Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency

Laura Shin - Business Journalist Covering Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, ; Forbes Contributor

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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 ...Show More
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Unconfirmed: Caitlin Long on How 'Utility Tokens' Are Now Legal In Wyoming

24:03 | Mar 16th, 2018

Wyoming now has five blockchain-specific laws. Caitlin Long, cofounder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, describes what these laws are, what they mean, and how our least populous state became a crypto leader. The former chairman and president of S...Show More
Crypto 101: Everything You Need To Know About Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchains, ICOs, And More

58:45 | Dec 26th, 2017

In this special bonus episode, Laura cover all your basic questions about crypto. What is Bitcoin? What is Ethereum? What is a blockchain? Share this episode with friends, family and anyone who is new to the crypto space and wants to understand what ...Show More
How to Keep Your Crypto From Being Stolen Via Your Phone - Ep.128

1:01:29 | Jul 16th

Rich Sanders, cofounder and chief security officer of CipherBlade, and Harry Denley, director of security of, discuss the phone porting phenomenon: who's behind these thefts, how they perpetrate them, who is targeted, how to recognize th...Show More
How the Caribbean Got on the Road to Central Bank Digital Currencies - Ep.127

1:13:25 | Jul 9th

Gabriel Abed, founder of and Vice President of the board of directors, describes how he went from mining Bitcoin to persuading governors of central banks to not quash Bitt's goal to create central bank digital currencies in the Caribbean and...Show More
How Asia's Trading Culture Results in a Vastly Different Crypto Scene - Ep.126

1:04:18 | Jul 2nd

Luis Buenaventura, founder of Bloom Solutions, and Leo Weese, president of Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, discuss the crypto scene in Asia — how it differs from that of the West, and how it differs within the region. We also cover the regulatory c...Show More
Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation on the 3 Reasons Bitcoin Matters - Ep.125

1:14:47 | Jun 25th

In recent years, the Human Rights Foundation and Alex Gladstein, its chief strategy officer, have become forces in the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency community. In this episode, he discusses why Bitcoin is important for human rights, its three most impor...Show More
Not Sure a Cryptoeconomic System Will Work? Gauntlet Can Help - Ep.124

1:13:23 | Jun 18th

Tarun Chitra, cofounder and CEO of Gauntlet, describes how his company enables crypto teams to run through simulations to see how their design choices will affect the project once it is trading. Using the cofounders' background in quantitative financ...Show More
Oslo Freedom Forum 2019: Protecting Financial Freedoms in the Digital Age - Ep.123

53:01 | Jun 11th

In this panel, recorded at the Oslo Freedom Forum 2019, I moderated what an attendee described as a "lively" discussion on the relationship between finances and freedom with Bitcoin author and educator Jimmy Song; Alena Vranova, Head of Strategy at C...Show More
Peter Smith, CEO of Blockchain, on Its Dark Pool, Crypto Lending Operation and Intention to Go Public - Ep.122

1:09:57 | Jun 4th

Peter Smith, the CEO of Blockchain, discusses how the company got started, why the company is focused on users owning their own private keys and how that is what enables all the most interesting applications of blockchain technology. He talks about t...Show More
Kin Sets Up $5 Million to Take on the SEC - Ep.121

1:11:07 | May 28th

Ted Livingston, CEO of Kik and the founder of the Kin Foundation, and Patrick Gibbs, partner at Cooley, announce the formation of the $5 million fund at Coinbase Custody to fight the SEC in court. Kik and Kin are hoping that a lawsui...Show More
How to Trade on Crypto Exchanges Without Fear of Hacks - Ep.120

1:07:47 | May 21st

Sharon Goldberg, CEO of Arwen and Boston University computer science professor, describes how the protocol enables people to trade on crypto exchanges without making their coins vulnerable to exchange hacks, how this differs from trading on a decentr...Show More
Parity's Jutta Steiner and Gavin Wood on Polkadot, Substrate and the Frozen Funds - Ep.119

1:11:25 | May 14th

Jutta Steiner, CEO of Parity, and Gavin Wood, who goes by the title "chief white space officer," describe the network Parity plans to launch later this year, Polkadot, how it aims to solve scalability, interoperability and security and when a develop...Show More
How Tagomi Makes Large Crypto Trades Cheaper and More Efficient - Ep.118

54:40 | May 7th

Jennifer Campbell and Kevin Johnson, cofounder and COO, respectively, of Tagomi, describe how Tagomi helps institutional players make larger crypto trades more efficiently and at the best price possible, plus analyze how that was executed. They contr...Show More
Want to Connect Blockchains? Cosmos Has Tools for Coders - Ep.117

1:04:01 | Apr 30th

Jae Kwon, founder and CEO of Tendermint and president of the Interchain Foundation, and Ethan Buchman, cofounder of Tendermint and Cosmos and technical director of the Interchain Foundation, discuss the various technologies that form the Cosmos/Tende...Show More
Charlie Lee on How Litecoin Can Be Truly Successful - Ep.116

1:05:40 | Apr 23rd

Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin and aka SatoshiLite, discusses how he came to launch Litecoin, how the "fair" launch may have helped its success, why he didn't work on it for a stretch, and what inspired him to devote all of his time to it — but...Show More
Why Beam Thinks Businesses Will Use Its Cryptocurrency - Ep.115

1:01:29 | Apr 16th

Alexander Zaidelson, the CEO of Beam, a cryptocurrency being built on the MimbleWimble protocol, talks about how he came to start Beam, how it differs from Grin, another cryptocurrency being built on MimbleWimble and what types of users the cryptocur...Show More
Grin: A More Private, Lighter Bitcoin - Ep.114

1:07:01 | Apr 9th

Daniel Lehnberg and Michael Cordner, core team members of Grin, discuss the first implementation of the MimbleWimble protocol, named after a tongue-tying curse in Harry Potter. We discuss the many ways in which Grin is similar to Bitcoin: its origin ...Show More
SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce on Why You Shouldn't Have to Be Rich to Get Rich - Ep.113

1:03:45 | Apr 2nd

In a fireside chat I moderated with SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce held by the Blockchain Digital Asset Forum, in conjunction with the NYU Stern Executive MBA program, on March 26, 2019, she explained where her reputation as 'Crypto Mom' comes from —...Show More
Vitalik Buterin on Whether or Not Ethereum Is 'Blowing It' - Ep.112

1:22:47 | Mar 26th

At the first Unchained Live, Vitalik explained why he thought it was "inevitable" Ethereum would lose some of its lead, when he would be upset if Ethereum were overtaken by a competitor, and whether the Ethereum 2.0 road map was too long. We also dis...Show More
MolochDAO: Could This Decentralized Autonomous Organization Help Ethereum Scale Faster? - Ep.111

1:03:38 | Mar 19th

Ameen Soleimani, CEO of Spankchain, comes on the show to discuss his latest effort to fund Ethereum development through the decentralized autonomous organization MolochDAO. He describes how it works, plus we cover competition in the smart contract sp...Show More
How Binance Could Become the First Decentralized Autonomous Corporation - Ep.110

1:02:22 | Mar 12th

Tushar Jain and Kyle Samani, managing partners of Multicoin Capital, discuss Binance, Binance Chain and BNB token, and why they believe Binance will become the first centralized company to successfully decentralize itself and migrate the value in its...Show More
Venue Announcement for Unchained Live

01:54 | Mar 10th

Get your tickets now for Unchained Live with Vitalik Buterin!   It will take place March 20th at 6pm at Columbia Journalism School in the Joseph D. Jamail Lecture H...Show More
How Melon Could Make Asset Management Easier - Ep.109

1:00:27 | Mar 5th

Mona El-Isa, the cofounder and CEO of Melonport, explains how Melon, the asset management protocol which recently launched on Ethereum, makes launching a fund easier and less expensive, plus gives investors even more transparency into the manager's d...Show More
How Blockchains Can Help Create Little Democracies Everywhere - Ep.108

1:11:44 | Feb 26th

Glen Weyl, a political economist and social technologist, the coauthor of Radical Markets and a principal researcher at Microsoft, and Santiago Siri, the founder of Democracy Earth, discuss how blockchains can be used to create borderless democracies...Show More
Unchained Live With Vitalik Buterin

01:06 | Feb 20th

In case you haven’t heard, I’m doing a live podcast recording with Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum. What is a live podcast recording? It's a podcast performed by me and the guest on a stage, in front of an audience.  Vitalik and I will be di...Show More
Why Future Perfect Ventures Did Not Invest in ICOs - Ep.107

1:04:09 | Feb 19th

Jalak Jobanputra, founder and managing partner of Future Perfect Ventures, talks about how, in 2014, her experience as an investment bank and VC, her global background, and her observation that new streams of data were becoming available led her to l...Show More
How Casa Makes It Harder for Someone to Steal Your Bitcoins - Ep.106

1:08:38 | Feb 12th

Jeremy Welch of personal key security system Casa describes the company's various services and products, including its $10,000-a-year premium service for HODLers of at least $500,000 worth of cryptocurrency and the Casa node. He explains how he came ...Show More
Rune Christensen of MakerDAO Part 2: How Dai Stayed at $1 While ETH Crashed From $1,400 to $85 - Ep.105

1:10:54 | Feb 5th

Rune Christensen, CEO and cofounder of MakerDAO, explains how multicollateral Dai will work, what happens if one type of collateral fails, and what happens when someone's collateralized debt position with multicollateral Dai needs to be liquidated. H...Show More
Rune Christensen of MakerDAO Part 1: How to Keep a Crypto-Collateralized Stablecoin Afloat - Ep.104

1:01:19 | Jan 29th

Rune Christensen, CEO and cofounder of MakerDAO, explains the intricacies of the MakerDAO system, which includes the stablecoin Dai, which is pegged to $1, backed by collateral, and whose governance is managed by holders of the MKR token. He describe...Show More
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss on Being the 'Fastest Tortoise in the Race' - Ep.103

1:06:42 | Jan 22nd

Gemini's Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who serve as chief executive and president, respectively, discuss their new ad campaign -- what they mean when they say crypto needs rules, why they agree in certain respects with some of their critics, and what...Show More
Asia Edition: Mining, a Crypto Yuan and the Two Main Reasons the Chinese Are Interested in Crypto - Ep.102

1:10:10 | Jan 15th

In this wide-ranging episode, Eric Meltzer and Dovey Wan of Primitive Ventures describe how Asia is weathering the crypto downturn: how have the low prices affected miners, how has this affected Bitmain's prospects for an IPO and how, despite a ban o...Show More
Ledger on How Consumers and Institutions Should Be Safeguarding Their Private Keys - Ep.101

1:03:00 | Jan 8th

Eric Larcheveque, cofounder and CEO of Ledger, and Demetrios Skalkotos, global head of Ledger Vault, describe the company's three main offerings: its hardware wallets, the new software-as-a-service product for institutions, and an Internet of Things ...Show More
100th Episode: Past Guests and Listeners Take Over the Show - Ep.100

1:18:35 | Jan 1st

To celebrate the 100th episode of Unchained, I talk a little about what this podcast means to me and thank everyone who's helped me with it. Then I let past guests and listeners take it away with their comments and predictions for 2019. Thank you to ...Show More
RERUN: Xapo's Wences Casares on How Bitcoin Makes a Fairer World - Ep.99

55:28 | Dec 25th, 2018

Growing up in Argentina, Wences Casares saw his family lose all their money three times due to actions by the government. The so-called "patient zero" of Bitcoin in Silicon Valley explains why he believes that experience predisposed him to seeing the...Show More
Mike Novogratz on Why Bitcoin, "a Big FU to the System," Needs Institutions - Ep.98

1:07:56 | Dec 18th, 2018

Mike Novogratz, founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital Holdings, describes the company's services and products, why it's launching a credit offering, and why he pivoted from his original intention to launch a crypto hedge fund and then pivoted again from ...Show More
How Crypto and Blockchain Technology Could Change Financial Services - Ep.97

45:03 | Dec 16th, 2018

This is a special episode of Unchained from the CME Global Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida. There, I spoke with Arthur Hayes, CoFounder and CEO of Bitmex, Dan O’Prey, chief marketing officer of Digital Asset, and Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder &...Show More
Coinbase's Listing Process: Why It's Adding Many More Coins and How It Decides - Ep.96

1:04:21 | Dec 11th, 2018

Coinbase has departed from its conservative roots and begun adding many more coins. Dan Romero, vice president of Coinbase, explains how its listing process works, how it tries to prevent insider trading, and why it's listed coins that had ICOs, even...Show More
Ari Paul on Why Bitcoin Is a Good Value Buy Today - Ep.95

1:05:37 | Dec 4th, 2018

Ari Paul, CIO of BlockTower Capital, explains why he likes how short-term trades concentrate risk in investment, why, "no matter what," he thinks Bitcoin is a good-value buy today, and how big university endowments investing in crypto now could event...Show More
How Donating Crypto Can Help You Save on Taxes - Ep.94

1:02:52 | Nov 27th, 2018

Connie Gallippi, the founder and executive director for BitGive, and Joe Waltman, the executive director of, discuss charitable giving in crypto -- what problems in philanthropy it solves, what level of transparency they can achieve an...Show More
Monero's Riccardo Spagni, aka Fluffypony, on How He Feels About Monero Being Used for Crime - Ep.93

1:01:52 | Nov 20th, 2018

Riccardo Spagni, the lead maintainer for Monero, describes the four pillars of Monero's privacy, makes the case for why it would still be valuable even if BItcoin were to adopt privacy, and explains the ways in which its privacy is stronger and weake...Show More
CoinFund's Jake Brukhman and Multicoin's Tushar Jain on Generalized Mining - Ep.92

1:07:31 | Nov 13th, 2018

Jake Brukhman of CoinFund and Tushar Jain of Multicoin Capital discuss a new trend among crypto funds: generalized mining, also called mining 2.0, in which investors participate in the networks in order to seed activity on them. For instance, an inve...Show More
Down 94% Since Winter, What Has Happened to ICOs? - Ep.91

1:06:50 | Nov 6th, 2018

After the ICO craze of 2017, such offerings have raised extremely little so far this fall, with total sales in October down 94% since February, according to Token Data. Why? And where to next? Andy Bromberg, president of CoinList, and Marco Santori, ...Show More
Reflections on the 10-Year Anniversary of the Bitcoin White Paper - Ep.90

1:13:03 | Oct 30th, 2018

For this episode on the eve of the Bitcoin white paper's 10-year anniversary, Nathaniel Popper and Paul Vigna, reporters who cover Bitcoin and crypto for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, respectively, and who have written books about i...Show More
Numerai's Richard Craib on How to Crowdsource Good Predictions - Ep.89

1:04:01 | Oct 23rd, 2018

While many companies like to use buzzwords like crypto, blockchain, AI and encryption, Numerai actually combines all these technologies in a novel way. Founder Richard Craib discusses how his hedge fund started off crowdsourcing good financial models...Show More
Listener Mail: Laura Answers Your Questions on the Markets, Velocity, Privacy and More! - Ep.88

1:09:26 | Oct 16th, 2018

This week, because I was busy with my TEDx talk and my book, I decided to do an episode in which I answer your questions. Thank you to everyone who submitted one, and I'm so sorry I didn't get to all your questions. In this episode, I talk about what...Show More
Barry Silbert on What Wall Street Says Privately About Crypto Vs. What It Says Publicly - Ep.87

1:05:28 | Oct 9th, 2018

Barry Silbert, founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group, which has invested in 130 crypto ventures worldwide, describes his company, its strategy for investing in the crypto space, and how his perspective on the development of the space has changed ...Show More
How dYdX Allows You to Take a Short Position in One Token - Ep.86

1:06:34 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Antonio Juliano, founder of dYdX, explains how this protocol for derivatives will enable you to take a short position in a single token, why they are starting with protocols shorting and margin lending and how these protocols work vs. how shorting an...Show More
The Oslo Freedom Forum in New York: Why Decentralization Matters - Ep.85

56:52 | Sep 28th, 2018

In this fascinating and compelling panel on Why Decentralization Matters at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York, I spoke with Alejandro Machado, a researcher at Zcash; Amber Baldet, founder and CEO of Clovyr, a decentralized software and developer too...Show More
How Binance Became the Most Popular Crypto Exchange in 5 Months - Ep.84

1:11:25 | Sep 25th, 2018

In this fast-paced and exhilarating conversation, Changpeng Zhao, aka "CZ," tells the pivotal business decisions that led users to flock to the brand-new Binance in the summer and fall of 2017, catapulting it from obscurity to become the world's most...Show More
Singularity University Global Summit: How Do We Get Consumer Adoption? - Ep.83

1:31:57 | Sep 21st, 2018

This is a recording of the full "blockchain block" of the Singularity University Global Summit in late August. It features a talk by me on the power of decentralization, Abra CEO Bill Barhydt on the evolution of Bitcoin, and Atlas Holdings Group CEO ...Show More
How You'll Earn Interest on Your Crypto With Compound - Ep.82

57:39 | Sep 18th, 2018

Robert Leshner, founder of Compound, describes how its protocol will enable people to earn interest on crypto assets, and why he thinks this will be crucial to crypto becoming mainstream. He also describes how the company is currently building an int...Show More
Tuur Demeester on Why He's a Bitcoin Maximalist and Bearish on Ethereum - Ep.81

59:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Founder and CEO of Adamant Capital Tuur Demeester explains what factors he considers when valuing crypto assets, why this has led him to become a Bitcoin maximalist, and why he doesn't think Ethereum can scale. We also discuss why he doesn't have muc...Show More
Nadav Hollander on How Dharma Could Create New Forms of Debt - Ep.80

57:07 | Sep 4th, 2018

Nadav, founder of Dharma protocol, explains how it enables the borrowing and lending of crypto assets, what would happen in the case of default, and why it would make sense to do it in a decentralized fashion rather than using one of the many fintech...Show More
Joey Krug on How Augur Is Like Any Other Tool - Ep.79

51:09 | Aug 28th, 2018

Joey Krug, cofounder of Augur and co-chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, talks about what Augur is and is not, why it’s difficult to create new financial markets today and whether or not Augur markets could curb fake news. He explains why th...Show More
Dfinity's Dominic Williams on How Its Blockchain Nervous System Is Not an AI - Ep.78

1:04:07 | Aug 21st, 2018

Dfinity's Dominic Williams talks about how Dfinity is an internet computer that can host our software and data, instead of it being held by centralized services. He describes the consensus algorithm, threshold relay, and why he believes Dfinity will ...Show More
Harbor and TrustToken on Why They Don't Mind Being Unsexy - Ep.77

58:47 | Aug 14th, 2018

Josh Stein, CEO of Harbor, and Danny An, cofounder and CEO of TrustToken, talk about security tokens and tokens backed by real-world assets, often called an unsexy area of crypto. They explain the strategies their teams are using to tackle the tokeni...Show More
Live From Distributed: Amber Baldet, Matthew Roszak and Lily Liu on 'Innovate or Reinvent?' - Ep.76

28:43 | Aug 8th, 2018

In July in San Francisco, I moderated a panel at "Distributed 2018: Unlocking the Global Power of Decentralized Business." The title of our discussion was "Innovate or Reinvent?" and the panelists were Amber Baldet, cofounder and CEO of Clovyr, Matt ...Show More
What Makes a CryptoKitty Worth $140,000? - Ep.75

1:03:37 | Aug 7th, 2018

Roham Gharegozlou, CEO of Dapper Labs, the company behind CryptoKitties, and Benny Giang, Dapper Labs’ head of Asia, describe how employees at venture studio AxiomZen came up with the idea for CryptoKitties, what problems it exposed in crypto (beyond...Show More
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson on the Sh*tcoin Waterfall - Ep.74

1:05:02 | Jul 31st, 2018

In this hilarious skeptics' episode, Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer of CoinShares, and Jill Carlson, an independent consultant, explain why they think crypto needs fewer moral arguments and more empirical evidence, and how there's too much f...Show More
Kathleen Breitman and Ryan Jesperson of Tezos on Why They Wouldn't Do Its Token Sale Differently - Ep.73

1:04:05 | Jul 24th, 2018

Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Dynamic Ledger Solutions, the company behind the Tezos protocol, and Ryan Jesperson, president of the foundation, discuss the Tezos initial coin offering, which was the largest ICO at the time of sale. Kathleen explains why ...Show More
How Widespread Is Money Laundering in Crypto? - Ep.72

1:00:38 | Jul 17th, 2018

Yaya Fanusie, director of analysis at the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Tom Robinson, chief data officer and cofounder of blockchain analytics firm Elliptic, discuss how common money launder...Show More
Circle's Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville on Why Crypto Will Be Bigger Than the Web - Ep.71

1:03:13 | Jul 10th, 2018

Jeremy Allaire, cofounder and CEO of Circle, and Sean Neville, cofounder and president, discuss why they think the internet of value will be even bigger than the internet of information and how all assets will be tokenized. They also talk about why t...Show More
Chris Dixon on How Trust Is the Best Lego Block - Ep.70

1:05:01 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Chris Dixon, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, talks about the new $300 million crypto fund he is leading with Kathryn Haun, the new general partner of Andreessen, and how a16z came to hire its first female GP. The long-time crypto entrepreneur also di...Show More
Jimmy Song on Why Bitcoin Will Be the Winning Cryptocurrency - Ep.69

1:04:58 | Jun 26th, 2018

In an episode of strong positions, Blockchain Capital  partner and Bitcoin educator Jimmy Song explains why private blockchains will never work, why smart contracts will never work, and why Bitcoin will be the one and only valuable cryptocurrency. He...Show More
Live From the World Economic Forum Industry Strategy Meeting: Breaking the Blockchain Hype - Ep.68

1:00:02 | Jun 20th, 2018

This is a live recording from a panel I moderated at the World Economic Forum Industry Strategy Meeting. The speakers included Shwetha Shetty Senior Director, Corporate Strategy Group, of SAP, Adam Ludwin, CEO of Chain, Brian Behlendorf, executive di...Show More
Why ASICs May Be Better Than GPUs Even if They Tend Toward Mining Centralization - Ep.67

1:00:21 | Jun 19th, 2018

David Vorick, CEO of Nebulous, which operates Siacoin and a new subsidiary, Obelisk, describes what he's discovered in his exploration of the mining industry, including why he's decided that specialized chips like ASICs are preferable to generalized ...Show More
Live From Consensus: What the Media Really Thinks About Crypto - Ep.66

1:00:21 | Jun 13th, 2018

This is a recording of a panel discussion I participated in with a couple other reporters and crypto PR people at Consensus. (It was at the same time as Jack's talk, so it's totally understandable if you missed it. Also, the room was freezing. I was ...Show More
Placeholder's Joel Monegro on the Fat Protocols Thesis Today - Ep.65

58:09 | Jun 12th, 2018

Joel Monegro, partner at crypto VC firm Placeholder Ventures, describes how well his seminal blog post, "Fat Protocols," is holding up, why he and his partner Chris Burniske opted to found a crypto VC firm as opposed to a hedge fund, and what main fa...Show More
From the Oslo Freedom Forum: Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State - Ep.64

1:24:37 | Jun 6th, 2018

This recording is of Blockchain vs. the Surveillance State, a series of talks and a panel from the Oslo Freedom Forum put on by the Human Rights Foundation. In this session, hear presentations from Ryan Shea of decentralized technology platform Block...Show More
Arthur Hayes of Bitmex on Why Countries Will Turn to Digital Cash - Ep.63

58:57 | Jun 5th, 2018

Arthur Hayes, CEO of Bitmex, describes how traders on his platform can make great gains but experience limited losses, how Asia's crypto markets differ from those in the U.S., and why he makes money whether or not crypto prices go up or down. He also...Show More
How Chainalysis Helps Solve Crimes: Jonathan Levin Tells All - Ep.62

1:00:06 | May 29th, 2018

Jonathan Levin, cofounder and chief operating officer for blockchain analytics company Chainalysis, describes how the company was born out of questions he had while a grad student, how they began mapping the Bitcoin blockchain to certain entities, an...Show More
Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken, on Drawing a Line With Regulators - Ep.61

56:23 | May 22nd, 2018

Jesse Powell, CEO of crypto asset exchange Kraken, explains why he publicly rejected then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's request for information from crypto exchanges, why he felt it was a publicity stunt and why Kraken, which stopped serving N...Show More
Live From Ethereal: Eep! How Should Ethereum Be Governed? - Ep.60

1:00:52 | May 20th, 2018

This recording of a panel I moderated at Ethereal with Ethereum researcher Vlad Zamfir and GovernX founder Nick Dodson covered the topic that it seems everyone in crypto is discussing these days: governance. We talk about how the community should dec...Show More
Aya Miyaguchi, of the Ethereum Foundation, on Who Makes the Final Call - Ep.59

57:18 | May 15th, 2018

The newly appointed head of the Ethereum Foundation, Aya Miyaguchi, talks about her background as a teacher, at Kraken, helping the Mt. Gox trustee unwind that mess, and the closed process by which she was plucked for her current role. She also descr...Show More
Ripple's XRP: Why Its Chances of Success Are Low - Ep.58

1:04:14 | May 8th, 2018

In this show, recorded without the participation of Ripple (explanation included in the show), Ryan Selkis, CEO and founder of Messari and Matt Leising, Bloomberg reporter, discuss Ripple's XRP, the third-largest coin by market cap. We go over whethe...Show More
How Institutional Investors Can Do Due Diligence in the Crypto Space - Ep.57

33:49 | May 6th, 2018

Here is the second special episode from the Time Summit, a Bridge Alternatives event, on how institutional investors can do operational due diligence. Suna Said, founder and CEO of family office Nima Capital, Eddie Duszlak of Texas Children's Hospita...Show More
What Will Make Institutional Players Comfortable Entering Crypto? - Ep.56

56:13 | May 5th, 2018

This talk is from a panel I led on infrastructure in the crypto space at the Time Summit, by Bridge Alternatives, featuring Kayvon Pirestani of director of institutional sales at GDAX, Tim McCourt, CME Group’s managing director and global head of equ...Show More
Multicoin on the 1 Thing Crypto Teams Miss in Their Quests for Success

1:00:27 | May 1st, 2018

Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain, cofounders of Multicoin Capital, dive deeply into their sometimes controversial and unpopular opinions on how the crypto revolution will play out. They describe why they don't think the technology that a team develops ear...Show More
Paul Walsh of MetaCert on How Not to Get Scammed Out of Your Crypto

1:04:19 | Apr 24th, 2018

Paul Walsh had long ago predicted that internet scams would migrate from email to private messaging platforms, but it wasn't until crypto mania took off that his thesis was proved right -- in a big way. In the summer of 2017, the founder and CEO of M...Show More
Trends in Crypto: Marco Santori, Michael Sonnenshein and Barbara Minuzzi on 2017 and What's Next

1:00:23 | Apr 22nd, 2018

In this live recording of a panel discussion at the CoinAlts Fund Symposium, Marco Santori, president and chief legal officer of Blockchain, managing director at Grayscale Investments, and Barbara Minuzzi, cofounder and managing partner of Ausum Vent...Show More
The Chamber of Digital Commerce's Perianne Boring and Amy Kim on Why U.S. Crypto Regulation Is Complicated and Confusing

59:21 | Apr 17th, 2018

If U.S. crypto regulation seems incredibly convoluted, this is the episode for you. Perianne Boring, the founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, and its global policy director and general counsel Amy Kim, discuss why U.S. regulation...Show More
Live From Inforum at the Commonwealth Club: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: The Basics, With Kathryn Haun

1:10:55 | Apr 15th, 2018

Through Inforum at the Commonwealth Club, I recently moderated a sold-out discussion on the basics of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. My guest was Kathryn Haun, a former federal prosecutor who is now teaching a class on cryptocurrency at th...Show More
Bitfury on the Ways It Collaborates With Governments and Why It's Partnered With a Public Company

1:02:12 | Apr 10th, 2018

Valery Vavilov and George Kikvadze of Bitcoin mining and blockchain software company Bitfury discuss why the firm has partnered with the publicly traded Hut 8, how it plans to branch out into mining other crypto assets, and how it chooses where to op...Show More
All Things Cryptoeconomics, Pt. 1, With Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of Polychain Capital

1:04:12 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In an intermittent series on cryptoeconomics, Olaf Carlson-Wee and Ryan Zurrer of crypto hedge fund Polychain Capital describe what cryptoeconomics is, what goals it typically helps networks accomplish and what behaviors token systems might someday i...Show More
Zcash's Zooko Wilcox on Why He Believes Privacy Coins Will Be Used More for Good Than Bad

1:00:28 | Mar 27th, 2018

Zooko Wilcox, the founder and CEO of the Zcash company, explains why he wanted to create the privacy coin Zcash, why he believes privacy is essential to decentralization, and how encryption is the way censorship-resistance can be created on a technic...Show More
Unconfirmed - Ep.008 - Arianna Simpson of Autonomous Partners on Privacy, Cryptokitties and Crypto Regulation

20:15 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Arianna Simpson, managing partner of investment firm Autonomous Partners, discusses this week's news that Cambridge Analytica had used data from Facebook to perhaps manipulate the 2016 election and whether that could create an opening for blockchain-...Show More
Mike Belshe on What BitGo's Kingdom Trust Acquisition Means for Crypto and How Security Will Develop in the Future

1:05:01 | Mar 20th, 2018

Mike Belshe, the founder and CEO of BitGo, talks about one of the biggest problems facing crypto today: security. We discuss some of the ways BitGo has resolved this issue, whether that still leads to single points of failure, and what the company's ...Show More
Live from SXSW: Michael Casey and Paul Vigna, Co-Authors of The Truth Machine, on Why the SEC Has Issued Subpoenas to ICOs

54:23 | Mar 18th, 2018

At the Founders Organization's Initial Taco Offering, an unofficial SXSW event, the co-authors of the recently released Truth Machine, talked about a wide range of regulatory issues from what the SEC subpoenas mean to whether or not the SEC is invest...Show More
SXSW Episode: Amber Baldet, Blockchain Program Lead at JPMorgan, on the Potential Clash Between Blockchains and the Right to Be Forgotten

22:06 | Mar 15th, 2018

Amber Baldet, JPMorgan Chase blockchain program lead, talks about what she was discussing at SXSW with Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf and what themes she heard at the Ethereum Community Conference in Paris. She talks about privacy in...Show More
Unconfirmed: SXSW Episode: Former DOJ Prosecutor Kathryn Haun on What the SEC Subpoenas and FinCen Letter Likely Mean

20:40 | Mar 14th, 2018

As a former government official, current board member of Coinbase and professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Kathryn Haun has a unique and varied view of the crypto space. She doesn't necessarily see the SEC subpoenas as a ...Show More
The Skeptics' Episode: Preston Byrne and Angela Walch on What the Industry and Regulators Get Wrong in Crypto

1:04:55 | Mar 13th, 2018

Preston Byrne, an independent consultant and English lawyer, and Angela Walch, an associate professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law who focuses on blockchain technology, both explain their criticisms of the crypto space, give grades to regul...Show More
Unconfirmed: Spencer Bogart on Bitcoin's Maturation and the SEC Overhang on Crypto

22:50 | Mar 9th, 2018

Spencer Bogart, partner at Blockchain Capital, discusses why he think Bitcoin's growing pains are a sign of success, how the SEC regulatory gloom could affect the development of crypto and how a liquidity crunch could affect crypto hedge funds. We al...Show More
Will Warren of 0x on Why Decentralized Exchanges Are the Future

1:01:12 | Mar 6th, 2018

Will Warren, cofounder of decentralized exchange protocol 0x, was working on building tokenized derivatives for Ethereum when he and his cofounder realized there would be no place to trade them. They ended up pivoting to create a decentralized exchan...Show More
Unconfirmed - Ep.003 - The Gender Imbalance in Crypto: Jalak Jobanputra on Why It's a Problem and Her Effort to Fix It

23:20 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Future Perfect Ventures' founder and managing partner Jalak Jobanputra and I discuss the New York Times article earlier this week about how few women there are in crypto. We discuss some of the surprising comments we saw from women in the space who w...Show More
Why It's so Hard to Keep Stablecoins Stable

1:03:25 | Feb 27th, 2018

Rune Christensen of MakerDAO and Philip Rosedale, founder of Second Life and High Fidelity, discuss why stablecoins are called crypto's holy grail, why they may be what's necessary for mainstream adoption, and all the ways a stablecoin can be constru...Show More
Introducing Unconfirmed - Brian Kelly on Token-Curated Registries, Robinhood Crypto Trading and the Petro - Ep.002

23:05 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Subscribe to my new show, Unconfirmed! Here's a sample: Brian Kelly of BKCM talks about token-curated registries, such as the proposal for Messari, by Ryan Selkis, formerly of Digital Currency Group and CoinDesk, and why such TCRs are probably a good...Show More
MyCrypto's Taylor Monahan on Why She's Not a Fan of ICOs

1:00:23 | Feb 20th, 2018

The cofounder of MyEtherWallet and CEO of newly launched MyCrypto walks us through the nuts and bolts of how MyCrypto works, how it differs from a company like Coinbase, why the keys you get from the site even enable to work offline -- and how the co...Show More
Unconfirmed's First Episode: Olaf Carlson-Wee of Polychain Capital on Governance

22:19 | Feb 18th, 2018

Check out the first episode of Unconfirmed, in which Olaf Carlson-Wee, CEO and founder of Polychain Capital, discusses why an issue facing the Ethereum community right now has him thinking about on-chain governance. If you enjoy the episode, subscrib...Show More
Go Check Out My New Podcast, Unconfirmed!

00:39 | Feb 16th, 2018

Unconfirmed: Insights and Analysis From the Top Minds in Crypto drops today! The first guest is Olaf Carlson-Wee, CEO and founder of crypto hedge fund Polychain Capital. We discuss the week's news and what is on Olaf's mind these days. It's available...Show More
Shapeshift's Erik Voorhees on How Crypto Will Separate Money and State

52:27 | Feb 13th, 2018

Erik Voorhees says the greatest scam perpetrated on mankind is currency debasement -- and that crypto will change all that. In this wide-ranging interview, the CEO of crypto-to-crypto exchange Shapeshift talks about how crypto will take away power fr...Show More
Xapo's Wences Casares on How Bitcoin Makes a Fairer World

53:36 | Feb 6th, 2018

Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us find more sponsors: Growing up in Argentina, Wences Casares saw his family lose all their money three times due to actions by the government. The s...Show More
The Tax Rules That Have Crypto Users Aghast

1:00:56 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Tax attorney Tyson Cross and CPA Jason Tyra discuss all things crypto and taxes, including what types of crypto transactions are taxable events, how you'll be taxed on hard forks -- relevant for those who owned Bitcoin last August 1! -- and whether y...Show More
Vitalik Buterin, Creator Of Ethereum, On The Big Guy Vs. The Little Guy

1:22:09 | Jan 9th, 2018

Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: The 23-year-old whiz dives into who blockchains will someday help, how we transition from Ethereum for digital cats to higher...Show More
How Crypto And Blockchain Technology Should Be Regulated

1:02:59 | Dec 12th, 2017

Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: Marco Santori, who leads the blockchain technology team at Cooley, and Joshua Ashley Klayman, who leads the blockchain and sm...Show More
Naval Ravikant On How Crypto Is Squeezing VCs, Hindering Regulators And Bringing Users Choice

1:12:22 | Nov 28th, 2017

Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: The executive chairman of AngelList and partner at crypto hedge fund MetaStable explains how blockchains are changing the ent...Show More
What Bitcoin's History Says About Its Future

55:34 | Nov 14th, 2017

Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: Days after the SegWit2x fork was called off, Nathaniel Popper, New York Times tech reporter and author of the book Digital Go...Show More
What Will Happen At The Time Of The Bitcoin Hard Fork?

1:06:21 | Oct 31st, 2017

As Bitcoin faces the biggest test in its nine-year history, two players on opposing sides -- Mike Belshe of BitGo and Bitcoin protocol developer Matt Corallo -- debate how the community got here and what the definition of Bitcoin is -- whether the wh...Show More
How To Value A Crypto Asset

1:01:44 | Oct 17th, 2017

Love Unchained? Please take this extremely brief survey to help us obtain more sponsors: Chris Burniske of Placeholder Ventures has recently come out with a new book, "Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investors' Guide ...Show More
How To Explain Cryptocurrencies And Blockchains To The Average Person

1:00:17 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Tired of having your friends and family say cryptocurrencies are a Ponzi scheme, nothing backs them, they're in a bubble and only criminals use them? In this episode, Amanda Gutterman, chief marketing officer of ConsenSys, and Jamie Smith, global chi...Show More
From Blockchains To Mooncakes: Two Chinese Crypto Founders On The ICO And Bitcoin Exchanges Ban

59:01 | Sep 19th, 2017

Da Hongfei of NEO and Patrick Dai of Qtum tell us just how crazy China's ICO craze was getting, with mooncake companies, celebs and Ponzi schemers all jumping on the blockchain train. They also explain what the reaction was to the ICO and bitcoin exc...Show More
Blockstack On Getting Independence From Google, Facebook And Amazon

56:35 | Sep 5th, 2017

Ryan Shea and Muneeb Ali, the cofounders of Blockstack, on how their tools enable users to control their own data, why the internet should have universal usernames but no company should control that, and why Blockstack’s storage system still allows u...Show More
The High-Speed World Of ICOs: Smith and Crown Discuss Cryptoeconomics And The Future Of Tokens

59:18 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Brian Lio, CEO of cryptofinance research site Smith and Crown, and head of research Matt Chwierut discuss how they do their research, how they decide which projects to cover in-depth rather than just list and when they provide advisory services for t...Show More
How Bitcoin Solved This Serial Entrepreneur's Problems

54:47 | Aug 8th, 2017

Afghan entrepreneur Roya Mahboob has launched numerous companies, but it was a blogging platform that presented her with the problem of how to pay her (mostly female) users, 99% of whom did not have bank accounts. And even if they did get paid, their...Show More
Why November Will Be The Real Test For Bitcoin

1:10:32 | Jul 25th, 2017

Bitcoin core developer Eric Lombrozo and OB1 CEO Brian Hoffman debate whether SegWit2x is the best path forward, discuss who supported it and why, and whether the potential for a hard fork harms the price. They also discuss what happens to the power ...Show More
Listener Qs: Laura On Ponzi Schemes, Bubbles, Greed And More

58:24 | Jul 11th, 2017

In this episode, coming one day after the release of my Forbes cover story online, I answer listener questions, starting with my background, the history of the podcast, whether or not I trade or invest in crypto, and what tokens I think have the stro...Show More
Why Digital Currency Group's Meltem Demirors Is Concerned About The ICO Craze

1:04:41 | Jun 13th, 2017

The DCG director of development talks about why she thinks identity will be the first tangible application of blockchain technology that consumers experience, why DCG supports Ethereum Classic as an investment vehicle and yet still supports Ethereum ...Show More
'Bitcoin Oracle' Vinny Lingham On Why Bitcoin Is Overpriced

1:01:37 | May 30th, 2017

The Civic CEO and cofounder explains how his upbringing in South Africa and his experience at former company Gyft led him to launch a startup focused on identity. It was also at Gyft that he realized how enthusiastic the bitcoin and cryptocurrency cr...Show More
ICOs: Why People Are Investing In This $380 Million Phenomenon

58:13 | May 16th, 2017

Developers of new cryptocurrencies are raising gobs of money with little more than a white paper. Though real advances are likely to emerge from the trend, the bubble could get worse before it gets better. William Mougayar, organizer of the upcoming ...Show More
IBM's Jerry Cuomo On Everything From Blockchain Security To Hyperledger To The Internet Of Things

54:34 | May 2nd, 2017

Jerry Cuomo has been at IBM his whole career and says that the emergence of blockchain technology is the second time in his career he has seen a breakthrough that will affect the lives of everyday people. IBM's VP of blockchain technologies talks abo...Show More
This VC Is Sure Venture Capital Is About To Be Disrupted

58:18 | Apr 18th, 2017

Blockchain Capital's recent BCAP token offering is a harbinger of things to come in venture capital and private equity, says the firm's managing director Brock Pierce. And Stan Misohnik, the CEO and cofounder of a new investment bank focused on crypt...Show More
Why Bitcoin May Split In Two And How To Prevent It

58:59 | Apr 4th, 2017

The bitcoin community is mired in a civil war. In this episode of the Unchained podcast, supporters of opposing sides -- former Bitcoin Core developer Jeff Garzik and Litecoin creator Charlie Lee -- explain why nuclear options are on the table. The d...Show More
Bobby Lee, CEO Of BTCC, On Why The Chinese Probably Aren't Using Bitcoin To Evade Capital Controls

53:49 | Mar 21st, 2017

Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCC, one of the world's longest-running cryptocurrency exchanges, talks about whether Chinese people are using bitcoin to evade capital controls, how bitcoin trading in China has changed since a government crackdown in early Januar...Show More
Why The First Employee Of Coinbase Launched A Hedge Fund

56:08 | Mar 7th, 2017

Olaf Carlson-Wee is the founder of Polychain Capital, a hedge fund that has invested $15 million into digital assets and has gotten backing from storied venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures. In this episode, Carlson-Wee...Show More
Why Nasdaq Is Even More Optimistic About Blockchain Than It Was 3 Years Ago

48:41 | Feb 21st, 2017

Fredrik Voss, Nasdaq's head of blockchain initiatives, discusses what the company has accomplished with the technology and how his firm evaluates whether potential projects could benefit from a blockchain solution. He also reveals what is likely to r...Show More
With Deadline Looming, Will The SEC Approve A Bitcoin ETF?

55:47 | Feb 7th, 2017

The SEC will make a decision on a proposed bitcoin ETF by March 11. Will it approve? An optimist and pessimist weigh in, touching upon bitcoin’s liquidity, the impact recent events in China have had on its trading, as well as proposals for bitcoin ET...Show More
Is The IRS Justified In Demanding Information On Millions Of Bitcoin Users?

50:21 | Jan 24th, 2017

The IRS found three entities using bitcoin to evade taxes and has now demanded the records of millions of users at Coinbase, the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange. An accountant and an attorney specializing in cryptocurrency discuss whether the IR...Show More
What Is One Of The World's Largest Derivatives Exchanges Doing With Bitcoin?

44:04 | Jan 10th, 2017

CME Group handles three billion contracts worth about $1 quadrillion annually. So why is it making a foray into bitcoin, whose market capitalization is a mere $16 billion? Sandra Ro, CME's head of digitization, explains its first cryptocurrency produ...Show More
Federal Prosecutor Kathryn Haun On How Criminals Use Bitcoin -- And How She Catches Them

44:00 | Nov 1st, 2016

Kathryn Haun put away the DEA and Secret Service agents who tried to make off with more than $800,000 in stolen bitcoin while investigating the darknet Silk Road marketplace. She talks about how the blockchain technology underlying Bitcoin made it po...Show More
How Coin Center Is Helping Define The 'Big Fuzzy Gray Area' Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Law

48:59 | Oct 18th, 2016

As blockchains and cryptocurrencies evolve, there are times when the technology outpaces the law. That's when Coin Center steps in. The non-profit, which represents the technology, not the industry, and aims for regulators to keep a mostly hands-off ...Show More
What Does Cornell’s Emin Gun Sirer See As The Main Security Threats In Cryptocurrency? ‘Everything’

56:15 | Oct 4th, 2016

Cornell University computer science professor Emin Gun Sirer, an influential figure in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, describes his ideas for improving security in the space, his skepticism about how to scale these networks, and how the las...Show More
Why A Wall Street Journal Currency Reporter Didn't Understand Money Until He Learned About Bitcoin

55:26 | Sep 20th, 2016

Michael Casey, senior advisor at MIT's Media Lab and author of the Age of Cryptocurrency, spent 18 years at the Wall Street Journal -- a good portion of that covering currency markets. But he says it wasn't until he learned about Bitcoin that he real...Show More
Why Tyler And Cameron Winklevoss Fell In Love With Bitcoin

52:48 | Sep 6th, 2016

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, CEO and President, respectively, of cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, talk about the importance of regulation in a sector once associated in popular culture with illicit activity. The twin brothers, who were the first to f...Show More
Blockchain 101 With Andreas Antonopoulos: How Bitcoin Makes Each Of Us As Powerful As A Bank

51:39 | Aug 23rd, 2016

“Shifting from a perspective of 'only humans control money' to 'machines and software control money' is really radical and it changes a lot of things,” says the popular blockchain and Bitcoin author and speaker Andreas Antonopoulos. Antonopoulos disc...Show More
How The Blockchain Alliance Helps Law Enforcement With Bitcoin Crime And Developments Like The DAO

44:25 | Aug 9th, 2016

Jason Weinstein and Alan Cohn, partner and of counsel, respectively at law firm Steptoe and Johnson, discuss their work with the Blockchain Alliance, a coalition of both blockchain and cryptocurrency companies as well as law enforcement agencies incl...Show More
Chain's Adam Ludwin On Who Is Best Poised To Benefit From Blockchain Technology

51:19 | Jul 26th, 2016

As blockchain technology remakes financial services, some companies will be better positioned than others, says Adam Ludwin, CEO of Chain, which has partnered with incumbents like Visa, Citi and Nasdaq. Ludwin describes which types of firms will emer...Show More
Want to Diversify Your Portfolio? Try Bitcoin, Say ARK's Chris Burniske And Coinbase's Adam White

45:11 | Jul 12th, 2016

Invest in oil and gold? In this episode, the co-authors of a compelling white paper explain the four reasons why they believe you may soon be investing in digital oil and digital gold instead. Find out why their analysis prompted Burniske to say of b...Show More
MaiTai Global's Bill Tai On Why Blockchain Is The 6th Wave Of Technology

47:39 | Jun 28th, 2016

Bill Tai, a venture capitalist who got his start as a computer chip designer in the 1980s, places blockchain in the context of the broader technological revolution of the last three decades. He also reveals how Bitfury, a company in which he's an inv...Show More
Bloq's Matt Roszak on Necker Island: Connecting Multiple Blockchains, China and Tech Cooperatives

50:44 | Jun 14th, 2016

Matt Roszak, a venture capitalist for 20 years, discusses how his new company Bloq, cofounded with former Bitcoin core developer Jeff Garzik (from talks they began on Necker Island last year), serves enterprise clients and envisions a multi-chain fut...Show More
BitPesa's Elizabeth Rossiello on Necker Island

46:43 | Jun 14th, 2016

Elizabeth Rossiello talks about how she went from being a credit ratings analyst for microfinance investors to heading up an "international mobile money" company for sub-Saharan Africa that uses Bitcoin's rails. Along the way she reveals how convolut...Show More