Laura Shin

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Aug 03 2021

Can a DeFi Smart Contract Be Regulated? Two CFTC Commissioners Discuss

CFTC Commissioners Dan Berkovitz and Brian Quintenz discuss the difficulties of regulating crypto derivatives and DeFi. Show highlights: their backgrounds what the CFTC’s duties are regarding crypto...

Jul 30 2021

Axie Infinity’s July Revenue Tops $200 Million. Here’s How Filipinos Drove It

Leah Callon-Butler, director of Emfarsis, discusses her documentary, “Play-to- Earn: NFT Gaming in the Philippines,” and the real-world impact that crypto is having in the Philippines. Show highlights: how the Axie Infinity movement started in the Philippines...

Jul 27 2021

Why ShapeShift’s Erik Voorhees Thinks Toxic Bitcoin Maximalism Is Bullshit

ShapeShift recently announced an intent to decentralize -- a move that would transition the one-time centralized exchange to a full-on DAO. Erik Voorhees, founder and CEO of ShapeShift, comes onto the show to talk about decentralizing the exchange, along with his thoughts on Bitcoin maximalism and crypto regulation. Show highlights:...

Jul 23 2021

MIT’s Neha Narula on Why Building DeFi on Bitcoin Is a Great Idea

Neha Narula, director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, discusses Elon Musk’s appearance at ‘The B Word’ conference, along with a few current events in the Bitcoin world. Show highlights: her main takeaway from ‘The B Word’ conference...

Jul 20 2021

How Ransomware Evolved Into a Big Business

Jul 20 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 unchained

Gurvais Grigg, Chainalysis public sector CTO, and Kim Grauer, director of research at Chainalysis, review the ransomware landscape. Show Highlights: their backgrounds and roles at Chainalysis how a ransomware attack works...

Jul 16 2021

Why It Might Be Too Late for Binance to Avoid Regulatory Action

Jul 16 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 binance bitmex cftc crypto

Christine Parker, partner at Reed Smith, summarizes the slew of regulatory headlines facing Binance and how such scrutiny may affect the exchange going forward. Show highlights: which countries are investigating Binance why it has been...

Jul 13 2021

Can a DAO Go to Court? According to Two DAO Legal Experts… Probably

Jul 13 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 bitcoin curve dao ethereum

Aaron Wright, co-founder of OpenLaw and Professor at Cardozo Law, and Ross Campbell, SushiSwap core developer and LexDAO contributor, discuss the latest breakthroughs and legal implications in the burgeoning world of DAOs. Show highlights: how Aaron and Ross fell down the crypto rabbit hole...

Jul 09 2021

How Axie Infinity Boosted Revenue 400%+ in 30 Days

Jul 09 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 axie infinity blockchain games nft

Aleksander Larsen, co-founder and COO of Axie Infinity, discusses Axie Infinity’s recent growth, which has seen the platform do 20X the volume of NBA Top Shot in recent days. Show highlights: what is Axie Infinity? why there has been such an...

Jul 06 2021

The Bitcoin Hash Rate Has Dropped. How Long Will It Take to Return?

Jul 06 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 bitcoin blockchain china crypto

Kevin Zhang, vice president of business development at Foundry, breaks down the latest developments surrounding China and bitcoin mining. Show highlights: how he came across crypto and which Bitcoin OG he joined at Bitcoin.com...

Jul 02 2021

FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried Gives the Tom Brady/Gisele Bundchen Backstory

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and founder of FTX, explains FTX’s sports-centric advertising model and talks about what is on his regulatory wish list going forward. Show highlights: why Sam is so excited to bring Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen onto the FTX team...

Jun 29 2021

Ethereum’s EIP-1559 Will Solve Some Problems But Big Ones Will Remain

Jun 29 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 eip-1559 eth ethereum ethereum 2.0

Taylor Monahan, CEO of MyCrypto, and Tim Beiko, Ethereum Foundation core-dev facilitator, discuss the upcoming upgrade to the Ethereum network, EIP 1559. Show highlights: why Tim believes EIP 1559 is necessary what narrative is driving EIP 1559...

Jun 25 2021

Strong Hands Aren’t Selling Bitcoin. So Who Is?

Jun 25 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 bitcoin btc crypto investment

Will Clemente, author of the BTC by WC3 newsletter, breaks down the current state of Bitcoin’s on-chain activity and explains why he believes the market is in a mid-cycle lull rather than turning bearish. Show highlights: why Will is not worried about a bear market...

Jun 22 2021

Is Quadriga’s Gerald Cotten Still Alive? The ‘Exit Scam’ Podcast Aims to Answer

Jun 22 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 bitcoin conspiracy crypto ethereum

Aaron Lammer, author and host of the Exit Scam podcast, recounts the mysterious and controversial death of QuadrigaCX’s founder Gerald Cotton. Show highlights: A quick recap of QuadrigaCX why Aaron felt compelled to create a series on...

Jun 18 2021

Polygon: The Layer 2 Solution Doing 8 Times as Many Transactions a Day as Ethereum

Jun 18 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 eth 2.0 ethereum layer 2 matic

Jaynti Kanani, cofounder and CEO of Polygon, discusses why the layer 2 solution has seen so much success during a down crypto market. Show highlights: what factors have led to Polygon’s and MATIC's impressive performance YTD how Polygon...

Jun 11 2021

Want Crypto in Your 401(k)? It’s Finally Possible — With This Provider

Jun 11 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 401k bitcoin crypto etf

ForUsAll recently announced a new product that will allow cryptocurrency investments to be made inside 401(k) retirement accounts. Jeff Schulte, CEO of ForUsAll, discusses why putting crypto in a 401(k) is such a game changer, how this differs from Bitcoin IRAs, and more! Show highlights: how bringing crypto into a 401(k) with...

Jun 08 2021

Will Bitcoin’s Price Go Up Again? Yes, According to On-Chain Analytics

Willy Woo, on-chain Bitcoin analyst and writer of the Bitcoin Forecast, a market intelligence newsletter, and Rafael Schultze-Kraft, co-founder and CTO of Glassnode, discuss Bitcoin and what the on-chain metrics tell us about the price. Here to discuss is. Episode highlights: what factors pushed the price of BTC down in May...

Jun 04 2021

How Taproot Could Improve Bitcoin — If It Gets Adopted

Jun 04 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 bitcoin blockchain masts taproot

Jeremy Rubin, a Bitcoin Core contributor and founder of Judica, a Bitcoin R&D Lab, joins Unchained from the Miami Bitcoin Conference (2021) to discuss all things Taproot. Show highlights: a general update on the Miami Bitcoin Conference...

Jun 01 2021

Nick Tomaino on 1confirmation’s $125 Million Fund and What Future NFTs Will Look Like

Jun 01 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 dao defi ethereum layer 2

Nick Tomaino, general partner of 1confirmation, discusses his firm’s recently announced third fund of $125 million and gives his perspective on many hot crypto topics, such as NFTs, Layer 2 solutions, Polkadot, DAOs, and more. Show highlights: why Nick became interested in crypto and his background...

May 28 2021

Rep. Tom Emmer, One of the Most Active Crypto Congress Members, on Taxes and DeFi

May 28 2021 Published at Unchained Podcast under tags  2021 blockchain crypto defi fatf

House Representative Tom Emmer, of Minnesota, is one of the most active voice for crypto and blockchain in the US government. In this episode, he discusses: what book made Tom fall down the crypto rabbit hole why Tom believes the Financial...

May 25 2021

How Solana and Binance Smart Chain Could Take Ethereum’s Lead

Kain Warwick, founder of Synthetix, and Kyle Samani, managing partner at Multicoin Capital, debate the merits of Ethereum, Solana, and Binance Smart Chain. In this episode, they discuss: why Ethereum is losing market share to Solana and BSC...