World Crypto Con 2019 Live

World Crypto Con 2019 Live

What do you get when you cross 2000 crypto geeks with Las Vegas? We don’t have a good punchline, but I guarantee it looks a little something like us to coming to you live from World Crypto Con 2019!

Today we welcome William Quigley of WAX to the show. We’ll discuss the future of digital assets and utility tokens.

Then we’ve got a panel of luminaries to discuss the hot topics of the day. Luminaries include Blake Rizzo and Maxine Ryan. We’ve also got a non-luminary, but a staple at crypto events, Kenn Bosak.

You’ll learn about the BADdest crypto on the face of the earth and there won’t even be a mention of Craig Wright. Whoops, too late. Well regardless, we’re live, you’re live and the show is being recorded so living people can listen to the the show later. If they’re alive. It’s the World Crypto Con 2019 LIVE episode #330 of The Bad Crypto Podcast.

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This Episode is Sponsored by: DIVI

Divi is a cryptocurrency app that makes it easy to earn, transact, and store cryptocurrency. Divi is the first cryptocurrency ecosystem powered by masternodes that can be installed in one click. With Divi's MOCCI (Masternode One-Click Cloud Installer), users can begin earning cryptocurrency at the click of a button, without the arduous setup process. The network's Smart Wallet enables users to easily store and transact their earned cryptocurrency with the luxury of a simple, intuitive interface. Divi was created by The Divi Project: a team committed to reducing the friction tax of cryptocurrency through UX and UI.

World Crypto Con 2019 Live

William Quigley – WAX
WAX is the safest and most convenient way to create, buy, sell, and trade virtual items – to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Hundreds of millions of people around the globe already trade digital and physical items. But the problems that plague the digital goods and trading community have stunted its growth far beneath its full potential.

WAX is creating a full suite of blockchain-based tools that allows anyone to trade digital or even physical items instantly and securely, to anyone, anywhere.

Participants of the Worldwide Asset eXchange gain access to a global community of collectors and traders, buyers and sellers, creators and gamers, merchants, dApp creators, and game developers.

Buy and sell gift cards with confidence on a marketplace powered by WAX. Or build an online store with ease using our B2B tools. Create a digital version of the sneakers in your closet and then sell them to a buyer who lives half a world away.

We’re building the tools to create the future of digital goods and trading, and putting them in your hands.

Blake Rizzo 

Blake Rizzo counsels his clients and offers practical solutions in the ever-changing world of blockchain technology, digital currencies, STOs and the tokenization of assets. He helps his clients navigate the process of creating, marketing and launching STOs and asset-based tokens, and providing post-launch legal support. Blake advises his clients on the demanding and quick-changing regulatory processes and laws that currently exist, to ensure that STOs comply with all US and federal laws governing digital assets and cryptocurrencies.

To assist with STOs and the tokenization of assets, Blake has formed an incredible team of CPAs and marketing/PR specialists to make certain that his clients receive the best representation possible throughout the tokenization process.

Blake has over 21 years of extensive legal experience in commercial law and is able to help his clients structure and finalize complicated business transactions in the FinTech space. Prior to starting his own firm, Blake was a partner in the bankruptcy and commercial litigation section of McCloskey Roberson. There, his practice focused on complex commercial litigation issues that arise in business and bankruptcy cases. He uses his bankruptcy litigation experience to assist companies, chapter 7 trustees, individuals, creditors and debtors in complex problems that arise in personal and business bankruptcy cases. In the commercial context, Mr. Rizzo has significant litigation experience in breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret misappropriation and construction defect lawsuits, among others.

Blake Rizzo is also a legal advisor to the LTC Foundation, General Counsel of the Houston Blockchain Alliance and the Co-Founder and Charity Affairs Advisor for the Tour De Crypto.


Maxine Ryan

Maxine Ryan is COO and Co-Founder of Bitspark. The Forbes 30 Under 30 (2018) Honoree founded Bitspark in 2014 and pioneered the world’s first cash in, cash out bitcoin transfer.

Since then, she has grown the company to over seven markets across Asia and Africa, bringing cash to crypto as a service to individuals and businesses with Bitspark’s half a million cash point locations. Bitspark was also the first in the world to launch a stablecoin for Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Maxine specialises in cryptocurrency innovation and contributes frequently on Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes and SCMP. She also is an international speaker on stablecoins and cryptocurrency application in emerging and frontier markets.

Bitspark is a bank free fiat on and off ramp for cash to crypto. It was founded in 2014 when it was the first to send a cash in, cash out bitcoin transaction from Hong Kong to Philippines. Bitspark has built the end to end infrastructure to help people and businesses convert their cash to crypto at over half a million cash out locations in Asia. 

Ken BosakBitcoin lifestyle public figure


Crypto Mashup at World Crypto Con: Part 2

Crypto Mashup at World Crypto Con: Part 2

On our last episode, we introduced you to a number of great people we spoke with at World Crypto Con in Las Vegas. Today we bring you part II of these interviews, and it is a packed show.

We’ve got a crypto newbie who attended his first conference, a blockchain artist who’s gotten over 30 signatures on the piece he debuted at last year’s WCC, Nick Sapanaro from Divi is back to update with the latest and Dominic Hrabe from Evolv Events is with us to discuss the event and its future.

Oh, and some guy crashed the conference and our stage. We later discovered he didn’t pay for a ticket and wasn’t supposed to be there! More on that and a wrap up of World Crypto Con on episode #329 of The Bad Crypto Podcast.

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This Episode is Sponsored by: DIVI

Divi is a cryptocurrency app that makes it easy to earn, transact, and store cryptocurrency. Divi is the first cryptocurrency ecosystem powered by masternodes that can be installed in one click. With Divi's MOCCI (Masternode One-Click Cloud Installer), users can begin earning cryptocurrency at the click of a button, without the arduous setup process. The network's Smart Wallet enables users to easily store and transact their earned cryptocurrency with the luxury of a simple, intuitive interface. Divi was created by The Divi Project: a team committed to reducing the friction tax of cryptocurrency through UX and UI.

Feature: World Crypto Con – Part 2

Poker Tournament –

Token Tank Winners Announcement

3rd Place – Loly

2nd Place – Divi 

1st Place – MobiePay

Kenn Bosak / Joerg Molt Viral Twitter Video

Michael Comm – First-time World Crypto Conference attendee & Baddie!

Mike is an Audit Partner at Manning Silverman &Company but he also provides tax, accounting and consulting services to closely-held businesses and a variety of clientele. His expertise is in not-for-profit organizations, medical practices, construction and manufacturing businesses.

Mike joined Manning Silverman & Company in 1998. Prior to that, Mike was the Assistant Controller at the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago. Mike started his accounting career in 1984 at a large Chicago CPA firm.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign and earned his CPA in 1984. Mike also is an adjunct faculty member at Oakton Community College where he instructed students in accounting and business computer software such as QuickBooks and Excel.

Mike has been active in his Congregation, having served as treasurer, and enjoys sports and travel. Mike lives in Vernon Hills with his wife Paula.

Vesa Kivinen & Rachel Wolfson

Vesa Kivinen — Crypto artist, performer and keynote speaker V E S A is best known for working with Bollywood actress Veena Malik in a world-changing collaboration, which was seen by around 300 million people through BBC World, The Independent, IBT, Times of India, VICE, etc. His innovative mixed media platform Artevo soft forked in 2017 to Art For Crypto, which is rapidly establishing new creative standards in the blockchain art space. He also writes about creativity on News BTC.

Rachel Wolfson is an editorial professional with a background in journalism and English. She specializes in writing about tech, specifically blockchain technology and cryptocurrency breaking news. Rachel has been named as one of the top 5 women working to change the world of crypto by The Next Web:


Nick Saponaro is a professional Full Stack Engineer and co-founder of the Divi Project. His years of experience investing in cryptocurrency, combined with his skill and expertise when it comes to web programming have led him to success within the blockchain industry and beyond. Nick has been quoted extensively in the press as an expert on cryptocurrency, and interviewed on television media such as CNBC and at NASDAQ. In addition to his technical prowess, he is also a world class music producer who has brought his musical stylings around the globe.

WCC – Dominic Hrabe

Dominic Hrabe, Founder at Evolv Events talks about organizing World Crypto Con and Vegas Blockchain Week.

Dominic’s a people person who believes that bringing people and talents together is how new ideas accelerate, proliferate and grow into projects that are greater than the sum of its parts.


Crypto Mashup at World Crypto Con: Part 1

Crypto Mashup at World Crypto Con: Part 1

As we’ve been spending the week in Las Vegas for Vegas Blockchain Week and we’ve had opportunities to speak to so many blockchain-minded people. In fact we’ve got so much great content that the next 3 episodes will feature interviews from World Crypto Con.

Today’s show is a mashup of personalities and opinions you don’t want to miss. The Divine Doctor M does some technological alchemy and drops some seriously profound knowledge. Kenn Bosak drops in to encourage crypto enthusiasts to stop hodling and start spending. Tron Black of Ravencoin gives us the latest updates from his team. And Justin Renken from is back to share progress on their easy-to-use blockchain builder.

It’s Las Vegas and crypto without the cigarette smoke and penny slots. But its still slots of fun. Get it?

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Feature: World Crypto Con – Interviews Part 1

Ken BosakBitcoin lifestyle public figure – Starbucks, Security & Cell Phones

“As many times as you wipe your butt you should wipe your hard drive” – Kenn Bosak

Check out Kenn’s YouTube Channel.

Dr. Mihaela Ulieru is a technology alchemist and is an innovator at the edge of the impossible. She is founder and President of the IMPACT Institute for the Digital Economy (IMPACT stands for ” Innovation Management and Policy Accelerated with Communication Technologies”), which she founded as a consulting arm of her work aiming at policy reforms for the adoption of the latest digital technologies in all areas of society and sectors of the economy. Since her early career she kept inspiring and supporting young entrepreneurs – one of her first MSc students was Garret Camp, co-founder of Uber and StumbleUpon – and she currently advises several startups aiming to put the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT) to work to make the world a better place. 

Dr. Ulieru is a world traveler to promote the advantages of leveraging Blockchain and its potential to create equality and a fairer society through the inclusion of the 99% in the economy and she advocated successfully at the World Economic Forum for the inclusion of Blockchain among the Top 10 future and emerging technologies in 2016. Dr. Ulieru has been involved with major multi-stakeholder programs leading the scaling-up of operations through strategic partnerships and networks in Industrial Informatics, the Future of Medicine, Self-Organizing Security, the EnergyWeb, Global Manufacturing Systems, and Sustainable Personal Living Technologies. She has authored over 200 scientific articles, works on several Boards and Councils and still has time to write poetry.

“If you need my data — you are going to pay me. Blockchain enables that. It’s a paradigm shift. Data is the new oil to data is currency.”

JustinJustin Renken – 

ARK provides users, developers, and startups with innovative blockchain technologies. We aim to create an entire ecosystem of linked chains and a virtual spiderweb of endless use-cases that make ARK highly flexible, adaptable, and scalable. ARK is a secure platform designed for mass adoption and will deliver the services that consumers want and developers need.

Justin Renken has been studying blockchain concepts throughout 2018. He has experience in infrared photonics, and is a co-author of a published patent for thermal imaging products in industrial automation and laboratory use. His experience also includes writing, developing applications in OpenG, creative media, sales and support, music production and advertising. Justin is now a proud member of, working with the growing ARK community and giving presentations and talks around the US. He has been featured at BlockchainNW, the Santa Cruz Bitcoin Meetup, and more recently, World Crypto Con 2018 in Las Vegas, NV and Justin also hosts a weekly podcast about all things ARK at

Crypto Trivia Night

Tron Black – Ravencoin is a blockchain and platform optimized for transferring assets, such as tokens, from one holder to another. Based on the extensive development and testing of the UTXO model of the Bitcoin protocol, Ravencoin is built on a fork of the Bitcoin code. Key changes include a block reward time of one minute, a change in the number of coins issued, but not the weighted distribution schedule and the addition of asset creation and messaging capabilities. Ravencoin is free and open source. All Ravencoin (RVN) are fairly issued and mined publicly and transparently using Proof of Work (POW) using the x16r algorithm which was created for Ravencoin. There is no private, public, founder, or developer allocation set aside. Ravencoin is intended to prioritize security, user control, privacy, and censorship resistance. It is open to use and development in any jurisdiction, while allowing simple additional features for users based on need.


2019 Crypto Predictions – The Experts Weigh In

2019 Crypto Predictions – The Experts Weigh In

Bad Crypto Podcast Episode 224

Happy New Year! It’s 2019 and we are one year closer to the next halvening. What will this year bring for blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiasts? Will we see a bull run or will the markets continue to languish? Will there be new crypto-friendly legislation? Which giants of tech will make big blockchain moves? And is John McAfee beginning to think about which condiments he’ll be needing for a scary feast.

We at the Republic of Bad Cryptopia don’t have a crystal ball, but we’ve asked a number of blockchain people to weigh in on their predictions for the coming year.

Prognosticate along with us as we masticate on what could be in 2019…


World Crypto Con Knocked It Out of the Park!

World Crypto Con Knocked It Out of the Park!

This was more of an experience than a crypto conference

Guest blog post from Bad Crypto Podcast listener, Sara Dube


Although I have a fair understanding of blockchain and the exciting possibility it brings, I expected a boring technical conference with most of the content flying right over my head. Not so! WCC brought together some of the most innovative minds in the blockchain space, while really focusing on the heart and humanity of the collective mission, to make the world a better place.