In this episode
Jay Steinback, CEO & Founder of yWhales, Tony Lewis, CEO & Co-Founder of ThinkChain.ai, Sidney Powell, CEO & Co-Founder of Maple Finance, Toby Rush, CEO & Co-Founder of Redeem dive deep into the dynamic world of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrency. The guests share their experiences and insights related to #WorldCoin and The Orb, and examines recent news regarding Binance's decision to withdraw its crypto license application in Germany, and their plans to reenter the Japanese market after a two-year warning from regulators. The show concludes with a discussion about Italy's Central Bank collaborating with Polygon and Fireblocks DeFi Project to enable institutional involvement in tokenized assets.
Sid Powell is the CEO & Co-Founder of Maple Finance and with his Co-Founder Joe Flanagan founded Maple in 2019. Sid comes from a background in debt capital markets and institutional banking. During his career in traditional finance, he participated in $3BN+ of corporate bond issuance, established and ran a $200M+ bond funding program, and managed Treasury at a commercial lending FinTech company. Sid and Joe knew that blockchain technology could solve inefficiencies in traditional markets and developed Maple to bring debt-capital markets onchain.
Toby Rush, a twenty-year industry veteran, is the CEO and co-founder of Redeem, a company revolutionizing Web3 using phone numbers. Previously, he led Ant Group's International Technology investments Team and was CEO of ZOLOZ, an Alibaba digital identity platform. Toby's impressive career includes founding EyeVerify, which became an Ant Group subsidiary, known for novel eye-based biometrics adopted by major institutions. Additionally, he successfully co-founded and led Rush Tracking Systems, a computer vision and RFID solutions venture. Toby holds a BS in Engineering from Kansas State University and resides in Kansas City, Kansas.
Tony Lewis is a visionary Series A Silicon Valley Tech Founder, Investor, and CEO, whose passion for data tech, machine learning, and AI spans over a decade. Co-founding Genforge, Tony leads the charge in developing cutting-edge AI-first B2B platforms, shaping the future of industries. As co-CEO of Confident Cannabis (YC S15), Tony's remarkable leadership secured a 60% market share and over $20 million in VC funding. An avid AI advocate, speaker, and consultant, Tony's academic prowess from Stanford GSB and Oxford University adds depth to their expertise.
Guest Social Links:
Sidney’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sidneypowell/
Maple Finance’s Website: https://maple.finance/
Toby’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tobiasrush/
Redeem's Website: https://redeem.xyz/
Tony’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tlewisprofile/
ThinkChain's Website: https://www.thinkchain.ai/
00:00 Jay’s intro
2:06 Guests intro
5:10 Crypto bill passes congressional committee in victory for industry
11:02 Singapore High Court Declares Crypto as Property in Case Involving Bybit
16:34 Binance Withdraws German Crypto License Application and
Binance to Reenter Japan in August 2 Years After Regulator's Warning
20:37 WorldCoin and The Orb
36:52 OpenAI Quietly Shuts Down Its AI Detection Tool
42:27 ChatGPT broke the Turing test — the race is on for new ways to assess AI & Netflix lists AI job worth $900,000 amid twin Hollywood strikes
56:50 Italy’s Central Bank Taps Polygon, Fireblocks DeFi Project to Help Institutions Dabble With Tokenized Assets
1:05:23 Closing thoughts
DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.
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