7 episodes

Many of today’s unicorn crypto companies started as a dream — entrepreneurs who took a leap of faith on a small internet phenomenon called Bitcoin. 
On Empire, host Jason Yanowitz reveals the personal struggles, bold moves, and tough decisions that these individuals have gone through in order to build a new financial system.

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Many of today’s unicorn crypto companies started as a dream — entrepreneurs who took a leap of faith on a small internet phenomenon called Bitcoin. 
On Empire, host Jason Yanowitz reveals the personal struggles, bold moves, and tough decisions that these individuals have gone through in order to build a new financial system.

    Bootstrapping CoinGecko: The Fastest Growing Crypto Data Platform, with Bobby Ong

    Bootstrapping CoinGecko: The Fastest Growing Crypto Data Platform, with Bobby Ong

    Bobby Ong co-founded the fastest-growing crypto data aggregator, CoinGecko. We talked about how to build a crypto company so that it can last through a bear market — and why honesty is central to his business model.
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    LUKKA
    Minimize your crypto taxes and maximize your refund with Lukka Essentials. Dozens of exchange APIs and hundreds of mapped file formats makes it easy to upload your transaction history. With no limits on exchanges or transaction count, file your 2020 taxes for just $19.95 whether you have 10 transactions or 1 million. Go to tax.lukka.tech/empire to sign up and generate 2020 tax forms today.
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    EXODUS
    Download the app today at exodus.com/empire and iOS users can buy up to $500 in Bitcoin for just $1 for a limited time.
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    Empire is brought to you by Blockworks, a financial media brand delivering breaking news and premium insights about digital assets to millions of investors. For more content like Empire, visit http://blockworks.co/podcasts.
    Follow me on Twitter @JasonYanowitz and let me know what you thought of the show!

    • 51 min
    How Sam Bankman-Fried made $10 billion by the age of 28

    How Sam Bankman-Fried made $10 billion by the age of 28

    Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX made headlines when they acquired the naming rights to Miami's basketball stadium. We talk about how he got there, including everything from his childhood to his experience juggling arbitrage in Japan.

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    LUKKA

    Minimize your crypto taxes and maximize your refund with Lukka Essentials. Dozens of exchange APIs and hundreds of mapped file formats makes it easy to upload your transaction history. With no limits on exchanges or transaction count, file your 2020 taxes for just $19.95 whether you have 10 transactions or 1 million. Go to tax.lukka.tech/empire to sign up and generate 2020 tax forms today.

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    EXODUS

    Download the app today at exodus.com/empire and iOS users can buy up to $500 in Bitcoin for just $1 for a limited time.

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    Empire is brought to you by Blockworks, a financial media brand delivering breaking news and premium insights about digital assets to millions of investors. For more content like Empire, visit http://blockworks.co/podcasts.

    Follow me on Twitter @JasonYanowitz and let me know what you thought of the show!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Mike Belshe, from $20M Bitcoin under a couch to $20B+ in custody: the BitGo story

    Mike Belshe, from $20M Bitcoin under a couch to $20B+ in custody: the BitGo story

    My guest today is Mike Belshe, Founder and CEO of BitGo. But before that, he used what he learned at Netscape to help Google develop Chrome. Like many of us, Belshe stored his first Bitcoin on an old laptop. But after his investor friends started sending their digital assets his way, that "old laptop" was suddenly worth millions. Here's how his quest to secure those assets eventually became BitGo.
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    Empire is brought to you by Blockworks, a financial media brand delivering breaking news and premium insights about digital assets to millions of investors. For more content like Empire, visit http://blockworks.co/podcasts.
    Follow me on Twitter @JasonYanowitz and let me know what you thought of the show!

    • 54 min
    Flori Marquez on founding BlockFi: the fastest-growing Fintech in the world

    Flori Marquez on founding BlockFi: the fastest-growing Fintech in the world

    My guest today is Flori Marquez, Co-Founder of BlockFi.

    On this episode of Empire, we discuss BlockFi's staggering valuation, what it's like to lead a $3 billion Fintech company, and why crypto is so valuable in countries without fiat stability.

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    Empire is brought to you by Blockworks, a financial media brand delivering breaking news and premium insights about digital assets to millions of investors. For more content like Empire, visit http://blockworks.co/podcasts.

    Follow me on Twitter @JasonYanowitz and let me know what you thought of the show!

    • 52 min
    Joe Lubin, Ethereum Co-Founder, on why assets are moving from Wall Street to Crypto

    Joe Lubin, Ethereum Co-Founder, on why assets are moving from Wall Street to Crypto

    My guest today is Joe Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum and CEO and Founder of ConsenSys.

    On this episode of Empire, we discuss where Bitcoin falls short, Joe leaving Wall Street for Crypto, founding Ethereum and ConsenSys, why forks can be good for progress, and Joe's real motivators.

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    Empire is brought to you by Blockworks, a financial media brand delivering breaking news and premium insights about digital assets to millions of investors. For more content like Empire, visit http://blockworks.co/podcasts.

    Follow me on Twitter @JasonYanowitz and let me know what you thought of the show!

    • 37 min
    Muneeb Ali, on why the next internet will be built on Bitcoin

    Muneeb Ali, on why the next internet will be built on Bitcoin

    My guest today is Muneeb Ali, Co-Founder of the Stacks Project (formerly Blockstack) and CEO of Hiro.

    On this episode of Empire, we talk about Muneeb’s upbringing in Pakistan and the sacrifices his family made to get him his first computer, military dictatorship vs democratic rule, how he lied about a grant to get a job in Sweden and then ran out of money, and why it’s better to build on Bitcoin than create a new chain.

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    Empire is brought to you by Blockworks, a financial media brand delivering breaking news and premium insights about digital assets to millions of investors. For more content like Empire, visit http://blockworks.co/podcasts.

    Follow me on Twitter @JasonYanowitz and let me know what you thought of the show!

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Marketscalpel ,

Nice new crypto content

Interesting tech/business focused guests

KCBacon ,

Best crypto podcost

Best guests and content. Jason is the homie too. Represent!!

Rosewood808 ,

Looking at the past and future of crypto

I’ve truly enjoyed the guests so far! There is so much to learn and I’m looking forward to the see the Empire series grow.

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