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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

Unchained Laura Shin

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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

    Willy Woo: How Bitcoin Reaches up to $300,000 by End of Year

    Willy Woo: How Bitcoin Reaches up to $300,000 by End of Year

    Willy Woo, a prominent on-chain Bitcoin analyst and author of the “The Bitcoin Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, explains the parabolic activity of Bitcoin in the past month. We cover: 
    why he thinks Bitcoin has more than doubled in the last month what the "double pump" market is and why Bitcoin may see two rallies this cycle what stage of the Bitcoin bull market we are currently in who is buying, and how they've differed from previous investors who still is yet to buy this cycle why Bitcoin hitting new all-time highs mean that we're in "uncharted price discovery" how his "top cap model" shows Bitcoin could be around $95k by end of year and how if certain trends accelerate, it could reach $200,000-$300,000 by year's end how the pandemic impacted Bitcoin’s price what on-chain movements he's seeing that make him call the current cycle of Bitcoin "whale spawning season”  how to gauge the increasingly rapid investor activity  what to expect from Bitcoin and Ethereum in 2021  
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
    1inch: http://1inch.exchange 
     
    Episode links: 
    Willy Woo: https://twitter.com/woonomic
    Woobull.com: http://charts.woobull.com
     
    Willy on Unconfirmed: https://unchainedpodcast.com/willy-woo-on-why-its-an-extremely-great-time-to-buy-bitcoin/
     
    Fibonacci traces tweet: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1347433551906500614?s=20
     
    Bitcoin reflexivity: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1344189627997949952/photo/1
     
    Who has been buying recently: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1347127159538688002?s=20
     
    Double pump bull market: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1346889817792004096?s=20
     
    Buying by long-term holders: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1346827893322616833/photo/1
     
    What percentage of the Bitcoin supply is liquid: https://insights.glassnode.com/bitcoin-liquid-supply/
     
    Premium above NVT Price: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1346797291668029440/photo/1
     
    Accumulation of BTC before the OCC announcement: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1346296294797582336/photo/1
     
    Will never see a $20k BTC again: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1345660018541019138?s=20
     
    Bitcoin as investment vs. tech: https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1345221723751206912?s=20

    NVT Ratio: http://charts.woobull.com/bitcoin-nvt-ratio/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Central Bank Digital Currencies: How Should Privacy Be Built In?

    Central Bank Digital Currencies: How Should Privacy Be Built In?

    This panel, from a panel for the fifth anniversary of Hyperledger, features Rob Palatnick, managing director of global head of technology research and innovation at the DTCC and chairman of the Hyperledger board, Matthieu Saint Olive, Codefi payments product manager and CBDC advisor at ConsenSys, and Robert Bench, assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this discussion on the current outlook on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), they cover: 
    what main problems CBDCs can solve whether CBDCs should be open sourced why building a new technology for CBDCs is preferred over using existing tech how concerns over CBDCs and their privacy implications differ across countries what possible pain points or opportunities CBDCs pose for central banks whether CBDCs should be blockchain-based to what extent CBDCs will be distributed and open networks, and whether fees would be charged for transactions how central banks are thinking about methods of adoption, like whether they will bank directly with retail customers or still use commercial banks  how developers balance the drawbacks and benefits of blockchain-based CBDCs with different stakeholders whether stable coins will be replaced by or coexist with CBDCs and what the future holds for the continued development of CBDCs  
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
    1inch: http://1inch.exchange 
     
    Episode links: 
    Rob Palatnick: https://www.dtcc.com/our-experts/robert-palatnick
    Brian Behlendorf: https://twitter.com/brianbehlendorf?lang=en 
    Matthieu Saint Olive: https://twitter.com/msaintolive?lang=en 
    Robert Bench: https://www.bostonfed.org/home/people/bank/robert-bench.aspx

    • 56 min
    2020 Highlights: The Biggest News Stories of the Year in Crypto

    2020 Highlights: The Biggest News Stories of the Year in Crypto

    Host Laura Shin recaps the biggest stories of the year in crypto, with clips from shows throughout the year. In this episode, we cover how the pandemic drove Bitcoin to new all-time highs, how regulation began to come for the crypto space in a big way, plus new trends in DeFi, corporate structures, and how ETH will change as an asset. 
     
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
    1inch: https://1inch.exchange
     
    Episode links: 
    Meltem Demirors on Bitcoin’s behavior during the recession https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-meltem-demirors-and-lyn-alden-on-the-perfect-conditions-for-bitcoin/
     
    Mike Novogratz and Raoul Pal on Bitcoin’s relation to fiat https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-mike-novogratz-and-raoul-pal-on-the-single-greatest-brand-of-the-last-10-years/
     
    Chamath Palihapitiya on Bitcoin as a financial hedge https://unchainedpodcast.com/chamath-palihapitiya-why-bitcoin-will-be-the-category-winner/
     
    Cathie Wood and Dan Tapiero on corporate adoption of Bitcoin https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-bitcoin-under-a-biden-administration/
     
    Dave Jevans and Siân Jones on regulation and VASPs https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-the-travel-rule-is-one-of-the-most-significant-regulations-in-crypto/ 
     
    Jake Chervinsky and Kristin Smith on the Swiss Rule and self-hosted wallets https://unchainedpodcast.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-looming-battle-over-privacy-in-crypto/
     
    Jeremy Allaire and Kristin Smith on Mnuchin’s proposed FinCEN rule https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-is-the-proposed-fincen-rule-for-unhosted-wallets-being-pushed-so-quickly/
     
    Jessi Brooks and Zia Faruqui on cryptocurrencies facilitating illicit activity https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-this-doj-strike-force-hunts-down-cryptocurrency-criminals/ 
     
    Brian Brooks on Americans accepting more privacy restrictions https://unchainedpodcast.com/acting-comptroller-of-the-currency-brian-brooks-on-crypto-banks/
     
    Meltem Demirors on privacy being under attack https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-meltem-demirors-and-lyn-alden-on-the-perfect-conditions-for-bitcoin/
     
    Haseeb Qureshi on the maturation of DeFi https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-decentralized-trading-has-10xed-in-a-few-months/ 
     
    Vitalik Buterin on risks that still exist in DeFi https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-ethereums-five-year-anniversary/
     
    Taylor Monahan and Dan Guido on DeFi security https://unchainedpodcast.com/defi-security-with-so-many-hacks-will-it-ever-be-safe/ 
     
    Vitalik Buterin reflecting on the last five years of Ethereum https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-ethereums-five-year-anniversary/ 
     
    Ryan Watkins on Ethereum 2.0 https://unchainedpodcast.com/ethereum-2-0-what-you-need-to-know/ 
     
    Olaf Carlson-Wee on DeFi impacting the traditional corporate structure https://unchainedpodcast.com/olaf-carlson-wee-if-there-is-a-money-losing-exploit-the-money-is-gone/

    Andrew Cronje on shifting corporate structures https://unchainedpodcast.com/andre-cronje-of-yearn-finance-on-yfi-and-the-fair-launch-im-lazy/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Why Is the Proposed FinCEN Rule for Unhosted Wallets Being Pushed So Quickly?

    Why Is the Proposed FinCEN Rule for Unhosted Wallets Being Pushed So Quickly?

    Jeremy Allaire of Circle Pay and Kristin Smith of the Blockchain Association explain the impact of and motivation behind Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s proposed FinCEN rule that targets “unhosted” wallets. In this episode, they cover:
    what the new FinCEN rule says, and how it would impact unhosted or self-hosted wallets, as well as crypto businesses why they believe this is really politically motivated and unilateral midnight rule making by Secretary Mnuchin  what other bureaucrats and policymakers think should be done instead  whether the rule only affects businesses rather than individuals  what information will be recorded according to the rule ways to circumvent compliance  how the rule affects DeFi and Web3 the procedural hurdles Mnuchin took to propose the rule, and what they recommend the crypto community to do try to stop the implementation of the rule  how the rule comports with European GDPR regulations  which government entities will be tasked with making the regulatory changes the space needs  why President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration may be more favorable for the space  
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
    1inch: http://1inch.exchange 
     
    Episode links: 
    Jeremy Allaire: https://twitter.com/jerallaire 
    Kristin Smith: https://twitter.com/kmsmithdc
     
    Circle: https://www.circle.com/en/
    The Blockchain Association: https://theblockchainassociation.org
     
    Stories on proposed rule: 
    https://www.coindesk.com/fincen-proposes-kyc-rules-for-crypto-wallets
    https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/88347/treasury-crypto-wallets-reporting-rule
     
    Effect on DeFi: https://twitter.com/jerallaire/status/1340060806088671232?s=20
     
    https://twitter.com/jchervinsky/status/1340050400871911424?s=20
     
    Coin Center response: https://www.coincenter.org/a-midnight-rule-for-cryptocurrency-transaction-reports/
     
    Brian Armstrong’s earlier tweet thread: https://twitter.com/brian_armstrong/status/1331745196887867393

    Collins Belton’s tweet thread: https://twitter.com/collins_belton/status/1340051986008350721?s=20

    • 58 min
    All the Ways Crypto Can Make Gaming More Fun

    All the Ways Crypto Can Make Gaming More Fun

    Marguerite deCourcelle is co-founder and CEO of Blockade Games, which is releasing the role-playing game game Neon District the day this episode comes out. She discusses her background in art, how her love of video games led her to discover Bitcoin in the early days of the cryptocurrency, and how she helps create the next phase of web 3.0 content creation and distribution. Topics include:
    how Marguerite became involved in crypto and what led her to co-found Blockade Games her work on Pineapple Arcade and Plasma Bears the problems she sees with gaming and how blockchain technology can solve them how Blockade Games is utilizing blockchain tech Neon District, a blockchain-based RPG game with active gameplay and animation that uses NFTs and farming the difference between ERC-721 and ERC-1155 tokens and how each is utilized in Neon District how they have been marrying NFTs with DeFi through the NIFTEX exchange how an open economy challenges the dynamics of gameplay and how they account for this in their game design why a decentralized profile can be so powerful in gaming the types of users Blockade Games hopes to attract with Neon District why they are using the Matic Network how blockchain tech within a game changes the business model for Blockade as opposed to a traditional gaming company whether she thinks conventional gaming companies will be disrupted by blockchain technology the problems in content creation business models and distribution and how she thinks blockchain can solve them her personal token, COIN, how it is connected to CRED and how the two work together and people earn them what Coin Artist Liquidity Mining is and how it works  
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
    1inch: http://1inch.exchange
     
    Episode links: 
    Marguerite: https://twitter.com/coin_artist
    Coin Artist: https://coinartist.io
     
    Yield farming NFTs: https://www.coindesk.com/nfts-yield-farming-defi-buzz-explained
     
    Crypto puzzles: https://www.coindesk.com/theres-more-money-to-win-in-the-310-bitcoin-challenge-heres-some-hints
     
    Blockade Games's seed round: https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-puzzle-artists-blockchain-gaming-startup-valued-at-13-million
     
    CoinDesk podcast network with Marguerite: https://www.coindesk.com/what-artists-love-about-crypto
     
    Delphi Digital podcast with Marguerite: https://www.delphidigital.io/podcasts/marguerite-decourcelle-building-towards-a-neon-future/
     
    Delphi Digital report on Coin's E-den syndicate: https://www.delphidigital.io/reports/social-tokens-the-rise-of-the-coins-e-den-syndicate/
     
    OpenSea store for Alex Botez chess pieces: https://opensea.io/collection/get-pwnd
     
    Blog post about the Alexandra Botez collaboration: https://coin-artist.medium.com/bringing-chess-to-ethereum-5969d9cfa07a

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Can Gavin Wood's Polkadot 'Make Blockchain Great Again'?

    Can Gavin Wood's Polkadot 'Make Blockchain Great Again'?

    Gavin Wood, founder of Polkadot, Kusama, and Parity, discusses what he calls the "meta-protocol," Polkadot. In this episode, he talks about:
    his vision for Polkadot and the problems he set out to solve when conceiving it why he considers Polkadot a meta-protocol the implementation of parachains and parathreads, how they are defined and how they differ parachain auctions and candle auctions how DDoS attacks can be prevented on parachains initial parachain offerings and how they differ from initial coin offerings and avoid the regulatory problems that were so common with ICOs on-chain governance on Polkadot and how it works how immediate implementation of proposals that pass consensus will prevent forks his answer to those who point to Parity's history with security lapses as cause for concern about Polkadot's security how he sees Polkadot co-existing with Ethereum whether Polkadot is working toward composability how the Web3 Foundation and Parity plan to use their collective stake of DOTs within the network how he plans to address the possibility that DOT could be labeled a security how he imagines Polkadot will serve the enterprise world and how Polkadot will benefit enterprise blockchains  
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    1inch: https://1inch.exchange
    Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com
     
    Episode links: 
    Gavin Wood: https://twitter.com/gavofyork
    Polkadot: https://polkadot.network
    Kusama: https://kusama.network

    • 1 hr 22 min

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Jason900 ,

Pushes the guests on the details 👍

Great show, the more we learn about this stuff the better decisions we (should) make. You provide a great service in this crypto field, which is not an easy thing to do, so keep going with the high quality content 👍

Sty1ee ,

Great unbiased content

Love the diversity and open conversation. This is a must for anyone that wants to learn about the world of crypto. Great work Laura, keep it coming!

Ian Love ,

Blockchain Assets

I always learn something myself from these podcast but they are also great for sharing with my clients and friends who want to understand in a bit more detail how this technology is evolving. Great work Laura.

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