Crypto Token Talk
Summary: Crypto Token Talk is a podcast by host Kelley Weaver for those interested in learning “Crypto 101” and exploring the new frontier of blockchain technology. It serves as an entertaining on-ramp and newbie-friendly gateway to learning resources related to the world of cryptocurrency. Each episode features a different industry expert in the blockchain sphere or their respective field. Kelley Weaver is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Melrose PR, a leading cryptocurrency and blockchain communications agency based in Los Angeles, California. Melrose PR believes the future of money is digital, and that cryptocurrency is here to stay.
In today’s episode Melrose PR Director of Content Strategy Nikki Del Principe guest-hosts Emre Tekisalp. Emre is the Head of Business Development at O(1) Labs, the team behind Coda Protocol. Before joining O(1) Labs, Emre was at Coinbase, the largest exchange in the U.S., and found his way into crypto back in 2015 through roles at Ripple and a few other projects. Topics covered: - The problem Coda Protocol addresses and the solution it offers - Coda’s ultimate vision for the future - and much more
In today’s episode of Crypto Token Talk our guest is Michelle Chuang, COO of Asensys. She spent 20 years in marketing consumer brands before moving into crypto and blockchain. She discusses why decentralization is key to the security of blockchain systems, but that, historically, these networks have had difficulty achieving high performance while retaining decentralization and security. This problem is called the "blockchain trilemma."
Our guest for today is Alex Mashinsky, Founder and CEO of Celsius Network. He came to the US as an immigrant 30 years ago and became a serial founder in the tech space. A colleague showed Alex Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin Whitepaper in 2009, but it took him until 2013 to understand the brilliance of decentralized networks. Topics covered: - Why Celsius is a killer app - The negative effect of banks and overdrafts - Celsius Network typical customers - Alex’s first investment in cryptocurrencies
Our guest for today is Tongtong Gong, COO and Co-founder of Amberdata. She moved to the U.S. from Beijing, China when she was 17 years old, and her inability to speak English properly influenced her to choose Computer Science as an area of study because programming languages actually felt less intimidating to her. She started learning about crypto in 2013 and kept diving deeper from there.
In the Season 2 finale, CEO of Fold Will Reeves is our special guest. Prior to dedicating himself full-time to Fold, he worked in consumer tech and payments in Silicon Valley. He has experienced the challenges and rewards involved with both running his own startups and working for massive companies. Topics covered: - A background of Will and what he was doing before crypto. - The Lightning Pizza project and its results. - Fold’s target market of crypto enthusiasts and newcomers.
The Founder of GiveBitcoin, Cory Klippsten, is our guest on today’s podcast. He has had a long career in big technology, having worked for the likes of Microsoft and Google. After leaving Google in 2013, Cory became involved with startups as an investor, advisor, and occasionally an operator. Topics covered: - What initially got Cory excited about Bitcoin. - Finding a mentor to steer you in the right direction. - The first bitcoin Cory received in January 2014 and what this inspired. And much more!
Kevin Ting, Co-founder of CryptoCanary, joins us in this episode. He is a crypto entrepreneur who has a background in engineering. After graduating, Kevin went to Silicon Valley to join the startup space and got involved on the business side tech before diving into crypto. Topics covered: - What Kevin was doing prior to crypto. - What CryptoCanary does and why Kevin likens it to Yelp. - How Bitcoin For Beginners built its impressive audience. - Concerns about volatility in the crypto market.
In this episode, Kelley Weaver chats with Dennis Lewis, author of Behold the Cryptopreneurs: How to thrive in the new blockchain economy without feeling slimy. Dennis got into the space a few years ago when a friend called him up who needed help marketing an initial coin offering (ICO). Topics covered: - How Dennis made his way into this industry - Fundamental reasons that Dennis saw leading to the failure of projects - Dennis’ definition of a cryptopreneur, as outlined in his book And Much More!
Today’s episode was recorded on-site at the Crypto Mondays LA meetup co-hosted with crypto consulting, business solutions, and investing firm BitPros. At this event, Crypto Token Talk Host Kelley Weaver and other attendees set out to break the record for most women to ever attend a crypto meetup. An all-star panel drew a packed room of both women and men, leading the group to shatter the existing record.
Dan Conway is our guest in this episode. He is the author of Confessions of a Crypto Millionaire: My Unlikely Escape from Corporate America. Dan discovered Ethereum when he was working as an executive with a large company at a time when his job was unstable. Topics covered: - Dan’s life before getting into cryptocurrency - Use cases that Dan saw for Ethereum when he first invested and now - The financial pressure that Dan’s family was under during the recession - Dan’s giant investment into Eth
Two guests from the AnthemGold and Hercules projects join us for this episode. Cynthia Blanchard is the Co-Founder and President of these companies, while Julie Mei is the Chief Technology Officer. Topics covered: - The vastly different ways that Cynthia and Julie discovered crypto. - Cynthia’s ties to Anthem Blanchard and companies, AnthemGold and Hercules. - An explanation of AnthemGold and how it stores gold reserves. - How the Hercules software applies to AnthemGold. And much more!
Today’s guest is Michael Seitz, Marketing Manager at Dash Core Group. He lives in San Diego and first learned of cryptocurrency in 2012. Dash is a payment-focused cryptocurrency whose team introduced the idea of master nodes to the crypto landscape. Topics covered: - How Michael first discovered cryptocurrency. - The crypto miner that Michael built using a milk crate. - Aspects that make Dash superior to other cryptocurrencies. - Cell phones that come with the Dash wallet pre-installed.
Sam Radocchia is back for her second appearance on the podcast in today’s episode. She is part of the Chronicled team, a company which builds blockchain protocols for supply chain management in the pharmaceutical industry. Because of the misinformation that exists in the blockchain space, Sam wrote the book Bitcoin Pizza to educate newcomers about it. Topics covered: - Sam’s background and how Chronicled has grown - Reasons why Sam wrote Bitcoin Pizza - Dangers of automation and false data and mor
Sir John Hargrave, author of the book Blockchain for Everyone, is here on today’s episode. He is also the CEO of Media Shower, a blockchain media company that publishes Bitcoin Market Journal for about 100,000 readers each month. Topics covered: - How John first discovered blockchain - Teaching people how to get started in crypto - What makes blockchain technology so revolutionary - Choosing which cryptocurrencies to invest in as a new user - The story of reinventing his company Media Shower
Today’s guest is Colin Fausnaught, the founder of Zuck Bucks. He is a recent graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and worked on JP Morgan’s Quorum blockchain for his senior project. Topics covered: - How Colin first discovered cryptocurrency. - Privacy concerns regarding Facebook and its advertising. - How Colin came up with Zuck Bucks. - Potential positives of Facebook’s crypto announcement. - Colin’s recommendations for getting involved with cryptocurrency.