Chain Reaction

By TechCrunch, Lucas Matney, Yashad Kulkarni, Anita Ramaswamy, Maggie Stamets, Kell Keller

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Each week, TechCrunch's Lucas Matney and Anita Ramaswamy will unpack and explain the latest crypto news, drama, and trends, breaking it down block-by-block for the crypto-curious. They’ll be learning alongside you about the industry that's captured the attention of some of Silicon Valley’s most influential players by interviewing some of the savviest investors, entrepreneurs and skeptics. Subscribe to the Chain Reaction newsletter to dive deeper: https://techcrunch.com/newsletters

Episode Date
Lightspeed’s web3 guru on consumer crypto startups and the metaverse (with Mercedes Bent)
00:40:29

Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita discuss the continued fallout from the broader market crash and how life is going for crypto giants on the public markets. We chat about FTX’s 30-year-old billionaire CEO buying up a big chunk of Robinhood, which is pumping the gas on crypto even as the market cools. We also discuss trouble at Coinbase and the continued fallout from the collapse of Terra.

 

In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita chat with Mercedes Bent. Bent is a venture capitalist at Lightspeed Venture Partners where she places bets on consumer products in  cryptoland. Before joining Lightspeed, Bent spent some time in the VR world, so we picked her brain on where crypto fits into this metaverse future everyone is clamoring about.

 

Helpful links:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/17/robinhood-lets-users-manage-their-own-crypto-wallets-in-push-to-spur-trading/

https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/17/coinbase-backtracks-hiring-plans-crypto-market-turmoil/

https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/17/encode-club-is-minting-new-web3-developers-amid-crypto-talent-war/

 

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May 19, 2022
Moonbirds founder talks crypto crash and where NFTs go from here (with Kevin Rose)
00:43:04

Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita discuss turmoil and heartbreak in the crypto markets as Bitcoin and Ethereum get hit hard, a number of other popular tokens get crushed, and crypto-aligned public stocks like Coinbase and Robinhood see their share prices tank. What caused this bloodbath? Well, a major catalyst was the disastrous implosion of Terra’s Luna token as a result of ongoing stablecoin woes.

In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita chat with Kevin Rose. Kevin is a serial entrepreneur who founded Digg in the early 2000s and is now an investor at True Ventures and a co-founder of the Proof Collective. His startup recently raised $10 million from Seven Seven Six and launched its NFT project Moonbirds, which has quickly become one of the most popular NFT efforts out there. Listen along as we discuss the crypto crash and its fallout, and the challenges up ahead for NFTs.

Helpful links:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/10/bitcoins-backers-trying-to-turn-it-into-one-blockchain-to-rule-all-crypto/
11:09
https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/11/ust-founder-do-kwon-shares-plan-to-save-its-stablecoin-from-mass-destruction/
11:09
https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/11/terras-ust-crash-will-make-life-harder-for-crypto-as-regulation-looms/

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May 12, 2022
Why are there so many blockchains? (with Jill Gunter)
00:35:02

Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita break down the chaotic rollout of Ethereum’s biggest drop yet — a virtual land sale for the Bored Apes metaverse. The startup behind it banked more than $400 million in the sale, but the auction of land tiles called Otherdeeds brought the Ethereum blockchain to a crashing halt, leaving users paying exorbitant transaction fees worth thousands and tens of thousands of dollars just to buy themselves some monkey land.

Beyond that, they discuss Wikipedia’s abandonment of crypto donations after a vote from the Wikimedia Foundation’s editors and how the SEC is bulking up its crypto crime division with a few new hires that are tasked with the daunting challenge of policing web3.

In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita chat with Jill Gunter. Jill is a crypto VC at Slow Ventures and the co-founder of Espresso Systems — a startup building a privacy-centric blockchain. Listen along as they get her take on why there are so many blockchains out there and whether we’re headed towards a future where one blockchain rules them all.

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May 05, 2022
Sequoia’s blockchain bull on whether crypto startups are building web3 or web2.5 (with Shaun Maguire)
00:43:08

Anita and Lucas discuss whether it’s wise to YOLO your 401(k) on crypto, why Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong is throwing shade at Apple and what Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition means for “Crypto Twitter.” Sequoia partner Shaun Maguire joins us for a conversation on crypto investing in 2022 and the value of partially decentralized web.

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Apr 28, 2022
Crypto's music man on how NFTs could shake up the recording industry (with 3LAU)
00:51:21

In our inaugural episode, we discuss Coinbase’s big art gamble, North Korea’s record-breaking crypto hack and Meta’s hefty income tax. We interviewed electronic DJ and Royal CEO Justin Blau on where the NFT industry moves beyond pricey JPEGs.

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Apr 21, 2022
Introducing Chain Reaction
00:00:48

Introducing Chain Reaction - a TechCrunch podcast breaking down what's happening in the wild world of crypto. Each week, Lucas Matney and Anita Ramaswamy will unpack and explain the latest crypto news, drama, and trends, breaking it down block-by-block for the crypto-curious. They’ll be learning alongside you about the industry that's captured the attention of some of Silicon Valley’s most influential players by interviewing some of the savviest investors, entrepreneurs, and skeptics.

Alongside the podcast, we’ll also be sending out a weekly Chain Reaction newsletter digging into the week’s web3 happenings with more granular detail, highlighting notable funding rounds, acquisitions, heists, personnel moves and spicy tweets. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

Mar 24, 2022