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The go-to podcast trusted by fund managers, founders and operators in crypto and DeFi. Jason Choi (@mrjasonchoi), full-time crypto investor and General Partner at Spartan Capital, goes deep into the technology and economics behind crypto projects to dissect trends and themes in a global context. Not financial advice.
 
The CryptoBasic Podcast is an educational, honest, and entertaining exploration of the fascinating world of cryptocurrencies. Join hosts Brent Philbin, Karim Baruque, and Michael Laake as they explore concepts and cryptos such as Bitcoin, NEO, Ethereum, Litecoin, Blockchain, Cardano and much more. How does Bitcoin actually work? Should I use Coinbase or Bittrex? What in the world is an ICO? Listen to our 101 episodes on each topic for an in-depth, beginner friendly discussion to find out. Jo ...
 
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In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Stephen Stonberg, CEO of Bittrex Global, one of the most reliable and secure cryptocurrency exchanges in the world. Stephen has spent his entire 25-year career working in financial markets in London and New York. He left the traditional world of finance to get involved in the crypto and blockchain industry…
 
Multi chain is now a reality. Cross-chain infrastructure - which allows developers to build applications across blockchains like Ethereum and Solana - is receiving millions in venture funding. To understand how this unfolds, I spoke with Bryan Pellegrino, co-founder of LayerZero Labs on: How tomorrow's dapps will be completely different Why bridges…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Steve Berneman, the CEO and Co-founder of Blueprint. He is a former practicing attorney and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to starting Blueprint, Steve was the Co-founder and CEO of Overdog, a gaming company acquired in 2016. Steve formed the thesis for Blueprint while an Entrepreneur in Residence at Vanderbi…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Paul Garibian, President of Nota. Fintech expert, entrepreneur, and executive Paul has spent nearly 20 years helping financial institutions drive product development and grow revenue and market share. Nota is an innovative legal industry fintech solution powered by M&T Bank that adds value through increased…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Brenda Loya, the CEO and one of the founders of Tellor. She's an economist and a self-taught solidity developer. Previously, she was an economist and supervisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, developing and leading teams to develop statistical software for principal economic indicators. She joined the sp…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with the architect of the Supra BFT Consensus Algorithm. Blockchain Designer & Developer, Joshua Tobkin is a Meta-Game Theorist behind projects such as Unitychain.io's venture projects and more recently SupraOracles.com A lateral thinker, creative, and curiously dyslexic, Josh has been building SaaS companies f…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Trent Sorbe, President and Founder of Central Payments & Co-Founder of Falls Fintech. He is an architect of Central Payments’ Open*CP Fintech API Marketplace. With more than 28 years of debit, credit, and prepaid payments experience, Trent is responsible for products garnering nine Paybefore Awards, three o…
 
At the core of DeFi 2.0 - the term that's coined by many in crypto to describe a new wave of DeFi protocols - is a project called Fei. Sitting on a treasury of $1B+, Fei has championed many new concepts in DeFi, including novel ways to achieve capital efficiency. Founder Joey Santoro (@joey__santoro) joins me in sharing: The largest public raise in…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Vivek Krishnamurthy, Principal at Commerce Ventures, an early stage FinTech, InsurTech & RetailTech focused fund based in San Francisco. The Fund's investments include Marqeta, Bill.com, MX, Socure, Forter, and +90 others. At Commerce Ventures, Vivek primarily focuses on vertical FinTech applications, core…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Matt Spoke, the Founder and CEO of Moves, a social finance product for independent 'gig' workers across the U.S. Matt founded the company on a belief that the gig economy isn't working for its workers and by building a product that solves their systemic financial challenges, millions of independent gig …
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Ryan Cantor, Chief Product Officer at Thryv. He leads the Thryv product and engineering teams and is responsible for the vision and execution of platform improvements and enhancements in alignment with corporate strategy. Ryan joined Thryv after working with N2 Publishing leading their product effective…
 
Are social tokens the next big thing in crypto? Facebook stepping into the Metaverse is just the beginning; we are about to see creators and consumers alike step into Web 3 in a scale never seen before. To explore what social tokens are, we invite Bradley Miles, founder of Roll, to discuss: The creator economy: what is it? What is the emerging soci…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Spartak Buniatyan, Founder & CEO of PayEngine where he oversees the business and development operations. Spartak has been in the technology development field for over 20 years with heavy emphasis on developing technologies for large-scale vertical software-as-a-service enterprises with a particular focus o…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ran Goldi, CEO of First Digital, where he has been creating blockchain-related products and services since 2017, focusing on payment acceptance for stablecoins and CBDCs. Prior to establishing First, Goldi co-founded and managed an algorithmic trading company, acted as VP in a company he took public in the…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews G. Scott Paterson, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of FutureVault. Mr. Paterson, 57, is a prolific entrepreneur, financier and investor focused on technology and media. He is also the Chairman of QYOU Media (TSXV:QYOU), and Lead Director of Giftagram. Mr. Paterson began his career as a financial advisor in …
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend sits down with Nader Al-Naji, creator of DeSo. His interest in crypto began in 2012 when he mined approximately 23 Bitcoins on free campus electricity while studying computer science at Princeton. After that, Al-Naji worked in high-frequency trading at D. E. Shaw and as an engineer on Google Search prior to raising $1…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Carl Memnon, the COO, and Co-Founder of Grain. Previously, Carl worked at Goldman Sachs, KCG Holdings, and, most recently, as Associate General Counsel at Virtu Financial, a global market-making and execution services firm. Carl's practice focused on Securities, Corporate Finance, and Commercial Transactio…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend interviews Chris McCann, General Partner at Race Capital, entrepreneur, and community builder. Prior, Chris founded and led the community program at Greylock Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with $3.5 billion under management which led investments in Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Coinbase, among…
 
Beta Finance is building a permissionless protocol for people to easily short overheated tokens. Incubated by Alpha and Binance Launchpad, Beta recently garnered a lot of attention by allowing users to short NFD, a fractionalized NFT of a doge painting. I'm joined by founder Allen (@handle) to talk about The importance of shorting in DeFi How Beta …
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Pat White, Co-founder and CEO of Bitwave, the world's first Enterprise Digital Assets Platform bringing cryptocurrencies, tokens, and other digital assets to the world's largest companies. Bitwave helps with accounting, taxes, AR / AP, secure DApps, and more. Pat was formerly a principal engineer and chief…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Ekaterina Romanovskaya, CEO and Founder of A.ID, an Identity & Compliance platform with a focus on high-risk customers. She has previously co-founded Nimb, a ring with a personal security system embedded into it. Before diving into entrepreneurship Ekaterina had been doing marketing communications, then st…
 
What is the cost of decentralization? Are VCs bad for crypto? Sushiswap's legendary CTO @JosephDelong joins us for an in-depth discussion on the controversial proposed fundraise for Sushi, known as "Phantom Troupe", as well as the latest developments in Sushi. We discuss: How do decentralized projects decide what to build? How does Sushi balance co…
 
In this episode, Mike Townsend speaks with Kendall Cole, Head of Product at NEAR Protocol, a base-layer blockchain designed to provide the ideal environment for dapps by overcoming some of the limitations of competing systems—such as low throughput, low speeds, and poor cross-compatibility. Kendall is in the process of transitioning out of his curr…
 
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