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. 49: 1 Ethereum address for every 110 people: Why adoption rates are super low in Crypto today!

    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!

  • #Ep. 47: "Can't be evil" - Why we should care about Web 3!

    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.

  • #Ep. 46: Why this start-up is crucial for the Dubai Blockchain Strategy!

    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!

  • #Ep. 45: Bitcoin Satellites, Lightning Network & Bitcoin as a Store of Value!

    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.

  • #Ep. 44: Venture as a stack: Why Web 3.0 needs a different kind of investor

    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.

  • #Ep. 43: Why design is crucial for blockchain and cryptocurrencies!

    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.

  • #Ep. 42: Facebook's Libra: The good, the bad & the ugly

    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.

  • #Ep. 41: Education 3.0: Why the education industry is ripe for blockchain?

    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 ✊🏽😌

  • #Ep. 40: Du: Leading UAE telco operator leveraging blockchain technology

    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.

  • #Ep. 39: Tezos: Past, Present and Future. With Hubertus Thonhauser

    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.

  • #Ep. 37: How are lawyers creating, building and using smart contracts?

    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!

  • #Ep. 36: What the Stake? All you need to know about Staking and PoS networks!

    May 2nd, 2019  |  27 mins 5 secs
    generalised mining, proof of stake, staking, tezos

    Tim Ogilvie is the CEO of Staked, a company that operates and runs block production nodes for decentralised Proof Of Stake networks on behalf of institutional investors. We talk about the what staking is, why it exists, what opportunities it presents, the state of the staking industry, the roles of staking providers and also related regulatory concerns!

  • #Ep. 35: Building enterprise blockchain adoption in the Middle East with Jibrel Network

    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!

  • #Ep. 34: What is a blockchain phone? A conversation with Phil Chen, HTC's Decentralised Chief Officer

    April 16th, 2019  |  15 mins 44 secs
    blockchain, htc, private keys, smartphone, wallet

    In this episode, we have an interesting discussion with Phil Chen, the Decentralised Chief Officer (DCO) at HTC. We discuss what a DCO actually does, the idea of leaderless leadership, Phil’s extensive entrepreneurial background and everything you need to know about the Exodus phone!