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Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing

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There is a digital revolution that is shaping your future and the future of money itself. The money in your pocket is worth less every day… so it is time to stake your claim in the future of the financial system, and participate in the wealth-creation opportunity of a generation. At Real Vision, it’s our job to make sense of this fast-moving space for you, so you don’t get left behind.
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The Fourth Paradigm Shift: Metaverse 2.0

🔥 Ledger x RV: The Next Digital Assets Wave. Get Your FREE Ticket https://rvtv.io/3rPaoBz David Mattin, founder of New World Same Humans, welcomes Robert Scoble, founder of Scobleizer, to explore the transformative horizon of the metaverse 2.0, delving deep into the future of generative AI, robotics, and augmented reality. Together, they unpack Robert’s framework around spatial computing and how it will change both the economy and the everyday lives of billions of people. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/10/202358 minutes 22 seconds
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Operation Choke Point 2.0: How Crypto Can Fight Back

Silvergate Capital, one of few U.S. crypto-friendly banks, is buckling under pressure of dwindling capital, potential litigation and spooked clients. Is this an example of a coordinated effort by the Biden administration to cut crypto off from U.S. funds? Nic Carter, partner at Castle Island Ventures and the man who coined Operation Choke Point 2.0, joins Ash Bennington to discuss. On the news front, they’ll examine the new concerns swirling around Binance, mixed news for the Ethereum community when it comes to upgrades, and some important but unequivocally bad news for FTX users. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/03/20231 hour 2 minutes 50 seconds
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LIVE AMA: Raoul Pal's BIG Reveal That Will Change Everything!

Something BIG is coming... Stay tuned for an announcement by Real Vision's Co-Founder & CEO, Raoul Pal, that will change everything in the world of Crypto, NFTs, and Web3. Don't miss this Ask-Me-Anything sesh at 5:00pm ET. He will be answering as many questions from the audience as he can! Drop your questions in the LIVE Chat. Get the details here: https://www.realvision.com/collective Livestreamed across platforms on February 23, 2023 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/02/20231 hour 7 minutes 1 second
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SBF Gets Arrested: Now What? – RV Crypto Twitter Spaces

By now you probably know that Sam Bankman-Fried has been arrested in the Bahamas. He’s been denied bail, pending extradition to the U.S., and faces up to 115 years in prison. So what's the next chapter in this story? And what does the industry outlook look like heading into 2023? Real Vision senior host Ash Bennington breaks it all down with Simon Dixon and Tommy Thornton on another jam-packed edition of RV Twitter Spaces. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/12/202256 minutes 2 seconds
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Raoul Pal on The Superteam Podcast

Real Vision co-founder and CEO Raoul Pal visits the Superteam Podcast to talk “micro” and “macro,” inflation versus deflation, and Real Vision India. Enjoy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/10/202258 minutes 15 seconds
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FTX Accounts Hacked Via 3Commas API

Hackers siphoned millions of dollars from FTX users through a phishing scam on a fake 3Commas website in the latest exploit of crypto security. At the top of today's Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington discuss details of the attack and FTX's plan to compensate victims, which Sam Bankman-Fried warned is a "one-time thing." That's not the only news involving SBF: Over the weekend, the 30-year-old billionaire faced some backlash after his proposal and thoughts on regulation made waves on Crypto Twitter. Nico and Ash also talk about crypto-staking platform Freeway suspending services and withdrawals, a move reminiscent of now-bankrupt crypto lenders Celsius and Voyager. Later, Joe Zhao, a partner at Millenia Capital and a former Federal Reserve economist, joins our hosts to share his insights on the current state of markets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/10/202238 minutes 43 seconds
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Hackers Chisel 2 Million BNB Coins Worth $560 Million

Binance, the largest crypto exchange in the world by trading volume, says it suffered a sizeable hack to its BNB Chain network. Two million BNB tokens were withdrawn (worth approximately $560 million), although Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, better known as CZ, says his team was able to take control of a majority of the funds, holding losses under $100 million. The hacker apparently targeted a vulnerability in a cross-chain bridge. The news came on the same day as new US labor data showed the jobs market remained resilient, sending crypto prices sharply lower. Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington welcome Real Vision co-founder and CEO Raoul Pal for a special edition of the Crypto Daily Briefing: an AMA session on a day of major market news. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/10/202257 minutes 29 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - Avalanche Is Leading the Future of Crypto

In the last year, Avalanche has established itself as the “Ethereum killer” after rapidly scaling its dApps and subnets, despite the broader market downturn. John Wu, the president of Ava Labs, joins Raoul to talk about the big picture, how to separate the signal from the noise, and Avalanche’s plan to on-board the next billion crypto adopters. Never miss an episode of Raoul Pal: Real Vision - subscribe here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/10/20221 hour 2 seconds
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New Legal Filings Are Ominous for Celsius, Terra, and 3AC

Celsius Network, Terraform Labs, and Three Arrows Capital shook the crypto industry to its core earlier this year with their respective failures, and we’ve learned a lot more about all three this week as their respective litigation proceeds. On today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Ash Bennington and Marco Olivera discuss reports of more top executives at Celsius cashing out ahead of the company’s bankruptcy filing; the first arrest in the Terra investigation and the hunt for Do Kwon; and 3AC's expensive NFT collection going on sale. And Imran Lakha joins Ash and Marco LIVE to talk about recent price action and identify key technical indicators for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the broader crypto market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/10/202246 minutes 2 seconds
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Welcome to Web3 Wednesday - RV Crypto Twitter Spaces

Real Vision kicks off Web3 Wednesday on Twitter Spaces, with hosts Moritz Heiden (RealVisionBot) and Bijan Maleki leading weekly discussions with the RV community and Twitter at large on the Web3 revolution. We’ll have new scheduled guests every week. And we’ll also have surprise drop-ins from crypto luminaries, community members, and, of course, RV staff. Follow @realvision on Twitter and come learn with us every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/10/202248 minutes 24 seconds
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Are NFTs Down for the Count?

You've seen the reports: Mainstream media have declared non-fungible tokens dead and have buried them forever. Yes, prices are way down from the peak. Yes, enthusiasm has waned. But is this the end of the story? Will NFTs fade into oblivion? Or is this just a floor from which NFTs will thrive again? Could it be about dominant players taking greater shares of the cake, i.e. the bigger projects cannibalizing the smaller? So many questions, and who better to answer them than Chris Maddern, the co-founder and CEO of Floor, an app that tracks NFTs. Chris joins Real Vision's Paul Guerra and Elaine Ly LIVE today for a Crypto Daily Briefing NFT bonanza. Chris, Paul, and Elaine talk about the top stories in the NFT space – Japan’s ambitious investment plans, Veefriends’ expansion into physical toys, and Improbable's $100 million funding round – and then take a step back to assess the big picture. We also have an update on TradFi giant Fidelity and its plans for an Ethereum index fund. Learn mor
05/10/202241 minutes 23 seconds
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USDC, Smaller Issuers, and Systemic Risk

When there’s talk of the risks stablecoins represent to the global financial system, Tether is usually the subject. And the largest stablecoin by market capitalization continues to generate questions about the reserves that support its U.S. dollar peg. However, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, even USDC, a stablecoin backed by higher-grade assets (based on self-declarations), could, too, represent a systemic risk. At the top of today’s edition of Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Marco Olivera and Ash Bennington talk about why the New York Fed honed in on USDC. Ash and Marco also discuss a new report from the interagency Financial Stability Oversight Council that includes recommendations to the U.S. Congress on crypto regulation. And Morgan Creek Digital Managing Partner Mark Yusko joins our hosts for a broad and deep survey of the relationship between macro and crypto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/10/202251 minutes 44 seconds
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The State of Crypto Right Now

You provided feedback, and we listened. Starting today, Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing moves to 12:00 p.m. ET (that’s 9:00 a.m. if you're on the West Coast, 5:00 p.m. if you’re in London, and midnight for crypto owls in Hong Kong), expands to five days a week, and replaces pre-recorded clips with live interviews. We've kept the elements you like: analysis of the latest price action, summaries of top news stories, and key takeaways from our conversation. Today, Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington talk about a Financial Times report that Celsius Network CEO Alex Mashinsky withdrew $10 million just weeks before the company froze customer accounts; a major outage for US clients of Coinbase; text messages shown in court that revealed a would-be partnership between Elon Musk and FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried on a Twitter acquisition; and SEC charges against Kim Kardashian. Later, Daniel Roberts, Editor-in-Chief of Decrypt Media, joins Nico and Ash for a big-picture conversation about the state of
03/10/202251 minutes 55 seconds
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History Says Bitcoin Is Yet To Bottom

The SWIFT consortium, which runs the global interbank messaging network, has struck a partnership with Chainlink, which provides price feeds and other data to blockchains, to develop a new cross-chain interoperability protocol. Jonathan Ehrenfeld Solé, SWIFT’s strategy director, says institutional investors have "undeniable interest" in crypto. At the top of this edition of Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Ash Bennington and Marco Olivera discuss the significance of the move. Ash and Marco also talk about a new report on Bitcoin's energy use (it's not what you think it is) and the United Arab Emirates establishing a Ministry of Economy headquarters in the metaverse. Plus, Ash and Marco break down recent crypto price action with technical analyst Rekt Capital, focusing on what historical patterns tell us about future moves. Stay tuned to the end for an exciting announcement about changes coming to Crypto Daily Briefing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoi
29/09/202239 minutes 57 seconds
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Top Crypto Firms See Leadership Changes

We’ve seen changings of the guard at two of the most recognizable crypto companies in the past 24 hours. Alex Mashinsky, the CEO of bankrupt crypto lender Celsius Network, stepped down with immediate effect after he became, in his words, "an increasing distraction." And FTX US President Brett Harrison announced his resignation and transition to an advisory role. Santiago Velez, co-founder and R&D Division Lead at Block Digital, joins Ash Bennington for this edition of Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing to discuss the implications of these personnel changes in the midst of crypto winter. Also on today’s agenda: a report that FTX is eyeing Celsius's assets, the IMF's warning about problems with proof-of-stake, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell's cautious words about DeFi regulation. And Santiago and Ash go deep into Santiago's interview with Sergey Gorbunov, co-founder and CEO of Axelar, about cross-chain interoperability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/09/202249 minutes
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FTX Is the Winner in Voyager Assets Auction

The U.S. subsidiary of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX, one of the world's biggest crypto exchanges, has come out on top in an auction of the assets of the bankrupt crypto brokerage Voyager Digital. At the top of this edition of Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Ash Bennington and Moritz Seibert talk about what FTX’s ownership could mean for Voyager users and creditors. Also, we explore why eight U.S. states sent cease-and-desist orders to crypto lender Nexo. And we have a couple of feel-good stories for NFT holders, as Disney is looking to expand its presence in the space and Mastercard has struck a deal with Hi. Plus, Ash and Moritz go deep into Web3 and the uses and value of tokens with Tascha Che, a macroeconomist and the founder of Tascha Labs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/09/202254 minutes 41 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - Why GameFi Will Be Crypto’s Best Gateway

Last year, global gaming revenue surpassed sales for movies and music combined. Could gaming – by far the most popular form of entertainment in the world – be the key to mass crypto adoption? Yat Siu is a co-founder and the chairman of the board of Animoca Brands, whose portfolio includes Sandbox, Decentraland, and Opensea, among other notable names. Yat joins Raoul to talk about Animoca's recent investments, the evolution of applied blockchain technology, and why he believes gamers will lead the masses into crypto. Never miss an episode of Raoul Pal: Real Vision - subscribe here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/09/202254 minutes 33 seconds
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Judge Orders Tether to Reveal Its Assets

Judge Katherine Polk Failla of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has ordered Tether to produce financial documents establishing it has one U.S. dollar of reserves for each USDT stablecoin it’s issued. The order is part of a $1.4 trillion class-action suit filed by five traders who allege Tether issued USDT as part of a plan to inflate the price of Bitcoin. Tether calls it "a routine discovery matter in a meritless case." At the top of today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Ash Bennington and Marco Olivera assess the significance of the order and explain why the composition of Tether's reserves is one of the biggest controversies in the crypto space. Ash and Marco also talk about a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ban algorithmic stablecoins for two years and the launch of Iran’s digital rial. Price action is the focus of today’s deep dive, as Ash and Marco consult the latest research from technical analyst Benjamin Cowen, the
22/09/202240 minutes 53 seconds
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Nasdaq Gets Crypto, and Wintermute Gets Hacked

The parent company of the world's second-largest stock exchange wants a piece of the crypto cake for its own. Nasdaq has confirmed media reports that it will launch a crypto custody service for institutional investors. At the top of today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Paul Guerra and Ash Bennington talk about what this big brand's move means for the broader crypto market. Paul and Ash also discuss crypto market maker Wintermute’s loss of $160 million in another DeFi hack. And Coinbase is trying to simplify Web3 access by offering its customers Ethereum domain names for free. Paul and Ash close with an in-depth review of Elaine Ly’s recent conversation with Laura Shin, the host of the top crypto podcast “Unchained” and the author of "The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze." It’s all here: the ETH Merge, what comes next, and whether Bitcoin will succumb to pressure and transition to proof-of-stake. Learn more about your ad choi
21/09/202245 minutes 26 seconds
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The SEC and Ripple Want a Quick Answer to a Huge Question

Seeking clarity from a conflict that’s gripped the crypto space for too long, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Ripple have filed motions for summary judgment, both seeking an immediate ruling on whether Ripple violated securities laws with its XRP sales. At the top of today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington talk about the case and what rulings on the various motions before the judge would mean for the industry as a whole. Nico and Ash follow up with discussion of another regulatory bombshell: a bold claim by the SEC, buried in a run-of-the-mill suit filed by the regulator against a crypto influencer, that the U.S. has full jurisdiction over all Ethereum transactions. We also have updates on South Korea’s pursuit of Do Kwon and the U.K.’s issues with FTX. Finally, Nico and Ash explore thematic-first investing and how Lorin Gu and John "Omakase" Lo, asset managers at Recharge Capital, approach the concept. Learn more about your ad choices.
20/09/202238 minutes 31 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - How the World’s Fastest Blockchain Is Making the Future

Anatoly Yakovenko is a co-founder and the CEO of Solana, the “fastest blockchain in the world,” and Ethereum’s top competitor. In this captivating episode, Raoul and Anatoly explore everything you want and need to know about the blockchain, including an explanation of recent network outages, an inside look at the rise of Solana-based NFTs, and a preview of its flagship Android phone. If you want to understand the future of crypto, it’s essential to understand Solana. Never miss an episode of Raoul Pal: Real Vision - subscribe here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/09/202259 minutes 20 seconds
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The Merge Is Here: What To Expect

And that’s it: Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency on the planet by market capitalization, is now running on a proof-of-stake model following an upgrade from proof-of-work. How did it go? What’s different now? And what could happen in the coming days, weeks, and months? Marco Olivera and Ash Bennington open today’s Crypto Daily Briefing with answers to those hot questions – if you want to know what the Merge means to you, tune in. Marco and Ash welcome a special panel to discuss another critical issue in the crypto space right now: regulation. Perianne Boring, the CEO of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Mike Castiglione, the director of regulatory affairs and digital assets at Eventus, and Greg King, the founder and CEO of Osprey Funds, talk about why we still haven’t seen a spot Bitcoin ETF in the U.S. and when that could change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/09/202239 minutes 58 seconds
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Welcome to Merge Day

Traditional finance heavyweights are joining forces to launch EDX Markets, a new cryptocurrency exchange for retail and institutional investors. Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab, and Citadel Securities are among the backers. Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of R&D at Block Digital, joins Ash Bennington for today’s Crypto Daily Briefing to talk about TradFi’s endorsement of crypto, South Korea’s arrest warrant for Terra co-founder Do Kwon, and the latest from the SALT Conference in New York City. And we count down the final few hours to Ethereum’s highly anticipated Merge. Today’s feature segment includes a breakdown of Santiago's interview with Tim Beiko, a member of the Ethereum Foundation who worked extensively on the Merge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/09/202250 minutes 47 seconds
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Fidelity Could Soon Offer Bitcoin Trading

One of the world's largest brokerages might soon allow retail investors to trade Bitcoin. According to the Wall Street Journal, Fidelity Investments is considering a plan to provide its 34 million account holders greater access to crypto markets. In today’s Crypto Daily Briefing, Ash Bennington and Moritz Seibert talk about the potential for Fidelity to move people into crypto on a mass scale. And we have updates from the SALT Conference in New York City, including notes on talks by FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and Galaxy Digital CEO Mike Novogratz and Abra’s announcement that it’s preparing to launch a fully regulated U.S.-based crypto bank as well as an international equivalent. Plus, Ash and Moritz assess every angle of Web 3.0 with Steve Goulden, a senior crypto analyst at Cumberland DRW. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/09/202249 minutes 45 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - How Kimbal Musk’s Big Green Is Disrupting Philanthropy

Kimbal Musk – a restaurateur, a chef, and an entrepreneur – has channeled his passion for food justice and gardening initiatives into Big Green, the first non-profit led philanthropic decentralized autonomous organization. Kimbal talks about the opportunity he saw early on to use Web3 for philanthropy; the ways Big Green is creating more equitable, capital-efficient, and scalable solutions to the global food crisis; and the mission of helping charities and donors tackle the huge problems they face today. Never miss an episode of Raoul Pal: Real Vision - subscribe here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/09/202247 minutes 42 seconds
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FTX Bets on GameStop in Crypt(ic) Partnership

If ever a marriage was certain to set social media on fire, it’s this one… One of the world's largest crypto exchanges, FTX, has partnered with GameStop, the flagging video game retailer and the beating heart of last year's short-squeeze mania on Reddit's WallStreetBets subforum. Paul Guerra and Ash Bennington open today’s Crypto Daily Briefing with a discussion of what we know about the deal. Paul and Ash also talk about an auction of Voyager Digital's remaining assets and developments on the regulatory front. And they explore the key points from an interview with Brian Estes, the CEO and CIO at Off The Chain Capital, including insights on managing crypto winter, Bitcoin's long-term potential, and the wider macro environment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/09/202246 minutes 5 seconds
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Why Rivals Are Praising Binance's Controversial Move

On the surface, Binance's decision to auto-convert several rival stablecoins into its own BUSD at the end of September has generated a lot of heat. But there may be more to it than meets the eye: The CEO of Circle – the issuer of USDC – says it could be good for his stablecoin. That’s the lead story for today’s Crypto Daily Briefing, as Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington dissect what the conversion of select stablecoins on its exchange means for Binance and the broader market. Nico and Ash also talk about Terra's attempt to at least partially reimburse holders of Luna and UST, a surge in registrations and sales of Ethereum domains, and the successful launch of the y00ts NFT collection. And they go deep into the Ethereum Merge and crypto regulation with The Defiant's Robin Schmidt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/09/202238 minutes 53 seconds
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A Bitcoin Mining Pool Dries Up

Poolin, one of the world's largest Bitcoin mining pools, has suspended withdrawals from its wallet service, blaming a "dull crypto market." At the top of today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington explain how mining pools work and what Poolin’s problems mean for the broader Bitcoin market. Also up for discussion are Binance’s bold move to auto-convert some rival stablecoins into its own BUSD later this month, a regulatory change in the UK, and the launch of FIFA’s NFT collection on the Algorand blockchain, as the build-up to World Cup 2022 continues. Finally, Nico and Ash go deep into a conversation with Darius Dale, the founder and CEO of 42 Macro, about the prevailing macro environment and what it means for price action in the crypto market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/09/202240 minutes 50 seconds
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Raoul Pal's AMA on the Meta V Cafe YouTube Channel

 Raoul Pal visits Meta V Cafe for a riveting AMA. The panel discusses India’s rapid growth, innovation in Web3, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/09/202259 minutes 26 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - Balaji Srinivasan’s Network-State

Balaji Srinivasan is an angel investor, a tech founder, the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of “The Network State,” and the former CTO of Coinbase. He joins Raoul for an engaging, three-hour conversation about the internet, the metaverse, cryptocurrency, and the future of the nation-state. Never miss an episode of Raoul Pal: Real Vision - subscribe here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/09/20222 hours 37 minutes 3 seconds
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What Are the Key Price Levels for BTC and ETH?

Ticketmaster, one of the world's biggest ticket sales and distribution companies, has teamed up with Dapper Labs to use the Flow blockchain to mint NFT tickets for some of its events. At the top of today’s Crypto Daily Briefing, Marco Olivera and Ash Bennington talk about why this is a big deal – for Ticketmaster and Dapper, of course, but for the wider NFT community as well. Also on the agenda are a very expensive blunder by Crypto.com, tax-fraud allegations against one of Bitcoin’s best-known proponents, and an update on the attorney at the center of the Avalanche scandal. Plus, Marco and Ash go deep on recent price action in the crypto market, with technical analysis provided by Francis “The Crypto Sniper” Hunt. We want to hear from you – please share your questions in the chat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/09/202247 minutes 23 seconds
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"Everything Is on Sale"

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is reportedly preparing to launch Kryptós, a crypto-centric fund, to capitalize on the current bear market. Ohanian’s venture capital firm, Seven Seven Six, is looking to raise $177.6 million. “It’s on sale. Everything is on sale,” is how founding partner Katelin Holloway explained the move to The Information. On this edition of Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Paul Guerra and Ash Bennington discuss what Ohanian’s move suggests about opportunities to pick up valuable assets at cheap prices. Also on today’s agenda are Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings’ decision to lead a $100 million funding round in blockchain investment firm Animoca Brands and Tether’s response to a recent Wall Street Journal article that questioned the stablecoin’s transparency and reserves. Then, in today’s feature segment, Paul and Ash deconstruct a recent interview with Luca Mossini, the head of business development at Avantgarde Finance, about the state of DeFi in
31/08/202250 minutes 42 seconds
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Avalanche and the Sweep of a Crypto "Smear Campaign"

Emin Gün Sirer, the founder and CEO of Ava Labs and the Avalanche blockchain, has denied allegations contained in an explosive report by CryptoLeaks that he engineered a smear campaign against rivals. At the top of today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington talk about the “whistleblower” report, Gün Sirer’s response, and the controversy’s impact on Avalanche's native token, AVAX. Also on the agenda are Meta's move to let users post NFTs on Facebook and Instagram and the CME Group’s launch of two new crypto derivatives products. For today’s feature segment, Nico and Ash take an extended look at a recent interview with Ethereum investor and community member Ryan Berckmans on expectations and concerns ahead of the ETH Merge. We want to hear from you – please share your questions in the chat! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/08/202236 minutes 23 seconds
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Raoul Pal on The Spencer Lodge Podcast

Raoul Pal, the co-founder and CEO of Real Vision, visited The Spencer Lodge Podcast to talk about how people can make better use of their excess cash, why you need to know about the crypto market, and what he’s learned since buying his first Bitcoin, sharing his views on Ethereum, staking, and so much more along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/08/20221 hour 1 minute 26 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - Legacy Media’s Evolution Is Happening Right in Front of Our Eyes

Here's a full-length episode from Real Vision's original series, Raoul Pal: Real Vision - be sure to subscribe. Ben Mezrich is the author of more than 20 books, including two that have been adapted into movies that reached No. 1 at the box office. He’s also the founder of The Ben Mezrich NFT project. Ben returns to Real Vision to explain how he’s harnessed the power of Web3 to tell his story and how NFTs are changing books and movies forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/08/202244 minutes 27 seconds
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The ETH Merge Has a Date

Yesterday, the Ethereum Foundation revealed the final timeline for the transition from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS), perhaps the most eagerly anticipated event in the brief history of cryptocurrency. As we’re just a few weeks out from a brave new world, what does PoW versus PoS mean for the average investor? And will it be smooth sailing from here to there? Marco Olivera and Ash Bennington cover all things ETH Merge before breaking down developments in the Three Arrows Capital collapse and the Tornado Cash controversy. In today’s feature segment, Corby Pryor, the chief operating officer of Oorbit, joins Ash for a conversation about the current state of crypto security and why everyone in the ecosystem must be on alert. We want to hear from you – please share your questions in the chat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/08/202237 minutes 27 seconds
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Bankrupt Crypto Lender Celsius Strikes Back

Celsius, the poster child for crypto winter, sued its former custodian Prime Trust and countersued its former money manager KeyFi, as it tries to claw back funds pursuant to its restructuring process. In today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington talk about the impact of litigation on retail investors with money locked on the Celsius platform. They also discuss a report that Samsung Securities is planning to launch a crypto exchange in South Korea. And, in today’s feature segment, Nico and Ash break out the major points from a conversation about the Ethereum Merge between Ben Whitby, who runs compliance at Qredo, and Jim McDonald, the chief technology officer at ETH staking service Attestant. We want to hear from you – please share your questions in the chat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/08/202245 minutes 56 seconds
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BendDAO and NFT Lending: New Tools, Old Problems

As new school as it wants to be, DeFi isn’t immune to ancient fears. BendDAO, a platform that uses NFTs as collateral for loans, saw its reserves fall as low as five ETH on Sunday, as depositors withdrew their assets in a classic “run on the bank.” BendDAO remains in dire straits, as the NFT market suffers a massive downturn. In this edition of Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Elaine Ly and Ash Bennington focus on NFT lending – including the question of BendDAO’s solvency as well as today’s feature segment breaking down a recent conversation between Sergio Silva, the senior director for Web3 business development at Fireblocks, and Stephen Young, the founder and CEO of NFTfi. Elaine and Ash also talk about leaked FTX revenue figures and a Morgan Stanley research report on the stablecoin market. Send questions in the chat – we love to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/08/202238 minutes 5 seconds
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Raoul Pal on the Where It Happens Podcast

Real Vision Co-Founder and CEO, Raoul Pal, joins Sahil Bloom and Greg Isenberg to discuss his future of the financial world and why you always need to stay true to your convictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/08/20221 hour 6 minutes 36 seconds
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Raoul Pal on The Wolf Of All Streets Podcast

Real Vision Co-Founder and CEO, Raoul Pal, joins Scott Melker, Anthony Scaramucci and Mark Yusko to discuss the future of crypto and the potential Ethereum merge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/08/202257 minutes 57 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - How Dan Morehead Mastered Macro and Crypto

Here's a full-length episode from Real Vision's original series, Raoul Pal: Real Vision - be sure to subscribe. Dan Morehead is one of the most successful macro investors of our time. He also has a profound understanding of digital assets. Morehead, the founder, CEO, and CIO of Pantera Capital, joins Raoul to talk about how the current macro environment is impacting crypto, the psychology of trading through cycles, and the biggest mistake he’s made investing in the space, among other highlights in another wide-ranging conversational journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/08/202240 minutes 52 seconds
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Is It a TKO for NFTs?

Opensea saw its lowest trading volume in more than a year in July, as prices of even “blue chip” NFTs continue to plunge. What does this drawdown mean for the digital asset class, and where do projects like Bored Ape Yacht Club and Clone X go from here? Elaine Ly and Ash Bennington break down recent price action, and then they check in on a brewing battle between a U.S. Senator and federal agencies over crypto regulation. And are we on the verge of the ETH merge? In today’s main segment, Ash sits down with Chen Arad, a co-founder and the chief operating officer of Solidus Labs, to assess existing efforts to regulate the industry and describe where we might be heading. Please drop your questions in the chat – we want to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/08/202239 minutes 41 seconds
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Does Crypto Have a Crime Problem?

In its mid-year update, popular blockchain data company Chainalysis reported that $1.9 billion was lost to hacks and theft through the first six months of 2022, up from $1.2 billion through the same point in 2021. But other illicit activity – scams and darknet markets – declined compared to last year. How much fear does “crypto crime” create around the digital asset economy? Is it enough to impede widespread adoption? Also, the Securities and Exchange Commission is coming after the initial coin offering from a blockchain project in 2017; so, why now? And there finally may be a solution to the recurring outages on the Solana network. In today's main segment, Marco and Ash talk about Mark Yusko’s declaration that crypto winter is over and crypto spring is here, the highlight of Ash’s recent conversation with the CEO and CIO of Morgan Creek Capital Management. Please drop your questions in the chat – we want to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adch
17/08/202242 minutes 41 seconds
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Galaxy Dumps BitGo, Kwon Breaks His Silence, and Alden Talks Macro

Galaxy Digital announced early Monday morning the termination of its $1.2 billion acquisition of BitGo. But BitGo is not walking away without a fight, countering later Monday with its own plans to sue Galaxy for $100 million in damages. At the top of today's Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington break down the many moving parts of this developing story. Nico and Ash also cover Acala's "not-so-stable" stablecoin losing its peg and Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon breaking his silence for the first time since his project collapsed in May. In today's main segment, Nico and Ash dig into Ash's recent conversation with Lyn Alden, the founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, on the macro environment’s effects on Bitcoin and the U.S. dollar’s relationship to stablecoins. Please drop your questions in the chat – we want to hear from you! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/08/202241 minutes 14 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - Jurrien Timmer Explains Why Crypto Is Macro

Here's a full-length episode from Real Vision's original series, Raoul Pal: Real Vision - be sure to subscribe. Jurrien Timmer, the Global Director of Macro for Fidelity Investments, joins Raoul to talk about why crypto investors need to be aware of the prevailing macro environment and the factors that influence it – things like interest rates, inflation, and the money supply. Jurrien and Raoul sketch an essential macro framework as useful and valuable in the crypto market as it is in traditional markets. Sit back and enjoy this jam-packed conversation between two deeply seasoned analysts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/08/202237 minutes 51 seconds
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It's All Systems Go for Ethereum's Merge

The third and final testnet before Ethereum's highly anticipated move from an energy-intensive proof-of-work mechanism to a proof-of-stake mechanism has been completed. Anticipation of a successful Merge, stoked by better-than-expected U.S. inflation data, is lifting cryptocurrency prices up and down the market cap scale. At the top of today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Marco Olivera and Ash Bennington talk about what the Merge means for the second-largest cryptocurrency as well as for the industry as a whole. Marco and Ash also discuss developments concerning bankrupt crypto lender Celsius and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sending investigative subpoenas to Coinbase. In today’s feature segment, Marco and Ash break down and analyze an interview with Jay Janer, the head of quantitative investing at KPTL, a crypto hedge fund that managed to profit from Terra’s crash. And we want to hear from you – please drop your questions in the chat! Learn more about your ad choi
11/08/202250 minutes 49 seconds
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Coinbase Bears the Bite of Crypto Winter

Coinbase lost $1.1 billion during the three months ended June 30, more hard evidence that the broader turn away from risk assets has taken a major toll on the emerging crypto industry. At the top of today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing, Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington break down what Coinbase’s second-quarter financial and operating numbers mean for the company and for the crypto industry as a whole. Nico and Ash also talk about a deal between FTX and Reddit to simplify crypto use for the social network’s community and the good news of one of the top DeFi platforms repelling an attack that used a domain exploit. In today’s main segment, Nico and Ash discuss highlights from an interview with Robert Sharratt, the founder and CEO of Fluid Finance, including the observation that many of so-called DeFi platforms were actually TradFi "wolves in the sheep skin." Send us your questions in the chat! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/08/202236 minutes 53 seconds
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U.S. Treasury Targets Tornado Cash: A Sign of Things to Come?

The U.S. Treasury Department “blacklisted” Tornado Cash, making it illegal for Americans to transact on the crypto platform, as the government continues to make its hands more visible in the still-emerging industry. What does the crackdown on an entity widely suspected of facilitating illegal activity mean for the bigger ecosystem? Will fallout contaminate the entire crypto space? Ash Bennington and Moritz Seibert track Tornado Cash’s path and also touch on the collapse of Holdnaut, Singapore's leading crypto lender, as well as Galaxy Digital's quarterly loss and Iran’s entry into the crypto game. In today’s main segment, Ash and Moritz break down Moritz's interview with Seth Ginns, the managing partner and head of liquid investments at CoinFund. Ginns explains CoinFund's investment philosophy, describes how it finds alpha, and forecasts what the ETH merge could mean for crypto. Send us your questions in the chat! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/08/202251 minutes 17 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - Ivan Soto-Wright Is Revolutionizing the Crypto Experience

Here's a full-length episode from Real Vision's original series, Raoul Pal: Real Vision - be sure to subscribe. Ivan Soto-Wright, the co-founder and CEO of MoonPay, joins Raoul to talk about his fascinating professional journey, MoonPay’s cutting-edge technology that makes trading crypto seamless, real-life crypto use-cases and applications that will make a real difference, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/08/202240 minutes 21 seconds
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The Solana Exploit, Saylor's Exit, and Is the Bottom In?

Solana developers reported late yesterday afternoon that software used by the closed-source wallet Slope, not their code, is responsible for the ongoing exploit that’s seen at least $6 million drained from 9,000 wallets by hackers. Indeed, developers are adamant that the Solana protocol itself, including the underlying cryptography, was at no point compromised. At the top of today’s Crypto Daily Briefing, Marco Olivera and Ash Bennington analyze the Solana situation in light of recent developments. Marco and Ash also break down the latest ChainAnalysis report on cross-chain bridge hacks and assess the broader impact of Michael Saylor’s announcement that he’ll transition from CEO to executive chairman of MicroStrategy. And, in today’s main segment, Marco welcomes technical analyst Rekt Capital for a breakdown of recent price action. Marco poses to Rekt the question of all questions these days: Is the bottom in? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/08/202238 minutes 46 seconds
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Hackers Pick Thousands of Solana Wallets

Thousands of wallets holding Solana, one of the world’s top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, have been targeted by hackers in an ongoing attack. Initial reports suggested $580 million was stolen, but this estimate has been revised much lower. Still, that security firms still can’t put a figure on how much is at issue is itself a not-good sign. Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington lead today’s Real Vision Crypto Daily Briefing with an update on this developing story. Nico and Ash also talk about the $200 million Nomad cross-chain bridge hack, a change in roles for one of the biggest crypto proponents in the TradFi world, and the lingering impediments to institutional adoption of crypto. Nico and Ash break down a conversation on the latter topic between Ben Whitby, the chief compliance officer at Qredo, and Anatoly Crachilov, the CEO of Nickel Digital Asset Management. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/08/202243 minutes 49 seconds
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SEC Cracks Down on a Crypto Ponzi Scheme

U.S. regulators are tightening the screw on crypto scams, with the Securities and Exchange Commission filing civil charges against 11 people involved in a scheme called Forsage. The regulators allege the primary way retail investors in the scheme, worth some $300M, made money was through attracting new people on board. Real Vision's Ash Bennington and Moritz Seibert also look at a new global crypto regulation index (guess what country came out on top?) and the jewelry maker Tiffany tying the knot with CryptoPunks in an NFT collaboration. Plus, Ash asks Moritz to do a deep dive into his interview with Kai Wu, all about value investing in the crypto space, with key takeaways at the end. Send us your questions in the chat! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/08/202234 minutes 39 seconds
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"The Bear Trend Is in Place Until It Isn't"

Cryptocurrency prices are rising, but there are some conflicting signals coming from the market. According to Dean Carr, "It's a patience game." Carr, the founder of C The Light Trading, breaks down charts of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other altcoins on his watch list, taking a technical approach to illustrate his main point. Carr thinks we need to see more upside rotation over multiple time frames to confirm a trend is in place before we enter new trades. And we may get some great short- to medium-term opportunities if we see those confirmations. Carr adds a note of caution: “The bear trend is in place until it isn't," and traders should be careful about "FOMO'ing in." Carr also shares the levels he’s watching for BTC, ETH, and other altcoins and explains how he analyzes risk-reward setups before he enters trades in a must-watch episode for traders and investors who appreciate the value of technical analysis. Recorded on July 26, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoice
29/07/202213 minutes 27 seconds
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How Data Analytics Can Secure Crypto's Future

How have ransomware cartels evolved over the last seven years? What does a day's worth of Ethereum transactions look like? How about the animated history of initial coin offerings – what does that tell us? Max Galka, the co-founder and CEO of blockchain analytics firm Elementus shares his insights on all that and much more with Real Vision’s Ash Bennington. Max describes stunning visualizations of blockchain data to illustrate his points. He and Ash also discuss the evolution of ransomware attacks and the connection between ransomware and blockchain technology. At this point, sophisticated ransomware crime groups have collected billions of dollars from victims, discouraging people from participating in the cryptoverse. Max is passionate about identifying these malicious addresses to stop criminal activity and facilitating the adoption of blockchain technology. Recorded on July 14, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/07/202212 minutes 53 seconds
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Top U.S. Crypto Exchanges Probed

With US regulators reportedly cracking down not only on crypto exchanges Coinbase and Kraken, but also investigating the overall stablecoin industry, what does that mean for the average retail investor? Ari Redbord, Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, and David Nage, Portfolio Manager at Arca, join Real Vision's Ash Bennington to dig into just what this regulation might mean for the industry. Coinbase's share price has dropped nearly 20% and it's the second legal case against Coinbase in the last week. Meanwhile, Kraken is facing reports that the Treasury Department is investigating them for possibly violating US sanctions. Regulation is the name of the game this week and we have all the key takeaways you need. Recorded July 27, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/07/202239 minutes 44 seconds
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A Special Crypto Update From Raoul Pal - Is the Bottom In?

In this special update, Real Vision co-founder and CEO Raoul Pal breaks down the current macro environment and its effects on crypto, talks about whether the bottom is in, and explains what the Ethereum merge means for investors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/07/202231 minutes 20 seconds
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What Sets This Crypto Options Platform Apart?

What makes Deribit one of the industry's leading platforms for crypto derivatives? Chief Commercial Officer Luuk Strijers gives Qredo's Ben Whitby a detailed look at what Deribit does, including how it structures and manages trades in this fast-moving market. Reacting to Luuk, Ben frames the company’s role as well as anyone: "I don't think the market would operate without [Deribit]." Luuk and Ben also discuss the direct fallout from the meltdown of Three Arrows Capital. Because 3AC was a shareholder, Deribit extended credit to the now-bankrupt hedge fund and is now one of the many creditor-claimants seeking a total of $2.8 billion of redress. "It was a painful lesson learned," Luuk notes. Despite the recent carnage, open interest is growing at Deribit, and he’s optimistic about how its approach will appeal to investors. What about Deribit makes it a favorite trading place for institutions and sophisticated traders? What's next for this thriving crypto options platform? Luuk and Ben add
25/07/202212 minutes 3 seconds
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Building Blocks With Ash Bennington: Abra Is Driving Financial Inclusion

Bill Barhydt, co-founder and CEO of Abra, joins Ash Bennington on this week’s episode of Building Blocks to explain the risk-management components that make up Abra’s core system, the differences between DeFi lending versus CeFi lending, how each protocol can generate yield, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/07/202244 minutes 3 seconds
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Let King Dollar Be Your Guide

Cryptocurrency prices have rebounded from near-term lows. But does this bounce signal a trend reversal? Or is it just a relief rally? Here’s Francis Hunt’s answer: "I don't feel the long side is the safer side to be playing when you could have, at any point, dollar dominance reassert [itself]." In conversation with Real Vision's Marco Olivera, The Market Sniper breaks down what’s going on with the U.S. dollar, Bitcoin, and Ethereum. He notes that despite the dollar's recent pullback, it's trending higher over the long term. And technical analysis suggests it has more room to run. At the same time, Bitcoin is trending lower. And, of course, Hunt believes those who trade against the trend do so at their peril. He also discusses the U.S. Treasury market as well as the correlation between tech stocks and crypto. So, let’s say Bitcoin plunges; what targets does The Market Sniper have in his sights? What about Ethereum and other altcoins? He answers these questions and more in today's episod
21/07/202212 minutes 5 seconds
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Is This Another Great Crypto Thaw?

Following what seems like the longest of crypto winters, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and multiple altcoins are rallying to levels not seen since June. The question now is whether this is the “change in seasons” many investors have been waiting for. Santiago Velez, a co-founder and the head of research and development at Block Digital, and Imran Lakha, the founder of Options Insight, join Real Vision’s Elaine Ly to talk about recent price action for crypto’s heavyweights and what it means for the rest of the market. Santiago, Imran, and Elaine also cover revelations about the size and the scope of the debt and the debauchery at Celsius and 3AC as well as the fallout from more major layoff announcements by other major firms. Have questions for our panel? Drop them in the live chat – we want to hear from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/07/202235 minutes 43 seconds
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How NFTs Can Help Grow a Business

There’s an explosion happening in the NFT space, with institutions taking their first small steps into what remains a largely unexplored opportunity for them. Beyond use-cases such as investing in digital collectibles is the core purpose of a non-fungible token: proof of ownership. Blockchain-powered properties of immutability and provenance can enhance transparency and provide liquidity to businesses across multiple industries. Robin Schmidt, the head of video and Multimedia at The Defiant, asks Ben Whitby, who oversees regulatory affairs at Qredo, and Fitz Tepper, the vice-president of operations at Rally, about advances in real-life NFT utility that will be critical to sustaining growth beyond the hype. Recorded on July 7, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/07/202213 minutes 43 seconds
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The Metaverse Is Made for Big Brands From Any World

Just how big could the metaverse get? We could be talking about “a multi-trillion-dollar industry,” according to Samuel Huber, who notes that many real-world revenue streams can be replicated in the digital world. Huber, the CEO of LandVault, joins Nick Halaris of Metros Capital to talk about virtual real estate in the metaverse and the future of big brands in this "next phase of the internet." LandVault, a metaverse builder, recently merged with Admix, a virtual world advertising company, to create a one-stop metaverse solution for brands. With a background in gaming, Huber’s passion is creating a future where ads won't interrupt the user experience. He and Halaris discuss the look of this new world, the opportunity it represents for creators and builders, and the uses brands can make of it. Recorded on July 12, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/07/202216 minutes 26 seconds
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Building Blocks With Ash Bennington: Rishi Narang Explains Quantitative Trading

Rishi Narang of Hyperion Decimus joins Ash Bennington to break down how quantitative trading works in another fascinating episode of Building Blocks. Rishi details the structure of a quant investing model and shares the extraordinary career journey that led him to write his book “Black Box: A Simple Guide to Quantitative and High-Frequency Trading.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/07/202232 minutes 24 seconds
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Is It Too Soon to Bottom-Pick?

Everyone in the cryptoverse wants to know when the lows are in. But Holden Milstein and Mish Schneider of MarketGauge.com say crypto won’t bottom until equity markets do. "Most bottoms, you get a sharp rally, a ‘V’ reversal, or a breakout from the compression zone," Holden notes. "Until we see [Bitcoin's] price action moving back up, the bottom is not in." In conversation with Real Vision's Ash Bennington, Holden and Mish talk about their playbook for trading this stagflationary, sideways-moving bear market. They also discuss the impact of Federal Reserve policy on financial markets and the similarities between the current crypto crisis and the dot-com era. Can we identify the cryptos built to survive, even if we see a repeat of the current downturn? What’s the Marketgauge.com team trading at the moment? Mish and Holden answer these questions and many more in today's episode. To follow their market commentary, visit Marketgauge.com. Recorded on July 12, 2022. Learn more about your ad c
15/07/202215 minutes 2 seconds
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Where Does Celsius Go From Here?

The crypto market is experiencing a "Lehman Brothers" moment, according to Simon Dixon, the chaos caused by greedy short-termers exploiting vulnerabilities in nascent technologies such as DeFi and yield farming. The CEO of BnkToTheFuture says lenders marketed products as low-risk savings accounts to attract retail depositors. What they were really doing was investing customer funds in DeFi, effectively making their products high-risk securities. Dixon joins Real Vision's Ash Bennington to talk about what happened at these troubled exchanges, how the industry can recover, and when it can begin to move forward again. A Celsius shareholder, Dixon is committed to helping retail investors affected by the company’s failure. He leads the Celsius Recovery Plan, a community-driven solution that will work outside traditional finance, as was the case with Bitfinex. To learn more about the plan and to share your thoughts, please visit bnktothefuture.com/celsius. Recorded on July 8, 2022. Learn mor
14/07/202213 minutes 21 seconds
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Three Arrows Drama Unfolds in Bankruptcy Court

The story of Singapore-based crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital’s collapse continues in a U.S. bankruptcy court in Manhattan, with liquidators accusing 3AC’s co-founders of not cooperating and going missing. Zhu Su, one of those co-founders whose physical whereabouts are currently unknown, recently broke a weeks-long silence on Twitter to accuse those liquidators of "baiting." It’s an increasingly dramatic fall – and it’s also raised the clamor for regulation in the crypto space. To that end, the Treasury Department submitted a framework for international cooperation on digital assets, hot on the heels of the European Union reaching agreement on sweeping new proposals. Dan Roberts, the editor-in-chief of Decrypto, and Chen Arad, a co-founder and the chief operating officer of Solidus Labs, join Real Vision’s Samuel Burke for today’s edition of Crypto Unwrapped. Have questions for the panel? Send them here: https://exchange.realvision.com/discussion/12049/. Learn more about your ad
13/07/202240 minutes 58 seconds
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Why the Quest for Sustainable Bitcoin Can Enrich Everyone

Max Song and Brad Van Voorhees are on a mission to drive clean energy use in Bitcoin mining by making it a literal badge of honor, issuing Proof of Sustainable Mining certificates to investors under ESG mandates to mark holdings mined according to their Sustainable Bitcoin Protocol. Max and Brad join Real Vision Senior Crypto Editor Ash Bennington to talk about their vision for a cleaner Bitcoin process and what it means for institutional adoption. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/07/202213 minutes 39 seconds
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Can Web3 Crowdfunding Upend Venture Capital?

What is “Web3 crowdfunding,” and how can it help companies hoping to grow in the blockchain space? Real Vision Senior Crypto Editor Ash Bennington spoke with Mike Rogers, Head of Crowdfunding at Securitize Markets, about how "entrepreneurs can raise capital from their community using Web3 technology to further the expansion of Web3.” Recorded on June 30, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/07/202212 minutes 5 seconds
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Building Blocks With Ash Bennington: Mathieu Nouzareth Describes the Future of the Metaverse

Mathieu Nouzareth is the CEO of The Sandbox, one of the world’s largest independent user-generated content platforms. His vision of the future for The Sandbox, which has already delivered over 40 million downloads to more than one million monthly active users, encompasses gaming and entertainment, art and fashion. Mathieu joins Ash Bennington to talk about what’s next in the metaverse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/07/202234 minutes 19 seconds
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An Options Trader Shares Crypto Market Insights

Volatility in the crypto market has always been elevated relative to old-school markets. But, in the aftermath of the Three Arrows Capital and Celsius meltdowns, it’s been particularly brutal. Imran Lakha, the founder of Options Insight, joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to talk about how he’s navigating this bear market. Imran walks Ash through his most recent Crypto Insights report, with a special focus on what the options market is signaling about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Solana. There are many amazing crypto bargains around the corner, according to Imran, but traders must be patient and wait for the right opportunity to jump back in. Recorded on July 5, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/07/202213 minutes 35 seconds
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Former Fed Economist Turned Private Market Investor Talks Inflation and Crypto

Bitcoin (and cryptocurrency generally) often has been called a long-term inflation hedge. Over the last few months, however, soaring inflation (and central banks’ efforts to counter it) has been a major driver of broad losses across the crypto market. Indeed, the U.S. dollar’s purchasing power against Bitcoin has been in an uptrend for the better part of 2022, inviting skepticism of the “inflation hedge” narrative. Joe Zhao, a former economist at the Federal Reserve and a current partner at venture fund Millennia Capital, joins Real Vision Senior Crypto Editor Ash Bennington to share insights into how the Fed makes policy and to explain why he believes all asset prices are correlated. Zhao also forecasts the stock market’s performance for the balance of 2022 and into 2023 – noting that stock-market performance will be a good gauge of Bitcoin’s trajectory. The Fed’s efforts to control inflation mean this year and next are for recovery. But, according to Zhao, we’ll start to see growth a
07/07/202213 minutes 47 seconds
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Fresh Blood: Voyager Digital Files for Bankruptcy

Voyager Digital has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York, blaming "volatility and contagion" in the market. The cryptocurrency brokerage previously revealed that it lost $650 million due to the collapse of Three Arrows Capital. In its court filing, Voyager reported it has more than 100,000 creditors and between $1 billion and $10 billion in liabilities. It’s the latest high-profile crypto firm to suffer the ultimate consequence amid the most significant downturn in the industry’s brief history, joining 3AC as well as Terra and Celsius. Sergio Silva, sales director at Fireblocks, joins Real Vision's Marco Olivera and Moritz Seibert to talk about Voyager and the crypto industry shakeout, a potentially groundbreaking DAO vote, and sweeping new crypto regulation in the EU. We want to hear from you! Please drop your questions right here on the Exchange: https://exchange.realvision.com/discussion/12028/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/07/202241 minutes 22 seconds
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What Zero-Knowledge Proof Means to Web3 (It's Big!)

The cryptographic protocol of proving and validating information without the prover revealing any additional information – known as zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) – is the key to securing and growing Web3 and the metaverse. That’s according to Thomas Walton-Pocock, the founder of Geometry, a research and investment firm focused on projects that leverage deep mathematics, cryptography, and engineering to drive Web3’s growth. Walton-Pocock joins Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of R&D at Block Digital, to talk about why privacy and scalability are the top considerations right now. He explains the longer-term, bigger-picture implications of its widespread deployment. And he notes that more crypto developers, users, and traders than ever are paying attention to ZKP right now. Recorded on June 28, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/07/202215 minutes 21 seconds
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"If the Market Smells Blood, They Will Attack"

“Where is the yield coming from?” is what Tania Reif wants people to ask themselves before they invest. Reif, the chief investment officer at Senda Digital Assets, says the recent drama in the crypto market is not unlike episodes she’s seen in “traditional markets for the longest time.” She spent years in old-school finance, studying currencies and running portfolios for Soros Fund Management. Now, Reif has her own digital asset fund. Recorded on June 27, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/07/202213 minutes 45 seconds
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Special Report: CoinFLEX Fallout

When CoinFLEX halted customer redemptions on June 23, it became the latest casualty of a crypto correction that’s dragged multiple companies into fights for survival. Unlike many that fell before it, CoinFLEX says it wasn’t a direct victim of liquidity issues at Celsius or the default by Three Arrows Capital. Rather, according to CEO Mark Lamb, “extreme market conditions” and a single account holder – identified by Lamb on Twitter as early Bitcoin investor Roger Ver – brought CoinFlex down. Lamb said Ver owes CoinFLEX $47 million worth of USDC and that his account had gone into default. Lamb’s tweets followed shortly after Ver tweeted that "rumors…I have defaulted on a debt to a counterparty...are false," without naming CoinFLEX. Now, CoinFLEX is struggling to stay afloat, hoping a new token release will buoy the ship. The planned resumption of customer withdrawals, scheduled for June 30, still hasn’t taken place. In this special Crypto Seismic, CoinFLEX CEO Mark Lamb joins Real Vision
02/07/202244 minutes 48 seconds
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When Will Bitcoin Form a Bottom?

Rekt Capital, a technical analyst and a crypto trader, joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to study Bitcoin’s history via charts and to develop a better picture of when and how a bottom might be forming. Indeed, although Rekt says Bitcoin is currently oversold from a technical perspective, the bottom may still be weeks if not months out. This is one you won't want to miss for all that juicy price-action analysis. Recorded on June 28, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/07/202213 minutes 36 seconds
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An EU Lawmaker Shares Her Notes on Crypto Regulation

Regulating a complex ecosystem like cryptocurrency involves questions of status within the existing financial and monetary infrastructure, market stability, and state sovereignty. Eva Kaili, the Vice-President of the European Parliament, joins Michael Nicoletos, a macro investor and the co-founder of AppleTree Capital, for an in-depth conversation about the framework for regulation and oversight of cryptocurrency in the European Union. Among issues left to be resolved are whether to include NFTs in the proposed rules; how to regulate stablecoins; the supervision of large crypto-asset service providers; anti-money laundering clauses; and the environmental impact of blockchain technology. Recorded on June 24, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/06/202214 minutes 21 seconds
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BVI Court Says 3AC Must Liquidate

Bitcoin has what seems like a tenuous hold on $20,000 in the immediate aftermath of a British Virgin Islands court ordering Singapore-based crypto fund Three Arrows Capital to liquidate. The plunge in asset prices has caused a domino effect in the industry, with Three Arrows joining Celsius, Terra LUNA, and others on the casualty list. And Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and CEO of crypto exchange FTX, said in an interview with Forbes that there will be more failures, warning of dire financial circumstances for multiple unnamed companies. Tascha Che, the founder of Tascha Labs, and Katie Talati, the director of research at crypto asset management company Arca, join Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to talk about Three Arrows, SBF’s recent activity, a very public spat between CoinFLEX and one of its account holders, and the general condition of the crypto space right now. Want to ask questions? Drop them right here on the Exchange: https://exchange.realvision.com/discussion/12007/. Learn more
29/06/202224 minutes 48 seconds
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What It's Like To Be an Emerging NFT Artist

How does an artist who got into NFTs only a year ago get featured on OpenSea twice and land a spot on the NFT NYC billboard? Step into the mind of up-and-coming NFT artist Camille Chiang as she talks about how she bootstrapped her way to success in the industry. Her collection, "WACK!," is an homage to her childhood in Hong Kong and is inspired by the everyday people she meets. In conversation with Matthew Kotek, Camille shares her plan to expand the "WACK!" brand into a fashion line. The recent bear market has not affected her timeline. Camille views this downturn as necessary to weed out artists simply riding the hype wave, and she hopes only creators driven by long-term vision will remain. Recorded on June 21, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/06/202211 minutes 51 seconds
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The ABCs and 123s of DAOs

What on earth is a “DAO”? And how might the “decentralized autonomous organization” lead the next phase of crypto innovation? StakeBorg CEO Vlad Mercori joins Real Vision's Elaine Ly to talk about all things DAO, how they work, why they’re proliferating, and what they mean for the future. Mercori says DAOs can transform the way communities organize, enhance teamwork and creativity, and help people solve problems in new ways. This wide-ranging conversation also covers the bear market, investor contempt for staking in the aftermath of multiple platforms collapsing, and the prospect of regulation. With signs we’ve entered the final stages of maximum pain and total capitulation, Mercori is hopeful a crypto market recovery is around the corner. Recorded on June 17, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/06/202211 minutes 29 seconds
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What To Expect From the Ethereum Merge

Ethereum is nearing the end of a multi-year initiative to overhaul its consensus mechanism. But seamlessly migrating an operating protocol from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS) is not a simple task. Galaxy Digital's Christine Kim joins Real Vision's Ash Bennington to explain how developers plan to bring PoS to Ethereum via a “merge” of Ethereum's Mainnet and the Beacon Chain. Challenges and risks attend this kind of transition. But there are also many advantages, such as improved scalability and less centralization. What's next for Ethereum as we enter into a new era? Christine and Ash also talk about the bear market’s impact on the crypto ecosystem and Lido's staked ETH tokens (stETH). Recorded on June 17, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/06/202215 minutes 19 seconds
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Building Blocks With Ash Bennington: Ryan Berckmans Explains How Decentralized Public Chains Create Trust

Ethereum investor Ryan Berckmans joins Ash Bennington to talk about how decentralized public chains ignite trust within different communities. Although the market has been rough recently, Berckamams believes Ethereum’s future is bright. He explains why in another fascinating episode of Building Blocks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/06/202235 minutes 53 seconds
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Do All Tech Bubbles Behave the Same?

Adam Dell sees a disconnect between retail investors and the basic technology that’s powering Bitcoin, DeFi, and Web3. Dell, a venture capitalist and the CEO of Domain Money, has set out to build a platform for easy access to emerging technologies, including blockchain, crypto, and everything growing around it, through professionally managed portfolios. He joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington for a probing conversation about blockchain’s maturity cycle, the rapid evolution of the blockchain developer community, and the validity of comparisons to the early internet age of the 1990s. How great is crypto’s potential to revolutionize everything? Dell also weighs in on a framework for digital asset regulation. Recorded on June 14, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/06/202212 minutes 52 seconds
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Bitcoin Mining in the Age of Volatility

The price of BTC has dropped dramatically so is mining Bitcoin still profitable? Real Vision's crypto editor Ash Bennington talks to the CEO of Miningstore, JohnPaul Baric about how the mining industry has been impacted. Miningstore is one of the longest large-scale crypto miners and they are serious builders who support the Bitcoin ecosystem by bringing mining to the masses. This is a conversation for everything you wanted to know about mining but were afraid to ask. Recorded on 14th June. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/06/202211 minutes 13 seconds
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Have Crypto Prices Found a Bottom?

Some saw signs of capitulation when Bitcoin breached $20,000 and Ethereum slipped below $1,000 last weekend. BTC and ETH have rallied above those key psychological levels, but investors are still on tenterhooks amid a major repricing. Santiago Velez, co-founder and R&D division lead at Block Digital, and Mona El Isa, founder of Enzyme and CEO and founder of Avantgarde Finance, join Leslie Lamb, CMO of CoinFLEX and host of the Crypto Unstacked podcast to talk about the current state of crypto, the market as well as the industry. Santiago, Mona, and Leslie share ideas about how DeFi can be improved, debate whether USD Coin could soon overtake Tether in market cap terms, and assess the launch of a new ETF that allows investors to short Bitcoin. Have questions for the group? Drop them right here on the Exchange: https://exchange.realvision.com/discussion/11985. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/06/202240 minutes 24 seconds
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Crypto Cuts Through Key Tresholds

People are overlooking one of the crypto market’s clear drivers, says Real Vision Host Weston Nakamura. There’s more to bitcoin’s and ether’s fall below $20,000 and $1,000 respectively than just the downward swing in traditional assets and the liquidity trouble at companies like Celsius and Three Arrows Capital. In this flash update, Weston examines how listed derivatives and the ETF markets are affecting the world’s largest cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/06/202229 minutes 52 seconds
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How Soon Is Now: Web3's Big Promise for Musicians

There’s a whole lot of innovation going on as the music industry integrates the elements of Web3 into its business model. Relationships between artists and fans are evolving. Creators are generating income in new ways and on more favorable terms than legacy models offer. So, is the stage set for Web3 to replace Web2? Cherie Hu, the founder of Water and Music, joins Jack Spallone of HiFi Labs to talk about what she sees right now at the intersection of music and Web3. Many old-school industry insiders aren’t yet keeping up with the music distributed and the artists distributing via NFTs, DAOs, and social tokens. That means cultivating a hybrid web presence is a major key for creators who want to build long-term careers. Cherie and Jack discuss that and many more emerging trends where music and tech meet. Recorded on June 9, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/06/202214 minutes 24 seconds
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Building Blocks with Ash Bennington: Chris Perkins Brings the “Semper Fi” to the Crypto Space

Chris Perkins is now a managing partner at CoinFund, but he was once an active-duty U.S. Marine. Chris joins Ash Bennington for this week’s episode of Building Blocks to talk about how his experience in the Corps informs his investing career. He also describes the “a-ha!” moment during his early crypto research and shares his thoughts on fintech’s rapid evolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/06/202240 minutes 37 seconds
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Jambo’s Co-Founder Is Building For Africa

James Zhang grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and lived through two civil wars. His appreciation for cryptocurrency is based on his experience of that kind of instability. Zhang is now the co-founder and CEO of Jambo, a Congo-based start-up that recently closed a $30 million Series A funding round. And he’s deploying an app designed to help the 80% of the population on the African that’s unbanked. It’s becoming known as the “Web3 SuperApp of Africa.” Avi Zurlo, a ventures associate at Delphi Digital, which has partnered up with Jambo, talks to James about Jambo and its ambitions in Africa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/06/202212 minutes 54 seconds
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Is This the Cruelest of Crypto Winters?

Bitcoin and Ethereum are teetering at levels not seen since early 2021, as several high-profile cryptocurrency companies have taken drastic measures to cut headcounts ahead of what could be a prolonged industry downturn. Moritz Seibert, co-head of digital innovation strategy at Real Vision and CIO at Exponential Age Asset Management, and Leslie Lamb, CMO at CoinFlex and the host of the the Crypto Unstacked podcast, join Real Vision Managing Editor Samuel Burke to assess the fallout from multiple platform freezes and layoffs. The panel also talks about why Ether is the center of attention right now. Send us your questions on the Exchange: https://exchange.realvision.com/discussion/11952. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/06/202238 minutes 33 seconds
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What’s The Bull Case For Bitcoin

How does Bitcoin provide value to investors? According to Andy Edstrom, the "clearest case is digital gold." Edstrom, CFA®, CFP®, managing director of Swan Advisor Services, and a financial advisor at Wescap Group, went down the Bitcoin rabbit hole in 2017 – when a bear market happened to be right around the corner and Bitcoin dropped from $20,000 to $3,000. Questioning his conviction, Andy put pen to paper and wrote “Why Buy Bitcoin,” the first and only book about Bitcoin published by a financial advisor. Writing the book was an exercise in testing his decision and his long-term forecast. Andy breaks down his Bitcoin thesis for Real Vision’s Ash Bennington. He also shares the 14 characteristics that define hard money, comparing Bitcoin to gold and other, similar assets. Where’s the risk for the world’s No. 1 cryptocurrency? And what kind of long-term price targets are realistic? Andy answers these questions and more. Recorded on June 7, 2022. Follow Andy on Twitter: https://twitter.co
14/06/202214 minutes 40 seconds
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Let’s Pause For An Expert’s View On The Crypto Market

So much happens so fast in the rapidly emerging cryptocurrency market that on-the-ground observations by leading investors in the space are just about indispensable. With that said, Marissa Kim, general partner at Abra Capital Management, joins Wendy Diamond, the founder and CEO of LDP Ventures and head of the Women's Entrepreneurship Day Organization, to share details of her investing philosophy and her perspective on the present and future of the space. Wendy and Marissa also talk about the Terra LUNA collapse, investing in early stage crypto projects, and how women are building and holding greater power in the industry. Recorded on June 6, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/06/202212 minutes 18 seconds
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Building the First Generation of DAOS

 DAOs are capturing the imagination of creators and entrepreneurs the world over. Jess Sloss, instigator at Seed Club, joins Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Delphi Digital, to discuss how they guide and invest in startup communities as well as explain how social tokens can play an important role delivering value to those communities' members. In this deep dive, Sloss explains who DAOs will work for and why Seed Club is discerning who is in this journey for the long haul. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/06/202214 minutes 55 seconds
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Building Blocks With Ash Bennington: Anders Brownworth Describes the Future of CBDCs

Anders Brownworth and his team of researchers are working on a potentially ground-breaking project, a central bank digital currency. Brownworth, the principal software architect at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to discuss the high-speed transaction processor he and his team are developing and the benefits of open-source software. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/06/202232 minutes 25 seconds
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The Tools One Analyst Will Use to Spot Crypto's Next Big Move

With the Federal Reserve shrinking its balance sheet and hiking interest rates, investors in all markets – including crypto – must deal with the reality of reduced liquidity. Dean Carr, founder of C The Light Trading, sees “no reason to be long anything weak,” but he’s looking for volume to bounce back and prices to recover some ground before jumping back in. Carr joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to talk about key technical levels that can help us understand price action in the crypto market. When it comes to Bitcoin, for example, clearing $32,500 to the upside would be a sign of renewed momentum; downside risk is “the $20,000 to $22,000 area.” Dean walks Ash through technical profiles of Ethereum and other altcoins on his watch list, with an emphasis on relative strength, and shares his thoughts on when the recovery will begin and how high prices will go when it happens. Recorded on June 6, 2022 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/06/202212 minutes 39 seconds
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Can Vincent Make Crypto Investing More Accessible?

What’s going to make crypto go mainstream? Slava Rubin is the founder of alternative investment platform Vincent. He believes alternative investment wrappers are the way to make crypto investing accessible to everyone. He joins Real Vision's Ash Bennington to talk about Vincent's new product, which exposes investors to a range of alternatives – real estate, venture capital, art, crypto, and crypto collectibles – through a single investment vehicle. Slava and Ash explore the potential risks and rewards of such a product as well as issues of compliance. Slava also shares fascinating insights based on data collected at Vincent, including how the company uses such information to make decisions. Recorded on June 2, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/06/202212 minutes 33 seconds
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Senate Bill Would Treat Crypto Like Commodities

The U.S. Congress is getting closer to passing long-promised and highly anticipated legislation to regulate cryptocurrency, a step many industry insiders see as critical to the goal of widespread adoption. Senator Cynthia Lummis, a Republican from Wyoming, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, have introduced a bill that would establish a regulatory framework for most digital assets, treating them as commodities within the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Santiago Velez, co-founder and head of R&D at Block Digital, joins Real Vision’s Nico Brugge and Ash Bennington to break down the bill and its potential impact on the industry. Santiago, Nico, and Ash also talk about the fresh Binance controversy and the Bored Ape Yacht Club hack. Want to submit questions? Drop them right here on the Exchange: https://exchange.realvision.com/discussion/11935. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/06/202229 minutes 45 seconds
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ALEX and the Future of Finance

Bitcoin-native DeFi apps are emerging with the aim to provide next-generation financial services built on the world’s best-known blockchain. Dr. Chiente Hsu, an expert in the field of quantitative investments, is using Stacks to build ALEX (that’s short for “Automated Liquidity Exchange”), the first full-service DeFi platform on Bitcoin. A one-stop shop, ALEX enables the launch of tokens, fixed-rate and fixed-term lending and borrowing, decentralized exchange operations with both automated market-maker and off chain order-book protocols, the deposit of tokens to earn interest, and yield farming. Dr. Hsu, a co-founder and the CEO of ALEX, joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington for an in-depth discussion about a future where what today we call “DeFi” is just “finance.” Recorded on May 31, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/06/202214 minutes
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Metalink Wants To Secure the Future of NFT Communities

Jake Udell’s decades-long career in music, marketing, and activation is built on bringing together community and culture. Now, the founder and CEO of Metalink is building a hub for NFT communities to communicate effectively, a comprehensive space for NFT owners to connect, view their collection and get access to Alpha via a real-time transaction feed. Channels are token-gated, so proof of ownership of an NFT or a social token is required to access the content. That’s a solid step toward preventing fraud and fostering a positive space for NFT owners. Udell joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington for a thoughtful discussion about the evolution of technology, adoption curves, and the future of the metaverse. Recorded on June 1, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/06/202213 minutes 58 seconds
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Has Bitcoin Found a Bottom?

Bitcoin has recovered a bit, and altcoin prices have stabilized. Is the status quo sustainable, or is there more downside ahead? Option Insight's Imran Lakha joins Real Vision's Ash Bennington to discuss Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the trajectory of the cryptocurrency market. Under one scenario defined by Elliott Wave theory, Lakha has identified potential downside targets of $20,000 and $1,000 for Bitcoin and Ethereum, respectively. Imran also walks Ash through the crypto options markets, explaining the significance of realized and implied volatility, term structures, put skews, and option flows. What kinds of trades can we make using this volatility data? And how is Imran playing this downturn? He answers these questions and more in today's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/06/202214 minutes 9 seconds
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Building Blocks With Ash Bennington: Chris Sullivan Explains What Makes Crypto So Compelling

Transparency. Efficiency. Innovation. These are just a few of the many reasons why Chris Sullivan believes crypto has so much promise. He joins Ash Bennington to talk about everything he’s building at Hyperion Decimus, and he also shares his thoughts on the industry’s long-term trajectory. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/06/202236 minutes 49 seconds
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Art Is Art

What happened at a New York party when traditional art gallerist Adam Lindemann, the founder of Venus Over Manhattan, met Erick Calderon, the founder of Art Blocks and the creator of the Chromie Squiggles NFT collection? Adam and Erick come to it from different places, but they both recognize the potential of blockchain technology to open the world of art to “an entire new universe of collectors.” Here’s the old school and the new school coming together around a shared appreciation for the future. As Lindemann put it, “If Andy Warhol was alive today, he'd be the first one trying to make an NFT." Recorded on May 26, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/06/202211 minutes 8 seconds
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NFTs Will Be the Sirens of the Digital World

As Andrew Steinwold sees it, we can't expect people to change the way they transact based on arguments built around "blockchain transactions per second, staking, [and] down with the Fed." That’s not how to get them to understand and appreciate the value of crypto. On the other hand, fun things like "art, video games, and collectibles" will attract the masses and will pique their interest in this new digital world. NFTs, Steinwold explains to Sergio Silva, will be the thing that brings the people to the cryptoverse. Steinwold, managing partner at Sfermion, and Silva, an NFT collector and the sales director at Fireblocks, also talk about gamers, a slowing economy’s potential to affect Web3 investment, and the crypto industry’s future. Recorded on May 25, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/06/202211 minutes 15 seconds
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Here’s What We’ve Learned From Terra’s Meltdown

It looks like Bitcoin is recovering from its recent steep sell-off, but many investors fear this could be a short-lived bounce. That reflects a broader market still assessing the damage done by the epic failure of the so-called algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD and its sister token Luna. As Terra’s founders try to revive the project, questions about lessons learned and security abound. Leslie Lamb, chief marketing officer at CoinFLEX, and Ari Redbord, head of legal and government affairs at TRM Labs, join Real Vision’s Ash Bennington and Marco Olivera to talk about lingering fallout from the Terra meltdown, Tether’s controversial modus operandi, and the latest buzz about mergers and acquisitions in the crypto space. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/06/202222 minutes 56 seconds
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How To Make Ethereum for the People

Ethereum gas fees are high. Unless costs of using the network can be controlled, the dream of an open and user-owned internet is a fantasy. Are layer 2 scaling solutions the answer? Andrew Cahill and Saurabh Deshpande of The Block join Real Vision's Ash Bennington to discuss their recent research report on what could be the key to widespread adoption. Ethereum has made major strides in the past few years, settling trillions of dollars’ worth of transactions, comparable to Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal. But the network is too expensive for the average user. The way Cahill sees it, Ethereum is still "a platform for the 'one percent.'" Cahill and Deshpande differentiate scaling solutions and also discuss the upcoming Ethereum merge. Which scaling solutions are best? Will the merge bring down costs? Cahill and Deshpande answer these questions and many more. Recorded on May 24, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/05/202211 minutes 35 seconds
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When Music and Crypto Collide

Two complementary industries, music and crypto, are becoming more intermingled by the day. Jack Spallone, head of crypto at HIFI Labs, joins Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Delphi Digital, to provide an insider look. Hailing from the recording industry, Spallone has thought a lot about this intersection we see today with crypto. There are countless ways in which the transition to a more decentralized internet, Web 3.0, can manifest new avenues for musical artists to curate their followings and earn revenue. Spallone and Kelly dive into these various avenues—from “Label DAOs” to social token community funds. This video is another installment of Kevin Kelly’s journey into Social Tokens, DAOs, & the Ownership Economy Revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/05/202212 minutes 58 seconds
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Investment DAOs Are Coming for TradFi

The future of investing is decentralized, democratized, and community-driven. The co-founders of Syndicate, Ian Lee and Will Papper, sit down with Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Delphi Digital, to provide a behind-the-scenes look into the brand-new "social network of investing" they are building on Web 3.0. Lee and Papper foresee DAOs outcompeting corporations and potentially replacing governments. They also illustrate why investment DAOs at Syndicate will upend traditional investing models. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/05/202211 minutes 30 seconds
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Why I Love Buying NFTs

It's the regular Saturday hang, where Real Vision's Elaine Ly talks to the people who make the NFT world go round. Today she chats with Zoë Davis, who was once a co-worker but has become a bestie because of near-daily conversations about NFT projects. Elaine and Zoë compare notes on navigating a fast-moving market, with new projects dotting the calendar, and how to discern good projects from bad ones. It’s like you’re a fly on the wall for a personal virtual shopping spree as Zoë and Elaine gab about their adventures in the NFT marketplace. Hard to imagine how far Zoë’s come from figuring out how to buy Bitcoin to buying and selling NFTs on the daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/05/202255 minutes 24 seconds
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Is This the Future of NFTs?

It’s "rudimentary" to have a digital wallet, according to engineer and founder of BEASY (“Blockchain Made Easy”) Bob Kramich. In conversation with COSIMO co-founder and managing partner Rob Frasca, Kramich breaks down the NFT ecosystem and describes how to build a business model and a brand within it. In five years’ time, says Kramich, “We're gonna forget what an NFT is. We're just gonna say, here's my digital asset, here's my authentification, here's my access rights. We'll move on from NFTs acting as stores of value to more utility benefits." Recorded on May 24, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/05/202212 minutes 7 seconds
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There's Blood in the Streets of the Crypto Market

Has Bitcoin bottomed? What about altcoins? If not, where lie the lows? Ben Cowen, CEO of Into The Cryptoverse, joins Real Vision's Ash Bennington to talk about the state of the crypto market. Technical indicators suggest Bitcoin is in a bear market, but it remains the most resilient cryptocurrency. As Ben sees it, “Confidence in the altcoin market has shattered." And he expects "valuations to bleed for many months to come." Ben walks Ash through recent and historical price action, on-chain data, and social metrics to establish his point of view. He also introduces a new technical indicator, "BTC Terminal Price," which helps spot major tops and bottoms. The way Ben reads it, Bitcoin could fall further from here. Recorded on May 23, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/05/202212 minutes 13 seconds
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Bitcoin’s Post-Terra Resilience Is a Good Sign for the Future

In normal times, Bitcoin's recent sideways action wouldn’t be newsworthy. But we're far from normal right now. Volatility is rampant across financial asset classes, while crypto continues to roil in the aftermath of the Terra/Luna meltdown. At the same time, the stability of the world’s No. 1 crypto bears a closer look. CoinFlex Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Lamb joins Real Vision’s Paul Guerra and Ash Bennington to talk about recent price action in the crypto market, growing anger and proliferating investigations into the people behind Terra, the state of the wider stablecoin market, and the U.S. regulatory landscape as lawmakers move closer to introducing legislation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/05/202229 minutes 26 seconds
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Prime Trust Has the Ultimate Set of Fintech Tools

Blockchain startups and TradFi companies face many challenges when they choose to enter the cryptoverse. To build an ecosystem capable of supporting mass adoption requires companies with the proper fintech tools and the knowledge to use them properly. One of those companies is Prime Trust, which offers an all-in-one financial infrastructure service to solve issues like custody, compliance, payment settlement, API documentation, and many more. Prime Trust CFO Rodrigo Vicuna joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to talk about how such functionalities are essential to scaling successful crypto companies. Vicuna also shares his thoughts on liquidity, best execution, and retail misconceptions. Recorded on May 17, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/05/202211 minutes 52 seconds
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Let the People Play (and Profit From) Blockchain Games

Have you ever wondered what it will take to get to a billion crypto users? That’s widespread adoption. And it’s easier said than done. As CMT Digital’s Sam Hallene sees it, blockchain gaming projects can make it happen. Of course, it will take major investment. But there are viable models. Among the fastest-growing markets in terms of blockchain adoption are Argentina, the Philippines, and Nigeria, where people earn extra income by playing games like Axie Infinity. These are young, tech-savvy populations particularly open to crypto. Sam joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington for a deep dive into Axie Infinity and other blockchain games, focusing on what makes projects stand out. Sam also shares his thoughts on currency and political risks when it comes to investing in emerging markets. Recorded on May 5, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/05/202213 minutes 18 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - Christopher Tyrer Sheds Light on The Institutional Adoption of Crypto

Here's a full-length episode from Real Vision's new original series, Raoul Pal: Real Vision - be sure to subscribe. Christopher Tyrer, Head of Fidelity Digital Assets Europe, joins Raoul to break down the institutional adoption of crypto and shares how the process is similar to the growth of commodity markets back in the early 2000s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/05/202238 minutes 14 seconds
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Building Blocks with Ash Bennington: Ukrainian Roots, the Celsius Network, and the Future of Crypto

Inventor and entrepreneur Alex Mashinsky joins Ash Bennington to talk about his newest venture, the Celsius Network, and how it’s disrupting the financial services industry. In a compelling conversation, Mashinsky also shares his thoughts on the future of crypto and describes his fascinating emigration from Ukraine to the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/05/202239 minutes 53 seconds
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Crypto's Fate Is Tied to Old School Finance

There's a narrative in the crypto space that digital assets are uncorrelated to other markets. In fact, the opposite is true. Francis Hunt returns to analyze Bitcoin's price action relative to forex markets, bonds, and U.S. equities. We could see a brief rally, but we're still in a "risk-off environment," says Hunt. "Do not become overly aggressive to the bullish side. People are going to call this bottom one cycle too soon." But it's not all doom and gloom from The Market Sniper. Hunt believes Federal Reserve policy is driving U.S. dollar strength, so he's trading the greenback. He walks Real Vision's Ash Bennington through his forex trades, noting that forex markets have been "the new crypto markets." Recorded on May 17, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/05/202214 minutes 24 seconds
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Real Vision Crypto Unwrapped : Terra’s Bad News Could Be Great News for Bitcoin

There’s no bigger story in the cryptocurrency space right now than the meltdown of Terra’s stablecoin UST and its sister token LUNA. The challenge now is to understand what it could mean for the broader market. And that’s Topic No. 1 for the first episode of Real Vision Crypto Unwrapped, a new live show airing every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. ET. Leslie Lamb, the chief marketing officer of CoinFlex, joins Weston Nakamura and Nico Brugge of Real Vision for a deep dive into what we’ve learned since UST de-pegged from the U.S. dollar and what may unfold in coming months, including negative repercussions as well as some potentially positive developments.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/05/202217 minutes 12 seconds
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Marketing Will Evolve From Web2 to Web3

Where did Web2 end? Where does Web3 begin? Where’s the overlap? With things moving so fast it all seems like a blur, this conversation between Jeff Kauffman and Mathew Sweezey is an opportunity to slow things down and get to know the metaverse. Kauffman, founder of JUMP and Parachute, talks to Sweezey, co-founder of Salesforce Web3 Studio, about how the world’s biggest CRM software company is branding and marketing itself for the new paradigm. Sweezey and Kauffman talk about how companies can adapt to meta-native consumers, the monetization of social media, and the overall utility of blockchain-based solutions. Recorded on May 16, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/05/202212 minutes 50 seconds
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An NFT Ecosystem Like This Is Worth Guarding

Times are rough out there in the NFT market. But Meta Angels are serious builders who create unique experiences for their holders. It starts with direct dialogue with community members in the “wishing well.” It leads to launches like Angel Labs, a 10-week accelerator for experienced operators launching NFT-enabled businesses. And it includes dropping their own marketplace for their collection. This is the kind of team and the kind of Web3 ecosystem that helps us cut through the fog of this bear market to a not-so-distant future of growth and development. There’s no question the market is at a serious low. But, speaking with Real Vision's Elaine Ly, co-founder Allyson Downey and Sarana Haeta (who works under the artist name Aslan Ruby) say investing in NFTs takes a long-term view. “This is an incredibly volatile space,” notes Downey. “You can't be in it if you don't have a strong stomach." Recorded on May 9, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/05/202211 minutes 46 seconds
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Raoul Pal: Real Vision - Ben Mezrich’s Fascinating New Screenplay

Here's a full-length episode from Real Vision's new original series, Raoul Pal: Real Vision - be sure to subscribe. New York Times best-selling author and screenwriter, Ben Mezrich, joins Raoul Pal to discuss his new screenplay centered around the world of NFT’s and Web 3.0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/05/202244 minutes 45 seconds
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Building Blocks with Ash Bennington - Andrew Keys Shares How the Future of Crypto Relies on Cooperation

DARMA Capital Co-founder and Managing Partner, Andrew Keys, talks about how creating software for the medical industry led to his early investment in Ether. Keys joins Ash Bennington to discuss how he helped build and what his vision is for the future of blockchain technology. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/05/202231 minutes 50 seconds
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An Update From Raoul: Just What Is Going On in Crypto?

In this special episode, Raoul Pal joins Ash Bennington to provide an update from Raoul on just what he thinks amid the turmoil in cryptocurrency markets. Raoul and Ash touch on everything, including recent price action, the TerraUSD de-peg, and Luna’s crash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/05/202234 minutes 30 seconds
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How To Build a Crypto Capital Market

Crypto capital markets platform Maple Finance seeks to serve growing and innovative companies that are in need of capital but can’t get it from traditional lenders. It offers undercollateralized lending infrastructure for institutional lenders and corporate borrowers. Co-founder and CEO Sidney Powell joins Ben Whitby, who oversees regulatory affairs at Qredo, to explain how to use blockchain to aggregate capital and to program the distribution and use of money. It’s basically an alternative to traditional technology like the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) system. Maple’s platform is one of only a few DeFi lending protocols that conforms with required Know Your Customer/Anti-Money Laundering (KYC/AML) standards, a key feature that may attract more institutional attention. Recorded on April 20, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/05/202210 minutes 55 seconds
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Is This Bitcoin Bulls' Last Stand?

Where’s the support for Bitcoin, and what happens if that level fails to hold? Crypto analyst and trader Rekt Capital returns to offer his technical take on the steep retracement for the world’s No. 1 cryptocurrency. Rekt is paying attention to what he calls the “macro range low” because it's "the bulls' last stand." If it’s lost, we’ll likely see a macro distribution phase, where sellers dominate the market. This scenario suggests months of downside before a final capitulation event precedes the next accumulation phase. How low might Bitcoin go in this circumstance? And what's Rekt's strategy? He answers those questions and talks about a lot more with Real Vision’s Ash Bennington. Recorded on May 9, 2022. Follow Rekt Capital on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rektcapital. Join the Rekt Capital Newsletter: https://rektcapital.substack.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/05/202210 minutes 1 second
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This Is How DeFi Will Attract Institutions

The people working in DeFi are reimagining the delivery of a key set of human services on-chain. One of them, Ryan Hanley, is Head of Product – DeFi at Elwood Technologies. Ryan joins Qredo's Ben Whitby to talk about why more institutions are allocating capital to this new way of doing business and how Elwood is designing its trading infrastructure to meet rising demand for digital assets. Ryan and Ben also discuss recent developments around custody and “know your customer” compliance, and they explore the privacy risks of storing user data. Although novel because of the newness of the technology, these are all relatively routine steps when it comes to the legal aspects of creating a new industry. Though there’s still more work to be done to make widespread institutional adoption a reality, Hanley is hopeful. As he notes, DeFi will thrive as regulation proceeds and institutions grow more comfortable with crypto’s underlying concepts. Recorded on March 29, 2022. Learn more about your ad
10/05/202210 minutes 46 seconds
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GameFi Is a Whole New World for Vcs

The gaming industry is huge. What happens when a new technology disrupts its entire architecture? Do top developers understand how to build on-chain? Are the people creating the token economy focused on user experience? San Francisco-based Framework Ventures has recently raised another $400 million to move the GameFi industry forward along new lines defined by blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and NFTs. Real Vision’s Ash Bennington catches up with co-founders Michael Anderson and Vance Spencer, who say the industry is evolving quickly. Indeed, Web3 could be “extinction-level for a lot of folks in venture today.” Recorded on May 3, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/05/202211 minutes 2 seconds
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Hugh Hendry & Rally CEO Kevin Chou Discuss the Token Revolution

Real Vision senior editor Ash Bennington welcomes Kevin Chou, founder & CEO of Rally, and Hugh Hendry, founder of Eclectica Asset Management, to discuss how Rally is using tokenization to create an ecosystem for content creators. From live music to gaming, Rally is building a community of various content creators who are chosen and vetted by Rally token holders democratically. Chou, Hendry, and Bennington dive into the intricacies of the Rally network and how Chou's background in gaming shaped its creation. Filmed on June 22, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/202211 minutes 9 seconds
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Building Blocks with Ash Bennington - Cami Russo on Cryptocurrencies and a Movie Deal

Financial journalist Cami Russo, breaks down what initially drew her to cover the ever-growing crypto market. Russo joins Ash to discuss how all of this led her to create The Defiant, and touches on the future of cryptocurrencies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/05/202228 minutes
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Ether-Backed DeFi Platform Offers Interesting Incentives

A reformed lawyer, Liquity founder Robert Lauko met Vitalik Buterin in 2015 in Switzerland. After that fateful encounter, Lauko decided to dedicate his professional time to developing crypto projects. His first venture is a decentralized borrowing protocol with DNA similar to MakerDAO’s but with the Ethereum blockchain as its base layer. Among its intriguing set of incentives, Liquity offers borrowers the opportunity to pay an up-front fee rather than an interest rate over time. Its ability to operate with lower collateralization requirements compared to other protocols is ensured by an efficient liquidation mechanism. This mechanism is based on a stability pool underpinned by its proprietary stablecoin, LUSD. Lauko breaks down LUSD’s functionality, focusing on its different incentives for borrowers and lenders, and explains why Ether backing and redeemability make it special. Recorded on April 11, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/05/202210 minutes 3 seconds
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What Does High Inflation Mean for Crypto?

What does inflation being at a 40-year high mean for crypto? After the gas war, is Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Otherside metaverse really going to move chains? And what does Elon’s latest Twitter troll mean for the BAYC and NFTs in general? The Defiant’s Robin Schmidt joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to break down all that and more. Robin and Ash also touch on Solana, Bitcoin, and whether we’re in crypto’s version of the dot-com bust. Recorded on May 4, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/05/202243 minutes 15 seconds
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How One Crypto Quant Fund Finds Alpha

Chris Sullivan and Rishi Narang of digital asset manager Hyperion Decimus join Real Vision's Ash Bennington for a wide-ranging conversation about quant trading in the crypto space, with an emphasis on how their respective backgrounds have influenced their approach to markets. Narang says there are no new strategies in alpha land, noting, "I've looked under the hoods of 3,000 to 5,000 quant funds… there's nothing new under the sun." However, there are new ways to determine valuations for cryptos, such as on-chain data. And machine learning is getting better and better at using that data to create predictive models. Sullivan and Narang also talk about market inefficiencies, inflation's effects on crypto, and the emergence of "dark pools," which enable chosen institutions to post orders only the bank can see to avoid other firms front-running their trades. Recorded on April 25, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/05/202211 minutes 1 second
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Regulation & Legislation Rep. Emmer Is Crypto's Champion in Congress

U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, a Republican from Minnesota, has introduced a number of bills on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, including the Securities Clarity Act, which would provide a clearer definition of digital assets under current laws. An advocate for the technology, he’s also co-chaired the Congressional Blockchain Caucus since 2018. Rep. Emmer understands its potential, both as an intermediary in traditional finance and in its ability to empower people. In conversation with Real Vision’s Ash Bennington, Rep. Emmer identifies the major regulatory challenges the crypto industry faces and explains how he’s educating his colleagues in Congress about this disruptive technology’s benefits. Recorded on April 27, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/05/202210 minutes 8 seconds
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The DeFi Shift Is Driven By People

Ben Whitby, who oversees strategic partnerships and regulatory affairs at Qredo, welcomes Lex Sokolin, the head economist at Consensys, for a high-level discussion about the legal issues that could affect the growth of DeFi as well as the larger themes and core beliefs shaping the industry's future. The world is gravitating toward populism, according to Sokolin, and away from the centralized control of sovereigns, and this ideological shift reverberates in our software. What might this mean for legislation, surveillance, and privacy protection? Sokolin and Whitby also discuss Neuralink, the rapid pace of technological development worldwide, and much more. Recorded on April 21, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/05/202212 minutes 9 seconds
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All You Need to Know About Yield in Crypto

Ever wondered why the crypto industry seems to promise much higher yield than TradFi institutions? Alex Mashinsky, CEO of the Celsius Network, gives us an inside look. Traditional yield generation methods like lending, arbitrage, and market making work in tandem with new innovations like coin staking and are further exploitable due to the immense demand and volatility of the crypto industry. Mashinsky shares his journey growing up in several different countries and his experiences that led him to found Celsius. He describes how the Celsius Network has been taking advantage of this environment and how their proprietary CEL token factors in. Mashinsky also weighs in on broader topics such as DeFi, stablecoins, and regulation, specifically addressing the controversial rumors that the SEC issued Celsius with a cease and desist letter. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on October 21, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/05/20229 minutes 53 seconds
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Building Blocks with Ash Bennington - Metallicus is Creating a Cutting Edge System to Buy Crypto

Marshall Hayner and his company, Metallicus, are making it easier than ever to buy, sell, and trade crypto. Marshall joins Ash to break down how Metal is building their infrastructure and touches on the future of Web 3.0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/04/202239 minutes 43 seconds
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Why This Medical Doctor Went Full-Time Crypto

"I had been making far more money trading crypto,” explains Dr. Ray Ng, Alt-Tab Capital co-founder and CIO, “than I ever did in the medical profession." In conversation with Exponential Age Asset Management CIO Moritz Seibert, Ng talks about why he transitioned from medical doctor to full-time crypto trader. He lays out Alt-Tab Capital's multi-strategy approach to investing in digital assets, including its use of DeFi yield farming and dynamic dollar-cost averaging as well as its risk mitigation approach through on-chain and technical analysis. Ng also breaks down a recent successful Avalanche (AVAX) trade, explaining how his team discovered it early. Recorded on April 25, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/04/202210 minutes 34 seconds
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Elon Musk Won Twitter. How Did the Crypto Community React?

It’s almost as if he tweeted it into reality: Elon Musk's $44 billion, $54.20 per share takeover bid has been approved by Twitter’s board of directors. And, of course, everyone had something to say. The Defiant’s Camila Russo and Robin Schmidt join Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to talk about the crypto community’s reaction to the free speech champion’s big deal. Other hot topics up for discussion during this week’s episode include Akutars’ flawed NFT launch that locked up $34 million of ETH and Optimism’s incoming airdrop of the $OP token for early adopters. Recorded on April 27, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/04/202242 minutes 36 seconds
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Is It Best to "Stay Heavy Bitcoin" Until Markets Look Better?

"For altcoins to do well, we need Bitcoin to go parabolic or… through a bear market," says Ben Cowen, CEO of Into The Cryptoverse. “The best strategy [in those cases]... is just to be heavy Bitcoin." In a wide-ranging discussion with Real Vision's Ash Bennington, Cowen assesses Bitcoin's technical profile using Bitcoin dominance, logarithmic regression analysis, and on-chain data. He also explains how to determine the market cycle phase by watching fair value and the lower bound level of regression bands. Markets breaching certain levels on these measures can indicate the start of a new bear cycle. But Ben remains optimistic because "the undervaluation territory is where all the real money is made." Recorded on April 25, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/04/202213 minutes 6 seconds
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How Bluzelle Is Building the Play-to-Earn Blockchain

Heavyweights like Amazon Web Services dominate the cloud space with centralized databases. But Bluzelle, a decentralized storage network, has quickly established itself as a viable alternative for creators. Bluzelle is producing high-quality games, protecting players’ NFTs, and leveraging DeFi yields with its 10,000 TPS Cosmos-based blockchain. Co-founder and CEO Pavel Bains joins Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of R&D at Block Digital, to talk about Bluzelle’s product offerings and its rising profile in the world of GameFi. Recorded on April 18, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/04/20229 minutes 1 second
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Culture and Social Tokens Are the Future of Everything

Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Delphi Digital, and Real Vision CEO and co-founder Raoul Pal reflect on Web 3.0 and community-driven social tokens. Kelly has spoken with several professionals in this adolescent industry such as Cooper Turley of Friends With Benefits, Jack Spallone of HIFI Labs, Jeff Kaufman of Jump, Jeff Sloss of Seed Club, and creators themselves like Micah Johnson. It’s been a memorable learning experience, and his conviction in the promise of social and community tokens is even stronger than when the series began. Pal and Kelly explore the concept of Bitcoin as a social token and ponder what the future of Web 3.0 looks like, taking the lessons learned over the past months as a foundational starting point. Recorded on November 23, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/04/202245 minutes 55 seconds
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What Does the Transition to Web 3.0 Look Like?

We continue to see incumbent corporations experimenting with Web 3.0 projects, especially in the NFT space. Jeff Kauffman, founder of Jump, has experience working for one of the largest Web 2.0 social media platforms. However, after having moral disagreements with the prevailing business model, he has transitioned his talents towards the decentralized universe of communities. Kauffman sits down with Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Delphi Digital, to discuss his experience leaving the world of Web 2.0 for the new frontier of Web 3.0. While questions remain concerning whether established tech and finance companies will launch their own decentralized platforms or simply provide seed funding, Kelly and Kauffman speculate on how this anticipated transition will take form. Filmed on October 22, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/04/20229 minutes 44 seconds
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"Proof of History" -- Rethinking Consensus on the Blockchain

Anatoly Yakovenko, CEO and co-founder of Solana, joins Eric Kryski, CEO and co-founder of Bidali, to expound upon the inner workings of Solana, an Ethereum competitor solving for speed and scalability. Yakovenko shares the unexpected journey of how the Solana team came to be and the non-trivial task of developing an entirely new consensus algorithm to differentiate it from typical Proof of Stake chains at the time. Yakovenko and the team pioneered "Proof of History", which involves cryptographic timestamps to accompany each transaction and can be verified internally by the Solana network. This method is combined with Proof of Stake to boost efficiency as well as security. Filmed on August 9, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/04/202213 minutes 52 seconds
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When Quants and Crypto Collide

Exponential Age Asset Management CIO Moritz Seibert probes the mind of Martin Green, CEO and Co-CIO of Cambrian Asset Management. Moritz and Martin discuss different quantitative investment strategies and their application to the digital asset market, a space like no other. Martin shares how he handles trading in the spot market versus the derivatives market, and he explains how data influences crypto trading generally. It’s a fascinating conversation that breaks down the similarities and the differences between the old school and crypto, highlighting key aspects of market structure. Recorded on April 18, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/04/202214 minutes 29 seconds
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A Technical Analyst Talks Key Crypto Levels

How do you distinguish trading signals amid all the noise financial markets create? Technical analyst Dean Carr from C The Light Trading joins Real Vision's Ash Bennington to explain how he spots trends in crypto price action using a wide range of indicators over multiple time frames. "As a technical analyst, I'm trying to smooth out the trend," says Carr, noting that to do so "you need to move on to larger time frames." Carr focuses on Bitcoin, Ethereum, layer 1 protocols, and privacy coins, highlighting the critical resistance levels they must overcome before their technical profiles turn bullish. Carr adds that failure to clear these levels "opens the door for lower prices." Recorded on April 18, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/04/20229 minutes 28 seconds
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How To Manage a Crypto Investment Firm

Ever wondered what it’s like to manage a crypto investment firm? Leigh Drogen, the CEO of Starkiller Capital, is walking that walk, and he joins Corey Hoffstein, the CIO of Newfound Research, to describe his journey so far. Leigh explains to Corey how, in his experience, TradFi investment trading strategies such as momentum- and/or trend-following can lead to above-average performance in the crypto space as well. Their conversation highlights the importance of a healthy balance between consistency and flexibility, a requirement of those who’d like to successfully navigate any trading environment. Leigh and Corey share key lessons they’ve learned, including coping with high volatility, the importance of open-mindedness, and dealing with uncertainty. And Leigh describes the limitations of traditional investment valuation methods applied to crypto. Recorded on April 4, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/04/202210 minutes 27 seconds
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How FTX Is Building the Biggest Crypto Business in the World

Brett Harrison is helping one of the world’s richest crypto billionaires, Sam Bankman-Fried, build one of the “most sophisticated derivative products in the world.” Harrison is president of FTX, the crypto exchange Bankman-Fried co-founded in May 2019 with daily trading volume of approximately $14 billion. Harrison joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to talk about FTX’s growth strategy, particularly its ambitions in the U.S. He shares his thoughts on how regulation will influence growth, and, yes, that Larry David ad is discussed. Recorded on April 4, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/04/202210 minutes 41 seconds
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The Power of Randomness: Algorand and The Future Of Blockchains

Real Vision senior editor Ash Bennington hosts Silvio Micali, founder of Algorand, to discuss Micali’s journey into crypto, the founding of Algorand, the power of randomness, zero knowledge proofs, and future of evolvability of blockchain protocols. When Micali discovered Bitcoin and Buterin’s blockchain dilemma—that no blockchain can all at once be decentralized, secure, and scalable—he knew there had to be way to solve this problem. He explains that in cryptographic systems, it’s easy to spread communication and messaging, but verifying if a message has been received or achieving common knowledge is difficult, which can prevent the achievement of security and trust in the system. For Bitcoin, Micali states that the blockchain has an ad hoc mechanism to reach agreement on a common block; on the other hand, Algorand uses a Byzantine Agreement on the block, utilizing the strongest form of consensus and mitigating the risk of “bad actors”. It also prevents the block from ever forking and
17/04/20221 hour 30 minutes 39 seconds
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Building Blocks with Ash Bennington - COSIMO X is Building the Next Wave of the Internet

Rob Frasca, co-founder and managing partner of COSIMO Ventures, joins Ash Bennington to discuss how his experience in the Navy influenced is career in the tech and finance space and how his company, COSIMO X, is innovating the blockchain community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/04/202234 minutes 25 seconds
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Meta Zucks Up NFTs With Hefty Virtual Vig

Just how bad is Meta’s plan to take a nearly 50% cut of digital asset sales in its virtual world? Is Coinbase’s partnership for a film trilogy with Bored Ape Yacht Club a sign of things to come? Is Web3 living up to its decentralized and distributed promise, or have corporate influences already corrupted it? The Defiant’s Camila Russo and Robin Schmidt join Real Vision’s Elaine Ly to talk about a wild week of NFT, Web3, and metaverse news, including the launch of Aku’s Akutars and the issue of refunds for digital art purchases. Recorded on April 13, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/04/202239 minutes 43 seconds
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Singapore's Top Crypto Derivatives Trader Talks Strategy

Exponential Age Asset Management CIO Moritz Seibert welcomes co-founder and CIO Darius Sit for a deep dive into the investment management strategies employed at Singapore-based digital asset trading firm QCP Capital. Sit and Seibert cover a wide range of derivatives-related topics, including options market dynamics, volatility market depth, and cash-and-carry trades. Sit also assesses the crypto market in 2022 and shares his post-ETH 2.0 Ethereum forecast. Recorded on April 5, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/04/202210 minutes 50 seconds
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How Will Bitcoin React to Recession?

What's driving the crypto sell-off? Francis Hunt shifts from Market Sniper to Crypto Sniper to sort through the competing narratives on recent price action with Real Vision's Ash Bennington. Hunt emphasizes macroeconomic factors, noting the positive correlation between Bitcoin and tech stocks. "I can't give flagrant moon calls in this environment," says Hunt, adding "a caution to the downside" would be his stance. Hunt and Bennington also break down the DeFi market, highlighting Luna's outperformance versus other digital assets. Recorded on April 11, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/04/202212 minutes 47 seconds
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Built for Speed: The Future of Central Bank Digital Currencies

What do the brightest minds in the space consider when they think about the design of a central bank digital currency (CBDC)? Anders Brownworth, Principal Software Architect at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, joins Real Vision's Ash Bennington for a journey through Project Hamilton, a joint initiative between the Federal Reserve and MIT to investigate the technical feasibility of a general-purpose CBDC. One goal of this project is to make them faster than existing legacy systems and new blockchains, including Bitcoin. Visa averages around 1,700 transactions per second, Bitcoin five to 10. One of the transaction processors Project Hamilton tested processed 170,000 transactions per second. Project Hamilton found, however, that by eliminating a "chokepoint," it could reach up to and beyond 1.7 million transactions per second. Tune in to learn how these designs work, why transactions may change in the future, and what new findings are on the horizon. Click here to read Project Hamilton
12/04/202212 minutes 3 seconds
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The Federal Reserve, Innovation, and the Future of Money

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitization of “everything,” and, now, both consumers and investors are looking to gain more exposure to digital assets. Sunayna Tuteja, the Chief Innovation Officer of the Federal Reserve System, joins Colleen Sullivan of BH Digital to discuss her commitment to leading change at the nexus of finance, technology, and policy. Tuteja sheds some light on the Fed’s efforts to launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC). And she offers an “insider’s insider” perspective on the growing importance of digital assets and technology within the broader financial system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/04/20229 minutes 40 seconds
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DFINITY: Building a New Internet on Blockchain

Raoul Pal, CEO & co-founder of Real Vision, sits down with Dominic Williams, chief scientist & founder of DFINITY, to discuss DFINITY's progress towards constructing a scalable, secure, blockchain-based internet. DFINITY redefines what people think about blockchain. Williams describes novel concepts such as "Node Nervous System" and "Zero Knowledge Identity", which he believes to be pivotal stepping stones in constructing a new, decentralized internet. Filmed on June 16, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/04/20229 minutes 9 seconds
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Building Blocks with Ash Bennington - Steve Kurz Breaks Down The Future of Crypto

Steve Kurz, Global Head of Asset Management at Galaxy Digital, joins Ash Bennington on the first episode of Building Blocks to discuss when he first heard about Bitcoin, the composability of crypto, the current state of DeFi, and so much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/04/202240 minutes 30 seconds
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Market-Neutral Strategies Set This Crypto Fund Apart

Exponential Age Asset Management CIO Moritz Seibert returns with a new episode in his asset management series where he explores techniques of top asset managers in the cryptoverse. Seibert welcomes Nickel Digital Portfolio Manager David Fauchier to explain the market-neutral approach behind the Diversified Alpha Fund he oversees. Investors in old-school financial markets have long cherished market-neutral strategies, which match leveraged long and short bets to protect returns against adverse moves. Fauchier notes that this product type is uncommon in crypto, where directional products dominate the market. He believes market-neutral strategies are a real value-add to investors in a volatile crypto market where it can take years for something to happen. Fauchier walks Seibert through the specifics of the firm's trading style, highlighting strategies based on the concept of market neutrality. Recorded on March 31, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/04/20228 minutes 37 seconds
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New Crypto Hubs, the Chief Meme Officer, and Ledger Jumps Into The Sandbox

The United Kingdom wants to become the next global hub for crypto, but is it too late for London to catch up to Miami, Beijing, and Singapore? What does Elon Musk’s stake in Twitter mean for Web2 and Web3? And does Ledger’s partnership with Sandbox mean a whole new slew of metaverse users is on the horizon? The Defiant’s Robin Schmidt and Camila Russo join Real Vision’s Elaine Ly to break down all that and more. Recorded on April 6, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/04/202245 minutes 14 seconds
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Crypto Is Not Just for Tech Geeks

Co-founder Valeria Benitez Florez is building the Pocket Network around the idea that "more people need to come into the space across all fields, as everyone brings more to the table.” Pocket Network is a system where the community can stake nodes on a decentralized network. Expanding on that in conversation with Wendy Diamond, founder and CEO of LDP Ventures and the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, she says "there is an infinite amount of knowledge to be explored" as her community expands. Recorded on March 14, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/04/202210 minutes 18 seconds
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Big Family Wealth Apes Into Crypto Too

Haouk Lee started his investing career in real estate and emerging markets. A fiat currency bear with an eye for new trends, the digital asset value proposition came naturally to him when he first engaged with crypto in 2016. Lee, the founder and CIO of Trinity Digital Assets, an offshoot of his family office Trinity Investment Holdings, talks to Leslie Lamb, the founder and host of the Crypto Unstacked Podcast, about his experience and what it says about broader market trends. Lee notes that an increasing number of family offices are including crypto in their portfolios. Lee and Lamb explore a generational shift taking place in the investment community, including its implications for how asset prices may move in the future. One key to Lee’s strategy is to let the young lead the way, as they’re the most engaged with digital assets and metaverses in their day-to-day lives. Recorded on March 18, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/04/202210 minutes 56 seconds
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Everyone Can Mine Bitcoin

Building a Bitcoin mining rig can be complex. Compass Mining is here to simplify it to the point that literally anyone can participate in the decentralized computational process and add new blocks of transactions to the world’s No. 1 blockchain, whether at home or through one of 23 collaborating data centers in five different countries. As co-founder and CEO Whit Gibbs explains to Real Vision’s Elaine Ly, Compass Mining’s service enables those who don’t want to host a machine in their house to connect to a collaborating data center and receive mined Bitcoin directly into their wallets. Gibbs notes that Intel’s new mining machines could break up ASICS’s quasi-monopoly. He’s also bullish about the impact of President Joe Biden’s recent executive order on the ecosystem. Recorded on March 22, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/04/202211 minutes 22 seconds
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"What Will Your Identity Look Like in the Metaverse?"

Gabby Dizon, CEO and co-founder of Yield Guild Games, envisions a Metaverse where individuals have ownership over their digital identity and the associated data and revenue. Dizon joins Rolf Hoefer, co-founder of Cultur3 Capital, to talk about the digital revolution taking place within community tokens and people’s newfound sense of online identity. According to them, Web 3.0 presents a unique opportunity to empower users to gain a sense of virtual autonomy, and Dizon argues that this is what we should imagine when we discuss the "Metaverse". Tune in to see how Yield Guild Games is working to realize a more equitable online economy. Recorded on December 9, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/04/202212 minutes 23 seconds
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Opposing Views: Pomp & Mike Green on Bitcoin

Mike Green, chief strategist and portfolio manager at Logica Capital, and Anthony Pompliano, investor at Pomp Investments, join Ash Bennington, Real Vision senior editor, to discuss their opposing views on Bitcoin. They each explain their views on Bitcoin—Pompliano makes the case for Bitcoin being a store of value that should be widely adopted and encouraged by the United States in order to stay competitive globally while Green asserts that Bitcoin is used primarily for nefarious activity and is mainly controlled by entities that are oppositional to the United States. Green believes that Bitcoin is the perfect example of markets indicating that something is incredibly successful, even when in actuality it is failing (or will fail), and that its price appreciation does mean that it is a robust system. Filmed on February 1, 2021. Key Learnings: Pompliano believes that there are many non-trivial indicators that suggest Bitcoin is robust and becoming widely adopted including the number of
02/04/20221 hour 19 minutes 16 seconds
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ECASH Act Would Establish a Real Digital Dollar

In its most basic terms, the digital dollar debate is about a public option versus a private option. According to Rohan Grey, assistant professor at Willamette University College of Law, there is a middle ground that happens to be the best option. Grey, who advised the authors of the bill, joins Real Vision’s Ash Bennington and Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of R&D at Block Digital, to talk about the ECASH Act recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The “Electronic Currency And Secure Hardware Act” would make the U.S. Treasury, rather than the Federal Reserve, the issuer of what would be “a true digital analogue to the U.S. dollar.” According to Grey, it would function similarly to physical cash in that it would be "public money with privacy characteristics" and use "no ledger at all." Grey walks Bennington and Velez through the bill’s particulars, noting its emphasis on preserving privacy. Recorded on March 29, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Vi
01/04/202215 minutes 2 seconds
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Good Price Action, Bad Hacks, and NFT LA

Is the crypto bull market back on track? What should we make of the massive Ronin bridge hack? And how is Elaine’s field trip to NFT LA shaping up? The Defiant’s Camila Russo and Robin Schmidt join Real Vision’s Elaine Ly to dig into all that and more. The trio explains how Ethereum’s merge and Terra’s Do Kwon buying Bitcoin as a reserve are driving price action. That’s on top of everything Elaine’s learned from NFT LA, including Jiho’s response to the $600 million Ronin bridge hack. Recorded on March 30, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/03/202245 minutes 44 seconds
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The Next Generation of Tech Leadership Will Be Decentralized and More Female

Randi Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, is particularly interested in female-led NFT projects. But the entrepreneur knows “that won’t be enough going forward.” Her latest venture, “The Hug,” offers mentorship to up-and-coming founders from a network of industry leaders in technology and the arts. Zuckerberg’s tenure at Meta (formerly known as Facebook) provides her unique insight on America’s big tech boom. Now, she’s at the forefront of a new tech shakeup, taking what she’s learned to lift up innovators and artists using blockchain technology and principles of decentralization to defy the power of big tech. Recorded on March 21, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/03/202210 minutes 55 seconds
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How To Build a Community-Focused Business

Greg Isenberg is co-founder and CEO of Late Checkout, a product studio and agency that designs, creates, and acquires community-first tech businesses. “Community first” means the community is the product or the community is built around the product. Isenberg advises on community design and community management as opportunities to reduce risk. He emphasizes the role tokenization plays in communities today, from NFTs to DAOs to social tokens. Isenberg joins Kevin Kelly of Delphi Digital to discuss the Web3 strategy that companies are focusing on as the importance of community becomes more significant in the retention and engagement of a brand. Recorded on March 16, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/03/20229 minutes 56 seconds
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Liquidity Drives Success for This Crypto Hedge Fund

How do the world's most successful crypto hedge funds think about trading? Exponential Age Asset Management CIO Moritz Seibert is hosting a series of interviews with top asset managers about their approach. In the first episode, Edward Chin and Thejas Nalval of Parataxis Capital join Seibert to share their views on the most investable assets in the space. Their focus is on liquidity. "When I say [we focus on the] top five, it's more of a play on liquidity,” notes Nalval. “The largest market-cap names may not necessarily mean they're the most liquid." Chin explains Parataxis' method of determining the fundamental value of each digital asset and how it helps the firm stay grounded despite immense price volatility for the broader market. Recorded on March 21, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/03/202212 minutes 46 seconds
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The Founder's Scaling Debate: Solana vs. StarkWare

Most people agree Ethereum is too expensive. Many different tokens and companies have formed around the hype of being the next “Ethereum killer”. However, scaling solutions and the accompanied trade-offs differ from project to project. Solana utilizes the more traditional blockchain model while StarkWare exploits the process of “Zero-Knowledge Proofs” to boost efficiency. Kyle Davies, co-founder of Three Arrows Capital, and Real Vision’s Ash Bennington moderate a healthy discussion between Anatoly Yakovenko, CEO and co-founder of Solana, and his competitors, Eli Ben-Sasson, co-founder and president of StarkWare, and Avihu Levy, head of product at StarkWare, to discuss varying solutions to scalability issues fundamental to DeFi. Join them for a technical discussion into the world of DeFi from some of the top experts in the space. Recorded on November 29, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/03/202250 minutes 31 seconds
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An Academic Expert Talks Crypto, FinTech, and Regulation

Dr. Fabian Schär, Professor for Distributed Ledger Technologies and Fintech and the Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Finance at the University of Basel, is a heavyweight when it comes to the academic study of cryptocurrency. His research has been published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, among other distinguished outlets. Dr. Schär shares with Mathias Imbach, co-founder and CEO of Sygnum Bank, his deep knowledge derived from exhaustive research into blockchain technology and DeFi protocols. Dr. Schär sees a major migration of DeFi protocols to Layer 2 blockchains on the horizon as well as an expansion of the current utilization of the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) structure. Although NFTs and the metaverse are in a price bubble, Dr. Schär believes their potential is just beginning to be unlocked. A consultant for several financial regulatory bodies, Dr. Schär also offers compelling insight on potential hiccups with regard to coming legislation. Rec
26/03/202213 minutes 44 seconds
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Medha Parlikar Is Lifting Women From Web 2.0 to Web 3.0

One of the few women in crypto, Medha Parlikar, co-founder and CTO of CasperLabs, joins Wendy Diamond, founder and CEO of LDP Ventures and Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization, to talk about her exciting journey in a game-changing industry. Parlikar dissects the dynamics of being among the small number of female leaders in tech and shares advice with other women hoping to follow her path. Parlikar sees big things on the horizon for CasperLabs in its mission to help scale enterprise-level private blockchains solutions. As many of its clients are realizing, there are numerous potential use cases for immutable ledgers and information within a corporate structure. CasperLabs was able to mint an NFT in space as a proof-of-concept for transmitting and verifying vital data about container ships while they’re in the middle of the ocean. Diamond and Parlikar also discuss how blockchain can help disabled persons thrive in today’s world. Tune in for a wide-ranging conversation about blockcha
25/03/20229 minutes 12 seconds
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Ape-ing Into the World of NFTs

With confirmation that Raoul Pal finally bought himself a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT, The Defiant’s Robin Schmidt sits down with Real Vision’s founder and CEO to talk about his decision. Raoul and Robin discuss both the good and the (possible) bad of Yuga Labs’ and Bored Ape Yacht Club’s expansion, the recent ApeCoin airdrop, and how NFTs (and social tokens) can democratize the space. Tune in for a fascinating debate on the future of the metaverse. Recorded on March 23, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/03/202244 minutes 36 seconds
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How To Make Sense of Bitcoin's On-Chain Metrics

All cryptocurrency trading and investing activity is available on a public ledger. And all that activity can be extracted and studied. This is what’s called “on-chain analysis.” Indeed, one of the remarkable things about trading and investing in crypto is the easy availability of rich data streams that allow traders and investors to see things traditional technical analysis does not make visible. Benjamin Cowen, CEO of Into The Cryptoverse, joins Real Vision's Ash Bennington to talk about new ways of understanding price action using on-chain data to analyze consumer behavior through indicators like "HODL Waves." Cowen also describes how social metrics complement on-chain data to complete the macro picture. These new methods, combined with traditional technical analysis, can help traders make sense of market cycles, prevailing risks, and future price direction. Recorded on March 18, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/03/202212 minutes 32 seconds
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How Blockchain Can Make Medicine Better

Clinical trials are a crucial part of the development of new medicines. But existing processes are antiquated, and it can take as many as 10 years before a new drug is approved. As demonstrated during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, efficient influx of vaccines and other innovative solutions is critical for society’s current and future medical needs. Triall is leading the deployment of blockchain-integrated software solutions to accelerate delivery of new drugs to patients. Triall co-founder and CEO Hadil Es-Sbai and co-founder and head of marketing Raymond van der Waal join Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of R&D at Block Digital, to talk about the world’s first digital ecosystem for clinical trials and how it will improve reliability and efficiency in the drug-development process. Recorded on March 7, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/03/20229 minutes 28 seconds
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How Does Japan's Deflation Explain Crypto's Rise?

Persistent deflationary forces in Japan have puzzled economists for decades. Takaaki Kato, the Japan-based executive director and head of sales/trading for BitFlyer, doesn’know how long into the future present conditions will sustain. But he does see potential instability for the Japanese yen. Also a fiat currency bear, Kato perceives in Japan’s set of problems major tailwinds for crypto adoption. Kato tells Real Vision’s Ash Bennington that President Joe Biden’s executive order directing a “whole of government” approach to U.S. crypto policy will usher in a bifurcated era of the regulated and the unregulated. Those crypto platforms that navigate uncertainty and earn sanction by the U.S. government will have a head start on success in this new era. Recorded on March 9, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/03/202215 minutes 9 seconds
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How Do Crypto Lenders Generate Big Yields?

Interest rates on DeFi platforms are often as opaque as they are impressive, to the point where they seem too good to be true, especially in a world of near-zero TradFi yields. Sudhu Arumugam, co-founder of crypto derivatives exchange and yield platform CoinFLEX, offers a peek behind the curtain of his firm’s operations. Arumugam walks Real Vision’s Ash Bennington through the arbitrage strategies deployed by CoinFLEX, noting that his team’s edge comes from working with large pools of capital and enjoying privileged international access. Arumugam also discusses the evolving regulatory environment in light of the Biden administration’s new “whole of government” approach to crypto. Ultimately, as Arumugam sees it, regulation is bullish because it will catalyze institutional adoption like nothing else before it. Recorded on March 9, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/03/202215 minutes
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Bored Ape Yacht Club Makes Major Waves

We're back, just in time to talk about the biggest NFT news of 2022: Yuga Labs, the creator of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) collection, has acquired the brands, copyrights in the art, and other intellectual property of the CryptoPunks and Meebits collections from Larva Labs. BAYC is the most valuable NFT collection; CryptoPunks is the second-most valuable. So, what’s next now that these crown jewels have become one? Real Vision’s Ash Bennington joins The Defiant’s Camila Russo to talk about the deal. Camila and Ash also discuss how the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening cycle will impact digital assets and what President Joe Biden’s executive order means for the crypto space. Recorded on March 16, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/03/202227 minutes 39 seconds
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Distilling the Essence of the DAO

Marcello Mari is the CEO of SingularityDAO and an expert on the emerging business structure that’s opening new frontiers to individual investors. Mari joins Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of R&D at Block Digital, to explain what a decentralized autonomous organization is and to share what he learned when he created his DAO. The DAO governance structure has been criticized as too slow to operate effectively. Mari counters that DAOs afford individuals opportunities to pool capital at levels previously possible only for institutions. Combined with risk-hedging algorithms, this suggests that there’s vast unrealized potential for DAOs as viable structures for individual investors. Mari and Velez dig into the technical aspects of DAOs and their underlying anatomy. This is a must-watch for anyone who wants to learn more about DAOs. Recorded on February 25, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/03/202212 minutes 1 second
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Could Bitcoin Be the Global Reserve Currency?

Ray Dalio, founder, co-chairman, and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, famously noted that global reserve currencies typically last for 100 years or so. If that trend holds, the US dollar is nearing the end of the privileged status it inherited from the British pound. So, what comes next? Greg Foss and Seb Bunney believe it’s Bitcoin. Foss, a strategist at VPC, and Bunney, who advocates at The Looking Glass, argue that the world’s No. 1 cryptocurrency features characteristics necessary to the task. Foss stresses the importance to humanity of a hard asset immune to censorship and manipulation. Inflation, he says, is crippling poor families on fixed incomes, leading them down a dangerous path of debt accumulation. Bitcoin, as Foss sees it, is the way out of the fiat-driven leverage spiral the entire Western world has fallen into. Recorded on March 1, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/03/202213 minutes 36 seconds
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"Traditional Financial Markets Are Broken"

What problem does DeFi solve? Jamis Johnson and Ali Hassan, founding partners of Perceptive Capital, attempt to answer that question. As two early Bitcoin adopters, Johnson, a computer scientist, and Hassan, a former TradFi fund manager, were convinced of the original cryptocurrency’s promise almost from its very beginning. But they each saw opportunities to expand on that promise. And they were particularly excited by decentralized finance. Johnson and Hassan have combined their expertise to create a cutting-edge investment fund focused on crypto and crypto-adjacent ventures. They talk to Real Vision’s Ash Bennington about the need for greater decentralization and a shift away from the “regulatory monopolistic banks,” as Hassan calls them. Tune in to share in the knowledge they’ve accumulated along their journey into the DeFi space. Recorded on February 24, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/03/202212 minutes 12 seconds
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NFTing the World for the General Good

We promised Bill Tai would be back soon, and the day has come. In this special follow-up to their talk at Real Vision/MGM’s The Takeover, Bill shares with Raoul an update on the OnChain Monkey project, holding it up as an example of how NFTs and their communities can be incentivized to do good in the world. Bill also leads essentially a master class on Reed’s Law and how the concept is paramount for anyone who wants to understand today’s crypto ecosystem. Curious why everything is evolving even more rapidly than one can imagine? Your answers are here. It’s always magic when Bill and Raoul get together, and this episode is no exception. Recorded on February 28, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/03/202214 minutes 49 seconds
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The Man Behind Ukraine's Crypto Defense Fund

Almost overnight Ukraine’s largest crypto exchange has turned into a pool worth tens of millions of dollars that’s poured in from around the world to help the besieged country mitigate the everyday consequences of Russian aggression. Michael Chobanian, the founder of KUNA Exchange, speaks to Real Vision Managing Editor Samuel Burke about how he’s distributing the contributions and why he isn’t worried about Russia co-opting Ukraine’s crypto playbook. Recorded on March 8, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/03/20229 minutes 52 seconds
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This Is How To Build a Creator Economy

André Allen Anjos is a musician and digital artist better known by his pseudonym, RAC. Years ago, he “went down the rabbit hole” of Napster. He emerged to found the Remix Artist Collective. In 2020, he was among the first artists to connect his work with blockchain technology. In the process, Anjos has shown artists how to overcome the many hurdles that confront them in the Web 2.0 world, including lack of artistic freedom, low royalties, and a broader denial of autonomy. Anjos, a longtime student of computer science, joins Sergio Silva, an NFT collector and a sales associate at FireBlocks, to break down how he’s capitalized on the advantages created by Web 3.0. Beyond launching his social token $RAC on Ethereum, Anjos has used the network to more directly engage with his audience and to give fans an incentive to “invest” in him rather than a large record label. Recorded on February 24, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/03/202211 minutes 11 seconds
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Former CFTC Chair Says Web 3.0 Favors New Ways of Thinking

“What is the future of money?” is a question more and more about the future of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. The rise of Web 3.0, as Chris Perkins and Chris Giancarlo describe it, will disrupt legacy financial business models and the regulatory infrastructure around it like nothing we’ve ever seen. Perkins, managing partner of CoinFund and a former U.S. Marine, and Giancarlo, former chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, strategic advisor at CoinFund, and author of “Crypto Dad: The Fight for the Future of Money,” join Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to talk about the benefits of decentralization for financial markets, including greater access, lower costs, and more inclusion, as well as the evolution of an activity-based regulatory structure. Recorded on March 3, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/03/202211 minutes 19 seconds
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Olaf Carlson-Wee on Web 3.0 and His 2022 Forecast

The first employee at Coinbase, Olaf Carlson-Wee, founder and CIO of Polychain Capital, went on to create one of the first crypto investment funds in 2016. While it may be a new buzzword to many, Carlson-Wee has been talking about Web 3.0 since early 2017. He describes the tensions that exist between content creators and social media platforms rooted in the Web 2.0 business model, which is largely driven by ad revenue. This arrangement is not always ideal for content creators, depriving many of brand ownership. Polychain, an investment fund that has been at the forefront of many trends, is betting on a revolution in the content creation and online community space. Tune in for Carlson-Wee’s perspectives on where crypto and Web 3.0 are headed in 2022. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on December 6, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/03/20221 hour 4 minutes 51 seconds
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A Masterclass Discussion on the Future of Digital Assets

Yassine Elmandjra, analyst at Ark Investment, and Real Vision co-founder and CEO Raoul Pal come at the digital asset space with different perspectives. To be honest, almost everyone in the digital asset space has a unique perspective that resonates for them. In this absolutely incredible discussion, Yassine and Raoul demonstrate how people with different perspectives can learn from each other, leveraging those different perspectives to create entirely new ideas and understandings that make the whole immensely more valuable than the sum of the parts. Watch as Yassine and Raoul brainstorm and build on one another’s perspectives to take us to an entirely new place of understanding. This is a Masterclass in bringing an open mind, thinking “big picture,” and creating fresh value for everyone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/03/202212 minutes 35 seconds
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Jan Van Eck Talks Digital Assets

In 1955, during the post-World War II global economic boom, John van Eck set out to create an international broker to give US citizens access to foreign markets and connect the world through investment. The company he founded, VanEck, established its reputation by providing investors exposure to emerging industries, asset classes, and markets. Now, John’s son Jan van Eck is taking similarly innovative steps with Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and other digital assets. Last November, VanEck launched a Bitcoin futures ETF, establishing a reputable avenue into the space for institutions. Jan, now the CEO of VanEck, talks to Real Vision’s Ash Bennington about new ideas in the money-management industry and shares his thoughts on NFTs, stablecoins, and the future of digital assets. Recorded on February 24, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/03/202213 minutes 1 second
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Is It Possible To Solve This DeFi Nightmare?

The recent $320 million Ethereum-Solana cross-chain hack – the second-biggest exploit ever, behind the $600 million Poly Network theft – is only the beginning, according to Corby Pryor, venture partner at HOF Capital. A former academic who studied quantum physics and designed neural networks, Pryor went all in after dabbling in crypto investing in 2017. A talented computer scientist, Pryor has identified a key vulnerability in the DeFi ecosystem, particularly in cross-chain interoperability. He discusses potential solutions, his unique perspective on venture capital based on his experience in physics, and a fascinating concept he calls “decentralized time” with Real Vision’s Ash Bennington. Recorded on February 14, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/03/202212 minutes 58 seconds
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How the Real Vision Bot Is Building a Digital Community

Quantitative traders Moritz Heiden and Moritz Seibert, chief technology officer and chief investment officer, respectively, at the Exponential Age Digital Asset Management Fund, developed a bot to help Real Vision better understand market sentiment by studying topics covered and emotions expressed in video interviews on our platform. This research project has grown to include building an algorithm to create NFTs, among them “Affe mit Waffe” (ape with gun). Now, Heiden and Seibert – together known as “twoquants” – are co-heads of digital innovation strategy at Real Vision. Senior Crypto Editor Ash Bennington speaks with twoquants about the Real Vision bot, community building, and the present and future of digital assets. Recorded on February 23, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
07/03/20229 minutes 9 seconds
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Anonymous @punk4156 Speaks on Next Generation NFTs

The virality of CryptoPunks has spawned a series of new projects, one of which is led by a former punk himself: @punk4156, co-founder of Nouns.wtf DAO. He joins Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Delphi Digital, who has been on a mission to explore the world of DAOs, social tokens, and Web 3.0. The anonymous @punk4156, originally an active member of the CryptoPunks community, saw an opportunity in the NFT space, given that many of the dominant trends had originated in 2017 with new projects simply copying the old model. Built upon the Ethereum chain, Nouns algorithmically mints one NFT every 24 hours, completely detached from founder control. Thus far, around 150 nouns have been minted and the DAO has accrued over $60 million in capital. Tune in to find out where Kelly and @punk4156 believe the NFT will be in a few years. Recorded on December 20, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/03/202248 minutes 52 seconds
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Is Ukraine's Use of Crypto a Major Widespread Adoption Moment?

Within a week of announcing it would accept cryptocurrency donations, Ukraine raised nearly $40 million. The Ukrainian government even announced an airdrop for donors. Does this prominent deployment as an instrument of geopolitics mark a new stage in crypto’s development? Robin Schmidt and Camila Russo of The Defiant join Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to assess what Kyiv’s current crypto-reliance means for widespread adoption. Robin, Camila, and Ash also dig into the Pixelmon drama and how it fits within the broader safety and traceability issues in the digital asset space. The NFT project raised more than $70 million, and buyers thought they were purchasing high-quality pieces to use in a metaverse game. But when Pixelmon revealed the artwork, users took to Twitter to express their frustration at the terrible quality. Recorded on March 2, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/03/202242 minutes 51 seconds
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Titans Team Up To Shape Crypto's Future

Two major players in the crypto industry, BitGo and Galaxy Digital, have come together to advance a shared vision of what comes next for digital assets on the path to widespread deployment and use among the general public. Of key importance, according to BitGo CEO Mike Belshe, is crypto establishing a strong voice in the developing conversation about regulation. Belshe is concerned about the potential impact of multiple bureaucracies trying to assert some sort of control at the same time. Another pivotal piece of the mass adoption puzzle is building software tools that make decentralized financial transactions more seamless, like people are used to in the Web 2.0 world. Belshe talks to Real Vision’s Ash Bennington about BitGo’s and Galaxy Digital’s partnership and its impact on the future of crypto. Recorded on February 10, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/03/202213 minutes 8 seconds
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My First Million With Our Very Own Raoul Pal

Ever wanted to know more about Raoul’s story? Interested in how he approaches not only his investments but life generally? Curious about what made it possible for him to retire for the first time at 36? In this special crossover episode, Raoul finds himself in the guest seat as My First Million host Shaan Puri probes Raoul’s background, his life philosophy, and the facts behind his first million. Shaan and Raoul also explore Raoul's Bitcoin-versus-ethereum "bet" as well how NFTs are commodifying culture for the first time in history. For more information on My First Million, please visit: https://www.mfmpod.com. Recorded on February 24, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/03/202252 minutes 3 seconds
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Can Crypto and NFTs Cut Transaction Costs and Democratize Property Investing?

Multiple layers of bureaucracy in the California real estate industry create major burdens but have proven ineffective at preventing fraud. This duality ultimately means higher transaction costs. At the same time, accommodative monetary policy and historically low mortgage rates attracted the ultra-rich. Altogether, too many people have been priced out of the California market. That’s why Natalia Karayaneva, as she explains to Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of R&D at Block Digital, founded Propy, a platform built to automate the real estate sales process. Natalia, a real estate agent for 15 years, and her team are also experimenting with using cryptocurrency and NFTs to facilitate property transactions. According to Natalia, tokenization and fractionalization of real estate via NFTs will broaden the pool of property investors in a way that was not possible before. Propy also offers crypto-centered courses to licensed realtors to educate the realty industry. Recorded on Fe
02/03/202210 minutes 51 seconds
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How NFTs Are Changing the World

The NFT revolution has only just started and we all need to learn how to navigate it. This interview sets the core foundation stones for all of us to get involved. Sergio Silva, NFT Collector and Sales Director at Fireblocks, has taken the journey from being in investment banking to working full time in the digital asset world and being a key player in the NFT space. Raoul gets his inspiring story and picks Sergio’s brains on what NFTs represent, where they are going, how to think through the complexity of the space, and, more importantly, how to invest. Recorded live at Real Vision/MGM's The Takeover on December 10, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/20221 hour 13 minutes 5 seconds
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"It's No Longer a Question of 'Will Bitcoin Exist'"

Alex Thorn, head of firmwide research at Galaxy Digital, says Bitcoin is inevitable. That’s despite a slide of nearly 40% from its all-time-high price. Meanwhile, based on his own analysis of the issues in play, Thorn sees regulation eventually providing a tailwind to digital assets generally. In conversation with Real Vision’s Ash Bennington, Thorn also addresses interesting developments for Ethereum and other “altcoin” communities. Ethereum, he notes, faces an “innovator’s dilemma”: solving its scalability problem faster than its vast number of competitors can establish robust user networks. Ethereum’s future is less certain. But Bitcoin, according to Thorn, is here for the duration. Recorded on February 16, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/03/202214 minutes 41 seconds
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How Everyrealm Is Developing the Metaverse

Everyrealm is already an active developer in the metaverse ecosystem, with holdings in 25 platform portfolios, ownership of more than 3,000 NFTs, and management of more than 100 metaverse real estate projects. It began life as Republic Realm, alternative asset crowdfunding platform Republic’s metaverse real estate arm. Co-founder and CEO Janine Yorio led a spin off and rebrand that now has Everyrealm positioned to build an NFT and gaming production studio, in addition to its metaverse real estate development activity. It recently closed a $60 million Series A funding round led by high-profile and seasoned players such as Andreessen Horowitz, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Dapper Labs, Coinbase Ventures, The Sandbox, Nas, Paris Hilton, and Randi Zuckerberg, among others. Yorio explains Everyrealm’s strategy to become the “Netflix of the metaverse” in conversation with Metros Capital founder Nick Halaris. As Yorio notes, the core of that mission means connecting the Web3 audience with meta
27/02/202211 minutes 56 seconds
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WoW: An NFT Collection With a Feminine Touch

One of the world’s most successful NFT art-drops to date, Yam Karkai’s 10,000 images of diverse and powerful women has drawn global attention to female-led projects. The company she co-founded, World of Women, now includes celebrity collectors and investors like Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, and Liam Payne. Yam and co-founder Raphael Malavieille talk to Real Vision’s Elaine Ly about where they plan to go after such a resounding debut for a company that’s rapidly evolving into a power brand. One thing is sure: They’re already well on their way there. As Raphael notes, the momentum from the WoW community “is great fuel.” Check out the earth-shaking first collection from Yam and World of Women here: https://opensea.io/collection/world-of-women-nft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/02/20229 minutes 43 seconds
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What's (and Who's) Behind All These Crypto Hacks?

What happened with the OpenSea $1.7 million phishing hack? And did Laura Shin unmask the perpetrator who siphoned 3.6 million Ether (with a current value north of $11 billion) from the Ethereum network? Robin Schmidt and Camila Russo of The Defiant join Real Vision's Elaine Ly to talk about these headline-making stories and the issues around them – including their views on safety and traceability in the crypto space. Robin, Camila, and Elaine also discuss the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. Rising geopolitical tensions will impact all financial markets, and crypto is no exception. Recorded on February 23, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
25/02/202243 minutes 57 seconds
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Is This How the Centralization Age Ends?

Centralization has defined technology, finance, and government for decades. Bill Barhydt, co-founder and CEO of Abra, considers the 1969 moon landing the peak of centralization: people working together, pooling massive amounts of resources, achieving the near-impossible. Centralization has its benefits. It’s also had its day. History shows that global change often corresponds with the introduction of new technology. The present shift from centralization to decentralization, according to Barhydt, is being catalyzed by blockchain. And Abra’s global DeFi hub is at the cutting edge of this revolution. In addition to his big-picture philosophy, Barhydt explains how yield is generated in the DeFi economy and shares his views on the future of several mainstream layer 1 tokens. Interviewed by Real Vision’s Ash Bennington on February 9, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/02/202212 minutes 43 seconds
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"Our Vision Is To Build a Global Crypto Bank"

We’re still in the Netscape phase of crypto, according to Marshall Hayner, founder and CEO of Metal Payments, and the future is bright. Hayner sees regulation and user interface as the two pivotal factors affecting mass adoption. While 2021 saw a rapid acceleration of lobbying efforts as well as public-awareness initiatives, most governments still just don’t seem to get it and people are still using clunky software like Metamask. Hayner and his team at Metal are currently working to create browser-based and seamless crypto payment systems. In the very near future, though, the cumbersome tasks we assume are just part of the process will slowly ease as they are abstracted away by developers. The implications of what is a relatively simple shift are immense, according to Hayner, and he remains highly optimistic on the next decade in this space. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on February 3, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/02/20228 minutes 48 seconds
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Bitcoin, the State, and "The Sovereign Individual"

From the revolutionary potential of the microprocessor to the prediction of “anonymous digital cyber cash,” James Dale Davidson’s 1997 book “The Sovereign Individual” is full of future-looking scenarios that are part of 2022’s reality. Robert Breedlove, founder of the “What Is Money?” podcast, interviews Davidson, editor of the “Strategic Investment” newsletter, to discuss Bitcoin’s potential to destabilize entrenched power. Breedlove and Davidson explore the cyclical struggle between liberty and power that, for thousands of years, has defined civilization. Both see blockchain technology as a major disruption, a breakthrough for liberty without historical peer. Tune in for a compelling journey. Filmed on February 2, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/02/202212 minutes 58 seconds
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Dolce & Gabbana Show NFTs Are a Fashion for the Long Term

That Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana personally designed a set that ended up selling for $6 million strongly suggests NFTs are more than just a novelty. We’re talking real money – and real assets. Dolce & Gabbana launched its first NFTs with the help of UNXD co-founders Shashi Menon and Nick Gonzalez. Menon and Gonzalez share with Leslie Lamb, founder and host of the Crypto Unstacked podcast, the story of how they were able to inspire this multi-billion-dollar fashion conglomerate to create its own nine-piece virtual/physical collection. Menon and Gonzalez see this as a watershed moment for NFT experimentation by large corporations; UNXD is now working with watchmaker Jacob & Co. for yet another large-scale release. Menon, Gonzalez, and Lamb discuss the future of NFTs and why they’re here to stay. Recorded on February 8, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/02/202211 minutes 53 seconds
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Alkemi's Bridge Links the Old School to the New

Alkemi Network touts itself as “an institutional-grade liquidity network facilitating professional DeFi for financial institutions and individuals to earn yields on their Ethereum-based digital assets.” On the ground, that means helping old-school financial institutions update their legacy infrastructure for the modern era. More and more companies and more and more people want ready access to digital assets and related products and services. According to co-founder Brian Mahoney, Alkemi makes it happen by unlocking the “three Cs”: “capital,” through deep liquidity; “connectivity,” through Web2 and Web3; and “control,” through the ability to manage risk on its platform. As he shares with Real Vision’s Ash Bennington, Alkemi’s goal is to build a CeFi experience with a DeFi ethos. Recorded January 19, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/02/202213 minutes 18 seconds
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Is Now the Time for Mass Adoption of Crypto?

Does the sheer number (and entertainment value) of crypto commercials during the Super Bowl broadcast mean widespread adoption is on the horizon? Or is this just a replay of the Web 1.0/Pets.com fiasco of the late 1990s? Does BlockFi’s settlement with the SEC complicate the process? Robin Schmidt and Camila Russo of The Defiant join Real Vision’s Elaine Ly to break it all down. Robin, Camila, and Elaine also dive deep into Coinbase’s plan to make more than 2,000 new hires this year, and they also take a close look at what the $23.7 million sale of a Crypto Punk means for the NFT space. Recorded on February 16, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/02/202240 minutes 19 seconds
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Is Kadena the Next Generation of Proof-of-Work?

Kadena’s combination of “revolutionary, braided multi-chain architecture” and powerful, readable smart-contract language for writing applications directly on the blockchain make it the only sharded and scalable proof-of-work network in production today. In other words, according to co-founder and CEO Stuart Popejoy, Kadena is the only PoW platform capable of scaling to settle the more than 9 million trades executed on the New York Stock Exchange each day. And its consensus mechanism maintains the security and integrity that characterizes Bitcoin. Popejoy talks with Real Vision’s Ash Bennington about changing the way people interact and transact – and making blockchain work for business at speed and scale in an energy-efficient way. Recorded on February 7, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/02/202210 minutes 4 seconds
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Liquidity Is the Key to DeFi's Growth

With more than 100 million users worldwide and over $20 billion in assets under management, Celsius founder and CEO Alex Mashinsky is doing his part to move DeFi into the mainstream. Mashinsky emphasizes the importance of liquidity in reducing friction and lowering barriers to entry, critical objectives that will accelerate widespread adoption. He notes too that DeFi platforms like Celsius are able to offer yields around 6%, while traditional financial institutions are effectively at zero. Mashinsky’s team was among the first of crypto’s early adopters to pound the table for federal regulation on the theory that recognition and regulation by authorities in Washington D.C. is a necessary condition for mass adoption. Ultimately, Mashinsky’s goal is growth – to see DeFi encompass global finance. He joins Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of R&D at Block Digital, and Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to lay out the key factors in achieving this end. Filmed on January 31, 2022. Learn
16/02/202213 minutes 29 seconds
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How To Make a Big Impact in NFTs

Tom Bilyeu, co-founder and host of Impact Theory, is an amazing storyteller with an amazing story, from business builder to educator to giant influencer. He’s driven by mission and purpose, and his journey into crypto and NFTs is an inspiration to us all. He’s an accidental macro investor who sees the big picture and can comfortably live in the world of possible futures, allowing him to make the big bet. His bet is the nexus of NFT storytelling, social impact, education, money, and value, all within a community construct. Peer into the future with Raoul and Tom, and see the endless opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead. Along the way on their conversation journey, you might pick up some great tips about how to maximize your own life experience. Recorded on January 13, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/202210 minutes 8 seconds
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BAYC: How Josh Ong Made It

Josh Ong, affectionately known as @beijingdou on Twitter is onboarding many NFT projects into the metaverse, including Happiness House, a mental health clinic. Ong is Sandbox’s ambassador and co-founder of Causeway Strategies who “came across an ape cartoon picture” on his Twitter timeline. After minting it for $250 - the rest is history. In this conversation with Real Vision’s Elaine Ly, they discuss what is next for Bored Ape Yacht Club. Has one of the world’s most exclusive NFT collections hit its peak or is it just getting started? Recorded on November 17, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/02/202238 minutes 42 seconds
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Why Investors Miss Opportunities

“Don’t pay attention to the price. The price is not what matters. It’s the value that matters,” says Brian Estes, founder of Off The Chain Capital. Using various models, Estes joins Real Vision to explain how he values Bitcoin and why many investors miss opportunities when focusing on price rather than value. He believes Bitcoin prices are fair and could potentially reach as high as $10M in 2029. The founder of Off The Chain Capital recounts his own missed-opportunity story to put clients in Berkshire Hathaway at $8,300 a share in 1991. Today, that same share is worth over $400K, up more than 4,950%. Estes sees an even better opportunity in Bitcoin and compares it to the internet. He says, "...the internet was worthless, and then all of a sudden, it was priceless. We can't live without it. It's simply the same thing with Bitcoin." Interviewed by Ash Bennington on November 5, 2021. Thanks for watching Real Vision Crypto! Check out the full interview here!: https://rvtv.io/cryptointv111
13/02/202211 minutes 56 seconds
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Crypto Has a Voice on Capitol Hill

Identifying the need to educate policymakers about blockchain technology, Bitcoin, digital currency, and digital assets early on, CEO Perianne Boring founded the Chamber of Digital Commerce in July 2014. Now, thanks to Boring and her growing team, members of Congress and regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission are warming to the new reality. Boring talks to Real Vision’s Ash Bennington about Washington D.C.’s digital evolution, from a gaggle once flummoxed by social media to a group generally focused on its role in the future of markets, finance, and everyday life. Challenges remain, but Boring is bullish on crypto’s future and the positive role regulators can play in shaping it. Recorded on January 26, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/02/202213 minutes 14 seconds
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Bitcoin Bounces on a Lot of Noise

What’s driving Bitcoin’s recent price action? Does it have anything to do with India’s plan to launch a digital rupee? Is it Russia’s move to recognize crypto? And what’s happening in Washington D.C. with regard to regulation? Robin Schmidt and Camila Russo of The Defiant join Real Vision’s Ash Bennington to unpack those issues and more – including the fact that Bitcoin is simply a volatile asset right now. Robin shares details of a conversation he had just yesterday with a high-profile American politician about U.S. lawmakers’ approach to crypto. The team also digs into scandals rocking the ecosystem, including the Solana bailout, ENS ousting Brantly Millegan over past tweets, and, of course, the chaotic (humorous? fun? crazy?) mess that is the fallout from the Bitfinex hack. Recorded on February 9, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
11/02/202240 minutes 39 seconds
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Here's How Virtual Worlds Are Growing Faster Than Any Nation

Population growth in virtual worlds surpasses that of any nation today, a trend of keen interest to Richard Kim, general partner at Galaxy Interactive, unit of Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Asset Management. Under Kim’s guidance, Galaxy Interactive is the Lewis and Clark of the virtual frontier. “Self-sovereign digital natives,” as Kim refers to them, are people who have partially grown up in virtual environments and/or spend the majority of their spare time in them. Today, they’re mostly younger people, through Web 2.0 platforms like Fortnite and Roblox. The next phase – into the “Metaverse” – is about user empowerment. Kim is also eyeing DAO governance in the world of gaming. It’s still in the experimental phase. But the potential for a community-driven game – where development decisions are made by the people playing it – already marks a major shift from the status quo. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on February 1, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/ad
10/02/202211 minutes 2 seconds
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COSIMO: Tokenizing Venture Capital

Rob Frasca, co-founder and managing partner of COSIMO, applies lessons learned from the early internet days as well as the mobile phone boom to harness crypto. “I’ve seen this movie before… and I know how it ends,” says Frasca in reference to past adoptions of new technologies. Whether it’s the proliferation of email addresses, search engines, or smartphones, the early days are always clunky and saturated with high-valuation companies that turn out to be nothing. Frasca has lived and invested through a few boom and bust cycles. He shares his big-picture techniques and methods of analysis. Frasca dissects the crypto investment economy into “six pillars”: infrastructure, decentralized governance, NFTs, payment rails, DeFi, and Web 3.0. See how he ties these categories together to frame COSMIO’s overall investment thesis. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on January 21, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
09/02/202212 minutes 36 seconds
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The Crypto Adventure So Far... And Where It Goes From Here

An adventure like crypto is bound to attract talent from all corners. In a far-ranging conversation, Michael Creadon, a former journalist with Bloomberg, and David Micley, once a researcher at Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, describe their journeys into crypto and bounce ideas off one another about where the space is headed. Creadon is now president of DeFi Developers at Inveniam, while Micley is director of sales and client relations at Floating Point Group. They come together to make sense of the current market. Regulation is an issue of central importance to their respective outlooks. Notably, Creadon considers SEC Chair Gary Gensler, who once taught a course on blockchain technology, an ally of cryptocurrency. Micley sheds light on the “tokenization of everything” revolution and shares what his firm looks for when evaluating the utility of digital assets. Filmed on January 26, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/202211 minutes 28 seconds
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The Sandbox: How to Distinguish the Metaverse from Gaming

The metaverse can look a lot like online video games. But what Sebastien Borget, COO and co-founder of The Sandbox, is trying to create is a parallel universe. Blockchain gaming manifests in various ways. Some developers simply utilize blockchain technology to mint in-game NFTs, while others are going so far as to grant DAOs governance over the game’s rules. It’s about giving users dominion over the virtual world they occupy. Interoperability – as in the ability for avatars, items, and currency to be transferred from one world to another – is key. According to Borget, the essence of the metaverse can’t be captured in a simple rebranding campaign. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on January 20, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/02/202211 minutes 6 seconds
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Inside an Actively Managed Crypto Fund: How Experts Pick and Manage Their Assets

Curiosity is the driving force behind a crypto fund that now has more than $750 million in assets under management. Like many of us, Clayton Gardner, co-founder and co-CEO of Titan, initially dismissed blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. But he set aside his preconceived notions, took time to understand what’s happening, and dedicated himself to teaching friends, family, and investors like you how to fish the way the ultra-wealthy do. Gardner and his co-founders have created an actively managed crypto fund that’s generated an average annual return of 18% since inception. Titan centers crypto’s core values of individual empowerment and financial inclusion when searching for investable tokens and companies. Tune in for invaluable insights from an investor with demonstrated success in the crypto space. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on January 24, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
06/02/20229 minutes 10 seconds
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What Will the MetaHuman Say?

Prepare to have your mind blown by today’s episode, as Robin Schmidt of The Defiant deploys his MetaHuman avatar for another peek at the potential of the Unreal Engine in a conversation with Camilla Russo of The Defiant and Real Vision’s Ash Bennington. Camila, Ash, and Robin’s avatar discuss India’s 30% tax rate on digital asset transfers and why it will eventually come down as well as how the Subcontinent represents unprecedented opportunity simply because it’s home to nearly 1.5 billion people. The trio also covers the scandal around Wonderland, Dan Olson’s attack on Camila and NFTs, and the long-term potential of DeFi technology. Recorded on February 2, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/02/202240 minutes 1 second
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This Is How Blockchain Technology Will Drive the Future of Entertainment

The gaming and animation industries are entering a new era, and Jules Urbach, CEO of OTOY, is at the cutting edge. Growing up a Star Trek fan, Urbach was fascinated by the idea of a Holodeck. This futuristic tech is not yet possible, but Urbach is making studio-tier rendering accessible to independent digital artists and game designers with the RNDR token. Virtually all movies, video games, and TV shows involve massive levels of rendering these days. Urbach’s blockchain approach allows large numbers of decentralized computers to pool their work. The RNDR token is also being used to incentivize NFT rendering, creating a real decentralized community of artists and technologists. Urbach explains it all in an interview with Santiago Velez, co-founder and R&D lead at Block Digital. Recorded on January 25, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
04/02/202210 minutes 54 seconds
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Galaxy Digital: How a TradFi Asset Manager Helped Build a Crypto Financial Hub

Steve Kurz, partner and head of global asset management at Galaxy Digital, worked alongside Mike Novagratz to create a next-gen conglomerate with an eclectic mix of both clients and crypto investments. In a discussion with Real Vision’s Ash Bennington, Kurz shares vital insights on risk management in one of the riskiest asset classes around. He stresses the importance of discipline, noting that traditional due diligence is still necessary in the unorthodox world of crypto. It’s a learning experience for everyone. Kurz, whose young daughter is experimenting with buying NFTs, says the best way to learn is to get involved. Recorded on January 20, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03/02/202252 minutes 13 seconds
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The Crypto Kings of India

India is one of the biggest and fastest-growing markets for digital asset adoption. However, regulation still stands in the way, and the journey has not been an easy one. Siddharth Menon, COO and Founder of WazirX, the largest Indian crypto exchange, weaves an incredible story of how hard it was to build in the early days, with no ability to use a bank and the clever solutions they were forced to find to get around it in order to continue to build for a future they all believed in. It is a truly inspiring story for all entrepreneurs. Raoul also gets a chance to get the big picture of crypto in India, it's potential for mass adoption, where regulation is going, and how NFT's are beginning to play a role. India is extremely important for digital asset adoption, and this is a story we simply have to follow. Recorded on January 13, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
02/02/202251 minutes 5 seconds
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The Metaverse Is Made for Fashion

Fashion famously moves fast. In the metaverse, it’s even faster. Digital identity and the importance of one’s virtual aesthetics are new concepts to older generations. But today’s kids are growing in a time when virtual identity is as important as physical presence. Fashion designer Charli Cohen understands this dynamic and is capitalizing on it with her eponymous line Charli Cohen. Her 100,000-strong Instagram following testifies to her goals of making metaverse fashion more inclusive and uplifting. Charli joins Leslie Lamb, host and producer of the Crypto Unstacked Podcast, to share how she’s pioneered in this space. Filmed on January 6, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/02/202257 minutes 29 seconds
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Can DeFi Withstand Big Liquidations?

DeFi has survived another 45 percent plunge, a stress test that would be catastrophic for other markets. Robin Schmidt and Camila Russo of The Defiant join Raoul Pal, CEO and Co-Founder of Real Vision, to discuss DeFi's resilience and how communities affect crypto. During the past week, Maker liquidated $118.8 million, Aave another $61.13 million. But Crypto Twitter prevented MakerDAO from liquidating $600 million of Ethereum over the weekend by alerting a leveraged borrower to top up his vault. The community played a positive role in this instance, but that's not always the case. Robin, Camila, and Raoul also discuss “toxic maximalism” and how it's detrimental to onboarding more users to the network in a far-ranging and fascinating conversation. Recorded on January 26, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/01/202239 minutes 54 seconds
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Axie Is Set for Infinity and Beyond

Is Axie Infinity a video game, an ecosystem, or a burgeoning nation-state? Still early in its development, Axie is already the highest-grossing NFT game, approaching $3 billion in all-time sales and continuing to set new monthly records. Jeffrey Zirlin first met his fellow co-founders of Sky Mavis, Axie Infinity’s parent company, through the CryptoKitties community. Now, lines that used to separate gaming, social media, and commerce are blurring. And Zirlin and his team are key players in that process. Hear from Zirlin where the journey started and where it’s headed from here. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on January 12, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
30/01/202248 minutes 22 seconds
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These Are the Central Questions About DeFi, Scale, and the Future of Crypto

Can Proof of Stake properly scale, let alone provide real services to the general public? A true believer in the core DeFi value proposition, Ryan Allis, managing partner at HeartRithm and publisher of Coinstack, addresses these issues in an interview with Ash Bennington. Allis also talks about the fierce competition among smart-contract platforms, Ethereum’s once and future dominance, and other macro factors at work in the cryptosphere right now. Filmed on January 12, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/01/202248 minutes 33 seconds
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Raoul Pal’s 2022 Blockchain & Digital Asset Takeaways

Raoul Pal, CEO and Co-Founder of Real Vision, sits down with Yassine Elmandjra, analyst at ARK Invest, to talk all things Crypto and what's ahead in 2022. Yassine is one of Raoul's favorite analysts in the space and never misses an opportunity to sit down with him and exchange ideas. This is one you won't want to miss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28/01/202236 minutes 27 seconds
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Investing in Gaming

Piers Kicks, a member of the investment team at Bitkraft, is one of the best investors in the world at the intersection between gaming, the metaverse, and blockchain. His first Real Vision interview last year was a revelation (you could tell by Raoul's shocked facial expressions!) and opened everyone's eyes well ahead of the crowd on the future of the metaverse. It became a legend in the hallowed halls of Real Vision's archives. This time around, Piers brings yet more fire and Raoul's facial expressions are again hilarious as he unveils where this is all going from play-to-earn gaming to AI programmed NFT's of digital historical characters that you can own and interact with ⁠— Mind-blowing again! Recorded on January 17, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
27/01/202246 minutes 25 seconds
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The Metaverse: What Creates Digital Property Value?

SuperWorld is expanding the Metaverse. In SuperWorld, users can buy digital plots of land which correspond to actual locations on Earth. In this interview, Hrish Lotlikar, co-founder and CEO of SuperWorld, and Nick Halaris, president of Metros Capital, explore concepts surrounding digital estate. The number of new projects which fit under the metaverse umbrella seems to be growing by the day. However, as Halaris points out, there seems to be a lack of quality when these projects are compared to Web 2.0. Lotlikar, formerly in the digital production and gaming industry in Los Angeles, is working to merge the metaverse with the real world. Halaris and Lotlikar explore the details of SuperWorld as well as broader ideas related to digital ownership. What exactly do I own? How can I monetize my digital plots of land? Tune in for a fascinating discussion from two digital real estate pioneers. Recorded on January 11, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/01/20221 hour 8 minutes 34 seconds
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This Is How Crypto Will Go Mainstream

The key to crypto’s integration into mainstream use is reducing “friction.” Whether it’s downloading MetaMask, operating a crypto wallet, navigating peer-to-peer transactions, or even simply opening accounts with Binance, Coinbase, or Kraken, there’s a lot of ground for the average person to navigate right now. Ed Woodford is on a mission to speed crypto adoption by the public. And he just raised $105 million to fund that mission. He is working with some of the largest institutions in the world, including Bain Capital, to bring the Web 2.0 user experience to crypto’s decentralized world. Institutional interest is booming, and this factor could prove critical to building robust decentralized financial infrastructure capable of supporting use by the masses. Woodford, co-founder and CEO of ZeroHash, talks about next steps with Santiago Velez, co-founder and division lead of research and development of Block Digital. Recorded on January 13, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit pod
25/01/202241 minutes 16 seconds
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Walmart Moves Into the Metaverse

Three recent filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office indicate Walmart is getting deeper into the metaverse. It plans to create its own cryptocurrency and to offer digital versions of its products via NFTs. Does this signal broader consumer adoption of digital assets and virtual experiences? Meanwhile, new partnerships and fresh acquisitions suggest that old-school and new-school companies are getting ready to service more consumers. Cami Russo and Robin Schmidt of The Defiant join Real Vision's Elaine Ly to share their insight. Recorded on January 19, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/01/202237 minutes 16 seconds
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An Artist's Wonderland? Creating Collections in the NFT World

As the art world is fast transitioning into the blockchain, artists wish to seize an opportunity to meet the demands of the parabolic growth of NFTs. From working with big power fashion brands like Prada and Chanel, Blair Breitenstein’s work has also graced the pages of Vogue and Tatler. When asked about why the pivot to NFTs, Breitenstein said, “I had to. Instagram was favoring video. I was way too dependent on them.” But as art meets tech and culture, how does an artist launch a full collection? Tune in to hear a candid conversation with Blair Breitenstein on how she went on a one-woman mission to single-handedly launch her NFT collection, the “1,989 Sisters.” Interviewed by Elaine Ly on January 6, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
23/01/202230 minutes 51 seconds
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Breedlove vs. Green: Hard Money, Bitcoin, and Political Failings

This is your chance to benefit from an exchange of ideas between two brilliant modern thinkers. Mike Green, chief strategist and portfolio manager at Simplify Asset Management, is a well-known Bitcoin bear. On the other hand, Robert Breedlove, founder of the “What Is Money?” podcast, is one of its most vehement proponents. Their disagreements originate from deeper convictions surrounding the proper methods of organizing society and the economy: Laissez-Faire versus centrally planned. Real Vision senior editor Ash Bennington moderates this fiery debate between Breedlove and Green on the roles of money and the state. The discussion begins on Bitcoin and weaves into larger political and socio-economic topics within which Bitcoin could play a significant role. Recorded on January 7, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/01/202250 minutes 35 seconds
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Providing Universal Privacy: What is the HOPR Protocol?

Privacy is a topic that can be somewhat confusing within crypto. While Bitcoin can be transacted anonymously, its ledger is public, and privacy is not guaranteed. This system has its benefits, but it’s not the best for storing or transporting sensitive information at the individual or corporate level. Sebastian Bürgel, founder of HOPR, is bolstering one of the core founding pillars of crypto, using blockchain to preserve anonymity. He and his team at HOPR are aiming to implement a blockchain solution that keeps the importance of privacy at the forefront. The use cases in the privacy-blockchain realm are numerous and continue to grow. Bürgel, as a founder and programmer himself, gives viewers a technologist’s insights into a rich and growing field. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on January 10, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
21/01/202248 minutes 7 seconds
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From Web 2.0 to Web 3.0: A Journey Through the Wild World of Crypto

In this treat of an interview, Mike Dudas, partner at 6th Man Ventures and co-founder of LinksDAO, sits down with Raoul Pal, CEO and co-founder of Real Vision, for a wide-ranging discussion on the past and future of crypto. Mike has a particularly interesting background, having previously worked at Google, Disney, and Venmo before he founded the crypto research platform, The Block. Since then, Mike has been a pioneer in the space as he shares all his thoughts with us on everything from stablecoins, venture capital in crypto, as well as DAO governance — a particularly interesting subject since Mike recently founded LinksDAO. This is another classic interview and one you won't want to miss. Recorded on January 10, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
20/01/202253 minutes 41 seconds
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The Man with the Billion Dollar Ether Staking Bet

Andrew Keys, co-founder and managing partner at DARMA Capital, is as bullish as they come on Ethereum. He believes Ethereum will soon become the basis for the global economy, and he wants to be responsible for helping to facilitate this. “I want to be part of the solution,” Keys says when asked why he doesn’t park his capital with a more traditional interest bearing vehicle. Tired of a system by which the masses must rely on a few global conglomerates as the brokers of trust, Keys and his team at DARMA would like to see such economic activity determined by an impersonal and objective arbiter. His passion palpable, he shares his plans to decentralize the globe, which include building the largest staking pool in the world. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on January 5, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/01/202255 minutes 35 seconds
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Raoul Pal's 2022 Crypto Forecast

Raoul Pal joins Jessica Walker of @CoinMarketCap to discuss what might be in store for Crypto in 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
18/01/202241 minutes 35 seconds
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BTC in Danger? Solving Bitcoin's Carbon Footprint Problem

Bitcoin’s carbon footprint is a hot topic and one of the few issues that Elon Musk and Elizabeth Warren can agree on, largely because it is a valid environmental concern. Cully Cavness, president and co-founder of Crusoe Energy, and crypto hedge fund guru Chase Lochmiller, CEO and co-founder of Crusoe Energy, have put their minds together to solve Bitcoin’s Achilles’ heel. Their solution: power Bitcoin mining rigs using excess natural gas. The logistics are tricky, but these two are uniquely suited for the job. Cavness comes from a career in energy and sustainability, and Lochmiller is one of the founding members of Olaf Carlson-Wee’s Polychain Capital. Tune in for the fascinating and revolutionary tale of how these two are using Bitcoin to improve the world. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on January 4, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/01/202247 minutes 43 seconds
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Inside MetaMask: The Innovations Paving the Way for Web 3.0

MetaMask has become one of the most ubiquitous applications in the DeFi world. Jacobc.ETH, lead of operations at MetaMask within ConsenSys, sees wallets and user interfaces as vital pipelines for adoption. Despite its success, it can be difficult to navigate for users who are not programming savvy. Jacobc.ETH recognizes this barrier to entry and is currently working on innovations to help solve this issue. The exponential growth of crypto can only continue if new users come aboard. Jacobc.ETH gives viewers an inside look into the projects underway at MetaMask. He also provides some broader use cases for crypto wallets in general, seeing them as an essential part of the larger ecosystem. Tune in for all this and some bonus thoughts on the Metaverse. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on January 3, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
16/01/202240 minutes 7 seconds
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The First Glimpse Inside the Metaverse--Live with Unreal Engine

In a first for this series, Robin Schmidt of The Defiant gives us a sneak peak into the possibilities of the metaverse using the Unreal Engine. Joining him for this walk-through is Elaine Ly of Real Vision and Camila Russo of The Defiant. After a brief tour of the metaverse, Robin, Camila and Elaine cover the ever-changing NFT market and the challengers coming for OpenSea's NFT market dominance. They also dig deep into FTX and Binance announcing their virtual metaverse offices and why they chose non-Ethereum based solutions. Recorded on January 12, 2022. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/01/202240 minutes 25 seconds
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The World Famous DJ Disrupting the Music Industry

Raoul has talked a lot about how the music industry is about to be changed forever. In this treat of an interview, Raoul sits down with world-renowned DJ Justin Blau, aka 3LAU, to get the insider's scoop on how this is happening, just how big it is going to be, and Justin’s journey from headlining festivals to tokenization pioneer all while disrupting the music industry as an industry insider. The future is a joint venture between artists and their fans and a giant step towards Universal Basic Equity. This is BIG. Recorded on December 16, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
14/01/202249 minutes 27 seconds
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Into the Metaverse: Leaving No Girl Behind

Leave no girl behind is Maliha Abidi's mandatory mission. She is the author of 'Rise.' As an artist, the transition to launch her NFT collection, @WomenriseNFT, was a natural move. The profits earned from her collection will go to the Malala Fund and organizations advocating for girls' education. She has caught the attention of Gary Vaynerchuk, Randi Zuckerberg, and Reese Witherspoon, and there is no stopping this 26-year-old who champions the rise of women in the world of blockchain technology. Speaking with Real Vision crypto producer Elaine Ly, Maliha asks, what if we can advance human rights at the rate NFTs have been adopted? Recorded on December 13, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
13/01/202242 minutes 28 seconds
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Why Anthony Scaramucci Is Embracing Revolutionary Technology

The key to investing in this age, according to Anthony Scaramucci, is to remain adaptive in a rapidly changing landscape. Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of Skybridge Capital, recounts listening to Jeff Bezos speak about the Amazon business model in 1999. While he was intrigued, he refrained from investing as seasoned investors like Warren Buffett dismissed the company. Applying this experience to Bitcoin, Scaramucci says, “I’m not going to miss this.” He presents his changing worldview in light of the blockchain revolution and how it affects his investing strategy. He also provides his perspective on global political tensions facing the world today and offers his solutions. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on October 19, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/01/20221 hour 27 seconds
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Bitcoin Hits an Air Pocket--Here's Why There's Turbulence

December has been a brutal month for Bitcoin — with prices plunging around 30% from their all-time high in November. In this special edition of Crypto Unwrapped, Jim Bianco of Bianco Research and Real Vision’s own Weston Nakamura join Ash Bennington to discuss what’s driving price action in these highly volatile markets. The group breaks down key concepts, including year-end options expiry, implied volatility put-to-call ratios, max pain point, and the role of ETF and emerging market FX. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31/12/202125 minutes 52 seconds
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How a Former MLB Player Hit a Grand Slam with His NFT Artwork

Micah Johnson, artist and creator of Aku Inc, joins Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Delphi Digital, on Kelly's series on community tokens to discuss his journey into the NFT space and his popular character Aku. From a young age, Johnson’s sole ambition in life was to play in Major League Baseball. Once he achieved this goal, he discovered a passion for painting and art. Upon retirement, he discovered the chaotic yet nascent world of NFTs and became immersed. Johnson has since pioneered the hugely successful Aku series, which centers around a young astronaut who explores different worlds and is intended to be an inspirational beacon for young people. Kelly and Johnson discuss this journey into NFTs and social token communities, and they brainstorm several directions in which these trends could develop. Filmed on October 12, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/12/202139 minutes 10 seconds
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Bitcoin is the Key to Financial Freedom

Nationally syndicated iHeartRadio host and founder of Market Disruptors, Mark Moss, joins Real Vision to discuss the convergence of cultural, technological, and financial cycles and what it all means for the future of crypto. Moss takes us through a bit of history to demonstrate the persistence of cyclicality throughout notable benchmarks in human ingenuity. He sees a lack of sound money as the source of all the world's problems—censorship, mutable law, and abuse of power from centralized organizations. Moss believes the answer is a decentralized revolution with Bitcoin at the center. He outlines how the Bitcoin network will change the way people transfer money and the framework between governments and the people they represent. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on October 7, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/12/202140 minutes 8 seconds
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The Layperson's Guide to NFTs and Ethereum

How much do you really know about NFTs? The current perception is that they are just a tradable version of art, but Ryan Berckmans, an Ethereum community member and investor, outlines its intricacies and nuances in this analogy-filled interview. Berckmans seamlessly explains the working relationship between NFTs, a platform like OpenSea, ERC-721 tokens, and a metamask wallet with real world objects like scarfs, soda cans and shipping containers. Following these explanations, he explores why we will see a multiple blockchain future and explains the key differences between Ethereum, Solana and Cardano. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on September 8, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/12/202149 minutes 2 seconds
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Mike Novogratz - The Perfect Macro Story

Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital Holdings, joins Real Vision ceo Raoul Pal to discuss investing in the crypto space, the risk curve, and accelerating crypto adoption. Novogratz breaks down how he allocates his own crypto portfolio and touches on some of the lessons he learned in the 2017 crypto bubble. He explains the impact that COVID-19 had on crypto and the digitization of everything. Novogratz describes the different products and funds available through Galaxy Digital Holdings. Filmed on December 10, 2020. Key Learnings: The crypto investment space is growing quickly, and Novogratz shares some of the lessons learned from the previous crypto bubbles he has experienced. He explains the importance of staying rational, and touches on some of the key metrics he follows, such as, market cap and fully diluted market cap. Community and use or "pick up" of a project are core components he looks at when studying a new crypto investment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastcho
03/12/202154 minutes 6 seconds
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Charles Hoskinson: Unlocking the Power of Smart Contracts

The addition of smart contracts to the Cardano network has many in crypto buzzing. Angie Lau, editor in chief at Forkast News, hosts Charles Hoskinson, founder of Cardano and co-founder of Ethereum, to discuss the details around the Alonzo hard fork and the importance of smart contracts. Additionally, Hoskinson dives into the hurdles DeFi has to overcome both from a structural and a regulatory framework. Until accessibility and price volatility concerns are addressed, he feels it will be stuck in a speculative bind. Filmed on September 15, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
26/11/202151 minutes 50 seconds
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How Software Developers Hold the Keys to Society

Garry Tan, co-founder of Initialized Capital and one of the earliest investors in Coinbase, shares his outlook on crypto products, his concerns with crypto regulation, and how it will challenge America's democracy. Deeply rooted within the world's tech hub, Tan expresses that Silicon Valley will continue to be home to the internet. Tan explains what he learned in Y Combinator, his peers who have gone on to develop multi-billion dollar companies, and what it means to invest in early stage startups. What role does crypto play in all this? Tan outlines where that fits in as well. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on September 16, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
19/11/202148 minutes 21 seconds
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How Smart Contracts Work: A Visual Walkthrough

Learn about smart contracts inside and out. David Salem, contributor at Epsilon Theory, is joined by Anders Brownworth to discuss from technical and philosophical perspectives. Beginning by coding his own smart contract, Brownworth gives viewers a visual breakdown of the inner workings of currencies like Ethereum. Salem and Brownworth then pivot to conceptualize how smart contracts might work in the real world. How do you enforce contracts that reach beyond the digital realm? They discuss "the trilemma" and the trade-offs that come with a truly decentralized coin like Bitcoin versus coins with an organization's backing like Ethereum. This is essential content for anyone who wants to truly understand crypto. Filmed on August 16, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/11/20211 hour 27 minutes 14 seconds
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Willy Woo: Bitcoin Price and On-Chain Analytics

Chart guru Willy Woo, founder of The Bitcoin Forecast, has been a pioneer in harnessing on-chain metrics for trading analysis, an area that is seeing rapid institutional adoption. A true expert in the space, Woo describes his experience locating and refining what he now identifies as the most important metrics to watch. He walks viewers through his charts on topics such as identifying Bitcoin supply shocks, monitoring Bitcoin whale activity, and recognizing patterns in the "Hodlers". Interviewed by Ash Bennington on September 2, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
05/11/202159 minutes 8 seconds
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The Play-To-Earn Revolution in Gaming

With Axie Infinity paving the way, Anil Lulla, COO at Delphi Digital; Yan Liberman, managing partner at Delphi Digital; Jeffrey Zirlin, co-founder of Axie Infinity; and Gabby Dizon, CEO and co-founder of Yield Guild Games, join to discuss the new trend taking over the metaverse, which is expanding at a rapid pace. One of the latest developments is the play-to-earn gaming model, in which players can enjoy a video game while earning actual income. In the case of the Philippines, some players earn more than the minimum wage. Dizon and Zirlin were early pioneers in the space while Lulla and Liberman were early investors who recognized the potential. Filmed on August 23, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
29/10/20211 hour 1 minute 45 seconds
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Robert Breedlove: Bitcoin, The Best Iteration of Money Thus Far

Robert Breedlove, founder of the "What is Money?" podcast, sits down with Brad Mills, host of the Magic Internet Money podcast, to thoroughly breakdown the Bitcoin fundamentals from both a philosophical and a technical standpoint. Starting off with the evolution of money, Breedlove and Mills discuss the desirable properties of money from first principles, followed by a brief history of historical phases of money throughout human history. Breedlove makes the case for Bitcoin as the best form of money we have seen in history, being efficiently portable through both time and space. He analyzes the properties that make a network effect robust and elements that make Bitcoin distinct from altcoins. Ultimately, Breedlove and Mills leave all crypto investors with an important message on overcoming tribalist notions about those who hold different views. Filmed on July 29, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
22/10/20211 hour 1 minute 44 seconds
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Mapping the Future of DeFi

A contrarian thinker in the DeFi space, Sean Lippel, partner and head of digital assets at FinTech Collective, joins Jim Bianco, president of Bianco Research LLC, to bring us through the many facets of DeFi with a new perspective. Lippel, a true expert in the field, makes a case for a possible solution to crypto's propensity to volatility, one of the primary criticisms to its feasibility as a standalone currency. Lippel suggests that continued integration of DeFi with real world assets—whether that’s real estate, commodities, business loans, etc.—will gradually reduce the volatility due to the robustness of real world demand. In addition, Lippel shares intriguing insights on central bank digital currencies, stablecoins, and regulation that break the mold of typical commentators in the space. Filmed on July 21, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
15/10/20211 hour 24 seconds
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The Essential 101 Guide to Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

Strap in for the deepest of deep dives into all things DeFi. Blake Richardson, investor at BlockTower Capital, enlightens viewers with his expert perspective as an investor in the space. Decentralized finance is a relatively new industry, but the number of subtopics continues to grow. A helpful discussion for beginners and experts, Richardson educates viewers on a wide range of material including synthetics, stablecoins, DeFi in the insurance industry, smart contracts, bonding curves, and more. He also shares insight into the due diligence process undergone by his team at BlockTower when assessing the ever-increasing number of DeFi companies emerging today. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on July 16, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
08/10/20211 hour 5 minutes 12 seconds
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Chainlink 2.0: Expanding the Meta-Layer

As much a philosopher as he is a technologist, Sergey Nazarov, co-founder of Chainlink, joins Real Vision to discuss some of the core theses of DeFi and the meta-layer’s role in smart contracts. Smart contracts will likely play a large role in the future of finance, but they have a long way to go. Companies like Chainlink and their partners are working to expand what they call “the meta-layer,” the framework connecting blockchain ecosystems to off-chain datasets in order to build out more complicated smart contracts. This is all part of the Chainlink 2.0 mission. Nazarov walks viewers through interesting developments on this front as well as additional topics like the quantum risk to DeFi, lessons from the ‘08 financial crisis, and more. Interviewed by Ash Bennington on July 14, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
01/10/20211 hour 4 minutes 25 seconds
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Chiliz & Socios.com: Tokenizing Sports Franchise Communities

On day five of After the Hype: Reality Sets in for NFTs, Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO & founder of Chiliz & Socios.com, and Raoul Pal, CEO & co-founder of Real Vision, discuss tokenization of world-class sport franchise communities. Giving fans the power to participate in a franchise’s decision-making process is a valuable proposition. The Chiliz & Socios.com network is expanding quickly with over 40 sporting franchises on the platform and over 800,000 active users. Dreyfus walks viewers through his company’s evolution and the ways in which he and his team are innovating to create more real-world utility for their token holder—whether that’s voting on the design of a team’s jersey or issuing token rewards based on a team’s performance. Filmed on July 1, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
24/09/202155 minutes 23 seconds
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Tendermint: Building the Infrastructure for a Multi-Chain Future

Peng Zhong, CEO of Tendermint, joins Ash Bennington, Real Vision senior editor, for a deep dive into the various projects emerging from Tendermint and how they mesh with the existing DeFi industry. As the Ethereum chain becomes crowded, rising gas fees are forcing developers to look for alternatives. From Cosmos, "The Internet of Blockchains", to Gravity DEX, a liquidity pool and order book protocol, Tendermint is constructing a number of different projects aimed at solving scalability issues and ushering in a multi-chain era. Zhong guides us through both the conceptual and technical aspects of his work during this chat. Filmed on June 28, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
17/09/202145 minutes 11 seconds
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Ampleforth: Ideal Reserve Currency

Real Vision senior editor Ash Bennington is joined by Evan Kuo, founder of Ampleforth, to discuss how Ampleforth was engineered specifically to satisfy characteristics of the ideal reserve currency. By working with Stanford's Hoover Institute for several years, Kuo and his team have been refining what it means to be a "good" reserve currency. A key innovation lies in their maneuver to substitute price volatility with supply volatility. Kuo's goal is to create the ultimate unit of account, resistant to demand shocks typically seen in business cycle contractions. Filmed on June 17, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
10/09/202135 minutes 36 seconds
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Tokenizing the World with BitPanda

Real Vision senior editor Ash Bennington welcomes Eric Demuth, CEO of BitPanda to discuss the creation of BitPanda and the BEST token, Bitcoin's role as a digital asset, and interoperability within blockchain ecosystems. Since there is an absence of a stock investing culture in Europe, Demuth explains the need for an educational component of BitPanda that will help it become the investment platform for investors looking to participate in the market. He dives into the creation of the BEST token that allows users to benefit from the BitPanda platform. Demuth argues that a decentralized system that combines all of the capabilities from existing blockchains will make projects easier to build and thereby moving closer towards his goal of tokenizing the world. Filmed on June 7, 2021. Key Learnings: Demuth argues that new investors should only invest in things that are simple, easy to understand, and are constructed with their interests in mind. He stresses that the best investments are made
03/09/202145 minutes 49 seconds
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Hedera Hashgraph: Solving for Performance & Security at Scale

Ash Bennington, senior crypto editor for Real Vision, welcomes Mance Harmon, CEO of Hedera Hashgraph, to discuss consensus algorithms and the creation of Hedera Hashgraph. Starting in 2012, Harmon and his team were working to solve a distributed consensus math problem, specifically how to create a consensus algorithm that maximized both performance and security simultaneously. He states that this has been a decades old problem, and while it is clear already how to have the best security via asynchronous byzantine fault tolerance, it has always come at the expense of resource requirements—bandwidth or scaling issues. This was solved in 2015 with the creation of Hashgraph, and with its algorithm, it has led to a public distributed ledger with scalable and maximized performance and security properties. Filmed May 18th, 2021. Key Learnings: It's possible to create a consensus algorithm that makes it possible for the participants within a network to vote on transactions—however, as the numb
27/08/202154 minutes 16 seconds
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Cosmos: Creating the Toolkit for Interoperable Networks

Eric Kryski, CEO and co-founder of Bidali, sits down with Ethan Buchman, CEO of Informal Systems and co-founder of Cosmos, to discuss the Cosmos network and interoperable blockchains as well as a vision for localized economies and municipal sovereignty. Kryski and Buchman explore the challenges of building blockchain application layers on Bitcoin's and Ethereum's networks as well as achieving interoperability between protocols—even within the same network. Buchman shares how Cosmos' ecosystem is able to accomplish interoperability that restores sovereignty with an application-specific chain while providing a mature development environment. The work being done at Cosmos flows in Buchman's vision for more localized, interoperable economies, and he expands on this by breaking down his thoughts on community currencies, municipal sovereignty, and mutual credit systems. Filmed on May 18, 2021. Key Learnings: Buchman explains how Cosmos is aiming to become "the internet of blockchains" by all
21/08/202156 minutes 15 seconds
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BadgerDAO: Bridging Bitcoin to Native Yield Strategies

Santiago Velez, entrepreneur and digital assets investor for Block Digital Corporation & AD, Inc., sits down with Chris Spadafora, founder of BadgerDAO, to discuss his background, the journey to found BadgerDAO, wrapped digital assets, risk, governance, and his thoughts on the crypto ecosystem. Following several years of investing in the space, Spadafora came to the conclusion that there was a lack of Bitcoin that can be wrapped or ported off of the bitcoin network and used as a utility on other blockchains. Spadafora asked, "How do you build an open community and project that wants to enable Bitcoin to work in a trusted and non-custodial way in addition to having an organization or business that is managed by the people vs a traditional corporate structure?" He recognized that the smart contract capabilities of Ethereum met a lot of the needs he was looking for in trying to utilize the liquidity of Bitcoin. While there are other protocols building on top of the Bitcoin network, Spadaf
14/08/20211 hour 1 minute 43 seconds
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Crypto: Gary Vaynerchuk and Raoul Pal

Gary Vaynerchuk, chairman of VaynerX and CEO of VaynerMedia, sits down with Raoul Pal, co-founder and CEO of Real Vision, for a wide-ranging discussion on Vaynerchuck’s journey into crypto and the founding of VaynerX and VaynerMedia as well as Vaynerchuck’s thoughts on the current and future state of the blockchain ecosystem. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
12/08/202151 minutes 19 seconds
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Tezos: Self-Amendable Ledgers and On-Chain Governance

Thomas Walton-Pocock, co-founder and former CEO of Aztez, sits down with Arthur Breitman, co-founder of Tezos, to discuss Tezos’ on-chain governance approach, smart contract platform, and scalability potential as well as his thoughts on the direction of decentralized finance (DeFi). Breitman breaks down the weaknesses of the forking model as a form of governance and argues that on-chain governance is the way to achieve innovation on protocols without centralization. Tezos implements this through a self-amending crypto ledger, and Breitman shares how the protocol accomplishes this through its scripting language, Michelson, for its smart contract platform, highlighting some of its benefits such as formal verification. He also shares his thoughts on scalability via a “portfolio of scaling” approach, the principles of a well-designed stablecoin, and decentralized exchanges (DEXs). Key Learnings: Breitman points out that when forks occur on a blockchain, it’s not free choice by all stakehol
09/08/202152 minutes 18 seconds
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Elrond: Building a Transparent Financial System for the Global Economy

Beniamin Mincu, founder and CEO of Elrond, joins Santiago Velez, co-founder and R&D division lead for Block Digital, to discuss the Elrond Network and how it’s built as well as scalability, interoperability, and future applications. When he founded Elrond, Mincu’s goals were to move away from what he calls the “dial up” version of the blockchain space and simplify the UX in order to lower the barrier to entry. To that end, Elrond aimed to build a system that could bring a 1000x improvement in throughput, execution speed, and transaction cost . This is implemented through adaptive state sharding and a secure proof of stake. Filmed April 26th, 2021. Key Learnings: Elrond tries to solve the central problem of layer 1 blockchains where there is traditionally a trade-off between security, decentralization, and scalability by looking to build a transparent financial system that can extend access to anyone anywhere. Mincu believes this is fundamentally important as the current state of the ec
09/08/202152 minutes 18 seconds