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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. 65: Covid19 Special - A Pandemic of Fake News

    #Ep. 65: Covid19 Special - A Pandemic of Fake News

    In this Covid19 special, we have an interesting discussion on how this pandemic became widespread with the advent of lies and fake news.


    Our special guest, Arwen Smit, walks us through a few eye opening topics in times like this:



    Three questions regarding lies:
    How strong is a lie?
    Who can the lie reach?
    How to sever the link between the two

    Taxonomy of “fake news”: Mis-information, Mal-information, Dis-information

    What type of fake news was spread during the outbreak and where does it fit in?

    Is Corona virus used to push adversarial narratives?

    What are the Debunked stories regarding Corona?

    How can we solve these problems moving forward? What role does tech have to play?



    All this and more on this week's episode of Encrypted!
    Special Guest: Arwen Smit.

    • 39 min
    #Ep. 64: How Orchid is revolutionizing the VPN space through blockchain and crypto!

    #Ep. 64: How Orchid is revolutionizing the VPN space through blockchain and crypto!

    Ahmed was in Denver, Colorado speaking with Dr. Steven Waterhouse from Orchid Protocol.


    Dr. Steven (or as he’d like to be called Seven), is quite an experienced individual who can do loads of English accents as well as researching and implementing AI before the dotcom boom, built companies and sold them, and was also a VC investing in a variety of tech companies. He is now decentralizing VPN - Woah hold up, what does that even mean?


    In this really interesting discussion, Ahmed and Seven discuss a variety of topics:



    What was working on AI like before it was called AI
    How Seven got involved in the crypto space and why he did
    How Seven played a part in building Pantera Capital, one of the oldest and respected blockchain and crypto funds
    ‘The flavor of the day’
    Being sim swapped and how that led Seven to start Orchid
    What decentralizing/distributing VPNs mean? What does it mean for end-users?
    Token economics and business model of Orchid and stakeholders
    UX of utility tokens


    Do make sure to check it out, especially as these guys are rebuilding the VPN model, particularly in how normal people can make money from providing their bandwidth!
    Special Guest: Dr. Steven Waterhouse.

    • 31 min
    #Ep. 63: Scale matters, Localization doesn't

    #Ep. 63: Scale matters, Localization doesn't

    Nic had the opportunity to speak with Hussein Khanji, partner at Hoxton Ventures during ArabNet Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Hussein walks us through his theory on venture capital, searching for unicorns and avoiding copycats.
    Plus he discusses why business models should be able to transcend borders and why it plays to their investment strategy.
    Special Guest: Hussein Kanji.

    • 32 min
    #Ep. 62: How the UAE is saving AED 11 Billion through blockchain implementation? - World Economic Forum Special

    #Ep. 62: How the UAE is saving AED 11 Billion through blockchain implementation? - World Economic Forum Special

    We welcome Mariam AlMuhairi live from Davos at the World Economic Forum to discuss with us today the newly published whitepaper from the WEF and Dubai Future Foundation: Inclusive Deployment of Blockchain - Case Studies and Learnings from the United Arab Emirates.


    Mariam who is the Head of the Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution led the report's formation, paritcularly from a policy standpoint. In this episode, we discuss:



    Mariam's insights from Davos
    Key takeaways from the report
    How particular challenges such as regulation and stakeholder engagement will be overcome?
    A brief look into the 7 Case Studies included in the report
    C4IR's stance on cryptocurrencies
    Top down vs bottom up approach to deploying innovative opportunities


    This was an extremely insightful podcast where we see the Dubai Blockchain Strategy and the Federal Blockchain Strategy achieving higher levels of success!


    If you liked what you heard, please do leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and the other platforms. Don’t forget to support us by spreading the word and hitting that subscribe button!
    Special Guest: Mariam Al Muhairi .

    • 25 min
    #Ep. 61: Creating and encouraging Fintech in Saudi Arabia

    #Ep. 61: Creating and encouraging Fintech in Saudi Arabia

    This is part 1 of a series of podcasts recorded during Arabnet Riyadh 2019. We had the pleasure of speaking with Ali Al Omran, Chief Information Officer for Arab Bank.


    We go in to details on how banks in the region are diversifying their interests, creating collaborative environments for startups to work with banks and where the future of fintech is heading as Saudi Arabia moves quickly to disrupt and create growth in its economy.
    Special Guest: Ali AlOmran.

    • 11 min
    #Ep. 60: How an ICO can get you fired and open doors unimagined

    #Ep. 60: How an ICO can get you fired and open doors unimagined

    In episode 60 (woot woot, 60 episodes and counting), Ahmed and Nic speak to Anthony Gilman, Founder and CEO of Aqua.


    We dive into some company drama that unfolded during Aqua's fundraise, especially as they opted to do an inital coin offering (ICO). In this episode Anthony's shares:



    How not to do an ICO
    How he fired his CTO
    How he made a good situation out of a bad one
    The hotel and hospitality inudstry's current problems
    How Aqua is out to solve them


    We loved this story Anthony shared because it showed outright the true colours of how certain individuals can be manipulative for personal gain, and more broadly exposed the intention behind most ICOs.
    Special Guest: Anthony Gelman.

    • 33 min

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