35 episodes

Each week, TechCrunch senior editor Lucas Matney and 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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Each week, TechCrunch senior editor Lucas Matney and 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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    FTX whips out its checkbook, again

    FTX whips out its checkbook, again

    For our Thursday episode where we discuss the latest in crypto news, we hashed out some of FTX’s latest potential M&A actions, executive departures and fundraising plans. We specifically dug into FTX’s purchase of Voyager’s assets in a bankruptcy auction. The team also dug into some tough regulatory action against Nexo and the latest news around the Fed’s potential embrace of a Digital Dollar.

    • 19 min
    Can blockchains make the world a better place? (with Kevin Owocki)

    Can blockchains make the world a better place? (with Kevin Owocki)

    For our Tuesday episode this week, where we interview an expert in the crypto space, we chatted with Kevin Owocki. He is the founder of Gitcoin and an outspoken proponent of both open source software and decentralized governance. We spoke with Owocki about whether the crypto community is living up to its lofty ideals and what comes next for Ethereum after The Merge.

    • 26 min
    The Post-Merge Ethereum Hangover

    The Post-Merge Ethereum Hangover

    For our Thursday episode where we discuss the latest in crypto news, we hashed out the recent steep decline in Ethereum prices following its major network upgrade. The team also dove into potential regulatory action surrounding stablecoins and the latest progress from Biden’s White House in preparing to embrace a digital dollar.

    • 21 min
    A crypto market vibe check (w/ Seth Ginns)

    A crypto market vibe check (w/ Seth Ginns)

    For our Tuesday episode where we chat with a web3 expert, we talked to Seth Ginns, head of liquid investments and a managing partner at crypto venture firm CoinFund, about the state of different parts of today's crypto market, from tokens to layer-ones to startups.

    • 24 min
    Chain Reaction x Equity talk the Ethereum Merge

    Chain Reaction x Equity talk the Ethereum Merge

    Welcome to a Chain Reaction bonus episode! On Thursday, Anita and Jacquie went live with Equity's Alex Wilhelm and Natasha Mascarenhas to talk all about the Ethereum Merge. Pulling off the Merge was an event requiring such technical coordination and rigor that it's been compared to the moon landing. Now that it's happened, what will be the impacts on web3 startups? What about the rest of the tech industry, or large financial institutions, or Chinese crypto miners? They walked through all these questions and more, trying to address both what the Merge is and why it matters through as holistic a lens as possible.

    • 37 min
    Private equity’s gatekeepers get serious about tokens

    Private equity’s gatekeepers get serious about tokens

    For our Thursday episode this week, we dug into the institutional embrace of blockchains by stodgy financial powerhouses -- including mega PE firm KKR, which announced this week that they were tokenizing one of their latest funds to provide access to a slightly less rich class of wealthy investors. While it’s far from pervasive financial democratization, the move attracted a lot of attention, which we dissected.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

joebell33333 ,

Awesome!

Excellent first episode! Looking forward to many more. Keep it up!

Chess.com player ,

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.

sarahintampa ,

Great crypto pod!

What a great show! Love the analysis about this space — so much is happening these days! 🚀

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