Andreas M. Antonopoulos Drops Blockchain Knowledge Bombs

Andreas M. Antonopoulos Drops Blockchain Knowledge Bombs

No person has been more requested as a guest for this show than Andreas M. Antonopolous. An incredible thinker with a passion for blockchain technology, Andreas has become one of the most trusted names in the industry.

Today, we’re pleased to welcome Andreas to the show to answer a bunch of questions, both from us and from listeners to this show. It’s a jam-packed conversation and you aren’t going to want to miss a beat. In fact, you may want to listen to it twice and pass it on to a friend who doesn’t quite yet get blockchain.

Saddle up, buckaroos. Andreas Antonopolous is in the house for episode #244 of The Bad Crypto Podcast.

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FEATURE: Andreas M. Antonopoulos 

Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a critically-acclaimed best-selling author, speaker, educator, and one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and open blockchain experts. Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. He is known for delivering electric talks that combine economics, psychology, technology, and game theory with current events, personal anecdote, and historical precedent—effortlessly transliterating the complex issues of blockchain technology out of the abstract and into the real world.

In 2014, Antonopoulos authored the groundbreaking book Mastering Bitcoin (O’Reilly Media, 2014), widely considered to be the best technical guide ever written about the technology. His second book, The Internet of Money (Merkle Bloom LLC, 2016)—which explains the technology’s potential impacts on human civilization—is a bestseller on Amazon. The much-anticipated second volume of The Internet of Money was released in the late fall of 2017 and sold thousands of copies in the first month alone. His fourth book, Mastering Ethereum (O’Reilly Media, 2018), is following swiftly behind and will be published in the fall of 2018.

Antonopoulos is: an expert who has been interviewed on the BBC, Bloomberg Business, CNN, The Economist, Forbes, and Motherboard/VICE; a widely published author of articles and blog posts on bitcoin; a permanent host on the popular Let’s Talk Bitcoin Podcast; a frequent speaker at technology and security conferences worldwide

Andreas M. Antonopoulos was born in London, England, and raised in Athens, Greece. After earning degrees in Computer Science, Data Communications and Distributed Systems at University College London, he went on to co-found and manage a technology research company in New York City. In this capacity, Antonopoulos advised dozens of Fortune 500 company executives on networking, security, data centers, and cloud computing—more than 200 of his articles on security, cloud computing, and data centers have been published in print and syndicated worldwide.
In 1990, he began to move into the public eye as an educator and speaker. Antonopoulos honed his public speaking skills in front of audiences ranging from five executives in a corporate boardroom to thousands in conferences. With more than 1,000 speaking engagements under his belt, he has become one of the world’s most sought-after bitcoin speakers who can explain the far-reaching complexities of the technology in deeply human terms. In 2014, Antonopoulos was appointed a teaching fellow with the University of Nicosia, the first university in the world to offer a Masters Degree in Digital Currency. He helped to develop the curriculum and continues to co-teach the Introduction to Digital Currencies course that is offered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
Antonopoulos is one of the rare bitcoin and open blockchain experts who approaches the subject from an educational, political, cultural, and human perspective—not merely discussing the technology in investment terms. He serves on the Oversight Committee for the Bitcoin Reference Rate at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and has appeared as an expert witness in various capacities, testifying in hearings of the Australian Senate Banking Committee and the Canadian Senate Commerce, Banking and Finance Committee—his testimony for the latter has been lauded as an historically-important presentation that has influenced public policy vis-a-vis bitcoin in Canada and globally.


Crypto Legend Andreas Antonopoulos Shares His Thoughts About Stablecoins, and the Future of the Blockchain

Crypto Legend Andreas Antonopoulos Shares His Thoughts About Stablecoins, and the Future of the Blockchain

Bad Crypto Podcast #244

“Fiat that sucks less.”

That’s Andreas Antonopoulos’s take on stablecoins (digital currencies that are linked to real-world assets like gold or fiat currencies). According to Antonopoulos, they’re a slightly better version of fiat and a slightly worse version of cryptocurrency.

The difference between stablecoins and genuine cryptocurrencies goes to the heart of what drives Antonopoulos, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency experts. For Antonopoulos, a digital coin must be decentralized, permissionless, borderless, neutral, and censor-resistant. Stablecoins have the advantage of being able to move quickly across borders but they lack all the other features that make a cryptocurrency interesting. They’re still entirely at the mercy of whoever or whatever controls the asset backing the coin.


Gold, Weed and News

Gold, Weed and News

Money can buy a lot of things. Many financial advisors will tell you to diversify and invest some of your funds in precious metals. Both Travis and I like gold, as does Andreas Kalteis, CEO of NovemGold. They are seeking to change how gold is bought, sold and stored around the world.

Another thing money can buy can be purchased legally in some places… and not so much in others. While I was away in Toronto, Travis commandeered the mic and interviewed Michael Wagner and Gabriel Allred from Tokes Platform to discuss how their platform intends to solve the banking problem those in the cannabis industry are having.

Meanwhile, the blockchain train keeps chugging along and we’ve got some news continues to demonstrate that it is truly an unstoppable force.

You know what else is unstoppable? This podcast. In fact, we’ve disabled the stop button on your podcast player. So, I guess you are stuck with us for episode #272 of The Bad Crypto Podcast.

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FEATURE: Novem Gold

Novem Gold will change how gold is bought, sold, and stored throughout the world.

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Andreas Kalteis – Chief Executive Officer

Andreas is an Austrian Entrepreneur, award-winning marketer, and startup advisor with 15+ years of experience in cutting-edge technology marketing. He is one of the founders and CEO of Novem Gold, a better way to buy gold on blockchain. He serves as an Expert and Mentor at CV Labs’ blockchain incubator, Investor and interim-CEO to an Austrian biotech-startup GIGAGLIDE Surface Technologies GmbH, and Managing Partner of KAAN & Associates marketing consultancy.


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FEATURE: Tokes Platform

Tokes Platform provides a number of blockchain based services and infrastructure

Founded to solve the cannabis industry’s banking problem via cryptocurrency payments, the Tokes Platform also builds blockchain based “track and trace” solutions for supply chain management and integration to conventional enterprise software (ERP systems) for any industry.

About Michael Wagner, CEO

Michael comes from an eclectic background in finance and technology. Through various roles in private wealth management, he has aptitudes including securities analysis, investment selection, and portfolio construction and management. These techniques were further refined through the completion of the Chartered Financial Analyst program administered through the CFA Institute, a prestigious financial designation. Michael began analyzing cryptocurrencies in 2013 and quickly began introducing them as an alternative asset class, and potential diversifier in the portfolio construction process. With proficiencies in computer hardware management, he subsequently developed extensive mining operations focused on POW-mineable cryptocurrencies, with a specific emphasis on profit maximization techniques, and custom mining software development. After a number of successes in both finance and blockchain, he co-founded the blockchain technology company Tokes Platform as an initiative targeting payments in the legal cannabis space. The company now develops full crypto-based point-of-sale software, seed-to-sale tracking on blockchain, supply chain management solutions, and is seeing significant interest in adoption in a diverse range of industries.

About Gabriel Allred, Ph.D., CCO

Aside from his work with blockchain since 2013, Dr. Gabriel Allred possesses a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with dissertation work focusing on numerous topics in the field of behavioral economics. In his time as a researcher, Gabriel worked on numerous grant funded projects for the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy and earned a fellowship with the Air Force Research Labs 711th Human Performance Wing – conducting applied research for Air Force intelligence analysts. Possessing a strong background in data sciences and research design, Gabriel co-founded the Tokes Platform with Michael Wagner in 2016 and helps lead the company’s product design and deployment.


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The Crypto Factor with Paul Democritou

The Crypto Factor with Paul Democritou

Andreas Antonopoulos. John McAfee. Roger Ver. What do they all have in common?

Well, yes, they have all been guests on this show. But what ELSE do they have in common?

Along with a number of other blockchain luminaries, they are in a new book by Paul Democritou. It’s called The Crypto Factor, and it provides a peek behind the blockchain to discover what it will take to succeed in the crypto world.

Today we welcome Paul to the show to discuss this book and we’ll share how you can win one of ten copies he is giving away!

It’s not the X-Factor. It’s the crypto factor. That’s like X but with a bunch more letters.
Welcome to episode #246 of The Bad Crypto Podcast.

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THIS EPISODE SPONSOR: was founded in 2013 as the first altcoin payment processor & has since grown to support payments for bitcoin & over 1,100 altcoins for their userbase of over 2.3 million business and user accounts across 182 countries.

The easy to use platform offers prebuilt plugins & integrations for all the major ecommerce platforms, including Shopify, Woocommerce & Magento.

Hosted wallets, conversion & fiat settlement functionality, CoinPayments leads the way in furthering the adoption of cryptocurrencies.

FEATURE: Paul Democritou

Paul Democritou is an entrepreneur, sales expert, author.

He provides online and offline training to companies and individuals as well as consulting to startups and ICO’s.

In 2016, Paul was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – cancer. He wrote the book SUCCESS I.A.O that was born as a result of vision and passion to help others succeed even in harsh conditions, as well as The Closers Part 3 with living legend Ben Gay III, and How to sell a pen – Really!

His latest book is called The Crypto Factor with Blaise Mathai and Foreword by Joel Comm, which interviews leaders and insiders in the Blockchain space on what it really takes to succeed in the cryptosphere.

Paul maintains a YouTube channel aimed at helping people succeed in life business, learn the science of sales, as well as feature interviews with successful people in and out of the blockchain around the world.


Live from ETHDenver

Live from ETHDenver

It’s a snowy day in Denver and we are surrounded by a cornucopia of intelligence and creativity at ETHDenver. The State of Colorado is a thriving hub of Ethereum blockchain innovation and today we’re going to bring you proof.

John Paller was and Kevin Owocki are going to join us for a special panel where we’ll explore the future of work. Sean Li of Formatic is going to tell us about buidling a mo’ betta Metamask. And several unsuspecting audience members are going to have their 30 seconds in the spotlight to share their crypto pitch.

Imagine coming to hear Andreas Antonopolous speak and realizing that he doesn’t come on for another hour. That’s what’s happening now on episode #247 of The Bad Crypto Podcast.

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