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Host Tom Shaughnessy of 51pct.io is joined by Gregory Rocco and Jacob Blish, two token designers and engineers as ConsenSys' Alpine Spoke. The conversation covers everything from the use cases and design of utility tokens, to designing for governance and positive incentives and even token doomsday scenarios.

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Topics covered include

  • How the two design tokens for crypto projects
  • How to decide which projects actually need a token
  • The use cases of tokens (payments, voting, work, and representative) tokens.
  • Why we don't need so many utility tokens, we can just use Ethereum.
  • Convincing enterprises why shared infrastructure through token usage is the future, and convincing them how to use work tokens.
  • Why Brave doesn't need its BAT token
  • 0x Project and MakerDAO token dynamics
  • The idea of futility tokens, and how projects that issued tokens that don't need them will pivot.
  • designing tokens that offer real foundational governance
  • How to design token governance the right way
  • Doomsday scenarios; how changes to the base protocol of blockchains can negatively impact all of the decentralized applications and smart contracts built on top of it.
  • We also detail Rocco's posts; The Death of Decentralization (the buzzword).
  • How to design for decentralization
  • Debating whether a project having a centralized leader is a good thing or a bad thing
  • How to handle token voting.

 

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Host Tom Shaughnessy of 51pct.io is joined by the PegaSys team, a spoke of ConsenSys focused on building Ethereum tech for the public-chain community and leading enterprises. The 50 person team is one of ConsenSys' largest teams.

Tom is joined by Daniel Heyman a co-founder of PegaSys and Program Director and Faisal Khan whose role is Strategy and Business development at PegaSys.

The conversation spans

  • The use case for enterprise/private blockchains
  • What PegaSys does, and its goals.
  • The release of Pantheon Core and why this client is catered towards enterprises.
  • The future release of Enterprise Alpha and what this means for the space.
  • The interaction between private blockchains and the main Ethereum chain
  • The use cases for private blockchains.
  • The pain points the PegaSys team has faced and how the team overcame them
  • The future of Ethereum with Serenity.

 

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Host Tom Shaughnessy of 51percent is joined by Kevin Werbach to discuss his newly released book, "The Blockchain and the New Architecture of Trust". 

 

About Kevin: Kevin Werbach is Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Founder of the technology consulting firm Supernova Group, he has advised the FCC and Department of Commerce on communication policy.

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Today on the podcast, the Whiteblock Team joins host Tom Shaughnessy of 51percent to discuss their widely circulated technical research report titled; "EOS: An Architectural, Performance, and Economic Analysis Paper". Tom is joined by Zak Cole the CTO of Whiteblock, Nate Blakely a systems developer at Whiteblock and Daniel Choi a blockchain developer at Whiteblock.

  • Why the actual throughput or tx/s of EOS falls short of what is marketed or promised.
  • EOS can only handle a few dozen tx/s not 5,000 to 10,000 tx/s.
  • The issues with having 21 block producers, and the formation of cartels.
  • The results of the team's three-month analysis of EOS, which comprised thousands of hours.
  • The issues with voting on EOS and why fixing the constitution cant fix the current problems.
  • The problems with Bandwidth and Log Storage (Disk), Computation and Computational Backlog (CPU) and Storage (RAM) on EOS.
  • Could Block One act against EOS or is the fact that we have to trust that they wont against EOS the real issue?

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On this episode host Tom Shaughnessy is joined by Scott Andersen, a principal at Finlawyer.com and a former prosecutor at FINRA. In this episode the two discuss everything legal ranging from ICOs to the future of the space

 

  • The legality of ICOs
  • Etherdetla, Paragon and Airfox enforcement actions
  • The legality of security tokens and exchanges
  • Will all ICOs have to return investor money
  • How the SEC is positioning in the space
  • The BAKKT Delay
  • ETF timing and impact
  • Much, much more.

 

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Eric Olszewskii and Jose Macedo join host Tom Shaughnessy to discuss Ethereum’s fat protocol thesis following Jose’s post on the topic. We also go into depth on everything Ethereum with Serenity, scalability, store of values, future use cases and why ETH prices haven’t yet bottomed.

Our conversation also dives into Ethereum's competition, ranging from Bitcoin, NEO, EOS, Litecoin and Tezos.

 

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John Quinn, the Co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at StorJ joins host Tom Shaughnessy to discuss the decentralized storage provider. 

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Following Alexander's post comparing the differences between Ethereum's Serenity with Near Protocol, we decided to dive into the platform with the founders (Alexander Skidanov and Illia Polosukhin). The Near Protocol is a new project, and one of our goals is to find these projects first and educate our listeners on them. 

We discuss Ethereum’s plan forSerenity (Sharding and Casper), why the Near team believes this release is not a 2020 event but likely 5 years or more away and why the Near Protocol can win first.

We are all well aware of the wide array of Ethereum competitors that have come and gone, and the competition from other public chains like Tezos, EOS, etc. Although, having these conversations are invaluable since 1) you learn the criticisms of the major platforms from outside teams, 2) You could potentially find the next big idea and 3) you keep an open mind on other ways to build these projects.

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Host Tom Shaughnessy welcomes on a very special guest, Emin Gün Sirer, for a far-reaching and extremely engaging crypto discussion.

The conversation covers Emin's view on the problems current blockchains (Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS) face and how he is addressing them with his radical new blockchain platform; Ava.

The discussion covers the latest on Ava, the future of crypto and Emin's thoughts on numerous pressing issues the space faces.

If you enjoy the episode, please rate and share it.

 

Follow Emin on Twitter @el33th4xor

Follow Tom on Twitter @Shaughnessy119

 

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Disclosure: Tom Shaughnessy owns tokens in ETH and does not own tokens in XRP and has no investment stake in Ripple. This podcast is NOT investment advice and is only informational. Do not make investment decisions based upon this podcast. No party compensated Tom Shaughnessy or 51percent Crypto Research for this podcast. 

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With all of the media's attention on Ripple, Wietse Wind joins Tom Shaughnessy to discuss building on XRP (the cryptocurrency) beyond Ripple (the company)

Wietse has significant experience here as he has built the XRPTipBot which allows users of social media sites (Twitter) to send XRP while staying on the site. So far the tipbot has handled $50K in volume and the site has had 30k+ unique visitors.

Ripple and XRP are not without their red flags, as we have discussed, but this conversation is meant to be an unbiased conversation on building on XRP outside of Ripple the company.

 

Follow Wieste on Twitter @WietseWind 

Follow Tom on Twitter @Shaughnessy119

 

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51percent's Institutional Crypto Podcasts are to the point discussions with crypto leaders for analysts, funds and institutions. Make sure to add your email on 51pct.io

Disclosure: Tom Shaughnessy owns tokens in ETH and does not own tokens in XRP and has no investment stake in Ripple. This podcast is NOT investment advice and is only informational. Do not make investment decisions based upon this podcast. No party compensated Tom Shaughnessy or 51percent Crypto Research for this podcast. 

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