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Host 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 crypto movement truly came to be.

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Host 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 crypto movement truly came to be.

    An Introduction to Web3.0 with Donald Bullers

    An Introduction to Web3.0 with Donald Bullers

    My guest today is Donald E. Bullers, the founder of Tuum Technology. Tuum Technology is Tuum Technologies is the world’s leading Elastos software company. Tuum enables a global network of entrepreneurs, developers, academics, industry experts, and users to access the decentralized internet. Through their network, they empower teams with the necessary resources to build revolutionary applications and launch decentralized platforms. Elastos is the largest Web3 provider of open source solutions, employing not only blockchain technology, but a peer-to-peer network for communication, decentralized data storage services, and a decentralized ID system. With Elastos, Tuum aims to revolutionize the internet. Tuum is fully decentralized and serverless, all communication runs through Elastos Peer-to-Peer Network(Carrier). Prior to Tuum, Donald's career consisted of 10+ years of positive leadership in the field of technology that spans from a digital marketing agency to Vice President to Founder of a global software development company. With interest in data rights and personal cloud computing, he advances teams developing software for an entirely decentralized internet using Elastos Web 3.0 technology. You will find my conversation with Donald to be eye-opening and thought-provoking. In our discussion, we cover Tuum Technology, Elastos, the future of digital identities, building infrastructure for Web3.0, and much more. Donald explains what makes Elastos unique and how Tuum is building tools to empower people to become sovereign individuals. Donald dives deep into the suite of products Tuum is building to provide the infrastructure layer needed to bring Web3.0 to the mainstream. We also discuss the importance of digital identities (DID) and how identity is the killer app to unlock the true potential of crypto and Web3.0. Donald goes on to discuss real-world examples of how DIDs are being used and how they can be integrated into society. One of the most important topics discussed during my conversation with Donald was how Web3.0 tech will fundamentally disrupt the Web2.0 tech-stack leading to reorganization of value creation and society more broadly. Towards the end of our conversation, we discuss how the content one consumes influences their thoughts and actions. We finish our conversation by urging listeners to consciously curate the content they consume. Please enjoy my conversation with Donald Bullers.
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    Kava connects the world's largest cryptocurrencies, ecosystems and financial applications on DeFi’s most trusted, scalable and secure earning platform. Built to scale on the largest decentralized PoS network, Kava lets you mint stablecoins, lend, borrow, earn and swap safely and efficiently across the world’s biggest crypto assets with a simple and intuitive user experience and the full confidence of institutional-grade security and quality . To learn more visit https://untoldstories.link/kava

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    Ledn provides financial products to help you unlock the power of digital assets. With a secure and easy-to-use platform, it’s the simplest way to earn interest, borrow, and trade your BTC and USDC.
    For maximum accountability, Ledn offers Proof of Reserves attestations to give you peace of mind while you make the most of your Bitcoin.
    Untold Stories listeners can receive $50 in free BTC when you create a new loan. More info at https://untoldstories.link/LEDN

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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
    Why people buy Bitcoin with Phil Geiger

    Why people buy Bitcoin with Phil Geiger

    My guest today is Phil Geiger, the managing director of concierge services at Unchained Capital. Unchained Capital is a blockchain financial services company that lends cash to long-term crypto holders. It offers cash loans to long-term cryptocurrency holders in a secure, fast, and transparent manner, backed by multi-signature cold-storage custody solution. The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Austin, TX. Phil is the managing director of concierge services at Unchained Capital. His team teaches clients how to hold the private keys to multisignature addresses in the personal, retirement, and business contexts. Prior to joining the Bitcoin space, Phil spent a lot of time in the healthcare space. Phil was a PM at Epic, a software and IT company focused on building products and services for the Healthcare industry. Phil is a Bitcoiner, before joining Unchained, he regularly helped curious people try Bitcoin by teaching the economics that describe it. He gave educational presentations for beginners, provided one-on-one consulting, wrote featured articles for publications, and contribute meaningfully to the discussion on social media. His technical contributions include running a full v0.17.1 BTC node plus LND (ran BIP148), contributing to BTC fork claimer python script testing, and testing Éclair and LND Lightning nodes. Phil even developed a safe process for claiming 25 Bitcoin forks, and advised where and how to sell most of them. My conversation with Phil is a must listen for anyone interested in understanding Bitcoin-native financial services or the philosophical aspects of Bitcoin. In our discussion we cover how Unchained Capital is building tools to empower Bitcoiners, why Bitcoin is the perfect money, the Cantillon Effect, why Central Banking is unAmerican and much more. Phil explains how Unchained Capital gives their clients access to self-custody Bitcoin Roth IRAs and how Unchained Capital structures their company to never be the single point of failure for their clients. Phil goes on to discuss the differences between Bitcoin Financial Services and DeFi. We get into a deep discussion about the growing impact Bitcoin and Bitcoiners are having on mainstream society. Another important topic we discussed is how the principles behind Bitcoin are fundamentally American and how principles of Central Banking are inherently communist. We finish our conversation by discussing how Unchained Capital's Bitcoin-backed Loan service works and how Unchained is building the safest Bitcoin native financial service platform for Bitcoiners. Please enjoy my conversation with Phil Geiger.
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    ParaSwap:

    If you want to make a swap at the best price across the DeFi market, check out https://untoldstories.link/paraswap. ParaSwap’s state-of-the-art algorithm beats the market price across all major DEXs and brings you the most optimized swaps with the best prices, and lowest slippage.

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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

    • 44 min
    The Golden Age of Bitcoin Mining with Jason Les

    The Golden Age of Bitcoin Mining with Jason Les

    My guest today is Jason Les, CEO of Riot Blockchain. Riot Blockchain Inc., formerly Bioptix, Inc., is focused on gaining exposure to the blockchain ecosystem through its cryptocurrency mining operations, internally developed businesses, joint ventures, and targeted investments in the sector. The Company primarily focuses on Bitcoin and general blockchain technology. The Company has deployed approximately 8,000 application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) miners at its cryptocurrency mining facility in Oklahoma. The Company, through its subsidiary TESS Inc., seeks to develop a blockchain-based escrow service for wholesale telecom carriers. It holds a 13% interest in Coinsquare Ltd, which is a digital currency exchange in Canada. It also holds investments in Verady, LLC, which provides cryptocurrency accounting and audit technology services. Jason is the driving force behind the Company’s mission to become one of the most relevant and significant companies supporting the Bitcoin network. He has been deeply involved with Bitcoin since 2013, with significant experience in cryptocurrency mining, and as an engineer studying protocol development, and contributing to open-source projects. Prior to founding Riot, Jason was also a founding partner of Binary Digital, a software development company where he led the engineering team and coordinated project development for artificial intelligence, reverse engineering, and inter-software compatibility projects. Additionally, Jason’s background includes over a decade of unique experience as a former professional heads-up poker player during which he has successfully competed in high-stakes games online, in addition to the most prestigious, high-stakes tournaments in the world. In 2015 and 2017, he was selected as a human benchmark for testing the world’s best poker artificial intelligence in what was dubbed “Man vs Machine” at Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 and 2017. In our discussion we cover a variety of different topics related to the mining field including why we may be in the golden age of Bitcoin mining, how Bitcoin mining can help stabilize the energy grid, and the future of Bitcoin mining. Jason explains how the Bitcoin network is anti-fragile and where the hash rate is migrating to after the China Ban early this year. We go on to discuss we are currently living through the Gold Age of Bitcoin Mining. We finish our conversation talking about how poker applies to life and Jason gives some great life advice about how to get ahead in life. Please enjoy my conversation with Jason Les.

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    Kava connects the world's largest cryptocurrencies, ecosystems and financial applications on DeFi’s most trusted, scalable and secure earning platform. Built to scale on the largest decentralized PoS network, Kava lets you mint stablecoins, lend, borrow, earn and swap safely and efficiently across the world’s biggest crypto assets with a simple and intuitive user experience and the full confidence of institutional-grade security and quality . To learn more visit https://untoldstories.link/kava

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    Ledn provides financial products to help you unlock the power of digital assets. With a secure and easy-to-use platform, it’s the simplest way to earn interest, borrow, and trade your BTC and USDC.
    For maximum accountability, Ledn offers Proof of Reserves attestations to give you peace of mind while you make the most of your Bitcoin.
    Untold Stories listeners can receive $50 in free BTC when you create a new loan. More info at https://untoldstories.link/LEDN

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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
    The Evolution of DeFi with Scott Stuart

    The Evolution of DeFi with Scott Stuart

    My guest today is Scott Stuart, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Kava Labs the team behind Kava and the Kava ecosystem. The Kava platform is a decentralized network purpose built for scalability and security. It provides access to high yield earning opportunities, inclusivity and no-limits in a de-risked DeFi model. At the center of this is a safe, intuitive and complete user experience that creates the base layer for financial service applications. Kava Lend, Kava Mint, and Kava Swap are built on the Kava Platform and come complete with interoperable cross-chain tooling, secure price feeds and institutional-grade safety and reliability. Kava Lend allows users to earn rewards by supplying and borrowing assets from money markets. Kava Mint allows users to take out USDX stablecoin loans using their assets as collateral. Kava Swap allows users to buy and sell tokens across the Kava Blockchain, and earn rewards by providing liquidity to pools. Scott is an experienced product-first entrepreneur. He graduated from Mathematics and Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, while at school and for some time after Scott was professional internet poker player, where he found success growing to be ranked globally. He was first exposed to Bitcoin and crypto through poker tournaments. This was around the time when Bitcoin was trading around $50. He eventually made his way to Ad Tech where he founded and ran a mobile AdTech company. He made his way back to crypto in 2016 - 2017 around when he first heard about Ethereum and saw the opportunity to build decentralized financial services, which led him and his two co-founders to start Kava Labs. In our conversation we discuss Kava and the Kava ecosystem, the evolution of DeFi, the importance of security, and more. Scott explains how Kava approaches DeFi and crypto differently than other projects. Scott stresses the point that for DeFi to gain mainstream adoption security standards need to be dramatically improved. We go onto discuss some of the recent high profile DeFi hacks and how those are indicative of the lack security standards across DeFi. Scott also discusses Kava Swap and how the Kava ecosystem is a positioning itself to be verticalized DeFi ecosystem. We also touch on the importance of improving the user experience of DeFi for the average crypto user. We finish our conversation with a few pieces of advice for people looking to start a career in crypto/web 3. Please enjoy my conversation with Scott Stuart.
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    ParaSwap:

    If you want to make a swap at the best price across the DeFi market, check out https://untoldstories.link/paraswap. ParaSwap’s state-of-the-art algorithm beats the market price across all major DEXs and brings you the most optimized swaps with the best prices, and lowest slippage.

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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

    • 50 min
    The Mythology of Bitcoin with Alex Thorn

    The Mythology of Bitcoin with Alex Thorn

    My guest today is Alex Thorn, Head of Firmwide Research at Galaxy Digital. Galaxy Digital is a diversified financial services company operating in the digital asset, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology sector. He manages a research team and platform that generates unique insights on the state of public blockchain networks for their clients. Prior to joining Galaxy Digital, Alex was an investor at Avon Ventures, the bitcoin and blockchain-focused venture capital fund affiliated with FMR LLC, the parent company of Fidelity Investments. Before Avon, Alex was the Dir. of Blockchain Research at Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, and before that held roles managing technical investigations for internal, litigation, and compliance inquiries. Alex spent a lot of time researching cryptocurrencies and applied cryptography, interrogating foreign policy, and producing hip hop music. He wants to build and help people access tools to increase self-sovereignty, privacy, security, and liberty. In our discussion, we cover a wealth of different topics including the grading and cataloging of blockchains and protocols, the path to decentralization, the importance of Bitcoin, and much more. Alex does an incredible job articulating why decentralization is an ideal a protocol should strive for and why decentralization is very hard to quantify. We go on to discuss the varying degrees of censorship resistance that exists within the crypto ecosystem. A very interesting topic that came up during conversation was the growth of NFTs. We discuss why Ether Rocks have become so valuable, the lack of liquidity in the NFT market, and future applications for NFTs. The second half of our conversation was centered around Bitcoin and Satoshi. We talk about the impact Satoshi being the richest entity in the world will have on society. Alex goes on to give various excellent points centered around why people should not be overlooking Bitcoin and Bitcoin as a medium of exchange. We finish our conversation by talking about where the space is headed and what areas of crypto we feel the most excited about. Please enjoy my conversation with Alex Thorn.
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    Kava connects the world's largest cryptocurrencies, ecosystems and financial applications on DeFi’s most trusted, scalable and secure earning platform. Built to scale on the largest decentralized PoS network, Kava lets you mint stablecoins, lend, borrow, earn and swap safely and efficiently across the world’s biggest crypto assets with a simple and intuitive user experience and the full confidence of institutional-grade security and quality . To learn more visit https://untoldstories.link/kava
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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

    • 41 min
    Bitcoin Ossified? The Sound Money Debate with Jeff Garzik

    Bitcoin Ossified? The Sound Money Debate with Jeff Garzik

    My guest today is my friend Jeff Garzik. Jeff has long been at the center of developing and commercializing open source software related to Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Before co-founding Bloq to develop blockchain solutions for a multi-chain world, he spent five years as a Bitcoin core developer and ten years at Red Hat. His work with the Linux kernel is now found in every Android phone and data center running Linux today. Jeff serves on the advisory boards of BitPay, BitFury, Netki and WayPaver Labs. Jeff is currently the Chief Designer & the Co-founder of Vesper Finance. Vesper works as a "metalayer" for DeFi, routing deposits to highest yield opportunities within risk tolerance for the particular pool. Products are non-custodial and auto-compounding. Under-the-hood, Vesper enables a truly set-and-forget experience at scale through a unique approach that enables yield aggregating "strategies" to be upgraded, replaced, connected, and concurrent – all with no added burden on the end user. Jeff is also the CEO of Bloq, an enterprise blockchain solutions company he co-founded with industry investor Matt Roszak in 2015. The company’s solutions include end-to-end blockchain infrastructure service BloqEnterprise and tokenization venture studio BloqLabs. In our discussion, we cover Bitcoin's role within the broader crypto ecosystem, where innovation is headed in the space, regulation, and much more. Jeff discusses Bitcoin vs Ethereum debate, the sound money meme war over, and why Bitcoin's halving cycle is ingenious. We go on to discuss why cross-chain is the future, has innovation left Bitcoin, and the Path to Decentralization. Jeff goes on to analogize cryptocurrencies to social networks and discusses the importance of building tools that empower people. Jeff gives an excellent suggestion to regulators for dealing with the innovation within crypto. We finish our conversation discussing how Vesper empowers users and makes DeFi approachable and safe. Please enjoy my conversation with Jeff Garzik.
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    ParaSwap:
    If you want to make a swap at the best price across the DeFi market, check out https://untoldstories.link/paraswap. ParaSwap’s state-of-the-art algorithm beats the market price across all major DEXs and brings you the most optimized swaps with the best prices, and lowest slippage.
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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
     

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

EricaBushwell ,

Knowledgeable, relatable and insightful!

Charlie, host of the Untold Stories podcast, highlights all aspects of investing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

K. Ryan Bradshaw ,

Great podcast!

Charlie is a genuine guy and bitcoin OG. Great stories and info from industry and thought leaders. One of my favorite weekly listens. High quality production value and great sponsors where you can learn about products and services in the industry. Highly recommend!

kdog6873 ,

Charlie is behind the times

Charlie didn’t even know the new crypto solutions ? And is og crytpo?

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