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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: How Ryan Zurrer Ended Up Spending the Most on a Single NFT Artwork - Ep.295

12/3/2021
Ryan Zurrer, founder of Dialectic, a crypto wealth multi-family office, discusses his recent $29 million purchase of Beeple’s Human One and his experience at Art Basel in Miami, along with his thoughts on the NFT space in general. Show highlights: what Human One is and why Ryan purchased ithow Ryan and Beeple’s personal relationship factored into the purchase of Human Onewhy Human One is important to the metaversehow Ryan defied the odds in purchasing Human Onehow Miami’s Art Basel...

Duration:00:40:28

Will Solana Be the Execution Layer and Ethereum the Settlement Layer? - Ep.294

11/30/2021
On Unchained, two co-founders of Solana Labs, Anatoly Yakovenko and Raj Gokal, dive deeply into the Solana ecosystem, discussing everything from the price of SOL to the Solana network outage to the competition between Ethereum and Solana. Show highlights: why Raj thinks SOL’s market cap grew from $86 million to $68 billion in less than a yearAnatoly’s and Raj’s background and how they found themselves working together to build Solanawhy Anatoly thinks Solana will be a general-purpose...

Duration:01:08:04

Unconfirmed: Why Astrologer Maren Altman Believes 2023 Will Bring an Innovative 'Cyber Pandemic' - Ep.293

11/26/2021
Maren Altman is a professional astrologer and crypto trader. On Unchained, she discusses her end-of-year price target for Bitcoin, how crypto fits into her natal chart, and how she uses planets to divine the price movement of crypto assets. Highlights: why Maren believes she was born to trade cryptocurrencieshow long-term planetary transits explain the rise of cryptocurrencywhy the transits of Uranus, North Node, and Jupiter could lead to a big, extremely innovative “metaverse/cyber...

Duration:00:25:20

The Tokenomics Episode: Why ‘EIP 1559 Is Like Catnip for Investors’ - Ep.292

11/23/2021
Two tokenomics experts, Yan Liberman, co-founder of Delphi Digital, and Viktor Bunin, protocol specialist at Coinbase Cloud, discuss their experiences building tokens, their thoughts on the recent ENS/PSP airdrops, and what “fair” token distribution looks like. Show highlights: the definition of tokenomicswhat factors (such as utility, fairness, liquidity, security, etc.) token designers are incentivizing forwhat Yan learned from helping design Astroport tokenomicswhat Vikor learned from...

Duration:01:04:54

Unconfirmed: ConstitutionDAO Did Not Win the Auction. But It Demonstrated the Power of DAOs - Ep.291

11/19/2021
Will Papper, SyndicateDAO co-founder and ConstitutionDAO contributor, tells the story of how a group of internet friends came together as a DAO to crowdfund a $41 million bid at a Sotheby’s auction for a physical copy of the US Constitution. Show highlights: how Will and other ConstitutionDAO members feel after losing the auctionthe significance of ConstitutionDAO despite its losswhether Will knows who the other bidder waswhy museums began reaching out to ConstitutionDAO and seem to be...

Duration:00:36:20

PayPal Would Need These Two Things In Order to Issue a Stablecoin - Ep.290

11/16/2021
Jose Fernandez da Ponte, PayPal’s senior vice president and general manager of blockchain, crypto, and digital currencies, discusses PayPal’s crypto game plan, how CBDCs might be implemented, crypto regulations, and more. Show highlights: Jose’s path to becoming the GM of blockchain, crypto, and digital currencies at PayPalwhat factors led to PayPal’s decision to launch its crypto offeringwhat sort of customer makes up PayPal’s crypto demographichow users are engaging with the various...

Duration:01:02:40

Unconfirmed: Alameda Research's Sam Trabucco: What Solana Does Better Than Ethereum - Ep.289

11/12/2021
Sam Trabucco, co-CEO of Alameda Research, discusses the different price drivers that led to BTC, ETH, SOL, and LUNA reaching new all-time highs in the past week. Show highlights: why Sam believes no bad news from regulators is good newswhat effect leverage has on the crypto marketsthe significance of Bitcoin hitting a new all-time high and the crypto market cap reaching $3 trillionhow the approval of a bitcoin futures ETF affected the crypto marketwhat Sam thinks about the actions of US...

Duration:00:17:39

NFCastle 2021: Art Controversy – NFTS: Nothing F**king There? - Ep.288

11/9/2021
At Non-Fungible Castle 2021, an NFT exhibition in Prague, four NFT experts debate some of the hottest topics in the metaverse, like how to value NFTs, whether insider trading exists, what makes Ethereum-based NFTS so special, and the environmental impact of NFTs. Guests include Maria Paula Fernandez, co-founder at JPG, Kavita Gupta, cofounder of FINTECH.TV, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, artist, and Gmoney, an NFT collector. Show highlights: what an NFT is why NFTs have valuewhat the “myth of...

Duration:00:54:21

Unconfirmed: Legal Issues With NFTs: Would a Fractionalized Mona Lisa Be a Security? - Ep.287

11/5/2021
At Non-Fungible Castle 2021, an NFT exhibition in Prague, four NFT experts discuss the legal implications of NFTs. Guests include Jonathan Victor, product/business development at Protocol Labs; Louis Baudoin, advisor at Monax; Diana Stern, product counsel at Stripe; and Shant Marootian COO at Fractional.art. Show highlights: what users are receiving with the purchase of an NFThow the terms of service for different NFT marketplaces change NFT rightshow on-chain storage and off-chain storage...

Duration:01:08:49

Tor Bair of Secret on Why Private Smart Contracts Are Important - Ep.286

11/2/2021
Secret Network is a privacy-first, permissionless layer 1 blockchain built for computational privacy. Tor Bair, founder of Secret Foundation, a developer of Secret Network, discusses what makes Secret Network unique, including smart contract privacy, private metadata for NFTs, and how regulators should treat privacy tech in blockchain. Show highlights: how Tor fell down the crypto rabbit holewhat the Secret Network is and how it is bringing privacy to blockchainwhy public blockchains are...

Duration:01:08:06

Unconfirmed: Why Terraform Labs Cofounder Do Kwon Is Unfazed by US Regulators - Ep.285

10/29/2021
Do Kwon, cofounder of Terraform Labs, was recently served subpoenas by the US Securities and Exchange Commission during Messari’s mainnet event, leading Kwon and Terraform to preemptively sue the SEC. On Unconfirmed, Kwon discusses: what Terraform Labs does and how it is building its DeFi ecosystem around TerraUSD ($UST)why Terraform Labs created its synthetics protocol, Mirror, and how it workswhat Do thinks about the SEC’s investigation into Mirrorwhat happened to Do at Messari’s mainnet...

Duration:00:35:36

Not Reporting Info on Some Transaction Partners Could Soon Be a Felony - Ep.284

10/26/2021
Remember the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which caused considerable backlash from the crypto community due to the language regarding “brokers?” Abe Sutherland, an adjunct professor at University of Virginia School of Law, believes another provision tucked inside the bill could end up being a far more significant issue for anyone transacting in digital assets. Show highlights: how Abe fell down the crypto rabbit holewhat provision 6050I is and how it could affect anyone transacting with...

Duration:00:49:06

Unconfirmed: Bitcoin Projected to Reach $135,000 in December, According to PlanB - Ep.283

10/22/2021
PlanB, a former institutional investor with 25 years of experience in financial markets turned anon Bitcoin analyst, discusses Bitcoin’s price action, from the macroeconomic drivers to what his models predict for the rest of 2021. Show highlights: PlanB’s background and how he got into Bitcoinwhat a stock-to-flow model is and how PlanB uses it to predict Bitcoin’s pricewhy PlanB called for a $1 trillion market cap when Bitcoin was priced at sub $4Khow the approval of a bitcoin futures ETF...

Duration:00:39:23

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