E759: Tezos CEO/Co-founder Kathleen Breitman on her record-breaking $232m ICO for a new self-governing smart contract blockchain, fundraising in Switzerland’s Crypto Valley, innovating beyond skepticism, the rise of cypherpunks & the world-changing potential of cryptocurrency

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Today, we’re going to get a lot smarter about ICOs and cryptocurrencies with today’s guest, Kathleen Breitman, co-founder of Dynamic Ledger Solutions, which has developed Tezos, a new blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. Tezos is making major waves right now with its recent record-breaking $232m ICO and ongoing fundraising in the Crypto Valley that is Zug, Switzerland. Join us in this special episode as Jason and Kathleen do a deep dive into her new cryptocurrency project, how it’s different from Ethereum, running a fundraiser with a Swiss non-profit foundation, the cypherpunk movement, and the long-term impact of cryptocurrency.

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Timestamps:

01:23: Jason introduces today’s guest, Kathleen Breitman, CEO and co-founder of Tezos

02:30: Kathleen explains bitcoin

7:04: Tezos is its own implementation of a blockchain, not a derivative of any other chain

7:53: Tezos chose to run a fundraiser because it don’t have same distribution algorithm as bitcoin (mining)

10:40: chose to go w/Swiss non-profit foundation based in Zug = “Crypto Valley”; a lot of relationship-based models

19:00: Tezos ran a fundraiser and made contributions to a Swiss non-profit

27:00: Kathleen used self-funded operations going in

29:25: How do you treat the coins that you get – is that income or long-term stock?

38:40: Kathleen talks about her company, Dynamic Ledger Solutions (DLS)

44:23: Kathleen uses a ledger to keep her coins secure

46:10: Smart contracts

48:17: DAO (decentralized autonomous organization)

50:48: What’s next for DLS

58:17: Cypherpunk movement

59:45: Impact of cryptocurrency on war/world/dictatorship/institutions like America and China

01:02;20: Early days of the internet

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