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Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Discl… read more

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Girl Gone Crypto: How These Wildly Entertaining Crypto Videos Get Made - Ep.165

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, …

Michael Moro on Tesla's BTC Buy and the New Genesis Treasury - Ep.164

February 12th, 2021


Michael Moro, CEO of Genesis Global, discusses Tesla’s purchase of $1.5 billion in bitcoin and Genesis’s new unit: Genesis Treasury. He also talks about how demand has shaped Genesis’ bitcoin and crypto offerings over …

Why Asia Is So Important to Crypto - Ep.163

February 5th, 2021


Mira Christanto, research analyst at Messari, recently wrote a comprehensive report on the crypto scene in Asia. In this episode, she covers cultural …

Why the GameStop Insanity Is So Similar to Crypto - Ep.162

January 29th, 2021


Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and founder of FTX, describes what happened between the Subreddit Wall Street Bets and hedge funds around the stock of …

Is Tether a Fraud? Its Bank Says It's Not - Ep.161

January 22nd, 2021


Gregory Pepin, deputy CEO of Deltec Bank and Trust, responds to allegations in a blog post by the pseudonymous Crypto Anonymous, that Tether is a …

What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Layer 2s - Ep.160

January 15th, 2021


Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer at Coinshares, and Nic Carter, general partner at Castle Island Ventures, join me at the Stacks conference to …

2021 in Crypto: What to Expect in the Year Ahead - Ep.159

January 8th, 2021


Frank Chaparro, director of news at The Block, gives his predictions for what will happen in crypto in 2021. In this episode, we discuss:

  • the big …

Laura's New Year's 2021 AMA: Your Questions About Privacy, the STABLE Act, Diem and More - Ep.158

January 1st, 2021


For the holidays, I'm doing two AMAs. In the second of two, I cover:

  • privacy blockchains
  • my thoughts on the STABLE Act
  • whether or not Facebook's …

Laura's Christmas 2020 AMA: Your Questions About Crypto Media and More - Ep.157

December 25th, 2020


For the holidays, I'm doing two AMAs. In this first of two, I cover:

  • how my book is going
  • tips for aspiring podcasters
  • what it's like being an …

Beeple on How and Why He Raked In $3.5 Million - Ep.156

December 18th, 2020


Mike Winkelmann, the digital artist also known as Beeple who has made an artwork every day for over 13 years, talks about the NFT auctions he held last weekend, after learning about crypto two months ago. In the show, …

Why Rohan Grey Believes Stablecoin Issuers Need to Be Banks - Ep.155

December 11th, 2020


Rohan Grey, assistant professor at Willamette Law, talks about the STABLE Act, which would require stable coin issuers to obtain a banking charter, …

How to Get Your ETH2 Yield and Take Out a Loan on It - Ep.154

December 4th, 2020


James Slazas, founder and CEO of LiquidStake and DARMA Capital, describes their retail and institutional offerings for customers who want to stake on Ethereum 2.0 but still access the locked-up capital. In this episode, …

Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption With Jeremy Allaire and Meltem Demirors - Ep.153

November 27th, 2020


This episode is a discussion from Stellar's Meridian conference, in which I moderated the panel, Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption, featuring Jeremy Allaire, cofounder, chairman and CEO of Circle, and Meltem …

9 Ways Bitcoin Is at an All-Time High - Ep.152

November 20th, 2020


Nic Carter, general partner at Castle Island Ventures, and cofounder and chairman of Coin Metrics, explains  why the Bitcoin price has been rising …

Chad Cascarilla on Paxos's Partnership With PayPal - Ep.151

November 13th, 2020


Paxos CEO and cofounder Chad Cascarilla discusses his company's partnership with PayPal, which just opened up its crypto purchase and selling product …

What the Crypto Industry Could See Under a Biden Administration - Ep.150

November 6th, 2020


Kristin Smith, executive director of the Blockchain Association and a board member of HODLpac, discusses how advocating for crypto will change under what is likely to be a new presidential administration. In this …

The 2 Types of Investors Driving Interest in Crypto - Ep.149

October 30th, 2020


Matt Hougan, chief investment officer of Bitwise Asset Management, discusses a milestone Bitwise reached this week -- hitting $100 million in assets …

Willy Woo on Why It's 'an Extremely Great Time to Buy Bitcoin' - Ep.148

October 23rd, 2020


Willy Woo, on-chain Bitcoin analyst and writer of “The Bitcoin Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, discusses how the Bitcoin markets have been changing amidst what may be a forthcoming ebbing of derivatives …

What You Need to Know About the DOJ's Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework - Ep.147

October 16th, 2020


Jessie Liu, partner at Skadden and the former US attorney for the District of Columbia, headed up the team that has prosecuted what some believe is …

Abuse and Ethical Lapses: What Happened When Justin Sun Acquired BitTorrent - Ep.146

October 9th, 2020


Freelance reporter and audio producer Chris Harland-Dunaway speaks about his long investigative story on Tron founder Justin Sun after his …

Coinbase in Turmoil: Why Employees Walked Out - Ep.145

October 2nd, 2020


Frank Chaparro, director of news at The Block, discusses a controversial blog post by Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong about how the company intends to …

Why NFTs Are Attracting Everyday People to Crypto - Ep.144

September 25th, 2020


Jake Brukhman, cofounder and CEO of CoinFund, explains why people are excited about non-fungible tokens, how they can be used, and what new behaviors …

The First Crypto Bank: What Kraken Financial Will Do and How - Ep.143

September 18th, 2020


David Kinitsky, CEO of Kraken Financial, talks about Kraken's news that it is launching a bank, after receiving approval to form a special purpose …

How SushiSwap Proved That Liquidity Is Not a Moat - Ep.142

September 11th, 2020


0xMaki, a cofounder of SushiSwap explains how and why he got involved in this project forked from SushiSwap, why he thinks his view of …

SushiSwap Takes On Uniswap: Which Should Win and Why? - Ep.141

September 4th, 2020


Nadav Hollander, cofounder and CEO of Dharma, discusses the war currently being waged between Uniswap and SushiSwap, how this is driving up fees on …

Joseph Lubin on How JPMorgan's Quorum Will Fit In at ConsenSys - Ep.140

August 28th, 2020


Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys and cofounder of Ethereum, discusses ConsenSys's acquisition this week of JPMorgan's blockchain solution, Quorum. …

AMA With Laura: The Greatest Innovation in the Industry Right Now - Ep.139

August 21st, 2020


In this episode, I answer some questions submitted to me via Twitter. I take the audience behind the scenes at Unconfirmed and Unchained to discuss:

Andreas Antonopoulos on Why the ETH Supply Debate Is 'Silly' - Ep.138

August 14th, 2020


Andreas Antonopoulos, speaker, educator and author of "Mastering Bitcoin" and "Mastering Ethereum," dives into the ETH supply debate that raged over …

$5 Billion in AUM: Why Growth at Grayscale Exploded in the Last Quarter - Ep.137

August 7th, 2020


Michael Sonnenshein, managing director of Grayscale Investments, talks about the strong growth in investment in its products, with inflows in Q2 totaling more than $900 million, bringing assets under management to over …

Dmitry Buterin, Vitalik's Father, on Ethereum at 5 Years Old - Ep.136

July 31st, 2020


Dmitry Buterin, father of Vitalik Buterin and cofounder of BlockGeeks, discusses Ethereum at 5 years old. In this episode, he talks about:

  • how he …

'Twitter Will Be Fun Today': The College-Age Kids Who Hacked Into Twitter - Ep.135

July 24th, 2020


Haseeb Awan, CEO of Efani, a secure and private cell phone service, talks about how he became acquainted with hackers who took over prominent …

Why Stablecoin Growth Over 5 Years Doubled in 4 Months - Ep.134

July 17th, 2020


Nate Maddrey, senior research analyst at Coin Metrics, discusses a report on the rise of stablecoins over the last few months that Coin Metrics …

Will Coinbase Do a Token Offering When It Goes Public? - Ep.133

July 10th, 2020


Jeff Roberts, senior reporter at Fortune and author of "King of Crypto: One Startup’s Quest to take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street" talks about the news this week that Coinbase may go public …

How This New Supply Metric Makes Buy Signals Clearer - Ep.132

July 3rd, 2020


Ben Celermajer, index manager at Coin Metrics, talks about a new metric Coin Metrics introduced this week, called free float supply. In this episode, …

How You Can Double Your Money -- Or Lose Everything - Ep.131

June 26th, 2020


Angel investor and writer Tony Sheng explains what yield farming is, why it's been such a craze, and whether or not the trend is sustainable. We …

Why COMP 5xed on Day 1 and What This Means for a DeFi Bull Market - Ep.130

June 19th, 2020


Kain Warwick, founder of Synthetix, discusses the launch of the COMP token this week, including:

  • why the price of COMP tokens popped
  • how this now …

Why 'Cryptocurrency Would Not Exist Without Black People' - Ep.129

June 12th, 2020


Robby Greenfield, the CEO of Emerging Impact and the former head of social impact and diversity programming at ConsenSys, talks about how the crypto …

'Look for Opportunities' to Increase Diversity in Crypto - Ep.128

June 5th, 2020


Steven McKie, CEO and founding partner at Amentum Capital, discusses the incidents involving Amy Cooper and George Floyd and the resulting protests, …

What Patoshi Is and How It Affects Craig Wright - Ep.127

May 29th, 2020


Sergio Lerner, the head of innovation of IOV Labs and the creator of the Rootstock side chain, describes a pattern he discovered in early Bitcoin mining that he called Patoshi and why people are talking about it now. In …

The 'Brilliant Asshole' Who Almost Blew Up Coinbase - Ep.126

May 22nd, 2020


Jeff Roberts, staff writer at Fortune and author of the recent Audible book, “Kings of Crypto: Coinbase and the Coming Disruption of Finance,” …

Bitcoin at the 3rd Halving: What We See From On-Chain Data - Ep.125

May 15th, 2020


Yan Liberman, cofounder at Delphi Digital, breaks down all kinds of data from the Bitcoin blockchain to give a snapshot of where Bitcoin is at this point in its development and glean where it might go in its future. We …

A Bitcoin Price of $115,000 Next Year? - Ep.124

May 8th, 2020


Dan Morehead, CEO of Pantera Capital, talks about the coronavirus and its impact on the economy and on Bitcoin. We discuss: 

  • why he thinks the US …

Why 2020 Will Be the Year Bitcoin Becomes a Mature Asset - Ep.123

May 1st, 2020


Mike McGlone, senior commodity strategist for Bloomberg Intelligence, explains why he believes Bitcoin is revolutionary, has begun to cement its …

Haseeb Qureshi on the Unbelievable Story of the $25 Million Hack - Ep.122

April 24th, 2020


Haseeb Qureshi, managing partner of Dragonfly Capital, describes how the attack happened, why imBTC was involved in that hack and a $300,000 …

12 Big Class-Action Lawsuits in Crypto: What, Who, How and Why - Ep.121

April 17th, 2020


Stephen Palley, partner at Anderson Kill and chair of the firm’s technology, media and distributed systems practice group, explains what the 11 …

China's Crypto Industry and DCEP in the Time of Coronavirus - Ep.120

April 10th, 2020


Matthew Graham, the CEO of Sino Global Capital, describes how the economy has changed in China due to the coronavirus, how it is affected as business opens back up and how the government is managing it. He explains why …

Coronavirus Relief and Its Impact on the Crypto Markets - Ep.119

April 3rd, 2020


Kevin Kelly, macro strategist at Delphi Digital, discusses how the coronavirus's impact on the economy will affect Bitcoin and the crypto markets, …

What Happened on BitMEX During Black Thursday - Ep.118

March 27th, 2020


Antoine Le Calvez, blockchain data engineer at Coin Metrics, explains what happened during the Bitcoin liquidation spiral on March 12, why it was so significant for the Bitcoin markets, and how a DDOS attack affected …

Blockchain Tech's Storytelling Problem and How to Solve It - Ep.117

March 20th, 2020


Emily Parker, cofounder of Longhash, reads from an essay she wrote about a problem that is probably relatable to everyone in the crypto industry: how …

Coronavirus: How It Will Impact Bitcoin and the Halving - Ep.116

March 13th, 2020


Noelle Acheson, director of research at CoinDesk, discusses the effect that coronavirus has been having on the traditional financial markets, Bitcoin and why Bitcoin is not turning out to be the uncorrelated asset it …

Steemit Chaos: Why Justin Sun and the Community Are at War - Ep.115

March 6th, 2020


Brady Dale, senior reporter at CoinDesk, walks through the last few weeks of drama in Steemit this week, staring with when Justin Sun bought Steemit, what that meant for the network, and how the validators (aka …

How Avanti Will Be a 'Not Your Keys, Not Your Coins' Bank - Ep.114

February 28th, 2020


Caitlin Long talks about her new venture, Avanti Bank, which will be a Wyoming special-purpose depository institution, what that means, and how that …

How 2 DeFi Attacks Made Almost $1 Million in Profit - Ep.113

February 21st, 2020


Lev Livnev, a formal verification researcher at and a founding partner at Symbolic Capital Partners, talks about the two attacks on bZx in …

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce on Her Safe Harbor Proposal - Ep.112

February 14th, 2020


SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce discusses her proposal for a three-year safe harbor period for token sales. We talk about what problems she hopes to …

Elizabeth Stark, CEO of Lightning Labs, on the Launch of Loop - Ep.111

February 7th, 2020


Elizabeth Stark, cofounder and CEO of Lightning Labs, talks about her company's two big announcements this week: the beta launch of its first paid product, Lightning Loop, and the company's Series A $10 million …

Want a Job in Crypto? Exchanges Are Hiring - Ep.110

January 31st, 2020


Frank Chaparro of The Block discusses the report released by his firm and the Blockchain Association on employment trends in the blockchain industry. He covers how the demand for such jobs is growing, who the biggest …

How DeFi Liquidators Make Money With Just Bots - Ep.109

January 24th, 2020


Tom Schmidt, junior partner at Dragonfly Capital, talks about how liquidators are making money in DeFi — on which protocols, how liquidations work, …

PoolTogether: Save Money, With a Chance to Win - Ep.108

January 17th, 2020


Leighton Cusack, CEO and cofounder of PoolTogether, describes how the Ethereum-based no-loss lottery applies the psychology of winning a prize to the …

Why Bitcoin Outperformed Most of the Crypto Assets in 2019 - Ep.107

January 10th, 2020


Nate Maddrey, senior research analyst of Coin Metrics, gives an overview of how the major crypto networks ended 2019. We discuss how Bitcoin outperformed most other crypto assets last year, how it has been somewhat …

Kyle Samani on How 2020 Will Be the Year of Small Success Stories - Ep.106

January 3rd, 2020


Kyle Samani, managing partner of Multicoin Capital looks ahead to 2020 based on how the space changed from 2018 to 2019. He talks about how the space …

How I Got SIM Swapped -- and How to Protect Yourself - Ep.105

December 27th, 2019


Laura recounts the tale of how she got SIM swapped, what mistakes she made, and what she did to secure her accounts and get her phone number back. She also reveals how, despite having shored up her security years …

Meltem Demirors on the First Decade of the Existence of Bitcoin - Ep.104

December 20th, 2019


Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer of Coinshares, talks about how the emergence of Bitcoin fits within the larger technological and financial …

Larry Cermak of The Block on What 90% of Bitcoin Trading Is For - Ep.103

December 13th, 2019


Larry Cermak, director of research at The Block, looks at the macro trends in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, including what can be gleaned from derivative data, why many hedge funds are shorting Bitcoin and what has …

What Quadriga Really Was: 3 Theories About Gerald Cotten - Ep.102

December 6th, 2019


Writer Nathaniel Rich discusses his recent long-form Vanity Fair article diving into what really happened with the Quadriga exchange debacle, what Gerald Cotten’s past really was, his relationship to his business …

How to Get 7% of Your Purchases Back in Bitcoin - Ep.101

November 29th, 2019


For Black Friday, Alex Adelman, cofounder and CEO of Lolli, talks about how, with the Lolli browser extension, shoppers can earn back, on average 7%, …

How MakerDAO Now Features a Risk-Free Rate - Ep.100

November 22nd, 2019


Steven Becker, president and chief operating officer of the Maker Foundation, discusses the MakerDAO system's transition to multi-collateral Dai, …

An Interview With the Anonymous Developer of - Ep.99

November 15th, 2019


This episode features an email interview with Kuma, the pseudonymous administrator of, a site showing a real-time crowd-sourced map of protests in Hong Kong, which Kuma believes is the first Hong Kong protest …

Why Employees Cheered After Jihan Wu's Coup at Bitmain - Ep.98

November 8th, 2019


Wolfie Zhao, Asia editor at CoinDesk, details how Jihan Wu ousted his cofounder Micree Zhan at the Bitcoin mining giant Bitmain last week, how he …

Why the Digital Yuan Could One Day Be Seen as a Blunder - Ep.97

November 1st, 2019


Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer of the Human Rights Foundation, explains why he believes China's new pro-blockchain stance could turn out to …

How the Hong Kong Protests Gave a Boost to Gods Unchained - Ep.96

October 25th, 2019


James Ferguson, CEO of Immutable, the creators of Gods Unchained, talks about how the video game recently doubled its number of users. In early October, after a winner of a Hearthstone tournament said, "Liberate Hong …

How Bitcoin Led to the Demise of the Largest Child Porn Site - Ep.95

October 18th, 2019


Jonathan Levin, the cofounder and chief strategy officer of Chainalysis, describes how the blockchain analytics firm helped the IRS identify the administrator of the largest child porn website in the world, which …

Althea Network: How Ethereum Is Used in the Real World - Ep.94

October 11th, 2019


From DevCon 5 in Osaka, Japan, Deborah Simpier, COO and cofounder of Althea Network, describes how this decentralized internet service provider …

How Block.One Got Away With Just a $24 Million Penalty - Ep.93

October 4th, 2019


Heads up, everybody! We are launching a weekly news recap, so stay tuned after the interview to find out about the top stories in crypto this week! (Links below.)

Zachary Fallon, principal at Blakemore Fallon and former …

Nick Tomaino on Why He Is Skeptical Libra Will Be Significant - Ep.92

September 27th, 2019


Nick Tomaino, general partner of 1confirmation, discusses his firm's second fund of $45 million, announced this week, how prospective LPs have changed from 2017 to 2019, and what types of projects 1confirmation is …

How Tether's Surge on Ethereum Is Affecting Bitcoin - Ep.91

September 20th, 2019


Jacob Franek, cofounder and COO of Coin Metrics, discusses why daily transaction fees on Ethereum have surpassed those on Bitcoin, what daily transaction fees reflect generally about a blockchain, why this change …

How Cryptocurrencies Could Threaten the State - Ep.90

September 13th, 2019


Nic Carter, partner at Castle Island Ventures, discusses the ways in which cryptocurrencies could weaken the state, how they're already providing an …

Why Bitcoin Dominance Is at 70% - Ep.89

September 6th, 2019


Yan Liberman, cofounder at Delphi Digital, explains why Bitcoin dominance is back up at 70%, more than double its low at 33% at the height of the crypto bubble in early 2018, why a crypto bear market has a positive …

Why Ryan Zurrer Would Like to See a New DAO - Ep.88

August 30th, 2019


Ryan Zurrer, formerly chief commercial officer and director at the Web 3 foundation and former principal and partner at Polychain Capital, discusses …

Accepting Bitcoin Since 2011: Room77 in Berlin - Ep.87

August 23rd, 2019


Joerg Platzer, owner of Room77, a bar in Berlin that has accepted Bitcoin since 2011, describes how patrons who wanted to pay with Bitcoin originally had to type long Bitcoin addresses into their laptops, how people's …

Electric Capital on the Coins Punching Below Their Weight - Ep.86

August 16th, 2019


Maria Shen, head of data science at Electric Capital, dives into the details of the firm's report on crypto developer activity, which analyzed 27,000 code repositories to find that a recent decrease in crypto developer …

Kik's Surprising Move in Its Lawsuit With the SEC - Ep.85

August 9th, 2019


Rebecca Rettig, partner at FisherBroyles, talks about Kik's answer this week to the SEC's complaint, why she predicted they would make this move as …

The IRS Is Cracking Down on Crypto Taxes: What You Need to Know - Ep.84

August 2nd, 2019


Chandan Lohda, the cofounder and CEO of CoinTracker, talks about the 10,000 letters the IRS sent to cryptocurrency holders last week, what kinds of …

Jeremy Allaire on Why the US Government Needs a New Category for Digital Assets - Ep.83

July 26th, 2019


Jeremy Allaire, cofounder and CEO of Circle, explains why the company has opened a new subsidiary in Bermuda, obtained a full Digital Assets Business …

Why the Congressional Hearings on Facebook's Libra Were Good for Bitcoin - Ep.82

July 19th, 2019


Peter Van Valkenburgh, director of research at Coin Center, explains the significance of all the governmental activity around crypto in the last week -- the President's tweets, the Treasury Secretary's and Fed Chair's …

Why Crypto Regulation Is Surprisingly Cypherpunk - Ep.81

July 12th, 2019


Lawson Baker, head of operations and general counsel at TokenSoft (disclosure: a previous sponsor of the podcast), explains the significance of this week's SEC statement on broker-dealer custody if digital asset …

Why It Would Be Good if Libra Rivaled the US Dollar - Ep.80

July 5th, 2019


Michael Casey, chairman of the advisory board at CoinDesk, CEO of Streambed Media and a former Wall Street Journal reporter who covered global …

'Bitcoin Billionaires' Author Ben Mezrich on the Zuckerberg- Winklevoss Rivalry - Ep.079

June 28th, 2019


Ben Mezrich, author of the Accidental Billionaires, which formed the basis of the movie The Social Network, and the author of the recently published Bitcoin Billionaires about the Winklevoss twins' rise in the …

Libra's Dante Disparte on Why We Should Trust a Financial System Designed by Facebook - Ep.078

June 21st, 2019


Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for the Libra Association, describes the roles of the various entities that make up the Libra …

Edgeware's Unusual Lockdrop: Get Tokens Even With Frozen Funds - Ep.077

June 14th, 2019


Dillon Chen, CEO of Edgeware, talks about how the network is distributing its tokens via a "lockdrop" in which people can lock up ether for certain time periods in order to obtain Edgeware tokens, why it chose to do so …

LocalBitcoins on How Bitcoin Trading Compares Across the World - Ep.076

June 7th, 2019


In this conversation, conducted at the Oslo Freedom Forum, Vera Xavier, LocalBitcoins' Community Manager and Elena Tonoyan, Chief Customer Success Officer, describe what the Helsinki-based company does, how it got …

Ethereal 2019: DeFi and Paths to Everyday Usage - Ep.075

May 31st, 2019


At Ethereal, I spoke with Austin Griffiths, director of research at Gitcoin and founder of Burner Wallet, and Arjun Bhuptani, cofounder of Connext Network, about how they think about getting everyday usage. In this …

To the Moon and Back With Polychain's Olaf Carlson-Wee - Ep.074

May 24th, 2019


How Polychain is faring during the crypto winter, where we are in the tech cycle, whether he thinks Ethereum 2.0 will deliver and how he views the …

Why HTC's Exodus 1s Will Have a Full Bitcoin Node - Ep.073

May 17th, 2019


Phil Chen, decentralized chief officer of HTC, discusses the upcoming model of the Exodus, why it will feature a full Bitcoin node, what's in it for …

Binance Hack: Should the Threat of Reorgs Be Used to Deter Hackers? - Ep.072

May 10th, 2019


Tushar Jain of Multicoin Capital discusses how hackers likely obtained $40 million worth of Bitcoin in a hack on Binance, how the leading crypto …

What Happened to Bitfinex/Tether's $850 Million - Ep.071

May 3rd, 2019


Robert-Jan Den Haan, a contributor to the Block who has been researching the Bitfinex/Tether situation for over a year, talks about how Bitfinex found itself without access to $850 million of its own money, how the …

Could Social Media Discontent Help the Decentralized Web? - Ep.070

April 26th, 2019


At the Subzero conference in Berlin, Ashley Tyson, the cofounder of the Web 3 Foundation, talks about how it plans to support the Polkadot protocol, …

Blockstack's Reg A+ Filing and the Future of Token Offerings - Ep.069

April 19th, 2019


Zachary Fallon, a former SEC staffer and author of the Reg A JOBS Act crowdfunding rules and a principal at Blakemore Fallon, discusses Blockstack's …

Coinbase Custody: Keep Your Crypto Safe and Use It Too - Ep.068

April 12th, 2019


Sam McIngvale, head of product for Coinbase Custody, describes its new staking service. He explains how Coinbase Custody plans to allow its customers to participate in crypto networks while keeping those funds offline, …

How Useful Is the SEC's Guidance on ICOs? - Ep.067

April 5th, 2019


Marco Santori, the president and chief legal officer of Blockchain, discusses this week's big regulatory news — the SEC's guidance on initial coin …

Why Has MakerDAO's Dai Struggled to Keep Its Dollar Peg? - Ep.066

March 29th, 2019


Ryan Todd and Matteo Leibowitz, research analysts at The Block, discuss why Dai has fallen below $1 in price, how the community has attempted to keep it pegged to $1 and how well that's been working. They also describe …

Why Ethereum 2.0 Could Fail and How It Could Be Fixed - Ep.065

March 22nd, 2019


Delphi Digital recently released a report on Ethereum's short- and long-term prospects. It showed why there's been such high selling pressure on Ethereum, plus dived deeply into the economics of Ethereum 2.0, concluding …

How Uniswap Quickly Became One of the Most Popular Dexes - Ep.064

March 15th, 2019


Hayden Adams, founder of the new decentralized exchange Uniswap, discusses how Uniswap differs from a traditional exchange based on order books, how market the contract determines the price of the tokens, and how market …

How to Earn Money on Collateral in DeFi — and Why That's Risky - Ep.063

March 8th, 2019


Dan Elitzer, investor at IDEO CoLab Ventures, describes a concept he describes as superfluid collateral made possible in the decentralized finance …

After Massive Layoffs and Losses, What Are Bitmain's Future Prospects? - Ep.062

March 1st, 2019


Blockstream chief strategy officer Samson Mow, who used to work at a competitor to Bitmain, discusses the recent news that the crypto mining manufacturer suffered a $500 million loss in the third quarter of 2018. He …

How AirTM Hopes to Get Venezuelans to Use Cryptocurrency - Ep.061

February 22nd, 2019


Ruben Galindo Steckel, cofounder and CEO of AirTM, describes how his companies enables everyday Venezuelans the ability to escape the hyperinflation …

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 …

How Korea's Crypto Scene Differs From That of the US - Ep.060

February 15th, 2019


Joyce Yang, founder of Global Coin Research, discusses the crypto scene in Korea today. An epicenter of the crypto craze in 2017, Korea still has a number of young people pinning their hopes and dreams on crypto, as …

The QuadrigaCX Case: Taylor Monahan on What We Know From the Blockchain - Ep.059

February 8th, 2019


To hear that a 29-year-old died of complications from Crohn's disease is shocking enough. But it's practically unbelievable when the person in …

Dan Morehead of Pantera Capital on Why This Crypto Winter Is Different - Ep.058

February 1st, 2019


Dan Morehead, CEO of Pantera Capital, explains why this crypto bear market is different from the previous one his firm endured, what he believes will give institutional money the confidence to enter the space, and how …

Why You Shouldn't Trust Crypto Exchange Reports for Your Taxes - Ep.057

January 25th, 2019


Chandan Lodha, cofounder and CEO of CoinTracker, explains why reports from crypto exchanges could be insufficient for filing accurate tax returns to …

When Is a Token Decentralized Enough to Not Be a Security? - Ep.056

January 18th, 2019


The newly formed Blockchain Association recently released a post outlining what it calls the Hinman Token Standard based on a speech given last summer by Bill Hinman, director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation …

The Ethereum Classic 51% Attack: How It Happened and Why the Price Didn't Crash - Ep.055

January 11th, 2019


Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, discusses this week's 51% attack on the Ethereum Classic blockchain. He describes how the attacker was able to …

Arjun Balaji on the Ways Bitcoin Will Improve in 2019 - Ep.054

January 4th, 2019


On the 10th birthday of the Bitcoin network, Arjun Balaji, founder and managing partner at Shomei Capital, explains why doesn't worry too much about potential bugs in the code such as there was last fall, why we'll see …

How PowerLedger Aims to Boost Renewable Energy - Ep.053

December 28th, 2018


Jemma Green, cofounder and chairman of PowerLedger, describes how the company, which won the 2018 Extreme Tech Challenge, spearheaded by Sir Richard …

Bloomberg's Matt Leising on Why It Appears Tether Has Sufficient Dollar Reserves - Ep.052

December 21st, 2018


Bloomberg reporter Matt Leising, who obtained bank statements from Tether's bank, Noble Bank in Puerto Rico, found that for those months, the number …

Consensus: Invest 2018: Financial Products in 2019 and Beyond - Ep.051

December 19th, 2018


This special episode is a recording of the closing fireside chat I had at Consensus: Invest, titled “Financial Products: 2019 and Beyond,”  with Jan Van Eck, president and CEO of the Van Eck Securities Corporation, and …

Why ConsenSys Is 'Shifting From Experimentation to Excellence' - Ep.050

December 14th, 2018


ConsenSys's Andrew Keys talks about the company's recent pivot, called "ConsenSys 2.0," toward greater efficiency, accountability and focus on revenue, why it laid off about 150 people, and what areas it plans to …

How ConsenSys Got So Big But Accomplished So Little - Ep.049

December 7th, 2018


Despite having Joe Lubin's billions at its back, and despite having 1,200 employees to build apparently anything they wanted in the Ethereum ecosystem, ConsenSys has accomplished very little and has little revenue -- so …

Jackson Palmer of Why We're Not Decentralized Yet - Ep.048

November 30th, 2018


Jackson Palmer, the creator of Dogecoin and the website Are We Decentralized Yet, explains why he thinks the markets suddenly took a nosedive, why it's hard for him to get data on these crypto assets for the Are We …

Laura's TEDx Talk: How Crypto Could Allow More People to Be Their Own Boss - Ep.047

November 23rd, 2018


In lieu of a regular episode during this (U.S.) holiday, I'm releasing the audio from my TEDx San Francisco Talk.

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The Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork: Bitcoin ABC vs. Bitcoin SV - Ep.046

November 16th, 2018


Bitcoin Magazine technical editor Aaron Van Wirdum breaks down what is going on with the Bitcoin Cash contentious hard fork: who is fighting, over …

Emin Gun Sirer on the SEC/EtherDelta Settlement and Why Code Is Speech - Ep.045

November 9th, 2018


Emin Gun Sirer, Cornell professor, co-director at the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts (IC3) and the founder of Ava, talks about the settlement the SEC reached with the founder of EtherDelta, and what …

Charlie Lee, aka Satoshi Lite, on the 10-Year Anniversary of the Bitcoin White Paper - Ep.044

November 2nd, 2018


To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the publication of the Bitcoin white paper, Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, asks how Bitcoin can go …

Fidelity Digital Asset Services' Tom Jessop on Why It's Serving Institutional Clients First - Ep.043

October 26th, 2018


Fidelity Digital Asset Services president Tom Jessop explains why its new crypto offering for institutional clients is focused on custody and trade execution, why it's decided not to launch its own exchange, and what …

Why the Tether Situation Brought Up Memories of Mt. Gox - Ep.042

October 19th, 2018


Dan McArdle, cofounder of Messari and the creator of OnChainFX, discusses why tether lost its dollar peg, how the Gemini USD traded at above $1, and …

How We're Misusing the Word 'Decentralization' - Ep.041

October 12th, 2018


Soona Amhaz of Token Daily talks about how we've misused the word decentralization and stretched it to the point of meaninglessness. She discusses how certain companies misrepresent being decentralized and walks us …

How Abra Enables You to Buy $5 of an ETF-Like Token of the Top 10 Cryptos - Ep.040

October 5th, 2018


Bill Barhydt, founder and CEO of Abra, describes its new product, the BIT10, which it created in partnership with Bitwise Asset Management (full …

Rune Christensen of MakerDao on Its $15 Million From Andreessen Horowitz - Ep.039

September 28th, 2018


Rune Christensen, founder and CEO of MakerDao, explains what Andreessen Horowitz's $15 million investment in its Maker token means for the ecosystem and why they chose to work with a16z and its general partner Kathryn …

Why 'Ethereum Killers' Will Have a Hard Time Attracting Its Developers - Ep.038

September 21st, 2018


Linda Xie, cofounder at Scalar Capital, talks about what she saw at ETHBerlin, why it made her think Ethereum's first-mover advantage may be hard for other smart contract platforms to overcome and how the crypto …

Alex Sunnarborg of Tetras Capital on Why He's Bearish on Ether - Ep.037

September 14th, 2018


Alex Sunnarborg, founding partner of Tetras Capital, describes the three core buckets his fund is investing in, how they're investing during this bear market, and why the firm has decided to short ether. He also …

Shapeshift's About-Face: Why Now? - Ep.036

September 7th, 2018


Katherine Wu, director of business development and community at Messari, talks about the news that everyone on crypto Twitter was discussing this week: Shapeshift's decision to require customer accounts. The well-known …

Pamela Morgan on How to Pass Your Crypto Assets On to Your Heirs - Ep.035

August 31st, 2018


Pamela Morgan, a lawyer in the blockchain space and the author of Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning, explains how you can pass on your crypto assets …

Joe Lubin and Jimmy Song Work On the Terms of Their Bet on Dapps — and Trash Talk the Other’s Coin - Ep.034

August 24th, 2018


Joe Lubin, cofounder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys, and Jimmy Song, partner at Blockchain Capital and founder of Programming Blockchain, pick up the bet they started at the Consensus conference in May. The …

How Crypto Will Give You More Flexibility in Your Work - Ep.033

August 17th, 2018


Silicon Valley capitalist and longtime crypto investor Bill Tai discusses some interesting theories about how crypto is changing money and work. He starts by talking about the shift from oil- to electron-based …

Why the ICE/Bakkt News Makes Some Crypto Investors Nervous - Ep.032

August 10th, 2018


Caitlin Long, who’s working on a book about Wall Street and crypto assets and is the cofounder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, discusses the …

A Place Where People May Be Using Crypto For More Than Speculation - Ep.031

August 3rd, 2018


Tricia Martinez, director of the Dala Foundation and founder and CEO of Wala, describes how cryptocurrency Dala is being used in Africa and how it hit 100,000 new wallets and 2.5 million in transactions in two months, …

CoinList's Andy Bromberg on the One Big Regulatory Issue Facing Crypto - Ep.030

July 27th, 2018


CoinList founder and president Andy Bromberg talks about why the ICO services firm has worked with only five out of 2,500 token projects, how tokenomic models are changing to ensure the viability of the network and also …

Token Economy's Stefano Bernardi on How DAOs Could Create a Less Capitalist World - Ep.029

July 20th, 2018


In this wide-ranging conversation, the Token Economy newsletter coauthor Stefano Bernardi talks about fully digital security tokens -- security …

Special Episode with CNBC's Crypto Trader: Olaf Carlson-Wee on Why This Crypto Winter Is Different From Previous Ones - Ep.028

July 16th, 2018


In this special episode I hosted with CNBC Crypto Trader, Ran Neu Ner and I talk with Olaf Carlson-Wee, founder and CEO of crypto hedge fund …

Willy Woo on Why He Thinks We're Nine Years Away From Half the World Using Bitcoin - Ep.027

July 13th, 2018


Independent crypto analyst Willy Woo, who blogs at, talks about where he sees the price of Bitcoin going over the next six months. (Hint: …

Demian Brener, CEO of Zeppelin, on Which Smart Contract Platform Will Win - Ep.026

July 6th, 2018


Demian Brener, the cofounder and CEO of Zeppelin discusses a dilemma he's seeing investors be concerned about: whether blockchains should be …

Multicoin's Kyle Samani on Why He Believes Bitcoin Governance Doesn't Accommodate the Real World - Ep.025

June 29th, 2018


Kyle Samani, managing partner of Multicoin Capital, talks about what got him really excited at this week's Zcon0 conference for Zcash -- primarily, …

Behind the Tezos Scandal: Conflicts of Interest, Self-Dealing and Bullying - Ep.024

June 22nd, 2018


Gideon Lewis-Kraus, a contributing writer at Wired, came out with a cover story in the magazine earlier this week that investigated the actions of both sides in the Tezos boardroom battle. Lewis-Kraus walks us through …

Coinbase's Adam White on a Momentous Day in Crypto - Ep.023

June 15th, 2018


Adam White, vice president and general manager of Coinbase, explains why he believes the SEC's statement Thursday that ether, in its current form, is not a security, is a historic moment in crypto. Also, from his …

Joey Krug on How to Create a Regular Cryptocurrency - Ep.022

June 8th, 2018


Joey Krug, cofounder of Augur and chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, talks about the upcoming Augur launch, and why we haven't yet seen a …

Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation on the First Crypto War - Ep.021

June 1st, 2018


Think Bitcoin and crypto assets are just vehicles for speculation? They're already having both a positive impact and negative impact when it comes to …

Jill Carlson on How Crypto Is Replicating Wall Street -- And Not in a Good Way - Ep.020

May 25th, 2018


Blockchain consultant, Jill Carlson, who has worked with 0x, dydx, Algorand, Tezos, O1 Labs, and the IMF, discusses why Blockchain Week to her seemed …

Mike Novogratz on Why Incumbents Are Still Well Positioned to Participate in Crypto Finance - Ep.019

May 18th, 2018


Mike Novogratz, the founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital Capital Management, talks about the recently announced Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index, why it's limited to just 12 cryptos, how traditional financial players know …

Battling Corruption With Blockchain Technology: Tomicah Tillemann of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator - Ep.018

May 13th, 2018


Many government officials have noted the potential blockchain technology has to fight fraud, waste and abuse. Tomicah Tillemann, cofounder of the …

The UN World Food Programme's Blockchain-Based Food Vouchers for Syrian Refugees, With Robert Opp - Ep.017

May 12th, 2018


Robert Opp, director of innovation and change management at the United Nations World Food Programme, discusses the Ethereum-based food voucher program for Syrian refugees. He describes how the refugees are identified, …

From the Bellagio Blockchain Summit: Blockchain Ethics With Georgetown's Cara LaPointe - Ep.016

May 11th, 2018


Who sets up the rules of a blockchain? And how does that impact its users? Could there be unintended consequences? Might the design not account for …

From the Multicoin Summit: Ryan Selkis of Messari on How to Fund Sustainable Journalism - Ep.015

May 7th, 2018


Ryan Selkis of blockchain standards organization Messari explains why he jumped into a public debate between CoinDesk editor Pete Rizzo and Vitalik and Ethereum, in which Vitalik criticized CoinDesk for charging high …

Civic's Vinny Lingham on When Crypto Demand Will Catch Up With the Technology

May 4th, 2018


Vinny Lingham, the founder and CEO of blockchain-based identity service Civic, talks about how he hasn't seen token projects find good product-market …

Hu Liang of Omniex on What Institutional Players Are Planning to Do in Crypto

April 27th, 2018


Formerly head of emerging technology at State Street, Hu Liang is now launching Omniex, which offers tools for institutional investors in crypto. He …

Don Wilson of DRW Holdings on What's Been Driving 2018's Crypto Downturn

April 20th, 2018


At the CoinAlts Fund Symposium in New York City on Thursday, Don Wilson, CEO of DRW Holdings, discussed what hopeful signs he's seeing amid greater …

How Meltem Demirors Uncovers True Value in Crypto Investments

April 13th, 2018


Meltem Demirors of Athena Capital and recently of Digital Currency Group explains how the crypto world is creating artificial scarcity and how investors can uncover the true scarcity (or lack thereof). She describes why …

Chris Burniske of Placeholder on the Downsides of ICOs

April 6th, 2018


Chris Burniske, partner at Placeholder and author of Cryptoassets, discusses why he thinks initial coin offerings may not always be the best token …

Ari Paul of BlockTower Capital on the Crypto Downturn and Why It Could Change Direction

March 30th, 2018


Ari Paul, CIO of BlockTower Capital, discusses the slump in crypto prices, and how infrastructure rolling out over the rest of the year could have a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Brian Kelly on Token-Curated Registries, Robinhood Crypto Trading and the Petro

February 23rd, 2018


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 why such TCRs are probably a good idea, but what pitfalls …

Olaf Carlson-Wee on Whether $100 Million Worth of Frozen Ether Should Be Restored

February 16th, 2018


The founder and CEO of Polychain Capital discusses why an Ethereum core developer is stepping down, how blockchains should be governed and whether …


February 9th, 2018


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