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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.

    PoolTogether: Save Money, With a Chance to Win - Ep.108

    PoolTogether: Save Money, With a Chance to Win - Ep.108

    Leighton Cusack, CEO and cofounder of PoolTogether, describes how the Ethereum-based no-loss lottery applies the psychology of winning a prize to the action of saving money, to get more people to save, why this is better than a typical lottery, and how blockchain technology makes it even better than a typical no-loss lottery. He also talks about how PoolTogether works, why it currently uses Dai and Compound and whether it would use other stablecoins and interest-bearing platforms. We also discuss who is using it, why many non-crypto people are interested, and how they plan to reach more of their target audience.
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    eToro: https://www.etoro.com
    Crypto.com: https://crypto.com
    Kelman Law: https://kelman.law
    Episode links: 
    Pool Together: https://www.pooltogether.com/
    Leighton Cusack: https://twitter.com/lay2000lbs
    CoinDesk on PoolTogether: https://www.coindesk.com/this-ethereum-lottery-perfectly-explains-how-facebooks-corporate-backers-will-profit-from-libra
    Decrypto story: https://decrypt.co/9072/pooltogethers-ethereum-based-no-loss-lottery-is-back-with-a-twist
    MakerDAO grant: https://blog.makerdao.com/maker-foundation-community-grants-provide-funding-for-blockchain-projects/
    News Recap: 
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/please-slather-this-on-your-face/

    • 29 min
    Why Bitcoin Outperformed Most of the Crypto Assets in 2019 - Ep.107

    Why Bitcoin Outperformed Most of the Crypto Assets in 2019 - Ep.107

    Nate Maddrey, senior research analyst of Coin Metrics, gives an overview of how the major crypto networks ended 2019. We discuss how Bitcoin outperformed most other crypto assets last year, how it has been somewhat correlated with gold this year, whereas other crypto assets are not, and how the price movement of Bitcoin and Ethereum is starting to uncouple. We also talk about "realized cap," which is when each individual coin last moved on chain, and "market cap to realized cap" (MVRV), which is a way of looking at when the current holders will obtain profits if they sell, and how Bitcoin's investors are in the black, or that perhaps Ethereum is undervalued. Another topic was stablecoins, and how Tether on Ethereum has overtaken Tether on Omni and why, plus which other stablecoins are seeing growth. He also covers which four networks have seen their number of active addresses drop, how all those also saw their prices decrease and how only Bitcoin and Ethereum had a substantial amount of daily fees, and why that's significant. 
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    eToro: https://www.etoro.com
    Crypto.com: https://www.etoro.com
    Kelman Law: http://kelman.law
    Episode links: 
    Nate Maddrey: https://twitter.com/natemaddrey
    Coinmetrics: https://coinmetrics.io/
    State of the Network 2019 post: https://coinmetrics.substack.com/p/state-of-the-network-2019-year-in
    This week in crypto: 
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/bitcoin-halving-→-price/

    • 29 min
    Kyle Samani on How 2020 Will Be the Year of Small Success Stories - Ep.106

    Kyle Samani on How 2020 Will Be the Year of Small Success Stories - Ep.106

    Kyle Samani, managing partner of Multicoin Capital looks ahead to 2020 based on how the space changed from 2018 to 2019. He talks about how the space has matured and become more heterogeneous, when developers choose to build on platforms other than Ethereum and when they stick with it, and how the uncertainties about Ethereum 2.0 are affecting developers' choices. We discuss which chains he's most excited about now, why there's such a huge amount of competition in the smart contract space, and how the competition will shake out between the projects such as Cosmos and Polkadot that aim to connect other chains. He also covers why he isn't that excited about work being done in Bitcoin, why 2019 wasn't the year of Lightning and why 2020 will be the year of lots of small success stories.
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    eToro: https://www.etoro.com/
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/
    Kelman Law: https://kelman.law/
    Episode links: 
    Kyle Samani: https://twitter.com/KyleSamani
    Multicoin Capital: https://multicoin.capital/
    Web3 Stack, 2019 edition: https://multicoin.capital/2019/12/13/the-web3-stack-2019-edition/
    Unbundling of Ethereum: https://multicoin.capital/2019/05/24/the-unbundling-of-ethereum/
    Near protocol: https://nearprotocol.com/
    Solana: https://solana.com/
    Kadena: https://www.kadena.io/
    On Value Capture at Layer 1 and Layer 2: https://multicoin.capital/2019/03/14/on-value-capture-at-layers-1-and-2/
    Arweave: https://www.arweave.org/
    Livepeer: https://livepeer.org/

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    How I Got SIM Swapped -- and How to Protect Yourself - Ep.105

    How I Got SIM Swapped -- and How to Protect Yourself - Ep.105

    Laura recounts the tale of how she got SIM swapped, what mistakes she made, and what she did to secure her accounts and get her phone number back. She also reveals how, despite having shored up her security years before, she actually was still vulnerable. She also reveals the results of an investigation her mobile carrier did into what happened and what steps the mobile carrier is taking to deal with phone hijackings. Plus, she gives tips on how you can protect your cryptocurrency, financial accounts, data and more from SIM swapping attacks.
    Due to the holidays, there's no news recap this week, but if you are with friends and family whose digital lives need some securing, then follow the tips in this episode together.
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed 
    eToro: https://www.etoro.com
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/
    Episode links: 
    My tweet about being SIM Swapped: https://twitter.com/laurashin/status/1182855237020901377?s=20
    Unchained episode on protecting yourself from SIM swapping: https://unchainedpodcast.com/how-to-keep-your-crypto-from-being-stolen-via-your-phone/
    Forbes article on phone hijackings — sadly, despite being published in 2016, it's not that outdated: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/12/20/hackers-have-stolen-millions-of-dollars-in-bitcoin-using-only-phone-numbers/
    Detailed SIM Swapping Bible from MyCrypto and CipherBlade: https://medium.com/mycrypto/what-to-do-when-sim-swapping-happens-to-you-1367f296ef4d

    • 28 min
    Meltem Demirors on the First Decade of the Existence of Bitcoin - Ep.104

    Meltem Demirors on the First Decade of the Existence of Bitcoin - Ep.104

    Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer of Coinshares, talks about how the emergence of Bitcoin fits within the larger technological and financial shifts of the last decade, how crypto can integrate privacy into our digital lives and how political shifts, ideology and meme culture have helped drive adoption. We also cover her stance on shitcoin minimalism/Bitcoin maximalism, what other areas of crypto development are interesting to her, and why she thinks the development of Libra is different from the trajectory of crypto. She also discusses what she thinks the effects of the Bitcoin halving will be in 2020, and makes a few predictions for 2020 and beyond. 
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/
    CipherTrace: https://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed 
    eToro: https://etoro.com/
    Episode links: 
    Meltem Demirors: https://twitter.com/Melt_Dem
    CoinShares: https://coinsharesgroup.com/
    CoinDesk on Meltem as one of 2019's Most Influential: https://www.coindesk.com/most-influential/2019/meltem-demirors
    Coinshares mining report: https://coinsharesgroup.com/research/bitcoin-mining-network-december-2019#mailmunch-pop-849406
    News recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/bitcoin-price-blows-past-all-time-high/

    • 38 min
    Larry Cermak of The Block on What 90% of Bitcoin Trading Is For - Ep.103

    Larry Cermak of The Block on What 90% of Bitcoin Trading Is For - Ep.103

    Larry Cermak, director of research at The Block, looks at the macro trends in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, including what can be gleaned from derivative data, why many hedge funds are shorting Bitcoin and what has happened to trading volume since the summer. We also cover how the exchanges vary in terms of liquidity and target customer, which types of traders are active now, and which exchanges other than the Bitwise 10 also have real volume.  Finally, Larry talks about what amount of real value is being settled on the Bitcoin blockchain and how this compares to gold and other cryptocurrencies.  
    Be sure not to miss the Unchained shop! https://shop.unchainedpodcast.com/
    Thank you to our sponsors! 
    CipherTrace: http://ciphertrace.com/unconfirmed
    eToro: https://www.etoro.com
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com/
    Episode links: 
    Larry Cermak: https://twitter.com/lawmaster
    The Block: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/
    Hedge funds short Bitcoin: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/48268/hedge-funds-were-short-bitcoin-going-into-this-downturn-cftc-reports-show
    Per-website visits to exchanges:
    https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/46235/crypto-exchanges-experiencing-a-steady-drop-in-traffic-since-june-suggesting-declining-retail-interest
    Depth of order book on exchanges: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/daily/49546/when-evaluating-spot-exchanges-based-on-order-book-depth-bitfinex-appears-the-most-liquid
    Analysis of value settled on Bitcoin: 
    https://www.theblockcrypto.com/genesis/50100/close-correlation-between-value-settled-and-traded-volume-shows-cryptocurrencies-are-still-mainly-used-for-speculation
    Weekly news recap:  https://unchainedpodcast.com/the-most-important-crypto-podcast-of-2019/

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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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Laura’s podcasts are no-nonsense, no-hype interviews (and the occasional listener questions) for everything crypto related. And she asks the tough questions that need to be asked! So refreshing. Can’t wait for the book. Keep up the good work!

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