The Blockchain New Zealand Podcast

The BCNZ Pod is hosted by Jeff Nijsse and keeps you up to date on the blockchain and cryptocurrency community in and around New Zealand. For more details about the Blockchain New Zealand Organization head to https://blockchain.org.nz

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4 days ago

Will Remor is a former quantitative risk analysist from traditional banking that got into stablecoins via the maker DAI project. He's consulted on a number of finance, stablecoin, and defi protocols, including New Zealand's newest stablecoin the NZDD, and has been involved with asset tokenization (or RWAs) from the early days. In this conversation Will takes us through some of the key differences between USDC, Tether, and DAI. We talk about some of the prominent depegging events affecting USDC when Silicon Valley Bank collapsed and who remembers 20% yield in Anchor and the Terra-Luna death spiral.
Timestamps:
00:00 intro01:15 background in finance03:19 open banking06:00 2017-era crypto  11:49 what's a stablecoin?16:55 circle19:07 tether 21:50 DAI & maker27:30 NZDD35:36 mechanics39:49 stay pegged44:11 USDC depegs53:23 UST Terra/Luna58:46 tokenizing real world assets1:14:10 opening markets1:17:20 rapid fire1:26:20 finSome notes from the show:
 
Contact Will:
LinkedIn
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Recorded at blockheight 828304. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

Aditya Das is a crypto analyst and writer with a background in applied economics working with Brave New Coin and the Techemy Group analysing macro trends in the crypto and wider markets. In this conversation Aditya and I cover the Bitcoin ETF and it acting as a gateway for an Ethereum ETF, broader Ethereum scaling solutions such as proto danksharding and layer 2 mechanisms. We touch on the halving, US elections, and the tokenisation of real world assets including stablecoins.
----------------Timestamps:
00:00 intro01:07 background & Silk Road06:40 applied economics09:03 Bitcoin ETF16:16 GBTC outflows19:41 Ethereum ETF24:31 scaling Ethereum33:33 halving40:37 US election44:20 new projects 47:41 stabull.finance51:51 tokenised realworld assets56:00 rapidfire59:03 fin----------------Some notes from the show:
Brave New Coin https://bravenewcoin.com/
American Kingpin by Nick Bolton https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31920777-american-kingpin
Ross Ulbricht https://freeross.org/
Aaron Schwartz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz
Bitcoin ETF tracker https://www.tradingview.com/markets/etfs/funds-bitcoin/
Grayscale GBTC https://decrypt.co/resources/gbtc-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-grayscale-bitcoin-trust
XRP not a security https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-judge-says-sec-lawsuit-vs-ripple-labs-can-proceed-trial-some-claims-2023-07-13/
ETH ETF tracker https://blockworks.co/ethereum-etf
BTC-ETH correlation https://www.blockchaincenter.net/en/crypto-correlation-tool/
Danksharding https://cointelegraph.com/explained/danksharding-and-proto-danksharding-explained
halving countdown https://www.nicehash.com/countdown/btc-halving-2024-05-10-12-00
Powell on 60 Minutes https://www.cbsnews.com/news/full-transcript-fed-chair-jerome-powell-60-minutes-interview-economy/
Ramblocks https://www.ramblocks.com/
Stabull Stablecoin AMM https://stabull.finance/
Contact Aditya:
X/Twitter 
LinkedIn 
Find Jeff:
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LinkedIn 
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Recorded at blockheight 829267. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Thursday Feb 08, 2024

Darcy Ungaro is the host of the Everyday Investor podcast, and he advises clients in a range of financial matters from mortgages all the way to Bitcoin. In this conversation Darcy and I broadly cover financial advice in the age of digital assets such as the Bitcoin ETF and strategies to modernize that dusty portfolio. 
----------------Timestamps:
00:00 intro01:00 finite supply & property07:37 trad-fi advice13:08 responsibility for other's money15:38 not financial advice20:26 60/40 portfolio 27:00 update your models30:00 zombie apocalypse 32:15 bitcoin curious35:46 crypto portfolio43:18 bitcoin ETF50:52 diversification  54:32 property 59:29 rapid fire1:05:50 fin----------------Some notes from the show:
Bitcoin ETF news
BITO
Fred Kruger
record NZ immigration
Peter Schiff on The Everyday Investor
Contact Darcy:
X/Twitter
LinkedIn
Find Jeff:
X/Twitter
LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
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Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 828315. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Wednesday Nov 22, 2023

Janine Grainger is the cofounder and CEO of Easy Crypto which is coming up on their 6th anniversary and very well known in New Zealand. In this conversation we talk about growing a crypto company, competition in the New Zealand market, building a wallet and some of the security issues that come with it, and deploying an NZ dollar stablecoin on the main chains. 
----------------Timestamps:
00:00 intro01:17 hi-tech awards  05:35 WTF is crypto documentary08:20 long term goals 11:46 competition in the NZ market15:00 exchange vs swaps  18:43 building a wallet22:50 seed phrases & security30:07 NZDD stablecoin42:00 rapidfire45:25 fin----------------Some notes from the show:
NZ Hi-Tech awards 
WTF is Crypto 
MPC for crypto wallets 
account abstraction 
social recovery 
DFX exploit (affected NZDS) 
AUDD 
Contact Janine:
LinkedIn
Find Jeff:
X/Twitter
LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
YouTube 
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Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 817074. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Monday Sep 25, 2023

Simon Collins is the founder of Stackr.co.nz, a Bitcoin mining company that uses sustainable and renewable energy sources. Simon is also the lead on the fundraising campaign to Orange Pill New Zealand parliament, and that is what we're talking about today. As we lead up to an election here in New Zealand we're listening to a lot of promises from the parties, many of them economic, but none of them are talking of potential alternative financial paths. The plan is simple: raise money to buy copies of The Bitcoin Standard to send to all 120 MPs in New Zealand's next, 54th parliament.
----------------Timestamps:
02:06 orange pilling09:44 Plato's cave15:45 sound money as a threat to Bitcoin  19:23 convincing politicians 23:00 remittances30:50 breaking the spending addiction38:02 Sov & MoE40:04 inflation/deflation58:28 The Bitcoin Standard 56:00 rapidfire58:31 fin----------------Some notes from the show:
NZ Parliament Fundraiser 
The Bitcoin Standard 
Plato's cave 
Cantillon effect 
Why the Yuppie Elite Dismiss Bitcoin  
Javier Milei to Abolish Argentinian Central Bank 
The Price of Tomorrow 
A Progressive's Case For Bitcoin 
Simon on The Everday Investor 
Contact Simon:
X/Twitter: 
LinkedIn: 
Find Jeff:
X/Twitter
LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
YouTube 
Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Spotify 
iHeartRadio 
Sponsor:
The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 807695. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Friday Aug 18, 2023

Joerg Buss is the Cofounder of Timpi, a decentralised search engine. Joerg is a long time cyber security professional that is now playing in the blockchain space. In this conversation we talk about taking on google by incentivising others to index the web, returning unbiased information, as well as some of the ethical issues around AI and ads in search.
----------------Timestamps:
01:40 darkscope05:35 cybersecurity 10:33 decentralised search 13:12 indexing20:25 results speed24:28 bias 31:52 access to information33:31 ethical ads35:50 tokens37:27 building on cosmos38:38 AI ethics 43:52 rapidfire45:11 fin----------------Some notes from the show:
Darkscope https://www.darkscope.com/
DHB ransomware attack https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waikato_District_Health_Board_ransomware_attack 
Timpi https://timpi.io/
DuckDuckGo results https://duckduckgo.com/duckduckgo-help-pages/results/sources/
Cosmos IBC https://cosmos.network/ibc/
Neutaro https://neutaro.com/
Contact Joerg:
Web https://timpi.io/
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/beawarenz/
Find Jeff:
Twitter
LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
YouTube 
Apple Podcasts
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Spotify 
iHeartRadio 
Sponsor:
The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 801258. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Friday Jul 07, 2023

David Ding is a futurist, founder, and tech advisor, and I haven't yet decided if he's a bit mad, or a bit genius. I think its likely he's a bit of both. By day David is an innovation advisor at Callaghan Innovation, he's deep in the start up and founder mindset, and loves the potential that immutable distributed systems have for reformation.
In this conversation we get into the idea of trinity systems - infinity + binary; over-unity thinking, self sovereignty, authority deferral, and what's on the horizon beyond blockchain.
----------------Timestamps:
01:23 - ternary thinking 10:12 - data sovereignty & OpenAI 15:36 - deferred authority 22:21 - AI applications 30:40 - tech advisement 36:35 - product market fit 40:34 - beyond blockchain 45:57 - singularity 48:08 - 11.5625% surplus 54:43 - rapid fire 57:56 - fin----------------Some notes from the show:
Callaghan Innovation https://www.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz/
Kirsten Patterson re:DAOs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x4l2HngITA&t=1945s 
OpenAI data lawsuit https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/06/28/openai-chatgpt-lawsuit-class-action/  
Contact David:
Web https://davidding.xyz/
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/daviddingnz/
Find Jeff:
Twitter
LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
YouTube 
Apple Podcasts
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Spotify 
iHeartRadio 
Sponsor:
The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 796070. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Thursday Jun 22, 2023

Mike Bacina is a former software engineer turned lawyer that chairs the blockchain Australia organization. In this conversation we talk about de-banking and the regulatory environment in crypto. We touch on CBDCs, Blackrock, and Coinbase. Mike tells us what a blockchain lawyer does, And he plugs some of the speakers and events lined up for next week's Blockchain Week such as Caitlin Long. You can find the lineup at blockchainweek.com.au 
----------------Timestamps:01:35 debanking in crypto05:55 operation chokepoint09:05 bank digital currencies18:16 technical complexity and UX22:42 AML & CFT costs32:14 blackrock ETF38:00 coinbase42:02 blockchain week Australia44:55 what does a blockchain lawyer do?51:25 rapid fire54:05 fin----------------Some notes from the show:
French influencer crackdown (bits of blocks) https://www.bitsofblocks.io/post/oui-s-il-te-pla%C3%AEt-france-tackling-scams-at-the-on-ramp-with-new-influencer-laws
ChokePoint 2.0 (Cooper & Kirk) https://www.cooperkirk.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Operation-Choke-Point-2.0.pdf
Sports Illustrated NFT tickets https://decrypt.co/138532/sports-illustrated-box-office-nft-tickets
RFK's speech at Bitcoin 2023 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz7FPl065II
tornado cash https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oain31005Go&t=106s 
Blackrock Bitcoin ETF https://www.reuters.com/business/finance/blackrock-close-filing-bitcoin-etf-coindesk-2023-06-15/
Grayscale Bticoin trust https://grayscale.com/products/grayscale-bitcoin-trust/
Coinbase SEC case https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2023-102
Binance SEC case https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2023-101
MiCA in Europe https://www.coindesk.com/policy/2023/04/20/eu-parliament-approves-crypto-licensing-funds-transfer-rules/
Blockchain Week Australia https://www.blockchainweek.com.au/
Custodia bank https://custodiabank.com/roughstock/
Fed master account holders list https://twitter.com/CaitlinLong_/status/1669788541470244865
Contact Mike:
Twitter https://twitter.com/MikeBacina
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikebacina/
Find Jeff:
Twitter
LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
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Sponsor:
The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 794976. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Saturday Jun 17, 2023

Kirsten 'KP' Patterson is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors (IoD) New Zealand that has over 10,500 members.
In this conversation we talk about all things governance, corporate and not for profit, climate, some trends in the tech industry including AI and DAOs, and a favourite topic of mine - responsibility - where is the parental supervision? ----------------Timestamps:01:31 IoD; for-profits & NFP08:00 climate 14:35 why do we need boards?   18:00 tech trends at board-level24:03 AI thoughts29:22 copyright & data33:21 DAOs 40:06 who's responsible?44:14 FTX had no board50:54 an NZ rugby story52:46 rapid fire55:57 fin ----------------Some notes from the show:
Institue of Directors https://www.iod.org.nz/
Air New Zealand Hydrogen fuel cell powered aircraft https://archive.ph/3GXLz
Global Network of Director Institutes http://gndi.org/
chatGPT & data privacy https://theconversation.com/chatgpt-is-a-data-privacy-nightmare-if-youve-ever-posted-online-you-ought-to-be-concerned-199283 
National Party uses AI  in ads https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/24/new-zealand-national-party-admits-using-ai-generated-people-in-ads?ref=dl-staging-website.ghost.io
AI in the boardroom (VITAL) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4339413 
FTX's woes (Harvard Business Review) https://hbr.org/2022/12/ftx-and-the-problem-of-unchecked-founder-power
Elizabeth Holmes 11-year prison sentence https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/what-elizabeth-holmes-did-theranos-prison-b2348733.html 
Wellington Homeless Women's Trust https://www.whwt.org.nz/
Across the board podcast https://www.iod.org.nz/news/articles/across-the-board-podcast/# 
Contact KP:
Twitter https://twitter.com/iodnz
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/pattersonkirsten/
Find Jeff:
Twitter
LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
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Sponsor:
The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 794099. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Sunday Mar 26, 2023

Steve Vallas is the managing director of Blockchain APAC, previous CEO of Blockchain Australia, and an all around Linkedin Wizard.
Steve came to Auckland to meet with industry discussing aligning incentives and shared interests between Australia and New Zealand.
In this conversation we touch on the scam narrative within crypto, how it has affected the nft space, and crytpo marketing, and of course regulation and where we're at in Asia Pacific.----------------Timestamps:01:30 Southern Hemisphere Perspectives10:26 ICO hangover & NFTs20:35 supply chains24:40 nftFestAus29:39 crypto marketing bros34:41 regulation41:14 lessons from Singapore48:41 stablecoins52:57 blockchain orgs55:52 fin----------------Some notes from the show:
doodles pivot https://www.fastcompany.com/90783396/doodles-domination-how-a-1-year-old-nft-project-turned-into-the-next-big-thing
opensea https://opensea.io/
magiceden https://magiceden.io/
blur https://blur.io/
starkware https://starkware.co/
nftfest aus https://nftfest.com.au/
MiCA European Crypto Assets https://cointelegraph.com/news/eu-mica-crypto-regulation-is-a-balancing-act-paris-blockchain-week-2023 
BIS's Carstens says fiat has lost https://insidebitcoins.com/news/bis-head-crypto-has-lost-the-battle-against-fiat-currencies 
Singapore crypto ad restrictions https://archive.ph/FKD5Y
Singapore's Regulatory Sandbox https://www.mas.gov.sg/development/fintech/regulatory-sandbox 
Contact Steve:
Twitter https://twitter.com/stevevallas
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevevallas/
Find Jeff:
Twitter
LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
YouTube 
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Spotify 
iHeartRadio 
Sponsor:
The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 781595. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

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BCNZ

The Blockchain Association of New Zealand was established in 2016 as a membership based group to support and grow the blockchain and crypto community. It is part of the Tech Alliance ecosystem in New Zealand.

The Podcast

Founded by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura in 2022, the podcast is looking to highlight NZ based crypto & blockchain teams and people. This is an experiment in a crowded space, lets see what happens.

The Organisation

Blockchain technology is changing our understanding of transparency, authentication, trust, and contracts in the private and public sector. It is also accelerating the move towards a globalised society and many people believe it will fundamentally change how business and society operates. BlockchainNZ has undertaken to provide New Zealand organisations with opportunities for advancing knowledge around blockchain, connecting with the blockchain tech ecosystem and promoting awareness of its potential.

BlockchainNZ is an association of organisations and individuals that represent this rapidly emerging business sector and those engaged in the wider global Financial Services, IT, and public sector communities. BlockchainNZ members have come together to lead a programme of work, taking a key role in growing our country’s capability to maximise the opportunities enabled by blockchain technology and address any challenges.

Our Team

BlockchainNZ is governed by an Establishment Committee and a working group of comprising of member representatives passionate about helping to grow the ecosystem.

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