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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 Kevin Zhou Believes Ethereum Will Have 3 Forks After the Merge - Ep. 381

8/5/2022
Kevin Zhou, co-founder of Galois Capital, comes to talk about the possibility of a Proof of Work chain on Ethereum after the Merge, the LUNA death spiral, how he plans to play the Merge, and much more... Show highlights: how Kevin got started in crypto what Galois Capital is and what its investment thesis iswhy Kevin was more vocal than most about the possibility of the LUNA death spiralwhether Kevin made money out of the Terra collapse and what was his strategywhat the difficulty bomb...

Duration:01:19:09

How Will Inflation Impact Crypto? Lyn Alden and Mauricio Di Bartolomeo Explain - Ep.380

8/2/2022
Lyn Alden, founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, and Mauricio di Bartolomeo, cofounder of Ledn, discuss how inflation could affect the digital asset industry. Show highlights: how Mauricio’s upbringing in Venezuela and firsthand experience with inflation led him to Bitcoinwhat a “long-term debt cycle” is and why Lyn thinks the 2020s could be similar to the 1930s and 1940sthe difference between inflation and hyperinflationhow inflation changes consumer investing and purchasing...

Duration:01:17:14

The Chopping Block: A Network State in 10 Years? Balaji Srinivasan Says Yes - Ep. 379

7/31/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Balaji Srinivasan discusses his latest book, “The Network State, how different digital tools like crypto will help empower network states, and analyzes how crypto fits into the current political environment. Show topics: why Balaji wrote a book and why he is so enthralled with a digitized futurewhat a “network state”...

Duration:01:03:18

Why the Crypto Industry Believes SEC Regulation by Enforcement Hurts US Consumers - Ep. 378

7/29/2022
Marisa Tashman, policy counsel at Blockchain Association, analyzes the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision to name nine tokens as securities and investigate whether Coinbase lists securities. Show highlights: why the SEC named tokens as securities in an insider trading case where no exchanges or token teams are listed as defendants what happens if the Coinbase insider trading case is settled or goes to courtwhy the SEC’s actions should be considered “regulation by...

Duration:00:30:17

Why the Messy 3AC, Celsius, and Voyager Bankruptcies Will Drag on for Years - Ep.377

7/26/2022
Two crypto law experts, WassieLawyer and Adam Levitin, analyze the bankruptcies of 3AC, Celsius, and Voyager. Show highlights: the difference between Voyager and Celsius “custody” and “earn” depositswhy Celsius commingling customer custody and earn deposits could make it harder for creditors to get their money backwhat similarities and differences the Voyager and Celsius bankruptcies havehow Chapter 11 bankruptcy workswhy Wassie and Adam believe Celsius might have engaged in shady...

Duration:01:16:30

Why 3AC's Collapse Could Spell the Start of a Crypto Credit Crunch - Ep. 376

7/22/2022
Adam Cochran, partner at Cinneamhain Ventures, discusses the impact of 3AC’s impending liquidation. Show topics: why 3AC founders (and family members) are listing themselves as creditorswhat the “corporate veil” is and why it matters regarding 3ACwhere retail investors stand in the pecking order of creditors why Adam doesn’t believe we know the full story about 3AC’s downfall, despite liquidators leaking a 1,000-page report about itwhat creditors might do with 3AC’s yachtwhy Adam is less...

Duration:00:37:47

Bitcoin in El Salvador: Why Would Cypherpunks Support Government-Mandated Bitcoin Adoption? - Ep. 375

7/19/2022
Nelson Rauda, Salvadoran journalist for El Faro, comes to talk about the impact of Bitcoin in El Salvador, the needs of Salvadoran people, Bitcoin City and the Bitcoin Bond, and much more. Show highlights: Nelson’s story and how he began covering BTCwhat kind of politician and president Nayib Bukele was before BTCwhat the financial reality was for Salvadoran people before the implementation of BTCthe reasons for the high rates of unbanked people in El Salvadorhow Bukele changed the...

Duration:01:03:31

Three Crypto Bankruptcies: 3AC, Celsius and Voyager. What Happens Now?- Ep. 374

7/15/2022
In a highly educational conversation, Wassielawyer, a lawyer specializing in restructuring and insolvency, discusses the bankruptcy and liquidation of Three Arrows Capital, plus sheds light on similar processes unfolding with Celsius and Voyager. Show highlights: Thank you to our sponsors! Crypto.com: https://crypto.onelink.me/J9Lg/unconfirmedcardearnfeb2021 Ava Labs: https://www.avax.network/ EPISODE...

Duration:00:35:24

The Chopping Block: Anatoly Yakovenko on Why Solana Is Building the SAGA Phone - Ep. 373

7/14/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Anatoly Yakovenko, Tsar of Solana, joins the show to discuss the use cases of Solana, whether it’s actually a blockchain, how Solana scales, and much more! Show topics: What Anatoly thinks of Andre Cronje's opinion that Solana is not a blockchainWhy Solana has had so many instances of downtimeWhether Solana is the...

Duration:00:45:50

Post-Merge, If Lido Becomes Dominant, What Does That Mean for Ethereum? - Ep. 372

7/12/2022
Ryan Berckmans, Ethereum investor and community member, and Alexandre Bergeron, Bitcoin investor, discuss Lido’s dominance as a liquid staking provider, whether that issue can be resolved, and how it could be a centralizing force for Ethereum. Show highlights: what stETH is, what the uses cases are for stETH, and why it is importanthow Lido had a first-mover advantage and how that kicked off network effectswhether the liquid staking derivatives system is one of a “winner-take-all”how much...

Duration:00:55:05

How Helium Uses Crypto to Grow Decentralized Wifi and Mobile Networks - Ep. 371

7/8/2022
Amir Haleem, CEO of Nova Labs and founder of Helium, talks about the use cases for Internet of Things (IoT), how blockchain and crypto help to construct a decentralized internet infrastructure, and what is the future of Helium. Show highlights: what Helium is and what it is trying to solvehow, after struggling for years, introducing crypto tokens, finally helped Helium growwho the users of Helium are and how they differ from each otherhow Helium grew to have one million devices around the...

Duration:00:38:05

In the Recent Crypto Market Meltdown, What Role Did Lido's stETH Play? - Ep. 370

7/5/2022
Hasu, strategic advisor to Lido, and Tarun Chitra, founder of Gauntlet, explain everything about staked ETH, aka stETH, how it should be priced, Lido’s market dominance, and much more. Show highlights: the role of Lido, what stETH is, and what its benefits arewhether Ethereum’s lack of delegated proof of stake contributes to the need for stETHwhy stETH is not mispriced and why it doesn’t necessarily have to be worth 1 ETHthe inherent risks associated with stETHhow there was not enough...

Duration:01:03:42

Oslo Freedom Forum: How NFTs Helped Chinese Dissident Artist Badiucao Evade Censorship - Ep. 369

7/1/2022
Badiucao, Chinese artist and activist, talks about the importance of NFTs for political activism, the role of China in his career as an artist, the significance of blockchain technologies to resist censorship, and much more. Show highlights: why Badiucao became an artist and how the censorship in China brought him to NFTshow Badiucao only learned about Tiananmen Square when he was 22 years old why Badiucao took up work as a preschool teacher in Australiahow anonymity is important for...

Duration:00:38:08

The Chopping Block: Here’s What Was So Bad About Three Arrows Capital - Ep. 368

6/30/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. In this episode, Taylor Monahan, matriarch of Metamask, joins the show to discuss the contagion of major crypto firms, the bear market, SBF saving crypto, and much more! Show topics: The importance of UX and securityHow Three Arrows Capital’s practice of borrowing to leverage their bets has caused a crisis for crypto lenders that...

Duration:01:00:39

Does Venture Capital Investment Violate the Ethos of Crypto? Sequoia Says No - Ep. 367

6/28/2022
Shaun Maguire and Michelle Bailhe, partners at Sequoia, discuss their long term view and thesis about crypto, what do they look for to invest in a crypto project, the takeaways from the blowup of Terra, the insolvency of crypto companies, and much more. Show highlights: what is Sequoia’s long term view and thesis about the crypto industryhow different our lives will look in 20 years from now due to blockchain technologyhow Sequoia had to adapt to invest in this new asset class and what are...

Duration:01:01:36

Solend and Bancor Drama: Did These DAOs Violate the Ethos of Crypto? - Ep. 366

6/24/2022
Derek Hsue, cofounder at Reverie, discusses the recent controversial decisions by Solend DAO and Bancor, the importance of establishing processes for black swan events, and whether decentralized governance truly exists. Show highlights: what situation prompted Solend to feel it was in jeopardywhat Solend DAO’s response was to that situationwhy Derek views it as “the nuclear option”why the proposal sparked an outcry from the crypto communitywhether this issue could have been prevented or...

Duration:00:33:35

CFTC Commissioner Caroline Pham on Why US Crypto Regulators Get a B- Ep. 365

6/21/2022
Caroline Pham, commissioner at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, discusses how we should build a regulatory framework for crypto assets, whether the SEC and CFTC should work together, what were the consequences of the Terra collapse, and much more. Show highlights: how Cmr. Pham got started in crypto and became a CFTC commissionerthe importance of the regulatory strategy around cryptowhat crypto’s role is in the financial systemhow bitcoin is a sort of money outside of the...

Duration:00:55:19

Why Possible Insolvencies by Celsius and 3AC Could Spell Disaster for Crypto - Ep. 364

6/17/2022
Mika Honkasalo, independent crypto researcher, discusses what is happening with Celsius and Three Arrows Capital, the importance of having proper risk management, and the contagion effects on the industry. Show highlights: why is it so significant that Celsius paused withdrawalswhat is stETH and why is it important to understand the Celsius situationhow the Luna/UST debacle started a contagion effect in the crypto spacewhy Celsius’s investors won’t bail the company outwhat will happen to...

Duration:00:36:48

The Legal and Regulatory Fallout From Terra's Collapse: Who Will Pay? - Ep. 363

6/14/2022
Olta Andoni, deputy general counsel at Ava Labs, and Ari Redbord, head of legal and government affairs at TRM Labs, discuss the Terra stablecoin meltdown, implications for impending international regulations, and the history of stablecoin regulation internationally. Topics covered include: What the most important legal issues are for the Terra meltdownHow the Terra implosion will trigger more regulation of the spaceHow regulators seemed to think stablecoins should be regulated even before...

Duration:01:02:21

The Chopping Block: Why Solana’s Frequent Downtime Doesn't Bother Kyle Samani- Ep. 362

6/13/2022
Welcome to The Chopping Block – in person at Consensus in Austin! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Robert Leshner, and Tarun Chitra are joined by guest Kyle Samani of Multicoin Capital to chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. Show topics: why Kyle believes people are too negative about the macro environment how the only crypto product with product-market fit is partieswhat soulbound NFTs are, and what their pitfalls might bewhy Kyle and Robert have a beef between...

Duration:00:58:19