Blabbering Blockchain – s1e1 – Blagging Blockchain
About The Episode
Introduction to Blockchain and Debugging Blockchain Myths – in this episode we will be giving an overarching view of what blockchain technology is and breakdown into Layman’s terms exactly what the technology does.
When we hear ‘blockchain’ we automatically think of Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies or maybe even criminal activity: following the introduction we will ‘bust’ these myths and give a cursory overview of the wider applications of blockchain technologies that we will discuss in later episodes.
About The Guests
Paul Worrall, Chief Developer – Zonafide
Paul has been working in the Blockchain, Smart Contract, Crypto Asset economy since 2014 following many years experience architecting and building technical solutions for complex business domains mainly in investment banking. He is a hands on software developer and has built and led many teams over twenty five years working with distributed technology.
Paul founded Zonafide in 2015 and was the first to market with an MVP on the Ethereum blockchain that UK Local Governments planned to help the public use. Prior to the three years building Zonafide he worked for JPMorgan Chase as a Firmwide Lead Architect, has been Head of Distributed Systems Europe for Merryll Lynch and Head of Banking Development Infrastructure for Nomura Bank. He has had a number of startups and has experienced raising investment and negotiating term sheets for ventures in Wealth Management, Islamic Finance, Mobile Messaging and Enterprise Software Management.
Zonafide, is a Digital Wallet for Securing Activities built on blockchain technology. It makes it easier for people to prove who they are and what they are entitled to do. Activities could be representing a deceased, making a payment for a house purchase or KYC and Notarisation.
Silas Davis, CTO – Monax
A lapsed wrestler and failed mathematician, Silas studied Mathematical Physics at Edinburgh University and post-grad maths at the University of Cambridge before stumbling into software professionally; working on machine learning and natural language processing at SwiftKey.
Silas is interested in the promise of smart contracts to be ‘a better glue’ along with a vague yearning to decentralise all the things. The law is a uniquely applicable area for this, in which a shared state of legal processes will not replace lawyers, but increase the utility legal agreements before the point of dispute.
His current focus is building the Agreements Network Distribution comprising an EVM-based blockchain node, an encrypted decentralised file storage layer, and operational code for running clusters.
Jack MacFarlane, CEO – DeepStream
DeepStream is a secure cloud based procurement network for buyers and suppliers of equipment & services. Suppliers become pre-qualified through DeepStream, with an additional layer of network based verification part of the platform. Find compliant suppliers, manage existing supply chain relationships and tender key transactions through a robust and modern solution.
Jack is CEO of DeepStream, a technology company which optimises the supply chain in the Energy sector.
Prior to this Jack spent 8 years in investment banking at UBS in Capital Markets and M&A, most recently as Head of Strategic Equity Solutions in Latin America based between NYC, London and Mexico City.
Jack graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Economics.