Encrypted

A podcast dedicated to guiding you through the blockchain and crypto universe

About the show

Interested in what is going on in the world of blockchain and crypto assets? Want to understand how the most pioneering entrepreneurs, enterprises and governments are creating the digital economies of the future?

Involving a range of superb guests of likeminded innovators, enablers, investors, government officials, executives and more, Encrypted takes you on a journey to make sense of what is going on in the Wild West of cryptocurrencies, understand valid use cases of blockchain technology and how various industries could be impacted.

Encrypted is Dubai based, and the first podcast dedicated to blockchain and crypto in the MENA region, so expect to hear interesting stories, and people from this side of the world.

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Episodes

  • #Ep. 65: Covid19 Special - A Pandemic of Fake News

    March 25th, 2020  |  39 mins 49 secs
    corona, data, fake, lies, news, pandemic, ssi

    It’s been quite an extraordinary time we live in. The world as we know it is in shutdown due to the Corona virus outbreak. I would like to wish all of our listeners, supporters and everyone around the world good health in these extreme times.
    This is our 65th episode, and we are fully remote! We have a special guest, Arwen Smit, who is the author of Identity Reboot and the Lead Blockchain Strategist and Mintbit.
    On this episode, we talk about lies, the taxonomy of fake news, how this all created unnecessary panic and its consequences, and finally we discuss potential tech solutions that can help during a crisis like this.

  • #Ep. 64: How Orchid is revolutionizing the VPN space through blockchain and crypto!

    March 3rd, 2020  |  31 mins 39 secs
    open source, utility tokens, vpn, web 3

    We were in Denver, Colorado for the amazing EthDenver event, and we were fortunate to catch up with Dr. Steven Waterhouse from Orchid. In this discussion, Ahmed and Seven (yes, he also goes by that name too) discuss what AI looked like in the 1990s, how he built Pantera Capital, how him being swim swapped led him to build Orchid and how Orchid is literally revolutionizing the VPN space!

  • #Ep. 63: Scale matters, Localization doesn't

    February 14th, 2020  |  32 mins 47 secs
    europe, investment, startups, venture

    This episode is part 2 of the Arabnet series we recorded in Saudi Arabia where we welcome Hussein Kanji, Partner at Hoxton ventures. In this discussion Hussein discusses why scale matters, why the copy cat models are at risk, why he is focusing his investment efforts in Europe and what we liked most from the discussion was understanding the way Hoxton Ventures partners with the founders and teams they invest in.

  • #Ep. 62: How the UAE is saving AED 11 Billion through blockchain implementation? - World Economic Forum Special

    January 27th, 2020  |  25 mins 29 secs
    blockchain, c4ir, davos, dubai future foundation, enterprise, government, wef

    The Dubai Future Foundation and World Economic Forum published a new paper showcasing how the UAE is saving AED 11 billion through deploying blockchain technology. Live from Davos, we speak to Mariam AlMuhairi, who is the head for the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the UAE to discuss key insights, takeaways and learnings from the paper! She also gives us a low down on the latest developments happening in Davos.

  • #Ep. 61: Creating and encouraging Fintech in Saudi Arabia

    January 22nd, 2020  |  11 mins 14 secs

    We had the pleasure of speaking with Ali Al Omran, Chief Information Officer for Arab Bank at Arabnet Riyadh!

    We go in to details on how banks in the region are diversifying their interests, creating collaborative environments for startups to work with banks and where the future of fintech is heading as Saudi Arabia moves quickly to disrupt and create growth in its economy.

  • #Ep. 60: How an ICO can get you fired and open doors unimagined

    December 17th, 2019  |  33 mins 8 secs
    fundraising, ico, investment, startup, utility

    Remember when ICO’s were a thing and everyone tried to do it? Well we have a guest who followed the advice of his team, particularly his CTO, to raise money through an ICO before things turned sour! Hear the story of how Anthony Gilman from AQUA managed to squash the ICO plans, save his company from failure and what his key takeaways were from all the drama that unfolded.

  • #Ep. 59: Regulating Crypto in the GCC - The Lowdown

    December 8th, 2019  |  40 mins 4 secs
    adgm, bahrain, difc, esca, gcc, mena, regulation, uae

    We all now that Cryptocurrency regulations has been a headache for regulators and companies around the world. The UAE and the region has been pretty busy lately with attempts to implementing practical regulatory frameworks. In this episode, we speak to Fintech and crypto specialist lawyers Kokila Alagh and Akshata Namjoshi from Karm Legal in the UAE, to discuss how this region is going about regulating this growing and nascent space and what should you do as a crypto company wishing to enter the region?

  • #Ep. 58: WEEKLY ROUND UP: China, New York, FINCEN, TON

    November 26th, 2019  |  43 mins 1 sec
    china, fidelity, fincen, regulation, stablecoins, ton

    In this episode, we bring friends of the show to discuss relevant news items from the week. We look at what U.S. regulators had to say about Stablecoins, how Fidelity is the latest company to obtain a custodian license in New York, and dissecting the latest china crypto crackdown. We also discuss Teelgram’s latest updates as some of our guests are secretly TON shillers.

  • #Ep. 57: How an early YouTube employee is competing against Uber and Airbnb!

    November 18th, 2019  |  37 mins 42 secs
    incentivisation, marketplaces, sharing economy, uber, use cases

    Will marketplaces like Uber and Airbnb decline with the advent of decentralised infrastructure? Ahmed is in San Francisco and chats with Matthew Liu, CEO and Co-founder of Origin Protocol, which is a protocol for creating sharing economy marketplaces on Ethereum. The two discuss Matt’s career as a Product Manager during Youtube’s early days, Matt’s entrepreneurship journey, and what exactly are decentralised marketplaces and how Origin is implementing them.

  • #Ep. 56: Cre8ting a future of music artists

    November 5th, 2019  |  42 mins 28 secs
    artists, blockchain, music, musicians, rights, tunetoken

    The intersection of music and tech promises a lot, and in this episode we explore how the blockchain will affect the music industry. We discuss how the record industry is not paying it forwards to the artists and creative teams involved in music production and how blockchain through Tune Token and Cre8tor app will enable a fair share of earnings.

  • #Ep. 55: THE (DIS)TRUST GENERATION: Genuine, Fake and Fraudulent

    October 21st, 2019  |  39 mins 44 secs
    author, data, distrust, fraud, privacy, trust

    Today we focus on distrust and what it means to live in a world of genuine, fake and fraudulent trust. In a world where every day you are surrounded by information that directs your decision making and purchasing habits, how can you be sure what you are basing your decisions on are real. Ahmed and Nic are joined by Damu Winston, author of “I Don't Trust You, But Blockchain Will Help”.

  • #Ep. 54: Encrypted @ Gitex - The Future of Programmable Money

    October 14th, 2019  |  49 mins 40 secs
    bitcoin, central banks, demand, maths, monetary policy, programmable money, supply

    Bitcoin. The US dollar. Litecoin. The Euro, oh and wait how can we forget gold. Money - the thing that drives this world, for the good or better, is going through an unprecedented shift like never before. It’s becoming digital and programmable. In this live episode we did at Gitex with the Future Blockchain summit, I sit down with Gabriel Abed and Aruba Khalid to discuss the Future of Programmable Money and we look at it through three lenses, Money for the authorities, money for the corporations and money for the people.

  • #Ep. 53: How a young Chinese entrepreneur is building a crypto empire

    October 7th, 2019  |  15 mins 44 secs
    adgm, china, ethereum classic, exchange, investments, mena, shanghai

    We have a super episode in the Far East and our special guest is James Wo, Founder and CEO of Digital Finance Group. We talk about how James is building a crypto empire at age 27, how he is building a China - Middle East bridge and the current developments in the Chinese blockchain ecosystem.

  • #Ep. 52: The TikTok vs Baidu Court Case, Switzerland as a Blockchain Hub and why Homeschooling rocks!

    September 30th, 2019  |  32 mins 27 secs
    china, court case, decentralisation, enterprise, factom, homeschooling, legal, switzerland

    Ahmed is back in China again and this time in Shanghai for the blockchain week where he is joined by a crypto OG, David Johnston. In this awesome episode, the pair discuss how blockchain solved a legal court case between two Chinese tech giants TikTok and Baidu, why Switzerland is the global blockchain hub and why homeschooling rocks. They pretty much covered several topics in this episode!

  • #Ep. 51: Assessing token models: Why tokens are a unit of trust?

    September 22nd, 2019  |  30 mins 52 secs
    crypto, economics, fund, investment, tokens, trust

    There are over 2000 different cryptocurrencies and tokens on the market. How can you assess them, and how can you differentiate the good token models from the bad? Ahmed sits down with Pranav Sharma, Founding Partner of Woodstock Fund, where they discuss investment vehicles in crypto projects, how to assess token models and why tokens are a unit of trust.

  • #Ep. 50: Special 50th episode - Everyone's an 'Economist'

    September 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 11 mins
    central bank digital currency, economy, gold, interest rates, mmt, money, recession

    You know those keyboard warriors on What’s app groups who just love to debate? Would it not be better for them to debate over chai and maybe record it as a podcast? Well, to celebrate our 50th episode, we brought in the guys from a Fintech group that we run who love debating the economy and how it affects central banks, crypto and the future of finance. So much interesting knowledge on the economy and the intersection between traditional economics, monetary policy, and cryptoassets.