The Blockchain New Zealand Podcast

The BCNZ Pod 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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E12 - Year in Review 2022

Monday Dec 12, 2022

Monday Dec 12, 2022

Our Year in Review 2022 show brings together Bryan Ventura, Stephen Macaskill, and Paul Quickenden for a panel discussion of the years key events.
We starts with the SBF FTX debacle that is still unwinding, then we discuss the fallout from all the links that led to FTXs collapse. 2022 has been a record year for hacks as well, mostly bridging hacks, and we discuss security and the perception of crypto to the broader community. We finish with our picks for winners & losers in 2022, and trends for 2023.Timestamps:00:00 intro01:48 FTX collapse06:00 FTX reactions17:14 CeFi dominoes fall back to UST/Luna24:24 record bridge hacks33:00 losers of 202239:36 winners of 202244:44 trends for 202355:47 finPanel Guests (Podcast):Bryan Ventura https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/e/e07-tornado-cash-and-the-merge-bryan-and-jeff-roundtable-1/ Stephen Macaskill https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/e/e06-stephen-macaskill-on-economics-money-and-bitcoin/ Paul Quickenden https://podcast.blockchain.org.nz/e/e02-paul-quickenden-on-navigating-crypto-markets-growing-a-business/ Panel Guests (YouTube):Bryan Ventura https://youtu.be/Oain31005Go Stephen Macaskill https://youtu.be/luJSgA9vkIc Paul Quickenden https://youtu.be/boAGDM-urWY Some notes from the show:Sam Bankman-fried interview (by George Stephanopolous on GMA) https://twitter.com/GMA/status/1598296985010073600 List of hacks in 2022 https://chainbulletin.com/the-7-biggest-crypto-hacks-of-2022-so-far Alexey Pertsev of Tornado Cash https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tornado-cash-developer-alexey-pertsev-123423038.html 
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Recorded at blockheight 766048. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Monday Dec 05, 2022

James Bayly is the COO of SubQuery and onfinality which are basically data service providers focussing on non-EVM chains such as Polkadot and Cosmos. In this conversation we talk about indexing blockchain data and making it available for users and apps to query in a manner that’s cost efficient, quick, and reliable. We also touch on the modern evolution of blockchains, the blockchain trilemma, and creating a Web3 data marketplace.
Timestamps:00:00 intro01:45 indexing blockchain data11:24 opensourcing code14:13 FTX debacle & boom bust cycles20:37 SubQuery decentralising data25:00 tokenised incentives28:22 reliability & uptime29:47 onfinality infrastructure31:30 building in New Zealand35:24 Polkadot as a 3rd gen blockchain44:30 blockchain trilemma48:22 industry groups & legislation52:23 rapid fire55:59 fin
Some notes from the show:
SubQuery 
onfinality 
Etherscan 
Consensys/MetaMask/Infura 
Coinbase holds 2m bitcoin 
FTX leaked balance sheet 
Kimchi premium  
Mt. Gox 
Centrality 
blockchain trilemma with sharding 
bridge hacks in 2022 
Contact James:
Twitter https://twitter.com/JamesABayly 
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-bayly/ 
Find Jeff:
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Recorded at blockheight 765227. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Wednesday Nov 16, 2022

Ben Rose is the GM of Binance New Zealand. He has a long history of sales, marketing, and growth with New Zealand businesses from start ups to banks like ASB and NIB. 
Last month Binance launched here in the New Zealand market and Ben is tasked with growing the crypto market and *maybe* bringing back our futures trading once Binance is properly licenced. 
In this conversation we touch on marketing, regulation, education and some self sovereign topics like custody and  ownership. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Ben Rose.Timestamps:00:00 intro01:46 sales and marketing09:10 the NZ customer12:53 Binance in NZ15:10 licensing in NZ20:00 customer protection23:40 education in crypto26:00 but crypto isn't backed29:54 self custody35:02 near term outlook 36:24 on podcasting38:09 rapid fire 40:46 finSome notes from the show:
Tesla's no spend marketing 
Binance registers in NZ 
1-in-10 Kiwi's hold crypto 
NTSB retrospective  
SAFU 
Robett Hollis busting myths 
Federal Reserve Building (NYC) 
Is there any gold in Fort Knox (Kentucky)?
Blackrock's long journey toward crypto adoption 
Koura's crypto Kiwisaver fund 
NZ Sales & Marketing Insider podcast 
Contact Ben:
LinkedIn 
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LinkedIn 
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The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
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Recorded at blockheight 762353. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.

Wednesday Oct 12, 2022

Marc Krisjanous is a cyber security turned crypto auditor that been working with the C4 cryptocurrency consortium to develop the new cryptocurrency auditor certification course (CCSSA). Marc is presently undertaking the first ever audit of a business using the standard to asses their crypto security practices. In this conversation we talk about where the standards fit into a business, what they consist of, and touch on best practices both for businesses and for people getting into crypto. 
Acronyms(!)
QSA - Qualified Security Assessor
PCI - Payment Card Industry 
DSS - Data Security standard
HSM - Hardware Security Module
CCSS - Cryptocurrency Security standard
CCSSA - CCSS Auditor
C4 - Cryptocurrency Certification Consortium
SOC2 - System and Organization Controls standard
ISO27001 - Information Security Management standard
Timestamps:01:44 background in credit card security10:22 crypto security standard14:09 attack vectors17:04 profanity vanity generator20:59 CCSS levels25:35 the audit boundary28:34 social engineering30:29 practical takeaways for businesses35:00 multi-party compute37:33 security advice for newcomers40:10 wen audit? 45:39 rapid fire48:20 proof of reserves52:28 fin
Some notes from the show:
Marc's writing 
C4 
CCSS  
https://rekt.news/
Profanity hack 
emp data storage 
Quadriga podcast: A Death in Cryptoland 
MPC
Sandbox
Decentraland
Celsius Machinsky withdraws 10m in customer funds 
proof of reserves
Contact Marc:
LinkedIn 
Find Jeff:
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LinkedIn 
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Sponsor:
The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
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team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 757090. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.
 

Wednesday Sep 28, 2022

Paul Stonham is the General manager of the DLT division at the Australian Stock Exchange. For the last few years the ASX has been developing an enterprise DLT that uses VMware's blockchain and runs the DAML smart contract language. In this conversation we talk traditional finance getting into distributed leger tech and some of the use cases. Paul is a technologist always looking to improve efficiency; and we get into tokenisation of assets and the utility of NFTs. 
Timestamps:01:42 background in traditional markets05:00 DLT as a service09:42 is it a blockchain?11:00 simplifying the path to adoption13:46 enterprise client's use cases23:33 competitors - hyperledger etc.25:37 on trust in tokenisation of digital assets28:46 real estate & tokenised land31:27 web3, NFTs, & a metaverse37:12 DLT fit at ASX39:14 blockchain New Zealand41:53 rapidfire44:37 fin
Some notes from the show:
CHESS replacement with DLT 
VMware blockchain 
daml 
BFT distributed systems 
PBFT based on The Part-time Parliament paper 
Barclays, JPMorgan use haskell 
KPMG & NSW Building Trustworthy Indicator
Hyperleger 
Corda 
Speed & Trust 
Culture’s new home on the blockchain 
Australian Open NFTs 
Contact Paul:
LinkedIn
ASX
Find Jeff:
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LinkedIn 
The BCNZ Pod:
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Sponsor:
The Blockchain New Zealand podcast is brought to you by EasyCrypto
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team@blockchain.org.nz 
Recorded at blockheight 754135. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.
 

Thursday Sep 08, 2022

Bryan Ventura is here for our first roundtable; Bryan is a lawyer specializing in blockchain and Web3. Today we're covering two main topics:
Tornado cash - what is it and why was it sanctioned - and the downstream effects of platform level censorship along with freedom of expression and how open source code fits in.
Then we dive into Eth2.0 (I still call it that) - The Merge - we talk about some of the history of proof of work transitioning to proof of stake ethereum and what people are expecting afterwards.
We wrap up with a shoutout to Roger Ver and Zuckerberg's metaverse.
Timestamps:00:00 intro00:57 Tornado cash intro06:27 OFAC & US regulatory influence09:27 Circle censoring USDC tx13:30 Multiple identities & dusting accounts17:08 freedom of speech 23:51 Dutch jailed the founder25:57 contributing to open source27:18 FATF virtual asset guidance32:56 is code speech38:26 Eth2.0, the merge & the history of PoW45:46 merge performance & fees51:20 validators55:37 deflationary distribution of ETH59:15 Roger Ver1:01:11 metaverse1:13:20 fin
Some notes from the show:
What is Tornado Cash 
Sanctions 
Roman Semenov 
Chainalysis report & Lazarus North Korean hacking group 
Bernstein v. Department of Justice 
Developer jailed for 90 days 
Stable Diffusion 
Dall-e 
pgp privacy 
Github's co-pilot 
Ethereum difficulty bomb 
Otherside land mint fees 
Ethereum nodes 
Futureverse 
Horizon Worlds 
paper cheques 
Zuckerberg on Lex 
Contact Bryan:
LinkedIn
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Find Jeff:
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Recorded at blockheight 752817. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.
 

Tuesday Aug 02, 2022

Stephen Macaskill is the CEO of Dasset, a trading platform for buying bitcoin and other digital assets. Before digital assets Stephen ran a precious metals company helping people maximize their savings and financial literacy.
In this conversation we talk about:
precious metals and gold's role in recent monetary history including Bitcoin;
the definition of money and Austrian and Keynesian methodologies within economics;
bitcoin and its intrinsic versus subjective value;
spontaneous orders, and
human cooperation through decentralized autonomous organizations.
Timestamps: 00:00 intro01:23 precious metals and gold's role in monetary history07:04 WTF happened in 197113:27 what is money19:46 Austrian vs Keynesian27:35 social data vs natural science32:59 Bitcoin39:30 intrinsic vs subjective value of Bitcoin43:32 on enabling global collaboration45:52 scaling blockchains49:13 defining digital assets51:53 potential of DAOs59:07 insurance1:01:23 rapid fire1:04:02 fin
Some notes from the show:
what happened in 1971? https://wtfhappenedin1971.com/
Turkish rare earths discovery https://www.wired.com/story/turkey-rare-earth-metals/
French try to redeem gold https://www.huffpost.com/entry/august-15-1971_b_4284327
Austrian methodology https://mises.org/library/methodology-austrian-school-economists-0
Keynes & rise of macroeconomics https://www.investopedia.com/terms/k/keynesianeconomics.asp
tomayo https://www.newworld.co.nz/shop/product/5267101_ea_000nw
Bitcoin whitepaper https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
spontaneous order https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontaneous_order
coinmarketcap https://coinmarketcap.com/
Vitalik's essay on DAOs https://bitcoinmagazine.com/technical/bootstrapping-a-decentralized-autonomous-corporation-part-i-1379644274
Whitehouse redefines recession https://twitter.com/EpsilonTheory/status/1551349167674499073?s=20&t=i4KWmNn8oWiVhCt7MdvMVg
Contact Stephen:
Dasset https://dassetx.com/ 
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenm/  
Find Jeff:
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Recorded at blockheight 746718. The BCNZ podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.
 

Friday Jul 15, 2022

Tak Suzuki is the co-founder of Senkusha, a funding platform looking to support and grow emerging artists, musicians, and athletes through NFT sales. Tak is soon to be a physiology graduate from the University of Auckland, he loves experimenting with new tech, and has an impressive CV at a young age.
In this conversation we talk about: 
Music labels and the motivation for a crowd funding platform
NFTs, mp3s, transparency, and minting on Ethereum
The upcoming launch with musician Ash Supé
Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
01:06 When did you first hear about crypto?
05:36 Senkusha
08:19 Not a music label
11:04 Finding talent and upside for artists
13:06 Business model & royalties 
17:06 Why NFTs & mp3s?  
19:40 Minting on ethereum
24:14 Transparency & DAOs
28:02 Ash Supé
30:32 the Senkusha 500
34:50 BCNZ
36:47 rapidfire
39:42 fin
Some notes from the show:
Banksy NFT 
Mike Shinoda's music NFTs 
At least 2600 fake tickets to the Champions League Final 
IPFS for storing NFTs 
Contact Tak:
LinkedIn 
Senkusha 
Find Jeff:
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LinkedIn 
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Music: Liféstyle Freéstyle by Ash Supé
Spotify
Instagram
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Recorded at blockheight 743902. The BCNZ Podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.
 

Thursday Jul 07, 2022

Jit Maharaj is a former commercial pilot turned crypto co-founder of Pay it Now, a payments network that uses a custom layer 2 built on the Binance smart chain (now BNB) that makes it easy for merchants and businesses to accept cryptocurrency payments. Jit is also a long time web developer, an Ethereum miner, and a Solana critic. 
In this conversation we talk about: 
Payments networks and providers,
Building on the Binance smart chain
Customer rewards programs and creating a token
Regulation in the crypto space in New Zealand
$20k bitcoin, and being a pilot.
Timestamps:
00:00 intro
01:18 what is PayItNow?
03:25 fixing gas fees
09:56 what's a layer 2?
13:33 how does a merchant onboard?
18:00 on bridging tokens
19:53 why token? (&safemoon)
25:18 competition with bitpay/stripe/shopify/solana
30:33 regulation in NZ crypto
35:28 $20k bitcoin? and market activity
40:05 cofounder story flying 737s
44:45 BCNZ in the industry
45:36 rapid fire
49:31 fin
Some notes from the show:
Pay it Now
BNB Smart Chain  
Matic & Polygon  
Solend debacle 
Harmony bridge hack 
Indian crypto regulation  
USDD lost its peg similar to UST
the last bitcoin 
Hal Finney (the GOAT) 
Contact Jit:
Pay it Now
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Recorded at blockheight 742914. The BCNZ Podcast was founded in 2022 by Jeff Nijsse and Bryan Ventura.
 

Monday Jun 20, 2022

Liz Izmailova is a Ukrainian New Zealander that has been working in blockchain for the past five years, she is a marketing manager at CENNZnet which is part of the Centrality ecosystem.
In this conversation we talk about: 
Financial Inclusion and the monetary situation in Ukraine, both before the war and presently.
Ukraine has been ranked 4th in global per capita crypto adoption by Chainalysis and are likely the first to have a government directly accept crypto donations and provide transparency on where those donations are going.
We cover a lot in the crypto-donation space in general, and some local New Zealand based projects.
Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
01:06 Ukrainian background, financial independence and entrepreneurship at an early age, coming to New Zealand
05:20 Financial privilege in the West
10:45 Crypto donations and the currency situation in Ukraine
16:07 New crypto legislation in Ukraine
20:04 War donation transparency
24:02 FlufWorld F*ck the War campaign & Universe.xyz
29:29 How are NFTs helping?
33:40 Crypto & NFTs for gen-Z'ers
36:35 Crypto friendly New Zealand charities
40:15 How can BCNZ help with education?
42:25 Rapid fire
44:37 fin 
Some notes from the show:
Letter criticizing financial innovation https://concerned.tech/
Rebuttal for financial inclusion https://www.financialinclusion.tech/
Ukrainian Government crypto donation https://donate.thedigital.gov.ua/
Ukrainian Government Bitcoin address visible in a block explorer: https://www.blockchain.com/btc/address/357a3So9CbsNfBBgFYACGvxxS6tMaDoa1P
National Bank of Ukraine partners with FTX https://www.coindesk.com/policy/2022/03/14/ukraine-partners-with-ftx-everstake-to-launch-new-crypto-donation-website/
USD $100m raised so far https://www.coindesk.com/business/2022/03/09/ukraine-has-received-close-to-100-million-in-crypto-donations/
Ukraine legalises Bitcoin https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/03/17/ukraine-war-zelenskyy-signs-a-new-law-officially-legalising-bitcoin-and-other-cryptos 
$411k raised and donated to Ukraine by Auckland based FLUF & NonFungible Labs: https://luckytrader.com/nft/fluf-world/news/fluf-world-finalizes-400000-donation-to-ukraine
Michael Chobanian, president of the Blockchain Association of Ukraine https://www.theverge.com/23138465/decoder-ukraine-war-cryptocurrency-michael-chobanian-interview-bitcoin-usdt
Charitable Donations with cryptocurrency
UNICEF https://www.unicef.org.nz/donate-in-crypto
Childfund https://childfund.org.nz/pages/donate-your-cryptocurrency-to-childfund
Savethechildren https://www.savethechildren.org/us/ways-to-help/ways-to-give/ways-to-help/cryptocurrency-donation
Heart Kids via the Giving Block https://thegivingblock.com/donate/heart-kids-nz/
Ukrainian NFT projects
https://metahistory.gallery/
https://www.avatarsforukraine.com/
Ukraine DAO’s Flag NFT Sells for $6.75 Million https://decrypt.co/94353/ukraine-daos-flag-nft-sells-for-6-75-million
Fidelity Charitable Study Insights https://www.fidelitycharitable.org/insights.html
NFT marketplace https://lithoverse.xyz/
FLUF World https://www.fluf.world/
ASM/Non-Fungible Intelligence https://www.alteredstatemachine.xyz/
BCNZ https://blockchain.org.nz/  
 
Contact Liz:
LinkedIn
Cennznet
Find Jeff:
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LinkedIn 
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Recorded at blockheight 740812. 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.

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