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Polychain Capital is one of the first large scale hedge funds which invests in a diversified portfolio of blockchain tokens. They invest in the blockchain project at a very early stage, long before the tokens areavailable for the crowd. They have a very long term strategy and support the companies they invest in to help them to get bigger. I interviewed Ryan Zurrer of PC about their full strategy and asked him to share his favorite token with us!

The guys of Classic Muscle Parts dig tons of classic car parts out of garages, identify them, clean them and then list them on Ebay.Over the years the guys have gathered thousands of classic car parts! It’s a giant world wide success and they are currently the biggest classic auto parts retailer on Ebay. People from Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands and practically everywhere seek out the services of Jay Fitzgerald and his boys to complete their cars. They have an incredible inventory. I interviewed Jay on how it became such a big success!

John Clippinger is Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group where he is conducting research on trust frameworks for protecting and sharing personal information. He sees crypto economics as a new way of how value is created. John thinks ICO’s (Initital Coin Offering: creating your own token/coin on the blockchain) and the digital coin economy will scale up and fully replace the current financial system, which failed.

The absolute best presentation at the CryptoFinancing Conference in London was by Ian Grigg of Hong Kong based Block.One about EOS.IO, a blockchain (like Ethereum) that can do 50.000 transactions per second. The technology they’re using might even make it possible to reach millions of transactions per second. It’s a governed chain with a constitution that mimics democracy and a new world with it’s own rules. Ian Giggs has been in digital currencies since digiCash in 1997 and I interviewed him about EOS.IO!

What’s the story behind EOS.IO? How did they get their fundings and how are they going to spend it? A million transactions per second, is that really possible?

 

In Nantucket (US) I’ve compared the  Fugetek FT-568 long selfie stick with remote and the Fugetek pocket size selfie stick so you’re not missing out on any of your holiday pictures.DJI OSMO Mobile motion stabilizer for smart phone. I’ve seen a lot of people use this with amazing results and I think it’s a great concept, but I don’t really seem to get a hang of it just yet! The BONAOK wireless karaoke microphone with build in speaker is such a fun idea, but too bad it has very bad sound quality. I’ve also tried the 1byone Digital Bluetooth Scale  to stay in good shape and am reading the very interesting The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future!

At the CryptoFinancing Conference in London I interviewed Olga Feldmeier, who is the CEO of Swiss ICO management company Smart Valor and sat at the panel on ICO regulation. Olga was the only one who was in favor of smart regulations and says the cryptocurrency world needs it. While working for the Swiss bank she was already involved in regulating Bitcoin. Now lots of ICO’s take place in Switzerland because companies have faith in working there. Smart regulation in cryptocurrency world is good for business, investors and companies who want to do it the right way.

Smart Valor provides startups direct access to capital, helps investors discover new ways to engage with businesses, and works to shape the future of capital markets and token funding instruments. Formerly Olga was Executive Director, UBS AG in Switzerland and a Vice President, Barclays Capital in London. She also had a tenure at The Boston Consulting Group in Munich. In Smart Valor they combine Swiss banking efficiency with cryptocurrency.

Op 3-5 oktober komen 11.000 mensen uit 70 landen naar Barcelona voor het IoTS World Congress over Internet of Things. Tjibbe Veenstra organiseert daar het Blockchain Solutions Forum en dat is met 100 stands, een zaal van 5000m2 en 4000 bezoekers het grootste blockchain event van de wereld. In totaal worden er in Barcelona 3 parallelle blockchain conferenties gehouden: Blockchain Conference, ICO 2017 en CIO Summit 2017. Met een toegangsticket voor het IoTS congres kan je aan alle onderdelen deelnemen.

Ik interviewde organisator Tjibbe Veenstra over wat ons allemaal te wachten staat in Barcelona!

At the CryptoFinancing Conference in London I interviewed Bancor founder and product architect Eyal Hertzog, who used Initial Coin Offering (ICO) to raise money. An ICO is a way of creating your own coin on the blockchain. Bancor enables the creation of smart tokens on the Ethereum blockchain for others. Smart tokens provide their own liquidity and price discovery, without needing to be listed in an exchange. A very useful tool for anyone who wants to start their own coin on the Ethereum blockchain.

Why do they need this much money and why are so many people willing to invest in them? What are they going to do with this money?

Previously he was co-founder of Metacafe, a place where artists create, consumers interact and technology enables communication. Prior to co-founding Metacafe, Mr. Hertzog co-founded Contact Networks in 1998, one of the first interpersonal, professional online networks. At Contact Networks, he was responsible for overall product strategy and overall technical architecture, and managed strategic relationships with Nokia, GemPlus, Converse and other large partners. He has also advised US and Israeli high-tech startups on strategy, product roadmaps and technology architecture, and worked with Israeli venture capital firm Millennium Capital Venture as an investment advisor.

Comedian Greg Shapiro, best known for his viral video “America First, The Netherlands Second” as shown on Dutch TV show Zondag Met Lubach, was the closing act at the Blockchain Innovation Conference. Watch the hilarious video in which he reviews the conference and explains the blockchain in his own words. I promised to pay Greg ONE bitcoin to be a speaker at the conference. In the meanwhile the bitcoin tripled in price. Still totally worth it!

Donald Trump was the hilarious closing act of the Blockchain Innovaiton Conference. Hear what more he has to say about blockchain! He’s also answering questions from the crowd.

Met trots mocht ik de Constructieve Rebel prijs van MaatschapWij in ontvangst nemen voor mijn enthousiaste en positieve bijdrage aan elektrisch rijden en zelfsturing! De award werd uitgereikt door Maurice de Hond. Verder waren er die avond interessante paneldiscussies over keuzes van de overheid, samenwerking en de veranderingen binnen het kabinet.

Eric Smit van Follow The Money kreeg hem onder andere voor het aanpakken van VVD-voorzitter Henry Keizer en Prem Radhakishun omdat hij altijd bereid is controversiële zaken aan de kaak te stellen.

Eric heeft met zijn website Follow the Money al een hoop teweeg gebracht in de samenleving en ik heb een hoop respect voor hem. Ik vond zijn stuk over Henry Keizer geweldig, maar ik vind dat Maarten Steinbuch onterecht werd aangepakt voor zijn enthousiasme over elektrisch rijden. Hoe zit dit precies?

Na het kritische en discutabele verslag van Eric over klimaatsubsidies van €19.000 per jaar, probeert hij nu de elektrische en zelfsturende Model X zelf!