Ahmed is a Co-host of Encrypted and has been involved in the blockchain and crypto space since early 2016 spending. Working in the Far East and helping to bridge east and West, Ahmed has worked on a number of projects in this field and has invested and advised new projects. Business fluent in Mandarin, Ahmed co-founded the Fudan Blockchain Association in China and assisted multiple blockchain projects to tap into Emerging Markets. Previously, Ahmed held roles in Citibank and Dow Jones.
#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!
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.
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.
September 2nd, 2019 | 18 mins 27 secs
analytics, blockchain, enterprise, ethereum, metrics
There is 1 Ethereum address for every 110 people! Is this the right metric to look at? What about retention rates of crypto-related products? Ahmed sits down with Fredrik Haga from Dune Analytics in Berlin Blockchain Week to discuss why the adoption rates of crypto products and even permisisoned blockchain applications are still super low today and what success for crypto products would look like!
#Ep. 48: Berlin Blockchain Week: Why is the Ex-CTO and Cofounder of Ethereum preaching Less Trust, More Truth?
August 26th, 2019 | 11 mins 32 secs
berlin, bitcoin, blockchain, ethereum, polkadot, web3
Dr. Gavin Wood, one of the early co-founders and Ex CTO of Ethereum, joins the show in what is a fascinating discussion about removing trust, the bitcoin vs ethereum debate, and his journey from coding Ethereum to where he is now!
This is episode is part of the Berlin Blockchain Week series we have for you!
July 29th, 2019 | 39 mins 18 secs
blockchain, crypto, data, decentralisation, privacy, software, web 3
If you could architect a new internet where privacy is in the users’ control, how would you go about doing that? Richard Muirhead, Founder and General parter of Fabric Ventures articulates why and how a new privacy-centric construct of the internet, commonly known as Web 3, would take place. We discuss why Web 3, the ‘Can't be evil’ motto, how to convey Web 3 to traditional investors, and the intersection of Web 3, enterprise and regulation.
July 21st, 2019 | 42 mins 50 secs
audit, dubai, enterprise, smart contracts, standards
This week, we have the super talented Richard Ma, CEO of Quantstamp. We talk about smart contract auditing, how Quantstamp is contributing to the Dubai Blockchain strategy, how they are automating the audits of millions of lines of codes and which countries are already living in the future! You don’t want to miss this one!
July 14th, 2019 | 28 mins 26 secs
bitcoin, gaming, libra, lightning network, store of value
Samson Mow, CSO at Blockstream joins us on this week's episode of Encrypted! This time, we record from Singapore at the World Blockchain Forum with Dr. Marwan Alzarouni as a co-host. We discuss the early days of bitcoin in China, what bitcoin satellites are and why it's a good idea, what bitcoin’s role should be in the context of the lightning network and its relevant applications for streaming services and in third world countries.
July 8th, 2019 | 44 mins 35 secs
convergence, investments, tokens, vc, web 3.0
Jamie is a co-founder and CEO of Outlier ventures, one of the leading European crypto VCs and incubators. We talk about the Outlier Ventures’ Convergence thesis, the layout of the new internet, theorizing how it can play out and what’s needed to achieve that vision. Additionally, Jamie touches on what they have done to date, what makes them different as a VC investing in this space and also shares their recent partnership with the Dubai Government.
July 1st, 2019 | 37 mins 18 secs
design, design thinking, user experience
Asim Janjua, Director of Innovation and Design at Consensys, joins us on this show to look at how design intersects with blockchain and cryptocurrencies. We explore design led thinking principles, how it is applied to this nascent technlogy, how his experience at Google paved his design led methodology and ultimately, why design will lead us to mainstream adoption.
June 24th, 2019 | 38 mins 34 secs
bitt, central bank, facebook, libra, private money
Gabriel Abed, Founder of Bitt, joins Encrypted to explain and discuss Facebook’s recent announcement of launching a stable cryptocurrency called Libra. Ahmed and Gabriel go through what Libra is, how it works, how different it is to other cryptocurrencies we currently have, the approach Facebook are taking and ultimately what this means for the crypto industry, for people globally and monetary authorities and central banks alike.
June 17th, 2019 | 33 mins 47 secs
attestation, credentials, education, enterprise, university
Nic and Ahmed take a deep dive with Educhain CEO Mark Balovnev into the world of education and how blockchain is helping solve high levels of inefficiencies and connecting more than just students with credentials.
We discuss how Educhain help enable students and graduates to 'passport' and transfer their credentials for use with jobs, further education, and government. This could mean the troublesome attestation process could be over very soon ✊🏽😌
June 9th, 2019 | 29 mins 5 secs
du, enterprise, platform
In this episode, we hear from Fatma Elsafty, a Blockchain Technology Manager at Du, to tell us what Du are cooking up in the blockchain department and how they envisage being one of the pioneers in the region.
May 27th, 2019 | 49 mins 42 secs
board, enterprise, investments, tezos, use case, vc
Hubertus Thonhauser, Founding Partner of Enabling Future and a Board Member of the Tezos Foundation takes us through the trials and tribulations of the Tezos Foundation, their renewed focus on blockchain implementation use cases and the hot sectors they are pursuing with their technology.
#Ep. 38: How a Dubai family office partnered with Techstars and ventured into blockchain? With Gary Sheynkman
May 17th, 2019 | 40 mins 35 secs
enterprise, investments, startups, vc
In this episode, Ahmed and Nic speak with Gary Sheynkman, an Investment Partner at Ginco Investments and the Corporate Lead for Techstars Dubai. We talk about how an Emirati family ventured into blockchain, their partnership with Techstars and what they see as the future of crypto related services. All this and more on this episode of Encrypted.
May 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
law, legal, smart contracts, tech
In this episode, we have two amazing lawyers Mark Beer and lawyer turned tech entrepreneur Alessandro Palombo, who are adapting to the future of legal tech and smart contracts.
We talk extensively about what smart contracts really are, the roles they play in the future in both codifying principles and contracting machines, and how billions of people can benefit from this! You don't want to miss this one!