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A Film by Manuel Stagars – The Blockchain And Us Video Documentary – Released in Full

When the Wright brothers invented the airplane in 1903, it was hard to imagine there would be over 500,000 people travelling in the air at any point in time today.

In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto invented Bitcoin and the Blockchain. For the first time in history, his invention made it possible to send money around the globe without banks, governments or any other intermediaries. Satoshi is a mystery character, and just like the Wright brothers, he solved an unsolvable problem. Whenever this happens, it inspires incredible innovation.

The concept of the Blockchain isn’t very intuitive. But still, many people believe it is a game changer. Despite its mysterious beginnings, the Blockchain might be the airplane of our time. Economist and filmmaker Manuel Stagars portrays this exciting technology in nineteen interviews with software developers, cryptologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, consultants, VCs, authors, politicians, and futurists from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and Australia.

How can the Blockchain benefit the economies of nations? How will it change society? What does this mean for each of us? The Blockchain and Us gives a view on the topic far from hype, makes it accessible, and starts a conversation.

Manuel Stagars is an economist, film director, author, and serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in consulting and startups in Switzerland, the United States, Japan, and Singapore.

His current film projects focus on the potential of technology for the economies of nations, societies, and the lives of people around the world. His recent films include FinTech Made in Switzerland (2016) and The Blockchain and Us (2017). Digital Transformation (2017/18) continues his filmseries on the promises and impacts of technology in our time.

Manuel has written books and scientific articles on Fintech, startups, impact investing, data quality, and Open Data. He has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and several financial certifications (CFA, CAIA, ERP).

Film Credits

Conversations with (in alphabetical order)

  • David Birch
    Director of Innovation, Consult Hyperion
    Guildford, UK
  • Perianne Boring
    Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
    Washington, USA
  • Christian Decker
    Core Tech Engineer, Blockstream
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Taylor Gerring
    Co-Founder, Ethereum
    Zug, Switzerland
  • Marco Carlo Grossi
    Director Audit & Risk Advisory, Deloitte Switzerland
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Caitlin Long
    Chairman of the Board & President at
    New York, USA
  • Jesse McWaters
    Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum (WEF)
    New York, USA
  • Paul Meeusen
    Head Finance and Treasury Services, Swiss Re
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dolfi Müller
    Mayor of the City of Zug
    Zug, Switzerland
  • Matthew Roszak
    Co-Founder & Chairman, Bloq
    Chicago, USA
  • Guido Rudolphi
    Founder, Cryptocash
    Uster, Switzerland
  • Jan Seffinga
    Partner, Deloitte Switzerland
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Elizabeth Stark
    Co-Founder & CEO, Lightning
    San Francisco, USA
  • Alex Tapscott
    Founder & CEO, Northwest Passage Ventures, Co-Author “Blockchain Revolution”
    Toronto, Canada
  • Lars Thomsen
    Chief Futurist & Founder, Future Matters
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Eric Van der Kleij
    Founder Adeptra, London Tech City, Level39. Adviser UK Govt, Kickstart Accelerator
    London, UK
  • Roger Wattenhofer
    Professor, Distributed Computing Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
    Zurich, Switzerland
  • Rik Willard
    Founder & Managing Director, Agentic Group
    New York, USA
  • Steve Wilson
    Digital Identity Innovator & Analyst
    Sydney, Australia

Additional conversations and special thanks (in alphabetical order): Iris Belle, Ben Bledsoe, Dario Duran, Marie Farrar Knowles, Olga Feldmeier, Sony Fricker, Daniel Gasteiger, Daniel Grassinger, Johs. Hoehener, Richard Kastelein, Leanne Kemp, Thomas Kern, Francine Klopfenstein, Veronica Lange, Claire LaRocca, Adriano B. Lucatelli, Christian Mäder, Ruedi Maeder, Luzius Meisser, Martin Müller, Mia Mutic, Ian Petchenik, Nathaniel Popper, Kamesh Raghavendra, Brian Rogers, Raffaela Stelzer, Elizabeth Wesson

Additional thanks (in alphabetical order): Agentic Group, Blockchain News, Blockstream, Bloq, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Constellation Research, Consult Hyperion, Cryptocash, Deloitte Switzerland, Ethereum Foundation, Everledger, Flightradar24, Future Matters,, Lightning, Lockstep Consulting, Municipality of Zug, nexussquared, Northwest Passage Ventures, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Swiss Re, Symbiont, World Economic Forum (WEF), Zurich Airport

Recording of live air traffic courtesy of Flightradar24

Cinematography, Editing, Music & Sound Design by Manuel Stagars © 2017 Manuel Stagars

Richard Kastelein
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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