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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.

    Into... the MetaVerse with Andrew Kiguel

    Into... the MetaVerse with Andrew Kiguel

    My guest today is my friend Andrew Kiguel, CEO and co-founder of Tokens.com. Tokens.com Corp is a publicly traded company that owns an inventory of DeFi and NFT based cryptocurrencies. Through a process called staking, Tokens.com’s inventory of cryptocurrencies is used to earn additional tokens. In addition, Tokens.com co-owns Metaverse Group, one of the world’s first NFT based, virtual real estate blockchain companies. Through its growing digital asset inventory, Tokens.com provides public market investors with a simple and secure way to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies linked to DeFi and NFTs. Andrew is an accomplished executive with leadership experience in Canadian capital markets, corporate governance and entrepreneurship. He was the co-founder and CEO of Hut 8 Mining, one of the largest publicly listed bitcoin miners in the world. Prior to that, Andrew spent over 18 years at GMP Securities (now Stifel Canada) in investment banking, with his most recent title as a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Banking. Andrew has extensive experience in providing investment banking services to numerous public and private entities, including raising equity and debt capital in excess of C$3 billion over the last five years. He has also worked in an advisory role on numerous marquee M&A transactions. In our discussion we cover the MetaVerse, Web3, Tokens.com, Proof-of-Stake, and the mindset of traditional investors. We begin our conversation by diving deep into the MetaVerse. Andrew does an excellent job at explaining the value proposition of the MetaVerse and the broader societal impacts he believes will result from our evolution to a more digitally native society. We discuss the recent purchase of $2.5M for a plot of virtual land in Decentraland by the MetaVerse Group. Andrew explains the reasoning behind his company's purchase and why traditional brands will need to have a MetaVerse strategy within the next 24 months. The conversations transitioned to Web3.0 and the evolution of social media. Andrew discusses how Web3 and the MetaVerse are aiming to disrupt our traditional forms of interacting on the internet. Our conversation pivots to Tokens.com and Proof-of-Stake. We discuss how Tokens.com is providing provides public market investors with a simple and secure way to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies linked to DeFi and NFTs. We also discuss the future of Proof-of-Stake and debate the benefits and sacrifices with the various consensus models. We finish our conversation by discussing the mindset of traditional public market investors and the importance of democratizing access to digital assets. Please enjoy my conversation with Andrew Kiguel.
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    Ledn:
    Ledn provides financial products to help you unlock the power of digital assets. With a secure and easy-to-use platform, it’s the simplest way to earn interest, borrow, and trade your BTC and USDC.
    For maximum accountability, Ledn offers Proof of Reserves attestations to give you peace of mind while you make the most of your Bitcoin.
    Untold Stories listeners can receive $50 in free BTC when you create a new loan. More info at https://untoldstories.link/LEDN
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 51 min
    Decentralizing the Vig with Paul Rogash

    Decentralizing the Vig with Paul Rogash

    My guest today is Paul Rogash, Founder and CEO of BetU. BetU is a sports, esports & crypto betting platform. Secured by smart contracts and powered by the BETU Token. BetU aims to become a leader in the global sports betting market worth $391 Billion USD. With the goal of taking significant market share from global bookmakers such as Bet365, William Hill, Ladbrokes, DraftKings and FanDuel. BetU will offer traditional bookmaker services along with peer to peer betting resulting in better odds and bigger winnings. BetU Fantasy is a separate game where players can earn real crypto prizes for making fantasy bets on sport and esport events. There is no risk, only real rewards. Betting Platform: The BetU Platform will enable people to become their own bookmaker and bet against their peers. In the wagering industry the BetU platform will be akin to a combination of Bet365 & Betfair. The BetU platform will be available on web, tablet and mobile. Paul founded BetU in May 2021 and BetU had their ICO in late August of '21. Paul is an Australian entrepreneur currently based in Bali. He has been involved with several start up businesses in the fields of Internet Marketing, IT and financial services. Experienced entrepreneur, founded and sold MachineSales.com, Escalated Advertising & Lawyers SEO. Contract marketing roles in crypto saw projects increase 30x & 20x in 3 months. BBA in Entrepreneurship at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In our discussion, we cover BetU, the growth of the Metaverse, nomadic lifestyle, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing BetU and why gambling and betting is a great use case for blockchain. Paul discusses what makes BetU unique and how they are developing the future of online gambling. Paul also discusses the future fantasy sports and GameFi. Our conversation pivots to the MetaVerse where Paul discusses BetU’s bet on the MetaVerse and their plans of building out a MetaVerse experience. Another interesting topic of discussion was a conversation centered around the future of gambling in the MetaVerse and gambling on crypto-native games. We finish our conversation about the MetaVerse by discussing how Big Tech is beginning to develop a MetaVerse strategy and the importance of building open systems that are interoperable for the future the MetaVerse. The last major discussion topic we touched on was the nomad lifestyle. Paul shares his experience living as a digital nomad and the evolution of work and community. Please enjoy my conversation with Paul Rogash.
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    If you want to make a swap at the best price across the DeFi market, check out https://untoldstories.link/paraswap. ParaSwap’s state-of-the-art algorithm beats the market price across all major DEXs and brings you the most optimized swaps with the best prices, and lowest slippage.
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 36 min
    The First Blockchain Wars with Starkerz

    The First Blockchain Wars with Starkerz

    My guest today is Starkerz, DAO member of 3Speak, a censorship-resistant video platform built on top of the Hive Network. Launched on March 20th, 2020, Hive is a decentralized information-sharing network with an accompanying blockchain-based financial ledger built on the Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS) protocol. Myriad dapps, APIs, and front-ends contribute to general and straightforward accessibility of data, transactions, and records so that this existing diversity and utility ensure that the ecosystem is welcoming to content creators, consumers, investors, and builders. Hive is developed to store vast amounts of content and to make it available for time-based monetization. Examples of use include social media with monetized rewards for content producers, interactive games, identity management, polling systems, and micro-loans. By combining the lightning-fast processing times and fee-less transactions, Hive is positioned to become one of the leading blockchain technologies used by people around the world. Hive’s support for high transaction volumes, combined with its fast 3-second block times and fee-less transactions, make it an ideal platform for building highly interactive applications that would bog down on most blockchain networks. Hive was founded by a diverse group of community members, developers, and investors who believed in the common goal of decentralization. There is no set team and no company behind it. All protocol changes are proposed, developed, prepared for, and implemented through a transparent and collaborative team-working environment. They are entirely open source from initiation to their final release. 3Speak is a place where content creators directly own their onsite assets and their communities. Using blockchain technology, the ownership of these assets and communities is intrinsic to the creator and the user, not 3 Speak. By using the platform, users get rewarded in Hive tokens and can receive donations in our proprietary Speak token. In our conversation, we discuss Hive, consensus models, the path to decentralization, web3 and community, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the differences between Web2 and Web3. Starkerz does an excellent job at explaining the pitfalls and problems creators face when building their audience on Web2 platform. Our conversation flows to how Web3 protects individuals from censorship and removes the gatekeepers from the decision-making process. We discuss Hive's unique history and Starkerz shares an amazing story of the first blockchain war. Our conversation transitions to the importance of community and the community around a blockchain are layer0. Starkerz demonstrates the importance of community by discussing the accomplishments of Hive and their consensus model. Our conversation transitions to discussing the differences and tradeoffs between the various consensus models. Our conversation transitions and we discuss how Web3 will enable a new paradigm. Starkerz describes this new paradigm that is enabled by decentralization, market forces, and community-led. Please enjoy my conversation with Starkerz.
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    Public:
    Start investing with as little as $1 and get a free slice of stock up to $50 when you join Public.com today. Visit public.com/UNTOLDSTORIES to download the app and sign up.

    Ledn:
    Ledn provides financial products to help you unlock the power of digital assets. With a secure and easy-to-use platform, it’s the simplest way to earn interest, borrow, and trade your BTC and USDC. For maximum accountability, Ledn offers Proof of Reserves attestations to give you peace of mind while you make the most of your Bitcoin.
    Untold Stories listeners can receive $50 in free BTC when you create a new loan. More info at https://untoldstories.link/LEDN
    --
    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 54 min
    Financializing Culture and Collectibles with Matt Kalish

    Financializing Culture and Collectibles with Matt Kalish

    Matt Kalish is President of DraftKings North America. DraftKings is a platform that offers daily fantasy sports, sports betting, and gambling products. Users can access the products via the firm’s website as well as by downloading its mobile app. Users can play and bet games in a variety of sports and leagues, including the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, or soccer leagues like the Premier League. Matt co-founded DraftKings in 2012 and is accountable for all North America revenue, bringing together all marketing, operations, and related analytics functions. Matt unifies leadership for all marketing functions as well as related analytics teams. He has acted as Chief Revenue Officer before transitioning into his role as President, DraftKings North America. Matt is a lifelong fan of fantasy sports, sports betting, and strategy games, combining his experience in corporate analytics and e-commerce to become the “game master” of DraftKings.  Due to Kalish’s foresight and guidance preparing for the overturn of PASPA, DraftKings Sportsbook was the first legal, online, and mobile sports betting platform in New Jersey – the first state outside of Nevada to legalize sports betting. Kalish has been named to SBJ’s class of 2019 “Forty Under 40” for all of his excellence and innovation. In our conversation, we discuss NFTs and digital collectibles, the dawn of the digital cultural renaissance, DraftKings and Entrepreneurship, sports, and pop culture. We begin our conversation by discussing the NFTs and community building. Matt does an excellent job at detailing how NFTs are pushing the evolution of digital identities forward. We also discuss the importance of community within Web3. Our conversations transitions to how Matt and his co-founders built DraftKings into one of largest sports media and gambling franchises. We dive deep into the importance of missionary founders to the long-term growth of a company and Matt gives excellent advice about some of his best practices for operating and leading an organization. Our discussion pivots from entrepreneurship and company building to NFTs and culture. We discussed the NFT project Bored Ape Yacht Club. The discussion focuses on how the project has been able to execute so well and what makes the project so appealing to the broader public. This conversation leads us to discuss the future of the NFT landscape. We go on to discuss DraftKings push into NFTs with their new "NFT Marketplace." Matt breaks down the unique cultural fit that has fostered the adoption of NFTs within the Sports industry. We also discuss the barriers that Film/movie studios are facing could be slowing their adoption of NFTs. We finish our conversation by discussing advice and best practices for investing in NFTs. Please enjoy my conversation with Matt Kalish.
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    ParaSwap:
    If you want to make a swap at the best price across the DeFi market, check out https://untoldstories.link/paraswap. ParaSwap’s state-of-the-art algorithm beats the market price across all major DEXs and brings you the most optimized swaps with the best prices, and lowest slippage.
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 41 min
    True Price Discovery with Adam Jackson

    True Price Discovery with Adam Jackson

    My guest today is Adam Jackson, founder & CEO of Freelance Labs, builders of Braintrust. Braintrust is the first decentralized talent network that connects skilled, vetted knowledge workers with the world’s leading companies. The community that relies on Braintrust to find work are the same people who own and build it, ensuring the network always serves the needs of its users, instead of a centrally-controlled corporation. And because the community of knowledge workers and contributors earns ownership and control of Braintrust through its native BTRST token for its contributions to the network and its growth, new talent and jobs have participated in the network at record speeds. By creating a blockchain-based alternative, Braintrust aims to remedy the extractive model of traditional freelance platforms by aligning incentives of users and clients to benefit both parties. Instead of generating value for the network operator, this value is given back to talent and companies, who enjoy no fees (talent) or much lower fees (companies) than on traditional platforms. Adam is a serial technology entrepreneur and investor that has spent his career creating and deploying capital into software systems that make complex tasks simple and intuitive. He's started 4 VC-backed companies and an asset management company over the last 16 years. Since August 2017, he has served as Managing Partner & CTO of Cambrian Asset Management, a blockchain asset management company. He is also co-founder and CEO of Freelance Labs, Inc., the company building a new tokenized talent network called Braintrust which raised a $5m seed round in 2018. He is an angel investor in 45+ companies/projects, including LTSE, Seated, Bolt, Placer, Aktana, Skale Labs, Protocol Labs, JCTurbo, Apero Health, Rapportive, MyTime, Automatic, Womply, Superhuman, and Zenefits. In our conversation, we discuss the evolution of marketplaces on the web, Braintrust, Web2.0 vs Web3.0 Networks, supply-demand dynamics, communities/ownership, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the evolution of web marketplaces from Web1.0 to Web3.0. Adam does an excellent job at explaining the various innovations and drawbacks as marketplaces on the web evolved. We discuss the importance of Craigslist in the evolution of marketplaces. The conversation naturally flows to Braintrust and Web3's unique value proposition. Our conversation transitions to supply-demand dynamics and the tokenization of traditional assets. Adam does an excellent job at explaining the challenges of creating a valuation framework for Web3. We continue our conversation on crypto networks and tokenization by discussing the moral responsibility felt by large stakeholders of the network. The evolution of property rights and the broadening of the definition of the medium of exchange. Our conversation flows into a discussion about inflation and store-of-value. We finish our conversation by discussing Braintrust and how they are disrupting traditional talent networks. Please enjoy my conversation with Adam Jackson.
    --
    Public:
    Start investing with as little as $1 and get a free slice of stock up to $50 when you join Public.com today. Visit public.com/UNTOLDSTORIES to download the app and sign up.

    Ledn:
    Ledn provides financial products to help you unlock the power of digital assets. With a secure and easy-to-use platform, it’s the simplest way to earn interest, borrow, and trade your BTC and USDC.
    For maximum accountability, Ledn offers Proof of Reserves attestations to give you peace of mind while you make the most of your Bitcoin.
    Untold Stories listeners can receive $50 in free BTC when you create a new loan. More info at https://untoldstories.link/LEDN
    --
    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 43 min
    Tampa: The Next Bitcoin Mecca with Gabe Higgins

    Tampa: The Next Bitcoin Mecca with Gabe Higgins

    My guest today is my friend, Gabe Higgins, the Co-founder and Managing Director of BlockSpaces, a blockchain technology center for education, coworking, and development located in South Tampa. Founded in 2017, BlockSpaces, Inc., is a software company headquartered in Tampa, Florida that provides blockchain integration software for connecting applications and data. The company’s founders have deep roots in the global blockchain ecosystem since 2013 and remain actively involved in both legislative and community affairs that impact the technology through their work with the Florida Blockchain Business Association. The core team aligns innovative blockchain expertise with decades of enterprise software and infrastructure experience. With a wide range of technology partnerships and industry associations, BlockSpaces is known as a trusted source and market leader in blockchain integration. Gabe is a Certified Bitcoin Professional through the CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium(C4), Founder of CryptoEdge Solutions, a cryptocurrency consulting group, organizer of the Tampa Bay Bitcoineers/Blockchain Enthusiasts, Tampa’s largest and longest-running meetup group for cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. As a true believer in this technology, he is convinced it will disrupt a variety of industries and antiquated centralized systems to make a freer and more equitable world. Gabe is always open to connecting with startup founders, technologists, investors, & mentors who are passionate about disrupting industries by properly leveraging blockchain, which is why he also currently advises startups and VC-funded blockchain companies with strategic partnerships and technical direction. Gabe was also a co-author of the iconic book, "Thank God for Bitcoin: The Creation, Corruption and Redemption of Money", 2020, which provides a moral argument for sound money. Our conversation was a fireside chat at the Florid Bitcoin and Blockchain Summit where we discussed the Tampa Bitcoin/crypto community, BlockSpaces, and Enterprise adoption, Web3 and the Metaverse, Bitcoin, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing our personal journeys in Bitcoin/crypto. Our conversation naturally flows to a discussion about the growth and adoption within Tampa of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. Gabe discusses how he and his co-founders at BlockSpaces helped lay the foundation for the burgeoning Tampa crypto community. We continue our discussion about BlockSpaces by discussing how Gabe and his team provide a suite of products to enable traditional enterprise businesses to integrate blockchain technology. We continue our conversation by discussing the emergence of Web3 and the importance of creating decentralized infrastructure. Our conversation pivots to Bitcoin where we begin discussing the philosophy underpinning Bitcoin. Gabe emphasizes how Bitcoin empowers people by preventing them from time theft. We discuss the ongoing money printing and inflation as drivers for Bitcoin's adoption. We finish our conversation by discussing the evolution of money and why Bitcoin matters. Please enjoy my conversation with Gabe Higgins
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    ParaSwap:
    If you want to make a swap at the best price across the DeFi market, check out https://untoldstories.link/paraswap. ParaSwap’s state-of-the-art algorithm beats the market price across all major DEXs and brings you the most optimized swaps with the best prices, and lowest slippage.
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

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