Unchained

Unchained

Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

Episodes

May 7, 2021 32 min

Reshma Patel, a Democratic candidate for New York City’s Comptroller position, talks about her “future proof” plan for the city, which centers on investing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. In this episode, she discusses:

  • what duties the New York City Controller performs
  • how Reshma thinks crypto and blockchain tech can help New York City, which she calls her “future proof” plan
  • how a city comptroller would go about inves...
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    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 leading women in crypto to discuss the role of gender in the crypto industry and what can be done to bring more women into the space. Panelists include Mia Deng, partner at Dragonfly Capital; Amy Zhang, vice president of sales at Fireblocks; Alexis Gauba, cofounder at Opyn; and Annabelle ...

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    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 seven months. In this episode, he discusses:

  • which crypto use case drove MetaMask’s active user base to grow 5x in under a year
  • what types of scaling solutions are drawing users to MetaMask
  • how MetaMask works
  • what kind of customers are using MetaMask?
  • how MetaMask has grown without targeted ...
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    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 following questions:

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    First Half: Breaking Down NFTs

  • Why did he become so interested in NFTs ??
  • What is an NFT? Why have NFTs become so popular recently??
  • Who is creating NFTs? Who is purchasing NFTs??
  • Are we in an NFT bubble??
  • How is the NFT ecosystem going to evolve over the next few years??
  • Wh...
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    Robbie Ferguson, co-founder and president of Immutable, talks about how Immutable is transforming the NFT industry through its layer 2 solution, Immutable X, which just launched April 8. In this episode, he discusses: 

  • what sort of problems Immutable is solving by creating a layer 2 solution (1:21)
  • why scalability is especially an issue for NFTs in gaming (1:59)
  • how Immutable X, built with partner Starkware, addresses the problems wi...
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    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 highlights:

  • why I believe the Unchained podcast has been successful and how my penchant for asking tough questions came about (1:48)
  • how my background in journalism prepared me for hosting a podcast (6:35)
  • how I choose g...
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    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 discusses:

  • the significance of Coinbase going public (1:05)
  • why doing a direct listing was a risky move (1:31)
  • why he revised his price target for COIN from $440 to $650 (3:17)
  • how investing in COIN as a “pure play” crypto company compares to buying stock in companies like MicroStrategy and Sq...
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    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 Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, discuss Bitcoin charts, trading, and how Bitcoin is evolving as an asset. They cover:

  • why Peter believes that, with Bitcoin, we are watching history in the making and what a “pa...
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    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 about:

  • significant takeaways from Coinbase’s Q1 results (1:04)
  • how Coinbase was able to increase its non-transaction revenue in Q1 and why he thinks the exchange gets away with charging higher fees than its competitors ...
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    Mark Cuban -- billionaire investor, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Shark Tank “shark” -- shares his thoughts on the Ethereum vs. BTC debate, issues with DeFi, and how NFTs could change content distribution. Tune in to hear Mark talk about...

  • why ETH is a better store of value than BTC (1:08)
  • why bitcoin as an inflation hedge is a bananas narrative 6:29)
  • his opinion on EIP-1159 and the idea of proof of stake mining (9:06)
  • why minti...
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    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 crypto in general. In this show, he breaks down:

  • the six main areas the draft guidance covers, including the expansion of KYC regulatory standards into DeFi (1:07)
  • how a dex like Uniswap would operate under the proposed draft guidance, and which types of companies or services providers would...
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    Olta Andoni, fintech and IP Attorney at Zlatkin Wong and adjunct professor at Chicago Kent College of Law, Tonya Evans, visiting Full Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law School and host of the podcast Tech Intersect, and Stuart Levi, co-head of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice at Skadden Arps and coordinator of the firm's Blockchain and Digital Asset practice, break down the legal issues surrounding NF...

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    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 become the crypto capital of the world (1:40)
  • why he feels so strongly about bringing crypto to Miami (3:09)
  • the relationship between cryptocurrencies and government (4:08)
  • why he believes that, in the future, governments will transaction in crypto, not fiat currency (5:26)
  • his feelings about ...
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    Ric Edelman, founder of Edelman Financial Engines, and Matthew Kolesky, president at Arbor Capital, discuss the state of Bitcoin adoption amongst financial advisors, who control $5 trillion in investor wealth. In this episode, they talk about:

  • their background and why they got into crypto (1:25)
  • how most RIAs (registered investment advisors) view digital assets and the hassle of buying crypto on a client’s behalf (8:59)
  • what percenta...
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    MetaKovan, the pseudonymous buyer of Beeple’s Everydays NFT and founder of MetaPurse, talks about his recent $69 million purchase. In this episode, he discusses:

  • why he bought Everydays: The First 5000 Days for $69 million (1:57)
  • Beeple’s 13-year “proof of effort” process of creating art and why Beeple has the potential to become a generational artist (4:38)
  • why he believes NFTs are “10x” better than physical art (9:40)
  • his vision of ...
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    Jamie Burke, CEO of Outlier Ventures, and Mason Nystrom, a research analyst at Messari, discuss the NFT craze that has enveloped the crypto world over the past few weeks. In this episode, they talk about:

  • their backgrounds, and how they became involved in crypto (1:19)
  • the major catalysts -- specifically Beeple and NBA Top Shot -- that have brought NFTs into the mainstream (5:29)
  • why NFTs are a “megatrend” and not just another ICO-li...
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    Brendan McGill, co-founder of Offsetra and Carbon.fyi, a company focused on reducing carbon emissions, talks about the environmental impact of NFTs. In this episode, Brendan discusses:

  • his career as an environmentalist and how his sites intersect with crypto (1:07)
  • why online art platform ArtStation canceled its plans to create an NFT program (3:21)
  • what the environmental impact of NFTs actually is and why minting and transacting wit...
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    Antonio Juliano, founder of the decentralized exchange dYdX, and Eli Ben-Sasson, cofounder of StarkWare, discuss the recent launch of dYdX on Ethereum layer 2 using StarkWare’s scaling technology. In this episode, they cover:

  • what cross-margin perpetual trading is and why dYdX chose StarkWare to be its scaling partner (1:13)
  • ZK rollups and how they contrast with optimistic rollups (8:49)
  • how many transactions per second StarkWare can...
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    Gil Luria, director of research at D.A. Davidson, talks about the upcoming Coinbase direct listing and his recent research note, “Introducing Crypto’s Amazon Moment.” In this episode, Gil discusses:

  • his crypto background, including his experience as the first Wall Street analyst to cover Bitcoin back in 2013 (1:27)
  • why the Coinbase IPO is going to be an inflection point for the crypto industry (3:02)
  • why he gave Coinbase's upcomi...
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    Caitlin Long, founder and CEO of Avanti Financial Group, talks about the issues plaguing the current state of technology in traditional finance and how her background as a 22-year Wall Street veteran, gubernatorial appointee to the Wyoming Blockchain Task Force, and crypto pioneer is helping her shape Avanti into a bridge between conventional banking and crypto. Tune in to hear Caitlin discuss:

  • the current state of crypto adoption ...
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