably a huge help since she’s working on three different enterprises in the blockchain space right now. She’s a practicing lawyer and partner at CKR law in NYC and the Founding Chair of its Blockchain Technology + Digital Currency practice group. She also co-founded Women On the Block, which hosts blockchain conferences around the world. And, she’s Co-founder of Womin.io that uses blockchain technology to enable freelancers and employers to interact peer to peer through its decentralized platform.

Women on the Block
Alexandra has been in the space for a few years now, but this past January when there was negative press about the crypto space that emphasized lambos and yachts with party girls, making it look like the blockchain world was a boys club, it bothered her. That wasn’t her experience and she thought if she, as a female had been just starting her career and had that impression, that she would have run for the hills. So she wanted to do something about it. So she co-founded Women On the Block, to welcome women into the space and promote diversity in blockchain.

Womin.io
Through learning about the power of blockchain – she even took a coding course – and realizing that it can have a huge impact, Alexandra decided to create her own blockchain startup. Womin.io uses decentralization and the ability to validate on a blockchain to put employee history verification into code that will allow easy access to an online market of employees.

Smart Contracts

One of the points she makes about smart contracts is that they are really just a starting point.

“In an actual legal agreement, you can’t cover every possible contingency and similarly in a smart contract, there are going to be things that happen that are not foreseeable under the code. That’s where other issues like governance and some degree of centralization will have to come in, but I think the potential is fantastic and I’m all for more efficiency, lower legal fees, lower legal costs. I think that’s better for everyone.”

Alexandra believes that some good use cases for smart contracts will be lease agreements, and employment and freelancer agreements.

She also talks to me about the differences between men and women. One of the things she mentions is that “women have a reticence to try new things or go out of their comfort zone.” And she also argues that there are studies that show diversity is an indicator of profitability.

What she recommends generally as that we make our own opportunities, learn something new every day. And she says she tries to live by a Jewish saying “Who is a wise person? One who learns from everyone.”

We also talk about:
• Security tokens and the SEC
• Intellectual property rights
• Smart contracts on public or private blockchain
• Lawyers and developers speaking the same language
• AI learning to automate dispute resolution

Women on the Block
https://www.womenontheblock.io/
Blockchain Conference in Singapore
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CKR law
https://www.ckrlaw.com/locations/north-america/new-york/alexandra-kramer.html

Womin.io
http://womin.io

Made it to Top 25 of Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge competition.
http://www.extremetechchallenge.com/2018/10/24/xtc-2019-top-25-announcement/