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    Max Lyman - Founder of Solon Labs

    Max Lyman - Founder of Solon Labs

    Cryptocurrency has grown exponentially over the past decade and is now a major player in the financial sector. Max Lyman and his brother who started a cryptocurrency mining company in 2018, are prime examples of the advancements crypto has made. Although their mining business did not survive the crash of 2018, Max continued to explore the space, consulting for Ethereum protocols and eventually founding Solon Labs with his co-founder Ben in 2020.Max was drawn to the Ethereum ecosystem because of its potential to create a system of decentralization that could protect people from corruption and inflation. Decentralization and blockchain technology enable people to be their own custodians and keep their assets in something stable, like US Dollar coin, without having to trust their local currency or any banks. As Max and Ben discussed on a recent podcast, “people are always doing what’s in their best interest. We would hope they act that they do things for the greater good so that everybody wins.”Max’s goal with Solon Labs is to create a platform that simplifies the process of transacting on the Ethereum blockchain, allowing users to pay transaction fees in whatever asset they are trading and bringing them all into one central location. To do this, Max is developing an operating system for decentralization that will make interacting with decentralized applications more user friendly. This system will include a home screen of applications that represent individual companies or operations, as well as solutions such as bundling transactions together to reduce costs, social recovery instead of seed phrases for wallet creation, and a smart contract wallet with a time lock to protect users from losing their assets in case of a hack.Max’s motivation for creating this system is rooted in his knowledge of the power of decentralization, but also in his own personal experience. As a student of electrical engineering at Northeastern University, Max was considering dropping out to focus on his business, but found a way to use his engineering mindset to benefit the cryptocurrency industry. And one story that really inspired him was when Bob Moore bought an NFT for someone who accidentally sold theirs and was unable to control his muscles due to a disease. This moment highlighted the positive impact that decentralization can have on people’s lives. The cryptocurrency space has become increasingly competitive in recent years due to the influx of users. There were 5 million users in 2017, but by 2021 that number had grown to 105 million. This has led to new projects like Solon Labs, which Max and Ben are launching.Max’s story is a testament to the potential of decentralization, and Solon Labs is his way of bringing that potential to life. As he says, “blockchain technology can create any sort of configuration we can dream of, including restrictions on who can interact or create proposals.” By using his engineering skills and his passion for decentralization, Max is working to make the world a better place, one blockchain-based application at a time.
    Links:
    https://twitter.com/Crypto__Jesus_
    https://twitter.com/solonlabs
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    Transcript

    [0:00:16] Rudy: Welcome, Max Lyman, to the wholesome Crypto podcast. Thank you so much for joining me here this morning. Thanks for having so I know that you're working on Stolen Labs. It's going to be an amazing platform to do everything on crypto. But before we get into what it is, what you're doing in the crypto space, I want to know more about where you were in life before ever hearing about cryptocurrencies.

    [0:00:46] Max: I really got involved in the crypto space in 2016, but I first found out about crypto in 2013, and I was playing to you as go. I was 13 years old. I was playing to Go on my laptop, actually on my desktop, and some random dude hit me up, and he's like, Yo, I want your skin. Okay, what's a skid through the market

    • 46 min
    Sage - ReSci Network

    Sage - ReSci Network

    Sage, a geomicrobiologist and molecular biologist, takes us on a journey into the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. Through conversations with Rudy, we explore the potential of blockchain technology to benefit communities, the steps necessary to bring ancient tech. Sage, a geomicrobiologist and molecular biologist, takes us on a journey into the world of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
    We explore the potential of blockchain technology to benefit communities, the steps necessary to bring ancient technologies into the blockchain, and the importance of using your money to empower yourself and others. Sage shares her personal story of transitioning from a comfortable consulting job to a journey of immense dedication and passion, as well as her mission to create economic systems that truly empower people. Sage's mission is not to become financially wealthy. Rather, she is intent on creating economic systems that empower people. She believes that if we all direct our resources towards this goal, the human species will make it through to the other side.
    To that end, she is currently working on a project to verify the origins of food and ensure its quality, in addition to creating a legal infrastructure that will best support her end goals. Join us on this exciting exploration of blockchain technology, ancient teachings, and more!
    Links:
    Sage
    ReSciNetwork
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    Transcript

    [0:00:00] Sage: I realized that I was never going to feel legitimate enough or ready enough to put up a bitcoin grant for a new project, and I just needed to tear out the band aid and do it. I just knew that get coin on 15 was the right time. There was never going to be a better time. I was never going to feel more ready, and that nature couldn't wait on me to feel cozy about it.

    [0:00:22] Rudy: I'm Rudy Dogum, and this is wholesome crypto. Here I speak with crypto experts, influencers, and entrepreneurs to find out what personally led them to the path of cryptocurrency. Welcome stage to the Wholesome Crypto Podcast. Thank you so much for joining me tonight.

    [0:00:38] Sage: Hey, Rudy.

    [0:00:40] Rudy: So good to have you on, and I really appreciate you taking the time. I know you're busy moving and busy with co founding Resign network, and thank you for being a builder. But before we get into all the building phase and what your life is like in crypto, I want to know a bit about sage before ever even hearing about anything crypto or bitcoin.

    [0:01:03] Sage: Oh, sage before crypto. Well, that's most of my life. Wouldn't you like to know? Okay, Rudy, what phase of life would you like to know about?

    [0:01:12] Rudy: Let's see. I guess give me one year before you heard about bitcoin.

    [0:01:17] Sage: Oh, I probably heard about bitcoin in college. Okay, let's just backtrack to college, then. Tell about that era. So I grew up in a really small town in North Carolina and was like, wow, nature is beautiful, but the world must be so big. I should really go see what's out there. So I was just curious and followed my nose and went to school in Southern California, studied geomicrobiology and molecular biology, and did a bunch of fun stuff looking at weird microbes that grow in the salt and sea, which is near Death Valley, California. In my early years, I would say I was largely fascinated by microbes and spent a lot of time in labs, a lot of time storing things, pouring things, weighing things, autoclaving things, sterilizing things with ethanol, spray bottles, counting cells on plates. I spent a lot of my life in a lab age like, 18 to 25.

    [0:02:25] Rudy: Was that something you wanted to do as a kid? I want to be in a lab and figuring out no.

    [0:02:31] Sage: I've always loved being outside. So for me, there was, like, this pull in this multi directional pole where I was, like, wanting to understand how nature works, to get under the hood and understand the micro level, how are all t

    • 46 min
    Jack Calbi - From Spinal Cord Injury to Crypto Pioneer

    Jack Calbi - From Spinal Cord Injury to Crypto Pioneer

    Join Jack Calbi as he shares his inspirational story of perseverance in the face of adversity. Hear how he recovered from his devastating injury and became a leader in the crypto space, using NFTs to finance groundbreaking medical research. Gain insights and advice from Jack as he candidly talks about his experience in the world of crypto and spinal cord injuries, offering support and guidance to those newly injured. Get inspired and learn how Jack is bravely overcoming life’s challenges and making a difference in the world!
    Links
    Spinal Cord NFT
    WholesomeCrypto
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    Transcript:

    [0:00:00] Jack: And it's an image of my life changing injury that out of all the scans of a spinal cord in the world, this one definitely had a lot of impact. Unfortunately, not so good, but it's caused a lot of challenges in my life and for my family, although I will say those challenges have gotten me to a point where, you know, I'm a stronger person and so is everyone else around me.

    [0:00:22] Rudy: I'm Rudy Dogum, and this is wholesome crypto. Here I speak with crypto experts, influencers, and entrepreneurs to find out what personally led them to the path of cryptocurrency. Welcome Jack Calvin to the wholesome Crypto podcast. Thank you so much for joining me today.

    [0:00:38] Jack: Hey, glad to be here. Thanks for having me.

    [0:00:40] Rudy: Yeah, I really appreciate you taking the time. And, yeah, I know you're working on a few projects now. I know you're part of the DS tire world and the Spinal Cord NFT project. That's something you're creating and working on. And before we go into everything about that, I'll have to learn a little bit more about Jack and what he was doing before even hearing about cryptocurrencies.

    [0:00:59] Jack: Sure. Cryptocurrencies obviously knew in everyone's life to some degree, but I personally was not involved in crypto until maybe 2017. Just joining the hype of that bull run, getting in on some bitcoin and small amounts, nothing crazy. I was a college student at the time and was working through that. I was newly injured, which I'll get into that story in a bit. And that's the inspiration for my project, spinal Cord NFT. Around that time, I was just getting started, going deep into things like physical therapy and then also medical research, which I would be a participant in in one form or another, and also doing a little bit of fundraising for nonprofits. It would be another two or three years till I finished college, which was right at the beginning of the pandemic. So it's been a rocky few years, to say the least. And since then, having eventually finished school, crypto offered me a way to make some sort of a living, make some sort of a network without relying on larger institutions who were not willing to take a gamble on me at that time, at a time of extreme world change. Right, yeah.

    [0:02:12] Rudy: They weren't taking anybody in at all for anything other than COVID. If you had some of those injuries, it was tough to get in.

    [0:02:18] Jack: Exactly, yeah. A unique situation on top of a unique situation. From there. I saw opportunity in the crypto space. I really liked some of the ethos of personal sovereignty ownership. I thought a lot of the stuff that I learned about during that time, especially around 2020, was projects like Ocean Protocol that were offering marketplace for data and just for data science in general. Obviously, there was some financial incentive to get involved, but also a lot of curiosity and a lot of passion of course.

    [0:02:51] Rudy: And when you first heard about it, what was that platform you heard? Was it from a friend or just the Internet?

    [0:02:57] Jack: Yeah, I had a friend who was early in the crypto movement who said to me, hey, give this a shot. He gave me some pointers. My good friend, I won't name him, but works for a big analytics firm in crypto space. It's been kind of cool seeing his journey. I'm obviously

    • 29 min
    Daren Hebold - Founder of LUXOLO Financial

    Daren Hebold - Founder of LUXOLO Financial

    Daren, founder of LUXOLO Financial, takes you on an enlightening journey through the world of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. From his experience as a pioneer in the industry to his unique perspective on the importance of financial privacy and education, Daren sheds light on the many facets of this innovative technology. Listen in as he shares his story, his advice, and his passion for what the future of Bitcoin may bring.
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    Links:
    luxolo.io
    wholesomecrypto
    Transcript
    [0:00:00] Daren: Look, you can pay all your bills with one click. You can bleep out your groceries, pay your rent. You can get paid faster from your employer. Look how awesome this is, guys. What could possibly go wrong?

    [0:00:10] Daren: I'm Marie Dougham and this is Wholesome Crypto. Here I speak with crypto experts, influencers, and entrepreneurs to find out what personally led them to the path of cryptocurrency. Welcome, Darren, to the Wholesome Crypto podcast. Thank you so much for joining me today.

    [0:00:26] Daren: Hey, thanks Rudy, and good seeing you again after catching you in Boston there the other week.

    [0:00:31] Daren: Yeah, it was nice meeting you at the Boston Blockchain Week. And yeah, I know that you're the founder of Solo Financial, pretty much providing concierge services to anyone who wants to walk in and buy bitcoin over the counter or get stuck with a wallet, get educated, and also purchase crypto in person. Kind of a traditional way that we don't do so much in the digital world. So thank you for working and building and adopting people into the industry.

    [0:00:58] Daren: Yeah, you bet. That's the model is what you said it's as human powered. The bitcoin exchange is just all too many online exchanges where a person would have to have the wherewithal to know that they want bitcoins and know how to find a reputable site, know how to onboard themselves, set up wallets, buy crypto, secure, manage, and store it all on their own. And that's a lot to ask even for an intelligent person. We take away all those hurdles by helping people do it with our in person desk advisor.

    [0:01:28] Daren: It's definitely needed. It's hard for me even to keep up with what's going on digitally to keep any crypto safe. So thank you for that. But before we dive deep into what you're doing now and what you're building now, I would love to learn a little bit about what Darren was doing before every hearing about bitcoin have an.

    [0:01:44] Daren: Engineering background so that I didn't party enough in college. I just kind of studied 4 hours a night. It teaches you a lot of discipline. It teaches you even a little bit of computer programming, team problem solving and critical thinking. It taught me a lot. And I really only stuck with engineering for a couple of years though, because it was socially debilitating to be an engineer. So I switched to a sales role almost two years later after college and then in real estate sales for many years and investing. And then it wasn't until 2013 that my friend here in Portland, Maine said, hey, look at what I got going. And I go to his apartment and he's got this laptop with something called a butterfly mining rig. Plugged in a USB cord to his laptop and the thing is piping hot and it's blowing off heat and it's doing something and I'm like, what the hell? What is this, man? And he's like a month bitcoins. And I'm like, Why? Why would you do that? And you're going to burn out your laptop.

    [0:02:55] Daren: And he shows me this USB stick and he's like, see, that's the wallet on the USB stick. And I mine the bitcoins and it goes on to the USB stick and it's worth money. And I was like, are you making any money? He's like, well, a little bit. And so I was actually curious, but I just kind of shrugged it off and forgot about it for three years.

    [0:03:15] Daren: But were you always into tech before all this?

    [0:03:19] Daren: Yeah, I love tech. I like Nicola Tesla. I like

    • 45 min
    Steve - Founder of Hashchat

    Steve - Founder of Hashchat

    Steve has been working in crypto since 2016 as an engineer and an MBA. Providing end-to-end encryption to keep your messages safe. You deserve to be in control of your data.
    Links:
    https://www.hashchat.xyz/
    https://twitter.com/sjdthree1



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    • 40 min
    Jake Lynch - The Boston DAO

    Jake Lynch - The Boston DAO

    Jake Lynch - is a venture at L1 Digital and contributor of SpearBitDAO, The TNetwork, and The Boston DAO.
    Jake shares his story of how he first got into crypto and why this industry means so much to him.
    If you haven’t noticed yet DAOs are Jakes specialties. In this episdoe we dive into the world of DAOs and what it takes to create one.
    Links:
    Jake Lynch
    @L1Digital_
    @spearbitDAO
    @theTNetwork
    @thebostondao



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