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In this podcast, hosts Vikram Ramakrishnan and Faizaan Shamsi, partners at the software consultancy QuantLayer, talk to investors and builders of the cryptocurrency arena. We discuss how industry participants think about crypto assets, how they uncover fraud in the market, and which technologies will turn the budding, nascent crypto space into the revolutionary powerhouse early market participants had hoped for.

Oct 8, 2018

John Young joins me from John worked at Capital One before starting his first two crypto Software-as-a-Service (or SaaS) businesses in early 2017: Spreadstreet and Cryptosheets. Both these services let users work with crypto pricing data in Google Sheets and Excel. Install a plugin, and you are good to go. Definitely worth checking out. I was excited to speak with John since he is running a crypto SaaS business for crypto research like us. We talk how he has been finding customers, who his customers are, other SaaS tools he uses for his business, and what kinds of data analysis tools he’s building at Ledj. His product is much needed in this space, and it was awesome to get his perspective on it. If you are a trader, investor, or researcher, this episode is worth listening to.


  • His background and what he did before Bitcoin
  • How Spreadstreet came about
  • The products he's building
  • What made him decide to incorporate Cryptosheets
  • Issues encountered by traders and investors with respect to pricing data
  • Type of customer he has
  • How customers find him and how he finds them
  • Taking a year’s worth of payment upfront in crypto
  • On Excel as a powerful program
  • What they are currently doing on the web app side
  • On Tech Stack hiring a development team
  • Recommendations when hiring or looking for a team member in general
  • Billing they use in SaaS Stack
  • Other areas of research lacking in crypto now
  • The reason they built Ledj