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Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem dives deep into the lives and personal histories of some of crypto’s most influential leaders. A focus on personal stories weaves together a nuanced, untold narrative of how the bitcoin, crypto and web3 movements truly came to be.

Untold Stories Charlie Shrem | BlockWorks Group

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Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem dives deep into the lives and personal histories of some of crypto’s most influential leaders. A focus on personal stories weaves together a nuanced, untold narrative of how the bitcoin, crypto and web3 movements truly came to be.

    The Future of Security Tokens with Alan Silbert and Itai Avneri

    The Future of Security Tokens with Alan Silbert and Itai Avneri

    Today's guests are Alan Silbert, North America CEO of INX, and Itai Avneri, COO of INX. INX aims to offer a fully-licensed and regulated cryptocurrency, security token, and derivatives trading platform. They also endeavor to be a leader in the regulated security token platform space. INX announced in January 2018 its submission of a confidentially-filed draft registration statement to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an initial public offering of the INX Token. INX is one of the leading platforms from a regulatory and compliance perspective; they are a broker-dealer, have various alternative trading system licenses, and a cash fund to safeguard platform capital. Alan Silbert, CEO North America of INX. He joined the Company in March 2018 as Executive Managing Director. Since joining INX, Alan has been responsible for facilitating the build-out of the director and advisor team, raising capital, growing operations and infrastructure for North American operations, and leading the regulatory processes for broker-dealers and money transmitter licenses. Alan's career in finance spans almost 25 years, where he has held executive positions in various large banks. He also founded, in 2013, Bitcoin luxury marketplace BitPremier, which in 2014 brokered one of the first bitcoin real estate transactions in history. Itai has launched multiple financial services and products in Europe and South Africa, among other regulated jurisdictions. He designed and built advanced information systems specializing in trading, BI & CRM solutions, marketing, KYC automation, and payments and integration hubs. We discuss various topics, including INX, Security Tokens, Regulation, and much more. We began our conversation by discussing how INX started and how the organization has been leading the charge in pushing regulation forward and regulatory clarity since the company’s inception. Alan and Itai describe the current state of the INX platform and the various functionalities open to accredited investors. Our following conversation topic centers around the benefits of security tokens and why security tokens will revolutionize how capital markets are structured. We discuss the views of various regulatory jurisdictions on digital assets. We discuss how regulators could distinguish between security tokens and cryptocurrencies. We discuss the crypto industry’s positive progress within American society from a regulatory and cultural perspective. Our final discussion topic centered around how INX is helping companies navigate the regulatory waters by advising them and publishing a book that will share the best practices for navigating the regulatory hurdles that crypto companies face. Please enjoy my conversation with Alan Silbert and Itai Avneri.
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    SafePal is a Singapore-based Binance labs backed company that provides secure and easy-to-use wallet solutions for the crypto masses. With the mission to make crypto secure and simple for everyone, SafePal has built comprehensive crypto asset management solutions, including hardware wallet, mobile wallet, extension wallet, cross-chain swap, trading service, and more. SafePal has supports 48 blockchains and 15 languages, and serves more than 6 million users global-wide.

    Use code charlie for 10% off SafePal’s S1 wallet at https://store.safepal.io/safepal-s1-h...
    Download the SafePal App and SafePal extension wallet at https://untoldstories.link/safepal
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 37 min
    Homes onChain with Geoffrey Thompson and Sanjay Raghavan

    Homes onChain with Geoffrey Thompson and Sanjay Raghavan

    Today’s guests are Geoffrey Thompson, Roofstock’s Chief Blockchain Officer, and Sanjay Raghavan, Head of Web3 Initiatives at Roofstock. Roofstock is an online marketplace for investing in leased single-family rental homes in a transparent and low-friction way. The company provides its clients with research, analytics, and insights to evaluate and purchase independently certified properties at set prices. Roofstock onChain is building an Ethereum-based web3 platform to simplify how single-family residential properties are bought and sold radically. Geoff has nearly 15 years of experience in corporate and finance law; Geoff advises Roofstock on partnerships, product innovation, fundraising, deal structuring, real estate matters, securities law, international expansion, and all other legal and compliance matters. Sanjay currently works as Head of web3 Initiatives at Roofstock. He was a part of Wharton School's Cypher Blockchain Accelerator Genesis Block cohort. We discuss various topics, including Roofstock, Real Estate Investing, tokenizing Real Estate, navigating regulation, the future of Real Estate, and much more. We began our discussion by focusing on the regulatory hurdles crypto companies need to overcome and why having legal counsel is very important to help navigate the legal and regulatory landscape. We discuss the backstory of Roofstock and why it went down the crypto and web3 rabbit hole. Our next conversation topic focused on how Rootstock creates a permissioned system on top of a permissionless infrastructure to comply with the regulation. We discuss how new users are onboarded to their Web3 real-estate platform using soul-bound NFTs. We discuss Roofstock’s mission to democratize access to real estate investing by removing the preexisting sources of prejudices that inhibit people from investing in real estate. We discuss how Roofstock ensures everything is legally compliant, from KYC’ing the buyers and sellers to providing the property accurately represented. We discuss the platform’s various features that users can use to screen and filter to find the homes they would like to invest in. We discuss Roofstock’s commitment to transparency and equal access to information. A fascinating topic we discussed was the second-order consequences of putting Real-Estate onChain, like what happens to title insurance and property insurance. Our conversation discusses the impact of increased liquidity on the Real-Estate Market. We discuss how home loans can be reimagined onChain and the positive consequences this can bring to society. We discuss the unique properties of the tokens that allow for more consumer protection than standard crypto tokens. We discuss the possibilities of collaboration and partnership opportunities that being a web3 native brings. Our final discussion topic centered around how Roofstock is committed to staying true to the Web3 principles and why they believe so strongly in the web3 ethos.
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    BingX is a crypto social trading exchange with over 3M users. BingX offers CFDs, futures, spot, derivatives, and copy trading services to more than 100 countries worldwide and connects users with expert traders on the platform in a safe, simple, and transparent way through social trading networks.
    For Charlie’s listeners only, register using this link for a 155 USDT Welcome Gift: https://untoldstories.link/bingx
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 46 min
    Protecting Privacy with Dr. Sebastian Burgel

    Protecting Privacy with Dr. Sebastian Burgel

    Sebastian is the founder of the web3 privacy project HOPR. HOPR is a blockchain-based protocol aiming to solve data and privacy issues on a global scale. HOPR’s goal is to decentralize private data exchanges completely. HOPR is a next-generation privacy solution, allowing private and enterprise users to decide who has access to their online and personal data. The HOPR protocol uses “mixnets,” or routing protocols, to shuffle around data and make it extremely hard to track. While mixing data makes it almost untraceable, the different pieces of information are successfully delivered to the user to decide how to use the whole data set. HOPR is a leading pioneer in the data privacy space, especially because of their focus on blockchain technology. Before starting HOPR, Sebastian co-founded two successful tech ventures, the ATM-as-a-Service startup Sonect and the blockchain education and service company Validity Labs. Sebastian holds a PhD from ETH Zurich for his work on microtechnology for biomedical applications. He contributed to the Swiss DLT law and is actively involved in shaping the web3 and crypto asset economy and changing data privacy for good. We discuss various topics, including HOPR, Privacy, Incentivization, Permissionless Innovation, and much more. We began our conversation by discussing The Science of Blockchain Conference at Stanford University. We discuss how things have changed so much over the last decade. We discuss how the vibe of the conference has shifted from hype to being focused on building. We transition to discuss the previous bull market. We discuss how decentralization and privacy were not prioritized during the bull market. Sebastian stresses that current events like the sanctioning of Tornado Cash and the various high-profile hacks has renewed the communities dedication to decentralization and privacy. Sebastian emphasizes that crypto’s most important value proposition is censorship resistance. We discuss HOPR and the future of privacy in web3. Sebastian explains how HOPR works and how they are building the infrastructure to ensure privacy in web3. Our next conversation topic focused on innovation. We discuss why permissionless innovation is the future and how much faster things will innovate when we transition to an open-source tech stack. We pivot our conversation to discuss the various challenges in a society reliant on web2 infrastructure. Our next conversation topic centered around economic incentivization. We discuss how incentives can make actions more or less likely depending on how they are structured. Our final conversation topic focused on singularity. We discuss society’s growing acceptance of using computers and technology to enhance our bodies and the possible second-order consequences. Please enjoy my conversation with Dr. Sebastian Burgel.
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    SafePal is a Singapore-based Binance labs backed company that provides secure and easy-to-use wallet solutions for the crypto masses. With the mission to make crypto secure and simple for everyone, SafePal has built comprehensive crypto asset management solutions, including hardware wallet, mobile wallet, extension wallet, cross-chain swap, trading service, and more. SafePal has supports 48 blockchains and 15 languages, and serves more than 6 million users global-wide.

    Use code charlie for 10% off SafePal’s S1 wallet at https://store.safepal.io/safepal-s1-h...

    Download the SafePal App and SafePal extension wallet at https://untoldstories.link/safepal

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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 40 min
    The Future of Capital Formation with Ian Lee

    The Future of Capital Formation with Ian Lee

    Today’s guest is Ian Lee, the Co-Founder of Syndicate. Syndicate is a decentralized asset management platform and social network. It creates an investing syndicate for 1000x less time and money. Syndicate is a decentralized investing protocol and social network transforming how the world creates value. Previously, Ian was Managing Partner of IDEO CoLab Ventures, a crypto venture fund backed by IDEO focused on web3, crypto, and blockchain startups. From 2017-2021, Ian led investments and helped incubate 80+ crypto startups in the areas of DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and more. From 2014-2017, Ian was the Head of Crypto at Citigroup and Citi Ventures globally. We discuss various topics, including Syndicate, Investing’s role in society, the ETH merge, the dynamics of angel investing, and much more. We began our conversation by discussing Ian’s background and what brought him to the crypto space. Ian shares how when he understood that Bitcoin and Crypto were an open Fintech stack, everything clicked for him, and he fell down the crypto rabbit hole. Ian explains why the investing industry is ripe for disruption. He breaks down how the tech stack is archaic, how bloated and slow the industry is, and how crypto can disrupt the investing sector. Ian also explains why investing is so important to society. Ian stresses that investing shapes our society by helping allocate monetary and human capital. Ian discusses how the venture capital infrastructure is incredibly inaccessible for many people because of the expenses required to start and participate in a fund. We discuss how Syndicate enables a new paradigm of capital formation by removing these barriers and eliminating the unnecessary overhead needed to create a venture fund. Our following conversation focused on how angel investors were the initial driving force that powered the Bitcoin and crypto industry. We discuss how they fueled the first startups of the space by being their primary source of capital for these early companies. We discuss the importance of DOAs and syndicates will empower more angel investing from a wider pool of people. Our next conversation topic centered around investing clubs. Ian shares that most investing clubs result from preexisting social connections and relationships. He explains how the main value these angels provide founders is not monetary but mentorship and guidance. Another fascinating topic of our conversation was reimagining the utility of ERC-721s and how they can be applied to different verticals. Ian explains how NFTs can be considered social networks and their possible applications. We discuss how Syndicate is enabling the formation of guilds. Ian describes how people with a unique set of skills are forming guilds to leverage their skills and help organizations that need these various skills. A fascinating topic we discussed centered around the ETH merge. We discuss the possible unintended consequences of the merge and how the move to POS will impact regulated organizations. Our final discussion topic centered around how Syndicate enables a swath of investing organizations to be built using Web3 tools. Please enjoy my conversation with Ian Lee.
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    BingX is a crypto social trading exchange with over 3M users. BingX offers CFDs, futures, spot, derivatives, and copy trading services to more than 100 countries worldwide and connects users with expert traders on the platform in a safe, simple, and transparent way through social trading networks.

    For Charlie’s listeners only, register using this link for a 155 USDT Welcome Gift: https://untoldstories.link/bingx
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 48 min
    Crypto’s App Store with Andrey Nayman

    Crypto’s App Store with Andrey Nayman

    Today’s guest is Andrey Nayman, Founder, and CEO of the Magic Store. Magic Square is a unified, integrated, interoperable space for users to discover and experience community-vetted crypto apps, NFTs, DeFi, and GameFi, and for app creators to market and monetize quality crypto apps. Magic Square is a multifaceted system that covers all UX bases: The Magic Store guides users to discover community-vetted crypto apps with built-in integrated DeFi. Users sign in to all their apps with one SSI-secured Magic Connect leading to their personalized dashboard to organize, use, and track their crypto activity. Users and creators discuss and collaborate in a dedicated Magic Community space. Andrey Nayman is an Entrepreneur, Mathematician, Quant & Professional Investor, an early adopter of Crypto (2013), and has successfully led multiple technical ventures. He is an Executive Product Owner and Proven Company Leader with a deep background in Algo-Trading, Startups, and Scaling Tech oriented Companies. He began his professional career at Final, one of the world's biggest Algo-Trading companies, where he worked for 7.5 years. He served as the CEO of Vidmid, a technology leader in the OTT space. He then worked as the Managing Director at Radical Ventures – one of the most active VCs in Israel, for five years. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Magic Square, a financial infrastructure company. We discuss Magic Square, the importance of decentralization, the Ethereum Merge, the Magic ID, and much more. We begin our discussion about why there is a need for a crypto-native App Store. Andrey discusses how a lot of the value created by Web2 marketplaces centered around discoverability and how this is a missing component within Web3. We transition to discuss the state of Magic Square. Andrey discusses the listing process and how Magic Square empowers its community to spearhead the listing process. Andrey stresses that Magic Store is a community-first company, and he does not want to be a gatekeeper. We dive deep into the actual mechanics of the listing and vetting process. We discuss encryption and our mutual admiration for the beauty of encryption. We transition to discuss Magic ID. Andrey shares what he loves about Web3 identities and why it is the future. Our next conversation topic focused on the Ethereum Merge. We discuss the various arguments surrounding PoW vs. PoS. We also discuss the technical challenges that apps will face when the merge happens and the possible implications of the merge. We pivot our conversation to confer the benefit of launching during a bear market. Our final conversation topic centered on Andrey’s decision to jump from VC to founder/operator. Andrey shares that one of his main drivers in building Magic Square is to leave a positive impact on the world. Please enjoy my conversation with Andrey Nayman.
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    SafePal is a Singapore-based Binance labs backed company that provides secure and easy-to-use wallet solutions for the crypto masses. With the mission to make crypto secure and simple for everyone, SafePal has built comprehensive crypto asset management solutions, including hardware wallet, mobile wallet, extension wallet, cross-chain swap, trading service, and more. SafePal has supports 48 blockchains and 15 languages, and serves more than 6 million users global-wide.
    Use code charlie for 10% off SafePal’s S1 wallet at https://store.safepal.io/safepal-s1-h...
    Download the SafePal App and SafePal extension wallet at https://untoldstories.link/safepal
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 33 min
    Community and Web 3 Marketing Strategies with Amanda Cassatt

    Community and Web 3 Marketing Strategies with Amanda Cassatt

    Today’s guest is Amanda Cassatt, Founder and CEO of Serotonin. Serotonin is the leading crypto marketing practice, with over 40 employees worldwide, supporting the top teams pushing the decentralization movement forward. With expertise spanning DeFi, DAOs, and NFTs, Serotonin supports premier projects like IPFS, major brands like Sotheby's, and everything in between. Serotonin is the leading web3 marketing firm specializing in companies both native and new to web3. Their services take products and brands to market with brand positioning, visual design, content, PR, community, growth, events, and more. In addition to marketing services, Serotonin has invested in creating an in-house product and engineering team that builds and spins out software companies. The first such spinout is Mojito, the NFT commerce suite that is the top choice by major brands and rights holders for engaging in d-commerce on web3. Amanda is an explorer of technology, economics, and culture. An early crypto entrepreneur, Amanda brought Ethereum to market as ConsenSys' Chief Marketing Officer from 2016 through 2019. During that time, Amanda also created Ethereal, the crypto cultural event series that hosted some of the first NFT galleries and popularized Ethereum from SXSW to Davos. After working on Ethereum through its initial growth period, she co-founded Serotonin. Amanda currently serves as CEO of Serotonin and President of Mojito. We discuss various topics, including Marketing within Web3, Building Decentralized Brands, ConsenSys, Crypto Twitter, Community, and more. We begin our conversation by discussing what content someone new to the space should consume. Amanda stresses the importance of immersing yourself in Crypto Twitter and how Twitter is the best place to learn about recent trends and concepts at the forefront of crypto. We discuss the value proposition of web3 social networks and the benefits from a censorship-resistant and audience portability standpoint. Amanda explains the platform risks that persist throughout traditional social networks and how web3 allows creators to have more autonomy. Our next conversation topic was centered around Amanda’s time working at ConsenSys. She shares how while at ConsenSys was able to spearhead many of the marketing practices now widely used throughout the crypto industry. Amanda explains how Serotonin is helping many Web 3 companies go to market and figure out the best way to grow their brand, engage with their audience and navigate web 3. We discuss the importance of community and how the strength of a crypto project’s community is vital for its success. Amanda shares nuances to help evaluate the value of a project’s community better to assess the project’s long-term viability. Our final conversation topic focused on the role of marketing within Web 3. Amanda explains why there will always be a need for marketing in Web 3. She also details how as a project matures, the need for marketing becomes less critical because of the incentives that exist within crypto innately. Please enjoy my conversation with Amanda Cassatt.
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    BingX is a crypto social trading exchange with over 3M users. BingX offers futures, spot, derivatives, and copy trading services to more than 100 countries worldwide and connects users with expert traders on the platform in a safe, simple, and transparent way through social trading networks.
    For Charlie’s listeners only, register using this link for a 155 USDT Welcome Gift: https://untoldstories.link/bingx
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    This podcast is powered by Blockworks. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at https://blockworks.co

    • 39 min

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