Using Blockchain to Ensure Authenticity of Diamonds
Leanne Kemp, Founder and CEO of Everledger and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, discusses how using blockchain is applied to ensure authenticity of diamonds and other luxury goods. Everledger, which is powered by Hyperledger Fabric, is a blockchain network that captures the “DNA” of a diamond. That data is then mapped across the supply chain, all the way from a mining company to the retailers. As Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Leanne also discusses how she is looking at policy enablement for blockchain within the Australian government.
Feature: Leanne Kemp, Founder and CEO of Everledger
Leanne Kemp is Founder and CEO of Everledger and Queensland Chief Entrepreneur. In her role as CEO, she inspires and steers the team of Everlegends to increase transparency and trust with technology, in close collaboration with our industry partners.
She is a prominent figure in the technology sector. Leanne co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Manufacturing and takes part in the Global Future Council on Blockchain. She also leads workstreams at the Global Blockchain Business Council, co-chairs the World Trade Board’s Sustainable Trade Action Group, and is on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.
Leanne’s awards include the AIM Global Allan Gilligan Award 2019, Advance Global Australian Awards 2018 for Technology Innovation, and Innovator of the Year 2016 and 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London). In 2018, her entrepreneurial success saw her appointed as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur in Australia, to develop the state’s startup ecosystem, attract investment and support job creation. She is the first female entrepreneur to hold this position.
More recently, Leanne has been appointed to the Global Blockchain Business Council as a Regional Ambassador of Australia, an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Future Environment at the Queensland University of Technology and Blockchain Advisory Board Member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, discusses the potential of blockchain technology. He explains how blockchain could be applied in the case of Coronavirus to provide transparency into product supply chains. He also discusses how blockchain can be used to ensure authentic COVID-19 testing supplies and accurate, digital medical records. In addition, Tapscott goes into detail about the promise of blockchain, the reality and blockchain and what’s in store for the future. He ends by discussing COVID-19’s impact on cryptocurrencies.
Feature: Don Tapscott
Don Tapscott, Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored 16 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which has been translated into over 25 languages.
Don’s most recent book was authored alongside his son, Alex Tapscott, a globally-recognized investor, advisor and speaker on blockchain technology and cryptoassets. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World was published in May 2016 and is, according to Harvard Business School’s Clay Christensen, “the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption.” The paperback version of the book, updated with new material covering recent developments in the blockchain industry, was published in June 2018.
In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, whose 100+ projects are the definitive investigation into blockchain strategy, use-cases, implementation challenges and organizational transformations.
Don is a member of the Order of Canada and is ranked the second-most influential Management Thinker and the top Digital Thinker in the world by Thinkers50. He served as Chancellor (2013 – 2019) of Trent University in Ontario, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at INSEAD. It is hard to imagine anyone who has been more prolific, profound, and influential in explaining today’s technological revolutions and their impact on the world.
Blockchain Will Unlock The World’s Economic Potential
In this episode of The Crypto Chick we discuss how using blockchain will unlock the world’s economic potential. Denelle Dixon is the CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Development Foundation, a non-profit organization using blockchain to unlock the world’s economic potential by making money more fluid, markets more open, and people more empowered.
Before joining Stellar, Dixon served as COO of Mozilla, one of the most successful mission-driven open-source organizations. During her tenure at Mozilla, she led the organization’s business, revenue and policy teams including the ongoing fight for Net Neutrality and the global effort to ensure that people can control their personal data. She also pushed Mozilla to understand how to partner with commercial entities while staying true to its core mission of openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web. A lawyer by trade, Denelle previously served as a general counsel and legal advisor in private equity and technology.
Throughout her career, Denelle has been a vocal advocate for net neutrality, encryption, the disclosure of vulnerabilities by governments, and greater user choice and control.
Want to learn more about Stellar? You can check out the Bad Crypto Podcast interview with Jed McCaleb here. Jed is founder of Mt. Gox and Ripple, as well as the current CTO and co-founder of Stellar.org.
VP of Marketing and Community at Uphold, Michelle O’Connor, explains how cryptocurrency can be used as money without borders. The platform functions as a cryptocurrency wallet, while also connecting its users to crypto lending apps, crypto tax services, invoicing systems and more. O’Connor also discusses why Uphold has removed all exchange fees, mentioning how the company is still able to generate revenue. O’Connor ultimately explains how Uphold provides users everywhere access to financial services, that otherwise may be unattainable.
Feature: Michelle O’Connor
Michelle is the VP of Marketing and Community at Uphold. She is the voice behind their marketing efforts and is responsible for executing the global strategy of all communications and community campaigns. She promotes a focus on inclusivity with a community first approach throughout all her communications and community building campaigns.
Earlier in her career, she founded a hybrid marketing agency bridging the gap between traditional media, public relations, social media, and community marketing. Focusing on lifestyle providing strategic and lean marketing strategies incorporating agile growth strategy along with social media, public relations, and community programs.
Michelle is passionate about building the future of inclusive finance through emerging technologies to both streamline and empower businesses and consumers through transparency and financial inclusion. She has spoken on FinTech, blockchain and digital financial services and community building efforts, and was recently recognized, ‘Most Inspirational Women in Tech 2019.’
In this episode of The Crypto Chick podcast, CEO and Co-Founder of Coinmine, Farbood Nivi, explains how consumers can mine cryptocurrency at home through Coinmine. Nivi also announces that Coinmine is capable of mining Handshake, a new cryptocurrency tied to decentralized domain names. In addition, Nivi explains why cryptocurrency is monumental to society as a whole.
Farbood Nivi, an experienced entrepreneur and product leader, kicked off his entrepreneurial career when he was 18 years old by building and selling computers to families and small businesses. His experience in technology continued when he founded Grockit, an online collaborative learning platform powered by machine learning, which was backed by Benchmark and later acquired by Kaplan. He then became Chief Product Officer at Learnist, which was included in Apple’s ‘40 Iconic Apps’ list. Farbood co-founded Coinmine with Justin Lambert in November 2018 to make it easy for everyone to earn crypto by helping power the crypto revolution.
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Executive Chairman of Bitcoin.com, Roger Ver, explains the benefits of Bitcoin Cash. He explains how Bitcoin Cash is being used as a payment method, mentioning that it’s solving financial problems in countries like Venezuela. Roger also discusses the important role of stable coins, explaining what they can provide when built on top of Bitcoin Cash. Moreover, Roger expresses his frustrations around Bitcoin adoption, noting that Bitcoin Cash is the only crypto that allows individuals to control their own money. Finally, Roger explains how and why Bitcoin Cash is expanding to other countries like Asia and Turkey, also mentioning that Bitcoin Cash will be accepted at 15,000 locations across the US.
Feature: Roger Ver
After founding several successful companies in Silicon Valley, Roger began his Bitcoin journey in February 2011. Years before traditional venture capital firms became involved, he became the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin related-startups, and nearly single-handedly funded the entire first generation of Bitcoin businesses.
His current investments include Bitcoin, Blockchain, BitPay, Kraken FX, and many many others. In his free time, he enjoys competing in Brazilian Jujitsu tournaments.