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Epicenter brings you in-depth conversations about the technical, economic and social implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. Every week, we interview business leaders, engineers academics and entrepreneurs, and bring you a diverse spectrum of opinions and points of view. Epicenter is hosted by Sebastien Couture, Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal, and Friederike Ernst. Since 2014, episodes have been downloaded over 4 million times.
 
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Camila Russo is a financial journalist, starting her career writing for Chile's largest national newspaper. She then spent 8 years at Bloomberg covering the Argentine market from Buenos Aires, the European stocks from Madrid, and analysed macro emerging markets moves for the Markets Live blog in New York. She is the founder of the Defiant and recen…
 
Blair Sheppard, Head of Global Strategy and Leadership for PricewaterhouseCoopers, discusses his book "Ten Years to Midnight: Four Urgent Global Crises and Their Strategic Solutions." In addition to his work at PwC, Blair is also the Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He was the principal force behin…
 
NuCypher is a decentralized threshold cryptography network offering interfaces and runtimes for secrets management and dynamic access control. It provides cryptographic infrastructure for privacy preserving applications and it exists as a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain. They are currently in testnet but once launched you will be able to …
 
Pehr Gyllenhammar, former longtime Volvo CEO, discusses his book "Character is Destiny". Gyllenhammar’s 24-year tenure was historic and groundbreaking. When he became Volvo's CEO in 1971, he completely redesigned the company’s plants and assembly methods to prioritize the health and well-being of the workers. In 1972 he made a public commitment to …
 
Gauntlet is a simulation platform for building financial models of blockchain protocols and applications. Their platform uses machine learning methods to simulate different environments with various user behaviors and see how the system holds up in those conditions. They perform analysis on things like core mechanisms to test for liveness, block pr…
 
Gary Hamel discusses his new book "Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them" and ways to uproot bureaucracy and unleash success. Gary is a faculty member of the London Business School and best-selling author of five books including The Future of Management, which was named Amazon’s business book of the year. The Wall…
 
Celo has a clear mission - to build a financial system that creates the conditions for prosperity, for everyone. The Celo Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the growth and development of the open-source, decentralized Celo Platform. Its aim is to build a flexible network of applications built on a blockchain to facilitate payment…
 
Candice Frazer, Senior VP of Operations at TTI Success Insights discusses the use of cutting-edge assessments for employers, team leaders and executives looking for the insight needed to optimize and improve employee, team and management performance. TTI was selected among the top 20 assessment and evaluation companies last two years running. Downl…
 
Republic is an investment platform that allows anyone pretty much anywhere in the world, of any income and net worth, to invest in some of the best private equity startups. It allows regular people, not just a few wealthy accredited investors, to invest in highly vetted private startups, with as little as $10 or as much as $100,000 per investment. …
 
Lisa Greer discusses her book "Philanthropy Revolution," and how to inspire donors, build relationships and make a difference for non-profit fundraising. Lisa has served on dozens of boards, including the Beverly Hills Cultural Heritage Commission, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Los Angeles District Attorney Crime Prevention Foundation. As a H…
 
Republic is an investment platform that allows anyone pretty much anywhere in the world, of any income and net worth, to invest in some of the best private equity startups. It allows regular people, not just a few wealthy accredited investors, to invest in highly vetted private startups, with as little as $10 or as much as $100,000 per investment. …
 
Brad Feld discusses his new book "The Startup Community Way," and ways to foster an evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Brad is co-founder of the Foundry Group, and has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. In addition, He currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and serves on the board of a n…
 
SKALE Network's modular protocol is one of the first of its kind to allow developers to build application specific blockchains. These are interoperable and compatible with the Ethereum mainchain, and the entire Ethereum ecosystem. They provide the benefits of decentralization without compromising on computation, storage, or security. The focus of S…
 
Ampleforth is a cryptocurrency attempting to become an essential building block to an alternative financial ecosystem. The protocol’s native token, AMPL, is a non collateralized cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin, but with a twist: It is supply elastic. This means the token and protocol will automatically increase or decrease the quantity of tokens held …
 
Balancer is a generalized automated market maker (AMM) protocol built on Ethereum. It allows anyone to create or add liquidity to customizable pools and earn trading fees. On one side there are liquidity providers (LPs) that generally seek to balance their holdings, and they get rewarded with trading fees. On the other side, traders that are lookin…
 
UMA, or Universal Market Access, is an open source financial contracts protocol for building synthetic assets. It allows any two counterparties to design and create their own financial contracts for derivatives. An example of these assets in the traditional finance world, are interest rate derivatives. These are used to hedge against fluctuations i…
 
David McCourt discusses his book "Total Rethink" and why entrepreneurs should act like revolutionaries. David is CEO of Granahan McCourt Capital, a private investment firm focused on innovation in technologically under-served areas of the world. He’s also an award-winner TV producer....he won an Emmy for the series Reading Rainbow...and a WSJ best-…
 
Numerai, the "hardest data science tournament on the planet". It's a hedge fund with its own distributed research platform designed specifically for AIs. It's the first of its kind and takes a radically different approach to making market predictions. It's completely crowd-sourced and data scientists around the world compete to create the best pred…
 
Polkadot is a unique protocol connecting multiple purpose-built blockchains into one scalable network. It's using blockchain technology to make way for new markets and future decentralized economies and has many stand out features. It's a sharded multichain network enabling many transactions on several chains in parallel. It offers interoperability…
 
David Cote, former CEO of the industrial tech giant Honeywell, discusses his book "Winning Now, Winning Later," and how companies can win in the short-term while investing in the long term. David grew Honeywell's market capitalization to nearly $120 billion, delivering returns of 800% and beating the S&P by nearly two and a half times...all during …
 
Just like all software, smart contracts on the blockchain are subject to serious security vulnerabilities and coding errors. The fact however that smart contracts are often directly in charge of assets and cannot be changed once they are on the blockchain, makes secure development and running essential. Some smart contract platforms have their own …
 
Nexus Mutual provides an alternative decentralized insurance solution for Ethereum. The protocol is built on the public chain and operates under a discretionary mutual structure meaning it is owned wholly by its members. It allows anyone to become a member and buy cover, and the model encourages engagement as members receive incentives for particip…
 
Quickly Kevin Film Club: Correspondence Special We get so much great correspondence over the series that we thought we'd throw in another special bonus episode to mop up some of the best bits, and also to let you know we enjoyed out first QK Live in your homes show on the 11th June so much... IF YOU MISSED OUT YOU CAN STILL WATCH HERE; https://www.…
 
Opyn is a smart contract-based insurance platform built on a generalized (supports both put and call) options protocol called Convexity. It is intended as a platform to protect DeFi users against both technical and financial risks, and a place where ETH holders can earn substantial premiums on their holdings by providing insurance. Opyn uses tokeni…
 
In late 2017, Gabriel Jimenez was approached by the Venezuelan presidency and asked to create a national digital currency, the Petro. Although very much against the regime, Gabriel saw this as a chance to save his country which was on the brink of economic collapse. A new currency that would move freely over an open network, like Bitcoin. And the g…
 
Quickly Kevin Film Club: 'Dangerous Game' (2017) Welcome to the fourth episode of the QK film club. This time round we're casting our eyes over the Callum Best and Darren Day football / crime hybrid, Dangerous Game. It's not good. In a good way. We think. But who knows any more. If you've got any suggestions for other football based movies worth wa…
 
Jeff Redondo discusses post-pandemic business strategies and why it is important to take emotion out of decision-making, and to act like you have a million bucks, even when you don't. Jeff is Managing Partner at Invictus Advisors and an expert in accounting and business strategies for startups, entrepreneurs and international companies. Listen for …
 
We've heard it over and over again, Covid-19 has plunged us into a crisis like none other we’ve experienced in our lifetime. Although it is primarily a public health issue, it is also having a major impact on the global economy and financial system. Many businesses have been forced to shut down sparking debates on whether this is supply or demand s…
 
The Quickly Kevin 90's Football End of Series Quiz - S06 E10 Does exactly what it says on the tin. Comedians Ed Gamble and Matthew Crosby join us in the studio for the traditional end of series 90's football quiz. We've also got some very exciting news - put June 11th in your diaries for an all new QK live event beamed direct into your homes via th…
 
In this inaugural post-interview chat, Friederike and Sebastien discuss their recent interview with Arweave Co-founder and CEO, Sam Williams. Moving forward, these conversations will be released every week on Substack. Subscribe to never miss an episode at https://epicenter.rocks/substackBy Sebastien Couture, Friederike Ernst
 
The internet was originally created as a platform to communicate freely, but it soon became a place where people could be monitored, controlled, and censored. 98% of content on the internet is deleted every 20 years. More surprisingly, based on a Twitter study, a third of links change their content fundamentally or are removed completely, within th…
 
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