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Alt Goes Mainstream

Alt Goes Mainstream Michael Sidgmore

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Alt Goes Mainstream

    Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan on how one of the founding fathers of the ETF industry saw a similar opportunity to mainstream crypto

    Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan on how one of the founding fathers of the ETF industry saw a similar opportunity to mainstream crypto

    Today on the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast we have Matt Hougan, the Chief Investment Officer of Bitwise Asset Management and one of the leaders in the crypto industry.

    On today's podcast, we talk about:

    * Matt's views on crypto.
    * How Bitwise is bringing crypto to the wealth advisory community.
    * How crypto's evolution is similar to that of the ETF market.
    * How community has played such a big role in making crypto go mainstream.

    Matt has had an illustrious career at the forefront of major industry shifts in financial services. He's been a pioneer in the creation of not just one, but two major asset classes and financial products. First ETFs, and more recently, crypto. Matt is the CIO of Bitwise Asset Management, one of the leading crypto-asset investment platforms with over $1 billion of AUM. Under Matt's leadership, Bitwise has pioneered the first crypto index fund and is the leading provider of rules-based exposure to the crypto space.

    • 48 min
    Dynasty Financial Partners Co-Founder & COO Ed Swenson on how wealth managers are navigating the alternative investments space

    Dynasty Financial Partners Co-Founder & COO Ed Swenson on how wealth managers are navigating the alternative investments space

    Today, we have a special guest from an industry leader in the wealth management space.

    Ed Swenson is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the wealth management space. Ed is the Co-Founder and COO of Dynasty Financial Partners, a leading RIA technology services platform.

    Ed and I had a really interesting discussion about the future of the wealth management industry – and how alts will play a role in the evolution of the space. We discussed: how and why the wealth management industry is changing; how Dynasty is a champion of entrepreneurs in the wealth management space; the democratization of access and advice in wealth management; how and why wealth managers should have alternative investments in their portfolio; how VCs will soon realize that the RIA space will be a great source of LP capital for them; how advisors allocating to “alt alts” (like crypto, sports cards, collectibles, art) should be “on the table.”

    • 47 min
    Republic Founder & CEO Ken Nguyen on championing the retail revolution and democratizing access to private markets

    Republic Founder & CEO Ken Nguyen on championing the retail revolution and democratizing access to private markets

    Today, we have a guest who is powering the retail revolution by democratizing access to private investing.

    Ken Nguyen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Republic, a multi-asset investment platform for private markets. This was such a fascinating conversation. We talked about: Ken’s drive for starting an investment platform that could enable everyone to participate in wealth creation in private markets, how investing and owning equity is part of the American Dream, how Republic has unlocked access to private markets for all investors, “Lean back vs lean forward” framework applied to investing (h/t Rishi Garg of Mayfield Fund for the “lean back vs lean forward” framework), and how community is such a big driver of Republic’s growth and success as a business.

    • 57 min
    Alt Founder & CEO Leore Avidar on how sports cards are becoming an investable asset class

    Alt Founder & CEO Leore Avidar on how sports cards are becoming an investable asset class

    Today we have a guest who is building the infrastructure for a new asset class – sports cards.

    Leore Avidar is a visionary founder who is building a ground-breaking company, Alt. Alt is on its way to changing how we think about investing.

    This was such a fun conversation. We talked about how Leore’s experience and excitement for building infrastructure has dovetailed with his passion and love for sports and collecting cards, how he’s building the future of the sports card market with Alt by creating the tools and infrastructure to enable people to value, trade, and store their investments, how cards can be a tool to connect different generations through financial literacy, and how culture can become a financial asset.

    • 55 min
    iCapital Network CEO Lawrence Calcano on How to Build an Alts Platform for the Wealth Management Community

    iCapital Network CEO Lawrence Calcano on How to Build an Alts Platform for the Wealth Management Community

    Lawrence and I had a great discussion about how to build an alts platform for the wealth management community, why iCapital serves such a big need for wealth managers and banks, how iCapital thinks about democratization of access and focuses on diligence, education, and quality control on their platform.

    • 45 min
    Welcome to Alt Goes Mainstream - Podcast Trailer

    Welcome to Alt Goes Mainstream - Podcast Trailer

    Welcome to Alt Goes Mainstream!

    • 2 min

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