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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Episodes

3 days ago

Brooke Howard-Smith is the founder of Otterfish that is at the heart of the creator economy and influencer marketing. He's also a cofounder of Non-Fungible Labs which is now a part of Futureverse. Brooke and I broadly cover what's happening with AI and how its affecting everything digital and where Web3 fits in. We jump right in Brooke is talking about everyone leveraging what they love, being commercial and non commercial at the same time in the creator economy.
Timestamps:
00:00 intro 00:56 monetizing & creator economy05:15 web312:26 spotify, superapps, & AI18:15 instagram & influence marketing23:08 client AI tools in the creator economy 28:40 personal AI use 38:46 non fungible labs41:55 fluf launch & futureverse46:22 gemini's mis-launch51:58 rapidfire1:02:31 fin
Some notes from the show:
Gino the Ghost on music https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb2NG6NWyhjisymBWg8aSXQ 
Kurzweil's singularity https://www.singularity.com/ 
Otterfish https://otterfish.com/ 
Brian Armstrong AI use https://twitter.com/brian_armstrong/status/1779946210226577913 
Futureverse https://www.futureverse.com/ 
unstoppable art machine https://www.instagram.com/unstoppableartmachine/?hl=en 
fluf launch https://nfts.wtf/what-the-fluf-3d-bunnies-break-the-blockchain/ 
Gemini's mis-launch https://www.wired.com/story/google-gemini-woke-ai-image-generation/ 
Asian shopping https://youtu.be/p3RhRB3YJks?si=M-y5cZab34sQ3Q5G 
Ready Player One announcement https://variety.com/2024/digital/news/ready-player-one-metaverse-warner-bros-discovery-1235862190/ 
Golden https://heresgolden.com/ 
Contact Brooke:
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Recorded at blockheight 839555. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

Leo Clark is a documentary filmmaker that is presently working with the Nouns DAO community. His latest film, NON-FUNGIBLE AOTEAROA, is debuting at the American Documentary and Animation Film Festival in Palm Springs with the tagline: See how NFTs and Nouns DAO are transforming people’s lives in New Zealand.
In this conversation Leo and I talk about the Nouns project and what the community is doing with NFTs and funding artists, we get into Farcaster and decentralised social media and touch on CC-zero (CC0) licensing and how it aligns with web3.
Timestamps:
00:00 intro & doco12:13 NFT art14:46 Nouns20:58 community funding26:06 Farcaster31:46 Warpcast35:50 incentives39:59 mint everything42:41 nouns cafe46:42 CC0 no copyright50:43 rapid-fire52:13 fin
Some notes from the show:
The Doco 
The Festival
Nouns 
Prophouse 
Nouns names a new species of frog 
Farcaster 
Warpcast 
Frames 
CC0 No Copyright
Contact Leo:
X/Twitter
Warpcast
Find Jeff:
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Recorded at blockheight 834418. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

Sam Kamani has lots of experience in tech, from being a founder to a VC, an advisor, and an author. We talk about 3 important aspects to entrepreneurship: talent, ability to raise capital, and access to market. In the back third we get into trends in Web 3 including decentralised physical infrastructure (DePIn) and ETFs.
Timestamps:
00:00 intro01:12 realestate/density/Dubai 05:22 web3 in Dubai09:29 capital & market access15:57 New Zealand's rating17:18 Sam's background22:47 Kiwi access to capital27:28 no-code tools31:52 the 30 day startup 37:22 post covid 37:40 trends in web3 - stablecoins46:52 DePIn50:13 ETFs56:45 rapid fire1:00:20 fin
Some notes from the show:
Norway's Oil Fund 
autowhale 
Cookbook.dev 
Remix IDE 
The 30 Day Startup 
PayPal stablecoin 
Chris Rothfuss in Wyoming 
Contact Sam:
X/Twitter
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Find Jeff:
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The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
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Recorded at blockheight 832462. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

E23 - Will Remor on Stablecoins

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

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:
tZero
ETHLend history
Paul Salisbury from Everlasting
Janine Grainger from EasyCrypto
Stables by marketcap 
Circle winds down consortium 
USDC SVB depeg 
TrueUSD arbitrage 
Contact Will:
LinkedIn
Find Jeff:
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LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
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team@blockchain.org.nz 
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:
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Find Jeff:
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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:
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The BCNZ Pod:
Website https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/
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Media & Sponsorship Enquires:
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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/
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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:
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LinkedIn: 
Find Jeff:
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The BCNZ Pod:
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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 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/
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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 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/
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Spotify 
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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 796070. 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.

Contact & Media Enquiries

team@blockchain.org.nz 

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