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Speaking of Crypto podcast is about inspiring people in Bitcoin, crypto + blockchain. This leading edge crypto podcast is hosted by Shannon Grinnell.

Join Shannon Grinnell in this inspiring crypto podcast with crypto + blockchain experts like Anthony Di Iorio, Co-founder of Ethereum, Alex Mashinsky, Pioneer of VoIP and CEO of Celsius Network, Sandra Ro, CEO of the Global Blockchain Business Council.

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Rachel Siegel, Founder at Crypto Finally talks about Bitcoin + crypto adoption, a new age of feminism and what it means to be a woman in the crypto space. This is Episode 83 for the Speaking of Crypto podcast - the fifth ep in our Women in Crypto Wednesday Series.   Rachel’s been met with strong emotional responses on Crypto Twitter to a recent tweet of hers about the fact that she posts bikini selfies and she’s also a crypto conference speaker. The response from a lot of the community was outrage.   We talk about why. We dig deep into what it means to be not just a woman in crypto, but also a woman in today’s landscape, a female influencer, an entrepreneur in crypto with the goal of growing the space and attracting and welcoming a greater, more diverse group of people into the Bitcoin and crypto ecosystem.   We have a great conversation and I’m so happy that I was able to chat with Rachel for the podcast. Although we have a sometimes heated discussion around this topic, I think we just scratched the surface. There’s a lot more to talk about… in fact I’d love to have a Women in Crypto Roundtable for the purpose of having different women in the space voice their ideas on some of these controversial topics and more. But for now, here’s Rachel Siegel, aka Crypto Finally.   We get into: Working in media production Life as a digital nomad creating animated explainer videos her tweet about posting bikini photos + being a keynote speaker lack of representation of women in crypto how her body is not an inherent sexual object why people are triggered how we portray ourselves should not affect the work we do whether she is being opportunistic what selfie photos don’t say what a husband’s got to do with it or not female sex workers in crypto the ‘Hey, what’s that?’ phase learning how to deal with being recognized and watched influencer status and opportunities that come with it Being a woman in crypto First wave feminism vs the new feminism Lizzo Check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And… if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show.     Crypto Finally Links: Twitter YouTube Instagram
Namrata Ganatra, CTO at Lambda School, formerly Senior Director of Engineering at Coinbase, Head of Engineering for Payments at Facebook, and Senior Engineering Manager at PayPal has had in incredible career trajectory. Namrata has worked her way up in the engineering departments of some of the most prominent tech companies in Silicon Valley. But rather than simply gloss over the fact she’s done all this as a woman, she’s now CTO at a paradigm shifting startup… one of the reasons why I launched this Women in Crypto podcast series is to can get into a discussion on what it all means. The landscape is changing, and Namrata is someone who is breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations of young women in tech. We talk about one of the double standards that she was met with in her early days in a leadership role. We talk about some of the successes she’s had. And we discuss what some of her biggest learnings have been. We get into: How Bill Gates first inspired her Taking risks + landing your dream job Pursuing a Professional Master’s Degree at Stanford Delegating and managing dependencies Scaling at a fast pace Implementing an engineering bootcamp at Coinbase Belief in David Marcus’s ability to deliver Libra vs Bitcoin Libra connecting the unbanked to a global financial ecosystem How Lambda School only gets paid when their students do Students don’t pay for school until they’re hired Misaligned incentives from other institutions Designing curriculum based on industry needs Lack of diversity in tech Lack of women in leadership in crypto The double standard when women vs men lead teams Three Ps for joining any startup “In my early days of leading teams, I really used to get this feedback that I'm aggressive and I'm hard charging and hold people accountable. But my male colleague would get positive feedback that they're assertive for similar behavior.” “People undermined me in the past, during my early days, because I didn't look like a typical stereotype of a tech leader in a in a male dominated industry. So it always felt like the bar was higher for me than my colleagues, and I had to work harder than many people to constantly prove that I belong here.” We had a great conversation and I’m so happy that I was able to chat with Namrata Ganatra today for this Women in Crypto Wednesday series. Some of my biggest takeaways are around making sure our voices are heard, moving forward despite biases or unwarranted criticism, and considering the three Ps, product, people, potential when approaching new opportunities.  Check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And… if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show.      Lambda School Namrata Ganatra Point of clarification: We discussed the Income Share Agreement on the podcast. Please note that it is as we discussed: Pay $0 tuition until student gets a job at $50k/year or more Once payments start they are at 17% of income, paid monthly The total amount is capped at $30k More options and details here: https://lambdaschool.com/isa
Samantha Radocchia, Author of Bitcoin Pizza and a Forbes 30 Under 30 Enterprise Tech inductee talks about writing her book on Bitcoin and blockchain tech, virtual living, and a new work model. Samantha is a tech entrepreneur who launched into the startup world with her first company when she was 20 years old. With a background in technology and anthropology, Samatha has been able to dive deep into the bowels of blockchain technology, while maintaining a big picture perspective enabling her to both see what innovations are leading change and also where they will have the biggest impact on society. We have a great conversation about her recent book, “Bitcoin Pizza: The No Bullshit Guide to Blockchain” which is now a number one best seller. We also chat about: How we consume information and learn using new technologies Virtual worlds in gaming Digital marketplaces in virtual worlds Transferring value from online worlds like Fortnight to other ecosystems VR workouts, like virtually paddleboarding in Bali with a friend New types of governance, nation states, and corporate structures Brazil’s perspective on Facebook’s Libra Redefining work, through distributed systems, new compensation avenues, and increased areas of opportunity Employee benefits and pension plans for decentralized freelancers Competitive skydiving Redefining what it means to be a woman How women can truly support each other When to stop writing, editing, reworking and call the book – done We had a great conversation and I’m so happy that I was able to chat with Sam Rad today for this Women in Crypto Wednesday series. Some of my biggest takeaways are around redefining work, adding more social and physical aspect to life online, and the importance of redefining what it means to be female in a previously male dominated society.  Check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And… if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show.      Book: Bitcoin Pizza: The No-Bullshit Guide to Blockchain http://geni.us/bitcoinpizza Samantha Radocchia on Twitter https://twitter.com/SamRadOfficial Samantha Radocchia on LInkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantharadocchia/
Emma Todd, Executive Board Member & Co-Chair of Blockchain for Impact and CEO at MMH Blockchain Group talks about Crypto Tribalism and Digital Community.   Emma is an expert blockchain marketer with extensive marketing experience in the banking sector. She shares what advice she gives to blockchain companies. She also talks about how important it is for entrepreneurs to know what problem their solving, who their targeting and how to explain their idea clearly before they pour money into their project.   Emma and I have a great conversation about some important crypto projects and events, and what community looks like online, in real life, and on Crypto Twitter.     I’m very excited to be publishing this conversation with Emma for our second installment of our new Women In Crypto Wednesday podcast series.   We also chat about Hearing about Bitcoin + diving in immediately What happens when we say yes Bitcoin for remittances Marketing for crypto startups When your idea is not going to go anywhere Knowing your audience You’re company isn’t Uber and you’re not Steve Jobs Progressive ideas being implemented in Asia Crypto tribalism and Bitcoin maximalism Co-chairing Blockchain for Impact at the United Nations Alberta Blockchain week Blockchain in Bermuda Bunz, bartering and Btz Bitcoin and crypto mining Women supporting women in tech   When I asked her about marketing to crypto companies she explained how straightforward she is. Really it’s about the idea. If an entrepreneur can’t explain their idea. If people can’t understand who would benefit and who the target is, than they’ve got a problem.   “Everyone likes to think that they're the next Steve Jobs. And he's the only person I know that told me that I needed to end I had before I knew I needed it.”   We had a great conversation and I’m so happy that I was able to chat with Emma Todd today for this Women in Crypto Wednesday series. Some of my biggest takeaways are around being able to explain an idea clearly and knowing who it’s for and QR codes used in new ways.     Check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And… if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show.      Emma Todd on Twitter https://twitter.com/blockchainEmmaT   MMH Blockchain Group https://www.mmhgroup.io/worldwide-conferences.html   Blockchain Commission for Social Change/Pvblic https://www.pvblic.org
Jenny Shaver, COO at SALT Lending talks about her tech background in finance at American Express, what the culture is like working in New York City, and how entering the startup world in the crypto space at the bottom of a bear market, is like participating in an extreme sport. She shares valuable advice that she received from a mentor that she carries with her to date and explains what’s important to her now that she’s in a leadership role. Jenny and I have a fantastic conversation about the work she’s doing now, what she sees for the future, and how she views her role as a woman in crypto for our first Women In Crypto Wednesday podcast series. We also chat about The growing city of Denver and work life balance there Crypto backed lending at SALT Continuing to own a master node while using crypto as collateral The SALT token and what it’s used for Questioning the incentives around using Facebook’s Libra coin Which parties are most threatened by Libra Existing power structures and whether they will change Risk taking and rewriting rules Comradery among women in the crypto space And some of her insights from Nassim Taleb’s book Antifragile When I asked her about Libra adoption and her thoughts, she says she’s made the joke before that –  “the establishment is just allowing us to play in our little pool to incubate tech for them.” We had a great conversation and I’m so happy that I was able to do this first WCW series with Jenny. There are some real take always that I’m going to carry with me after this conversation. Check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And… if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show.      Jenny Shaver on Twitter https://twitter.com/jenkshaver?lang=en SALT Lending https://saltlending.com Jenny Shaver on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennyshaver/
Robert Beadles, aka Crypto Beadles, is the President of Monarch, which is a non-custodial wallet as well as a payment solution. Not only is he president of one of the most successful wallets in the crypto space, but he’s also a YouTuber and share’s great interviews with some of incredible frontrunners in the space. I urge you to check out his YouTube channel, too, because with every video they post, they also give away $100 in Bitcoin cash. So check out Crypto Beadles on YouTube. Robert and I sat down for this conversation while we were at the Futurist Conference in Toronto. Thanks to Tracy and the amazing Untraceable team for putting on another incredible event and thanks to Robert for a great interview to Aaron for recording this one for us!  Here’s what we chat about:  Max Keiser’s influence Getting into Bitcoin in 2011 Monarch Pay and the Free Ross, Fund Ross campaign Monarch Wallet’s non-custodial solution Facebook’s Libra and crypto adoption Facebook, trust and global regulation YouTube and the $100 Bitcoin cash giveaways $100 around the globe Decentralized social media + paid content Bitcoin vs Bitcoin Cash What percentage of his holdings are in Bitcoin When I asked him about where he sees the future of crypto, he says: “You can already see the move towards digital currencies, especially when you have things like the Fed coin, or the Federal Reserve talking about their own currency in 2022. So you already know that that's the direction we're going, is with a digital currency. Do I think they'll still be some fiat paper out there? Of course, just like there's still people with cheque books.” We had a great conversation. I have huge respect for Robert aka Crypto Beadles and what he’s building, both at Monarch and on the educational side with his fantastic YouTube channel. Check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show. And to all of you listening – thank you for helping to make this podcast happen! Crypto Beadles on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcE2GkGcKxHjZoMVM7tjmyA   Twitter https://twitter.com/RobertBeadles   Monarch Wallet https://monarchwallet.com  
Amber D. Scott is CEO at Outlier, and a compliance ninja. She’s an expert in regulation around cryptocurrencies, custody, privacy and in keeping with all of the latest changes. She’s a guru at the intersection of compliance and blockchain technology and as an MBA grad she also understands where businesses are coming from. Amber sits down with me at my home office in Toronto. We recorded this episode on video as well. Check out YouTube Channel.  Speaking of Crypto – The New Internet. This channel is still in its infancy but we’ll be posting more podcasts here as well as clips from the documentary film, The New Internet which is currently in production. More info at speakingofcrypto.com. Amber and I have a fantastic conversation. Some of the things we talk about are: Her early days in compliance at Capital One A simple strategy to avoid scams Spending Bitcoin instead of hodling in the early days (Amber’s pizza purchase equivalent) The political statement behind Satoshi creating Bitcoin Outlier’s compliance work, education and philosophy Self-custody rights and a personal experience that hits home When KYC + AML are required or not + creating data honeypots What went wrong with Quadriga Where Facebook may run into trouble with compliance A new definition of fiat currency Bitcoin as a reserve currency On Satoshi’s decision to stay in the pseudonymous, Amber ends with this idea: “(Bitcoin) is meant to be borderless and censorship resistant. And that might annoy some censors, with good reason. And if that is an act that you're doing, maybe that's not something that you necessarily want to be attributed.”  We had a really great chat. I have huge respect for the work that Amber has been doing for so many years and all that she puts into her expertise now.   Also, check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show. And to all of you listening – thank you for helping to make this podcast happen! Twitter https://twitter.com/OutlierCanada   LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/amberdscott/ Outlier Canada https://www.outliercanada.com
Coldie is an innovative, creative, clever, bold Crypto Artist. He works with crypto themes and tokenizing his artwork.  We talk about what crypto art is and why it’s intriguing. We discuss his completely original clothing art idea - the Split Cut Shirt, his tokenized digital art, and some of his pieces specifically, including: Decentral Eyes – Vitalk Buterin Andreas Antonopoulos Proof of Work http://www.coldie3d.com/crypto-art/ Coldie talks about his art school background and his influences including the artists he admires most and why he appreciates their type of art. He also shares the importance in experimenting. And, one of the pieces he showed me in person was something he made using a long exposure, flashlights with coloured filters, shot at night out in the middle of nowhere. We had a really great chat. I absolutely love the work that he’s doing and I urge you to check it out.  Also, check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show. And to all of you listening – thank you for helping to make this podcast happen! Twitter https://twitter.com/Coldie   Instagram https://www.instagram.com/3dmagazine/   Super Rare 1/1 Tokenized NFTs https://superrare.co/coldie  R.A.R.E Art Labs Tokenized Digital Art + Split Cut Tshirts https://www.rareart.io/u/Coldie Andreas Antonopoulos 3D Lenticular Artwork https://www.fomohunt.com/market/andreas-antonopoulos-decentral-eyes-portrait-series-3d-lenticular-poster-artwork/   Coldie3D.com http://www.coldie3d.com/
Austin Davis, Founder at Blockchain Beach and Co-founder and CEO at The Global Hackathon, has been in Bitcoin space since 2012. His energy is contagious, and he isn’t just talking about the technology, he’s building with it.   Austin has an engineering background so he’s understands blockchain from the code up. He’s actively creating community through hackathons and meet-ups and he’s working with great teams of people to help drive the space forward.   When it comes to crypto, those who are in it are reshaping our future. I asked Austin what it takes to change the world.   “I would say it takes a lot of courage, it takes a lot of willpower and longevity, because you have to stand the test of time”   About the crypto community -   “I've seen a lot of characters for sure in the industry, and a lot of inspiration and really powerful people that are coming together - thought leaders, people that are planning the future economies of the world, people that are thinking a lot further beyond what's in front of their face. So, I would say the crypto communities are very strong and vibrant, accepting, powerful, engaging.”   Check out our affiliate links at speakingofcrypto.com/earncrypto for some great ways to support the show. And if you’re enjoying the podcast, please take a minute to rate, review and subscribe. This goes a long way to helping people who are new to crypto find the show. And to all of you listening – thank you for helping to make this podcast happen! I couldn’t do it without you! Blockchain Beach https://www.blockchainbeach.us The Global Hackathon https://theglobalhackathon.com Austin Davis https://twitter.com/aedavis
Alan Wunsche, CEO at Token Funder, talks about why tokenization is an opportunity and where the industry is heading? Why would the average person want to buy into a fraction of an asset? “It's actually not that complicated you because you believe you're going to be getting some cash flow from it from the rent, or because you're going to get capital appreciation. Otherwise, you're being very generous and letting someone live in your asset.” Are we going to be living in a Ready Player One world where our digital assets become more important than our real-world assets, or more valuable? Will everything that is currently a security, become fractionalized, tokenized and distributed in a very different way to traditional assets now? Alan explains why he’s excited about moving from an internet where few players were able to accumulate large amounts of wealth to a decentralized internet where financial inclusion is part of its design. “We're taking these steps to really bring people along if you want to start dabbling in this space. Now, of course, the promise, we hope, is your hundred dollars really is going to an exciting future company that a VC would have put $100 into. And, they would have benefited, but in this case, you as an average person will now participate in wealth creation.” TokenFunder https://about.tokenfunder.com   Alan Wunsche https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanwunsche/
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