The Priv8 Podcast with Derek E. Silva
Presented by Orchid

Latest Episode

June 9, 2021

Episode 51: Greg Osuri

What is the future of Web3? Host Derek E. Silva joins Greg Osuri, Founder and CEO of Akash Network, the open-source, decentralized cloud. They take a deep dive into the future impact of AI, overcoming the challenges of distributed networks, and the battle for data sovereignty.

June 2, 2021

Episode 50: Rebecca Wexler

How does technology affect our democracy and government? Host Derek E. Silva joins Rebecca Wexler, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, School of Law. They take a deep dive into the criminal justice system, the power imbalance caused by predictive technologies, and human rights in the digital age.

May 26, 2021

Episode 49: Dragana Kaurin

What happens when we design with equity in mind? Derek E. Silva joins Dragana Kaurin, a human rights researcher and founder of The Localization Lab, an organization fighting for equal access to information. A deep dive into building the Internet for everyone, and the privacy issues around digital identity.

May 19, 2021

Episode 48: Avichal Garg

Listen to a new episode of Priv8 Podcast! Derek E. Silva joins Avichal Garg, Co-founder and Partner at Electric Capital, an early-stage venture firm. A great conversation on the rise of the creator economy, privacy-first technologies, and the future of programmable money.

May 12, 2021

Episode 47: Kara Swisher

This week we feature a special episode from Priv8's digital privacy summit with The New York Times’ Kara Swisher. She joins Taiwan's Digital Minister Audrey Tang to discuss lessons learned from Taiwan's unique response to the pandemic that successfully protected the population while preserving privacy.

May 5, 2021

Episode 46: Edward Snowden

“Don't stay safe, stay free." This week we feature a special episode: Edward Snowden’s talk from the Priv8 digital privacy summit. He shares his thoughts on the rise of surveillance capitalism, why online privacy matters, and how to fix a broken Internet.

April 21, 2021

Episode 45: New Priv8 Podcast with Derek E. Silva

We are excited to share that Follow the White Rabbit is now the Priv8 Podcast with host Derek E. Silva. Join us for a weekly dose of commentary on privacy and technology. Tune in this May for our first episode featuring Edward Snowden's talk from the Priv8 digital privacy summit.

April 14, 2021

Episode 44: Bill Barhydt

Go down the rabbit hole with serial entrepreneur Bill Barhydt, Founder and CEO Abra, the digital cash peer-to-peer money transfer network available in over 150 countries. We take a deep dive into the future of banking, how to protect your financial privacy with Bitcoin, and why fungibility is key to the future of crypto.

April 6, 2021

Episode 43: Emin Gün Sirer

We go down the rabbit hole with Emin Gün Sirer, Founder and CEO of Ava Labs, the team behind the Avalanche blockchain platform. A leader in peer-to-peer systems, he shares his thoughts on how to build trust, transparency, and privacy with decentralizing technologies.

March 31, 2021

Episode 42: Tor Bair

Go down the rabbit hole with Tor Bair, Founder of the Secret Foundation, an organization that supports the adoption of open-source privacy technologies. A great conversation on the effects of Web3 in a digital world, why blockchain is the blueprint for a new economy, and the evolution of privacy.

March 17, 2021

Episode 41: Aibek Esengulov

Go down the rabbit hole with Aibek Esengulov, Founder of Horizontal Systems, the developers of the privacy-focused wallet, Unstoppable. We take a deep dive into the DEFI revolution, investing without borders, and the rise of digital collectibles.

March 17, 2021

Episode 40: Marvin Tong

We go down the rabbit hole with Marvin Tong, co-founder, and CEO of Phala Network. We take a deep dive into how companies can leverage big data, the role of confidential computing, and how Phala is bringing on-chain privacy to the Polkadot ecosystem.

March 10, 2021

Episode 39: Gregory Landua

We go down the rabbit hole with Gregory Landua, co-founder of Regen Network, a global marketplace that aligns economics with ecology. We take a deep dive into how we can reverse climate change, become carbon neutral, and collaborate better with each other.

March 3, 2021

Episode 38: Miko Matsumura

Go down the rabbit hole with Miko Matsumura, co-founder of crypto exchange Evercoin and General Partner with Gumi Ventures, an investment fund focused on early stage blockchain startups. He shares his thoughts on the impact of open source on human rights, why Bitcoin is a social network, and the emergence of ICOs.

February 24, 2021

Episode 37: David Henkel-Wallace

We go down the rabbit hole with David “Gumby” Henkel-Wallace, partner at Rodin AI, who founded the first open source company Cygnus that Red Hat acquired in 1999 to become a global powerhouse. The tech pioneer shares his thoughts on the democratization of encryption, how open source has become weaponized, and the future impact it has on data privacy.

February 17, 2021

Episode 36: Lance Vick

We go down the rabbit hole with Lance Vick, Senior Security Engineer at Polychain Capital and the Founder of #!, a group focused on privacy, security, and digital sovereignty. We take a deep dive into the dark side of hacking, how we can avoid the next SolarWinds attack, and the difference between privacy and anonymity.

February 10, 2021

Episode 35: Leigh Honeywell

Go down the rabbit hole with Leigh Honeywell, Founder & CEO of Tall Poppy, which builds tools and services to help companies protect their employees from online harassment and abuse. We take a deep dive into the rise of cyberbullying, promoting psychological safety in the workplace, and how to defend yourself from online trolls.

February 3, 2021

Episode 34: Joe Toscano

Go down the rabbit hole with Joe Toscano, featured in the hit documentary “The Social Dilemma”, and co-founder and CIO of BEACON, an organization that operates at the intersection of human-centered design, social impact, and public policy. We take a deep dive into redesigning the online consumer experience, how to break out of the social media echo chamber, and the data privacy reckoning on the horizon.

January 27, 2021

Episode 33: John Redgrave

We go down the rabbit hole with Co-founder and CEO John Redgrave of Sentropy Technologies to keep users and brands safe from online abuse. We take a deep dive into content moderation challenges, how to build trust in digital communities, and the rise of the dark web.

January 20, 2021

Episode 32: Nathan Wilcox

Go down the rabbit hole with Nathan Wilcox, CTO of Electric Coin Company, the inventors of Zcash, empowering people with economic freedom. We take a deep dive into the next wave of defi, why privacy is key to crypto adoption and the benefits & risks of decentralization.

January 13, 2021

Episode 31: Jamie King

Go down the rabbit hole with Jamie King, Host of Steal this Show and Director of Steal this Film, a documentary on the movement against intellectual property. We take a deep dive into cancel culture, ongoing reality wars, and the consequences of disinformation.

January 6, 2021

Episode 30: Franck Nouyrigat

We go down the rabbit hole with Franck Nouyrigat, Co-founder of Startup Weekend and Electis, a nonprofit focused on how technology can reshape democracy. We take a deep dive into the future of voting, what’s in the DNA of a great entrepreneur, and how to build a robust community online.

December 23, 2020

Episode 29: Yaniv Tal

Go down the rabbit hole with Yaniv Tal, Project Lead at Graph Protocol. We take a deep dive into the inspiration behind building the Graph Network and how they're helping the next generation of dApp developers create a decentralized future.

December 16, 2020

Episode 28: Andreas Antonopoulos

Go down the rabbit hole with Andreas Antonopoulos, tech entrepreneur and one of crypto's best known evangelists. He shares his thoughts on the future of Bitcoin, his mission to educate the world about open blockchain, and why society should protect privacy online.

December 9, 2020

Episode 27: Kurt Rohloff

Go down the rabbit hole with open-source pioneer Kurt Rohloff, Co-founder and CTO of Duality Technologies. We take a deep dive into his life-changing role at DARPA, privacy concerns associated with contact tracing, and why homomorphic encryption is the holy grail of data security.

December 2, 2020

Episode 26: Anne Ahola Ward

Go down the rabbit hole with futurist and CEO of CircleClick, Anne Ahola Ward. She shares her thoughts on the fight for Section 230, why decentralization matters, and what tech trends to watch for in 2021.

November 25, 2020

Episode 25: Roger Huang

We go down the rabbit hole with Roger Huang, CEO of CyberSecure, a company that develops open-source cybersecurity tools. A deep dive into the Five Eyes alliance's complex history, China's digital yen, and best practices for protecting your privacy online.

November 18, 2020

Episode 24: Brad Kam

We go down the rabbit hole with Brad Kam, Co-founder of Unstoppable Domains. He shares his perspective on how the Internet is broken, increasing censorship of content, and the economic benefits of using .crypto domains.

November 11, 2020

Episode 23: Roneil Rumburg

We go down the rabbit hole with Roneil Rumburg, CEO of Audius, a blockchain music platform that has been called the decentralized Spotify. He shares his thoughts on the struggle between surveillance and privacy, and how Audius has built a censorship-resistant platform for artists to share music with fans.

November 4, 2020

Episode 22: Adriana Hamacher

We go down the rabbit hole with Adriana Hamacher, a senior journalist at Decrypt Media. A fascinating conversation on the future of robotics, crypto’s social impact, and the man who saved Sushiswap.

October 28, 2020

Episode 21: Felipe Erazo

Go down the rabbit hole with Felipe Erazo, a crypto journalist for Cointelegraph. A great conversation on how blockchain is revolutionizing Latin America, protecting human rights, and empowering freedom of speech.

October 21, 2020

Episode 20: Neeraj Khandelwal

We go down the rabbit hole with Neeraj Khandelwal, Co-founder of CoinDCX, the largest crypto exchange in India. He shares his story as an early Bitcoin adopter, how his company is opening gateways to new forms of investing, thoughts on the state of defi, and why the blockchain is key to our economic freedom.

October 14, 2020

Episode 19: David Pan, Coindesk Journalist

Go down the rabbit hole with David Pan, a business journalist for Coindesk covering global stories on blockchain and crypto. A great conversation on Hong Kong’s new national security law, how China is fueling blockchain growth, press censorship in the digital age, and if TikTok is a privacy threat.

October 7, 2020

Episode 18: Alex Gluchowski

We go down the rabbit hole with Alex Gluchowski, CEO of Matter Labs that's unchaining #Ethereum. He shares his thoughts on preserving privacy, how tech is empowering human rights, and what social impact the public blockchain has on the world.

September 30, 2020

Episode 17: Dawn Song, CEO of Oasis Labs

Go down the rabbit hole with Dawn Song, Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley and CEO of Oasis Labs. We dive deep into the challenges we face in the digital world, why we are at the inflection point for data privacy, and her vision for building a responsible data economy.

September 23, 2020

Episode 16: Jason Brett

Go down the rabbit hole with Jason Brett, CEO of Value Technology, a D.C. think tank focused on blockchain. He shares his journey through the 2008 banking crisis, the rise of Bitcoin, and how crypto has impacted our democracy.

September 16, 2020

Episode 15: Val Mack

Go down the rabbit hole with Val Mack, a Software Architect at Quant Five and a member of Women Who Code. A blockchain developer & entrepreneur, she shares her insights on compassionate technologies, data privacy, and how to navigate a career in tech.

September 9, 2020

Episode 14: Dr. Juan E. Gilbert

Go down the rabbit hole with Dr. Juan E. Gilbert, Chair of the CISE Dept at the University of Florida. He shares how he’s pioneering the development in open source election systems, the virtual traffic stop, and how disinformation affects our democracy.

September 2, 2020

Episode 13: Brian J. Fox

Go down the rabbit hole with Brian J. Fox, Co-founder of Orchid & the original author of the GNU Bash shell. He shares his open source journey as the first employee of the Free Software Foundation, building Orchid’s VPN protocol, and the biggest lessons he learned as an entrepreneur.

August 26, 2020

Episode 12: Ken Seiff

Go down the rabbit hole with Orchid’s CEO, Dr. Steven Waterhouse and Ken Seiff, Managing Partner at Beanstalk Ventures. They share their thoughts on privacy, the future of democracy, and the dark & light side of the Internet.

August 19, 2020

Episode 11: Richard Muirhead

Go down the rabbit hole with Richard Muirhead, Managing Partner of Fabric Ventures and an early Orchid supporter. A Bitcoin believer since 2013, he shares his ideas about decentralization, the token economy, and the future of privacy.

August 10, 2020

Episode 10: Ben Bartlett

Go down the rabbit hole with Ben Bartlett, an environmental lawyer and a Berkeley City Council Member. The son of community activists he shares his family's rich history and personal fight for freedom. A timely discussion on the future of democracy, personal freedom, and defending our civil rights.

August 5, 2020

Episode 9: David Chaum

Go down the rabbit hole with a forefather of crypto, David Chaum, CEO of the xx Network. A timely discussion on the future of digital currency, election security, and the chilling effects that the decline of democracy has on our 1st Amendment rights.

July 22, 2020

Episode 8: Cindy Cohn

Go down the rabbit hole with Cindy Cohn, Executive Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an organization that advocates for our civil liberties and freedom online. A fascinating conversation on the encryption wars, protecting our 4th amendment rights, and EFF’s battle against the dragnet policy.

July 22, 2020

Episode 7: Alexander Lloyd

Go down the rabbit hole with Alexander Lloyd, Founder of Accelerator Ventures, who sits on the board of the Human Rights Foundation, and is one of the authors of “The Little Bitcoin Book: Why Bitcoin Matters for Your Freedom, Finances, and Future.”

A fascinating conversation on how crypto impacts human rights, the history of social activism, restoring Internet freedom, and startup opportunities coming out of the pandemic.

July 14, 2020

Episode 6: Paul Veradittakit

Go down the rabbit hole with Paul Veradittakit, a Partner at Pantera Capital, who’s executed some of the most deals in the blockchain and crypto space. A great conversation on the new decentralized economy, prediction markets, and the evolution of privacy.

July 8, 2020

Episode 5: Jehan Chu

In our fifth episode, we go down the rabbit hole with Jehan Chu, Co-founder & Managing Partner of Kenetic Capital. A great conversation technology integration wars, decentralized apps, the future access of information, and how the world is becoming more tribal.

July 1, 2020

Episode 4: Roger Ver

In our fourth episode, we go down the rabbit hole with Roger Ver, Executive Chairman of He shares his incredible journey as an early investor in Bitcoin startups, his views on the role government should play in citizens’ lives, and the fundamentals of voluntaryism.

June 24, 2020

Episode 3: Jyri Engestrom

We go down the rabbit hole with Jyri Engestrom, a partner at Yes VC, a venture capital firm that invests in startups set in motion by social movements. He shares his journey as a founder of both Jaiku and Ditto, which were acquired separately by Google and Groupon. We discuss the future of democracy, how technology affects humanity, and some recent efforts he and a few other entrepreneurs took to provide free testing for COVID-19.

June 17, 2020

Episode 2: Vinny Lingham

In our second episode, we go down the rabbit hole with Vinny Lingham, South African entrepreneur and Co-founder & CEO of Civic Technologies, a company at the forefront of the digital identity revolution. He discusses his thoughts on data privacy, why we need decentralized systems to protect our identity, whether crypto can displace the dollar, and what lies ahead for entrepreneurs in the new normal.

June 03, 2020

Episode 1: Interview with Rich Staropoli

In our premiere episode, we go down the rabbit hole with Rich Staropoli, whose career reads like a Tom Clancy spy novel. He's the former White House CIO for the Department of Homeland Security and a special agent for the Secret Service for 25 years. He discusses what it was like to protect President George W. Bush on September 11th, his thoughts on the current state of technology at DHS, what cybersecurity risks our country faces, and the future of our election systems.

Derek E. Silva

About the Host

As the Global Community Manager for Orchid, Derek is responsible for communicating the core tenets and benefits of Orchid to thousands of people. Derek is a former IT professional, building his communication skills while working across multiple industries and demographics. He has read dozens of whitepapers, interviewed individuals from top technology companies, provided one-on-one support, and now dedicates his time to helping blockchain companies build communities.

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