GFC006: A peak behind the curtain (w/ Sebastian Moonjava)
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Host Ash Bennington is joined by Real Vision Associate Crypto Editor Sebastian Moonjava to discuss the origins of his cryptocurrency story and how it informs his view of the space today. From buying his first Bitcoin before exchanges existed, to how he moved beyond Bitcoin to embrace smart contracts, Ethereum, and more, they dive into the reasons Moonjava is 100% all-in on crypto. The pair also debate the existential questions that hackers and bugs in the technology pose for decentralization, and talk about his take on the current state of play in the DeFi space.

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The Scoop
The Scoop
The Block
Bloomberg's ETF whisperer says the SEC could approve a BTC ETF
Regulators in Canada approved two bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in recent days, marking the first approvals of their kind for North America. Since launch, the products have seen considerable inflows. With the demand for a bitcoin ETF now proven, many wonder what a Canadian approval could mean for a U.S. offering.  The Scoop spoke with Eric Balchunas, a senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, about what an approved bitcoin ETF means for the landscape. During this week's episode Balchunas broke down the winding road to approval and why Canada was always likely to be a first. Now that Canada has its BTC ETFs, he argued that an approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is just around the corner. "I think it's just a matter of the SEC coming around, and then once they come around mentally, I imagine it will happen pretty quickly," he said. "But again, I'm not in that bubble. I'm not a regulatory analyst. That's just my sense from talking to people." How Canada has historically been a proving ground for novel financial products. The differences and similarities in the Canadian and U.S. approval processes. Why Balchunas thinks 2021 will be the year of a U.S. BTC ETF approval. Why it's only a matter of time before a meme ETF launches. This episode is brought to you by Kraken Whether you’re an experienced crypto trader or just starting out, Kraken has the tools to help you achieve financial freedom. With 50+ cryptocurrencies to choose from, industry-leading security and a wide variety of features to suit any investing strategy, Kraken puts the power in your hands to buy, sell and trade digital assets. Visit Kraken.com to get started today.
38 min
Tales from the Crypt: A Bitcoin Podcast
Tales from the Crypt: A Bitcoin Podcast
Marty Bent
Rabbit Hole Recap: Bitcoin Week of 2021.02.22
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Bitcoin Audible
Bitcoin Audible
Guy Swann
Read_499 - The Bitcoin Black Hole Effect [William Clemente]
"If the US Dollar really was to reach an uncontrollable level of inflation, a last move by the Fed may be to do this same trade on a Federal level by printing dollars to acquire Bitcoins to stack on their balance sheet. Only time will tell." - William Clemente III Today we read an excellent piece from bitrawr.com by William Clemente on the various feedback loops that could lead not only to the qualitative loss of trust in the fiat system, but a quantitative pull to earn a near risk-free position in the Bitcoin collateralized lending markets. Edited in part by Preston Pysh who has discussed this idea in greater depth, what happens when multiple feedback loops within the Bitcoin markets converge to make it an increasingly liquid, low risk, high yield asset? It creates a Bitcoin Black Hole. The Bitcoin Black Hole Effect: https://www.bitrawr.com/the-bitcoin-blackhole-effect For other great articles and episode mentioned in this show, check out the links below: Read 489 - The Cantillon Effect 2.0: https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=5678 Asset DNA - Speculative Attack: https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=5714 Bitcoin is the Great Definancialization: https://bitcoinaudible.com/?p=5554 The MacroVoices episode on Interest Rates: https://www.macrovoices.com/946-macrovoices-259-louis-vincent-gave-as-inflationista-as-they-come A huge thank you to our amazing sponsors: SwanBitcoin - The #1 place to setup your automatic Bitcoin savings plan! (SwanBitcoin.com/guy) BitBox - Minimal, user friendly, secure, Swiss made, open source, hardware wallet (guyswann.com/BitBox) LVL.co - The first Free, no-fee exchange & Bitcoin banking services! (guyswann.com/lvl) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thecryptoconomy/message
1 hr 7 min
Bankless
Bankless
Bankless
54 - Why DeFi is the Future | Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban needs no introduction, but the entrepreneur and Shark Tank host has an impressive depth of knowledge of the crypto space, and he has a particular ability to break complicated subjects into simple, digestible ideas. Listen as we talk DeFi, NFTs, Ethereum, and the future of finance with Mark Cuban! ------ 🚀 SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER: http://bankless.substack.com/ 🎙️ SUBSCRIBE TO PODCAST: http://podcast.banklesshq.com/ ----- GO BANKLESS WITH THESE SPONSOR TOOLS: ⭐️ AAVE - BORROW OR LEND YOUR ASSETS https://bankless.cc/aave 🚀 GEMINI - MOST TRUSTED EXCHANGE AND ONRAMP https://bankless.cc/go-gemini 💳 MONOLITH - GET THE HOLY GRAIL OF BANKLESS VISA CARDS https://bankless.cc/monolith 📱 DHARMA - MOBILE ONRAMP DIRECTLY INTO DEFI https://bankless.cc/dharma ------ 📣LATTICE | NEXT GENERATION OF HARDWARE WALLETS https://bankless.cc/gridplus​ ------ Don't stop at the video! Subscribe to the Bankless newsletter program http://bankless.substack.com/ Visit the official Bankless website 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 ----- 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 I may add links in this newsletter to products I use. I may receive commission if you make a purchase through one of these links. Additionally, the Bankless writers hold crypto assets. See our investment disclosures here: https://newsletter.banklesshq.com/p/bankless-disclosures
1 hr 40 min
What Bitcoin Did
What Bitcoin Did
Peter McCormack
Bitcoin Tech #2 - Nodes (Part 1) with Shinobi
“The bank has the database that says who has all the money and how much money. The special thing about Bitcoin is that everybody can run and verify that database themselves.” — Shinobi Location: Remotely Date: Tuesday 23rd Feb Company: Block Digest Role: Host The core fundamental aspect of Bitcoin is its censorship-resistant nature; this is only possible because the network is meaningfully decentralized.  Decentralization is achieved by bitcoiners worldwide running nodes (a computer connected to the bitcoin network, e.g. Bitcoin Core).  These nodes maintain the network rules, known as consensus, and ensure all transactions and blocks are valid by keeping a copy of the entire history of the blockchain.  Aside from supporting the network, running a node helps improve your privacy and allows you to validate your transactions without requiring a 3rd party. If you are not running a full node, you cannot use the bitcoin network in a trustless way.  It is hard to know the exact number of nodes connected to the bitcoin network. However, Luke Dashjr estimates the number to be somewhere around 80,000. In this interview, I talk to Shinobi, the host of Block Digest. We discuss what a node is, why running a node is crucial for the network, which hardware & software to use, and the impact on privacy. This episode’s sponsors: Kraken - The best place to buy, sell & trade Bitcoin BlockFi - The future of Bitcoin financial services Sportsbet.io - Online sportsbook & casino that accepts Bitcoin Casa - The leading provider of Bitcoin multisig key security. Exodus - The world's leading Desktop, Mobile and Hardware crypto wallets. Ledger - State of the art Bitcoin hardware wallet ----- WBD315 - Show Notes ----- If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show by doing the following: Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contribute Make a tip: Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2S QR Codes: Bitcoin If you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank you Subscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS Feed Leave a review on iTunes Share the show and episodes with your friends and family Subscribe to the newsletter on my website Follow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTube If you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.
1 hr 6 min
The Blockchain Debate Podcast
The Blockchain Debate Podcast
Richard Yan
Motion: Ethereum is too early for institutional money (Lyn Alden vs. Qiao Wang)
Guests: *Lyn Alden (**twitter.com/lynaldencontact**)* *Qiao Wang (**twitter.com/qwqiao**)* Host: *Richard Yan (**twitter.com/gentso09**) * Today’s motion is “Ethereum is too early for institutional money.” Quite a few institutions have voted with their feet on Bitcoin. This ranges from corporate treasuries to money managers. At what point will Ethereum catch the attention of non-crypto native capital allocators? Our debaters today are Lyn Alden and Qiao Wang, both well known in crypto circles. Lyn wrote a well-researched article arguing that from an institutional perspective, Ethereum feels like an unfinished product and isn’t likely to pick up significant interest in the short run. Qiao has been looking at Ethereum as an investment in its early days, and it’s fair to say he has been a perma-bull.  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. By the way, we're planning episodes on CBDC, centralized lending versus de-centralized lending, the fad of NFT or non-fungible tokens, whether Bitcoin is good for America and whether Bitcoin is good for the environment. So if you're interested or know someone that would be interested in debating, please feel free to 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): * Lyn's investment strategy website: https://lynalden.com * DeFi alliance: https://defialliance.co/ * Grayscale ETHE trust: https://grayscale.co/ethereum-trust/ * John Pfeffer paper on crypto value accrual: https://medium.com/john-pfeffer/an-institutional-investors-take-on-cryptoassets-690421158904 Guest bios: Lyn Alden runs an investment research service for both retail and institutional investors at LynAlden.com. Her focus is on fundamental investing with a global macro overlay, with a specialization in currency differentials and equity valuations. She also manages financial operation of an aviation simulation research facility. Qiao Wang is a macro and crypto investor. He is one of the founders for DeFi Alliance, an accelerator for decentralized finance projects. Previously, Qiao Wang helped build Messari, a startup aiming to create Bloomberg for the crypto markets. Prior to that, Qiao was a quantitative trader. He ran R&D teams and helped build two trading businesses at IMC and Tower Research.
1 hr 6 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
Bitcoin Rapid-Fire
Bitcoin Rapid-Fire
John Vallis
Bitcoiner Book Club Explores Jordan Peterson's 'Maps of Meaning'
Maps of Meaning is Jordan Peterson's first book, written in the late 90's, and largely unknown to much of his following.  Nevertheless, it is an extremely profound book, dealing with the most fundamental of questions regarding the structure of reality, and how humans have attempted to comprehend it, and figure out how best to navigate it.   The book also had a profound impression on some other bitcoiners, so we decided to get together and explore it together.   It's a pretty ambititous endeavour to try to tackle this thing, and this is by no means meant to be an exhaustive analysis. I highly recommend you read the book.   Enjoy!   --   TWITTER:  Richard: https://twitter.com/rjames_BTC Robert: https://twitter.com/Breedlove22 Gigi: https://twitter.com/dergigi  Link to Book: https://www.amazon.com/Jordan-B-Peterson-Architecture-Softcover/dp/B084CTSZCH/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=maps+of+meaning&qid=1614369592&sr=8-1 More from me:        TWITTER: http://bit.ly/2P7PUjA         YOUTUBE: https://bit.ly/3aBbZxg         MEDIUM: http://bit.ly/2Zk0Dex         INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/30r7IqY             If you’re in Canada, and looking to buy bitcoin, Shakepay is an excellent option. They have the fastest sign up, funding and withdrawals I’ve ever seen. They also have really great rates. Use this affiliate link to buy $100+ of bitcoin and we both get $30 for free!: https://shakepay.me/r/FEW1DR0
2 hr 37 min
Unchained
Unchained
Laura Shin
Unconfirmed: Coinbase's S-1: The Number That May Make the Exchange Nervous - Ep.215
Jeff Roberts, executive editor at Decrypt and author of “King of Crypto: One Startup’s Quest to take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street” talks about Coinbase going public. In this episode we discuss: * Jeff's biggest takeaways from Coinbase’s S-1 filing (0:56) * why institutions are choosing Coinbase (2:42) * how Coinbase going public feels like validation for bitcoiners (4:37) * issues Coinbase may face as a business that currently generates 96% of revenue through transaction fees (6:25) * Why Surojit Chatterjee has so much equity in Coinbase (11:29) * why Coinbase has only invested $130 million in crypto through its corporate treasury (12:26) * whether or not decentralized exchanges like Uniswap pose a threat to Coinbase, and whether unregulated centralized exchanges might squeeze them from the other end (15:41) * challenges Coinbase will face going forward (19:13) * how well the stock will do once it's listed (20:05) * Crypto News Recap (20:59) Thank you to our sponsor! Crypto.com: https://bit.ly/3jzkTAD Download the Crypto.com app here: https://crypto.onelink.me/J9Lg/laurashinpodcasttesla Episode Links Jeff Roberts Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffjohnroberts Personal Website: https://jeffjohnroberts.com/ Decrypt: https://decrypt.co Kings of Crypto: https://store.hbr.org/product/kings-of-crypto-one-startup-s-quest-to-take-cryptocurrency-out-of-silicon-valley-and-onto-wall-street/10436 Coinbase S-1 Filing Information S-1 Form: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1679788/000162828021003168/coinbaseglobalincs-1.htm Coinbase Profit: https://decrypt.co/59347/coinbase-big-profit-for-2020-ahead-of-milestone-ipo-direct-listing S-1 Deep Dive: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/95921/coinbases-s-1-public-filing-is-now-public-setting-stage-for-a-direct-listing-on-nasdaq Sending to Satoshi Nakamoto: https://decrypt.co/59509/coinbase-s-1-filing-bitcoin-satoshi-nakamoto + https://twitter.com/laurashin/status/1364954956571279369 Share Distribution: https://decrypt.co/59439/coinbase-insiders-very-rich-goes-public Pre-IPO Shares: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/96057/coinbase-pre-ipo-shares-ftx-s1 Armstrong Income: https://www.coindesk.com/coinbase-sec-form-s-1 Balance Sheet: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/96021/coinbase-says-holds-bitcoin-btc-on-balance-sheet Transaction Revenue: https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1364972834167148548 Link to the Crypto News Recap: https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-one-figure-in-the-coinbase-s-1/
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