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A podcast tapping the brains of leaders across all verticals in the digital asset industry.

Hosted by Tom Shaughnessy (@Shaughnessy119), Piers Kicks (@PiersKicks), and the team at Delphi Digital.

The Delphi Podcast Tom Shaughnessy

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A podcast tapping the brains of leaders across all verticals in the digital asset industry.

Hosted by Tom Shaughnessy (@Shaughnessy119), Piers Kicks (@PiersKicks), and the team at Delphi Digital.

    World Mobile Chain: Cardano’s First Killer App?

    World Mobile Chain: Cardano’s First Killer App?

    Jose Maria Macedo sits down with Micky Watkins, Alan Omnet and Andrew Soper from World Mobile. World Mobile is seeking to tackle one of the biggest challenges globally: connectivity. This is not your typical crypto native project, but rather a new kind of telecoms network which leverages and combines a range of technologies like mesh networking, hybrid spectrum, and renewable energies, with blockchain being used to grow and distribute its infrastructure. It also happens to be the first token on Cardano supported by IOHK itself.


    In this conversation, we’ll dive into World Mobile: what it is, why it matters and their experience building on Cardano so far.


    We would like to thank our sponsors for making this podcast possible.


    Cosmos: Cosmos is on a mission, link one million blockchains. Name brand projects like Terra, Band, Kava, and Secret use Cosmos and the Cosmos Hub to connect to every other chain in our network. Learn more at cosmos.network.


    Kava: With a proven track record of delivering successful projects safely, the Kava Platform is DeFi's most trusted, scalable and secure institutional grade cross-chain engine. Learn more at kava.io. 


    Celo: Supporting over 1000+ projects from builders, developers, and even artists, who everyday create new applications and issue digital currencies from 100+ countries around the world, Celo’s mission is to build a financial system that creates the conditions of prosperity for everyone. Learn more at Celo.org.


    Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as an audio interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Our members also have access to full interview transcripts. Join today to gain exclusive early access to every new interview before it's published.


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    Show Notes:



    (3:22) (First Question) – Andrew, Mickey, Alan’s Background.

    (9:45) – The problem / almost half the world is still unconnected.

    (11:25) – How WMC’s solution works / how legacy infrastructure & solutions work.

    (20:08) – What is World Mobile Network.

    (27:17) – What infrastructure will WMC be putting down versus working with others and being kind of an aggregator.

    (34:00) – Thoughts on MMOs.

    (35:30) – Thoughts on Telecom.

    (42:30) – Why WMC choose to use blockchain / what is it that it enables that WMC couldn’t achieve without it.

    (47:50) – Why did WMC settle on Cardano / how WMC blockchain implementation works.

    (52:43) – Customer acquisition strategy / when WMC will start to roll this network out.

    (59:53) – WMC’s long-term vision.

    (1:08:40) – Where to find WMC.




    Resources:


    World Mobile Website 

    World Mobile Interview With Charles Hoskinson

    World Mobile Documentary



    More


    Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Yy99ZlQIX9-PdG_xHj43Q

    Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/



    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Lets Talk Bitcoin is a distribution partner for the Chain Reaction Podcast, and our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed here. 


     Music Attribution:


    Cosmos by From The Dust | https://soundcloud.com/ftdmusic

    Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com

    Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US 

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 5: Santiago Santos of Parafi Capital

    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 5: Santiago Santos of Parafi Capital

    The Delphi Podcast Host and GP of Delphi Ventures Tom Shaughnessy sits down with Santiago Santos, General Partner at Parafi Capital, an alternative investment firm focused on blockchain and decentralized finance markets. The two discuss game theory, psychology in crypto, finding that fund-returning play, and more.


    We would like to thank our sponsors for making this podcast possible.


    Cosmos: Cosmos is on a mission, link one million blockchains. Name brand projects like Terra, Band, Kava, and Secret use Cosmos and the Cosmos Hub to connect to every other chain in our network. Learn more at cosmos.network.


    Kava: With a proven track record of delivering successful projects safely, the Kava Platform is DeFi's most trusted, scalable and secure institutional grade cross-chain engine. Soon, USDC is coming to Kava! Learn more at kava.io. 


    Celo: Celo is a mobile-first platform that makes financial dApps and crypto payments accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. Celo supports over 1000 who are building applications and issuing digital currencies from 100+ countries around the world. Learn more at  Celo.org.


    Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as a video interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Our members also have access to full interview transcripts. Join today to gain exclusive early access to every new interview before it's published.



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    Show Notes:


    (2:33)- First Question: Santiago's Background and Parafi Capital overview.



    (4:04)- How Santiago allocates his time for projects.



    (11:02) - Getting buy-in for a project post-investment.



    (12:55) - Sizing up the founding team quantitatively and qualitatively.



    (15:58) - How retail investors get comfortable without access to the core team.



    (26:28) - Concentration vs. Diversification.



    (28:45) - Investing in themes.



    (34:15) - Copying and pasting old things that worked vs. actually having a new idea.



    (36:25) - Making bets on other L1s despite existing L1s.



    (46:26) - Token incentives from an investor and user perspective.



    (53:04) - Santiago's process for working with a team.



    (58:56) - Skepticism when doing due diligence on a project.



    (1:01:16) - Santiago's best advice.



    (1:03:56) - The best advice Santiago's ever gotten.



    (1:11:08) - Plays that changed Santiago's life / the world / someone else's life.



    (1:17:02) - Santiago's favorite book on game theory.




    Resources:


    Santiago Santos: General Partner, Parafi Capital

    Parafi Capital Website

    2020 Interview with Santiago and Ben Forman


    More


    Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Yy99ZlQIX9-PdG_xHj43Q

    Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/


    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Lets Talk Bitcoin is a distribution partner for the Chain Reaction Podcast, and our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed here. 


     Music Attribution:


    Cosmos by From The Dust | https://soundcloud.com/ftdmusic

    Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com

    Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 4: Andrew Kang of Mechanism Capital

    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 4: Andrew Kang of Mechanism Capital

    The Delphi Podcast Host and GP of Delphi Ventures Tom Shaughnessy sits down with Andrew Kang, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Mechanism Capital, a fund interested in all aspects of the crypto ecosystem with a focus in DeFi. The two discuss token economics, value accrual, incentives for teams, and more.


    We would like to thank our sponsors for making this podcast possible.


    Cosmos: Cosmos is on a mission, link one million blockchains. Name brand projects like Terra, Band, Kava, and Secret use Cosmos and the Cosmos Hub to connect to every other chain in our network. Learn more at cosmos.network.


    Kava: With a proven track record of delivering successful projects safely, the Kava Platform is DeFi's most trusted, scalable and secure institutional grade cross-chain engine. Soon, USDC is coming to Kava! Learn more at kava.io. 


    Celo: Celo is a mobile-first platform that makes financial dApps and crypto payments accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. Celo supports over 1000 who are building applications and issuing digital currencies from 100+ countries around the world. Learn more at  Celo.org.


    Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as a video interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Our members also have access to full interview transcripts. Join today to gain exclusive early access to every new interview before it's published.



    -
    Show Notes:


    (2:50)- First Question: Andrew's Background and Mechanism Capital overview.

    (5:42)- How Andrew allocates his time for projects.

    (12:12) - Andrew's thoughts on community investing and party rounds.

    (14:17) - How Andrew builds conviction in a team as a retail investor.

    (16:50) - Founders / red flags / anonymous founders.

    (23:17) - Andrew’s biggest miss or loss and what he learned from it.

    (26:00) - Andrew's biggest edge as an investor in crypto.

    (30:47) - Projects that crushed their token economics from the get-go.

    (32:43) - Thoughts on token economics and incentives.

    (35:00) - Andrew's thesis on PleasrDAO and NFTs.

    (41:22) - DAOs maintaining their decentralization long-term.

    (46:25) - Thoughts on the future of VC investing in crypto.

    (50:29) - When Andrew thinks crypto will be not as interesting.

    (52:25) - Andrew's best advice.

    (55:23) - Who Andrew looks up to in the crypto space.




    Resources:


    Andrew Kang: Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Mechanism Capital

    Mechanism Capital Website


    More


    Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Yy99ZlQIX9-PdG_xHj43Q

    Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/


    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Lets Talk Bitcoin is a distribution partner for the Chain Reaction Podcast, and our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed here. 


     Music Attribution:


    Cosmos by From The Dust | https://soundcloud.com/ftdmusic

    Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com

    Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US

    • 58 min
    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 3: Michael Jordan of Galaxy Digital

    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 3: Michael Jordan of Galaxy Digital

    The Delphi Podcast Host and GP of Delphi Ventures Tom Shaughnessy sits down with Michael Jordan, Vice President at Galaxy Digital, a diversified financial services and investment management innovator in the digital asset, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology sector. The two discuss types of investments, adding value to portfolio companies, token economics, and more.


    We would like to thank our sponsors for making this podcast possible.


    Cosmos: Cosmos is on a mission, link one million blockchains. Name brand projects like Terra, Band, Kava, and Secret use Cosmos and the Cosmos Hub to connect to every other chain in our network. Learn more at cosmos.network.


    Kava: With a proven track record of delivering successful projects safely, the Kava Platform is DeFi's most trusted, scalable and secure institutional grade cross-chain engine. Soon, USDC is coming to Kava! Learn more at kava.io. 


    Celo: Celo is a mobile-first platform that makes financial dApps and crypto payments accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. Celo supports over 1000 who are building applications and issuing digital currencies from 100+ countries around the world. Learn more at  Celo.org.


    Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as a video interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Our members also have access to full interview transcripts. Join today to gain exclusive early access to every new interview before it's published.


    -



    Show Notes:


    (2:42) First Question: Michael’s Intro and what does he do at Galaxy.


    (6:27) Michael’s thoughts on traditional funds getting access to equity deals in crypto.


    (9:33)  Differences between crypto equity plays today vs. a couple of years ago.


    (12:04) Whether projects like the OpenSeas, the Fireblocks to IPO in the NASDAQ or decentralize the community in some way.


    (16:40) Michael’s thoughts on party rounds vs. Galaxy taking all of a deal.


    (22:38) Retail vs. Institutional / what they see when they look at a project.


    (24:41)  Michael’s thoughts on the value flows between the equity and the token.


    (29:19) Are we going to go completely crypto native with tokens? / will the stock exchange go away? / Michael’s thoughts on old traditional financing methods and where we’re going with crypto.


    (32:09) Founding teams / the spectrum of due diligence Michael does on a founder / how Michael diligences founders on the qualitative basis.


    (39:00) What Michael thinks is the most important sector within crypto to invest in – from a retail perspective.


    (41:06) Michael’s advice on diversification versus concentration.


    (43:54) The best advice Michael’s ever gotten.




    Resources:


    Michael Jordan: Vice President at Galaxy Digital

    Galaxy Digital Website

    Interview with Mike Novogratz, CEO and Chairman at Galaxy Digital


    More


    Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Yy99ZlQIX9-PdG_xHj43Q

    Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/


    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Lets Talk Bitcoin is a distribution partner for the Chain Reaction Podcast, and our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed here. 


     Music Attribution:


    Cosmos by From The Dust | https://soundcloud.com/ftdmusic

    Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com

    Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

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    • 47 min
    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 2: Jason Choi of Spartan Group

    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 2: Jason Choi of Spartan Group

    The Delphi Podcast Host and GP of Delphi Ventures Tom Shaughnessy sits down with Jason Choi, General Partner at Spartan Group, one of Asia’s first DeFi focused funds. The two discuss biggest wins and losses, due diligence, traits of successful crypto communities, and more.


    We would like to thank our sponsors for making this podcast possible.


    Cosmos: Cosmos is on a mission, link one million blockchains. Name brand projects like Terra, Band, Kava, and Secret use Cosmos and the Cosmos Hub to connect to every other chain in our network. Learn more at cosmos.network.


    Kava: With a proven track record of delivering successful projects safely, the Kava Platform is DeFi's most trusted, scalable and secure institutional grade cross-chain engine. Soon, USDC is coming to Kava! Learn more at kava.io. 


    Celo: Celo is a mobile-first platform that makes financial dApps and crypto payments accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. Celo supports over 1000 who are building applications and issuing digital currencies from 100+ countries around the world. Learn more at  Celo.org.


    Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as a video interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Our members also have access to full interview transcripts. Join today to gain exclusive early access to every new interview before it's published.



    -
    Show Notes:


    (1:52) First Question: How Jason manages his time in the crypto industry.


    (6:22) Jason's thoughts on trends in a multi-chain world.


    (10:46) Jason's thoughts on L1s.


    (14:06) How Jason knows whether or not a project has a killer community.


    (16:30) How Jason gets comfortable with a project where the community starts to take over.


    (19:52) Founders / how Jason sizes up founders / red flags that avoid investing in a founder.


    (28:33) Gaining conviction during bear markets.


    (30:44) How Jason gets the conviction to invest in a project.


    (34:17) Jason's position on cash.


    (38:37) The best advice Jason’s ever gotten.


    (40:47) Incentives beyond money that lead Jason to invest in a project.


    (42:26) What was Jason biggest loss or miss and what he learned from it.


    (46:05) Jason's biggest accomplishment.


    (49:51) Jason's idol in the space / who Jason looks up to.


    (52:03) How Jason allocates his time effectively to portfolio companies / his favorite area to allocate his time.


    (53:35) Jason's thoughts on the VC model long-term.


    (56:56) What Jason is looking for in the next one to three years.




    Resources:


    Jason Choi: General Partner, Spartan Capital

    Spartan Group Website

    2019 Interview


    More


    Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Yy99ZlQIX9-PdG_xHj43Q

    Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/


    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Lets Talk Bitcoin is a distribution partner for the Chain Reaction Podcast, and our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed here. 


     Music Attribution:


    Cosmos by From The Dust | https://soundcloud.com/ftdmusic

    Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com

    Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US 

    • 59 min
    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 1: Arthur Cheong of DeFiance Capital

    Crypto Venture Capital Series Ep. 1: Arthur Cheong of DeFiance Capital

    The Delphi Podcast Host and GP of Delphi Ventures Tom Shaughnessy sits down with Arthur Cheong, founder & portfolio manager at DeFiance Capital, Asia's largest DeFi focused crypto fund. The two discuss biggest wins and losses, effective due diligence, traits of successful crypto communities, and more.


    We would like to thank our sponsors for making this podcast possible.


    Cosmos: Cosmos is on a mission, link one million blockchains. Name brand projects like Terra, Band, Kava, and Secret use Cosmos and the Cosmos Hub to connect to every other chain in our network. Learn more at cosmos.network.


    Kava: With a proven track record of delivering successful projects safely, the Kava Platform is DeFi’s most trusted, scalable and secure institutional grade cross-chain engine. Learn more at kava.io.


    Celo: Supporting over 1000+ projects from builders, developers, and even artists, who everyday create new applications and issue digital currencies from 100+ countries around the world, Celo’s mission is to build a financial system that creates the conditions of prosperity for everyone. Learn more at Celo.org.


    Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as a video interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Our members also have access to full interview transcripts. Join today to gain exclusive early access to every new interview before it's published.



    -
    Show Notes:


    (1:50) First Question: Arthur’s Intro and What is DeFiance Capital.


    (2:17) How long have been the fund around / how many deals have DeFiance done at a high level focus on tokens or equities.


    (2:48) How DeFiance works.


    (8:12) How Arthur draws the line on new areas to invest in.


    (12:30) Differences between traditional venture investing and VC in crypto.


    (19:36) Founders / How Arthur sizes up founders /red flags that avoid investing in a founder / anonymous founders.


    (31:04) Arthur’s thoughts on founders giving up control to the community.


    (33:26) Concentration versus diversification.


    (40:53) How Arthur allocates his time to funds or projects.


    (43:46) The best advice Arthur’s ever gotten from a crypto founder / the best advice that Arthur’s ever given someone on crypto.


    (46:45) How much cash Arthur has in the fund and what he thinks about it.


    (48:41) Arthur’s thoughts on global markets and how it affects crypto.


    (51:59) Arthur’s thoughts on a situation where governments take a very aggressive stance against crypto.


    (55:00) What was Arthur biggest loss, why did he miss it, and what is he going to do for the future so it doesn’t happen again.


    (58:36) Arthur’s thoughts on invest in the L1s.




    Resources:


    Arthur Cheong: Founder & Portfolio Manager, DeFiance Capital

    DeFiance Capital Website


    More


    Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Yy99ZlQIX9-PdG_xHj43Q

    Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/


    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Lets Talk Bitcoin is a distribution partner for the Chain Reaction Podcast, and our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed here. 


     Music Attribution:


    Cosmos by From The Dust | https://soundcloud.com/ftdmusic

    Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com

    Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US 

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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Awesome Content!

Tom does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

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Top 5 crypto podcast, easy

Tom gets into the weeds of the crypto and defi landscape. He is a key player with a sharp mind and a wealth of inside information. Main criticism is: need more podcasts! Keep what you doing man.
PS: when are we gonna talk $pickle ?

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Incredible Insights

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