Nicholas Watson is Managing Director at Naseba, which supports businesses to raise capital, enter new markets, secure partners, close sales and educate workforces.
Nicholas drives Naseba’s high-tech business, connecting organisations with ecosystem players including cybersecurity, AI, fintech, blockchain, hospitality and generally exciting enterprise-grade technology.
#Ep. 71: The Nod of Approval - How Bitt pioneered the world's first concept of a blockchain Central Bank Digital Currency
July 30th, 2020 | 29 mins 51 secs
barbados, bitt, central bank, central bank digital currency, crypto
In today’s episode, we have a super panel, featuring the Ex governor of the Barbados Central Bank, Dr. Deslisle Worrell, Founder of Bitt.com Gabriel Abed, and the CBDO of Bitt.com, Simon Chantry. We uncover the amazing story of how Gabriel and his team defied all odds with their crazy idea for central bank digital currencies, and how they managed to get a nod of approval from the governor of the central bank himself. We also look into how the events unfolded over the years, what the future holds for CBCDs and how Bitt.com plans to implement CBDCs across the Caribbean.
June 10th, 2020 | 46 mins 45 secs
chief digital officer, covid19, data, digital identity, ethics, privacy
Maja Vujinovic, Ex CIO of Emerging tech globally for GE Digital and Vinny Lingham, Founder and CEO of Civic joins this special episode of Encrypted where we discuss how the world is becoming increasingly divided with recent events, how technologies like blockchain is increasingly becoming relevant with digital identities on the rise and why we need ethical leaders and corporations to lead us into the new generation of technology.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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!
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 ✊🏽😌
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!
April 23rd, 2019 | 52 mins 58 secs
digitization, enterprise, middle east, sukuk
Ever wanted to get an idea about the Middle East Enterprise space for blockchain?
Today's podcast is the right place to start. With Talal Tabbaa of Jibrel Network and Nic Watson of Naseba, we cover examples of winning, implementing and managing digitization of sukuks and fiat. We also take some time to answer the question...What does Enterprise really mean?
We hope you enjoy!