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Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

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Events in crypto take place at warp speed. This weekly crypto podcast reveals how the marquee names in crypto are reacting to the week’s top headlines. With host Laura Shin, the guests also discuss what they’re thinking about these days and reveal what they believe is on the horizon in crypto. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.

    Andreas Antonopoulos on Why the ETH Supply Debate Is 'Silly'

    Andreas Antonopoulos on Why the ETH Supply Debate Is 'Silly'

    Andreas Antonopoulos, speaker, educator and author of "Mastering Bitcoin" and "Mastering Ethereum," dives into the ETH supply debate that raged over the last week. In this episode, he talks about:
    why the question about the ETH supply is a "silly gotcha" what technical features of the Ethereum blockchain make it less straightforward to calculate the supply of ether how the shift to Ethereum 2.0 and a proof of stake system will affect the value of ETH as money why Bitcoin and Ethereum are not natural competitors and will continue to coexist how macro forces will affect Bitcoin, and whether it will ever be used as a medium of exchange in addition to a store of value whether the full Ethereum 2.0 transition will happen in time to meet DeFi demand why Bitcoin gives Ethereum the freedom to experiment why Bitcoin Cash shows that offering scaling with no community isn't enough to take market share why he supports diversity and inclusion efforts in the space  
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: https://crypto.com
    Nexo: https://www.nexo.io
     
    Episode links: 
    Andreas Antonopoulos: https://aantonop.com
    On Twitter: https://twitter.com/aantonop
     
    Andreas's tweet storm: https://twitter.com/aantonop/status/1292877311570857990?s=20
    Summary of the debate: https://www.coindesk.com/how-much-ether-is-out-there-ethereum-developers-create-new-scripts-for-self-verification
     
    Andreas's video on the Lion and the Shark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0x6CtD8iq4
     
    Links from news recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/from-0-to-500m-to-0-in-48-hours/
     

    • 40 min
    $5 Billion in AUM: Why Growth at Grayscale Exploded in the Last Quarter

    $5 Billion in AUM: Why Growth at Grayscale Exploded in the Last Quarter

    Michael Sonnenshein, managing director of Grayscale Investments, talks about the strong growth in investment in its products, with inflows in Q2 totaling more than $900 million, bringing assets under management to over $5 billion. He discusses how Grayscale:
    saw more than $900 million in investment in Q2, up from $500 million in Q1 why the macro environment is causing investors to focus on crypto why investors are expressing growing interest in the Grayscale Ethereum Trust how 80% of Grayscale investors have exposure to more than one asset which types of investors are coming in what developments within the crypto space are also leading to the increased inflows into Grayscale products Grayscale's filing of a Form 10 for the Grayscale Ethereum Trust, which will enable it to become an SEC-reporting company why it is doing so for the Ethereum Trust as opposed to Ethereum Classic how the Grayscale Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin Trusts will soon by publicly trading what metrics they use to determine whether to bring a digital asset to market who are attracted to the Grayscale Digital Large Cap fund (GLDC) how Grayscale grew to have $5 billion in assets under management  
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com
    Nexo: https://www.nexo.io
     
    Episode links: 
    Michael Sonnenshein: https://twitter.com/Sonnenshein
     
    Grayscale: https://grayscale.co
     
    Grayscale's filing of the Form 10 for the Ethereum Investment Trust: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldelcastillo/2020/08/06/valuable-sec-data-on-20-institutional-bitcoin-investors-could-soon-disappear/#27352c561de2
     
    Links from news recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-99-drop-in-value/

    • 34 min
    Dmitry Buterin, Vitalik's Father, on Ethereum at 5 Years Old

    Dmitry Buterin, Vitalik's Father, on Ethereum at 5 Years Old

    Dmitry Buterin, father of Vitalik Buterin and cofounder of BlockGeeks, discusses Ethereum at 5 years old. In this episode, he talks about:
    how he feels upon Ethereum's 5th birthday how he introduced Vitalik to Bitcoin what he thought when Vitalik dropped out of college to explore Bitcoin more his thoughts on Vitalik's initial idea and white paper for Ethereum what he thought of the ICO craze whether or not he worried about the SEC charging Ethereum or Vitalik with securities violations how Steven Nerayoff told Vitalik he should be worried about the SEC coming after him whether he tried to help Vitalik with the social challenges in growing Ethereum how Vitalik has changed through his work with Ethereum what he looks forward to as Ethereum shifts to 2.0 what he thinks should happen with ether's monetary policy under Ethereum 2.0 Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com
    Nexo: https://www.nexo.io
    Tezos: https://tquorum.com/
     
    Episode links: 
    Dmitry Buterin: https://twitter.com/BlockGeekDima
    BlockGeeks: https://blockgeeks.com
     
    Ethereum: https://ethereum.org/en/
     
    Unchained interview with Vitalik on Ethereum's 5-year anniversary: https://unchainedpodcast.com/vitalik-buterin-on-ethereums-five-year-anniversary/
     
    Links from news recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-surpassed-10k/
     

    • 36 min
    'Twitter Will Be Fun Today': The College-Age Kids Who Hacked Into Twitter

    'Twitter Will Be Fun Today': The College-Age Kids Who Hacked Into Twitter

    Haseeb Awan, CEO of Efani, a secure and private cell phone service, talks about how he became acquainted with hackers who took over prominent accounts on Twitter last week. He describes:
    the underground industry that steals cell phone numbers and why who the main players, Kirk, lol and "ever so anxious" are what the hackers did when they took hold of prominent accounts, such as those of Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and those of crypto companies such as Binance and Coinbase what the hackers could do with the information that they obtained with the accounts they took over why this was likely not a pre-planned attack what happened to the security of the Twitter accounts, and why their second-factor authentication protections did not keep their accounts from being hacked what lessons crypto people can take away from the Twitter hack and how they can protect themselves  
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com
    Nexo: https://www.nexo.io
    Tezos: https://tquorum.com/
     
    Episode links: 
     
    Haseeb Awan: https://twitter.com/haseeb
     
    Efani: https://www.efani.com
     
    The New York Times story detailing the hack: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/17/technology/twitter-hackers-interview.html?searchResultPosition=3
     
    Chainalysis analysis of the Bitcoin obtained in the hack: https://blog.chainalysis.com/reports/twitter-hack-july-2020-update
     
    Twitter’s account of the hack: https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/an-update-on-our-security-incident.html
     
    Analysis by Krebs on Security: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/07/whos-behind-wednesdays-epic-twitter-hack/
     
    The recounting by the holder of the @6 account: https://medium.com/@lucky225/the-twitter-hack-what-exactly-happened-d8740d33c1c
     
    Coinbase preventing customers from sending money to the hackers: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/72200/coinbase-says-it-prevented-over-1000-customers-from-sending-280000-worth-of-bitcoin-to-twitter-hackers
     
    Fortune on why the attackers will have a hard time cashing out: http://links.info.fortune.com/e/evib?_t=5c2d888702774d17aa3d0350287b6d73&_m=4ecf0f55469542a782a36f0ec9d8df09&_e=EaRX5Sk3zpaQLYk6z4FZ9OwiLdl6CTboSs0AyX9UekCl-VWvzN8z8oZ2pelKQ5oGqAiv5DUuK6FhjOY1tputGIU-mTcXNHxotHGTm1cA2_L6YhT_jsJ_DRRCpdFSGEbh 
     
    Convo between two of the hackers: https://i.imgur.com/aJUDLrI.png
     
    Links from news recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/dear-bank-hodl-my-crypto/
     

    • 40 min
    Why Stablecoin Growth Over 5 Years Doubled in 4 Months

    Why Stablecoin Growth Over 5 Years Doubled in 4 Months

    Nate Maddrey, senior research analyst at Coin Metrics, discusses a report on the rise of stablecoins over the last few months that Coin Metrics published in conjunction with Bitstamp. He covers: 
    why a stablecoin supply that grew over five years has doubled in the last four months  why demand has grown, specifically for Tether, especially after Black Thursday why that demand caused Tether's price to rise above $1 post-Black Thursday why Tether is the most dominant stablecoin how traders were making money off that arbitrage opportunity and why the arbitrage stayed in place so long where Tether is popular why Tether's price goes up when the free float supply is high and why it goes down when the free float supply is low why the stablecoins have varied in their ability to stay stable and how individual stablecoins have reacted which types of users are holding stablecoins and various types of users are doing with it why it is that stablecoins appear to have different median exchange values and why stablecoins have higher velocity than bitcoin and ether Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com
    Nexo: https://nexo.io
    Tezos: https://tquorum.com/
     
    Episode links: 
    Nate Maddrey: https://twitter.com/natemaddrey
    Coin Metrics: https://coinmetrics.io
    The Rise of Stablecoins report: https://coinmetrics.io/the-rise-of-stablecoins/
     
    Links from news recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/a-brazen-bitcoin-heist-on-twitter/

    • 36 min
    Will Coinbase Do a Token Offering When It Goes Public?

    Will Coinbase Do a Token Offering When It Goes Public?

    Jeff Roberts, senior reporter at Fortune and author of "King of Crypto: One Startup’s Quest to take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street" talks about the news this week that Coinbase may go public later this year. We talk about:
    how Coinbase may offer an additional token offering in addition to a traditional listing how the firm has been laying the legal groundwork for an innovative offering Coinbase's new chief legal officer, Paul Grewal, who is a former federal judge who has ruled over the Google-Oracle and Apple-Samsung trials and who was the deputy general counsel at Facebook what a direct listing, as opposed to a traditional IPO, could mean for Coinbase's investors what a Coinbase IPO would generally mean for the crypto industry why Coinbase's $8 billion valuation would likely go up in an IPO how the fact that overall interest in Bitcoin and crypto are down compared to the highs of 2017/2018 will affect a Coinbase listing  
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: https://www.crypto.com
    Nexo: https://nexo.io
    Tezos: https://tquorum.com/
     
    Episode links:  
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffjohnroberts
    Kings of Crypto audiobook: https://www.amazon.com/Kings-of-Crypto/dp/B085PY7S7H
    Kings of Crypto print book: https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Crypto-Startups-Cryptocurrency-Silicon-ebook/dp/B085TRJY8X
     
    Reuters story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-coinbase-ipo-exclusive/exclusive-crypto-exchange-coinbase-readies-landmark-stock-market-listing-sources-say-idUSKBN24A21W
     
    Unconfirmed interview with Jeff Roberts about his book on Coinbase: https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-brilliant-a*****e-who-almost-blew-up-coinbase/
     
    Coinbase’s recent legal hire: https://fortune.com/2020/07/08/coinbase-lawyer-paul-grewal-crypto-law/

    Bitcoin interest is down: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/70437/data-shows-that-mass-adoption-is-still-nowhere-to-be-found?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss
     
    Links from news recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-most-pivotal-event-in-all-of-crypto/

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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248 Ratings

Catlady808 ,

ladies in crypto

Straightforward and easy to digest, always worth a listen and quality recording. Straightforward notes and website to accompany, a variety of guests and views. And always great to hear a female voice in a male space!

Pbeisgeee354xxx ,

Strangely Critical

Ahh one of the only few crypto podcasts that are worth listening to. Laura consistency provides a well planned set of questions for her guests. Who for the most part, are relevant.

It’s easy to see Laura is fit for the job. Her interest in crypto shines through in a manner than doesn’t ruin the authenticity of the show. Much unlike the official r3 podcast.

The issue lies with the constant pneumonic criticisms Laura so genuinely lets slip through. For example, on the an episode whilst interviewing commissioner Perce from the SEC, Laura is always rudely expressing her discontent without so many words. The same goes for her interviews at EthDenver whilst interviewing pro crypto governors. This is a recurring theme in her interviews.

She is unable to hold back her strange discontent and personal political views in times it would be more attractive to remain neutral. Poised, professional, and fit for the job, but strangely critical.

jb_bees ,

Better than the Bible.

I always download Unconfirmed episodes. I listen to this smart Laura Shin lady on a weekly basis. And when my iPhone tells me my storage is full because the sheer amount of data (and there’s a lot, because she puts a lot of information into each podcast), I actually contemplate buying a new iPhone with more storage because I’m unwilling to delete a single episode. I know in the future when I recognize a topic in a conversation I’ll think “I know I heard this on Unconfirmed” and immediately scroll through my favorited episode list (every episode is favorited) and I have deleted many photos of my dogs to make room, but I upgraded to maximum icloud storage so they’re safe in the cloud.

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