29 episodes

From Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson, welcome to What Grinds My Gears, a podcast about the bizarre and buzzworthy happenings in the world of cryptocurrency. Each week, we delve into one key theme in crypto, and examine this theme through a broader financial, political, and cultural lens to learn from the past, understand the present, and explore the future.

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From Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson, welcome to What Grinds My Gears, a podcast about the bizarre and buzzworthy happenings in the world of cryptocurrency. Each week, we delve into one key theme in crypto, and examine this theme through a broader financial, political, and cultural lens to learn from the past, understand the present, and explore the future.

    Episode 29: Money Printer Go BRRR

    Episode 29: Money Printer Go BRRR

    Jill and Meltem reunite amidst corona-madness to breakdown how they are thinking about this unprecedented situation. They take us back to the Black Plague and project into an increasingly sci-fi future. Tune in as they discuss the options on the table, the policy responses (and lack thereof), and the implications of it all--exploring everything from deflationary crises to inflationary spirals. Get ready to get angrrrry and to grind some gears.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 28: Breaking Banks with Bitcoin

    Episode 28: Breaking Banks with Bitcoin

    This episode of What Grinds my Gears was recorded live on stage at SF Blockchain Week 2019.
    In this episode, Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss banking Bitcoin, what a bank really is, and whether or not we're just building the same thing in a different way.
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    • 25 min
    Episode 27: Origin Myth: The Market and Marketing of Bitcoin

    Episode 27: Origin Myth: The Market and Marketing of Bitcoin

    Every movement that has withstood the test of time — from religions to empires — has had a founding myth attached. This is the story of how it all started. Often these legends are shrouded in mystery. They are left open to interpretation. This week we discuss how bitcoin is no different. From the cypherpunk mailing list to Occupy Wall Street, we put bitcoin’s beginnings in context and discuss their significance.
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    This episode is sponsored by Voyager, a fast and 100% commission-free app that helps you trade over 20 cryptocurrencies. Sign up today to earn $25 worth of free Bitcoin when you get the Voyager iOS app and register.
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    • 51 min
    Episode 26: Death and Taxes

    Episode 26: Death and Taxes

    They say there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. And while we don’t get know of anyone who has managed to cheat death, we certainly know of people who have dodged their taxes. In this episode we unpack the myth that cryptocurrency can help you evade taxes, walk through the history of offshore accounts, and discuss some of the open questions about paying tax on your bitcoin!
    Check out the extended shownotes on Medium, and if you're interested in reading the full episode transcription, visit the BlockWorks Group blog.
    This episode is sponsored by Voyager, a fast and 100% commission-free app that helps you trade over 20 cryptocurrencies. Sign up today to earn $25 worth of free Bitcoin when you get the Voyager iOS app and register.
    -----If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe.This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: https://www.blockworksgroup.io

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 25: Mesh Much? Telecommunications, Topology, and Tokens

    Episode 25: Mesh Much? Telecommunications, Topology, and Tokens

    Most of us take our connectivity to the internet and other telecommunications networks for granted. But behind the simple and benign act of connecting to the internet lies an intricate maze of physical hardware, wires, and complex routing logic consisting of layers upon layers - and many curious parties sniffing your web traffic. In this episode, we discuss the origins of mesh networking topologies and innovations in using cryptocurrencies to enhance security, facilitate more complex logical ordering, and incentivize resource sharing in these new networks.
    Check out the extended shownotes on Medium, and if you're interested in reading the full episode transcription, visit the BlockWorks Group blog.
    This episode is sponsored by Voyager, a fast and 100% commission-free app that helps you trade over 20 cryptocurrencies. Sign up today to earn $25 worth of free Bitcoin when you get the Voyager iOS app and register.
    -----If you enjoyed this conversation, share it with your colleagues & friends, rate, review, and subscribe.This podcast is presented by BlockWorks Group. For exclusive content and events that provide insights into the crypto and blockchain space, visit them at: https://www.blockworksgroup.io

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 24: Banning Bitcoin: The Long Arc of an Infinite Revolution

    Episode 24: Banning Bitcoin: The Long Arc of an Infinite Revolution

    Encryption has long walked the line between weapon and tool. While the so-called “Crypto Wars” ended in the 1990’s, in 2013, Edward Snowden showed us why the fight was long from over. This week, we discuss the brink of another type of Crypto War, the one over cryptocurrencies.
    Check out the extended shownotes on Medium.
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

fo3ren ,

Much big words

So wow

Jimmydel ,

Extremely informative

When I first started listening, the cunty twang and my own male issues kept me from really liking this podcast. But the way you guys tied liquidity and marketing forks all together and laid it out in such scientific way was extremely eye opening. Thanks for being so smart !

Life time learner ,

Amazing

Educational, amazingly organized, very clear and made easy to understand. Kudos Meltem & Jill. I love the variety of the topics on each episode.

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