100 episodes

The crypto native's podcast for DeFi, NFTs, and Web 3. .

Jason Choi (@mrjasonchoi), full-time crypto investor since 2018, goes deep into the technology and economics behind crypto projects to dissect trends and themes in a global context.

Nothing on this show is financial advice. Blockcrunch and its personnel may hold positions in assets discussed on the show.

The Blockcrunch Podcast Jason Choi

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The crypto native's podcast for DeFi, NFTs, and Web 3. .

Jason Choi (@mrjasonchoi), full-time crypto investor since 2018, goes deep into the technology and economics behind crypto projects to dissect trends and themes in a global context.

Nothing on this show is financial advice. Blockcrunch and its personnel may hold positions in assets discussed on the show.

    Is There Still a Bull Case for Privacy? - Joe and Jon from Aztec Network, Ep. 213

    Is There Still a Bull Case for Privacy? - Joe and Jon from Aztec Network, Ep. 213

    Most wouldn’t be comfortable with broadcasting their daily lives to the entire world - but that’s what happening with the transparent nature of blockchains
     
    Founders of Aztec Network believe that privacy is a fundamental human right and that crypto-users should have easy and cheap access to privacy.
     
    Today, Co-Founder Joe Andrews and Head of Growth Jon Wu from Aztec shares with us:
    Use-cases for privacy beyond illegal activities Achieving privacy as a default option Regulatory landscape for on-chain privacy  
    Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.

    ------------ Timestamps -------------
    (00:00:00) – Introduction
    (00:03:45) – Why is privacy important to people
    (00:09:28) – What exactly is Aztec
    (00:15:12) – Like a VPN for Ethereum Network
    (00:21:56) – Achieving low transactions cost & privacy
    (00:24:27) – Aztec versus other privacy protocols
    (00:29:30) – Regulatory risk for users on Aztec
    (00:36:52) – Making it difficult for illicit activities
    (00:38:43) – Paths to preserving privacy vs remaining compliant
    (00:44:42) – Use-cases of on-chain privacy
    (00:47:44) – Are users liable for violating sanctions by using Aztec
    (00:51:17) – Convincing developers to build using Aztec’s Noir
     
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    Aztec’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/aztecnetwork
    Joe Andrew’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaosef
    Jon Wu’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonwu_
     
    Blockcrunch
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    Blockcrunch Twitter: https://twitter.com/theBlockcrunch
    Jason Choi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjasonchoi
     
    ------------ Disclosures -------------
    Disclaimer: The Blockcrunch Podcast (“Blockcrunch”) is an educational resource intended for informational purposes only. Blockcrunch produces a weekly podcast and newsletter that routinely covers projects in Web 3 and may discuss assets that the host or its guests have financial exposure to. Views held by Blockcrunch’s guests are their own. None of Blockcrunch, its registered entity or any of its affiliated personnel are licensed to provide any type of financial advice, and nothing on Blockcrunch’s podcast, newsletter, website and social media should be construed as financial advice. Blockcrunch also receives compensation from its sponsor; sponsorship messages do not constitute financial advice or endorsement.

    • 56 min
    Tangent Fireside Chat: From Scaling a $3B Protocol to Investing as a Founder - Tascha Punyaneramitdee, Alpha Venture DAO, Ep. 212

    Tangent Fireside Chat: From Scaling a $3B Protocol to Investing as a Founder - Tascha Punyaneramitdee, Alpha Venture DAO, Ep. 212

    Who best to understand struggles of crypto founders than fellow founders? 
     
    Tascha is the Co-Founder of Alpha Venture DAO and built a DeFi protocol that had a TVL of $3 billion at its peak.
     
    Today, she joins us as a mentor in Tangent to share with us:
     
    How Alpha scaled to $3B in deposits 2 crypto verticals Tascha is excited about How to identify great founders in 60 minutes  
    Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.


    ------------ Timestamps -------------
    (00:00:00) – Introduction
    (00:02:42) – Early days of Alpha Finance
    (00:06:10) – Motivation behind building levered yield farming back in 2020
    (00:09:44) – What is Alpha Venture
    (00:13:17) – How to be a successful founder
    (00:17:53) – Balancing between reinvention and solving pain points
    (00:26:07) – Key areas that Tascha is excited for
    (00:30:09) – Thought process for identifying market opportunity
    (00:32:11) – Identifying great founders to invest in
    (00:40:36) – Difficulties of running a crypto start-up

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    ----------- More Resources ---------
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    Taschas Twitter: https://twitter.com/tascha_panpan
    Alpha Venture DAO’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlphaVentureDAO
     
    Blockcrunch
    Blockcrunch VIP: https://blockcrunch.substack.com/
    Blockcrunch Twitter: https://twitter.com/theBlockcrunch
    Jason Choi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjasonchoi
     
    ------------ Disclosures -------------
    Disclaimer: The Blockcrunch Podcast (“Blockcrunch”) is an educational resource intended for informational purposes only. Blockcrunch produces a weekly podcast and newsletter that routinely covers projects in Web 3 and may discuss assets that the host or its guests have financial exposure to. Views held by Blockcrunch’s guests are their own. None of Blockcrunch, its registered entity or any of its affiliated personnel are licensed to provide any type of financial advice, and nothing on Blockcrunch’s podcast, newsletter, website and social media should be construed as financial advice. Blockcrunch also receives compensation from its sponsor; sponsorship messages do not constitute financial advice or endorsement.

    • 45 min
    Treasure: Decentralized App-Chain for the Metaverse - John and Karel, Ep. 211

    Treasure: Decentralized App-Chain for the Metaverse - John and Karel, Ep. 211

    If you’re a gamer you must have thought it’d be nice if you could transfer your in-game resources from one game to the other. Well, you finally can with composable resources in Treasure’s game ecosystem. 
     
    Treasure is building the decentralized app-chain for an interoperable metaverse. In less than a year, Treasure onboarded over 100,000 community members and facilitated over $264 million with their NFT marketplace.


    Today, we have John and Karel, Co-Founder and COO of Treasure on the show to share with us:

    What exactly Treasure is Benefits of building and playing in Treasure’s game ecosystem Sustainability and long-term use case of $MAGIC tokens  
    Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.

     
    ------------ Timestamps -------------
    (00:00:00) – Introduction
    (00:03:25) – What exactly Treasure is
    (00:06:51) – The power of community-driven content
    (00:10:26) – How did Loot inspire Treasure
    (00:13:44) – Developer’s benefits of building on Treasure
    (00:19:40) – Why build a decentralized game infrastructure
    (00:24:49) – Treasure’s main metaverse: Bridgeworld
    (00:31:32) – Comparison to P2E games and if it’s sustainable
    (00:34:57) – Examples of partner games on Treasure
    (00:45:30) – Long-term use case of $MAGIC tokens
    (00:49:08) – Building out Treasure’s own app-chain on AnyTrust
    (00:53:23) – Why is NOW the best time to be part of Treasure
     
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    ----------- More Resources ---------
    Guest
    Treasure’s Twitter:https://twitter.com/Treasure_DAO
    Treasure’s Discord: https://discord.com/invite/treasuredao
    John Patten’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jpatten__
    Karel Vuong’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/0xkarel
     
    Blockcrunch
    Blockcrunch VIP: https://blockcrunch.substack.com/
    Blockcrunch Twitter: https://twitter.com/theBlockcrunch
    Jason Choi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjasonchoi
     
    ------------ Disclosures -------------
    Disclaimer: The Blockcrunch Podcast (“Blockcrunch”) is an educational resource intended for informational purposes only. Blockcrunch produces a weekly podcast and newsletter that routinely covers projects in Web 3 and may discuss assets that the host or its guests have financial exposure to. Views held by Blockcrunch’s guests are their own. None of Blockcrunch, its registered entity or any of its affiliated personnel are licensed to provide any type of financial advice, and nothing on Blockcrunch’s podcast, newsletter, website and social media should be construed as financial advice. Blockcrunch also receives compensation from its sponsor; sponsorship messages do not constitute financial advice or endorsement.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Bull and Bear Case for the Merge: Anthony Sassano, Ep. 210

    The Bull and Bear Case for the Merge: Anthony Sassano, Ep. 210

    The Merge, which marks the official transition to Proof-of-Stake, is slated to occur around September 15 - 16th and is possibly the largest crypto event to happen in a long time. The transition to Proof-of-Stake is supposedly a bullish event, but lately, there have been concerns raised on whether it is the right move. 


    If you’re a founder or investor in crypto, you should be prepared for what’s to come.


    Today, we have Anthony Sassano, one of the largest proponents and educator of Ethereum on the show to share with us:


    What is The Merge How OFAC’s censorship may affect Ethereum Is Proof-of-Stake really better than Proof-of-Work? Reasons to be bullish for Proof-of-Stake  
    Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.

     
    ------------ Timestamps -------------
    (00:00:00) – Introduction
    (00:01:40) – Introduction to OFAC & The Merge
    (00:03:06) – What is The Merge
    (00:10:21) – Why might there be 2 Ethereum chains after The Merge?
    (00:17:46) – What is OFAC and why is it scary?
    (00:28:50) – Would PoW be more censorship-resistant than PoS?
    (00:39:54) – Why is it harder for OFAC to enforce sanctions in PoW?
    (00:45:49) – Pros and cons of social slashing
    (00:57:19) – How are Flashbots and MEV contributing to censorship?
    (01:02:35) – Reasons to be bullish for PoS
     
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    ----------- More Resources ---------
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    Anthony Sassano’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sassal0x
     
    Blockcrunch
    Blockcrunch VIP: https://blockcrunch.substack.com/
    Blockcrunch Twitter: https://twitter.com/theBlockcrunch
    Jason Choi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjasonchoi
     
    ------------ Disclosures -------------
    Disclaimer: The Blockcrunch Podcast (“Blockcrunch”) is an educational resource intended for informational purposes only. Blockcrunch produces a weekly podcast and newsletter that routinely covers projects in Web 3 and may discuss assets that the host or its guests have financial exposure to. Views held by Blockcrunch’s guests are their own. None of Blockcrunch, its registered entity or any of its affiliated personnel are licensed to provide any type of financial advice, and nothing on Blockcrunch’s podcast, newsletter, website and social media should be construed as financial advice. Blockcrunch also receives compensation from its sponsor; sponsorship messages do not constitute financial advice or endorsement.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Tangent Fireside Chat: Ex Top Fund Investors on Crypto Investing - Jason Choi, Darryl Wang, Mable Jiang Ep. 209

    Tangent Fireside Chat: Ex Top Fund Investors on Crypto Investing - Jason Choi, Darryl Wang, Mable Jiang Ep. 209

    Three senior hires at top crypto funds Spartan Capital, Multicoin Capital and DeFiance Capital recently stepped down and started Tangent - an angel fund by founders, for founders. 
     
    Together, Tangent’s mentors have built billion-dollar protocols, managed hundreds of millions in capital and have deep expertise across every major Web 3 vertical. 
     
    Today, we have the co-founders Jason Choi, Darryl Wang and mentor, Mable Jiang on the show to share with us:
     
    Crypto verticals they’re excited about Dangers of crypto VCs today  What makes Tangent unique Navigating the crypto markets for the next 12 - 24 months  
    Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.

     
    ------------ Timestamps -------------
    (00:00:00) – Introduction
    (00:01:40) – Introduction to Tangent team
    (00:03:39) – Rationale for leaving their jobs at top crypto funds
    (00:10:22) – Crypto verticals they are excited about
    (00:21:26) – Composability vs building your own products
    (00:28:08) – Smart contract wallets to boost crypto adoption
    (00:31:40) – View on NFT finance vertical 
    (00:33:19) – Reason for Tangent and why it’s different from crypto funds
    (00:46:58) – Things to look out for when investing
    (00:54:36) – Thoughts on navigating the bear market
    (01:02:40) – Predictions for the next market
     
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    ----------- More Resources ---------
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    Mable’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mable_Jiang
    Mable’s Podcast - HODLong: https://apple.co/3dHfQPJ
    Wangarian’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/0xWangarian
    Tangent’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/tangent_xyz
     
    Blockcrunch
    Blockcrunch VIP: https://blockcrunch.substack.com/
    Blockcrunch Twitter: https://twitter.com/theBlockcrunch
    Jason Choi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjasonchoi
     
    ------------ Disclosures -------------
    Disclaimer: The Blockcrunch Podcast (“Blockcrunch”) is an educational resource intended for informational purposes only. Blockcrunch produces a weekly podcast and newsletter that routinely covers projects in Web 3 and may discuss assets that the host or its guests have financial exposure to. Views held by Blockcrunch’s guests are their own. None of Blockcrunch, its registered entity or any of its affiliated personnel are licensed to provide any type of financial advice, and nothing on Blockcrunch’s podcast, newsletter, website and social media should be construed as financial advice. Blockcrunch also receives compensation from its sponsor; sponsorship messages do not constitute financial advice or endorsement.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Why This Top Crypto Fund is Bullish DAOs - 1kx Team, Ep. 208

    Why This Top Crypto Fund is Bullish DAOs - 1kx Team, Ep. 208

    Decentralized Autonomous Organizations or DAOs for short are hailed as the future of managing organizations and work.
     
    However, many are starting to doubt the feasibility of DAOs given its major blockers for it to succeed at scale. 


    In this episode, the 2 largest proponents of DAOs, Dmitriy and Peter from 1kx discusses:
    The current DAO landscape Why they are still bullish on DAOs What will it take for DAOs to succeed

    Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.


    ------------ Timestamps -------------
    (00:00:00) – Introduction
    (00:02:11) – What exactly is a DAO?
    (00:07:12) – Bear & Bull cases for DAOs
    (00:11:27) – Progressive vs Decentralization from the get-go
    (00:26:20) – Different types of DAOs
    (00:29:08) – Whale’s skewed voting power
    (00:34:30) – Recent Merit Circle vs YGG case
    (00:38:22) – Interesting DAOs to check out
     
    ----------- Sponsors -------------
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    ----------- More Resources ---------
    Guest
    1kx’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/1kxnetwork
    1kx’s Medium: https://medium.com/1kxnetwork
    Dmitriy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/dberenzon
    Peter’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/pet3rpan_
     
    Blockcrunch
    Blockcrunch VIP: https://blockcrunch.substack.com
    Blockcrunch Twitter: https://twitter.com/theBlockcrunch
    Jason Choi’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrjasonchoi
     
    ------------ Disclosures -------------
    Disclaimer: The Blockcrunch Podcast (“Blockcrunch”) is an educational resource intended for informational purposes only. Blockcrunch produces a weekly podcast and newsletter that routinely covers projects in Web 3 and may discuss assets that the host or its guests have financial exposure to. Views held by Blockcrunch’s guests are their own. None of Blockcrunch, its registered entity or any of its affiliated personnel are licensed to provide any type of financial advice, and nothing on Blockcrunch’s podcast, newsletter, website and social media should be construed as financial advice. Blockcrunch also receives compensation from its sponsor; sponsorship messages do not constitute financial advice or endorsement.
     
     
     

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

GWeb999 ,

Interesting

I really enjoy Jason’s questions and appreciate how he finds quality guests and projects to interview. One of my favorite podcasts!

EricaBushwell ,

Informative and interesting!

Jason, host of the Blockcrunch podcast, highlights all aspects of crypto, investing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

WarcM ,

Best in crypto for those who wish to learn

Jason understands the industry better than any other podcaster in the space because as a non-engineer he sees the full picture, but still smart enough to dig into the nuance.

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