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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.
 
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In this podcast, hosts Vikram Ramakrishnan and Faizaan Shamsi, partners at the software consultancy QuantLayer, talk to investors and builders of the cryptocurrency arena. We discuss how industry participants think about crypto assets, how they uncover fraud in the market, and which technologies will turn the budding, nascent crypto space into the revolutionary powerhouse early market participants had hoped for.
 
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Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. On this episode, Kevin Zhou, the CEO of Galois Capital and long-time critic of UST, also joined the conversation. Show topics: the UST depeg and Terra collapse Kevinon what it was like being on…
 
LUNA + Azuki Cause MAYHEM in the Markets! (plus the Latest from Coinbase, Pixel Vault, Boss Beauties and NFT Worlds) *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Crypto Cur…
 
Nic Carter, general partner at Castle Island Venture, Eric Wall, former Chief Investment Officer of Arcane Assets, and Erik Voorhees, founder of ShapeShift, discuss what happened with the TerraUSD (UST) and LUNA fiasco, Do Kwon’s responsibility, the impact on the crypto ecosystem, and much more. Show highlights: how Erik used to feel that algo stab…
 
In this interview, Crypto Current’s Steven Miller sits down with Zeneca_33 to discuss the recent mayhem in the market, how to be mindful during these uncertain times, and to catch us up on his experience running ZenAcademy - the NFT Community he launched last November. For our last interview with Zeneca where we discussed the Community’s launch, Cl…
 
To shake things up a bit, this episode we’re giving you an inside look at our weekly Twitter Space - Non-Fungible Thursday! NFThursday is our opportunity to recap the news from Last Week in Web3, share the rhymes of our resident rapper, and of course, share some fresh NFT Alpha with the community. If you’d like to join our next live show, make sure…
 
Jon Wu, head of growth at Aztec Network, recaps a historically chaotic week in the Terra ecosystem that saw $UST depeg, Anchor depositors flee, and $LUNA fall 99%. Show highlights: how $UST, $LUNA, Luna Foundation Guard (LFG), and Anchor Protocol are supposed to work why Jon compares the Terra blockchain with VISA, LFG with the Fed, and Do Kwon wit…
 
This week there's no shortage of news to breakdown! While the market seems to be turning bearish, check out what Steve and Richard have to say about The Vatican NFT Gallery, Algorand's Partnership with FIFA and much more! *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Ric…
 
Kain Warwick, founder of Synthetix, and Ben Jones, cofounder and chief scientist at Optimism Foundation, discuss the current state of Ethereum Layer 2s, Optimism’s new governance structure, why Synthetix chose to build on Optimism, and more. Show topics: what Optimism and Synthetix are how zero-knowledge rollups differ from optimistic rollups why S…
 
In this Special Report, Richard and Steve reflect on their Predictions for 2022 and cast their updated Web3 Outlook for the rest of the year. Who got the most calls correct? What’s next for crypto? Join in to find out. *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richar…
 
Eric Golden, the owner of BAYC #7560 and host of Web3 Breakdowns, discusses the Otherdeed NFT drop that stalled Ethereum and burned over $150 million worth of ether. Show topics: what the Otherdeed mint is Why Yuga Labs had buyers undergo a know-your-customer process in order to mint the NFTs why Eric was pretty certain a gas war was imminent in th…
 
Avery Akkineni serves as the President of VaynerNFT. She leads the company’s mission to build long-term strategic NFT projects for the world’s leading intellectual property owners serving brands, celebrities, athletes, and associations looking to incentivize and reward brand advocacy and customer loyalty. Avery previously led VaynerMedia’s expansio…
 
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Robert Leshner, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. On this episode, Andre Cronje, the recently retired (sort of) DeFi developer, also joined the conversation. Show topics: why being doxxed led to Andre retiring (sort of) from cr…
 
Apes on a Chain? (plus the Latest News from Solana, Optimism, Cool Cats & ENS Domains) - CC Live *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Crypto Current. You should not…
 
André Allen Anjos, who is better known as the crypto-friendly artist RAC, and David Greenstein, co-founder of Sound.xyz, a web3 music platform, analyze the current state of the web3 music scene and discuss how artists can leverage web3 tools to get paid at fair market value for their art. Show highlights: RAC’s experience in the traditional music i…
 
Michael AKA Premium Carrots is a Web3 executive and is in charge of Data Science and Marketing for Riot Racers. He has been in Crypto since 2017 and the NFT space since early 2021. Michael has a passion for all things numbers and data, NFTs, and enjoying the outdoors! Website: https://riotracers.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RiotRacers *Disclai…
 
Pranjal Prashar is a Co-founder of Paxo Finance. Paxo Finance is a decentralized money market protocol that opens up investment loan options in DeFi for global user to in digital assets via multi-pool borrowing. Links: https://paxo.finance https://twitter.com/paxofinance https://t.me/paxofinance *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto…
 
Chris Perkins, president of CoinFund, a web3 investment firm, discusses his experience at the Crypto Bahamas conference before diving into an FTX.US proposal that would allow for direct trading of crypto derivatives in the US – which appears to be rocking the boat of certain regulators in D.C. Show topics: Chris’s two biggest takeaways from his Cry…
 
B.A.Y.C. You on the Otherside! (plus the Latest News from Andre Cronje, Twitter, Moonbirds, OpenSea and Akutars) - CC Live *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Cryp…
 
Amy Wu, head of FTX ventures and gaming initiatives, discusses her role at FTX, what problems need to be addressed in the web3 gaming world, and her thoughts on APE and Yuga Labs as a board member of Apecoin DAO and investor in Yuga Labs. Show highlights: what Amy does at FTX how her background investing in gaming prepared her for her role at FTX A…
 
Richard began Crypto Current to educate others to make informed cryptocurrency investments, but today aims to spotlight all opportunities across cryptocurrency and the blockchain industry. Outside of Crypto Current, Richard is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in Startup Operations, App Development, Fundraising and Fintech who current…
 
Peter Van Valkenburgh, director of research at Coin Center, discusses a proposed rule by the US Securities and Exchange Commission that has massive implications for the free-speech rights of crypto software developers in the US. Show highlights: why an SEC proposal changing the definition of “exchange” could violate the right to free speech of US c…
 
Shukyee Ma is a founding member of Overeality, the first metaverse infrastructure for interest-driven DAO. A Berkeley graduate, she is a serial entrepreneur in Social Media and Fintech with expertise in business strategy and product development. Overeality recently announced a partnership with Vini Jr., a Brazilian professional footballer who plays…
 
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. On this episode, Laura Shin, the host of Unchained and author of The Cryptopians, also joined the conversation. Show topics: how people have responded to The Cryptopians why traditional publish…
 
Punk 6529 Reveals the OM Metaverse! (plus the Latest News from Moonbirds, Meta, Cosmos and Coinbase) - CC Live *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Crypto Current. …
 
Two policy experts, Chris Lehane, chief strategy officer at Haun Ventures, and Niki Christoff, the founder of Christoff and Co., discuss how the crypto industry has performed in Washington and how it can better educate more regulators and politicians about the technology. Show highlights: Niki and Chris’ background how Niki and Chris would grade th…
 
Rob Frasca is a serial entrepreneur, internet pioneer, former Navy pilot and frequent speaker on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Rob has been a staple in financial technologies dating back to the early 1990’s when he created the Internet’s first stock quote and portfolio management service, GALT Technologies that was sold to Intuit in 1997. Since …
 
Tim Beiko, the Ethereum Foundation coordinator for core developers, discusses his recent estimation that Ethereum’s merge, where the network transitions from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, will be delayed until the second half of 2022. Show topics: what the Ethereum merge is why an upcoming difficulty bomb could force developers to delay the merg…
 
Sandi Bitenc is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO of 3air, working on bringing blockchain and DeFi to the next billion. A true computer geek at heart, his professional career in tech began when he was part of a hosting and domain registrar startup in his teens that went on to become the biggest in the Adriatic area. With leadership experience in th…
 
Jack Mallers' Big Bet on Bitcoin (plus the Latest News from Epic Games, OpenSea, Neo Tokyo + Boss Beauties) - CC Live *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Crypto Cu…
 
Stuart Levi, co-head of the Technology Transaction and Intellectual Property Group at Skadden Arps, and Marta Belcher, general counsel and Head of Policy at Protocol Labs, break down the legal issues surrounding NFTs specifically in the context of Yuga Labs’ recent purchase of CryptoPunks and Meebits IP rights. Show highlights: the definitions and …
 
Igor Plusa Bio Igor Plusa is the founder of Game Lounge, the metaverse's first realistic personal space simulator. Using realistic graphics and the NFT community, Game Lounge allows both gamers and first time metaverse user to build their own lounges/rooms, and to display their own NFT art! Links: http://gamelounge.xyz/ https://twitter.com/GameLoun…
 
Kevin Zhou, co-founder of Galois Capital, discusses a crazy week in the world of algorithmic stablecoins that saw USDN de-peg from the dollar and Terra unveil plans to create a new liquidity pool on Curve to strengthen UST. Show highlights: how USDN and Waves works what made USD de-peg why Kevin thinks algorithmic stablecoins fail so often what Kev…
 
Khaled Jama is a blockchain enthusiast, entrepreneur, and investor. He has always believed in the power of crypto to revolutionize the global financial system. When Khaled was an early dApp developer on Ethererum, he saw the connections between blockchain and gaming and decided there must be an easier way to integrate to two into one central platfo…
 
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. Show topics: how social engineering was used in the $600 million+ Ronin bridge hack what bridge infrastructure needs to be built (note: if someone wants to build a cross-chain E…
 
Europe's Crypto Crackdown (plus the Latest from Axie Infinity, Trezor, OpenSea, BAYC and Azuki!) *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Crypto Current. You should not…
 
Mike Brock, general manager of TBD at Block, discusses how TBD’s yet-to-be-released DEX is structured, explains why he thinks decentralized solutions do not necessarily need blockchains, and tells the humorous story about how Jack Dorsey convinced him to start working on a Bitcoin project. Show highlights: what TBD is and what its relation to Block…
 
Brian T. Bradley, Esq. is the Senior Managing Partner at Bradley Legal Corp and is a leading educator and nationally recognized asset protection attorney for high risk professionals, Entrepreneurs, real estate investors and ultra high net worth families. Collectively they are protecting over 5 Billion worth of assets. Brian’s goal is to give you "p…
 
Arjun Bhuptani, founder of Connext and bridging expert, breaks down the Ronin bridge exploit that led to a hacker stealing $600 million+ and discusses different bridge designs that could limit future attacks. Show highlights: how a hacker was able to drain more than $600 million from Ronin bridge the difference between DeFi hacks and the Ronin brid…
 
Yubo Ruan is the Founder of Parallel Finance, a leading multi-chain decentralized finance platform. A driven entrepreneur, developer, and investor, Yubo founded Parallel Finance in 2021. Prior to that, Yubo was also the founder of 8 Decimal Capital, one of the pioneer blockchain funds with over $60 million AUM. With a track record of 40 startups ac…
 
Counting Down to ETH 2.0 (plus News from Coinbase, Crypto.com, FIFA, Yuga Labs and Veve) *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Crypto Current. You should not treat a…
 
Do Kwon is the CEO of Terraform Labs and a director at Luna Foundation Guard. On Unchained, he explains why LFG is spearheading a plan to partially back Terra’s $15 billion stablecoin UST with Bitcoin. He also dives into another project idea that would transform developer salaries into financial assets that, as far as I can tell, he has not yet spo…
 
Dan is a connector of thought-leaders and doers in the blockchain space, building diverse networks to achieve high-impact goals. With 10 years of experience in business development, marketing, and operations. Dan worked to bring three blockchain projects to market and helped build four cryptocurrency company communities. He has an ambitious vision …
 
Andy Beal, head of ecosystem development at Forta and author of the 30,000 Feet newsletter, discusses the dramatic governance proposal on Juno Network, a Cosmos-based project, where Juno holders are voting to confiscate millions of dollars in tokens from a whale who allegedly gamed the Juno airdrop. Show topics: how the Juno airdrop worked how the …
 
It’s been 9 Months since ShapeShift officially made the move to decentralize its organization, but what is it like to make this transition? Well, on this episode, Steve is joined by Jon ShapeShift to discuss all it took to transform Shapeshift into a globally distributed DAO and shed some light on some breaking news from the DAO - that it’s closed …
 
Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. On this week’s episode, Do Kwon, founder of Terraform Labs, also dropped by. Show topics: why Do decided to make millions of dollars in bets that LUNA will appreciate in value next year what …
 
Web3 Airdrop Season!? What to Watch For (plus the Latest from LUNA, XRP, DOT, Enjin + MetaMask) *Disclaimer. Richard Carthon is the Founder of Crypto Current. All opinions expressed by members of the Crypto Current Team, Richard or his guest on this podcast are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Crypto Current. You should not …
 
Illia Polosukhin, co-founder NEAR Protocol, and George Kikvadze, executive vice chairman at BitFury Group, both of whom have called Ukraine “home” at one point in their lives, discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the role crypto is playing in the war, and the various avenues crypto users can donate to. Show topics: George and Illia’s background in…
 
Last week, the creators of Bored Ape Yacht Club - Yuga Labs - shocked the world of web3 when they announced the imminent release of their ecosystem’s utility token, ApeCoin ($APE). According to their team, ApeCoin will support a decentralized protocol layer for community-led initiatives that drive culture forward into the metaverse… but what does t…
 
In his first podcast appearance ever, Punk6529, known for writing massive threads on Crypto Twitter, discusses the cultural and historical significance of Bored Ape Yacht Club creator Yuga Labs purchasing the intellectual property rights to CryptoPunks and Meebits from Larva Labs. Topics: how CryptoPunks set the industry standard for PFP projects h…
 
Before entering Web3, Dan Hannum was a buy-side analyst and portfolio manager at TD Ameritrade. After becoming an early crypto investor, Dan went on to become an analyst at Blockchain Capital before founding Hannum Capital Management, an advisory and venture investment firm. Today, Dan’s the Chief Operating Officer for ZenLedger - a leading cryptoc…
 
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