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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

Why ShapeShift's Erik Voorhees Thinks Toxic Bitcoin Maximalism Is Bullshit - Ep.258

7/27/2021
ShapeShift recently announced an intent to decentralize -- a move that would transition the one-time centralized exchange to a full-on DAO. Erik Voorhees, founder and CEO of ShapeShift, comes onto the show to talk about decentralizing the exchange, along with his thoughts on Bitcoin maximalism and crypto regulation. Show highlights: why ShapeShift is decentralizing the company how ShapeShift used to workwhat needs to happen for ShapeShift to decentralizewhy user experience should not change...

Duration:01:03:31

Unconfirmed: MIT's Neha Narula on Why Building DeFi on Bitcoin Is a Great Idea - Ep.257

7/23/2021
Neha Narula, director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, discusses Elon Musk’s appearance at ‘The B Word’ conference, along with a few current events in the Bitcoin world. Show highlights: her main takeaway from ‘The B Word’ conferencewhy governance plays an essential role in Bitcoin’s block size argumentswhat Neha thinks of proof-of-work mining and Bitcon’s environmental concernswhy Neha is skeptical of Dogecoin becoming a serious cryptocurrencywhy Jack Dorsey’s new...

Duration:00:35:59

How Ransomware Evolved Into a Big Business - Ep.256

7/20/2021
Gurvais Grigg, Chainalysis public sector CTO, and Kim Grauer, director of research at Chainalysis, review the ransomware landscape. Show Highlights: their backgrounds and roles at Chainalysishow a ransomware attack workswhat types of businesses are usually targeted in ransomware attackswhy ransomware as a service (RAAS) is a booming businesswhy Kim and Gurvais believe the hacking group REvil is becoming more sophisticatedwhat characteristic of REvil hints that the group could be affiliated...

Duration:00:57:08

Unconfirmed: Why It Might Be Too Late for Binance to Avoid Regulatory Action - Ep.255

7/16/2021
Christine Parker, partner at Reed Smith, summarizes the slew of regulatory headlines facing Binance and how such scrutiny may affect the exchange going forward. Show highlights: which countries are investigating Binancewhy it has been difficult for governing bodies to regulate Binancewhether the reports that regulatory bodies, like the CFTC/IRS/DOJ, coming after Binance are correctwhen Christine expects regulators to make a move against Binancehow hiring ex-regulators might help Binance in...

Duration:00:30:10

Can a DAO Go to Court? According to Two DAO Legal Experts… Probably - Ep.254

7/13/2021
Aaron Wright, co-founder of OpenLaw and Professor at Cardozo Law, and Ross Campbell, SushiSwap core developer and LexDAO contributor, discuss the latest breakthroughs and legal implications in the burgeoning world of DAOs. Show highlights: how Aaron and Ross fell down the crypto rabbit holewhether a DAO, like Curve, could sue to protect its IPwhen a governance token might be considered a securitywho owns the copyright to a DAOhow SushiSwap handles its open-source licenseswhy Ross views...

Duration:01:09:14

Unconfirmed: How Axie Infinity Boosted Revenue 400%+ in 30 Days - Ep.253

7/9/2021
Aleksander Larsen, co-founder and COO of Axie Infinity, discusses Axie Infinity’s recent growth, which has seen the platform do 20X the volume of NBA Top Shot in recent days. Show highlights: what is Axie Infinity?why there has been such an uptick in network activity and profitabilityhow the Axie Infinity team came together how Axie Infinity uses blockchain technology within its gamehow Axie Infinity leverages the ‘play to earn’ mania sweeping across Web3 applicationswhat problems may arise...

Duration:00:40:51

The Bitcoin Hash Rate Has Dropped. How Long Will It Take to Return? - Ep.252

7/6/2021
Kevin Zhang, vice president of business development at Foundry, breaks down the latest developments surrounding China and bitcoin mining. Show highlights: how he came across crypto and which Bitcoin OG he joined atBitcoin.comto help start its mining operations armwhat Foundry does and its relationship with Digital Currency Group (DCG)why DCG wanted to build out a mining infrastructure businesswhat news from China in early March kickstarted the process of the mining banhow China’s Central...

Duration:01:00:44

Unconfirmed: FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried Gives the Tom Brady/Gisele Bundchen Backstory - Ep.251

7/2/2021
Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and founder of FTX, explains FTX’s sports-centric advertising model and talks about what is on his regulatory wish list going forward. Show highlights: why Sam is so excited to bring Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen onto the FTX teamhow FTX decides on who to sponsorwhy so many of FTX’s sponsorship are targeting US customerswhat makes the sports industry such an attractive place to advertise for FTXhow FTX’s tokenized stocks workwhat Sam learned from the...

Duration:00:40:56

Ethereum's EIP-1559 Will Solve Some Problems But Big Ones Will Remain - Ep.250

6/29/2021
Taylor Monahan, CEO of MyCrypto, and Tim Beiko, Ethereum Foundation core-dev facilitator, discuss the upcoming upgrade to the Ethereum network, EIP 1559. Show highlights: why Tim believes EIP 1559 is necessarywhat narrative is driving EIP 1559what problems the network upgrade will solvehow Ethereum transactions/fees workwhether gas prices are correlated with ETH/USDthe 3 main protocol changes that EIP 1559 proposeswhy Taylor, as the CEO of a wallet provider, is wary of EIP 1559how EIP 1559...

Duration:01:13:10

Unconfirmed: Strong Hands Aren't Selling Bitcoin. So Who Is? - Ep.249

6/25/2021
Will Clemente, author of the BTC by WC3 newsletter, breaks down the current state of Bitcoin’s on-chain activity and explains why he believes the market is in a mid-cycle lull rather than turning bearish. Show highlights: why Will is not worried about a bear marketwhat indicators make Will believe BTC is in a mid-cycle consolidationwho is selling and driving the recent market downturnwhy Will thinks the unwinding of derivatives is a significant factor in Bitcoin’s move below $30Kwhat Will...

Duration:00:39:33

Is Quadriga's Gerald Cotten Still Alive? The 'Exit Scam' Podcast Aims to Answer - Ep.248

6/22/2021
Aaron Lammer, author and host of the Exit Scam podcast, recounts the mysterious and controversial death of QuadrigaCX’s founder Gerald Cotton. Show highlights: A quick recap of QuadrigaCXwhy Aaron felt compelled to create a series on QuadrigaCXhow Gerald Cotton, a lifelong Ponzi-addict, came to be the CEO of Canada’s largest crypto exchangewhat Ponzi-schemes Gerald ran before starting Quadriga CXwhy customers trusted QuadrigaCX and what red flags were readily apparent looking backthe...

Duration:01:08:06

Unconfirmed: Polygon: The Layer 2 Solution Doing 8 Times as Many Transactions a Day as Ethereum - Ep.247

6/18/2021
Jaynti Kanani, cofounder and CEO of Polygon, discusses why the layer 2 solution has seen so much success during a down crypto market. Show highlights: what factors have led to Polygon’s and MATIC's impressive performance YTDhow Polygon is scaling Ethereumwhat types of projects are taking off on Polygonhow Polygon is attempting to address the issue of layer 2 composability how Polygon plans to use its latest fundingwhy Jaynti is confident Polygon will still be necessary after ETH 2.0...

Duration:00:35:37

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