Decrypt Asia aims to decode and demystify the Asian Blockchain and Cryptocurrency ecosystem by producing educational notes and interviewing investors, entrepreneurs, technologists and industry insiders on a weekly basis. We are a community of learners, seekers and doers in a post-Bitcoin world, eager to be a part of the greatest technological revolution of our lifetimes since the Internet.
Ep. #48: Growing the Crypto Ecosystem with Ella Zhang (Binance Labs)
We managed to catch the very busy Ella Zhang, Head of Binance Labs, on the sidelines of a conference in Singapore to get all the scoop about Binance Labs, what her team has been up to and what they plan to achieve going forward.
Tune in to hear about:
Ella’s very interesting background and how she came to be a part of Binance Labs
Mandate of Binance Labs
Three key pillars - incubation, fellowship and direct investment
Fellowship - https://medium.com/binance-labs/introducing-the-binance-labs-fellowship-270521d2e99d
How does the incubation program work?
Season 1 of Binance Labs incubation: https://medium.com/binance-labs/season-1-binance-labs-incubation-program-buidlers-season-1-ec34b601ccd
Season 2 of Binance Labs Incubation: https://www.binance.com/en/blog/342988062870470656/Binance-Labs-Reveals-13-Startups-in-its-Incubation-Program
What is the investment focus and how has the team’s investment thesis evolved over a period of time
How does Ella think about overall portfolio construction
Drawing from the lessons of the popping of the 2000 internet bubble and outlook on the industry going forward
Ep. #47: Layer 2 Scaling with Jack O’Holleran (CEO Skale Labs)
Following our discussion with Matic Network, we speak to the CEO of Skale Labs which is also trying to build a layer 2 solution to solve the problem of Ethereum Scalability.
Tune in to hear about:
Evolution of enterprise software - on-premises > cloud > open-source
Importance of community for open-source software
Implications of AWS going down and how Blockchain technology plays in ensuring 100% uptime
Why Skale Labs chose to go down the side-chain path
What is a network of side chains and what are elastic side chains?
Consensus mechanism for each of the network of side chains
Interactions between the side chains and the main chain
DApps building on Skale Labs and Skale Innovator Program
Plans for Asia
Competitive landscape for scalability projects
Ep. #46: Sharding with Nick White (Co-founder Harmony Protocol)
Following our discussion with the Zilliqa team, we decided to speak to another Blockchain Protocol that is trying to solve the problem of Scalability through Sharding. Hear Nick White, one of the co-founders of Harmony, tell us about what is unique about their Project as well as the IEO that took place recently on the Binance Launchpad.Tune in to hear about:What is sharding?Difference between Transaction Sharding and State ShardingHow does Harmony achieve State SharingHow does the overall Harmony Network look like?How does Staking work in the Harmony ecosystem, what are the rewards and what does it take to be validator?GovernanceWhat DApps are building on Harmony, what is the process to port over from Ethereum or another Blockchain to Harmony?Binance token sale and roadmapPlans for Asia
Ep. #45: Smart contracts on Bitcoin with Diego Zaldívar (Rootstock)
We speak to Diego Gutiérrez Zaldívar, CEO and co-founder of Rootstock or RSK (https://www.rsk.co/) and RIF Labs (https://www.rifos.org/). Rootstock, most famously, is known for putting smart contract functionality on the Bitcoin Blockchain.Tune in to hear about:Diego’s interesting background and how he got into cryptoWhat Rootstock is and the concept of Merge Mining?How Rootstock helps the Bitcoin miners by generating additional returns for them (related to the concept of Merge Mining)?Why should DApps build on RSK?What is RIFOS and how did it come about?Why is RIFOS important - note, it integrates things like storage, name service, data feeds, etc to make it easier to develop DAppsRootstock’s plans in AsiaDiego’s mantra for surviving in crypto - The rougher the weather is, the calmer you have to be
Ep. #44: Stablecoin adoption through E-Commerce with Dan Shin (Terra)
We speak to Dan Shin, Co-founder of Terra (https://terra.money/). Prior to Terra, Dan is most notably known for being the Founder and Chairman of TMON (http://www.tmon.co.kr). TMON or Ticket Monster is a Unicorn out of South Korea which was started in 2010 and had a mobile first approach to e-commerce.
Now Dan is launching a stable coin that aims to drive adoption through his experience and networks in the e-commerce industry.
Tune in to hear about:
Going on the mainnet and what that’s like (funnily, we spoke a couple of hours after Terra hit mainnet)
Different kinds of stable coins why Terra took the algorithmic route
How Terra is trying to drive REAL ADOPTION
How Terra maintains price stability and the role that Luna token plays in that
What is Seigniorage and how Terra is benefiting from it
Go-to market strategy through Terra Alliance comprising Carousell (https://sg.carousell.com/), Qoo1o (https://www.qoo10.sg) etc. + incentives to use Terra
How the user journey for using Terra token would look like on e-commerce platforms
Tech aspects - Building on Tendermint (https://www.tendermint.com/), on boarding validators
Dealing with Regulatory aspects including the failed Basis project (https://www.basis.io/)
Partnerships with Tomochain (https://tomochain.com/), Klaytn (https://www.klaytn.com/) etc
Ep. #43: Crypto in India with the founders of Blockchained India
Given the recent conversations about the Government of India banning Crypto again (https://www.coindesk.com/indian-government-again-discussing-ban-on-cryptocurrencies-report), we decided to speak to the co-founders of Blockchained India (https://blockchainedindia.com/), an organisation trying to spread the word of crypto and drive conversations around crypto-regulations
Tune in to hear about:
How Blockchained India came about and how it’s structured
What are the chapters and what are their mandates
What is India DApp Fest and how that came about
Key projects based out India including Nuo (https://www.nuo.network/), InstaDApp (https://instadapp.io/), Matic (https://matic.network/)
Update on crypto regulations in India and the stance taken by the Government of India and Supreme Court of IndiaNotable things taking place in the Indian Crypto Ecosystem
FYI Blockchained India is also organising India Dapp Fest (https://www.indiadappfest.com/) which seems like a promising event
Smart Interviews with Interesting Guests
This show does a great job highlighting interesting tech companies in Asia and making complex technology easy to understand. I really liked the episode about the social network built on blockchain — such an interesting application of the technology that makes a lot of sense as an alternative to LinkedIn. Great show!
I don't claim to be a smart man, however I feel like I can start to understand what people mean when they talk about Blockchain. I am just glad there are people in the world that can not only do these kinds of things, but can also try to explain and break it down so everyone can start to understand the technology. Great Show!
I myself love to debate on a wide range of topics and I can see myself sitting with you having a cup of coffee and debating on social economics, infrastructure, etc. great use of facts in your arguments. Agree or disagree, but your opinions are intriguing.