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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

Unchained 5-Year Anniversary: AMA With Laura on Her Favorite Guests, Predictions and More - Ep.246

6/15/2021
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Unchained, I answer some questions submitted to me by the audience. In this episode, I cover: what I think about the relationship between psychedelics and cryptothe most entertaining guest I’ve interviewed on Unchainedwhy Coinbase founders may have a more impactful future on crypto than Ethereum founderswhich show has been the most impactfulwhy I am a “nocoiner”where I believe DAOs fit into the future of cryptowho my favorite guests have been over the...

Duration:01:02:30

Unconfirmed: Want Crypto in Your 401(k)? It's Finally Possible -- With This Provider - Ep.245

6/11/2021
ForUsAll recently announced a new product that will allow cryptocurrency investments to be made inside 401(k) retirement accounts. Jeff Schulte, CEO of ForUsAll, discusses why putting crypto in a 401(k) is such a game changer, how this differs from Bitcoin IRAs, and more! Show highlights: how bringing crypto into a 401(k) with ForUsAll will workwhat “guardrails” ForUsAll is placing on investors who choose to invest in cryptothe tax advantages of purchasing crypto within a 401(k)whether...

Duration:00:38:52

Will Bitcoin's Price Go Up Again? Yes, According to On-Chain Analytics - Ep.244

6/8/2021
Willy Woo, on-chain Bitcoin analyst and writer of the Bitcoin Forecast, a market intelligence newsletter, and Rafael Schultze-Kraft, co-founder and CTO of Glassnode, discuss Bitcoin and what the on-chain metrics tell us about the price. Here to discuss is. Episode highlights: what factors pushed the price of BTC down in Maywhy Elon’s Twitter account hold so much sway over the marketwhy Willy believes Bitcoin is good for renewable energywho sold during the last monthwhich type of BTC...

Duration:01:12:04

Unconfirmed: How Taproot Could Improve Bitcoin -- If It Gets Adopted - Ep.243

6/4/2021
Jeremy Rubin, a Bitcoin Core contributor and founder of Judica, a Bitcoin R&D Lab, joins Unchained from the Miami Bitcoin Conference (2021) to discuss all things Taproot. Show highlights: a general update on the Miami Bitcoin Conference what Taproot will do for the Bitcoin networkhow Taproot will make Bitcoin transactions more privatewhat effect Taproot might have on on-chain analytics companieswhat parts of Bitcoin transactions will be public if/when Taproot goes livewhat new wallet...

Duration:00:42:28

Nick Tomaino on 1confirmation's $125 Million Fund and What Future NFTs Will Look Like - Ep.242

6/1/2021
Nick Tomaino, general partner of 1confirmation, discusses his firm’s recently announced third fund of $125 million and gives his perspective on many hot crypto topics, such as NFTs, Layer 2 solutions, Polkadot, DAOs, and more. Show highlights: why Nick became interested in crypto and his backgroundwhat drives 1confirmation’s investment thesiswhy he Nick believes NFTs have taken off in popularity this yearwhy NFTs are currently in a bubblewhat we might do with NFTs in the futurehow...

Duration:01:00:47

Unconfirmed: Rep. Tom Emmer, One of the Most Active Crypto Congress Members, on Taxes and DeFi - Ep.241

5/28/2021
House Representative Tom Emmer, of Minnesota, is one of the most active voice for crypto and blockchain in the US government. In this episode, he discusses: what book made Tom fall down the crypto rabbit hole why Tom believes the Financial Accounting Standards Board needs to set clear accounting standards for cryptocurrencieswhy the current way of accounting for Bitcoin on balance sheets may be a detriment to companies in the futurehow he feels about the acting head of the OCC putting...

Duration:00:38:07

How Solana and Binance Smart Chain Could Take Ethereum's Lead - Ep.240

5/25/2021
Kain Warwick, founder of Synthetix, and Kyle Samani, managing partner at Multicoin Capital, debate the merits of Ethereum, Solana, and Binance Smart Chain. In this episode, they discuss: why Ethereum is losing market share to Solana and BSCwhether decentralization matters and at what point decentralization becomes redundantwhy they think Solana and Binance Smart Chain need to be taken seriously as competitors to EThereumwhether BSC or Solana is the bigger long-term threat to Ethereumthe...

Duration:01:10:19

Unconfirmed: Mike Novogratz on the 5 Reasons the Crypto Markets Plummeted - Ep.239

5/21/2021
Mike Novogratz, founder, CEO, and chairman of Galaxy Digital, digs into the drivers behind this week’s market selloff. Show highlights: the five factors Mike believes led to this week’s dip what Mike thinks about the environmental concerns surrounding Bitcoinhow Ethereum will perform in 2021whether centralized blockchains will survive regulatory scrutinywhy Galaxy Digital made its $1 billion acquisition of BitGowhat sort of projects Galaxy Digital is mulling in the DeFi spacewhen Mike...

Duration:00:40:12

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