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Shimon Lazarov and Alex Chizhik

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Insightful. Balanced. Provocative.Brave enough to leverage the market? Bold enough to challenge the status quo? Join Alex Chizhik @MrEbitda and @ShimonLazarov as they bring their 15+ years business experience to a data-driven debate. From Bitcoin to the NASDAQ, Government Regulations to Real Estate Trusts, Facebook to Moderna. If you care about the economy, finance, or investing this podcast is for you.
 
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Shimon and Alex welcome David Blatt to the show. David is CEO of CapStack Partners, focused on helping clients find real estate investment & capital solutions. He is also the Founder & CEO of Banxel, the first lender2lender marketplace to syndicate, buy & sell real estate loans. With a background in distressed real estate, Mr. Blatt has successfull…
 
Bitcoin just hit all time highs and then the market dropped. What does this mean? What's really going on? How does the macro landscape affect the markets? And the latest from the Biden Administration. Shimon and Alex seek out the truth. Apple Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/36u8fmbr Spotify Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/4zv6syfc Hardcorefinance.com Fol…
 
In today's episode of the hardcore finance show, Alex and Shimon discuss the recent weekly events. We talk about china banning bitcoin (again), capital controls, evergrande and their real estate woes, the recent price drop in the markets, the infrastructure bill and its implication on inflation and treasury interest rates, and what does all of this…
 
What a week it has been. El Salvador is adopting Bitcoin, crypto markets are REKT, The IMF is rooting against the underprivileged, and Coinbase is airing out their dirty SEC laundry. Shimon and Alex discuss a whirl wind of a week! Apple Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/36u8fmbr Spotify Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/4zv6syfc Hardcorefinance.com Follow us…
 
Shimon and Alex welcome back Gil Eyal and Eliaz Tobias of Crowdsense. Crowdsense is one of the best tools in the market for finding signal in noise and can quickly analyze thousands of data points to help investors trade. This is acutely applicable to Crypto as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cardano, Polkadot and even GameFi tokens like Star Atlas and Axie Inf…
 
Shimon and Alex open up the brand new Hardcore Finance Studio. We then re-examine the markets and why people should invest in Bitcoin - as a special request from our fans. Apple Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/36u8fmbr Spotify Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/4zv6syfc Hardcorefinance.com Follow us on Twitter @MrEBITDA @ShimonLazarov Support the show (http…
 
In this solo episode, Shimon discusses why governments could let Bitcoin survive and thrive. Some of the questions discussed are: - How could getting rid of the state monopoly of money creation help the state collect more tax revenue? - When would this relevant? - What is our Bitcoin price target before governments start to care? - What is the opti…
 
In this solo episode, Shimon explores a thesis under which governments choose to not stop bitcoin I wanted to start from a desired end result (bitcoin becomes world money) and examine a scenario under which it could happen. The main thesis of bitcoin supporters is that governments cannot stop it. I don’t agree. If the governments could put people o…
 
Glenn Kirschner, Shimon Lazarov and Alex Chizhik chat about the Mueller Report, the workings of the USA legal system on both the federal and state level, Trump’s legal troubles, Trump’s associates charged with fraud and other types of financial crimes and foreign interference into the USA policies. Glenn Kirschner is a retired federal prosecutor wh…
 
Shimon and Alex discuss President Joe Biden's stance on inflation and how he plans to manage it. Is there inflation? Did he misspeak? Does he really think money printing will cause less inflation? We then move on to discuss our interview with the brilliant Sinead Colton Grant and how encouraging it is to have major institutions so deeply understand…
 
BNY Mellon’s Sinead Colton Grant, Alex Chizhik and Shimon Lazarov chat about Digital Asset Impact Investing and many topics in the intersection of digital currencies, the traditional fintech space, and the global macro environment. We discussed: • Bitcoin as a store of value • The global macro landscape • The role of digital currencies in the rapid…
 
Today on the Hardcore Finance Podcast we welcome Lee Bratcher of the Texas Blockchain Council. (https://texasblockchaincouncil.org/). We talk about how fundamental property rights are to capitalism and democracy, Bitcoin and illicit activity, and the incredible movement brewing underneath the surface across many States. Texasblockchainsummit.org te…
 
Andy Edstrom is the author of the book "Why Buy Bitcoin". We discuss many topics such as inflation, government monetary policy, the investment case for Bitcoin and a lot more. Follow Andy on twitter: https://twitter.com/edstromandrew Or visit his website: http://www.andyedstrom.com/ Apple Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/36u8fmbr Spotify Podcast: https…
 
In today's Hardcore Finance show we interview Ravi Sood, a Canadian financier and venture capitalist. Sood was raised in Waterloo, Ontario and resides in Hong Kong. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Navina Asset Management and its predecessor company Lawrence Asset…
 
David Kovacs - the co-founder of First Contact Entertainment and Founder & CEO of Emmersive Entertainment - talks to Alex about his new acquisition of Lomotif, his vision for NFTs, and his plans to help artists monetize their creations. This was the hottest talk in the pressroom of Bitcoin 2021 David Kovacs' background is fascinating specializing i…
 
In this episode Shimon and Alex chat about the latest Bitcoin price drop, the FUD around Bitcoin, the China Ban, and Elon Musk's Energy tweets. Does it all matter? Should we be scared? http://hardcorefinance.com Apple Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/36u8fmbr Spotify Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/4zv6syfc Support Hardcore Finance: https://www.hardcorefi…
 
Today Shimon is joined by Croesus - one of the best twitter handles to follow on bitcoin. We discuss Bitcoin's value proposition, its comparison to the stock market, inflation and a lot more. - Business school attitudes towards bitcoin - Ethereum as a technology vs bitcoin as a breakthrough in money - Bitcoin bootstrapping itself from nothingness t…
 
Shimon and Alex welcome Representative Margaret Croke from Illinois’ 12th District – Go Cubs! Representative Croke is a freshman State Legislator embarking on world-changing things. She has led the charge to make Illinois the most crypto and Bitcoin friendly state in the U.S. and allowed Shimon and Alex to tag along for the ride. In this episode we…
 
On Wednesday May 12th Shimon and Alex welcome Representative Margaret Croke from Illinois’ 12th District – Go Cubs! Representative Croke is a freshman State Legislator embarking on world-changing things. She has led the charge to make Illinois the most crypto and Bitcoin friendly state in the U.S. and allowed Shimon and Alex to tag along for the ri…
 
Today, Shimon and Alex welcome famed entrepreneur and star VC – Ben Narasin of NEA. We discuss what founders should look for in VCs, where pockets of opportunity are in the market, how to think about innovation, the Biden proposed Capital Gains Tax increases, and even Bitcoin and crypto. ------------------- NEA is a global venture capital firm focu…
 
Today Alex talks about his view of President Biden’s Tax Policy – specifically his proposal to increase capital gains taxes to 43.8% on individuals making more than $1,000,000 per year. In our view this is a disastrous policy with terrible consequences and it goes much deeper than “tax the rich”. In this episode, Alex discusses: 1. The origin of Ca…
 
Today Shimon and Alex discuss Infrastructure with Dritan Nesho. Dritan was ranked the most accurate pollster of the 2020 election cycle and brings with him fresh data on Biden’s infrastructure plan. Do most Americans want the bill to pass? Do Democrats? You’ll be surprised at the latest polling data! http://hardcorefinance.com @ShimonLazarov @MrEBI…
 
Today Shimon and Alex discuss Shimon's musing on Janet Yellen and her push for Joe Biden's Infrastructure plan. Specifically, he advocacy of increasing the corporate income tax. You can find the musing here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1575751/episodes/8291184 We talk about Shimon's take of the merits of her argument and whether it holds water. http…
 
The Coinbase IPO is finally here. Shimon and Alex discuss the Bull and Bear case, our trading strategy, pros and cons to buying long or entering a long/short strategy, and what this means for the markets at large. Don't miss this one as after April 14th, the world will not be the same. hardcorefinance.com @ShimonLazarov @MrEBITDA Support the show (…
 
Janet Yellen wrote an opinion piece for the wall street journal in which she claims that increasing corporate tax rates will make the USA more competitive on the world stage. I respectfully disagree. What's even worse is that she is cherry picking data to make readers reach the wrong conclusions. I dive into all of these topics and provide my opini…
 
Today Alex and Shimon chat with Gad Allon – an award-winning and favorite professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We discuss the one macro shift that is disrupting everything and we don’t even know it: Gigafication. We talk about the Gig Economy of today, the immense challenge of matching Supply and Demand, how the concep…
 
Today Shimon and Alex welcome Chris Erwin Founder of RockWater Industries. It's a killer chat about New Media, #Clubhouse, at-homification, #NFTs. We talk about how brands have expanded their presence into the home, the fight for attention, tradeoffs between high-production media and live events (such as clubhouse) and even how to value NFTs. If yo…
 
We need your help! Shimon and Alex have been working with the Honorable Representative Croke (https://crokeforillinois.com/​) to make Illinois the most Digital Asset -friendly state. It will boost jobs, bank the unbanked, bring business and fintech to the entire state and Chicago. Bill HB3968 will come out of committee on March 23rd and go to the f…
 
There is a massive Bitcoin Energy usage debate out there about Bitcoin being Green or dirty. It is completely wrong and both sides don't understand what they are talking about. @MrEBITDA worked in energy in the past and corrects the record once and for all. hardcorefinance.com @ShimonLazarov @MrEBITDA Support the show (https://www.hardcorefinance.c…
 
Today we are thrilled to welcome Divya Narendra, the Founder and CEO of SumZero, the world's largest investment community. We talk about how Divya founded Sumzero, the investment research community, fed monetary policy, bitcoin, generating alpha and a lot more. hardcorefinance.com sumzero.com @MrEBITDA @ShimonLazarov @divyanarendra Support the show…
 
Today we are thrilled to welcome Wasim Ahmad - the Chief Crypto Officer of Vault12 - to the Podcast. Wasim is a serial entrepreneur with five exits, and an advisor in the fields of AI, the blockchain, cryptocurrency, and encryption solutions. At Vault12, he led the private and public fundraising - one of the world’s first STOs and focuses today on …
 
In today's episode, Alex and Shimon discuss the topic of inflation. Is it good or bad? Do we see it coming up on the horizon? Does the fact that we're moving to a zero marginal cost economy impact the effect of money printing on inflation? Visit us at www.hardcorefinance.com Follow us on twitter: @shimonlazarov @mrebitda Support the show (https://w…
 
Today we are joined by Daniel Prince (@princey1976) host of the Once Bitten Podcast (http://www.once-bitten.com/) - one of my favorite podcasts in the space. Daniel worked in currency trading for many years before discovering bitcoin. We dive deep into issues such as technology, Bitcoin's impact on the financial sector, governments, and many more. …
 
Today Shimon and Alex are joined by the one and only Stephan Livera - host of the Stephan Livera Podcast (https://stephanlivera.com/). Stephan is a well know defender and fan of "hard money" and the Austrian School of Economics and he helps Shimon and Alex debate the differences between the current economic theories of the west vs. the hard money e…
 
COVID 19 dramatically changed the Real Estate Markets. Will residential or commercial real estate be the same? What will coming back to the office look like? Can this be a watershed moment for the industry and drive some real innovation? Today we welcome to discuss: Gil Eyal - Strategic Advisor to the Chief Innovation Officer of Silverstein Propert…
 
In today's episode, Alex and Shimon discuss the recent Robinhood fiasco. For the first time since either of us can remember, mainstream stock trading apps let people sell stocks but not buy the same stock. This happened because of a huge short position that a hedge fund had and a horde of retail reddit investors who went against it in order to shor…
 
Today, I -@MrEBITDA - want to muse about the rise of the retail investor. These younger (typically) investors are value driven and care about companies. They are also enabled by apps such as Robinhood and are out to show strength against Wall Street and the "Elites". They have become a force to be reckoned with - as evidenced by the recent Game Sto…
 
Today we are joined by Nick McCullum from Passiv to discuss the passive approach to investing. Passiv is a platform that allows people to automatically rebalance their investment portfolios. We spoke about the merits of active vs passive investments, the expected market reaction to the coming money printing, stock indices vs ETFs and a lot more. @s…
 
Today Shimon Lazarov @ShimonLazarov and Alex Chizhik @MrEBIDA chat about using the past to predict the future. Often market analysis, especially technical analysts use past behavior to inform their trading. But does that work? When does that work? Are certain metrics relevant? Is the P/E Ratio relevant? Tune in! Follow us on twitter! @MrEBITDA @Shi…
 
In today's episode, Alex and I meet in person, in a socially distanced way to discuss the topic of leverage and interest rates. Is leverage good? Should the government deficit spend, or should it run a balanced budget? Should one take a mortgage? And how does Bitcoin fix this (tm)? Join us for a fireside chat that will answer all these questions. F…
 
Today Shimon Lazarov @ShimonLazarov and Alex Chizhik @MrEBITDA welcome Yan Pritzker @skwp to the podcast. Yan is the co-founder and CTO of THE hottest start up in the Bitcoin space, Swan Bitcoin (swanbitcoin.com). Yan is a long time Bitcoiner and walks us through dollar cost averaging, Bitcoin vs Index Funds, and how to think about the current Bitc…
 
In this musing, Shimon discusses how to pick the "fastest horse in the race" in an environment where the government is expected to spend $3T in stimulus and print money at 15% y/y. Should we choose industries that benefit from the new money, or should we choose industries where less government intervention is expected. Visit us at www.hardcorefinan…
 
This is not a happy day or happy episode. The events yesterday in Washington, DC were despicable, disgusting, dangerous, un-American, and embarrassing. We have hit a low as a nation - but there is room for optimism. Today we are joined again by Dritan Nesho, the most accurate pollster in the U.S. to help us make sense of the unimaginable and tell u…
 
Today @MrEBITDA and @ShimonLazarov discuss why with the Senate in such tight deadlock the Georgian Elections are critical. Even with a democratic sweep of the two Senate seats, the Georgia senatorial race might not result in a path for the sweeping changes that the Democratic base is looking for. We are joined by our close friend and colleague Drit…
 
Celebrity endorsements can be great but what's the best way to use influencers and celebrities to scale businesses? And how does an investor evaluate businesses with a mega-presence? @Gileyal - a great friend of @Shimonlazarov and @MrEBITDA explains! A bit about Gil: Gil is one of the World's leading experts on Influencer Marketing. He was the Pres…
 
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