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Block Stars is a Ripple-produced podcast that shines the spotlight on some of today’s most innovative and impactful thinkers in blockchain from around the world.

Block Stars with David Schwartz Ripple

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    • 5.0 • 97 Ratings

Block Stars is a Ripple-produced podcast that shines the spotlight on some of today’s most innovative and impactful thinkers in blockchain from around the world.

    Creating a More Inclusive Financial System With Crypto | Bitso CEO Daniel Vogel

    Creating a More Inclusive Financial System With Crypto | Bitso CEO Daniel Vogel

    In the latest episode of Block Stars, Ripple CTO David Schwartz talks to Daniel Vogel, CEO and Co-Founder of Mexico’s leading crypto exchange, Bitso. You'll  hear from Daniel on the state of crypto in Latin America, how Bitso almost became a video games payments specialist and more.

    • 44 min
    Why Sustainability Is Essential for the Future of Money | Entrepreneur Sid John Leopold

    Why Sustainability Is Essential for the Future of Money | Entrepreneur Sid John Leopold

    In the latest episode, David talks with serial entrepreneur Sid John Leopold about the environmental impact of blockchain technology and what it means for the future of money.
    “Currencies are just a tool that we use to trade,” explains Sid. “We're going to use 'money 2.0' if it works better. The environment is the factor that affects us all. We don't want those tools to…drastically make our lives worse off in the future."

    • 33 min
    Why Unifying Payments Infrastructure Will Boost Financial Inclusion | Coil CEO Stefan Thomas, Part 2

    Why Unifying Payments Infrastructure Will Boost Financial Inclusion | Coil CEO Stefan Thomas, Part 2

    The latest episode of Block Stars is the conclusion of current Ripple CTO David Schwartz’s two-part conversation with former Ripple CTO, Stefan Thomas. Listen to part two of David and Stefan’s conversation on episode 10 of Block Stars for more on how and why Stefan developed ILP and to discover the critical piece of advice that Ripple’s outgoing CTO passed on to his successor.

    • 18 min
    How Bitcoin’s Limitations Inspired the XRP Ledger | Coil CEO Stefan Thomas, Part 1

    How Bitcoin’s Limitations Inspired the XRP Ledger | Coil CEO Stefan Thomas, Part 1

    On the latest episode of Block Stars, David Schwartz—the creator of the XRP Ledger and current CTO of Ripple, sat down with Stefan Thomas, former CTO of Ripple and current CEO of Coil, to discuss the early days of blockchain, and their time working together on the XRP Ledger, Codius and Interledger Protocol (ILP).

    Most people don’t realize that prior to Ripple, David and Stefan both used to work on Bitcoin. Stefan helped create BitcoinJS, which is a JavaScript implementation of the Bitcoin blockchain. David tinkered around with Bitcoin Core, as a C++ developer with a lot of experience using applied cryptography to build distributed systems, and helped the early core contributors solve some problems via the Bitcoin forum.

    Both were inspired by the decentralized nature of the technology, but also recognized some issues early on.

    • 41 min
    Digital Assets in a Post-COVID World | Barry Eichengreen

    Digital Assets in a Post-COVID World | Barry Eichengreen

    Ripple CTO David Schwartz continues to explore the wider world of blockchain and digital assets on the Block Stars podcast. In the latest episode, he talks with Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Barry Eichengreen, about the current state of the global economy and where cryptocurrencies fit in a post-COVID climate.

    • 34 min
    Digital Assets Need Smart Regulation | Ripple General Counsel Stu Alderoty

    Digital Assets Need Smart Regulation | Ripple General Counsel Stu Alderoty

    In episode seven of the Block Stars podcast, Ripple CTO David Schwartz is joined by Ripple General Counsel, Stu Alderoty to discuss the current state of global cryptocurrency regulation.
     
    David probably didn’t expect Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer to reference Beanie Babies during their conversation, but the often-valuable stuffed toys are a great analogy for why not every digital asset is a security. 

    Listen to the latest Block Stars podcast to hear more from Stu about the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remittances rule that recognizes that blockchain solutions can benefit consumers and why a 1940s Florida orange grove can no longer hold back the country’s blockchain and digital asset industry.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

merry slayer a tiny hillbilly ,

I give Block stars a thumbs up!

Great source of information about the future of DLT, DeFi, and monetary evolution! David Schwartz is excellent at hosting.

With caution ,

Great non hype information

David is great! I could listen to him read the ingredients off a can of soup, smooth, wise, rockstar of tech and crypto. Block stars is much more than just a great host, this is a snapshot into how great minds are building/have built what seems destine to be the currency(s) of the future, block chain crypto. Thanks David, wish you did more public speaking on anything, I think I’ve heard everything you’ve done watching YouTube.

twsulli ,

Awesome

Super informative!!!! David is great!

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