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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.

    LayerZero Fought the Sybils and Airdropped Its Token. Did the Team Win?

    LayerZero Fought the Sybils and Airdropped Its Token. Did the Team Win?

    LayerZero’s token claims went live on Thursday, and as with every recent airdrop, there was plenty of controversy.
    In this episode, Bryan Pellegrino, cofounder and CEO of LayerZero Labs, joined to discuss their ambitious anti-Sybil campaign and the subsequent token distribution. He delved into the challenges of ensuring genuine user participation, the decision to offer a self-report option for Sybil attackers, and the complexities imposed by industrial-grade farmers. Bryan shared what he would have done differently and why a mandatory donation to Protocol Guild was imposed.
    Also, are airdrops dead? How can the industry improve this not-so-effective distribution method? 
    Show highlights:

    00:00 Intro

    01:23 Why LayerZero launched an anti-Sybil campaign with its airdrop, and what challenges they faced in ensuring genuine user participation

    04:51 Why LayerZero offered a self-report option for Sybil attackers, and how this strategy revealed both the complexities and the creativity within the crypto community

    10:16 How the anti-Sybil campaign uncovered over a million fraudulent accounts

    14:34 What Bryan would have done differently in their campaign

    17:18 What alternative methods, such as KYC and proof-of-humanity protocols, LayerZero could have used for their anti-Sybil campaign

    18:35How LayerZero navigated the cat-and-mouse game with industrial airdrop farmers

    23:08 Why they decided to impose a donation to Protocol Guild to claim the ZRO token

    32:07 What caused the dramatic drop in LayerZero's activity post-announcement of their anti-Sybil campaign, and why the team is optimistic despite the decline

    35:23 LayerZero's plans for future airdrops 

    38:40 What Bryan thinks the future holds for airdrops in crypto, and how the current broken system can be improved to achieve better distribution and user engagement

    42:43 Crypto News Recap

    Visit our website for breaking news, analysis, op-eds, articles to learn about crypto, and much more: unchainedcrypto.com
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    Guest
    Bryan Pellegrino, cofounder and CEO of LayerZero Labs
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    • 57 min.
    The Chopping Block: VC Tokens, Memecoins & Celebs, and Seasonal Patterns

    The Chopping Block: VC Tokens, Memecoins & Celebs, and Seasonal Patterns

    Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Robert Leshner, and Tarun Chitra explore the latest trends in the crypto world. In this episode, we dive into the impact of celebrity-endorsed memecoins, featuring discussions around Iggy Azalea's 'Mother' token, Waka Flocka Flame's 'Flocka' token, and other celebrities. We debate the broader implications of these phenomena on the crypto market, address criticisms of venture capital's role in crypto, and explore the seasonal nature of crypto trading. Tune in for an in-depth look at how pop culture intersects with cryptocurrency, shaping current market sentiment.

    Show highlights
    🔹 Seasonality in Crypto: Exploration of the historical seasonal trends in crypto markets and their implications.
    🔹 Memecoins & Celebrities: Insightful discussion on the rise of celebrity-launched memecoins and their impact on the crypto world.
    🔹 Market Cycles: Exploration of the different phases in market cycles and their effects on asset creation and liquidation.
    🔹 VC Funding in Crypto: Examination of the role of venture capital in the crypto ecosystem and its impact on market dynamics.
    🔹 VC vs. Liquid Funds: Debate on whether venture capital funds are beneficial or detrimental to the crypto markets.
    🔹 Institutional and Retail Adoption: The importance of growing crypto usage among both institutions and retail investors.

    Hosts
    ⭐️Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly 
    ⭐️Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly
    ⭐️Robert Leshner, CEO & Co-founder of Superstate
    ⭐️Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures

    Disclosures
    Timestamps

    00:00 Intro

    01:58 Market Sentiment

    07:34 Celebrity Involvement in Crypto

    16:00 Celebrity Coins vs Endorsements 

    25:24 Influencer Economy and Social Tokens

    27:41 Legibility and Value of Memecoins

    28:37 Crypto Influencers

    31:07 VCs vs. Retail

    36:50 Future of Crypto Markets

    43:53 Institutional vs. Retail Adoption

    50:45 Taking on Populist Takes


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    • 52 min.
    Bits + Bips: Iggy Azalea, $MOTHER, and Celeb Coins: Is This the Top of the Crypto Cycle?

    Bits + Bips: Iggy Azalea, $MOTHER, and Celeb Coins: Is This the Top of the Crypto Cycle?

    A few weeks after its launch, Iggy Azalea's MOTHER memecoin is still in the spotlight. Host Joe McCann, who recently had dinner with her in New York, gives the inside scoop on how Iggy’s $MOTHER came to be, plus her plans. 
    Also, Joe says Iggy is so bullish on Solana because it’s fast and cheap… but James Seyffart counters… nothing can be fast, cheap, and good. Except ETFs.
    Guests Phil Bonello and Kelly Greer delve into the role of venture capital in crypto, and more particularly into dynamics between liquid hedge funds and massive token generation events. And James tells a mind-blowing story about how one ETF and obscure SEC rules could cause whiplash to the prices of Apple and Nvidia stock over the next few months. 
    Plus, after SEC head enforcer David Hirsch resigned from the SEC this week, everyone gave their takes on why. Is Hirsch going to BlackRock, or was he scared about a potential lawsuit?
    Show highlights:

    00:51 The real story behind Iggy Azalea's MOTHER memecoin and the controversy between Joe and Haseeb Qureshi

    07:26 Why Iggy is bullish on Solana, and whether MOTHER is a hopeful case for crypto, reflecting the evolving relationship between entertainment and Web3

    12:35 Whether the market has already topped, given the involvement of celebrities in the industry

    15:32 Whether VCs are extractive to the overall space, and how liquid funds and token unlocks impact the performance of assets

    21:17 Why venture funds and hedge funds have different approaches to liquid crypto investments, and how memecoins are changing the game for allocators

    33:18 Why there’s a 0% chance that SOL gets an ETF this year

    34:19 What the recent macro trends point to, whether inflation going down is sustainable, and whether rate cuts are coming

    43:32 Why Nvidia's rapid growth is about to trigger a multi-billion dollar rebalance in tech ETFs, and how both $NVDA’s and $AAPL’s stock prices might soon seesaw 

    54:35 The theories about why the SEC’s chief crypto enforcer David Hirsch resigned from the agency (hint: it might have to do with the election)

    59:52 Why James believes Ethereum ETFs will launch on July 2 and what amount of inflows the ETH ETFs might garner, esp. considering potential ETHE outflows

    Hosts:


    James Seyffart, Research Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence


    Joe McCann, Founder, CEO, and CIO of Asymmetric

    Guests:


    Kelly Greer, Vice President of Trading at Galaxy


    Philip Bonello, Founding Partner at Plaintext Capital


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    • 1 u. 10 min.
    Anthony Scaramucci on Why He Supports Biden and Thinks He, Not Trump, Is Best for Crypto

    Anthony Scaramucci on Why He Supports Biden and Thinks He, Not Trump, Is Best for Crypto

    The political landscape in the US is heating up with the November elections, and the crypto industry is watching closely. 
    In this episode, Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge, doesn’t mince words and explains why he believes Joe Biden is the best choice—even for the crypto voter—in the upcoming election, the significance of the Ethereum ETF approval, and how the industry has overcome significant regulatory hurdles. 
    Scaramucci also shares his insights on the future of Bitcoin ETFs, the role of younger generations in driving crypto policy, and why Solana might be the next big thing. 
    Show highlights:

    02:05 Why Anthony believes there’s only one choice in this election: Joe Biden

    07:03 Why he thinks the crypto industry “has already won”

    16:27 Whether the crypto industry should trust Trump with his pro-crypto comments

    17:20 Why Anthony is convinced that the Biden administration has stopped its anti-crypto stance, even with the veto of the SAB 121 repeal

    21:26 Why Anthony believes crypto is becoming a bipartisan issue, and how younger generations are driving this change in Washington

    28:05 What three key elements would ideally be included in crypto legislation to ensure clarity and industry involvement in regulation

    30:49 What happened to SkyBridge after selling a stake to FTX, and how they are riding the industry's “upswing”

    38:00 What developments in Bitcoin ETFs could signal its recognition as an asset class and drive institutional adoption

    40:00 What led SkyBridge to abandon its Bitcoin ETF application

    43:23 What Anthony thinks is the best pitch for a spot Ether ETF to TradFi, and how expected inflows compare to Bitcoin ETFs

    49:11 Anthony’s praise of Laura’s book

    51:55 Why Anthony believes a Solana ETF might be the next big thing in crypto, despite SEC scrutiny and the need for a futures market first

    55:20 Why SkyBridge is actively seeking new acquisitions and partnering with Parcl, a Solana-based decentralized real estate trading app

    59:44 What Anthony's bullish predictions for Bitcoin and Ethereum are in the current cycle

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    Guest:

    Anthony Scaramucci, Founder and Managing Partner at SkyBridge
    Links

    Recent coverage of Unchained on the political scenario in the US:

    How the U.S. Government Can Protect the Dollar Through Stablecoins

    Why Many Democrats, Including the White House, Have Come Around on Crypto

    Senator Cynthia Lummis on Why Crypto Now Has Bipartisan Support in Congress


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    • 1 u. 5 min.
    The Chopping Block: Iggy Azalea, Hamster Kombat, & Airdrop Insights

    The Chopping Block: Iggy Azalea, Hamster Kombat, & Airdrop Insights

    Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Robert Leshner, and Tarun Chitra explore the latest trends in the crypto world. In this episode, we dive into the impact of celebrity-endorsed memecoins, featuring Iggy Azalea's new coin 'Mother' and Andrew Tate's 'Daddy.' We discuss how these phenomena influence the broader crypto market, recent trends in airdrops, and the challenge of Sybil resistance. Additionally, we explore the permissionless nature of crypto and the trade-offs involved in fun and chaotic projects, including the explosive rise of 'Hamster Kombat.' Tune in for an in-depth look at how pop culture intersects with the core principles of cryptocurrency, shaping current market sentiment.
    Show highlights
    🔹 Crypto Market Sentiment: Discussion on the latest market trends and how inflation numbers are impacting the community. 
    🔹 Memecoins & Celebrities: Analysis of Iggy Azalea's $Mother and the phenomenon of celebrity-launched memecoins. 
    🔹 Emerging Memecoins: Insights into new memecoins, including issues with fake and hacked accounts. 
    🔹 Tap-to-Earn Games: Overview of the rapid growth of simple click-based games like Hamster Kombat. 
    🔹 Airdrop Controversies: Exploration of recent controversies, particularly involving zkSync and LayerZero, and challenges of Sybil attacks. 
    🔹 Future Airdrop Strategies: Discussion on the evolution and need for clear, ungameable metrics.
    Hosts
    ⭐️Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly 
    ⭐️Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly
    ⭐️Robert Leshner, CEO & Co-founder of Superstate
    ⭐️Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures

    Disclosures

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    • 1 u. 4 min.
    Are Memecoins the Next Evolution of Wall Street Bets?

    Are Memecoins the Next Evolution of Wall Street Bets?

    Nathaniel Popper just published his latest book, "The Trolls of Wall Street," covering the Wall Street Bets phenomenon. Funnily enough, his book comes at a time when there are striking similarities with the current memecoin mania in crypto. 
    In this episode, Popper explores the rise of online investing communities like Wall Street Bets and their reflection of broader societal changes, particularly among young men. 
    He also touches on the parallels between the trolling culture of these communities and the rise of figures like Donald Trump, and delves into the hidden dangers and psychological influences of memes in modern investing.
    Show highlights:

    01:21 The rise of online money communities and the shift towards investing based on ideas rather than traditional financial fundamentals

    04:06 How the changing roles of young men in society have influenced the growth of crypto and online financial communities

    13:36 How Robinhood's design choices changed retail investing, sparking FOMO and controversy by making trading as easy as a swipe

    18:04 The hidden dangers of memes in modern investing, and how they balance fostering community with driving speculation

    22:56 Why Trump's ties to the crypto community highlight the mix of serious intent and trolling

    30:07 Crypto News Recap

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    Guest

    Nathaniel Popper, author of The Trolls of Wall Street

    Links
    Previous coverage of Unchained on memecoins:

    Unchained: Why Memecoins Have Been 2024's Most Profitable Crypto Trade: Ansem and Kelxyz - Ep. 641


    BRETT Becomes First Memecoin on Base to Reach $1 Billion in Market Cap

    DWF Labs to Invest in Memecoins, Onchain Data Reveals LADYS Transactions

    Celebrity Tokens Continue to Bleed With Some Memecoin Traders Losing Six-Figures

    The book:

    Blockworks: What do memecoins and meme stocks have in common?: A review of ‘The Trolls of Wall Street’


    Fortune: Q&A with the author of ‘The Trolls of Wall Street’: Gambling, conspiracies, and the return of Roaring Kitty, 

    Meme culture

    WSJ: 

    Meme Stocks Are Back, but Fund Investors Moved On

    Meet the ‘Degen’ Traders Fueling the Latest Meme-Stock Mania

    CoinDesk: In Defense of Meme Coins



    What else could memecoins be? By Vitalik Buterin


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