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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how cry… read more

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

November 26th, 2021


Maren Altman is a professional astrologer and crypto trader. On Unchained, she discusses her end-of-year price target for Bitcoin, how crypto fits …

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

November 23rd, 2021


Two tokenomics experts, Yan Liberman, co-founder of Delphi Digital, and Viktor Bunin, protocol specialist at Coinbase Cloud, discuss their …

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

November 19th, 2021


Will Papper, SyndicateDAO co-founder and ConstitutionDAO contributor, tells the story of how a group of internet friends came together as a DAO to crowdfund a $41 million bid at a Sotheby’s auction for a physical copy …

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

November 16th, 2021


Jose Fernandez da Ponte, PayPal’s senior vice president and general manager of blockchain, crypto, and digital currencies, discusses PayPal’s crypto …

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

November 12th, 2021


Sam Trabucco, co-CEO of Alameda Research, discusses the different price drivers that led to BTC, ETH, SOL, and LUNA reaching new all-time highs in …

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

November 9th, 2021


At Non-Fungible Castle 2021, an NFT exhibition in Prague, four NFT experts debate some of the hottest topics in the metaverse, like how to value NFTs, whether insider trading exists, what makes Ethereum-based NFTS so …

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

November 5th, 2021


At Non-Fungible Castle 2021, an NFT exhibition in Prague, four NFT experts discuss the legal implications of NFTs. Guests include Jonathan Victor, …

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

November 2nd, 2021


Secret Network is a privacy-first, permissionless layer 1 blockchain built for computational privacy. Tor Bair, founder of Secret Foundation, a developer of Secret Network, discusses what makes Secret Network unique, …

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

October 29th, 2021


Do Kwon, cofounder of Terraform Labs, was recently served subpoenas by the US Securities and Exchange Commission during Messari’s mainnet event, leading Kwon and Terraform to preemptively sue the SEC. On Unconfirmed, …

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

October 26th, 2021


Remember the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which caused considerable backlash from the crypto community due to the language regarding “brokers?” …

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

October 22nd, 2021


PlanB, a former institutional investor with 25 years of experience in financial markets turned anon Bitcoin analyst, discusses Bitcoin’s price action, from the macroeconomic drivers to what his models predict for the …

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

October 19th, 2021


Andrew Steinwold, managing partner at Sfermion, and John Egan, CEO at L'Atelier BNP Paribas, discuss NFTs and debate the characteristics of the …

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

October 15th, 2021


Four investors talk about the decentralized web, explain how the crypto industry is improving upon Web 2, and discuss what can be done to increase diversity and financial inclusion within Web 3. Featuring Rik Willard, …

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

October 12th, 2021


Cuy Sheffield, Visa’s head of crypto, discusses Visa’s crypto game plan, stablecoin regulation, NFTs, and more. Show highlights:

  • Cuy’s background …

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

October 8th, 2021


Ryan Gentry, business development lead at Lightning Labs, discusses the latest updates on the Lightning Network, the layer 2 solution for Bitcoin. …

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

October 5th, 2021


How does the SEC determine if a token is a security? Why is DeFi particularly hard to regulate? What will regulators do about stablecoins? On …

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

October 1st, 2021


Stephen Palley, partner at Anderson Kill, discusses a few hot-button crypto regulatory issues like lending products, whether DeFi protocols fall …

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

September 28th, 2021


Fereshteh Forough is the founder and CEO of Code to Inspire, a coding school for girls in Afghanistan. She discusses her background as a refugee, how …

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

September 24th, 2021


Nik De, managing editor for global policy and regulation at CoinDesk, stops by Unconfirmed to discuss the current state of crypto regulation, …

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

September 21st, 2021


Rhea Myers, artist, hacker, writer, and senior smart contract developer at Dapper Labs, has been making crypto art before NFTs were a thing. Check out this episode to learn about Rhea’s work as an OG crypto artist, why …

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

September 17th, 2021


Aidan Mott, research analyst at Messari, discusses Solana’s network restart that resulted in the blockchain going dark for 17 hours earlier this …

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

September 14th, 2021


Once the block reward diminishes greatly, can Bitcoin be secured only by transaction fees? On Unchained, Bitcoin writer Vijay Boyapati and Ethereum Foundation’s Justin Drake debate the merits of Bitcoin’s security …

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

September 10th, 2021


Ephrat Livni, a DealBook business and policy reporter at the New York Times, discusses Coinbase’s fight with the SEC over its Lend product and El …

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

September 7th, 2021


Audius, a blockchain native music streaming platform, hit six million monthly active users in August and announced a partnership with TikTok. Roneil Rumburg, co-founder and CEO of Audius, talks about how Audius works, …

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

September 3rd, 2021


Steven Ehrlich, director of research for digital assets at Forbes, discusses the FTX.US-LedgerX merger, what to expect from FTX going forward, DeFi …

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

August 31st, 2021


Pplpleasr, the artist behind Fortune magazine’s recent crypto cover and Uniswap’s V3 announcement animation, talks about her crypto journey and how …

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

August 27th, 2021


Nick Johnson, lead developer at the Ethereum Name Service (ENS), talks about making Ethereum human-readable, why Budweiser purchased an NFT, how …

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

August 24th, 2021


BitGo CEO Mike Belshe and COO Jeff Horowitz talk about one of the hottest topics facing the crypto industry today: regulation. They discuss...

  • what …

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

August 20th, 2021


SOL is up 75% over the past seven days, 205% in the past month, and 3,800% YTD. On Unchained, Multicoin Capital’s Kyle Samani discusses the DeFi …

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

August 17th, 2021


NFTs are the talk of the metaverse, EIP 1559 just went live, and DeFi stats are rebounding. On Unchained, Fredrik Haga, cofounder and CEO at Dune Analytics, along with Richard Chen, general partner at 1confirmation, …

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

August 13th, 2021


Poly Network, a cross-chain DeFi protocol, recently suffered a $600M hack -- the largest DeFi exploit in crypto history. Mudit Gupta, security …

Is ETH on Its Way to Becoming Ultra-Sound Money? Yes, Says Justin Drake - Ep.262

August 10th, 2021


Ethereum just went through its most complex upgrade ever. Justin Drake, researcher at the Ethereum Foundation, discusses what the upgrade, aka the …

Unconfirmed: How Congress Might Pass Laws Bad for Proof-of-Stake and DeFi - Ep.261

August 6th, 2021


Kristin Smith, executive director at the Blockchain Association, discusses the latest news on a provision in the infrastructure bill that seeks to …

Can a DeFi Smart Contract Be Regulated? Two CFTC Commissioners Discuss - Ep.260

August 3rd, 2021


CFTC Commissioners Dan Berkovitz and Brian Quintenz discuss the difficulties of regulating crypto derivatives and DeFi. Show highlights:

  • their …

Unconfirmed: Axie Infinity's July Revenue Tops $200 Million. Here's How Filipinos Drove It - Ep.259

July 30th, 2021


Leah Callon-Butler, director of Emfarsis, discusses her documentary, “Play-to-Earn: NFT Gaming in the Philippines,” and the real-world impact that …

Why ShapeShift's Erik Voorhees Thinks Toxic Bitcoin Maximalism Is Bullshit - Ep.258

July 27th, 2021


ShapeShift recently announced an intent to decentralize -- a move that would transition the one-time centralized exchange to a full-on DAO. Erik …

Unconfirmed: MIT's Neha Narula on Why Building DeFi on Bitcoin Is a Great Idea - Ep.257

July 23rd, 2021


Neha Narula, director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, discusses Elon Musk’s appearance at ‘The B Word’ conference, along …

How Ransomware Evolved Into a Big Business - Ep.256

July 20th, 2021


Gurvais Grigg, Chainalysis public sector CTO, and Kim Grauer, director of research at Chainalysis, review the ransomware landscape. Show Highlights:

Unconfirmed: Why It Might Be Too Late for Binance to Avoid Regulatory Action - Ep.255

July 16th, 2021


Christine Parker, partner at Reed Smith, summarizes the slew of regulatory headlines facing Binance and how such scrutiny may affect the exchange …

Can a DAO Go to Court? According to Two DAO Legal Experts… Probably - Ep.254

July 13th, 2021


Aaron Wright, co-founder of OpenLaw and Professor at Cardozo Law, and Ross Campbell, SushiSwap core developer and LexDAO contributor, discuss the latest breakthroughs and legal implications in the burgeoning world of …

Unconfirmed: How Axie Infinity Boosted Revenue 400%+ in 30 Days - Ep.253

July 9th, 2021


Aleksander Larsen, co-founder and COO of Axie Infinity, discusses Axie Infinity’s recent growth, which has seen the platform do 20X the volume of NBA …

The Bitcoin Hash Rate Has Dropped. How Long Will It Take to Return? - Ep.252

July 6th, 2021


Kevin Zhang, vice president of business development at Foundry, breaks down the latest developments surrounding China and bitcoin mining. Show …

Unconfirmed: FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried Gives the Tom Brady/Gisele Bundchen Backstory - Ep.251

July 2nd, 2021


Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and founder of FTX, explains FTX’s sports-centric advertising model and talks about what is on his regulatory wish list going …

Ethereum's EIP-1559 Will Solve Some Problems But Big Ones Will Remain - Ep.250

June 29th, 2021


Taylor Monahan, CEO of MyCrypto, and Tim Beiko, Ethereum Foundation core-dev facilitator, discuss the upcoming upgrade to the Ethereum network, EIP …

Unconfirmed: Strong Hands Aren't Selling Bitcoin. So Who Is? - Ep.249

June 25th, 2021


Will Clemente, author of the BTC by WC3 newsletter, breaks down the current state of Bitcoin’s on-chain activity and explains why he believes the …

Is Quadriga's Gerald Cotten Still Alive? The 'Exit Scam' Podcast Aims to Answer - Ep.248

June 22nd, 2021


Aaron Lammer, author and host of the Exit Scam podcast, recounts the mysterious and controversial death of QuadrigaCX’s founder Gerald Cotton. Show …

Unconfirmed: Polygon: The Layer 2 Solution Doing 8 Times as Many Transactions a Day as Ethereum - Ep.247

June 18th, 2021


Jaynti Kanani, cofounder and CEO of Polygon, discusses why the layer 2 solution has seen so much success during a down crypto market. Show highlights:

Unchained 5-Year Anniversary: AMA With Laura on Her Favorite Guests, Predictions and More - Ep.246

June 15th, 2021


To celebrate the 5th anniversary of Unchained, I answer some questions submitted to me by the audience. In this episode, I cover:

  • what I think about …

Unconfirmed: Want Crypto in Your 401(k)? It's Finally Possible -- With This Provider - Ep.245

June 11th, 2021


ForUsAll recently announced a new product that will allow cryptocurrency investments to be made inside 401(k) retirement accounts. Jeff Schulte, CEO …

Will Bitcoin's Price Go Up Again? Yes, According to On-Chain Analytics - Ep.244

June 8th, 2021


Willy Woo, on-chain Bitcoin analyst and writer of the Bitcoin Forecast, a market intelligence newsletter, and Rafael Schultze-Kraft, co-founder and …

Unconfirmed: How Taproot Could Improve Bitcoin -- If It Gets Adopted - Ep.243

June 4th, 2021


Jeremy Rubin, a Bitcoin Core contributor and founder of Judica, a Bitcoin R&D Lab, joins Unchained from the Miami Bitcoin Conference (2021) to …

Nick Tomaino on 1confirmation's $125 Million Fund and What Future NFTs Will Look Like - Ep.242

June 1st, 2021


Nick Tomaino, general partner of 1confirmation, discusses his firm’s recently announced third fund of $125 million and gives his perspective on many …

Unconfirmed: Rep. Tom Emmer, One of the Most Active Crypto Congress Members, on Taxes and DeFi - Ep.241

May 28th, 2021


House Representative Tom Emmer, of Minnesota, is one of the most active voice for crypto and blockchain in the US government. In this episode, he …

How Solana and Binance Smart Chain Could Take Ethereum's Lead - Ep.240

May 25th, 2021


Kain Warwick, founder of Synthetix, and Kyle Samani, managing partner at Multicoin Capital, debate the merits of Ethereum, Solana, and Binance Smart …

Unconfirmed: Mike Novogratz on the 5 Reasons the Crypto Markets Plummeted - Ep.239

May 21st, 2021


Mike Novogratz, founder, CEO, and chairman of Galaxy Digital, digs into the drivers behind this week’s market selloff. Show highlights:

  • the five …

Bitcoin vs. the Petrodollar: Which Is More Environmentally Friendly? - Ep.238

May 18th, 2021


Last week, Tesla announced they will no longer accept Bitcoin as payment for vehicles. In a timely episode, Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, and James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder …

Unconfirmed: How Elon Musk Pushed DOGE Up and BTC Down, With Arca's Jeff Dorman - Ep.237

May 14th, 2021


Jeff Dorman, the chief investment officer at Arca, comes on the show to give a macro perspective on the crypto environment. In this episode, he …

Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla on How to Avoid Another GameStop - Ep.236

May 11th, 2021


In this discussion I moderated for Paxos, Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and Paxos CEO Charles Cascarilla discuss GameStop, the broken traditional …

Unconfirmed: Should NYC’s Pension Funds Invest in Crypto? This Comptroller Candidate Says Yes - Ep.235

May 7th, 2021


Reshma Patel, a Democratic candidate for New York City’s Comptroller position, talks about her “future proof” plan for the city, which centers on …

Crypto's Gender Disparity: What Can Be Done About It? 4 Women Weigh In - Ep.234

May 4th, 2021


Crypto sits at the intersection of two male-dominated industries: tech and finance. I was asked to moderate a panel for the Amber Group with four …

Unconfirmed: How MetaMask Grew Its Monthly Active Users By 5X in the Last 6 Months - Ep.233

April 30th, 2021


Dan Finlay, co-founder of MetaMask, talks about the meteoric growth of monthly active users of the crypto wallet, which has quintupled in the past …

How NFT Platform OpenSea Plans to Maintain Its Competitive Advantage - Ep.232

April 27th, 2021


Devin Finzer, co-founder and CEO of NFT marketplace OpenSea, talks all things non-fungible. Check out the whole show to hear Devin answer the …

Unconfirmed: This Layer 2 Solution Processed More NFT Trades in 24 Hours Than Ethereum Did in 1 Week - Ep.231

April 23rd, 2021


Robbie Ferguson, co-founder and president of Immutable, talks about how Immutable is transforming the NFT industry through its layer 2 solution, …

Thanks, Forbes: Laura on How the Unchained Podcast Came to Be - Ep.230

April 20th, 2021


In a fun change of pace, I was interviewed by the On Deck Podcaster Fellowship about the origins of Unchained pod, how my background as a journalist prepared me for podcasting, and tips for aspiring creators. Episode …

Unconfirmed: Why This Analyst Puts Coinbase in the Most Exclusive Club of Stocks - Ep.229

April 16th, 2021


Gil Luria, director of research at D.A. Davidson, talks about Coinbase’s performance on its first day as a public company. In this episode, Gil …

Why Bitcoin’s December Price Target Is Now ‘Above $300,000’ - Ep.228

April 13th, 2021


In an interview I moderated at Real Vision’s “Crypto Gathering,” Peter L Brandt, veteran trader and publisher of the Factor Report, and Willy Woo, prominent on-chain Bitcoin analyst and author of the “The Bitcoin …

Unconfirmed: What $1.8 Billion in Q1 Revenue Means for Coinbase’s Direct Listing - Ep.227

April 9th, 2021


Larry Cermak, director of research at The Block, discusses the upcoming Coinbase direct listing in light of the exchange’s recently released Q1 revenue hitting an impressive $1.8 billion. In this episode, Larry talks …

Mark Cuban on Why He Thinks ETH Is a Better Store of Value Than Bitcoin - Ep.226

April 6th, 2021


Mark Cuban -- billionaire investor, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Shark Tank “shark” -- shares his thoughts on the Ethereum vs. BTC debate, …

Unconfirmed: Why Proposed FATF Rules Could Be a Shock for DeFi - Ep.225

April 2nd, 2021


Dave Jevans, CEO of Cipher Trace, talks about what the new draft guidance from the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) means for DeFi, NFTs, and …

What Exactly Do You Get When You Buy an NFT? Three Lawyers Discuss - Ep.224

March 30th, 2021


Olta Andoni, fintech and IP Attorney at Zlatkin Wong and adjunct professor at Chicago Kent College of Law, Tonya Evans, visiting Full Professor of …

Unconfirmed: Why Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Calls Crypto 'the Wave of the Future' - Ep.223

March 26th, 2021


Miami Mayor Francis Suarez talks about how Miami plans to be the crypto capital of the world. In this show, he discusses:

  • what Miami is doing to …

Financial Advisors Control $5 Trillion in Investor Wealth. Are They Buying Bitcoin? - Ep.222

March 23rd, 2021


Ric Edelman, founder of Edelman Financial Engines, and Matthew Kolesky, president at Arbor Capital, discuss the state of Bitcoin adoption amongst …

Unconfirmed: MetaKovan on Why He Spent $69 Million on a Jpeg - Ep.221

March 19th, 2021


MetaKovan, the pseudonymous buyer of Beeple’s Everydays NFT and founder of MetaPurse, talks about his recent $69 million purchase. In this episode, …

How NFTs Are Revolutionizing How Creators Make Money - Ep.220

March 16th, 2021


Jamie Burke, CEO of Outlier Ventures, and Mason Nystrom, a research analyst at Messari, discuss the NFT craze that has enveloped the crypto world …

Unconfirmed: Why This Environmentalist Doesn’t Blame Creators for the Carbon Footprint of NFTs - Ep.219

March 12th, 2021


Brendan McGill, co-founder of Offsetra and, a company focused on reducing carbon emissions, talks about the environmental impact of NFTs. …

Can dYdX Become a Decentralized BitMEX? How It Is Scaling With StarkWare - Ep.218

March 9th, 2021


Antonio Juliano, founder of the decentralized exchange dYdX, and Eli Ben-Sasson, cofounder of StarkWare, discuss the recent launch of dYdX on …

Unconfirmed: Is Coinbase Stock a Good Buy? This Analyst Says Yes - Ep.217

March 5th, 2021


Gil Luria, director of research at D.A. Davidson, talks about the upcoming Coinbase direct listing and his recent research note, “Introducing …

Caitlin Long: Why Avanti Will Be a New Kind of Crypto Bank - Ep.216

March 2nd, 2021


Caitlin Long, founder and CEO of Avanti Financial Group, talks about the issues plaguing the current state of technology in traditional finance and …

Unconfirmed: Coinbase's S-1: The Number That May Make the Exchange Nervous - Ep.215

February 26th, 2021


Jeff Roberts, executive editor at Decrypt and author of “King of Crypto: One Startup’s Quest to take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street” talks about Coinbase going public. In this episode we …

Paxos's Charles Cascarilla - How Blockchain Tech Could Prevent Another GameStop/Robinhood - Ep.214

February 23rd, 2021


In this episode of Unchained, Charles Cascarilla, CEO and cofounder of Paxos, explains how the 2008 financial crisis led him to crypto, what financial plumbing has to do with GameStop, and how Paxos is leveraging …

Unconfirmed: Girl Gone Crypto: How These Wildly Entertaining Crypto Videos Get Made - Ep.213

February 19th, 2021


Lea Thompson, aka Girl Gone Crypto, talks about what goes into producing her popular “The Crypto Minute” vlog, what initially got her into crypto, …

Stani Kulechov on Why Aave Is So Successful - Ep.212

February 16th, 2021


Stani Kulechov, founder and CEO of Aave, comes onto the show to discuss the lending protocol and second-biggest DeFi project by total value locked. …

Lyn Alden and Raoul Pal: Is Ethereum a Good Investment? - Ep.211

February 9th, 2021


Lyn Alden, CEO and founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategies, and Raoul Pal, CEO & cofounder  of Real Vision Group & Global Macro Investor, …

Everything You Need to Know About Your 2020 Crypto Taxes - Ep.210

February 2nd, 2021


In this episode, Shehan Chandrasekara, head of strategy at CoinTracker, and Dan Hannum COO at Zen Ledger, take a deep dive into the world of crypto taxes. Over an hour and fifteen minutes they tackle a bevy of topics …

Why Bitcoin Now: Michael Saylor on the Best Way for Companies to Buy Bitcoin - Ep.209

January 26th, 2021


Michael Saylor, CEO and founder of Microstrategy, explains how he decided the publicly traded business data firm needed to put its excess cash in …

The SEC's Lawsuit Against Ripple and 2 Execs: What You Need to Know - Ep.208

January 19th, 2021


Stephen Palley, partner at Anderson Kill. and Gabriel Shapiro, partner at BSV Law, discuss the SEC's lawsuit against Ripple and two executives, Chris …

Willy Woo: How Bitcoin Reaches up to $300,000 by End of Year - Ep.207

January 12th, 2021


Willy Woo, a prominent on-chain Bitcoin analyst and author of the “The Bitcoin Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, explains the parabolic …

Central Bank Digital Currencies: How Should Privacy Be Built In? - Ep.206

January 5th, 2021


This panel, from a panel for the fifth anniversary of Hyperledger, features Rob Palatnick, managing director of global head of technology research …

2020 Highlights: The Biggest News Stories of the Year in Crypto - Ep.205

December 29th, 2020


Host Laura Shin recaps the biggest stories of the year in crypto, with clips from shows throughout the year. In this episode, we cover how the …

Why Is the Proposed FinCEN Rule for Unhosted Wallets Being Pushed So Quickly? - Ep.204

December 22nd, 2020


Jeremy Allaire of Circle Pay and Kristin Smith of the Blockchain Association explain the impact of and motivation behind Treasury Secretary Steve …

All the Ways Crypto Can Make Gaming More Fun - Ep.203

December 15th, 2020


Marguerite deCourcelle is co-founder and CEO of Blockade Games, which is releasing the role-playing game game Neon District the day this episode …

Can Gavin Wood's Polkadot 'Make Blockchain Great Again'? - Ep.202

December 8th, 2020


Gavin Wood, founder of Polkadot, Kusama, and Parity, discusses what he calls the "meta-protocol," Polkadot. In this episode, he talks about:

  • his …

Ethereum 2.0: What You Need to Know - Ep.201

December 1st, 2020


Ryan Watkins and Wilson Withiam, senior research analysts at Messari, explain the nuts and bolts of Ethereum 2.0, including how it will transform ETH …

What Fidelity Is Doing With the Bitcoin It's Mined - Ep.200

November 24th, 2020


Christine Sandler, head of sales and marketing at Fidelity Digital Assets, talks about how 30 years in traditional finance and an early retirement led her to Coinbase, and, eventually, Fidelity Digital Assets. She …

Everything You Need to Know About the Looming Battle Over Privacy in Crypto - Ep.199

November 17th, 2020


Jake Chervinsky, general counsel at Compound Labs, and Kristin Smith, executive director of The Blockchain Association, talk about the storm brewing …

Why Bitcoin Now: Bitcoin Under a Biden Administration - Ep.198

November 10th, 2020


In this episode, Dan Tapiero, founder of 10T Holdings and Gold Bullion International, and Cathie Wood, CEO and CIO at ARK Invest, discuss the long …

Why Bitcoin Now: Meltem Demirors and Lyn Alden on the Perfect Conditions for Bitcoin - Ep.197

November 3rd, 2020


In this seventh installment of the Why Bitcoin Now series, Meltem Demirors, the chief strategy officer at Coinshares, and Lyn Alden, the founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, discuss the state of Bitcoin since June, …

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks on Crypto Banks - Ep.196

October 27th, 2020


Brian Brooks got his start in traditional finance before joining Coinbase in 2018 and is currently the acting comptroller of the currency. In this …

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

October 20th, 2020


Magistrate judge Zia Faruqui, and Jessi Brooks, assistant U.S. attorney in the national security section at the United States Attorney’s Office, have prosecuted several cryptocurrency-related cases, many of them amongst …

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

October 13th, 2020


Hester Peirce, AKA “Crypto Mom,” was just confirmed to a second term as SEC Commissioner of the Securities Exchange Commission in August. In this …

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

October 6th, 2020


Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of FTX and Alameda Research,  and Anatoly Yakovenko,  the co-founder and CEO of Solana Labs, discuss the Project Serum …

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

September 29th, 2020


Andreas M. Antonopoulos, speaker, educator, and the author of Mastering Bitcoin, Mastering Ethereum, and The Internet of Money, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, …

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

September 22nd, 2020


Matthew Leising, a reporter at Bloomberg who began covering crypto in 2015, is out with a new book Out of the Ether: The Amazing Story of Ethereum and the $55 Million Heist that Almost Destroyed It All. In this episode, …

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

September 15th, 2020


Andre Cronje, the developer of, talks about all things DeFi and the past, present, and future of yEarn. In this episode, he discusses:  

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

September 8th, 2020


Olaf Carlson-Wee, the founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, goes deep into yield farming, fair launches and how decentralization will upend the …

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

September 1st, 2020


Haseeb Qureshi, managing partner at Dragonfly Capital, and Dan Robinson, research partner at Paradigm, discuss the explosion in decentralized exchange activity on automated market makers from $1 billion earlier this …

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

August 25th, 2020


Saifedean Ammous is an economist and the author of The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, which has been translated …

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

August 18th, 2020


David Chaum, the inventor of eCash and CEO of xx network, and Adam Back, the inventor of Hashcash and the cofounder and CEO of Blockstream, discuss …

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

August 11th, 2020


Aaron van Wirdum is the technical editor at Bitcoin Magazine. Finn Brunton is the author of “Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, …

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

August 4th, 2020


Dave Jevans, CEO of CipherTrace, and Siân Jones, Senior Partner at XReg Consulting, give the lowdown on the Financial Action Task Force’s travel rule …

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

July 28th, 2020


Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, shares his thoughts on the five-year anniversary of Ethereum, challenges with ETH 2.0 and criticisms about …

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

July 21st, 2020


Camila Russo, founder of The Defiant and author of a new book on Ethereum, "The Infinite Machine," speaks about how currency controls in Argentina …

Why Bitcoin Now: Michael Casey and Niall Ferguson on How Bitcoin Fits in the History of Money - Ep.181

July 14th, 2020


Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the author of numerous books including The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World and most recently, the …

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

July 7th, 2020


Dan Elitzer, investor at IDEO CoLab Ventures, and Will Price, data scientist at Flipside Crypto, discuss the yield farming craze. In this episode, we …

Why Bitcoin Now: Mike Novogratz and Raoul Pal on 'the Single Greatest Brand' of the Last 10 Years - Ep.179

June 30th, 2020


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 …

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

June 23rd, 2020


Chamath Palihapitiya, the CEO of Social Capital and chairman of Virgin Galactic, talks about a wide range of issues, including Bitcoin, COVID, civil …

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

June 16th, 2020


At an event at the NYU Stern School of Business, Christopher Giancarlo, former CFTC Chairman and co-founder of the Digital Dollar Foundation, …

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

June 9th, 2020


U.S. House Representative, Warren Davidson, contextualizes the state of crypto legislation in terms of widespread civil unrest, COVID-19, and global …

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

June 2nd, 2020


Jesse Walden of Variant Fund, and Robert Leshner of Compound explain all of the problems associated with the decentralizing process in terms of …

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

May 26th, 2020


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 …

Listen to CZ Compare Binance to Bitcoin - Ep.173

May 19th, 2020


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 …

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

May 12th, 2020


Amanda Fabiano, director of Bitcoin mining at the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, and Christopher Bendiksen, head of research at CoinShares, …

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

May 6th, 2020


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, …

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

May 5th, 2020


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 …

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

April 28th, 2020


Matt Luongo, CEO of Thesis, the parent company of Fold and Keep, describes the just-launched tBTC, his plan for a censorship-resistant …

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

April 21st, 2020


Cathie Wood, CEO and CIO of ARK Invest, and Yassine Elmandjra, ARK's thematic analyst, discuss their investment strategy with disruptive innovation, …

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

April 14th, 2020


Mariano Conti of MakerDAO, head of smart contracts at MakerDAO, reads from his essay about his personal experience with cryptocurrency, particularly …

The Most Forkable DeFi Protocols on Ethereum - Ep.166

April 7th, 2020


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 …

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

March 31st, 2020


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 …

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

March 24th, 2020


Kyle Samani, managing partner at Multicoin Capital, dissects Black Thursday, March 12, the day the crypto markets plunged twice amid the wider …

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

March 17th, 2020


In this essay, Chris Burniske of Placeholder Capital talks about what kind of world crypto entrepreneurs are creating and want to be creating with …

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

March 10th, 2020


Soona Amhaz, general partner at Volt Capital, and Yele Bademosi, founder of Microtransaction, explain why they believe Africa is poised to become a …

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

March 3rd, 2020


In this fireside chat from ETH Denver, crypto-friendly governors Jared Polis of Colorado and Mark Gordon of Wyoming discuss how they each became …

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

February 25th, 2020


Maya Zehavi, blockchain consultant, and Zubin Koticha, cofounder and CEO of Opyn, discuss the two recent bZx attacks, whether they were hacks or arbs …

Democracy in the Age of Cryptography - Ep.159

February 18th, 2020


Santiago Siri, the cofounder and president of Democracy Earth, reads from his essay on how governance and identity change in the age of cryptography.

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Alex Gladstein on a World Without Bitcoin - Ep.158

February 11th, 2020


Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation, reads his essay, A World Without Bitcoin. 

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How Memes Can Help Crypto Go Mainstream - Ep.157

February 4th, 2020


Linda Xie, cofounder at Scalar Capital, reads her essay on how the crypto community can successfully use memes to help people understand the …

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

January 28th, 2020


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 …

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

January 21st, 2020


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 …

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

January 14th, 2020


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 …

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

January 7th, 2020


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 …

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

December 31st, 2019


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 …

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

December 24th, 2019


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 …

Why North Korea Is Interested in Cryptocurrency - Ep.150

December 17th, 2019


Priscilla Moriuchi, director of strategic threat development at Recorded Future and non-resident fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, explains North …

Yeonmi Park on Why Doing Business With North Korea Is Like Buying a Ticket to a Concentration Camp - Ep.149

December 10th, 2019


In light of the questions around whether or not Virgil Griffith's talk at a blockchain conference in Pyongyang could have helped everyday North …

How Synthetix Became the Second-Largest DeFi Platform - Ep.148

December 3rd, 2019


Kain Warwick, founder of Synthetix, talks about synthetic asset issuance platform, which enables people to create tokens that track the price of assets in traditional and crypto finance. We discuss the various types of …

Why CoinMarketCap Launched Its Liquidity Metric - Ep.147

November 26th, 2019


Carylyne Chan, chief strategy officer at CoinMarketCap, and Gerald Chee, head of research, discuss the history of CoinMarketCap, why the founder …

Why China Aims to Replace Cash With the Digital Yuan - Ep.146

November 19th, 2019


Martin Chorzempa, research fellow the Peterson Institute, and Dovey Wan, founding partner at Primitive Ventures, discuss China's new blockchain push and the forthcoming DCEP. They cover how the blockchain initiative is …

Christopher Giancarlo on the Craziness of Becoming 'Crypto Dad' - Ep.145

November 12th, 2019


Former CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo talks about how his experience of the financial crisis piqued his interest in blockchain technology, why …

A Libra Co-Creator on How Facebook Will Make Money From Calibra - Ep.144

November 5th, 2019


Christian Catalini, co-creator of Libra and chief economist at Calibra, explains why Facebook made the design choices it made for Libra, reveals …

Bitwise's Latest Plans to Get a Bitcoin ETF Approved - Ep.143

October 29th, 2019


Hunter Horsley, cofounder and CEO of Bitwise Asset Management, and Matt Hougan, global head of research at Bitwise, describe their vision for Bitwise, its current funds and indices, as well as how it handles things like …

Congressman Patrick McHenry: 'Bitcoin Will Be of Enormous Value' - Ep.142

October 22nd, 2019


Congressman Patrick McHenry, or 'Mr. Fintech' to his peers in the House, is announcing the reintroduction of the Financial Services Innovation Act, a …

Think a DAO Will Automate Things? Think Again - Ep.141

October 15th, 2019


Mariano Conti, the head of smart contracts for MakerDAO and creator of SelloutDAO, and Peter Pan, the summoner for Metacartel DAO, discuss all things DAOs, including how Peter started Metacartel DAO after being rejected …

Fed Economist on the Prospect of the USD Losing Global Reserve Status: 'Who Cares?' - Ep.140

October 8th, 2019


David Andolfatto, senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, gives his thoughts on Facebook's Libra, including why regulatory …

Crypto in China: What It Really Looks Like - Ep.139

October 1st, 2019


Emily Parker, cofounder of Longhash, describes what the company, which has an Asia-focused incubator and data media site does, how she ended up launching an Asia-focused company, why she’s seeing US crypto teams and …

Spencer Bogart on the $20 Trillion in Store-of-Value Assets - Ep.138

September 24th, 2019


Spencer Bogart, general partner at Blockchain Capital, the first VC firm to tokenize one of its funds, talks about how well offering tokenized shares …

Olga Feldmeier on Why Switzerland Has Welcomed Crypto - Ep.137

September 17th, 2019


Olga Feldmeier, CEO of SmartValor, describes how her upbringing in Ukraine when it was undergoing 10,000% and 5,000% annual inflation helped her understand the potential in Bitcoin years later, and helped her connect …

Why LocalBitcoins Stopped Cash Trades and Has a New CEO - Ep.136

September 10th, 2019


Sebastian Sonntag, the new CEO of LocalBitcoins, and Mika Impola, software developer at LocalBitcoins, explain why the peer-to-peer bitcoin trading …

How Aragon Hopes to Improve on Democracy - Ep.135

September 3rd, 2019


Luis Cuende, the CEO of Aragon One, describes the Aragon Network, how it aims to create new systems better for human coordination and the roles of …

After Years of Secret Work, Decred Adds a New Feature: Privacy - Ep.134

August 27th, 2019


Jonathan Zeppettini, international ops lead and chief evangelist for Decred, aka "Decred Jesus," announces the launch of the coin's privacy feature. He first describes how Decred came out of some developers' …

Sandra Ro: Why Crypto-Friendly Laws Are Coming in the US - Ep.133

August 20th, 2019


Sandra Ro, the CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council and former head of digitization at CME, explains what the GBBC does, how it chooses …

The IMF on How to Design Central Bank Digital Currencies - Ep.132

August 13th, 2019


Dong He, deputy director of the monetary and capital markets department of the IMF, and Yan Liu, Assistant General Counsel at the legal department of the IMF, talk about central bank digital currencies (CBDCs): the …

All Things Crypto Regulation With Jake Chervinsky - Ep.131

August 6th, 2019


Jake Chervinsky, general counsel at Compound, goes over a plethora of crypto regulatory issues, such as those related to securities law such as the …

LedgerX on the Reasons to Trade Bitcoin Options - Ep.130

July 30th, 2019


Juthica Chou, chief operating officer of LedgerX, talks about the company's new license to offer its derivatives to retail investors and the …

Pantera Capital: How Bitcoin Could Reach $356,000 in a Few Years - Ep.129

July 23rd, 2019


Dan Morehead, founder and CEO of Pantera Capital, and Joey Krug, co-chief investment officer of Pantera and founder of Augur, discuss where we are in …

How to Keep Your Crypto From Being Stolen Via Your Phone - Ep.128

July 16th, 2019


Rich Sanders, cofounder and chief security officer of CipherBlade, and Harry Denley, director of security of, discuss the phone porting phenomenon: who's behind these thefts, how they perpetrate them, who …

How the Caribbean Got on the Road to Central Bank Digital Currencies - Ep.127

July 9th, 2019


Gabriel Abed, founder of and Vice President of the board of directors, describes how he went from mining Bitcoin to persuading governors of central banks to not quash Bitt's goal to create central bank digital …

How Asia's Trading Culture Results in a Vastly Different Crypto Scene - Ep.126

July 2nd, 2019


Luis Buenaventura, founder of Bloom Solutions, and Leo Weese, president of Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, discuss the crypto scene in Asia — how …

Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation on the 3 Reasons Bitcoin Matters - Ep.125

June 25th, 2019


In recent years, the Human Rights Foundation and Alex Gladstein, its chief strategy officer, have become forces in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency community. In this episode, he discusses why Bitcoin is important for …

Not Sure a Cryptoeconomic System Will Work? Gauntlet Can Help - Ep.124

June 18th, 2019


Tarun Chitra, cofounder and CEO of Gauntlet, describes how his company enables crypto teams to run through simulations to see how their design …

Oslo Freedom Forum 2019: Protecting Financial Freedoms in the Digital Age - Ep.123

June 11th, 2019


In this panel, recorded at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2019, I moderated what an attendee described as a "lively" discussion on the relationship between finances and freedom with Bitcoin author and educator Jimmy Song; Alena …

Peter Smith, CEO of Blockchain, on Its Dark Pool, Crypto Lending Operation and Intention to Go Public - Ep.122

June 4th, 2019


Peter Smith, the CEO of Blockchain, discusses how the company got started, why the company is focused on users owning their own private keys and how that is what enables all the most interesting applications of …

Kin Sets Up $5 Million to Take on the SEC - Ep.121

May 28th, 2019


Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik and the founder of the Kin Foundation, and Patrick Gibbs, partner at Cooley, announce the formation of the $5 million

How to Trade on Crypto Exchanges Without Fear of Hacks - Ep.120

May 21st, 2019


Sharon Goldberg, CEO of Arwen and Boston University computer science professor, describes how the protocol enables people to trade on crypto …

Parity's Jutta Steiner and Gavin Wood on Polkadot, Substrate and the Frozen Funds - Ep.119

May 14th, 2019


Jutta Steiner, CEO of Parity, and Gavin Wood, who goes by the title "chief white space officer," describe the network Parity plans to launch later …

How Tagomi Makes Large Crypto Trades Cheaper and More Efficient - Ep.118

May 7th, 2019


Jennifer Campbell and Kevin Johnson, cofounder and COO, respectively, of Tagomi, describe how Tagomi helps institutional players make larger crypto trades more efficiently and at the best price possible, plus analyze …

Want to Connect Blockchains? Cosmos Has Tools for Coders - Ep.117

April 30th, 2019


Jae Kwon, founder and CEO of Tendermint and president of the Interchain Foundation, and Ethan Buchman, cofounder of Tendermint and Cosmos and technical director of the Interchain Foundation, discuss the various …

Charlie Lee on How Litecoin Can Be Truly Successful - Ep.116

April 23rd, 2019


Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin and aka SatoshiLite, discusses how he came to launch Litecoin, how the "fair" launch may have helped its success, why he didn't work on it for a stretch, and what inspired him to …

Why Beam Thinks Businesses Will Use Its Cryptocurrency - Ep.115

April 16th, 2019


Alexander Zaidelson, the CEO of Beam, a cryptocurrency being built on the MimbleWimble protocol, talks about how he came to start Beam, how it …

Grin: A More Private, Lighter Bitcoin - Ep.114

April 9th, 2019


Daniel Lehnberg and Michael Cordner, core team members of Grin, discuss the first implementation of the MimbleWimble protocol, named after a …

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce on Why You Shouldn't Have to Be Rich to Get Rich - Ep.113

April 2nd, 2019


In a fireside chat I moderated with SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce held by the Blockchain Digital Asset Forum, in conjunction with the NYU Stern Executive MBA program, on March 26, 2019, she explained where her …

Vitalik Buterin on Whether or Not Ethereum Is 'Blowing It' - Ep.112

March 26th, 2019


At the first Unchained Live, Vitalik explained why he thought it was "inevitable" Ethereum would lose some of its lead, when he would be upset if …

MolochDAO: Could This Decentralized Autonomous Organization Help Ethereum Scale Faster? - Ep.111

March 19th, 2019


Ameen Soleimani, CEO of Spankchain, comes on the show to discuss his latest effort to fund Ethereum development through the decentralized autonomous …

How Binance Could Become the First Decentralized Autonomous Corporation - Ep.110

March 12th, 2019


Tushar Jain and Kyle Samani, managing partners of Multicoin Capital, discuss Binance, Binance Chain and BNB token, and why they believe Binance will …

How Melon Could Make Asset Management Easier - Ep.109

March 5th, 2019


Mona El-Isa, the cofounder and CEO of Melonport, explains how Melon, the asset management protocol which recently launched on Ethereum, makes …

How Blockchains Can Help Create Little Democracies Everywhere - Ep.108

February 26th, 2019


Glen Weyl, a political economist and social technologist, the coauthor of Radical Markets and a principal researcher at Microsoft, and Santiago Siri, …

Unchained Live With Vitalik Buterin

February 20th, 2019


In case you haven’t heard, I’m doing a live podcast recording with Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum. What is a live podcast recording? It's a podcast performed by me and the guest on a stage, in front of an …

Why Future Perfect Ventures Did Not Invest in ICOs - Ep.107

February 19th, 2019


Jalak Jobanputra, founder and managing partner of Future Perfect Ventures, talks about how, in 2014, her experience as an investment bank and VC, her global background, and her observation that new streams of data were …

How Casa Makes It Harder for Someone to Steal Your Bitcoins - Ep.106

February 12th, 2019


Jeremy Welch of personal key security system Casa describes the company's various services and products, including its $10,000-a-year premium service for HODLers of at least $500,000 worth of cryptocurrency and the Casa …

Rune Christensen of MakerDAO Part 2: How Dai Stayed at $1 While ETH Crashed From $1,400 to $85 - Ep.105

February 5th, 2019


Rune Christensen, CEO and cofounder of MakerDAO, explains how multicollateral Dai will work, what happens if one type of collateral fails, and what …

Rune Christensen of MakerDAO Part 1: How to Keep a Crypto-Collateralized Stablecoin Afloat - Ep.104

January 29th, 2019


Rune Christensen, CEO and cofounder of MakerDAO, explains the intricacies of the MakerDAO system, which includes the stablecoin Dai, which is pegged …

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss on Being the 'Fastest Tortoise in the Race' - Ep.103

January 22nd, 2019


Gemini's Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who serve as chief executive and president, respectively, discuss their new ad campaign -- what they mean when …

Asia Edition: Mining, a Crypto Yuan and the Two Main Reasons the Chinese Are Interested in Crypto - Ep.102

January 15th, 2019


In this wide-ranging episode, Eric Meltzer and Dovey Wan of Primitive Ventures describe how Asia is weathering the crypto downturn: how have the low prices affected miners, how has this affected Bitmain's prospects for …

Ledger on How Consumers and Institutions Should Be Safeguarding Their Private Keys - Ep.101

January 8th, 2019


Eric Larcheveque, cofounder and CEO of Ledger, and Demetrios Skalkotos, global head of Ledger Vault, describe the company's three main offerings: its …

100th Episode: Past Guests and Listeners Take Over the Show - Ep.100

January 1st, 2019


To celebrate the 100th episode of Unchained, I talk a little about what this podcast means to me and thank everyone who's helped me with it. Then I let past guests and listeners take it away with their comments and …

RERUN: Xapo's Wences Casares on How Bitcoin Makes a Fairer World - Ep.99

December 25th, 2018


Growing up in Argentina, Wences Casares saw his family lose all their money three times due to actions by the government. The so-called "patient zero" of Bitcoin in Silicon Valley explains why he believes that …

Mike Novogratz on Why Bitcoin, "a Big FU to the System," Needs Institutions - Ep.98

December 18th, 2018


Mike Novogratz, founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital Holdings, describes the company's services and products, why it's launching a credit offering, and …

How Crypto and Blockchain Technology Could Change Financial Services - Ep.97

December 16th, 2018


This is a special episode of Unchained from the CME Global Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida. There, I spoke with Arthur Hayes, CoFounder and CEO of Bitmex, Dan O’Prey, chief marketing officer of Digital Asset, …

Coinbase's Listing Process: Why It's Adding Many More Coins and How It Decides - Ep.96

December 11th, 2018


Coinbase has departed from its conservative roots and begun adding many more coins. Dan Romero, vice president of Coinbase, explains how its listing process works, how it tries to prevent insider trading, and why it's …

Ari Paul on Why Bitcoin Is a Good Value Buy Today - Ep.95

December 4th, 2018


Ari Paul, CIO of BlockTower Capital, explains why he likes how short-term trades concentrate risk in investment, why, "no matter what," he thinks …

How Donating Crypto Can Help You Save on Taxes - Ep.94

November 27th, 2018


Connie Gallippi, the founder and executive director for BitGive, and Joe Waltman, the executive director of, discuss charitable giving …

Monero's Riccardo Spagni, aka Fluffypony, on How He Feels About Monero Being Used for Crime - Ep.93

November 20th, 2018


Riccardo Spagni, the lead maintainer for Monero, describes the four pillars of Monero's privacy, makes the case for why it would still be valuable …

CoinFund's Jake Brukhman and Multicoin's Tushar Jain on Generalized Mining - Ep.92

November 13th, 2018


Jake Brukhman of CoinFund and Tushar Jain of Multicoin Capital discuss a new trend among crypto funds: generalized mining, also called mining 2.0, in …

Down 94% Since Winter, What Has Happened to ICOs? - Ep.91

November 6th, 2018


After the ICO craze of 2017, such offerings have raised extremely little so far this fall, with total sales in October down 94% since February, according to Token Data. Why? And where to next? Andy Bromberg, president …

Reflections on the 10-Year Anniversary of the Bitcoin White Paper - Ep.90

October 30th, 2018


For this episode on the eve of the Bitcoin white paper's 10-year anniversary, Nathaniel Popper and Paul Vigna, reporters who cover Bitcoin and crypto …

Numerai's Richard Craib on How to Crowdsource Good Predictions - Ep.89

October 23rd, 2018


While many companies like to use buzzwords like crypto, blockchain, AI and encryption, Numerai actually combines all these technologies in a novel …

Listener Mail: Laura Answers Your Questions on the Markets, Velocity, Privacy and More! - Ep.88

October 16th, 2018


This week, because I was busy with my TEDx talk and my book, I decided to do an episode in which I answer your questions. Thank you to everyone who submitted one, and I'm so sorry I didn't get to all your questions. In …

Barry Silbert on What Wall Street Says Privately About Crypto Vs. What It Says Publicly - Ep.87

October 9th, 2018


Barry Silbert, founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group, which has invested in 130 crypto ventures worldwide, describes his company, its strategy for investing in the crypto space, and how his perspective on the …

How dYdX Allows You to Take a Short Position in One Token - Ep.86

October 2nd, 2018


Antonio Juliano, founder of dYdX, explains how this protocol for derivatives will enable you to take a short position in a single token, why they are …

The Oslo Freedom Forum in New York: Why Decentralization Matters - Ep.85

September 28th, 2018


In this fascinating and compelling panel on Why Decentralization Matters at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York, I spoke with Alejandro Machado, a researcher at Zcash; Amber Baldet, founder and CEO of Clovyr, a …

How Binance Became the Most Popular Crypto Exchange in 5 Months - Ep.84

September 25th, 2018


In this fast-paced and exhilarating conversation, Changpeng Zhao, aka "CZ," tells the pivotal business decisions that led users to flock to the …

Singularity University Global Summit: How Do We Get Consumer Adoption? - Ep.83

September 21st, 2018


This is a recording of the full "blockchain block" of the Singularity University Global Summit in late August. It features a talk by me on the power …

How You'll Earn Interest on Your Crypto With Compound - Ep.82

September 18th, 2018


Robert Leshner, founder of Compound, describes how its protocol will enable people to earn interest on crypto assets, and why he thinks this will be …

Tuur Demeester on Why He's a Bitcoin Maximalist and Bearish on Ethereum - Ep.81

September 11th, 2018


Founder and CEO of Adamant Capital Tuur Demeester explains what factors he considers when valuing crypto assets, why this has led him to become a Bitcoin maximalist, and why he doesn't think Ethereum can scale. We also …

Nadav Hollander on How Dharma Could Create New Forms of Debt - Ep.80

September 4th, 2018


Nadav, founder of Dharma protocol, explains how it enables the borrowing and lending of crypto assets, what would happen in the case of default, and …

Joey Krug on How Augur Is Like Any Other Tool - Ep.79

August 28th, 2018


Joey Krug, cofounder of Augur and co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, talks about what Augur is and is not, why it’s difficult to create …

Dfinity's Dominic Williams on How Its Blockchain Nervous System Is Not an AI - Ep.78

August 21st, 2018


Dfinity's Dominic Williams talks about how Dfinity is an internet computer that can host our software and data, instead of it being held by …

Harbor and TrustToken on Why They Don't Mind Being Unsexy - Ep.77

August 14th, 2018


Josh Stein, CEO of Harbor, and Danny An, cofounder and CEO of TrustToken, talk about security tokens and tokens backed by real-world assets, often called an unsexy area of crypto. They explain the strategies their teams …

Live From Distributed: Amber Baldet, Matthew Roszak and Lily Liu on 'Innovate or Reinvent?' - Ep.76

August 8th, 2018


In July in San Francisco, I moderated a panel at "Distributed 2018: Unlocking the Global Power of Decentralized Business." The title of our …

What Makes a CryptoKitty Worth $140,000? - Ep.75

August 7th, 2018


Roham Gharegozlou, CEO of Dapper Labs, the company behind CryptoKitties, and Benny Giang, Dapper Labs’ head of Asia, describe how employees at venture studio AxiomZen came up with the idea for CryptoKitties, what …

Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson on the Sh*tcoin Waterfall - Ep.74

July 31st, 2018


In this hilarious skeptics' episode, Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer of CoinShares, and Jill Carlson, an independent consultant, explain why …

Kathleen Breitman and Ryan Jesperson of Tezos on Why They Wouldn't Do Its Token Sale Differently - Ep.73

July 24th, 2018


Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Dynamic Ledger Solutions, the company behind the Tezos protocol, and Ryan Jesperson, president of the foundation, discuss …

How Widespread Is Money Laundering in Crypto? - Ep.72

July 17th, 2018


Yaya Fanusie, director of analysis at the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Tom Robinson, chief data officer and cofounder of blockchain analytics firm Elliptic, …

Circle's Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville on Why Crypto Will Be Bigger Than the Web - Ep.71

July 10th, 2018


Jeremy Allaire, cofounder and CEO of Circle, and Sean Neville, cofounder and president, discuss why they think the internet of value will be even bigger than the internet of information and how all assets will be …

Chris Dixon on How Trust Is the Best Lego Block - Ep.70

July 3rd, 2018


Chris Dixon, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, talks about the new $300 million crypto fund he is leading with Kathryn Haun, the new general partner of Andreessen, and how a16z came to hire its first female GP. The …

Jimmy Song on Why Bitcoin Will Be the Winning Cryptocurrency - Ep.69

June 26th, 2018


In an episode of strong positions, Blockchain Capital  partner and Bitcoin educator Jimmy Song explains why private blockchains will never work, why smart contracts will never work, and why Bitcoin will be the one and …

Live From the World Economic Forum Industry Strategy Meeting: Breaking the Blockchain Hype - Ep.68

June 20th, 2018


This is a live recording from a panel I moderated at the World Economic Forum Industry Strategy Meeting. The speakers included Shwetha Shetty Senior Director, Corporate Strategy Group, of SAP, Adam Ludwin, CEO of Chain, …

Why ASICs May Be Better Than GPUs Even if They Tend Toward Mining Centralization - Ep.67

June 19th, 2018


David Vorick, CEO of Nebulous, which operates Siacoin and a new subsidiary, Obelisk, describes what he's discovered in his exploration of the mining …

Live From Consensus: What the Media Really Thinks About Crypto - Ep.66

June 13th, 2018


This is a recording of a panel discussion I participated in with a couple other reporters and crypto PR people at Consensus. (It was at the same time as Jack's talk, so it's totally understandable if you missed it. …

Placeholder's Joel Monegro on the Fat Protocols Thesis Today - Ep.65

June 12th, 2018


Joel Monegro, partner at crypto VC firm Placeholder Ventures, describes how well his seminal blog post, "Fat Protocols," is holding up, why he and …

From the Oslo Freedom Forum: Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State - Ep.64

June 6th, 2018


This recording is of Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State, a series of talks and a panel from the Oslo Freedom Forum put on by the Human Rights Foundation. In this session, hear presentations from Ryan Shea of …

Arthur Hayes of Bitmex on Why Countries Will Turn to Digital Cash - Ep.63

June 5th, 2018


Arthur Hayes, CEO of Bitmex, describes how traders on his platform can make great gains but experience limited losses, how Asia's crypto markets differ from those in the U.S., and why he makes money whether or not …

How Chainalysis Helps Solve Crimes: Jonathan Levin Tells All - Ep.62

May 29th, 2018


Jonathan Levin, cofounder and chief operating officer for blockchain analytics company Chainalysis, describes how the company was born out of questions he had while a grad student, how they began mapping the Bitcoin …

Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken, on Drawing a Line With Regulators - Ep.61

May 22nd, 2018


Jesse Powell, CEO of crypto asset exchange Kraken, explains why he publicly rejected then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's request for information from crypto exchanges, why he felt it was a publicity stunt and why …

Live From Ethereal: Eep! How Should Ethereum Be Governed? - Ep.60

May 20th, 2018


This recording of a panel I moderated at Ethereal with Ethereum researcher Vlad Zamfir and GovernX founder Nick Dodson covered the topic that it seems everyone in crypto is discussing these days: governance. We talk …

Aya Miyaguchi, of the Ethereum Foundation, on Who Makes the Final Call - Ep.59

May 15th, 2018


The newly appointed head of the Ethereum Foundation, Aya Miyaguchi, talks about her background as a teacher, at Kraken, helping the Mt. Gox trustee unwind that mess, and the closed process by which she was plucked for …

Ripple's XRP: Why Its Chances of Success Are Low - Ep.58

May 8th, 2018


In this show, recorded without the participation of Ripple (explanation included in the show), Ryan Selkis, CEO and founder of Messari and Matt Leising, Bloomberg reporter, discuss Ripple's XRP, the third-largest coin …

How Institutional Investors Can Do Due Diligence in the Crypto Space - Ep.57

May 6th, 2018


Here is the second special episode from the Time Summit, a Bridge Alternatives event, on how institutional investors can do operational due diligence. Suna Said, founder and CEO of family office Nima Capital, Eddie …

What Will Make Institutional Players Comfortable Entering Crypto? - Ep.56

May 5th, 2018


This talk is from a panel I led on infrastructure in the crypto space at the Time Summit, by Bridge Alternatives, featuring Kayvon Pirestani of director of institutional sales at GDAX, Tim McCourt, CME Group’s managing …

Multicoin on the 1 Thing Crypto Teams Miss in Their Quests for Success

May 1st, 2018


Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain, cofounders of Multicoin Capital, dive deeply into their sometimes controversial and unpopular opinions on how the crypto …

Paul Walsh of MetaCert on How Not to Get Scammed Out of Your Crypto

April 24th, 2018


Paul Walsh had long ago predicted that internet scams would migrate from email to private messaging platforms, but it wasn't until crypto mania took …

Trends in Crypto: Marco Santori, Michael Sonnenshein and Barbara Minuzzi on 2017 and What's Next

April 22nd, 2018


In this live recording of a panel discussion at the CoinAlts Fund Symposium, Marco Santori, president and chief legal officer of Blockchain, managing director at Grayscale Investments, and Barbara Minuzzi, cofounder and …

The Chamber of Digital Commerce's Perianne Boring and Amy Kim on Why U.S. Crypto Regulation Is Complicated and Confusing

April 17th, 2018


If U.S. crypto regulation seems incredibly convoluted, this is the episode for you. Perianne Boring, the founder and president of the Chamber of …

Live From Inforum at the Commonwealth Club: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: The Basics, With Kathryn Haun

April 15th, 2018


Through Inforum at the Commonwealth Club, I recently moderated a sold-out discussion on the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. My …

Bitfury on the Ways It Collaborates With Governments and Why It's Partnered With a Public Company

April 10th, 2018


Valery Vavilov and George Kikvadze of Bitcoin mining and blockchain software company Bitfury discuss why the firm has partnered with the publicly traded Hut 8, how it plans to branch out into mining other crypto assets, …

All Things Cryptoeconomics, Pt. 1, With Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of Polychain Capital

April 3rd, 2018


In an intermittent series on cryptoeconomics, Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of crypto hedge fund Polychain Capital describe what cryptoeconomics …

Zcash's Zooko Wilcox on Why He Believes Privacy Coins Will Be Used More for Good Than Bad

March 27th, 2018


Zooko Wilcox, the founder and CEO of the Zcash company, explains why he wanted to create the privacy coin Zcash, why he believes privacy is essential to decentralization, and how encryption is the way …

Unconfirmed - Ep.008 - Arianna Simpson of Autonomous Partners on Privacy, Cryptokitties and Crypto Regulation

March 23rd, 2018


Arianna Simpson, managing partner of investment firm Autonomous Partners, discusses this week's news that Cambridge Analytica had used data from …

Mike Belshe on What BitGo's Kingdom Trust Acquisition Means for Crypto and How Security Will Develop in the Future

March 20th, 2018


Mike Belshe, the founder and CEO of BitGo, talks about one of the biggest problems facing crypto today: security. We discuss some of the ways BitGo …

Live from SXSW: Michael Casey and Paul Vigna, Co-Authors of The Truth Machine, on Why the SEC Has Issued Subpoenas to ICOs

March 18th, 2018


At the Founders Organization's Initial Taco Offering, an unofficial SXSW event, the co-authors of the recently released Truth Machine, talked about a …

Unconfirmed: Caitlin Long on How 'Utility Tokens' Are Now Legal In Wyoming

March 16th, 2018


Wyoming now has five blockchain-specific laws. Caitlin Long, cofounder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, describes what these laws are, what they …

SXSW Episode: Amber Baldet, Blockchain Program Lead at JPMorgan, on the Potential Clash Between Blockchains and the Right to Be Forgotten

March 15th, 2018


Amber Baldet, JPMorgan Chase blockchain program lead, talks about what she was discussing at SXSW with Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf and what themes she heard at the Ethereum Community Conference in …

Unconfirmed: SXSW Episode: Former DOJ Prosecutor Kathryn Haun on What the SEC Subpoenas and FinCen Letter Likely Mean

March 14th, 2018


As a former government official, current board member of Coinbase and professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Kathryn Haun …

The Skeptics' Episode: Preston Byrne and Angela Walch on What the Industry and Regulators Get Wrong in Crypto

March 13th, 2018


Preston Byrne, an independent consultant and English lawyer, and Angela Walch, an associate professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law who …

Unconfirmed: Spencer Bogart on Bitcoin's Maturation and the SEC Overhang on Crypto

March 9th, 2018


Spencer Bogart, partner at Blockchain Capital, discusses why he think Bitcoin's growing pains are a sign of success, how the SEC regulatory gloom …

Will Warren of 0x on Why Decentralized Exchanges Are the Future

March 6th, 2018


Will Warren, cofounder of decentralized exchange protocol 0x, was working on building tokenized derivatives for Ethereum when he and his cofounder …

Unconfirmed - Ep.003 - The Gender Imbalance in Crypto: Jalak Jobanputra on Why It's a Problem and Her Effort to Fix It

March 2nd, 2018


Future Perfect Ventures' founder and managing partner Jalak Jobanputra and I discuss the New York Times article earlier this week about how few women there are in crypto. We discuss some of the surprising comments we …

Why It's so Hard to Keep Stablecoins Stable

February 27th, 2018


Rune Christensen of MakerDAO and Philip Rosedale, founder of Second Life and High Fidelity, discuss why stablecoins are called crypto's holy grail, …

Introducing Unconfirmed - Brian Kelly on Token-Curated Registries, Robinhood Crypto Trading and the Petro - Ep.002

February 23rd, 2018


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Brian Kelly of BKCM talks about token-curated registries, such as the proposal for Messari, by Ryan Selkis, formerly of Digital Currency Group and CoinDesk, and …

MyCrypto's Taylor Monahan on Why She's Not a Fan of ICOs

February 20th, 2018


The cofounder of MyEtherWallet and CEO of newly launched MyCrypto walks us through the nuts and bolts of how MyCrypto works, how it differs from a …

Unconfirmed's First Episode: Olaf Carlson-Wee of Polychain Capital on Governance

February 18th, 2018


Check out the first episode of Unconfirmed, in which Olaf Carlson-Wee, CEO and founder of Polychain Capital, discusses why an issue facing the …

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February 16th, 2018


Unconfirmed: Insights and Analysis From the Top Minds in Crypto drops today! The first guest is Olaf Carlson-Wee, CEO and founder of crypto hedge …

Shapeshift's Erik Voorhees on How Crypto Will Separate Money and State

February 13th, 2018


Erik Voorhees says the greatest scam perpetrated on mankind is currency debasement -- and that crypto will change all that. In this wide-ranging interview, the CEO of crypto-to-crypto exchange Shapeshift talks about how …

Xapo's Wences Casares on How Bitcoin Makes a Fairer World

February 6th, 2018


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Growing up in Argentina, Wences Casares saw his family lose all their money three times due to …

The Tax Rules That Have Crypto Users Aghast

January 23rd, 2018


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Tax attorney Tyson Cross and CPA Jason Tyra discuss all things crypto and taxes, including …

Vitalik Buterin, Creator Of Ethereum, On The Big Guy Vs. The Little Guy

January 9th, 2018


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The 23-year-old whiz …

Crypto 101: Everything You Need To Know About Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchains, ICOs, And More

December 26th, 2017


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In this special bonus episode, Laura cover all your basic questions about crypto. What is …

How Crypto And Blockchain Technology Should Be Regulated

December 12th, 2017


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Marco Santori, who leads …

Naval Ravikant On How Crypto Is Squeezing VCs, Hindering Regulators And Bringing Users Choice

November 28th, 2017


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The executive chairman of AngelList and partner at crypto hedge fund MetaStable explains how …

What Bitcoin's History Says About Its Future

November 14th, 2017


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Days after the SegWit2x fork was called off, Nathaniel Popper, New York Times tech reporter …

What Will Happen At The Time Of The Bitcoin Hard Fork?

October 31st, 2017


As Bitcoin faces the biggest test in its nine-year history, two players on opposing sides -- Mike Belshe of BitGo and Bitcoin protocol developer Matt …

How To Value A Crypto Asset

October 17th, 2017


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Chris Burniske of …

How To Explain Cryptocurrencies And Blockchains To The Average Person

October 3rd, 2017


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Tired of having your friends and family say cryptocurrencies are a Ponzi scheme, nothing backs …

From Blockchains To Mooncakes: Two Chinese Crypto Founders On The ICO And Bitcoin Exchanges Ban

September 19th, 2017


Da Hongfei of NEO and Patrick Dai of Qtum tell us just how crazy China's ICO craze was getting, with mooncake companies, celebs and Ponzi schemers all jumping on the blockchain train. They also explain what the reaction …

Blockstack On Getting Independence From Google, Facebook And Amazon

September 5th, 2017


Ryan Shea and Muneeb Ali, the cofounders of Blockstack, on how their tools enable users to control their own data, why the internet should have …

The High-Speed World Of ICOs: Smith and Crown Discuss Cryptoeconomics And The Future Of Tokens

August 22nd, 2017


Brian Lio, CEO of cryptofinance research site Smith and Crown, and head of research Matt Chwierut discuss how they do their research, how they decide which projects to cover in-depth rather than just list and when they …

How Bitcoin Solved This Serial Entrepreneur's Problems

August 8th, 2017


Afghan entrepreneur Roya Mahboob has launched numerous companies, but it was a blogging platform that presented her with the problem of how to pay her (mostly female) users, 99% of whom did not have bank accounts. And …

Why November Will Be The Real Test For Bitcoin

July 25th, 2017


Bitcoin core developer Eric Lombrozo and OB1 CEO Brian Hoffman debate whether SegWit2x is the best path forward, discuss who supported it and why, and whether the potential for a hard fork harms the price. They also …

Listener Qs: Laura On Ponzi Schemes, Bubbles, Greed And More

July 11th, 2017


In this episode, coming one day after the release of my Forbes cover story online, I answer listener questions, starting with my background, the history of the podcast, whether or not I trade or invest in crypto, and …

Why Digital Currency Group's Meltem Demirors Is Concerned About The ICO Craze

June 13th, 2017


The DCG director of development talks about why she thinks identity will be the first tangible application of blockchain technology that consumers …

'Bitcoin Oracle' Vinny Lingham On Why Bitcoin Is Overpriced

May 30th, 2017


The Civic CEO and cofounder explains how his upbringing in South Africa and his experience at former company Gyft led him to launch a startup focused on identity. It was also at Gyft that he realized how enthusiastic …

ICOs: Why People Are Investing In This $380 Million Phenomenon

May 16th, 2017


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Developers of new cryptocurrencies are raising gobs of money with little more than a white paper. Though real advances are …

IBM's Jerry Cuomo On Everything From Blockchain Security To Hyperledger To The Internet Of Things

May 2nd, 2017


Thanks to all the listeners who've let me know what you want to hear more of, what you like about the show, and who you want to see as guests. If you haven't yet, have a say in the direction of the show -- tell me what …

This VC Is Sure Venture Capital Is About To Be Disrupted

April 18th, 2017


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Blockchain Capital's recent BCAP token offering is a harbinger of things to come in venture capital and private equity, says the …

Why Bitcoin May Split In Two And How To Prevent It

April 4th, 2017


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The bitcoin community is mired in a civil war. In this episode of the Unchained podcast, supporters of opposing sides -- former Bitcoin …

Bobby Lee, CEO Of BTCC, On Why The Chinese Probably Aren't Using Bitcoin To Evade Capital Controls

March 21st, 2017


Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCC, one of the world's longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, talks about whether Chinese people are using bitcoin to evade …

Why The First Employee Of Coinbase Launched A Hedge Fund

March 7th, 2017


Olaf Carlson-Wee is the founder of Polychain Capital, a hedge fund that has invested $15 million into digital assets and has gotten backing from …

Why Nasdaq Is Even More Optimistic About Blockchain Than It Was 3 Years Ago

February 21st, 2017


Fredrik Voss, Nasdaq's head of blockchain initiatives, discusses what the company has accomplished with the technology and how his firm evaluates …

With Deadline Looming, Will The SEC Approve A Bitcoin ETF?

February 7th, 2017


The SEC will make a decision on a proposed bitcoin ETF by March 11. Will it approve? An optimist and pessimist weigh in, touching upon bitcoin’s liquidity, the impact recent events in China have had on its trading, as …

Is The IRS Justified In Demanding Information On Millions Of Bitcoin Users?

January 24th, 2017


The IRS found three entities using bitcoin to evade taxes and has now demanded the records of millions of users at Coinbase, the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange. An accountant and an attorney specializing in …

What Is One Of The World's Largest Derivatives Exchanges Doing With Bitcoin?

January 10th, 2017


CME Group handles three billion contracts worth about $1 quadrillion annually. So why is it making a foray into bitcoin, whose market capitalization is a mere $16 billion? Sandra Ro, CME's head of digitization, explains …

Federal Prosecutor Kathryn Haun On How Criminals Use Bitcoin -- And How She Catches Them

November 1st, 2016


Kathryn Haun put away the DEA and Secret Service agents who tried to make off with more than $800,000 in stolen bitcoin while investigating the …

How Coin Center Is Helping Define The 'Big Fuzzy Gray Area' Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Law

October 18th, 2016


As blockchains and cryptocurrencies evolve, there are times when the technology outpaces the law. That's when Coin Center steps in. The non-profit, …

What Does Cornell’s Emin Gun Sirer See As The Main Security Threats In Cryptocurrency? ‘Everything’

October 4th, 2016


Cornell University computer science professor Emin Gun Sirer, an influential figure in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, describes his ideas for improving security in the space, his skepticism about how to scale …

Why A Wall Street Journal Currency Reporter Didn't Understand Money Until He Learned About Bitcoin

September 20th, 2016


Michael Casey, senior advisor at MIT's Media Lab and author of the Age of Cryptocurrency, spent 18 years at the Wall Street Journal -- a good portion of that covering currency markets. But he says it wasn't until he …

Why Tyler And Cameron Winklevoss Fell In Love With Bitcoin

September 6th, 2016


Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, CEO and President, respectively, of cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, talk about the importance of regulation in a sector …

Blockchain 101 With Andreas Antonopoulos: How Bitcoin Makes Each Of Us As Powerful As A Bank

August 23rd, 2016


“Shifting from a perspective of 'only humans control money' to 'machines and software control money' is really radical and it changes a lot of …

How The Blockchain Alliance Helps Law Enforcement With Bitcoin Crime And Developments Like The DAO

August 9th, 2016


Jason Weinstein and Alan Cohn, partner and of counsel, respectively at law firm Steptoe & Johnson, discuss their work with the Blockchain Alliance, a coalition of both blockchain and cryptocurrency companies as well …

Chain's Adam Ludwin On Who Is Best Poised To Benefit From Blockchain Technology

July 26th, 2016


As blockchain technology remakes financial services, some companies will be better positioned than others, says Adam Ludwin, CEO of Chain, which has …

Want to Diversify Your Portfolio? Try Bitcoin, Say ARK's Chris Burniske And Coinbase's Adam White

July 12th, 2016


Invest in oil and gold? In this episode, the co-authors of a compelling white paper explain the four reasons why they believe you may soon be …

MaiTai Global's Bill Tai On Why Blockchain Is The 6th Wave Of Technology

June 28th, 2016


Bill Tai, a venture capitalist who got his start as a computer chip designer in the 1980s, places blockchain in the context of the broader …

Bloq's Matt Roszak on Necker Island: Connecting Multiple Blockchains, China and Tech Cooperatives

June 14th, 2016


Matt Roszak, a venture capitalist for 20 years, discusses how his new company Bloq, cofounded with former Bitcoin core developer Jeff Garzik (from talks they began on Necker Island last year), serves enterprise clients …

BitPesa's Elizabeth Rossiello on Necker Island

June 14th, 2016


Elizabeth Rossiello talks about how she went from being a credit ratings analyst for microfinance investors to heading up an "international mobile money" company for sub-Saharan Africa that uses Bitcoin's rails. Along …

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