Modern Finance

By Kevin Rose

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 May 7, 2020
fantastic show


Modern Finance breaks down all things bitcoin, cryptocurrency, finance hacks & tips, decentralized finance (DeFi), yield farming, NFTs, robo-investing, and more. Join entrepreneur and technology venture capitalist Kevin Rose as he interviews experts and the entrepreneurs building modern finance tools. Time Magazine calls Kevin one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web," and Bloomberg lists him as a "Top 25 Angel Investor." Kevin has appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show, Charlie Rose Show, as well as the print covers of Businessweek and Inc. Magazine.

Episode Date
Liquidable Eth Staking with Lido
Vasiliy Shapovalov, the cofounder of, breaks down the mechanics of staking for digital assets, including Ethereum 2.0, while still allowing for liquidity with a token representing your portion of the stake.
Mar 31, 2022
Nexo — NFT Lending and High Yield Savings
Kevin is joined by cryptocurrency lending platform Nexo co-founder Antoni Trenchev to discuss how the company is able to offer its clientele such high interest rates, the pros and cons of federal regulation over digital assets, the utility of the NEXO token, and how people can earn crypto by lending their NFTs.
Mar 22, 2022
The Future of Decentralized Banking with Bankless
Kevin is joined by Ryan Sean Adams and David Hoffman of the Bankless podcast to discuss the current state of Decentralized Finance, The view on the role of layer one vs. layer two protocols, and the future of Banking.
Jan 27, 2022
Consensus - The Proof Collective's Grail Project, Heart You PFP, Twitter NFTs, Frog Nation, and Opera Browser
On this week's Consensus, Kevin, Feyyaz, and John O'Connell discuss the latest in Crypto and NFT. Kevin updates everyone on the new Proof Collective projects, including the Grails project and Heart You PFP. They cover the new Twitter Blue, which adds NFT profile pic support. They also cover Cover Frog Nation, An alternative to OpenSea called LOOKS, and Feyyaz drops alpha on Fantom and Opera Browser.
Jan 22, 2022
Particle: Fractionalizing Banksy with NFTs
Kevin sits with the founders of the Particle Collection. Particle aims to acquire and tokenize the world's greatest masterpieces via a Particalization Process which involves taking a painting's title deed, or the legal term for proof of ownership, and dividing into (in the case of the first acquisition) a 100x100 grid resulting in 10,000 unique NFTs. Their first piece; Banksy's 2005 "Love is in the Air."
Jan 04, 2022
From Web2 to Web3: Alexis Ohanian and Kevin Rose
Kevin is joined by Alexis Ohanian, founder of venture capital firm SevenSevenSix and co-founder of Reddit. Here, they discuss youthful Digg vs. Reddit rivalry, Web2 lessons for Web3 aspirants, the cultural and economic benefits of diversifying the crypto space, NFT collecting, the future of investment, Bored Apes vs. CryptoPunks, the power of community, and much more.
Dec 28, 2021
Side Chain Scaling with Sandeep Nailwal, Co-Founder of Polygon
Kevin chats with Sandeep Nailwal, Co-Founder of the Polygon side chain. Sandeep informs us on what makes Polygon different, his confidence in NFT's on Polygon and how to move them, future fixes to bridge assets to Ethereum, and the future of the MATIC token.
Dec 14, 2021
Where Data Lives in an IPFS/Filecoin World with Mikeal Rogers
Kevin is joined by Mikeal Rogers, engineering manager at Protocol Labs, the team behind Filecoin and IPFS. Here, they try to answer the important questions around decentralized storage, like where our NFTs and data live in a Web3 world -- especially when a marketplace (like Hic et Nunc) goes down. Also, they discuss what Filecoin is and how it works with IPFS, when major browsers will support IPFS, how we can speed up IPFS image loading, and much more.
Dec 08, 2021
Consensus - Welcome to the Proof Collective with the Proof NFT, Sheep Game, Monaco, The Metaverse, and Feyyaz's alpha on Tomb Finance.
Kevin and Feyyaz discuss the launch of the new Proof Collective NFT and all the benefits of the NFT holder. They also discuss Sheep Game, Jack Dorsey's rebranding of Square, Monaco NFT, the future of Facebook Metaverse, Filecoin, and IFPS, and Feyyaz drops some alpha on us for Tomb Finance.
Dec 03, 2021
Artist Spotlight: Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is Dropping ZIGGURATS
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Fort Minor fame joins Kevin to discuss why he was initially reluctant to embrace the NFT scene (in spite of setting Kevin on the path to his own obsession), drumming up acceptance of NFTs in the mainstream, industry skeuomorphism, current collaborations, the state of unreleased Linkin Park music, and where people can go to await Mike's upcoming ZIGGURATS drop.
Nov 30, 2021
MoFi Consensus - Going full-on degen with Olympus DAO, KLIMA, Abracadabra, Shiba Inu and more.
Kevin, Feyyaz, and John cover the rise of Shiba Inu, Olypmus DAO, KLIMA, Abracadabra, Fantom, and the new NFT photo platform Quantum. Quantum Art Quantum Mint pass Thor Starter Thor Chain Olympus DAO Klima DAO Toucan
Oct 29, 2021
Play-to-Earn Gaming with Yield Guild Games
Yield Guild Games is the DAO that invests in virtual world and blockchain games. Gabby Dizon talks about YGG's Origins in Axie Infinity "Scholarship" program, Governance mechanics in the DAO, and their game of up-and-coming blockchain games.
Oct 05, 2021
$BACON Coin: Fractionalizing Home Loans on the Blockchain
On this episode, Kevin talks to LoanSnap co-founder and CEO Karl Jacob about how consumers can invest in and receive yields formerly reserved by big banks and governments. They also discuss the tokenization of commercial real estate, how neighbors can pitch in to fractionalize and purchase foreclosed homes, why traditional 30-year mortgages are going away, and how renting might turn into fractional ownership that is liquid 24/7.
Sep 28, 2021
MoFi Consensus — Keeping NFT assets safe, Frontrunning Opensea Insider Information, Snoop Dogg: I am @CozomoMedici, and Arbitrum.
Punks Comic - Meta Hero vs DAO route Tezzards Art Blocks Subscapes Snoop Dog is Cozmo Medici Arbitrum - Optimistic rollups
Sep 23, 2021
Modern Portfolio Construction (crypto+stocks) with Chris Hutchins
Chris Hutchins, the host of the All The Hacks podcast and Head of New Product Strategy at Wealthfront, is back to discuss portfolio construction in the current world of crypto and NFTs. Kevin and Chris also discuss Bitcoin-backed credit cards and a hack to hold crypto in tax-efficient retirement accounts. 
Sep 16, 2021
MoFi Consensus – Art Blocks, H=N NFT platform, Avalanche yield farming, and a $35 NFT Kevin is collecting
Kevin Rose and Feyyaz discuss Art Blocks, The sale of a Fidenza for 777 ETH, A secret NFT platform and $35 NFT, Avalanche Yield Farming, and the Luna Anchor protocol. Art Blocks controversy Hen NFT platform Solana NFTs NFT Artist PAK XCOPY Avalanche yield farming Kevin’s Fidenza Sale Tyler Hobbs interview Luna and Anchor Protocol
Aug 28, 2021
The Solana Blockchain: Ethereum Killer or Piece of a Larger Puzzle
Anatoly Yakovenko, Founder/CEO of Solana, updates Kevin on the latest advancements of the Solona blockchain. They discuss the development doors opened with lighting fast L1 blockchains like Solana in the finance world. The implications of Neon Labs' deployment of a cross-chain Ethereum virtual Machine on Solana and purpose build Hardware development specifically for blockchains. And, of course, Kevin dives into NFT's on the Solana Blockchain.
Aug 24, 2021
MoFi Consensus [August 13th] - JPEG Summer
Kevin Rose and DCinvΞstor discuss "JPEG Summer," Wallet security and legacy planning, Kevin's sell and buy strategy with Cryptopunks, as well as his NFT Blockchain archeology.
Aug 13, 2021
DEAFBEEF and the Craft of Generative Art
Generative audiovisual artist DEAFBEEF joins Kevin to discuss how a childhood love of computer programming and the need to stay busy during the pandemic gave rise to his unique creative vision. DEAFBEEF addresses how the community has allowed him to evolve, why he created a series of NFTs that degrades with each wallet address change, and the plans to bring his work to the analog world.
Aug 10, 2021
Gaming NFTs and DeFi vs CeFi with Amy Wu
Amy Wu of Lightspeed Venture Partners joins Kevin to cover various topics, including how venture capitalists can add real value to projects. They cover Arbitrum, FTX, Solana, the Metaverse (and why Facebook is showing a keen interest in it), and blockchain games like Axie Infinity.
Aug 03, 2021
MoFi Consensus – NFT talk with Kevin Rose and Priyanka Desai
Priyanka Desai, VP of Operations at Open Law, joins Kevin on today's Consensus. Open Law powers some of the world's most significant Dow's ou there, including Flamingo Dao. Today, they discuss all things NFT's, including some of the additional access and incentives you receive by owning specific NFTs, The transition from Web 2.0 to Web 3, the positive social-political impact of crypto, and metaverse economics and "flexing" in virtual worlds.
Jul 30, 2021
The Origins and Future of Aave, The Decentralized Finance Protocol to Lend and Borrow Crypto
This week, Kevin Rose chats with Stani Kulechov, founder of the open-source and non-custodial liquidity protocol Aave. They cover the origins of the project, known initially as ETHLend before rebranding in 2018, and the platform's future, including the possibility of a decentralized Twitter competitor.
Jul 27, 2021
Zeta - DeFi Options Platform and Solana Season Hackathon Grand Prize Winner
Kevin chats with Tristan, core contributor to the Zeta Platform. Zeta is an under-collateralized DeFi options platform built on the Solana blockchain. The project is also the Grand Prize Winner of the Solana Season Hackathon.
Jul 20, 2021
MoFi Consensus [July 16th] - Crypto News and NFT Talk w/ Kevin Rose & Feyyaz Alingan
This week Kevin & Feyyaz cover: The THORChain hack, Binance stops stock token sales, Dogecoin founder goes anti-crypto, Jack Dorsey bringing DeFi to Bitcoin, the Damien Hirst hybrid NFT, Chromie Squiggles, and what is Dolce & Gabbana doing with NFTs? LINKS THORChain hack Binance stops stock token sales Dogecoin founders anti-crypto rant Jack Dorsey bringing DeFi to Bitcoin Damien Hirst NFT Chromie Squiggles on 🔥 Dolce & Gabbana getting into NFTs
Jul 16, 2021
Arweave - Store Data Forever With a New Type of Storage That Backs Data with Perpetual Endowments
Kevin chats with Sam Williams, Founder of Arweave. Arweave is a new type of storage that backs data with sustainable and perpetual endowments, allowing users and developers to truly store data forever – for the very first time. Show notes and links here.
Jul 06, 2021
MoFi Consensus [July 2nd] - NFT and Crypto Talk w/ Kevin Rose & DCinvestor
This week Kevin & Aftab (@iamDCinvestor) cover the explosion of Art Blocks, NFT avatar mania, Punks Comics, JPG on-chain curation, EIP-1559, the state of DeFi, and more. Show links: MoFi's twitter DCinvestor's twitter Art Blocks Chromie Squiggles Tyler Hobbs - Fidenza Punks Comic JPG on-chain curation EIP-1559 Worldcoin - scan your eyeball to get crypto BlockFi
Jul 02, 2021
Tyler Hobbs - Designing NFT Generative Art with a Traditional Touch
Pioneering generative artist Tyler Hobbs talks to Kevin about his history, how he mixes his hand drawings with algorithms, the tools he uses, the rare attributes his collectors are excited about, and the other NFT artists he most respects. Full show notes and links here.
Jun 29, 2021
Terra - Decentralized Stablecoins and The Power of Community with Do Kwon
Terra founder Do Kwon joins Kevin to discuss the importance of a truly decentralized stablecoin, DAI vs. Terra, the anchor protocol, Do's favorite projects, and the importance of community in any project that hopes to succeed for the long haul. Full show notes and links here.
Jun 22, 2021
MoFi Consensus [June 18th] - Weekly News and Crypto Talk w/ Kevin Rose & Feyyaz Alingan
This week Kevin & Feyyaz cover Solana's hackaton, Sir Tim Berners-Lee web source code NFT, DeFi and traditional bank consolidation, Fidenza ArtBlocks drop, Fanzone football NFT, and more.
Jun 18, 2021
Universe & xyzDAO - Building a Sustainable NFT Ecosystem with Tyler Ward
Tyler Ward joins Kevin to discuss the Universe Protocol and its xyzDAO, which seek to design an NFT "system that doesn’t live off the backs of artists and creates a sustainable ecosystem for artists and fans alike." Full show notes and links here.
Jun 15, 2021
MoFi Consensus [June 11th] - Weekly News and Crypto Talk w/ Kevin Rose & Feyyaz Alingan
MoFi Consensus is a weekly news roundup and general crypto chat. This week Kevin riffs with Feyyaz Alingan. They cover El Salvador’s embracing of bitcoin, how to haggle price on NFTs, XDEFI wallet, BlockFi’s insane growth, Satellite the Discord killer, and the $11.75M Sotheby’s Cryptopunk ‘Covid Alien’ sale. Links from this episode: XDEFI Satellite BlockFi
Jun 11, 2021
Alchemix - DeFi Loans That Repay Themselves with Scoopy Trooples
Alchemix co-founder Scoopy Trooples joins Kevin to discuss how Alchemix provides highly flexible instant loans that repay themselves over time without liquidation risk using decentralized smart contracts on the Ethereum network. Full show notes and links here.
Jun 08, 2021
MoFi Consensus [June 4th] - Weekly News and Crypto Talk w/ Kevin Rose & Feyyaz Alingan
MoFi Consensus is a weekly news roundup and general crypto chat. This week Kevin riffs with Feyyaz Alingan. They cover the importance of DEX aggregators, Bored Ape Yacht Club flipping, NFT investing strategy, valuing DeFi projects, India embracing crypto, and where we stake our crypto. Links from this episode: Uniswap 1inch Matcha Paraswap How to value a DeFi project Gemini BlockFi Exodus Wallet LP University (ThorChain Discord) India unbanning crypto China banning Bitcoin exchanges in 2017 Bored Ape Yacht Club (sorted for cheapest to buy now/floor price) DeGenData
Jun 04, 2021
Pomp - Bitcoin, Asset Allocation, and the Psychology of Crypto HODLing
Anthony Pompliano, a.k.a., "Pomp" is an entrepreneur, podcast host, and investor. He has built and sold numerous companies, ran Product & Growth teams at Facebook, and manages a portfolio valued at more than $500 million in early-stage tech companies. Show notes and links found here.
Jun 01, 2021
FTX - Building Crypto Exchanges FTX and Serum with Sam Bankman-Fried
Kevin chats with FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried. FTX is a cryptocurrency exchange that offers derivatives, options, volatility products, and leveraged tokens. Serum, created by FTX, is a decentralized exchange (DEX) and ecosystem that brings unprecedented speed and low transaction costs to decentralized finance. It is built on Solana and is completely permissionless. BIO  Sam Bankman-Fried (@SBF_Alameda) is the founder and CEO of FTX. Full show notes and links here.
Jun 01, 2021
MoFi Consensus - Weekly News and Crypto Talk w/ Kevin Rose & Feyyaz Alingan
Welcome to the MoFi Consensus experiment. A weekly news roundup and general crypto chat. This week Kevin riffs with Feyyaz Alingan, they cover the selloff, coins on sale, NFT research tools, and more. Episode links: Matic staking Exodus wallet (for Solana staking) FTX exchange (and the US version of FTX) Nine Realms Kevin's NFT collection Meebits Gener8tive K-Compositions Cryptoslam Alchemix Ember Sword TerraUSD (UST) Luna Anchor Protocol 0xdeafbeef
May 27, 2021
Brave - The Privacy and Crypto-Friendly Browser with Brendan Eich
Brave Software CEO Brendan Eich joins Kevin to discuss how the Brave Browser protects privacy, supports IPFS, has a built-in crypto wallet, works with your favorite Chrome extensions, and rewards users with the Basic Attention Token (BAT) cryptocurrency. BIO Brendan Eich (@brendaneich) created JavaScript and co-founded Mozilla and Firefox. Now, he's the co-founder and CEO of Brave Software, known for its privacy-first and crypto-supporting Brave Browser. Full episode show notes and links can be found here.
May 25, 2021
Flamingo DAO - What You Should Know About Decentralized Autonomous Organizations with Priyanka Desai and Aaron Wright
Kevin sits down with fellow Flamingo DAO collaborators Priyanka Desai and Aaron Wright to discuss favorite NFT projects, what DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations) are, how they operate, and how you can get involved with new and up-and-coming DAOs. BIOs Priyanka Desai is currently leading operations for OpenLaw, the project behind Flamingo and The LAO. Aaron Wright is a co-founder of OpenLaw, and a professor at Cardozo Law School. Full show notes and links are found here.
May 18, 2021
How Safe Is My Crypto Yield? with Zac Prince (CEO, BlockFi) and Matt Ballensweig (Genesis)
Earning interest on your crypto? Kevin sits down with Zac Prince from BlockFi and Matt Ballensweig of Genesis to discuss which option will serve you better. Zac Prince (@BlockFiZac) is the CEO and founder of BlockFi, a bank-like platform that allows users to buy, borrow, and earn interest on crypto. Matthew Ballensweig (@mattballen4791) serves as the Head of Business Development of Genesis, a full-service digital currency prime broker. Full show notes and links here.
May 11, 2021
New Coin: Mina - The World's Lightest Blockchain, with Founder Evan Shapiro
O(1) Labs' Evan Shapiro joins Kevin to discuss Mina, the world's lightest blockchain -- at 22 kilobits, "the size of a couple of tweets." Here, he explains how this works, what drove its creation, what this protocol looks like from a security perspective, and its real-world applications already being put to the test today. BIO Evan Shapiro (@evanashapiro) is the CEO and co-founder of software development company O(1) Labs, and board member at Mina Foundation, the world's lightest blockchain. Full show notes and links here. Subscribe to the Modern Finance Newsletter.
May 11, 2021
VeeFriends - Gary Vaynerchuk's New NFT Project
Kevin sits down with serial entrepreneur and social media personality Gary Vaynerchuck to discuss his new NFT project, VeeFriends. VeeFriends ties curated real-world experiences to NFT collectibles.
May 05, 2021
Art Blocks - Generative NFT Art with Erick Snowfro
Art Blocks mastermind Erick (aka Snowfro) joins Kevin to discuss the ins and outs of generative art, the innovations that make it so exciting and accessible, and why NFTs that can be recreated from their fingerprints on the blockchain are poised to be the most resilient art in human history. Erick (aka Snowfro @artonblockchain) is a Houston-based artist who works in various media, including projection-mapped installations, LED light art, cut vinyl, and 3-D blocks. He is also the founder of Art Blocks, the world's first platform dedicated to decentralized generative art. Full show notes and links can be found here.
Apr 27, 2021
The Potential DeFi Collapse, Bull & Bear Markets, and MobileCoin with Ari Paul
BlockTower Capital Founder and CIO Ari Paul joins Kevin to discuss the crypto cycles of bull and bear markets, the potential for a DeFi collapse, why you should avoid a crypto index fund or ETF, and a new cryptocurrency called MobileCoin, which aims to power all mobile payments. BIO Ari Paul (@aridavidpaul) is the Co-Founder and CIO of crypto-asset investment firm BlockTower Capital, and author of The Cryptocurrency Investor blog, where he has published papers on cryptocurrency lending, the history of money, and applying investment concepts to cryptocurrency. LINKS & SHOW NOTES All links and detailed show notes can be found here.
Apr 20, 2021
The Sandbox - A New Blockchain Based Virtual Gaming World Built on NFTs with Sebastien Borget
SUMMARY The Sandbox's Sebastien Borget joins Kevin to discuss the practical use of blockchains and NFTs for securing digital property and rewarding creators in virtual gaming worlds. BIO Sebastien Borget @borgetsebastien is the Co-Founder and COO of The Sandbox, a decentralized gaming virtual world, and President of The Blockchain Game Alliance, advocating for NFTs and blockchain in games. LINKS All episode links can be found here. SHOW NOTES How two big shifts in the gaming world are being addressed by blockchains and NFTs. [00:46] Sebastien shares his background of nearly 14 years as a serial entrepreneur, and what catalyzed his work to merge gaming with the decentralized world of crypto that resulted in The Sandbox we see today. [03:04] Currently, what parts of The Sandbox are centralized and decentralized, and how long does Sebastien project it will take for full decentralization? [05:51] In The Sandbox, to what extent can a creator give life to what their imagination dreams up? [06:45] How are additional attributes (like speed, power, and defense) extended onto a static, LEGO block-style creation in The Sandbox, and who defines these attributes? Is there a way for a community to be involved in these definitions if the creator wishes to allow it? [08:39] The unforeseen benefits of opening up feature definition to a community. [11:31] What kind of game is a first-timer to The Sandbox expected to play, and how can this be modified? For instance, is participation in player-vs-player content mandatory, or are there places in The Sandbox where a player can choose to opt-out? [12:36]  How does real estate ownership and property value work in The Sandbox? Will new land be generated over time, or has a limited inventory been established? [14:51] How big are parcels of land in The Sandbox, and how long would it take to "walk" across one of these parcels? Does this size in any way limit an owner's capacity to create? [17:32] What was the base price for a new parcel of land when The Sandbox began, how has it fluctuated, and what factors might have an impact on a parcel's value? [19:08] How is the $SAND token being used, and how can it be acquired? [20:33]  What is a game jam, how can interested parties participate in The Sandbox's game jam, and what coding languages do they need to know? [22:26] In what ways can people start interacting, creating, and trading in The Sandbox today? When will The Sandbox officially go live? [23:48] Will creators be able to bring external projects into The Sandbox, like existing NFTs (e.g. CryptoPunks)? [26:07] How does The Sandbox differentiate itself from competing projects in this space? [26:48] Does someone need to own land in The Sandbox today to begin creating content for it, and will that content vanish when the official launch takes place? [29:39] Will everything in The Sandbox be tied to the Ethereum blockchain, or is this expected to change? [30:18] What's the best way for someone to stay up to date with The Sandbox's developments? [31:50] Why I reached out to Sebastien to share what's going on with The Sandbox, how you can keep in touch with him, and parting thoughts. [33:27]
Apr 13, 2021
Cryptopunks - The NFTs That Started It All -- Their Origin Story and Future Plans.
NFT mania is in full swing, but where did it really start to gain momentum? CryptoPunks, 10,000 unique, algorithmically generated pixel art characters were sent to the Ethereum blockchain by Matt Hall and John Watkinson of Larva Labs in 2017, where they soon became a sensation. Kevin talks to Matt and John about the CryptoPunks origin story, their current chapter, and what we can expect from them in the future. SHOW NOTES Here's what CryptoPunks are, who created them, and how they're responsible for setting the current NFT craze in motion. [00:26] Matt Hall and John Watkinson of Larva Labs take us back to the conception of CryptoPunks. What inspired them at this time? [03:08] What made Matt and John draw the connection between centralized collectible and decentralized, on-chain collectible? Were they already involved in the world of cryptocurrency? [04:33] How did the Ethereum blockchain become the ideal platform for their experiment? [06:41] How is this data actually stored? [08:35]  What is a hash? [10:00] Were there similar art projects going on at this time? [11:13]  Who came up with the name "CryptoPunks," and why was this format selected? [11:58] Why did they decide on limiting the number of CryptoPunks to 10,000? [12:58] Most CryptoPunks are human in appearance, but there are also a small number of zombies, apes, and aliens. How did these enter the picture, and were there any interesting ideas that got left on the cutting room floor? [14:26]  Knowing now that these creations would carry historical significance in the circles of fine art and finance, do Matt and John ever wish they'd done things differently? [16:21] Do Matt and John have any personal favorite CryptoPunks? [18:24]  There are no duplicated CryptoPunks. How many attributes were they programmed to exhibit, and do the number of attributes contribute to (or detract from) a piece's rarity? [21:49] How were CryptoPunks launched, and what could someone expect to pay for one circa June 2017? What helped to escalate their visibility and popularity within the crypto community? [23:30] When did Matt and John notice CryptoPunks commanding mind-boggling prices in secondary marketplaces? [27:08] How many CryptoPunks have gone missing? [30:09] Have traditional museums or curators reached out to Matt and John during the current NFT craze? [32:25] Where do CryptoPunks and NFTs go from here? Are we in a bubble, or are we just experiencing the beginning of a new, sustainable commodity? [35:00] What are Autoglyphs, what inspired their creation, and how do they work? [39:39] What project is next for Matt and John? Will it be as groundbreaking for the cryptosphere as CryptoPunks and Autoglyphs? [42:59] With so many new blockchains popping up all the time, do Matt and John think Ethereum will endure in the fine arts space? [44:45] What other NFT projects do Matt and John find interesting and impressive? [45:41] Thoughts on projects that might be interpreted by some as flattering imitations and by others as derivative knock-offs of CryptoPunks and Autoglyphs. [48:21] From a copyright perspective, how do Matt and John protect CryptoPunks and Autoglyphs from third parties exploiting their work? How can someone who owns an NFT defend their property? [50:05] In spite of their good fortune thus far, Matt and John remain a two-person team. Do they anticipate scaling up? [53:15] Parting thoughts. [55:01]
Apr 08, 2021
Beeple - His Story, The Future of NFTs, His Favorite Digital Artist, and More.
Beeple (@beeple, aka Mike Winkelmann) is a graphic designer who has worked on concert visuals for Justin Bieber, One Direction, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Zedd, deadmau5, and many more. He recently made headlines when he sold a collage of his first 5,0000 "everyday" pieces of art as an NFT for $69,346,250 -- making it the third most expensive artwork by a living artist. SHOW NOTES Where's Beeple based, and where's he been? He's in Charleston, SC, but he's from Wis-con-sin. [01:54] Why does Beeple view sports and art as similar constructs? [02:56] Why did Beeple choose art as a career over programming, and how did he start? [04:54] Would you buy O'Reilly classic cover art as NFTs? [07:18] How Beeple clips became ubiquitous in the VJ world (which was as surprising to him as anyone). [08:35] What's the difference between an artist and a designer? [13:21] When did Beeple really start to feel like he could make a legitimate living from his art? [14:49] How was Beeple introduced to the world of NFTs and cryptocurrency? [16:09] Where did Beeple sell his first NFT, and what were his early impressions of the format? [20:25] Why the "everyday" pieces are perfectly made for collecting, and how Beeple justifies their value to the collectors. [23:30] Imagining the possibilities: what NFT collecting might look like in the future. [29:36] Who were the subjects of Beeple's earliest work, and how did his process evolve over time? [36:08] What drives Beeple's more topical work? [37:59] So...the Dick-Milking Factory. What's that all about? And will it incite a future Hot Pockets vs. Beeple ruling by the highest court in the land? [40:54] What's next for Beeple? [43:33] How can an art collector of modest means pick up a piece of Beeple's work nowadays, and how does this compare to what his art was selling for just a few months ago? [44:21] At the end of the day, how does Beeple feel about copyright infringement? [47:42] Other NFT artists Beeple thinks we should keep an eye on. [49:16] Digital art isn't new. Only the ability to quantify and commodify it is. [50:19] Parting thoughts. [52:16] Enjoy the show? Please consider leaving a nice review here so others can learn about and enjoy it, too! [52:45]
Apr 02, 2021
All The Hacks - New Crypto Earning Credit Cards, 5x Stock Picks, Hacking Discount Codes & More, with Chris Hutchins
Chris Hutchins (@hutchins) is the Head of Autonomous Financial Planning at Wealthfront. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of Grove (acquired by Wealthfront), co-founder of Milk (acquired by Google), and a Partner at GV, where he focused on seed and early-stage investments. SHOW NOTES Chris brings us up to speed on what's been happening at Wealthfront in his 18 months there. His focus: automated savings. Future goals: self-driving money. [01:52] If anyone knows how to get the most out of his credit card points, it's Chris. Between credit cards, bank accounts, and brokerage accounts, how many accounts does this Pointsmaster have -- and why? [02:38] Thoughts on new cards that offer Bitcoin instead of cash-back rewards, and why Chris has changed his mind about them over time. [03:39] What Chris considers to be the best way to pack your finances. [05:18] How do Square's Cash App "boosts" work? [06:43] How Square and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey continues to pleasantly surprise us with his forward-thinking entrepreneurial prowess. [08:38] Remember how hard it used to be to accept credit cards as a business? We do. [10:13] Why does Chris have such good credit? [10:57] How does someone get on the waitlists for BlockFi and Gemini cards? [11:54] What goes into building a diverse crypto portfolio. [12:32] Gemini offers interest on crypto. [16:41] Chris shares his tragic CryptoPunks story. [19:35] My mission with this podcast. [21:11] How you can keep your finger on the pulse of DeFi. [21:43] Why I consider Yearn to be an insanely well-run project. [23:19] How Chris is earning interest on his crypto right now, and why the current low-regulation climate makes it lucrative -- but not without its risks. [24:37] My own interest-earning strategies tend to be lower risk. A little primer on stable coins, how staking works, and why I trust Coinbase. [26:24] Why Chris wound up converting a lot of his random altcoins to USDC. [30:37] You can learn the basics of trading crypto without betting the farm. Sometimes it even pays back with interest (just don't depend on it). [31:17] What Chris considers to be the best way to optimize your dollars now. [33:38] Are DeFi "gas fees" the new payday loan? [33:56] Hot deals Chris is seeing right now (including how he snagged an Oculus Quest 2 for $150). [36:35] Cashback Monitor: better than Rakuten? [42:33] Dude, I got a Dell! (Well, Alienware.) [43:19] What is ShopRunner? [43:41] Where does Chris find his coupons? [44:38] Four stocks we each like. [48:04] Even though he didn't use the top-notch name I suggested, I'm excited that Chris is starting his own podcast: All the Hacks! What's it going to cover? [59:10] Parting thoughts. [1:03:54] The first episode of this podcast was auctioned as an NFT! [1:05:00] All show notes are available here. If you have 20 seconds to spare, could you please consider leaving us a five-star review there so this podcast gets heard by more ears? [1:05:31]
Mar 31, 2021
Chia - A New Cryptocurrency, Built by Bram Cohen, Founder of BitTorrent
Bram Cohen (@bramcohen) is the inventor of the P2P BitTorrent protocol, co-founder of CodeCon, co-author of Codeville, and Founder/CEO of green cryptocurrency platform SHOW NOTES Want to help review this show? Here's how. [01:08] Bram's original concept for Chia. [02:56] Proof of work vs. proof of space and time in cryptocurrency, and why Bram favors one over the other. [04:15] Understanding the mechanics of how this works in layman's terms. [06:10] Bitcoin mining, ASIC chips, and the cost of electricity. [07:25] How Chia farming is more sustainable and available to the average user than Bitcoin mining, and what it's doing in the process. [08:30] What is the plot file, and what’s in it? [09:57] Bram explains how "Timelords" operate in Chia farming. [10:30] Where do the winning “bingo” numbers come from? [12:45] What’s the smallest amount of hard drive space someone needs to start farming Chia? [13:19] What is the mechanism behind Chia farming? What happens to the data? [14:21] How is a farmer rewarded for their contribution? [15:52] How does the network process and handle transactions? [16:39] How should people think of this coin? What is it used for? [17:59] There won't be any transactions at mainnet launch. Here's why. [19:22] How many transactions per second will the Chia network eventually be able to support? [20:48] How Chia will be able to support smart transactions better than Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. [22:25] What is a colored coin? [23:55] Using Chia for DeFi, here's how Uniswap on Chia could be done. [24:55] How does a rate-limited wallet enhance security? [26:34] Will there be support for pools in Chia? [28:35] On supply of coin, halvings to fixed rewards, and inflation. [30:26] Is there any advantage to farming on SSD vs. standard hard drives? [31:09] Efforts Bram and the Chia team have made in improving plot speeds. [32:06] The rude awakening that prompted me to fix my hard drive plotting. [33:25] What does Bram see Chia looking like three to five years from now? [33:53] Bram’s thoughts on NFTs, and if Chia will support them. [35:01] How do we store large amounts of data on a blockchain (like NFT objects)? More important: should we? [37:15] Bram's thoughts on Filecoin. [39:15] Does Bram know Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto? Is Bram Satoshi Nakamoto? [40:20] Is Bram bullish on Bitcoin? [41:53] Does being green mean a lot to Bram? [42:28] Why farming Chia makes me feel nostalgic. [42:48] Aspiring Chia whales don't even need warehouses or RAID arrays -- they can farm right from their apartments with homemade rigs. [44:00] Parting thoughts about the perils of celebrating on launch day. [46:42]
Mar 17, 2021
NFTs - Blockchain-Powered Art, Trading Cards, Music, and More with Aftab Hossain
Aftab Hossain (Twitter: @iamDCinvestor) is a strategic advisor and private investor to projects in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, with special focus on decentralized finance ("DeFi"). He specializes in technologies related to the Ethereum public blockchain -- the world's largest decentralized blockchain for programmable financial activity. SHOW NOTES What is an NFT (non-fungible token)? For that matter, what is a fungible token? [02:20] We've been able to freely download copyrighted material from the Internet for decades, so what makes NFTs valuable? How does something like a piece of art become a uniquely accountable asset when it's tied to the blockchain? [04:22] Why might a collector (of art, baseball cards, comic books, or any scarce asset) find the NFT market so appealing? [07:44] Why an NFT has better provenance than a mint copy of Marvel's Wolverine #1 or a rare Magic: The Gathering card. [11:44] What is DeFi? [15:26] What were the first NFTs, and how valuable are they today? [15:48] How NFTs have infiltrated the mainstream, and what any collector should keep in mind about investing in anything that wildly fluctuates in value. [20:19] How can someone "burn" an NFT? [26:49] Where can someone check out curated NFTs for sale? [30:27] What is generative art, and how is it represented in the NFT world? [32:11] What is the first instance of generative art being tied to the Etherium blockchain? [38:04] There are multiple new NFTs launching every day. What's caught our attention of late, and how does a potential collector discern between NFT-based art created by a legitimate artist that is likely to go up in value and junk churned out by some Photoshop-savvy teenager trying to cash in on the NFT gold rush? [40:32] As the owner of two EulerBeats NFTs, what can Aftab do with those assets? What are the potential benefits of an NFT to an established artist? [42:21] To someone asking if NFT collectibles are a bit like a Ponzi scheme, Aftab asks: aren't all collectibles a Ponzi scheme if you extend the analogy far enough? [45:02] What are Unisocks, and how can they be used? Why, from a practical standpoint, is this whole NFT phenomenon something worth trying to wrap your mind around? [48:10] Other projects in this space Aftab finds worthwhile. [53:43] Will NBA Top Shot live up to its hype? [56:46] Where can people learn more about NFTs? [1:01:12]
Mar 11, 2021