15 episodes

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

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 101 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.

    Central Bank Digital Currencies

    Central Bank Digital Currencies

    The latest episode of Block Stars features David Schwartz and Antony Welfare—Senior Advisor at Ripple—to discuss the opportunity for DLT technology to support a CBDC system, global adoption and more.

    • 31 min
    Tokenization: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

    Tokenization: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

    In the newest episode of Block Stars, Ripple CTO David Schwartz sits down with John Kraski, Director of Strategic Partnerships at NFT Thought Leaders. The two discuss the current state of NFTs, the communities involved in the space and look ahead at the evolution of this technology.

    • 38 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 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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