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Richard Burton is the Co-founder and CEO of Balance, a wallet app for managing money and blockchain transactions aimed at becoming a single place to see and exchange banking and blockchain balances. Balance connects to MetaMask, Ledger, and Trezor, and allows users to view and send their ERC-20 tokens. The app has already integrated with 15,000+ U.S. banks, was featured by Apple Mac App store, and has hundreds of paying customers. Before starting Balance, Ric spent time as a designer for Ethereum and freelance iOS designer at Blurtit. He also worked at Stripe and co-founded Sourcing.io.

We have a fun convo about Ric's path to the blockchain space, his passionate twitter profile and his vision for the industry.

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Show Notes:

  • 00:42 Richard Burton Intro.
  • 02:11 The inspiration behind his idea for Balance.
  • 04:30 Ric's previous freelance work at Ethereum.
  • 05:55 The factor that motivated Ric to work on Ethereum before it had caught on.
  • 07:38 Plans for Balance to support other protocols beyond just supporting ERC-20 tokens.
  • 08:32 Expanding Balance's integrations with other exchanges beyond ShapeShift.
  • 09:17 Integrating with more centralized exchanges.
  • 10:20 Ric's preference between decentralized and centralized exchanges.
  • 12:07 Future functionalities.
  • 13:31 Core focus on Balance's features.
  • 14:51 Open-sourcing Balance.
  • 17:28 The power of technology and its role in shaping politics.
  • 20:17 The future of tech and its expected impact on politics and the global society as a whole.
  • 22:42 Applying an understanding of the gas/oil market to demystify the technical aspects of blockchains.
  • 26:55 Other projects that Balance has invested in or formed partnerships with.

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