Welcome to The Scoop, The Block's flagship podcast covering finance and technology industries through unmatched interviews with top thought leaders, cultural icons and industry veterans. The Block’s Frank Chaparro hosts new guests every week, diving into breaking news and topics ranging from NFTs, to the impact of DeFi on Wall Street, to Bitcoin's role in the economy and beyond.
The potential of new spot bitcoin ETFs has yet to be unlocked
Matthew Hougan is the Chief Investment Officer for Bitwise — one of several asset managers to recently launch a spot Bitcoin ETF.
In this episode, Hougan shares his inside perspective on how market participants are reacting to the new spot Bitcoin ETFs, and why he believes we're not yet at the "sweet spot of demand" for the new products.
05:46 Crypto & Wall Street
09:55 BTC ETF Launch Analysis
13:26 ETF Provider Competition
19:51 ETF Trading Mechanics
23:55 RIA BTC Sales Pitch
28:18 Portfolio Construction
30:15 Looking Forward
32:32 Exotic Crypto ETFs
Bridging the gap between onchain and off-chain payments
Dr. Friederike Ernst is the co-founder of Gnosis and Gnosis Pay.
In this episode, Dr. Ernst shares how Gnosis Pay is working to bridge the gap between on-chain and off-chain payments, and how the upcoming Gnosis Card will allow users to spend their crypto at over 80 million VISA merchants worldwide.
Although crypto payments for everyday transactions have yet to penetrate the consumer market, Dr. Ernst says it's only a matter of time before traditional financial services move onchain:
"In 5 to 10 years, I am pretty certain that most financial rails were run on blockchain technology just because it's much, much more efficient than the current stack."
Chris Dixon's new book highlights how blockchains can lead to a more equitable internet
Chris Dixon is a managing partner at a16z and the founder of a16z crypto.
In this episode, Dixon gives an overview of his new book, Read Write Own: Building the Next Generation of the Internet, and explains how blockchains have the potential to create more equatable online experiences.
08:04 New Book
11:13 Crypto Skeptics
14:56 Tech Centralization
19:53 Web2 vs Web3
24:11 Networks vs Tokens
31:12 Platform Ownership
33:49 Platform Take Rates
37:49 Consumer Crypto
40:49 Regulatory Uncertainty
47:29 Venture Landscape
Noble is bringing RWAs to Cosmos
Jelena Djuric is the co-founder of Noble and Sam Hart is the co-founder of Timewave Labs and the Head of Strategy at Skip Protocol.
In this episode, Djuric and Hart — both seasoned Cosmos veterans — breakdown the recent advancements that have helped the Cosmos ecosystem enter into a new era of innovation and expansion.
Djuric also announces Noble's partnership with Hashnote to bring the USYC token to the Cosmos, making USYC the first cross chain real-world asset (RWA) in the Cosmos ecosystem that is liquid, compliant, interoperable and seamless to use.
The trends defining the crypto job market
Scott Fletcher co-founded Intersection Growth Partners — one of the crypto industry's leading executive search firms.
In this episode, Fletcher overviews how the crypto job market has changed since the market bottom in 2022 and explains what it takes to land an executive position at a top crypto company.
According to Fletcher, CEO hires have more than doubled as a percentage of overall executive hires since the collapse of FTX, the number of new executive hires amongst centralized exchanges has more than halved, and the number of executives hired by infrastructure companies has nearly tripled.
Crypto's ten trillion dollar opportunity
Dan Tapiero is the founder and managing partner of 10T Holdings and 1RoundTable Partners — two growth equity funds operating across the digital asset ecosystem.
In this episode, Tapiero gives an overview of how the recent market rally has impacted deal flow on the secondary market, and explains why he remains strongly bullish on the future growth trajectory of the industry.
According to Tapiero, valuations in crypto's secondary market have yet to see a marked uptick in Q4 partially due to the lack of private equity firms that stuck with the space in the wake of the FTX meltdown.
"There were a lot of blow ups and I think the people who got out of over their skis are kind of gone," says Tapiero.
However, Tapiero does not believe his relative lack of competition in crypto's secondary market will exist for long — he's currently raising a fourth growth equity fund to invest in digital assets in part because he's "worried that prices are going to start to move up."
Get the scoop 🍦
Frank honestly never misses! Every conversation is packed with actionable insights from top-tier guests. Glad to have discovered this killer investing resource!
Frank is always cool
As he sits by the pool
Washed up FTX trash