Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discuss historical moments in the Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and finance spaces, mainly focusing on frauds, exchange hacks, exit scams, and other malfeasance.
The Complex History and Weird Transition of DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations)
Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discuss the long, complex, and fraught history of DAOs (or Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) and try to understand the current hype cycle.
Bitcoin's Black Swans (Feat. Doomberg)
Today Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey are joined by Doomberg - Twitter and Substack's favorite Little financial Chicken - to discuss Bitcoin's, and cryptocurrency in general's, biggest threats for maximum liquidations and pain (including, but not limited to: Microstrategy, El Salvador, and Tether).
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Note: This episode was recorded on Friday, January 21st, 2022
Poker's Black Friday (Feat. Jason Bral)
Today Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discuss online Poker's Black Friday - April 15th, 2011 - and it's everlasting effects with Jason Bral, a semi-professional poker player.
Energy Problem in Kazakhstan is an Energy Problem for Bitcoin
Today Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey talk about how Bitcoin mining works, why the Bitcoin miners have (mostly) fled China, why the Bitcoin miners moved to Kazakhstan, and how Kazakhstan's spike in in fossil fuel prices and political upheaval has effected Bitcoin.
Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos, and the Future of VC (Feat. Elizabeth Lopatto)
Today Bennett and Cas are lucky enough to have the opportunity to discuss the Elizabeth Holmes trial with Elizabeth Lopatto, Deputy Editor of The Verge, who was present for the entirety of the trial.
Please read some of her eye-opening pieces written during and since the end of the trial here:
Also worth listening to John Carreyrou's podcast, available here:
Craig Steven Wright is a Crier and a Flawed (individual)
Today Bennett and Cas talk about Craig Steven Wright, the self-proclaimed "Satoshi Nakamoto," and lawyer, doctor, ninja, and creator of Bitcoin Satoshi's Vision.
Great exploration of scams and weird finance stuff. Wonderful guests directed by hosts who ask great questions. The Doomberg episode is a good “deep lore” episode- if you start there and then follow the references to previous shows, you will have some of the best episodes to start with.
They Provide Clarity...
In a time of calamitous corruption...These two fine individuals have helped keep me feeling “tethered” in an untethered world.
They are brave and brilliant. We’re all better off from the work they’ve done and continue to do.
Thank you both!
It’s incredible that the Tether scam is still going.