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Calgary Business Podcast is focused on meeting founders, entrepreneurs, students, psychologists, thought leaders, small business owners and pretty much anyone ready to share their stories of innovation, creativity and inspiration from Calgary, across Canada and throughout the world.

A total of 401 episodes have been released to 5 December 2022

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Calgary Business Podcast is focused on meeting founders, entrepreneurs, students, psychologists, thought leaders, small business owners and pretty much anyone ready to share their stories of innovation, creativity and inspiration from Calgary, across Canada and throughout the world.

A total of 401 episodes have been released to 5 December 2022

Beacons collects all of my social media posts | https://beacons.page/allenwaz

    Crypto Market Update, episode 18 with “Crypto Mark” from SwapAcross (formerly X528) Date of Podcast | 14 January 2024

    Crypto Market Update, episode 18 with “Crypto Mark” from SwapAcross (formerly X528) Date of Podcast | 14 January 2024

    This is the 18th episode of the Crypto Market update with Mark Magliocco, co-founder of SwapAcross (formerly known as X528 DAO) and Allen Wazny, host of the Calgary Business Podcast and Partner/CFO of Purpose Driven Travel in Calgary.



    All discussions in this episode are for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities or digital assets are for illustrative purposes only, and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services



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    Yahoo Finance and Bitcoin trading charts. 



    As is customary, Mark opened the discussion by sharing his knowledge and understanding of reading the technical charts around the price of Bitcoin | https://finance.yahoo.com/chart/BTC-USD



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    Crypto news articles discussed during this update:



    “Bitcoin ETFs Start With a Bang: $4.5 Billion on Day One of Trading” | Decrypt, 11 January 2024: https://rb.gy/o2qzf7



    “How to Buy a Bitcoin ETF” | Decrypt, 11 January 2024: https://rb.gy/okbzdy



    “MicroStrategy’s bitcoin is now worth $1B more than the actual company” | Blockworks, 11 January 2024: https://rb.gy/cwkswg



    “NEAR Foundation Cuts 40% of Workforce” | Unchained Crypto, 12 January 2024: https://rb.gy/nmaae2



    “Terra founder Do Kwon asks court to delay SEC trial for personal appearance” | The Block, 12 January 2024: https://rebrand.ly/cqydqug



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    Crypto-related funding announcements



    Eesee, a Dubai startup that provides sellers of digital assets, tokens, and RWAs with a gamified marketplace that they can use to sell their wares, raised a $2.85 million round from SevenX Ventures, Maven Capital, MetaBros, Contango Digital Assets, and BasementDAO 

    [StrictlyVC, 13 January 2024: http://tiny.cc/kfw0wz]

    Pontem, a seven-year-old Singapore startup whose platform enables developers to build and test applications for blockchains like Aptos and Sui, raised a $6 million seed round. Investors included Lightspeed Venture Partners, Pantera Capital, Aptos Foundation, Wintermute, Altonomy, Shima Capital, and Kraken Ventures. 

    [StrictlyVC, 13 January 2024; NFTgators article: https://rb.gy/tyx4e9]



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    • 28 min
    Crypto Market Update, episode 17 with “Crypto Mark” from SwapAcross (formerly X528) (CBP 419, 9 January 2023)

    Crypto Market Update, episode 17 with “Crypto Mark” from SwapAcross (formerly X528) (CBP 419, 9 January 2023)

    This is the 17th episode of the Crypto Market update with Mark Magliocco, co-founder of SwapAcross (formerly known as X528 DAO) and Allen Wazny, host of the Calgary Business Podcast and Partner/CFO of Purpose Driven Travel in Calgary.

    All discussions in this episode are for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities or digital assets are for illustrative purposes only, and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services

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    Yahoo Finance and Bitcoin trading charts.  As is customary, Mark opened the discussion by sharing his knowledge and understanding of reading the technical charts around the price of Bitcoin | https://finance.yahoo.com/chart/BTC-USD

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    Crypto news articles discussed during this update:

    Bitcoin climbs above $45,000 to 21-month peak as new year kicks off | (Reuters,2 January 2024):  http://tiny.cc/s19tvz

    Celsius to Unstake $466 Million Ethereum Holdings, 'Ensure Ample Liquidity' for Creditors | (Decrypt, 5 January 2024): http://tiny.cc/k49tvz

    Ether ETF likely coming, as SEC ‘implicitly’ nodded ETH as commodity | (CoinTelegraph, 4 January 2024): http://tiny.cc/4tyyvz

    Fox Corporation collaborates with Polygon Labs to launch blockchain-based media platform Verify | (The Block, 9 January 2024): https://www.theblock.co/post/271288/fox-corporation-polygon-labs-verify

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    Crypto-related funding announcements

    Cumulus Encrypted Storage System, a Singapore-based provider of a blockchain-powered decentralized storage and CDN infrastructure for Web3, raised $8M in Series A funding led by HTX Venture, Infinity Ventures Crypto, DWF Labs, Mentha Partners, Vespertine Capital , Web3 Foundation, Singchain Investment, 7 O’Clock Capital, SolrDAO, FishDAO, OneBlock+, Winkrypto, and Polkadot Ecology Research Institute | FinSMEs article (2 January 2024): http://tiny.cc/y89tvz

    Addressable, a Los Angeles startup that specializes in analyzing blockchain data to identify and categorize cryptocurrency wallet owners for targeted advertising and marketing campaigns, raised a $6 million seed extension led by BITKRAFT Ventures, with participation from Karatage as well as previous investors Viola Ventures, Fabric Ventures, Mensch Capital Partners, and North Island Ventures. (StrictlyVC, 21 December 2023) | CTech article: http://tiny.cc/ncgtvz

    Metagood, a blockchain technology and digital assets company, announced the successful completion of a $5 million series seed funding round aimed at advancing its Osura marketplace, focused on art within the Bitcoin ecosystem.  The funding was led by Sora Ventures, ACTAI Ventures, Bitcoin Frontier Fund, UTXO Management, London Real Ventures, and Peach.xyz | FinSMEs article (19 December 2023): http://tiny.cc/bvmtvz

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    • 26 min
    Crypto Market Update, episode 16 with “Crypto Mark” from SwapAcross (formerly X528) (CBP 418, 31 December 2023)

    Crypto Market Update, episode 16 with “Crypto Mark” from SwapAcross (formerly X528) (CBP 418, 31 December 2023)

    This is the 16th episode of the Crypto Market update with Mark Magliocco, co-founder of SwapAcross (formerly known as X528 DAO) and Allen Wazny, host of the Calgary Business Podcast and Partner/CFO of Purpose Driven Travel in Calgary.



    All discussions in this episode are for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities or digital assets are for illustrative purposes only, and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services



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    Yahoo Finance and Bitcoin trading charts.  



    As is customary, Mark opened the discussion by sharing his knowledge and understanding of reading the technical charts around the price of Bitcoin | https://finance.yahoo.com/chart/BTC-USD



    We also highlighted the price of Bitcoin on 30 December between 2017 and 2023 courtesy of the team at CoinMarketCap:



    30 December 2023: US $42,250

    30 December 2022: US $16,547

    30 December 2021: US $46,306

    30 December 2020: US $29,002

    30 December 2019: US $7,194

    30 December 2018: US $3,743

    30 December 2017: US $14,156 



    To track all historical prices of BTC and other crypto currencies, click on the link to the CoinMarketCap website: https://coinmarketcap.com





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    2023 Year in Crypto



    Mark referenced the 25 December 2023 article published by The Block titled “From SBF to Taylor Swift, BlackRock, CZ and Binance: The top crypto stories of 2023” with some notable takeaways: 



    USDC Stablecoin



    The key issue related to the failure of Silicon Valley Bank and the exposure that the fintech giant, Circle, had to the bank resulting in massive sell-off of its stablecoin, USDC and a 15% drop in the coin’s market cap within a 24-hour period.



    Taylor Swift and FTX



    Unlike notable football hall of famer, Tom Brady, and NBA great, Shaquille O’Neal, Taylor Swift did not sign on to promote FTX.  It seems that Swift-enomics kicked in and some due diligence was performed prior to the decision, unlike other celebrity influence



    BlackRock and Bitcoin ETF



    In June of 2023, BlackRock filed a registration with the SEC for its spot bitcoin ETF, known as the iShares Bitcoin Trust.  Other notable investment firms, including Franklin Templeton, VanEck and Fidelity, are reportedly also seeking approval for a spot bitcoin ETF





    Binance and Changpeng Zhao (“CZ”)



    Binance and the US Department of Justice settled for $4.3 billion after the DOJ commenced a criminal investigation alleging money laundering and sanctions violations. As part of the plea deal, CZ agreed to step down as CEO of Binance and pay a $50 million fine after pleading guilty to violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. 



    Link to The Block article: https://www.theblock.co/post/265652/sbf-taylor-swift-blackrock-cz-binance-top-crypto-stories-2023



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    Celsius bankruptcy 



    Celsius actually declared bankruptcy in July 2022 but continued to form part of the 2023 crypto narrative alongside other notable bankruptcies such as Three Arrows Capital and Genesis (founded by Barry Silbert).  



    We discussed the back story to Celsius and the founder of Celsius, Alex Mashinsky and a spring 2018 conference with Alex on stage with anti-crypto influencer, Nouriel Roubini (or “Dr. Doom” ) and Bill Barhydt (founder of Abra Global).  Alex rebutted Nouriel’s claims of "99% of crypto land is one shitcoin traded for another shitcoin…"

    Link to Yahoo Finance article of October 2018 titled “Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin Throws Shade at Bitcoin Bashing Economist”  | http://tiny.cc/t7qnvz



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    Visit the SwapAcross website (formerly X528DAO) to learn more: ​​https://www.x528.io



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    Crypto Market Update, episode 15 with “Crypto Mark” from SwapAcross (formerly X528) (CBP 417, 16 December 2023)

    Crypto Market Update, episode 15 with “Crypto Mark” from SwapAcross (formerly X528) (CBP 417, 16 December 2023)

    This is the 15th episode of the Crypto Market update with Mark Magliocco, co-founder of SwapAcross (formerly known as X528 DAO) and Allen Wazny, host of the Calgary Business Podcast and Partner/CFO of Purpose Driven Travel in Calgary.



    All discussions in this episode are for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities or digital assets are for illustrative purposes only, and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services



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    Yahoo Finance and Bitcoin trading charts.  As is customary, Mark opened the discussion by sharing his knowledge and understanding of reading the technical charts around the price of Bitcoin | https://finance.yahoo.com/chart/BTC-USD



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    Crypto news articles discussed during this update:



    Over $2.7 million in Ethereum and others stolen from OKX Exchange | The Daily HODL (14 December 2023): http://tiny.cc/5l9jvz



    Tech billionaires launch fund to create new Libertarian societies | Vice article (14 December 2023): http://tiny.cc/9l9jvz



    Ledger Phishing Attack | Decrypt article (14 December 2023): http://tiny.cc/jl9jvz



    JPMorgan says Ethererum to outperform Bitcoin in 2024 | Decrypt article (14 December 2023): 



    Solana mobile phone “Saga” sells out on high demand for BONK | Decrypt article (15 December 2023): http://tiny.cc/tl9jvz





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    Crypto-related funding announcements



    There were 5 companies highlighted in this episode, based upon the following funding announcements found in one or more newsletters of StrictlyVC, FinSMEs, VentureBeat and Crunchbase:



    Lolli, a Durham, N.C.-based startup whose rewards app lets consumers earn Bitcoin or cash back on everyday purchases, raised an $8 million Series B round led by BITKRAFT Ventures, with participation from Sfermion, Prisma Ventures, Hypersphere Ventures, 2 Punks Capital, and MZ Web3 Fund as well as previous investors Seven Seven Six, Founders Fund, Bain Capital Ventures, Serena Ventures, MrBeast’s Night Media, and Logan Paul [TechCrunch, 15 December 2023]



    NodeKit, an Ames, Iowa startup, helps crypto developers avoid sequencing delays, raised a $1.2 million pre-seed round led by Borderless Capital, with Blizzard Fund, Polygon Ventures, and Wormhole Cross-Chain Ecosystem Fund also stepping up [The Block, 15 December 2023]



    Hackless, a Kyiv, Ukraine-based company which specializes in blockchain security solutions, raised $1.2M in funding led by DaoMaker, Insignius Capital, Cosima Capital, DeltaHub Capital, Factorial, and Halvings Capital [FinSMEs, 15 December 2023]



    Reltime, an Oslo, Norway-based blockchain technology company, received a funding approval from the Research Council of Norway [FinSMEs, 12 December 2023]



    Gacha Monsters, a Tokyo startup that publishes a web3 game called Poglin, raised a $3 million seed round from Animoca Brands, Infinity Ventures Crypto, FBG, and Big Time Games [FinSMEs, 9 December 2023]



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    • 39 min
    Crypto Market Update, episode 14 with “Crypto Mark” from X528 (CBP 416, 11 December 2023)

    Crypto Market Update, episode 14 with “Crypto Mark” from X528 (CBP 416, 11 December 2023)

    This is the 14th episode of the Crypto Market update with Mark Magliocco, co-founder of X528 DAO and Allen Wazny, host of the Calgary Business Podcast and Partner/CFO of Purpose Driven Travel in Calgary.



    All discussions in this episode are for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities or digital assets are for illustrative purposes only, and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services



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    Yahoo Finance and Bitcoin trading charts.  As is customary, Mark opened the discussion by sharing his knowledge and understanding of reading the technical charts around the price of Bitcoin | https://finance.yahoo.com/chart/BTC-USD



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    Crypto news articles discussed during this update:



    Tether's new sanctions froze 161 wallets | The Block (10 December 2023) |  https://rb.gy/gcc1mb



    Crypto Provisions Dropped From 2023 U.S. Defense Bill | Coindesk (8 December) | https://rb.gy/kykfcc



    Chainlink Community Staking Pool Draws more than $620 million | Unchained Crypto (7 December) | https://rb.gy/h0q4hj



    Reebok and Digital Wearables | Decrypt (7 December) | http://tiny.cc/dk8ivz



    Ethereum Layer-2 Starknet Reveals STRK Token Airdrop | Decrypt (8 December) | http://tiny.cc/qk8ivz



    PayPal (Stable Coin) and CoinBase (TikTok and Instagram transfers) were both mentioned by David Pakman, partner at CoinFund, during his appearance on the “Chain Reaction” podcast which aired on 7 December 2023 | https://rb.gy/4tlumq | 



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    Crypto-related funding announcements



    There were 2 companies highlighted in this episode, based upon the following funding announcements:



    Sindri, a one-year-old Denver startup that helps developers build and deploy zero-knowledge applications, raised a $5 million seed round led by CoinFund. The Block: http://surl.li/ocizg [8 December 2023]



    Shadow, a Paris startup that says it can help businesses develop crypto products faster and cheaper by creating “shadow forks,” or private testing grounds that mirror the blockchain, raised a $9 million seed round. Paradigm was the deal lead, with additional investors including Coinbase Ventures, Electric Capital, Ethereum Foundation, Uniswap, and Flashbots. The Block: http://surl.li/ocjvb [6 December 2023]



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    • 28 min
    Crypto Market Update, episode 13 with Mark Magliocco from X528 (CBP 415, 2 December 2023)

    Crypto Market Update, episode 13 with Mark Magliocco from X528 (CBP 415, 2 December 2023)

    This is the 13th episode of the Crypto Market update with Mark Magliocco, co-founder of X528 DAO and Allen Wazny, host of the Calgary Business Podcast and Partner/CFO of Purpose Driven Travel in Calgary.



    All discussions in this episode are for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal, business, investment, or tax advice. You should consult your own advisers as to those matters. References to any securities or digital assets are for illustrative purposes only, and do not constitute an investment recommendation or offer to provide investment advisory services



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    Crypto news articles discussed during this update:



    Cristiano Ronaldo faces $1bn lawsuit over Binance Ads | BBC News: https://bbc.in/3R3U6O4 [29 November 2023]



    Kyberswap ransom hack | U Today article:  https://bit.ly/3RsHaTj [30 November]



    Grayscale optimistic SEC will approve Bitcoin ETF | Decrypt article: https://bit.ly/3uHXbf8 [1 December]



    Mysterious Whale Accumulating Bitcoin | Decrypt article: https://bit.ly/3R4n3cz [30 November]





    Philippines SEC to Block Access to Binance [Decrypt: https://bit.ly/47BMNnC [29 November]



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    Crypto-related funding announcements





    There were 6 companies highlighted in this episode: Acctual, Coinchange, Mummolin, Wormhole, MYX and Wind, based upon the following funding announcements:





    Acctual [New York] helps crypto companies better manage accounts payable and accounts receivable, raised a $3.9m seed round co-led by Third Prime, IDEO, Alchemy Ventures, OrangeDAO, and Soma Capital | TechCrunch: https://tcrn.ch/48129SG [1 December 2023]





    Coinchange [Toronto] | helps businesses (and especially cryptocurrency exchanges) provide trading and yield services for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and stablecoins through its API, raised $10m from G1.VC, Spirit Blockchain, Good News Ventures, K2.CA and Mintfox | CoinDesk: https://bit.ly/47WeEyE [1 December]





    Mummolin [Wyoming] operates a decentralized Bitcoin mining pool called Ocean, raised $6.2m seed from Jack Dorsey, Accomplice, Barefoot Bitcoin Fund, MoonKite, NewLayer Capital, and the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund | Cointelegraph: https://bit.ly/416hY89 [1 December]





    Wormhole, a spinoff of Jump Trading Group whose developer platform allows different blockchain networks to communicate with each other, raised a $225m. Investors included Jump Trading Group, Brevan Howard, Coinbase Ventures, and Multicoin Capital. CoinDesk: https://bit.ly/3RrNM4l [29 November]





    MYX | decentralized platform to facilitate the trading of derivatives, specifically perpetual contracts; raised $5m seed round from HongShan, Consensys, Hack VC, OKX Ventures, Redpoint China, HashKey Capital, Foresight Ventures, GSR Markets, Alti5, Leland Ventures, Cypher Capital, Bing Ventures, and Lecca Ventures | CoinTelegraph: http://surl.li/nvmcu [29 November] 





    Wind (Singapore) | crypto wallet designed for the average consumer; lets users send and receive payments, store their crypto, and exchange crypto for fiat; raised $3.8m pre-seed round from Global Founders Capital, Spartan Group, Saison Capital, Alumni Ventures, and Tiny VC | TechCrunch: https://tcrn.ch/412nj0l  [28 November 2023]







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    Yahoo Finance and Bitcoin trading charts.  As is customary, Mark opened the discussion by sharing his knowledge and understanding of reading the technical charts around the price of Bitcoin | https://finance.yahoo.com/chart/BTC-USD



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    We invite listeners to join the X528 Discord channel: https://discord.gg/fhsekcgJVT



    Visit the X528 website to learn more: ​​https://www.x528.io/



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    • 34 min

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