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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

Is the Metaverse Already Here? Two Experts Disagree - Ep.282

10/19/2021
Andrew Steinwold, managing partner at Sfermion, and John Egan, CEO at L'Atelier BNP Paribas, discuss NFTs and debate the characteristics of the metaverse. Show highlights: their backgrounds and how they got into NFTshow they each define the metaversewhat NFTs have to do with the metaversehow John and Andrew’s depiction of the metaverse differswhat John thinks about Facebook’s entrance into the metaversewhether Second Life is a metaverse gamehow blockchain technology allows for an open...

Duration:01:06:37

Unconfirmed: What Is the Role of Investors in a Decentralized World? - Ep.281

10/15/2021
Four investors talk about the decentralized web, explain how the crypto industry is improving upon Web 2, and discuss what can be done to increase diversity and financial inclusion within Web 3. Featuring Rik Willard, founder of Agentic Group, Thomas France, co-founder of Cygni Capital, Dylan Hixon, president of Arden Road Investments, and Nick Grossman,general partner at Union Square Ventures . Show highlights: how funding rounds for decentralized protocols differ from investing in...

Duration:00:58:28

Visa Is Building Infrastructure for NFTs, Smart Contracts, and L2s. Why? - Ep.280

10/12/2021
Cuy Sheffield, Visa’s head of crypto, discusses Visa’s crypto game plan, stablecoin regulation, NFTs, and more. Show highlights: Cuy’s background and his journey down the crypto rabbit holehow Visa and cryptocurrency can coexistwhy crypto companies and fintech companies are similarwhat Visa is trying to solve for consumers regarding cryptocurrencieshow cross-chain payment infrastructure would workwhy Visa requires enhanced diligence for crypto companieswhat countries can learn from...

Duration:01:10:50

Unconfirmed: Why It Doesn’t Make Sense to Compare Lightning to DeFi - Ep.279

10/8/2021
Ryan Gentry, business development lead at Lightning Labs, discusses the latest updates on the Lightning Network, the layer 2 solution for Bitcoin. Highlights: how Lightning Network is bringing Bitcoin to the masses through partnerships with Twitter, Substack, and Paxfulwhat the significance of El Salvador adopting Bitcoin means for the Lightning Networkhow many nodes are running Lightning Network nodeswhy the capacity on the Lightning Network has grown rapidlyhow Ryan has seen interest in...

Duration:00:36:09

How the Greatest Decentralizing Force for Crypto Projects Is the SEC - Ep.278

10/5/2021
How does the SEC determine if a token is a security? Why is DeFi particularly hard to regulate? What will regulators do about stablecoins? On Unchained, Greg Xethalis, chief compliance officer at Multicoin Capital, and Collins Belton, founding partner at Brookwood P.C., dive into crypto regulation, discussing securities laws, DeFi regulation, and why the US should be promoting stablecoins rather than trying to shut them down. Highlights: why the SEC and CFTC have not announced bigger crypto...

Duration:01:14:06

Unconfirmed: People Expected a Big SEC Enforcement Action This Week. What Happened? Days - Ep.277

10/1/2021
Stephen Palley, partner at Anderson Kill, discusses a few hot-button crypto regulatory issues like lending products, whether DeFi protocols fall under the SEC’s purview, and more. Show highlights: why Stephen thinks the SEC and CFTC did not announce more extensive crypto enforcement news this weekwhat areas the SEC Chair Gary Gensler and the SEC as a whole are focused on regulatingwhat Stephen has heard about whether stablecoins that are not fully-backed are securitieswhy Coinbase decided...

Duration:00:35:12

Crypto Actually Fixes This: How Code to Inspire Uses Crypto in Afghanistan - Ep.276

9/28/2021
Fereshteh Forough is the founder and CEO of Code to Inspire, a coding school for girls in Afghanistan. She discusses her background as a refugee, how she uses crypto to fund the school and pay students, and how the US military’s departure has affected student life. Topics include: Fereshteh’s journey from refugee to computer science professor to founder and CEO of Code to Inspirewhat Code to Inspire offers to young Afghan women and what risks they take by getting an educationhow Code to...

Duration:00:54:01

Unconfirmed: How SEC Chair Gary Gensler's Views on Crypto Have Changed Since His MIT Days - Ep.275

9/24/2021
Nik De, managing editor for global policy and regulation at CoinDesk, stops by Unconfirmed to discuss the current state of crypto regulation, including recent comments by SEC Chair Gary Gensler on stablecoins and why Coinbase decided to sideline its Lend product. Highlights: Nik’s biggest takeaway from Gary Gensler’s interview with the Washington Post why Nik thinks Gensler has escalated his rhetoric regarding stablecoins and DeFi how crypto exchanges are currently regulated and how that...

Duration:00:32:24

How OG Crypto Artist Rhea Myers Sold a Never-Seen Artwork at Sotheby's - Ep.274

9/21/2021
Rhea Myers, artist, hacker, writer, and senior smart contract developer at Dapper Labs, has been making crypto art before NFTs were a thing. Check out this episode to learn about Rhea’s work as an OG crypto artist, why she believes concerns over NFT energy consumption are overblown, and how NFTs are changing the art world. Show highlights Rhea’s experience entering the crypto spacewhat inspired her to make Bitcoin-based transaction artwhat blockchain art she was creating in 2014how she...

Duration:01:08:16

Unconfirmed: Solana's Outage Lasted 17 Hours. What Does This Mean for Decentralization? - Ep.273

9/17/2021
Aidan Mott, research analyst at Messari, discusses Solana’s network restart that resulted in the blockchain going dark for 17 hours earlier this week. Show highlights: when Solana validators noticed something was wrong and how they respondedwhat initial dex offering (IDO) caused the network to be flooded with transactionshow a surge in bot transactions pushed validators to decide to restart the networkhow Solana’s outage compares to similar incidents on other chainswhy the Solana community...

Duration:00:36:01

Can Bitcoin Be Secured Only by Transaction Fees? Two Researchers Sound Off - Ep.272

9/14/2021
Once the block reward diminishes greatly, can Bitcoin be secured only by transaction fees? On Unchained, Bitcoin writer Vijay Boyapati and Ethereum Foundation’s Justin Drake debate the merits of Bitcoin’s security model, which Drake says will largely rely on transaction fees as soon as within 20-30 years, not in 100+ years. Highlights: Justin’s and Vijay’s professional backgroundswhy Justin thinks Bitcoin cannot survive solely on feeshow Bitcoin is currently securedwhat makes Bitcoin’s...

Duration:01:14:52

Unconfirmed: Was Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Entitled to a Meeting With the SEC? - Ep.271

9/10/2021
Ephrat Livni, a DealBook business and policy reporter at the New York Times, discusses Coinbase’s fight with the SEC over its Lend product and El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender. Show highlights: why Coinbase is unhappy with what it calls the SEC’s “sketchy” behaviorhow Coinbase’s Lend product is structured and why it might be a securitywhy Ephrat considers Coinbase’s reaction to the SEC’s decision on Lend to be “trolling”what we can learn from SEC chair Gary Gensler’s...

Duration:00:37:21

How Crypto Streaming Service Audius Hit Six Million Monthly Active Users - Ep.270

9/7/2021
Audius, a blockchain native music streaming platform, hit six million monthly active users in August and announced a partnership with TikTok. Roneil Rumburg, co-founder and CEO of Audius, talks about how Audius works, AUDIO tokenomics, the give and take of decentralization, and more. Show highlights: what problems Audius is solving for creatorshow artists are utilizing crypto to connect with fanshow the crypto components of Audius fit togetherwhat three utilities AUDIO, the native token of...

Duration:01:13:00

Unconfirmed: Why the FTX.US/LedgerX Deal Indicates Crypto M&A Might Start Booming - Ep.269

9/3/2021
Steven Ehrlich, director of research for digital assets at Forbes, discusses the FTX.US-LedgerX merger, what to expect from FTX going forward, DeFi regulation, and more. Show highlights: why theFTX.USacquisition of derivatives platform LedgerX is significanthowFTX.USstacks up against other US cryptocurrency exchangeswho should use crypto derivative productshow regulators might handleFTX.USand crypto derivative ETFswhat to expect from FTX going forwardhow long FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried...

Duration:00:36:58

How Pplpleasr Helped Fortune Magazine Sell More Than $1 Million in NFTs - Ep.268

8/31/2021
Pplpleasr, the artist behind Fortune magazine’s recent crypto cover and Uniswap’s V3 announcement animation, talks about her crypto journey and how NFTs are changing the game for creators. Show highlights: how not getting a job at Apple changed her life foreverhow the Pplpleasr-Uniswap collaboration came aboutwhat goes into her creative processhow Pplpleasr got hired for the Fortune magazine coverwhy she chose to represent anon-avatars on the Fortune coverwhy Pplpleasr was surprised by...

Duration:00:36:01

Unconfirmed: How Another NFT Trend, .eth Names, Has Attracted the Likes of Budweiser - Ep.267

8/27/2021
Nick Johnson, lead developer at the Ethereum Name Service (ENS), talks about making Ethereum human-readable, why Budweiser purchased an NFT, how purchasing an ENS works, and more. Show highlights: what ENS does and why it is importantwhy Budweiser bought “beer.eth”how ENS names can be used to make Ethereum easier to usewhat business use cases ENS names make possiblewhat made Nick want to create a naming service on Ethereumhow people are using their ENS nameswhy people are purchasing ENS...

Duration:00:35:36

BitGo on Why the Travel Rule Should Not Apply to Digital Assets - Ep.266

8/24/2021
BitGo CEO Mike Belshe and COO Jeff Horowitz talk about one of the hottest topics facing the crypto industry today: regulation. They discuss... what BitGo doeswhy Jeff left his successful TradFi career to go cryptohow crypto compliance and custody differs from the traditional finance worldthe state of crypto education amongst regulatorswhy Jeff and Mike think the infrastructure bill is a win for the crypto industrywhat FinCEN is doing to regulate cryptowhy they think the infrastructure...

Duration:01:03:54

Unconfirmed: SOL Is Up 3,800% YTD. Could It Eventually Displace Ethereum? - Ep.265

8/20/2021
SOL is up 75% over the past seven days, 205% in the past month, and 3,800% YTD. On Unchained, Multicoin Capital’s Kyle Samani discusses the DeFi projects fueling Solana’s growth, why he thinks Solana could make Ethereum obsolete, and the spectrum of decentralization. Show highlights: what factors have contributed to SOL’s growth this yearwhat two milestones occurred last week that Kyle thinks supercharged SOL’s popularitywhy Kyle thinks the issues with the Degen Ape Academy NFT drop were...

Duration:00:42:13

On-Chain Analytics Show ETH Accumulation Is Greater Than That of BTC - Ep.264

8/17/2021
NFTs are the talk of the metaverse, EIP 1559 just went live, and DeFi stats are rebounding. On Unchained, Fredrik Haga, cofounder and CEO at Dune Analytics, along with Richard Chen, general partner at 1confirmation, discuss the booming Ethereum ecosystem through the lens of on-chain data, diving into NFTs, DeFi, ETH, and their favorite layer 2s. Show highlights: why Ethereum is on such a pronounced upswingwhy on-chain metrics lead to superior information reporting mind-blowing OpenSea...

Duration:01:09:11

Unconfirmed: Why Did the Poly Network Attacker Return Half the Money They Stole? - Ep.263

8/13/2021
Poly Network, a cross-chain DeFi protocol, recently suffered a $600M hack -- the largest DeFi exploit in crypto history. Mudit Gupta, security researcher and SushiSwap dev, breaks down the attack, explaining how it occurred, why the hacker is returning the funds, and what Poly Network should do next. Show highlights: how Poly Network workswhat specific mechanism the hacker attacked on Poly Networkwhy many people (including myself) had never heard of Poly Network before the hackhow “keepers”...

Duration:00:38:08