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    Ether Review Legal Discussion #1 — Challenges in Blockchain Law

    May 14th, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: A walkthrough of the pressing legal issues in blockchain today. Over the last few months a varying group of legal professionals from New Zealand, Australia, and the USA have been meeting to discuss current events, challenges, and peculiarities in the interaction between blockchain and law. As facilitator I suggested we might record the sessions. This is the first to be published. Attendees: Arthur Falls: Host of The Ether Review, State Change, Director of Media, ConsenSys Alex Sims... Read More
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    The Ether Review #64 — Conversations with the Swarm

    May 1st, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: Swarm City, once Arcade City, is one of the most ambitious, and controversial projects in the Ethereum ecosystem. Having shed their founder, the remaining team have made considerable development progress. More than just a would be ride sharing DApp, Swarm City aims to provide an exchange infrastructure for any two sided market place. Swarm City Mayor Bernd Lapp and Architect Michael Thuy discuss the deeper intricacies of 2 sided market transactional infrastructure in a social settin... Read More
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    The Ether Review #63 — Meet DAD, the Digital Aussie Dollar

    April 26th, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: Tokenizing fiat currency in a way that is compatible with our existing financial infrastructure and legislation is no easy feat. The consequences however reach across the entirety of industry, the economy, and society. Nick Addison is the CTO of AgriDigital, an agricultural finance company first covered in episode 45 of TER. As part of his work at AgriDigital, Nick is researching ways to port the existing financial infrastructure into the blockchain age. It’s not easy, but as the ... Read More
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    The Ether Review #62 — The Biggest City in Blockchain Pt 2

    April 16th, 2017 by Legendface66
    Matt Hale of Divvi is the first speaker in the second half of the conversation we began last week. Divvi is a Sydney based decentralized energy market startup. The huge scale of residential solar deployment makes Australia a uniquely appropriate environment for this kind of solution. We also look at the challenges of breaking into the highly regulated and cartel run infrastructure space. Secondly Luke Anderson, describes the dilemma of selecting blockchain as an appropriate solution to a problem... Read More
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    The Ether Review #61 - The Biggest City in Blockchain Part 1

    April 11th, 2017 by Legendface66
    Last week I was honoured with the privilege of representing New Zealand at the inaugural ISO/TC-307 Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies standards committee meeting. The event was hosted by the secretariat, Standards Australia. 18 nations attended. The event itself will be the subject of a blog post when I get around to writing it. While at the meeting, blockchain legend Nick Addison wrangled together a who’s who of blockchain entrepreneurs for a round table discussion. We convene... Read More
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    The Ether Review #60 — MeDAOs & Crypto Branding

    March 27th, 2017 by Legendface66
    Today we hear first from Joe Reed who won the Seattle IPFS / Ethereum Hackathon in February. His entry Matriarch expands on the ERC20 compliant MiniMe token, using it as a basis for crowdfunded MeDAOs. It’s an avant-garde idea and compliments his decentralized reddit project, Community. Then Gabriel Mitchell of ethereumclothing.com raises the subject of branding in cryptocurrency. These interviews have been buried in my content bank for months now and it’s fun to sometimes unearth gems. S... Read More
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    The Ether Review #59 — Money Talks, Polychain Capital

    March 21st, 2017 by Legendface66
    By now word of the Andreessen-Horowitz/Union Square Ventures investment in the digital asset hedge fund Polychain Capital was reached far and wide across the cryptoverse. Among other things, this interview with founders Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer explores the questions that must be asked while establishing a long term crypto portfolio. Much of the discussion is especially pertinent in light of the recent ETH jump and fork concerns with Bitcoin. Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.... Read More
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    The Ether Review #58 — “Status” Conquers Mobile

    March 13th, 2017 by Legendface66
    Ever wished for a final login, a final app? The last user name you would ever need, the last thing you would ever need to download? The Ethereum mobile client Status promises just that and it’s release is just around the corner. Founders Jarad Hope and Carl Bennetts join us to explain. Nick Szabo’s blog Post Money, Blockchains and Social Scalability: http://unenumerated.blogspot.co.nz/2017/02/money-blockchains-and-social-scalability.html https://etherreview.info/ https://status.im/ Read More
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    The Ether Review #57 — The First Compliant-by Design Blockchain Asset

    March 3rd, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: Charlie Shrem and Jason Granger explain the Mainstreet investment fund. A limited partnership which distributes it’s revenues to addresses associated with self verified token holders. A separate company, Intellisys, manages the fund. The intricate problem solving required to create a legal token on the Ethereum blockchain that is backed by traditional investments, is fascinating. Mainstreet started accepting funding on the 27th, so this episode is coming out a bit late. You can l... Read More
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    The Ether Review #56 - Serfs in the Attention Economy

    February 23rd, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: On today’s episode Kenny Rowe joins to discuss: Maker DAO Governance The decision making around forks DAOs in relation to stable value tokens The double token model of stable token platforms Community diversification as it relates to application development The serfdom of the attention economy Bitcoin on telephone poles Friction in fundraising rails The magic of technology Kenny Rowe has been a part of the Maker DAO team since shortly after its inception. Initially a co... Read More
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    The Ether Review #55 — DAOs with Wings

    February 10th, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: Stas Oskin, Wings founder, explains how DAOs can be packaged for use by startups outside the blockchain space. Learning from others mistakes, the team at Wings are building a platform with the ability to vet, fund and launch DAOs based on input from its community. The idea of decentralized due diligence is powerful and if the mechanisms perform as expected, we may see a more refined crop or projects emerging as a result. Especially interesting is Wings’ aspiration to use the ambi... Read More
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    The Ether Review #54 — Demian Brenner of Open Zeppelin

    February 3rd, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: If there is one thing we learned in 2016 it’s that building a secure, stable, decentralized application is difficult. One of the responses to the problem has been the Open Zeppelin smart contract framework. Open Zeppelin is really a community of developers 300 strong. Collectively they have built the framework over time in a similar fashion to Truffle or Dapple. In addition to maintaining the Open Zeppelin framework, the community audits smart contract deployments like the Golem, ... Read More
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    The Ether Review #53 — Dan Boneh, Master Cryptographer

    January 14th, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: From better signature schemes for blockchains, to quantum preparedness, to novel cryptography like zero knowledge proofs and threshold signatures, Dan Boneh takes us on a tour of cryptography in our age. Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, Dan Boneh, has been working in the field of cryptography for over 25 years. During which time he has co-developed a signature scheme known as BLS Signatures. This was an opportunity to have some real questions answered, or more a... Read More
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    The Ether Review #52 — Arcade City is Back on the Road

    January 7th, 2017 by Legendface66
    In Brief: In spite of the tumultuous public life of it’s founder, the sharing economy project is evolving and moving forward rapidly. We’ve just seen the end of a successful token launch and an all star advisory board informing new leadership fronting a strong dev team. Arcade City is back on the road. Three members of the post-Chris David team: Bernd Lapp, Michael Thuy, and Stephan Ponnet discuss the status and future roadmap of Arcade City. What was once thought of only as a ride sharin... Read More
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    The Ether Review #51 — Hack Ether Camp: There Can be Only One

    December 20th, 2016 by Legendface66
    In Brief: Round 2 of the biggest hackathon in blockchain is nearing it's apex. On the 22nd of December a winner will be announced. Today the man behind the hack.ether.camp virtual accelerator, Roman Mandeleil looks back over the last two months of competition and explains how the platform operates. Then we hear from some of the leading contestants: Once artchain has been established, the art market can be securitized, which has heretofore been an impossibility. This is the Blockchain Revoluti... Read More
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    The Ether Review #50 — Tezos, Forkless Protocol Upgrades

    December 12th, 2016 by Legendface66
    In Brief: Tezos is a blockchain based smart contract platform that incorporates protocol level governance, modular design, and a functional scripting language. Pretty much the shopping list of features the Ethereum community is looking for. Yes, Yes, I know this is supposed to be a show about Ethereum, but examining emerging platforms is the best way to understand what the people with the deepest understanding would like to see changed in the protocol. Tezos is modular, designed to enable dr... Read More
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    The Ether Review #49 - Digital Markets and Steemfest

    December 1st, 2016 by Legendface66
    In today's episode we compare two books by William Mougayar: Opening Digital Markets (1997), and The Business Blockchain(2016). We also discuss the Steemfest conference which took place in Amsterdam last month. William Mougayar is an entrepreneur, venture advisor and angel investor, who previously held senior positions at Hewlett-Packard and Cognizant. He is the founder of Startup Management (http://startupmanagement.org/) where he blogs and curates on start-ups and the cryptocurrency economy... Read More
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    The Ether Review <5:00 - Polkadot & Melonport

    November 25th, 2016 by Legendface66
    In Brief: Melon is a protocol and asset management software suite for setting up and managing portfolios containing cryptocurrencies. It achieves this through the use of the Polkadot blockchain network. Raison D’etre Polkadot, designed by Gavin Wood, is like an internet of blockchains. It is the communication protocol that Melon needed to manage digital assets across multiple blockchains. Right now there is no safe way to give the ability to secure and manage digital assets to another e... Read More
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    The Ether Review #48 - Tracking A Hacker

    November 20th, 2016 by Legendface66
    In Brief: The DAO hacker and Geth attacker have left a trail of evidence that can provide high quality identifying information about their persons. Bok Khoo is an actuary in the finance industry and software enthusiast. Recently Bok has turned his interest toward blockchain forensics. In particular tracing malicious actors on the Ethereum network. www.bokconsulting.com.au/blog/100-tri…in-shanghai/ www.bokconsulting.com.au/blog/the-ong…eum-attacks/ www.reddit.com/r/ethereum/commen…w... Read More
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    The Ether Review #47 — Epic Infrastructure in China

    November 15th, 2016 by Legendface66
    In Brief: Chinese multinational, Wanxiang Group, has purchased over 700 hectares of land on which to build a smart city where it plans to experiment with blockchain based organizational systems. Wanxiang Group is a Chinese multinational focused primarily on automotive parts manufacturing. Recently Wanxiang has been moving into finance and agriculture. Now, with the establishment of the Wanxiang Blockchain Labs research organization and Fenbushi Capital investment fund, Wanxiang is making big... Read More

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