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Unchained

By Laura Shin  

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.

 

#206

How This DOJ Strike Force Hunts Down Cryptocurrency Criminals - Ep.195

Magistrate judge Zia Faruqui, and Jessi Brooks, assistant U.S. attorney in the national security section at the United States Attorney’s Office, have prosecuted several cryptocurrency-related cases, many of them amongst the most well-known. In this episode, they talk about: ---how they came to be involved in the prosecution of so many cases involving cryptocurrency ---the nature of civil forfeiture cases ---the Al-Qassam Brigades case, which led to the largest ever seizure of a terrorist organization’s cryptocurrency accounts, and the terrorist organization’s use of dynamic addresses in an attempt to elude detection by authorities. ---how Al Qaeda used Telegram to pursue cryptocurrency donations ---the case involving ISIS and counterfeit PPE for COVID ---the process of seizing funds from unhosted wallets ---the North Korean affiliated Lazarus Group, and how they were able to amass $2580 million worth of cryptocurrency ---the methods hackers will use to cash out stolen crypto funds to fiat ---how different government agencies in the U.S., as well as in other countries, are coordinated when tackling these cases ---the Welcome to Video case and how they went about prosecuting a person in a foreign country ---how they’ve seen the use of cryptocurrencies by criminals evolve over time ---and whether or not they think decentralized exchanges will make it easier for criminals and hackers to cash out   Thank you to our sponsor!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://www.crypto.com</a>   Episode links:  Jessi Brooks: <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-brooks-8289ab32/">https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-brooks-8289ab32/</a> Zia’s Faruqui: <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/zia-faruqui-a73ba11a5/">https://www.linkedin.com/in/zia-faruqui-a73ba11a5/</a>   Three terror-finance cybercrime cases: <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/global-disruption-three-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns"> https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/global-disruption-three-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns</a>   The Al-Qassam Brigades case: <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/global-disruption-three-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns"> https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/global-disruption-three-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns</a>   Scam PPE site: <a href= "https://www.wired.com/story/isis-allegedly-ran-a-covid-19-ppe-scam-site/"> https://www.wired.com/story/isis-allegedly-ran-a-covid-19-ppe-scam-site/</a>   Civil forfeiture complaint against North Korea-affiliated hackers, Lazarus Group:  <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/united-states-files-complaint-forfeit-280-cryptocurrency-accounts-tied-hacks-two"> https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/united-states-files-complaint-forfeit-280-cryptocurrency-accounts-tied-hacks-two</a> <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/press-release/file/1310411/download"> https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/press-release/file/1310411/download</a> <a href= "https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/lazarus-group-north-korea-doj-complaint-august-2020"> https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/lazarus-group-north-korea-doj-complaint-august-2020</a>   Welcome to Video indictment: <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-korean-national-and-hundreds-others-charged-worldwide-takedown-largest-darknet-child"> https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-korean-national-and-hundreds-others-charged-worldwide-takedown-largest-darknet-child</a>   Dark Scandals: <a href= "https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/13/dark-deja-vu-irs-announces-charges-in-takedown-of-multi-million-dollar-child-exploitation-website-funded-by-bitcoin/#4a09b2ac28ae"> https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/13/dark-deja-vu-irs-announces-charges-in-takedown-of-multi-million-dollar-child-exploitation-website-funded-by-bitcoin/#4a09b2ac28ae</a> <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/press-release/file/1257581/download"> https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/press-release/file/1257581/download</a> Jonathan Levin from Chainalysis on Unchained: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-bitcoin-led-to-the-demise-of-the-largest-child-porn-site/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-bitcoin-led-to-the-demise-of-the-largest-child-porn-site/</a> ... Read more

20 Oct 2020

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:21

20 Oct 2020


#205

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce on BitMEX, DeFi and a Token Safe Harbor - Ep.194

Hester Peirce, AKA “Crypto Mom,” was just confirmed to a second term as SEC Commissioner of the Securities Exchange Commission in August. In this episode, she talks about: ---the reasons for her dissent in the Unikrn Settlement and what she believes would have been a proper penalty ---the current status of her token safe harbor proposal ---her thoughts on fair launch projects as opposed to traditional VC-backed tokens ---her view on how the SEC should view airdrops ---her thoughts on whether existing securities laws could be tweaked as opposed to implementing a safe harbor ---whether she thinks DeFi governance tokens should be considered securities ---her thoughts on DeFi playing its own regulatory role ---her thoughts on the Securities Clarity Act introduced in Congress ---the chances of a Bitcoin ETF being approved by the SEC in the future ---the charges against BitMEX and the effect it may have on the industry in general ---stablecoins, and how they might raise securities issues ---and whether she thinks that all securities could one day be tokenized Thank you to our sponsor! [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://www.crypto.com</a>   Episode links:  Hester Peirce: <a href= "https://twitter.com/HesterPeirce">https://twitter.com/HesterPeirce</a> SEC: <a href= "https://www.sec.gov/">https://www.sec.gov</a>   Her dissent on the Unikrn settelement: <a href= "https://www.sec.gov/news/public-statement/peirce-statement-settlement-charging-token-issuer"> https://www.sec.gov/news/public-statement/peirce-statement-settlement-charging-token-issuer</a>   Unconfirmed interview on her safe harbor proposal: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/sec-commissioner-hester-peirce-on-her-safe-harbor-proposal/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/sec-commissioner-hester-peirce-on-her-safe-harbor-proposal/</a> Her token safe harbor proposal: <a href= "https://www.sec.gov/news/speech/peirce-remarks-blockress-2020-02-06"> https://www.sec.gov/news/speech/peirce-remarks-blockress-2020-02-06</a>   Unchained interview with Cmr. Peirce: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/sec-commissioner-hester-peirce-come-talk-to-the-sec/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/sec-commissioner-hester-peirce-come-talk-to-the-sec/</a>   Proposal in The Block on ways to amend existing securities law instead of issuing a token safe harbor: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/57207/case-for-reg-a-response-commissioner-peirce-sec-token"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/57207/case-for-reg-a-response-commissioner-peirce-sec-token</a>   Is UNI a security: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/78231/uniswap-token-security-debate"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/78231/uniswap-token-security-debate</a>   FCA banning crypto derivatives and ETNs: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/fca-bans-sale-of-cryptoderivatives-to-retail-consumers-in-uk"> https://www.coindesk.com/fca-bans-sale-of-cryptoderivatives-to-retail-consumers-in-uk</a> <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/79911/uk-regulator-fca-bans-crypto-derivatives-retail-users"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/79911/uk-regulator-fca-bans-crypto-derivatives-retail-users</a>   Securities Clarity Act: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/78231/uniswap-token-security-debate"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/78231/uniswap-token-security-debate</a>   Statement on ATS’s: <a href= "https://www.sec.gov/divisions/marketreg/mr-noaction/2020/finra-ats-role-in-settlement-of-digital-asset-security-trades-09252020.pdf"> https://www.sec.gov/divisions/marketreg/mr-noaction/2020/finra-ats-role-in-settlement-of-digital-asset-security-trades-09252020.pdf</a>   SEC chairman Jay Clayton says all stocks could be tokenized: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/79783/all-stocks-tokenized-sec-chairman-clayton"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/79783/all-stocks-tokenized-sec-chairman-clayton</a> ... Read more

13 Oct 2020

28 MINS

28:46

13 Oct 2020


#204

Can Solana Seize Marketshare From Ethereum With Serum? - Ep.193

Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of FTX and Alameda Research,  and Anatoly Yakovenko,  the co-founder and CEO of Solana Labs, discuss the Project Serum ecosystem that they are building on the Solana blockchain, and the unique approach to scaling the Solana blockchain is taking. In this episode, they talk about: ---their backgrounds, and how they became involved in crypto ---why Solana takes a different approach to scaling and how it is implemented ---why they think a relatively lower number of nodes is sufficient to protect from attacks or collusion ---what the vision for Solana is, who they see using it, and how Serum fits into that vision ---why they think there haven’t been more crypto projects migrating to Solana yet ---Solana’s proof-of-history algorithm and how it works ---how Solana plans to attract DeFi developers ---why Serum was made interoperable with Ethereum ---the types of traders they are hoping to attract with Serum, and what their experience will be like on the platform ---why Project Serum is an ecosystem and not just an order book exchange ---how high-frequency trading firm Jump Trading came to adopt Serum ---how Serum will manage trading tokens from different chains ---the purpose of Serum’s two tokens, SRM and MSRM ---and what’s in store for Project Serum in the future   Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.Com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://www.crypto.com</a> Gods Unchained: <a href= "https://playgu.co/unchainedpod">https://playgu.co/unchainedpod</a>   Episode links:  Anatoly Yakovenko: [https://twitter.com/aeyakovenko] (https://twitter.com/aeyakovenko) Solana: <a href= "https://solana.com/">Solana.com</a> Sam Bankman-Fried: [https://twitter.com/SBF_Alameda] (https://twitter.com/SBF_Alameda) Project Serum: <a href= "https://www.projectserum.com/">https://www.projectserum.com</a> Project Serum on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/projectserum] (https://twitter.com/projectserum)   Solana CoinList auction in March: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/59952/blockchain-project-solana-raises-1-76m-from-its-launch-auction-on-coinlist"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/59952/blockchain-project-solana-raises-1-76m-from-its-launch-auction-on-coinlist</a>   Solana network stats: [https://explorer.solana.com] (https://explorer.solana.com/)   The Block Research on Solana: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/76615/solana-blockchain-overview"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/76615/solana-blockchain-overview</a>   Proof of history:  <a href= "https://medium.com/solana-labs/proof-of-history-a-clock-for-blockchain-cf47a61a9274"> https://medium.com/solana-labs/proof-of-history-a-clock-for-blockchain-cf47a61a9274</a>   Serum: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/72924/ftx-dex-serum-solana-blockchain"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/72924/ftx-dex-serum-solana-blockchain</a>   Tether: <a href= "https://medium.com/solana-labs/tether-to-bring-usdt-to-the-solana-network-77864184b20"> https://medium.com/solana-labs/tether-to-bring-usdt-to-the-solana-network-77864184b20</a> Jump Capital: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/76826/veteran-market-maker-jump-trading-forays-into-defi-to-provide-liquidity-for-ftxs-solana-based-dex"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/76826/veteran-market-maker-jump-trading-forays-into-defi-to-provide-liquidity-for-ftxs-solana-based-dex</a> ... Read more

06 Oct 2020

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:39

06 Oct 2020


#203

Why Bitcoin Now: Andreas Antonopoulos and Dan Held on Bitcoin’s Monetary Policy - Ep.192

Andreas M. Antonopoulos, speaker, educator, and the author of Mastering Bitcoin, Mastering Ethereum, and The Internet of Money, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, and Dan Held,  growth lead at Kraken Digital Asset Exchange, discuss the core features of Bitcoin's monetary policy, including how it differs from traditional central bank monetary policy, what gives it value and yet how it seems to have derived value from thin air. Plus, we talk about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect Bitcoin. In this episode, we cover: ---how monetary policy in general is defined ---the core feature of Bitcoin’s monetary policy, and how it differs from previous forms of money ---the similarities and differences between Bitcoin and gold ---why the hard cap on Bitcoin is unique and so important ---the difficulties in analyzing and classifying Bitcoin ---whether or not transaction fees alone can sustain the network once all 21 million Bitcoin have been minted ---if Bitcoin will be able to fulfill its original vision of democratizing finance and serving as an everyday medium of exchange ---why they think Bitcoin has recently been more correlated with the stock market ---their thoughts on the stock to flow model and whether it works for Bitcoin ---how they think the coronavirus, unprecedented quantitative easing, and increasing inflation will impact Bitcoin’s adoption and price ---how crypto banks that don’t conduct fractional reserve banking or lending might change the economy   Thank you to our sponsors!  Crypto.com: <a href= "http://crypto.com/">http://crypto.com</a> Gods Unchained: <a href= "https://playgu.co/unchainedpod">https://playgu.co/unchainedpod</a>   Episode links:  Andreas Antonopoulos: [https://aantonop.com] (https://aantonop.com/) On Twitter: <a href= "https://twitter.com/aantonop">https://twitter.com/aantonop</a> YouTube: <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/c/aantonop/">https://www.youtube.com/c/aantonop/</a> Dan Held: <a href= "https://www.danheld.com/">https://www.danheld.com</a> On Twitter: <a href= "https://twitter.com/danheld">https://twitter.com/danheld</a>   Dan Held on Bitcoin's monetary policy: <a href= "https://medium.com/the-bitcoin-times/information-theory-of-money-36247aebdfe1"> https://medium.com/the-bitcoin-times/information-theory-of-money-36247aebdfe1</a>   Dan Held on Bitcoin's security model: <a href= "https://www.danheld.com/blog/2019/6/16/bitcoins-security-is-fine"> https://www.danheld.com/blog/2019/6/16/bitcoins-security-is-fine</a>   Unchained interview with Saifedeam Ammous: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-saifedean-ammous-on-why-bitcoin-is-the-most-advanced-form-of-money/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-saifedean-ammous-on-why-bitcoin-is-the-most-advanced-form-of-money/</a>   Mises’ Regression Theorem: <a href= "https://mises.org/library/bitcoin-regression-theorem-and-emergence-new-medium-exchange"> https://mises.org/library/bitcoin-regression-theorem-and-emergence-new-medium-exchange</a>   Stock to flow model: <a href= "https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25"> https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25</a>   <a href= "https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/bitcoin-stock-to-flow-cross-asset-model-50d260feed12"> https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/bitcoin-stock-to-flow-cross-asset-model-50d260feed12</a>   Why the stock-to-flow model is wrong: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/why-the-stock-to-flow-bitcoin-valuation-model-is-wrong"> https://www.coindesk.com/why-the-stock-to-flow-bitcoin-valuation-model-is-wrong</a>   Federal Reserve announcement about letting inflation run higher than normal to achieve a 2% target rate of inflation: <a href= "https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20200827a.htm"> https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20200827a.htm</a> Kraken launching the first crypto bank: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-first-crypto-bank-what-kraken-financial-will-do-and-how/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-first-crypto-bank-what-kraken-financial-will-do-and-how/</a> ... Read more

29 Sep 2020

1 HR 43 MINS

1:43:26

29 Sep 2020


#202

How Matthew Leising Confronted His Suspects in the DAO Attacks - Ep.191

Matthew Leising, a reporter at Bloomberg who began covering crypto in 2015, is out with a new book Out of the Ether: The Amazing Story of Ethereum and the $55 Million Heist that Almost Destroyed It All. In this episode, he discusses: ---the catalyst that led to him writing his new book, which covers the early history of Ethereum and the DAO attack of 2016 ---why he thought the story of the DAO hack was compelling enough to make a book, and how he went about reporting it ---the surprising things he learned about Ethereum’s early days and Vitalik ---the twists and turns during his quest to discover the identity of the DAO attacker ---why he thinks separate people were responsible for the two biggest DAO attacks ---his meeting in Tokyo with one of the prime suspects of a copycat DAO attack ---why he decided to end his story at the Ethereum hard fork and chose not to write about Ethereum Classic  ---what he feels the long-term significance of the DAO and the hard fork has been for Ethereum ---why he thinks the lessons of the DAO are not being heeded today ---what he thinks the next chapter of Ethereum will be and how it will unfold ---the differences he’s found as a journalist covering crypto as opposed to covering more traditional finance ---and how the book is about more than just the DAO   Thank you to our sponsors!  Crypto.com: <a href= "https://www.crypto.com/">https://www.crypto.com</a> Gods Unchained: <a href= "https://playgu.co/unchainedpod">https://playgu.co/unchainedpod</a>   Episode links:  Matthew Leising: <a href= "https://twitter.com/mattleising">https://twitter.com/mattleising</a> Out of the Ether: The Amazing Story of Ethereum and the $55 Million Heist that Almost Destroyed It All: <a href= "https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Out+of+the+Ether%3A+The+Amazing+Story+of+Ethereum+and+the+%2455+Million+Heist+that+Almost+Destroyed+It+All-p-9781119602934"> https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Out+of+the+Ether%3A+The+Amazing+Story+of+Ethereum+and+the+%2455+Million+Heist+that+Almost+Destroyed+It+All-p-9781119602934</a>   Matt's original Bloomberg article on the DAO attack, "The Ether Thief": <a href= "https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2017-the-ether-thief/"> https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2017-the-ether-thief/</a>   Excerpt in Bloomberg: <a href= "https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/a-trip-down-the-crypto-rabbit-hole-in-search-of-the-dao-hacker"> https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/a-trip-down-the-crypto-rabbit-hole-in-search-of-the-dao-hacker</a>   Excerpt in CoinDesk: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/55m-hack-ethereum-down">https://www.coindesk.com/55m-hack-ethereum-down</a> Decrypt's interview with Matt about the book: <a href= "https://decrypt.co/41952/book-sheds-new-light-on-ethereums-55-million-dao-hack"> https://decrypt.co/41952/book-sheds-new-light-on-ethereums-55-million-dao-hack</a> ... Read more

22 Sep 2020

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:22

22 Sep 2020


#201

Andre Cronje of Yearn Finance on YFI and the Fair Launch: 'I'm Lazy' - Ep.190

Andre Cronje, the developer of yearn.finance, talks about all things DeFi and the past, present, and future of yEarn. In this episode, he discusses:   ---what Yearn Finance is, and what led him to develop it and eventually open it to the public ---his history and background, leading up to the development of Yearn ---the processes and mechanisms involved in yEarn v1 and yEarn v2 ---why he decided to do a "fair launch" of the YFI token, despite being in debt as a result of building Yearn ---why he felt that a Decrypt article about him in August was a "horrible hatchet job" ---why he disagrees with what he sees as the current anti-VC narrative ---his thoughts on the phenomenal rise in YFI's price and why the price of a YFI token still doesn't matter ---how and why he decided governance participation would be a requirement for earning tokens in the Balancer/yCurve/YFI pool ---the governance processes in Yearn and his thoughts on whether or not a Compound-style form of governance would be better ---how he might mitigate whales dominating the vote ---what he means by "I test in prod" and how people have misinterpreted his meaning ---why he briefly walked away from DeFi ---whether he agrees that YFI could be a new structure to replace existing traditional business structures ---his response to the allegations by XAR Network ---whether he would consider moving Yearn to another blockchain ---his vision for what Yearn can become ---and how much YFI he currently owns personally   Thank you to our sponsors!  Crypto.com: <a href= "http://crypto.com/">http://crypto.com</a> Gods Unchained: <a href= "https://playgu.co/unchainedpod">https://playgu.co/unchainedpod</a>   Episode links:  Andre Cronje: <a href= "https://twitter.com/AndreCronjeTech">https://twitter.com/AndreCronjeTech</a> Yearn Finance: <a href= "https://yearn.finance/">https://yearn.finance</a> [https://docs.yearn.finance] (https://docs.yearn.finance/)   CoinDesk on Yearn: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/what-is-yearn-finance-yfi-defi-ethereum"> https://www.coindesk.com/what-is-yearn-finance-yfi-defi-ethereum</a>   The Block report on yEarn Finance: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/75189/defis-yield-aggregator-dao-yearn-finance"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/75189/defis-yield-aggregator-dao-yearn-finance</a>   Post introducing $YFI: <a href= "https://medium.com/iearn/earning-yfi-y-curve-fi-53b5fd347f0f"> https://medium.com/iearn/earning-yfi-y-curve-fi-53b5fd347f0f</a>   Delegated vaults: [ https://medium.com/iearn/delegated-vaults-explained-fa81f1c3fce2] (https://medium.com/iearn/delegated-vaults-explained-fa81f1c3fce2) V2: <a href= "https://medium.com/iearn/yearn-finance-v2-af2c6a6a3613"> https://medium.com/iearn/yearn-finance-v2-af2c6a6a3613</a>   Delphi Digital report on yETH yVault: <a href= "https://www.delphidigital.io/reports/yeth-now-do-you-understand/"> https://www.delphidigital.io/reports/yeth-now-do-you-understand/</a>   yETH collateralization ratio: <a href= "https://defiexplore.com/cdp/13972">https://defiexplore.com/cdp/13972</a>   Tony Sheng newsletter: <a href= "https://tonysheng.substack.com/p/yfi-ponzinomics">https://tonysheng.substack.com/p/yfi-ponzinomics</a>   Yearn Governance: [ https://medium.com/iearn/yearn-governance-forum-7b7c9d0300ac] (https://medium.com/iearn/yearn-governance-forum-7b7c9d0300ac)   yInsure Finance: <a href= "https://medium.com/iearn/yinsure-finance-a-new-insurance-primitive-77d5d4217896"> https://medium.com/iearn/yinsure-finance-a-new-insurance-primitive-77d5d4217896</a>   Delegated funding DAO vaults: <a href= "https://medium.com/iearn/delegated-funding-dao-vaults-7ab05a63d7ba"> https://medium.com/iearn/delegated-funding-dao-vaults-7ab05a63d7ba</a>    Siege Rhino question about governance: <a href= "https://twitter.com/SiegeRhino2/status/1303415750238101504?s=20"> https://twitter.com/SiegeRhino2/status/1303415750238101504?s=20</a>   Andre’s “Building in DeFi Sucks” post: <a href= "https://medium.com/@andre_54855/building-in-defi-sucks-b8fdfda0ef58?source=---------17------------------"> https://medium.com/@andre_54855/building-in-defi-sucks-b8fdfda0ef58?source=---------17------------------</a> Andre quits in February: <a href= "https://decrypt.co/21068/founder-of-promising-defi-project-abandons-the-toxic-cryptosphere"> https://decrypt.co/21068/founder-of-promising-defi-project-abandons-the-toxic-cryptosphere</a> Andre close to quitting in August: <a href= "https://decrypt.co/37995/exclusive-yfi-andre-cronje-broke-quitting-defi"> https://decrypt.co/37995/exclusive-yfi-andre-cronje-broke-quitting-defi</a>   What Andre wishes he had known before building Ethereum dapps: <a href= "https://medium.com/iearn/things-i-wish-i-knew-before-building-ethereum-defi-dapps-cd6bf0f07a16"> https://medium.com/iearn/things-i-wish-i-knew-before-building-ethereum-defi-dapps-cd6bf0f07a16</a>    ... Read more

15 Sep 2020

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:34

15 Sep 2020


#200

Olaf Carlson-Wee: 'If There Is a Money-Losing Exploit, the Money Is Gone' - Ep.189

Olaf Carlson-Wee, the founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, goes deep into yield farming, fair launches and how decentralization will upend the traditional notion of the corporation. In this episode, he talks about: ---when it makes sense for a team to introduce a liquidity mining scheme, and when it doesn't ---the difference between yield farming and ICOs when it comes to investing ---his thoughts on YFI, as well as YAM, and the pace at which unaudited DeFi projects are ---moving forward ---the three advantages he sees in automated market makers as opposed to centralized ---exchanges ---his thoughts on Uniswap and SushiSwap and why he's not sure Uniswap will make a token ---his thoughts on fair launches and whether he thinks they will threaten traditional crypto VCs ---whether the CRV token launch really was instigated by someone unrelated to the team ---his thoughts on the yEarn yETH vault and what it says about where the DeFi space is going ---what he sees as the pros and cons of rebasing ---why he sees projects like YFI as a new kind of corporation ---whether he thinks Ethereum will scale fast enough to meet the demand already being put on it ---why he thinks systems like Polkadot are going to expand what is possible in the same way that Ethereum expanded beyond what was possible with Bitcoin ---whether he thinks the yields from yield farming will pull investors away from staking on Ethereum 2.0 ---what he thinks DeFi teams should do to improve security ---Bitcoin on Ethereum and what he believes it could mean for DeFi in the future ---the chatter around a potential public offering from Coinbase, and what's in store for Polychain in the future   Thank you to our sponsor!  Crypto.com: <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com/</a>   Episode links:  Olaf Carlson-Wee: [https://www.linkedin.com/in/olafcw/] (https://www.linkedin.com/in/olafcw/) Polychain Capital: [https://polychain.capital] (https://polychain.capital/)   Previous interviews with Olaf on Unchained and Unconfirmed: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-the-first-employee-of-coinbase-launched-a-hedge-fund/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-the-first-employee-of-coinbase-launched-a-hedge-fund/</a>   <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/to-the-moon-and-back-with-polychains-olaf-carlson-wee/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/to-the-moon-and-back-with-polychains-olaf-carlson-wee/</a>   <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/special-episode-with-cnbcs-crypto-trader-olaf-carlson-wee-on-why-this-crypto-winter-is-different-from-previous-ones-ep-028/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/special-episode-with-cnbcs-crypto-trader-olaf-carlson-wee-on-why-this-crypto-winter-is-different-from-previous-ones-ep-028/</a>   <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/all-things-cryptoeconomics-pt-1-with-olaf-carlson-wee-and-ryan-zurrer-of-polychain-capital/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/all-things-cryptoeconomics-pt-1-with-olaf-carlson-wee-and-ryan-zurrer-of-polychain-capital/</a>   Why trading on automated market makers has risen so quickly: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-decentralized-trading-has-10xed-in-a-few-months/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-decentralized-trading-has-10xed-in-a-few-months/</a>    Launch of yEarn/YFI: [https://medium.com/iearn/yfi-df84573db81] (https://medium.com/iearn/yfi-df84573db81)   Dex volume over time: [https://defiprime.com/dex-volume] (https://defiprime.com/dex-volume)   YAM recap: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/74810/yam-token-market-cap-collapses-by-more-than-90-flaw"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/74810/yam-token-market-cap-collapses-by-more-than-90-flaw</a>   YAM team’s plans going forward: <a href= "https://medium.com/@yamfinance/yam-post-rescue-attempt-update-c9c90c05953f"> YAM Post-Rescue Attempt Update. At approximately 6PM UTC, on Wed August… | by Yam Finance | Aug, 2020 | Medium</a>   SushiSwap vs. Uniswap: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/sushiswap-takes-on-uniswap-which-should-win-and-why/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/sushiswap-takes-on-uniswap-which-should-win-and-why/</a>   Ian Lee of IDEO CoLab Ventures on fair launches vs. VC coins: <a href= "https://synthesis.substack.com/p/fair-launches-will-disrupt-crypto"> https://synthesis.substack.com/p/fair-launches-will-disrupt-crypto</a>   And on fast-follower forks: <a href= "https://synthesis.substack.com/p/fast-follower-forks-in-defi"> https://synthesis.substack.com/p/fast-follower-forks-in-defi</a>   CRV token launch: [ https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/74921/the-story-of-the-botched-crv-launch] (https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/74921/the-story-of-the-botched-crv-launch)   yEarn's yETH vault: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/yearn-finance-yeth-vault-defi-triforce"> https://www.coindesk.com/yearn-finance-yeth-vault-defi-triforce</a>   Ethereum's transition to 2.0: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-ethereums-five-year-anniversary/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-ethereums-five-year-anniversary/</a>   Security in DeFi: [ https://unchainedpodcast.com/defi-security-with-so-many-hacks-will-it-ever-be-safe/] (https://unchainedpodcast.com/defi-security-with-so-many-hacks-will-it-ever-be-safe/) Whether Coinbase will do a token offering when it goes public: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/will-coinbase-do-a-token-offering-when-it-goes-public/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/will-coinbase-do-a-token-offering-when-it-goes-public/</a> ... 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08 Sep 2020

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:46

08 Sep 2020


#199

Why Decentralized Trading Has 10Xed in a Few Months - Ep.188

Haseeb Qureshi, managing partner at Dragonfly Capital, and Dan Robinson, research partner at Paradigm, discuss the explosion in decentralized exchange activity on automated market makers from $1 billion earlier this year to more than $10 billion in August.  ---Why trading in automated market makers has 8xed in a few months ---how automated market makers work, and how specific dexes can specialize for the assets being traded on them ---why traders would prefer to trade on a dex vs. a centralized exchange ---how incentivized pools have drawn traders and liquidity  ---why trading on a dex seems can be more appealing than on a centralized exchange ---why trading on dexes now mirrors trading on Binance in 2017 ---how "DeFi is the hottest coolest place where people are making a lot of money" ---the difference between the metrics of liquidity, trading volume and total value locked for a dex ---why AMMs are capital inefficient ---what it means that fees paid on Uniswap are about half of those paid on Bitcoin  ---what the purpose of liquidity mining is ---why Haseeb doesn't think that dexes have network effects and that once professional market makers come in the space, Uniswap will lose market share ---whether users will use DeFi directly through the dexes or through another interface ---why Dan thinks that DeFi is now comparable to financial investment in the 1970s  ---whether or not yield aggregators like yEarn make it harder for AMMs to compete ---what happened with the CRV token launch ---initial dex offerings or initial DeFi offerings, like the UMA token launch ---whether, because of the high fees on Ethereum and the how long its transition to Ethereum 2.0 will take, DeFi activity could move to another blockchain such as Solana ---where DeFi will go over the next few years   Thank you to our sponsor!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "http://crypto.com/">http://crypto.com</a>   Episode links:  Haseeb Qureshi: <a href= "https://twitter.com/hosseeb">https://twitter.com/hosseeb</a> Dan Robinson: <a href= "https://twitter.com/danrobinson">https://twitter.com/danrobinson</a>   Haseeb’s post on the rise of AMMs: <a href= "https://medium.com/dragonfly-research/what-explains-the-rise-of-amms-7d008af1c399"> https://medium.com/dragonfly-research/what-explains-the-rise-of-amms-7d008af1c399</a>   Haseeb's post on how Uniswap could be un-bundled: <a href= "https://medium.com/dragonfly-research/unbundling-uniswap-the-future-of-on-chain-market-making-1c7d6948d570"> https://medium.com/dragonfly-research/unbundling-uniswap-the-future-of-on-chain-market-making-1c7d6948d570</a>   Dex volume: <a href= "https://defiprime.com/dex-volume">https://defiprime.com/dex-volume</a>   Trading volume on centralized exchanges: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/74539/july-by-the-numbers-a-look-at-crypto-exchange-volumes-open-interest-and-miner-revenue"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/74539/july-by-the-numbers-a-look-at-crypto-exchange-volumes-open-interest-and-miner-revenue</a>   Incentivized pools: [https://pools.fyi/#/?tag=incentivized] (https://pools.fyi/#/?tag=incentivized)   Top dexes by trading volume: <a href= "https://www.coingecko.com/en/dex">https://www.coingecko.com/en/dex</a>   Ethereum transaction fees: <a href= "https://bitinfocharts.com/comparison/ethereum-transactionfees.html"> https://bitinfocharts.com/comparison/ethereum-transactionfees.html</a>    Uniswap website visits 15x in July: <a href= "https://messari.io/article/uniswap-total-website-visits-grew-15x-in-july"> https://messari.io/article/uniswap-total-website-visits-grew-15x-in-july</a>   Website traffic to DeFi platforms explodes in July: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/74231/defi-platforms-web-traffic-july"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/74231/defi-platforms-web-traffic-july</a>   Fees paid to various crypto projects: [https://cryptofees.info] (https://cryptofees.info/)   Curve reaches $1 billion in TVL: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/75014/curve-becomes-third-defi-protocol-to-hit-1-billion-in-total-value-locked"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/75014/curve-becomes-third-defi-protocol-to-hit-1-billion-in-total-value-locked</a>   The Block on dex aggregators: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/69468/dex-aggregators-user-experience"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/69468/dex-aggregators-user-experience</a>   Delphi Digital on aggregators and why dexes will be like airlines: <a href= "https://www.delphidigital.io/reports/dex-wars-and-aggregation-theory/"> https://www.delphidigital.io/reports/dex-wars-and-aggregation-theory/</a> <a href= "https://www.delphidigital.io/reports/are-amms-the-airlines-of-crypto/"> https://www.delphidigital.io/reports/are-amms-the-airlines-of-crypto/</a> <a href= "https://twitter.com/ZeMariaMacedo/status/1298589417855168518?s=20"> https://twitter.com/ZeMariaMacedo/status/1298589417855168518?s=20</a>   Mooniswap: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/74454/1inch-launches-automated-market-maker-mooniswap"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/74454/1inch-launches-automated-market-maker-mooniswap</a>   Yield aggregators: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/75189/defis-yield-aggregator-dao-yearn-finance"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/75189/defis-yield-aggregator-dao-yearn-finance</a>   How DeFi is affecting OTC desks: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/75870/defi-otc-desks-lunch"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/75870/defi-otc-desks-lunch</a>   Serum on Solana: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/72924/ftx-dex-serum-solana-blockchain"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/72924/ftx-dex-serum-solana-blockchain</a>   CRV launch: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/74921/the-story-of-the-botched-crv-launch"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/74921/the-story-of-the-botched-crv-launch</a>   UMA token launch: [ https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/63611/uma-token-sale-retrospective] (https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/63611/uma-token-sale-retrospective)   Serum on Solana: <a href= "https://medium.com/solana-labs/ftx-chooses-solana-for-serum-a-high-speed-non-custodial-decentralized-derivatives-exchange-c346a27c1f2b"> https://medium.com/solana-labs/ftx-chooses-solana-for-serum-a-high-speed-non-custodial-decentralized-derivatives-exchange-c346a27c1f2b</a>   <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/uniswap-ftx-perpetual-futures"> https://www.coindesk.com/uniswap-ftx-perpetual-futures</a>   ... 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01 Sep 2020

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:24

01 Sep 2020


#198

Why Bitcoin Now: Saifedean Ammous on Why Bitcoin is the Most Advanced Form of Money - Ep.187

Saifedean Ammous is an economist and the author of The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, which has been translated into 20 languages. In this episode, he discusses: ---the basic tenets of Austrian economics and why it is the only school where Bitcoin is possible ---historical examples of currencies and how they lost their monetary value ---the stock-to-flow model and how Bitcoin fits into that model ---the three functions, or descriptive properties, of money and why Bitcoin fulfills these functions ---the concept of sound money ---the idea of time preference in economics and why he believes it is so important ---the distinction between debt and money, and why they are not the same ---the significance of difficulty adjustment and why he believes it is the crowning achievement of Bitcoin ---why he views Bitcoin as the best store of value humanity has ever invented ---the metrics he watches when assessing Bitcoin ---what he thinks is in store for Bitcoin in the future, and whether he still thinks central banks will buy Bitcoin as a reserve currency ---his thoughts on Ethereum and other digital currencies ---and his predictions for Bitcoin in the next year   Thank you to our sponsor!  Crypto.com: <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com/</a>   Episode links:  Saifedean Ammous: [https://twitter.com/saifedean] (https://twitter.com/saifedean) Saifedean’s website: [https://saifedean.com] (https://saifedean.com/)   The Bitcoin Standard: [https://saifedean.com/book/] (https://saifedean.com/book/)   Invest Like the Best episode with Saifedean: <a href= "http://investorfieldguide.com/ammous/">http://investorfieldguide.com/ammous/</a>   What Bitcoin Did episode with Saifedean: <a href= "https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/saifedean-ammous-on-understanding-bitcoin-economics"> https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/saifedean-ammous-on-understanding-bitcoin-economics</a>   Plan B’s stock-to-flow model applied to Bitcoin: <a href= "https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25"> https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25</a> <a href= "https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/bitcoin-stock-to-flow-cross-asset-model-50d260feed12"> https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/bitcoin-stock-to-flow-cross-asset-model-50d260feed12</a> Essay on why the stock-to-flow model is wrong: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/why-the-stock-to-flow-bitcoin-valuation-model-is-wrong"> https://www.coindesk.com/why-the-stock-to-flow-bitcoin-valuation-model-is-wrong</a> ... Read more

25 Aug 2020

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:50

25 Aug 2020


#197

Why Bitcoin Now: David Chaum and Adam Back Reflect on the Crypto Wars - Ep.186

David Chaum, the inventor of eCash and CEO of xx network, and Adam Back, the inventor of Hashcash and the cofounder and CEO of Blockstream, discuss their involvement in digital currency well before Bitcoin existed. In this episode, they discuss: ---how they each became enamored with the idea of digital currency years before such an idea was widely discussed ---the crypto wars of the 1990s and the U.S. government’s attempts to control access to advanced cryptography ---Digicash, the creation of eCash, and the difficulties of implementing the system with the technology available at the time ---the innovation of blind signatures used in eCash ---what caused the demise of Digicash, and David's role in that ---the development of Hashcash and the problems Adam was trying to solve by creating it ---their initial reactions to learning about Bitcoin for the first time ---how they think Bitcoin might improve in the future ---the stock-to-flow Model, and where they believe the Bitcoin price might go next ---why the Hashcash proof-of-work mechanism became so widely used    Thank you to our sponsor!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com/</a>   Episode links:  Adam Back: <a href= "https://twitter.com/adam3us">https://twitter.com/adam3us</a> Blockstream: <a href= "https://blockstream.com/">https://blockstream.com</a>  Adam's website: <a href= "http://www.cypherspace.org/">http://www.cypherspace.org</a>   David Chaum: <a href= "https://twitter.com/chaumdotcom">https://twitter.com/chaumdotcom</a> Elixxir: <a href= "https://elixxir.io/">https://elixxir.io</a>  XX Network: <a href= "https://xx.network/">https://xx.network</a>   Previous Unchained episode on the history of digital currency: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-the-history-of-digital-currency/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-the-history-of-digital-currency/</a>   Wired article on “e-money”: <a href= "https://www.wired.com/1994/12/emoney/">https://www.wired.com/1994/12/emoney/</a>     Translated Dutch article on why DigiCash failed:  <a href= "https://cryptome.org/jya/digicrash.htm">https://cryptome.org/jya/digicrash.htm</a>   Aaron Van Wirdum's Bitcoin Magazine series on the history of digital currency:  <a href= "https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/the-beginners-guide-to-bitcoin-part-3-bitcoins-pre-history-and-the-cypherpunks-with-aaron-van-wirdum"> https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/the-beginners-guide-to-bitcoin-part-3-bitcoins-pre-history-and-the-cypherpunks-with-aaron-van-wirdum</a>    David Chaum's e-Cash: <a href= "https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-how-david-chaums-ecash-spawned-cypherpunk-dream"> https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-how-david-chaums-ecash-spawned-cypherpunk-dream</a> Hashcash: <a href= "https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-hashcash-or-how-adam-back-designed-bitcoins-motor-block"> https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-hashcash-or-how-adam-back-designed-bitcoins-motor-block</a> ... Read more

18 Aug 2020

1 HR 22 MINS

1:22:28

18 Aug 2020


#196

Why Bitcoin Now: The History of Digital Currency - Ep.185

Aaron van Wirdum is the technical editor at Bitcoin Magazine. Finn Brunton is the author of “Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency.” In this episode, they tackle the history of digital currency. Topics include: ---the motivations behind the earliest attempts to create digital currencies, and who was behind those attempts ---the Extropian philosophy and how digital currency was born out of it ---how the cypherpunks came together and eventually began implementing tools that would lead to the creation of digital currencies ---the problems faced during the development of digital money, from double-spending to privacy, centralization, and spam ---the development of a public key protocol and why it was so significant ---the characteristics of earlier forms of digital currency like e-cash, hashcash, b-money, and bit gold, as well as their differences ---the original purpose of proof-of-work and how it was developed ---Hal Finney’s essential contributions to the creation of earlier digital currencies, and later, Bitcoin ---previous implementations of blockchain and how Bitcoin came to reinvent and utilize it ---which previous digital currencies come closest to Bitcoin ---and who they think Satoshi Nakamoto is …    Thank you to our sponsors!  Crypto.com: <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a>   Episode links:  Aaron Van Wirdum: [https://twitter.com/AaronvanW] (https://twitter.com/AaronvanW) Finn Brunton: <a href= "http://finnb.net/">http://finnb.net</a>   Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency: <a href= "https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691179490/digital-cash"> https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691179490/digital-cash</a>   Aaron's Bitcoin magazine series on the early days of digital currency: <a href= "https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-how-david-chaums-ecash-spawned-cypherpunk-dream"> https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-how-david-chaums-ecash-spawned-cypherpunk-dream</a> <a href= "https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-hashcash-or-how-adam-back-designed-bitcoins-motor-block"> https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-hashcash-or-how-adam-back-designed-bitcoins-motor-block</a> <a href= "https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-if-bitcoin-had-first-draft-wei-dais-b-money-was-it"> https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-if-bitcoin-had-first-draft-wei-dais-b-money-was-it</a> <a href= "https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-bit-gold-szabo-was-inches-away-inventing-bitcoin"> https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/genesis-files-bit-gold-szabo-was-inches-away-inventing-bitcoin</a>   Aaron on What Bitcoin Did discussing the stories: <a href= "https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/the-beginners-guide-to-bitcoin-part-3-bitcoins-pre-history-and-the-cypherpunks-with-aaron-van-wirdum"> https://www.whatbitcoindid.com/podcast/the-beginners-guide-to-bitcoin-part-3-bitcoins-pre-history-and-the-cypherpunks-with-aaron-van-wirdum</a>  Breaker Mag Interview with Finn Brunton about his book: <a href= "https://breakermag.com/new-book-reveals-cryptos-radical-origins/"> https://breakermag.com/new-book-reveals-cryptos-radical-origins/</a> ... Read more

11 Aug 2020

1 HR 18 MINS

1:18:11

11 Aug 2020


#195

Why The Travel Rule Is One Of The Most Significant Regulations In Crypto - Ep.184

Dave Jevans, CEO of CipherTrace, and Siân Jones, Senior Partner at XReg Consulting, give the lowdown on the Financial Action Task Force’s travel rule and how it applies to businesses in the crypto space. They discuss: ---their background and journey into crypto ---what the travel rule is ---the consequences for countries that are not compliant ---whether the regulation will apply to staking providers in the future ---the type of companies and transactions that will be covered under the travel rule ---the type of information that has to be provided  ---how banks comply with the travel rule and whether crypto companies can use the same system ---the different open standards available for sharing information ---how the information will get shared between entities who use different travel rule solution providers ---the “sunrise problem” in which different companies implement their compliance systems at different times ---the security of user data being shared between different entities ---how it applies to central bank digital currencies and centralized stablecoins ---how the rule would affect privacy coins ---the inherent contradiction between the cypherpunk philosophy and regulatory compliance ---unintended consequences of the travel rule ---how the travel rule may play out in the coming years A glossary of terms discussed in the episode:  FATF: Financial Action Task Force, an intergovernmental organization that develops policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing VASP: virtual asset service providers, who are custodial entities that run fiat-to-crypto or crypto-to-crypto exchanges, or run businesses related to transfer and safekeeping of virtual assets and financial services. FinCEN: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the United States federal bureau that analyzes information about financial transactions in order to fight money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes FCA: <a href= "https://www.fca.org.uk/">Financial Conduct Authority</a>, the financial regulatory body of the UK   Thank you to our sponsors!  Crypto.com: <a href= "https://www.crypto.com/">https://www.crypto.com </a> Tezos: <a href= "https://tquorum.com/">https://tquorum.com/</a>   Episode links:  Dave Jevans: <a href= "https://twitter.com/davejevans">https://twitter.com/davejevans</a> CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com/</a> Sian Jones: <a href= "https://twitter.com/COINSULT">https://twitter.com/COINSULT</a> XReg Consulting: <a href= "https://www.xreg.consulting/">https://www.xreg.consulting/</a> Financial Action Task Force (FATF): [https://www.fatf-gafi.org/] (https://www.fatf-gafi.org/)   The Osaka conference where crypto got serious about FATF’s travel rule: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/inside-the-osaka-conference-where-crypto-got-serious-about-fatfs-travel-rule"> https://www.coindesk.com/inside-the-osaka-conference-where-crypto-got-serious-about-fatfs-travel-rule</a>   Will Osaka be crypto’s Bretton Woods moment? <a href= "https://forkast.news/will-osaka-be-cryptos-bretton-woods-moment/"> https://forkast.news/will-osaka-be-cryptos-bretton-woods-moment/</a>   InterVASP Messaging Standard: [https://intervasp.org] (https://intervasp.org/) OpenVASP: <a href= "https://openvasp.org/">https://openvasp.org</a> OpenVASP white paper: <a href= "https://openvasp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/OpenVasp_Whitepaper.pdf?cache=1"> https://openvasp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/OpenVasp_Whitepaper.pdf?cache=1</a>   FATF report on “so-called stablecoins”: <a href= "http://www.fatf-gafi.org/media/fatf/documents/recommendations/Virtual-Assets-FATF-Report-G20-So-Called-Stablecoins.pdf"> http://www.fatf-gafi.org/media/fatf/documents/recommendations/Virtual-Assets-FATF-Report-G20-So-Called-Stablecoins.pdf</a>   OKEx’s Korea arm delisted privacy coins: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/39724/okex-korea-delisting-all-privacy-coins-including-monero-zcash-and-dash-as-these-violate-fatfs-travel-rule"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/39724/okex-korea-delisting-all-privacy-coins-including-monero-zcash-and-dash-as-these-violate-fatfs-travel-rule</a>   Some of the potential FATF compliance solutions:  Travel Rule Information Sharing Alliance (TRISA): [https://trisa.io/] (https://trisa.io/) Coinbase’s messaging board solution: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/72293/coinbase-exchanges-fatf-travel-rule-solution"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/72293/coinbase-exchanges-fatf-travel-rule-solution</a> CoolBitX: <a>https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/56853/coolbitx-raises-16-75m-series-b-to-help-crypto-exchanges-comply-with-fatfs-travel-rule</a> Notabene: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-identity-startup-notabene-launches-trust-framework-for-fatf-travel-rule"> https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-identity-startup-notabene-launches-trust-framework-for-fatf-travel-rule</a> ING: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/in-banking-first-ing-develops-fatf-friendly-protocol-for-tracking-crypto-transfers"> https://www.coindesk.com/in-banking-first-ing-develops-fatf-friendly-protocol-for-tracking-crypto-transfers</a> <a href= "https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/fatf-12-month-virtual-asset-review-2020"> https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/fatf-12-month-virtual-asset-review-2020</a> Recent travel rule meeting: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/fatf-meets-wednesday-to-discuss-travel-rule-for-digital-assets"> https://www.coindesk.com/fatf-meets-wednesday-to-discuss-travel-rule-for-digital-assets</a> Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 75: <a href= "https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0075.mediawiki"> https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0075.mediawiki</a>   ... 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04 Aug 2020

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:00

04 Aug 2020


#194

Vitalik Buterin on Ethereum's Five-Year Anniversary - Ep.183

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, shares his thoughts on the five-year anniversary of Ethereum, challenges with ETH 2.0 and criticisms about DeFi. We discuss: ---his thoughts and feelings ahead of Ethereum’s five-year anniversary ---how to address the high gas fees on the Ethereum network ---whether the complexity of Ethereum 2.0 creates a risk for the security of the network ---whether staking will lead to a higher focus on ETH price and issues such as monetary policy  ---how he looks at the ETH price with its significance for security in Ethereum 2.0 ---how proof of stake systems can be more democratic ---whether staking lends itself to the kind of securitization that looks similar to mortgage-backed securities ---his concerns about DeFi ---the most optimal way for DeFi projects to distribute their tokens ---his thoughts about Bitcoin on Ethereum ---inherent risks to Ethereum users connected to China’s Blockchain Service Network (BSN) ---his views on DCEP, other CBDCs and Libra ---the indictment of Ethereum Foundation staff member Virgil Griffith for allegedly helping North Korea to circumvent sanctions ---how he plans to make the Ethereum Foundation more transparent ---whether lack of diversity would impact the success of Ethereum in the long term ---where he would like to see Ethereum in the next five years Thank you to our sponsors!  Crypto.com: <a href= "https://www.crypto.com/">https://www.crypto.com</a>  Tezos: <a href= "https://tquorum.com/">https://tquorum.com/</a>   Episode links:  Vitalik Buterin: <a href= "https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin">https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin</a> Ethereum: <a href= "https://ethereum.org/en/">https://ethereum.org/en/</a> Vitalik’s blog: <a href= "https://vitalik.ca/">https://vitalik.ca</a>   Median gas price: [ https://blockchair.com/ethereum/charts/median-gas-price] (https://blockchair.com/ethereum/charts/median-gas-price) Average gas price: <a href= "https://blockchair.com/ethereum/charts/average-gas-price"> https://blockchair.com/ethereum/charts/average-gas-price</a>   Solutions to gas price problem: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/ethereum-developers-consider-new-fee-model-as-gas-costs-climb"> https://www.coindesk.com/ethereum-developers-consider-new-fee-model-as-gas-costs-climb</a>   Reddit AMA with the Ethereum 2.0 Research team, including Vitalik: <a href= "https://old.reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/ho2zpt/ama_we_are_the_efs_eth_20_research_team_pt_4_10/"> https://old.reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/ho2zpt/ama_we_are_the_efs_eth_20_research_team_pt_4_10/</a>   Paper on how DeFi lending could undermine security in a POS system: <a href= "https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.00919">https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.00919</a>   Vitalik tweet on yield farming: <a href= "https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/1278337657194655744"> https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/1278337657194655744</a>   Abra settlement with SEC and CFTC: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/sec-cftc-hit-crypto-app-abra-with-300k-in-penalties-over-illegal-swaps"> https://www.coindesk.com/sec-cftc-hit-crypto-app-abra-with-300k-in-penalties-over-illegal-swaps</a>   Maya Zehavi’s comments on what this could mean for DeFi: <a href= "https://twitter.com/mayazi/status/1282696180741414918"> https://twitter.com/mayazi/status/1282696180741414918</a>   China’s BSN using public chains, including Ethereum: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/chinas-blockchain-infrastructure-to-extend-global-reach-with-six-public-chains"> https://www.coindesk.com/chinas-blockchain-infrastructure-to-extend-global-reach-with-six-public-chains</a>   Unchained interview about DCEP: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-china-aims-to-replace-cash-with-the-digital-yuan/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-china-aims-to-replace-cash-with-the-digital-yuan/</a>   Charges against Virgil Griffith: <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/manhattan-us-attorney-announces-arrest-united-states-citizen-assisting-north-korea"> https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/manhattan-us-attorney-announces-arrest-united-states-citizen-assisting-north-korea</a>   More on Virgil Griffith case: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/usa-v-virgil-griffith-what-we-know-and-dont-in-the-bombshell-crypto-sanctions-case"> https://www.coindesk.com/usa-v-virgil-griffith-what-we-know-and-dont-in-the-bombshell-crypto-sanctions-case</a>   Unchained interview with human rights activist Yeonmi Park on what life is like in North Korea: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/yeonmi-park-on-why-doing-business-with-north-korea-is-like-buying-a-ticket-to-a-concentration-camp/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/yeonmi-park-on-why-doing-business-with-north-korea-is-like-buying-a-ticket-to-a-concentration-camp/</a>   Unchained interview on why North Korea is interested in cryptocurrency: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-north-korea-is-interested-in-cryptocurrency/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-north-korea-is-interested-in-cryptocurrency/</a>   Case against Steven Nerayoff: <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/two-arrested-extortion-startup-cryptocurrency-company"> https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/two-arrested-extortion-startup-cryptocurrency-company</a> ... 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28 Jul 2020

1 HR 28 MINS

1:28:59

28 Jul 2020


#193

Camila Russo on the Most Pivotal Moments in Ethereum's History - Ep.182

Camila Russo, founder of The Defiant and author of a new book on Ethereum, "The Infinite Machine," speaks about how currency controls in Argentina got her interested in crypto and explains why she chose to tell the Ethereum story. She discusses: ---how she started covering the crypto space ---what it was like living through currency controls in Argentina ---why she started focusing on Ethereum instead of Bitcoin ---what’s in her new book, The Infinite Machine ---the most pivotal moments in Ethereum’s history ---possible risks to Ethereum 2.0 because of delays ---whether competing protocols could take market share away from Ethereum ---the most surprising aspect of the Ethereum story ---starting her own DeFi-focused media platform, The Defiant ---why she launched ‘CAMI’ tokens and how they are used ---the significance of ERC-20 tokens having a higher market cap than ETH ---her predictions about trends and promising projects in the DeFi space   Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://www.crypto.com/">https://www.crypto.com</a>  Tezos: <a href= "https://tquorum.com/">https://tquorum.com/</a>   Episode links:  Camila Russo: <a href= "https://twitter.com/CamiRusso">https://twitter.com/CamiRusso</a> The Infinite Machine: <a href= "https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-infinite-machine-camila-russo"> https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-infinite-machine-camila-russo</a> The Defiant: <a href= "https://thedefiant.substack.com/">https://thedefiant.substack.com/</a>   Excerpt from The Infinite Machine on CoinDesk: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/sale-of-the-century-the-inside-story-of-ethereums-2014-premine"> https://www.coindesk.com/sale-of-the-century-the-inside-story-of-ethereums-2014-premine</a>   Decrypt review: <a href= "https://decrypt.co/35466/the-incredible-story-of-ethereum-the-infinite-machine"> https://decrypt.co/35466/the-incredible-story-of-ethereum-the-infinite-machine</a>   Camila on what Ethereum has accomplished in five years: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/five-years-on-ethereum-really-is-the-minecraft-of-crypto-finance"> https://www.coindesk.com/five-years-on-ethereum-really-is-the-minecraft-of-crypto-finance</a>   Hidden Forces podcast with Camila:  <a href= "https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rise-ethereum-future-defi-transformation-crypto-media/id1205359334?i=1000484635053"> https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rise-ethereum-future-defi-transformation-crypto-media/id1205359334?i=1000484635053</a>   Camila in the Keen On podcast: <a href= "https://lithub.com/camila-russo-on-ethereum-and-the-future-of-the-internet/"> https://lithub.com/camila-russo-on-ethereum-and-the-future-of-the-internet/</a> Ethereum 2.0 phase 0 may not go live until 2021: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/71155/eth-2-phase-0-ama-2021"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/71155/eth-2-phase-0-ama-2021</a> ... Read more

21 Jul 2020

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:45

21 Jul 2020


#192

Why Bitcoin Now: Michael Casey and Niall Ferguson on How Bitcoin Fits in the History of Money - Ep.1...

Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the author of numerous books including The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World and most recently, the Square and the Tower: Networks and Power from the Freemasons to Facebook, and Michael Casey, chief content officer at CoinDesk and coauthor of two books on crypto, The Age of Cryptocurrency and The Truth Machine, discuss the history of money and the macro environment for Bitcoin. We cover: ---how they became involved in crypto ---historically, what has made things money, or how people have decided that something is money ---the difficulty of managing fiat currency ---modern monetary theory and the role of the state in the financial system ---Satoshi’s message in BTC’s genesis block and what that indicates about Satoshi's intentions with Bitcoin  ---whether a more transparent, blockchain-based financial system could eventually lead to a new financial order ---how Bitcoin behaves like an option on digital gold, and when it will behave like digital gold ---whether Bitcoin is simply a reversion to previous forms of money that weren’t controlled by the state ---how crypto/blockchain and fintech innovation from startups and the Chinese government will affect the USD ---how a hypothetical war between the US and China would affect the dollar's dominance ---how China's DCEP could disintermediate banks  ---how Bitcoin fits into all of the different macro conditions facing the global economy ---whether Libra is going to be the initial gateway getting people into our digital currency world ---how well the recovery from coronavirus will go, and how it will affect the development of the crypto space in the near-term   Thank you to our sponsors!   [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a>   Tezos: <a href= "https://tquorum.com/">https://tquorum.com/</a>   Episode links:    Niall Ferguson: <a href= "http://www.niallferguson.com/">http://www.niallferguson.com</a>   The Ascent of Money: <a href= "https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/302900/the-ascent-of-money-by-niall-ferguson/"> https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/302900/the-ascent-of-money-by-niall-ferguson/</a>   Michael Casey: <a href= "https://www.michaeljcasey.com/">https://www.michaeljcasey.com</a>   Money Reimagined: [ https://www.coindesk.com/tag/money-reimagined] (https://www.coindesk.com/tag/money-reimagined) The Age of Cryptocurrency: <a href= "https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250081551">https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250081551</a>   The first episode in the Why Bitcoin Now series: Mike Novogratz and Raoul Pal on 'the Single Greatest Brand' ofo the Last 10 Years:  <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-mike-novogratz-and-raoul-pal-on-the-single-greatest-brand-of-the-last-10-years/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-mike-novogratz-and-raoul-pal-on-the-single-greatest-brand-of-the-last-10-years/</a>   How Niall got into Bitcoin: <a href= "http://www.niallferguson.com/journalism/finance-economics/bitcoin-may-go-pop-but-its-revolution-will-go-on"> http://www.niallferguson.com/journalism/finance-economics/bitcoin-may-go-pop-but-its-revolution-will-go-on</a>   Niall and Michael at Consensus: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/disruption-money-and-a-world-of-change-feat-niall-ferguson"> https://www.coindesk.com/disruption-money-and-a-world-of-change-feat-niall-ferguson</a>   Unchained interview with Chamath Palihapitiya, who believes Bitcoin is a hedge on everything blowing up: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/chamath-palihapitiya-why-bitcoin-will-be-the-category-winner/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/chamath-palihapitiya-why-bitcoin-will-be-the-category-winner/</a>   Carlota Perez at CoinDesk's Consensus: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/video/carlota-perez-on-blockchains-and-technological-revolutions"> https://www.coindesk.com/video/carlota-perez-on-blockchains-and-technological-revolutions</a>   Unchained interview about the DCEP: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-china-aims-to-replace-cash-with-the-digital-yuan/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-china-aims-to-replace-cash-with-the-digital-yuan/</a>   Unchained interview with Christopher Giancarlo about a digital dollar: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/christopher-giancarlo-why-the-us-needs-to-have-a-digital-dollar/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/christopher-giancarlo-why-the-us-needs-to-have-a-digital-dollar/</a>   Unconfirmed episode with Michael about Libra: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-it-would-be-good-if-libra-rivaled-the-us-dollar/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-it-would-be-good-if-libra-rivaled-the-us-dollar/</a> Unchained episode with a co-creator of Libra: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-libra-co-creator-on-how-facebook-will-make-money-from-calibra/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-libra-co-creator-on-how-facebook-will-make-money-from-calibra/</a> ... 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14 Jul 2020

1 HR 25 MINS

1:25:52

14 Jul 2020


#191

DeFi Yield Farming: Why It's All the Rage But Risky - Ep.180

Dan Elitzer, investor at IDEO CoLab Ventures, and Will Price, data scientist at Flipside Crypto, discuss the yield farming craze. In this episode, we cover: ---the goals of protocols offering liquidity mining ---the goals of users yield farming right now ---whether users of Compound will have much awareness of COMP in the future ---how Compound is trying to dampen inorganic activity and properly align incentives  ---how incentives in one DeFi protocol can screw up another's such as changes in Compound's liquidity mining program causing Dai to lose its peg ---whether the activity created by liquidity mining is sustainable and how ---whether Compound is overvalued and how to determine valuations for DeFi tokens ---the security risks that come with trying yield farming ---how teams can keep their protocols safe given the composability of DeFi and the growing number of developments in the space ---whether the yield farming craze will cause the price of ETH to rise and why the prevalence of stablecoins might prevent that ---whether new DeFi tokens could push flagging layer 1s out of the top 10 ---what will happen if even more Bitcoin comes to DeFi ---how the next big thing in DeFi might be trying to stack yield across protocols and eventually prime brokerage protocols Thank you to our sponsor! [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://www.crypto.com/">https://www.crypto.com</a>   Episode links:  Dan Elitzer: <a href= "https://twitter.com/delitzer">https://twitter.com/delitzer</a> IDEO CoLab Ventures: [https://www.ideocolab.com/ventures/] (https://www.ideocolab.com/ventures/) Will Price: <a href= "https://twitter.com/will__price">https://twitter.com/will__price</a> Flipside Crypto: <a href= "https://flipsidecrypto.com/">https://flipsidecrypto.com</a>   Total value locked in Compound: <a href= "https://defipulse.com/compound">https://defipulse.com/compound</a>   What liquidity bootstrapping pools are: <a href= "https://medium.com/balancer-protocol/building-liquidity-into-token-distribution-a49d4286e0d4"> https://medium.com/balancer-protocol/building-liquidity-into-token-distribution-a49d4286e0d4</a>    Dan on earning more from borrowing USDT than lending it on Compound: <a href= "https://twitter.com/delitzer/status/1272642107128164354"> https://twitter.com/delitzer/status/1272642107128164354</a>    Tony Sheng on how yield farming works and how much you can earn from it: <a href= "https://twitter.com/tonysheng/status/1274393189231689728"> https://twitter.com/tonysheng/status/1274393189231689728</a>   And his followup on the risks of yield farming: <a href= "https://twitter.com/tonysheng/status/1274780457729617920"> https://twitter.com/tonysheng/status/1274780457729617920</a>   The purpose of COMP for governance: <a href= "https://medium.com/compound-finance/compound-community-ownership-ee0ed1252cc3"> https://medium.com/compound-finance/compound-community-ownership-ee0ed1252cc3</a>  <a href= "https://medium.com/compound-finance/expanding-compound-governance-ce13fcd4fe36"> https://medium.com/compound-finance/expanding-compound-governance-ce13fcd4fe36</a>   Risks of so much BAT being held in Compound: <a href= "https://twitter.com/spencernoon/status/1276897377446776832?s=20"> https://twitter.com/spencernoon/status/1276897377446776832?s=20</a> <a href= "https://twitter.com/defiprime/status/1277026665952980992?s=20"> https://twitter.com/defiprime/status/1277026665952980992?s=20</a> <a href= "https://twitter.com/devops199fan/status/1274732220192829441?s=20"> https://twitter.com/devops199fan/status/1274732220192829441?s=20</a>   Cyrus of MakerDAO concerned about the risks COMP poses to the Dai peg: <a href= "https://forum.makerdao.com/t/upcoming-comp-farming-change-could-impact-the-dai-peg/2965"> https://forum.makerdao.com/t/upcoming-comp-farming-change-could-impact-the-dai-peg/2965</a>   Dan Guido and Taylor Monahan on Unchained discussing DeFi security: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/defi-security-with-so-many-hacks-will-it-ever-be-safe/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/defi-security-with-so-many-hacks-will-it-ever-be-safe/</a>   Twitter discussion on whether ETH price will rise due to yield farming: <a href= "https://twitter.com/RyanSAdams/status/1274781676875452421"> https://twitter.com/RyanSAdams/status/1274781676875452421</a>   What will happen to other Layer 1s? <a href= "https://twitter.com/Shaughnessy119/status/1274376237239189504?s=20"> https://twitter.com/Shaughnessy119/status/1274376237239189504?s=20</a>  Aquaponic yield farming: <a href= "https://bankless.substack.com/p/aquaponic-yield-farming"> https://bankless.substack.com/p/aquaponic-yield-farming</a> ... Read more

07 Jul 2020

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:15

07 Jul 2020


#190

Why Bitcoin Now: Mike Novogratz and Raoul Pal on 'the Single Greatest Brand' of the Last 10 Years - ...

This episode is the first in a series, Why Bitcoin Now, that takes a deeper dive into Bitcoin and the history of money in the macroeconomic environment of the coronavirus. Mike Novogratz, founder, CEO and chairman of Galaxy Digital, and Raoul Pal, founder and CEO of Global Macro Investor and Real Vision Group, tell us where they think Bitcoin is going amidst this macro uncertainty and the global crisis due to the coronavirus. We discuss:  ---why Bitcoin’s price hasn't risen in price due to the global turmoil, and instead fell with the rest of the market on Black Thursday  ---why quantitative easing is the catalyst for institutional investors to turn to Bitcoin, but why that takes time, and why registered investment advisors may be on the cusp ---why they think retail investors will continue to buy Bitcoin despite record unemployment ---why Bitcoin will benefit from social unrest ---why any particular country's success in dealing with the coronavirus won’t really lessen the economic impact there ---whether China's first-mover advantage with the DCEP and its comprehensive enterprise blockchain initiatives will undermine the global dominance of the US dollar  ---why they believe there will ultimately be a dollar-based stablecoin  ---why they believe Libra will be a strong player in the future of stablecoins  ---how election outcomes, and in particular a potential movement to break up Big Tech, could affect Bitcoin and the vision for Web3 ---whether Ethereum, and staking, will see more adoption from institutional investors  ---why they believe yield farming is ultimately not sustainable, but still profitable ---the impact the Bitcoin halving will have in this macroeconomic environment Unchained is hiring!  Check out our job listing for a remote editorial assistant <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/"> here</a>! Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a> Kelman Law: <a href= "https://crypto.law/">https://crypto.law</a>  Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org</a>  Episode links:  Mike Novogratz: <a href= "https://twitter.com/novogratz?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor"> https://twitter.com/novogratz</a> Galaxy Digital: <a href= "https://www.galaxydigital.io/">https://www.galaxydigital.io</a> Raoul Pal: <a href= "https://twitter.com/RaoulGMI?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor"> https://twitter.com/RaoulGMI</a> Real Vision: <a href= "https://www.realvision.com/">https://www.realvision.com</a> Unchained interview with Kyle Samani on what happened in the crypto markets on Black Thursday: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/teetering-on-the-edge-how-black-thursday-exposed-the-flaws-in-the-crypto-markets/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/teetering-on-the-edge-how-black-thursday-exposed-the-flaws-in-the-crypto-markets/</a> Unconfirmed interview with Antoine Le Calvez on what happened on BitMEX during Black thursday: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/what-happened-on-bitmex-during-black-thursday/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/what-happened-on-bitmex-during-black-thursday/</a> Unchained interview with Chamath Palihapitiya on Bitcoin: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/chamath-palihapitiya-why-bitcoin-will-be-the-category-winner/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/chamath-palihapitiya-why-bitcoin-will-be-the-category-winner/</a> Brian Armstrong tweet about deposits to Coinbase the same size as the $1,200 stimulus check: <a href= "https://twitter.com/brian_armstrong/status/1250907110730170370?s=20"> https://twitter.com/brian_armstrong/status/1250907110730170370?s=20</a> China's DCEP and blockchain initiative: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-china-aims-to-replace-cash-with-the-digital-yuan/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-china-aims-to-replace-cash-with-the-digital-yuan/</a> Unchained interview on Libra: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-libra-co-creator-on-how-facebook-will-make-money-from-calibra/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-libra-co-creator-on-how-facebook-will-make-money-from-calibra/</a> Unconfirmed interview with the Libra Association's Dante Disparte: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/libras-dante-disparte-on-why-we-should-trust-a-financial-system-designed-by-facebook/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/libras-dante-disparte-on-why-we-should-trust-a-financial-system-designed-by-facebook/</a> Unconfirmed interview with Michael Casey on why it would it would be good if Libra rivaled the USD: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-it-would-be-good-if-libra-rivaled-the-us-dollar/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-it-would-be-good-if-libra-rivaled-the-us-dollar/</a> Christopher Giancarlo's digital dollar project: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/christopher-giancarlo-why-the-us-needs-to-have-a-digital-dollar/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/christopher-giancarlo-why-the-us-needs-to-have-a-digital-dollar/</a> Ethereum 2.0 staking: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/3-ways-staking-will-upend-the-economics-of-ethereum"> https://www.coindesk.com/3-ways-staking-will-upend-the-economics-of-ethereum</a> Unconfirmed with Kain Warwick on COMP's launch: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-comp-5xed-on-day-1-and-what-this-means-for-a-defi-bull-market/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-comp-5xed-on-day-1-and-what-this-means-for-a-defi-bull-market/</a> Unconfirmed interview with Tony Sheng on yield farming: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-you-can-double-your-money-or-lose-everything/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-you-can-double-your-money-or-lose-everything/</a> ... 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30 Jun 2020

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:15

30 Jun 2020


#189

Chamath Palihapitiya: Why Bitcoin Will Be 'the Category Winner' - Ep.178

Chamath Palihapitiya, the CEO of Social Capital and chairman of Virgin Galactic, talks about a wide range of issues, including Bitcoin, COVID, civil unrest, and broad economic trends and forecasts. We discuss: ---Whether his economic forecasts have shifted throughout COVID ---Why he believes a debt crisis will occur ---How he views the success of BTC as a hedge against the ruling class ---How the economic pendulum will swing back toward consumers ---Why he doesn't mind if big corporations and hedge funds get wiped out ---Whether he subscribes to the thesis that Bitcoin is uncorrelated  ---Why the pandemic has not spurred institutional adoption of crypto ---Why he sees no merit in Ethereum ---How the economy will become more decentralized in the future and whether blockchain will be a part of it  ---Why he prefers SPACs over ICOs ---Why he started capital as a service  ---Why he believes the government should bust up large corporations Unchained is hiring! I'm looking for a remote editorial assistant. If you love crypto and have journalism experience, get in touch! <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/</a> Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a> Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org</a>  Kelman Law: <a href= "https://www.kelman.law/">https://www.kelman.law</a>  Episode links:  Chamath Palihapitiya: <a href= "https://twitter.com/chamath?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor"> https://twitter.com/chamath</a> Social Capital: <a href= "https://www.socialcapital.com/">https://www.socialcapital.com/</a> Turmoil at Social Capital: <a href= "https://www.theinformation.com/articles/social-capital-founder-gives-his-account-of-turmoil-at-firm"> https://www.theinformation.com/articles/social-capital-founder-gives-his-account-of-turmoil-at-firm</a> <a href= "https://observer.com/2018/09/chamath-palihapitiya-social-capital-turmoil/"> https://observer.com/2018/09/chamath-palihapitiya-social-capital-turmoil/</a> <a href= "https://medium.com/@chamath/the-reports-of-our-death-have-been-greatly-exaggerated-11bcc80ee4ab"> https://medium.com/@chamath/the-reports-of-our-death-have-been-greatly-exaggerated-11bcc80ee4ab</a> 2019 interview with Kara Swisher: https://<a href= "http://www.vox.com/podcasts/2019/3/4/18247010/chamath-palihapitiya-social-capital-happiness-identity-crisis-kara-swisher-teddy-schleifer-podcast">www.vox.com/podcasts/2019/3/4/18247010/chamath-palihapitiya-social-capital-happiness-identity-crisis-kara-swisher-teddy-schleifer-podcast</a> Chamath on Recode Decode in 2020: <a href= "https://podcastnotes.org/recode-decode/chamath-palihapitiya-kara-swisher-investing/"> https://podcastnotes.org/recode-decode/chamath-palihapitiya-kara-swisher-investing/</a> Fed buying up to $250 billion in individual corporate bonds: <a href= "https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/federal-reserve-begins-individual-corporate-bond-purchases-secondary-market-relief-2020-6-1029309910"> https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/federal-reserve-begins-individual-corporate-bond-purchases-secondary-market-relief-2020-6-1029309910</a> CNBC interview where he says Bitcoin is an uncorrelated hedge: <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2gDmcU8bDw">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2gDmcU8bDw</a>  <a href= "https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/12/12/social-capitals-palihapitiya-bitcoin-is-going-to-1-million-in-the-next-20-years.html"> https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/12/12/social-capitals-palihapitiya-bitcoin-is-going-to-1-million-in-the-next-20-years.html</a> SPAC: <a href= "https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-modern-ipo-is-useless-lets-reinvent-it-1506361770?mod=searchresults&page=2&pos=13"> https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-modern-ipo-is-useless-lets-reinvent-it-1506361770?mod=searchresults&page=2&pos=13</a> China’s blockchain efforts: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/from-banking-giants-to-tech-darlings-china-reveals-over-500-enterprise-blockchain-projects"> https://www.coindesk.com/from-banking-giants-to-tech-darlings-china-reveals-over-500-enterprise-blockchain-projects</a> Capital as a service:  [https://caas.socialcapital.com] (https://caas.socialcapital.com/)   <a href= "https://medium.com/social-capital/from-experiment-to-product-capital-as-a-service-one-year-later-6d8b4b9c038b"> https://medium.com/social-capital/from-experiment-to-product-capital-as-a-service-one-year-later-6d8b4b9c038b</a> 2019 investor letter: <a href= "https://www.socialcapital.com/annual-letters/2019">https://www.socialcapital.com/annual-letters/2019</a> At Stanford GSB: <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMotykw0SIk">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMotykw0SIk</a> ... Read more

23 Jun 2020

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:52

23 Jun 2020


#188

Christopher Giancarlo: Why the US Needs to Have a Digital Dollar - Ep.177

At an event at the NYU Stern School of Business, Christopher Giancarlo, former CFTC Chairman and co-founder of the Digital Dollar Foundation, discusses his proposal for a US central bank digital currency (CBDC), and how that fits into the broader geopolitical environment. We cover: ---Why he has focused on pushing for a US digital dollar after leaving the CFTC ---How a US CBDC would be different from other stablecoins ---How the proposal is designed to build off of the traditional banking infrastructure ---What pilot programs would look like ---How a digital dollar would foster economic inclusion even though using the digital dollar requires owning a smartphone ---How it would handle privacy ---How the network would be secured ---Whether the US is falling behind China in terms of central bank digital currencies and blockchain exploration ---Whether Libra will be a proxy for the digital dollar ---How COVID-19 has affected the discourse around a digital dollar ---Whether the election will affect the future of the digital dollar Unchained is hiring! Check out our job listing for a remote editorial assistant here! <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/">https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/</a> Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a> Kelman Law: <a href= "https://crypto.law/">https://crypto.law</a>   Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org</a> Episode links:  Chris Giancarlo: <a href= "https://twitter.com/giancarloMKTS?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor"> https://twitter.com/giancarlo</a> Digital Dollar Project : [https://www.digitaldollarproject.org] (https://www.digitaldollarproject.org/) Previous Unchained interview with Chris: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/christopher-giancarlo-on-the-craziness-of-becoming-crypto-dad/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/christopher-giancarlo-on-the-craziness-of-becoming-crypto-dad/</a>  Chris and Daniel Gorfine’s WSJ op-ed advocating for a digital dollar: <a href= "https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-sent-a-man-to-the-moon-we-can-send-the-dollar-to-cyberspace-11571179923"> https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-sent-a-man-to-the-moon-we-can-send-the-dollar-to-cyberspace-11571179923</a> Digital dollars in stimulus bills — March: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/house-stimulus-bills-envision-digital-dollar-to-ease-coronavirus-recession"> https://www.coindesk.com/house-stimulus-bills-envision-digital-dollar-to-ease-coronavirus-recession</a>  April: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/digital-dollar-reintroduced-by-us-lawmakers-in-latest-stimulus-bill"> https://www.coindesk.com/digital-dollar-reintroduced-by-us-lawmakers-in-latest-stimulus-bill</a> Pew Research on smartphone adoption: <a href= "https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/fact-sheet/mobile/"> https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/fact-sheet/mobile/</a> FDIC survey on the unbanked and underbanked: <a href= "https://www.fdic.gov/householdsurvey/2017/2017execsumm.pdf"> https://www.fdic.gov/householdsurvey/2017/2017execsumm.pdf</a> Banks keeping some of customers’ stimulus money: <a href= "https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/business/stimulus-paychecks-garnish-banks.html"> https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/business/stimulus-paychecks-garnish-banks.html</a> Why a digital dollar is politically more feasible at this moment than before: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/the-overton-window-opens-for-a-digital-dollar"> https://www.coindesk.com/the-overton-window-opens-for-a-digital-dollar</a> Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown also proposes digital dollar: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/us-senate-floats-digital-dollar-bill-after-house-scrubs-term-from-coronavirus-relief-plan"> https://www.coindesk.com/us-senate-floats-digital-dollar-bill-after-house-scrubs-term-from-coronavirus-relief-plan</a>  Philadelphia Fed paper: <a href= "https://www.philadelphiafed.org/-/media/research-and-data/publications/working-papers/2020/wp20-19.pdf"> https://www.philadelphiafed.org/-/media/research-and-data/publications/working-papers/2020/wp20-19.pdf</a> Receptivity in Congress to the idea of a digital dollar: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/how-a-flurry-of-digital-dollar-proposals-made-it-to-congress"> https://www.coindesk.com/how-a-flurry-of-digital-dollar-proposals-made-it-to-congress</a> Libra white paper: <a href= "https://libra.org/en-US/white-paper/#cover-letter">https://libra.org/en-US/white-paper/#cover-letter</a> Congressional hearing on using FedAccounts and for stimulus: <a href= "https://financialservices.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=406612"> https://financialservices.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=406612</a> ... Read more

16 Jun 2020

54 MINS

54:46

16 Jun 2020


#187

Rep. Warren Davidson: 'I Think Bitcoin Is a Great Store of Value' - Ep.176

U.S. House Representative, Warren Davidson, contextualizes the state of crypto legislation in terms of widespread civil unrest, COVID-19, and global shifts in power. He explains where crypto plays a role in these paradigm shifts and talks about: ---Why he believes in crypto, and how he came into the space ---How his Token Taxonomy Act creates regulatory clarity for token issuers ---What four conditions tokens would have to meet to not be considered securities ---Other features of the Token Taxonomy Act, including a de minimus exemption for taxes and no taxation of crypto-to-crypto trades ---How the pandemic and coronavirus-related fiscal stimulus affects the prospects for the Token Taxonomy Act ---What he thinks about China's blockchain push and its DCEP digital yuan ---Whether and how that creates a credible threat to US dominance in global markets ---Whether Libra could be a counterweight ---How a shift toward digital currencies could undermine the global reserve status of the USD and whether that affects the US's ability to enforce sanctions ---How outcomes of the upcoming election will affect the potential passage of crypto-friendly regulation ---Why it is easier for crypto legislation to be more bi-partisan than other bills   ---What help he needs from the industry right now to push along crypto-friendly bills Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a> Kelman Law: <a href= "https://crypto.law/">https://crypto.law</a>   Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org</a> Episode links:  Rep. Warren Davidson: [https://twitter.com/WarrenDavidson] (https://twitter.com/WarrenDavidson) His House page: <a href= "https://davidson.house.gov/">https://davidson.house.gov</a> Press release on the Token Taxonomy Act: <a href= "https://davidson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/token-taxonomy-act-address-blockchain-innovation-flight-america"> https://davidson.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/token-taxonomy-act-address-blockchain-innovation-flight-america</a> Token Taxonomy Act on GovTrack: <a href= "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2144">https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2144</a> Text of the Token Taxonomy Act: <a href= "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2144/text"> https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2144/text</a> Letter requesting IRS clarify some crypto tax policies: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/us-lawmakers-ask-irs-to-clarify-crypto-tax-rules-around-airdrops-forks-in-new-letter"> https://www.coindesk.com/us-lawmakers-ask-irs-to-clarify-crypto-tax-rules-around-airdrops-forks-in-new-letter</a> Congressman Patrick McHenry on Unchained discussing his “permanent beta testing” idea for crypto: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/congressman-patrick-mchenry-bitcoin-will-be-of-enormous-value/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/congressman-patrick-mchenry-bitcoin-will-be-of-enormous-value/</a> Unchained interview on the DCEP: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-china-aims-to-replace-cash-with-the-digital-yuan/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-china-aims-to-replace-cash-with-the-digital-yuan/</a> Unchained interview with Libra co-creator Christian Catalini: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-libra-co-creator-on-how-facebook-will-make-money-from-calibra/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-libra-co-creator-on-how-facebook-will-make-money-from-calibra/</a> Unchained with Christopher Giancarlo on his proposal for a digital dollar: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/christopher-giancarlo-on-the-craziness-of-becoming-crypto-dad/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/christopher-giancarlo-on-the-craziness-of-becoming-crypto-dad/</a> Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Libra and a digital dollar: <a href= "https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-05/mnuchin-powell-see-no-need-for-fed-to-issue-digital-currency"> https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-05/mnuchin-powell-see-no-need-for-fed-to-issue-digital-currency</a> Video in which Rep. Davidson says “shitcoin”: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/lawmakers-amp-up-pressure-on-facebook-to-halt-libra-cryptocurrency-development"> https://www.coindesk.com/lawmakers-amp-up-pressure-on-facebook-to-halt-libra-cryptocurrency-development</a> Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson on the Shitcoin Waterfall on Unchained: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/meltem-demirors-and-jill-carlson-on-the-shitcoin-waterfall-ep-74/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/meltem-demirors-and-jill-carlson-on-the-shitcoin-waterfall-ep-74/</a>taxes ... Read more

09 Jun 2020

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:59

09 Jun 2020


#186

How to Decentralize a Crypto Project Without Harming Security - Ep.175

Jesse Walden of Variant Fund, and Robert Leshner of Compound explain all of the problems associated with the decentralizing process in terms of governance and compliance, pulling from their own lessons and their commentary on other projects. We cover: ---Why projects must start with some level centralization ---How projects can both monetize and not put their code at risk of being forked ---How they can decentralize while also maintaining security, especially for composable DeFi projects that may become vulnerable as new technology and new protocols are introduced ---How and when to distribute the token so as not to attract only speculators and also not trip regulatory wires  ---How Compound’s current governance works, how it is decentralizing, why they decided to use a governance token, and what Compound (the company) will do after full decentralization  ---Why open-sourced projects are still able to extract profits, even after a fork ---Whether or not teams should have admin keys, such as what was used in response to the bZx attacks ---Whether or not projects should be upgrade-able ---What <a href= "http://block.one/">Block.One</a>, which raised $4 billion in an ICO, did right to only pay a $24 million fine to the SEC  Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a> Kelman Law: <a href= "https://crypto.law/">https://crypto.law</a>   Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org</a> Episode links:  Jesse Walden: <a href= "https://twitter.com/jessewldn">https://twitter.com/jessewldn</a> Robert Leshner: <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/rleshner/">https://www.linkedin.com/in/rleshner/</a> A16z Crypto startup school: <a href= "https://a16z.com/crypto-startup-school/">https://a16z.com/crypto-startup-school/</a> Compound: <a href= "https://compound.finance/">https://compound.finance</a> Progressive Decentralization playbook: <a href= "https://jessewalden.com/progressive-decentralization-a-playbook-for-building-crypto-applications/"> https://jessewalden.com/progressive-decentralization-a-playbook-for-building-crypto-applications/</a> What recent moves by the SEC say about mutability when it comes to crypto networks: <a href= "https://a16z.com/2019/10/22/mutability-sec-recent-cases/"> https://a16z.com/2019/10/22/mutability-sec-recent-cases/</a> Compound’s $COMP token: <a href= "https://medium.com/compound-finance/compound-governance-5531f524cf68"> https://medium.com/compound-finance/compound-governance-5531f524cf68</a> More on Compound’s governance token: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/compound-extends-defi-ethos-to-itself-launches-governance-token"> https://www.coindesk.com/compound-extends-defi-ethos-to-itself-launches-governance-token</a> Unchained discussion about bZx attacks: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-bzx-attacks-unethical-or-illegal-2-experts-weigh-in/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-bzx-attacks-unethical-or-illegal-2-experts-weigh-in/</a> Eric Wall tweet storm on admin keys: <a href= "https://twitter.com/ercwl/status/1229198599264907264?s=20"> https://twitter.com/ercwl/status/1229198599264907264?s=20</a> tBTC shutting down: <a href= "https://twitter.com/keep_project/status/1262483526437556228"> https://twitter.com/keep_project/status/1262483526437556228</a> More on tBTC: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/bug-forces-shutdown-of-bitcoin-backed-ethereum-token-tbtc"> https://www.coindesk.com/bug-forces-shutdown-of-bitcoin-backed-ethereum-token-tbtc</a> Unchained interview about tBTC in which Matt Luongo explains the admin key: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/tbtc-what-happens-when-the-most-liquid-crypto-asset-hits-defi/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/tbtc-what-happens-when-the-most-liquid-crypto-asset-hits-defi/</a> Is the SEC trying to kill the SAFT? <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/with-kik-and-telegram-cases-the-sec-tries-to-kill-the-saft"> https://www.coindesk.com/with-kik-and-telegram-cases-the-sec-tries-to-kill-the-saft</a>  [Block.One] (http://block.one/) settlement with SEC: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/eos-maker-block-one-settles-with-sec-over-unregistered-securities-sale"> https://www.coindesk.com/eos-maker-block-one-settles-with-sec-over-unregistered-securities-sale</a> ... Read more

02 Jun 2020

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:24

02 Jun 2020


#185

Ready Layer One: Who Competes With Ethereum? - Ep.174

This week’s Unchained is my panel at Ready Layer One! We talk everything layer one with four key players and projects -- Illia Polosukhin of NEARprotocol, Zaki Manian of Cosmos, Rob Habermeier of Polkadot, and Arthur Breitman of Tezos — to find out how these projects plan to compete with Ethereum and attract developers and users. We discuss:  ---What platforms they are building and at which stage in development they are  ---How they differentiate themselves from Ethereum, and what problems they believe need to be solved  ---How they plan to attract devs in an industry of network effects  ---Whether or not Bitcoin and Ethereum are direct competitors ---Whether, in the long run, crypto will be more winner-take-all or there will be multiple, interoperable chains   ---How they plan to bring new users into the space ---How they think the transition to ETH2.0 will shake up the existing blockchain space Take our survey! Tell us what would you like to see from Unchained! Please take a moment to fill out the survey to let us know what you'd like from the show: <a href= "http://surveymonkey.com/r/unchained2020">surveymonkey.com/r/unchained2020</a>. [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) has offered our survey respondents a chance to win a metal MCO Visa card -- and <a href= "http://crypto.com/">Crypto.com</a> will stake these cards indefinitely! Ten lucky winners will enjoy card benefits including free Spotify, free Netflix and 3% back on all spending, and they’ll earn extra interest on their crypto deposit and more!  Thanks, <a href= "http://crypto.com/">Crypto.com</a>! Again, take the survey now: <a href= "http://surveymonkey.com/r/unchained2020">surveymonkey.com/r/unchained2020</a>. Unchained is hiring! Come work at Unchained! We have an opening for a remote editorial assistant — find out more about the gig and apply here: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/</a> Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com/</a> Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/">https://www.kraken.com</a> Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org/</a> Episode links:  Illia Polosukhin: [ https://twitter.com/ilblackdragon] (https://twitter.com/ilblackdragon?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor) Near protocol: <a href= "https://near.org/">https://near.org</a> Zaki Manian: <a href= "https://twitter.com/zmanian?lang=en">https://twitter.com/zmanian</a> Cosmos: <a href= "https://cosmos.network/">https://cosmos.network</a> Rob Habermeier: <a href= "https://twitter.com/rphmeier?lang=en">https://twitter.com/rphmeier</a> Polkadot: <a href= "https://polkadot.network/">https://polkadot.network</a> Arthur Breitman: <a href= "https://twitter.com/ArthurB?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor"> https://twitter.com/ArthurB</a> Tezos: <a href= "https://tezos.com/">https://tezos.com</a> Near protocol on mainnet: [https://near.org/blog/near-mainnet-genesis/] (https://near.org/blog/near-mainnet-genesis/) Electric Capital report on the number of developers in Ethereum: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/electric-capital-on-the-coins-punching-below-their-weight/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/electric-capital-on-the-coins-punching-below-their-weight/</a> ... Read more

26 May 2020

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:59

26 May 2020


#184

Listen to CZ Compare Binance to Bitcoin - Ep.173

Changpeng Zhao, aka CZ, cofounder and CEO of Binance, and I kicked off the Ethereal Virtual Summit with a fun fireside chat! He talked about Binance’s current operations, its plans for the future, and the crypto industry as a whole. He explains:  ---Why he thought the questions I asked him in our first interview were misleading ---Whether Libra’s new plans are affecting Binance’s strategy for Venus ---What impact China’s DCEP will have on crypto ---Why the confluence of circumstances caused by COVID are a “perfect storm” for crypto, and how this will affect crypto in the long-term ---Whether the Binance Smart Chain will leech away Ethereum developers and users ---Why he thinks competition in the industry only grows it ---How Binance can own CoinMarketCap without affecting its objectivity  ---What he says to the class-action lawsuit against Binance, him and the other cofounders of Binance accusing them of offering unregistered securities ---How he views the role of Binance in governance in delegated proof-of-state systems, such as when Binance flip-flopped on a contentious hard fork in Steem ---Where Binance is headquartered Unchained is hiring! Check out the job posting here! <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/seeking-remote-editorial-assistant/</a> Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com/</a> Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/">https://www.kraken.com</a> Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org/</a> Episode links: CZ: <a href= "https://twitter.com/cz_binance">https://twitter.com/cz_binance</a> Binance: <a href= "https://www.binance.com/en">https://www.binance.com/en</a> My first interview with CZ: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-binance-became-the-most-popular-crypto-exchange-in-5-months-ep-84/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-binance-became-the-most-popular-crypto-exchange-in-5-months-ep-84/</a> Details on BUSD: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/38607/binance-launching-its-own-usd-pegged-stablecoin-busd-with-paxos-as-custodian"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/38607/binance-launching-its-own-usd-pegged-stablecoin-busd-with-paxos-as-custodian</a> Binance announcement about BUSD: <a href= "https://binance.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360032604131-Binance-Announces-Open-Blockchain-Project-Venus-"> https://binance.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360032604131-Binance-Announces-Open-Blockchain-Project-Venus-</a>  BUSD marketshare: [ https://www.coindesk.com/binance-stablecoin-busd-tops-100m-but-lags-behind-rivals] (https://www.coindesk.com/binance-stablecoin-busd-tops-100m-but-lags-behind-rivals) Venus as the One Belt, One Road initiative of Libra: <a href= "https://twitter.com/DoveyWan/status/1163364542233006082?s=20"> https://twitter.com/DoveyWan/status/1163364542233006082?s=20</a>  Venus focusing on developing countries: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/binance-is-pitching-its-stablecoin-as-a-government-friendly-libra-competitor"> https://www.coindesk.com/binance-is-pitching-its-stablecoin-as-a-government-friendly-libra-competitor</a> Binance’s acquisition of CoinMarketCap: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/binances-coinmarketcap-acquisition-is-a-bet-that-crypto-really-is-for-the-masses"> https://www.coindesk.com/binances-coinmarketcap-acquisition-is-a-bet-that-crypto-really-is-for-the-masses</a> 125x leverage: <a href= "https://www.binance.com/en/blog/393707200802271232/5-Things-You-Need-to-Know-About-Binance-Futures-125x-Leverage"> https://www.binance.com/en/blog/393707200802271232/5-Things-You-Need-to-Know-About-Binance-Futures-125x-Leverage</a> The Block report on BNB’s latest token burn: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/62306/a-closer-look-at-binances-bnb-burns"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/62306/a-closer-look-at-binances-bnb-burns</a> Lee et al. vs. Binance: <a href= "https://www.scribd.com/document/455203877/Lee-et-al-vs-Binance"> https://www.scribd.com/document/455203877/Lee-et-al-vs-Binance</a> Estimate that Binance earned $46 million in profit in 2018:  https://<a href= "http://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/10491/analysis-binance-brought-in-446-million-in-profits-in-2018-despite-the-bear-market">www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/10491/analysis-binance-brought-in-446-million-in-profits-in-2018-despite-the-bear-market</a> Binance used Steem tokens on its exchange to help vote out Steem validators: <a href= "https://steempeak.com/witness/@ura-soul/ura-soul-witness-update-anarchy-vs-empire-tron-replaces-top-witnesses-and-takes-over-the-steem-blockchain"> https://steempeak.com/witness/@ura-soul/ura-soul-witness-update-anarchy-vs-empire-tron-replaces-top-witnesses-and-takes-over-the-steem-blockchain</a>  CZ’s initial tweet about the how Binance handled the Steemit fork: <a href= "https://twitter.com/cz_binance/status/1234565384327585792?s=20"> https://twitter.com/cz_binance/status/1234565384327585792?s=20</a> Binance reverses course: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/steem-will-hard-fork-in-just-hours-over-community-fears-of-justin-sun-power-grab"> https://www.coindesk.com/steem-will-hard-fork-in-just-hours-over-community-fears-of-justin-sun-power-grab</a> Binance not authorized to operate in Malta: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/56603/binance-is-not-authorised-to-operate-in-malta-says-the-countrys-financial-regulator"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/56603/binance-is-not-authorised-to-operate-in-malta-says-the-countrys-financial-regulator</a>  CZ on Binance not being based in Malta and decentralized: <a href= "https://twitter.com/cz_binance/status/1230860647086338048"> https://twitter.com/cz_binance/status/1230860647086338048</a> Binance shut down Shanghai offices: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/47922/binances-shanghai-office-shut-down-following-police-raid-sources-say"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/47922/binances-shanghai-office-shut-down-following-police-raid-sources-say</a> Links to topics we did not have time to cover: Binance removes all references to Visa from its credit card: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/60886/binance-quietly-scrubs-visa-mentions-from-its-payment-card-website"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/60886/binance-quietly-scrubs-visa-mentions-from-its-payment-card-website</a> Opening mining pool: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/binance-crypto-exchange-is-launching-its-first-bitcoin-mining-pool"> https://www.coindesk.com/binance-crypto-exchange-is-launching-its-first-bitcoin-mining-pool</a> Investment in startups in Africa: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/binance-backed-crypto-payments-app-as-race-for-africa-heats-up"> https://www.coindesk.com/binance-backed-crypto-payments-app-as-race-for-africa-heats-up</a> In-browser trading: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/brave-partners-with-binance-to-develop-in-browser-crypto-trading"> https://www.coindesk.com/brave-partners-with-binance-to-develop-in-browser-crypto-trading</a> [https://brave.com/binance/] (https://brave.com/binance/) ... 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19 May 2020

50 MINS

50:21

19 May 2020


#183

The Third Bitcoin Halving Just Happened: What Now? - Ep.172

Amanda Fabiano, director of Bitcoin mining at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, and Christopher Bendiksen, head of research at CoinShares, discuss the third Bitcoin halving, which occurred hours before the publication of this episode. They discuss: ---the significance of the halving ---what effect it could have on price and what Amanda and Christopher think of Dan Morehead's projection that it could reach $115,000 next year ---how macroeconomic events like the coronavirus and quantitative easing could impact uptake of Bitcoin ---how the halving could affect miners and hash rate ---how the halving could influence the environmental impact of Bitcoin ---why mining was the first activity Fidelity pursued with Bitcoin ---what they think needs to happen in Bitcoin to foster more adoption ---why hash rate derivatives will be a crucial step ---what the outlook is for institutional adoption of Bitcoin ---plus, is it halving or halvening? Take the 2020 Unchained Podcast survey!  I'm doing another survey to find out what you want from the podcasts and how I can make them better! Please take a moment to fill it out here and to tell us at Unchained what you'd like from the show: <a href= "https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unchained2020">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unchained2020</a> Plus, <a href= "http://crypto.com/">Crypto.com</a> has offered our survey respondents a chance to win a metal MCO Visa card -- <a href= "http://crypto.com/">Crypto.com</a> will stake these cards indefinitely! Ten lucky winners will enjoy card benefits including free Spotify, free Netflix, 3% back on all spending, earn extra interest on their crypto deposit and more!  Thanks, <a href= "http://crypto.com/">Crypto.com</a>! Again, take the survey now! <a href= "https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unchained2020">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unchained2020</a> Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com/</a> Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/">https://www.kraken.com</a> Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org/</a> Episode links:  Amanda Fabiano: <a href= "https://twitter.com/_amanda_fab">https://twitter.com/_amanda_fab</a> Fidelity Center for Applied Technology: <a href= "https://www.fidelitylabs.com/">https://www.fidelitylabs.com</a> Christopher Bendiksen: [https://twitter.com/C_Bendiksen] (https://twitter.com/C_Bendiksen) Coinshares: <a href= "https://coinshares.com/">https://coinshares.com</a> Coinshares’ 5 Popular Bitcoin Halving Theories: <a href= "https://coinshares.com/research/5-popular-btc-halving-theories"> https://coinshares.com/research/5-popular-btc-halving-theories</a> Coinshares’ December 2019 Bitcoin Mining Report: <a href= "https://coinshares.com/assets/resources/Research/bitcoin-mining-network-december-2019.pdf"> https://coinshares.com/assets/resources/Research/bitcoin-mining-network-december-2019.pdf</a> Unconfirmed episode with Dan Morehead: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-bitcoin-price-of-115000-next-year/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-bitcoin-price-of-115000-next-year/</a> Bitcoin stock-to-flow ratio: <a href= "https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25"> https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25</a> Fidelity opens trading to institutional customers: <a href= "https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-06/fidelity-said-to-offer-cryptocurrency-trading-within-a-few-weeks"> https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-06/fidelity-said-to-offer-cryptocurrency-trading-within-a-few-weeks</a> Fidelity Digital Assets signs first exchange: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/fidelity-digital-assets-to-sign-up-its-first-crypto-exchange-by-end-of-the-year"> https://www.coindesk.com/fidelity-digital-assets-to-sign-up-its-first-crypto-exchange-by-end-of-the-year</a> ... Read more

12 May 2020

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:46

12 May 2020


#182

El Auge de MakerDAO: Un Viaje Personal - Ep.171

Hi everyone, this is an essay by Mariano Conti of MakerDAO that was so popular, personal and relatable, especially to those living in Latin America, that we decided to have Mariano translate it and read it in Spanish. Share it with your Spanish-speaking friends who still don’t understand what crypto is about, to show how it solved real-world problems for at least one person.  Mariano Conti, jefe de contratos inteligentes de MakerDAO, nos lee su ensayo sobre su experiencia personal con criptomonedas, desde el punto de vista de un Argentino cuya familia ha experimentado períodos de hiperinflación, y de un freelancer que recibe pagos por su trabajo desde varios países. Mariano describe la evolución de Maker desde Dai de Colateral Único (ahora Sai) hasta Dai Multi Colateral, y también brinda su perspectiva de los eventos del Jueves Negro y las subastas de deuda subsecuentes que el protocolo debió llevar a cabo para regularizar su situación. ... Read more

06 May 2020

33 MINS

33:53

06 May 2020


#181

DeFi Security: With So Many Hacks, Will It Ever Be Safe? - Ep.170

Dan Guido, cofounder and CEO of Trail of Bits, and Taylor Monahan, founder and CEO of MyCrypto, discuss all the recent hacks in DeFi, how it can be made more safely and who is responsible.  We tackle:  ---the Hegic security incident: whose responsibility it was to make sure the contract was secure — the auditor (Trail of Bits) or the team (Hegic) — what Trail of Bits was saying in its audit summary, and how to read between the lines of an audit summary ---how long an audit should be ---upgradeability: particularly around when more advanced technology and contracts interface with older technology/contracts ---centralization vs. decentralization: whether contracts can be made safely while maintaining adhering to the principle of decentralization, why Taylor would prioritize centralization and security, and how teams can create different levels of risk for users  ---bug bounties: why asking what amount they should be is the wrong question ---the security threats posed by oracles ---and what a checklist for DeFi teams might look like Thank you to our sponsors!  [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a>  Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/">https://www.kraken.com</a>  Stellar: <a href= "https://www.stellar.org/">https://www.stellar.org</a> Episode links:  Dan Guido: <a href= "https://twitter.com/dguido">https://twitter.com/dguido</a> Trail of Bits: <a href= "https://www.trailofbits.com/">https://www.trailofbits.com</a> Taylor Monahan: <a href= "https://twitter.com/tayvano_">https://twitter.com/tayvano_</a> MyCrypto: <a href= "https://mycrypto.com/">https://mycrypto.com</a> Initial tweet by Hegic calling the security issue a typo: <a href= "https://twitter.com/HegicOptions/status/1253937104666742787?s=20"> https://twitter.com/HegicOptions/status/1253937104666742787?s=20</a> Hegic tweet saying, “It’s not a security issue”: <a href= "https://twitter.com/HegicOptions/status/1253954145113038849?s=20"> https://twitter.com/HegicOptions/status/1253954145113038849?s=20</a>   Trail of Bits saying it will no longer work with Hegic: <a href= "https://twitter.com/dguido/status/1254260725431894020?s=20"> https://twitter.com/dguido/status/1254260725431894020?s=20</a>  Taylor breaks down the audit summary: <a href= "https://twitter.com/MyCrypto/status/1254058121342803968?s=20"> https://twitter.com/MyCrypto/status/1254058121342803968?s=20</a> Molly Wintermute’s Medium post on requesting a week audit vs. three-day review: <a href= "https://medium.com/@molly.wintermute/post-mortem-hegic-unlock-function-bug-or-three-defi-development-mistakesthat-i-feel-sorry-about-5a23a7197bce"> https://medium.com/@molly.wintermute/post-mortem-hegic-unlock-function-bug-or-three-defi-development-mistakesthat-i-feel-sorry-about-5a23a7197bce</a>  Unconfirmed episode with Haseeb Qureshi on the [Lendf.me] (http://lendf.me/) attack: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/haseeb-qureshi-on-the-unbelievable-story-of-the-25-million-lendf-me-hack/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/haseeb-qureshi-on-the-unbelievable-story-of-the-25-million-lendf-me-hack/</a> Unchained interview showing Matt Luongo's approach to kill switches and upgradeability with tBTC: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/tbtc-what-happens-when-the-most-liquid-crypto-asset-hits-defi/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/tbtc-what-happens-when-the-most-liquid-crypto-asset-hits-defi/</a> Discussion of the bZx attacks on Unchained: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-bzx-attacks-unethical-or-illegal-2-experts-weigh-in/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-bzx-attacks-unethical-or-illegal-2-experts-weigh-in/</a> Issue with Curve contract: <a href= "https://blog.curve.fi/vulnerability-disclosure/">https://blog.curve.fi/vulnerability-disclosure/</a>  Compound bug bounty program: <a href= "https://compound.finance/docs/security#bug-bounty">https://compound.finance/docs/security#bug-bounty</a> Taylor on “upgradeability makes things more insecure”: <a href= "https://twitter.com/tayvano_/status/1222564979657723904?s=20"> https://twitter.com/tayvano_/status/1222564979657723904?s=20</a>  Synthetix oracle incident, allowing a bot to profit $1 billion: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-synthetix-became-the-second-largest-defi-platform/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-synthetix-became-the-second-largest-defi-platform/</a> Taylor’s tips on how to get more ROI on an audit: <a href= "https://twitter.com/MyCrypto/status/1254061500244713474?s=20"> https://twitter.com/MyCrypto/status/1254061500244713474?s=20</a> Tips to follow before getting an audit: <a href= "https://blog.openzeppelin.com/follow-this-quality-checklist-before-an-audit-8cc6a0e44845/"> https://blog.openzeppelin.com/follow-this-quality-checklist-before-an-audit-8cc6a0e44845/</a>  Resources for security in DeFi:  [crytic/building-secure-contractsGuidelines and training material to write secure smart contracts - crytic/] (https://t.co/fDi68wi3Y3?amp=1) <a href= "http://building-secure-contractsgithub.com/">building-secure-contractsgithub.com</a> <a href= "https://consensys.github.io/smart-contract-best-practices/"> https://consensys.github.io/smart-contract-best-practices/</a>  [https://forum.openzeppelin.com] (https://forum.openzeppelin.com/) [https://swcregistry.io] (https://swcregistry.io/) <a href= "https://diligence.consensys.net/blog/2020/03/new-offering-1-day-security-reviews/"> https://diligence.consensys.net/blog/2020/03/new-offering-1-day-security-reviews/</a> ... 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05 May 2020

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:28

05 May 2020