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Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp

Jameson Lopp is a Professional Cypherpunk, Infrastructure Engineer at Casa and Bitcoin Philosopher. Jameson enjoys building technology that empowers individuals and is interested in opportunities within the Bitcoin and crypto asset ecosystem. Graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in computer science, Jameson is passionate about sharing his expertise and technical knowledge of crypto assets, his philosophical approach to understanding the systems, and his opinion on the consensus of their participants.

Jameson is an application infrastructure engineer and early investor in Bitcoin in addition to being founder and creator of Statoshi.info and Bitcoin SIG. Formerly at BitGo, Jameson has been involved in Bitcoin since 2012.

Dr. Richard M. Stallman

Dr. Richard M. Stallman

Dr. Richard Matthew Stallman is a software developer and software freedom activist. Born in 1953, he attended Harvard starting in 1970 and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in physics. From September 1974 to June 1975 he was a graduate student in physics at MIT.

He worked at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT from 1971 to 1984, learning operating system development by doing it, except for the year he was a graduate student. He wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor there in 1976, and developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance.

In 1983 Stallman announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. With that announcement he also launched the Free Software Movement.

Stallman began working on this project on January 5, 1984, resigning from MIT employment in order to do so. In October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation, of which he is president as a full-time volunteer. Stallman developed a number of widely used software components of the GNU system: the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various others.

The GNU/Linux system, which is a variant of GNU that also contains the kernel Linux developed by Linus Torvalds, are used in tens or hundreds of millions of computers, and are now preinstalled in computers available in retail stores. However, the distributors of these systems often disregard the ideas of freedom which make free software important, and even include nonfree software in those systems.

That is why, since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws.

Stallman pioneered the concept of copyleft, and is the main author of the GNU General Public License, the most widely used free software license, which implements copyleft.

Stallman gives speeches frequently about free software and related topics. Common speech titles include “The GNU Operating System and the Free Software movement”, “The Dangers of Software Patents”, and “Copyright and Community in the Age of the Computer Networks”. A fourth common topic consists of explaining the changes in version 3 of the GNU General Public License, which was released in June 2007. Another topic is “A Free Digital Society”, which treats several different threats to the freedom of computer users today.

In 1999, Stallman called for development of a free on-line encyclopedia through the means of inviting the public to contribute articles.

Stallman is officially a Visiting Scientist at MIT.

Free Software, Free Society is Stallman’s book of essays. His semiautobiography, Free as in Freedom, provides further biographical information.

For a list of awards Dr. Stallman has received please see the show notes section on his episode page.

Yurii Rashkovskii

Yurii Rashkovskii

Yurii Rashkovskii is a Software Developer, Entrepreneur and Blockchain expert. He’s passionate about edge computing (aka true serverless) and creating free and open solutions that liberate us from vendor lock-ins. He’s recently released SIT: Serverless Information Tracker.

Yurii has been around Bitcoin and Blockchain since 2012 and has previously co-founded two startups in the space, and is looking forward to participating in thoughtful initiatives and projects in the future.

He has contributed to a number of open source projects such as Elixir, erlzmq2, NixOS, GraphQL Java and a number of smaller libraries for Rust, Java, JavaScript, Erlang, Elixir and Ruby. He has a bunch of interesting ideas in the pipeline and is committing his time and resources to furthering the exploration of new and old but forgotten ideas at Etcetera Labs.

Cale Moodie

Cale Moodie

Cale Moodie is CEO and Director of Neptune DASH. Mr. Moodie’s career in public market finance spans well over a decade in roles as founder, CFO, director and audit committee chair for numerous publicly traded companies on the TSX-V. He has been involved in over $100M in financings and instrumental in numerous transactions including the sale of Underworld Resources (as CFO) to Kinross Gold for $140M in 2010. Prior to working in industry, Mr. Moodie worked for KPMG LLP in Vancouver. Mr. Moodie has been an avid follower and investor in the digital currency and blockchain space since 2013.

Mr. Moodie holds a Bachelor of Science from UBC (1999) and was accepted into the Association of Chartered Professional Accountants in 2006.

Claire Gallant

Claire Gallant

Claire Gallant is a talented cryptoasset and blockchain technologies researcher, token designer and educator. She is a payment advisor for Payfirma, and a well-known community organizer and advocate for technology innovation as opportunities to establish new forms of value creation and social transformation.

Claire is the Organizer of Women in Blockchain Vancouver, Organizer of the Gender Dynamics Speakers Series 2018 through Co[i]nfluence, and Organizer of the BC Blockchain Forum and the Spotlight on Women in Blockchain Roundtable.

MaRi Eagar

MaRi Eagar

MaRi Eagar is a cryptoasset and blockchain consultant working in this industry since 2013. MaRi is a Chartered Accountant and Business Strategist with an international career at Deloitte, HSBC and Standard Bank. MaRi is an instigator of networks for strategic change, she is passionate about economic inclusion and financial wellbeing as cornerstones for future sustainable societies.

MaRi is Founder and Chair of DigitalFutures B.U.I.L.D. (Blockchain User-Centric Innovation and Leadership Development. She is passionate about the cryptocurrency and blockchain space and is a leader and core contributor in multiple areas including:

  • Medium Author of “The Crypto and Blockchain Generation: Distributed Leadership and Organizational Development in the Crypto and Token Economy: Principles, Pathways and Practices.”

  • Creator of the World’s First Crypto and Blockchain Leadership Development Book and Program - a Project of the Invisible College (published on GitBook).

  • Founder of the BC Blockchain Forum, partner of Blockchain@UBC and advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation New Money Systems Board and Human Trajectories Board.

A distinguished leader, MaRi was nominated for finalist Innovator Idol 2012 (Ontario Centres of Excellence) and was listed on Thomson Reuters Top 40 Social Influencers in Finance, Innovation and Risk, 2017.

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken

Peter-Paul Van Hoeken has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment management, and business consultancy. He’s held multiple senior management positions with global banks including ABN AMRO Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland in the areas of corporate strategy, commercial and investment banking.

Upon relocating with his family to Canada in 2010, Peter-Paul worked as a consultant for several early stage companies and experienced the challenges that they face in attracting capital. He realized that venture financing was not leveraging technology and in 2013, Peter-Paul founded FrontFundr to address this challenge and take on the opportunity to create the New Capital Market, online and accessible to everyone. Peter-Paul also serves as a Director on the National Board of the Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA) and an Advisor of the National CrowdFunding Association Canada (NCFA). Peter-Paul holds a Master of Science in business economics and finance from Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

Pavel Bains

Pavel Bains

Pavel Bains is the CEO of Bluzelle - one of Asia’s leading blockchain technology companies. Pavel is a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. Pavel is an expert in digital media having worked with Disney, Microsoft, Warners Bros, DreamWorks. Pavel is also a frequent contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company, writing articles in the areas of finance and digital media

Matthew Unger

Matthew Unger

Matthew Unger is CEO and Founder of iComply Investor Services Inc. (iComply ICO) a regulatory technology (regtech) platform that automates compliance procedures for initial coin offerings (ICOs), enabling them to be securely utilized as efficient financial instruments.

Matthew is passionate about unlocking the opportunities that new technology has to offer us, and future generations. Along with his mandate at iComply ICO, Matthew worked with financial services, government, small businesses, and nonprofits to identify ways to better use their technology to create sustainable and ethical automation.

Mitchell Loureiro

Mitchell Loureiro

Mitchell Loureiro is Marketing Lead at SingularityNET. Mitchell has a deep technical background in cryptocurrency, building business strategies and exposure for next generation technologies. Mitchell engineers cultures and social incentive systems to market at scale. He has created open source communities in the hundreds of thousands, raised the profile of blockchain technology and initiatives, and created significant social capital for his decentralized technology partners including Ardor, Steemit, Decentraland, and many others. He runs marketing at SingularityNET as the leader of the Artemia network, a team of technology experts dedicated to a decentralized, benevolent AI world.