Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency

Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency

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Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency
How Crypto and Blockchain Technology Could Change Financial Services - Ep.97
Dec 16 • 45 min
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, and Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder…
Coinbase’s Listing Process: Why It’s Adding Many More Coins and How It Decides - Ep.96
Dec 11 • 64 min
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 listed coins that had ICOs, even…
Ari Paul on Why Bitcoin Is a Good Value Buy Today - Ep.95
Dec 4 • 65 min
Ari Paul, CIO of BlockTower Capital, explains why he likes how short-term trades concentrate risk in investment, why, “no matter what,” he thinks Bitcoin is a good-value buy today, and how big university endowments investing in crypto now could…
How Donating Crypto Can Help You Save on Taxes - Ep.94
Nov 27 • 62 min
Connie Gallippi, the founder and executive director for BitGive, and Joe Waltman, the executive director of GiveCrypto.org, discuss charitable giving in crypto — what problems in philanthropy it solves, what level of transparency they can achieve and…
Monero’s Riccardo Spagni, aka Fluffypony, on How He Feels About Monero Being Used for Crime - Ep.93
Nov 20 • 61 min
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 even if BItcoin were to adopt privacy, and explains the ways in which its privacy is stronger and weaker…
CoinFund’s Jake Brukhman and Multicoin’s Tushar Jain on Generalized Mining - Ep.92
Nov 13 • 67 min
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 which investors participate in the networks in order to seed activity on them. For instance, an…
Down 94% Since Winter, What Has Happened to ICOs? - Ep.91
Nov 6 • 66 min
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 of CoinList, and Marco Santori,…
Reflections on the 10-Year Anniversary of the Bitcoin White Paper - Ep.90
Oct 30 • 73 min
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 for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, respectively, and who have written books about…
Numerai’s Richard Craib on How to Crowdsource Good Predictions - Ep.89
Oct 23 • 64 min
While many companies like to use buzzwords like crypto, blockchain, AI and encryption, Numerai actually combines all these technologies in a novel way. Founder Richard Craib discusses how his hedge fund started off crowdsourcing good financial models…
Listener Mail: Laura Answers Your Questions on the Markets, Velocity, Privacy and More! - Ep.88
Oct 16 • 69 min
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 this episode, I talk about…
Barry Silbert on What Wall Street Says Privately About Crypto Vs. What It Says Publicly - Ep.87
Oct 9 • 65 min
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 development of the space has changed…
How dYdX Allows You to Take a Short Position in One Token - Ep.86
Oct 2 • 66 min
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 starting with protocols shorting and margin lending and how these protocols work vs. how shorting and…
The Oslo Freedom Forum in New York: Why Decentralization Matters - Ep.85
Sep 28 • 56 min
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 decentralized software and developer…
How Binance Became the Most Popular Crypto Exchange in 5 Months - Ep.84
Sep 25 • 71 min
In this fast-paced and exhilarating conversation, Changpeng Zhao, aka “CZ,” tells the pivotal business decisions that led users to flock to the brand-new Binance in the summer and fall of 2017, catapulting it from obscurity to become the world’s most…
Singularity University Global Summit: How Do We Get Consumer Adoption? - Ep.83
Sep 21 • 91 min
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 of decentralization, Abra CEO Bill Barhydt on the evolution of Bitcoin, and Atlas Holdings Group CEO…
How You’ll Earn Interest on Your Crypto With Compound - Ep.82
Sep 18 • 57 min
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 crucial to crypto becoming mainstream. He also describes how the company is currently building an…
Tuur Demeester on Why He’s a Bitcoin Maximalist and Bearish on Ethereum - Ep.81
Sep 11 • 59 min
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 discuss why he doesn’t have much…
Nadav Hollander on How Dharma Could Create New Forms of Debt - Ep.80
Sep 4 • 57 min
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 why it would make sense to do it in a decentralized fashion rather than using one of the many fintech…
Joey Krug on How Augur Is Like Any Other Tool - Ep.79
Aug 28 • 51 min
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 new financial markets today and whether or not Augur markets could curb fake news. He explains why…
Dfinity’s Dominic Williams on How Its Blockchain Nervous System Is Not an AI - Ep.78
Aug 21 • 64 min
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 centralized services. He describes the consensus algorithm, threshold relay, and why he believes Dfinity will…
Harbor and TrustToken on Why They Don’t Mind Being Unsexy - Ep.77
Aug 14 • 58 min
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 are using to tackle the…
Live From Distributed: Amber Baldet, Matthew Roszak and Lily Liu on ‘Innovate or Reinvent?’ - Ep.76
Aug 8 • 28 min
In July in San Francisco, I moderated a panel at “Distributed 2018: Unlocking the Global Power of Decentralized Business.” The title of our discussion was “Innovate or Reinvent?” and the panelists were Amber Baldet, cofounder and CEO of Clovyr, Matt…
What Makes a CryptoKitty Worth $140,000? - Ep.75
Aug 7 • 63 min
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 problems it exposed in crypto…
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson on the Sh*tcoin Waterfall - Ep.74
Jul 31 • 65 min
In this hilarious skeptics’ episode, Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer of CoinShares, and Jill Carlson, an independent consultant, explain why they think crypto needs fewer moral arguments and more empirical evidence, and how there’s too much…
Kathleen Breitman and Ryan Jesperson of Tezos on Why They Wouldn’t Do Its Token Sale Differently - Ep.73
Jul 24 • 64 min
Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Dynamic Ledger Solutions, the company behind the Tezos protocol, and Ryan Jesperson, president of the foundation, discuss the Tezos initial coin offering, which was the largest ICO at the time of sale. Kathleen explains why…
How Widespread Is Money Laundering in Crypto? - Ep.72
Jul 17 • 60 min
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, discuss how common money…
Circle’s Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville on Why Crypto Will Be Bigger Than the Web - Ep.71
Jul 10 • 63 min
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 tokenized. They also talk about why…
Chris Dixon on How Trust Is the Best Lego Block - Ep.70
Jul 3 • 65 min
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 long-time crypto entrepreneur also…
Jimmy Song on Why Bitcoin Will Be the Winning Cryptocurrency - Ep.69
Jun 26 • 64 min
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 only valuable…
Live From the World Economic Forum Industry Strategy Meeting: Breaking the Blockchain Hype - Ep.68
Jun 20 • 60 min
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, Brian Behlendorf, executive…
Why ASICs May Be Better Than GPUs Even if They Tend Toward Mining Centralization - Ep.67
Jun 19 • 60 min
David Vorick, CEO of Nebulous, which operates Siacoin and a new subsidiary, Obelisk, describes what he’s discovered in his exploration of the mining industry, including why he’s decided that specialized chips like ASICs are preferable to generalized…
Live From Consensus: What the Media Really Thinks About Crypto - Ep.66
Jun 13 • 60 min
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. Also, the room was freezing. I was…
Placeholder’s Joel Monegro on the Fat Protocols Thesis Today - Ep.65
Jun 12 • 58 min
Joel Monegro, partner at crypto VC firm Placeholder Ventures, describes how well his seminal blog post, “Fat Protocols,” is holding up, why he and his partner Chris Burniske opted to found a crypto VC firm as opposed to a hedge fund, and what main…
From the Oslo Freedom Forum: Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State - Ep.64
Jun 6 • 84 min
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 decentralized technology platform…
Arthur Hayes of Bitmex on Why Countries Will Turn to Digital Cash - Ep.63
Jun 5 • 58 min
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 crypto prices go up or down. He also…
How Chainalysis Helps Solve Crimes: Jonathan Levin Tells All - Ep.62
May 29 • 60 min
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 blockchain to certain entities, and…
Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken, on Drawing a Line With Regulators - Ep.61
May 22 • 56 min
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 Kraken, which stopped serving…
Live From Ethereal: Eep! How Should Ethereum Be Governed? - Ep.60
May 20 • 60 min
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 about how the community should…
Aya Miyaguchi, of the Ethereum Foundation, on Who Makes the Final Call - Ep.59
May 15 • 57 min
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 her current role. She also…
Ripple’s XRP: Why Its Chances of Success Are Low - Ep.58
May 8 • 64 min
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 by market cap. We go over whether…
How Institutional Investors Can Do Due Diligence in the Crypto Space - Ep.57
May 6 • 33 min
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 Duszlak of Texas Children’s…
What Will Make Institutional Players Comfortable Entering Crypto? - Ep.56
May 5 • 56 min
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 director and global head of…
Multicoin on the 1 Thing Crypto Teams Miss in Their Quests for Success
May 1 • 60 min
Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain, cofounders of Multicoin Capital, dive deeply into their sometimes controversial and unpopular opinions on how the crypto revolution will play out. They describe why they don’t think the technology that a team develops…
Paul Walsh of MetaCert on How Not to Get Scammed Out of Your Crypto
Apr 24 • 64 min
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 off that his thesis was proved right — in a big way. In the summer of 2017, the founder and CEO of…
Trends in Crypto: Marco Santori, Michael Sonnenshein and Barbara Minuzzi on 2017 and What’s Next
Apr 22 • 60 min
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 managing partner of Ausum…
The Chamber of Digital Commerce’s Perianne Boring and Amy Kim on Why U.S. Crypto Regulation Is Complicated and Confusing
Apr 17 • 59 min
If U.S. crypto regulation seems incredibly convoluted, this is the episode for you. Perianne Boring, the founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, and its global policy director and general counsel Amy Kim, discuss why U.S. regulation…
Live From Inforum at the Commonwealth Club: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: The Basics, With Kathryn Haun
Apr 15 • 70 min
Through Inforum at the Commonwealth Club, I recently moderated a sold-out discussion on the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. My guest was Kathryn Haun, a former federal prosecutor who is now teaching a class on cryptocurrency at the…
Bitfury on the Ways It Collaborates With Governments and Why It’s Partnered With a Public Company
Apr 10 • 62 min
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, and how it chooses where to…
All Things Cryptoeconomics, Pt. 1, With Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of Polychain Capital
Apr 3 • 64 min
In an intermittent series on cryptoeconomics, Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of crypto hedge fund Polychain Capital describe what cryptoeconomics is, what goals it typically helps networks accomplish and what behaviors token systems might someday…
Zcash’s Zooko Wilcox on Why He Believes Privacy Coins Will Be Used More for Good Than Bad
Mar 27 • 60 min
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 censorship-resistance can be created on a…
Unconfirmed - Ep.008 - Arianna Simpson of Autonomous Partners on Privacy, Cryptokitties and Crypto Regulation
Mar 23 • 20 min
Arianna Simpson, managing partner of investment firm Autonomous Partners, discusses this week’s news that Cambridge Analytica had used data from Facebook to perhaps manipulate the 2016 election and whether that could create an opening for…
Mike Belshe on What BitGo’s Kingdom Trust Acquisition Means for Crypto and How Security Will Develop in the Future
Mar 20 • 65 min
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 has resolved this issue, whether that still leads to single points of failure, and what the company’s…
Live from SXSW: Michael Casey and Paul Vigna, Co-Authors of The Truth Machine, on Why the SEC Has Issued Subpoenas to ICOs
Mar 18 • 54 min
At the Founders Organization’s Initial Taco Offering, an unofficial SXSW event, the co-authors of the recently released Truth Machine, talked about a wide range of regulatory issues from what the SEC subpoenas mean to whether or not the SEC is…
Unconfirmed: Caitlin Long on How ‘Utility Tokens’ Are Now Legal In Wyoming
Mar 16 • 24 min
Wyoming now has five blockchain-specific laws. Caitlin Long, cofounder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, describes what these laws are, what they mean, and how our least populous state became a crypto leader. The former chairman and president of…
SXSW Episode: Amber Baldet, Blockchain Program Lead at JPMorgan, on the Potential Clash Between Blockchains and the Right to Be Forgotten
Mar 15 • 22 min
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 Paris. She talks about privacy in…
Unconfirmed: SXSW Episode: Former DOJ Prosecutor Kathryn Haun on What the SEC Subpoenas and FinCen Letter Likely Mean
Mar 14 • 20 min
As a former government official, current board member of Coinbase and professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Kathryn Haun has a unique and varied view of the crypto space. She doesn’t necessarily see the SEC subpoenas as a…
The Skeptics’ Episode: Preston Byrne and Angela Walch on What the Industry and Regulators Get Wrong in Crypto
Mar 13 • 64 min
Preston Byrne, an independent consultant and English lawyer, and Angela Walch, an associate professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law who focuses on blockchain technology, both explain their criticisms of the crypto space, give grades to…
Unconfirmed: Spencer Bogart on Bitcoin’s Maturation and the SEC Overhang on Crypto
Mar 9 • 22 min
Spencer Bogart, partner at Blockchain Capital, discusses why he think Bitcoin’s growing pains are a sign of success, how the SEC regulatory gloom could affect the development of crypto and how a liquidity crunch could affect crypto hedge funds. We…
Will Warren of 0x on Why Decentralized Exchanges Are the Future
Mar 6 • 61 min
Will Warren, cofounder of decentralized exchange protocol 0x, was working on building tokenized derivatives for Ethereum when he and his cofounder realized there would be no place to trade them. They ended up pivoting to create a decentralized…
Unconfirmed - Ep.003 - The Gender Imbalance in Crypto: Jalak Jobanputra on Why It’s a Problem and Her Effort to Fix It
Mar 2 • 23 min
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 saw from women in the space who…
Why It’s so Hard to Keep Stablecoins Stable
Feb 27 • 63 min
Rune Christensen of MakerDAO and Philip Rosedale, founder of Second Life and High Fidelity, discuss why stablecoins are called crypto’s holy grail, why they may be what’s necessary for mainstream adoption, and all the ways a stablecoin can be…
Introducing Unconfirmed - Brian Kelly on Token-Curated Registries, Robinhood Crypto Trading and the Petro - Ep.002
Feb 23 • 23 min
Subscribe to my new show, Unconfirmed! Here’s a sample: 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…
MyCrypto’s Taylor Monahan on Why She’s Not a Fan of ICOs
Feb 20 • 60 min
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 company like Coinbase, why the keys you get from the site even enable to work offline — and how the…
Unconfirmed’s First Episode: Olaf Carlson-Wee of Polychain Capital on Governance
Feb 18 • 22 min
Check out the first episode of Unconfirmed, in which Olaf Carlson-Wee, CEO and founder of Polychain Capital, discusses why an issue facing the Ethereum community right now has him thinking about on-chain governance. If you enjoy the episode, subscribe…
Go Check Out My New Podcast, Unconfirmed!
Feb 16 • 0 min
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 fund Polychain Capital. We discuss the week’s news and what is on Olaf’s mind these days. It’s available…
Shapeshift’s Erik Voorhees on How Crypto Will Separate Money and State
Feb 13 • 52 min
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 crypto will take away power…
Xapo’s Wences Casares on How Bitcoin Makes a Fairer World
Feb 6 • 53 min
Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us find more sponsors: https://survey.libsyn.com/unchained Growing up in Argentina, Wences Casares saw his family lose all their money three times due to actions by the government….
The Tax Rules That Have Crypto Users Aghast
Jan 23 • 60 min
Tax attorney Tyson Cross and CPA Jason Tyra discuss all things crypto and taxes, including what types of crypto transactions are taxable events, how you’ll be taxed on hard forks — relevant for those who owned Bitcoin last August 1! — and whether you can…
Vitalik Buterin, Creator Of Ethereum, On The Big Guy Vs. The Little Guy
Jan 9 • 82 min
Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: https://survey.libsyn.com/unchained The 23-year-old whiz dives into who blockchains will someday help, how we transition from Ethereum for digital cats to…
Crypto 101: Everything You Need To Know About Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchains, ICOs, And More
Dec 26, 2017 • 58 min
In this special bonus episode, Laura cover all your basic questions about crypto. What is Bitcoin? What is Ethereum? What is a blockchain? Share this episode with friends, family and anyone who is new to the crypto space and wants to understand what it’s…
How Crypto And Blockchain Technology Should Be Regulated
Dec 12, 2017 • 62 min
Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: https://survey.libsyn.com/unchained Marco Santori, who leads the blockchain technology team at Cooley, and Joshua Ashley Klayman, who leads the blockchain…
Naval Ravikant On How Crypto Is Squeezing VCs, Hindering Regulators And Bringing Users Choice
Nov 28, 2017 • 72 min
Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: https://survey.libsyn.com/unchained The executive chairman of AngelList and partner at crypto hedge fund MetaStable explains how blockchains are changing the…
What Bitcoin’s History Says About Its Future
Nov 14, 2017 • 55 min
Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: https://survey.libsyn.com/unchained Days after the SegWit2x fork was called off, Nathaniel Popper, New York Times tech reporter and author of the book…
What Will Happen At The Time Of The Bitcoin Hard Fork?
Oct 31, 2017 • 66 min
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 Corallo — debate how the community got here and what the definition of Bitcoin is — whether the…
How To Value A Crypto Asset
Oct 17, 2017 • 61 min
Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: https://survey.libsyn.com/unchained Chris Burniske of Placeholder Ventures has recently come out with a new book, “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investors’…
How To Explain Cryptocurrencies And Blockchains To The Average Person
Oct 3, 2017 • 60 min
Tired of having your friends and family say cryptocurrencies are a Ponzi scheme, nothing backs them, they’re in a bubble and only criminals use them? In this episode, Amanda Gutterman, chief marketing officer of ConsenSys, and Jamie Smith, global chief…
From Blockchains To Mooncakes: Two Chinese Crypto Founders On The ICO And Bitcoin Exchanges Ban
Sep 19, 2017 • 59 min
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 was to the ICO and bitcoin…
Blockstack On Getting Independence From Google, Facebook And Amazon
Sep 5, 2017 • 56 min
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 universal usernames but no company should control that, and why Blockstack’s storage system still allows…
The High-Speed World Of ICOs: Smith and Crown Discuss Cryptoeconomics And The Future Of Tokens
Aug 22, 2017 • 59 min
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 provide advisory services for…
How Bitcoin Solved This Serial Entrepreneur’s Problems
Aug 8, 2017 • 54 min
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 even if they did get paid, their…
Why November Will Be The Real Test For Bitcoin
Jul 25, 2017 • 70 min
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 discuss what happens to the power of…
Listener Qs: Laura On Ponzi Schemes, Bubbles, Greed And More
Jul 11, 2017 • 58 min
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 what tokens I think have the strongest…
Why Digital Currency Group’s Meltem Demirors Is Concerned About The ICO Craze
Jun 13, 2017 • 64 min
The DCG director of development talks about why she thinks identity will be the first tangible application of blockchain technology that consumers experience, why DCG supports Ethereum Classic as an investment vehicle and yet still supports Ethereum as a…
‘Bitcoin Oracle’ Vinny Lingham On Why Bitcoin Is Overpriced
May 30, 2017 • 61 min
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 the bitcoin and cryptocurrency crowd…
ICOs: Why People Are Investing In This $380 Million Phenomenon
May 16, 2017 • 58 min
Developers of new cryptocurrencies are raising gobs of money with little more than a white paper. Though real advances are likely to emerge from the trend, the bubble could get worse before it gets better. William Mougayar, organizer of the upcoming Token…
IBM’s Jerry Cuomo On Everything From Blockchain Security To Hyperledger To The Internet Of Things
May 2, 2017 • 54 min
Jerry Cuomo has been at IBM his whole career and says that the emergence of blockchain technology is the second time in his career he has seen a breakthrough that will affect the lives of everyday people. IBM’s VP of blockchain technologies talks about…
This VC Is Sure Venture Capital Is About To Be Disrupted
Apr 18, 2017 • 58 min
Blockchain Capital’s recent BCAP token offering is a harbinger of things to come in venture capital and private equity, says the firm’s managing director Brock Pierce. And Stan Misohnik, the CEO and cofounder of a new investment bank focused on…
Why Bitcoin May Split In Two And How To Prevent It
Apr 4, 2017 • 58 min
The bitcoin community is mired in a civil war. In this episode of the Unchained podcast, supporters of opposing sides — former Bitcoin Core developer Jeff Garzik and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee — explain why nuclear options are on the table. The…
Bobby Lee, CEO Of BTCC, On Why The Chinese Probably Aren’t Using Bitcoin To Evade Capital Controls
Mar 21, 2017 • 53 min
Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCC, one of the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, talks about whether Chinese people are using bitcoin to evade capital controls, how bitcoin trading in China has changed since a government crackdown in early January,…
Why The First Employee Of Coinbase Launched A Hedge Fund
Mar 7, 2017 • 56 min
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 storied venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. In this episode, Carlson-Wee…
Why Nasdaq Is Even More Optimistic About Blockchain Than It Was 3 Years Ago
Feb 21, 2017 • 48 min
Fredrik Voss, Nasdaq’s head of blockchain initiatives, discusses what the company has accomplished with the technology and how his firm evaluates whether potential projects could benefit from a blockchain solution. He also reveals what is likely to really…
With Deadline Looming, Will The SEC Approve A Bitcoin ETF?
Feb 7, 2017 • 55 min
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 well as proposals for bitcoin ETFs by…
Is The IRS Justified In Demanding Information On Millions Of Bitcoin Users?
Jan 24, 2017 • 50 min
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 cryptocurrency discuss whether the IRS is…
What Is One Of The World’s Largest Derivatives Exchanges Doing With Bitcoin?
Jan 10, 2017 • 44 min
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 its first cryptocurrency products,…
Federal Prosecutor Kathryn Haun On How Criminals Use Bitcoin — And How She Catches Them
Nov 1, 2016 • 44 min
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 darknet Silk Road marketplace. She talks about how the blockchain technology underlying Bitcoin made it…
How Coin Center Is Helping Define The ‘Big Fuzzy Gray Area’ Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Law
Oct 18, 2016 • 48 min
As blockchains and cryptocurrencies evolve, there are times when the technology outpaces the law. That’s when Coin Center steps in. The non-profit, which represents the technology, not the industry, and aims for regulators to keep a mostly hands-off…
What Does Cornell’s Emin Gun Sirer See As The Main Security Threats In Cryptocurrency? ‘Everything’
Oct 4, 2016 • 56 min
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 these networks, and how the last…
Why A Wall Street Journal Currency Reporter Didn’t Understand Money Until He Learned About Bitcoin
Sep 20, 2016 • 55 min
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 learned about Bitcoin that he really…
Why Tyler And Cameron Winklevoss Fell In Love With Bitcoin
Sep 6, 2016 • 52 min
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, CEO and President, respectively, of cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, talk about the importance of regulation in a sector once associated in popular culture with illicit activity. The twin brothers, who were the first to file…
Blockchain 101 With Andreas Antonopoulos: How Bitcoin Makes Each Of Us As Powerful As A Bank
Aug 23, 2016 • 51 min
“Shifting from a perspective of ‘only humans control money’ to ‘machines and software control money’ is really radical and it changes a lot of things,” says the popular blockchain and Bitcoin author and speaker Andreas Antonopoulos. Antonopoulos discusses…