Into the Ether
Into the Ether
Dec 2, 2020
EthHub Weekly #142: Ethereum 2.0 is live, Dai spike causes liquidations on Compound, Yam.finance treasury management, Gnosis DAO launches, Yearn.finance mergers, ETH bull market signs and Prysmatic Labs guide on slashing prevention
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On the EthHub Weekly Recap we cover topics from the EthHub Weekly Newsletter. In this episode we discuss Ethereum 2.0 going live, a Dai price spike causing large liquidations on Compound, Yam.finance roadmap and treasury management, Gnosis DAO launches, yearn.finance is swallowing DeFi projects, ETH bull market signs from Spencer Noon and a guide to slash prevention.

The Crypto Conversation
The Crypto Conversation
Brave New Coin
Axie Infinity & the blockchain gaming play to earn revolution
Axie Infinity is a Pokémon-inspired blockchain-based digital pet universe where players can earn tokens through gaming. Players can battle, collect, breed, and build a kingdom for their pets. Like CryptoKitties, Axies are non-fungible tokens (NFTs) represented as cryptographically unique characters that can’t be replicated. And like Pokémon, they are born to battle. While Axie can be just a game, it has built a strong social network, passionate community, and emerging jobs platform due to the play to earn opportunities it is generating. Guest: Jeff Zirlin Why you should listen: Jeff grew up playing games like Neopets, Pokémon, and World of Warcraft. “I played so much WOW that my parents sent me to boarding school,” he says. “I’ve always been a collector. As I kid my dad and I would collect fossils and insects. And as a lifelong gamer, I’m a digital collector as well, so I was predisposed to be interested in blockchain gaming.” The blockchain gaming play to earn revolution started to gain traction after it emerged that a large community of players in the Philippines was earning money playing Axie Infinity. Jeff says "Most game companies sell in-game resources, items, and upgrades. With Axie there's an in-game resource that you need to create more Axies and it's called the love potion. So most game developers would sell this love potion, and people would pay for it. In Axie we don't sell it ourselves, the only way that love potions can be created is by people playing the game. Players who have big Axie collections need the love potion to breed Axies and have to buy the token from a liquidity pool on UniSwap or from Binance. So players can earn a basic income and we've seen that with the rise in value of ETH, this can appreciate significantly.” Key takeaway: The power of blockchain games is that they're becoming more than games. They're becoming places that we can live, work, and play. The eventual vision is to create a Metaverse similar to Ready Player One where people spend the majority of their time. “We believe in a future where work and play become one,” says Jeff. “And we believe in empowering our players and giving them economic opportunities.” To do this the Axie team is committed to aligning the incentives of the Axie community. Players can earn the AXS governance token. The token economics were designed by Delphi Digital. Delphi Digital has invested a significant amount of capital in buying several extremely rare Mystic Axies. If Axie Infinity continues to gain traction Mystic Axies will grow in value in the future. Jeff says “We’re seeing the rise of Mystic Axies and other NFTs as a true asset class. This trend accelerated when Delphi Digital picked up some of the rarest Axies in the game, like quadruple Mystics, triple Mystics. You can think of Mystics as rare and valuable skins. It makes sense that there's a lot of interest around NFTs and it makes sense because we live in a digital world.” Supporting links: Axie Infinity Delphi Digital on Axie Leverj Jeff 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.
51 min
Zero Knowledge
Zero Knowledge
Fredrik Harrysson, Anna Rose
Episode 163: Kicking off 2021 with Anna, Tarun, James & Josh
This week, Anna (https://twitter.com/AnnaRRose) chats with guests Tarun Chitra (https://twitter.com/tarunchitra) (Gauntlet & Robot Ventures), James Prestwich (https://twitter.com/_prestwich) (cLabs) and Josh Cincinnati (https://twitter.com/acityinohio) (previously Zcash Foundation). Throughout this conversation, they touch on topics like the state of zero knowledge applications, blockchain technology, privacy and DeFi. They also explore what we can expect in the near future. Here are a few of the papers and links we mention in the show: * Mina’s Testworld (https://minaprotocol.com/adversarial) * Barry’s Post Why you can’t build a private uniswap with ZKPs (https://ethresear.ch/t/why-you-cant-build-a-private-uniswap-with-zkps/7754) * Flash Boys 2.0: Frontrunning, Transaction Reordering, and Consensus Instability in Decentralized Exchanges (https://pdaian.com/flashboys2.pdf) * Flashbots Project (https://github.com/flashbots/pm) If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter @zeroknowledgefm (https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm) Join us on Telegram (https://t.me/joinchat/B_81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA) Catch us on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuM_g) 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)
1 hr 12 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
Ponzis or Game-changer? Algorithmic Stablecoins Part I - Ben Simon, Mechanism Capital, Ep. 128
Algorithmic stablecoins like Ampleforth, Basis Cash, Empty Set Dollar and Frax are all the rage...but do these ostensible "ponzi" games have have any lasting value? In Part 1 of our 2 part series, Mechanism Capital analyst Ben Simon(@benjaminsimon97) joins us in discussing: * The economic origins of algorithmic stablecoins * The main trade offs of algo stable models * How algo stables compare to other trustless stablecoins * Ampleforth vs. Basis Cash Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is not financial advice; show host and guest may hold some of the assets discussed. ------------- Sponsors ------------- 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 NEXO: Borrow and lend crypto at market-beating rates: Nexo.io ------------- 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.
32 min
The Delphi Podcast
The Delphi Podcast
Tom Shaughnessy
Taking Crypto Mainstream: Do Kwon Covering Terra, Mirror and Anchor
Delphi Digital analyst Jonathan Erlich hosts Do Kwon, Co-Founder and CEO of Terraform Labs, to discuss all things Terra. The conversation dives into Terra’s vision and impressive 2020, as well as into Chai and some exciting recent developments such as Mirror and Anchor. The full interview transcript is available here! 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: (1:30) – (First Question) - Do Kwon’s Background and what brought him to Crypto. (3:18) – How Do Kwon defines Terra? (6:41) – Terra´s Stablecoins Walkthrough. (9:01) – Peg Stability. (11:06) – Thoughts about Chai / Chai´s Success. (16:01) – UX from the Merchant Perspective. (18:53) – How Terra benefits from Chai? (23:01) – 3 Announcements around Chai. (31:13) – Smart Contracts for Terra. (37:50) – Mirror’s Competitive Advantages. (40:34) – Thoughts about Value accrual in Mirror. (43:47) – Mirror Regulation. (46:33) – Mirror’s Sustainability / The liquidity mining campaign ends, What’s Next? (50:45) – Anchor: A new Savings and Lending Protocol. (56:48) – Thoughts about Anchor’s development. (57:28) – What can we expect from Terra for 2021? 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: * Do’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/d0h0k1 * Terra Site: https://terra.money/ * Mirror Site: https://mirror.finance/ * Anchor Site: https://anchorprotocol.com/ * Jonathan’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/JonathanErlichL * 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.
1 hr 1 min
Bankless
Bankless
Bankless
48 - Death of Dollar Dominance | Lyn Alden
🚀 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/ ----- DEBRIEF OF THIS EPISODE (Member-only): https://shows.banklesshq.com/p/exclusive-lyn-alden-debrief ----- 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 ------ 48 - Death of Dollar Dominance | Lyn Alden Lyn Alden of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy has quickly risen to fame in the Bitcoin universe for her sharp analysis on long-term macro trends and brings plenty of data to back up her analysis. She’s one of our favorite macro and economics minds. Global macro events have such a strong interplay with crypto. In order to understand crypto, we need to understand the big picture We ask Lyn about the changes forces around the US Dollar, as demand and supply of the Dollar is less understood and less stable than ever before. We also ask Lyn about the relationship between the position of the U.S. Dollar as the world reserve currency, and the social unrest found inside the U.S. borders. It turns out, that the U.S. Dollar as the world reserve currency is not the best situation for those that reside inside the country! We bring up Ray Dalio's Long Term Debt Cycles mental model, and ask Lyn to connect it to the Fourth Turning Theory, in an attempt to discover some of the hidden forces behind the social unrest found in America. Fourth Turning Theory: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strauss%E2%80%93Howe_generational_theory Highly recommended Lyn Alden piece on the Future of the Dollar https://www.lynalden.com/fraying-petrodollar-system/ Sign up for Lyn’s monthly macro newsletter https://www.lynalden.com/january-2021-newsletter/ ------ 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 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
1 hr 40 min
CRYPTO 101
CRYPTO 101
Bryce Paul & Pizza Mind: Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptocurrency Ethereum Advocates
Ep. 359 - Why Cryptocurrency is Necessary for a True Democracy, w/ Blockdaemon's Konstantin Richter
In this episode of CRYPTO 101, we meet with Konstantin Richter who unveils his masterpiece, Blockdaemon. This service allows anyone to run one of dozens of blockchain nodes, for free. This not only helps secure the networks, but lets users earn revenue all at the same time. This saves the average consumer weeks and months of time, if they had an expert holding their hand through all the bash prompt commands. Not to mention thousands of dollars in server hardware and upkeep. Why run a node? The more nodes there are under a different user’s control, the more decentralized and secure a network is against censorship, hacks, downtime, and bad actors. It is critical that major crypto networks have tens or hundreds of nodes, if not millions. Major hacking groups, including world governments and intelligence agencies have no problem spooling up thousands of nodes to perform 51% attacks, so it is very important to be conscious of this aspect of cryptocurrency -- the underlying blockchain and infrastructure is very important. Blockdaemon is an amazing leap forward in the ease of running a node. We learn a lot from Konstantin in this episode about not only what goes into running a node, but which cryptocurrencies his platform supports, and even how the user can monetize their node to make passive income from it! If you have time to listen to this podcast, you have the time to take advantage of this opportunity! Sponsored link: https://CRYPTO101insider.com Guest Links: https://blockdaemon.com/ https://twitter.com/konstantin11 Show Links: https://CRYPTO101podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Crypto101Pod https://twitter.com/BrycePaul101 https://twitter.com/PizzaMind https://instagram.com/crypto_101 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/101Crypto https://www.facebook.com/CRYPTO101Podcast **THIS IS NOT FINANCIAL OR LEGAL ADVICE** © Copyright 2021 Boardwalk Flock, LLC All Rights Reserved ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Fog by DIZARO https://soundcloud.com/dizarofr Creative Commons — Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported — CC BY-ND 3.0 Free Download / Stream: http://bit.ly/Fog-DIZARO Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/lAfbjt_rmE8 ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
32 min
On The Brink with Castle Island
On The Brink with Castle Island
Castle Island Ventures
Iain Murray (Competitive Enterprise Institute) on the history of Operation Choke Point (EP.169)
Iain Murray, VP of Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, joins the show to discuss the history of Operation Choke Point, a 2011-2015 program used to exclude legal businesses from banking led by the DoJ and FDIC. In this episode: * How Iain Murray came to be one of the main historians of Operation Choke Point * The roots of Choke Point in the crackdown on poker sites in 2011 * How Choke Point was started on a whim by two midlevel DoJ lawyers in 2011 * How OCP targeted completely legal but politically disfavored industries * How mechanically the DoJ was able to get banks to comply with their informal guidance * Why the closed nature of banking means that alternatives financial service providers for these industries couldn't be created * How bank consolidation meant that OCP was easier to instrumentalize * How successful was Choke Point in marginalizing targeted industries? * Did OCP have buy-in from the highest levels of the Obama administration? * How regulations should have implemented the rules they sought to create with Choke Point – and why they chose not to * How OCP was an end-around the administrative procedure act, and why it was done covertly * Was there any accountability for the individuals behind OCP? Was anyone fired? * Why individuals on any side of the political spectrum should be concerned about OCP * Did Choke Point ever really end? * The long term enduring effects of OCP * How the Wyoming SPDI is a reaction to Choke Point * Whether Iain agrees with the OCC's 'Fair Access' rule Content mentioned in this episode: * Iain Murray at CEI, Operation Choke Point: What it is and why it matters * OCC, 'Fair Access' rule
1 hr 1 min
The Scoop
The Scoop
The Block
Meet the CEO trying to convince every multi-billion dollar insurance fund to buy bitcoin
Bitcoin investment firm NYDIG raised $50 million in October, quadrupled its clients and life insurance company MassMutual purchased a minority stake in the firm. This came about because bitcoin is transitioning to a predominantly institution-owned asset, according to NYDIG CEO Robert Gutmann.  MassMutual made a $5 million equity investment in NYDIG last December, as well as a $100 million bitcoin investment for its general investment account through NYDIG. On today's episode of The Scoop, Gutmann said this event could open the floodgates for insurance giants to get in on bitcoin. “You are going to see a lot of dominoes fall after this," he said. Based on the set of macro circumstances 2020 presented, insurance companies are starting to question whether they can go forward only buying corporate credit to make good on policies, according to Gutmann.  "Over some number of years, it's hard for me to imagine it is not all of them [investing in bitcoin]," he said. "If MassMutual can get there from a diligence perspective so can the next one...It's definitely coming." He also sees publicly-traded companies following in the footsteps of Square and MicroStrategy. Both firms allocated a portion of their balance sheets to bitcoin.  In Gutmann's view, these companies have a "fiduciary duty to consider whether holding 100% of your assets in dollars is in the best interest of your shareholders." "Reasonable people can have different opinions about that, but I personally don’t think only Jack and only Michael and no one else is going to do a cold analysis of that and not come to that conclusion," he said. On today's episode of the Scoop, Gutmann also touched on: Why he expects more insurance companies will enter the crypto space over time How the MassMutual deal came to be Why public companies are interested in bitcoin and how the adoption narrative for public companies is similar to that of insurance firms Why his institutional clients are only interested in bitcoin  NYDIG's M&A strategy. Listen to today's episode on Apple, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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