Tantra Talks

Tantra Talks

By Tantra Labs
Official company podcast for TantraLabs.io. Join co-hosts Brekkie and Russell for an inside look into Tantra Labs as well as an exploration of the world of tech and Bitcoin.

Please note, all opinions expressed by Brekkie, Russell or their guests on this podcast are solely their own and do not reflect the opinions of Tantra Labs Inc. You should not treat any opinion expressed by Brekkie, Russell, or their guests, as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of their opinions.
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Market Watch with Joe McCann Round 3 - Tantra Talks
Episode 30 - Join Brekkie & Russel for a discussion on market conditions with technologist and trader, Joe McCann: Recorded on July 10th, 2020 On this special episode with Joe McCann, we start with a dive into the technical side of algorithmic trading and strategy development as well as why Joe became an advisor to Tantra Labs. Joe shares his thoughts on recent market conditions, including the recent Dogecoin pump brought on by a viral TikTok challenge. Joe was actually short Doge while we recorded this episode. He talks about why he decided to trade Doge as well as the various conditions he set up for himself both for getting out of the trade and taking profit. We also explore the greater macro trends in the world, and why, despite the hardships we are all facing, Joe is still very bullish on our collective future and the innovation that will come out the Corona Virus Pandemic. Follow Joe on Twitter, and if you’d like to follow his trades, check out his incredible Telegram channel. For updates on Corona Virus, check out Joe’s Corona Bot on Telegram To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To sign up for early access for new app that will allow you to earn 12% on your BTC, visit TantraLabs.io
1:16:00
July 11, 2020
Meet the Team with Brett Morrison - Tantra Talks
Episode 29 — Join Brekkie for a wide ranging discussion with Tantra Labs Chief Innovation Officer, Brett Morrison: Brett Morrison is our Chief Innovation Officer, because he completely embodies the concept of innovation! We go through his unique background, from building one of the first photo sharing sites, to co-authoring a search patent, building a 200+ employee e-commerce company, as well as his time working as a Director at SpaceX. We talk about Brett’s role at Tantra Labs, and we also dive into Brett’s passion for activism and making the world a better place. For more from Brett you can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as check out his writings and photography at BrettMorrison.com. Interested in earning 12% on your bitcoin?  Sign up for early access at TantraLabs.io
1:33:23
July 8, 2020
Meet the Team with Michael Feldman - Tantra Talks
Episode 28 — Join Russell and Brekkie for a wide ranging discussion with Tantra Labs Quantitative Analyst, Michael Feldman: We start off with Michael’s background and ongoing research for NASA / JPL in the field of gravity science (rocket science!) as well as in the financial industry. Check out some of Michael’s research here. Fat tails vs Black Shoals and the problems with financial modeling Academia and the research oligopoly that is killing science as well as the possibility of research becoming more open source Bitcoin in outer space, whether we will even use currency on Mars, the effects of gravity on a hardware wallet launched into outer space, as well as Michael’s thoughts on the future of the space industry in the context of SpaceX and other efforts in the commercial sector. For more from Michael you can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:28:55
June 17, 2020
Speaking Out - Tantra Talks
Episode 27 - In the wake of the protests following the murder of George Floyd (and of course many others), we felt as a company, that we could not remain silent. Inspired by our CTO’s recent Medium article, this episode of Tantra Talks is a wide ranging conversation between our CTO, Russell LaCour, Creative Director, Brekkie von Bitcoin, and our Podcast Editor, Savannah Van. The episode needs no real introduction and speaks for itself. Please listen with an open mind and an open heart, and if you are on the fence about speaking out and acknowledging the changes occurring in the world today, we hope this episode will help you on your journey. Please see below for some of the important links mentioned during the show. “No Man is and Island” The History of Policing in the United States Tweet from Isaiah Jackson, author of Bitcoin and Black America Why Black Lives Matter to the Jewish Community “First they came…” Twitter Thread by Kenny Deforest about Dave Chapelle
1:25:58
June 12, 2020
The Meaning of Life - Tantra Talks
Episode 26 — Join Russell and Brekkie for a company update and a philosophical discussion about life and what really matters: What’s the latest with Tantra Labs? We tease some details about our upcoming retail app, why we’re going to focus on retail, as well as some back end updates like new engineering hires. The Meaning of Life… we don’t actually figure it out but we dive into happiness and meditation and how to create meaning in your life, as well as how that all fits into our goals at Tantra Labs. Link to the YouTube video at the beginning of the show Philosophy in Rick and Morty, as mentioned in the show How to Meditate by Swami Satchidananda (How Brekkie learned to meditate) — this album is highly recommended The ISHA Foundation and Russell’s guru, Jaggi Vasudev aka Sadhguru To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:06:07
May 27, 2020
The New Bitcoin Epoch with Ped Hasid & Brett Morrison - Tantra Talks
Episode 24 — Join Brekkie for a conversation with Tantra’s CEO, Ped Hasid, and Tantra’s Chief Innovation Officer, Brett Morrison: We dive into Brett’s Bitcoin story, what drew him to it in the early days and why he is still so incredibly passionate about Bitcoin to this day. We talk current events like the Halving (and why it’s a nonevent) as well as the bullish change in sentiment that’s occurring among members of the mainstream media like Joe Squawk as well as more conservative figures in the traditional finance world like Paul Tudor Jones. Follow Ped Hasid on Twitter and LinkedIn. Follow Brett Morrison on Twitter and LinkedIn and check out his blog at BrettMorrison.com To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:00:01
May 20, 2020
Meet the Team with Joshua Horosny - Tantra Talks
Episode 24 — Join Brekkie & Russell for a conversation with Joshua Horosny, Quantitative Developer at Tantra Labs: Talk about fun! On this episode we catch up with Josh and talk about why he is so passionate about his work at Tantra Labs. From working in accounting, to falling down the bitcoin rabbit hole, getting sidetracked with manual shitcoin trading, before finally learning the ins and outs of trading algorithmically as well as the peace of mind that it brings. To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings click HERE.
52:45
May 13, 2020
 Oil Market Updates and the Tantra Story with Tom Kivisto & Ped Hasid - Tantra Talks
Episode 23 - Join Brekkie for a conversation with two of Tantra’s co-founders, Ped Hasid & Tom Kivisto: Drawing on his years of expertise, Tom gives us an update on global oil markets, sharing thoughts on the ongoing feud between the Saudis and Russians as well as the effects on the American oil industry. From breaking apart computers and putting them back together, to starting his own IT company at 15, Ped tells us about his early days and how he got into Bitcoin and founded Tantra Labs. We then tie the episode together with Ped & Tom’s infamous airplane story. Stuck on the runway for hours, with nothing to do but talk to each other, Ped introduced Tom to something called Bitcoin, and by the time they landed in LA, they were already planning to go into business together. For more from Ped, follow him on Twitter & LinkedIn For more from Tom, follow him on LinkedIn and read some of his thoughts, on Medium. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
59:11
May 6, 2020
From Precoiner to Bitcoiner with Danielle Giunta - Tantra Talks
Episode 22 - Join Brekkie & Russell, for a discussion on Danielle’s first steps down the Bitcoin rabbit hole: Danielle recently joined the Tantra Labs team in our sales department, and while she is new to Bitcoin, she knows positive change when she sees it! We touch on Danielle’s background with Isha Foundation and how she first met Russell while they were both studying with Sadhguru in India We talk about why Bitcoin is important, and why Danielle sees NOW as the time for Bitcoin. This episode was a lot of fun to record, and Danielle is HOOT! We can’t wait for her to continue her Bitcoin journey and bring her passion for helping people to the world of Bitcoin. To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
50:49
April 22, 2020
Market Watch with Nik Bhatia - Round 2 - Tantra Talks
Episode 21 - Join Brekkie & Russel for a discussion on current market conditions with expert bond trader, Nik Bhatia. Recorded on April 17th, 2020 Nik shares his macro level thoughts on the economy and Bitcoin in light of the economic contraction and unprecedented actions by the Fed to try to prop up the economy. Stay tuned. We will be releasing more “Market Watch” episodes in the days to come. To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings click HERE.
59:45
April 21, 2020
Bitcoin Mining with Marshall Long - Tantra Talks
Episode 20 - Join Brekkie & Tantra’s Head of Ops, Will Pangman, for a discussion on mining with Bitcoin OG and longtime miner, Marshall Long: What is bitcoin mining? How the bitcoin space has matured since the early days Is mining centralized and is collusion a real problem? Marshall shares his thoughts on this as well as hardware centralization. Mining efficiency improvements like new ASICs and oil cooling Follow Marshall on Twitter To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
59:50
April 16, 2020
Market Watch with Joe McCann - Round 2 - Tantra Talks
Join Brekkie & Russel for a discussion on market conditions with technologist and trader, Joe McCann: Recorded on April 10th, 2020 A quick recap and thoughts on Arthur Hayes’ latest article in which he starts off with “All in motherf$ckers on Bitcoin and gold!” Why Joe doesn’t want to “Fight the Fed” and how some companies SHOULD be allowed to fail Explaining the huge disconnect between the stock markets and rising unemployment: “The stock market is not the economy. The economy is not unemployment. Unemployment is not fear.” Apple & Google teaming up to create Covid tracking tools and whether this is a problem for individual privacy Investing like Nassim Taleb with Fat Tails strategies Understanding options vs equities trading Follow Joe on Twitter, and if you’d like to follow his trades, check out his incredible Telegram channel. For updates on Corona Virus, check out Joe’s Corona Bot on Telegram To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:28:12
April 14, 2020
Sasha Fleyshman, Arca, and Bitcoin Energy FUD - Tantra Talks
Episode 18 - Join Brekkie & Russel as they sits down with Sasha Fleyshman to discuss: Alex’s “crypto” story and how things used to be exciting (and still are!) Investing in the Bitcoin/Crypto space and Alex’s role as a trader at Arca Alex’s extensive energy research and this thoughts on Bitcoin Energy FUD For more from Alex, follow him on Twitter Note: Recorded pre-Corona Virus, when times were simpler… For more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
55:39
April 8, 2020
Market Watch: Oil & Gas with Tom Kivisto - Tantra Talks
Episode 17 - Join Brekkie & Russell for a discussion on the Energy Sector with Tantra Co-founder and Oil & Gas expert, Tom Kivisto: Recorded March 26th, 2020 Tom gives us an overview of the Energy sector with a brief history lesson on oil markets in the United States and abroad We discuss what effects the Corona Virus Pandemic is having on supply & demand in relation to oil Bitcoin as a hedge for oil producers in the United States The ongoing feud between the Saudis and Russians. Tom’s predictions on how the Corona Virus Pandemic and Saudi/Russian oil feud will play out and affect global oil prices Stay tuned. We will be releasing more “Market Watch” episodes in the days to come. To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings click HERE.
45:30
April 1, 2020
Bitcoin in the Time of Corona - Tantra Talks
Episode 16 - Join Brekkie & Russell for a wide reaching discussion on Bitcoin and the impact of Corona Virus. Highlights include: A fun intro from Mick and Rorty along with some terrible Walter Cronkite/Richard Nixon impressions Link to the comedian mentioned A discussion of the US Stimulus package Corporate bailouts: What they are, why they matter, and why nothing ever changes… Thank you to Travis Kling for summing up Bitcoin so eloquently and providing the basis for our discussion! — “Bitcoin is a non-sovereign, hardcapped supply, global, immutable, decentralized, digital store of value. It is an insurance policy against monetary and fiscal policy irresponsibility from central banks and governments globally.” PornHub free premium subscriptions & Tantric Sex? Yep. This comes up in conversation. You’ll have to listen to the full episode to understand why… To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE
1:12:35
March 27, 2020
Demystifying Algorithmic Trading: Part 1 - Tantra Talks
Episode 15 - Join Brekkie & Russell for Part 1 of an ongoing series about the basics of Algorithmic Trading: This podcast is a companion piece to the Medium article, “Demystifying Algorithmic Trading: Part 1” On this episode we discuss what is an algorithm? How do they work? How can they be used and applied to the world of trading cryptocurrencies to take the emotion out of trading? And we use many different…colorful examples to explain. No coding experience required! To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE
56:08
March 18, 2020
Market Watch with Joe McCann - Tantra Talks
Episode 14 - Join Brekkie & Russel for a discussion on market conditions with technologist and trader, Joe McCann: Recorded on March 10th, 2020 With global markets in turmoil, we explore what effects the corona virus is having on supply & demand, flight to liquidity, oil, equities, and where we think the world economy is headed. Stay tuned. We will be releasing more “Market Watch” episodes in the days to come. Follow Joe on Twitter and if you’d like to follow his trades, check out his incredible Telegram channel. For updates on Corona Virus, check out Joe’s Corona Bot on Telegram To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:07:52
March 11, 2020
Market Watch with Nik Bhatia - Tantra Talks
Episode 13 - Join Brekkie, Russel and the Tantra Labs’ quant team for a discussion on market conditions with expert bond trader, Nik Bhatia. Recorded on March 9th, 2020 With global markets in turmoil, we explore what effects the corona virus is having on supply and demand and where we think the world economy is headed. Stay tuned. We will be releasing more “Market Watch” episodes in the days to come. To subscribe and listen to more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
47:53
March 10, 2020
Alex Adelman & Lolli - Tantra Talks
Episode 12 - Join Brekkie as he sits down with Alex Adelman to discuss: Alex’s Bitcoin story and his experience that led to the founding of Lolli Bitcoin as a savings vehicle Smarter ways to onboard new Bitcoiners The paths to mass adoption and the case for SoV Features and updates on the horizon for Lolli To start using Lolli, visit their website HERE. Follow Alex and Lolli on Twitter For more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
57:54
March 4, 2020
Matt Kaye & Blockhead Capital - Tantra Talks
Episode 11 - Join Brekkie & Tantra’s CEO, Ped Hasid, as they sits down with Matt Kaye to discuss: The definition of “Shitcoinery” What it was like during the 2017/18 bull run Lessons we can learn from the previous bull run as we look towards the next one and what, in Matt’s opinion, will drive this next run Concepts like DYOR, Unit Bias, the “Coinbase effect,” FOMO FTX exchange and what it means for the ecosystem Leverage trading & Bitmex Good trading resources like Joe McCann’s Telegram Channel and CryptDex Follow Matt on Twitter and learn more about Blockhead Capital HERE For more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
48:26
February 26, 2020
Christian Keroles, POV Crypto Pod, and Bitcoin 2020 Conference - Tantra Talks
Episode 10 - Join Brekkie as he sits down with Christian Keroles to discuss: Working in the Bitcoin space & Bitcoin cities on the rise, like LA and SF Bitcoin 2020 Conference & Christian’s role at BTC Media Art installations and artists who’ll be at this year’s conference The Let’s Talk Bitcoin Network & curating diverse Bitcoin podcasts like “Bitcoin Tina on Bitcoin”  Marketing & Bitcoin: is everything good for Bitcoin? The POV Crypto Pod and giving voice to opposing views For more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
58:48
February 19, 2020
Tone Vays & Unconfiscatable Conference - Tantra Talks
Episode 9 - Join Russell & Brekkie as they sit down with Tone Vays to discuss: The idea of censorship-resistance versus unconfiscatability The path to hyperbitcoinization and a future denominated in bitcoin Bitcoin as a safe haven asset Bitcoin in the context of forks like BCH & BSV Tone’s Unconfiscatable Conference in Las Vegas at the end of the month Tone’s other exciting events later this year such as The Financial Summit in the Dominican Republic and Bali and Understanding Bitcoin in Malta For more from Tone, check out his YouTube Channel and his website. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
56:39
February 12, 2020
Russell Okung & BTCPay Server - Tantra Talks
Episode 8 - Join Brekkie for a very special episode recorded live: After a “Bitcoiner Tailgate,” Brekkie and a number of other Bitcoiners attended a Chargers’ home game to support Russell Okung and BTCPay Server. Highlights include: A short intro on #MyCauseMyCleats & the importance of BTCPay Server, which is a self-hosted, open-source cryptocurrency payment processor that’s secure, private, censorship-resistant and free. The Corgi Bowl Rational exuberance from Tantra’s Chief Innovation Officer, Brett Morrison Mid-game thoughts from Brandon Quittem, Stephen Cole, Alex Gladstein, Will Pangman, Robert Breedlove, and George & Kingston Mekhail Special thanks again to Russell Okung, George Mekhail, and BitcoinIs Thanks also to Will Reeves & Lightning Pizza for providing…PIZZA For more episodes of Tantra Talks, click HERE. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
22:41
February 5, 2020
Max Hirshik & LupexTrade - Tantra Talks
Episode 7 - Join Russell & Brekkie as they sit down with Max Hirshik to discuss:  LupexTrade and the gamification of trading  ICO’s, the Hex Token, scams, and the “scam blanket”  Who the real Satoshi Nakamoto is  The role of 3rd parties and consumer protection agencies  Bitcoin vs Ethereum  Follow LupexTrade on Twitter, and for a gamified trading experience, check out LupexTrade.com  To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:15:02
January 29, 2020
Andrew Yang & River Financial - Tantra Talks
Episode 6 - Join Russell & Brekkie as they sit down with Andrew Yang to discuss: The Presidency of the United States of America! The launch of River Financial Recurring Bitcoin buys & dollar cost averaging The Lightning Network & the SoCal Lightning organization "Bitcoin or Shitcoin" Check out River at River.com and follow Andrew Yang on Twitter. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
46:29
January 22, 2020
Ron Rojany & Invest Round - Tantra Talks
Episode 5 - Join Russell & Brekkie as they sit down with Ron Rojany to discuss: The world of Fintech and consumer investing apps How Round is different than other products like Wealthfront or Betterment The democratization of the investment process The path forward for Bitcoin & Crypto prompted by some great questions from Ron, who has an open, but outsider perspective Check out Round at www.InvestRound.com and the recent praise they received on CNN. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:11:46
January 15, 2020
Cory Klippsten & GiveBitcoin - Tantra Talks
Episode 4 - Join Russell & Brekkie as they sit down with Cory Klippsten to discuss: Onboarding pre-coiners Bitcoin education How GiveBitcoin works and how it got started Follow Cory on Twitter @CoryKlippsten Check out GiveBitcoin at www.GiveBitcoin.io and follow them on Twitter @Give_Bitcoin Fun facts: Cory launched GiveBitcoin during the recording of the episode, and he even sent some bitcoin to Russell's mom during the recording as well.  Where to Buy Bitcoin To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:00:22
January 10, 2020
Will Reeves & Fold - Tantra Talks
Episode 3 - Join Russell & Brekkie as they sit down with Will Reeves to discuss:  The Fold App and #SatsBack rewards  The importance of privacy and how Fold helps users improve theirs  Consumer & merchant adoption of Bitcoin  The Fold roadmap, improving UI/UX  The decision to be an early Lightning Network adopter  The current state of Lightning and Will's thoughts on LN going forward  Download Fold for iOS and Android or online at www.FoldApp.com, and follow Fold on Twitter To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:02:50
January 10, 2020
Nik Bhatia - Tantra Talks
Episode 2 - Join Russell & Brekkie as they sit down with Nik Bhatia to discuss:  The merger of "FinTwit" (Finance Twitter) and Bitcoin Twitter  The current state of Bitcoin & the Lightning Network  Models for pricing and understanding Bitcoin  The path to hyperbitcoinization  What it's like being a bitcoiner and raising a daughter  Follow Nik on Twitter @TimeValueOfBTC To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
1:00:00
January 10, 2020
Tantra Labs - Tantra Talks
The very first episode! A short introduction to the podcast with co-hosts Russell LaCour & Brekkie von Bitcoin as well as Tantra Labs CEO Ped Hasid. Learn a little bit about what Tantra Labs is all about. For more from Tantra Labs, follow us on Twitter and check out our company blog on Medium. To learn more about our offerings, click HERE.
26:11
January 10, 2020