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May 31, 2022

Andrew Cahill and Saurabh Deshpande of The Block join the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • The Ethereum L2 ecosystem
  • The varying scaling solutions and views on the communities with traction
  • Views on native tokens being launched on these platforms in 2022
  • Optimistic rollups
  • ZK rollups

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May 27, 2022

Matt returns with CMS Holdings' Dan Matuszewski, filling in for Nic, covering deals and news of the week. In this episode: 

  • Bitcoiners brief Norwegian policymakers
  • History of the BitLicense
  • Circle’s physical BitLicense
  • a16z raises a massive $4.5b fund
  • The effect of VC dry powder on crypto startups
  • Can crypto catch a...

May 23, 2022

Ric Edelman, the founder of Edelman Financial Services and the Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals joins the show. In this episode we discuss:

  • Ric’s new book The Truth About Crypto
  • His journey in the digital assets industry
  • The current macro backdrop and how cryptoassets should be considered in a...

May 20, 2022

Matt and Nic return for another week of news and deals. In this episode: 

  • Was UST/Terra a ponzi or not?
  • Fintech apps put client deposits into Anchor
  • Tradfi yields are competitive with DeFi yields
  • The GBTC discount reaches its highest ever level at -31% MSM crypto hate reaches a fever pitch
  • The World Bank publishes a...

May 16, 2022

Jon Kol and Asa Oines, cofounders of Abacus join the show to talk about the state of the art in cross chain interoperability. In this episode: 

  • Career trajectories and why Jon and Asa decided to start Abacus 
  • The three eras of interoperability 
  • Asset interoperability vs app based interoperability 
  • Why asset...