#42 How Maker Became Ethereum's Biggest Project - Rune Christensen (Founder, MakerDao)
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More than $240M worth of ETH are locked up in MakerDao's smart contracts, making it the largest project on Ethereum in terms of value locked up (beyond direct speculation). Founder Rune Christensen joins us on this special episode. We touch on:

  • The origins of Dai and its adoption so far
  • How will Maker scale?
  • Maker's stabilization mechanism and governance
  • How would Maker bootstrap a new synthesized asset?

Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi)

Not finance advice. Spartan Capital and/or Jason may or may not have positions in assets discussed on the show. 

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Intro music by Phortissimo.

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 Spartan Group and its clients may hold positions in assets described in the episode. Detailed disclaimers available at jasonchoi.me and spartangroup.io/disclaimer

The Delphi Podcast
The Delphi Podcast
Tom Shaughnessy
Steve Lee: From Traditional Finance Into Crypto, NFTs, and Beyond — Metaverse Musings 07
Host Piers Kicks sits down for Episode 07 of Metaverse Musings with Steve Lee, who is the Head of Asia and an Investment Director at BlockTower—one of the older funds on the block. With roots in traditional finance after a long international investment banking career, Steve now bridges the East/West corridor for BlockTower across a variety of areas. Most recently, the firm has announced plans to triple down on their NFT investment thesis and expects to allocate significantly more capital to the theme in the near future. Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as a video interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Join today to get our interviews, first. - Resources: * Guest’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/xxstevelee * Piers' Twitter: https://twitter.com/pierskicks * BlockTower’s Website: https://www.blocktower.com/ * Delphi Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/PodcastDelphi More * Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://tinyurl.com/ycvsp75h * Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/ * Kubera lets you monitor your crypto and traditional portfolios in a single place. Think Coinbase and Fidelity on the same dashboard. All major banks, brokerages, crypto exchanges and wallets supported. https://www.kubera.com/ 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 Delphi 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.
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The Scoop
The Scoop
The Block
LMAX's CEO breaks down the real impact of the U.K. crypto derivatives ban
The ban will take effect in January of next year, affecting crypto brokers, investment platforms, financial advisers and, of course, derivatives exchanges. But, David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Group, said what the ban really does is effectively halve the leverage. The FCA had already limited leverage to retail customers to two to one, now it's one to one.   "You've banned derivatives, but actually you've just halved leverage. It's one to one rather than two to one. That's all that's really happened," said Mercer. "What they're saying to everyone, you can own crypto assets you just can't own it on leverage. " Still, Mercer said there is a duty in capital markets to protect retail investors and firms have a duty of care. LMAX Group is a regulated broker in the U.K. trading mostly spot, but clients still pass suitability tests indicating their understanding of the product. Working with regulators, even when you disagree with them — and Mercer said he does disagree with the ban — is key. Mercer laid out why he thinks the FCA took such an aggressive approach on this issue as well as its implications on this episode of The Scoop. He also touched on: Why normal corporate firms are beginning to set aside part of their balance sheets to bitcoin, and why Mercer says it's inevitable that bigger traditional funds begin allocating portions of their portfolio to bitcoin How the market responded to regulator cases against Bitmex  The implications of the FCA ban and how the regulator's influence might change by ignoring crypto stakeholders Why he thinks a significant bank will move into the marketplace in 2021 and what that will do for crypto.
45 min
Zero Knowledge
Zero Knowledge
Fredrik Harrysson, Anna Rose
Episode 152: Blockchain analytics with Alex Svanevik from Nansen
In this week’s episode, guest host Tarun Chitra (https://twitter.com/tarunchitra) and Anna chat with Alex Svanevik (https://twitter.com/asvanevik?lang=en), CEO & cofounder of Nansen (https://nansen.ai). They cover crypto analytics, DeFi analytics as well as discuss the push and pull between a need for privacy and the need for blockchain transparency and data. Topics include: can DeFi and Privacy co-exist, how being aware of blockchain analytics could help people improve their opsec, the role of reputation in these systems, and, finally, how analytics in public blockchains may used as a novel marketing tactic (eg. when someone purposefully makes a big buy, knowing sophisticated traders are following their every move using these analytics tools and will see this as a signal to buy as well). Thanks to this week’s sponsor Aleo (https://aleo.org/) Aleo is the first platform for fully private applications. It uses blockchain and zero-knowledge cryptography to deliver a web experience that is both personal and private. With Aleo, developers can write private applications, without a background in blockchains or expertise in cryptography. Aleo has released Developer Preview I (https://developer.aleo.org/aleo/getting_started/overview/), an early peek at what the future of the web will look like. The release introduces a new programming language called Leo, a new community-driven package manager for Leo, and a new development environment or IDE called Aleo Studio (https://aleo.studio/). We recently had Howard Wu, a co-founder of Aleo, on the show for an interview - you can find that episode here (https://www.zeroknowledge.fm/144). Learn more about Aleo at https://aleo.org/ Thanks again Aleo! 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
1 hr 4 min
Bankless
Bankless
Bankless
ROLLUP: 3rd Week of October
🚀 SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER: http://bankless.substack.com/ ✊ STARTING GUIDE BANKLESS: https://bit.ly/37Q17uI ❤️ JOIN PRIVATE DISCORD: https://bit.ly/2UVI10O 🎙️ SUBSCRIBE TO PODCAST: http://podcast.banklesshq.com/ 👕 BUY BANKLESS TEE: https://merch.banklesshq.com/ ----- GO BANKLESS WITH THESE SPONSOR TOOLS: 🌐 UNSTOPPABLE DOMAINS - HUMAN READABLE ETHEREUM & CRYPTO ADDRESSES https://bankless.cc/unstoppable 🌈 ZAPPER - ULTIMATE HUB FOR DEFI - ZAP INTO DEFI http://bankless.cc/zapper 💳 MONOLITH - GET THE HOLY GRAIL OF BANKLESS VISA CARDS https://bankless.cc/monolith 🤖YEARN - YIELD-SEEKING MONEY ROBOT THAT FARMS DEFI FOR YOU http://bankless.cc/yearn ------ ROLLUP: 3rd Week of October Welcome to Weekly Rollups, where David and Ryan package up a whole week's worth of news into a bite-sized bit of data, for easy inclusion into your brain! Weekly Rollups: 5 TOPICS, 5 MINUTES EACH PRICES AND MARKETS - BTC - ETH Price - TVL in DeFi - ETH unique address ATH https://twitter.com/santimentfeed/status/1317165165234835456?s=20 - Ethereum to settle $1T in 2020 https://twitter.com/MessariCrypto/status/1318985292347543552 WHAT GOT RELEASED? - PayPal adopts crypto _____ ⚠️ walled garden! Not yet crypto! https://www.reuters.com/article/paypal-cryptocurrency/update-1-paypal-to-open-up-network-to-cryptocurrencies-idUSL1N2HC0PL Barn Bridge https://defirate.com/barnbridge-seed-round/ - Separates risk into tranches - Smooths out yields across protocols Yield Protocol https://medium.com/yield-protocol/yield-protocol-is-live-e6e8ebf2537b - Fixed-rate, fixed-term borrowing and lending, with market-determined interest rates. CirclesUBI https://decrypt.co/45419/universal-basic-income-app-launches-gives-users-free-crypto - Decentralized Identity - Regular issuance + airdrop token MetaMask Swaps https://medium.com/metamask/introducing-metamask-swaps-84318c643785 - Swap assets inside MetaMask - Aggregator of aggregators WHAT'S IN THE NEWS? Fincen going after BTC mixing service https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/81667/fincen-mixing-service-helix-fine-bitcoin Central Bank Digital Currencies are getting hype https://twitter.com/RaoulGMI/status/1317836119149580288?s=20 Shielded Zvash Pool hit 600k ZE https://twitter.com/jswihart/status/1317192646062796801?s=20 Coinbase Report on who requests data from Coinbase https://blog.coinbase.com/transparency-at-coinbase-c8edf6dce4d6 Yearn Manifesto https://gov.yearn.finance/t/how-we-think-about-yearn/7137 Watches on the Blockchain! https://www.coindesk.com/breitling-arianee-all-new-watches-ethereum WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? David: The dominoes seems to be falling faster and faster Markets, Charts, news and releases all seem to align/resonate and this is one of those moments I’ve been more bullish BTC than normal, and more publicly bullish BTC than normal (much to Sassals dismay) but that doesn’t change the fact that when BTC moons, ETH usually Moons 2x. Ryan: Long-term I think Bitcoin is second place on market cap (preparing the way) - Bitcoin: -- 2nd place in transaction fees -- 2nd place in settlement value -- 2nd place in transaction volume - There’s not such thing as ALT: if you continue see the crypto world through the lens of "Bitcoin" and the "Alts" you're going to get left behind. It's 2020, not 2015. Today there are: - Crypto capital assets - Crypto commodities - Crypto monies The same asset superclasses as old finance. WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT? David: Deposit Contract Hype! 1 ETH value accrual pillar to 2 pillars Ryan: Projects launching directly on L2 https://twitter.com/RyanSAdams/status/1318299374556975104?s=20 - Honeyswap (on XDAI): https://www.xdaichain.com/about-xdai/project-spotlights/honeyswap - CircleUBI - POAP - minting directly on xDai then bridge to Etheruem ------ Don't stop at the video! Subscribe to the Bankless newsletter program http://bankless.substack.com/ Visit the official Bankless website for resources http://banklesshq.com/ Follow Bankless on Twitter https://twitter.com/BanklessHQ Follow Ryan on Twitter https://twitter.com/ryansadams Follow David on Twitter https://twitter.com/TrustlessState Follow DeFi Dad on Twitter https://twitter.com/DeFi_Dad ----- Not financial or tax advice. This channel is strictly educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any assets or to make any financial decisions. This video is not tax advice. Talk to your accountant. Do your own research. Disclosure. From time-to-time we may add links in this channel to products we use. We may receive commission if you make a purchase through one of these links. We'll always disclose when this is the case.
32 min
Unconfirmed
Unconfirmed
Laura Shin
Willy Woo on Why It's 'an Extremely Great Time to Buy Bitcoin' - Ep.148
Willy Woo, on-chain Bitcoin analyst and writer of “The Bitcoin Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, discusses how the Bitcoin markets have been changing amidst what may be a forthcoming ebbing of derivatives exchanges and a revival of the importance of spot exchanges. In this episode, he covers: * what the PayPal news means when there are currently only 23.4 million holders on chain, and only 101 million active unique accounts at centralized exchanges * why "old hands" in Bitcoin have been changing their behaviors recently, selling at bottoms, rather than tops * how derivatives exchanges have influenced Bitcoin price action * why price moves in Bitcoin are likely to be less volatile going forward * how he's detecting the purchase of Bitcoin off spot exchanges by whales and corporate treasuries * how these shifts are affecting crypto infrastructure players * how the price of Bitcoin moves for every dollar invested and what his projection is based on that * why, as the price of BTC rises, he's currently seeing HODLers holding tighter than ever * by when he believes we'll see sovereign wealth funds investing in Bitcoin * by when he says we'll see a $50,000 Bitcoin * why the Bitcoin NVT ratio indicates it's an "extremely great time to buy Bitcoin" * why he doesn't focus much on ether, how he thinks it will perform under Ethereum 2.0 and why things could change if Ethereum Improvement Proposal 1559 is implemented and transaction fees end up being burned Thank you to our sponsor! Crypto.com: http://crypto.com Episode links: Willy Woo: https://twitter.com/woonomic The Bitcoin Forecast: https://willywoo.substack.com His charts and models: http://charts.woobull.com PayPal news: https://www.reuters.com/article/paypal-cryptocurrency/update-1-paypal-to-open-up-network-to-cryptocurrencies-idUSL1N2HC0PL Willy's tweet about dormancy: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1318154088635224065 Willy on how coins on spot exchanges are dropping: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1313798080236380160?s=20 Willy on NVT ratio: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1315839269148086272 Willy on ETH: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1313099814041653248?s=20
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The Crypto Conversation
The Crypto Conversation
Brave New Coin
Bitcoin Bull Run - Targeting 20K by January
Josh Olszewicz is a professional crypto trader and analyst. In this episode Josh explains why he thinks a Bitcoin price target of $20K by January is reasonable. Plus Josh gives his views on DeFi, Monero, and announces his new crypto analysis YouTube channel for Brave New Coin. Guest: Josh Olszewicz Why you should listen: As we close out a volatile year, Bitcoin is looking extremely bullish. Josh says it is very possible that Bitcoin reaches a new all time high in the near future. “The way I look at it is to ask what is the rate of change in the current trend? That gives us a timeline for price expectation. This suggests that if the current rate of change continues we can expect that by January price should be somewhere around $18-$20k. Those numbers sound insane but as long as the trend remains intact, there aren’t many reasons to be bearish right now." Bitcoin has only a short history of the price being in five figures. The time it has spent above $12k is even shorter, just 61 days or so. To put this in context Josh says it’s important to note that “the biggest thing we're doing now is normalizing five digits versus four digits. In 2017 it was more of a parabolic rise, there were simply more buyers than sellers and price didn't really matter. When they aren't enough sellers to meet the demand the price just keeps going up. When you have a bull trend you have to let a runner run. If this goes to 20K people will feel euphoric, but it's just a number, it could go much higher.” Key takeaway: Josh has started a series of four new weekly videos for the Brave New Coin YouTube channel. Monday features Josh’s trading set-up for the week, Tuesday is trading tip Tuesday with a weekly trading tool breakdown, Wednesday is a DeFi roundup focusing on chart action for the leading DeFi tokens, and Thursday sees Josh look at the legacy charts such as equities and precious metals. Supporting links: Brave New Coin on YouTube Josh 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.
45 min
Unchained
Unchained
Laura Shin
How This DOJ Strike Force Hunts Down Cryptocurrency Criminals - Ep.195
Magistrate judge Zia Faruqui, and Jessi Brooks, assistant U.S. attorney in the national security section at the United States Attorney’s Office, have prosecuted several cryptocurrency-related cases, many of them amongst the most well-known. In this episode, they talk about: * how they came to be involved in the prosecution of so many cases involving cryptocurrency * the nature of civil forfeiture cases * the Al-Qassam Brigades case, which led to the largest ever seizure of a terrorist organization’s cryptocurrency accounts, and the terrorist organization’s use of dynamic addresses in an attempt to elude detection by authorities. * how Al Qaeda used Telegram to pursue cryptocurrency donations * the case involving ISIS and counterfeit PPE for COVID * the process of seizing funds from unhosted wallets * the North Korean affiliated Lazarus Group, and how they were able to amass $2580 million worth of cryptocurrency * the methods hackers will use to cash out stolen crypto funds to fiat * how different government agencies in the U.S., as well as in other countries, are coordinated when tackling these cases * the Welcome to Video case and how they went about prosecuting a person in a foreign country * how they’ve seen the use of cryptocurrencies by criminals evolve over time * and whether or not they think decentralized exchanges will make it easier for criminals and hackers to cash out Thank you to our sponsor! Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com Episode links: Jessi Brooks: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-brooks-8289ab32/ Zia’s Faruqui: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zia-faruqui-a73ba11a5/ Three terror-finance cybercrime cases: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/global-disruption-three-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns The Al-Qassam Brigades case: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/global-disruption-three-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns Scam PPE site: https://www.wired.com/story/isis-allegedly-ran-a-covid-19-ppe-scam-site/ Civil forfeiture complaint against North Korea-affiliated hackers, Lazarus Group: https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/united-states-files-complaint-forfeit-280-cryptocurrency-accounts-tied-hacks-two https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/press-release/file/1310411/download https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/lazarus-group-north-korea-doj-complaint-august-2020 Welcome to Video indictment: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/south-korean-national-and-hundreds-others-charged-worldwide-takedown-largest-darknet-child Dark Scandals: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2020/03/13/dark-deja-vu-irs-announces-charges-in-takedown-of-multi-million-dollar-child-exploitation-website-funded-by-bitcoin/#4a09b2ac28ae https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/press-release/file/1257581/download Jonathan Levin from Chainalysis on Unchained: https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-bitcoin-led-to-the-demise-of-the-largest-child-porn-site/
1 hr 4 min
Untold Stories
Untold Stories
Charlie Shrem | BlockWorks Group
How to Work Full Time in Crypto with Rob “Crypto Bobby” Paone, Founder of Proof of Talent
Rob “Crypto Bobby” Paone, Founder of Proof of Talent, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories. Rob and Charlie discuss Proof of Talent, bull markets, crypto talent pool, crypto jobs, digital securities, hiring potential, Bitcoin, centralized organizations, Microstrategies, corporate strategies, youtube growth, market research, and building a company in crypto. ––– 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. ––– 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
37 min
Bitcoin Magazine
Bitcoin Magazine
BTC Media
The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado - Headers First, Assume Valid and Assume UTXO - NADO 14
On this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss “Assume UTXO”, a proposal and project by Chaincode Labs alumni James O’Beirne. One of the biggest bottlenecks for scaling Bitcoin — if not the biggest one — is initial block download: the time it takes for a Bitcoin node to synchronize with the Bitcoin network, as it needs to process all historic transactions and blocks in order to construct the latest UTXO-set: the current state of bitcoin-ownership. Aaron and Sjors explain some of the ways sync-time has been sped up over time. First, sync-time was improved through “Headers First” synchronization, which ensures that new Bitcoin nodes don’t waste time validating (potentially) weaker blockchains. In recent years, sync-time has been improved with “Assume Valid”, an optional shortcut that lets nodes skip signature verification of older transactions, instead trusting that the Bitcoin Core development process in combination with the resource-expensive nature of mining offers a reliable version of transaction history. Finally, they explain how the security assumptions underpinning Assume Valid could be extended to allow for the potential future upgrade Assume UTXO to offer new Bitcoin Core users a speedy solution to get up to speed with the Bitcoin network, sacrificing a minimal amount of security during the initial bootstrapping phase. Helpful Links: Chaincode podcast about the same: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knBHvzKsIOY Pull request: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/issues/15605 Support the Show! Follow Bitcoin Magazine on Twitter @BitcoinMagazine Follow Aaron van Wirdum @AaronvanW Follow Sjors Provoost @provoost Music: Song Title: Segwit Sounds By: The NakamoTones Album: Citadel Music Produced by: Bitcoin Audio
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