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.

    How To Revive DeFi - Julian Koh, Ribbon Finance, Ep. 215

    How To Revive DeFi - Julian Koh, Ribbon Finance, Ep. 215

    *Apologies for the audio quality this week! Usual quality will resume in the next episode


    DeFi has been accused of being propped up by unsustainable ponzis - can Ribbon be the solution?


    Ribbon is a DeFi protocol that allows users access to crypto structured products. Till date, they reported over $10 billion in notional volume and claims to offer 24% on their ETH - despite being in a bear market.
     
    Today, Ribbon’s Co-Founder Julian Koh shares with us:
    How Ribbon generates yield Building new products vs integrating with others What is takes to revive DeFi Potential regulations on crypto space  
    Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.

     
    ------------ Timestamps -------------
    (00:00:00) – Introduction
    (00:03:41) – Road to founding Ribbon
    (00:07:34) – Primer on structured products
    (00:11:31) – Risks of capital loss on Ribbon
    (00:14:16) – Managing options with automated smart contracts
    (00:16:00) – Preventing market makers from front-running
    (00:19:42) – Types of Ribbon’s customers
    (00:21:14) – Reasons for Ribbon’s success
    (00:23:18) – New Ribbon products and plans
    (00:31:55) – Is composability just a meme
    (00:35:37) – Underwriting lending risks
    (00:39:27) – Moving away from Opyn & building own exchange
    (00:47:38) – Allowing DAOs to issue bonds
    (00:51:50) – Primary drivers of future of DeFi
    (00:58:26) – Potential regulations on crypto-space
     
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    Julian’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/juliankoh
    Ribbon Finance’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ribbonfinance


     
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    ------------ 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 3 min
    Why This $1B VC Fund Doesn’t Have Investment Analysts - Avichal Garg, Electric Capital, Ep. 214

    Why This $1B VC Fund Doesn’t Have Investment Analysts - Avichal Garg, Electric Capital, Ep. 214

    Many businesses have been disrupted by technology - Electric Capital thinks investing is no different
     
    Electric Capital, a crypto VC fund with more than $1 billion AUM, hires Software Engineers and Designers instead of Financiers to manage its fund. 
     
    Today, Managing Partner Avichal from Electric Capital shares with us:
     
    Thesis on Software Eating Money DAOs as Internet-native corporations Importance of UI/UX to onboard the next billion users Great Thinkers = Good Founders  
    Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial advice.

     
    ------------ Timestamps -------------
    (00:00:00) – Introduction
    (00:02:32) – Avichal’s hop from Facebook to managing $1b fund
    (00:07:15) – Thesis on Software eating Money
    (00:13:05) – 3 things Electric’s Engineers do
    (00:16:26) – Why is Electric bullish on DAOs
    (00:25:29) – Examples of good DAO governance
    (00:31:30) – Good UI/UX to onboard next billion users
    (00:37:36) – Identifying unobvious but good investments
    (00:40:33) – Investing in great founders
    (00:44:42) – Will crypto fail because of regulation
     
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    Avichal’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/avichal
    Electric Capital’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElectricCapital



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    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.

    • 51 min
    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_
     
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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
     
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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.

    • 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 ---------
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    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
     
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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.

    • 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
     
    ----------- Sponsors -------------
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    ----------- More Resources ---------
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    Anthony Sassano’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sassal0x
     
    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.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

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Interesting

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

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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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