In our conversation, we discuss the impact of software on monetary tools, the nature of trust as it pertains to cryptocurrency, the Bancor protocol, blockchain and immutability, and the decentralization of value creation.
The world of blockchain attracts an amazing array of thinkers, creators, and innovators, and in the process of creating our Built on Blockchain documentary series, we’ve been extremely fortunate to connect with some truly remarkable individuals—from utopiasts and decentralization evangelists, to developers and cryptocurrency influencers, to hackers, activists, academics, and more.
One such individual is Galia Benartzi, a co-founder of the Bancor protocol. As described on her organization’s website, “The Bancor Protocol is a new standard for cryptocurrencies called Smart Tokens, which are autonomously and continuously convertible to other tokens in the network at algorithmically calculated rates.”
Galia was recently profiled in a Forbes article entitled Five Female Rock Stars Leading the Crypto Scene in 2018, in which the author notes that, “Bancor held one of the most successful ICOs (at the time it was a world record), raising more than $153 million from 10,000 participants in less than three hours. Bancor allows anyone to create their own cryptocurrency and operate it independently of a third party exchange.”
Needless to say, we were thrilled at the opportunity to speak with Galia, and we covered a lot of ground over the course of our conversation, including topics such as the impact of software on monetary tools, the nature of trust (and trustlessness!) as it pertains to cryptocurrency, the decentralization of value creation, and more.
Built on Blockchain is a brand-new six-part original documentary series from Udacity. The series addresses the far-reaching influence blockchain technology could have on our lives and the world around us. In creating this series, our goal is to demystify blockchain by focusing on how activists and entrepreneurs are building blockchain-powered solutions that can impact arenas such as finance and politics, and which will help us uncover new answers to persistent global challenges—issues such as financial inclusion, identity security, and creative content ownership.
We’re extremely excited to debut this new series, and we invite you to explore the first three episodes today, beginning with “Episode I: In Trust We Trust.”
In an extensive interview, we speak with Bill Maurer about money, trust, and the emergence of crypto and blockchain technologies.
In the process of developing and advancing the curriculum for Udacity’s Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program, and creating the new Built on Blockchain documentary series, we’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some of the most innovative thinkers in the field, and with new students now entering the classroom, the energy in and around this program is truly awe-inspiring.
One of the many visionary experts we’ve been able to speak with is Bill Maurer. He is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, and a Professor of Anthropology, Law, and Criminology, at the University of California, Irvine. He is also the Director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, and his most recent books include “Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff” and “How Would You Like to Pay?: How Technology Is Changing the Future of Money.”
We spoke with Bill recently about the history of currency, the ways currency represents responsibilities and obligations, the emergence of record-keeping, and the critical role of trust. We also explore the ways in which cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are a logical next step in currency’s evolution, and what the future holds in terms of how these innovations and technologies will be applied.
Let me introduce you to Aaron Brown. Aaron is VP of Engineering at MadHive, a company building cutting-edge advertising solutions running on blockchain technology. We’re thrilled to have him contributing his expertise to our Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program.
Aaron is a passionate blockchain advocate who envisions using this emerging technology to balance privacy, security, and transparency concerns across a wide variety of industries. His experience recruiting people into the blockchain space has been crucial for ensuring our curriculum is laser-focused on what industry needs, and what our students need to learn in order to secure rewarding roles.
We spoke with Aaron recently to get his insights on the current hiring landscape for blockchain developers.
He got kicked out of high school in Ohio. Today, he’s the co-founder of a blockchain technology firm.
Parker McCurley is the co-founder of decent, an exciting new software development and consultancy firm specializing in blockchain technology. He lives in Miami, spends his free time at the beach, and travels the world for his business. His company is making money, and he’s now contributing his subject matter expertise to Udacity’s Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program.
In short, life is going really well for Parker. Yet his trajectory could easily have been very different, were it not for his dedication to learning and one unexpected conversation that opened his eyes to a new career.
When it comes to thinking about opportunity in the world of blockchain, there are many ways to approach the subject. Udacity is a company committed to connecting learning to jobs, so we think first and foremost about employment opportunities. As a recent TechCrunch article put it, “Demand is off the charts for blockchain talent.” This is exactly why we’re so excited to launch our new Blockchain Developer Nanodegree program!