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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.

 

#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


#180

tBTC: What Happens When the Most Liquid Crypto Asset Hits DeFi? - Ep.169

Matt Luongo, CEO of Thesis, the parent company of Fold and Keep, describes the just-launched tBTC, his plan for a censorship-resistant Bitcoin-Ethereum bridge. He explains his personal reasons for wanting such a platform, why tBTC is different from other versions of Bitcoin on Ethereum, and how it works -- including the process of becoming a signer in minting tBTC, how the system will handle crises, the reason for high collateralization levels, why staking assets are limited, and the necessity of a work token, Keep. He also discusses the economics behind tBTC-backed tBTC, his vision for DeFi, how tBTC could buffer an ETH crash, and the reasoning behind minimal governance mechanisms -- playing into why institutions trust BTC more than ETH. Plus, he contrasts the Bitcoin and Ethereum communities and talks about the possibility of tBTC2.0.   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> Episode links:  Matt Luongo: <a href= "https://twitter.com/mhluongo?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor"> https://twitter.com/mhluongo</a> Thesis: <a href= "https://thesis.co/">https://thesis.co/</a> Keep: <a href= "https://keep.network/">https://keep.network/</a> Fold App: <a href= "https://foldapp.com/">https://foldapp.com/</a> tBTC white paper: [https://docs.keep.network/tbtc/index.pdf] (https://docs.keep.network/tbtc/index.pdf) Initial reveal: <a href= "https://twitter.com/mhluongo/status/1162481737525583873?s=20"> https://twitter.com/mhluongo/status/1162481737525583873?s=20</a> Announcement on Keep blog: <a href= "https://blog.keep.network/bridging-bitcoin-and-ethereum-b2f9923630a7?gi=5c9040ed3a72"> https://blog.keep.network/bridging-bitcoin-and-ethereum-b2f9923630a7?gi=5c9040ed3a72</a> Some criticism of tBTC: <a href= "https://twitter.com/peterktodd/status/1162728205607985152?s=20"> https://twitter.com/peterktodd/status/1162728205607985152?s=20</a> Matt on the Breakdown podcast: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/will-defi-matter-in-a-post-coronavirus-world-feat-matt-luongo"> https://www.coindesk.com/will-defi-matter-in-a-post-coronavirus-world-feat-matt-luongo</a> Matt on Sendwyre podcast: <a href= "https://blog.sendwyre.com/announcing-tbtc-with-james-prestwich-and-matt-luongo-of-cross-chain-group-c424e2b0b40c?gi=d1e8b53ca80e"> https://blog.sendwyre.com/announcing-tbtc-with-james-prestwich-and-matt-luongo-of-cross-chain-group-c424e2b0b40c?gi=d1e8b53ca80e</a> How tBTC works: <a href= "https://defipulse.com/blog/what-is-tbtc/">https://defipulse.com/blog/what-is-tbtc/</a> The Block on tBTC: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/55284/inside-tbtc-the-bitcoin-backed-erc-20-token-that-could-go-live-in-march"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/55284/inside-tbtc-the-bitcoin-backed-erc-20-token-that-could-go-live-in-march</a> Keep raises $7.7 million: <a href= "https://www.forbes.com/sites/justinoconnell/2020/04/03/coinbase-co-founder-invests-in-project-to-bridge-bitcoin-and-ethereum/#368a6f737df4"> https://www.forbes.com/sites/justinoconnell/2020/04/03/coinbase-co-founder-invests-in-project-to-bridge-bitcoin-and-ethereum/#368a6f737df4</a> ... Read more

28 Apr 2020

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:07

28 Apr 2020


#179

Why Nothing Is More Viral Than a Store of Value - Ep.168

Cathie Wood, CEO and CIO of ARK Invest, and Yassine Elmandjra, ARK's thematic analyst, discuss their investment strategy with disruptive innovation, and how blockchain technology, especially Bitcoin, plays a major role in it. They explain why the unique market circumstances due to the coronavirus have led to more correlation between crypto and the traditional financial markets, but also why, in the long-term, it will ultimately be uncorrelated. We cover why they think crypto in the age of COVID-19 will see new opportunity, and when there will be a recovery of the larger economy. They also share, from an investor standpoint, their growing conviction in Bitcoin due to its long-term value proposition compared to other chains like Ethereum. Plus, we talk about the future outlook for central bank digital currencies, and how Libra will launch, albeit differently, than expected.  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> Episode links:  Cathie Wood: <a href= "https://twitter.com/cathiedwood?lang=en">https://twitter.com/cathiedwood?lang=en</a> Yassine Elmandjra: [https://twitter.com/yassineARK] (https://twitter.com/yassineARK)   Yahoo Finance interview on ARK’s big ideas for 2020: <a href= "https://finance.yahoo.com/video/cathie-wood-talks-ark-invests-222723696.html"> https://finance.yahoo.com/video/cathie-wood-talks-ark-invests-222723696.html</a> Keynote on State of Digital Assets at Volt Capital summit: <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2729&v=c50TMCKsktA&feature=emb_logo"> https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2729&v=c50TMCKsktA&feature=emb_logo</a> ARK’s Q&A video conference on COVID-19: <a href= "https://ark-invest.com/research/bis2020?utm_campaign=BIS%202020&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--kCZDJ0VuIxNViHjN7KR7qOryEusndZqMfNp7JMkD4AIZJCv8otUtZm8YgPdmVYTZb3ylv4ysbxt8fRIUvngkRLcyvIw&_hsmi=85729999&utm_source=hs_email&utm_content=85729999&hsCtaTracking=14ee7e75-5bf4-46f8-8c8c-f5aeb84b32a7%7C5f5d3a43-f10e-4792-92de-96ef495eb5c6"> https://ark-invest.com/research/bis2020?utm_campaign=BIS%202020&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--kCZDJ0VuIxNViHjN7KR7qOryEusndZqMfNp7JMkD4AIZJCv8otUtZm8YgPdmVYTZb3ylv4ysbxt8fRIUvngkRLcyvIw&_hsmi=85729999&utm_source=hs_email&utm_content=85729999&hsCtaTracking=14ee7e75-5bf4-46f8-8c8c-f5aeb84b32a7%7C5f5d3a43-f10e-4792-92de-96ef495eb5c6</a>  Feature on Cathie Wood: <a href= "https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-02-18/cathie-wood-s-tesla-bet-puts-ark-invest-in-spotlight"> https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-02-18/cathie-wood-s-tesla-bet-puts-ark-invest-in-spotlight</a> Her views on Zcash: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/12660/cathie-wood-on-the-block-the-crypto-revolution-is-coming-jump-on-or-get-out-of-the-way"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/12660/cathie-wood-on-the-block-the-crypto-revolution-is-coming-jump-on-or-get-out-of-the-way</a> ... Read more

21 Apr 2020

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:58

21 Apr 2020


#178

The Rise of MakerDAO: A Personal Journey - Ep.167

Mariano Conti of MakerDAO, head of smart contracts at MakerDAO, reads from his essay about his personal experience with cryptocurrency, particularly as an Argentine whose family has experienced periods of hyperinflation, and as a freelancer accepting payment from foreign countries. He describes the evolution of Maker from single-collateral Dai (now Sai) to multi-collateral Dai, and also gives his perspective on the events of Black Thursday and the subsequent debt auctions the protocol undertook to right itself.  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> Episode links:  Mariano Conti: <a href= "https://twitter.com/nanexcool">https://twitter.com/nanexcool</a> Linda Xie’s essay about crypto memes on Unchained : <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-memes-can-help-crypto-go-mainstream/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-memes-can-help-crypto-go-mainstream/</a> ... Read more

14 Apr 2020

32 MINS

32:49

14 Apr 2020


#177

The Most Forkable DeFi Protocols on Ethereum - Ep.166

Kyle Samani of Multicoin Capital reads from his essay on how defensible each of the major DeFi protocols on Ethereum are, and what that says about Ethereum's defensibility.  He evaluates how easy it would be from an effort and capital standpoint to fork each of the major DeFi protocols, and makes a strong case for how and why he thinks protocols like Maker are quite defensible, and why he believes certain dexes are less so. 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> ... Read more

07 Apr 2020

23 MINS

23:52

07 Apr 2020


#176

Why Decentralization Isn’t as Important as You Think - Ep.165

In this essay, Haseeb Qureshi of Dragonfly Capital explains why he thinks the focus on decentralization can be overhyped. He looks at why decentralization can be important but then makes it clear, by dissecting when it is important and when it’s not, and to whom it does and doesn’t matter, that it isn’t the be-all end-all goal for every endeavor. He talks about which questions we should be asking beyond just, “is it decentralized,” and also explains why that question doesn’t even make sense.  Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com</a> [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> ... Read more

31 Mar 2020

31 MINS

31:20

31 Mar 2020


#175

Teetering on the Edge: How Black Thursday Exposed the Flaws in the Crypto Markets - Ep.164

Kyle Samani, managing partner at Multicoin Capital, dissects Black Thursday, March 12, the day the crypto markets plunged twice amid the wider sell-off in the markets due to the coronavirus. He offers several theories for the first price drop that day, how that set off a series of liquidations on various exchanges, and then why liquidations stopped for about 12 hours before the next wave, which triggered the next price slump. He also describes why, at that point, the crypto market structure broke, as arbitrageurs attempted to move collateral from one exchange to another but could not because both the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains became congested, setting off a downward spiral particularly in Bitcoin, as miners began turning off equipment due to the falling BTC price. This led, ultimately, to there being $200 million worth of positions to liquidate on BitMEX, but only $20 million worth of bids on the entire BitMEX order book. Then we cover what happened next that ultimately saved the price of BTC dropping to $0 on BitMEXT. Next, we discuss the second fall in prices that day, and how that affected MakerDAO, with congestion on the Ethereum blockchain preventing keepers from being able to liquidate undercollateralized vaults. A clever keeper sent a bid to liquidate a vault with a higher gas price, but realizing that there was no competition, bid $0, walking away with $4.5 million, and a total of $8 million being won this way. We covered how the price of ETH fell to $88 but because oracles weren't properly updating, the last price of ETH on MakerDAO was at $101 — a dollar higher than the $100 where a bunch of liquidations would have occurred, which would have likely put more downward pressure on ETH, resulting in another downward spiral.  Kyle also evaluates some of the technical options for preventing these issues in future times of volatility, why many of them aren't promising but what is.  Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com</a> [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> Episode links:  <a href= "https://multicoin.capital/2020/03/20/march-12-the-day-crypto-market-structure-broke-part-2/"> https://multicoin.capital/2020/03/20/march-12-the-day-crypto-market-structure-broke-part-2/</a> Links from news recap: Kyle Samani: <a href= "https://twitter.com/KyleSamani">https://twitter.com/KyleSamani</a> Multicoin Capital: [https://multicoin.capital/] (https://multicoin.capital/) Multicoin blog part 1: <a href= "https://multicoin.capital/2020/03/17/march-12-the-day-crypto-market-structure-broke/"> https://multicoin.capital/2020/03/17/march-12-the-day-crypto-market-structure-broke/</a> Part 2: <a href= "https://multicoin.capital/2020/03/20/march-12-the-day-crypto-market-structure-broke-part-2/"> https://multicoin.capital/2020/03/20/march-12-the-day-crypto-market-structure-broke-part-2/</a> Theory that BitMEX’s maintenance was to prevent a collapse in Bitcoin: <a href= "https://twitter.com/SBF_Alameda/status/1238306306043162625"> https://twitter.com/SBF_Alameda/status/1238306306043162625</a> <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/58918/money-2-0-stuff-free-price-auctions"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/58918/money-2-0-stuff-free-price-auctions</a> How traders took advantage of the roiling markets: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/59172/surfing-the-spread-crypto-market-turmoil-arbitrage"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/59172/surfing-the-spread-crypto-market-turmoil-arbitrage</a> More on the liquidations in MakerDAO: <a href= "https://medium.com/@whiterabbit_hq/black-thursday-for-makerdao-8-32-million-was-liquidated-for-0-dai-36b83cac56b6"> https://medium.com/@whiterabbit_hq/black-thursday-for-makerdao-8-32-million-was-liquidated-for-0-dai-36b83cac56b6</a> <a href= "https://blog.makerdao.com/usdc-approved-by-maker-governance-as-the-third-collateral-type-of-the-maker-protocol/"> https://blog.makerdao.com/usdc-approved-by-maker-governance-as-the-third-collateral-type-of-the-maker-protocol/</a> MakerDAO weighs emergency shutdown: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/defi-leader-makerdao-weighs-emergency-shutdown-following-eth-price-drop"> https://www.coindesk.com/defi-leader-makerdao-weighs-emergency-shutdown-following-eth-price-drop</a> MakerDAO adds USDC as collateral: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/makerdao-adds-usdc-as-defi-collateral-following-black-thursday-chaos"> https://www.coindesk.com/makerdao-adds-usdc-as-defi-collateral-following-black-thursday-chaos</a> Kain Warwick on USDC as Dai collateral: <a href= "https://twitter.com/kaiynne/status/1239795250882740225?s=20"> https://twitter.com/kaiynne/status/1239795250882740225?s=20</a> Eva Beylin on USDC as Dai collateral: <a href= "https://twitter.com/evabeylin/status/1240039492985085952?s=20"> https://twitter.com/evabeylin/status/1240039492985085952?s=20</a> Huobi’s derivatives platform introduces circuit breaker:  <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/59210/huobis-derivative-platform-now-includes-a-circuit-breaker-function"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/59210/huobis-derivative-platform-now-includes-a-circuit-breaker-function</a> Debate over circuit breakers in crypto:  <a href= "https://twitter.com/TusharJain_/status/1238311534767595520"> https://twitter.com/TusharJain_/status/1238311534767595520</a> <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/does-crypto-need-circuit-breakers-last-weeks-price-crash-ignites-a-debate"> https://www.coindesk.com/does-crypto-need-circuit-breakers-last-weeks-price-crash-ignites-a-debate</a> ... 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24 Mar 2020

58 MINS

58:43

24 Mar 2020


#174

Chris Burniske: A Blank Slate of State - Ep.163

In this essay, Chris Burniske of Placeholder Capital talks about what kind of world crypto entrepreneurs are creating and want to be creating with the systems they build. He talks about different kinds of values, the dangers of only pursuing market values, and why crypto has a unique opportunity now to recalibrate those market values and incorporate more of the societal virtues we hold dear. Then he dives into which values he hopes to imbue into crypto networks and how that informs his thinking as a VC in the space. Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com</a> [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> ... Read more

17 Mar 2020

38 MINS

38:17

17 Mar 2020


#173

Why Africa Is Poised to Be the Next Hub for Crypto Development - Ep.162

Soona Amhaz, general partner at Volt Capital, and Yele Bademosi, founder of Microtransaction, explain why they believe Africa is poised to become a hub for crypto development. They give some interesting stats on how crypto is currently used and traded on the continent, plus talk about how these factors interplay with the region’s unique demographics and the status of some of the continent’s fiat currencies to create what could be a unique environment for increased crypto activity. They end with what they think crypto entrepreneurs should be working on to help further that development. Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com</a> [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> Episode links:  Soona Amhaz: <a href= "https://twitter.com/soonaorlater">https://twitter.com/soonaorlater</a> Yele Bademosi: <a href= "https://twitter.com/YeleBademosi">https://twitter.com/YeleBademosi</a> ... Read more

10 Mar 2020

30 MINS

30:16

10 Mar 2020


#172

ETH Denver Fireside Chat With 2 of the Most Crypto-Friendly Governors in the Nation - Ep.161

In this fireside chat from ETH Denver, crypto-friendly governors Jared Polis of Colorado and Mark Gordon of Wyoming discuss how they each became interested in crypto and blockchain, how their states became friendly to the industry and how to resolve some of the thornier problems in crypto regulation, such as the state-by-state money transmission licensing regime. We also dive into the details on some of the regulations in their states, such as the regulations that make it possible to hold state-specific ICOs, what types of companies are taking advantage of those, and whether there's a bipartisan attitude toward crypto regulation.  Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com</a> [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> Episode links:  CO Governor Jared Polis: [https://twitter.com/jaredpolis] (https://twitter.com/jaredpolis) WY Governor Mark Gordon: [https://governor.wyo.gov/] (https://governor.wyo.gov/) CO Governor Jared Polis’s background:  <a href= "https://gazette.com/election/profile-entrepreneur-jared-polis-sees-governor-s-race-as-a/article_af2d0222-c1b2-11e8-8b2b-afa916b3b182.html"> https://gazette.com/election/profile-entrepreneur-jared-polis-sees-governor-s-race-as-a/article_af2d0222-c1b2-11e8-8b2b-afa916b3b182.html</a> Governor Polis’s letter to SEC chairman Jay Clayton and then-CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo on crypto regulation: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/lawmakers-renew-calls-us-lead-crypto-innovation"> https://www.coindesk.com/lawmakers-renew-calls-us-lead-crypto-innovation</a> Colorado’s Digital Token Act: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/colorado-could-be-next-in-the-race-to-bank-crypto-and-cannabis"> https://www.coindesk.com/colorado-could-be-next-in-the-race-to-bank-crypto-and-cannabis</a> <a href= "https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/2019a_023_signed.pdf"> https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/2019a_023_signed.pdf</a> <a href= "https://thetokenist.io/colorado-signs-digital-token-act-into-law-some-digital-assets-exempt-from-securities-requirements/"> https://thetokenist.io/colorado-signs-digital-token-act-into-law-some-digital-assets-exempt-from-securities-requirements/</a> Wyoming passes three crypto-friendly laws: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/wyoming-lawmakers-pass-three-bills-in-boost-for-states-crypto-industry"> https://www.coindesk.com/wyoming-lawmakers-pass-three-bills-in-boost-for-states-crypto-industry</a> Wyoming laws: <a href= "https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2018/HB0070">https://www.wyoleg.gov/Legislation/2018/HB0070</a> <a href= "https://www.forbes.com/sites/caitlinlong/2019/03/04/what-do-wyomings-new-blockchain-laws-mean/amp/"> https://www.forbes.com/sites/caitlinlong/2019/03/04/what-do-wyomings-new-blockchain-laws-mean/amp/</a> ... Read more

03 Mar 2020

37 MINS

37:05

03 Mar 2020


#171

The bZx Attacks: Unethical or Illegal? 2 Experts Weigh In - Ep.160

Maya Zehavi, blockchain consultant, and Zubin Koticha, cofounder and CEO of Opyn, discuss the two recent bZx attacks, whether they were hacks or arbs and whether they were unethical or illegal. They also look at whether flash loans are to blame, how much transparency DeFi teams should have about vulnerabilities on their platforms, how much bug bounties should be for DeFi, and whether flash loans means the amount of bug bounties should be higher. We also talk about  whether DeFi should institute circuit breakers, when those would make sense, and whether these attacks could happen to anybody or whether bZx isn't up to the standards needed in this community. We also cover how bZx should handle the under-collateralized loans left on their platform, whether Chainlink will be a sufficient solution to prevent these attacks in the future, and whether DeFi insurance should cover these kinds of attacks. Plus, Maya and Zubin explains why they're happy the attacks happened and have made them more optimistic. And Maya reveals why she has a pizza slice emoji in her Twitter profile. Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com</a> [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> Episode links:  Maya Zehavi: <a href= "https://twitter.com/mayazi">https://twitter.com/mayazi</a> Zubin Koticha: <a href= "https://twitter.com/snarkyzk">https://twitter.com/snarkyzk</a> Opyn: <a href= "https://opyn.co/">https://opyn.co/</a> Description of first attack: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/56171/bzx-exploit-former-google-engineer-explains-how-an-attacker-made-350k-in-single-transaction"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/56171/bzx-exploit-former-google-engineer-explains-how-an-attacker-made-350k-in-single-transaction</a>  Description of second attack: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/56171/bzx-exploit-former-google-engineer-explains-how-an-attacker-made-350k-in-single-transaction"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/56171/bzx-exploit-former-google-engineer-explains-how-an-attacker-made-350k-in-single-transaction</a> <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/56413/experts-weigh-in-on-bzx-attacks-flash-loans-highlight-the-need-to-improve-defi-security-models"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/56413/experts-weigh-in-on-bzx-attacks-flash-loans-highlight-the-need-to-improve-defi-security-models</a> <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/56134/defi-lending-protocol-bzx-exploited-a-portion-of-eth-lost"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/56134/defi-lending-protocol-bzx-exploited-a-portion-of-eth-lost</a> Unconfirmed episode about the attacks: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-2-defi-attacks-made-almost-1-million-in-profit/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-2-defi-attacks-made-almost-1-million-in-profit/</a> [1inch.exchange] (http://1inch.exchange/) blog post: <a href= "https://medium.com/@1inch.exchange/yes-we-hacked-bzx-fulcrum-but-one-month-ago-3f7e5c437ee3"> https://medium.com/@1inch.exchange/yes-we-hacked-bzx-fulcrum-but-one-month-ago-3f7e5c437ee3</a> 1inch exchange-Fulcrum dispute: <a href= "https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/56579/bzx-attacks-and-1inch-exchange-allegations-heres-what-the-teams-have-to-say"> https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/56579/bzx-attacks-and-1inch-exchange-allegations-heres-what-the-teams-have-to-say</a>  Nexus Mutual payouts: <a href= "https://defirate.com/nexus-mutual-first-payouts/">https://defirate.com/nexus-mutual-first-payouts/</a> Nexus Mutual blog post: <a href= "https://medium.com/nexus-mutual/bzx-flash-loan-event-55753d19e52b"> https://medium.com/nexus-mutual/bzx-flash-loan-event-55753d19e52b</a> ... Read more

25 Feb 2020

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:06

25 Feb 2020


#170

Democracy in the Age of Cryptography - Ep.159

Santiago Siri, the cofounder and president of Democracy Earth, reads from his essay on how governance and identity change in the age of cryptography. Thank you to our sponsors!  Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/">https://www.kraken.com</a> CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com</a> [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com/</a> ... Read more

18 Feb 2020

32 MINS

32:41

18 Feb 2020


#169

Alex Gladstein on a World Without Bitcoin - Ep.158

Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, reads his essay, A World Without Bitcoin.  Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/">https://ciphertrace.com</a> [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> ... Read more

11 Feb 2020

30 MINS

30:54

11 Feb 2020


#168

How Memes Can Help Crypto Go Mainstream - Ep.157

Linda Xie, cofounder at Scalar Capital, reads her essay on how the crypto community can successfully use memes to help people understand the technology. Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "http://ciphertrace.com/unchained">http://ciphertrace.com/unchained</a> [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "http://crypto.com/">http://crypto.com/</a> Kraken: <a href= "http://kraken.com/">http://kraken.com/</a> Episode links:  Linda Xie: <a href= "https://twitter.com/ljxie">https://twitter.com/ljxie</a> Scalar Capital: <a href= "https://scalar.capital/">https://scalar.capital/</a> Read Linda's full essay at: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-memes-can-help-crypto-go-mainstream/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-memes-can-help-crypto-go-mainstream/</a> ... Read more

04 Feb 2020

25 MINS

25:00

04 Feb 2020


#167

The Rogue 100: How Cryptocurrency Criminals Cash Out - Ep.156

Jonathan Levin, co-founder and CSO of Chainalysis, and Kim Grauer, head of research, discuss the company's 2020 Crypto Crime Report, which explores how cryptocurrency criminals, who perpetrate hacks and scams and send out ransomware and more, cash out. We cover how criminals are turning their illicit crypto into fiat currency, why exchanges are a prime avenue for money laundering, and how over-the-counter brokers are playing a large role. They talk about a group of OTC brokers they describe as the Rogue 100, what their transactions look like, and what can be done to help stop criminals from cashing out. Jonathan and Kim talk about the PlusToken scam, the largest Ponzi scheme in crypto and how Chainalysis determined that it was likely driving down the price of Bitcoin. They also explain the trends in exchange hacks and how the most prolific hackers have grown more sophisticated, giving some examples of how the Lazarus Group, a cybercriminal syndicate linked to the North Korean government has become more advanced. Finally, we also discuss ransomware and terrorism financing and what trends they are seeing there. Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/unchained">https://ciphertrace.com/unchained</a> Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/">https://www.kraken.com</a> [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com</a> Episode links:  Chainalysis: <a href= "https://www.chainalysis.com/">https://www.chainalysis.com/</a> Jonathan Levin: <a href= "https://twitter.com/jony_levin">https://twitter.com/jony_levin</a> Kim Grauer: <a href= "https://twitter.com/KimberlyGrauer">https://twitter.com/KimberlyGrauer</a> Previous Unchained interview with Jonathan: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-chainalysis-helps-solve-crimes-jonathan-levin-tells-all-ep-62/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-chainalysis-helps-solve-crimes-jonathan-levin-tells-all-ep-62/</a> Unconfirmed episode on how Bitcoin led to the demise of the largest child porn site: <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> Money laundering report: <a href= "https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/money-laundering-cryptocurrency-2019"> https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/money-laundering-cryptocurrency-2019</a>  <a href= "https://fortune.com/2020/01/15/crypto-criminals-brokers-launder-billions/"> https://fortune.com/2020/01/15/crypto-criminals-brokers-launder-billions/</a> Exchange hacks report: <a href= "https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/cryptocurrency-exchange-hacks-2019"> https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/cryptocurrency-exchange-hacks-2019</a> Unchained interview with Priscilla Moriuchi 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> Plus Token report: <a href= "https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/plustoken-scam-bitcoin-price"> https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/plustoken-scam-bitcoin-price</a> Terrorism financing report: <a href= "https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/terrorism-financing-cryptocurrency-2019"> https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/terrorism-financing-cryptocurrency-2019</a> ... Read more

28 Jan 2020

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:32

28 Jan 2020


#166

Brendan Eich on How Brave Is Working to Decentralize - Ep.155

Brendan Eich, CEO and president of Brave, discusses his history in tech prior to crypto, including working at Netscape, how he created Javascript in 10 days and his short stint as CEO of Mozilla, what problems with ads that Brave is trying to solve, and why Brave needs the Basic Attention Token. He explains why Bitcoin wouldn't work for cryptocurrencies on the platform, why they use BAT over stablecoins, and how Brave strips ads from publishers' webpages, but doesn't from Facebook or Google, and how it causes collateral damage to publishers. He talks about how the browser is a middleman, how Brave works with Uphold and why it doesn't require KYC unless the users wants to cash out on his or her Brave rewards. He also explains why he isn't worried that BAT could meet the four prongs of the Howey test, what it will look like when Basic Attention Token is decentralized and why he doesn't know if publishers are earning back in BAT the ad revenue that Brave blocks. Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "http://ciphertrace.com/unchained">http://ciphertrace.com/unchained</a> [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "http://crypto.com/">http://crypto.com/</a> Kraken: <a href= "https://kraken.com/">https://kraken.com/</a> Episode links:  Brendan Eich: <a href= "https://twitter.com/BrendanEich">https://twitter.com/BrendanEich</a> Brave: <a href= "https://brave.com/">https://brave.com/</a> Basic Attention Token: [https://basicattentiontoken.org/] (https://basicattentiontoken.org/) BAT white paper: <a href= "https://basicattentiontoken.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BasicAttentionTokenWhitePaper-4.pdf"> https://basicattentiontoken.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BasicAttentionTokenWhitePaper-4.pdf</a> Brave Rewards: <a href= "https://support.brave.com/hc/en-us/articles/360027276731-Brave-Rewards-FAQ"> https://support.brave.com/hc/en-us/articles/360027276731-Brave-Rewards-FAQ</a> Brave privacy policy: [https://brave.com/privacy/] (https://brave.com/privacy/) [https://brave.com/privacy/#dev-detail] (https://brave.com/privacy/#dev-detail)   BAT Growth: <a href= "https://batgrowth.com/">https://batgrowth.com</a> Publishers on BAT: [https://batgrowth.com/publishers/website] (https://batgrowth.com/publishers/website) Brendan Eich admits Brave is semi-decentralized: <a href= "https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/11/23/brave-blockchain-cryptocurrency-browser/"> https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/11/23/brave-blockchain-cryptocurrency-browser/</a> How Brave hurts publishers: <a href= "https://practicaltypography.com/the-cowardice-of-brave.html"> https://practicaltypography.com/the-cowardice-of-brave.html</a> Publishers send cease and desist to Brave: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-browser-brave-responds-cease-desist"> https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-browser-brave-responds-cease-desist</a> Whether BAT is necessary for Brave: <a href= "https://micky.com.au/just-3-9-of-brave-browser-users-have-bat-in-their-wallets/"> https://micky.com.au/just-3-9-of-brave-browser-users-have-bat-in-their-wallets/</a> BAT ICO: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/35-million-30-seconds-token-sale-internet-browser-brave-sells"> https://www.coindesk.com/35-million-30-seconds-token-sale-internet-browser-brave-sells</a> Vitalik blog post on token sales: <a href= "https://vitalik.ca/general/2017/06/09/sales.html">https://vitalik.ca/general/2017/06/09/sales.html</a> BAT roadmap: <a href= "https://basicattentiontoken.org/bat-roadmap-1-0/">https://basicattentiontoken.org/bat-roadmap-1-0/</a> ... Read more

21 Jan 2020

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:51

21 Jan 2020


#165

Why Catherine Coley Isn't Worried About BNB Being a Security - Ep.154

Catherine Coley, the CEO of Binance US, talks about her background as a foreign exchange trader, how and why she made the leap into crypto, and how she became the CEO of Binance US. We discuss how Binance US differs from Binance, who Binance US's target customers are, how Binance decides which coins to list, what's on Catherine's wish list to regulators, and whether Binance US will be connected to or cut off from the global, open financial system Binance is building. We also cover why Binance US launched with Tether as its stablecoin, why the company is also focusing on BUSD, how they became comfortable using BNB token on the exchange, whether or not they worry that BNB could be considered a security. Catherine talks about whether the company will offer leverage, lending, staking, etc., and where Binance US's future revenue could come from as exchange fees trend to zero. We also cover what Catherine has learned from working customer support for Binance US and and how she compares the US and Asian crypto markets.  Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/unchained">https://ciphertrace.com/unchained</a>  Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/">https://www.kraken.com/</a> [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "http://crypto.com/">http://crypto.com/</a> Episode links:  Catherine Coley: <a href= "https://twitter.com/cryptocoley">https://twitter.com/cryptocoley</a> Binance US: <a href= "https://www.binance.us/en">https://www.binance.us/en</a>  Binance US on Twitter: [https://twitter.com/BinanceAmerica] (https://twitter.com/BinanceAmerica) Binance US blog: <a href= "https://www.binance.us/en/blog">https://www.binance.us/en/blog</a> Crypto Rating Council: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/coinbase-led-crypto-ratings-council-draws-skepticism-from-legal-experts"> https://www.coindesk.com/coinbase-led-crypto-ratings-council-draws-skepticism-from-legal-experts</a> Telegram notice about Grams and Ton: <a href= "https://telegram.org/blog/ton-gram-notice">https://telegram.org/blog/ton-gram-notice</a>  CZ’s 2020 New Year’s message: <a href= "https://www.binance.com/en/amp/blog/419417682154909696/Binance-2020-New-Year-Message-Building-Foundations--"> https://www.binance.com/en/amp/blog/419417682154909696/Binance-2020-New-Year-Message-Building-Foundations--</a>  Binance US joins Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee: <a href= "https://www.binance.us/en/blog/419943835304939520/BinanceUS-Joins-the-Executive-Committee-of-the-Chamber-of-Digital-Commerce"> https://www.binance.us/en/blog/419943835304939520/BinanceUS-Joins-the-Executive-Committee-of-the-Chamber-of-Digital-Commerce</a> Multicoin Capital report, Binance is Blitzscaling: <a href= "https://multicoin.capital/2019/11/07/binance-is-blitzscaling/"> https://multicoin.capital/2019/11/07/binance-is-blitzscaling/</a>  ... Read more

14 Jan 2020

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:42

14 Jan 2020


#164

Dragonfly Capital on Why Ethereum Is So Far in the Lead - Ep.153

Alex Pack, founding partner of Dragonfly Capital, and Haseeb Qureshi, Dragonfly managing partner, talk about why Dragonfly has a global focus, how they choose investments, and why they try to be as agnostic as possible about asset type. They also discuss why most protocols, including Bitcoin, still look like venture bets, why, at the moment, Bitcoin looks like a better investment than anything built on top of Bitcoin, and why Lightning hasn't yet taken off and why they think it won't. We also cover what the future holds  for Bitcoin. They explain what they think will happen in the smart contract platform race, why Ethereum is so far in the lead and whether anything will become an Ethereum killer. We also cover Libra, and how Libra affects their investments in stablecoins, why Xi Jinping's "blockchain, not crypto" emphasis is a dead end, whether blockchain-based identity is an investable area, what they think the killer app is or will be and their predictions for 2020. Also, Haseeb, a former professional poker player, describes how poker playing is similar to crypto trading. Thank you to our sponsors!  CipherTrace: <a href= "https://ciphertrace.com/unchained">https://ciphertrace.com/unchained</a>  Kraken: <a href= "https://kraken.com/">https://kraken.com/</a> [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "https://crypto.com/">https://crypto.com/</a> Episode links:  Alex Pack: <a href= "https://twitter.com/alpackap">https://twitter.com/alpackap</a> Haseeb Qureshi: <a href= "https://twitter.com/hosseeb">https://twitter.com/hosseeb</a> Dragonfly Capital: [https://www.dcp.capital/] (https://www.dcp.capital/) Dragonfly Capital’s blog: [https://medium.com/dragonfly-research] (https://medium.com/dragonfly-research) Forbes on Dragonfly Capital’s $100 million initial raise: <a href= "https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2018/10/09/new-fund-dragonfly-bridges-china-us-crypto/#572aeb953c9a"> https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2018/10/09/new-fund-dragonfly-bridges-china-us-crypto/#572aeb953c9a</a> Venture Beat story: <a href= "https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/09/dragonfly-capital-partners-scoops-up-100-million-for-cryptocurrency-investments/"> https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/09/dragonfly-capital-partners-scoops-up-100-million-for-cryptocurrency-investments/</a> <a href= "https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/10/09/1618445/0/en/Dragonfly-Capital-Partners-Unveils-100-Million-Inaugural-Fund-for-Cryptocurrencies-Bridges-Gap-between-East-and-West.html"> https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/10/09/1618445/0/en/Dragonfly-Capital-Partners-Unveils-100-Million-Inaugural-Fund-for-Cryptocurrencies-Bridges-Gap-between-East-and-West.html</a> DeFi cannibalizing POS security: <a href= "https://medium.com/dragonfly-research/how-defi-cannibalizes-pos-security-84b146f00697"> https://medium.com/dragonfly-research/how-defi-cannibalizes-pos-security-84b146f00697</a> Mimblewimble blog post: <a href= "https://medium.com/dragonfly-research/breaking-mimblewimble-privacy-model-84bcd67bfe52"> https://medium.com/dragonfly-research/breaking-mimblewimble-privacy-model-84bcd67bfe52</a> Haseeb’s 2020 article on CoinDesk: <a href= "https://www.coindesk.com/what-defi-needs-next-year-three-priorities"> https://www.coindesk.com/what-defi-needs-next-year-three-priorities</a> ... Read more

07 Jan 2020

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:24

07 Jan 2020


#163

Unchained Year in Review: The Best of 2019 - Ep.152

In this Best of 2019 episode, I selected the clips that seemed most representative of what crypto was about this year, which I call, The Year Things Got Geopolitical. My only regret is that none of the clips about DAOs lent themselves well to this episode. However, years from now, after we’ve got global stablecoins pinging around the world at a high transactions-per-second rate, the crypto community has made peace with U.S. regulators, and more of our lives seems to take place in the borderless digital world, perhaps we'll find it ironic that DAOs were burbling up right around the same time. Thank you to our sponsors!  Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.kraken.com</a> Crypto.com: <a href= "http://crypto.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://crypto.com/</a> CipherTrace: <a href= "http://ciphertrace.com/unchained" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">http://ciphertrace.com/unchained</a> Episode links:  Unchained Interview with Vitalik Buterin: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-whether-or-not-ethereum-is-blowing-it/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-whether-or-not-ethereum-is-blowing-it/</a> Unchained Interview with Hester 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> Unchained Interview with Ted Livingston: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/kin-sets-up-5-million-defendcrypto-org-to-take-on-the-sec/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/kin-sets-up-5-million-defendcrypto-org-to-take-on-the-sec/</a> Unchained Interview with Glen Weyl and Santiago Siri: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-blockchains-can-help-create-little-democracies-everywhere/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-blockchains-can-help-create-little-democracies-everywhere/</a> Unchained Interview with 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 Interview with Martin Chorzempa and Dovey Wan: <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 Emily Parker: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/crypto-in-china-what-it-really-looks-like/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/crypto-in-china-what-it-really-looks-like/</a> Unchained Interview with Sandra Ro: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/sandra-ro-why-crypto-friendly-laws-are-coming-in-the-us/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/sandra-ro-why-crypto-friendly-laws-are-coming-in-the-us/</a>  Unchained Interview with Patrick McHenry: <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 with David Andolfatto: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/fed-economist-on-the-prospect-of-the-usd-losing-global-reserve-status-who-cares/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/fed-economist-on-the-prospect-of-the-usd-losing-global-reserve-status-who-cares/</a> Unchained Interview with Yeonmi Park: <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 with Alex Gladstein: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/alex-gladstein-of-the-human-rights-foundation-on-the-3-reasons-bitcoin-matters/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/alex-gladstein-of-the-human-rights-foundation-on-the-3-reasons-bitcoin-matters/</a>   ... Read more

31 Dec 2019

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:25

31 Dec 2019


#162

For Your Normie Friends: Answers to the Most Basic Crypto Questions - Ep.151

This fall, I had an idea to do a crypto show for my normie friends, and figured I’d release it over the holidays, when maybe my regular listeners would be with the very people in their lives who could benefit from such an episode.  I solicited questions from my own real-life friends, edited down the repeats and tried my best to make the explanations as simple as possible. I cover basic explanations of Bitcoin, blockchain and Ethereum, plus we go into questions around mining and electricity usage, and why anyone would use cryptocurrency. I hope this clears things up for some of your friends and family — and gets some of them to go down the crypto rabbit hole. Thank you to our sponsors!  Givewell: <a href= "http://givewell.org/unchained">http://givewell.org/unchained</a> CipherTrace: <a href= "http://ciphertrace.com/unchained">http://ciphertrace.com/unchained</a>  Kraken: <a href= "http://kraken.com/">http://kraken.com</a> [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "http://crypto.com/">http://crypto.com</a> Episode links:  Previous beginner episodes:  Crypto 101: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/crypto-101-everything-you-need-to-know-about-bitcoin-ethereum-blockchains-icos-and-more/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/crypto-101-everything-you-need-to-know-about-bitcoin-ethereum-blockchains-icos-and-more/</a> How to Explain Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain to the Average Person: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-to-explain-cryptocurrencies-and-blockchains-to-the-average-person/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-to-explain-cryptocurrencies-and-blockchains-to-the-average-person/</a> Interviews with Vitalik Buterin: 2017: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-creator-of-ethereum-on-the-big-guy-vs-the-little-guy/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-creator-of-ethereum-on-the-big-guy-vs-the-little-guy/</a> 2019: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-whether-or-not-ethereum-is-blowing-it/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-whether-or-not-ethereum-is-blowing-it/</a> Episode with Wences Casares: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/xapos-wences-casares-on-how-bitcoin-makes-a-fairer-world/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/xapos-wences-casares-on-how-bitcoin-makes-a-fairer-world/</a> Lolli: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-to-get-7-of-your-purchases-back-in-bitcoin/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-to-get-7-of-your-purchases-back-in-bitcoin/</a> Cryptocurrency to evade surveillance: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/alex-gladstein-of-the-human-rights-foundation-on-the-3-reasons-bitcoin-matters/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/alex-gladstein-of-the-human-rights-foundation-on-the-3-reasons-bitcoin-matters/</a> [KHmap.live] (http://khmap.live/) interview: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/an-interview-with-the-anonymous-developer-of-hkmap-live/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/an-interview-with-the-anonymous-developer-of-hkmap-live/</a> North Korea's interest 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> Bitwise: <a href= "https://unchainedpodcast.com/bitwises-latest-plans-to-get-a-bitcoin-etf-approved/"> https://unchainedpodcast.com/bitwises-latest-plans-to-get-a-bitcoin-etf-approved/</a> ... Read more

24 Dec 2019

48 MINS

48:56

24 Dec 2019


#161

Why North Korea Is Interested in Cryptocurrency - Ep.150

Priscilla Moriuchi, director of strategic threat development at Recorded Future and non-resident fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, explains North Korean usage of the internet and how it has changed over time, how it is reserved only for the few most senior people in the regime, and what the mobile devices of the other 25 million citizens connects to, and who is watching the activity on those devices. She also describes the various ways North Korea has shown an interest in cryptocurrency, how it's been determined that North Korea is engaging in those activities, such as cryptocurrency exchange hacks and malware, and its seeming interest in Monero. We also discuss how they convert crypto to fiat, and how well the government seems to have connected its cryptocurrency activities with its other real-world criminal networks used for other activities such as smuggling, drugs and counterfeiting cigarettes and US dollars. We also talk about which North Koreans have been trained to carry out such attacks and how and why they carry them out abroad rather than in North Korea. She also covers why Ethereum researcher Virgil Griffith's visit to North Korea, even if he were dispensing "public" information, would have been helpful in a country where everyone but a tiny elite is denied access to the internet. Thank you to our sponsors!  Givewell: <a href= "http://givewell.org/unchained">http://givewell.org/unchained</a> CipherTrace: <a href= "http://ciphertrace.com/unchained">http://ciphertrace.com/unchained</a> Kraken: <a href= "https://www.kraken.com/">https://www.kraken.com</a> [Crypto.com] (http://crypto.com/) : <a href= "http://crypto.com/">http://crypto.com</a> Episode links:  Priscilla Moriuchi: <a href= "https://www.linkedin.com/in/priscilla-moriuchi-410297127/"> https://www.linkedin.com/in/priscilla-moriuchi-410297127/</a>  Recorded Future: <a href= "https://www.recordedfuture.com/">https://www.recordedfuture.com</a> Recorded Future on North Korea’s internet activity: <a href= "https://www.recordedfuture.com/north-korea-internet-activity/"> https://www.recordedfuture.com/north-korea-internet-activity/</a> Full report: <a href= "https://go.recordedfuture.com/hubfs/reports/north-korea-activity.pdf"> https://go.recordedfuture.com/hubfs/reports/north-korea-activity.pdf</a> Recorded Future report on North Korea’s interest in cryptocurrency: <a href= "https://www.recordedfuture.com/north-korea-cryptocurrency/"> https://www.recordedfuture.com/north-korea-cryptocurrency/</a> Full report: North Korea targeting South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges: <a href= "https://www.recordedfuture.com/north-korea-cryptocurrency-campaign/"> https://www.recordedfuture.com/north-korea-cryptocurrency-campaign/</a> Full report: <a href= "https://go.recordedfuture.com/hubfs/reports/cta-2018-0116.pdf"> https://go.recordedfuture.com/hubfs/reports/cta-2018-0116.pdf</a>  Podcast: <a href= "https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/recorded-future-inside-threat-intelligence/e/52982550"> https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/recorded-future-inside-threat-intelligence/e/52982550</a> Priscilla on why Virgil’s attendance at a blockchain conference in North Korea was helpful to the regime: <a href= "https://www.businessinsider.com/north-korea-virgil-griffith-cryptocurrencies-bad-idea-analyst-2019-12"> https://www.businessinsider.com/north-korea-virgil-griffith-cryptocurrencies-bad-idea-analyst-2019-12</a> Priscilla on how North Korea uses cryptocurrencies to evade sanctions: <a href= "https://www.vox.com/world/2018/2/28/17055762/north-korea-sanctions-bitcoin-nuclear-weapons"> https://www.vox.com/world/2018/2/28/17055762/north-korea-sanctions-bitcoin-nuclear-weapons</a> North Korea’s interest in Monero: <a href= "https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-north-korea-hackers-mine-cryptocurrency-abroad-1515420004"> https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-north-korea-hackers-mine-cryptocurrency-abroad-1515420004</a> North Korea’s plan to build its own version of the Petro, I mean, Bitcoin: <a href= "https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9ke3ae/north-korea-is-building-its-own-bitcoin"> https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9ke3ae/north-korea-is-building-its-own-bitcoin</a>  DOJ Complaint against Virgil: <a href= "https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/1222646/download"> https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/1222646/download</a> Virgil’s Facebook post inviting others to North Korea: <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/virgil.gr/posts/10112756681859159"> https://www.facebook.com/virgil.gr/posts/10112756681859159</a> ... Read more

17 Dec 2019

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:43

17 Dec 2019