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ASTRATUM in the Press and Media

"Blockchain should not just be considered merely a technological innovation, emphasizes Sven Laepple, Founder of the Blockchain company ASTRATUM. It’s much more of an economic and social innovation. It is an economic innovation because blockchain is creating new business models in every single industry, and a social innovation because it is a bottom-up movement."

"Blockchain on the verge of a breakthrough," places&spaces issue 2, 2017 (in English and Deutsch)


This article explores the potential for blockchain in real estate and asset management. Sven Laepple was interviewed, together with other international blockchain experts in real estate and investment, like Dr. Nina-Luisa Siedler, blockchain expert and partner in the Berlin office of British law firm DWF, Luka Müller-Studer, legal partner at MME law firm in Switzerland, Anthony Couse, CEO Asia Pacific at real estate service provider JLL, Ragnar Lifthrasir, Founder of Velox and Chairman of the International Blockchain Real Estate Association (IBREA), Daniel Seifert-Ziehe, Head of Digital Transformation at the Berlin-based real estate company Beos, Didier Le Menestrel, Chairman of the French fund boutique La Financière de l’Echiquier, Marion Peyinghaus, Managing Director of the Competence Centre Process Management Real Estate (CCPMRE) in Berlin

places&spaces is a real estate investment magazine from Union Investment. Union Investment (formal name Union Asset Management Holding AG) is the investmentarm of the DZ Bank Group and part of the cooperative financial services network. It was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Frankfurt. Union Investment is a leading asset manager in Germany and has reached a position within the Top 15 asset managers in Europe since its inception in 1956. As of 30 September 2018, Union Investment has self-declared assets under management of approximately 338.4 billion euro.

"With tokenization you are able to turn a huge pool of value much more liquid and you can enable smaller investors to access these new invest across borders in real assets, not only digital assets."

"Interview: Blockchain expert Sven Laepple," May 2018 (in English)


In this interview, Sven talks about the opportunities and challenges of real estate tokenization, tokenizing air, and why lawyers will always be part of the tokenization process. It was conducted by freelance writer George Koynov on behalf of Brickblock.

Brickblock provides the technology and legal framework to facilitate real estate investments on the blockchain, allowing developers to raise capital from a global investor pool and investors to access attractive investments around the world.

"Let's talk about tokens and cryptocurrencies. Creativity and use cases for tokens are limitless."

"Podcast: Blockchain expert Sven Laepple," Tech Open Air January 2018 (58:00 mins, in English)


On episode six of the ICO Podcast, Niko Woischnik interviews Sven Laepple. Sven is the founder of ASTRATUM. Sven first talks about the drone air traffic management system, designed on ethereum and further developed by russia-based Airalab from the Distributed Sky Alliance. Afterwards, the discussion is about cryptocurrencies, tokens and the viability of tokenization.

Niko's interviews with other blockchain experts can be found on Blockchain Podcast: Shermin Voshmgir – Founder of BlockchainHub, Jeremy Gardner of Blockchain Capital, Fabian Vogelsteller of Ethereum, Dr. Nina-Luisa Siedler of DWF, Trent McConaghy – Founder & CTO of Ocean and BigchainDB, Andre Eggert of LACORE Lawyers, Kaidi Ruusalepp Founder & CEO of FunderbeamRyan Shea, Co-Founder of Blockstack, Brain Fabian Crain, Co-Founder & Co-Host of Epicenter, Kavita Gupta, Founding Managing Partner at Consensys, Ryan Ozonian, Co-Founder & CEO at Mercury Protocol and DUST messaging and Dr. Noah Raford. Noah, Chief Futurist at the Dubai Future Foundation.


Tech Open Air (TOA), founded in Berlin by Nikolas Woischnik, is the first and largest interdisciplinary technology festival in Europe dedicated to bringing together tech, music, art, and science through knowledge exchange and collaboration. TOA believes that technology is transforming the way we work, live and relate: only if you understand technology can you take advantage of the opportunities it creates.

"A new asset class is emerging, which is becoming increasingly attractive."

"Sven Laepple im Blockchain Interview," Finance Zweinull April 2016 (in English and Deutsch)


In this interview, Sven gives some background to ASTRATUM and Blockchain Angels Germany, a joint activity with Jamie Burke from Outlier Ventures. He explains the potential of blockchain in general and its impact on fnance and banks. Further, he outlines the international landscape with their epicenters and ecosystems, the similarities between cooperatives and blockchains, and noteworthy projects.

Finance Zweinull is Boris Janek's blog about financial innovation. Boris is Fintech experts and blogger, speaker, consultant and author. He writes regularly about blockchain in his column of the German Fintech newsletter finletter.

"The system we build today are going to be the systems our kids are growing with tomorrow."

"Podcast and Book: Interview with Sven Laepple," Blockchain Billions January 2017 (32:00 mins, in English)


Beyond all the hype around blockchain technology, some companies are building real businesses with it. While Bitcoin works today, other blockchain technology is getting billions of dollars in funding and has the potential to help billions of people.


"Blockchain Billions: How this technology will make money and change the world" is a book and podcast by Henrik de Gyor and Greg Parker. Henrik de Gyor interviews 30 blockchain experts like Tone Vays, Daniel Grassinger, Robby Schwertner and Sven Laepple.


In this episode, Henrik interviews Sven. Sven first talks about what blockchain will change, augment or replace. He speaks, how the leading chinese car supplier Wanxiang, lesser known as first institutional investor in ethereum, uses blockchain to reposition itself in the advent of the electric car. Wanxiang is the parent company of Fenbushi Capital, possibly the leading blockchain investor worldwide. Further, Sven talks about decentralization and new business models, based on the blockchain eco-system and its convergence with other technologies: micropayments, AI, IoT, new mobility, smart cities. Afterwards, he talks about the international landscape for blockchain. Finally, Sven talks about new business opportunities like the tokenization of assets, investment opportunities and blue ocean innovation. Sven closes with advise to whose, interested in blockchains. 

The ebook with the 30 interviews is available on Amazon. You can listen to the 30 interviews on the Blockchain Billions podcast


Henrik de Gyor is a consultant, podcaster, startup advisor, and writer. He often writes and podcasts about niche topics which he unpacks into essential elements for the audience. When he is not traveling to clients, Henrik lives with his wife in South Carolina, USA.