Unconfirmed: Insights and Analysis From the Top Minds in Crypto

By Laura Shin - Independent journalist covering crypto (crypto assets, Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, tokens)

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Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

Episode Date
Coinbase's Adam White on a Momentous Day in Crypto - Ep.023
20:56

Adam White, vice president and general manager of Coinbase, explains why he believes the SEC's statement Thursday that ether, in its current form, is not a security, is a historic moment in crypto. Also, from his vantage point of being steeped in the industry but interacting regularly with institutional investors and regulators, he describes where crypto is right now and why he believes it will be moving from an investment phase to a utility phase. He also discusses Coinbase's many recent announcements, from the fact that it will soon be a regulated broker dealer, to the establishment of services for institutional investors such as Coinbase Custody, Coinbase Markets and Coinbase Prime, to its acquisition of decentralized relay Paradex. He also explains why Coinbase decided to list Ethereum Classic, gives an answer to the Twitter people requesting Coinbase list XRP, and describes the main developments he believes are necessary to bring established financial institutions into crypto trading.

Coinbase: https://www.coinbase.com/

Adam White: https://twitter.com/WhiteAdamL

The SEC's speech containing the line asserting that ether is, in its current form, not a security: https://www.sec.gov/news/speech/speech-hinman-061418

Coinbase's move toward becoming a regulated broker-dealer:

https://blog.coinbase.com/our-path-to-listing-sec-regulated-crypto-securities-a1724e13bb5ahttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-06/coinbase-seeks-broker-dealer-status-in-keystone-capital-takeover

Announcement of Coinbase Custody, Coinbase Markets, Coinbase Prime, Coinbase Institutional Coverage Group: https://blog.coinbase.com/coinbase-institutional-deea317d23af

Coinbase's acquisition of Paradex: https://blog.coinbase.com/welcome-paradex-to-coinbase-62f16cc9bd74

Coinbase's announcement about Ethereum Classic: https://blog.coinbase.com/adding-ethereum-classic-support-to-coinbase-becb9a337e9c

Thank you to our sponsor!

Element Group: https://elementgroup.com/unconfirmed/

Jun 15, 2018
Joey Krug on How to Create a Regular Cryptocurrency - Ep.022
21:21

Joey Krug, cofounder of Augur and chief investment officer at Pantera Capital, talks about the upcoming Augur launch, and why we haven't yet seen a regular, non-deflationary, non-stablecoin cryptocurrency -- and how to create one. For instance, he says, an inflationary currency could distribute the inflation to particular groups. He also explains what the "impossible trinity" is and how an independent monetary policy in crypto might work. We also discuss new ways crypto projects are trying to solve the scalability problem  and he gives us his take on the polarizing EOS network.

Joey Krug: https://twitter.com/joeykrug

Augur: http://www.augur.net

Pantera Capital: https://www.panteracapital.com  

Basis: https://basis.io

Celer: https://www.celer.network

Counterfactual: https://counterfactual.com

Oasis Labs: https://www.oasislabs.com

Ankr: https://www.ankr.network

EOS: https://eos.io

Multicoin Capital on Unchained talking about tradeoffs: http://unchainedpodcast.co/multicoin-on-the-1-thing-crypto-teams-miss-in-their-quests-for-success

Thank you to our sponsor Element Group! https://elementgroup.com/unconfirmed/

Jun 08, 2018
Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation on the First Crypto War - Ep.021
21:56

Think Bitcoin and crypto assets are just vehicles for speculation? They're already having both a positive impact and negative impact when it comes to human rights, says Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer for the Human Rights Foundation. Gladstein talks about how he first became enamored with Bitcoin because of its potential to solve hyperinflation, and why he believes Venezuela is the site of the world's first crypto war. He also covers why repressive governments are excited by centralized cryptocurrencies, why impact investing focused on the UN sustainable goals will not address human rights issues, and why blockchain-based elections, which many believe could be fair and transparent, could instead be terribly corrupt.

https://twitter.com/gladstein

https://oslofreedomforum.com/

https://www.hrf.org

Blockstack on Unchained: http://unchainedpodcast.co/blockstack-on-getting-independence-from-google-facebook-and-amazon

Stablecoins and MakerDAO on Unchained: http://unchainedpodcast.co/why-its-so-hard-to-keep-stablecoins-stable

Roya Mahboob on Unchained: http://unchainedpodcast.co/how-bitcoin-solved-this-serial-entrepreneurs-problems

Bitcoin in Venezuela:

https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2018/04/03/why-are-venezuelans-mining-so-much-bitcoin

https://www.wired.com/story/where-could-bitcoin-succeed-as-a-currency-in-a-failed-state/

https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2018/04/11/localbitcoins-com-replaces-dolartoday-as-standard-reference/ 

Data showing that Venezuela, at the time of this recording, accounts for 8.1% of all LocalBitcoins transactions: https://anacoinda.github.io/localbitcoins/all.html

The North Korean government using cryptocurrency:

https://www.vox.com/world/2018/2/28/17055762/north-korea-sanctions-bitcoin-nuclear-weapons

https://qz.com/1199400/north-korea-is-suspected-in-the-530-million-coincheck-cryptocurrency-heist/

Thank you to our sponsor!

Element Group: http://elementgroup.com/unconfirmed

Jun 01, 2018
Jill Carlson on How Crypto Is Replicating Wall Street -- And Not in a Good Way - Ep.020
22:49

Blockchain consultant, Jill Carlson, who has worked with 0x, dydx, Algorand, Tezos, O1 Labs, and the IMF, discusses why Blockchain Week to her seemed to be too much about Lambos and how crypto has reached its "illogical conclusion" and is replicating Wall Street's misbehaviors. Hence, the Department of Justice's investigation into the price manipulation of Bitcoin. However, she sees a bright spot in decentralized exchange, but believes blockchain-based credit is an area that needs further development -- and that relies on decentralized credit scoring.

Jill Carlson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_jillruth

On Medium: https://medium.com/@jillcarlson

Jill on how crypto looks a lot like Wall Street: https://www.coindesk.com/growing-greed-crypto-looks-lot-like-wall-street/

DOJ investigation into possible price manipulation of Bitcoin: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-24/bitcoin-manipulation-is-said-to-be-focus-of-u-s-criminal-probe

Jill on blockchain-based credit:  

https://medium.com/@jillcarlson/the-mutual-communication-society-ae6a3a068858

Jill on credit scoring in a decentralized world:

https://medium.com/@jillcarlson/decentralized-credit-scoring-fe2c6c0611c6

Thank you to our sponsor, Element Group!

http://elementgroup.com/unconfirmed/

May 25, 2018
Mike Novogratz on Why Incumbents Are Still Well Positioned to Participate in Crypto Finance - Ep.019
25:46

Mike Novogratz, the founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital Capital Management, talks about the recently announced Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index, why it's limited to just 12 cryptos, how traditional financial players know more about crypto than people believe they do, and how "the herd" is coming. He discusses the biggest obstacles to institutional money entering the space, how their entry will affect trading opportunities and and which types of stablecoins he believes are most promising. He also talks about why he's not very sanguine about custody solutions from Coinbase, why the market might go sideways for a while and why he wishes he'd invested in Telegram.

Mike Novogratz: https://twitter.com/novogratz

Listen to the Unchained episode with Wences Casares, the CEO of Xapo, which Novogratz mentions in the episode: http://unchainedpodcast.co/xapos-wences-casares-on-how-bitcoin-makes-a-fairer-world

Listen to the Unchained episode on BitGo, which Novogratz also mentions: http://unchainedpodcast.co/mike-belshe-on-what-bitgos-kingdom-trust-acquisition-means-for-crypto-and-how-security-will-develop-in-the-future

Thank you to our sponsor!  

Element Group: http://elementgroup.com/unconfirmed/

May 18, 2018
Battling Corruption With Blockchain Technology: Tomicah Tillemann of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator - Ep.018
22:28

Many government officials have noted the potential blockchain technology has to fight fraud, waste and abuse. Tomicah Tillemann, cofounder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator, assembled an intimate group of 18 people at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center to discuss the ways in which blockchains can be designed in a way that fulfills the technology's most idealistic potential to combat corruption and democratize access, whether to the financial system, the ability to vote or to a self-sovereign identity. He discusses the Blockchain Trust Accelerator's work with a blockchain-based voting system in West Virginia, and with enforcing labor rights via blockchain-based contracts in a pilot with Coca-Cola and the State Department.

Tomicah Tillemann: https://www.newamerica.org/our-people/tomicah-tillemann/

Blockchain Trust Accelerator: https://www.newamerica.org/bretton-woods-ii/blockchain-trust-accelerator/

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/bellagio-center/

West Virginia Blockchain Voting Pilot: https://www.coindesk.com/west-virginia-piloting-blockchain-voting-app-in-senate-election/

Coca-Cola/State Department pilot on fighting forced labor with blockchains: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-blockchain-coca-cola-labor/coca-cola-u-s-state-dept-to-use-blockchain-to-combat-forced-labor-idUSKCN1GS2PY

Thank you to our sponsors!

Element Group: http://elementgroup.com/unconfirmed

Token Agency: http://tokenagency.com/

May 13, 2018
The UN World Food Programme's Blockchain-Based Food Vouchers for Syrian Refugees, With Robert Opp - Ep.017
21:45

Robert Opp, director of innovation and change management at the United Nations World Food Programme, discusses the Ethereum-based food voucher program for Syrian refugees. He describes how the refugees are identified, what they receive with their voucher, and how the system has allowed the program to save a half million dollars a year. He also gives a hint at how the program will be built on for other initiatives.

Robert Opp: https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/AI/Pages/opp.aspx

UN World Food Programme: http://it1.wfp.org/

Episode of Unchained with Vitalik Buterin, where he discusses the food voucher program for Syrian refugees: http://unchainedpodcast.co/vitalik-buterin-creator-of-ethereum-on-the-big-guy-vs-the-little-guy

Thank you to our sponsors!

Element Group: http://elementgroup.com/unconfirmed

Token Agency: http://tokenagency.com/

May 12, 2018
From the Bellagio Blockchain Summit: Blockchain Ethics With Georgetown's Cara LaPointe - Ep.016
21:30

Who sets up the rules of a blockchain? And how does that impact its users? Could there be unintended consequences? Might the design not account for the potential that bad actors will abuse it? These are questions that Cara LaPointe, a senior fellow at Georgetown University's s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, is about to release a framework for blockchain ethics. She and her team came up with six main areas of focus that blockchain designers should be considering from the outset, starting with governance, identity, data ownership and other factors. As Ethereum is facing the question of how the community should decide what to do with frozen funds or a potential cap on the money supply, LaPointe has some suggestions for how the major players should proceed. She also talks about the dangers of artificial intelligence combined with blockchains.

We spoke at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy, at the Blockchain Summit hosted by New America's Blockchain Trust Accelerator.

Cara LaPointe: http://beeckcenter.georgetown.edu/cara-lapointe/

The Blockchain Ethical Design Framework for Social Impact: http://beeckcenter.georgetown.edu/building-ethical-design-blockchain/

Thank you to the Blockchain Trust Accelerator: https://trustaccelerator.org/

Thank you to the Bellagio Center: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/bellagio-center/

Thank you to our sponsors!

Element Group: http://elementgroup.com/unconfirmed

Token Agency: http://tokenagency.com/

May 11, 2018
From the Multicoin Summit: Ryan Selkis of Messari on How to Fund Sustainable Journalism - Ep.015
19:15

Ryan Selkis of blockchain standards organization Messari explains why he jumped into a public debate between CoinDesk editor Pete Rizzo and Vitalik and Ethereum, in which Vitalik criticized CoinDesk for charging high prices for its Consensus conference. He also names some blockchain-based media efforts that can bring new solutions to the media industry and discussion how token-curated registries play a role.

Messari: https://messari.io/

Vitalik's tweets about skipping Consensus: https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/989525778424451072

The Washington Post tweet storm and article that Ryan and I discuss:

https://twitter.com/asymmetricinfo/status/989609519465553920

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/04/26/a-farewell-to-free-journalism/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ee18b4c8938c

Thank you to our sponsor, Token Agency!

http://tokenagency.com/

May 07, 2018
Civic's Vinny Lingham on When Crypto Demand Will Catch Up With the Technology
20:29

Vinny Lingham, the founder and CEO of blockchain-based identity service Civic, talks about how he hasn't seen token projects find good product-market fit yet, and gives us a sneak preview of how Civic is trying to solve that problem for itself. (Apparently, an announcement is in the works.) He also discusses how Multicoin Capital, where he is a general partner, takes this view into account when investing and why the firm is a proponent of EOS, set to launch in June. We also dive into why he is bullish on EOS, which is fairly centralized, even though he also supports Bitcoin for its censorship-resistant qualities.

Civic: https://www.civic.com/

Multicoin: https://multicoin.capital/

Multicoin's EOS analysis and valuation: https://multicoin.capital/2018/04/24/eos-analysis-and-valuation/

Thank you to our sponsor, Quantstamp!

https://quantstamp.com/

May 04, 2018
Hu Liang of Omniex on What Institutional Players Are Planning to Do in Crypto
21:28

Formerly head of emerging technology at State Street, Hu Liang is now launching Omniex, which offers tools for institutional investors in crypto. He talks at the Time Summit in Greenwich, Connecticut, about the four quadrants of activity he sees in the crypto space, why he thinks private blockchains will still be disruptive, and what institutional players are planning to do in crypto in 2018. He also discusses what concerns they have about getting involved and what Omniex is building to serve them.

Omniex: https://omniex.io

Hu’s CoinDesk article on how he categorized the activity in the crypto space: https://www.coindesk.com/four-quadrants-dividing-conquering-crypto-universe/amp/

We spoke at the Time Summit by Bridge Alternatives: 

https://timesummit.org/

https://www.bridgealternatives.com/

Thank you to today’s sponsors!

Onramp: http://www.thinkonramp.com

Quantstamp: http://quantstamp.com

Apr 27, 2018
Don Wilson of DRW Holdings on What's Been Driving 2018's Crypto Downturn
22:09

At the CoinAlts Fund Symposium in New York City on Thursday, Don Wilson, CEO of DRW Holdings, discussed what hopeful signs he's seeing amid greater regulatory uncertainty, what crypto regulations in other jurisdictions he finds smart, and how the regulatory cloud is affecting the decisions of institutional investors. He also described how DRW's customers changed over 2017, and why the market has dropped in 2018.

DRW: https://drw.com

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton's recent statements on tokens evolving toward and away from a security: https://www.coindesk.com/sec-chief-not-icos-bad/

More on BitGo's acquisition of Kingdom Trust:

http://unchainedpodcast.co/mike-belshe-on-what-bitgos-kingdom-trust-acquisition-means-for-crypto-and-how-security-will-develop-in-the-future

CoinAlts Fund Symposium: https://www.coinaltsfundsymposium.com

Thank you to our sponsors, Onramp and Quantstamp:

http://www.thinkonramp.com

https://quantstamp.com

Apr 20, 2018
How Meltem Demirors Uncovers True Value in Crypto Investments
22:25

Meltem Demirors of Athena Capital and recently of Digital Currency Group explains how the crypto world is creating artificial scarcity and how investors can uncover the true scarcity (or lack thereof). She describes why many projects have not yet able to create natural demand and how the downturn has affected many of their balance sheets. She also talks about how she's looking for investments and businesses that aren't necessarily sexy but will make money in both bull and bear markets -- and reveals what types of businesses fit that description.

Some recent writing and presentations in which Meltem elaborated on these thoughts: https://medium.com/@Melt_Dem/drowning-in-tokens-184ccfa1641a

https://www.slideshare.net/DCGCo/playing-the-game-the-nature-of-competition-among-blockchain-networks

The Carlota Perez book we mention: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/technological-revolutions-and-financial-capital

OnChainFX: https://onchainfx.com/ 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Quantstamp: https://quantstamp.com/

Onramp: http://thinkonramp.com/

Apr 13, 2018
Chris Burniske of Placeholder on the Downsides of ICOs
23:44

Chris Burniske, partner at Placeholder and author of Cryptoassets, discusses why he thinks initial coin offerings may not always be the best token distribution model, why he's more interested in projects that enable users to earn tokens through contributing to the network, and how token distribution models can be designed to take advantage of the democratizing potential of blockchains. We also discuss why Placeholder uses a ten-year time horizon as it invests in these liquid markets and why regulators may someday have to buy tokens.

Placeholder: https://www.placeholder.vc/

TPL: https://blog.zeppelin.solutions/tpl-a-framework-for-secure-peer-to-peer-exchange-7c69fd0aebc9

Messari: https://messari.io/

Harbor/R-token standard: https://harbor.com/

R-token white paper: https://harbor.com/rtokenwhitepaper.pdf

Apr 06, 2018
Ari Paul of BlockTower Capital on the Crypto Downturn and Why It Could Change Direction
27:07

Ari Paul, CIO of BlockTower Capital, discusses the slump in crypto prices, and how infrastructure rolling out over the rest of the year could have a positive effect on the market. He also describes how BlockTower Capital thinks about security for its assets and what risks they consider. Additionally, we discuss the movement in some parts of the crypto community to build coins to be ASIC-resistant and whether or not that could adversely affect the security of those tokens.

BlockTower Capital: https://blocktower.com/

More info on custody solutions and how they could affect the development of the space: http://unchainedpodcast.co/mike-belshe-on-what-bitgos-kingdom-trust-acquisition-means-for-crypto-and-how-security-will-develop-in-the-future 

Coins sorted by percent down from all-time high: https://onchainfx.com/v/aiTLnb

The Carlota Perez book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/technological-revolutions-and-financial-capital 

Movements toward ASIC resistance:

Monero: https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-kill-switch-monero-going-war-big-miners/

Ethereum -- Bitmain may have created an Ethereum ASIC miner: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bitmain-developed-ethereum-asic-miner-194845158.html

Discussion around whether to hard fork Ethereum to make ASICs obsolete: https://www.reddit.com/r/ethereum/comments/87ucsk/would_you_support_a_hard_fork_that_obsceletes_eth/

Twitter poll on whether or not to hard fork: https://twitter.com/VladZamfir/status/979060233430552576

Siacoin's decision not to soft fork to invalidate Bitmain's new Siacoin miners: https://blog.sia.tech/response-to-the-sia-community-and-bitmain-653a12284098

Its previous blog post on why ASICs were good for security: https://blog.sia.tech/choosing-asics-for-sia-b318505b5b51

Thank you to our sponsors:

Onramp: http://thinkonramp.com/

Quantstamp: https://quantstamp.com/

StartEngine Summit: http://www.startenginesummit.com/

Mar 30, 2018
Arianna Simpson of Autonomous Partners on Privacy, Cryptokitties and Crypto Regulation
19:34

Arianna Simpson, managing partner of investment firm Autonomous Partners, discusses this week's news that Cambridge Analytica had used data from Facebook to perhaps manipulate the 2016 election and whether that could create an opening for blockchain-based decentralized social networks. We also cover the announcement that Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures and top individual investors invested $12 million in Cryptokitties and why Simpson thinks the area of digital collectibles could take off.

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica story: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/17/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-trump-campaign.html

Cryptokitties: https://www.coindesk.com/a16z-leads-12-million-funding-for-ethereum-app-cryptokitties/

Why Arianna isn't worried about the downturn: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-smart-money-isnt-worried-about-the-bitcoin-selloff-2018-03-19?siteid=rss

Thank you to the sponsors of today's episode:

Preciate: ​​​​https://preciate.org/ and https://preciate.org/recognize/

Quantstamp: https://quantstamp.com/

Mar 23, 2018
Caitlin Long on How 'Utility Tokens' Are Now Legal In Wyoming
23:31

Wyoming now has five blockchain-specific laws. Caitlin Long, cofounder of the Wyoming Blockchain Coalition, describes what these laws are, what they mean, and how our least populous state became a crypto leader. The former chairman and president of Symbiont explains what this could mean for any project that aims to launch a utility token, whether or not ICOs held in Wyoming would only be available to Wyoming residents, and what big issue she thinks remains for the SEC to address.

Caitlin Long: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-long-/

To read the laws: https://legiscan.com/WY/bill/HB0070/2018

An op-ed Caitlin co-authored with WY House Rep. Tyler Lindholm: https://www.coindesk.com/haven-blockchain-case-wyoming/

Thank you to our sponsors, Onramp http://www.thinkonramp.com/ and Quantstamp: https://quantstamp.com/

Mar 16, 2018
SXSW Episode: Amber Baldet, Blockchain Program Lead at JPMorgan, on the Potential Clash Between Blockchains and the Right to Be Forgotten
21:27

Amber Baldet, JPMorgan Chase blockchain program lead, talks about what she was discussing at SXSW with Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf and what themes she heard at the Ethereum Community Conference in Paris. She talks about privacy in financial transactions, how "immutable" blockchains might conflict with a new EU privacy law granting people the "right to be forgotten." And we briefly touch on her work with Jalak Jobanputra's new diversity-focused group Collective Future. 

Privacy on Ethereum: https://www.coindesk.com/progress-hot-ethereum-privacy-projects-cooling-off/

The Collective Future: https://www.wired.com/story/for-women-in-cryptocurrency-a-new-effort-to-grow-their-ranks/

https://iapp.org/news/a/blockchain-technology-is-on-a-collision-course-with-eu-privacy-law/

Thank you to our sponsors: Preciate https://preciate.org/ which is seeking suggestions for who to appreciate at https://preciate.org/recognize/

and Quantstamp: https://quantstamp.com/ 

Mar 15, 2018
SXSW Episode: Former DOJ Prosecutor Kathryn Haun on What the SEC Subpoenas and FinCen Letter Likely Mean
19:54

As a former government official, current board member of Coinbase and professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Kathryn Haun has a unique and varied view of the crypto space. She doesn't necessarily see the SEC subpoenas as a reason to be alarmed and compares it to her work as a federal prosecutor. We also discuss the FinCen letter and why her take is different from the fear we've seen in the marketplace.

SEC issues 80 subpoeast: https://www.wsj.com/articles/sec-launches-cryptocurrency-probe-1519856266?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

The FinCen letter: https://coincenter.org/link/fincen-raises-major-licensing-problem-for-icos-in-new-letter-to-congress

Thank you to our sponsors: Preciate https://preciate.org/ which is seeking suggestions for who to appreciate at https://preciate.org/recognize/

and Quantstamp: https://quantstamp.com/ 

Mar 14, 2018
Spencer Bogart on Bitcoin's Maturation and the SEC Overhang on Crypto
22:23

Spencer Bogart, partner at Blockchain Capital, discusses why he think Bitcoin's growing pains are a sign of success, how the SEC regulatory gloom could affect the development of crypto and how a liquidity crunch could affect crypto hedge funds. We also take a peek at the coming platform wars.

Blockchain Capital: http://blockchain.capital/

New crypto hedge funds: https://hackernoon.com/the-fate-of-crypto-hedge-funds-ca5850e8421c

Mar 09, 2018
The Gender Imbalance in Crypto: Jalak Jobanputra on Why It's a Problem and Her Effort to Fix It
22:51

Future Perfect Ventures' founder and managing partner Jalak Jobanputra and I discuss the New York Times article earlier this week about how few women there are in crypto. We discuss some of the surprising comments we saw from women in the space who wish the story hadn't been written and Jobanputra's new effort to increase diversity in crypto, The Collective Future.

The New York Times article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/25/business/cryptocurrency-women-blockchain-bros.html

Jutta Steiner's tweet: https://twitter.com/jutta_steiner/status/968158503096471553

Meltem Dermirors' tweet: https://twitter.com/Melt_Dem/status/967983438945968130

Elizabeth Stark's tweet: https://twitter.com/starkness/status/968307972597272576

Wired article about The Collective Future: https://www.wired.com/story/for-women-in-cryptocurrency-a-new-effort-to-grow-their-ranks/

Mar 02, 2018
Brian Kelly on Token-Curated Registries, Robinhood Crypto Trading and the Petro
22:25

Brian Kelly of BKCM talks about token-curated registries, such as the proposal for Messari, by Ryan Selkis, formerly of Digital Currency Group and CoinDesk, and why such TCRs are probably a good idea, but what pitfalls they may face. We also discuss the highly anticipated launch of crypto trading on Robinhood and look behind the scenes at Venezuela's new crypto offering, the petro.

Token curated registries:

Proposal for Messari: https://medium.com/@twobitidiot/a-token-to-self-regulate-tokens-but-really-a61da77e6a7b

TCRs generally: https://medium.com/@ilovebagels/token-curated-registries-1-0-61a232f8dac7

A curated list of resources on TCRs: https://medium.com/@tokencuratedregistry/the-token-curated-registry-whitepaper-bd2fb29299d6

Robinhood launches crypto trading: http://blog.robinhood.com/news/2018/2/21/robinhood-crypto-trading-is-here

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/22/free-crypto-trading/

Petro:

A good tweet storm on some of the issues surrounding the petro's launch: https://twitter.com/alemacgo/status/966072887319973891

Some meeting having to do with the petro that Laura found amusing -- the guy's smiles begin around 00:25: https://twitter.com/infrabolivar/status/965777624516759552

Feb 23, 2018
Olaf Carlson-Wee on Whether $100 Million Worth of Frozen Ether Should Be Restored
21:57

The founder and CEO of Polychain Capital discusses why an Ethereum core developer is stepping down, how blockchains should be governed and whether speculators and users have equal weight in crypto communities. We also discuss an op-ed that suggests a new crypto-specific regulatory body, and whether or not it's safe for Salon.com to be asking its readers who use ad-blockers to give computer power so Salon.com can mine Monero.

Governance issue:

https://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/pull/867#issuecomment-365800936

https://twitter.com/5chdn/status/963730276743548928

NYT op-ed suggesting a new crypto-specific regulatory body:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/business/dealbook/bitcoin-cryptocurrency-regulation.html

Salon.com mining Monero

https://www.salon.com/about/faq-what-happens-when-i-choose-to-suppress-ads-on-salon/

Polychain Capital

http://polychain.capital/

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Weekly Insights and Analysis From the Top Minds in Crypto. 

Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto.

Host Laura Shin - Independent journalist covering crypto (crypto assets, Bitcoin, Ethereum, ICOs, tokens), and host of the podcasts Unchained and Unconfirmed.

Feb 09, 2018