Each week, TechCrunch senior crypto reporters Anita Ramaswamy and Jacquelyn Melinek unpack and explain the latest crypto news, drama, and trends, breaking it down block-by-block for the crypto-curious. They’ll be learning alongside you about the industry that's captured the attention of some of Silicon Valley’s most influential players by interviewing some of the savviest investors, entrepreneurs and skeptics.
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Yes, crypto builders are still building (w/ Nikil Viswanathan)
For this week’s Tuesday episode where we chat with a web3 expert, we’re playing a recording of our discussion live on stage with Alchemy’s CEO Nikil Viswanathan at TechCrunch Sessions: Crypto 2022.
A conversation with crypto's main character -- no, the other one (w/ Binance’s “CZ”)
For this week’s Tuesday episode where we chat with a web3 expert, we’re playing a super timely recording of our discussion live on stage last week with Binance founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao, known as “CZ.
Where does web3 go from here?: Live from TC Crypto
Web3 this week really reminded us that even the best-laid plans aren’t always reliable. We tore up the script for our Thursday episode this week, which we recorded live on stage at our TechCrunch Crypto conference in Miami, and talked instead about the leaked DMs between Sam Bankman-Fried and a Vox reporter. We shared some of the most notable quotes from the surreal, absurd exchange and unpacked why they matter.
There’s no time like the present (to talk with execs from FTX, Uniswap, Visa)
For this week’s Tuesday episode where we chat with a web3 expert (or three), we’re playing a recording of our discussion live on stage with Brett Harrison, former president of FTX, Mary-Catherine Lader, COO of Uniswap and Cuy Sheffield, head of crypto at Visa, at TechCrunch Disrupt.
RIP to FTX?
We had to talk about the news that rocked the crypto world this week in our Thursday episode: the Binance/FTX deal that never was. To begin, we gave you a rundown of WTF just happened with the beef between two of the largest crypto exchanges in the world and how Sam Bankman-Fried’s storied exchange fell so far so fast, bringing down investors, cryptocurrencies and other companies in the space tumbling down with it.
Speeding up crypto (w/ Anatoly Yakovenko)
For this week’s Tuesday episode where we chat with a web3 expert, we’re playing a recording of our discussion live on stage with Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of the Solana blockchain, at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Excellent first episode! Looking forward to many more. Keep it up!
Interesting topic, lots of room for improvement
The first 20 or so episodes so far are a good start to a potentially great podcast. It is refreshing to see web3 and blockchain technology covered without hype (which is unfortunately set to max by default in web3) and with good diversity of perspectives, with guest ranging from VCs to founders to crypto skeptics. However, there is plenty of room for improvement for this podcast to become a true gem. Specifically: - hosts at times seem unprepared and occasionally borderline unprofessional; phrases like “totally”, “super cool” and “yeah definitely” are annoying even in casual conversations, need to clean this up for a professional production - hosts sometimes lack knowledge of basic technology they are covering; a few glaring examples were asking a signing api founder about “on-ramp to fiat” (they were obviously perplexed) and not knowing what a hot wallet is; - guest line up is very inconsistent. Some guests are clearly great and knowledgeable (Uniswap COO,upstream CEO, many VCs), and some are just hyping their projects (Ty Haney, Dewin Lewtan???); the quality of guests and their responses is just so striking that it you really don’t know what to expect as a listener - can be a thoughtful discussion with a legitimate expert building a real company used by millions of people, can be a web3 reality show conversation (but hey, it’s Paris Hilton backed, right?). Having low quality quests ultimately damages the credibility and reputation of the show. Hoping for some quality of production improvements, but otherwise a much needed unbiased podcast.
Great crypto pod!
What a great show! Love the analysis about this space — so much is happening these days! 🚀