375 episodes

Empire features interviews with top crypto founders to get the real stories that aren’t shared elsewhere. Empire is your look behind the curtain of the crypto industry.
We release two episodes per week: guest interviews on Tuesday and a weekly roundup on Friday.

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Empire features interviews with top crypto founders to get the real stories that aren’t shared elsewhere. Empire is your look behind the curtain of the crypto industry.
We release two episodes per week: guest interviews on Tuesday and a weekly roundup on Friday.

    Death of Crypto Venture? Rethinking Crypto Fund Strategies | Tushar Jain & Ray Hindi

    Death of Crypto Venture? Rethinking Crypto Fund Strategies | Tushar Jain & Ray Hindi

    In this episode, Ray Hindi of L1D and Tushar Jain of MultiCoin Capital share their thoughts on the evolving landscape of crypto fund management. They discuss the shift from venture to liquid investments, the challenges of timing market cycles, and the importance of maintaining a clear investment edge. The conversation delves into the changing dynamics of token launches, the potential impact of political outcomes on the crypto industry, and valuable advice for emerging fund managers. This episode provides a comprehensive look at the current state and future prospects of crypto fund
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    Start your day with crypto news, analysis and data from Katherine Ross and David Canellis.
    Subscribe to the Empire newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/empire?utm_source=podcasts

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    The 6th edition of Meridian, a web3 conference hosted by the Stellar Development Foundation is happening in London, England October 15-17, 2024.

    Learn more and get your early-bird priced tickets now at meridian.stellar.org by using the code BLOCKWORKSPOD.
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    Avalanche is a smart contracts platform that scales infinitely and regularly finalizes transactions in less than one second. Its novel consensus protocol, Subnet infrastructure, and HyperSDK toolkit enable Web3 developers to easily launch powerful, custom blockchain solutions.

    Build anything you want, any way you want, on the eco-friendly blockchain designed for Web3 devs.
    Start building today at https://www.avax.network/
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    Harpie sets the standard in on-chain security, actively monitoring and safeguarding your crypto wallet against theft in real time. It detects, blocks, and recovers stolen assets from risky transactions before they execute, shielding you from even the most advanced hacks and scams. Harpie is free to use and compatible with all Ethereum, Base, Polygon, and Arbitrum wallets.

    Protect your crypto today at harpie.io.
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    Step into MyPrize—the online multiplayer casino that lets you battle your friends and play alongside creators. On MyPrize, you're invited to get rowdy and share every victory and defeat with your pals. Because we know the only thing more fun than beating the house is beating your friends.

    Get started with $20 free when you deposit or purchase of $10 or more: https://myprize.com/invite/Empire
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    Timestamps
    (00:00) Introduction
    (02:14) State of Raising Ecosystem
    (16:54) Crypto Venture Evolution
    (29:18) Liquid Market Edge
    (37:45) Staller Ad
    (38:35) MyPrize Ad
    (39:11) Ava labs ad
    (40:09) Harpie Ad
    (41:02) Liquid vs Venture Difference
    (54:37) Token Launch Meta Shift
    (59:22) Fund Specialization
    (01:05:21) Liquid Investment Timing
    (01:12:54) The Rise of Apps
    (01:18:12) Where are we in this Cycle?
    (01:23:27) Impact of Trump or Biden Victory
    (01:28:45) Advice to Fund Managers
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    How Politics is Reshaping Crypto's Future | Roundup

    How Politics is Reshaping Crypto's Future | Roundup

    In today's episode we explore the shift in crypto's landscape driven by political forces. We dive into JD Vance's nomination as Trump's running mate and its implications for the industry. The conversation examines how figures like Larry Fink and Jamie Dimon are changing their tune on Bitcoin, potentially influencing policy. We debate Vitalik Buterin's controversial stance on crypto voting and consider how these political dynamics are intersecting with ETF approvals and fears of currency debasement to shape crypto's trajectory. Thanks for tuning in!

    Resources
    JD Vance's Tech Take
    https://x.com/BillHughesDC/status/1762547166348775770
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    Start your day with crypto news, analysis and data from Katherine Ross and David Canellis.
    Subscribe to the Empire newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/empire?utm_source=podcasts

    Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/JasonYanowitz
    Follow Santiago: https://twitter.com/santiagoroel
    Follow Empire: https://twitter.com/theempirepod

    Subscribe on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/4fdhhb2j
    Subscribe on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/mv4frfv7
    Subscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/wbaypprw

    Get top market insights and the latest in crypto news. Subscribe to Blockworks Daily Newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/
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    Sei Labs believes the EVM is here to stay.

    By providing the fastest time to finality of any chain, thousands of transactions per second and full backwards compatibility with the EVM, Ethereum developers can try out a brand new design space for their applications.

    Try out sei v2 devnet - visit the new sei.io to find out more.
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    Harpie sets the standard in on-chain security, actively monitoring and safeguarding your crypto wallet against theft in real time. It detects, blocks, and recovers stolen assets from risky transactions before they execute, shielding you from even the most advanced hacks and scams. Harpie is free to use and compatible with all Ethereum, Base, Polygon, and Arbitrum wallets. Protect your crypto today at harpie.io.
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    Polygon Labs is developing the next generation of open source zero-knowledge tech to aggregate crypto liquidity and user bases with the AggLayer. To support the aggregated future, the Polygon Community Grants Program was launched with 1 billion tokens — all for Polygon builders.

    Season One of the community grants program is live now, and features 35 million in MATIC to support the next generation of Polygon projects!

    Join the aggregated future today by applying at https://polygon.technology/grants
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    Step into MyPrize—the online multiplayer casino that lets you battle your friends and play alongside creators. On MyPrize, you're invited to get rowdy and share every victory and defeat with your pals. Because we know the only thing more fun than beating the house is beating your friends.

    Get started with $20 free when you deposit or purchase of $10 or more: https://myprize.com/invite/Empire
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (02:22) Is the Narrative Intact?
    (11:09) Crypto Native Metrics
    (14:56) Do Memecoins Keep Outperforming?
    (24:21) Trump's JD Vance VP Pick
    (36:46) Rise of Private Blockchains
    (40:16) SEI Ad
    (41:03) Polygon Ad
    (42:21) Harpie Ad
    (43:03) MyPrize Ad
    (43:41) Larry Fink's Bitcoin Bull Thesis
    (50:52) Mark Cuban's BTC Thesis
    (54:59) Vitalik's Political Take
    (01:06:12) Empire's Content
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Chief’s ETH & AI Bull Bet | 1000x

    Chief’s ETH & AI Bull Bet | 1000x

    In this episode, we dive deep into the current state of the crypto market with ChiefingZa, often the #1 rated trader on Bybit. The conversation covers the recent market volatility, the potential impact of a Bitcoin ETF, and the bull case for Ethereum. Chiefing shares his insights on the intersection of AI and crypto, particularly focusing on projects like BitTensor. The discussion also touches on the challenges of trading altcoins, the future of L2 solutions, and how to find alpha in the noisy world of crypto Discord channels.

    We'll drop a new 1000x episode on Empire's RSS feed and the 1000x YouTube channel every two weeks. Hit the links below and give us a follow!
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    Perennial is an on-chain derivatives protocol built from first principles to be a DeFi primitive. The core protocol is minimalist, flexible, and efficient, allowing Perennial to mold to the needs of many different users & use cases.

    Perennial has a super efficient core protocol that lets LPs use native maker leverage — allowing $1mn in TVL to back to $5-10mn in Open interest.

    Trade and LP at: https://perennial.finance/1000x
    Social: https://x.com/perenniallabs
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    Timestamps:
    (0:00) Introduction
    (1:23) ChiefingZa Trading Origin
    (6:21) Are we Back?
    (16:09) Perennial Ad
    (17:40) Ethereum's Return & Religion
    (34:15) WorldCoin's Bull Case
    (39:55) The AI Narrative
    (50:28) Is AI at the Top?
    (54:02) Discord's Alpha Use case
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    Follow ChiefingZa: https://x.com/chiefingza
    Follow Avi: https://twitter.com/AviFelman
    Follow Jonah: https://twitter.com/jvb_xyz
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    Get top market insights and the latest in crypto news. Subscribe to Blockworks Daily Newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on 1000x is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Avi, Jonah and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed

    • 58 min
    How Crypto Solves the Global Money Problem | Paul Bances, PayPal

    How Crypto Solves the Global Money Problem | Paul Bances, PayPal

    In this episode, Paul Bances, VP of Market and Business Development at PayPal Crypto, discusses the evolution of global money movement and PayPal's stablecoin answer. He explains the inefficiencies in traditional payment systems and how stablecoins can address these issues. Bances also delves into PayPal's strategy behind launching pyUSD, its potential impact on various payment scenarios, and the company's vision for the future of digital payments. The conversation also covers the regulatory landscape, the choice of blockchain platforms, and the broader implications for global commerce and financial inclusion. Thanks for tuning in!

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    Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/JasonYanowitz
    Follow Santiago: https://twitter.com/santiagoroel
    Follow Empire: https://twitter.com/theempirepod

    Subscribe on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/4fdhhb2j
    Subscribe on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/mv4frfv7
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    Start your day with crypto news, analysis and data from Katherine Ross and David Canellis.
    Subscribe to the Empire newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/empire?utm_source=podcasts

    Get top market insights and the latest in crypto news. Subscribe to Blockworks Daily Newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/
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    The 6th edition of Meridian, a web3 conference hosted by the Stellar Development Foundation is happening in London, England October 15-17, 2024.

    Learn more and get your early-bird priced tickets now at meridian.stellar.org by using the code BLOCKWORKSPOD.
    - -
    Polygon Labs is developing the next generation of open source zero-knowledge tech to aggregate crypto liquidity and user bases with the AggLayer. To support the aggregated future, the Polygon Community Grants Program was launched with 1 billion tokens — all for Polygon builders.

    Season One of the community grants program is live now, and features 35 million in MATIC to support the next generation of Polygon projects!

    Join the aggregated future today by applying at https://polygon.technology/grants
    - -
    Harpie sets the standard in on-chain security, actively monitoring and safeguarding your crypto wallet against theft in real time. It detects, blocks, and recovers stolen assets from risky transactions before they execute, shielding you from even the most advanced hacks and scams. Harpie is free to use and compatible with all Ethereum, Base, Polygon, and Arbitrum wallets.

    Protect your crypto today at harpie.io.
    - -
    Step into MyPrize—the online multiplayer casino that lets you battle your friends and play alongside creators. On MyPrize, you're invited to get rowdy and share every victory and defeat with your pals. Because we know the only thing more fun than beating the house is beating your friends.

    Get started with $20 free when you deposit or purchase of $10 or more: https://myprize.com/invite/Empire
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (01:33) How Does Money Move?
    (07:00) Delayed Settlement Risk
    (10:30) Cross Border Stablecoin Unlock
    (17:53) History of Paypal Crypto Strategy
    (26:14) Stellar Ad
    (27:04) Polygon Ad
    (28:15) pyUSD Design Decisions
    (34:24) Stablecoin Landscape
    (37:07) Global & Market Opportunity
    (47:31) Why Solana Over L2s or Alt L1s
    (50:34) Political Climate Impact
    (55:42) Optimistic pyUSD Endgame
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr
    What Makes Crypto Conferences Valuable | Roundup

    What Makes Crypto Conferences Valuable | Roundup

    Today's episode dives deep into the world of crypto conferences, exploring their evolving role in the industry. Santi unpacks his recent EthCC Brussels experience, while Jason unearths the rise of side events at crypto conferences. They debate the true value of these gatherings for networking, deal-making, and industry progress. The conversation also touches on market dynamics, VC scandals, and future predictions, providing a comprehensive view of the current state of the crypto ecosystem.

    Resources
    GasApp
    https://x.com/gasappteam
    https://x.com/nikitabier
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    Start your day with crypto news, analysis and data from Katherine Ross and David Canellis.
    Subscribe to the Empire newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/empire?utm_source=podcasts

    Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/JasonYanowitz
    Follow Santiago: https://twitter.com/santiagoroel
    Follow Empire: https://twitter.com/theempirepod

    Subscribe on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/4fdhhb2j
    Subscribe on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/mv4frfv7
    Subscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/wbaypprw

    Get top market insights and the latest in crypto news. Subscribe to Blockworks Daily Newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/
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    Sei Labs believes the EVM is here to stay.

    By providing the fastest time to finality of any chain, thousands of transactions per second and full backwards compatibility with the EVM, Ethereum developers can try out a brand new design space for their applications.

    Try out sei v2 devnet - visit the new sei.io to find out more.
    - -
    Polygon Labs is developing the next generation of open source zero-knowledge tech to aggregate crypto liquidity and user bases with the AggLayer. To support the aggregated future, the Polygon Community Grants Program was launched with 1 billion tokens — all for Polygon builders.

    Season One of the community grants program is live now, and features 35 million in MATIC to support the next generation of Polygon projects!

    Join the aggregated future today by applying at https://polygon.technology/grants
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Surviving Brussels
    (06:24) Conference Dynamics
    (14:56) Social Incentive Layer 
    (25:01) Funny YouTube Comments & Fear of Sharks
    (28:47) Germany BTC Selling
    (32:07) Sei Ad
    (33:04) Polygon Ad
    (34:13) NVIDIA vs Coinbase Stock
    (38:29) Eclipse Adviser Token Debacle
    (44:56) Where are we in the Cycle 
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 56 min
    Why Crypto Needs Better Insurance Models | Drew Patel, Karak

    Why Crypto Needs Better Insurance Models | Drew Patel, Karak

    In this episode, Drew, co-founder of Karak, discusses the evolution of crypto security from DeFi insurance to restaking. He explains Karak's multi-chain support and diverse collateral types. The conversation also covers the challenges of DeFi insurance, the potential of restaking to lower security costs for projects, and the importance of creating sustainable yield sources. Drew also shares insights on Karak's development philosophy, the risks associated with restaking, and his vision for the future of crypto risk management. Thanks for tuning in!

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    Follow Drew: https://x.com/Dewpey
    Follow Jason: https://twitter.com/JasonYanowitz
    Follow Santiago: https://twitter.com/santiagoroel
    Follow Empire: https://twitter.com/theempirepod

    Subscribe on YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/4fdhhb2j
    Subscribe on Apple: https://tinyurl.com/mv4frfv7
    Subscribe on Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/wbaypprw

    Start your day with crypto news, analysis and data from Katherine Ross and David Canellis.
    Subscribe to the Empire newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/empire?utm_source=podcasts

    Get top market insights and the latest in crypto news. Subscribe to Blockworks Daily Newsletter: https://blockworks.co/newsletter/
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    Sei Labs believes the EVM is here to stay.

    By providing the fastest time to finality of any chain, thousands of transactions per second and full backwards compatibility with the EVM, Ethereum developers can try out a brand new design space for their applications.

    Try out sei v2 devnet - visit the new sei.io to find out more.
    - -
    Polygon Labs is developing the next generation of open source zero-knowledge tech to aggregate crypto liquidity and user bases with the AggLayer. To support the aggregated future, the Polygon Community Grants Program was launched with 1 billion tokens — all for Polygon builders.

    Season One of the community grants program is live now, and features 35 million in MATIC to support the next generation of Polygon projects!

    Join the aggregated future today by applying at https://polygon.technology/grants
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (01:23) Insurance Security in Crypto
    (12:32) Onchain Insurance Bull Case
    (22:09) Karak Restaking PMF
    (26:24) Risks of Restaking
    (31:02) Size of the Restaking Market
    (41:04) Sei Ad
    (42:02) Polygon Ad
    (43:12) Free Market Restaking
    (49:17) DSS Curation & Risks
    (55:17) Karak Traction
    (01:11:14) Measuring Karak Success
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

William R 2022 ,

Huge Fan!

Some of the best guest speakers with consistently balanced and informative discussion. Big fan!

andrewlennox ,

Must listen!

My go-to podcast!

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New fav crypto podcast

Only listened to a single episode so far and already full of new insight! Can’t wait to make this Empire podcast part of my weekly routine. Congrats, Jason!

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