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Host Charlie Shrem dives deep into the lives and personal histories of some of crypto’s most influential leaders. A focus on personal stories weaves together a nuanced, untold narrative of how the bitcoin, crypto and web3 movements truly came to be.
 
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In a hyper-connected world with a global economy, it makes increasingly less sense to restrict ourselves with artificial borders and limiting fiat currencies. The nation of Palau is redirecting the course of history as the first country to implement digital residency through blockchain. Palau’s President, Surangel Whipps Jr., came on the show to ex…
 
My guest today is my friend, Matthew Le Merle, Managing Partner of Blockchain Coinvestors. Blockchain Coinvestors is the leading blockchain venture fund-of-funds and coinvestment program with a combined portfolio of more than 400 blockchain enterprises and crypto projects, including 30+ blockchain unicorns, today announced its year end 2021 list of…
 
My guest today is Mary Beth Buchanan, an experienced legal, compliance, business executive and trusted strategic advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors. She currently serves as President, Americas and Global Chief Legal Officer for Merkle Science. Founded in 2018, Merkle Science is the next generation predictive cryptocurrency risk and intellige…
 
Legendary investor Kevin O’Leary loves money, in all of its forms. Once known as a vocal Bitcoin skeptic, Kevin has done a 180° and is now an outspoken crypto advocate. His journey didn't end at Bitcoin. Kevin has gone deep down the crypto rabbit hole, investing in protocols and projects across Web3. Kevin believes digital assets are the “12th sect…
 
My guest today is Robert Breedlove, a Bitcoin-focused entrepreneur, writer, and philosopher. Robert is the host of the “What Is Money?” podcast. Through his writing and media work, Robert aims to elucidate the importance of freedom and self-sovereignty across all spheres of human action. To him, Bitcoin is fundamentally a humanitarian movement expo…
 
Mike McGlone, Senior Commodity Strategist for Bloomberg, made his third appearance on the podcast to share with listeners his current perspective on the state of the market. Mike believes that the data is pointing to an imminent market correction that will surprise most people. His tagline “Don’t Fight The Fed” encapsulates his belief that tighteni…
 
My guest today is my friend, Scott Melker, the Wolf of All Streets. Scott is a trader, investor, and the host of the popular “The Wolf of All Streets Podcast,” the author of “The Wolf Den” Newsletter, and prolific writer and thought leader in the crypto space. He has been featured on Fox Business, in the New York Times, Forbes, Businessweek, The Wa…
 
As a young entrepreneur, Justin Kan dreamed of making one million dollars off of his video streaming platform called Twitch. Never in his wildest imagination did he suspect Amazon would acquire his company for a billion dollars just 7 years after launch. Now Justin is considered one of the greatest though leaders navigating Web 3.0, the metaverse, …
 
Alex Tapscott, the son of previous guest Don Tapscott, is carrying on the family’s legacy of investment success across capital markets. Alex is the author of Blockchain Revolution, a 2016 book that remains a crypto-best seller, with over 500,000 copies sold worldwide. It’s Alex’s belief that the best is yet to come for the crypto space and that mas…
 
My guest today is my friend Andreas Kohl, Chief Business Development Officer of Mintlayer. Mintlayer is a Bitcoin sidechain dedicated to asset tokenization - like stablecoins and stock tokens - and DEX transactions, including direct atomic swap and lightning swaps between BTC and any token issued on the Mintlayer sidechain. MLT is the governance ut…
 
Michael Saylor famously sparked a bull market by buying Bitcoin and putting it on the balance sheet of MicroStrategy. That’s not the beginning of the story. Eric Weiss, a Bitcoin OG, is the legend that successfully orange-pilled his best friend Michael Saylor, convincing him to buy billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin. This episode contains the inc…
 
My guest today is Brandon Quittem, Head of User Acquisitions at Swan Bitcoin. Swan Bitcoin isn’t a crypto exchange. It’s a bitcoin-only accumulation platform, with options for both one-time purchases and recurring purchases (dollar-cost averaging plans). It works easily on both a desktop device or mobile device. In addition to their consumer-focuse…
 
Sam Bankman-Fried is a fan favorite and made his third appearance on the show, offering some bold predictions for 2022. In 2021, Sam tirelessly defended the cryptocurrency sector, going toe to toe with regulatory giants. FTX also led the charge towards mainstream adoption, with endorsement and sponsorship deals across the world. Now he is gearing u…
 
On this episode of Untold Stories, my friend Jamil Hasan, currently the program director of the “Crypto Corner,” a weekend podcast series hosted by Irish Tech News, turns the spotlight on me. A few of the conversation topics discussed in the interview included: how I got into Bitcoin and Crypto, Bitcoin’s role on the macro-landscape, how to level u…
 
Market makers in crypto are wildly misunderstood, as is the manner in which huge players trade. In this episode, Max Boonen, the founder of B2C2, explained the importance of market makers, and how their services and liquidity make the market more efficient. He broke down the reality of how whales trade, their actual impact, and how they are making …
 
My guest today is my friend Brian Norton, the Chief Operations Officer of MEW (MyEtherWallet). MyEtherWallet (MEW) is an open-source, client-side interface that allows users to interact directly with the Ethereum blockchain, without having to join a centralized exchange. One of the first such interfaces of its kind, MEW allows users to create and u…
 
Matt Kalish is the co-founder and current President of DraftKings North America. He has a deep seeded passion for sports, technology, entrepreneurship, crypto, and analytics. Matt was an early NFT adopter and gifted his friends his favorite jpegs, which soon became coveted and valuable, effectively converting everyone around him into NFT bulls and …
 
My guest today is my friend Graham Jenkin, CEO of CoinList. CoinList's mission is to accelerate the advancement of blockchain technology. We do this by finding the best emerging blockchain projects and helping them succeed. They've become the global leader in new token issuance, helping blue chip projects like Filecoin, Solana, Celo, Algorand, Dapp…
 
Matthew Hougan is an expert on ETFs. As the CIO of Bitwise Asset Management, Matthew and his team bring to the table decades of experience building and promoting new financial products. As Matthew describes in the episode, ETFs are the mother’s milk of the investment world, meaning their role and importance can’t be understated. Matthew is able to …
 
My guest is Jonathan Victor, the Head of Web3 and NFTs for Protocol Labs. Protocol Labs is an open-source research, development, and deployment laboratory. Our projects include IPFS, Filecoin, libp2p, and many more. They aim to make human existence orders of magnitude better through technology. IPFS makes the web work peer-to-peer. IPFS is a protoc…
 
Willy Woo needs no introduction. In this episode, he shared his thoughts on why 2021’s price action has broken many of the popular price predictive models that have historically been accurate. It’s his belief that 2022 will be a strong year for the crypto market, backed by compelling on-chain analysis. If you are looking for an incredible summary o…
 
My guest today is Colin Pape, the founder and CEO of Presearch.io and Shopcity.com. Presearch is building a next-generation search engine powered by the community and leveraging a blockchain token. Presearch.org will be an open, transparent alternative to the current search hegemony. The ShopCity.com Community Commerce Platform provides local commu…
 
Regulators in the United States get a justifiably bad rap for their handling of crypto, seemingly unable to offer clarity to both companies and individuals that are innovating and investing. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce is an exception to the rule and is a fierce advocate for the crypto space that has been fighting for sensible regulation. Her mi…
 
Multicoin Capital is arguably the most successful hedge fund of all time. After leading the first three investment rounds for Solana, the Multicoin Capital team was faced with the tough decision of whether to sell. The simple choice to hold was proven correct. Kyle’s thesis-driven approach makes for an episode filled with balanced and well-consider…
 
Mayor Francis Suarez has led the charge for city and state adoption of Bitcoin and crypto. His relentless commitment to technological innovation and welcoming companies and individuals with open arms has quickly made Miami a contender for crypto capital of the world. Be careful if you listen to this episode, because there is a good chance you will …
 
My guest today is my friend Brian Laughlan, the creator and lead project engineer of Satoshibles. Satoshibles are a series of 5000 algorithmically generated crypto collectible NFTs that have been hand illustrated. Each one is unique. The project uses Dorian Nakamoto as their mascot. The project originally launched on Ethereum in July 2021 but the p…
 
After discovering Bitcoin in 2011 and realizing its potential, my guest became the first professor to start teaching crypto as a university course in 2014 with only 33 students. Today he has hundreds of students who study Bitcoin, blockchain, DeFi and NFTs and are defining the shape of the crypto industry. Meet David L. Yermack, Professor of Financ…
 
My guest today is my friend Brian Hunt, CEO of InvestorPlace. InvestorPlace is one of America’s largest, longest-standing independent financial research firms. Started over 40 years ago by a business visionary named Tom Phillips, they publish detailed research and recommendations for self-directed investors, financial advisors and money managers. I…
 
Haseeb Qureshi isn’t like most people. At just 19 years old, Haseeb established himself as one of the greatest self-taught professional poker players in the world - his future was set. Unsatisfied with his accomplishments, Haseeb reinvented himself and gave away nearly everything he won. From pursuing an earn-to-give lifestyle to finding his way in…
 
My guest today is my friend Andrew Kiguel, CEO and co-founder of Tokens.com. Tokens.com Corp is a publicly traded company that owns an inventory of DeFi and NFT based cryptocurrencies. Through a process called staking, Tokens.com’s inventory of cryptocurrencies is used to earn additional tokens. In addition, Tokens.com co-owns Metaverse Group, one …
 
Dave Weisberger is a Wall Street legend turned professional crypto builder. Dave went in-depth on how algorithmic trading works in the complex crypto market. Beyond describing his unique algorithmic style, Dave took a deep dive into the macro drivers in our market, including the ETF’s underpinnings, the SEC’s desires, and the hottest trends. If you…
 
My guest today is Paul Rogash, Founder and CEO of BetU. BetU is a sports, esports & crypto betting platform. Secured by smart contracts and powered by the BETU Token. BetU aims to become a leader in the global sports betting market worth $391 Billion USD. With the goal of taking significant market share from global bookmakers such as Bet365, Willia…
 
My guest today is Starkerz, DAO member of 3Speak, a censorship-resistant video platform built on top of the Hive Network. Launched on March 20th, 2020, Hive is a decentralized information-sharing network with an accompanying blockchain-based financial ledger built on the Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) protocol. Myriad dapps, APIs, and front-ends c…
 
Members of the crypto community love to talk about regulations and laws in crypto, yet very few of us are actually experts. Hailey Lennon came on the show to explain the current state of crypto regulation and dispel some popular myths. It is her belief that we need regulatory clarity to foster the historic innovation we are seeing in the crypto wor…
 
No single phrase in crypto is as exciting as “institutional adoption” for eager investors anticipating the “opening of the flood gates” of big money. Aya Kantorovich is the Head of Institutional Coverage for FalconX, the perfect guest to help us unpack this complicated idea that is both misunderstood and highly anticipated. Aya believes institution…
 
Matt Kalish is President of DraftKings North America. DraftKings is a platform that offers daily fantasy sports, sports betting, and gambling products. Users can access the products via the firm’s website as well as by downloading its mobile app. Users can play and bet games in a variety of sports and leagues, including the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, or s…
 
Dave Nadig is an ETF industry pioneer with over 25 years of experience in the business. He came on the show to break down the popular products we all love to talk about, yet barely understand - ETFs. This episode takes a fun twist into the metaverse, the state of future regulation, the bridging of old and new finance, and interesting ETF variants w…
 
My guest today is Adam Jackson, founder & CEO of Freelance Labs, builders of Braintrust. Braintrust is the first decentralized talent network that connects skilled, vetted knowledge workers with the world’s leading companies. The community that relies on Braintrust to find work are the same people who own and build it, ensuring the network always s…
 
Charles Cascarilla, Co-founder and CEO of Paxos Digital, was an extremely early Bitcoin advocate. While Charles knows that he wasn’t patient zero, he believes that he was one of the first 100 people to use the asset. Charles has made it his mission to build a well-regulated financial institution that enables the movement between physical and digita…
 
My guest today is my friend, Gabe Higgins, the Co-founder and Managing Director of BlockSpaces, a blockchain technology center for education, coworking, and development located in South Tampa. Founded in 2017, BlockSpaces, Inc., is a software company headquartered in Tampa, Florida that provides blockchain integration software for connecting applic…
 
Professor Campbell Harvey is a world-renowned economist and professor known for being ahead of the curve in the world of finance. Learning about decentralized finance was a life-changing experience for Professor Harvey, which started him on a path of educating his students and the world on crypto. Professor Harvey has written a book titled, “DeFi a…
 
My guest today is Mitja Goroshevsky, CTO of TON Labs. TON Labs is a core developer of the Free TON blockchain protocol and TON OS (operating system). Free TON is a fast, secure, and scalable blockchain and network project, capable of handling millions of transactions per second if necessary, and both user-friendly and service provider-friendly. One…
 
Fan favorite Mark Yusko returned to give an update on the state of crypto and where it fits in the context of global markets. Mark provided a thoughtful case as to why caution is necessary in the current market conditions. This episode includes a number of priceless tenets investors should consider regarding the crypto market and managing risk. -- …
 
My guest today is Dave Connor, a DAO member at API3. API3 is a platform for decentralized API services targeted at the web3 infrastructure. Data feeds are served and governed in a decentralized manner. In the standard internet web, API3’s stated goal is to allow decentralized versions of APIs to be built, managed, and monetized at scale. As blockch…
 
Alex Krüger is a well-known crypto economist, famous for his hot takes and insightful thinking regarding all markets. He has a knack for putting crypto in context of global markets, and shared his thoughts on various topics in this whirlwind episode. He also made the case for million dollar Bitcoin. You don’t want to miss this. -- Arculus: Arculus …
 
My guest today is my friend, Vinny Lingham, prolific venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and thought leader. Vinny is currently a GP at Multicoin Capital and Newton Partners. He was a seed investor in Solana and Filecoin Vinny was one of Co-Founder & CEO at Civic Technology. He is also a GP at Multicoin Capital He was the founder and CEO of Gyf…
 
Nearly a decade ago, a brave VC took a million-dollar leap of faith and made a bet on a small company called Bitbank. Fast forward to today and that investment turned into a $600 million return, as Bitbank became Coinbase. Brett Gibson, a general partner from the firm, came on to tell the story and better explain how venture capital is flowing into…
 
My guest today is Nicholas Fett, CTO of Tellor. Tellor was launched in 2019 by a U.S.-based team with the aim to address the oracle problem on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain. Tellor is an Ethereum-based, decentralized, secure oracle for decentralized finance (DeFi) decentralized applications (DApps). Tellor is a decentralized oracle that provides pr…
 
Finding well-researched information about crypto can be challenging. Most retail investors dig through the haystacks of Twitter and YouTube in search of a rare valuable needle. Thanks to Grayscale and their dedicated research team, tens of thousands of investors can enjoy free access to incredible material if they so choose. Today’s guest, David Gr…
 
My guest today is Dan Doney, the CEO of Securrency, Inc, a RegTech/FinTech company that democratizes access to capital markets. Securrency is a FinTech platform that monetizes excess capacity in assets – the engine of the sharing economy. Securrency was formed in 2015 by US national security and technology experts to enable the free trading of prev…
 
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