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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Aug 20, 2019

Sandra Ro, the CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council and former head of digitization at CME, explains what the GBBC does, how it chooses partners, and what level of involvement they have with projects under the GBBC umbrella. We discuss some of the more controversial projects, such as the Voatz pilot that conducted election voting using blockchain technology, as well as how she responds to people saying many "blockchain" projects could instead use a database. She also reveals why she believes that the US will eventually lead the world on crypto regulation, why she thinks that there's strength in the fragmentation in US regulations and what she thinks is the best way forward on the BitLicense. Plus, she gives us the inside scoop on what it took for her to get CME to launch Bitcoin futures. 

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Episode links:

Sandra Ro:


Previous Unchained interview with Sandra: 

Controversy over Voatz:

Episode with Jake Chervinsky:

Jeremy Allaire on Unconfirmed on why the US needs a new category for digital assets:

Fred Wilson on crypto regulation in the US:

Ted Livingston on why Kik set up

Unchained interview with Juthica Chou:

Patent for physically settled cryptocurrency derivatives contracts:

Ro named to New York State Digital Currency Task Force:

The Libra Association's Dante Disparte on Unconfirmed: