Uncommon Core
Uncommon Core
Nov 13, 2020
#14: Interview with a (Degen)Spartan
Play • 38 min
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:
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DegenSpartan https://twitter.com/DegenSpartan
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Patrick McCorry (as DS): https://twitter.com/paddypisa
The Scoop
The Scoop
The Block
Pantera Capital CEO says institutional bitcoin adoption is changing the crypto narrative
Pantera Capital's CEO Dan Morehead says initial coin offerings (ICO) aren't dead, but the narrative is gearing towards a bitcoin and ethereum ruled world for investors. "Crypto as a market is so volatile that the narrative changes," said Morehead on this week's episode of The Scoop.  That narrative lately has been all about bitcoin's growing adoption. From Microstrategy to Stone Ridge Holdings — and maybe soon the city of Miami — big players are allocating millions into the cryptocurrency. But as the money flows towards bitcoin adoption, ICO's aren't over, according to Morehead. Pantera is still pitched one every two to four months, and the firm's initial coin offering (ICO) fund ended 2020 up more than 500%.  Still, that's a sharp decline from the 50 pitches a week Pantera sifted through in 2017, and its bitcoin fund closed 2020 up nearly 300%. The crypto narrative for investors is trending towards bitcoin amid institutional adoption, Morehead told The Scoop. "We’re really seeing an inflection point with more coming into the market over the last couple of months....I think the reality is they’re looking for managers that manage multi asset funds sometimes both tokens and venture and they ultimately want that all to be within a handful of managers," he said. Lately, he's getting calls from many endowments, putting the industry at an inflection point with so many entering the space. Driving the interest in bitcoin is the current macro backdrop as well as bitcoin's spring halving last year—which the firm said could play a role in bringing its price to $115,000.  He broke down what that means for the coming year on this week's episode, along with: Why the market is so focused on BTC and ETH this time around compared to the focus on initial coin offerings in 2017. What institutional investors want out of a bitcoin or crypto fund manager  Why Coinbase's initial public offering will kick off a wave of crypto companies going public. How the industry is going to consolidate in the coming years, and why many exchanges are in a prime position to get rolled up. Why Pantera is "much more bullish on Ethereum" than other parts of the space.
50 min
The Delphi Podcast
The Delphi Podcast
Tom Shaughnessy
Jess Sloss and Cooper Turley: Social Tokens Are Rearchitecting Community and Social Engagement
Chain Reaction Hosts Tom Shaughnessy and Piers Kicks host Jess Sloss, of Seed Club, and Cooper Turley, of Audius, to discuss social tokens and their must read 2020 social tokens post. Social tokens are a nascent and budding opportunity in crypto and frankly, there are limited sources of information right now. To combat that and unveil the opportunity we had on two experts to help educate the Delphi Community on social tokens and their importance. The four talk numbers, use cases, key launches, what’s ahead, the differences between social and DeFi tokens, and much more. 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 (1:27) – (First Question) – What was the impetus to write a Social Token year in review? (2:25) – The start of Social Tokens. (3:44) – What’s the most prominent Social Token that’s launched? (8:35) – The difference between a Social Token and a DeFi token. (12:40) – The difference between launching a Social Token and Yield Farming a DeFi Token. (15:42) – Using Social Tokens to reward people for automating tasks. (17:29) – Thoughts on Gaming. (19:45) – Thoughts about Social Tokens being used by the Traditional World. (23:07) – Social Tokens, a new emergent type of culture and brand. (26:28) – What was the biggest Social Token that you guys have aped into? (30:06) – Concerns about Human Risk. (32:54) – Thoughts about the Security around Social Tokens. (34:11) – Is there anyone specific who would be a good fit in Crypto to launch a Token? (36:08) – How to attribute value from other people to these tokens when a lot of the value is more qualitative than trackable metric-wise? (37:45) – Specific examples. (41:28) – Where Social Tokens fit in on a work level for Crypto people/ More Collaboration or More Competition. (43:00) – Thoughts about the Synergy of DeFIs, NFTs and Social Tokens. (46:10) – Jess / Seed Club. (47:18) – Cooper / Audius. Music Attribution: * Cosmos by From The Dust | https://soundcloud.com/ftdmusic * Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com * Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License * https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US Resources: * Jess’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/thattallguy * Cooper’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cooopahtroopa * Tom's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shaughnessy119 * Piers's Twitter: https://twitter.com/pierskicks * Delphi Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/PodcastDelphi More * Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Yy99ZlQIX9-PdG_xHj43Q * 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.
48 min
The Blockchain Debate Podcast
The Blockchain Debate Podcast
Richard Yan
Motion: Diem is a glorified Paypal (David Gerard vs. Bryce Weiner)
Guests: *David Gerard (**twitter.com/davidgerard**)* *Bryce Weiner (**twitter.com/bryceweiner**)* Host: *Richard Yan (**twitter.com/gentso09**) * Today’s motion is “Diem is a glorified PayPal.” Diem of course used to be called Libra. It’s a cryptocurrency floated by Facebook in 2019. It was a big deal back then. A global borderless currency for 2 billion install base is a game charger for commerce and remittances, and would have implications on capital control. There were some very high profile congressional hearings held on this matter with Facebook executives including Mark Zuckerberg. This also supposedly accelerated the adoption of CBDC by certain countries. So, what are the ambitious promises and regulatory constraints around Diem? What are the politicians’ biggest concerns on Diem? Will it end up getting reduced to a PayPal? How will Facebook make money from this? Our two guests will cover all of the above. If you’re into crypto and like to hear two sides of the story, be sure to also check out our previous episodes. We’ve featured some of the best known thinkers in the crypto space. If you would like to debate or want to nominate someone, please DM me at @blockdebate on Twitter. Please note that nothing in our podcast should be construed as financial advice. Source of select items discussed in the debate (and supplemental material): * Diem official page: Diem.com * Summary of Zuckerberg congressional testimony on Libra: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/23/zuckerberg-testimony/ * David Gerard's book on Diem "Atlas Shrugged: How Facebook tried to take over the money": https://davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/libra/ * Tao network: https://tao.network/ Guest bios: David Gerard is the author of two crypto books, “Libra Shrugged: How Facebook tried to take over the money” and "Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum and Smart Contracts." He is a no-coiner, and writes a popular no-coiner newsletter also named “Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain.” Bryce Weiner is a former Fortune 500 developer with over 20 years of software engineering experience, with nearly a decade in cryptocurrency development and monetization. He is the lead developer of the Tao smart contract network and the CEO of US-based exchange AltMarket.
58 min
Bankless
Bankless
Bankless
49 - Moon Math: The Bull Case for Cryptography | Justin Drake
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2 hr 22 min
The "What is Money?" Show
The "What is Money?" Show
Robert Breedlove
The Saylor Series | Episode 9 | Economics, Inflation, Interest Rates, and Natural Competition
Michael Saylor joins me to discuss anthropology, energy, and technology from first principles as we build the intellectual foundation necessary to truly grasp the historic significance of Bitcoin. 00:00:00​ - Episode Trailer 00:01:06​ - Swan Bitcoin 00:03:22​ - Robert’s Intro Economics 00:06:46​ Science of Infectious Disease, Sterilization, & Antibiotics 00:08:33​ Economics with Dirty Money Defective Money is Toxic 00:09:33​ Meditations on Toxicity as a threat to life 00:11:33​ Inflation Myths & Misconceptions 00:12:33​ Jedi Mind Tricks in Economics –“No Inflation Here” 00:13:33​ Early Retirement in your Consumer Basket 00:15:06​ Questioning Basic Premises of Economics 00:15:23​ “We can’t tell people what to think, but we can tell them what to think about” 00:15:33​ 30 year Bond calc – Mistake Inflation & Interest Rates 00:17:09​ Inflation Coefficients & Drivers 00:18:49​ Scarcity in Real Estate & Goods 00:19:59​ Agreement on bleeding George Washington to death 00:20:33​ Energy content in products, services, & assets 00:23:33​ Cherry Picking the Inflation Bucket for CPI 00:25:02​ Obscene Asset Inflation 00:26:33​ Scarce= High Energy Value 00:27:07​ Inflation is Theft, but most don’t realize this 00:28:26​ Inflation is Freezing to Death 00:31:00​ Real Yields vs. Asset Inflation Rates 00:31:52​ Storing Value in Equity & Debt 00:34:47​ Why do Stocks always go up? 00:37:27​ Big Tech vs. the entire Equity market 00:38:14​ Darwinian Competition 00:40:04​ Humility & Stoicism 00:41:54​ Challenges of Competing & Commercializing Acquisitions 00:43:52​ The Law of Decimation & Murphy’s Law 00:45:14​ Underestimating the cost of maintenance on assets 00:45:47​ Dangers of Youthful Ambition & Empire Building 00:47:33​ 10% tithe as a continuing theme 00:49:11​ Words don’t matter – Actions matter 00:49:31​ Paradox of Marcus Aurelius & Imperial Virtue 00:52:03​ Marcus Aurelius & the Crypto Keys to Empire 00:53:53​ There is always time to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory Natural Competition 00:54:50​ Darwinian Vitality & Antifragilty 00:55:29​ Terrifying Natural Beauty 00:56:11​ Everything is at its finest when tomorrow is uncertain. 00:56:23​ Ants at War on a Sunny Day 00:57:52​ Lions & Antelope on Television 00:59:18​ Dynamic Equilibrium & Ecosystem Health 01:00:53​ Paradox of the Engineer vs. Zookeeper 01:01:30​ Easter Island Ecosystem Collapse 01:02:10​ Free Market is Economic Expression of Darwinian Equilibrium 01:03:33​ - Robert's Outro 01:42:27​ - End -- See My Work: https://linktr.ee/breedlove22​ Contribute Bitcoin: 3D1gfxKZKMtfWaD1bkwiR6JsDzu6e9bZQ7 Stack sats: https://www.swanbitcoin.com/breedlove/​ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Breedlove22​
1 hr 43 min
Zero Knowledge
Zero Knowledge
Fredrik Harrysson, Anna Rose
Episode 164: The road to Skynet & beyond with David Vorick
This week, Anna and guest co-host James Prestwich (https://twitter.com/_prestwich) chat with David Vorick (https://twitter.com/DavidVorick) from Skynet Labs (https://siasky.net/) about the scope and goals of the Skynet project. They discuss the journey from earlier work on Sia & distributed data to Skynet, SkyDB, and their idea for Recursive Content Monetization - a new model to pay online creators and content owners. They also chat about the SkyFeed (https://github.com/redsolver/skyfeed) project - a decentralised Twitter like project. In this part of the conversation, they explore how the decentralised community could potentially remove the harm done by the social chat algorithms, but also the potential impact - and danger - that fully decentralised systems can have. Here are some helpful links: * https://siasky.net/ * https://sia.tech/ * https://support.siasky.net/article/nz6p6876e3-skynet-resources * https://blog.sia.tech/skydb-a-mutable-database-for-the-decentralized-web-7170beeaa985 * https://blog.sia.tech/skynet-the-future-of-nebulous-c9922eb53456 * https://joinmastodon.org/ Thanks to this week’s sponsor Aave (https://aave.com/).  Aave Protocol (https://aave.com/) is an open source and non-custodial protocol where users can earn interest on deposits and borrow assets  Aave Protocol also features access to innovative DeFi building blocks like Flash Loans. They are now introducing a new feature is Credit Delegation, where users can delegate their credit to another person who can borrow against it  For anyone thinking of contributing to the ecosystem, check out the Grants Program - here is the link: https://docs.aave.com/portal/   Also vIsit aave.com (https://aave.com/) or join the Aave Discord #developers channel https://aave.com/discord to find out more! 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
55 min
Unconfirmed
Unconfirmed
Laura Shin
Is Tether a Fraud? Its Bank Says It's Not - Ep.161
Gregory Pepin, deputy CEO of Deltec Bank and Trust, responds to allegations in a blog post by the pseudonymous Crypto Anonymous, that Tether is a "highly probably fraud." In this episode, he covers: * how Deltec accounts for its reserves, and why they didn't show up on Crypto Anonymous's blog post * where the dollars backing Tethers are held * how Tethers get created * where Tether Ltd. keeps its cash equivalents * why there's more demand for trading with USDT than with USD partially because of the arbitrage opportunity between East and West * how Tethers get created using Deltec * why USDT gets minted in very round numbers as opposed to very specific numbers that USDC is minted in * where the cash equivalents backing Tethers are held * what type of due diligence Deltec conducted when it took on Tether Ltd. as a customer * why the perception that Tether is unregulated compared to other stablecoins is false * what Deltec thinks about the New York Attorney General office's investigation in to Tether * why Deltec has a "large position in bitcoin" Thank you to our sponsor! Crypto.com: http://crypto.com Episode links: Gregory Pepin: https://twitter.com/dzrgreg Deltec Bank: https://www.deltecbank.com/?locale=en Crypto Anonymous’s Medium post: https://crypto-anonymous-2021.medium.com/the-bit-short-inside-cryptos-doomsday-machine-f8dcf78a64d3 Deltec having large position in bitcoin: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/91353/deltec-bitcoin-position-tether Original video in which Deltec mentions its “large position in bitcoin”: https://www.deltecbank.com/2021/01/14/a-covid-year-in-review/ Deltec banking Tether: https://www.coindesk.com/deltec-chairman-says-tether-letter-on-bank-relationship-is-authentic Tether not audited: https://www.coindesk.com/tether-review-claims-crypto-asset-fully-backed-theres-catch Tether says it is fully backed: https://www.coindesk.com/tether-says-its-stablecoin-is-fully-backed-again Tether current balances: https://wallet.tether.to/transparency?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=c035d054dd287020b16d6dbb4b70398ca7a99dcb-1611253376-0-AcOsT0Zqpd8Muzw5gnkSz6KKmTrN3WAssxGX8K-p_PkeZ2SUfW9EsAr-a2EkIojYzm5-3RA_1DHxpoK579d0YgtnxMYevlVRSS7RIAKh0sgk-ORzOZUDNgg_AvZjugdrxWVjTA9dCBf1hX4X83oU3-RTjQYn_qYukdRFJUq9a89BXyyDovL3bu4ohxSSVdworOR-cdxEiPURe4ZJrGIvuW3Ej2qJLJt3RDXfX6BfDANdpkVrU6O2KB4V0Or-HJjItS0uAu-L7KrTomXNv9anUv34_An8cH3VHYfB_OD-iyIvkgOh7RHd-Xafe-SJwPnUYg What Tether is backed by: https://wallet.tether.to/transparency?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=c035d054dd287020b16d6dbb4b70398ca7a99dcb-1611253376-0-AcOsT0Zqpd8Muzw5gnkSz6KKmTrN3WAssxGX8K-p_PkeZ2SUfW9EsAr-a2EkIojYzm5-3RA_1DHxpoK579d0YgtnxMYevlVRSS7RIAKh0sgk-ORzOZUDNgg_AvZjugdrxWVjTA9dCBf1hX4X83oU3-RTjQYn_qYukdRFJUq9a89BXyyDovL3bu4ohxSSVdworOR-cdxEiPURe4ZJrGIvuW3Ej2qJLJt3RDXfX6BfDANdpkVrU6O2KB4V0Or-HJjItS0uAu-L7KrTomXNv9anUv34_An8cH3VHYfB_OD-iyIvkgOh7RHd-Xafe-SJwPnUYg New York Attorney General’s office press release on investigation into iFinex: https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2019/attorney-general-james-announces-court-order-against-crypto-currency-company CoinDesk on NYAG investigation: https://www.coindesk.com/bitfinex-ny-prosecutors-tether-850-million-allege Link to the Crypto News Recap: https://unchainedpodcast.com/what-8-trillion-could-do-in-bitcoin/
36 min
The Wolf Of All Streets
The Wolf Of All Streets
Scott Melker | BlockWorks Group
The Race for a Bitcoin ETF with Steven McClurg, Co-Founder of Valkyrie Investments
Steven McClurg is leading the race towards mainstream adoption of Bitcoin and the acceptance of an ETF. According to Steven, once an ETF is approved, institutional players will finally have a chance to put their reserves, investments, cash, and balance sheets into Bitcoin. This episode contains everything you need to know about the race for an ETF and institutional adoption. Scott Melker and Steven McClurg further discuss esoteric money management, emerging markets, structured credits, close-knit mutual funds, asset-backed securities, Tesla as a proxy to oil trading, the GBTC premium, family offices, endowments, insurance companies, and pensions exploring Bitcoin, the degradation of the dollar, 500k Bitcoin and more. ––– MONEY ON CHAIN Money On Chain brings Bitcoin to mass adoption with solutions to meet the needs of different types of users: a fully bitcoin-collateralized stablecoin (DoC), a bitcoin on steroids (BPro), and a dizzying bitcoiner option for lovers of leveraged trading (BTCx). All this, without requiring the delivery of private keys. Money On Chain - Bringing bitcoin into the mainstream. Visit moneyonchain.com/wolf to learn more --- VOYAGER This episode is brought to you by Voyager, your new favorite crypto broker. Trade crypto fast and commission-free the easy way. Earn up to 9.5% interest on top coins with no lockups and no limits. Download the Voyager app and use code “SCOTT25” to get $25 in free Bitcoin when you create your account. --- If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe. This podcast is presented by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: https://www.blockworks.co
1 hr 1 min
Blockcrunch: For Global Crypto Investors | Investment Theses | Project Breakdowns  | Industry Trends
Blockcrunch: For Global Crypto Investors | Investment Theses | Project Breakdowns | Industry Trends
Jason Choi
Ponzi or Game Changer? Algorithmic Stablecoins Part II- Ben Simon, Mechanism Capital, Ep. 129
In Part 2 of our discussion about algorithmic stablecoins, we are joined once again by Mechanism Capital analyst Ben Simon(@benjaminsimon97) to break down: * Why some current algo stablecoins do not work * Projects in the vertical that Ben is bullish on * The investment opportunity for algo coins Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed. ------------- Sponsors ------------- CRYPTO.COM: Crypto.com serves 5M+ customers today, providing them with a powerful alternative to traditional financial services through their App, Visa Card, Exchange and DeFi offerings. The Crypto.com Visa Card gives you up to 8% cashback instantly, and 100% back on Spotify and Netflix. Get $25 worth of CRO when you download the Crypto.com App with code BLOCKCRUNCH and stake 5,000 CRO or more to reserve a metal card! BITTREX GLOBAL: You can now trade tokenized stocks like Google, Netflix, Amazon and Alibaba on Bittrex Global. Users can trade 24/7 globally, even purchase fractions of a share. Sign up now: https://global.bittrex.com/discover/tokenized-stocks. RADIX: Radix is the first layer-one protocol specifically built to serve DeFi. Decentralized finance applications are currently built on protocols that are not fit for purpose, leading to congestion, hacks and developer frustration. Radix changes this by introducing a scalable, secure-by-design, composable platform with a DeFi specific build environment to make it easy to build and launch scalable DeFi. Find out more at www.radixdlt.com ------------- Disclosures ------------- Musical credits: Underground Stars by Loxbeats https://spoti.fi/34tPBBO Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/underground-stars Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/vpJDMD2EzkA 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.
44 min
The Crypto Conversation
The Crypto Conversation
Brave New Coin
The Identity Dilemma - Selfkey is empowering individuals to take back ownership of their identity data
Edmund Lowell is the CEO of KYC-chain and the Selfkey network - a blockchain startup developing digital identity solutions that empower individuals to take back ownership of their identity data. Guest: Edmund Lowell Why you should listen: Everyone’s data is concentrated in the hands of a few large institutions. They store information about your browsing history, shopping habits, location data, bank statements, medical history, and more. With the growing threat of data breaches, and the loss of privacy - our information is increasingly at risk. One of the reasons for this is because rather than the individual controlling their data, it is instead tech companies and government databases that store data. This is at risk of being hacked and leaked. For example, last year hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger was data hacked. The data consisted of a list of one million email addresses, as well as a list of 272,000 individual customers, containing emails, phone numbers, and physical addresses. Those customers have since been targeted with phishing attempts by scammers sending fraudulent emails claiming that their "cryptocurrency assets are at risk", prompting them to download a fake version of Ledger Live that would then ask for the user's seed phrase. Key takeaway: Current identity systems have failed to deliver the most basic requirements for a successful identity system: security, privacy, ownership, access, protection, interoperability, or linked data portability to identity owners. SelfKey’s mission is to empower individuals to own, control, and manage their personal data; and to help businesses protect personal data entrusted to them by users, and stay compliant with privacy regulators. SelfKey envisions a safer world where individuals are freer because their personal data and privacy is protected and under their control. Supporting links: Selfkey Leverj 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.
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