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Episode 12: The Great Mother of All Financial Crises

The Blockchain.com Podcast

Episode 12: The Great Mother of All Financial Crises

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Episode 32: A look at stablecoins and PAX with Mike Dudas
On today's episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast, our Head of Research, Garrick Hileman welcomes Mike Dudas, former CEO and founder of The Block and current Head of Stablecoin Business Development at Paxos. The Paxos US dollar backed stablecoin was the first stablecoin made available on the Blockchain.com Wallet and Exchange. During their conversation, they dig into the PAX stablecoin and discuss: What motivated Mike to leave The Block an join a B2B enterprise company in the crypto space? Stablecoin 101: how the PAX stablecoin is different from crypto-collateralized and algorithmic stablecoins? How and why Paxos provides a white label stablecoin system, including for the 3rd largest stablecoin by market value, Binance USD stablecoin (BUSD) The incredible success PAXOS has had securing deals to provide blockchain services to some of the the largest fastest growing financial institutions, including PayPal and Revolut The future of stablecoins. How Mike expects to see stablecoins used in the years to come and how big this space can be. Blockchain.com's USD PAX Research Primer
37:07
July 19, 2021
Episode 31: UK Founders Panel with Itamar Lesuisse of Argent and Tom Robinson of Elliptic
This month's Market Outlook event, we hosted a UK Founders Panel and were joined by Tom Robinson, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Elliptic, and Itamar Lesuisse, Co-Founder and CEO of Argent. Our VP of Finance, Jason Karsh and Co-Founder, Nicolas Cary discussed with them about the market, their companies and the path to growth.  Enjoy! 
31:57
July 14, 2021
Episode 30: Bitcoin vs. the Real Digital Gold
On today's episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast, we're joined by Charlie McGarraugh, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Markets here at Blockchain.com.  While crypto prices plummeted in May, gold had its best month since July of last year, up 8% for the month. Garrick Hileman - Blockchain.com's Head of Research - and Charlie discussed what's happening with gold, crypto prices, and tokenized gold like Blockchain.com's own DGLD token.  In this episode, we discuss: Charlie’s background as a gold trader at Goldman Sachs and the structure of global gold markets why tokenizing traditional assets like gold is useful, and what functionality and advantages tokenization brings Are gold and bitcoin more competitive or complementary? Blockchain.com’s tokenized gold product called DGLD - how it is constructed, where the gold is stored, and its new wrapped version called wDGLD that can be stored and transacted in the Blockchain.com wallet Enjoy!  ---- Previous podcasts with Charlie McGarraugh - Episode 10: The Crypto Markets with Charlie McGarraugh and Episode 27: Is the crypto bull market still intact?  Blockchain.com's Gold Token Primer and Going for Gold? A Research Primer on Gold-Backed Crypto Tokens. More reading - November Markets: Bitcoin sets a new all time high while gold plunged, A Classic, Now Digital. DGLD Now Exclusively Available on the Blockchain.com Exchange, and Wrapped-DGLD brings Swiss vault held Gold to Ethereum.  Even more reading - What is wrapped-DGLD (wDGLD)? and Why do I need ETH to send wDGLD?
24:11
June 24, 2021
Episode 29: Niall Ferguson on the COVID pandemic, inflation and crypto.
On today's episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast our CEO, Peter Smith, and Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, host Niall Ferguson. Niall is currently a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and the author of 16 books, including a new book titled Doom.   During their conversation, the three discussed a range of topics including, What historical period may be most relevant to understanding if the current inflationary price pressures are transitory or something more troubling What impact inflation could have on markets The significance of El Salvador making Bitcoin legal tender and what's happening with crypto adoption throughout Latin America The latest of China's crypto crackdown and why policymakers around the world are struggling to develop a grand strategy for regulating crypto And why many macro economists keep getting crypto wrong 
40:10
June 15, 2021
Episode 28: Building DeFi on the Bitcoin Network with Muneeb Ali
This month's Market Outlook event, we were joined by Muneeb Ali, Stacks Founder and CEO of Hiro.  Our Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, and Co-founder, Nicolas Cary, discussed with Muneeb Stacks' work to build DeFi on Bitcoin - how that's possible and the advantages of building on Bitcoin as opposed to Ethereum and other blockchains - how you can earn 10% yield by using Stacks, and Muneeb's outlook on how smart contracts and other blockchain powered applications will eventually collapse back to being built on top of bitcoin. Enjoy!
46:46
June 8, 2021
Episode 27: Is the crypto bull market still intact?
On today's episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast, Garrick Hileman - visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Head of Research at Blockchain.com - sits down with Charlie McGarraugh - Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Markets - to discuss the current state of the crypto markets. In this episode, we get Charlie's take on:  Whether the crypto bull run market is still intact Is bitcoin's status as the reserve asset intact in light of growing environmental concerns Why measures like bitcoin dominance are poor measures to watch and what you should really be watching The evolving China regulatory situation and why there is some upside to a crackdown in China DeFi, Ethereum, and what key upside and downside catalysts Charlie is keeping an eye out for over the coming months Enjoy!
14:36
May 28, 2021
Episode 26: Navigating crypto taxes pt 3 with Austin Woodward
Crypto taxes are gaining attention, and not just because assets like bitcoin and ethereum continue to make new all-time highs. Policymakers around the world have been debating the issue of crypto taxes and with relatively new types of crypto activity it can all be a bit confusing. Today's episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast covers part 3 of our Navigating Crypto Taxes series. Blockchain.com's Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, is joined by Austin Woodward, Co-Founder and CEO of TaxBit to discuss a range of topics, including... How TaxBit is both similar and different from traditional tax software firms and products Austin's view on where US and International crypto tax policy is heading in regards to compliance Why the automation of tax compliance at the protocol level for DeFi is something we're likely to see in the future Enjoy! Blockchain.com's 2020 Guide to US Crypto Taxes
34:32
May 17, 2021
Episode 25: Navigating crypto taxes pt 2 with Shehan Chandrasekera
Crypto taxes are gaining attention, and not just because assets like bitcoin and ethereum continue to make new all-time highs. Policymakers around the world have been debating the issue of crypto taxes and with relatively new types of crypto activity it can all be a bit confusing. Today's episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast covers part 2 of our Navigating Crypto Taxes series. Blockchain.com's Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, is joined by Shehan Chandrasekera, Head of Tax Strategy about CoinTracker.io to discuss a range of topics including... Various tax saving strategies Tax questions surround DeFi and transactions on decentralized exchanges such as Uniswap How the IRS knows you have crypto and how future changes at the protocol level may help boost tax compliance Enjoy! Blockchain.com's 2020 Guide to US Crypto Taxes
35:28
May 10, 2021
Episode 24: Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) with Aaron Wright
During this month's Market Outlook, we were joined by Aaron Wright, Clinical Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School and co-founder of OpenLaw. Our Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, and Co-founder, Nicolas Cary, discussed with Aaron all things DAOs or decentralized autonomous organizations. In this episode they break down DAOs, diving into questions such as what are DAOs, when did they first start gaining traction, what is the significance of the Wyoming DAO legislation and what is the long-term vision for DAOs in terms of the future of work and e-government. Enjoy!
45:10
May 5, 2021
Episode 23: Bitcoin's energy consumption with Sergii Gerasymovych
On today's episode, our Head of Research Garrick Hileman sits down with Sergii Gerasymovych to discuss bitcoin's energy consumption. One of the most common topics of scrutiny surrounding bitcoin and crypto assets is their energy consumption. But as we learn today bitcoin mining is actually helping the environment.  Sergii is the founder and CEO of EZ Blockchain, one of the leading bitcoin mining companies focused on flared gas and stranded natural gas. During the episode, they address a range of topics, including... How mining with flared gas works What common questions Sergii faces in conversations with oil and gas producers when discussing bitcoin mining How and where the market for mining with flared gas is expanding. 
45:51
April 27, 2021
Episode 22: Crypto-Wall Street Convergence
For today's episode, Blockchain.com's Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, reads his article titled "Crypto-Wall Street Convergence". It was first published in July of last year and makes the case that the long heralded arrival to crypto of traditional financial institutions (like banks) was underway. Read the article here: https://medium.com/blockchain/crypto-wall-street-convergence-881a6c3d2dee
10:16
April 21, 2021
Episode 21: Wall Street takes on crypto with Anchorage's Yuriy Anosov
On today's episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast, our Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, is joined by Yuriy Anosov. Yuriy is the Head of Trading at Anchorage, one of the leading crypto custodial firms focused on institutions. They discuss a range of topics, including the current state of crypto market infrastructure what barriers to further institutional adoption of crypto still exist today and why Yuriy is happy to see a decline in bitcoin's dominance, which is a term that refers to bitcoin's share of the total market value of all cryptoassets Blockchain.com's Crypto-Wall Street Convergence
37:02
April 20, 2021
Episode 20: Navigating crypto taxes pt 1 with Robert W. Wood
Crypto taxes are gaining attention, and not just because assets like bitcoin and ethereum continue to make new all-time highs. Policymakers around the world have been debating the issue of crypto taxes and with relatively new types of crypto activity it can all be a bit confusing.  Today's episode, Garrick Hileman - Blockchain.com Head of Research and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics - sits down with Robert W. Wood - a tax attorney based in SF - to discuss a range of crypto tax topics, including...  -The history of crypto taxation and how it has evolved in the United States and internationally -How crypto is currently treated for tax purposes -And if Robert was granted one wish by the Internal Revenue Service what Robert would most like to see happen with crypto taxation Blockchain.com's 2020 Guide to US Crypto Taxes Robert W. Wood's Cointelegraph articles 
33:43
April 15, 2021
Episode 19: China's embrace of Bitcoin
On today's episode, Garrick Hileman - Head of Research at Blockchain.com and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics - discusses Peter Thiel's recent comment "I do wonder whether bitcoin should be thought of as a Chinese financial weapon against the U.S." Coindesk's 'Crypto Long & Short: Peter Thiel Defines Bitcoin's Accidental Role in Global Politics' Coindesk's 'Is Bitcoin a Chinese Financial Weapon? Peter Thiel Ignites a Geopolitical Debate' Garrick Hileman's 'Why the People's Bank of China May Consider Embracing Bitcoin'
07:41
April 14, 2021
Episode 18: Unpacking NFTs with the Enjin team
In today's April Market Outlook, we were joined by Enjin's Chief Technology Officer, Witek Radomski, and Chief Operating Officer, Caleb Applegate.  Our Head of Research, Dr. Garrick Hileman and Co-Founder, Nicolas Cary sat down with them to discuss NFTs: what are NFTs, what new functionality do they offer and why have they attracted so much interest? They also dive into the background of the Enjin team and platform, how Witek and Caleb first got involved in NFTs and what new products they're working on. Enjoy!
41:41
April 6, 2021
Episode 17: The future doesn't look like Robinhood
On today's episode, Garrick Hileman, Head of Research at Blockchain.com, reads his article 'The future doesn't look like Robinhood'. The article covers why disgust over GameStop’s trading shut down will accelerate DeFi adoption and how you can gain DeFi investment exposure. Read the article here: https://medium.com/blockchain/the-future-doesnt-look-like-robinhood-793e70b1dcd2
04:28
March 18, 2021
Episode 16: Trust | Want | Need
On this episode of the Blockchain.com Podcast, our Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, reads the opening to our March Market Outlook report titled, Trust | Want | Need. This report discusses the three important elements of crypto adoption and how the space has grown - or still needs to grown - in each particular dimension.   Read the article here: https://medium.com/blockchain/trust-want-need-e2fcec8653f6
04:50
March 16, 2021
Episode 15: The key to the crypto markets? Data
During today's March Market Outlook, we were joined by Ambre Soubiran, CEO of crypto market data provider, Kaiko.  Our Head of Research, Garrick Hileman and VP of Marketing, Jason Karsh, discuss with her what the institutionalization of crypto adoption could mean for the duration and depth of future crypto winters, the current state of crypto data and the one data point that is particularly difficult to obtain, and much more. Enjoy! 
39:58
March 4, 2021
Episode 14: Why Some Crypto Exchanges Go Down with Lewis Tuff
This month’s Market Outlook live event, we’re joined by Lewis Tuff, Blockchain.com’s VP of Engineering, to dig into why some exchanges go down during times of volatility and how the ecosystem could mature.
27:39
February 4, 2021
Episode 13: Anthony Scaramucci + Institutional Interest in Bitcoin
Today Blockchain.com Co-Founder Nicolas Cary and Head of Research Garrick Hileman are joined by Anthony Scaramucci - American financier and founder of Skybridge bitcoin fund. The three discuss Anthony’s odyssey into bitcoin, why he believes it to be a new store of value and why other institutional investors are adding bitcoin to their balance sheet.  Enjoy!
32:02
February 3, 2021
Episode 12: The Great Mother of All Financial Crises
On this episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast, Blockchain.com's Head of Research, Garrick HIleman, reads his article titled, The Great Mother of All Financial Crises. This article outlines why we're moving closer to a US dollar crises that would threaten the dollar's dominant reserve currency status.  Read the article here: https://medium.com/blockchain/the-great-mother-of-all-financial-crises-83c8f73328f2
07:41
January 22, 2021
Episode 11: Governments will start to hodl bitcoin in 2021
Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, recently wrote an oped article for CoinDesk entitled: Governments Will Start to Hodl Bitcoin in 2021. In today's episode, Garrick reads this timely piece diving into outsized government spending and money printing, the U.S-China economic and geopolitical tension, and post-pandemic acceleration. Read the article here: https://www.coindesk.com/government-hodl-bitcoin-2021
10:02
January 15, 2021
Episode 10: The Crypto Markets with Charlie McGarraugh
Blockchain.com's Co-Founder, Nicolas Cary and Head of Research, Garrick Hileman ring in the new year with a discussion on the crypto markets, featuring our Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Markets, Charlie McGarraugh.  It's no secret the markets have been on the run these past few weeks, but what does that mean looking ahead and is that sustainable? Are there signs of overheating and an upcoming correction? Listen as they discuss this and much more including Wall Street's adoption of crypto and the bitcoin digital gold thesis as the main adoption catalysis today. 
25:57
January 12, 2021
Episode 9: The Crypto Regulatory Landscape with Coin Center's Peter Van Valkenburgh
Blockchain.com's Co-Founder, Nic Cary and Head of Research, Garrick Hileman sat down with Peter Van Valkenburgh, Director of Research at Coin Center, to discuss the crypto regulatory space, including recently proposed STABLE act, hosted vs unhosted wallets and the likelihood of bitcoin getting banned. 
39:41
December 7, 2020
Episode 8: The Coming US Digital Dollar - What it is and why it matters
On this episode of The Blockchain.com Podcast, Garrick Hileman, our Head of Research and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, reads one of his blog posts, The Coming US Digital Dollar - What it is and why it matters. This will dive into exactly what a digital dollar is and how it differs from the dollars we use in our every day life, where money comes from in the first place, winners and losers of a potential digital dollar, and much more.  Read the blog here: https://medium.com/blockchain/the-coming-us-digital-dollar-part-1-what-it-is-and-why-it-matters-a8a92d8e4eef
19:35
November 25, 2020
Episode 7: The crypto lending market
Head of Research, Garrick Hileman, sat down with Reid Simon, Blockchain.com's Head of Lending, in our latest episode. They discussed different topics surrounding crypto lending such as high interest rates and how crypto companies are able to offer those, the risks and issues crypto lending participants should consider, how the crypto lending market may evolve and many others. 
25:45
November 24, 2020
Episode 6: Investing in early-stage crypto projects
Blockchain.com's Co-Founder, Nicolas Cary and Head of Research, Garrick Hileman sit down with Blockchain.com Venture's Managing Partner Sam Harrison to discuss investing in early-stage crypto projects.
28:32
November 6, 2020
Episode 5: How Big is DeFi? A look at the Crypto Lending Market
Garrick Hileman -- Head of Research at Blockchain.com and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics -- dives into DeFi and the crypto lending market in our latest podcast. Listen as he reads his article: How Big is DeFi? A look at the Crypto Lending Market. Read the blog here: https://medium.com/blockchain/how-big-is-defi-a-look-at-the-crypto-lending-market-fe2271d477b7
09:38
October 29, 2020
Episode 4: The World's 'Hardest' Asset is Ironically Virtual
Garrick Hileman -- Head of Research at Blockchain.com and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics -- is back with another blog reading recounting his article: The World's 'Hardest' Asset is Ironically Virtual. Read the blog here: https://medium.com/blockchain/the-worlds-hardest-asset-is-ironically-virtual-91187667e10e
09:10
October 21, 2020
Episode 3: The Algorand Protocol with CEO Steve Kokinos
Blockchain.com's Co-Founder, Nicolas Cary and Head of Research, Garrick Hileman sit down with Algorand's CEO, Steve Kokinos to discuss their ongoing innovation within the blockchain space.
38:12
October 16, 2020
Episode 2: Taxation Without Representation: the Financial Repression Stealth Tax
In our latest podcast, Garrick Hileman — Head of Research at Blockchain.com and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics — provides a reading of his blog post entitled: Taxation Without Representation: the Financial Repression Stealth Tax. We want to make more of our content available in formats that work for you, so let us know what you think. Read the blog here: https://medium.com/blockchain/financial-repression-stealth-taxation-without-representation-c61d0a4ea8fb
09:54
September 30, 2020
Episode 1: DeFi-ing gravity with Anthony Sassano
This episode we look at DeFi: what is it, why should people care, and what are the big drivers of activity and excitement for DeFi throughout the Ethereum community. We're joined by an expert on all things Ethereum, Anthony Sassano. In addition to being a speaker, a podcast host himself, and the author of The Daily Gwei newsletter, he also works with the team at SetProtocol, an automated asset management protocol that's very much at the heart of DeFi. At Blockchain.com we had news this week, listing yearn finance (FYI) and Aave (LEND) on the Exchange, providing access to DeFi tokens to our millions of users worldwide.
37:11
September 10, 2020