The official podcast of CryptoMarketsWiki.
The official podcast of CryptoMarketsWiki.
EP 12: IOU on a Blockchain
Philippe Bekhazi, the founder and CEO of the XBTO Group, has a long history of creating technological tools for trading, devising portfolio and risk management solutions for clients trading equities, FX, rates, and credit instruments. In 2009 he created Derivee Capital, a fintech incubator that sponsored the XBTO Group. Bekhazi has been watching the growth of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology for a long time, and on this episode of the CMW Podcast, he discusses how XBTO went from a prop trading desk to one of the biggest investors in the growing digital asset space, as well as the rise of digital asset derivatives and stablecoins, and the future of digital money.
EP 11: Halving a Good Time
Michael Sonnenshein, the managing director at Grayscale Investments, is passionate about bringing digital asset investing to his clients. In this episode of the CMW Podcast, Sonnenshein discusses institutional digital asset investing, the upcoming "Halvening" of bitcoin, and more.
EP 10: Blowing off Steem
In their last recorded in-studio episode before JLN's staff switched to work-from-home mode, Matt and Thom sat down to discuss how the epidemic is affecting the crypto markets, India's lift on cryptocurrency trading, the Steemit/TRON controversy, and more.
00:42 - Coronavirus causes the stock market to crash; bitcoin's price plummets03:40 - India's supreme court lifts ban on cryptocurrency06:22 - National stablecoins are not necessarily good for crypto adoption09:42 - TRON's hostile takeover of the STEEM blockchain15:03 - Libra update: Tagomi joins the Libra Association
EP 9: Privacy Coins vs. Private Money (featuring Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer at CoinShares)
Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer at CoinShares, is passionate about cryptocurrency, financial technology, and civil rights - and she wants to share her knowledge as well as her enthusiasm with the world. In 2019, she testified before the House Financial Services Committee for a hearing on Facebook's proposed digital currency project, Libra. Demirors has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, CoinDesk, and the MIT Technology Review - now, she joins us to discuss privacy, mining, and regulation - and of course, Facebook's Libra.
00:59 What's your favorite altcoin?01:55 What are you and CoinShares' current goals?3:37 What is the value of bitcoin as an asset class? 07:35 How is the value of bitcoin as an asset class different from other digital assets?12:39 Since the majority of the bitcoin network's hash rate comes from machines concentrated in China, what are the chances this will cause problems down the line?16:53 Is the frustration felt by many in the crypto/blockchain space regarding regulation warranted, or is the current 21:46 Do you think stablecoins or cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are more likely to play a significant role in the future of finance?22:25 Do you think Libra pushed institutions like the Fed to consider the potential applications of stablecoins more seriously?25:42 Why do you think people keep calling Libra a "cryptocurrency?" 28:57 At this point, what do you think Libra has to do to make regulators happy?
EP 8: Krakpots (featuring Thom Thompson, editor at JLN)
Matt and Thom take to the JLN studio once again to discuss 2020's biggest stories in crypto (so far).
00:35 Bitcoin options are not, in fact, hot right now02:58 Kraken CEO says cost of regulatory requests rising for the exchange08:28 Japan puts limits on leverage for regulated cryptocurrency exchanges09:05 Bitmain's "questionable" need for layoffs11:48 Bitwise Bitcoin ETF takes a knee15:02 Libra creates a new committee17:35 "Crypto Dad" gets two new gigs
EP7: Buy the Dip! (Featuring Thom Thompson, editor at JLN)
JLN Editor Thom Thompson has decades of experience working in the financial markets in both the U.S. and Europe. These days, he uses his expertise to explain the cryptocurrency markets, especially the burgeoning cryptocurrency derivatives to JLN's readers. In this episode of the CMW Podcast, Thom joins Matt in the studio to discuss the most notable moments in the cryptocurrency markets in 2019.