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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.

    Is Tether a Fraud? Its Bank Says It's Not

    Is Tether a Fraud? Its Bank Says It's Not

    Gregory Pepin, deputy CEO of Deltec Bank and Trust, responds to allegations in a blog post by the pseudonymous Crypto Anonymous, that Tether is a "highly probably fraud." In this episode, he covers:
    how Deltec accounts for its reserves, and why they didn't show up on Crypto Anonymous's blog post where the dollars backing Tethers are held how Tethers get created where Tether Ltd. keeps its cash equivalents why there's more demand for trading with USDT than with USD partially because of the arbitrage opportunity between East and West  how Tethers get created using Deltec why USDT gets minted in very round numbers as opposed to very specific numbers that USDC is minted in where the cash equivalents backing Tethers are held what type of due diligence Deltec conducted when it took on Tether Ltd. as a customer why the perception that Tether is unregulated compared to other stablecoins is false what Deltec thinks about the New York Attorney General office's investigation in to Tether why Deltec has a "large position in bitcoin"  
    Thank you to our sponsor!
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
     
    Episode links:
    Gregory Pepin: https://twitter.com/dzrgreg
    Deltec Bank: https://www.deltecbank.com/?locale=en
     
    Crypto Anonymous’s Medium post: https://crypto-anonymous-2021.medium.com/the-bit-short-inside-cryptos-doomsday-machine-f8dcf78a64d3
     
    Deltec having large position in bitcoin: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/linked/91353/deltec-bitcoin-position-tether
     
    Original video in which Deltec mentions its “large position in bitcoin”: https://www.deltecbank.com/2021/01/14/a-covid-year-in-review/
     
    Deltec banking Tether: https://www.coindesk.com/deltec-chairman-says-tether-letter-on-bank-relationship-is-authentic
     
    Tether not audited: https://www.coindesk.com/tether-review-claims-crypto-asset-fully-backed-theres-catch
     
    Tether says it is fully backed: https://www.coindesk.com/tether-says-its-stablecoin-is-fully-backed-again
     
    Tether current balances: https://wallet.tether.to/transparency?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=c035d054dd287020b16d6dbb4b70398ca7a99dcb-1611253376-0-AcOsT0Zqpd8Muzw5gnkSz6KKmTrN3WAssxGX8K-p_PkeZ2SUfW9EsAr-a2EkIojYzm5-3RA_1DHxpoK579d0YgtnxMYevlVRSS7RIAKh0sgk-ORzOZUDNgg_AvZjugdrxWVjTA9dCBf1hX4X83oU3-RTjQYn_qYukdRFJUq9a89BXyyDovL3bu4ohxSSVdworOR-cdxEiPURe4ZJrGIvuW3Ej2qJLJt3RDXfX6BfDANdpkVrU6O2KB4V0Or-HJjItS0uAu-L7KrTomXNv9anUv34_An8cH3VHYfB_OD-iyIvkgOh7RHd-Xafe-SJwPnUYg
     
    What Tether is backed by: https://wallet.tether.to/transparency?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=c035d054dd287020b16d6dbb4b70398ca7a99dcb-1611253376-0-AcOsT0Zqpd8Muzw5gnkSz6KKmTrN3WAssxGX8K-p_PkeZ2SUfW9EsAr-a2EkIojYzm5-3RA_1DHxpoK579d0YgtnxMYevlVRSS7RIAKh0sgk-ORzOZUDNgg_AvZjugdrxWVjTA9dCBf1hX4X83oU3-RTjQYn_qYukdRFJUq9a89BXyyDovL3bu4ohxSSVdworOR-cdxEiPURe4ZJrGIvuW3Ej2qJLJt3RDXfX6BfDANdpkVrU6O2KB4V0Or-HJjItS0uAu-L7KrTomXNv9anUv34_An8cH3VHYfB_OD-iyIvkgOh7RHd-Xafe-SJwPnUYg
     
    New York Attorney General’s office press release on investigation into iFinex: https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/2019/attorney-general-james-announces-court-order-against-crypto-currency-company
     
    CoinDesk on NYAG investigation: https://www.coindesk.com/bitfinex-ny-prosecutors-tether-850-million-allege
     
    Link to the Crypto News Recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/what-8-trillion-could-do-in-bitcoin/

    • 36 min
    What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Layer 2s

    What You Need to Know About Bitcoin Layer 2s

    Meltem Demirors, chief strategy officer at Coinshares, and Nic Carter, general partner at Castle Island Ventures, join me at the Stacks conference to discuss Bitcoin layer 2s. In this episode, they cover: 
    why layers 2s exist how layer 2s, such as payment channels like Lightning, work what kind of throughput layer 2s have  how moving Bitcoin to layer 2 affects the price why people having moved $5 billion worth of Bitcoin to Ethereum how Bitcoin moving to Ethereum affects the price the most popular Bitcoin layer 2s Thank you to our sponsor!
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
     
    Episode links:
    Meltem Demirors: https://twitter.com/Melt_Dem
    Nic Carter: https://twitter.com/nic__carter
    Stacks: https://twitter.com/Stacks
     
    Total value locked in Lightning: https://www.defipulse.com/lightning-network
     
    Bitcoin on Ethereum: https://www.defipulse.com/btc
     
    Stats on Lightning: https://bitcoinvisuals.com/lightning
     
    What layer 2s mean for altcoins and base chain assets like Bitcoin: https://www.coindesk.com/rise-of-layer-2s-altcoins-like-ethereum
     
    Sovryn: https://sovryn.app
    RSK: https://www.rsk.co
    Liquid network: https://blockstream.com/liquid/
     
    Link to the Crypto News Recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/stupid-bitcoin-rich/

    • 40 min
    2021 in Crypto: What to Expect in the Year Ahead

    2021 in Crypto: What to Expect in the Year Ahead

    Frank Chaparro, director of news at The Block, gives his predictions for what will happen in crypto in 2021. In this episode, we discuss:
    the big stories in crypto in 2020 how the market has changed in 2020 how the market differs from the 2017-2018 bubble what big traditional financial services firms and investment banks will do in crypto in 2021 how crypto exchanges will experiment with their fee structures how regulatory actions, such as the lawsuit against Ripple, will affect exchanges what might happen to privacy coins as regulators become more active what he expects to see from the upcoming Coinbase IPO and how that will affect the broader market  
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
    Blocknative: http://blocknative.com/unconfirmed
     
    Episode links:
    Frank Chaparro: https://twitter.com/fintechfrank
    The Block: https://www.theblockcrypto.com
     
    The Block's 2020 year in review: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/promotions/2020-in-review/
     
    Predictions from The Block's analysts: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/89788/2021-predictions-from-the-blocks-analysts
     
    Unchained interview with Raoul Pal and Michael Novogratz: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-mike-novogratz-and-raoul-pal-on-the-single-greatest-brand-of-the-last-10-years/
     
    Bittrex delisting privacy coins: https://twitter.com/BittrexExchange/status/1345056010981892096?s=20
     
    Link to the Crypto News Recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/1t-40k-1200/

    • 29 min
    Laura's New Year's 2021 AMA: Your Questions About Privacy, the STABLE Act, Diem and More

    Laura's New Year's 2021 AMA: Your Questions About Privacy, the STABLE Act, Diem and More

    For the holidays, I'm doing two AMAs. In the second of two, I cover:
    privacy blockchains my thoughts on the STABLE Act whether or not Facebook's Diem will have a positive or negative impact on crypto what I miss from pre-COVID about the crypto community how we can use blockchain and crypto to weed our propaganda and fake news the best pick and shovel plays in crypto what distinguishes a journalist from an entertainer my thoughts on the state of media and journalism in the US  
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Blocknative: http://blocknative.com/unconfirmed
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
     
    Episode links:
    Meltem Demirors on privacy in 2021: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-bitcoin-now-meltem-demirors-and-lyn-alden-on-the-perfect-conditions-for-bitcoin/
    Jessie Liu episode: https://unchainedpodcast.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-dojs-cryptocurrency-enforcement-framework/
    Brian Brooks episode: https://unchainedpodcast.com/acting-comptroller-of-the-currency-brian-brooks-on-crypto-banks/
    STABLE Act episode: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-rohan-grey-believes-stablecoin-issuers-need-to-be-banks/
    Episodes on Coinbase: https://unchainedpodcast.com/will-coinbase-do-a-token-offering-when-it-goes-public/
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/coinbase-in-turmoil-why-employees-walked-out/
    Episode with Chad Cascarilla of Paxos:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/chad-cascarilla-on-paxoss-partnership-with-paypal/

    • 24 min
    Laura's Christmas 2020 AMA: Your Questions About Crypto Media and More

    Laura's Christmas 2020 AMA: Your Questions About Crypto Media and More

    For the holidays, I'm doing two AMAs. In this first of two, I cover:
    how my book is going tips for aspiring podcasters what it's like being an independent journalist how I spent my time outside crypto if I send bitcoin to North Korea whether I own any crypto if I expect bitcoin will lose its weirdness as it becomes more widely adopted how much blockchain technology can disintermediate banks what black swans I see on the horizon for 2021 what trends I see for 2021  
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Blocknative: http://blocknative.com/unconfirmed
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
     
    Links:
     
    My previous AMA: https://unchainedpodcast.com/ama-with-laura-the-greatest-innovation-in-the-industry-right-now/
    Whether North Koreans can benefit from bitcoin: https://unchainedpodcast.com/yeonmi-park-on-why-doing-business-with-north-korea-is-like-buying-a-ticket-to-a-concentration-camp/
    Why North Korea is interested in cryptocurrency: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-north-korea-is-interested-in-cryptocurrency/
    Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation: https://unchainedpodcast.com/alex-gladstein-on-a-world-without-bitcoin/
    DeFi hacks: https://unchainedpodcast.com/defi-security-with-so-many-hacks-will-it-ever-be-safe/
    Why yield farming is risky: https://unchainedpodcast.com/defi-yield-farming-why-its-all-the-rage-but-risky/
    Regulation: https://unchainedpodcast.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-looming-battle-over-privacy-in-crypto/
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-the-travel-rule-is-one-of-the-most-significant-regulations-in-crypto/
     
    Link to the Crypto News Recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/laura-eoy-ama-pt-1/
     

    • 24 min
    Beeple on How and Why He Raked In $3.5 Million

    Beeple on How and Why He Raked In $3.5 Million

    Mike Winkelmann, the digital artist also known as Beeple who has made an artwork every day for over 13 years, talks about the NFT auctions he held last weekend, after learning about crypto two months ago. In the show, he discusses:
    how he got into crypto two months ago, and made $3.5 million in NFT auctions last weekend how the objects on sale were more than just jpegs and what physical objects came with the NFTs what types of auctions he had, and why some pieces were available for $1 apiece how he previously made money as a digital artist how he believes digital artists will be able to make money in the future why people would pay to own an NFT if they can just get a digital file of the art why he incorporated physical objects into his sale whether or not this model would work for artists with smaller followings than he has, with his 1.7 million Instagram followers what his relationship was with the collector who paid $777,777 for the final piece sold in the auction why he chose Nifty Gateway among all the NFT sites how NFTs could also change business models for other types of creators besides visual artists  
    Thank you to our sponsors!
    Blocknative: Blocknative.com/unconfirmed 
    Crypto.com: http://crypto.com
     
    Episode links:
    Mike Winkelmann: https://twitter.com/beeple
    Video for auction: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIlNe6MAwVX/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
    Instagram video showing the digital art displays: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CIrMctwgfJ1/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
     
    Coverage of auctions: 
    https://www.delphidigital.io/reports/beeple-shatters-crypto-art-records-across-the-board/
     
    https://cryptobriefing.com/digital-art-auction-raises-record-million/
     
    https://decrypt.co/51270/beeple-nft-sale
     
    https://twitter.com/niftygateway/status/1338268375156482050?s=20
     
    Rapper Lil Yachty's NFT sale: https://www.coindesk.com/lil-yachty-collectible-fetches-16k-in-latest-string-of-high-profile-nft-auctions
     
    Link to the Crypto News Recap:
    https://unchainedpodcast.com/3-btc-price-targets/
     

    • 31 min

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