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Host Charlie Shrem dives deep into the lives and personal histories of some of crypto’s most influential leaders. A focus on personal stories weaves together a nuanced, untold narrative of how the bitcoin, crypto and web3 movements truly came to be.

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Host Charlie Shrem dives deep into the lives and personal histories of some of crypto’s most influential leaders. A focus on personal stories weaves together a nuanced, untold narrative of how the bitcoin, crypto and web3 movements truly came to be.

    Crypto Narrative Drivers for 2022 with Scott Melker

    Crypto Narrative Drivers for 2022 with Scott Melker

    My guest today is my friend, Scott Melker, the Wolf of All Streets. Scott is a trader, investor, and the host of the popular “The Wolf of All Streets Podcast,” the author of “The Wolf Den” Newsletter, and prolific writer and thought leader in the crypto space. He has been featured on Fox Business, in the New York Times, Forbes, Businessweek, The Wall St. Journal, Coindesk, CoinTelegraph, CNN, and much more. Prior to jumping down the Crypto rabbit hole, Scott Melker, also known as The Melker Project, had a 20-year music career and was a world-renowned producer and DJ. He has played alongside legends from nearly every musical genre, including Enrique Iglesias, Future, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Crosby Stills & Nash, Neyo, Sheryl Crow, T.I., Jason Derulo, Public Enemy, Kanye West, DJ AM, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Lupe Fiasco, Prince Royce, J Balvin, Joey Montana and more. In our conversation we discuss the larger market conditions, the future of NFTs, growing an audience, and best practices for aspiring crypto traders and investors. We begin our conversation by discussing the broader market conditions. We discuss Bitcoin’s current bearish divergence and the impact the Fed’s tightening policies may have on the crypto markets. Scott did an excellent job at giving context of the current volatile conditions by asking the listeners to zoom out and understand we are still very early in the adoption curve of digital assets. One of the more important conversation topics was how for the first time crypto is considered by the broader investment community as an established asset class and how that changes the market dynamics for long term investors. Our conversation naturally transitions to advice on how to navigate the volatile market conditions, Scott shares a ton of actionable advice on how to tackle the volatility and why this could be a generational buying opportunity. Our next conversation topic centered around NFTs. Scott’s unique experience has given him clear insights on the future applications of NFTs and the impact on creators. Scott emphasizes the need for creators to accrue 1,000 true fans to develop a loyal fan base and how NFTs give creators more ways to accrue those 1,000 true fans. The last portion of our discussion centered around how the digital asset space is evolving and what sectors we believe will be narrative drivers throughout 2022. Scott explains why he believes rollups and layer-2s will dominate the narrative. We also discuss why Bitcoin dominance may continue to decline as the digital asset space continues to mature. This conversation is full of alpha and actionable advice. Please enjoy my conversation with my friend, Scott Melker.
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    • 48 min
    Innovating on Bitcoin Layers with Andreas Kohl

    Innovating on Bitcoin Layers with Andreas Kohl

    My guest today is my friend Andreas Kohl, Chief Business Development Officer of Mintlayer. Mintlayer is a Bitcoin sidechain dedicated to asset tokenization - like stablecoins and stock tokens - and DEX transactions, including direct atomic swap and lightning swaps between BTC and any token issued on the Mintlayer sidechain. MLT is the governance utility token that is used for: * Running blocksigner nodes on the network via staking MLT. * Fees for processing transactions, creating tokenized assets, ACL rules and smart contracts. The Mintlayer Consensus system is called DSA, a sort of refined Proof of Stake system secured by the Bitcoin Proof of Work, thanks to the mechanism of anchoring and checkpoints on the Bitcoin mainchain. Andreas is a Bitcoin maximalist, libertarian, and futurist. He is passionate about decentralization, self-determination, and maximizing human potential. Prior to joining the Bitcoin space he worked extensively within the libertarian community working for various major libertarian organizations and institutions. Our conversation centers around Bitcoin, Mintlayer, Reimagining DeFi on Bitcoin, Layer-2s and Sidechains, Bitcoin’s impact on society, and much more. Andreas does an excellent job at explaining the design trade-offs when optimizing for various engineering parameters. This naturally leads to our conversation about the unique approach Mintlayer is taking to optimize for decentralization and atomic interoperability with Bitcoin. Andreas blew me away with his knowledge about the technical challenges of building blockchains. The next part of the conversation centers around bringing DeFi to Bitcoin. Andreas explains how Mintlayer utilizes the Lightning Network to truly scale Bitcoin to be the hub for DeFi. Another very interesting conversation was how Mintlayer is gas token agnostic. We discuss the possibilities of creating ecosystems on top of Mintlayer that are able to use their own tokens to process and validate transactions without the need for any other outside token. A very important conversation topic was how DeFi can be reimagined with Bitcoin at the center. Our final conversation topic was to discuss Bitcoin’s 13th anniversary and how the space has changed but more importantly how Bitcoin has changed society in the last 13 years. Please enjoy my conversation with my friend Andreas Kohl.
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    • 41 min
    Bitcoin and the Fourth Turning with Brandon Quittem

    Bitcoin and the Fourth Turning with Brandon Quittem

    My guest today is Brandon Quittem, Head of User Acquisitions at Swan Bitcoin. Swan Bitcoin isn’t a crypto exchange. It’s a bitcoin-only accumulation platform, with options for both one-time purchases and recurring purchases (dollar-cost averaging plans). It works easily on both a desktop device or mobile device. In addition to their consumer-focused platform, they also have Swan Private for large buyers, family offices, and businesses. This has become an increasingly important part of their business. If you want to buy a large amount, want to add bitcoin to a company balance sheet, or want to consult with experts about custody, that’s your portal. And they’re in the process of launching Swan Advisor Services, which allows financial advisors to integrate bitcoin into client portfolios easily, including reporting and rebalancing. Swan is expanding its depth and quality of bitcoin-based services, rather than expanding its multi-coin approaches. Quality over quantity, in other words. Brandon graduated with a business degree from the University of Minnesota after changing his major away from Mechanical Engineering. He started his professional career in Enterprise Software for Oracle. Won the awards, made the money, got the promotions. His whole life was leading up to this moment. On the outside, it looked like everything was going great, yet on the inside, he was not happy. It was clear he wanted more from life. He began reading for pleasure, discovered the Four Hour Work Week, started experimenting with psychedelics, and went through yoga teacher training. He emerged out of this discovery period with clarity: it was time to abandon his constructed identity and pursue the life he wanted. Soon after, he left my job at Oracle. Him and and his girlfriend (now wife) decided to sell everything and spend 4 years traveling the world while building “passive income” businesses. They scoured the earth seeking novelty, strange food, personal development opportunities, clean surf, and cultural experiences. After 4 years of digital nomad life… they were ready to plant some roots. They moved back to Minneapolis and soon after fell down the Bitcoin rabbit hole. Bitcoin fed his interests as it’s a never-ending pursuit of knowledge and stokes the revolutionary fire deep inside him. Today, he spends his time building bitcoin companies and trying to publish his best thinking. In our conversation we discuss Swan Bitcoin, the Fourth Turning, Bitcoin as an Institution, how Bitcoin is Hope, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the Fourth Turning and the current societal unrest. Brandon does an excellent job at explaining how the current socioeconomic and political state has led to the rise of collectivism and nihilism. We discuss the impact of these negative externalities for the future of society and how Bitcoin could be the answer for rebuilding our crumbling institutions. Brandon illuminates this by explaining how Bitcoin is Hope and a new form of institution. Our conversation transitions to Swan Bitcoin and building a Bitcoin-only company. We discuss Swan’s various product offerings and some inside baseball about who’s buying Bitcoin. We also touch on why Bitcoin is unlike the other Cryptocurrencies and why Bitcoin is the perfect money. We finish our conversation by discussing the importance of mental health and positivity. This conversation is full of actionable advice about Bitcoin, society, and life. Please enjoy my conversation with Brandon Quittem.
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    • 57 min
    Bitcoin and the Global Trust Deficit with Jamil Hasan

    Bitcoin and the Global Trust Deficit with Jamil Hasan

    On this episode of Untold Stories, my friend Jamil Hasan, currently the program director of the “Crypto Corner,” a weekend podcast series hosted by Irish Tech News, turns the spotlight on me. A few of the conversation topics discussed in the interview included: how I got into Bitcoin and Crypto, Bitcoin’s role on the macro-landscape, how to level up your life, disruptive technologies and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the early days of Bitcoin and how my team and I bootstrapped BitInstant, the first venture-backed Bitcoin company. We also touch on how the Bitcoin industry changed dramatically over a small period of time and how the Bitcoin community has changed over time. Our conversation transitions to War Games and Bitcoin’s role in the macro politico-economic landscape. We discuss the degradation of the dollar as the global reserve currency and the possibility of the escalated conflicts in the age of information. A very interesting topic of discussion was the impact of global conflict on financial equilibrium and Bitcoin. Our conversation transitions to the topic of disruptive technologies. We discuss the impact of the print press on literacy rates and the democratization of knowledge and information. A very interesting talking point was how the feudal power structure of the past attempted to stifle the dissemination of information by imprisoning people who used the printing press to share information to the general population. We finish our incredible conversation by discussing how anyone can take advantage of the Digital Renaissance. I give advice to anyone who is interested in leveling up their life should consider becoming a domain expert in any of the sub categories of the crypto industry. Please enjoy my conversation with Jamil Hasan.
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    • 39 min
    The Scarcity of Time with Brian Norton

    The Scarcity of Time with Brian Norton

    My guest today is my friend Brian Norton, the Chief Operations Officer of MEW (MyEtherWallet). MyEtherWallet (MEW) is an open-source, client-side interface that allows users to interact directly with the Ethereum blockchain, without having to join a centralized exchange. One of the first such interfaces of its kind, MEW allows users to create and unlock wallets, interact with popular hardware wallets such as Trezor and Ledger, send transactions, interact with contracts, swap tokens, and interact with dApps. Things you can do with MEW: create your own unique Ethereum wallet, send and receive ETH and tokens, explore theirDApp store where users can earn on their deposits with Aave, open a vault with MakerDAO, or register and manage your ENS domains and deploy and interact with smart contracts. Brian has a background in operations, digital content development, and brand strategy. He specializes in keeping organizations on deadline and in touch with their target audiences. He has built years of start-up operational management experience in industries across the tech space, including edu-tech, industrial automation, and now blockchain. Brian’s work at MEW is driven by the idea that blockchain technologies, designed for everyday life, will change the way we live for the better in ways we can not yet imagine. The major topics in our conversation include: the growth and evolution of Ethereum and the ETH community, Proof of Stake and Layer 2 scaling solutions, Ethereum as the Cultural Asset Layer, the future is multichain, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the evolution and growth of Ethereum and ETH community. Brian does an excellent explaining how Ethereum’s finding product market fit and how Ethereum fits within the broader crypto landscape. He also discusses how the ETH community is growing at an exponential rate. Our conversation transitions to scaling the Ethereum network and the role of Layer 2s. Brian breaks down how Layer 2 and Proof of Stake will help scale the Ethereum network to enable global adoption. Brian discusses how projects like Polygon are providing users with a fast and cheap way of transacting but sacrificing some security and decentralization to lower the transaction costs. The next topic we discussed is the history and growth of MyEtherWallet and their tireless support for Ethereum since the inception of the project. We also discuss how Ethereum is becoming the base layer for Cultural Assets. Brain shares how he predicted the rise of NFTs and the proliferation of Culture and Art on Ethereum. We discuss how ETH is beginning to become ubiquitous within the sectors of society that are concerned with Culture and the Arts and what that means for the future of the Creator Economy. A major talking point of our conversation were the 5 spokes of life and how Web3 enables humans to scale these spokes much easier. We discuss the importance of Family, Finance, Friends, Faith, Fitness. One of our final conversation topics was the reality we are headed to a multichain world and what is Ethereum’s role within the broader blockchain ecosystem. Brain firmly believes ETH will be the settlement-layer for smart contract blockchains that enables the proliferation of Finance to Culture on the Blockchain. Please enjoy my conversation with Brian Norton, the Chief Operations Officer of MEW.
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    • 40 min
    Paradigm Shifts and Crypto Predictions with Graham Jenkin

    Paradigm Shifts and Crypto Predictions with Graham Jenkin

    My guest today is my friend Graham Jenkin, CEO of CoinList. CoinList's mission is to accelerate the advancement of blockchain technology. We do this by finding the best emerging blockchain projects and helping them succeed. They've become the global leader in new token issuance, helping blue chip projects like Filecoin, Solana, Celo, Algorand, Dapper, and others connect with hundreds of thousands of new token holders. CoinList users trade and store Bitcoin, Ether, and many other popular crypto assets through our full-service exchange, while also getting access to the best new tokens before they list on other exchanges. Their customers include validators, miners, founders, CEOs, crypto funds, bitcoin OGs, as well as a broad array of crypto enthusiasts. Unlike other centralized crypto finance platforms, CoinList is not here to just build a bank or a brokerage. They are building the platform for people who are passionate about moving crypto forward. Graham Jenkin is the CEO at CoinList. He was formerly COO & UX engineer/designer at AngelList. He has extensive experience in leading projects and marketing. One of the biggest projects he led was the redesign of the user interface for the world's most profitable online business - Google AdWords and won the inaugural Google Great Manager Award. He also spent time at Bank of America where he led BofA.com to 2 webby awards. Our conversation focuses on a variety of topics including CoinList, regulatory and compliance, Bitcoin, the upcoming “Orange Wave” in the midterm elections, market and societal conditions, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing Jack Dorsey’s recent twitter rant about Web3. We address the nuances around Web3 and the term “Venture Capitalist” Our conversation pivots to CoinList, we begin discussing the origins of CoinList and it’s connection to AngelList. Graham discusses how his time at AngelList has helped him navigate the regulatory and compliance hurdles facing crypto-native companies. We go on to discuss the overwhelmingly positive impact Obama's Job Act had on the Startup Ecosystem. Our conversation transitions to the very interesting topic of Bitcoin and Satoshi’s influence on society. We discuss how beautiful the global nature of the crypto industry is and the welcoming nature of the community. Our conversation pivots to the current market conditions and the inflationary pressures that are plaguing all aspects of society. A very important topic we discussed was the future of the Bitcoin voting block and the impact of the orange will have on the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Graham discusses the future of governance and how crypto is disrupting how individuals participate in organizations. Our conversations pivots to the topic of decentralization and minimum decentralization. We discuss how decentralization is a spectrum and what is the line of demarcation that deems a project to be sufficiently decentralized. Another very interesting point of discussion was our conversation about using Token Investor Loyalty (TIL) as a good way to evaluate a project. Graham discusses how CoinList evaluates projects. We discuss the dynamics of token sales and the explosion of interest from investors. Graham also teaches us the ins-and-outs of NFTs and the impact of NFTs on society. The final portion of our conversation was dedicated to looking at the world and trying to understand the dramatic shifts that are currently taking place within society.
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    • 50 min

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