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On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Joel Oswald, Principal at Williams and Jensen. We discuss lobbying and what legislation will come out of Capitol Hill this year regarding Web 3. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insights on the latest regulatory developments in web 3.0.  Topics Covered:· 2:20   Joel’s Background· 5:20   Distinctions Between the Approach of Lobbyists and Interest Groups · 14:00   FTX’s Impact on the Legislative Agenda· 17:00   SEC’s Role in FTX Contagion  · 21:40   Status of the DCCPA· 29:40   Managing the Exit of Pat Toomey · 34:40   Will Europe be an Inspiration to Congress?· 44:00   Does Congress Understand How to Regulate Crypto?  · 1:00:00   What is the Path to Composition?  · 1:13:30   What Comes of the Responsible Financial Innovation Act?Resource List:·  Joel’s LinkedIn·  Williams and Jensen·  Blockchain Association ·  Congress accepts FTX donations·  Stabenow Bill ·  Lummis-Gillibrand Bill  ·  Congress may be ‘ungovernable,’ but the US could see crypto legislation in 2023·  US authorities to intensify scrutiny of the crypto industry in 2023·  Biden Administration’s Roadmap to Mitigate Cryptocurrencies’ Risks·  US senator behind efforts to pass major crypto bill won’t seek reelection Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, we continue our guest panel discussion on the EU's Markets in Crypto-Assets regulation (MiCA). We dive into the legislation and explore the concept of issuances in greater depth. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insights on the latest developments in Web 3 legislation.  Topics Covered:· 0:00        Summary and Introductions· 7:30        Journey of Issuers Under MiCA· 12:00      The Role of the White Paper · 40:00      Exploring the Risk Management Tools· 1:04:00    Timing of MiCA Implementation · 1:12:00    Liability Issues and the Potential for Lack of Clarity· 1:45:30    What Practices Will be Taken on by Issuers?      Resource List:·       MiCA Overview and Categorization of Crypto Assets ·       Alexandru’s LinkedIn ·       Jonathan’s LinkedIn ·       Marina’s LinkedIn ·       Francesco’s LinkedIn ·       William’s LinkedIn·       Alireza’s LinkedIn·       BCA Solutions ·       SLV Legal ·       The European Crypto Initiative ·       Crypto Policy Updates ·       MiCA ·       Hinman Test ·       Safe Harbor ·       Lewis Gillibrand Bill ·       GDPR ·       The competing priorities facing U.S. crypto regulations Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Anna Lerner Nesbitt, CEO of Climate Collective. We discuss the digitization of the value chain to create transparency and verifiability. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight into revolutionary developments in web 3.0. Topics Covered:·       3:30   Anna’s Background·       9:30   Introduction to Regenerative Finance ·       16:00   How Technological Advancements are Enabling Regenerative Practices·       21:50   Areas to be Excited About in Regenerative Finance ·       25:40   Measuring Progress In Developing Countries ·       34:00   Discussing Universal Basic Income·       45:00   What is the Climate Collective?·       57:30   Effective Strategies for Coordinating Climate Response·       1:08:50   Call for Action Resource List:·       Anna’s LinkedIn·       Anna’s Twitter·       Climate Collective·       United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change·       Global Environmental Facility·       Regenerative Finance·       Toucan·       Flowcarbon·       Senken·       Spirals·       Celo·       Mento·       EthicHub·       Gainforest·       SimplexDNA·       Universal Basic Income·       Good Dollar·       The Paris Agreement’s New Article 6 Rules Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, we have a 5-guest panel discussion on the EU Market in Crypto-assets regulation (MiCA). We dive into the legislation and explore the regulatory frameworks of world leaders. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insights on the latest developments in Web 3.  Topics Covered:·       4:00    Introductions·       8:00    Significance of MiCA for the EU·       24:50     How Does MiCA Address Fully Decentralized Digital Asset Projects? ·       31:20     Diving into the Categorizations of Crypto Assets·       1:30:00    Distinction Between European and U.S. Regulatory Frameworks  Resource List:·       MiCA Overview and Categorization of Crypto Assets ·       Alexandru’s LinkedIn·       Jonathan’s LinkedIn·       Marina’s LinkedIn·       Francesco’s LinkedIn·       William’s LinkedIn·       BCA Solutions·       SLV Legal·       The European Crypto Initiative·       Crypto Policy Updates·       MiCA·       GDPR ·       The competing priorities facing U.S. crypto regulations Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guests are Lewis Cohen, Greg Strong, Freeman Lewin, and Sarah Chen of DLx Law. We continue our conversation on the classification of digital assets and delve deeper into the characteristics of judicially recognized security instruments. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insights on the latest developments in digital asset regulation.  Topics Covered:·       3:05    Intent of The Howey Test·       9:42    Assessing the Application of Howey to the Secondary Market·       13:14    Assessing the Approach to Contract Analysis·       15:00    Overview and Implications of the LBRY Decision ·       38:00    The Flaws of the Hinman Test·       44:50    Discussing Informational Asymmetry Resource List:·       Lewis Cohen’s LinkedIn·       Lewis Cohen’s Twitter·       The Ineluctable Modalities of Securities Law, why Fungible Crypto Assets Are NotSecurities?·       SEC case against LBRY of New Hampshire·       Howey Test·       Reeves Test·       Token Safe Harbor Proposal 2.0·       Hinman Test·       Lummis-Gillibrand Responsible Financial Innovation Act Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is JW Verret, founder of Crypto Freedom Labs . We discuss the concerns with potential government restrictions on personal and financial privacy in the interest of their subjective interpretation of the common good. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insights on the latest development in privacy and web 3.0.  Resource List:·       JW’s LinkedIn·       JW’s Twitter·       Crypto Freedom Labs·       The ‘SBF Bill’: What’s in the Crypto Legislation Backed by FTX's Founder·       JW Verret Articles Cointelegraph·       Tornado Cash·       Zcash·       Immutability in Blockchain·       Reg X Proposal·       Whirlpool·       Gurbir Grewal remarksFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Savva Kerdemelidis, CEO of Crowd Funded Cures. We discuss how developers are building systems that are seeking to reduce patient care costs. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on innovative use cases for blockchain technologies.  Resource List:·  Savva’s LinkedIn·  Savva’s Twitter·  Molecule·  Crowd Funded Cures·  Delinkage·  A New Financial Model for Repurposing Off-Patent Longevity Medicines·  Generics & Biosimilars: Novel New Therapies to Sidestep Drug DevelopmentWoes·  Tragedy of the Commons: A Solvable Problem Caused by Our Current Drug Patent System·  Pay for Success Contracts: A New Model to Develop New Therapies from Old DrugsFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Will Foulkes, Co-founder, and CEO of Stabiliti, a platform that provides complete end-to-end transparency and traceability across the lifecycle of carbon offsets. We discuss the carbon credit and offset market, and the challenges that innovators are facing in this space. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on how developers are using web 3 to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. Topics Covered:·    0:00   Intro·    2:30   Will’s Background·    7:20   Defining the Space Stabiliti is in·    9:40   A Background on Carbon Credits and Offsets·    18:40   Understanding Poor and High-Quality Offsets·    24:10   Other Names in the Space·    31:40   What Countries Prioritize ESG?·    35:20   What Models Will Increase Interest in ESG?·    43:00   Walking Through Bringing High-Quality Offsets Online·    49:20   Discussing Examples of Carbon Offsetting Producers·    55:00   Measuring Carbon EmissionsResource List:·    Will’s LinkedIn·    Will’s Twitter·    Stabiliti·    Regenerative Finance·    Carbon Credits and Offsets·    Regeneration Earth·    Climate Collective·    LIDAR Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Dane Lund, core contributor to Alliance DAO. We explore the roles of autonomy and decentralization in DAOs and discuss some of the hurdles they are facing as they embrace these concepts. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insights on the innovative organizational structures in web 3 and how organizations acknowledge the challenges that arise in them. Topics Covered:·   0:00   Intro·   5:30   Defining Features of a DAO·   14:20   Framing Some of the Problems in the DAO Landscape·   32:40   Anonymity in Voting·   41:50   Discussion on Pseudonyms in DAOs·   51:00   How does Current Legislation Impact DAOs?·   1:02:00   How Can Builders be Policy Advocates?·   1:04:30   Is 2022 the Year of the DAO?Resource List:·       Dane’s LinkedIn·       Dane’s Twitter·       Alliance DAO·       Autonomy in DAOs·       Bermuda Test·       Ooki DAO·       Sarbanes-Oxley  ·       MiCA·       Lummis Gillibrand·       Stabenow Bill·       Lex PunkFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guests are Dr. Satya Sharma, an industry pioneer of scan technology, and Christopher Tu, co-founder of ZKLadder. We discuss the current solutions for the authentication of real-world assets in the digital space. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insights on innovative technologies in web 3. Resource List:·       Dr. Sharma’s Profile·       Chris’ LinkedIn·       ZKLadder·       Trustless IRL·       SOW DAO Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Andy Greenstein, fellow lawyer at Hess Legal Counsel. We share observations we have made while working on several crowdfunding deals and explore the state of digital asset offerings for small issuers in the U.S. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insights on the regulatory landscape in web 3. Topics Covered:         ·  0:00   Introduction·  2:10   Andy’s Background·  6:00   Overview of Hess Legal Counsel's Involvement With Crowdfunding·  8:00   Discussing Crowdfunding and the Burdens of Smaller Issuers  ·  15:40   Breaking Down The Legal Terminology·  31:15   Limitations With Regulation CF·  37:20   Testing the Waters and Reg CF ·  41:40   Popular Reg CF Platforms·  44:00   Closing Thoughts Benefits of Crowdfunding                  Resource List:·       Andy’s LinkedIn·       Hess Legal Counsel·       Hestor Pierce Safe Harbor·       Reg X·       Reg D·       Reg CF·       MiCa·       Lummis-Gillibrand Bill·       Digital Commodities Protection Act·       Wahi Case SEC Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week's podcast, our guest is Kayvan Sadeghi,  Partner of Jenner & Block. We discuss the CFTC complaint against bZeroX, LLC and Ooki DAO and its implications for the DAO ecosystem. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more coverage of the evolving legal environment in web 3. Topics Covered:         ·  0:00   Introduction·  1:40   Kayvan’s Background·  2:50   Framing the CFTC Complaint and Settlement·  15:50   Who is Liable?·  19:00   Who is the CFTC Going After?·  28:10   How Does RUPA affect DAOs?·  37:00   Potential Chilling Effect on DAO Governance·  46:10   The Logic of Wrapping DAOs ·  51:00   Will the Court Approve the Service?Resource LinksCFTC ComplaintCFTC Legally Served Ooki DAO via Website Help Bot, Court RulesKayvan SadeghiKayvan's LinkedInJenner & BlockSEC Deems Nine Tokens as SecuritiesRevised Uniform Partnership Act
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Paul Lekas, Head of Global Public Policy at the Software & Information Industry Association (SSIA). We discussed current legislative efforts prioritizing privacy and privacy-enhancing technologies, as well as the implications of sanctioning code versus individuals. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more insight on the adoption of privacy-enhancing tech and data security. Topics Covered:         ·  0:00   Introduction·  5:00   How has the View of Encryption Shifted in the Past Decade?·  8:50   The Good and Bad of Encryption Software·  12:00   How the SSIA Deals With Regulating Code·  20:00   What Agencies are you Seeing the Most Coordination?·  21:40   Has Legislation Weakened Encryption?·  28:40   Building Effective Privacy Legislation·  39:00   Should Corporate Decision Making Be Culturally Driven?·  43:30   Discussing the Definition of Commercial Surveillance·  48:00   Framing Privacy as a Bipartisan Issue·  57:30   Intersection of Technological Solutions and Social Goals    Resource List:·      Paul’s LinkedIn·      SSIA Twitter·      SSIA·      FTC·      Notice of Advanced Rule Making Around Commercial Surveillance·      Government on Encryption·      Tornado Cash·      EARN IT Act·      America Data Protection Privacy ActFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook 
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Avichal Garg, Managing Partner of Electric Capital. We explore the concept of scarcity and how it drives value in digital assets. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspectives on value creation in web 3. Topics Covered:         ·       0:00   Introduction·       7:30   What Makes Digital Assets Scarce?·       14:00   Could There be Another Bitcoin?·       25:10   What Other Concepts Leverage Scarcity?·       29:00   Scarcity and Communities With Unique Reputation·       40:00   Is Scarcity a Value Driver in Gaming?·       48:40   How Does Real World Inflation Influence the Scarcity Narrative in Digital Assets? Resource List:·       Avichal’s LinkedIn·       Avichal’s Twitter·       Electric Capital·       Electric Capital Resources·       Bitwise·       Bored Ape Yacht Club·       Proof of Work·       Proof of Stake·       Tal Moran·       Iddo BentovFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook  
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Kokila Alagh, founder of KARM Legal Consultants. We discuss the regulatory hurdles facing digital assets in the UAE and how they differentiate themselves from other jurisdictions. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more coverage of the frameworks paving the way for global adoption of blockchain technologies. Topics Covered:         ·  0:00    Introduction·  5:10    What Makes the UAE Stand Out?·  8:30    Kokila’s Background·  13:50    Introduction to Regulators in the Middle East·  22:20    Operating a Digital Assets Business in the UAE  ·  30:30    Discussing Definitions of Virtual Assets·  37:00    Distinguishing Between the Platforms·  44:20    How is the Concept of Utility Addressed in the UAE?·  48:00    Does the Degree of Centralization Factor into Regulation?·  56:00    Licensing Requirements in the UAE·  59:10    Overview of Oasis Labs ·  1:05:00    How Knowledgeable are Regulators?·  1:09:30    Comparing Regulatory LandscapesResource List:·       Kokila’s LinkedIn·       Kokila’s KARM Profile·       KARM Legal Consultants·       SCA·       DFSA·       Dubai International Financial Centre·       Abu Dhabi Global Market·       Multilateral Trading Facility    ·       Oasis Labs Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favoriteplatforms!TwitterLinkedInInstagramFacebook  
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guests are Elena Nadolinski and Craig Timm of Iron Fish. Iron Fish is a decentralized, proof-of-work based, censorship-resistant, and publicly accessible blockchain project that aims to become the universal privacy layer for all of Web 3. We dive into the project and discuss the role of privacy in the evolution of blockchains. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more coverage of the most pressing issues in Web 3.0 and the projects that are working to solve them.Topics Covered:         ·  0:00 Introduction ·  5:00  Elena’s Background·  11:40 Use Case for Privacy Solutions·  14:00  Introduction to Iron Fish·  17:30  Why Change from Rust to TypeScript?·  26:00  Why Change from a Browser-Based Node?·  29:00  Why and How Iron Fish Expanded to Other Chains·  33:55  Craig’s Background·  37:30  Discussing Tornado Cash·  46:00  Implications on the Entire Space·  52:00  What Has Changed for Iron Fish? ·  57:00  Is There a Bullish Case?  Resource List:·   Elena’s LinkedIn·   Elena’s Twitter·   Craig’s LinkedIn·   Craig’s Twitter·   Iron Fish·   Iron Fish: The Privacy Platform For Web3·   United States Sanctions Tornado Cash·   What is Rust and why is it so popular?·   Web RTC·   Zcash·   Sapling·   Aleo·   Money Laundering and Bank Integrity Unit·   North Korea using Tornado Cash ·   The Downside of Sanctioning Tornado Cash Follow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Daniela Barbosa, Executive Director of the Hyperledger Foundation. We explore the collection of Hyperledger projects and discuss how organizations around the world are utilizing this revolutionary tech. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more coverage of the open-source solutions and frameworks that will change our world.Topics Covered:         · Introduction· Daniela’s Background· Communicating the Full Scope of Hyperledger (8:50)· How do Organization Utilize Hyperledger to its Fullest? (16:54)· Exploring Hyperledger Use Cases (22:30) · How Hyperledger Frameworks Support CBDCs (29:50)· How Does Hyperledger Get Involved With Different Countries? (39:00)· What Trends Has Hyperledger Noticed? (51:00)Resource List:· Daniela’s LinkedIn· Daniela’s Twitter· Hyperledger Foundation· Daniela’s Articles· Besu· Fabric· Iroha· Aries· The Encrypted Economy: Matt Zand  · Linux Foundation· Blockchain 101 Course· Case Studies· Linux Foundation Insights· Hyperledger Forum · CBDC E-bookFollow The Encrypted Economy on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook      
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Jason Schwartz, Partner at Fried Frank. We discuss tax challenges with digital assets as well as their permanent place in the next age of the economy. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more coverage of the regulation and taxation creating a better landscape for digital assets. Topics Covered:         ·       Introduction·       Jason’s Background·       Discussing the Current Tax Landscape ·       Distinguishing Crypto from Deemed Entities ·       Questions Raised with NFTs ·       What is Likely to be Deemed an Entity? ·       Breaking Down Issues for Foreign Corps and U.S. Holders·       Discussing the Hundred Person Limitation·       Characterizing Digital Assets Under Deemed AnalysisResource List:·       Jason’s LinkedIn·       Jason’s Twitter·       Fried Frank·       Cryptocurrency Tax Law·       A Tax Lens on the Proliferation of Digital Assets·       NFT Tax Code·       Foreign Corporation Tax Law·       Big Green Dao·       Bankless Dao Newsletter Follow us on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook       
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Michael Feng, Founder of Hummingbot. We discuss the decentralization of the market maker function and giving an edge back to smaller traders with the software. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more coverage of the innovative products creating a better landscape for digital assets. Topics Covered:         ·       Introduction·       Michael’s Background·       The Formation of Hummingbot·       The Purpose of Market Making·       Distinction Between Market Making and Arb Trading      ·       How to Properly Incentivize Market Makers·       What are the Benefits for the Hummingbot Community?·       Institutional Usage of Hummingbot  ·       How Does Hummingbot Reduce Conflict of Interest?·       Current Environment: Is There a Shift in Strategies?·       Short and Medium Term Goals for HummingbotResource List:·       Michael’s LinkedIn·       Michael Feng Twitter·       Hummingbot·       Hummingbot Github·       Arb Trading·       Hummingbot Miner·       Early Linux·       AMMS·       Michael Feng Substack Follow us on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook       
On this week’s episode of The Encrypted Economy, our guest is Kaitlin Asrow, Executive Deputy Superintend of New York’s Department of Financial Services. We discuss the process of obtaining proper licensure to operate a digital assets business and the balancing act of incentivizing innovation while crafting better-tuned regulations. Be sure to subscribe to The Encrypted Economy for more perspective on creating an efficient regulatory environment for digital assets. Topics Covered:         · Introduction· What Went Wrong With Celsius?· NYS DFS Guidance on Stable Coins and Implications for USDC· Discussing Accounting Bulletin 121 and OCC Rumors· Pathway for Licensure of Digital Assets Businesses in New York · Comparing NYS DFS Standards to Other States· Outlining a Pathway to Reciprocity· Primary Stumbling Blocks and Lessons With Licensing Process· Discussing VOLT Standards for Regulatory Oversight· What are the Options for Smaller Firms?· Custodial Relationships Under Bit License vs the Limited Purpose Trust· Developing Effective GuidanceResource List:· Kaitlin’s LinkedIn· New York Department of Financial Services· BitLicense · Celsius· Terra Luna· NYS DFS Guidance for Stable Coin Issuers · Accounting Bulletin 121 · ASC 805· DFS Career Page Follow us on your favorite platforms! Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Facebook       
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