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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

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@laurashin

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English


Episodes

Is TRM Labs Blocking Addresses From DeFi Protocols? Ari Redbord Says No - Ep.387

8/19/2022
Ari Redbord, Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, talks about the sanctions on Tornado Cash, and the role of blockchain analytics tools in crypto. Show highlights: Ari’s background as a federal prosecutor and his work for the US Treasurywhy regulators sanctioned Tornado Cash, according to Ariwhy the Ronin hack was important for regulators to start taking DeFi hacks more seriouslythe fact that for the first time the Treasury Department sanctioned softwarewhether the Office of...

Duration:00:36:32

The Chopping Block: Did OFAC Overstep by Sanctioning Tornado Cash? - Ep. 386

8/18/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Laura Shin, host of Unchained and author of The Cryptopians, also joined the conversation. Show topics: What Tornado Cash is and why it got sanctioned by the OFACThe difference between Tornado Cash andblender.io Whether privacy is dead as a category and whether regulators are going after itHow these sanctions have a...

Duration:01:13:39

Coinbase CPO Surojit Chatterjee Explains Why He Believes the Exchange Will Win- Ep. 385

8/16/2022
Surojit Chatterjee, chief product officer at Coinbase, comes to talk about what products Coinbase is building, how it can thrive in such a competitive landscape, how to onboard billions of users into crypto, and much more. Show highlights: how Surojit got into crypto and ended up at Coinbasewhat sets Coinbase apart from the competitionhow to bring billions of customers to crypto Surojit’s mental model of a bridge between the fiat world and the crypto worldhow Coinbase is integrating its...

Duration:01:09:02

Tornado Cash Sanctioned. Did the Government Overstep Its Bounds? - Ep. 384

8/12/2022
Jerry Brito, executive director of Coin Center, talks about Tornado Cash, why it was sanctioned, and what this means for privacy in crypto. Show highlights: whatBlender.iois and how it relates to Tornado Cashhow hackers have used Tornado Cash to launder moneywhether the Office of Foreign Assets Control made a mistake, according to Jerryhow Americans were affected by the sanctionswhy Jerry believes OFAC should have done an analysis to estimate how many people would be impacted by its...

Duration:00:36:27

The Chopping Block: How to Manage MakerDAO, With Hasu and Rune - Ep. 383

8/11/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Hasu, the gourmand of governance and Rune Christensen, chief mischief maker at MKR, discuss how to manage a DAO, their respective visions for MakerDAO, and much more. Show topics: What MakerDAO is, how DAI works and whether it is the “central bank” of DeFiHow the visions for MakerDAO of Hasu and Rune...

Duration:01:05:58

Will the Nomad Mass Looting Change How Law Enforcement Treats DeFi Hacks? - Ep. 382

8/9/2022
Layne Haber, Co-founder of Connext Network, discusses the Nomad bridge hack, how it happened, and what can be done to prevent these exploits. Show highlights: what Nomad is and how it workshow the hack occurred and what the vulnerability washow much TVL the protocol had and how much of it was drainedwhy the Nomad hack was uniquehow this exploit resembled the DAO hack on Ethereumthe bounty program that Nomad offered and how hackers responded to ithow Nomad is working with law enforcement,...

Duration:00:30:05

Why Kevin Zhou Believes Ethereum Will Have 3 Forks After the Merge - Ep. 381

8/5/2022
Kevin Zhou, co-founder of Galois Capital, comes to talk about the possibility of a Proof of Work chain on Ethereum after the Merge, the LUNA death spiral, how he plans to play the Merge, and much more... Show highlights: how Kevin got started in crypto what Galois Capital is and what its investment thesis iswhy Kevin was more vocal than most about the possibility of the LUNA death spiralwhether Kevin made money out of the Terra collapse and what was his strategywhat the difficulty bomb...

Duration:01:19:09

How Will Inflation Impact Crypto? Lyn Alden and Mauricio Di Bartolomeo Explain - Ep.380

8/2/2022
Lyn Alden, founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, and Mauricio di Bartolomeo, cofounder of Ledn, discuss how inflation could affect the digital asset industry. Show highlights: how Mauricio’s upbringing in Venezuela and firsthand experience with inflation led him to Bitcoinwhat a “long-term debt cycle” is and why Lyn thinks the 2020s could be similar to the 1930s and 1940sthe difference between inflation and hyperinflationhow inflation changes consumer investing and purchasing...

Duration:01:17:14

The Chopping Block: A Network State in 10 Years? Balaji Srinivasan Says Yes - Ep. 379

7/31/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Balaji Srinivasan discusses his latest book, “The Network State, how different digital tools like crypto will help empower network states, and analyzes how crypto fits into the current political environment. Show topics: why Balaji wrote a book and why he is so enthralled with a digitized futurewhat a “network state”...

Duration:01:03:18

Why the Crypto Industry Believes SEC Regulation by Enforcement Hurts US Consumers - Ep. 378

7/29/2022
Marisa Tashman, policy counsel at Blockchain Association, analyzes the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision to name nine tokens as securities and investigate whether Coinbase lists securities. Show highlights: why the SEC named tokens as securities in an insider trading case where no exchanges or token teams are listed as defendants what happens if the Coinbase insider trading case is settled or goes to courtwhy the SEC’s actions should be considered “regulation by...

Duration:00:30:17

Why the Messy 3AC, Celsius, and Voyager Bankruptcies Will Drag on for Years - Ep.377

7/26/2022
Two crypto law experts, WassieLawyer and Adam Levitin, analyze the bankruptcies of 3AC, Celsius, and Voyager. Show highlights: the difference between Voyager and Celsius “custody” and “earn” depositswhy Celsius commingling customer custody and earn deposits could make it harder for creditors to get their money backwhat similarities and differences the Voyager and Celsius bankruptcies havehow Chapter 11 bankruptcy workswhy Wassie and Adam believe Celsius might have engaged in shady...

Duration:01:16:30

Why 3AC's Collapse Could Spell the Start of a Crypto Credit Crunch - Ep. 376

7/22/2022
Adam Cochran, partner at Cinneamhain Ventures, discusses the impact of 3AC’s impending liquidation. Show topics: why 3AC founders (and family members) are listing themselves as creditorswhat the “corporate veil” is and why it matters regarding 3ACwhere retail investors stand in the pecking order of creditors why Adam doesn’t believe we know the full story about 3AC’s downfall, despite liquidators leaking a 1,000-page report about itwhat creditors might do with 3AC’s yachtwhy Adam is less...

Duration:00:37:47

Bitcoin in El Salvador: Why Would Cypherpunks Support Government-Mandated Bitcoin Adoption? - Ep. 375

7/19/2022
Nelson Rauda, Salvadoran journalist for El Faro, comes to talk about the impact of Bitcoin in El Salvador, the needs of Salvadoran people, Bitcoin City and the Bitcoin Bond, and much more. Show highlights: Nelson’s story and how he began covering BTCwhat kind of politician and president Nayib Bukele was before BTCwhat the financial reality was for Salvadoran people before the implementation of BTCthe reasons for the high rates of unbanked people in El Salvadorhow Bukele changed the...

Duration:01:03:31

Three Crypto Bankruptcies: 3AC, Celsius and Voyager. What Happens Now?- Ep. 374

7/15/2022
In a highly educational conversation, Wassielawyer, a lawyer specializing in restructuring and insolvency, discusses the bankruptcy and liquidation of Three Arrows Capital, plus sheds light on similar processes unfolding with Celsius and Voyager. Show highlights: Thank you to our sponsors! Crypto.com: https://crypto.onelink.me/J9Lg/unconfirmedcardearnfeb2021 Ava Labs: https://www.avax.network/ EPISODE...

Duration:00:35:24

The Chopping Block: Anatoly Yakovenko on Why Solana Is Building the SAGA Phone - Ep. 373

7/14/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Anatoly Yakovenko, Tsar of Solana, joins the show to discuss the use cases of Solana, whether it’s actually a blockchain, how Solana scales, and much more! Show topics: What Anatoly thinks of Andre Cronje's opinion that Solana is not a blockchainWhy Solana has had so many instances of downtimeWhether Solana is the...

Duration:00:45:50

Post-Merge, If Lido Becomes Dominant, What Does That Mean for Ethereum? - Ep. 372

7/12/2022
Ryan Berckmans, Ethereum investor and community member, and Alexandre Bergeron, Bitcoin investor, discuss Lido’s dominance as a liquid staking provider, whether that issue can be resolved, and how it could be a centralizing force for Ethereum. Show highlights: what stETH is, what the uses cases are for stETH, and why it is importanthow Lido had a first-mover advantage and how that kicked off network effectswhether the liquid staking derivatives system is one of a “winner-take-all”how much...

Duration:00:55:05

How Helium Uses Crypto to Grow Decentralized Wifi and Mobile Networks - Ep. 371

7/8/2022
Amir Haleem, CEO of Nova Labs and founder of Helium, talks about the use cases for Internet of Things (IoT), how blockchain and crypto help to construct a decentralized internet infrastructure, and what is the future of Helium. Show highlights: what Helium is and what it is trying to solvehow, after struggling for years, introducing crypto tokens, finally helped Helium growwho the users of Helium are and how they differ from each otherhow Helium grew to have one million devices around the...

Duration:00:38:05

In the Recent Crypto Market Meltdown, What Role Did Lido's stETH Play? - Ep. 370

7/5/2022
Hasu, strategic advisor to Lido, and Tarun Chitra, founder of Gauntlet, explain everything about staked ETH, aka stETH, how it should be priced, Lido’s market dominance, and much more. Show highlights: the role of Lido, what stETH is, and what its benefits arewhether Ethereum’s lack of delegated proof of stake contributes to the need for stETHwhy stETH is not mispriced and why it doesn’t necessarily have to be worth 1 ETHthe inherent risks associated with stETHhow there was not enough...

Duration:01:03:42

Oslo Freedom Forum: How NFTs Helped Chinese Dissident Artist Badiucao Evade Censorship - Ep. 369

7/1/2022
Badiucao, Chinese artist and activist, talks about the importance of NFTs for political activism, the role of China in his career as an artist, the significance of blockchain technologies to resist censorship, and much more. Show highlights: why Badiucao became an artist and how the censorship in China brought him to NFTshow Badiucao only learned about Tiananmen Square when he was 22 years old why Badiucao took up work as a preschool teacher in Australiahow anonymity is important for...

Duration:00:38:08

The Chopping Block: Here’s What Was So Bad About Three Arrows Capital - Ep. 368

6/30/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Taylor Monahan, matriarch of Metamask, joins the show to discuss the contagion of major crypto firms, the bear market, SBF saving crypto, and much more! Show topics: The importance of UX and securityHow Three Arrows Capital’s practice of borrowing to leverage their bets has caused a crisis for crypto lenders that...

Duration:01:00:39