Episode 126: Great Thinker Series: Carl Jung

Episode 126

In this week’s episode of Around The Coin, Mike Townsend and Brian Roemmele kick off the Great Thinker Series, where we focus on someone throughout history that has made a big impact on our way of life. We chose Carl Jung this week for his work his brilliant and transformational work in analytical psychology. We dive into his early life, his work with Sigmund Freud, his views on politics. spirituality and what he would say about our current political environment.

Please let us know who you the next featured Great Thinker should be!

Spotlight mentions:

Josh Pigford:
https://blog.baremetrics.com/getting-out-of-the-startup-rat-race-66a5a0ca3055#.69gne4ip0

Nina Wei:
https://medium.muz.li/voice-its-just-the-beginning-9e40832073e3#.4qa9l2l56

Jay Wacker:
https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-hardest-part-of-being-a-scientist/answer/Jay-Wacker?srid=Pi3

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Episode 125: Interview with the Oracle of Payments & Identity: David Birch

Episode 125

In this week’s episode of Around The Coin, Faisal Khan interviews the Oracle of Payments & Identity, David Birch. Dave is truly multi-talented, he is the author of “Identity is the New Money”, which was his book that came out in 2014. He’s a public speaker, world traveler, and needless to say a consultant in the payments space and works with Consult Hyperion. We discuss the importance of identity and where it is heading with respect to payments. In our pre-show discussion, David hinted about the new book he is writing so we will have him say a few words about that as well.

About David Birch

David G.W Birch is Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School. In addition he holds non-executive positions in both public and private sectors.

An internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money, he was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand; was found by PR Daily to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson; was ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community in the top five global thought leaders in identity; was listed by Hot Topics as one of the world’s top 100 most influential FinTech leaders and was rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments.

In the London Review of Books his Identity is the New Money was called fresh, original, wide-ranging and “the best book on general issues around new forms of money”. His new book “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From money we understand to money that understand us” will be published in the Spring.

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Episode 124: Interview with Luis Buenaventura, author of "Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin"

Episode 124: Interview with Luis Buenaventura, author of “Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin”

Episode 124

In this episode, Faisal Khan interviews Luis Buenaventura, author of “Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin“. Luis is one of the early pioneers in the Bitcoin Remittance space. The concise book shares his accumulated knowledge of what he has learned about Remittances+Bitcoin.

About The Book

When Bitcoin was created in 2009, its most obvious use was as a way to send money across the planet as easily as sending an email.

The potential benefits for the 230 million migrants all over the world sending US$430 billion back home each year could be enormous. But beyond all the rhetoric, there is still the practical implementation that has yet to be sorted out.

Luis Buenaventura, author of "Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin"
Luis Buenaventura, author of “Reinventing Remittances with Bitcoin”

This book collects stories about the pioneering startups who have been focusing on this exciting new space since 2013. From Nairobi to San Francisco to Manila, each new company brings us a little closer to the perfect solution: an affordable, safe, and universally accessible money transfer network unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Luis is a Manila-based entrepreneur specializing in cryptocurrencies, and has been focusing on the Bitcoin remittance space since 2014. With his startup Bloom, Luis helps money transfer businesses improve their processes with Bitcoin and the blockchain.

His past writing on Bitcoin and its impact on various industries has been featured on Quartz, Techcrunch, The Next Web, Tech in Asia, and Rappler. Luis has been building tech startups in the Philippines for nearly a decade, and blogs at Cryptonight.

A copy of the book can be obtained from: https://bloom.solutions/book

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Episode 123: The Art Of Conversation And Lessons From Ayn Rand

 

Episode 123

This week Brian and Mike start off talking about scientific, philosophical and clinical studies by James Lind, Aristotle and Galileo. We throw in our Spotlight mentions with Charles Chu, Adrian Aoun and Robb Willer. We discuss theories about political rhetoric and the value in empathy in today‘s politically charged environment. Lastly, we finished up with a fascinating chat about the life and controversial ideas of Ayn Rand.

One of the best episodes of the year, listen in and @AroundTheCoin on Twitter to tell us what you think! 

Spotlight mentions: 

  1. Charles Chu – 15 months traveling with 30 things. Success can be engineered. link, twitter
  2. Adrian Aoun – CEO/Founder of Forward, link, twitter
  3. Robb Willer – Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Business at Stanford University. Ted Talk (how to have better political convos)

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Episode 122: Interview with Katharina Lueth, Head of Europe for Raisin

 

Episode 122

This week, Faisal Khan interviews Katharina Lueth, Head of Europe for Raisin. This interview was conducted in November 2016 at Raisin’s headquarters in Berlin, Germany.
Raisin’s goal is to offer savers high interest rates! As the leading platform for investments throughout Europe, we give you access to exclusive offers from all over Europe – Raise your interest with Europe’s #1 deposit marketplace.

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Episode 121: How Driverless Cars Will Accelerate Our Need For Basic Income.

Episode 121

This week Mike, Faisal, and Brian discuss the world where automation kills the workforce. However, before we start, a big shout out to Wikipedia that turned 16 years old today! Congratulations to Jimmy Wales, the entire team of the Wikimedia Foundation and 100,000s of contributors who donate their time and effort to make Wikipedia what it is today.

Another shout out to Tobias van Schneider who put up a really great 11 most used tools list. Whilst we generally don’t do list, this one was too good to pass up. Lastly, a shout out to Amit, the Co-Founder and Chief Curator of Let’s Talk Payments (LTP). Amit wrote a really great article on the Fintech Story, Hits and Misses from 2013 to 2016 and the Way Forward.

In addition to this, our main topic of the show was to understand how the world will transform when technologies like VR, Driverless Cards, Drones, Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin, Voice Recognition, AI, and Robotics become mainstream. How do we as a society (as we are now) embrace this change, what will happen to the workforce that would be displaced? Will society need to offer basic income to all? Listen in and discover what we have to say!

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Episode 120: Interview with Grace Gong, author of “The Last Key To Success”

Episode 120

This week Mike, Brian and Faisal were honored to have Grace Gong author of “The Last Key To Success” on our show. From China to USA, we trace her journey and how she came to the US and eventually became an author of a book, that is crowd-contributed.
This book is a short guide for people in their 20’s trying to create a company in America. It includes 21 successful founders. In it, each founder covers about 2 out of the 13 topics below to share their opinions and personal experiences from when they started their own business.

 

Topic including:

  1. How do you start a company?
  2. Resources, experiences, strength?
  3. Co-founder, teammates and mentorship?
  4. Supporting yourself (Financial independence and mentality)
  5. Product
  6. Competition & Trend
  7. Produce, Operate & Manage
  8. Raise money & business model
  9. Scalability & Growth
  10. Sales & marketing
  11. Global/ Visa/ Legal
  12. Dealing with failures
  13. Value, self-improvement & advice

Website: thelastkeytosuccess.com

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Episode 119: A Voice First CES and How Quantum Computers May Crash Bitcoin

Episode 119

This week after a brief holiday break, the three co-hosts, Brian, Mike and Faisal are back on the air. Brian discusses the main stage emergence of voice at the CES where a wide variety of vendors showcased the importance of voice activated products and how it will eventually morph into voice commerce.
Also in the show, we discuss how the evolution of quantum computers may crash bitcoin (amongst other things like secure communication, SSL certificates, etc.) Lastly, we discuss how Pebble which had the most successful kickstarter campaign ever, went out of business and what this means for Apple watch.

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