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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.
87 Episodes
Dfinity's Dominic Williams on How Its Blockchain Nervous System Is Not an AI - Ep.78
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 be much more secure than Bitcoin. We also dive into Dfinity's governance mechanism, the "blockchain nervous system." Williams, who has written about the "AI-managed environment provided by the blockchain nervous system" and talked about how Dfinity upgrades the "code is law paradigm" to "the AI is law paradigm," explains on the show that the blockchain nervous system is not an AI and is manually controlled by users. Thank you to our sponsors! StartEngine: The Sun Exchange: Episode links: Dfinity: Dominic: Dfinity as decentralized cloud: Dfinity consensus algorithm: Threshold relay: Posts where Dominic has described Dfinity's governance system as an AI: Phi:
Live From Distributed: Amber Baldet, Matthew Roszak and Lily Liu on 'Innovate or Reinvent?' - Ep.76
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 Roszak, cofounder and chairman of Bloq, and Lily Liu, cofounder of We had a wide-ranging discussion, which included topics such as how the "Crypto 50" combined have more budget for blockchain development services than Fortune 50 companies,  how developing in the blockchain space and revolutionize an existing market requires that the new offering be many times better than existing options, and why enterprise needs to wait to get permission rather than ask for forgiveness, which doesn't hinder new projects. We also discussed how government is also a competitor in the space, that building entities don't include only decentralized projects and corporations, and how regulation could affect the development of the space. Thank you to our sponsors! DACC: Quantstamp: The Sun Exchange: Episode links: Distributed conference: Amber Baldet: Clovyr: Matt Roszak: Bloq: Lily Liu:
What Makes a CryptoKitty Worth $140,000? - Ep.75
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 (beyond scaling!), and how CryptoKitties can teach people the value of decentralization. They also defend the $140,000 price tag on one kitty, explain how they plan to grow from the current 300 users per day that the blockchain is logging, and surmise that if it weren't for user experience issues, CryptoKitties could have been 100 times bigger. Plus, they talk about the Kittyverse. Thank you to our sponsors! DACC: Quantstamp: The Sun Exchange: Episode links: CryptoKitties: AxiomZen/Dapper Labs: Roham Gharegozlou: Benny Giang: The $140,000 CryptoKitty: Fundraising news: CryptoKitties on HTC's new phone: Listen to previous episodes of Unchained with these CryptoKitties investors: Chris Dixon: Naval Ravikant: Bill Tai: William Mougayar: "Developers all the way down" -- Unchained episode with Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson: Listen to my previous interview with Arianna Simpson on Unconfirmed about CryptoKitties:
Kathleen Breitman and Ryan Jesperson of Tezos on Why They Wouldn't Do Its Token Sale Differently - Ep.73
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 she wouldn't do anything differently, except for the choice of foundation head, Johann Gevers, with whom Kathleen and her co-creator and husband, Arthur Breitman, ended up in multiple disputes. She muses as to why many people initially praised Gevers and then later revealed that he was not liked or that he'd defrauded them when they'd worked for him. Ryan and Kathleen also explain how they will attempt to help Tezos compete in the competitive smart contract platform space, despite the fact that Tezos is built in less well-known computer languages, and they explain why they've chosen delegated proof of stake as their consensus protocol, despite the criticism that it could create a plutocracy. Tezos: Kathleen Breitman: Ryan Jesperson: Thank you to our sponsors! Preciate: Quantstamp: The Sun Exchange: Podcast links: Wired story on Tezos: Unconfirmed episode with Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of the Wired cover story: Unconfirmed with Caitlin Long on Wyoming blockchain laws:
How Widespread Is Money Laundering in Crypto? - Ep.72
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 laundering is in crypto, how jihadist groups are using it, and how privacy coins (really Monero) affect their work. (The reason why the dark markets haven't much used Zcash surprised me.) We also discuss bad state actors using cryptocurrency, such as Venezuela's efforts with the metro and North Korea's alleged Bitcoin ransomware attacks, and how, leaving aside bad state actors, central bank cryptocurrencies would compete with decentralized ones. Plus, we discuss what impact OFAC blocked addresses list will have. Thank you to our sponsors! Preciate: Quantstamp: Yaya Fanusie: Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Tom Robinson:    Elliptic: Yaya and Tom's report on Bitcoin laundering: New AML regulations on cryptocurrencies in Europe: Money laundering in ICOs: Yaya's op-ed on the Venezuelan metro in CoinDesk: Russia's blockchain plans: What jihadists are doing with crypto assets: Yaya's essay on self-policing in CoinDesk:
Circle's Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville on Why Crypto Will Be Bigger Than the Web - Ep.71
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 they're launching a stable coin, how their services in payments, exchange and investing will compete against decentralized versions of the same, and how they chose the assets for Circle Invest -- and why XRP didn't make the cut. They also address the investor presentation circulated that claimed the SEC would not pursue enforcement against Poloniex for prior activity and explain why Circle took investment from Bitmain despite negative sentiment against the mining equipment manufacturer. And they explain how Circle could compete once Wall Street incumbents begin to offer competitive services in crypto. Thank you to our sponsors! Clarity PR: Preciate: Links: Circle's plans around a federal banking license and brokerage and trading registration: Acquisition of Poloniex: XRP in a screenshot of Circle Invest, but offered after launch: The Circle Asset Framework: Nathaniel Popper's tweet showing the Circle investor deck indicating the SEC won't pursue action against Poloniex: Circle's stable coins + Bitmain investment: Unchained episode on stable coins: Unchained episode with David Vorick, which includes some comments on Bitmain:
Chris Dixon on How Trust Is the Best Lego Block - Ep.70
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 discusses his theory of how crypto will grow -- and why Cryptokitties was one example of how that might happen -- his nights-and-weekend theory of technological change, and his view that writing software and smart contracts is similar to writing a novel. Additionally, he explains how someday, it will seem funny we didn't have concepts of ownership and money in the digital world, why Andreessen is investing almost exclusively in crypto-first projects and why he believes that the ability to create trust software will be the best Lego block for building things like money, finance, digital goods and more. Thank you to our sponsors! Blockchain Warehouse: Clarity PR: Preciate: LINKS: The a16z $300 million crypto fund: Katie Haun's appointment as GP: My previous interviews with Katie Haun -- Unchained: Unconfirmed: Chris on decentralization: On how tokens can reverse the centralization of the internet: Chris mentioned Placeholder Ventures -- if you haven't heard my interview with the firm's Joel Monegro, check it out:
Jimmy Song on Why Bitcoin Will Be the Winning Cryptocurrency - Ep.69
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 cryptocurrency. He also gives his definition sound money, describes why Bitcoin is sound money, and talks about how he finds new companies to invest in if he believes Bitcoin is already the winner. Plus, he recounts the story of his buzz-generating debate with ConsenSys's Joe Lubin at the Consensus conference, which ended with a challenge to come up with a bet in Bitcoin, and what terms Jimmy would like to make the bet on. Lubin, it's your move. Jimmy Song on Twitter: Medium: Blockchain Capital: Programming Blockchain: Off Chain with Jimmy Song on Youtube: Medium post on smart contracts: Jimmy's rebuttal to the responses to his post: Video of Amber Baldet, Joe Lubin and Jimmy's panel at Consensus -- video 31 under Day 1: Thank you to our sponsors! Blockchain Warehouse: Clarity PR: Preciate:
Comments (4)

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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