Business & Economics Podcasts

Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.


United States


Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.






Girl Gone Crypto: How These Wildly Entertaining Crypto Videos Get Made - Ep.165

Lea Thompson, aka Girl Gone Crypto, talks about what goes into producing her popular “The Crypto Minute” vlog, what initially got her into crypto, and her recent decision to quit her day job and go full time crypto. In this episode we discuss: what “The Crypto Minute” is all about, and all the crypto video content she produces (2:37)how Lea comes up with creative content such as wearing a whale costume to portray Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor (5:04)how long it actually takes to create...


Michael Moro on Tesla's BTC Buy and the New Genesis Treasury - Ep.164

Michael Moro, CEO of Genesis Global, discusses Tesla’s purchase of $1.5 billion in bitcoin and Genesis’s new unit: Genesis Treasury. He also talks about how demand has shaped Genesis’ bitcoin and crypto offerings over the years, which events have acted as catalysts for institutional demand, and what Genesis is expecting in 2021. In this episode Michael covers: The significance of Tesla allocating $1.5 billion to BTC (1:08)How Tesla’s purchase is a result of the evolution of the asset class...


Why Asia Is So Important to Crypto - Ep.163

Mira Christanto, research analyst at Messari, recently wrote a comprehensive report on the crypto scene in Asia. In this episode, she covers cultural differences in crypto trading between East and West, plus gives us the latest on the diverse regulatory landscape within this large region. Some topics covered in this show include: why Asia is an important geography in cryptowhy Asia dominates the crypto futures trading marketswhy DeFi fits better with Western culture, and centralized...


Why the GameStop Insanity Is So Similar to Crypto - Ep.162

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and founder of FTX, describes what happened between the Subreddit Wall Street Bets and hedge funds around the stock of GameStop this week. In this episode, he covers: what happened with the stock of video game retailer GameStop this weekwhat that says about how to value a stockhow the traditional financial establishment reactedhow the events in GameStop this week are similar to the way crypto markets operatehow a crypto financial system could affect the ability of...


Is Tether a Fraud? Its Bank Says It's Not - Ep.161

Gregory Pepin, deputy CEO of Deltec Bank and Trust, responds to allegations in a blog post by the pseudonymous Crypto Anonymous, that Tether is a "highly probably fraud." In this episode, he covers: how Deltec accounts for its reserves, and why they didn't show up on Crypto Anonymous's blog postwhere the dollars backing Tethers are heldhow Tethers get createdwhere Tether Ltd. keeps its cash equivalentswhy there's more demand for trading with USDT than with USD partially because of the...


What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Layer 2s - Ep.160

Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer at Coinshares, and Nic Carter, general partner at Castle Island Ventures, join me at the Stacks conference to discuss Bitcoin layer 2s. In this episode, they cover: why layers 2s existhow layer 2s, such as payment channels like Lightning, workwhat kind of throughput layer 2s have how moving Bitcoin to layer 2 affects the pricewhy people having moved $5 billion worth of Bitcoin to Ethereumhow Bitcoin moving to Ethereum affects the pricethe most popular...


2021 in Crypto: What to Expect in the Year Ahead - Ep.159

Frank Chaparro, director of news at The Block, gives his predictions for what will happen in crypto in 2021. In this episode, we discuss: the big stories in crypto in 2020how the market has changed in 2020how the market differs from the 2017-2018 bubblewhat big traditional financial services firms and investment banks will do in crypto in 2021how crypto exchanges will experiment with their fee structureshow regulatory actions, such as the lawsuit against Ripple, will affect exchangeswhat...


Laura's New Year's 2021 AMA: Your Questions About Privacy, the STABLE Act, Diem and More - Ep.158

For the holidays, I'm doing two AMAs. In the second of two, I cover: privacy blockchainsmy thoughts on the STABLE Actwhether or not Facebook's Diem will have a positive or negative impact on cryptowhat I miss from pre-COVID about the crypto communityhow we can use blockchain and crypto to weed our propaganda and fake newsthe best pick and shovel plays in cryptowhat distinguishes a journalist from an entertainermy thoughts on the state of media and journalism in the US Thank you to our...


Laura's Christmas 2020 AMA: Your Questions About Crypto Media and More - Ep.157

For the holidays, I'm doing two AMAs. In this first of two, I cover: how my book is goingtips for aspiring podcasterswhat it's like being an independent journalisthow I spent my time outside cryptoif I send bitcoin to North Koreawhether I own any cryptoif I expect bitcoin will lose its weirdness as it becomes more widely adoptedhow much blockchain technology can disintermediate bankswhat black swans I see on the horizon for 2021what trends I see for 2021 Thank you to our...


Beeple on How and Why He Raked In $3.5 Million - Ep.156

Mike Winkelmann, the digital artist also known as Beeple who has made an artwork every day for over 13 years, talks about the NFT auctions he held last weekend, after learning about crypto two months ago. In the show, he discusses: how he got into crypto two months ago, and made $3.5 million in NFT auctions last weekendhow the objects on sale were more than just jpegs and what physical objects came with the NFTswhat types of auctions he had, and why some pieces were available for $1...


Why Rohan Grey Believes Stablecoin Issuers Need to Be Banks - Ep.155

Rohan Grey, assistant professor at Willamette Law, talks about the STABLE Act, which would require stable coin issuers to obtain a banking charter, require approval from the Federal Reserve and require issuers to have FDIC insurance. In this episode, Grey, an advisor to the bill, discusses: how the past history of financial innovation and events that have posed systemic risks necessitates the STABLE Acthow he, not being a staff member of Congress, became involved in the bill how the bill...


How to Get Your ETH2 Yield and Take Out a Loan on It - Ep.154

James Slazas, founder and CEO of LiquidStake and DARMA Capital, describes their retail and institutional offerings for customers who want to stake on Ethereum 2.0 but still access the locked-up capital. In this episode, we discuss: what problem LiquidStake solves and how what happens if the dollar value of someone’s stake drops below the amount that they’ve borrowedwho keeps the ETH in a liquidation how LiquidStake makes money how they determine the price of ETH to make the loan and what it...


Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption With Jeremy Allaire and Meltem Demirors - Ep.153

This episode is a discussion from Stellar's Meridian conference, in which I moderated the panel, Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption, featuring Jeremy Allaire, cofounder, chairman and CEO of Circle, and Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer at CoinShares. In this discussion, we cover: what adoption means and looks like why cryptocurrency is at a particularly interesting inflection pointhow central bank digital currencies could affect thathow blockchains will recede into the...


9 Ways Bitcoin Is at an All-Time High - Ep.152

Nic Carter, general partner at Castle Island Ventures, and cofounder and chairman of Coin Metrics, explains why the Bitcoin price has been rising without the retail bubble seen in 2017-2018. In this episode he covers: how this Bitcoin rally differs from the ones in 2017-2018 and why the market is much more maturehow much the pandemic and other macro forces this year have helped propel Bitcoinwhat it says that the number of Bitcoin addresses with $10 or more worth of bitcoin are is at 18...


Chad Cascarilla on Paxos's Partnership With PayPal - Ep.151

Paxos CEO and cofounder Chad Cascarilla discusses his company's partnership with PayPal, which just opened up its crypto purchase and selling product to all its US customers. In this episode, he covers: how Paxos enables PayPal's crypto productthe regulatory steps Paxos took to make this happenwhy $200 billion company like PayPal would partner with a small company like Paxoshow Paxos Crypto Brokerage works how Paxos provides the regulatory cover that PayPal needs for this offering, along...


What the Crypto Industry Could See Under a Biden Administration - Ep.150

Kristin Smith, executive director of the Blockchain Association and a board member of HODLpac, discusses how advocating for crypto will change under what is likely to be a new presidential administration. In this episode she talks about: what crypto advocacy typically entailshow the approach will change under a Biden administration compared to what it was under Trumpwhat appointments by Biden could most affect the crypto industrywhich issues are at the top of the agendas for both the...


The 2 Types of Investors Driving Interest in Crypto - Ep.149

Matt Hougan, chief investment officer of Bitwise Asset Management, discusses a milestone Bitwise reached this week -- hitting $100 million in assets under management. He also covered what has been driving interest in Bitwise productsthe two types of customers who have been especially interested in purchasing crypto assets this year and whywhat this says about the maturation of the industry compared to during the 2017 bubblehow conversations with Bitwise customers have changed since thenwhat...


Willy Woo on Why It's 'an Extremely Great Time to Buy Bitcoin' - Ep.148

Willy Woo, on-chain Bitcoin analyst and writer of “The Bitcoin Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, discusses how the Bitcoin markets have been changing amidst what may be a forthcoming ebbing of derivatives exchanges and a revival of the importance of spot exchanges. In this episode, he covers: what the PayPal news means when there are currently only 23.4 million holders on chain, and only 101 million active unique accounts at centralized exchangeswhy "old hands" in Bitcoin have...


What You Need to Know About the DOJ's Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework - Ep.147

Jessie Liu, partner at Skadden and the former US attorney for the District of Columbia, headed up the team that has prosecuted what some believe is the greatest number of cryptocurrency crimes worldwide — Welcome to Video, Dark Scandals, Helix, North Korea, Hamas/Al Qaeda and ISIS. In this episode, she discusses: how she came to create a Threat Finance Unit that focuses on the intersection of cybercrime that threatened national securitywhat the DOJ's new cryptocurrency enforcement framework...