13 episodes

Tokenize is a podcast that explores the real-world applications of digital assets, with a focus on institutional use cases. If you are in the camp - "Blockchain and cryptos are all hype, and no real use" - you have arrived at the right place. Over the last few years, institutions have explored use cases and services like digital assets custody, on-chain analytics and tokenization. If you're interested in learning about the potential of decentralized technology, this podcast is for you.

Tokenize Arun Krishnakumar

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Tokenize is a podcast that explores the real-world applications of digital assets, with a focus on institutional use cases. If you are in the camp - "Blockchain and cryptos are all hype, and no real use" - you have arrived at the right place. Over the last few years, institutions have explored use cases and services like digital assets custody, on-chain analytics and tokenization. If you're interested in learning about the potential of decentralized technology, this podcast is for you.

    A legitimate asset class - thanks ETFs

    A legitimate asset class - thanks ETFs

    For years the Crypto industry has suffered from reputational issues. Despite several institutions trying to get the thumbs up from the US regulators for their Bitcoin ETFs, it was only in Jan 2024 that milestone happened.

    Yet, there have been several European and Canadian ETFs that have had their regulators' approvals for years now. They have managed several million dollars of cryptos through their ETPs all these years.

    I am glad to bring James Butterfill, Head of Research at Coinshares for a discussion on ETFs on Tokenize this week. 

    This will be the first of many ETF discussions where we expand on what ETFs are, who the key stakeholders are, how the BTC ETFs have done and what lies ahead for TradFi firms that are looking to innovate around digital assets.

    • 39 min
    Play to Earn is back with Honeyland

    Play to Earn is back with Honeyland

    It was not long ago that I was involved in the play2earn web3 gaming space

    Play2Earn founders were trying to solve a difficult problem - in fact a number of them. Onboarding gamers in millions and staying sustainable in a Play to Earn game economy. It was a struggle for startups with limited resources to take on that task. 

    Unlike DeFi projects, gaming projects needed a number of skills from graphic designers, level designers, game strategists, economic modellers, smart contract engineers and the growth guys. There was a point in time in 2022 when I felt this was a problem for the well funded large organisations to solve.

    Until I met the Honeyland team I didn't have much conviction in the space. Honeyland have not only created a gaming ecosystem in the Play2Earn style, they have also launched it to a web2 audience. 

    For a normal web2 gamer, the web3 infrastructure is hardly noticeable. 

    In this episode of Tokenize, we move away from the TradFi world, into the world of gaming. We have Corey Wright from Honeyland. 

    We discuss everything from building a sustainable gaming ecosystem, what went wrong in 2021 and what the learnings have been. We are just getting started, again, and this time with more hope!

    • 41 min
    The people's chain - Polygon

    The people's chain - Polygon

    What are Layer 2 Blockchains? 🎯

    I recently read an article describing Layer 1 and Layer 2 Blockchains. If Layer1 Blockchain was a city, L2 chains are skyscrapers. Basically, L2s offer scale where L1s are starting to max out.

    Despite being L2 chains, sometimes these Blockchains punch harder than the L1 they sat on.

    Polygon developed by Polygon Labs is certainly one of them. They have been a lot more mainstream user focused than most other Blockchains.

    That is demonstrated by their commitment to working with mainstream brands.

    By the end of 2023 they had the following brands working with them - Nike, Starbucks, Reddit, Mastercard, Adobe, Disney, Meta, Adidas, Mercedes, and Google Cloud.

    In this episode of Tokenize, I talk to Polygon's Global head of institutional Capital - Colin Butler

    We talk about his efforts to bring in institutional capital into the crypto space, but don't miss the part where he expands on how Polygon is thinking of tapping into cross chain liquidity.

    • 39 min
    Convergence of digital assets and AI

    Convergence of digital assets and AI

    We live in a world of tech jargons.  AI has captured the imagination of all tech geeks and futurists since the rise of ChatGPT, generative AI, LLMs, you name it.

    I now use ChatGPT and Bard more than Google. 

    In this episode of Tokenize, I had the opportunity to talk to a very likeminded Digital assets guru - Nitin Gaur, the former head of digital assets at State Street.

    Nitin is a published author and a very modest AI expert as well. We explore the world of digital assets, tokenization, and how AI is going to add to the fun ride we are on.

    • 36 min
    Access Protocol - Decentralizing content creation

    Access Protocol - Decentralizing content creation

    I began my content journey about 8 years ago when I started blogging. In the initial days of content creation, I published over 150 articles over 3 years. However, recently I noticed that the blog site was no longer online and I lost access to all those articles. This was because a single party owned and ran the site.

    Content creation must be decentralized. The internet of tomorrow must not have content creators relying on centralized decision makers. Be it Twitter or LinkedIn algorithms, or Substack blogs, decentralization is the future. 

    In this episode of Tokenize, I discuss this precise topic with Andreas Nicolos at the Access Protocol. Access is a platform that I have been using for my content recently which instigated me to reach out to Andreas on the future of decentralized content platforms.

    Listen into the future!

    • 29 min
    Stablecoins and a Circle of pioneers

    Stablecoins and a Circle of pioneers

    How do you stay grounded in a space filled with degens, KOLs and hype? Stablecoins is the answer.

    Stablecoin has been easily the most useful, yet vastly underrated innovation within the digital assets space. And in this episode of Tokenize, I am delighted to discuss the Stablecoin ecosystem with Caroline Hill, Senior Director of Global Policy and Regulatory Strategy at Circle.

    Circle are pioneers in the stablecoin industry and are backed by none other than Blackrock as investors.

    In this episode we discuss the need for regulations and controls (KYC and AML). With Caroline's international experience specialising in Financial crime, she expands on why digital assets can be better suited to address AML, Sanctions and Fin crime than the current fiat system.

    Listen in!

    • 33 min

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