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Interested in what is going on in the world of blockchain and crypto assets? Want to understand how the most pioneering entrepreneurs, enterprises and governments are creating the digital economies of the future?
Involving a range of superb guests of likeminded innovators, enablers, investors, government officials, executives and more, Encrypted takes you on a journey to make sense of what is going on in the Wild West of cryptocurrencies, understand valid use cases of blockchain technology and how various industries could be impacted.
Encrypted is Dubai based, and the first podcast dedicated to blockchain and crypto in the MENA region, so expect to hear interesting stories, and people from this side of the world.

Encrypted Ahmed Al-Balaghi

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Interested in what is going on in the world of blockchain and crypto assets? Want to understand how the most pioneering entrepreneurs, enterprises and governments are creating the digital economies of the future?
Involving a range of superb guests of likeminded innovators, enablers, investors, government officials, executives and more, Encrypted takes you on a journey to make sense of what is going on in the Wild West of cryptocurrencies, understand valid use cases of blockchain technology and how various industries could be impacted.
Encrypted is Dubai based, and the first podcast dedicated to blockchain and crypto in the MENA region, so expect to hear interesting stories, and people from this side of the world.

    #Ep. 80: NFTs - The Direct to Avatar Economy & The Open Metaverse

    #Ep. 80: NFTs - The Direct to Avatar Economy & The Open Metaverse

    In this episode we speak with Ryan Gill, founder at Crucible.


    Did you hear about that $69 million NFT sale on Christie’s? Well, we just dove right into NFTs! NFTs or non-fungible tokens are unique digital items that are not interchangeable. We are beginning to see the rise and value of NFTs take off, mostly in the creative industries, where we see digital art, music and other creative work being bought and sold as NFTs. In this episode we explore the state of play of the NFT world and how they have taken the world by storm this past year. Our guest, Ryan goes on to discuss the origins and beginnings of NFTs and the creative industries, namely creators and artists in Hollywood, his former hometown.


    We continue discussing the potential and opportunity NFTs hold for creators that have been traditionally left out of the spotlight and off the stage. Ryan describes how new and young creators can take work into their own hands and start making a living for themselves without necessarily needing to answer to the current “gatekeepers” of the creative industry.


    Ryan shares the work they are doing at Crucible and his vision for the platform and how it will contribute to a larger paradigm shift of what he calls an Open Metaverse. We also touch on the future of NFTs and how the world will look in a decade’s time because of this new technology.


    We want to give a special shoutout to our sponsor Blockfinex.


    Special Guests: Ryan Gill
    Special Guest: Ryan Gill.

    • 45 min
    #Ep. 79: Scalability and Advancement of Enterprise Blockchain

    #Ep. 79: Scalability and Advancement of Enterprise Blockchain

    In this episode we speak with Saqr Ereiqat, consultant at IBM and Akbar Farook, founder of Just Chain, a justice in the public blockchain space solution.


    We start off speaking about what blockchain applications are currently live in the region and where enterprise utilizes blockchain for the betterment of business. Saqr and Akbar both share their views on the current state of blockchain use in the Middle East and general region.


    We go on to discuss the challenges of raising funding for Proof of Concept projects. Both our guests walk us through their experiences in each of their domains and advise companies on how best to approach funding for a POC.


    Finally we discuss what adoption of blockchain technology will look like, specifically for enterprises.


    We want to give a special shoutout to our sponsor Blockfinex. Blockfinex offers one of the most competitive trading fees compared to industry leading competitors as well as a quick onboarding process for its users. You can find them at blockfinex.com
    Special Guests: Akbar Farook and Saqr Ereiqat.

    • 33 min
    #Ep. 78: Tech Scoop on Bitfinex and Tether from Stablecoins to Global Decentralised Liquidity

    #Ep. 78: Tech Scoop on Bitfinex and Tether from Stablecoins to Global Decentralised Liquidity

    In this episode, we hear from one of the most influential figures in the space, Paolo Ardoino who is the CTO of Bitfinex and Tether.


    In the beginning we discuss Paolo's background and his vision for the space. We then delve into the rise of DEXs and how decentralised vs centralised exchanges will fair in the years to come. Paolo shares what his vision for a decentralised exchange will look like and lays out Bitfinex's plans for doing so.


    We also touch on the heavy stablecoin topic. We hear Paolo's views on the future of stablecoins, the differences between the various forms of stablecoins we see today, and also USDT's future roadmap. Paolo also shares recent updates with regards to the New York Attorney General's lawsuit against Tether and we discuss misconceptions that have arisen about Tether.


    Additionally, we discuss the technical aspects of Tether's tech stack, specifically with regards to layer 2 and scalability. Finally, we discuss the role of Defi and what this means in the context of Bitfinex and Tether.


    We want to give a shout out to our sponsor Blockfinex (Not to be confused with Bitfinex). Blockfinex is the Global cryptocurrency exchange where you can trade your cryptos in seconds. With one of the fastest matching engines in the space, and high liquidity, you can trade your favourite cryptocurrencies quickly and seamlessly. Blockfinex offers one of the most competitive trading fees compared to industry leading competitors as well as a quick onboarding process for its users. You can find them at blockfinex.com
    Special Guest: Paolo Ardoino.

    • 51 min
    #Ep. 77: The rise of institutional adoption in crypto and blockchain

    #Ep. 77: The rise of institutional adoption in crypto and blockchain

    This is another excellent episode from the Future Blockchain Summit which was part of GITEX in Dubai, one of the only in-person events that has taken place during COVID times.


    Our guests for this episode are Thamim Ahmed from UCL Center for Blockchain Technologies and Dotun Rominiyi from the emerging technology division at the London Stock Exchange. We talk about the rise of reasearch and development leading into emerging and new technologies to drive adoption in enterprise.


    We cover financial securities and tokenisation, how ideation leads to solid research and then real world products.


    We talk about how the London Stock Exchange moved from paper to digital and how it now is working towards a future that embraces next generation infrastructure and digital tranformation.


    If you are looking to understand more about how the London Stock Exchange and UCL view blockchain and cryptocurrency, then this episode is definitey for you.


    We want to give a shout out to our sponsor Blockfinex. Blockfinex is THE Global cryptocurrency exchange where you can trade your cryptos in seconds. With one of the fastest matching engines in the space, and high liquidity, you can trade your favourite cryptocurrencies quickly and seamlessly. Blockfinex offers one of the most competitive trading fees compared to industry leading competitors as well as a quick onboarding process for its users. You can find them at blockfinex.com
    Special Guests: Dotun Rominiyi and Thamim Ahmed.

    • 43 min
    #Ep. 76: The humble beginnings of crypto art and its meteoric rise

    #Ep. 76: The humble beginnings of crypto art and its meteoric rise

    We're super excited to be recording this episode live at the Future Blockchain Summit which was part of Gitex 2020 in Dubai, one of the only in-person events that took place in this crazy 2020 year.


    Our guest for this episode is Vesa, a Finnish artist who has had a unique journey following his interests throughout his life. After stumbling into art, and finding his hidden talents there, Vesa has helped to pioneer digital art which is now seeing tremendous growth in the crypto sphere. Vesa is unique in that he embraces both the physcial and digital forms of art, where his physcial copies go for a rate at 1 btc per piece (thats $19,200 at time of writing!)


    We really enjoyed this episode as we discuss the early forms of digital art, what the transition of art will look like from the physical to digital realm, how will digital art be used and look like in the context of NFT (non fungible tokens), VR and AR, and how people can get involved!


    We want to give a shout out to our sponsor Blockfinex. Blockfinex is THE Global cryptocurrency exchange where you can trade your cryptos in seconds. With one of the fastest matching engines in the space, and high liquidity, you can trade your favourite cryptocurrencies quickly and seamlessly. Blockfinex offers one of the most competitive trading fees compared to industry leading competitors as well as a quick onboarding process for its users. You can find them at blockfinex.com
    Special Guest: Vesa.

    • 31 min
    #Ep. 75: Crypto Communications - How PR can make or break projects

    #Ep. 75: Crypto Communications - How PR can make or break projects

    In this episode we talk public relations and the blurring lines of promoting, community engagement and shilling. Our guests are Mohanned Halawani, founder of Crypto-PR.io and David Wachsman Founder and CEO of WACHSMAN. Both our guests are leaders in the Crypto and Blockchain space for communications.


    This was a great episode for us, both Ahmed and I really enjoyed challenging Mohanned and David to the perception and roles of PR in the industry. If you are looking to leverage PR and comms for your own project or want to know how agencies perceive the space then this episode is for you.


    We want to give a shout out to our sponsor Coinsapp, a global social payments application for cryptocurrencies based on the Dan blockchain ecosystem. It empowers the world to send money around the world in seconds. You can find coins app on google and Apple stores. https://coins.app/
    Special Guests: David Wachsman and Mohanned Halawani.

    • 51 min

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