Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia. The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community.

Patrick Dai, co-founder & chairman of Qtum foundation joined us in a conversation to discuss the backstory behind Qtum Foundation. We discussed the mission and vision of Qtum as an open source blockchain project emerging from China and now armed with a global team that is spread across the world. We discussed the technologies and applications which arise from the Qtum project and where the blockchain industry is heading. Last but not least, Patrick also shared his thoughts on government regulation and ICOs.

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Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with timestamps included):

  • Patrick Dai, founder and Chairman of Qtum Foundation (Qtum is pronounced as Quantum), in the Forbes 30 under 30 list. [0:38]
    • How did you start your career? [1:26]
    • From there, how did you end up creating Qtum Foundation? [1:54]
    • Throughout your journey, what are the interesting career lessons that you can share?  [2:23]
    • What is Patrick’s nickname when he was in Alibaba? The answer can be found here. [3:33]
  • Qtum (@QtumFoundation, Wechat: qtumfoundation) [4:02]
    • To start, can you talk about the concept of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and bitcoin? [4:09]
    • Specifically, in China, how do you see the development of these technologies been in the past two years? [5:41]
    • Does China lead in bitcoin mining has an impact on blockchain technologies? [6:33]
    • Can you talk about the vision and mission of Qtum?  [7:33]
    • In an interesting article by Eva Yoo on Technode, Qtum seeks to unify Ethereum &  Bitcoin blockchain applications, how do you propose to do that? [9:27]
    • Does Qtum build on top of Ethereum’s tokenization technology? [11:22]
    • How does the Qtum foundation governance structure work for those who are involved? [12:02]
    • Who are on the team of Qtum that are spearheading the developing of the open source blockchain protocol? [14:05]
    • What are the key technologies that Qtum are focusing to develop for the blockchain space? [15:31]
    • How does Qtum work with the existing technologies such as Wechat in the current applications space? [17:43]
    • The ICO phenomenon has been exciting. Can you talk about your perspectives and how you perceive ICOs? [19:13]
    • Which bitcoin exchanges where we can find Qtum to be traded? [22:06]
    • How does Qtum differ from the rest of the blockchain projects out there, for example, Ethereum, given that it’s working on the smart contracts space?[23:12]
  • Closing [25:47]
    • Can you recommend a book, podcast, movie or film in your area of expertise which you have read that is useful to you recently?
      • Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
    • How can my audience find you?

Editor’s note: The interview with Patrick Dai was done before China banned ICOs

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