This is an episode of The Disruptors Behind Innovation with host Raj Lala and guest, Anthony Di Iorio. Anthony is founder and CEO of Decentral Inc. He funded and co-founded Ethereum, the decentralized smart contract platform. In this conversation, we discuss the ethereum blockchain, cryptocurrencies (ether/bitcoin), disruptive technologies, giving back to the community, and helping solve problems.


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  • 0:15 Opening remarks
  • 0:50 Introduction to Anthony
  • 1:37 How Decentral started
  • 4:15 Who is the Decentral audience
  • 5:25 Background of Di Iorio
  • 8:00 The breakthrough of Crypto
  • 10:30 Creating a win for the public
  • 12:40 Anti-trust movement
  • 16:10 What is Ethereum
  • 17:45 What is required for crypto adoption
  • 20:15 Is wider adoption of crypto coming?
  • 22:15 Top disruptive themes in the next 5 years
  • 23:15 Three influential people in Anthony’s life
  • 25:30 Top podcasts
  • 26:40 Closing remarks



Anthony Di Iorio, Founder and CEO of Decentral Inc.

Over the course of three decades, Anthony Di Iorio has launched more than 10 companies and invested tens of millions of dollars in numerous industries, including blockchain. Anthony immediately recognized the paradigm shift from the Age of Computing to the Age of Information and, more recently, to the Age of Value. In late 2013 Anthony funded & co-founded Ethereum, the decentralized smart contract platform that at its peak hit $150 billion in market cap. Currently, he is the founder and CEO of Decentral Inc., a Toronto-based innovation hub & software development company focused on decentralized technologies. Decentral is the maker of Jaxx Liberty, a digital asset platforms that has empowered millions of people with the tools they need to control their digital lives. Well-versed in cryptocurrency, blockchain, finance and business, he has advised a number of companies, and as the inaugural Chief Digital Officer for the TMX Group, the parent company of The Toronto Stock Exchange, he explored ways to make exchanges operate faster and cheaper through blockchain technology. Anthony has shared his visionary insight with hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Since 2012, he has given numerous lectures, speeches, keynote addresses and interviews, and even hosted over 100 technology events. He was a lecturer at the University of Nicosia’s Master’s program in Digital Currencies and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law teaching “Cryptocurrencies, Crypto Ventures and the Future of the Exchange.” In 2018, Anthony further distinguished himself as the winner of the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, as the winner of the FinTech Leader of the Year Award, and made Toronto Life’s list of the 50 Most Influential people in 2018.



Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs

Prior to founding Evolve ETFs, Mr. Lala served as Head of WisdomTree Canada – a division of WisdomTree Investments Inc., one of the world’s largest ETF issuers. Prior to this, Mr. Lala was Executive Vice President and Head of Retail Markets for Fiera Capital Corporation, a prominent Canadian investment management firm with over $100 billion in assets under management. Mr. Lala co-founded and served as President and CEO of Propel Capital Corporation (which was acquired by Fiera Capital Corporation in September 2014). Propel raised approximately $1 Billion in structured products in its five years of operation. Prior to Propel, Mr. Lala worked with Jovian Capital. Mr. Lala held several roles at Jovian including President of JovFunds Inc., an asset management division of Jovian Capital. Mr. Lala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.


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