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Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency

Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency

Author: Laura Shin - Business Journalist Covering Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, ; Forbes Contributor

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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.
97 Episodes
Listener Mail: Laura Answers Your Questions on the Markets, Velocity, Privacy and More! - Ep.88
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 what's necessary to gain wider adoption, how I think the next bull run will manifest and how Bitcoin would behave in a serious financial crisis. Plus, I reveal which areas of the industry I think will blossom, and which areas I'm less optimistic about. I also answer what people who are just getting into the technology can do in the space, why the oracle problem is so challenging and how it can be resolved, and what the velocity problem is, and whether it applies especially to Ethereum. I also delve into privacy coins, whether or not the lower overall crypto market volatility we're seeing now will continue, and where this trend with stablecoins is going. There are a LOT of episode links -- be sure to check them out! Thank you to our sponsors! Altlending: Blockdaemon: Episode links: Senate hearing on cryptocurrencies: Tweets with me, Nouriel and Vitalik: My conversation with Soona Amhaz of Token Daily about Nouriel Roubini on Unconfirmed: Milken Institute panel featuring Nouriel Roubini: Skeptics' Episodes: Preston Byrne & Angela Walch: Meltem Demirors & Jill Carlson: Singularity University episode discussing usbaility: My Forbes article on phone hijacking: USV blog post on apps and infrastructure: CryptoKitties episode: Token Foundry standards: Civil: Forbes magazine feature on blockchain not Bitcoin, featuring Chain: Recent episode with Barry Silbert: Decentralized Finance series: 0x: Dharma: Compound: dYdX: Institutional money: The Information article on university endowments investing in crypto: Unchained episode with Tuur Demeester: Fortune article on Bakkt: Custody solutions: BitGo becomes a qualified custodian: Unchained episode with Mike Belshe of BitGo: Coinbase Custody opens: Potential recession: Oslo Freedom Forum episode on uptake of bitcoin in Venezuela: Fortune article on Chainalysis: Trends I think will blossom: First Unchained episode with Kathryn Haun: Unchained episode with Chris Dixon of a16z crypto: Unchained episode with Zooko Wilcox of Zcash: JPMorgan Chase using Zcash technology: Enterprise blockchains: NYT article I wrote on enterprise blockchains: Oracles: Ether flash crash on GDAX: Medium article on oracles: Episode with Joey Krug of Augur: Episode with Danny An of TrustToken: Velocity problem: Chris Burniske on how to value a crypto asset, on Unchained: Ethereum post on reducing block reward: Privacy coins: Good post on Monero vs. Zcash: Episode on illicit use of cryptocurrencies: Carlotta Perez book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: Unchained episode on stablecoins: Unconfirmed episode with Rune Christensen of MakerDAO: Unchained episode with Circle that describes their stablecoin:
Barry Silbert on What Wall Street Says Privately About Crypto Vs. What It Says Publicly - Ep.87
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 since he first launched in 2014. He also explains why he's not a big believer in decentralization, like many others in the space, why he's not bullish on ICOs, and why he also is a bigger proponent of Ethereum Classic than Ethereum. We also touch on regulation and how he thinks that will affect the development of crypto, why Grayscale launched an investment vehicle for a little-known cryptocurrency, and why he's excited about Decentraland. Plus, he reveals what Wall Street says publicly about crypto vs. what it says privately and reflects on his role in the New York Agreement -- a failed attempt to bridge a divide in the Bitcoin community. Thank you to our sponsors! Altlending: Blockdaemon: If you're interested in sponsoring Unchained or Unconfirmed, email Raelene at Episode Links: DCG: Barry Silbert: Grayscale: Genesis: CoinDesk: New York state Bitlicense: Decentraland: GBTC: Radar Relay: The Unchained interview with 0x, the decentralized exchange with which Radar Relay works: Blog post announcing the New York Agreement: Unchained podcast on the failure of the compromise:
How dYdX Allows You to Take a Short Position in One Token - Ep.86
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 margin lending work today. The former employee of Coinbase also discusses how the protocol determines the prices of the assets involved, how low liquidity affects the trading of the derivatives and who dYdX's users will be. He also talks about how the company, which has raised money from Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain Capital and others, plans to make money despite not currently having a token. Plus, we discuss dYdX's plans to create protocols for derivatives that are not fully collateralized and the risks that come with that. Thank you to our sponsor! Blockdaemon: Interested in sponsoring Unchained or Unconfirmed? Reach out to Raelene at Episode links: dYdX: Antonio Juliano: dYdX white paper: Expo: Investments in dYdX: Unchained episode about decentralized exchange protocol 0x: Unchained episode about decentralized debt protocol Dharma: Unchained episode about decentralized money market protocol Compound: Unchained interview with Josh Stein of Harbor: Unchained interview with CryptoKitties:
The Oslo Freedom Forum in New York: Why Decentralization Matters - Ep.85
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 tools company; Andy Bromberg, cofounder and president of CoinList, a compliant token offering platform; and Megha Rajagopalan, correspondent for Buzzfeed and former China bureau chief. In this discussion, we cover what is happening in authoritarian regimes like China and Venezuela that highlight the importance of decentralized technologies, how people in those countries are using crypto assets, and how technologists think about decentralization and censorship-resistance. We also talk about the usability issues of decentralized technologies and how people in authoritarian regimes can even get access to them. Plus, we also look at how bad state actors are also using the same technology to oppress people or evade sanctions. Thank you to our sponsors! StartEngine: Episode links: PC Mag story on how cryptocurrency is both "an oppressor and a lifeline" in Venezuela: Naval on Unchained talking about how money is now speech: Google's Dragonfly project: For more on how decentralization and blockchain technology can help Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation on Unconfirmed: A previous interview with Amber Baldet on Unconfirmed: A previous interview with Andy Bromberg on Unconfirmed:
How Binance Became the Most Popular Crypto Exchange in 5 Months - Ep.84
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 popular crypto exchange within five months. He also describes his regulatory stance, why he focuses on small jurisdictions and why he lets token teams hire their own lawyers to determine whether their coins are securities or not.  He explains the company's insider trading and market manipulation policies and how BNB coin works. Plus, he disputes the notion that stocks have better information due to disclosure rules, lays out Binance's current mission and delineates the differences in the crypto communities in North America, Europe and Asia. Thank you to our sponsors! Altlending: Blockdaemon: If you're interested in sponsoring Unchained or Unconfirmed, reach out to Raelene at Episode links: Binance: CZ: Binance white paper: Unchained interview with Bobby Lee: Unchained interview with Da Hongfei on China bad on ICOs: Epicenter BTC's interview with CZ: Binance's "creative" approach to regulation: Unchained interview on crypto regulation in the US: Unchained interview with Coin Center: Binance's purchase of TrustWallet: Binance's $1 billion investment fund: Forbes cover story on CZ:
Singularity University Global Summit: How Do We Get Consumer Adoption? - Ep.83
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 Mickey Costa on distributed autonomous organizations. Following are two panels. The first is on where we are in the development of crypto and how we get consumer adoption with Bill and Galia Benartzi of Bancor. The second is on blockchain for good, with Cara LaPointe of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University and Anne Connelly of Singularity University. It was a great day for a lot of stimulating discussion on where we are in crypto's development and how we can steer it in the direction we want. Thank you to our sponsor! StartEngine: Episode links: Singularity Global Summit: Singularity University Global Summit 2018 program: Bill Barhydt: Abra: Mickey Costa: Atlas: Galia Benartzi: Bancor: Cara LaPointe: Anne Connelly:
How You'll Earn Interest on Your Crypto With Compound - Ep.82
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 interest rate model -- a task so difficult that an early version "blew up" the Ethereum virtual machine -- and why using one of its smart contract-based money markets is both riskier and less risky than using an exchange. We talk about who will use Compound and how, which coins they're going to launch with, and how Compound plans to make money. Thank you to our sponsors! AltLending: StartEngine: Episode links: Compound: Robert Leshner: Intro to Compound: TechCrunch article on Compound: Unchained interview with Nadav Hollander of Dharma: Unchained interview with Joey Krug of Augur: Unchained interview with Danny An of TrustToken, which is creating TrueUSD: Unchained interview with Will Warren of 0x: Unchained interview with Vitalik Buterin:
Joey Krug on How Augur Is Like Any Other Tool - Ep.79
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 the teams burned its escape hatch key and whether he’s worried that Augur’s crowdsale would be considered an unregistered securities offering, plus answers whether he would benefit financially if assassination markets pop up on Augur. We also discuss what he sees happening in the market in his role as co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, what problems he think need to be resolved before Augur and dapps can take off, and which projects he believes have the greatest potential to democratize finance. Thank you to our sponsors! Start Engine: The Sun Exchange: Episode Links: Joey Krug: Augur: Pantera: Joey on Unconfirmed: Augur FAQ: Predictions Global: Assassination markets on Augur: SEC action against Sand Hill Exchange: Listen to the Unchained interview with 0x:
Comments (7)

R. R.

Financial derivatives are the foundation/underlying cause of the 2008 financial crisis.

Oct 3rd


Wow, she says that she was trading totally on inside information. And they wonder why regulators are playing it safe on the sector.

Sep 21st

R. R.

Q: So Robert, what are you having for lunch tomorrow? A: That's a great question......

Sep 20th

Devin Turner

Laura, your ability to point out flaws in your guest's weak arguments with counterexamples is why I love the show. No hype and no BS!

Jul 20th

Philip Schweitzer

The opening of this really made me wary of the future of Ethereum.

Jul 13th

Philip Duncan

amazing episode! keep up the great work

Jun 9th

Philip Duncan

Great job on this one!

Apr 29th
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