Global Blockchain Business Council


The best of the best – 2! Blockchain experts share their ideas in this second part of the Best of Speaking of Crypto 2018 podcast.

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?


Sandra Ro

CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council

Bruce Silcoff

CEO of Shyft Network

Hartej Sawhney

Co-founder of Hosho

Michael Hyatt

Co-founder of Blue Cat

Bernie Moreno

Blockland Cleveland

024: From Bitcoin Futures to Blockchain Democratization with Sandra Ro

“You had the birth of bitcoin and all proliferation of really re-evaluating what is value, what is money and how does that get distributed and can tech help to actually democratize? I think these are questions that are challenging existing institutions and models and frankly, I think given the right circumstances, it’s a very healthy thing that’s going on”

Sandra Ro , CEO of Global Blockchain Business Council, has been around Bitcoin since 2012, back when one Bitcoin was about ten bucks. Once she heard about Bitcoin there was no turning back.

Then her personal interest turned professional when she was at CME group and was given the go ahead to dive deep into research and development on Bitcoin. As Head of Digitization Sandra brought together a group of like-minded financial wizards that would help launch Bitcoin into the mainstream in a big way. They did their due diligence, dotted Is and crossed Ts and paved the way for CME Group to introduce Bitcoin futures at the end of 2017.

Then after all that R+D into Bitcoin and blockchain use cases, after talking with hundreds of startups and tech entrepreneurs about where blockchain was going, Sandra made a conscious choice and took a big step in leaving the banking industry to put her time and energy focused in a new direction.

She’s partnered with MIT entrepreneur in residence Julius Akinyemi and managing UWIN Corp with the goal of affecting change and using blockchain technology to democratize financial access in developing communities.

For an American, and a Yale grad, who spent most of her career in London, what an about face to be working on technology projects with farmers in Cameroon, or growers in Mauritius. Sandra shares some of the reasons behind why there’s such a need for digitization in these communities and why blockchain’s the way to go.

And one of her big questions that she’s putting to the test is, ‘can you make money and help other people as well?’

When we get back to talking about Bitcoin. Sandra’s perspective is that it’s here to stay, and apart from its current scalability issues, she talked about how it’s becoming easier and easier for us to adopt, trade and use.

We also get into tokenization and a very cool real estate example that explains why tokenization can make so much sense in a theoretical and practical way.

And before I ask Sandra my Five Fun Questions, she shares another project that she has on the go called “Proof of Art” helping independent artists, filmmakers, musicians and creative people so that they can focus on the creative side and leave the business aspect of making a living to those who excel in business.