Digitizing Real World Assets with Kieren James-Lubin

Today’s guest is Kieren James-Lubin, the Founder, President & CEO of BlockApps, an enterprise blockchain platform company whose mission is to connect individuals, businesses, and industries through global cooperation and trust. BlockApps is a blockchain-as-a-service company that develops enterprise blockchain platforms with customers ranging from startups to Fortune 500 organizations. The company's mission is to drive the adoption of blockchain technology through its platform, BlockApps STRATO. BlockApps was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Before founding BlockApps, Kieren was instrumental in working on Ethereum prior to its launch. He used this knowledge to help build BlockApps' initial product, STRATO. Kieren is responsible for architecting and implementing BlockApps RESTful API and surrounding products & components, including the authorization framework, peer-to-peer networking code, Node.js client, and third-party integrations. Leveraging his extensive background in technology, Kieren is now responsible for maintaining and growing BlockApps’ business. We discuss various topics, including BlockApps, Blockchain Technology, The Early Days of Ethereum, Digitizing Real-World Assets, Regulatory Compliance, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing Kieren’s background and what led him to the crypto industry. Kieren shares his experience working in crypto during the early days of Ethereum. We discuss how we are still in the early days of crypto. Kieren shares insights into how he and his team think about hiring talent and what they look for in a prospect. Our conversation transitions to focus on enterprise clients in the blockchain space. Kieren explains the common ways these enterprise clients were looking to leverage blockchain technology within their business. We discuss various use cases of blockchain technology in-depth, including real estate, venture investing, and luxury products. We discuss the tug and pull between geopolitics and global trade. We discuss how the crypto industry can work with regulators and regulatory bodies. We also discuss how blockchain technology can streamline cross-border trade. Our final discussion topic centered around how we can continue to onboard real-world use cases onto blockchain rails. Please enjoy my conversation with Kieren James-Lubin.
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