Conversations about the brave new world of blockchains, cryptoassets, and the token economy

One to keep and ear on

I’ve been following Stagars for a while now. He gets to know and interviews those all around the world who are at the forefront of future tech. His focus is largely on blockchain and also the advent of tech-promoted groundbreaking shifts in perception, culture, markets, and well, sometimes it seems everything. This is a podcast to pay attention to if you’re interested in tech and/or the future.

– Mr Mackerel, Apple Podcasts

What’s this podcast about?

This podcast is the follow-up project of my documentary film The Blockchain and Us (2017). The podcast includes 62 interviews with pioneers in the blockchain space that took place between early 2018 and summer 2019.

Blockchain technology promises to transform almost every industry in the coming years. Starting with financial services, the technology already has applications in supply chains, the medical sector, the Internet of Things, the energy sector, governments and many more. Blockchain technology is fascinating, but who are the people behind it? What excites them about this technology? How do they want to change the world?

This podcast highlights personal stories and experiences in conversations with global pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs in the crypto and blockchain universe. It makes this ground-breaking technology better accessible and inspires critical thinking with stimulating views from around the world.

The right stuff

This is a deep plunge into the blockchain. Highly recommended.

– Mars or Bust, Apple Podcasts

Very informative

Well structured interviews and very informative!

– Elhnaras, Apple Podcasts

Episodes

How Cosmos Enables the Internet of Blockchains – Brian Fabian Crain, Co-Founder & CEO Chorus One, Co-Host at Epicenter

Brian Fabian Crain speaks about building Chorus One and the podcast Epicenter, one of the first podcasts in the crypto ...
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“Blockchain Is Successful When People Don’t Know They’re Using It” – Johannes Schweifer, Co-Founder & CEO, CoreLedger

Johannes Schweifer speaks about his company CoreLedger, the mechanics of tokenizing physical assets and overcoming the gap between physical assets ...
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How a Blockchain Venture Studio Works – Mervyn G. Maistry, CEO & Founder, Konfidio and Kintaro Capital

Mervyn Maistry speaks about founding and running Konfidio, a venture studio in Berlin, blockchain uses cases that are ready today, ...
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Why New Technologies Need Sharper Critical Thinking – Andrea Bauer, Founder & Senior Advisor, BEAM Innovation Studio

Andrea Bauer speaks about spotting waves of change as an innovation consultant, research through discussion, applying critical thinking to new ...
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Why You Need Digital Identity Before Anything Else – Daniel Gasteiger, Founder & CEO, Procivis

Daniel Gasteiger speaks about his company Procivis, providing government services on blockchains, why it's too early to put personal information ...
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Why the Blockchain Space Needs Better Access – Alexis Gauba, Co-Founder she(256), Mechanism Labs

Alexis Gauba speaks about co-founding she(256), mentoring and teaching blockchain literacy, starting points for people with an interest in blockchain ...
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Why Good Content is King in Blockchain PR – David Wachsman, Founder and CEO, Wachsman

David Wachsman speaks about founding and running Wachsman, the role of public relations and the media in the blockchain space, ...
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How Skin in the Game Combats Fake News and Leads to Truth – Preethi Kasireddy, Founder and CEO, TruStory

Preethi Kasireddy speaks about the information problem on the Internet and how her company TruStory combats it, how messed up ...
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“Crypto Means Cryptography” – Jan Camenisch, Head of Research at Dfinity

Jan Camenisch speaks about being the Head of Research at Dfinity, how industrial research at a blockchain company differs from ...
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“This Is What the Blockchain Is and How It Can Change Your Life” – Niloo Ravaei, Head of Education at Blockgeeks

Niloo Ravaei speaks about learning and teaching skills of developing blockchain applications, stories that draw people into the blockchain space, ...
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How to Build on Bitcoin – Lucas Betschart, Founder, 21 Lectures, President, Bitcoin Association Switzerland

Lucas Betschart speaks about bringing more developers into the Bitcoin ecosystem, being the president of the Bitcoin Association Switzerland, the ...
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Can Blockchain Technology Keep Humanity Human? – Anne Connelly, Singularity University

Anne Connelly speaks about using blockchain technology to make a social impact and why very few projects actually use the ...
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Just Keep Your Head Down and Build – Jason Goldberg, Founder and CEO of Open Simple Token (OST)

Jason Goldberg speaks about building OST, how apps with millions of users can tokenize, how market conditions affect blockchain adoption, ...
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How Blockchains Could Create Community Consciousness – Toni Lane Casserly, Founder of Cultu.re

Toni Lane Casserly speaks about her project Cultu.re and her goal to create a new notion of community, how identity ...
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Why Some Blockchain Ideas Can’t Wait – Aparna Krishnan, Co-Founder Mechanism Labs

Aparna Krishnan talks about her research company Mechanism Labs, mentoring women in blockchain at She(256), dealing with the bro culture ...
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Why Blockchains Empower a New Social Contract for the Digital Age – Don Tapscott, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Blockchain Research Institute

Don Tapscott speaks about his vision of a new social contract for the digital age, the coming transformation of physical ...
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Blockchain Identity and the Importance of Ethics – Monique Morrow, President and Co-Founder of The Humanized Internet

Monique Morrow speaks about The Humanized Internet, self-sovereign electronic identity and credentials on the blockchain, her plans for a personal ...
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The Human Story Behind Blockchain Technology – Matthew Allen, Zurich Bureau Chief/Business Reporter at Swissinfo

Matthew Allen speaks about his work as a business reporter in the Swiss crypto and blockchain space, fascinating angles of ...
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Why Crypto Funds Have to Become Tech Companies – Ryan Yi, Investment Analyst at CoinFund

Ryan Yi speaks about conducting investment research and due diligence at CoinFund, metrics he looks at in new investments, financial ...
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Why China Will Be the World’s Largest Token Economy – Tony Tao, Founder of X-Order, Founding Partner at Neo Global Capital

Tony Tao speaks about his blockchain research and investment company X-Order, the beginnings of Bitcoin in China, how complexity theory ...
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Why Blockchain Technology is Transformative and Irritating – Monty Munford, Mob76

Monty Munford speaks about his work as a tech advisor and writer, his adventures at the Malta Blockchain Summit interviewing ...
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What Blockchains and Linux Have in Common – Phil Zamani, Chairman of AERGO, Co-CEO of Blocko

Phil Zamani speaks about his blockchain projects Aergo and Blocko, the blockchain ecosystem in South Korea, differences between open source ...
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How Digital Scarcity Helps Artists and Creators – Eric Elliott, Author, Developer, Mentor

Eric Elliott speaks about creating the verifiable web with po.et, how fact-checking information has evolved since PGP, why we're not ...
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Why Executives Need Blockchain Literacy – Alison McCauley, Author of Unblocked

Alison McCauley speaks about writing her book "Unblocked: How Blockchains Will Change Your Business", about the importance of blockchain literacy ...
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The Antifragility of Cryptoassets – Alexander Bulkin, Co-Founder of CoinFund

Alexander Bulkin speaks about combining social sciences with blockchain technology at CoinFund (which he co-founded), why crypto funds are becoming ...
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“Hey Zuck, Let’s Tokenize Facebook!” How Blockchains Could Stop People Farming – Trent McConaghy, Founder, Ocean Protocol

Trent McConaghy speaks about creating a data economy with Ocean Protocol, token engineering and design, bringing artificial intelligence to the ...
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How Blockchains Could Solve the Tragedy of the Commons – Ryan Jesperson, President of the Tezos Foundation

Ryan Jesperson speaks about his journey to becoming the president of the Tezos Foundation, his outlook for Tezos and its ...
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Why Education Is the Killer App for Blockchain Technology – Cedric Waldburger, Co-Founder of Dfinity

Cedric Waldburger speaks about being part of the team that later became Dfinity, leading growth at the company, why education ...
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Why Healthcare, Finance, Energy, Education, and Government Are Ripe for Disruption – Joey Krug, CIO of Pantera Capital

Joey Krug speaks about evaluating investments at Pantera Capital, why healthcare, finance, energy, and government are ripe for disruption, why ...
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Why Blockchain Technology Might Become Less of a Binary Idea in the Future of Finance – Jesse McWaters, World Economic Forum

Jesse McWaters speaks about analyzing the impact of blockchain technology on industry and society as Financial Innovation Lead at the ...
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How Journalists and the Financial Press Stay Objective About Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology – Peter Hody, Editor-in-Chief, Finews

Peter Hody speaks about his work as a journalist covering the financial sector, cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, vetting crypto and ...
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Why Hacking Smart Contracts is Easier than Hacking Web Servers – Hubert Ritzdorf, Co-Founder, Chainsecurity

Hubert Ritzdorf speaks about automatic auditing of smart contracts, why almost all smart contracts have bugs, specs of smart contracts, ...
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Niklas Nikolajsen blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Why Cryptoassets Will Soon Be Part of Every Bank’s Business – Niklas Nikolajsen, Founder, Bitcoin Suisse

Niklas Nikolajsen speaks about Bitcoin Suisse and its amazing journey, why "there will be no difference between crypto-finance and finance, ...
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Lars Thomsen blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

How a Futurist Looks at Blockchain Technology – Lars Thomsen, Future Matters

Lars Thomsen speaks about how crypto and blockchain technology entered his work as a futurist, why it takes a long ...
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Saifedean Ammous blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Why Bitcoin is the Hardest Money We Ever Had – Saifedean Ammous, Author of “The Bitcoin Standard”

Saifedean Ammous speaks about his book "The Bitcoin Standard", why thriving economies need hard money, the concept of time preference, ...
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Ron Resnick blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Why Blockchain Standards Create New Business Models for Companies and Developers – Ron Resnick, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance

Ron Resnick speaks about leading the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), how he goes about creating standards, specs and certifications for ...
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Daniel Doll-Steinberg blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

How Blockchain Technology Redefines Entrepreneurship – Daniel Doll-Steinberg, Atari Token

Daniel Doll-Steinberg speaks about how blockchain technology has changed entrepreneurship, London and Switzerland as blockchain hubs, the race of territories ...
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Dolfi Mueller blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

A Recap of Zug’s Bitcoin Experiment and How it Energized Switzerland – Dolfi Mueller, Mayor of Zug

Dolfi Mueller speaks about the Bitcoin experiment at the city of Zug in Switzerland and how it energized the local ...
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Luzius Meisser blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Bitcoin’s Early Days and its Eternal September, Bitcoin Association Switzerland, and Why Regulation Kills Innovation – Luzius Meisser, Meisser Economics

Luzius Meisser speaks about the early days of Bitcoin and the evolution of a thriving ecosystem in Switzerland, the professionalization of the ICO market, ...
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John Hargrave blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Marketing Basics for ICOs and Blockchain Projects – John Hargrave, CEO at Mediashower

John Hargrave speaks about marketing basics for ICOs and blockchain companies, email lists, misconceptions of blockchain entrepreneurs about communications, creating ...
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Luis Cuende blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

How Digital Jurisdictions Help Us Escape 1984 and Take Back Control – Luis Cuende, Co-Founder of Aragon

Luis Cuende speaks about the inspiration for his startup Aragon, raising over $100 million in his ICO, how he plans ...
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Mathias Ruch blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

From Dot-Com Entrepreneur to Blockchain Investor and Enabler – Mathias Ruch, Lakeside Partners/CV VC

Mathias Ruch speaks about beginning his career in the dot-com boom, becoming an investor, enabler and facilitator of the blockchain ...
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Tone Vays blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Analyzing the Price of Bitcoin – Tone Vays

Tone Vays speak about his approach to technical analysis of the bitcoin price, why other cryptoassets can't reach Bitcoin, relevant ...
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Tom Lyons ConsenSys blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

How to Tell the Story of Blockchain Technology – Tom Lyons, ConsenSys Research and Advisory

Tom Lyons speaks about the importance of storytelling in the blockchain space, how to develop narratives for good stories about ...
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Michael Sidler Redalpine Switzerland blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

How the Blockchain Disrupts Venture Capital – Michael Sidler, Partner at Redapline

Michael Sidler speaks about how blockchain technology and ICOs impact venture capital, how he analyzes investment opportunities in the crypto ...
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Joe Lubin ConsenSys blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

The Future is Decentralized, and Why Decision-Making is a “Big, Fuzzy, Hairy, and Messy Thing” – Joe Lubin, Founder, Ethereum

Joe Lubin speaks about his vision for a decentralized world and the role Ethereum and ConsenSys play in it, what most ...
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Thomas Naegele Liechtenstein blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

A New Blockchain Law in Crypto Country Liechtenstein – Thomas Naegele, Naegele Law

Thomas Naegele speaks about Liechtenstein's new blockchain act, how the country plans to become a global blockchain and crypto hub ...
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Roger Wattenhofer ETH Zurich blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Science, Academia, and the Blockchain – Roger Wattenhofer, Professor at ETH Zurich

Roger Wattenhofer speaks about how Bitcoin and blockchain technology entered academia, what we have learned in the ten years of ...
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Paul Meeusen SwissRe blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Putting Insurance on the Blockchain – Paul Meeusen, CEO at B3i

Paul Meeusen speaks about starting the Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i), the ins and outs of running (and keeping under ...
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Zhang Ruidong blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

China and the Blockchain – Zhang Ruidong, Academy of Internet Finance at Zhejiang University

Zhang Ruidong speaks about blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation in China, the difficulty of censorship, how to make the "blockchain without ...
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Jack Tatar Cryptoassets blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

The Rise of Cryptoassets – Jack Tatar, Author of “Cryptoassets”

Jack Tatar speaks about his book "Cryptoassets" (written with Chris Burniske), why the real value of bitcoin is not zero ...
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Adriano Lucatelli blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Is The Real Value of Bitcoin Zero? – Adriano B. Lucatelli, Founder, Descartes Finance

Adriano B. Lucatelli speaks about why he thinks the real value of Bitcoin is zero, different narratives of Bitcoin valuation, ...
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Anish Mohammed token engineering blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

From Cryptography to Token Economics – Anish Mohammed, Ontici

Anish Mohammed speaks about his career as a cryptographer, the brilliance of Bitcoin, tokenizing transport, the mechanics of token economics, ...
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Olga Feldmeier Smart Valor blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

The Bitcoin Queen and Her Mission to “Tokenize Everything” – Olga Feldmeier, Co-Founder, Smart Valor

Olga Feldmeier speaks about being called the "Bitcoin Queen" of Switzerland, making the jump from banking to cryptocurrencies, setting up ...
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Alexis Roussel Bity blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

The UN, the Pirate Party, and Bitcoin – Alexis Roussel, Co-Founder, Bity

Alexis Roussel speaks about his journey from being a lawyer at the United Nations to starting the Swiss Pirate Party, how ...
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Christian Decker Blockstream blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

The World’s First Bitcoin PhD – Christian Decker, Core Developer at Blockstream

Christian Decker speaks about writing the first PhD thesis in the world about Bitcoin, how a hacker stole 10,000 Bitcoins ...
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Steve Wilson blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Why The Blockchain Won’t Fix Digital Identity – Steve Wilson, Digital Identity Innovator at Constellation Research

Steve Wilson speaks about digital identity and why blockchains are unlikely to fix it, use cases of blockchain technology beyond ...
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Jonas Schnelli Bitcoin blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Making Bitcoin More User-Friendly – Jonas Schnelli, Bitcoin Core Developer

Jonas Schnelli speaks about his work as a Bitcoin Core Developer, why Bitcoin is convincing from a technical point of ...
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Lidia Bolla Vision& blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Cryptoasset Management in Switzerland – Lidia Bolla, Co-Founder and CEO, Vision&

Lidia Bolla speaks about founding a blockchain investment manager, staying current on blockchain technology, perceptions of the traditional financial sector of ...
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Rik Willard Agentic blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

The Promise of Blockchain Technology – Rik Willard, Founder, Agentic

Rik Willard speaks about the promise of blockchain technology to provide new forms of value for the unbanked, tokenized access ...
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Alex Tapscott blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Blockchain Revolution, Two Years Later – Alex Tapscott, Co-Author “Blockchain Revolution”

Alex Tapscott speaks about how the blockchain ecosystem has evolved, why companies should understand that blockchains revolutionize their business models, ...
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Mauro Casellini Bank Frick blockchain podcast interview by Manuel Stagars

Making Cryptocurrencies Bankable – Mauro Casellini, Head of Blockchain at Bank Frick, Liechtenstein

Mauro Casellini speaks about how a bank could help make cryptocurrencies bankable. Mauro explains Bank Frick's approach to security, cold ...
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A Project by Manuel Stagars

Award-winning Film Director / Author / Podcaster / Entrepreneur / Economist—Telling stories about emerging technologies.

 Entrepreneurship and economics are to a large degree storytelling, and podcasts are stories that busy people listen to. In 2005, I began directing films to learn more about the big questions in science, technology, and society. I have written several books and have found that interviews are great to engage and inspire people to think about the future. This podcast highlights people with fascinating experiences, success stories, and thought-provoking ideas in the crypto and blockchain universe. Some of these ideas I share, others I don’t. I hope all of them raise critical questions and start conversations. 

After founding companies in Switzerland, America and Asia, I led an Open Data project as a senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). I have been interviewing people since the early 2000’s when I began with documentary filmmaking and writing books. I have directed award-winning documentary films about blockchain technology, AI, and Fintech and have written books on entrepreneurship, financial innovation, Open Data, and impact investment. As an advisor, I am fortunate to work with great organizations on strategy, impact, adoption, and growth in deep tech and juggernaut fields.

I have studied economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), have several financial certifications (CFA, CAIA, ERP, CMFAS M3) and lecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich (HWZ) on use cases of blockchain technology.

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Next to interviewees and sponsors, many people and organizations are contributing resources, time, access to their networks, advice, ideas, and feedback to make this podcast happen. Special thanks to all of you (list in alphabetical order of last names).

The Blockchain and Us: The first documentary film about the blockchain

This podcast started with a documentary film. In 2017, I directed and produced the film The Blockchain and Us, the first documentary in the world with a focus directly on blockchain technology not Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. If you haven’t see it yet, watch it on YouTube or in the player below. The Blockchain and Us podcast is for me a way to continue and deepen the conversation.

What others are saying about the film

Excellent documentary. I was hesitant to watch it because I thought it might be more explanation than application. I can find enough videos for the explanation part. Instead this gave an excellent view from the companies and people working with it. I was very pleased to hear how many of them see this as a true opportunity for the whole population not just a way to make a quick buck.

– Jonathan Cooper, YouTube

Amazing work putting this documentary together! Very Informative and insightful. As a long time believer in blockchain-based technologies, this documentary was very refreshing and inspiring.

– Fightmax Gaming, YouTube

Without bitcoin, there would be no blockchain. Every industry is now looking at using the blockchain.

– Dodjie Santos, YouTube

Nicely done! But holy s***, Swiss people and their accent… 

– Mr Knuk, YouTube

Wish there was a documentary or at least footage of what people said about the Internet before it got going, or anyone speculating about technology we all use every day now.

– Nora Germain, YouTube

Great work. I am a believer in blockchain technology, your documentary laid it all out very succinctly. There is really no excuse to be ignorant about the phenomenon. I have shared this on my Facebook page. Thanks!

– Teck Low, YouTube

Absolutely excellent. Thank you so much for your passion and immense work to put this together for the masses to learn and be inspired by the blockchain. I’ll be sharing and hope that everyone I know will watch this and catch the message.

– Dani Walker, YouTube

Now that there is an instrument to decentralize finance, it’s a matter of applying it. That will be the hard part, banks will fight, but that’s also where the opportunities are.

– Marc P, YouTube

Really insightful quote by Elizabeth Stark: “Necessity is not just the mother of invention, but the mother of ADOPTION”.

– Matthew McKean, YouTube

Ignore the blockchain at your own peril. I wonder if we have learned how fast these types of things are happening in our world today? It will be amazing to see how this unfolds.

– Scott Ales, YouTube

Very interesting and well done documentary on blockchain technology. Clearly the revolution of our world for global transactions of all kinds.

– Michael Vingerhoet, YouTube

Thank you very much! I believe the time horizons for dramatic societal change are conservative. When a lack of trust dissolves, creativity flourishes. I believe the change will accelerate before it tapers off.

– Ryan Day, YouTube

Beautiful, elegant, insightful, interesting. Thanks for creating.

– Bruce Thomson, YouTube

Great content, Manuel. I added it to my article on “The Best Bitcoin Documentaries”. Thanks for your contribution to the bitcoin space.

– 101 Bitcoin Reasons, YouTube

Goosebump video!

– Marius Klingl, YouTube

Reminds me of a Werner Herzog film.

– Egor, YouTube

Me gustó mucho este documental; como entusiasta de blockchain te digo gracias por postearlo.

– J.Gabriel Parra Cortes, YouTube

Great documentary Manuel and crew! Very cool corporation perspectives and long term vision potential of blockchains. The question is ‘will we’? Best line.

– John, YouTube