Dispelling FUD: Questions about DeFi Favorites - Santiago R Santos (ParaFi Capital), Ep 115
50 min

Santiago Roel Santos (@santiagoroel), partner at ParaFi Capital, an active DeFi fund, joins us to answer your burning questions around popular DeFi projects:

  • Is Synthetix scalable?
  • Is Nexus Mutual incentives correctly designed?
  • Does Yearn Finance have key man risk?
  • Are food forks like Yam going to be around?

Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). If you enjoyed the show, consider tipping! This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed.

  • BTC: 3EFSLnPpme6Lo6DynN1bVV9owooueFvEmJ
  • ETH: 0xdec40AA30B9C562aB4b839529BfC290C1B5Da61E

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Transition track: "BHANGER" by Phortissimo. Used with permission

Outro track: "LEMMiNO - Infinity [Chill]" is released under a Creative Commons license (BY-SA) 4.0 Music provided by BreakingCopyright: https://youtu.be/uweorwa3q34

Disclaimer: Jason Choi is an investor at Spartan Capital, the hedge fund arm of The Spartan Group. All opinions expressed by Jason and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of The Spartan Group and any of its subsidiaries and personnel. This podcast is for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions. 

 

The Delphi Podcast
The Delphi Podcast
Tom Shaughnessy
Sunayna Tuteja from TD Ameritrade: The Next Wave of Bitcoin Investors
Macro Matters host Kevin Kelly sits down with Sunayna Tuteja, Head of Digital Assets & DLT at TD Ameritrade. In this conversation, Sunayna and Kevin discuss: * Consensus among traditional investors and sentiment towards Bitcoin and digital assets. * The growing demand among RIAs to understand Bitcoin and its potential role in a multi-asset portfolio context. * The rise of DeFi and digital assets as a kind of “Mayday” event. * The importance of explaining the “how to” when it comes to education as crypto starts to seep into mainstream conversation. Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as a video interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Our members also have access to full interview transcripts. Join today to get our interviews, first. - Show Notes (2:21) – TDA’s stance on Digital Assets (7:29) – The rise of Digital Assets and DeFi leading to the next Mayday event (13:23) – DeFi as a multidisciplinary ecosystem (15:20) – TD’s core client & the demographic of TD’s target audience (22:40) – TD’s Clients, struggles with Digital Assets Space concepts (27:47) – The growth in Bitcoin and digital asset interest among traditional investors (33:12) – The mainstream movement (39:09) – The biggest deterrents still holding investors back & the necessary tools still needed to accelerate widespread adoption (44:29) – Importance of education & what we in the crypto community can do to better inform traditional investors and RIAs of the opportunities and risks in this space (49:18) – Closing thoughts Resources: * Guest’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sunayna?s=20 * Guest’s Website: https://twitter.com/TDAmeritrade?s=20 * Kevin's Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevin_kelly_II * Delphi Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/PodcastDelphi More * Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://youtu.be/fubeSokngY8 * Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/ Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Lets Talk Bitcoin is a distribution partner for the Chain Reaction Podcast, and our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product or service. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed here.
51 min
Uncommon Core
Uncommon Core
Uncommon Core
#14: Interview with a Spartan
Today, I’m not only joined by a very special guest, but the format of this episode is highly unusual as well! I interviewed the man who goes by the name @DegenSpartan on Twitter and who is one of the biggest and most enigmatic Defi investors there is. I have wanted to have him on for a long time, but there was one problem: DegenSpartan, or DS in short, is fully pseudonymous and did not even want to have his voice known. So we looked for a solution and ended up doing a text interview instead. Then I got Patrick McCorry (@paddypisa on Twitter) to speak the part of DS in the final recording, while I spoke my own part. At this point, I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who reached out to us on Twitter and offered their help to make this episode a reality. I get that this isn’t your average podcast, and you can go and read the text interview instead if you want, but I think Paddy did a fantastic job and the final product came out great. Please enjoy! Discussed in this interview: DS: Degenerate or prudent investor? How he managed to recognize (and sell) the top in Defi His approach to investing Becoming Synthetix' patient zero Why he dislikes Maker, YFI, and governance tokens in general and more! Links: Subscribe to our mailing list for transcripts and other bonus content: https://uncommoncore.co/  DegenSpartan https://twitter.com/DegenSpartan Hasu https://twitter.com/hasufl  Patrick McCorry (as DS): https://twitter.com/paddypisa
38 min
Unconfirmed
Unconfirmed
Laura Shin
Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption With Jeremy Allaire and Meltem Demirors - Ep.153
This episode is a discussion from Stellar's Meridian conference, in which I moderated the panel, Crypto on Every Corner: Driving Adoption, featuring Jeremy Allaire, cofounder, chairman and CEO of Circle, and Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer at CoinShares. In this discussion, we cover: * what adoption means and looks like * why cryptocurrency is at a particularly interesting inflection point * how central bank digital currencies could affect that * how blockchains will recede into the background * how existing fintech payment apps will use blockchains and/or crypto * where on the road to adoption the industry currently is * the significance of Crypto Twitter as a marketing tool * what the crypto industry needs to do in the next year to grow the industry * why it would have been easier to start a bank than a crypto business * why the separation of money and state is one of the most interesting experiments in history * how we'll see new corporate-like organizations without any connections to any existing legal or financial systems driven by tokens * what their favorite crypto adoption success story is Thank you to our sponsors! Crypto.com: http://crypto.com Episode links: Jeremy Allaire: https://twitter.com/jerallaire Circle: https://www.circle.com/en/ Meltem Demirors: https://twitter.com/Melt_Dem Coinshares: https://coinshares.com PayPal offering crypto: https://techcrunch.com/2020/11/12/paypal-says-all-users-in-u-s-can-now-buy-hold-and-sell-cryptocurrencies/ Revolut offering crypto: https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/15/revolut-partners-with-paxos-to-bring-cryptocurrency-trading-to-the-us/
28 min
The Scoop
The Scoop
The Block
NYSE vice chairman: Talks are 'accelerating' with crypto firms that want to go public
Despite the uncertainty of the global economy in 2020, the New York Stock Exchange has had a strong year, helping companies raise more than $66 billion.  In many respects, it has been the year of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), according to vice chairman John Tuttle. This year, firms have raised billions through the acquisition-style mechanism. During this episode of The Scoop, Tuttle — who previously led NYSE's global listings business — explained why the fundraising method has taken the markets by storm and how they've evolved from a lackluster funding mechanism to a red-hot fad on Wall Street.  "Let's look back ten years or so, SPACs were a four letter word, they didn't have the best reputation, the sponsors didn't necessarily have the best interest in mind of investors in the market place," Tuttle said. He went on to explain: "And they largely fell out of favor. Several years ago you started seeing some rule changes around SPACs to address some of those challenges that SPACs had a decade or so ago and you started seeing higher qualities sponsors come into market.What do I mean by that? Folks that—whether it be the Goldman Sachs or the Gores Groups of the world. Folks that had very well-respected reputations in the marketplace both as financial partners but business partners as well too. You started seeing deals be larger in size. You started see well respected names launch SPACs and partner with SPACs and partner with SPACs, and that's what gave credibility to the product." Indeed, some crypto firms have been considering SPAC-centric strategies, including BlockFi and Ripple. There's also firms like Coinbase, which is said to be in the process of going public in the near-term, as previously reported by Reuters.  Tuttle says that the exchange group is talking with crypto firms about tapping into public markets.  "It has been a space that's been of interest for quite some time," he said. "We've had discussion with companies that have been thinking about accessing the public market, from that space, crypto blockchain digital assets." "Those conversations continue, they're accelerating," he added. "And I also think that digital assets, crypto are going to play somehow somewhere some way an important role in the market of the future." _________________________________ This episode was brought to you by Polkadot Decoded, the Polkadot community conference on December the 3rd. Don’t miss this opportunity to tap into the latest developments and discover what lies ahead in the Polkadot ecosystem, including Gavin Wood in conversation with Laura Shin and a panel moderated by The Defiant founder Camila Russo. . Save your spot today!
32 min
Bankless
Bankless
Bankless
41 - Crypto-Civilization | Balaji Srinivasan
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2 hr 8 min
The Crypto Conversation
The Crypto Conversation
Brave New Coin
Radical Transparency - How Nansen surfaces the signal on the Ethereum blockchain
Nansen is an analytics platform for the Ethereum blockchain. Nansen combines on-chain data with a massive database of millions of wallet addresses. Nansen helps crypto investors and product teams surface the signal from blockchain data. Guest: Alex Svanevik Why you should listen: Alex Svanevik and his co-founders have worked in the blockchain data space since 2017 and kept seeing the same problem. There was a need to get a better understanding of who the different participants were on a blockchain network. This challenge of trying to understand the different addresses on the Ethereum blockchain was unsolved. The Nansen team knew that knowledge about network participants would be valuable to crypto product builders and potential investors. Alex says “that was our big idea, to help those two customer profiles better understand Ethereum blockchain activity to inform their decision making. Crypto is information inefficient which means there are opportunities to be gained if you are able to gain an insight into blockchain activity.” Alex and his team have been tracking the deposits into the Ethereum 2.0 smart contract and he is excited by the potential of Ethereum 2.0. “I hope that people understand that the transition from Ethereum 1.0 to 2.0 is going to be a long and slow process but many of the challenges that Ethereum has faced will be addressed with 2.0.” Alex says DeFi has had a promising year in 2020 and it has a sustainable future, something that wasn't the case with ICOs. Despite the many smart contract exploits, Alex is not concerned and sees these as part of the evolutionary process and a result of early adopters experimenting and taking risks. “Everything is in an experimental learning phase at the moment that is fraught with risk,” he said. “Right now DeFi is complex and difficult to use. The future of DeFi will be a mix of centralized exchanges that integrate with DeFi protocols. This will improve the user experience and benefit all participants.” Key takeaway: Blockchains represent radical transparency. Investors are able to get real time direct access to what is happening in the markets, something that is not available in the traditional markets. This radical transparency has advantages and disadvantages. On the negative side, some entities would prefer to hide their movements, whether that be purchases, investments, or trades, so there is a lack of privacy to some degree. On the positive side, this transparency creates a higher degree of trust. If you send your money to a centralized exchange, once your assets arrive with them, it is harder to trust that they are safe. However, decentralized on-chain platforms such as Aaave and Compound are inherently transparent and the user can see their transactions and assets on-chain at all times. Supporting links: Nansen Alex on Twitter Andy on Twitter Brave New Coin on Twitter Brave New Coin If you enjoyed the show please subscribe to the Crypto Conversation and give us a 5-star rating and a positive review in whatever podcast app you are using.
54 min
Untold Stories
Untold Stories
Charlie Shrem | BlockWorks Group
Data Emancipation and The Permissionless Future with Filecoin's Pooja Shah
My guest today is Pooja Shah, Product Lead at Filecoin. Filecoin is a decentralized storage network that turns the world’s unused storage into an algorithmic market, creating a permanent, decentralized future for the web. Prior to joining Filecoin, Pooja worked at Palantir, the leading Big data analytics company for Governments and Intelligence agencies, and started her own company Dagny, a virtual reality platform focused on improving the users productivity. Our conversation touched a wide range of topics in data and crypto. The topics discussed included her time and what she learned at Palantir, VR and it’s roadblocks, Filecoin vs Torrent Platforms she explains how Filecoin is trying disrupt the data industry and what is and why data emancipation is important.  ––– Coingaming was formed when one Australian professional poker player, who knew first-hand the importance of fun, fast and fair gaming, met two Estonian tech whizzes who just so happened to be vanguards of Bitcoin. From there, Coingaming’s ecosystem of brands and products evolved, breathing new life into the gaming industry. Now with 400+ people, Coingaming is behind some of the world’s most innovative crypto gaming brands and is on a mission to further awareness of cryptocurrencies across the globe. ––– Permission Permission.io enables people to earn rewards for doing the same things online they do every day by empowering them to take back ownership of their personal data from Silicon Valley startups. People can now decide which brands and online retailers can target them with ads, and use the rewards earned for viewing them to pay for goods and services available online. Go to www.permission.io/charlie for a sign up bonus. ––– BITTREX GLOBAL DEFI TOKENS from BITTREX GLOBAL. Bittrex Global is offering all of Charlie's listeners the ability to trade DeFi tokens without paying trading or gas fees through the end of 2020. Bittrex Global is the safest and most secure place for you to trade DeFi tokens like Compound, Aave, Balancer and all of the rest of the top tokens. Please visit https://global.bittrex.com/discover/defi to get free trades and no gas fees now. ––– This podcast is powered by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworksgroup.io
47 min
Bitcoin Audible (previously the cryptoconomy)
Bitcoin Audible (previously the cryptoconomy)
Guy Swann
Read_466 - A Note on Bitcoin [James O'Beirne]
"And replacing gold is just the start. Bitcoin isn’t just a better gold; because of its programmability, it’s a platform that will host the future of money. It will disintermediate many core functions in finance." - James O'Beirne For those new to Bitcoin, this is a great, short introduction to why the next year could be a massive shift, and why we don't want friends and family to miss it, for not having heard from those in the space. Unsolicited financial advise is always uncomfortable, but saying nothing at all might be even more so. Check out James O'Beirne's excellent piece to friends & family... "A Note on Bitcoin" The original has many links to other works and content, services mentioned, charts showing the relationships, & lots of other useful info below: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vx8EMBrOE7hkXKeyQBiIyCKb7TOzn1AEUaxn4dfuU1I/ Other great content: Bitcoin For Safety: https://jameso.be/2019/08/24/bitcoin-is-for-this.html 7 Misconceptions of Bitcoin (by Lyn Alden): https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Read_462---7-Misconceptions-About-Bitcoin-Lyn-Alden-emdgou Inventing Bitcoin (book by Yan Pritzker): https://www.audible.com/pd/B087C59TS7/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWU-BK-ACX0-192596&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_192596_pd_us Chat with Michael Saylor: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/episodes/Chat-47---Magic-Gold-with-Michael-Saylor-ejrbld Thank you sponsors! Hexa Wallet - Mobile wallet, seedless, batching, custom fees, multiple accounts & more (guyswann.com/Hexa) BitBox - Minimal, user friendly, secure, Swiss made, open source, hardware wallet (guyswann.com/BitBox) The Cosmic Deep Dive Course! 21% off with code "guyswann"! This is not a sponsorship, just a great way to learn about Bitcoin from incredibly knowledgable people in this space. Other great wallets & Services that Guy uses: SwanBitcoin.com/guy - for buying & holding Bitcoin long term ($10 in BTC for FREE) Green Wallet (by Blockstream) - Another simple mobile wallet Breez Wallet - Lightning wallet for Android + iOS, cheap & instant transactions Sphinx Chat - Encrypted chat and streaming sats! Join the Bitcoin Audionauts Tribe! Cash App - Great place to buy Bitcoin easily on mobile Fold App - Great way to get % Bitcoin back on all the things you already buy! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/message
51 min
Unchained
Unchained
Laura Shin
What Fidelity Is Doing With the Bitcoin It's Mined - Ep.200
Christine Sandler, head of sales and marketing at Fidelity Digital Assets, talks about how 30 years in traditional finance and an early retirement led her to Coinbase, and, eventually, Fidelity Digital Assets. She discusses the history of Fidelity's involvement in crypto, how they became one of the first to enter the space, and what the future holds. Topics include: * what Fidelity Digital Assets is and Christine's role there * Christine's background in traditional finance, how she was drawn into the world of cryptocurrencies, eventually working at Coinbase, and how she found her way to Fidelity Digital Assets * the role Fidelity sees itself playing in the digital asset space * how the client base for digital assets has changed over time * how Fidelity approaches the difficulties around explaining what bitcoin and crypto is, and the most common questions they receive * how the pandemic has changed the conversation around digital currencies * the types of services and products Fidelity is considering for the future * the differences Fidelity sees in how international investors are approaching digital currency * Fidelity's plans for a Bitcoin index fund and whether they are considering offering futures * how financial institutions and institutional investors fit into a world of decentralized finance founded with the ethos of excluding them * the regulatory improvements Fidelity is hoping to see * what a Bitcoin ETF would mean for Fidelity * how Fidelity might use a central bank digital currency in its business * Fidelity's thoughts on offering proof of stake services * whether a more deflationary Ethereum might attract more institutional investors * and whether Fidelity will offer Ethereum in the future Thank you to our sponsor! Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com Episode links: Christine Sandler: https://twitter.com/shoegalnyc Fidelity Digital Assets: https://www.fidelitydigitalassets.com/overview Twitter: https://twitter.com/DigitalAssets Christine leaves Coinbase for FDAS: https://www.coindesk.com/fidelity-poaches-coinbase-institutional-sales-head-christine-sandler Fidelity Center for Applied Technology: https://fcatalyst.com/overview Fidelity Digital Assets looking to become prime broker: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/68920/fidelity-digital-assets-eyes-service-for-introducing-crypto-funds-to-big-investors How the client profile has changed: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/42342/the-client-profile-is-changing-fidelity-digital-assets-exec-says-new-players-are-entering-the-crypto-fold How to Explain Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains to the Average Person Unchained episode: https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-to-explain-cryptocurrencies-and-blockchains-to-the-average-person/ Fidelity expands crypto business to Europe: https://www.coindesk.com/fidelity-to-expand-institutional-crypto-business-to-europe Fidelity obtains New York Trust Charter: https://www.coindesk.com/fidelity-gets-a-new-york-trust-charter-to-custody-bitcoin-for-institutions Bitcoin Index Fund: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2020/08/26/fidelity-president-files-for-new-bitcoin-fund/?sh=13aa335445c9 Fidelity survey of 800 institutional investors: https://www.fidelitydigitalassets.com/bin-public/060_www_fidelity_com/documents/FDAS/institutional-investor-study.pdf FDAS hiring: https://www.fidelitydigitalassets.com/articles/engineering-hiring-initiative?ccmedia=owned&ccchannel=social&cccampaign=hiring_blog&cctactics=twitter Kingdom Trust: https://www.coindesk.com/fidelity-digital-assets-to-custody-bitcoin-in-kingdom-trust-retirement-accounts
53 min
Zero Knowledge
Zero Knowledge
Fredrik Harrysson, Anna Rose
Episode 157: Illia Polosukhin on the development and launch of NEAR protocol
This week, Anna catches up with Illia Polosukhin (https://twitter.com/ilblackdragon), CTO and co-founder of NEAR (https://near.ai/), to talk about what's new in the network since last year. They go deeper on some of the topics they discussed last time - such as sharded vs non-sharded blockchains and data availability as well as discuss the long and rocky road to launching a new PoS network, building a validator community and where we might see privacy and zkp tech in Near. Some episodes we reference in our chat. * Ep 91: Near Protocol's focus on UX (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/91) * Ep 135: Look into Solana (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/135) * Ep 156: Stateless Validation with Alin Tomescu (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/156) Thank you to this week’s sponsor Trail of Bits (https://www.trailofbits.com/). Trail of Bits has published this guide (https://github.com/crytic/building-secure-contracts) for building secure contracts with their Crytic (https://github.com/crytic) offering. Crytic is a SaaS-based GitHub application created by Trail of Bits that continuously assures your Ethereum smart contracts are safe and functional. It reports build status on every commit and runs a suite of security analyses so you get immediate security feedback. Check out this guide (https://github.com/crytic/building-secure-contracts) - which I have added to the show notes - for tips on how to build security into your dapps from the start and how to use the Trail of Bits suite of tools for automated vulnerability detection. Thank you once again Trail of Bits (https://www.trailofbits.com/) If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm -https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm Join us on Telegram -https://t.me/joinchat/B81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA Catch us on Youtube -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuMg Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit -https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant -https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2 Support us on the ZKPatreon -https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
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