Ep. 53: Healthcare is Finance – Samson Williams (Axes and Eggs)
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Samson Williams, a former Fannie Mae employee overseeing emergency management during the financial housing crisis in 2009 (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch the movie, The Big Short). We talked about how healthcare is really just finance, blockchain governance, crowdfunding strategies, and the importance of data privacy. Samson is currently Principal Consultant for Axes and Eggs, a global advisory firm helping countries in the Middle East and North Africa implement new technologies. He’s also an adjunct law professor at Columbia University and University of New Hampshire.
LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samson-williams-axesandeggs/
Company Website: https://www.axesandeggs.com/
•Intro to Samson’s background
•2007-2010 Financial crisis experience – Emergency management for Fannie Mae
•How did you learn first learn about blockchain?
•Axes and Eggs consulting strategy
•Importance of cybersecurity and blockchain governance
•Crowdfunding opportunities with blockchain
•RegCF and other common crowdfunding processes for entrepreneurs
•Is blockchain needed for safe and secure Big data/Artificial intelligence business models?
•Importance of privacy
•Identification is an important DLT opportunity for Public Health and Policy?
•Tracking stray dogs
•Managing ethical, moral, legal liabilities
•Biggest mistake: Quit a job and joined a startup without funding plan
•What global problem are you most concerned or obsessed with today? Blindness
•What are your thoughts about the singularity that is supposed to happen in 2045?
•If you had to have a micro chip implanted in your body, where would you want it to be implanted?
•Favorite Business/Technology leader – David Stern (previous NBA commissioner)
•Favorite books – Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer and the Halo book series. Many other book recommendations can be heard in the podcast
Health Unchained New Corner
I’d like to highlight a couple 2019-year in review reports written by my guests Robert Miller (episode 43) and Dr. Alex Cahana (Episode 25). Bert is a trusted senior healthcare technology consultant at Consensys who wrote a comprehensive report summarizing the healthcare/blockchain headlines in 2019.
Dr. Alex Cahana’s review on 2019 was published in Coindesk, one of the most respected blockchain news media platforms. In it, describes three factors that will determine if 2020 will be an incremental or transformational year for blockchain.
Bert’s Annual Report: https://www.bertcmiller.com/2019/12/29/blockchain-healthcare-2019.html
Bert’s Blockchain/Healthcare Weekly Newsletter: https://bert.substack.com/
Dr. Alex Cahana’s 2019 Year in Review article: