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November 18, 2022 37 min

This episode is sponsored by Roofstock onChain

This is a story of how something can appear to be what it is not. 

It’s a tale of a jarring contrast between the image the world had of Sam Bankman-Fried before FTX’s meltdown pushed the crypto world into a nauseating tailspin and the reality of a wildly mismanaged multibillion-dollar empire with what Bankman-Fried’s appointed successor described as an “unprecedented” failure of accounti...

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Even before the pandemic, social scientists knew that the infinite social-media scroll and offline social isolation left humans more depressed. At the same time, faith in traditional party politics continues to wane.

Kevin Owocki, founder of Gitcoin; Nathan Schneider, an assistant professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, Ellie Rennie, a professor, and researcher at RMIT University in Australia; and Tanisi Po...

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Yuta Takanashi, director for International Digital Strategy and Policy at the Financial Services Agency in Japan, Kristin Smith, executive director at the Blockchain Association, and Rebecca Rettig, general counsel at the Aave Cos., join CoinDesk’s U.S regulatory reporter Cheyenne Ligon to discuss the government role in the regulation of DeFi.

They discuss what exactly DeFi is and why it is important for the government to learn abou...

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According to Merriam-Webster, “pseudonymity” is the fact or state of being signed with a pseudonym, and a pseudonym is a fictitious name.

Tasheme Thomas, also known to some as Default Friend, is an internet historian who talks about the difference between pseudonymity and anonymity 

She breaks down the history of pseudonymity throughout different time periods, from the start of authors writing books under fake names, to its evolving ...

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Sheila Warren, CEO of the Crypto Council of Innovation and co-host of CoinDesk’s “Money Reimagined” podcast discusses her theory of the philanthropic industrial complex. She digs into whether the system of philanthropy as we know it is broken.

She gives information about her background in various positions, including blockchain team founder at the World Economic Forum, which helped her notice the ways in which the traditional philan...

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November 4, 2022 29 min

Sean Farrell, the head of digital asset strategy at Fundstrat; Nicola White, the CEO of B2C2 USA; and Akshi Federici- Kraken, a ventures partner, join Lyllah Ledesma, CoinDesk markets reporter, to discuss who is investing in bitcoin during the dip, from different angles of the industry.

They speak about what they are watching to prepare for the slow crypto season, including consolidation, new non-fungible token projects and traditio...

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November 3, 2022 29 min

On this final episode, the hosts discuss standout moments in crypto history over the course of the show’s run.

Every week, “Opinionated” hosts Ben SchillerDanny Nelson and Anna Baydakova have taken an in-depth look at the biggest topics in the crypto industry, discussing topics from policy to tech and sharing the latest casual controversy alongside special guests. 

As the series comes to a close, the hosts recount how crypto has pl...

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George Howard, Distinguished Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music, takes the stage to discuss the history of “Pancho and Lefty,” a song by Townes Van Zandt  made famous by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.

He breaks down what the Song That Owns Itself (STOI) project is and how it is working to help artists get all of the money they are owed.

The panel discussion took place on June 10, the second day of Co...

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October 28, 2022 30 min

Chris Gabriel, host of MemeAnaylasis on YouTube, sits CoinDesk’s Chief Insights Columnist   David Z Morris to discuss the meme economy. They get into a conversation about what the meme economy is and how people are more connected to the space than they know.

See also:

The Meme Economy

The panel discussion took place on June 10, the second day of CoinDesk’s Consensus 2022 festival in Austin, Texas. 

The executive producer for CoinDesk R...

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This episode is sponsored by Near.

The Bermuda government has taken an interesting approach to encourage the development of crypto, blockchain, and digital assets within the territory.

The insurance sector is one area where Bermuda seems well-positioned to dominate crypto finance and its territory is one of the largest insurance and reinsurance hubs in the world.

Does its model set the stage for other countries in the quest for viable...

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“Community tokens are a form of social tokens that are created as a means of incentivizing community and governance,” says Whale Shark.

The speakers discuss what community tokens are. They get into the history of the tokens and how social/community tokens are used throughout different industries. They also talk about the difference between community tokens and loyal rewards programs.

The panel discussion took place on June 10, the se...

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This episode is sponsored by Near.

Now in the bear market, we are approaching the potential for a secure, privacy-preserving Web3. 

Why is it so important or even possible to have a truly portable identity now more than ever?

On this episode of “Money Reimagined” hosts Michael Casey and Sheila Warren speak with Greg Kidd, a serial entrepreneur, investor, and the founder of the Hard Yaka investment group. As an early investor in compa...

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Bradley Miles, CEO of Roll, a platform that uses blockchain to bring social tokens to life, and Rob Collier, CEO of Rally, a platform that allows creators and artists to launch their own digital currencies, sit down with Jess Sloss, instigator of Seed Club, a leading network for DAO builders and operators, to discuss social tokens.

They break down what social tokens are, their importance and how people are using this form of currenc...

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Insights into the realities of hiring during a bear market.

The 2022 bear market has left many of the industry’s workers in the cold of crypto winter as rounds of layoffs are continually announced. Today’s episode explores a recruiter’s perspective of hiring in a bear market.

Dani Schlarmann, senior recruiter at Ava Labs, joins “Opinionated” hosts Ben Schiller, Danny Nelson and Anna Baydakova to discuss trends in the recruiting space...

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Kevin Zhou, co-founder of hedge fund Galois Capital, sits down with CoinDesk reporter Sam Kessler to discuss all things Terra. They discuss why the stablecoins and its sister coin collapsed and what Zhou noticed and warned people of before the implosion. 

The panel discussion took place on June 10, the second day of CoinDesk’s Consensus 2022 festival in Austin, Texas. 

The executive producer for CoinDesk Reports is Jared Schwartz. Ni...

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Jenn Kalidoss, go-to-market and growth lead at SyndicateDAO, a decentralized investing protocol and social network, Alexander Ye, “hokage” at Republic Crypto, a private investing platform, and Jocelyn Cheng, CEO of Luno Expeditions, a global early-stage investor, sit down with CoinDesk senior reporter Tracy Wang, sat down to discuss venture capital in crypto.

They talk about how VC investing in Web3 differs from  investing in Web2 a...

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Todd Kaplan, chief marketing officer of PepsiCo, and Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer at Mastercard, sit down with Keith Grossman, president of Time to discuss how brands are re-imagining their views on Web3 growth.

They discuss each company's different approach to bringing Web3 experiences to their users in ways that include live non-fungible token (NFT) minting at the Billboard Music Awards.

The panel occurred on Friday...

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This episode is sponsored by Circle and Near.

Over the past year, Michael and Sheila have talked quite a bit on this show about the quickly evolving crypto policy environment. A big theme in all of that has been the intersection – and quite often the clash – between the industry’s breakneck pace of innovation and regulation. As the industry grows, governments around the world are looking to get up to speed, and increasingly their ac...

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Austin Hill, a principal at angel investor firm Intentional Ventures, and Salim Ismail, chairman and co-founder of OpenExO, a management consulting ecosystem and marketplace developer, sit down with Liv Boeree, a poker champion, effective altruist and filmmaker to discuss crypto cities.

They discuss how these cities are benefiting people everywhere and why they believe we can no longer live in a centralized economy.

The panel occurre...

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October 13, 2022 27 min

Preston Van Loon, co-founder of Prysmatic Labs, technical infrastructure builder for the Ethereum blockchain; Joseph Lubin, founder and CEO of ConsenSys, a blockchain software technology company; and Dani Osorio, a partner with MetaWeb Ventures, a crypto-native investment research team, sit down with Christine Kim, an associate of Research at Galaxy Digital, a digital asset and blockchain leader, to discuss the Ethereum Merge.

They ...

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