13 episodes

YAP Cast, brought to you by YAP Global, presents its first series on The Story of Money with Samantha Yap. YAP Cast is on a mission to bridge the communication gap between emerging technology and the mainstream world.

We create quality edutainment by bringing together engaging storytelling with informative, thought-provoking content. YAP Global is a PR agency which specialises in helping meaningful blockchain, cryptocurrency and decentralised finance teams tell their stories.

The Story of Money YAP Cast

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YAP Cast, brought to you by YAP Global, presents its first series on The Story of Money with Samantha Yap. YAP Cast is on a mission to bridge the communication gap between emerging technology and the mainstream world.

We create quality edutainment by bringing together engaging storytelling with informative, thought-provoking content. YAP Global is a PR agency which specialises in helping meaningful blockchain, cryptocurrency and decentralised finance teams tell their stories.

    Can DeFi Be The Better Financial System? (S1E12)

    Can DeFi Be The Better Financial System? (S1E12)

    The future of money may owe more than we think to its complicated past.

    In the season finale, Samatha continues our conversation with Felix Martin. Felix draws the distinction between the underlying technologies underpinning DeFi and the monetary system itself, and makes the case that the principle behind the latter is as old as the history of money itself. This leads them to a discussion on the issues surrounding regulation versus self-regulation of the DeFi space, and how history has shown us that both sides have considerable advantages and disadvantages.

    Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with returning guest, Felix Martin.

    Felix Martin is an economist, fund manager, and author. He began his career as an Economist at the World Bank in Washington DC in 1998 working mostly on sovereign lending programmes and debt restructuring in eastern Europe. He holds degrees in classics, international relations and economics including a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford University. Since 2008, Felix has worked in the fund management industry in London, first at Thames River Capital – now part of BMO Global Asset Management; then at Liontrust Asset Management; and most recently as one of the founding partners of 1167 Capital.

    • 25 min
    Why Do Financial Crises Happen? (S1E11)

    Why Do Financial Crises Happen? (S1E11)

    Do we really understand financial crises? History seems to suggest that we don’t.

    Samantha discusses this with Felix Martin, the author of ‘Money: The Unauthorised Biography’. Felix explains the types of financial crises, and the potential reasons they occur. They talk about how the modern financial system is fundamentally built on trust - between the people and financial institutions, and between financial institutions and the government. Finally, they explore what happens when that trust breaks down, and whether cryptocurrencies and DeFi can actually solve that problem.

    Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with this week’s guest, Felix Martin.

    Felix Martin is an economist, fund manager, and author. He began his career as an Economist at the World Bank in Washington DC in 1998 working mostly on sovereign lending programmes and debt restructuring in eastern Europe. He holds degrees in classics, international relations and economics including a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford University. Since 2008, Felix has worked in the fund management industry in London, first at Thames River Capital – now part of BMO Global Asset Management; then at Liontrust Asset Management; and most recently as one of the founding partners of 1167 Capital.

    • 27 min
    Why Is It So Hard to Move Money? (S1E10)

    Why Is It So Hard to Move Money? (S1E10)

    Hawala is one of the oldest, fastest and cheapest international money transfer systems. So how come you’ve never heard of it?

    In this episode on “Why Is It So Hard to Move Money?” Samantha Yap is joined by George Harrap, Co-Founder of Step Finance and Head of DeFi at YAP Global. They touch on the common challenges with attempting to send and receive money around the world. George takes us through some fascinating alternatives to bank transfers that have arisen out of necessity to fill the gaps in current financial systems, including Hawala. Finally, they explore how cryptocurrencies may prove to be the borderless money transfer solution of the future.

    Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with returning guest, George Harrap.

    George is a veteran crypto entrepreneur. Having started in the crypto world almost a decade ago as an early miner, George brings a wealth of experience. He has built the first crypto remittance startup in the world, built 6 cryptocurrency exchanges both centralised and decentralised, and launched 12 stablecoins. George now focuses exclusively on the DeFi space - which he believes is the next giant leap for crypto assets and blockchain technology.

    • 26 min
    Where is Debt Heading? (S1E9)

    Where is Debt Heading? (S1E9)

    Debt has the power to wreak havoc on personal lives and entire economies alike. Is it really possible to tame the beast?

    Samatha continues our conversation on debt with Sid Powell. They discuss some of the ways debt has been abused within capital markets, and the repercussions that have resulted. They contrast the key differences between the current financial system and the brave new world of decentralised finance, with Sid making a compelling case for why he believes DeFi represents the solution to the problems that have plagued debt in existing financial systems.

    Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with this week’s guest, Sid Powell.

    Sid Powell is the CEO & Co-Founder of Maple Finance. Sid comes from a background in debt capital markets and institutional banking. During his career in traditional finance, he participated in $3b+ of corporate bond issuance, established and ran a $200m+ bond funding program, and managed Treasury at a commercial lending fintech company.

    • 25 min
    The Need For Debt (S1E8)

    The Need For Debt (S1E8)

    Does debt really deserve the negative connotations often associated with it?

    To answer this question, Samantha talks to Sidney Powell Co-Founder and CEO of Maple Finance, a decentralised institutional marketplace for borrowing and lending. They explore how the negative perceptions around debt came to be, and the ways those sentiments gradually began to change. Sid breaks down some powerful factors that help to differentiate between good and bad debt, and makes it easy to understand how debt can be harnessed as a tool for our benefit.

    Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with this week’s guest, Sid Powell.

    Sidney Powell is the CEO & Co-Founder of Maple Finance. Sid comes from a background in debt capital markets and institutional banking. During his career in traditional finance, he participated in $3b+ of corporate bond issuance, established and ran a $200m+ bond funding program, and managed Treasury at a commercial lending fintech company.

    • 21 min
    The Art Of Borrowing And Lending Money (S1E7)

    The Art Of Borrowing And Lending Money (S1E7)

    Few financial topics stir up as many conflicting opinions as the subject of borrowing and lending.

    Samantha discusses this with Leo Cheng, Project Lead of C.R.E.A.M. Finance, a decentralised lending protocol. They explore the different scenarios where debt isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but can in fact be beneficial or profitable. Finally they talk about the inaccessibility of borrowing and lending in the present financial infrastructures, with an eye on how decentralised lending protocols may pave the way towards a more fair and inclusive financial future.

    Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with our guest of the week, Leo Cheng.

    Leo Cheng is a co-founder at C.R.E.A.M. Finance, a decentralized lending protocol for individuals, institutions and protocols. Prior to C.R.E.A.M., he summoned the Machi X DAO and founded Blockstate, a San Francisco-based blockchain advisory service. Before Blockstate, Leo served on the founding management team at Solano Labs, a cloud computing startup that was acquired by GE Digital. Prior to entering the blockchain space, Leo held senior positions at top technology firms including Apple, American Express and Belkin.

    Leo is also an electronica DJ who performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and at Burning Man.

    • 24 min

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