Untold Stories
Untold Stories
Sep 3, 2020
Crypto Investigative Journalism with Samantha Yap, Founder of Yap Global
Play episode · 45 min

Samantha Yap, Founder of Yap Global, joins Charlie Shrem on today’s episode of Untold Stories.

Samantha and Charlie discuss running a PR firm, telling stories, being genuine, taking companies advantage of narratives, proof of work, false data, Defi, emerging technologies, making a difference in crypto, ponzi schemes, investigative journalism, escaping the normal, ICO’s, Ethereum, Crypto Regulation, MyEtherWallet, BitPay, regulating ourselves, living all over the world, digital assets, Decrypt Media, data oracles, crypto expanding the job market, and decentralizing the market.


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.


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Bitcoin & Crypto Trading: Ledger Cast
Bitcoin & Crypto Trading: Ledger Cast
Brian Krogsgard, Josh Olszewicz
Timing Altcoin Cycles
Welcome to Ledger Cast, hosted by me, Brian Krogsgard (@ledgerstatus on twitter), and Josh Olszewicz (@carpenoctom). Ledger Cast is a cryptocurrency trading and blockchain ecosystem podcast. You can subscribe to new episodes of Ledger Cast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, YouTube and via RSS. _The information in this podcast should not be construed as investment advice, it is purely educational material and you should always do your own research before buying._ In this episode, Josh and Brian discuss altcoin cycles, what we see for alts in the coming weeks, how bitcoin and eth relate, what we see for bitcoin, more regulatory action, and more.Links Some of the threads around AMM stuff. If you read through this stuff enough, it really helps understand LPs and AMMs more: * Sam’s original * Will Warren of 0x * Dan Robinson rebuttal of Kyle @ Multicoin * Hayden Adams correcting Sam Find Josh and Brian elsewhere * Josh’s articles on Brave New Coin * Josh’s YouTube channel * Josh on Twitter @carpenoctom * Brian on Twitter @ledgerstatus _Music: “Oh, the chains” by __Joel Madison Blount_Partner: Matcha We’re happy to partner with Matcha, a simple way to trade on in a decentralized manner. Built by the team behind the 0x Protocol, Matcha makes it easy to interact with the top liquidity pools, with a curated list of top crypto assets, a seamless interface, and some of the best liquidity matching you can find. Try it today for your next DeFi trade.Bonus: Fantasy Status Check out Fantasy Status, where myself and Crypto Dale chat about some fantasy football leagues that a bunch of crypto folks are playing in. We have some great sponsors of these leagues: * Matcha: Decentralized trading with aggregated liquidity * DragonChain: Blockchain scaled * Stacked: Crypto investing on autopilot
1 hr
The Wolf Of All Streets
The Wolf Of All Streets
Scott Melker | BlockWorks Group
Beating the Banks with Alex Mashinsky, CEO of Celsius Network
Alex Mashinsky came to the U.S. as an immigrant in the 1980’s after living in both communist and socialist countries. His diverse background made him passionate about helping people and developing a "better bank" that rewards its customers rather than stealing from them. Fascinated with blockchain and fintech, Alex founded Celsius Network, a platform with unbeatable yields that would finally stand up to the banks, giving people the hard-earned money they deserve. Scott Melker and Alex Mashinsky further discuss moving to the U.S. in the ’80s, phone company monopolies, the urge to disrupt, creating Celsius Network, giving 80% of the profits to the community, bank bailouts, daytime robbery, beating the banks, crypto community fees, hedge funds in crypto, the name “Sushi” as a leading indicator, the corrosion of standards and voting with your wallet. --- 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 6% 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. --- ELECTRONEUM Electroneum, has gained widespread adoption providing a mobile-first payment solution to the world's unbanked, attracting more than 4M users worldwide in less than three years. They have since launched a new freelance marketplace, AnyTask.com, which is providing thousands of freelancers the opportunity to sell their services to buyers globally, without the need of a bank account. Learn more at Electroneum.com. --- If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe.This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: https://www.blockworksgroup.io
1 hr 5 min
The Crypto Conversation
The Crypto Conversation
Brave New Coin
Smart Pools - Balancer is Uber for liquidity pools
Fernando Martinelli is the founder and CEO of Balancer, an automated asset management platform for programmable liquidity. Balancer allows anyone to create public or private liquidity pools for up to 8 assets with customizable weighting. Guest: Fernando Martinelli Why you should listen: Balancer began as a research project in 2018. By exploring multidimensional invariant surfaces, Fernando and his team came up with a powerful mathematical framework that enables continuous portfolio rebalancing while also generating fees. Fernando says “the formula itself is quite simple and easy to express mathematically. The way it works and the way it proves self-balancing in liquidity pools is the trickier part. It’s a function of mathematical expression whose value cannot change when trades are done. The same way Uniswap relies on X x Y = K, we have something similar but slightly more complex. And if you think of each of the balances as a dimension and then if you have a pool with three balances, then you have a 3-dimensional surface, which is actually in the fourth dimension because the surface itself is the energy value of this function that has three inputs and one output.” Balancer is similar to Uniswap. However Fernando says that one of the main differences is that “our main focus is on the asset management side of things where Uniswap’s focus is more on the decentralized exchange. So our focus is to make sure we meet the needs of liquidity providers so they will come to Balancer to put their crypto to work, and rebalance their portfolios. We want to be a flexible primitive where people can be as creative as they want.” Asked about one of the key Defi themes in 2020, Fernando said, “Liquidity mining is a mechanism to get a platform to a decentralized stage. Balancer started with investors, advisors, founders, and this was at a time when there wasn’t really an idea of a fair launch. It’s just the way it worked out. There are pros and cons but ultimately you need capital to bootstrap but we don’t want to be a VC coin we want to be decentralized and that’s our goal.” Key takeaway: Balancer is a financial primitive that serves as a fundamental building block in decentralized finance. However, it is also an asset management platform, and it is an automated market maker (AMM) providing programmable liquidity. This in turn makes other features such as decentralized asset exchange, automated portfolio management, DAO-governed treasuries, and fair token distributions possible. Fernando says this is an important point, and that as a permissionless platform, Balancer allows any developer to leverage its infrastructure to build financial products and services. “Balancer wouldn’t work if there wasn’t the other side of the market. So you have the liquidity providers who want to have their index funds rebalanced, and make some money with fees. And that’s up to them to decide. And the other side of the equation is the DEX. So all the pools on Balancer allow anyone to trade in any direction on any pair that that pool contains. The fact that we have a two sided market means we need both actors for the system to work.” Balancer Smart Pools are private pools controlled by a smart contract. These pools can be made of two to eight token constants, and customized with configurable weights that represent the desired ratio of each token in a pool. The smart contract acts as a controller for the liquidity in that pool. Fernando describes smart pools as “Uber for liquidity pools, whereas what we’ve had to date has been taxis. It’s about matching demand to supply.” For example, the RealT smart pool – essentially a real estate index fund building on all their tokenized real-estate – where the smart pool ERC20 tokens represent ownership of the whole index. Finally Fernando says “DeFi is a revolution that is just getting started. It will have cycles and some serious ups and downs but it is going to keep growing I believe.” Supporting links: Balancer Balancer on Twitter Fernando on Twitter Andy on Twitter Brave New Coin on Twitter Brave New Coin The Three-Body Problem 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.
48 min
Epicenter - Learn about Crypto, Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies
Epicenter - Learn about Crypto, Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies
Epicenter Media Ltd.
Kyle Samani: Multicoin Capital – The Thesis-Driven Cryptoasset Investment Firm
Multicoin Capital is a thesis-driven investment firm that invests in cryptocurrencies, tokens, and blockchain companies. They manage a hedge fund and a venture fund, investing across both public and private markets. They are extremely bullish on smart contract platforms and DeFi is one of their main areas of focus. They've invested in several projects and companies such as Algorand, Arweave, Nervos, Skale, Solana, to name a few. We originally had Multicoin on the show in February of 2018 when they were still reasonably new and we were in the height of the ICO bubble. Kyle Samani, Co-founder and Managing Partner, joins us back on the show to share not only how Multicoin has changed since then, but also the cryptoasset industry as a whole. Topics covered in this episode: * What are the Multicoin theses and have they changed since Kyle was last on the show * Why the most used smart contract platform will produce the winning store of value * The role of gold in today's economy * Bitcoin gaining traction in today's asset management circle * Other assets that will eventually displace Bitcoin * Which projects Multicoin are backing at the moment * DeFi vs CeFi and latency * Discussing what DeFi actually is * Cryptocurrency's future role in the traditional financial system and the impact of potential new regulations * How the cryptoasset industry has changed since Multicoin started and where it is headed * The underrated areas Multicoin are looking at today Episode links: * Multicoin Capital * Multicoin's first appearance on Epicenter * Multicoin blog * The Multicoin Thesis * Multicoin on Twitter * Kyle on Twitter Sponsors: * Algorand: To learn more about Algorand and how it’s unique design makes it easy for developers to build sophisticated applications. - https://algorand.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/361
1 hr 10 min
What Bitcoin Did
What Bitcoin Did
Peter McCormack
Bitfinex - The Hacks, Tether and Bitcoin with Paolo Ardoino
“It’s important to us to support Bitcoin and to show respect to the coin that made all of this possible.” — Paolo Ardoino Location: Squadcast Date: Monday 7th September Company: Bitfinex Role: CTO Bitfinex is one of the oldest and largest Bitcoin exchanges. Since 2014, the exchange has had to endure multiple hacks, including at $60 million theft in 2016. iFinex, the parent company of Bitfinex, also oversees Tether. Tether is the largest stablecoin, regularly facilitating over $50 billion in daily trading volume and is supported by close to 150 exchanges. It too isn't without its controversies, there have been calls to audit Tether to prove that it is fully reserved and there are claims ether printing has been used to manipulate the markets. Despite the controversies, the Bitfinex and Tether teams have been instrumental in supporting the growth of Bitcoin. In this interview, I talk to Paolo Ardoino the CTO of Bitfinex. We discuss how Bitfinex dealt with the exchange hacks, protecting against future attacks, Tether, the Lightning Network and funding Bitcoin projects. 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. Least Authority - Helping projects improve their security and build secure technology. ----- WBD270 - Show Notes ----- If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show my 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.
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