YWhales: Business People Talking The Business of Crypto

Are you looking for information on Crypto & WEB3 projects and events? Do you want to learn more about this growing industry? Would you like to hear from seasoned business executives who use plain talk to explain the complexities? YWhales are business people talking about the business of crypto & WEB3. With the inception and traction that blockchain and crypto has gathered, the world is possibly on the verge of the largest evolution since the mainstream of the internet. Given the fluidity and dynamic nature of this technology, business leaders, enthusiasts, and veterans all need to band together to navigate the current and upcoming storms. Participants in Web 3.0 want a trusted resource that gives them pertinent information about projects, tokens, technology and businesses. Our community consists of International CEO’s, (most are members of YPO). We talk to crypto influencers, OG’s and up and coming projects that are getting ready to make their mark on the crypto & WEB3 space. We are Business People Talking The Business of Crypto. We are, YWhales.

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Friday Nov 18, 2022

In this episode, Jay speaks with Toni Sikes, Co-Founder and CEO at CODAworx, and Marc Aptakin, Co-CEO of CODAMADE and President at MAD Studios. CODAMADE, a project born out of CODAworx and MAD Studios, empowers artists and communities to create artworks that bridge the physical public art world with the digital art sphere. Toni and Marc share what led them to launch a new creative economy and build an NFT ecosystem based on creativity, collaboration, and mutual support. Toni and Marc discuss the value of public art and share the importance of making tools available to artists, and making art accessible to people around the globe.    yWhales Website: ywhales.com Podcast Library: ywhales.com/podcasts YouTube: https://links.ywhales.com/YouTube  Vimeo: https://links.ywhales.com/Vimeo  LinkedIn: https://links.ywhales.com/LinkedIn  Twitter: https://links.ywhales.com/Twitter  Medium: https://links.ywhales.com/Medium    Guest Socials: Toni Sikes’ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toni-sikes-5816049/  Toni Sikes’ Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/sikestoni Marc Aptakin’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-aptakin-6b90034/  Marc Aptakin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maptakin/?hl=en CODAMADE’s Socials:  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAHvIYRRMkks1t8OOc21y0Q/f Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/codamadeofficial/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/codamade About Guests Toni Sikes has spent over 30 years developing companies and products that marketed the work of artists, first through sourcebook directories, then through e-commerce and catalogs, and currently with an online showcase that connects artists with design professionals. Along the way, her companies raised over $50M in investment capital and helped many artists make a living with their artwork.   Marc Aptakin began his career as a fine art photographer in the early 90’s. He then fell into printing and graphic design which led him to start a creative agency and print shop. He’s always had a love for technology and began to work in mobile applications. Using AR and VR as a marketing tool, the agency grew in clientele and continued to take on diverse projects. While working with an artist who had an interest in NFTs, Marc’s agency took a step into the Defi space. Shortly after, he met Toni and the two created CODAMADE You’ll learn about: The CODAMADE journey and creating an art ecosystem Why education is placed at the core of CODAMADE Changing the way we fundraise and support causes artists care about The power of NFTs to enable a better sense of community  Timestamps [00:34-01:38] Jay’s Intro  [01:38-06:13] Marc’s Background [06:13-09:33] Toni’s Background [09:33-16:18] Why NFTs? [16:18-18:56] Managing communities [18:56-22:30] The value of public art  [22:30-28:50] CODAMADE’s business model [28:50-30:00] Technology behind CODAMADE [30:00-32:48] Curating and validating [32:48-41:30] Favorite NFT projects [41:30-47:15] Where is the Web3 space headed? [47:15-47:56] How to contact Toni and Marc DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Wednesday Nov 16, 2022

In this episode, Jay speaks with Brad Yasar, CEO of EQIFi, a global DeFi gateway on a mission to become the Financial Hub of the Metaverse. Brad Yasar is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and advisor with a global focus on blockchain and innovative technologies. He has conceived and bootstrapped several companies to maturity over the past 30 years. Brad shares how EQIFi is addressing two pain points: tradfi’s reluctance to crypto and helping investors transition to deFi. Brad and Jay also discuss the vision and tokenomics of EQIFi, current issues that blockchain can solve, and the need for regulation and codifying blockchain today.    yWhales Website: ywhales.com Podcast Library: ywhales.com/podcasts YouTube: https://links.ywhales.com/YouTube  Vimeo: https://links.ywhales.com/Vimeo  LinkedIn: https://links.ywhales.com/LinkedIn  Twitter: https://links.ywhales.com/Twitter  Medium: https://links.ywhales.com/Medium    Guest Socials: Brad’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradyasar  Brad’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bradyasar/?hl=en  Brad’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/yasarcorp  EQIFi’s Socials: EQIFi’s Website: https://www.eqifi.com/ EQIFi’s Telegram: https://t.me/eqifi EQIFi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/eqifi_finance EQIFi’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EQIFi/ EQIFi’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eqifi_finance/ EQIFi’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/eqifi EQIFi’s Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/EQIFI/ EQIFi’s Medium: https://eqifi.medium.com/ EQIFi’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3U6AdHPO1Wr71_eZkGDqBQ   About Guests Brad is currently the CEO of EQIFI, the premiere decentralized global banking platform. He is also the Founder of Beyond Enterprizes, offering strategic and technical leadership, advisory, and support to projects in all blockchain implementation and development stages. As the co-founder of Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) with over 5 billion dollars allocated to blockchain/cryptocurrency projects, Brad has access to extensive deal flow with experience analyzing disruptive technologies. He has participated in dozens of successful crowd sales, raising billions from hundreds of thousands of investors since 2016.   Brad also serves as the President of Yasar Corporation, where he mentored, advised, and invested in more than 100 companies. Brad’s expertise and enthusiasm for the intersection of technology and world markets make him a sought-after speaker. He is frequently invited to speak at events on entrepreneurship, angel investing, and business strategy. He has presented at EBAN, WBAF, d10e, NexChange, and CoinAgenda to name a few, and was most recently featured on TRT World, CNN International, and Spectrum News. You’ll learn about: How EQIFi aims to connect the metaverse  EQIFi’s roadmap Helping investors transition to DeFi Blockchain and the importance of compensating for human job loss  The need for the global financial system to agree on regulating and codifying blockchain Timestamps [1:22 - 6:40] Brad’s Background [6:40 - 10:21] Entering web3 [10:21 - 15:46] Building EQIFi [15:46 - 18:26] EQIBank & EQIFi [18:26 - 26:18] Issues blockchain solves [26:18 - 34:04] The pros and cons of self custody [34:04 - 38:38] Where we are in the cycle [38:38 - 45:00] Over 100 blockchain investments [45:00 - 48:07] On regulation [50:00 - 57:32] Brad on best practices  [57:32 - 58:54] How to contact Brad DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allows for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode were done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Monday Nov 14, 2022

In this episode, Jay speaks with Keir Finlow-Bates, CEO and Founder of Chainfrog, a Finnish startup researching and developing blockchain intellectual property. Chainfrog Oy conducts research and innovates in the blockchain space. Founded in 2016, it is Finland's first blockchain technology company. With a decade of experience in blockchain and a background in mathematics, Keir Finlow-Bates joins yWhales and explains that ultimately web3 solves a social problem, not a technical problem.    Dive into this episode to hear Keir’s view on L2s, the future of innovation, and the importance of marketing new, great ideas. yWhales Website: ywhales.com Podcast Library: ywhales.com/podcasts YouTube: https://links.ywhales.com/YouTube  Vimeo: https://links.ywhales.com/Vimeo  LinkedIn: https://links.ywhales.com/LinkedIn  Twitter: https://links.ywhales.com/Twitter  Medium: https://links.ywhales.com/Medium    Guest Socials: Keir’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keirf/  Chainfrog Socials:  Medium: https://kf106.medium.com/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvVohTt-jDfjbeIeVKv7LbQ  Twitter: https://twitter.com/_chainfrog_  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chainfrog  Thinklair: https://www.thinklair.com/  About Guests   Keir is currently an inventor and entrepreneur in blockchain technologies , living in Finland with his Finnish wife and their large happy family. He was born in Australia but grew up in Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands.   ​​He went to Cambridge University to study mathematics and switched to information engineering in his final year, mainly because half the course was a repeat of the second-year mathematics course and it seemed like an easier option. He then moved on to London South Bank University where he gained a Ph.D. in mathematics and education.   ​​He has spent most of his career as a software test engineer and quality assurance manager. He used to have hobbies such as foraging for wild mushrooms, brewing his own beer, and writing bad poetry, but these days he splits his time equally between working on new blockchain concepts, looking after his kids, and when he gets the chance, sleeping   You’ll learn about: Keir’s introduction to bitcoin The consensus problem and Satoshi The predictability of software vs. the unpredictability of people Current challenges of making systems that enable utility The journey toward mass adoption and reinventing financial services processes   Timestamps [00:34-01:36] Jay’s Intro  [01:36-04:24] Keir’s Intro [07:30-12:36] Keir on the Satoshi paper [12:36-16:39] The switch to ETH [16:39-24:27] The view on regulation [24:27-32:40] Keir’s work on patents [32:40-36:08] Where we are in the cycle [36:08-40:22] On Proof of Stake [40:22-44:25] The road to mass adoption [49:18-55:52] Solving reliability, trust, and speed [55:52-57:51] The next phase of innovation [58:24-1:01:46] How people should perceive web3 DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Thursday Nov 10, 2022

In this episode, Jay speaks with Kuleen Nimkar, who works in Business Development at the Solana Foundation. The Solana Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, dedicated to the decentralization, growth, and security of the Solana network.  This episode features a dive into Solana’s history with FTX, their working relationship with Alameda, and the path forward following the FTX collapse. yWhales Website: ywhales.com Podcast Library: ywhales.com/podcasts YouTube: https://links.ywhales.com/YouTube  Vimeo: https://links.ywhales.com/Vimeo  LinkedIn: https://links.ywhales.com/LinkedIn  Twitter: https://links.ywhales.com/Twitter  Medium: https://links.ywhales.com/Medium    Guest Socials: Kuleen Nimkar’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/knimkar Kuleen Nimkar’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kuleen-nimkar-a0941716/ Solana’s Socials:  - Solana’s Forums: https://forums.solana.com/ - Solana’s Discord: https://solana.com/discord - Solana’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/solana - Solana Foundation’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/SolanaFndn - Solana Beach Dashboard: https://solanabeach.io/ About Guests Kuleen Nimkar - Business Development at Solana Foundation  Kuleen focuses on growing the ecosystem of high quality web3 applications being built on Solana, with a particular focus on games. Prior to joining the Solana Foundation, Kuleen worked briefly in Strategy and Operations at DoorDash leading up to its IPO, and before that in Corp Dev at the quantitative investment manager Two Sigma Investments. Kuleen started his career in management consulting. You’ll learn about: History of Solana Labs DeFi protocols collateral value Half of SOL getting unstaked Concentration of ownership  Performance and throughput of Solana Chain What’s next, in spite of FTX Timestamps [00:34-02:25] Jay’s Intro  [02:25-04:16] Background on Kuleen [04:16-7:03] Journey into Crypto  [7:03-12:30] Current FTX & History of Solana Labs / Foundation [12:30-14:18] Direct impact  [14:18-18:20] SOL unstaked [18:20-22:55] Technology of Solana Chain [22:55-25:28] How Solana works [25:28-26:52] Defining success for Solana  [26:52-31:00] The dev team’s involvement [31:00-34:39] When will Solana reach full decentralization [34:39-38:34] About Solana Reboots[38:34-41:57] Working with NFTs[41:57-44:57] Forecast for Solana[44:57-49:35] Solana nodes[49:35-53:47] Kuleen’s web3 deep thoughts DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Wednesday Nov 09, 2022

In this episode, the yWhales team speak with Yoni Assia, CEO of eToro, one of the world’s leading social investment networks that aims to revolutionize the way people invest and enhance investors’ financial education. Co-founded by Yoni in 2007, eToro pioneered bitcoin trading in 2013 and expanded its digital asset offering, enabling clients to trade and invest in Ethereum, XRP (by RippleLabs), Litecoin, and other popular cryptos. Yoni discusses blockchain transparency and the value of blockchain-based multi-party contracts in the metaverse. He also shares his excitement about the innovative nature of the crypto realm and why he believes blockchain technology and diversification are part of an internet revolution. yWhales Website: ywhales.com Podcast Library: ywhales.com/podcasts YouTube: https://links.ywhales.com/YouTube Vimeo: https://links.ywhales.com/Vimeo LinkedIn: https://links.ywhales.com/LinkedIn Twitter: https://links.ywhales.com/Twitter Medium: https://links.ywhales.com/Medium   Guest Socials: Yoni’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yoniassia/?originalSubdomain=il   eToro Socials:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eToro Twitter: https://twitter.com/eToro LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/etoro/    About Guest Yoni Co-Founded eToro in 2007, with the vision of opening the global markets for everyone to trade and invest in a simple and transparent way. His two biggest passions are finance and computer science and he was able to merge them both along with the social revolution in order to develop eToro’s investment network. He is a great believer in global markets and in every person’s right to engage, learn and invest responsibly in order to shape one’s future and make a difference in the world.    In 2018 he established the GoodDollar Foundation, a non-profit initiative determined to create a sustainable and scalable framework for bringing global universal basic income to the world through new digital asset technologies. He is a member of the YPO Global Leadership Community and was honored to be chosen by the Financial News in its Fintech 40 ranking and their Rising Stars in Asset Management ranking, as well as listed in Fortune’s 40 under 40 and in City A.M’s fintech 100 top influencers.  You’ll learn about: Yoni’s passion for helping people manage their money and investments. eToro’s origins and how it helps users succeed. The importance of diversification for investors. How eToro balances commodities and crypto trading. Why the crypto market cap will begin to increase significantly. How GoodDollar is addressing wealth inequality.   Timestamps [00:28 - 1:30] Jay’s Intro [1:30 - 07:00] Yoni’s Background [07:00 - 12:30] About eToro [12:30 - 18:54] Blockchain technology [18:54 - 23:26] Biggest success stories [23:26 - 30:34] What makes eToro successful [30:34 - 33:38] Educating users [33:38 - 44:00] The crypto market and innovation [44:00 - 52:46] What is next for eToro [52:46 - 1:01:15] GoodDollar [1:01:15 - 1:03:30] Final thoughts DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Monday Nov 07, 2022

Russell Castagnaro is a Crypto Advocate, Blockchainer, and one of the entrepreneurial masterminds behind SporkDAO, Bufficorn Ventures, and ColoradoJam. From educating the government on the benefits of blockchain to launching the largest, longest running ETH event in the world, ETHDenver, Russell is here to shed light on why and how he’s doing it all.   Russell shares how ETHDenver’s 100% community-owned SporkDAO makes a difference in the world of crypto and blockchain technology. He highlights a few problems around crypto we should be aware of, how he’s advancing blockchain adoption and technologies, and how you can get involved in the future growth of ETHDenver.   yWhales Website: ywhales.com Podcast Library: ywhales.com/podcasts YouTube: https://links.ywhales.com/YouTube  Vimeo: https://links.ywhales.com/Vimeo  LinkedIn: https://links.ywhales.com/LinkedIn  Twitter: https://links.ywhales.com/Twitter  Medium: https://links.ywhales.com/Medium    Guest Socials: Russell’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/russell-castagnaro-6231553   Twitter: https://twitter.com/rcastag     Company Socials:  ETHDenver’s Website: https://www.ethdenver.com   ETHDenver’s Medium: https://medium.com/ethdenver ETHDenver’s Telegram: https://t.me/ETHDenver  ETHDenver’s MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/Ethereum-Denver/  ETHDenver’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ETHDenver  ETHDenver’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/EthereumDenver  ETHDenver’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/ethdenver  SporkDAO’s Discord:https://discord.gg/sporkdao  About Guests Russell Castagnaro is leading the way to a new type of eCommerce, one that supports ALL businesses. He believes that Web3 and Blockchain technology can transform and improve the way business, government, and individuals get things done. He helps ColoradoJam, Bufficorn Ventures, and ETHDenver community teams go from 0 to 1 in a way that makes the whole ecosystem better. Before that, he was the State of Colorado's Director of Digital Transformation, where he was tasked with championing solutions, processes, and technologies that make government more accessible, usable, and responsible to the public, business, and internal agencies.   You’ll learn about: Russell’s journey into crypto: From web2 to e-government to creating his own crypto payment platform. Why ETHDenver is a life-changing event. Top problems around crypto & How we can begin to overcome them. Normalizing crypto and blockchain technology. The future growth of ETHDenver & How to attend.   Timestamps [00:35-01:47] Jay’s Intro  [01:47-10] Russell’s background & The creation of ColoradoJam and Bufficorn Ventures [10:48-13:45] Opportunities in crypto regulation [13:45 21:31] About ETHDenver & Why we need regulation. [21:31-25:46] Educating government officials, simplifying language, and proving real life benefits to leveraging blockchain technologies. [25:46-32:45] Blockchain Technology: L2s  [32:45-38:17] Issues around Crypto [38:17-45:02] The future of ETHDenver. DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Sunday Nov 06, 2022

In this episode, the yWhales team speak with Trent Barnes, Principal at Zerocap and Principal at MaxStealth, and Bartholomew (Bart) Meyer, Partner at Zerocap and Principal at MaxStealth. MaxStealth gives investors early and exclusive access to the leading edge of Web3 investments through allocations into pre-seed/seed opportunities in Outlier Ventures’ 2022 Accelerator program. Trent and Bart share their thoughts on the state of Web3 by discussing how MaxStealth has expanded their offerings. They talk about why it’s important to build a community before a product and educate about the Web3 space.   About Guests Trent Barnes is the Principal at Zerocap and Principal at MaxStealth. He is also the advisor and co-founder at CircuIT Recruitment Group and previously served as a board member at the Blockchain Association of Australia. Trent was the founder at Raw Kaya Organics and Co-Founder at Swhish. He was previously the Principal Consultant and Manager of Technology at Interpro Australia. Bart Meyer is Partner at Zerocap and Principal at MaxStealth. He is also a Venture Partner at Future Now Ventures. Bart previously worked as Portfolio Manager at Future Now Capital and Head of Consultancy and Business Development Manager at Miller Gold Technology Solutions.   You’ll learn about: How MaxStealth expanded their offerings to bridge the gap between the asset class and business model Best utility cases for NFT projects Three things Trent looks for in pitches Why it’s important to build a community before building a product Trent’s and Bart’s thoughts on how to educate people on Web3 and where we’re going with the proposed metaverse The future of blockchain gaming and the rise of gaming guilds  Trent’s advice to emerging entrepreneurs in the Web3 space   Resources:  Connect with Trent Barnes: LinkedIn | Email Connect with Bart Meyer: LinkedIn | Email Connect with yWhales: Website | BitClout | Twitter MaxStealth: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Medium   Timestamps [01:59] Intro to Bart [05:08] Intro to Trent [08:52] MaxStealth’s expansion of offerings [12:18] Indicators of change for good [15:29] The necessity of NFT utility [19:32] Point in the adoption cycle [20:27] MaxStealth’s expertise in executing due diligence [27:04] The importance of community and collaboration in Web3 [32:29] Measuring success [36:52] Managing risk and educating [42:08] Two problems to solve in Web3: bridges and wallets [45:39] The proposed open metaverse [49:45] Investing in the future of gaming [56:49] Advice for emerging entrepreneurs in the Web3 space [01:01:22] How to contact Bart and Trent   DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Sunday Nov 06, 2022

The YWhales team speaks with John Barlow, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Quest Crypto and Jackie Robinson, Chairman and CEO of ALL NET Development Inc. and former NBA player. John and Jackie talk about the merging of DeFi and real estate as Quest Crypto is working with Jackie in his project, All Net Arena and Resort, in Las Vegas.   About Guests John Barlow is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Quest Crypto, founder at Strategic Land Corporation and President and CEO at Caribbean Medical Arts. Jackie Robinson is the Founder and Chairman/CEO of ALL NET Development Inc. He was drafted by the Houston Rockets, won an NBA Championship with Seattle SuperSonics, and also played for the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls before retiring from professional basketball.   You’ll learn about: An overview of the All Net Arena and Resort project and its convergence of Quest’s technology Quest’s vision and Stable+ The long-term vision and the construction timeline and funding How each property has its own token set and the token valuation   Resources:  Connect with John Barlow: LinkedIn | Twitter Connect with YWhales: Website | BitClout | Twitter Quest Crypto: Website | Telegram | Reddit | Twitter | Instagram All Net Arena and Resort: Website   Timestamps [01:37] Jackie’s background [03:57] John’s background [07:22] An overview of the development in Las Vegas [17:12] The convergence of Quest’s technology and Stable+ [22:12] The differentiation between Quest and their competitors [23:37] Long-term vision, the legal process and construction timeline [34:48] Each property has its own token set [42:00] The token valuation [46:05] Construction Financing [55:43] The exit process [1:00:13] The Quest Team [1:02:03] The resort [1:08:15] Quest and All Net contact info and events   DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Friday Nov 04, 2022

  For the last 100 years, the film industry has been controlled by a few big, powerful studios and individuals. This is a huge problem for both creators and audiences. But how do we solve it? Introducing Film.io, the world’s most powerful decentralized filmmaking ecosystem that places Hollywood decision-making onto the blockchain and into the hands of creators and fans. Listen in to learn how Bryan Hertz, Executive Advisor at Film.io, and Lauren Magura, VP of Entertainment at Film.io, are building a new wave of creativity, diversity, and inclusion in the film industry.   Tune in to learn how Film.io is using blockchain and Web3 technology to engage their community and transform both the film industry and its fandom. You’ll gain insight into how Film.io works, the huge benefits of being an early adopter, and a few exciting projects they’re working on right now.   yWhales Website: ywhales.com Podcast Library: ywhales.com/podcasts  YouTube: https://links.ywhales.com/YouTube  Vimeo: https://links.ywhales.com/Vimeo  LinkedIn: https://links.ywhales.com/LinkedIn  Twitter: https://links.ywhales.com/Twitter   Medium: https://links.ywhales.com/Medium    Guest Socials: Lauren’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-magura-8b15a591 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenmagura  Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/laurenmm28  Bryan’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanhertz  Twitter: https://twitter.com/bryanhertz  Film.io Socials:  Website: https://film.io  Discord: https://discord.com/invite/kuvYrUKTdf    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/filmio_official   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/filmioofficial  Twitter: https://twitter.com/Filmio_Official   TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@filmio_official    About Guests Bryan Hertz is a serial entrepreneur, bringing more than 25 years of experience building companies and management teams, raising capital, developing partnerships, driving technology innovation and advising startups. Bryan serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board at industry leading, San Diego based Unified Communications company Voxox, which he co-founded in 2006, and sits on the board of Skyy Digital Media, a Carlos Slim backed digital media company based in New York. Bryan acted as co-executive producer of Star Wars companion film ‘5-25-77’ as well as Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley televised concerts.   Bryan is the Executive Chairman of Ingredient X, the film and software development studio specializing in blockchain, DeFi and NFT technologies including the creation of Film.io, the world’s most powerful decentralized filmmaking ecosystem that places Hollywood decision-making onto the blockchain and into the hands of creators and fans, to which Bryan is a co-creator.   Lauren Magura is a Co-Creator and the VP of Entertainment at Ingredient X and Film.io as well as Founder of Cinematcher, an automated job placement and digital employee management solution for the entertainment industry.  You’ll learn about: Why Film.io was created & how it works. How Film.io engages with their community to transform the film industry and its fandom. How this solves the lack of diversity and inclusion in film and television. Using digital tokens to enhance fan governance and broad consumption & distribution. Strategies for educating film industry executives about Film.io and blockchain technology. Exciting projects Film.io is working on. The benefits of becoming an early adopter of Film.io. How to get involved in the next phases of Film.io. Timestamps [01:24-4:24] Introducing Lauren Magura [04:24-6:37] Introducing Bryan Hertz [06:37-9:44] Takeaways of moving from Web1 to Blockchain and Web3  [10:00 12:52] About Film.io [12:52-14:34] What differentiates Film.io from their competitors [14:34-18:51] Film.io’s distribution model [18:51-21:18] About the DAO technology [21:18-29:28] Adoption & Film.io as a tool to enhance the old industry [29:28-32:43] About the FAN token & FILM token [32:43-34:56] Blockchain education within the industry [34:56-38:07] Where are we in the evolutionary cycle of blockchain? Is it widely accepted yet? [39:30-45:45] Film.io projects & Why it’s important to be an early adopter [45:45-49:14] About the Team [49:14-52:41] Film.io Next Phases & How to get involved DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

Thursday Nov 03, 2022

In this episode, the yWhales team speak with Mike Colyer, Founder and CEO of Foundry. As a DCG company, Foundry empowers miners with the tools they need to build tomorrow’s decentralized infrastructure. Mike takes a deep dive into mining, laying the foundation of blockchain technology and the future of crypto. Mike discusses why Bitcoin is here to stay. He also talks about The Foundry Academy, a training and education program for mining technicians, and how it was created to meet the institutional demand for better capital access, efficiency, and transparency in the digital currency mining and staking industry.   yWhales Website: ywhales.com Podcast Library: ywhales.com/podcasts YouTube: https://links.ywhales.com/YouTube Vimeo: https://links.ywhales.com/Vimeo LinkedIn: https://links.ywhales.com/LinkedIn Twitter: https://links.ywhales.com/Twitter Medium: https://links.ywhales.com/Medium   Mike Colyer’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colyermike/ Foundry Digital Website: https://foundrydigital.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/foundrydigital/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/foundryservices   About Guests Mike joined Foundry as its founding CEO in October 2019. Previously, Mike focused on business development at Core Scientific, which is now North America’s largest cryptocurrency hosting company. He was the President and COO of Savage IO, a small, Western NY-based 3MW mining company.  Mike has spent the last 5 years navigating the large-scale mining space, building strong relationships with key industry participants. Before his pivot into the crypto industry, Mike was an operational and commercial executive for manufacturing and distribution firms for more than two decades, often serving at the behest of private-equity backers. Mike started his career at GE.  In 2007, Mike and his wife, Lisa, co-founded the Clairebear Foundation, a non-profit that supports families with sick children. Mike graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Corporate Finance.   You’ll learn about: What is Digital Currency Group (DCG) and what it means to be a part of this holding company Why Mike makes decisions based on decades of experience and how it helps him navigate the industry How Foundry became the largest bitcoin mining pool in the world   Timestamps [01:58] Mike’s Background  [07:57] About Digital Currency Group (DCG) [13:03] About Foundry [15:46] Building Foundry [24:03] Thesis on PoW and PoS [36:01] The future of mining [37:41] Foundry Team [39:43] Navigating the regulatory space [46:49] On BTC cycles [48:49] How to contact Mike and Foundry DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO but at this time only allow for YPO, YPO Gold, and YNG members due to privacy & confidentiality. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

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