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September 30, 2020  

AI and Quantum Computing to the Rescue

Ever wondered what a podcast would sound like if it was hosted by an AI? Look no further. In this episode of Hacker Noon's Noonies chatcast series, Natasha Nel's AI alter-ego asks three top Hacker Noon Contributors which technological innovation they think will save the world and why. Buckle up for surreal meta moment from the future of robot podcasting

With thanks to our 2020 Noonies award sponsors: Sustany Capital.TECH DomainsGrant for the WebSkillsoftFlipside CryptoUdacity, and Beyondskills.


(01:24) Rishabh Anand on artificial intelligence

(05:19) Vladimiros Peilivanidis on quantum

(06:25) Aditi Bhatnagar on computing speed and human possibility



July 8, 2020  

Who is Linh Dao Smooke? A conversation about Entrepreneurship, Leadership and the Impact of Technology and Education with the Hacker Noon COO

Linh Dao Smooke discusses Entrepreneurship, running Hacker Noon, and the importance of education with Henry Le of Vietnam Tech Society.

Linh shares how her opportunity to study abroad in India at age 17 has shaped the course of her life forever. Grateful for her scholarships to schools in India and the US, Linh has been creating opportunities for students and young professionals through her various initiatives in education, such as the creation of the Creative Kid Project. 

Linh discusses Hacker Noon's business model, how the company interacts with its community of writers and readers, operations processes and the next big steps Hacker Noon is taking to build a better Internet. Linh also shares insights of Hacker Noon break up with Medium and highlights the values of no paywall and free Internet on which Hacker Noon philosophy is built. 

Continue reading about education, leadership, tech stories, and business lessons on Hacker Noon.

Also, keep up Hacker Noon via the NOONIFICATIONGiphy (ahem Facebook and/or Instagram), Twitterthe Tech Stories Chrome plugin, or just get a technology story published today. P.S. We also are accepting new sponsors.

June 25, 2020  

“I Was Making More Money Than God” - John McAfee on the Hacker Noon Podcast

John McAfee talks about making more money than God on the Hacker Noon podcast hosted by David Smooke.

McAfee starts off with the impact of one's childhood and how it shapes perspectives. He shares his experiences as an entrepreneur and what it takes to become a multimillionaire. John McAfee also provides a take on the number one danger of the modern Internet and presents an opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement.

McAfee shares anecdotes from his life, how he became the self proclaimed richest man in South Virginia before hitting 18; his recent escape from the United States, his first job at General Electric, where he learned programming and the importance of math in life.

"I'm the best coder alive"

"Don't schedule an interview with this guy again, he's too smart"

- John McAfee 

Continue reading about entrepreneurship, business, startup lessons, and privacy on Hacker Noon.

Also, check out Hacker Noon via the NOONIFICATION, Giphy (ahem Facebook and/or Instagram), Twitter, or just get a technology story published today

June 19, 2020  

How to build cryptocurrency exchange from scratch by Adam Todd, CEO & Founder of Digitex Futures

Adam Todd, Lead Developer and CEO of Digitex Futures Exchange, joins Utsav Jaiswal to share his journey in trading and discuss what it takes to build a cryptocurrency exchange. 

They discuss cryptocurrency space in general, bitcoin, and the effort behind building cryptocurrency exchange from scratch. Adam shares the story of his trading experience which started when he was 19, and how it led him to build a zero-fee cryptocurrency exchange.

Check related reads on Digitex, trading and cryptocurrency on Hacker Noon

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June 15, 2020  

How to Build a Tech Podcast and Engage the Community by Jennifer Hooper, Producer at Code[ish] by Heroku

Jennifer Hooper, the Producer at Code[ish] and Senior Director, Technical Product Marketing, Content, and Brand at Heroku, joins Utsav Jaiswal to share her insights to building a tech podcast. Code[ish] focuses on code, technology and the life of the developer. 

They talk about the place for growth-hacks in technology podcasts, how to add value to the listeners', and the importance of naming your podcast in an SEO-friendly manner. Jennifer, shares her process of sticking to schedules despite millions of moving pieces involved, the challenges of recording from remote locations, and the role of the community in podcasting.

Check related reads on podcasts, Heroku and the power of community on Hacker Noon

Also check out Hacker Noon via the NOONIFICATION, Giphy (ahem Facebook and/or Instagram), Twitter, or just get a technology story published today

May 28, 2020  

Trump vs. The Internet

What just happened to the internet!? Did our President just sign an executive order that forces social media platforms to be his personal mega phone? Hacker Noon CPO Dane Lyons and CEO David Smooke discuss the possible implications on 45's attempt to change internet law. Some sources discussed in this episode:

Read more about Net Neutrality, Twitter, Censorship, Fact Checking, and the Internet on

April 8, 2020  

Holochain Deep Dive with Arthur Brock and Eric-Harris-Braun

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In this episode Utsav Jaiswal interviews Arthur Brock and Eric Harris-Braun, Co-Founders of Holochain - an Open Source framework for building fully distributed, peer-to-peer applications. 

They talk about Holochain’s mission and values, how it differs from Blockchains, and how to manage distributed teams. 


“What we've been interested in is really how do we collectively shape currents, flows for a better world, for greater collective intelligence, for coordinating and collaborating better.”

 - Arthur Brock


“Holochain is what we've come to after a very long time and a lot of intense efforts in understanding those (biological) patterns of how to create tools for distributed collective intelligence... And Holochain is our answer to being able to do that.”

- Eric Harris-Braun


“It creates currencies that are not speculated. It creates currencies that are based on actual production. People, for a long time, have been wondering why we have all these currencies when the government can issue as much of it as they want, whenever they want. 

It's funny, in the blockchain world, they call their currencies non-fiat and government currencies - fiat, but blockchain currencies are also actually fiat. 

They are declared out of nowhere

Whereas, if you do this other pattern of creating mutual credit currencies based on productive capacity, then you are actually creating something that represents actual value in the world and our economics can become based on value rather than speculation.”

- Eric Harris-Braun


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March 27, 2020  

Linh Dao Smooke and Utsav Jaiswal discuss Decentralization, Challenges, and Solutions with The NEM Foundation’s President Alex Tinsman and NEM CTO Nate D’Amico

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In this episode Linh Dao Smooke and Utsav Jaiswal interview Alex Tinsman, President at Foundation and NEM’s CTO Nate D’Amico.  

They discuss cryptocurrency adoption, difference between NEM, a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency and blockchain platform, and Nem.IO Foundation, gender role in crypto tech spheres, blockchain decentralization, Nem’s operation mindset and the future of NEM. 

Interview was recorded on January 18th, 2020. 

“What's pretty interesting about the trajectory with the path for the NEM is that it was so forward thinking with the security features that it has always overcome and remained when all these other coins on platforms kind of went away. I think it has a bright future with technology. Platforms like NEM stick around because they are forward thinking with their features and their abilities.” 

“I want to be a part of change and the only way to do so is to educate yourself. And the only way to educate yourself is to get dirty. To get dirty with the code, get dirty with the channels, understand. Get into the thick of it. And then it gets really exciting [blockchain and cryptocurrency) because it opens up the opportunity for anyone. Anyone, no matter what your skills set is, everyone has the same level of playing field.  So I don't really think of it as a female thing, I think of it as an empowering tool that anyone and everyone can be a part of. So to me it's not gender, it's a movement.” -

Alex Tinsman

“If someone on even local, city council level wanted to do a similar voting style that we are using for the NEM ecosystem, they could launch a private or public chain and it doesn't really matter as functionally of the network would be doing the same thing. They could launch a private chain or public chain and still make it auditable, so anyone could have a verifiable data that they would check and download. And then they could configure that network by just tuning a couple labs when they launch it to decide how the consensus works. So if you’re launching a six server node of private network for local city council loading and you’re gonna use it once and then archive it for historical verification purposes, and then every year stand up a new network - you could configure it in a very simplified way that gives you total control on how to protect the network.”

- Nate D'Amico


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April 25, 2019  

E40 - The Technology and Humanity Interface with Cris Beasley of Hack Reality

Episode 40 of the Hacker Noon Podcast: An interview with Cris Beasley of Hack Reality, a podcast that explores technology, creativity and love.

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In this episode Trent Lapinski interviews Cris Beasley from Hack Reality, you get to learn about how technology interfaces with humanity, what pitfalls may occur and how technology helps to build better future for humanity.

“I am also spinning up a lab to bring together artists and technologists to create performance pieces that stretch consciousness and alter consciousness.”

“I thought a lot over the last few years of how we can be responsible technology-makers and make things that make us more even.”

“And I believe that we absolutely can transcend where we are in our current humanity. As long as we are building things that have this intent.”

“Then the question becomes how can you tell whether you are building something that is helping or hurting.” -

Cris Beasley

Production and music by Derek Bernard -
Host: Trent Lapinski -


March 15, 2019  

E30 - Why is leaving Medium?

Episode 30 of the Hacker Noon Podcast: An interview with David Smooke, CEO and founder of

In this episode Trent Lapinski interviews David Smooke concerning the future of They discuss some of the recent events concerning Medium, and why will eventually be moving away from Medium with the coming launch of Hacker Noon 2.0.

Music by Derek Bernard —

Host: Trent Lapinski —