Modern Finance breaks down all things bitcoin, cryptocurrency, finance hacks & tips, decentralized finance (DeFi), yield farming, NFTs, robo-investing, and more. Join entrepreneur and technology venture capitalist Kevin Rose as he interviews experts and the entrepreneurs building modern finance tools. Time Magazine calls Kevin one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web," and Bloomberg lists him as a "Top 25 Angel Investor." Kevin has appeared on the Jimmy Fallon Show, Charlie Rose Show, as well as the print covers of Businessweek and Inc. Magazine.
How Safe Is My Crypto Yield? with Zac Prince (CEO, BlockFi) and Matt Ballensweig (Genesis)
Earning interest on your crypto? Kevin sits down with Zac Prince from BlockFi and Matt Ballensweig of Genesis to discuss which option will serve you better.
Zac Prince (@BlockFiZac) is the CEO and founder of BlockFi, a bank-like platform that allows users to buy, borrow, and earn interest on crypto. Matthew Ballensweig (@mattballen4791) serves as the Head of Business Development of Genesis, a full-service digital currency prime broker.
Full show notes and links here.
New Coin: Mina - The World's Lightest Blockchain, with Founder Evan Shapiro
O(1) Labs' Evan Shapiro joins Kevin to discuss Mina, the world's lightest blockchain -- at 22 kilobits, "the size of a couple of tweets." Here, he explains how this works, what drove its creation, what this protocol looks like from a security perspective, and its real-world applications already being put to the test today.
Evan Shapiro (@evanashapiro) is the CEO and co-founder of software development company O(1) Labs, and board member at Mina Foundation, the world's lightest blockchain.
Full show notes and links here.
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VeeFriends - Gary Vaynerchuk's New NFT Project
Kevin sits down with serial entrepreneur and social media personality Gary Vaynerchuck to discuss his new NFT project, VeeFriends. VeeFriends ties curated real-world experiences to NFT collectibles.
Art Blocks - Generative NFT Art with Erick Snowfro
Art Blocks mastermind Erick (aka Snowfro) joins Kevin to discuss the ins and outs of generative art, the innovations that make it so exciting and accessible, and why NFTs that can be recreated from their fingerprints on the blockchain are poised to be the most resilient art in human history.
Erick (aka Snowfro @artonblockchain) is a Houston-based artist who works in various media, including projection-mapped installations, LED light art, cut vinyl, and 3-D blocks. He is also the founder of Art Blocks, the world's first platform dedicated to decentralized generative art.
Full show notes and links can be found here.
The Potential DeFi Collapse, Bull & Bear Markets, and MobileCoin with Ari Paul
BlockTower Capital Founder and CIO Ari Paul joins Kevin to discuss the crypto cycles of bull and bear markets, the potential for a DeFi collapse, why you should avoid a crypto index fund or ETF, and a new cryptocurrency called MobileCoin, which aims to power all mobile payments.
Ari Paul (@aridavidpaul) is the Co-Founder and CIO of crypto-asset investment firm BlockTower Capital, and author of The Cryptocurrency Investor blog, where he has published papers on cryptocurrency lending, the history of money, and applying investment concepts to cryptocurrency.
LINKS & SHOW NOTES
All links and detailed show notes can be found here.
The Sandbox - A New Blockchain Based Virtual Gaming World Built on NFTs with Sebastien Borget
The Sandbox's Sebastien Borget joins Kevin to discuss the practical use of blockchains and NFTs for securing digital property and rewarding creators in virtual gaming worlds.
Sebastien Borget @borgetsebastien is the Co-Founder and COO of The Sandbox, a decentralized gaming virtual world, and President of The Blockchain Game Alliance, advocating for NFTs and blockchain in games.
All episode links can be found here.
How two big shifts in the gaming world are being addressed by blockchains and NFTs. [00:46]
Sebastien shares his background of nearly 14 years as a serial entrepreneur, and what catalyzed his work to merge gaming with the decentralized world of crypto that resulted in The Sandbox we see today. [03:04]
Currently, what parts of The Sandbox are centralized and decentralized, and how long does Sebastien project it will take for full decentralization? [05:51]
In The Sandbox, to what extent can a creator give life to what their imagination dreams up? [06:45]
How are additional attributes (like speed, power, and defense) extended onto a static, LEGO block-style creation in The Sandbox, and who defines these attributes? Is there a way for a community to be involved in these definitions if the creator wishes to allow it? [08:39]
The unforeseen benefits of opening up feature definition to a community. [11:31]
What kind of game is a first-timer to The Sandbox expected to play, and how can this be modified? For instance, is participation in player-vs-player content mandatory, or are there places in The Sandbox where a player can choose to opt-out? [12:36]
How does real estate ownership and property value work in The Sandbox? Will new land be generated over time, or has a limited inventory been established? [14:51]
How big are parcels of land in The Sandbox, and how long would it take to "walk" across one of these parcels? Does this size in any way limit an owner's capacity to create? [17:32]
What was the base price for a new parcel of land when The Sandbox began, how has it fluctuated, and what factors might have an impact on a parcel's value? [19:08]
How is the $SAND token being used, and how can it be acquired? [20:33]
What is a game jam, how can interested parties participate in The Sandbox's game jam, and what coding languages do they need to know? [22:26]
In what ways can people start interacting, creating, and trading in The Sandbox today? When will The Sandbox officially go live? [23:48]
Will creators be able to bring external projects into The Sandbox, like existing NFTs (e.g. CryptoPunks)? [26:07]
How does The Sandbox differentiate itself from competing projects in this space? [26:48]
Does someone need to own land in The Sandbox today to begin creating content for it, and will that content vanish when the official launch takes place? [29:39]
Will everything in The Sandbox be tied to the Ethereum blockchain, or is this expected to change? [30:18]
What's the best way for someone to stay up to date with The Sandbox's developments? [31:50]
Why I reached out to Sebastien to share what's going on with The Sandbox, how you can keep in touch with him, and parting thoughts. [33:27]
NFTs, Finally Demystified
This podcast is great. Demystifies NFTs and introduces you to the cutting edge of modern art. Feels like you’re getting in on the ground floor of the next big evolution in crypto.
Great place to learn!
As a seasoned investor when it comes to the regular methods of investing this is a great place to learn about new “to me” technologies and investments. Certainly not dumbed down and leads to further investigation into the topics after listening to the show. Keep up the great work!
Kevin does a great job of asking all the questions. Not just softballs. Helps to get the full picture. Thank you!