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Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Fifteen years after the birth of Bitcoin, the network is now entering an era of remarkable innovation and change, according to Stacks' co-creator Muneeb Ali. On this episode of Unchained recorded at the Bitcoin Builders conference, Muneeb explores the complexities and advancements within Bitcoin's Layer 1 and Layer 2. He shares his perspectives on what's fueling innovation in Bitcoin's Layer 1 and discusses the implications of Ordinal Inscriptions amid criticism of it by core developers.  He delves into the various scaling solutions within Bitcoin, highlighting how trust assumptions vary among them, and how BitVM could be a 'game changer'. He goes over the advantages of integrating smart contracts on Bitcoin, and why he considers BTC the only true form of monetary asset.  Show highlights: What's driving innovation in Bitcoin’s L1  How Muneeb feels about Ordinals Inscriptions in Bitcoin, considering the criticism from some core developers How, in the recent years, research and development in crypto happened outside of Bitcoin, and how that's changing now, according to Muneeb The different types of scaling solutions in Bitcoin and how the trust assumptions differ in each of them Why he feels like BitVM is a 'game changer' and what it enables What the Nakamoto upgrade is on Stacks The advantages of having smart contracts on Bitcoin, according to Muneeb Why he says that BTC is the only asset that is money The challenges to having privacy in Bitcoin Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network iTrustCapital Polkadot Guest Muneeb Ali, co-creator of Stacks Previous appearances on Unchained:  Bitcoin Ordinal NFTs Are Hot and Getting Hotter. What's the Hype About? - NFT Crypto Blockstack On Getting Independence From Google, Facebook And Amazon Links Recent news: Unchained:  Stacks, a Bitcoin Layer 2 Protocol, Sees All-Time High in Total Value Locked A New Era for Bitcoin Is Here, Whether Bitcoin Maximalists Like It Or Not Bitcoin Passes the $1 Trillion Market Cap Mark; All Cryptos Combined Reach $2 Trillion Bitcoin L2s: Unchained:  Are Layer 2s on Bitcoin Having a Moment? How Botanix Aims to Enable Smart Contracts on Bitcoin An Ethereum-Like Experience Built on Bitcoin? Learn more: What Are Opcodes in Bitcoin? A Beginner's Guide What Are BRC-20 Tokens?  What Are ORC-20 Tokens?  How to Create a Bitcoin Ordinal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to The Chopping Block, where crypto experts Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner bring you inside perspectives on critical topics in the crypto world. This week the boys dive deep into Starknet's airdrop controversies, the psychological toll of internet backlash on founders, and the groundbreaking Ethena project inspired by Arthur Hayes. This episode questions the effectiveness of airdrop strategies in user engagement, the resilience founders must muster against online criticism, and Ethena's potential to revolutionize crypto finance with its tokenized cash and carry trade. We also tackle the security threats on platforms like GitHub, the balance between egalitarian distribution versus market dynamics, and the transparency required in token economics. What legal challenges arise from token vesting schedules, and how does Ethena innovate in crypto finance inspired by traditional models? Join us for an insightful exploration of these critical topics, aiming to enrich our understanding of cryptocurrency airdrops, founder resilience, and Ethena's ambitious financial mechanisms within the evolving cryptocurrency ecosystem. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Show Highlights 🔹 Starknet Airdrop Controversy: Exploring the backlash and debates over its distribution mechanics. 🔹 The Psychology of Founders Facing Internet Critique: Discussing the impact of public scrutiny on creators. 🔹 Innovation in Airdrop Strategies: Highlighting the need for creativity to engage and retain users. 🔹 GitHub and Security Risks: Addressing the increase in phishing attacks and noise on developer platforms. 🔹 Efficacy of Airdrops in User Engagement: Evaluating how airdrops influence community involvement and loyalty. 🔹 Egalitarianism vs. Market Dynamics: Debating the balance between fair distribution and economic incentives. 🔹 The Complexities of Vesting Periods: Unpacking the discussions around token unlock schedules. 🔹 Legal Nuances of Crypto Vesting: Exploring the regulatory implications and challenges. 🔹 Transparency in Token Economics: The importance of clear policies for investor confidence. 🔹 The Inspiration Behind Ethena: Tracing the origins and motivations for its creation. 🔹 Cash and Carry Trade Basics: Simplifying the concept and its significance in crypto finance. 🔹 Analyzing Ethena’s Yield Mechanisms: Delving into the strategies and risks of yield generation. 🔹 Risk Mitigation in Ethena’s Protocol: Investigating novel approaches to safeguarding assets. 🔹 The Potential Ripple Effects of Ethena: Speculating on the impact of layered financial products. Hosts ⭐️Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly  ⭐️Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly  ⭐️Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures ⭐️Robert Leshner, Founder of Compound Disclosures Links “Is the Short Team Lockup for STRK ‘Misaligned’? No, Says Starkware CEO - Ep. 609”: https://youtu.be/0D0Qyw9TeoY  The Uniswap Airdrop - Lessons for the Industry by jhackworth: https://dune.com/blog/uni-airdrop-analysis  “Dust on Crust” by Arthur Hayes: https://ehandbook.com/dust-on-crust-300d4b5cf3ec  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Celestia, a data availability layer for blockchains, was launched last October to much fanfare. The platform takes a modular approach to blockchains, allowing developers to post data onto it without the need for smart contracts or execution. This makes it extremely useful for scaling roll-ups and other layer two technologies.  Celestia co-founder Mustafa Al-Bassam and COO Nick White join Unchained to discuss what Celestia is and how it works, how data availability sampling allows for more scalability, how Celestia compares with other data availability layers, whether Celestia could become a data availability layer for Bitcoin, and comparisons between Celestia and Solana.  Show highlights: Mustafa’s background and how his project called Lazy Ledger ended up becoming Celestia Nick’s vision for modular blockchains Why Mustafa believes in the “10,000 roll-up” endgame Why Mustafa thinks that gaming and NFT chains work better on a modular blockchain What Celestia is and how it resembles the publication of an article in a newspaper What data availability sampling (DAS) is and how it works to ensure that the data is available and accurate for validators How DAS allows for more scalability What types of applications can be built with this type of modular architecture Mustafa’s explanation of the concept of Blob stream and blob space How a roll-up can be an independent or sovereign layer, not just a layer 2 to a layer 1 How Celestia competes with other DA layers, like the future EigenDA The role of the TIA token in the Celestia ecosystem  How Mufasa hacked the CIA when he was 16 years old and how he transitioned into crypto Whether Celestia could become a DA layer for Bitcoin layer 2 roll-ups Whether Solana could end up becoming an Ethereum layer 2 using Celestia for data availability  The proposal to extend the functionality of Celestia without smart contracts in the base layer  Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network Polkadot Guests: Nick White, COO at Celestia Labs Previous appearances on Unchained: Three Crypto Pioneers on Crypto’s Monolithic vs. Modular Debate Mustafa Al-Bassam, cofounder and CEO at Celestia Labs Links Modular vs. monolithic Alchemy: Modular vs. Monolithic Blockchains Visa: Monolithic vs. modular blockchain Chris Burniske’s tweet on modular vs monolithic “The horrific inefficiencies of monolithic blockchains” by polynya Blockworks: A spicy salvo launched in the monolithic vs modular debate Unchained: What Is the Blockchain Trilemma? Celestia Celestia’s explanation of modular blockchains Data availability Data availability sampling An introduction to sovereign roll-ups Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Starknet made news this week for announcing what will be the largest initial airdrop by number of eligible addresses ever. But it faced heavy criticism online for many of the details of the airdrop, from the fact that Ethereum solo takers received almost 22% of the distribution to eligibility requirements that users held at least 0.005 ETH in their wallets as of Nov. 15, 2023 to the fact that the token generation event took place almost two years before the unlock date. Starkware CEO Eli Ben-Sasson joined Unchained to respond to the multiple critiques of the airdrop and discuss why he and the Starknet Foundation decided on the details that they did.   Show highlights: What the airdrop criteria was and why they decided to make it that way Why they allocated so much $STRK to Ethereum solo stakers Eli’s response to the criticism about how little Starknet network participants got in the airdrop Why the STRK Token Generation Event (TGE) was done in 2022, only to be airdropped two years later Why Eli believes that even if the unlock of tokens is in two months, it does not indicate misalignment of incentives Whether Eli will sell his tokens when they become unvested Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network iTrustCapital Polkadot Guest Eli Ben-Sasson, CEO of Starkware Links Recent coverage of Unchained on airdrops: Jupiter Founder Meow to Critics of JUP Airdrop: ‘Give Me a Break’ Unchained:  Starknet’s Airdrop Plan Sparks Some Praise but Also Outrage Starknet’s First Token Distribution Will Be Available to Nearly 1.3 Million Addresses The Defiant: Starknet Faces Backlash Over Airdrop and Team Unlocks Loomdart’s tweet on the TGE Learn more: Do You Have to Pay Taxes on a Crypto Airdrop? What Is a Crypto Airdrop? A Beginner's Guide  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and special guest Dan Romero, co-founder of Farcaster, engage in a riveting discussion on decentralized social media and the burgeoning meme coin trend within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. This episode offers an in-depth analysis of Farcaster's innovative mechanisms for user engagement and its significant role in shaping the future of social interactions in the crypto domain. We delve into the mechanics behind meme coins, examining their influence on community dynamics, market behavior, and the broader implications for digital asset valuation. Our conversation navigates through the intricacies of decentralized platforms like Farcaster, probing into their potential to disrupt conventional social media models and foster a new era of user-centric, blockchain-enabled online communities. Join us for a comprehensive exploration of these pivotal developments, enriched with Dan Romero's firsthand insights, as we dissect the evolving landscape of social media in the crypto age and the captivating allure of meme coins, all aimed at providing a deeper understanding of their impact on the global cryptocurrency market. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Show Highlights 🔹 Decentralized Social Media Evolution: Exploring the growth and challenges of platforms like Farcaster in the decentralized web landscape. 🔹 User Empowerment in Crypto: Analyzing how crypto-native features on platforms empower users through economic incentives and community building. 🔹 The Rise of Social Tokens: Delving into the emergence of social tokens and their role in fostering online communities and creator economies. 🔹 Interactive Crypto Features: Investigating innovative features like Farcaster's frames and their impact on user engagement and content sharing. 🔹 Sustainable Tokenomics: Discussing the sustainability of token models in social platforms and the potential for long-term value creation. 🔹 Behavioral Economics in Crypto: Understanding the psychological factors driving the speculative nature of meme coins and their market dynamics. 🔹 Decentralization vs. Centralization: Debating the balance between decentralized ethos and the need for centralized governance in crypto platforms. 🔹 The Future of Online Identity: Discussing the evolution of online identities in the context of decentralized platforms and blockchain technology. 🔹 Celebrity and Crypto Synergies: Speculating on the future of celebrity involvement in crypto through personalized tokens and endorsements. 🔹 Cross-Platform Crypto Integration: Exploring the possibilities and challenges of integrating crypto-native features across various social and digital platforms. 🔹 Ethical Considerations in Crypto: Delving into the ethical implications of rapid token creation, distribution strategies, and their impact on unsuspecting users. Hosts ⭐️Haseeb Qureshi, Managing partner at Dragonfly  ⭐️Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly  ⭐️Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures Guest ⭐️ Dan Romero, Farcaster Co-Founder Disclosures Links Eugene Wei’s “Status as a Service (StaaS)”: https://www.eugenewei.com/blog/2019/2/19/status-as-a-service  Vitalik Buterin’s forum post on DAICOs: https://ethresear.ch/t/explanation-of-daicos/465/1  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. In the two weeks since Farcaster introduced its Frames feature that allows developers to easily add mini apps to users’ posts, the decentralized social network has become the talk of Twitter, now X, and increased its user base by ten times, according to co-founder Dan Romero.  Romero joins Unchained to discuss why Frames has become so popular, the philosophy behind Farcaster and its client Warpcast, why the crypto component behind Farcaster is being kept to a minimum, how Apple’s new Vision Pro could lead to the creation of a 3D social network on Farcaster, how he and his fellow co-founder’s background at Coinbase helped shape their decisions about building Farcaster, and his vision for eventually getting Farcaster to a billion-plus users.  Show highlights: What Farcaster is and what problems it’s trying to solve How and why Farcaster uses blockchain technology in the background  How you can use ENS (Ethereum Name Services) for your handles on Farcaster How the recovery of accounts works on Farcaster and what the security implications are What Frames is and why it’s significant for developers and creators What’s controlled by the protocol vs. the client  What Dan imagines could be built with the new Apple Vision Pro Whether there’s potential for better economics and ways to monetize content in Farcaster Why Farcaster is on Optimism, an Ethereum Layer 2, and whether it could be moved to another network How they are working to build a more decentralized network What the future of Farcaster and Frames could look like How Dan’s background at Coinbase shaped the way in which he decided to build Farcaster What the strategy is for scaling the platform to the numbers more associated with Web2 social media Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network Polkadot Guest: Dan Romero, Co-founder of Farcaster Coinbase’s Pragmatic Crypto Culture by Dan Romero Links Unchained:  Bounties to Build Frames on Farcaster Are Growing Rapidly Farcaster's User Base Skyrockets Nearly 500% After Frames Launch What Is SocialFi? A Beginner’s Guide The Chopping Block: Is Farcaster the Web3 Social Layer? Dan’s ideas for Farcaster Farcaster architecture Architecture Onchain password reset mechanism Why Farcaster Frames are important The layers of Farcaster Farcaster charges “rent” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Crypto: The Game captivated a large swath of the crypto community this past week. The game, modeled after “Survivor,” was the brainchild of Dylan Abruscato, Tyler Cagle and Bryan Lee. The intention of the game, which was played virtually but also unfolded in real life, was to ruthlessly vote people off to determine a single winner. Throughout, multiple psy-ops operations created chaos. Despite all that, the competition ended up fostering numerous friendships (including for Unchained reporter Sage Young, whose coverage is below) and resulted in a shocking, but heartwarming ending.  On Friday afternoon, after the winner was announced, we hosted a Spaces with Dylan, the winner, and some of the more notable players, which we’re releasing here. In the discussion, we cover the inspiration for the game, some of the behind-the-scenes surprises, who was causing chaos for various teams and how, and why the winner may be one of the winning-est contestants ever.  Guest: Dylan Abruscato, founder of Crypto: The Game Links Unchained:  Day 6 of ‘Crypto: The Game’ Brutally Exposes the Problem of Trust in a Digital World Day 8 of ‘Crypto: The Game’ Puts Me on a Hit List for the Second Time Day 9: Cutthroat Contestants Put an End to My Time in “Crypto: The Game” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. On Tuesday, Solana suffered a network outage, just shy of a year since its last shutdown. The blockchain had to quickly get a new version out and notify its validators to upgrade to it and restart their systems before blocks could be produced again, resulting in downtime of roughly five hours. This was previously something that had happened regularly to the blockchain, but seemed to have been largely addressed over the past year. Lucas, the CEO of Jito Labs, which builds infrastructure for Solana and staged a highly successful airdrop last year that helped rejuvenate the blockchain, joined Unchained to discuss what caused the outage, whether it’s something that builders on Solana should be concerned about for the future, recent improvements Solana has made to its technology, whether the implementation of Firedancer would have prevented this incident, and the promise of the Solana phone.  Show highlights: What caused the Solana blockchain’s outage this week Whether Solana needs to have better quality control  Whether the halt of the network affects the builders in the space What recent developments in the infrastructure surrounding Solana give Lucas confidence in the network Whether the Firedancer client that’s now in development would have prevented this week’s outage The promise of the Solana phone Whether the network going down presents a setback for the Solana community in terms of recognition and momentum Whether financial companies will consider using Solana if these issues keep occurring Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network iTrustCapital Polkadot Guest Lucas Bruder, CEO of Jito Labs Links Recent coverage of Unchained on Solana: Jupiter Founder Meow to Critics of JUP Airdrop: ‘Give Me a Break’ Three Crypto Pioneers on Crypto’s Monolithic vs. Modular Debate Anatoly Yakovenko on Solana’s Astounding Recovery and Its Future Plans Outage Unchained: Solana Back Online Again After Suffering 5-Hour Outage Matthew Sigel’s explanation for why the outage happened Mert’s tweet on how Solana prioritizes security over liveness CoinDesk: Can We All Stop Pretending That Solana Is in Beta? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news and with special guest, and Farcaster aficionado Ted! This episode zooms in on Farcaster Frames: How are they revolutionizing the platform? We examine Farcaster's transformation and its impact on the future of social media: Can Farcaster redefine decentralized communication? Delving into its user base, we ask: What makes Farcaster's community unique? How do airdrop strategies and global hub distribution shape its ecosystem? And what's next for decentralized social networks like Farcaster? Join us for an insightful discussion on these pivotal questions impacting the crypto sphere. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Show Highlights 🔹 Farcaster frames launch: Revolutionizing user engagement in crypto communities. 🔹 Social Media Evolution: Farcaster's Rise from Niche Network to Powerhouse. 🔹 Global dynamics: Farcaster's u.s. focus vs. Lens' worldwide appeal. 🔹 Decentralized platforms: the unique soul of Farcaster and Lens communities. 🔹 Airdrop strategies: boosting Farcaster's growth and user engagement. 🔹 From social networks to media: Farcaster's balancing act. 🔹 Overcoming adoption barriers: user reluctance vs. Farcaster's innovations. 🔹 A shift in content, authenticity and interaction on Farcaster. 🔹 Expanding Farcaster's ecosystem globally. 🔹 Farcaster's vision: the future of decentralized social networks. 🔹 Discovering Farcaster: overcoming hesitation, embracing curiosity. Hosts ➡️Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly  ➡️Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures ➡️Robert Leshner, Founder of Compound Guest ⭐️ Ted, the Farcaster Fangirl #1 Disclosures Links Why Farcaster Frames are important: How a failed Facebook bet is coming to fruition in Web 3 By Antonio García Martínez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Trying to regulate DeFi is a huge challenge because in a truly decentralized system, there should be no centralized actors to make and enforce rules for. This could make combating illicit finance challenging since traditionally, regulation has been targeted at centralized intermediaries. Yet Rebecca Rettig, Chief Legal and Policy Officer at Polygon Labs; Michael Mosier, the co-founder of boutique law firm Arktouros; and Katja Gilman, senior lead for public policy at Polygon Labs, published a paper last week that proposes to do just that.  Rebecca and Michael join Unchained to discuss what prompted them to write the paper, what the difference is between "onchain CeFi" and "genuine DeFi," how targeting high-risk wallets can be one part of the solution, how critical communications transmitters (CCTs) are another piece of the puzzle, and what next steps they are pursuing.  Show highlights: The motivations behind their paper and Michael and Rebecca’s legal backgrounds Why Michael views the Bank Secrecy Act as outdated in the context of DeFi How critical KYC and AML compliance is for the integrity of DeFi What Rebecca identifies as the principal risks in the DeFi sector Why their proposal targets the protocol layer for effective DeFi regulation How "onchain CeFi" differs fundamentally from "genuine DeFi" Whether a decentralized protocol can be effectively regulated when controlled by a DAO How if DeFi were to be classified as critical infrastructure by the Cyber and Information Security Agency (CISA), it would impact the sector Whether the critical components of blockchain networks, such as RPCs, can be regulated effectively How categorizing wallets based on risk can be one part of the solution to fighting illicit finance Why Rebecca considers Tornado Cash a prime example of “genuine DeFi” What steps Rebecca and Michael plan to take next following the publication of their paper Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network Polkadot Guest: Rebecca Rettig, Chief Legal and Policy Officer at Polygon Labs Previous appearances on Unchained: Just a Coincidence? Coinbase and Polygon Lawyers See Bad Omens in SEC Crackdown Kik’s Surprising Move in Its Lawsuit With the SEC Michael Mosier, cofounder of Arktouros PLLC Links Previous coverage of Unchained on the topic: Could the Bank Secrecy Act Harm Crypto? Coin Center Thinks So  Full paper: Genuine DeFi as Critical Infrastructure: A Conceptual Framework for Combating Illicit Finance Activity in Decentralized Finance Rebecca’s thread Coin Center: Broad, Ambiguous, or Delegated: Constitutional Infirmities of the Bank Secrecy Act Tornado Cash Unchained: Given the Sanctions on Tornado Cash, Is Ethereum Censorship Resistant? Illicit funds in crypto: Unchained: How Much Money Are Terrorists Actually Raising in Crypto? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news and with special guest Aevo's Co-Founder - Julian Koh. This episode zeroes in on the latest buzz around the Jupiter ($JUP) airdrop: What's the real story behind Jupiter’s valuation and controversy? We peel back the layers of Jupiter's token strategy and its impact on market dynamics. The dialogue then shifts to the innovative approaches of Aevo (formerly Ribbon Finance) in pre-launch derivatives and the burgeoning trend of airdrop farming: How are Airdrop strategies altering the landscape of token valuation and investor behavior? The debate intensifies as we tackle the contentious battle between points systems and traditional airdrops: Are points a revolutionary engagement tool or a complex web of incentives? With the resurgence of ICOs and the strategic pivot of Ribbon Finance, we explore the implications of rebrands on the crypto ecosystem. Join us for an in-depth exploration of these critical topics and their profound impact on the world of cryptocurrency. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Show Highlights 🔹 Jupiter Airdrop Deep Dive: Unraveling the complexities and controversies behind the Jupiter ($JUP) airdrop. 🔹 Valuation Variance: Examining the fluctuations in Jupiter token valuation and their market repercussions. 🔹 Community Engagement: Evaluating the effectiveness of @weremeow's live streams in shaping community perceptions. 🔹 Airdrop Discontent: Analyzing the liquidity dynamics and user dissatisfaction stemming from airdrop strategies. 🔹 Innovations in Derivatives: Exploring Aevo's unique approach to pre-launch derivatives in the DeFi space. 🔹 The Airdrop Farmer's Dilemma: Discussing the strategies used by airdrop farmers to hedge against price volatility. 🔹 Points vs. Airdrops Debate: Delving into the pros and cons of points systems compared to traditional airdrop mechanisms. 🔹 Rebranding Strategies: Assessing the impact of token rebrands, with a focus on Ribbon Finance's evolution. 🔹 Pre-IPO Markets and Crypto: Drawing parallels between traditional pre-IPO conversion markets and crypto points systems. 🔹 The Uncertainty Factor: Considering how the allure of uncertainty influences engagement and investment in crypto. 🔹 Protocol Dynamics: Investigating the effects of airdrop farmers on the health and engagement of blockchain protocols. 🔹 ICO Resurgence: Discussing the potential comeback of Initial Coin Offerings and their role in the crypto funding landscape. 🔹 Stress Testing with Points: Highlighting innovative uses of points for protocol stress testing like Eigenlayer. 🔹 Referral Systems in Crypto: Analyzing the impact of referral-based points systems on protocol engagement and growth. Hosts ⭐️Haseeb Qureshi, Managing partner at Dragonfly  ⭐️Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly  ⭐️Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures Guest ⭐️ Julian Koh, Aevo's Co-Founder Disclosures Links Jupiter LFG Launchpad Blog Article - https://station.jup.ag/blog/jupiter-lfg-launchpad  Blockworks: “Jupiter airdrop draws criticism, but support remains strong” - https://blockworks.co/news/jupiter-airdrop-draws-criticism  Proposal: “Merge Ribbon Finance into Aevo” - https://gov.ribbon.finance/t/rgp-33-merge-ribbon-finance-into-aevo/709  Weremeow’s Twitch Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/weremeow  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
While Solana DeFi protocol Jupiter staged what was by most measures a very successful airdrop launch on Wednesday, achieving a market cap of close to $800 million, the company’s critics pointed out numerous ways the company seemed to unfairly enrich itself in the process. While Jupiter’s founder, who goes by the pseudonym Meow, acknowledges he might have done some things differently, he finds the criticisms of the launch mostly based on “bad faith” and misinformation.   Meow joined Unchained to discuss the thinking behind the launch mechanics of JUP, how the prior launch of memecoin WEN served as a dry run for JUP, whether the aggressive pricing strategy of JUP was a mistake, and what he hopes to achieve with Jupiter next, including the possibility of enabling companies of all kinds to list themselves publicly on chain.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Show highlights: What Jupiter is and how it extends its functionality beyond mere token swapping What users are primarily utilizing the dollar-cost-average feature of Jupiter for Meow’s background in crypto and how he ended up in the Solana ecosystem Why a launchpad seemed the ideal choice for Jupiter's token launch What prompted the decision to release WEN, a memecoin, before launching JUP Meow's response to criticisms regarding the launchpad's mechanics Whether the aggressive pricing strategy for Jupiter was a misstep How Meow feels about being targeted for criticism What's on the horizon for Jupiter as a platform following the airdrop Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network iTrustCapital Guest: Meow, cofounder of Jupiter Links Unchained:  Jupiter Traders Claim Whopping 545 Million JUP Tokens in First 8 Hours of Airdrop Jupiter’s Airdropped Token JUP Debuts at a $878 Million Market Cap Pro-Ethereum Crowd Slams Solana-based Jupiter Airdrop as ‘Absolute Trash’ Breakpoint 2023 Meow conference The Block: Solana DEX aggregator Jupiter confirms token release date Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sign up for our free newsletter here! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Chris Dixon, founder and managing partner of a16z crypto, believes the Internet’s early ideals of democratization and community ownership have been subverted by the consolidation of power into just a few small companies like Facebook and Google. He’s written a new book called Read Write Own in which he writes about this phenomenon, and argues that blockchain technology can help reverse the trend by providing an environment in which developers and entrepreneurs can once again build direct relationships with their audiences.  Dixon joins Unchained to discuss criticisms of crypto VC firms, how he feels now about a16z’s previous investment in Facebook, how crypto has become overly politicized in the U.S., why Facebook’s Libra project was ultimately shut down, the significant promise of restaking and EigenLayer in particular, and why he believes that creator royalties are essential for the NFT market.   Show highlights: what inspired Chris to write his new book and why he thinks the crypto industry is misunderstood what the current problems of the Internet are and how just a few companies control most of the revenue how Chris explains the concept of blockchains to the layman the importance of property rights in the real world and how blockchains make this better how Chris responds to the criticism that venture capital firms “dump on retail” and what a proper allocation of tokens to VCs is what the best designs are to achieve good governance in decentralized networks how the crypto industry has become politicized in the U.S.  what Chris thinks about a16z’s investment in Facebook why Facebook’s Libra project was shut down and his takeaways from the venture what lessons Chris learned from the 2022 crypto debacle, with the collapse of FTX, Terra, Celsius, 3AC, etc. where Chris sits in the debate about modular vs. monolithic networks how restaking and EigenLayer could “unlock a bunch of new design possibilities,” according to Chris the role of open source software in driving a better environment and better projects how decentralized social networks could attract new levels of adoption  whether creator royalties are necessary and why Chris believes that they are “non-negotiable” Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network Guest: Chris Dixon, founder and managing partner of a16z crypto, author of Read Write Own Previous appearance on Unchained: Chris Dixon on How Trust Is the Best Lego Links Tokenomics Unchained: What Is Tokenomics? A Beginner's Guide Venture Capital Unchained: Does Venture Capital Investment Violate the Ethos of Crypto? Sequoia Says No Modular vs. monolithic Unchained:  Three Crypto Pioneers on Crypto’s Monolithic vs. Modular Debate What Are Modular Blockchains? A Beginner's Guide Restaking Unchained:  Do You Need to Think Twice Before Restaking Your Assets?  What Is Ethereum Restaking? A Beginner's Guide Royalties Unchained: Are NFT Royalties the Way? How to Build a Sustainable Creator Economy The Chopping Block: Two on Two Debate: NFT Royalty Throwdown! The 2022 debacle Unchained: Collapses, Bankruptcies, and Fraud: How 2022 Became the Year of Crypto Carnage SocialFi Unchained: What Is SocialFi? A Beginner’s Guide Crypto & AI Unchained: When AI and Blockchain Meet, How Can Each Technology Benefit? The Chopping Block: Why AI Will Change the Course of History in Crypto Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sign up for our free newsletter here! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. This week a major potential risk to Ethereum was highlighted by a bug that surfaced in Nethermind, a minority execution client. While the bug was fixed quickly, it raised the question of what would happen to the blockchain if Geth, which is used by more than two-thirds of validators and so is considered a “supermajority client,” had a bug. The situation could potentially result in a catastrophic fork of Ethereum.  Ethereum developer Lefteris Karapetsas joined Unchained to discuss the different scenarios of what could happen, the potential impact of a supermajority client issue on staking services such as Lido, why he feels the incentive system is poorly designed, and what other solutions are out there to address the lack of client diversity.  Show highlights: What a consensus issue is in Ethereum and what happened with Nethermind last weekend Why it would be a big problem if a supermajority client had a bug The potential impact on staking services such as Lido Why Lefteris feels like he is reliving the historic Ethereum DAO hack all over again Whether the largest entities running nodes will start pursuing client diversity How the data on the prevalence of specific Ethereum execution clients is not verifiable or programmatic, making it less transparent and difficult to analyze Why Lefteris believes that the incentive system is not designed to achieve client diversity Whether there are developments in the works to try to solve the lack of client diversity  Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network iTrustCapital Guest  Lefteris Karapetsas, Founder of Rotkiapp Previous appearance on Unchained: Is Code Law? Should the Hacker Be Punished? The DAO Creators Disagree Links Unchained:  Most Ethereum Staking Pools Are Using Just One Execution Client, Potentially Increasing Risks to the Network The Chopping Block: Data Availability & Why It’s Important CoinDesk: Bug That Took Down 8% of Ethereum's Validators Sparks Worries About Even Bigger Outage The Defiant: Ethereum Software Client Centralization Sparks Concern Crypto.news: Nethermind rolls out urgent fix for block processing bug in Ethereum client Lukasz Rosmej’s tweet that minority client Nethermind had a consensus issue Lefteris’ tweet on a supermajority Ethereum client bug  Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong's tweet on what he’d do in a censorship resistance request scenario Run the majority client at your own peril! by Dankrad Feist Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news. This week kicks off with a crucial question: Are the latest trends in crypto ETFs signaling a major shift in the investment landscape? We delve into the market's nuanced response to these ETFs and what it means for investors. How important is client diversity for Ethereum's stability and future growth? The squad engages in a lively debate on this topic. With the advent of Proto-Danksharding, how might Ethereum's scalability be impacted, and what are the implications for the blockchain ecosystem? We further examine the user experience across blockchain platforms, particularly comparing Solana and Ethereum in terms of their user interfaces and transaction dynamics. Looking to the future, what breakthroughs and challenges can we anticipate in blockchain technology? Join us for an in-depth exploration of these key questions and their profound impact on the world of cryptocurrency. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform.   Show highlights:  🔹 ETF Market Analysis: Dissecting the impact of GBTC and other ETFs on the crypto market. 🔹 Client Diversity in Ethereum: Debating the pros and cons of multiple clients for network resilience. 🔹 Proto-Danksharding Effects: Assessing its potential to lower rollup costs and enhance scalability. 🔹 User Experience in Crypto: Exploring how fees and speeds affect user interactions on various platforms. 🔹 Solana vs. Ethereum UX: Comparing their user interfaces, focusing on transaction costs and latency. 🔹 Blockchain's Future Trends: Delving into predictions and emerging innovations in the blockchain world. 🔹 Ethereum's Protocol Evolution: Discussing the roadmap and future developments in Ethereum. 🔹 Scalability Solutions: Evaluating different approaches to scaling blockchains effectively. 🔹 Layer 2 Dynamics: Analyzing the growth and challenges of Layer 2 solutions on Ethereum.   Hosts Haseeb Qureshi, managing partner at Dragonfly  Robert Leshner, founder of Compound Tom Schmidt, general partner at Dragonfly  Tarun Chitra, managing partner at Robot Ventures   Disclosures Links Vitalik's post about Cypherpunk values: https://vitalik.eth.limo/general/2023/12/28/cypherpunk.html  PolyMarket for gas price per blob after EIP 4844: https://polymarket.com/event/gas-price-per-blob-1-month-after-eip-4844?tid=1706149992794  Tweet thread from DC investor: https://twitter.com/iamDCinvestor/status/1749410364666606075  Ethereum's Proto-Danksharding and EIP-4844: https://www.eip4844.com/  Ethereum 2.0 Clients Dashboard: https://clientdiversity.org/#distribution  Solana's Firedancer: https://github.com/firedancer-io Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Polychain Capital founder and CIO Olaf Carlson-Wee has been through every single bubble in crypto history, from Bitcoin’s rise past the single digits in 2012 to the ICO craze of 2017 to 2021’s NFT mania, and he says his main thesis about crypto has remained consistent since the beginning. That is, that crypto constitutes an “incentive vortex” that will replace the world’s preoccupation with country-backed currencies.  Carlson-Wee, who was the first employee at Coinbase, joins Unchained to discuss the significance of the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs, how he successfully navigated all the industry blow-ups in 2022, the challenges of balancing incentives for early adopters versus new users, why EigenLayer is so significant, why Worldcoin’s distribution strategy is a “disaster,” and the strange places that the intersection between crypto and AI could take us.  Show highlights: Why Olaf sees the current market as the cusp of another bull run and how his thesis has remained consistent since 2011​​ How the launch of spot Bitcoin ETFs marks a significant milestone  Why criticisms of the crypto space are really criticisms of money in general  The fundamental differences between Web3 applications and the Web2 ecosystem and why they matter The importance of fair token distribution in enhancing the value of Web3 projects When Olaf expects Bitcoin to replace legacy financial systems The areas and technologies Olaf and his fund are keen to invest in Why Olaf thinks a modular blockchain architecture is superior to a monolithic one in the long term How EigenLayer is innovating to enable new types of applications and whether it competes with Celestia How Polychain managed to avoid being hurt by the major market blowups of 2022, including Terra and FTX The evolution of the space from an ideologically driven to a more pragmatic approach The significance of incentive design in crypto ecosystems and the trade-offs involved in system design Olaf’s perspective on the recent rise of points systems The growth of privacy-focused crypto projects and the potential for private blockchains to become the norm Why he thinks Worldcoin’s distribution strategy is a “disaster” Olaf’s interest in the intersection of AI and crypto and potential developments in this area His bullish outlook on SocialFi and Web3 gaming Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network Guest: Olaf Carlson-Wee, founder and CIO of Polychain Capital Previous appearances on Unchained: Olaf Carlson-Wee: 'If There Is a Money-Losing Exploit, the Money Is Gone'  Why The First Employee Of Coinbase Launched A Hedge Fund To the Moon and Back With Polychain's Olaf Carlson-Wee Special Episode with CNBC's Crypto Trader: Olaf Carlson-Wee on Why This Crypto Winter Is Different From Previous Ones All Things Cryptoeconomics, Pt. 1, With Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of Polychain Capital Links Olaf Carlson-Wee Forbes:  This Man Has Been Living On Bitcoin For 3 Years Why This Hedge Fund CEO Once 'Put Most Of My Meager Life Savings Into Bitcoin' TechCrunch: The future is a decentralized internet Blockworks: Why Polychain Capital Founder Never Sells His Crypto  CoinDesk: Olaf Carlson-Wee: Crypto Is the Great Wealth-Redistribution Machine Restaking/EigenLayer Unchained:  DeFi Protocol EigenLayer Reaches Restaking Capacity, Pushing TVL Past $1.4 Billion Do You Need to Think Twice Before Restaking Your Assets?  Olaf’s tweet on EigenLayer Crypto + AI Olaf’s tweet: “in crypto nearly 100% of value accrues to start-ups and outsiders, not existing establishment interests” Visit Unchained for more links and details Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On Wednesday, a federal court in New York heard oral arguments in Coinbase’s motion to dismiss the SEC’s case against it for, among other things, allegedly acting as an unregulated securities exchange. Notably, Judge Katherine Polk Failla pressed the SEC to explain how it has jurisdiction over Coinbase in the case by defining what it considers a security.  Sam Enzer, a partner at Cahill Gorden & Reindel who represents Coinbase but not in this matter, joined Unchained to discuss why this case is so significant for the crypto industry, how he believes the government contradicted itself on the crucial definition of what constitutes a security, why he thinks the judge will not dismiss the case at this early stage, how the Ripple and Terraform Labs cases could be used by each side, and why he thinks Judge Failla is such a perfect choice to rule in this case.   Show highlights: Why SEC v Coinbase holds important implications for the U.S. crypto ecosystem What the SEC alleges against Coinbase, focusing on its trading platform, wallet, and staking services How Coinbase forcefully counters the SEC's claims as it strives to get the case dismissed What the “major questions doctrine” entails and its critical role in this dispute Why Sam perceives the judge as “extremely skeptical” of the SEC's stance Whether inconsistencies surfaced in the SEC lawyers' arguments What “strict liability” means and its frequent mention in this legal battle What takeaways from the Ripple and Terraform Labs cases offer about secondary market sales Why Sam believes Judge Katherine Polk Failla is exceptionally well-suited for this case Whether Judge Failla might reject the motion to dismiss, and when  Thank you to our sponsors! Popcorn Network iTrustCapital Guest Sam Enzer, partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel Previous appearances on Unchained:  Why SBF's Testimony So Far Has Likely Already Doomed Him Another Bad Week for Sam Bankman-Fried in His Criminal Trial Why These Lawyers Say It's Over for SBF-But His Only Hail Mary Is to Testify SBF Trial: How Sam Bankman-Fried’s Lawyers Might Try and Win His Case SBF’s Lawyers Could Be Annoying the Judge How Might That Impact the Trial? Links Previous coverage of Unchained on the Coinbase case and the topic of securities: SEC Sues Binance, Coinbase: ‘This Is Not the End of Crypto in the United States’  These 2 Crypto Trading Platforms Agree With SEC Chair Gary Gensler Coinbase’s Legal Action Against the SEC: How It Will Likely Unfold  ‘Is ETH a Security?’ Why Gary Gensler Couldn’t Give Congress a Straight Answer Gary Gensler vs. Crypto: What Will the SEC Attack Next? Rep. Emmer on Why He Believes Gary Gensler Is a ‘Bad-Faith Regulator’ Coinbase vs. SEC Unchained:  Federal Judge Presses SEC Over Jurisdiction in Case Against Coinbase SEC Sues Coinbase for Breaking Securities Laws SEC Files Motion to Freeze Binance’s Assets, Asks for ‘Sworn Accounting’ SEC Files 13 Charges Against Binance Including the Mishandling of Funds, Sale of Unregistered Securities SEC Calls Solana, Polygon, Algorand and Other Tokens Securities but Misses Ether in Binance Lawsuit Cointelegraph: Senator Lummis files amicus brief supporting Coinbase’s dismissal motion against SEC. Other cases Kraken CNBC: Crypto exchange Kraken settles with SEC for $30 million, will close US staking operation XRP Unchained: SEC vs Ripple: Judge Rules XRP Sold on Exchanges Is Not a Security Terraform Labs Reuters: Judge sides with US SEC, says Terraform Labs crypto founder Do Kwon violated law Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to The Chopping Block, where crypto experts Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner bring you inside perspectives on critical topics in the crypto world. This episode delves into the complexities and market impact of crypto ETFs: Are they a game-changer for investors? The team also examines the controversies surrounding Tether, exploring its stability and the implications of recent scandals. They then shift focus to the burgeoning world of asset-backed securities and crypto casinos: What potential and challenges do they present? NFTs and their evolving role beyond digital art are scrutinized, along with the integration of crypto technology in devices like the Solana phone. Tune in for a thought-provoking discussion on these critical developments shaping the future of cryptocurrency. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Show highlights:  🔹 ETF Performance Analysis: Grayscale Bitcoin Trust and Competitors. 🔹 Circle IPO: Impact on Stablecoin Market and Financial Ecosystem. 🔹 Tether Controversy: Financial Backing and Southeast Asian Scams. 🔹 Vivek Ramaswamy's Political Future: Influence on Crypto Policy. 🔹 Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) in Crypto: Opportunities for Investors. 🔹 Crypto Casinos: Rise in Popularity and Move Toward Transparency. 🔹 NFTs in Mainstream Culture: Adoption and New Use Cases. 🔹 Crypto and Traditional Finance: Stablecoins like USDC and Tether. 🔹 Crypto Integration in Devices: Solana Phone and Market Adoption. Hosts Haseeb Qureshi, managing partner at Dragonfly  Robert Leshner, founder of Compound Tom Schmidt, general partner at Dragonfly  Tarun Chitra, managing partner at Robot Ventures Disclosures Links Blockworks: Tether says UN needs more blockchain education in response to USDT report by Casey Wagner  UNODC: Casinos, Money Laundering, Underground Banking, and Transnational Organized Crime in East and Southeast Asia: A Hidden and Accelerating Threat CNBC: Costco sold more than $100 million in gold bars last quarter by Spencer Kimball Number Go Up: Inside Crypto's Wild Rise And Staggering Fall by Zeke Faux CNBC: BlackRock CEO Larry Fink: Bitcoin ETF approvals are ‘stepping stones’ towards tokenization Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thursday was a momentous day in crypto as the first SEC-approved spot Bitcoin ETFs finally began trading after more than a decade of waiting, and by almost all accounts, it was a huge success, with more than $625 million in inflows on the first day of trading.  Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan and VanEck head of digital assets research Matthew Sigel joined Unchained to discuss their approaches towards selling their products in the market, the challenges of competing with larger firms like BlackRock and Fidelity, the fee wars and where those are headed, the importance of specialist expertise in the crypto investment space, and how Bitcoin prices might react to all the new supply in the market.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Show highlights: Why Matt Hougan regards the first week as a massive success for Bitcoin How Matthew Sigel emphasizes the costs and benefits ETFs offer to retail investors The strategic marketing approaches of VanEck and Bitwise aligning with Bitcoin community values The reasons for Bitwise's standout performance in the first days of trading, according to Matt Whether the introduction of Bitcoin ETFs will reshape the broader ETF landscape Matt's perspective on why some financial institutions resist Bitcoin, and their eventual openness to crypto Whether the established players in finance feel threatened by the rise of open source technologies Whether Gary Gensler’s statement after the approval is “totally crazy” Why data for the various ETFs in the market should be analyzed on a weekly or monthly basis The ongoing fee competition and how smaller entities can compete against giants like BlackRock and Fidelity Grayscale's strategies to remain competitive with higher fees and the possibility of launching a new, low-fee ETF How investment advisors might adapt to these new crypto products and the potential for mainstream adoption Matthew’s predictions for when BTC investors, both short-term and long-term, will take profits Why they are both closely monitoring Ethereum's performance and the prospects for a spot ether ETF in the market Thank you to our sponsors! Arbitrum Foundation Popcorn Network Guests: Matt Hougan, Chief Investment Officer at Bitwise Asset Management Previous appearances on Unchained: Why a Spot Bitcoin ETF Will Probably Launch No Later Than January 10 Matthew Sigel, Head of Digital Assets Research at VanEck. Links Previous coverage of Unchained on spot Bitcoin ETFs: Why Some Brokerage Firms Are Blocking Access to Spot Bitcoin ETFs Why Spot Bitcoin ETFs Are Likely to Finally Start Trading on Thursday  Why the SEC May Want Cash Creation of Spot Bitcoin ETFs Why It Looks Like BlackRock Could Win America’s First Spot Bitcoin ETF Will a Spot Bitcoin ETF Finally Get Approved? The 4 Factors That Will Determine Which Spot Bitcoin ETFs Win Market Share How Much Money Will Flow Into Bitcoin ETFs? Here’s One Projection Approval: Unchained:  Spot Bitcoin ETFs Finally Receive SEC Seal of Approval What Officials, ETF Issuers, and Others Are Saying About the SEC's Spot Bitcoin ETF Approvals Laura Shin’s op-ed on Unchained: Why Spot Bitcoin ETFs Are (But Mostly Aren't) a Big Deal for Crypto David Z. Morris’ op-ed on Unchained: The SEC’s Bumbling Bitcoin ETF Rollout Was Perfectly On-Brand First days of trading Unchained:  Spot Bitcoin ETFs Record $4.6 Billion First Day Trading Volume Spot Bitcoin ETF Inflows Topped $625 Million on First Day in ‘Phenomenal’ Debut, Led by Bitwise Vanguard Isn’t Allowing Customers to Buy Spot Bitcoin ETFs Visit Unchained for more links and details Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Fountain, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably heard that spot Bitcoin ETFs were finally approved by the SEC this week. That set the stage for 11 such offerings from the likes of BlackRock, Fidelity, and ARK 21Shares to begin trading on Thursday. On this episode of Unchained, Nate Geraci, president of the ETF Store; Eric Balchunas, senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence; and James Seyffart, research analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence discussed the initial record trading volumes, the mechanics of how the funds work, the botched roll-out process, the pointed commentary from SEC commissioners, the potential for future Ethereum spot ETFs and predictions for total inflows. Plus, they explain why brokerage firms like Vanguard, Merrill and others were blocking customer access to the ETFs. Show highlights: The initial impact and trading volumes on the launch day of the ETFs How BlackRock’s ETF, IBIT, had a lot of volume in pre-market and what that means Why Eric was surprised that BlackRock proceeded with a waiver for its ETF, but realized that it was “genius marketing” Whether there’s a problem that ETFs don’t trade 24/7, unlike BTC itself Why James says the spot ETFs are not going to have significant premiums or discounts to NAV  What the percentage premium is and how it will play out with spot Bitcoin ETFs Whether the SEC will ever allow in-kind creation and redemption Why Nate and Eric believe that the SEC’s denials of spot Bitcoin ETFs for a decade was “completely suboptimal” for retail investors How the SEC commissioners pointedly disagreed with each other in their comments and dissents The politics of the approval process Whether Ethereum spot ETFs will be approved next Why some big platforms and brokerages are not offering the spot Bitcoin ETFs How RIAs will respond to the ETF and whether there’s going to be mainstream adoption by advisors Thank you to our sponsors! Arbitrum Foundation Popcorn Network iTrustCapital Guests James Seyffart, Research analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence Previous appearances on Unchained: Why Spot Bitcoin ETFs Are Likely to Finally Start Trading on Thursday Why the SEC May Want Cash Creation of Spot Bitcoin ETFs Why It Looks Like BlackRock Could Win America’s First Spot Bitcoin ETF Why a Spot Bitcoin ETF Will Probably Launch No Later Than January 10 Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence Previous appearances on Unchained: Why Spot Bitcoin ETFs Are Likely to Finally Start Trading on Thursday Will a Spot Bitcoin ETF Finally Get Approved? Nate Geraci, President of The ETF Store Links Previous coverage of Unchained on spot Bitcoin ETFs: The 4 Factors That Will Determine Which Spot Bitcoin ETFs Win Market Share How Much Money Will Flow Into Bitcoin ETFs? Here’s One Projection The Chopping Block: Are We Back? The ‘Low IQ’ Response to the Potential Spot Bitcoin ETF Approval: Unchained:  Spot Bitcoin ETFs Finally Receive SEC Seal of Approval What Officials, ETF Issuers, and Others Are Saying About the SEC's Spot Bitcoin ETF Approvals Laura Shin’s op-ed on Unchained: Why Spot Bitcoin ETFs Are (But Mostly Aren't) a Big Deal for Crypto David Z. Morris’ op-ed on Unchained: The SEC’s Bumbling Bitcoin ETF Rollout Was Perfectly On-Brand Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Fkyamindgames Freeman

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Feb 8th
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Matt Pitkin

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kjowagner12@hotmail.com

Your words have changed my life! Thank you. I am now over 1 month binge free and way more present in my relationships with my kids/husband! I am focusing on nourishing my body and being compassionate with myself rather than all or nothing thinking, guilt/shame spirals, and fighting with myself and what my body needs to thrive. Embracing what is - what a refreshing concept! 😌 Eating adequately changed everything.

Nov 1st
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Andrew Evan

Anyone who talks about or believes in politics is an idiot or controlled opposition or a distraction. Politics is not real!!!!! ELECTORAL COLLEGE!!! Damn you truthers are dumb. You waste so much time with nonsense which is just what they want. #lookintoit #eddiebravo #TinFoilHat

Oct 31st
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Seth Sawyer Brown

Sup Eddie, where can I find that video on the Spanish Flu? I want to share to Friends & Fam!

Jul 8th
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Justin Dugger

God damnit Eddie. I was listening at work and that commercial came on randomly about 10th planet and the audio track sounded like metal scraping metal and I about had a heart attack because I thought something had locked up on the conveyors at work 😅

Jul 5th
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GodsWatchmen

PLEASE Take the adds off audio version dude it sounds SOOOOOOOO GAY. At the very least change them I mean listen to them" I got right in there,then I sat there like, I just got in there and it felt so amazing" wtf bro

Jun 17th
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Fkyamindgames Freeman

this Kurt metzger episode is probably the worst episode ever

May 30th
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Daniel Stout

well this dude has his facts wrong. scientific studies show a glass of wine here an there is beneficial to health. he says its demonic poison. so is he calling Christ a sinner for drinking wine? his dad died from alcohol so he won't touch a drop. i can respect that. but would he have the same attitude bout driving if his dad died in a car accident? alcohol itself is not evil, only the overconsumption of alcohol could be considered sinful. get off your high horse because nobody is better than the one and ONLY Son of God. You can know all the hidden secrets of history but they dont amount to shit compared to knowing Christ Is and getting to hear/read His Sermons. Paul was a highly educated man and he said all his knowledge is worthless compared to just knowing Jesus is who He says He is. What can hidden knowledge do for you, or keep from you, if you're not obeying Christ? See, we all want it to be super special space alien hologram type flat earth conspiracy type shit, as if that will en

May 29th
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GodsWatchmen

Eddie I really wish you could understand that if 2% to even 10% of your listeners are probably into the fight thing. That means 90% to 98% just aren't into it and if there like me they turn the episode as soon as they realize it's a fight episode. like dude we all get you love fighting and that's cool that who you are. But we are here for the part of you that has insight on conspiracy and guess that do. I'm sorry but I don't understand the point of even making and episode that 9 out 10 of your fans are not even going to listen to and btw. Those commercials sound really really bad if your just listening to the audio from your like" dude your so big one i get ahold of like this and pen you down, now I got you right where I want you. and boom big finish." like bro fr wtf.

May 27th
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Mahhhish

I'm glad I found you✨

Apr 27th
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GodsWatchmen

Elites: Corey what do we have to give you to shut you up? Corey: I want a prime time spot for my band. Elites:Okay, let's hear it.( listens) uhhhh.......Can we just give you an island? Corey: No way my band is the best.

Apr 18th
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GodsWatchmen

lol put the speed to 0.5 it makes it sound like there both #$@!ed up. For real you won't regret it lol.

Mar 10th
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Andrew Evan

This X22 may be the most brainwashed and vanilla person I have heard in the truth space. No idea why Eddie likes this guy.

Feb 28th
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Justin Dugger

dude this is sick af. dude just chilling there casually telling us he designed SpongeBob characters without telling us it's sponge Bob. friggin "under water aquatic adventure" show. this dude is a complete legend..

Jan 31st
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Travis Dollarhide

This guy is talking like a politician. He's cruising on the center line. His answers are to appease everyone's opinion on everything. lol...

Jan 17th
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Travis Dollarhide

if he isn't willing to be critical of Trump or the Florida goof, then he shouldn't be taken seriously. they are politicians and NONE of them are "for humanity". They're hookers for sale. (left and right)

Jan 17th
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