IBM Blockchain Pulse
May 20, 2020 45 min
Blockchain for education and workforce communities
This is a first for the podcast, as Matt Hooper has yet to have a leader in the field of education on the show! Rick has dedicated his life to solving problems in the space of education and his current work with the National Student Clearinghouse is no exception. The National Student Clearinghouse’s goal is to “help education go further” and the work they do goes from improving students’ career readiness to understanding student outcomes to much more.
May 08, 2020 27 min
Fostering better collaboration with blockchain
Our latest guest is Chelsey Delaney, Global Design Lead for Blockchain Services at IBM, who brings a unique and personal view to the blockchain discussion. Namely, a design-centric view — it’s in her job title after all! Coming away from this interview, our host Matt Hooper felt inspired anew about the practical implementations of blockchain technology and particularly about the key distinctions Chelsey has made in her own work.
Apr 15, 2020 33 min
Helping Businesses Thrive in a Connected World
Maribel Lopez, the founder and principal analyst at Lopez Research, whose job is to help the most ambitious of business leaders. This sort of work requires a collaborative spirit as well as a deep knowledge of the most significant innovations happening every corner of the globe — from AI to IoT to blockchain. Maribel gets to spend her days guiding leaders through these changes and Matt couldn’t be more excited to be interviewing her this episode!
Apr 01, 2020 32 min
Using technology to empower startups and have a global impact
Have you ever met someone who truly loved their job so much that you found yourself grinning ear-to-ear as you listened to them explain how they spend their days? Well, Matt Hooper sure has! His guest today, Bill Stark, is the President of IBM Business Partner Cognition Foundry. The passion with which Bill describes his job in today’s episode will leave you inspired and thinking about the many opportunities emerging technologies are bringing about for startups and society.
Mar 13, 2020 27 min
Potential of blockchain in accounting and crowdfunding
While your host, Matt Hooper, has only been passionate about all things decentralization for 5 years, his guest today, Dr. Sean Stein Smith, was an early champion of our blockchain future. Dr. Smith is a Professor at Lehman College, a member of Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Advisory Board, a member of Gilded Finance’s Advisory Board, an author at IBM Blockchain, and an award winner of the NJCPA ‘19 Ovation Award. He is a widely quoted expert at the intersection of blockchain, cryptocurrency, and accounting; has worked with dozens of print publications; and has appeared on numerous live TV broadcasts to discuss said topics. In this episode, Matt and Dr. Smith have a blast talking all things regulation, the future of traditional accounting roles, and the ways in which blockchain can upend the crowdfunding industry! They also talk about how the implementation of blockchain in the field of sustainability accounting could open up new revenue streams, some of the current mainstream use cases of blockchain, and how blockchain intersects with GDPR. Key Takeaways: [:25] About today’s episode. [1:55] Matt Hooper welcomes Dr. Sean Stein Smith to the podcast! [2:06] Dr. Sean Stein Smith speaks about his work and how he originally got introduced to blockchain. [3:34] What drew Dr. Smith to a leadership/teaching position in the space of blockchain and tech? [6:50] Dr. Smith defines General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). [8:00] How does blockchain intersect with GDPR? [8:54] Dr. Smith explains the importance of regulation and the need for regulators in the industry. [11:01] Last year on the IBM Blockchain Pulse Blog, Dr. Smith asked the question, ‘Do the core functionalities of blockchain technology create situations where many of the opportunities ultimately become constrained as regulators catch up?’ Have regulators responded to this question? And if so, how? [12:21] Dr. Smith highlights some of the mainstream use cases of blockchain. [12:48] What is sustainability accounting? And how can the implementation of blockchain in this field open up new revenue streams? [15:00] About Blockchain for Dummies! [15:43] Dr. Smith paints a positive picture of the automation of traditional accounting roles. [19:14] Dr. Smith explains some of the ways that blockchain could upend the crowdfunding industry. [22:52] What is the most convincing pitch or framing Dr. Smith hears for adopting and integrating blockchain solutions into a business? [25:15] Where to follow-up with Dr. Sean Stein Smith! Sources Mentioned: IBM Blockchain Pulse Blog IBM.co/PodcastforDummies — Visit for a free download of Blockchain for Dummies! Follow-up with Our Guest: Dr. Sean Stein Smith’s LinkedIn Dr. Sean Stein Smith’s Twitter Looking for More Episodes? Visit ibm.com/blockchain — and for news and updates, follow @IBMBlockchain on Twitter!
Feb 27, 2020 39 min
Transforming Space Tech with Emerging Technologies
In the 50 years since the moon landing, human beings have yet to go beyond the moon. And, if you would’ve asked our host Matt Hooper a few weeks ago, he would’ve said with a heavy heart that we look poised to stay that way too. But, luckily enough for him, he’s gotten the chance to speak with Naeem Altaf, IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Space Tech! The incredible work Naeem is doing shows not only the possibility of commercial space travel — but the arrival of it.
Feb 12, 2020 35 min
Shaping the future of NYC and innovative economic growth
Matt couldn’t be happier to be joined by his guest, James Patchett — the President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation! NYCEDC is a not-for-profit organization that has been around for over 20 years, not as an agency, but affiliated with city government. The work James is doing with the EDC is inspiring and exciting. He is playing a major role in helping shape the future of the New York City.
Nov 25, 2019 33 min
Blockchain Journalist Talks Top Trends
How often does Matt Hooper get the chance to interview another podcast host?! Well — not ever — until now! Rachel Wolfson, host of The Crypto Chick is joining the podcast! And not only is Rachel a blockchain podcast host, but she’s also a public speaker and journalist who contributes to a multitude of publications. She has been writing about the tech industry for nearly 10 years and has been focusing specifically on blockchain and cryptocurrency for the past two.
Nov 20, 2019 47 min
From The Dawn of the Internet to the Age of Blockchain
The deeper our host Matt Hooper dives into blockchain on this show, the more he is surprised by remembrances of the internet’s past. When the idea of connecting billions of people felt new and exciting, when we were all eager to be participants in a constellation of data, and when we all felt we had more control over our digital lives.
Oct 30, 2019 36 min
Bringing Together The Best Talent In Cybersecurity With Vice President of NYC EDC, Wilson Lin
Today on the podcast, your host, Matt Hooper, is joined by one of his favorite people in the New York City start-up ecosystem, Mr. Wilson Lin! Wilson Lin is the Vice President at NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) and is the Head of the initiative, Cyber NYC. In his role at EDC, Wilson is leading NYC initiatives to strengthen the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by partnering with leading VCs, entrepreneurs, major corporations, and academic institutions.