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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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English


Episodes

Unconfirmed: Coinbase's S-1: The Number That May Make the Exchange Nervous - Ep.215

2/26/2021
Jeff Roberts, executive editor at Decrypt and author of “King of Crypto: One Startup’s Quest to take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street” talks about Coinbase going public. In this episode we discuss: Jeff's biggest takeaways from Coinbase’s S-1 filing (0:56)why institutions are choosing Coinbase (2:42)how Coinbase going public feels like validation for bitcoiners (4:37)issues Coinbase may face as a business that currently generates 96% of revenue through transaction...

Duration:00:33:37

Paxos's Charles Cascarilla - How Blockchain Tech Could Prevent Another GameStop/Robinhood - Ep.214

2/23/2021
In this episode of Unchained, Charles Cascarilla, CEO and cofounder of Paxos, explains how the 2008 financial crisis led him to crypto, what financial plumbing has to do with GameStop, and how Paxos is leveraging blockchain technology to change financial services. In this episode Charles discusses: his work experience prior to Paxos and how the financial crisis in 2008 opened his eyes to Bitcoin and blockchain (01:07)what it was like to work in Bitcoin during the early days compared to now...

Duration:00:30:58

Unconfirmed: Girl Gone Crypto: How These Wildly Entertaining Crypto Videos Get Made - Ep.213

2/19/2021
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...

Duration:00:15:25

Stani Kulechov on Why Aave Is So Successful - Ep.212

2/16/2021
Stani Kulechov, founder and CEO of Aave, comes onto the show to discuss the lending protocol and second-biggest DeFi project by total value locked. Here are some of the highlights: How Stani’s background studying law and his passion for fintech led him to the world of smart contracts (1:53)Why he decided to transition ETHLend to Aave, and how that eliminated the “meme” narrative (5:55)How Stani would explain Aave to a five-year-old, or your normie friend (9:04)What new features were...

Duration:00:29:58

Lyn Alden and Raoul Pal: Is Ethereum a Good Investment? - Ep.211

2/9/2021
Lyn Alden, CEO and founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategies, and Raoul Pal, CEO & cofounder of Real Vision Group & Global Macro Investor, explain their thinking about Ethereum and its native token, and talk about their perspective on GameStop. In this episode, we discuss: why Raoul views ether as similar to bitcoin at a macro level (1:25)why Lyn decided ETH was not currently investable (5:06)an analysis of utility protocols (John Pfeffer’s paper) (6:55)counterarguments to John Pfeffer’s...

Duration:01:06:35

Everything You Need to Know About Your 2020 Crypto Taxes - Ep.210

2/2/2021
In this episode, Shehan Chandrasekara, head of strategy at CoinTracker, and Dan Hannum COO at Zen Ledger, take a deep dive into the world of crypto taxes. Over an hour and fifteen minutes they tackle a bevy of topics ranging from why the IRS is asking about your crypto history to explaining the proper way of reporting yield farming income. Shehan and Dan give up their hard-earned tax secrets and tips learned through building their respective cutting-edge crypto tax software. Here is a list...

Duration:01:15:28

Why Bitcoin Now: Michael Saylor on the Best Way for Companies to Buy Bitcoin - Ep.209

1/26/2021
Michael Saylor, CEO and founder of Microstrategy, explains how he decided the publicly traded business data firm needed to put its excess cash in bitcoin and what happened afterward. In this episode, we discuss: why Microstrategy decided to buy Bitcoin, and how the pandemic spurred thatwhether his previous experience with Microstrategy stock imploding after accounting irregularities were revealed had any bearing on the company's decision to buy bitcointhe reactions of the officers and board...

Duration:01:38:02

The SEC's Lawsuit Against Ripple and 2 Execs: What You Need to Know - Ep.208

1/19/2021
Stephen Palley, partner at Anderson Kill. and Gabriel Shapiro, partner at BSV Law, discuss the SEC's lawsuit against Ripple and two executives, Chris Larsen and Bard Garlinghouse. In this episode, they explain: what was so "egregious" that the SEC went after two executives, Chris Larsen and Brad Garlinghouse, were charged why their sales showed an information asymmetry, and why that matterswhy the complaint comes close to being a fraud case, but why the SEC didn't charge them with fraudwhy...

Duration:01:08:51

Willy Woo: How Bitcoin Reaches up to $300,000 by End of Year - Ep.207

1/12/2021
Willy Woo, a prominent on-chain Bitcoin analyst and author of the “The Bitcoin Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, explains the parabolic activity of Bitcoin in the past month. We cover: why he thinks Bitcoin has more than doubled in the last monthwhat the "double pump" market is and why Bitcoin may see two rallies this cyclewhat stage of the Bitcoin bull market we are currently inwho is buying, and how they've differed from previous investorswho still is yet to buy this cyclewhy...

Duration:01:11:32

Central Bank Digital Currencies: How Should Privacy Be Built In? - Ep.206

1/5/2021
This panel, from a panel for the fifth anniversary of Hyperledger, features Rob Palatnick, managing director of global head of technology research and innovation at the DTCC and chairman of the Hyperledger board, Matthieu Saint Olive, Codefi payments product manager and CBDC advisor at ConsenSys, and Robert Bench, assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this discussion on the current outlook on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), they cover: what main...

Duration:00:56:24

2020 Highlights: The Biggest News Stories of the Year in Crypto - Ep.205

12/29/2020
Host Laura Shin recaps the biggest stories of the year in crypto, with clips from shows throughout the year. In this episode, we cover how the pandemic drove Bitcoin to new all-time highs, how regulation began to come for the crypto space in a big way, plus new trends in DeFi, corporate structures, and how ETH will change as an asset. Thank you to our sponsors! Crypto.com: http://crypto.com 1inch: https://1inch.exchange Episode links: Meltem Demirors on Bitcoin’s behavior during the...

Duration:01:02:05

Why Is the Proposed FinCEN Rule for Unhosted Wallets Being Pushed So Quickly? - Ep.204

12/22/2020
Jeremy Allaire of Circle Pay and Kristin Smith of the Blockchain Association explain the impact of and motivation behind Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s proposed FinCEN rule that targets “unhosted” wallets. In this episode, they cover: what the new FinCEN rule says, and how it would impact unhosted or self-hosted wallets, as well as crypto businesseswhy they believe this is really politically motivated and unilateral midnight rule making by Secretary Mnuchin what other bureaucrats and...

Duration:00:58:31

All the Ways Crypto Can Make Gaming More Fun - Ep.203

12/15/2020
Marguerite deCourcelle is co-founder and CEO of Blockade Games, which is releasing the role-playing game game Neon District the day this episode comes out. She discusses her background in art, how her love of video games led her to discover Bitcoin in the early days of the cryptocurrency, and how she helps create the next phase of web 3.0 content creation and distribution. Topics include: how Marguerite became involved in crypto and what led her to co-found Blockade Gamesher work on...

Duration:01:05:32

Can Gavin Wood's Polkadot 'Make Blockchain Great Again'? - Ep.202

12/8/2020
Gavin Wood, founder of Polkadot, Kusama, and Parity, discusses what he calls the "meta-protocol," Polkadot. In this episode, he talks about: his vision for Polkadot and the problems he set out to solve when conceiving itwhy he considers Polkadot a meta-protocolthe implementation of parachains and parathreads, how they are defined and how they differparachain auctions and candle auctionshow DDoS attacks can be prevented on parachainsinitial parachain offerings and how they differ from...

Duration:01:22:01

Ethereum 2.0: What You Need to Know - Ep.201

12/1/2020
Ryan Watkins and Wilson Withiam, senior research analysts at Messari, explain the nuts and bolts of Ethereum 2.0, including how it will transform ETH as an asset and why they believe it will be Ethereum’s most ambitious upgrade yet. Topics include: the different phases of Ethereum 2.0 and the functions they servethe problems Ethereum hopes to solve with this upgradethe technical requirements needed to ensure the launch can happenthe new proof of stake consensus and why Ethereum is leaving...

Duration:01:09:33

What Fidelity Is Doing With the Bitcoin It's Mined - Ep.200

11/24/2020
Christine Sandler, head of sales and marketing at Fidelity Digital Assets, talks about how 30 years in traditional finance and an early retirement led her to Coinbase, and, eventually, Fidelity Digital Assets. She discusses the history of Fidelity's involvement in crypto, how they became one of the first to enter the space, and what the future holds. Topics include: what Fidelity Digital Assets is and Christine's role thereChristine's background in traditional finance, how she was drawn...

Duration:00:53:11

Everything You Need to Know About the Looming Battle Over Privacy in Crypto - Ep.199

11/17/2020
Jake Chervinsky, general counsel at Compound Labs, and Kristin Smith, executive director of The Blockchain Association, talk about the storm brewing in the cryptosphere involving self-custody and privacy. In this episode, they cover: the differences between hosted and self-hosted wallets and how transactions between them differwhy the ability to transact from self-hosted wallets is so importantcompliance and regulation in the traditional financial world and how it could affect...

Duration:01:10:06

Why Bitcoin Now: Bitcoin Under a Biden Administration - Ep.198

11/10/2020
In this episode, Dan Tapiero, founder of 10T Holdings and Gold Bullion International, and Cathie Wood, CEO and CIO at ARK Invest, discuss the long election week in the U.S. and how they believe Bitcoin will behave in a post-election world. They also talk about: how a changeover from a Trump to a Biden administration could affect Bitcoinhow the prospect of legal challenges from the Trump administration might affect Bitcoinwhether they think the presidential election influenced Bitcoin’s...

Duration:01:10:16

Why Bitcoin Now: Meltem Demirors and Lyn Alden on the Perfect Conditions for Bitcoin - Ep.197

11/3/2020
In this seventh installment of the Why Bitcoin Now series, Meltem Demirors, the chief strategy officer at Coinshares, and Lyn Alden, the founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, discuss the state of Bitcoin since June, amidst the presidential election – which takes place on the date of publication of the show -- and a global pandemic. Topics discussed include: the significance of bitcoin staying above $10k for over three monthswhy the pandemic has created the conditions for which Bitcoin...

Duration:01:23:55

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks on Crypto Banks - Ep.196

10/27/2020
Brian Brooks got his start in traditional finance before joining Coinbase in 2018 and is currently the acting comptroller of the currency. In this episode, he discusses: how his background in traditional financial services led him to take a position at Coinbasewhether the role blockchain and crypto will likely play in the financial future is being recognized at the federal levelwhether or not banks have always had the authority to custody crypto for their customershow he expects things to...

Duration:00:48:47