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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

Bitcoin vs. the Petrodollar: Which Is More Environmentally Friendly? - Ep.238

5/18/2021
Last week, Tesla announced they will no longer accept Bitcoin as payment for vehicles. In a timely episode, Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, and James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder of David Energy, come onto the show to discuss Bitcoin, the petrodollar, and how to contextualize the energy usage of the first cryptocurrency (BTC) versus the leading fiat currency (USD). Show highlights: their backgrounds and how they became interested in the intersection...

Duration:01:08:29

Unconfirmed: How Elon Musk Pushed DOGE Up and BTC Down, With Arca's Jeff Dorman - Ep.237

5/14/2021
Jeff Dorman, the chief investment officer at Arca, comes on the show to give a macro perspective on the crypto environment. In this episode, he discusses: how economic data and real-world events have affected digital assetshow Jeff classifies the different types of assets within cryptowhat market forces have pushed ETH to new all-time highs above $4kwhether EIP 1559 will have the same effect on ether price as the Bitcoin halving has on BTC pricewhat is happening with Dogecoin and other...

Duration:00:38:09

Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla on How to Avoid Another GameStop - Ep.236

5/11/2021
In this discussion I moderated for Paxos, Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla discuss GameStop, the broken traditional financial infrastructure, and how blockchain technology may change the future of settlements. Show highlights: why Robinhood stopped trading on GameStop and AMC stock earlier this yearwhat both Charles and Vlad think the feasibility of T+0 settlements versus Citadel’s and the DTCC’s aim of T+1 settlements how the GameStop scenario would have been...

Duration:00:50:10

Unconfirmed: Should NYC’s Pension Funds Invest in Crypto? This Comptroller Candidate Says Yes - Ep.235

5/7/2021
Reshma Patel, a Democratic candidate for New York City’s Comptroller position, talks about her “future proof” plan for the city, which centers on investing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. In this episode, she discusses: what duties the New York City Controller performshow Reshma thinks crypto and blockchain tech can help New York City, which she calls her “future proof” planhow a city comptroller would go about investing 1%-3% of the city’s pension funds into cryptowhat type...

Duration:00:32:32

Crypto's Gender Disparity: What Can Be Done About It? 4 Women Weigh In - Ep.234

5/4/2021
Crypto sits at the intersection of two male-dominated industries: tech and finance. I was asked to moderate a panel for the Amber Group with four leading women in crypto to discuss the role of gender in the crypto industry and what can be done to bring more women into the space. Panelists include Mia Deng, partner at Dragonfly Capital; Amy Zhang, vice president of sales at Fireblocks; Alexis Gauba, cofounder at Opyn; and Annabelle Huang, partner at Amber Group. Show highlights: how each...

Duration:01:03:38

Unconfirmed: How MetaMask Grew Its Monthly Active Users By 5X in the Last 6 Months - Ep.233

4/30/2021
Dan Finlay, co-founder of MetaMask, talks about the meteoric growth of monthly active users of the crypto wallet, which has quintupled in the past seven months. In this episode, he discusses: which crypto use case drove MetaMask’s active user base to grow 5x in under a yearwhat types of scaling solutions are drawing users to MetaMaskhow MetaMask workswhat kind of customers are using MetaMask how MetaMask has grown without targeted marketing whether the type of crypto usage in developing...

Duration:00:38:08

How NFT Platform OpenSea Plans to Maintain Its Competitive Advantage - Ep.232

4/27/2021
Devin Finzer, co-founder and CEO of NFT marketplace OpenSea, talks all things non-fungible. Check out the whole show to hear Devin answer the following questions: First Half: Breaking Down NFTs Why did he become so interested in NFTs ? What is an NFT? Why have NFTs become so popular recently? Who is creating NFTs? Who is purchasing NFTs? Are we in an NFT bubble? How is the NFT ecosystem going to evolve over the next few years? What are people purchasing when they buy an NFT? Second...

Duration:01:03:53

Unconfirmed: This Layer 2 Solution Processed More NFT Trades in 24 Hours Than Ethereum Did in 1 Week - Ep.231

4/23/2021
Robbie Ferguson, co-founder and president of Immutable, talks about how Immutable is transforming the NFT industry through its layer 2 solution, Immutable X, which just launched April 8. In this episode, he discusses: what sort of problems Immutable is solving by creating a layer 2 solution (1:21)why scalability is especially an issue for NFTs in gaming (1:59)how Immutable X, built with partner Starkware, addresses the problems with scaling NFTs (3:28)how Immutable is scaling Ethereum and...

Duration:00:15:25

Thanks, Forbes: Laura on How the Unchained Podcast Came to Be - Ep.230

4/20/2021
In a fun change of pace, I was interviewed by the On Deck Podcaster Fellowship about the origins of Unchained pod, how my background as a journalist prepared me for podcasting, and tips for aspiring creators. Episode highlights: why I believe the Unchained podcast has been successful and how my penchant for asking tough questions came about (1:48)how my background in journalism prepared me for hosting a podcast (6:35)how I choose guests for the show and how they feel about being asked...

Duration:00:24:40

Unconfirmed: Why This Analyst Puts Coinbase in the Most Exclusive Club of Stocks - Ep.229

4/16/2021
Gil Luria, director of research at D.A. Davidson, talks about Coinbase’s performance on its first day as a public company. In this episode, Gil discusses: the significance of Coinbase going public (1:05)why doing a direct listing was a risky move (1:31)why he revised his price target for COIN from $440 to $650 (3:17)how investing in COIN as a “pure play” crypto company compares to buying stock in companies like MicroStrategy and Square (5:06)why some people are disrupting Coinbase’s actual...

Duration:00:13:52

Why Bitcoin’s December Price Target Is Now ‘Above $300,000’ - Ep.228

4/13/2021
In an interview I moderated at Real Vision’s “Crypto Gathering,” Peter L Brandt, veteran trader and publisher of the Factor Report, and Willy Woo, prominent on-chain Bitcoin analyst and author of the “The Bitcoin Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, discuss Bitcoin charts, trading, and how Bitcoin is evolving as an asset. They cover: why Peter believes that, with Bitcoin, we are watching history in the making and what a “parabolic advance” has to do with that belief (2:02)the...

Duration:00:48:11

Unconfirmed: What $1.8 Billion in Q1 Revenue Means for Coinbase’s Direct Listing - Ep.227

4/9/2021
Larry Cermak, director of research at The Block, discusses the upcoming Coinbase direct listing in light of the exchange’s recently released Q1 revenue hitting an impressive $1.8 billion. In this episode, Larry talks about: significant takeaways from Coinbase’s Q1 results (1:04)how Coinbase was able to increase its non-transaction revenue in Q1 and why he thinks the exchange gets away with charging higher fees than its competitors (4:14)why retail consumers are investing in crypto at such a...

Duration:00:35:14

Mark Cuban on Why He Thinks ETH Is a Better Store of Value Than Bitcoin - Ep.226

4/6/2021
Mark Cuban -- billionaire investor, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Shark Tank “shark” -- shares his thoughts on the Ethereum vs. BTC debate, issues with DeFi, and how NFTs could change content distribution. Tune in to hear Mark talk about... why ETH is a better store of value than BTC (1:08)why bitcoin as an inflation hedge is a bananas narrative 6:29)his opinion on EIP-1159 and the idea of proof of stake mining (9:06)why minting an NFT was a crypto-lightbulb moment for him (11:36)how...

Duration:00:27:06

Unconfirmed: Why Proposed FATF Rules Could Be a Shock for DeFi - Ep.225

4/2/2021
Dave Jevans, CEO of Cipher Trace, talks about what the new draft guidance from the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) means for DeFi, NFTs, and crypto in general. In this show, he breaks down: the six main areas the draft guidance covers, including the expansion of KYC regulatory standards into DeFi (1:07)how a dex like Uniswap would operate under the proposed draft guidance, and which types of companies or services providers would have to take identifying customer information (3:54)why...

Duration:00:13:50

What Exactly Do You Get When You Buy an NFT? Three Lawyers Discuss - Ep.224

3/30/2021
Olta Andoni, fintech and IP Attorney at Zlatkin Wong and adjunct professor at Chicago Kent College of Law, Tonya Evans, visiting Full Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law School and host of the podcast Tech Intersect, and Stuart Levi, co-head of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice at Skadden Arps and coordinator of the firm's Blockchain and Digital Asset practice, break down the legal issues surrounding NFTs. In this episode, they discuss: how the law looks at...

Duration:00:26:23

Unconfirmed: Why Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Calls Crypto 'the Wave of the Future' - Ep.223

3/26/2021
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez talks about how Miami plans to be the crypto capital of the world. In this show, he discusses: what Miami is doing to become the crypto capital of the world (1:40)why he feels so strongly about bringing crypto to Miami (3:09)the relationship between cryptocurrencies and government (4:08)why he believes that, in the future, governments will transaction in crypto, not fiat currency (5:26)his feelings about the FTX sponsorship proposal and how he convinced city...

Duration:00:31:06

Financial Advisors Control $5 Trillion in Investor Wealth. Are They Buying Bitcoin? - Ep.222

3/23/2021
Ric Edelman, founder of Edelman Financial Engines, and Matthew Kolesky, president at Arbor Capital, discuss the state of Bitcoin adoption amongst financial advisors, who control $5 trillion in investor wealth. In this episode, they talk about: their background and why they got into crypto (1:25)how most RIAs (registered investment advisors) view digital assets and the hassle of buying crypto on a client’s behalf (8:59)what percentage of financial advisors have already invested in bitcoin...

Duration:01:05:09

Unconfirmed: MetaKovan on Why He Spent $69 Million on a Jpeg - Ep.221

3/19/2021
MetaKovan, the pseudonymous buyer of Beeple’s Everydays NFT and founder of MetaPurse, talks about his recent $69 million purchase. In this episode, he discusses: why he bought Everydays: The First 5000 Days for $69 million (1:57)Beeple’s 13-year “proof of effort” process of creating art and why Beeple has the potential to become a generational artist (4:38)why he believes NFTs are “10x” better than physical art (9:40)his vision of the metaverse (13:57)the reasons for hiding his identity...

Duration:00:39:58

How NFTs Are Revolutionizing How Creators Make Money - Ep.220

3/16/2021
Jamie Burke, CEO of Outlier Ventures, and Mason Nystrom, a research analyst at Messari, discuss the NFT craze that has enveloped the crypto world over the past few weeks. In this episode, they talk about: their backgrounds, and how they became involved in crypto (1:19)the major catalysts -- specifically Beeple and NBA Top Shot -- that have brought NFTs into the mainstream (5:29)why NFTs are a “megatrend” and not just another ICO-like bubble (13:35)how to explain non-fungible tokens to...

Duration:01:21:27

Unconfirmed: Why This Environmentalist Doesn’t Blame Creators for the Carbon Footprint of NFTs - Ep.219

3/12/2021
Brendan McGill, co-founder of Offsetra and Carbon.fyi, a company focused on reducing carbon emissions, talks about the environmental impact of NFTs. In this episode, Brendan discusses: his career as an environmentalist and how his sites intersect with crypto (1:07)why online art platform ArtStation canceled its plans to create an NFT program (3:21)what the environmental impact of NFTs actually is and why minting and transacting with NFTs has a greater environmental impact than for normal...

Duration:00:15:17