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Many of today’s unicorn crypto companies started as a dream — entrepreneurs who took a leap of faith on a small internet phenomenon called Bitcoin. On Empire, host Jason Yanowitz reveals the personal struggles, bold moves, and tough decisions that these individuals have gone through in order to build a new financial system.
 
Search "The Compass Podcast" on all major platforms or click one of the links below. Apple https://apple.co/3fNfrdi Spotify https://spoti.fi/3tSf9G1 Anchor https://bit.ly/3rmb7UF RSS https://bit.ly/3chpULV HASHR8 Podcast is your weekly update on bitcoin, cryptocurrency, mining, and new tech - featuring conversations with Blockchain Industry leaders. During each show we discuss relevant news stories, market sentiment, and new projects making advancements. Previous episodes: https://hashr8.com ...
 
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Nelly Chatue-Diop left her home in Cameroon to dive in to the tech world. Now she's bringing what she learned back to Africa with Ejara, which she hopes will soon let people on the continent invest in crypto. We talked about everything from Ejara's founding story, to what it could look like to tokenize a herd of cattle. ––– LUKKA Minimize your cryp…
 
Michael Moro remembers when Bitcoin felt like it could go to $0. We talked about the transition from that to corporations buying $8 billion in BTC in a quarter, the time he was forced to spend a bitcoin on a case of wine, and the rise of Genesis. ––– LUKKA Minimize your crypto taxes and maximize your refund with Lukka Essentials. Dozens of exchange…
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Kosala Hemachandra, CEO of MyEtherWallet. Bobby interviewed Kosala on the background of MyEtherWalllet, its business model, his thoughts on ETH 2.0 and Layer 2, their experience with phishing attacks, as well as MyEtherWallet’s future plans. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:07] Introduction of…
 
After being Swatted, Jameson Lopp decided to burn down every trace of his identity. Even his own family members don't know where he lives. Now, he's using what he learned to build Casa — a secure storage for crypto that he hopes will ease users' transition into financial sovereignty. ––– LUKKA Minimize your crypto taxes and maximize your refund wit…
 
Before Bill Barhydt started Abra, he build security systems for the CIA and NASA. We talked about his time working for the government, as well as his role getting banks online through Netscape, and what is looks like to come out of a debt cycle. ––– LUKKA Minimize your crypto taxes and maximize your refund with Lukka Essentials. Dozens of exchange …
 
Bobby Ong co-founded the fastest-growing crypto data aggregator, CoinGecko. We talked about how to build a crypto company so that it can last through a bear market — and why honesty is central to his business model. ––– LUKKA Minimize your crypto taxes and maximize your refund with Lukka Essentials. Dozens of exchange APIs and hundreds of mapped fi…
 
Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX made headlines when they acquired the naming rights to Miami's basketball stadium. We talk about how he got there, including everything from his childhood to his experience juggling arbitrage in Japan. ––– LUKKA Minimize your crypto taxes and maximize your refund with Lukka Essentials. Dozens of exchange APIs and hundreds …
 
My guest today is Mike Belshe, Founder and CEO of BitGo. But before that, he used what he learned at Netscape to help Google develop Chrome. Like many of us, Belshe stored his first Bitcoin on an old laptop. But after his investor friends started sending their digital assets his way, that "old laptop" was suddenly worth millions. Here's how his que…
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Sam Williams, CEO and co-founder of Arweave. Bobby interviewed Sam on the background of Arweave, its AR drive, its AR token and the use cases, as well as Arweave’s plans. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:04] What is Arweave? [00:09:40] What happens if the AR token price falls? [00:10:34] Diffe…
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Siddharth Jain, co-founder of DeFi Dollar. Bobby interviewed Siddharth on the background of DeFi Dollar, its stablecoins, its token and the use cases, more DeFi Dollar’s products, as well as DeFi Dollar’s plans. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:11] Introduction of DeFi Dollar [00:02:42] DeFi D…
 
My guest today is Flori Marquez, Co-Founder of BlockFi. On this episode of Empire, we discuss BlockFi's staggering valuation, what it's like to lead a $3 billion Fintech company, and why crypto is so valuable in countries without fiat stability. ––– Empire is brought to you by Blockworks, a financial media brand delivering breaking news and premium…
 
My guest today is Joe Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum and CEO and Founder of ConsenSys. On this episode of Empire, we discuss where Bitcoin falls short, Joe leaving Wall Street for Crypto, founding Ethereum and ConsenSys, why forks can be good for progress, and Joe's real motivators. ––– Empire is brought to you by Blockworks, a financial media brand…
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined byJack O'Holleran, CEO of SKALE Labs. Bobby interviewed Jack on the background of SKALE Network, its SKALE chain, his thoughts on gas tokens and other Layer 1 chains, as well as the use cases of the SKALE token. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:10] Introduction of SKALE [00:04:57] Categories of s…
 
My guest today is Muneeb Ali, Co-Founder of the Stacks Project (formerly Blockstack) and CEO of Hiro. On this episode of Empire, we talk about Muneeb’s upbringing in Pakistan and the sacrifices his family made to get him his first computer, military dictatorship vs democratic rule, how he lied about a grant to get a job in Sweden and then ran out o…
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Ganesh Swami, the co-founder and CEO of Covalent. Bobby interviewed Ganesh on the background of Covalent, differences between Covalent and The Graph, his thoughts on ETH 2.0 as well as Covalent’s plans for 2021. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:19] Introduction of Covalent [00:05:46] Users of …
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Chris Spadafora, founder of Badger DAO. Bobby interviewed Chris on the background of Badger, their products, Sett and Digg, the differences between Digg and Ampleforth, plans to launch tokenized Bitcoin and Badger on other Layer 1 platforms as well as the key partnerships with Badger.…
 
Many of today’s unicorn crypto companies started as a dream — entrepreneurs who took a leap of faith on a small internet phenomenon called Bitcoin. On Empire, host Jason Yanowitz reveals the personal struggles, bold moves, and tough decisions that these individuals have gone through in order to build a new financial system. Our first episode goes l…
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Leo Cheng, co-founder at C.R.E.A.M. Finance. Bobby interviewed Leo on the background of C.R.E.A.M., the collaboration between C.R.E.A.M. and Compound, the merge with the Yearn team as well as the Iron Bank in C.R.E.A.M. V2. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:19] Introduction of C.R.E.A.M. [00:04…
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Sam Kazemian, Founder at FRAX Finance. Bobby interviewed Sam on the background of FRAX, its fractional algorithmic stablecoin, problems with stablecoins, plans to increase FRAX adoption as well as proposed FRAX bond. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:23] Introduction of FRAX [00:04:32] Use of F…
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Tascha Punyaneramitdee, Project Lead at Alpha Finance. Bobby interviewed Tascha on the background of Alpha Finance Lab, Alpha Homora V2, Alpha token and its use cases, the risks of lending on Alpha Finance as well as their upcoming plans. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:20] Introduction of Al…
 
Ethan Vera is the Cofounder and CFO of Luxor Technology, an American firm focused on providing software and services to crypto miners. Luxor has also built Hashrate Index as a "front page" for miners, with important stats and data on the industry and its major companies. Follow Luxor on Twitter Follow Hashrate Index on Twitter Follow Ethan on Twitt…
 
Karim Helmy is one of the most prominent researchers in the Bitcoin mining industry. As a part of the Research and Development team at Coin Metrics, he has released excellent pieces on miner flows, global S9 hashpower estimation, and the recent hashrate indexes. Follow Karim on Twitter Follow Coin Metrics on Twitter --------------------------------…
 
Bobby Ong is the Co-Founder and COO of CoinGecko, the leading site which provides fundamental analysis of the crypto market. In addition to tracking price, volume and market capitalization, CoinGecko tracks community growth, open-source code development, major events and on-chain metrics. Bobby joins us to discuss the need for actionable informatio…
 
Seth Ginns is a Managing Partner at CoinFund, an investment firm focused on digital assets, decentralization technologies, and their key enabling infrastructure. In this show we discuss crypto's forcing function, where the youth are placing their long-term bets, the crypto venture capital ecosystem, and why Seth believes $150k bitcoin could happen …
 
In this episode, Bobby Ong, co-founder of CoinGecko is joined by Jordan Lyall, Founder of $MEME Project. Bobby interviewed Jordan on the history of $MEME, Pineapples and its use cases, MEME's trading cards as well as the intersection of DeFi and NFT. [00:00:02] Intro [00:01:22] History of MEME Project [00:09:43] Name shift from DeGenerator to MEME …
 
Eric Brown is the Founder and CEO of Aliant Payments and CryptoBucks. He shares his views on the evolution of the payment industry and how crypto is breaking into the traditional system. Follow Aliant on Twitter Get more information on CryptoBucks ----------------------------------------- LIMITED-TIME OFFER! Access the Antminer S17 deal mentioned o…
 
Today's show features three guests with nearly 30 years of combined mining experience! Alex Petrov is the CIO of BitFury, Kristy-Leigh Minehan is an industry consultant, and Marshall Long manages large bitcoin mining facilities in multiple countries. Discussion topics: Miner migrations patterns, the geopolitics of bitcoin mining, upcoming hardware …
 
Chase Lochmiller is the CEO and Cofounder of Crusoe Energy Systems. Crusoe deploys bitcoin mining operations around the United States to mitigate the flaring of trapped natural gas reserves. He joins the show to discuss climbing Mt. Everest, why he mines bitcoin, and how Crusoe is evolving into a company with interests in high performance compute. …
 
BitsBeTrippin aka Micael Carter is a mining OG! He started mining bitcoin in 2010, was an early miner of Litecoin, and has more mining experience and knowledge about Ethereum than anyone in the world. He shares his story, we talk about the unanswered questions of ETH 2.0 and it's future potential for implementation. Follow BitsBeTrippin on Twitch F…
 
Igor Runets is the CEO of BitRiver, one of Russia's largest bitcoin mining facilities. Igor shares information about new Russian regulations and how they impact bitcoin miners, small and large. It's not all what it seems, good news for Miners! Learn more about BitRiver here Follow Blockware Solutions on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BitRiverMining -…
 
Mason Jappa and Sam Chwarzynski are the cofounders of Blockware Solutions, one of North America's largest distributors of bitcoin mining hardware. On today's show we talk about the impact bitcoin acquisitions by MicroStrategy and Square may have on the market, how price correlates to demand for mining hardware, and how three friends got together to…
 
Zac Prince is the Founder and CEO of BlockFi, one of the most successful companies in crypto. He joins me to discuss how he found bitcoin, his journey from being a newsletter evangelist to a successful founder, and why he believes BlockFi continues to find success. Learn more about BlockFi here Follow Zac on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlockFiZac …
 
Joel Birch is the Co-founder and CEO of Stacked, an automated cryptocurrency investing platform. We talk about altseason, yield farming, and how user experience directly correlates to a company's success. Learn more about Stacked here Follow Joel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BitcoinBirch ----------------------------------------- Want the best ne…
 
Apollin Blandin is the Cryptocurrency Research Lead for the University of Cambridge's Center for Alternative Finance. She joins us to discuss her team's comprehensive study on the bitcoin mining industry. We unpack their methodology, how the global landscape for mining is maturing, and where she feels we may see new industry growth in the coming ye…
 
On today's episode of the HASHR8 podcast I'm joined by NICO from BitVolt. NICO has a facility in Venezuela and his tweet about moving operations back down to Venezuela now that the country has opened up a bit about Bitcoin mining really sparked this conversation. NICO has some unique perspectives and this was a great conversation. Learn more about …
 
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