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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  • #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.

  • #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.