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A reading of JP Koning’s essay for Coindesk “Are Central Bankers Ready for Payments Theater?” Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1438693620?at=1000lSDb Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/538vuul1PuorUDwgkC8JWF?si=ddSvD-HST2e_E7wgxcjtfQ Google: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9u…
 
On this edition of “The Breakdown’s Weekly Recap,” NLW looks at: The latest in China’s Evergrande crisis Texas and New Jersey target Celsius on their lending products Bitcoin adoption in Laos A wrap-up on the OpenSea NFT front running scandal Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1438693620?at=1…
 
Today’s show is a look at one of the most important but under-discussed macro events in the world today: the crisis surrounding China’s massive real estate developer Evergrande. The company’s share price has fallen more than 85% this year and around the country, people are protesting as more than 1.5 million deposits for homes were taken without fu…
 
Today’s episode of “The Breakdown” looks at a variety of topics covering the evolving relationships between states and digital currencies, including: Inner Mongolia’s fight to keep crypto mining out Laos’ official about-face on crypto and attempt to attract China’s mining refugees CZ’s latest in Binance’s whistlestop tour to change regulators’ perc…
 
Today on The Breakdown, NLW examines SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s testimony yesterday in front of the Senate Banking Committee. He discusses: How some allies from the Infrastructure Bill put the screws to Gensler on lack of clarity around securities designation How Gensler is trying to redefine stablecoins Warren and Gensler’s dubious understanding of …
 
On this episode of “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at an array of recent fund announcements, including: Dan Tapiero and 10T’s $750 million Pantera raising a $600 million fund Jump Capital announcing a new $350 million fund with more focus on crypto and Jump Trading launching Jump Crypto Mets’ owner Steve Cohen investing in a high-frequency trading firm …
 
At 9:30 a.m. ET, a press release from “Walmart Inc” dropped today claiming that the company was partnering with Litecoin to begin accepting the 2016-era crypto darling at its retail locations. The news, seemingly fishy, was nonetheless reported as true by nearly every crypto outlet and numerous mainstream outlets, as well. In today’s episode, NLW b…
 
A reading of a recent speech by Benoit Cœuré, the head of the BIS Innovation Hub, on “Central bank digital currency: the future starts today.” Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1438693620?at=1000lSDb Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/538vuul1PuorUDwgkC8JWF?si=ddSvD-HST2e_E7wgxcjtfQ Goog…
 
Dan Tapiero, founder of 10T, returns to “The Breakdown” to discuss: Investing $750 million into growth equity for digital asset ecosystem startups The number of crypto unicorns growing from 20 to 70 in a year How institutional investor questions have changed over the last 12 months How regulatory headwinds are negatively impacting the U.S. crypto i…
 
Today on the Brief: NFT volume cools down but interest remains strong Mastercard is acquiring CipherTrace European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve begin preparing for asset purchase tapers this autumn Our main discussion is about the flow of regulators from the U.S. government into the crypto industry. NLW looks in particular at Brian Quintenz…
 
El Salvador made history on Tuesday, Sept. 7, when it became the first nation to make bitcoin legal tender. In this episode, NLW reviews the first day of bitcoin in El Salvador, including reports from the ground as well as the salty tears of anti-BTC libertarians. He also looks at new crypto legislation out of Panama. Finally, he covers a new bill …
 
Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW briefly covers yesterday’s bitcoin price crash and why it was driven by market structure more than news. The main topic focuses on revelations from Coinbase that after months of engagement around its upcoming Lend product, the SEC is now threatening to sue. NLW examines the controversy from five dimensions: The argumen…
 
El Salvador’s bitcoin legal-tender law goes into effect today. NLW looks at the recent controversy surrounding the law, including: Institutional controversy – why the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank don’t like the law Bitcoiner skepticism – why some aren’t convinced the law should force merchants to accept BTC Authoritarian blues –…
 
This interview originally aired December 19th, 2020. Balaji Srinivasan is an angel investor and entrepreneur, the former CTO of Coinbase, a former General Partner at Andressen Horowitz and more. In this wide-ranging conversation with NLW, he discusses: How networks are taking a power role once reserved for god and the state Why pre-internet institu…
 
On this week’s Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads David Hoffman’s recent essay in Bankless “The Metaverse Emerges” Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1438693620?at=1000lSDb Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/538vuul1PuorUDwgkC8JWF?si=ddSvD-HST2e_E7wgxcjtfQ Google: https://podcasts.google.com/fe…
 
On this edition of the Weekly Recap, NLW looks at Loot (for Adventurers), the newest NFT sensation. Unlike the “JPEG” or Avatar NFTs, Loot bags are sets of theoretical items for a theoretical game set in a theoretical fantasy world. Created by one of the co-founders of Vine, Loot absolutely took off this past week, racing to be one of the most trad…
 
On this special episode of The Breakdown, NLW looks at what we learned over the summer and what the fall holds for different parts of the crypto industry and surrounding spaces, including: The macroeconomic landscape Regulatory battles Bitcoin NFTs Layer 1 battles CBDCs and stablecoins Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast Apple: https://…
 
Today on the Brief: Binance dinged by Singapore authorities while discussing Binance.us going public Former CFTC Chair Giancarlo leaves BlockFi board of directors after only four months SEC takes action against … Bitconnect? Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1438693620?at=1000lSDb Spotify: h…
 
On today’s episode, NLW takes a historical look at Silicon Valley’s relationship with Bitcoin. NLW explores why so many in Silicon Valley missed Bitcoin in the early days, why smart contracts made more sense to them (and fit with their funding model), and what Jack Dorsey’s support of Bitcoin all means. Finally, he uses that context to explain toda…
 
On today’s episode, NLW breaks down a slew of stories that reflect different aspects of the crypto industry: Billionaire John Paulson doesn’t like crypto FTX US acquires LedgerX Syndicate DAO raises $20 million Layer 1 battles with Ethereum and Solana Vintage Bitcoin-based “Rare Pepes” get repurposed and sold on OpenSea Treasury trying to add MORE …
 
Today on the Brief: NFTs have a monster month Centre's global network of stablecoins The Cuban government to recognize crypto Our main discussion:In July, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and payments company Square, announced that Square was launching a new division focused on building decentralized infrastructure around Bitcoin. At the end of last…
 
On this edition of Long Reads Sunday, NLW reads Nic Carter’s latest for CoinDesk “OnlyFans Shows How the Banking System Is Politicized.” The piece provides the history of Operation Choke Point and how the legacy of financial weaponization persists to today. Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id…
 
On this week’s Weekly Recap, NLW breaks down the recent history of stablecoins and contextualizes recent news from Tether, Circle and Paxos. Could stablecoin providers be positioning themselves to be the rails of an eventual U.S. digital dollar? Enjoying this content? SUBSCRIBE to the Podcast Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1438693620?a…
 
The Kansas City Fed’s annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium is sort of like TED for Central Bankers. In the lead-up to this year’s event, the conversation has been totally focused on whether or not Fed Chair Jerome Powell would signal a beginning of tapering of dovish support. NLW breaks down the expectations and Powell’s words to glean a picture …
 
First, on the Brief: Bitcoin hash power coming back online A new millionaire testing out crypto An emerging music tokenization platform Bitcoin saw a significant drop in hashrate after China’s mining bans. The network accordingly implemented its largest difficulty adjustment, a parameter to adjust incentives for miningadjust incentives for mining, …
 
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