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Unqualified Opinions is a daily podcast hosted by Messari’s CEO Ryan Selkis featuring candid, fast-paced interviews with crypto’s top builders and investors.

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Unqualified Opinions is a daily podcast hosted by Messari’s CEO Ryan Selkis featuring candid, fast-paced interviews with crypto’s top builders and investors.

    Virtual Private Networks with Orchid CEO Seven Waterhouse

    Virtual Private Networks with Orchid CEO Seven Waterhouse

    Many in the West often look to privacy preserving technologies like Orchid’s virtual private network (VPN) marketplace as enablers of nefarious activities. Go to a place like Indonesia, where 43% of the population uses VPNs to circumvent an overly censored internet and government surveillance of basic business activities, and you’ll get a different opinion. For protesters in places like Hong Kong, VPNs can serve as freedom preserving technology. 
    In this conversation, Orchid CEO Seven Waterhouse details the project's plans for creating an internet free from surveillance and censorship. Ryan and Seven discuss the evolution of the project, the role its OXT token plays in the network as well as Orchid’s unique listing on Coinbase. They also get into the origins of Seven’s peculiar nickname.   
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    • 53 min
    The Bitcoin Institution with River Financial’s Alex Leishman

    The Bitcoin Institution with River Financial’s Alex Leishman

    If Bitcoin is to become the foundation of a global, non-national monetary system, consumers and institutions are going to need Bitcoin based financial services. At least that’s the thesis driving River Financial: a Bitcoin only platform that borrows heavily from the user experience of more traditional financial services.
    In this conversation, River Financial founder and CEO Alex Leishman explains the thinking behind River’s single asset focus that flies against the grain of the multi-asset strategies employed by companies like Coinbase and Binance. Alex details how River’s BTC-only mindset allows them to deliver a suite of services that others cannot. This includes integration with Lightning Network, SegWit transactions, joint accounts, statements and tax reporting features aimed at Bitcoin power users, high net worth individuals and institutional investors.
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    • 48 min
    Special Edition: COVID-19 with Balaji Srinivasan

    Special Edition: COVID-19 with Balaji Srinivasan

    You likely know Balaji as the former CTO of Coinbase and now editor-in-chief of Nakamoto.com. What you may not know is that prior to his days in the cryptosphere, Balaji studied at the intersection of engineering, biology and statistics, received a PHD and has published several academic papers in genomics. Given his background, Balajis has been watching and studying the developing situation surrounding COVID-19 closely.
    In this conversation Ryan and Balaji discuss the current status of the Coronavirus, the variables to watch, the likely economic and geopolitical impact as well as what it all means for the future of work. This special edition will leave you feeling more informed about the implications of COVID-19 and the ripple effects to come.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dash’s Strategic Vision with Dash Core Group CEO Ryan Taylor

    Dash’s Strategic Vision with Dash Core Group CEO Ryan Taylor

    Launched as Xcoin in 2014, Dash is one of the oldest projects in the top 25. While the prevailing narrative around bitcoin has shifted to digital gold, Dash is still pursuing wide adoption as a payments network; an area that is looking increasingly competitive with stablecoins and eventually, central bank issued digital currencies (CBDCs). 

    In this conversation, Dash Core Group CEO Ryan Taylor details how Dash is emulating strategies employed by Visa in the 1960’s and Paypal in its early days to focus on one concentrated area and branch out from there. Where Visa focused on Fresno, California and PayPal on Ebay, Dash is focusing its efforts on adoption in Venezuela. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Enterprise Blockchains & CBDCs with R3 CTO Richard Brown

    Enterprise Blockchains & CBDCs with R3 CTO Richard Brown

    Bitcoin is a technology that launched a thousand ships. In one direction, hundreds of permissionless cryptoassets and networks. In the other, permissioned networks being developed by enterprises and governments to upgrade and iterate on existing systems and institutions. R3’s Corda is an open-source protocol that falls in the latter category.   
    In this conversation, R3 CTO Richard Brown gives an overview of the current enterprise blockchain environment, including his thoughts on Central Bank Digital Currencies being explored by every Central Bank from Europe to Thailand. Richard provides insight into how applications are being built on Corda to fix broken processes within trillion dollar loan markets and how Swiss exchange SIX Digital is attempting to fundamentally change the way its markets work. Lastly, he details some of the challenges Central Banks are grappling with when deciding how to roll out CBDCs to general populations.
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    • 58 min
    Crypto’s East-West Divide with Tron Founder Justin Sun

    Crypto’s East-West Divide with Tron Founder Justin Sun

    Justin Sun is easily one of crypto’s most polarizing and controversial figures. While many in the West have been critical of Sun’s over-the-top marketing tactics, it’s hard to deny the momentum Tron has built in the East. Armed with a TRX warchest, Tron acquired Bittorrent and streaming service DLive while making strategic investments in Poloniex and Steemit, all in the span of 18 months.   

    In what is likely Sun’s most candid interview to date, Ryan and Tron’s enigmatic founder discuss past controversy surrounding Tron as well as what Sun has planned for the future. Hint: it’s to follow in the footsteps of other Asian companies that have built off of innovations developed in the West to ultimately compete globally. In Tron’s case, that means expanding further into DeFi to go toe-to-toe with Ethereum. 
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    • 56 min

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