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#068: The Power of Blockchain – Jamie Skella

By Jordan Michaelides

Jamie Skella ( @JamieSkella ) is the Co-founder of Horizon State, Co-owner of eSports gaming bar GG EZ, and former board member of MiVote.

I’ve had the pleasure now of hosting a few Australian cryptocurrency chiefs, so us mere mortals can further understand the exceptional capacity of the blockchain technology. Many of you have asked me, “what else can blockchain do?”.

So I thought it was prudent to reach out to Jamie, a rare innovator actually building a tool with immediate utility. Horizon State is like the digital Electoral Commission, or more colloquially known as “The Decision Token”. Jamie and his team have truly built a mechanism and secure voting system for the 21st century. By doing so they have destined the admirable end of the old paper voting system that defines western canon in democracy, capitalism and law.

Topics we discussed include:

  • Early interest in tech and gaming
  • Competitive gaming industry and Australia
  • GG EZ eSports bar and how it started
  • Future of blockchain and eSports
  • Lessons learnt from his parents
  • Cryptocurrencies and blockchain
  • Horizon State: What it is, and it’s future
  • MiVote and the security of digital ballots
  • Crypto tokens, appreciation, and regulation
  • Naval Ravikant

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SHOW NOTES:

00:54 – Introduction
04:04 – Favourite games
06:43 – Innovation in the gaming industry
08:44 – Early interests in tech
14:49 – Competitive gaming
16:45 – Issues facing the industry
17:42 – GG EZ eSports bar
20:18 – The future of gaming and Twitch
23:27 – Respectable businesses in the field
25:00 – Skrilla, blockchain tech, and Ethereum
32:07 – Lessons learnt from his parents
33:52 – Cryptocurrencies and blockchain
45:52 – Horizon State and HST
52:22 – MiVote and the secure digital ballot
01:04:20 – Nahdlatul Ulama
01:06:21 – His partner’s role in Horizon State
01:09:48 – The future of Horizon State
01:11:45 – Naval Ravikant
01:12:46 – Worst advice in the blockchain space
01:15:03 – What isn’t changing in blockchain & eSports
01:16:42 – What he would do with $100 million
01:17:08 – What he would do a TED talk on
01:19:07 – Best purchase under $200
01:20:14 – What is difficult to find middle-ground on?

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