Why ShapeShift's Erik Voorhees Thinks Toxic Bitcoin Maximalism Is Bullshit - Ep.258

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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:

  • why ShapeShift is decentralizing the company
  • how ShapeShift used to work
  • what needs to happen for ShapeShift to decentralize
  • why user experience should not change during the transition
  • how the FOX token works
  • what parts of a company cannot be decentralized yet
  • how ShapeShift’s forthcoming foundation will function
  • how ShapeShift decided upon the allocations for the FOX token airdrop
  • why ShapeShift employee and shareholder FOX tokens are locked up for three years
  • what Erik’s role will be going forward
  • how ShapeShift plans to attract devs
  • why Erik believes FOX is not a security
  • how Erik wants the SEC to handle crypto
  • why he believes THORChain is one of the most critical projects in crypto
  • why he is opposed to Bitcoin maximalism
  • Erik’s thoughts on BitMEX’s and Binance’s regulatory issues
  • what he thinks about stablecoin regulation
  • Why Erik believes ShapeShift and Uniswap are not competitors

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