The Breakdown
The Breakdown
Sep 29, 2020
So Now They’re Hacking DeFi Protocols Before They’ve Even Launched?
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DeFi is one of the breakout crypto categories of 2020. Indeed, yield farming and the grand game of “money legos” has been so profitable that many are following every new protocol with rapt attention. 

This is all the more true for projects graced by YFI creator Andre Cronje. So when word got out about a new, pre-release game economy engine called “Eminence,” the DeFi degens took advantage of the permissionless nature of DeFi to pump $16 million or so into EMN. 

What happened next was arguably the first pre-release hack in DeFi’s history. This episode breaks down what happened and what it means for the fledgling field.

What Bitcoin Did
What Bitcoin Did
Peter McCormack
The Case for $500K Bitcoin with Cameron & Tyler Winklevoss
“The question in our mind is not so much does it get to $500K, but how quickly.” — Cameron Winklevoss Location: Squadcast Date: Tuesday 20th October Company: Gemini Role: Co-Founders In August, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss released The Case for $500K Bitcoin. A paper that outlines the value proposition of Bitcoin, why it is a superior store of value and hedge against inflation than either gold, oil and the US dollar. In the paper, they describe the world as ‘drowning in debt’, even before the coronavirus outbreak, and predict that the pandemic may cause everyone to come face to face with the reality of debt spiralling out of control. While the impact on the world may be scary for the broader economy, the twins outline Bitcoin as a major winner in this scenario and predict Bitcoin’s market cap to grow from its current market capitalisation (approx. $225 billion) to that of gold (approx. $9 trillion). With the price of a Bitcoin at around $550K. We discuss their paper, why Bitcoin is the best hedge against inflation, the debt reckoning and Wall Street investing in Bitcoin. 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. ----- WBD271 - 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.
Unchained
Unchained
Laura Shin
Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks on Crypto Banks - Ep.196
Brian Brooks got his start in traditional finance before joining Coinbase in 2018 and is currently the acting comptroller of the currency. In this episode, he discusses: * how his background in traditional financial services led him to take a position at Coinbase * whether the role blockchain and crypto will likely play in the financial future is being recognized at the federal level * whether or not banks have always had the authority to custody crypto for their customers * how he expects things to unfold in the coming years as banks begin to become more involved in crypto custody * his thoughts on Kraken and others launching crypto banks and whether it will lead to the founding of other crypto banks * how his office is pushing for a national fintech charter, and how it could affect less crypto-friendly states * whether banks that work with crypto companies supporting unhosted wallets are prohibited from holding stablecoin reserves * whether or not OCC regulations cover DeFi, and the regulatory challenges that open source protocols present * whether he sees a time when governments and regulators participate in the governance of crypto platforms * what roles he thinks public and private sectors, as well as commercial banks, should play in the creation of a central bank digital currency * what stance the OCC might take around privacy in blockchain transactions * how U.S. regulators can offer more clarity to the crypto industry * and how he thinks the pandemic, its effect on the economy, and the government’s response through stimulus will affect the crypto industry Thank you to our sponsor! Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com Episode links: Brian Brooks: https://twitter.com/BrianBrooksOCC Office of the Comptroller of the Currency: https://www.occ.gov Letter to authorize banks to provide crypto custody services for customers: https://www.occ.gov/topics/charters-and-licensing/interpretations-and-actions/2020/int1170.pdf The significance of the letter for banks and crypto companies: https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthougan/2020/07/27/the-occs-notice-on-crypto-is-a-really-big-deal/#13aad8806301 The OCC’s statement on federally chartered banks and crypto custody: https://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2020/nr-occ-2020-98.html His support for a federal licensing framework for crypto companies: https://www.coindesk.com/us-banking-regulator-suggests-federal-licensing-framework-for-crypto-firms Questions about the OCC’s stablecoin guidance https://www.coindesk.com/questions-occ-first-guidance-stablecoins CSBS “One Company, One Exam” policy: https://www.coindesk.com/csbs-firms-explained Battle with states over federal licensing program: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/31/currency-comptroller-reshape-banking-406393 FinCEN’s 2019 Regulatory Guidance: https://www.fincen.gov/news/news-releases/new-fincen-guidance-affirms-its-longstanding-regulatory-framework-virtual Federal Reserve says it is exploring a central bank digital currency: https://www.coindesk.com/fed-reserve-evaluating-digital-dollar-but-benefits-still-unclear-says-chairman His view that a CBDC should be designed by the private sector: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/69216/heres-how-brian-brooks-disagrees-with-fed-chair-jerome-powell-on-the-digital-dollar The OCC’s Financial Inclusion Project: https://www.occ.gov/topics/consumers-and-communities/minority-outreach/project-reach.html
49 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
38 min
Bankless
Bankless
Bankless
36 - The DeFi Blockspace Cycle | Nic Carter
🚀 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 ------ 36 - The DeFi Blockspace Cycle | Nic Carter Nic Carter recently released an article titled "Public Blockchain Fee Cyclicality and Negative Feedback Loops"... ... simplified "transaction fees get higher, and that incentives people transact less, and then that lowers transaction fees and that incentives people to transact more" According to Nic, there's no equilibrium found upon public blockchains with inflexible block size; the demand to purchase blockspace will always be volatile, across all time frames. Another perspective: constraints on blockspace availability dramatically impacts the kind of usage that is feasible to happen on the base-layer blockchain. Transactors who are transacting large transactions will pay for higher fees! This severely impacts the markets that are supported by public blockchains! Constraints on block space are constraints on market participants! David, Ryan, and Nic go through Nic's process is disecting the data that created these conclusions. Nic gives his perspective as to the ultimate pattern that emerges from this data. David reads Nic's article aloud on the Bankless YouTube! Useful for listening to the episode! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ1X_3I5KrI&t=666s Actions & Resources: Read Nic’s articles Ethereum’s Fees Mean Choosing Between a World Computer and a Financial Network https://www.coindesk.com/ethereums-fees-mean-choosing-between-a-world-computer-and-a-financial-network Public Blockchain Fee Cyclicality and Negative Feedback Loops https://medium.com/@nic__carter/public-blockchain-fee-cyclicality-and-negative-feedback-loops-1620141a8a87 The Adaptive Markets Hypothesis Robert Low https://blogs.cfainstitute.org/investor/2017/12/18/the-adaptive-markets-hypothesis-a-financial-ecosystems-survival-guide/ https://www.alphasimplex.com/wp-content/uploads/2004/09/The-Adaptive-Markets-Hypothesis.pdf ------ 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.
1 hr 25 min
Epicenter - Learn about Crypto, Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies
Epicenter - Learn about Crypto, Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies
Epicenter Media Ltd.
Simon Polrot: Adan – Unraveling MiCA and the New Regulations Threatening Crypto in Europe
Adan (Association for the Development of Digital Assets), is an organization which helps promote the development of the crypto industry in France, and more broadly in Europe. Its President, Simon Polrot, is also the Co-founder Ethereum France, which host the EthCC conference in Paris. The European Commission has released a regulatory proposal, MiCA (Markets in Crypto-Assets), which falls under The Digital Finance Package. The Adan team have been working hard to understand, dissect and establish positions with regards to this regulation. The scope of this MiCA is vast, and it covers nearly every type of activity which relates to cryptocurrencies, utility tokens, stablecoins, and security tokens in Europe. In addition to being broad, it puts enormous restrictions on the DeFi ecosystem by merely ignoring most decentralized use cases, making it nearly impossible for DeFi to continue existing as we know it. It's an important piece of regulation which would apply to almost every crypto asset company or issuer across the European continent, as well as companies who have customers or do business here. We chat to Simon who explains what the draft proposal means and the effects it will have on the European crypto industry. He also shares how the community can get involved in steering the regulation in favour of the industry before it's passed into law. Topics covered in this episode: * Simon's background and how he became involved in crypto * Adan's mission in France en Europe * The high level principles of crypto regulations in Europe and the frameworks already in place * The EU Commission's Digital Finance Package explained * What MiCA is and who falls under this regulation * How the Commission identifies “token issuers” * How MiCA affects DeFi stablecoins like DAI * What are Crypto-Asset Service Providers (CASPs) and how they are concerned by MiCA * How the regulations may impact mining and staking * How MiCA favors financial institutions over startups in the crypto space * Why Simon thinks there is a positive side to this regulatory proposal * What Adan is doing to raise awareness and lobby to amend this proposal and repair the issues arising out of the draft proposal * How crypto companies can take part in the work of getting this regulation amended before it passes into law * The possibility for an alternative crypto finance ecosystem to emerge from this regulation Episode links: * Adan Website * About Adan * Adan Webinar: Understanding the MiCA and Pilot Regime crypto regulation * Become a member of Adan * Adan on Twitter * Simon on Twitter Sponsors: * Algorand: Learn how to start building on Algorand – Free webinar on November 17th - https://algorand.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/362
1 hr 27 min
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
The Bad Crypto Podcast
The Bad Crypto Podcast
Joel Comm and Travis Wright
Building a Better Ethereum with Ben Jorgensen of Lattice Network
Building a Better Ethereum with Ben Jorgensen of Lattice Network To say Ethereum has issues is an understatement. While Vitalik’s little project that could soldiers forth with massive adoption and equally massive uncertainty, other blockchains have surfaced which fix many of the problems inherent in the current Ethereum code. In this episode, we welcome Ben Jorgensen of Lattice Network to the show to discuss some of the alternatives and how they are leveraging the power of Ethereum and Constellation to build a better ethereum. Full Show Notes at: http://badco.in/455 SUBSCRIBE, RATE, & REVIEW: Apple Podcast: http://badco.in/itunes Google Podcasts: http://badco.in/google Spotify: http://badco.in/spotify FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter: @BadCrypto - @joelcomm - @teedubya Facebook: /BadCrypto - /JoelComm - /teedubyaw Facebook Mastermind Group: /BadCrypto LinkedIn: /in/joelcomm - /in/teedubya Instagram: @BadCryptoPodcast Email: badcryptopodcast[at]gmail[dot]com Phone: SEVEN-OH-8-88FIVE- 90THIRTY DONATE CRYPTO TO THE SHOW: If you'd like to donate a bit of cryptocurrency to The Bad Crypto Podcast, feel free to send copious amounts to the following locations: $BTC: Bitcoin: 3GMgCH4dFUHSLdrPnLwEsfKPVnLnoGbzGZ $ETH Ethereum: 0x1ccE8A04fa6743eD1D24cA063c7543D43B42F328 $LTC Litecoin: LavXqTWVHebEgVhBXdg3Hue3xEAmgtxLgr $DOGE Dogecoin: DMngvNMX1U8Sg8PkDjCC3UTS8Mmn9RqTP5 DISCLAIMER: Do your own due diligence and research. Joel Comm and Travis Wright are NOT FINANCIAL ADVISORS. We are sharing our journey with you as we learn more about this crazy little thing called cryptocurrency. We make NO RECOMMENDATIONS. Don't take anything we say as gospel. Do not come to our homes with pitchforks because you lost money by listening to us. We only share with you what we are learning and what we are investing it. We will never "pump or dump" any cryptocurrencies. Take what we say with a grain of salt. You must research this stuff on your own! Just know that we will always strive for RADICAL TRANSPARENCY with any show associations. Support the show: https://badcryptopodcast.com See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
40 min
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
The Wolf Of All Streets
The Wolf Of All Streets
Scott Melker | BlockWorks Group
Protecting Your Assets with Jameson Lopp, CTO of Casa
Jameson Lopp joined the Bitcoin community in 2014, attracted by both its technological and philosophical use cases. His passion for security and privacy led him to jobs protecting both high-level institutional-grade crypto holders and individuals. Having been the victim of a series of coordinated sophisticated attacks, Jameson has been forced to become a leading expert on cybersecurity. His unique experiences led him to develop his own company, Casa, which frees users from the stress of self custody. Scott Melker and Jameson Lopp further discuss experiencing multiple bull cycles, the great lengths one must go to secure crypto, Bitcoin’s largest threats, a nation-state attack on Bitcoin, apathy killing Bitcoin, SIM swapping and SWAT attacks, buying a burner house, moving off the grid, Coinbase’s political controversy, Satoshi’s secret identity, the criminal interest cycle, going dark for good and 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. --- 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 6 min
Bitcoin & Crypto Trading: Ledger Cast
Bitcoin & Crypto Trading: Ledger Cast
Brian Krogsgard, Josh Olszewicz
How to play the Bitcoin bull market
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 the breakout in bitcoin, how we are playing it in spot and on margin, and what we expect for altcoins. We also discuss the news of the week around PayPal entering crypto.Links * PayPal enters crypto * PayPal buying BitGo 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 5 min
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