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Epicenter brings you in-depth conversations about the technical, economic and social implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. Every week, we interview business leaders, engineers academics and entrepreneurs, and bring you a diverse spectrum of opinions and points of view. Epicenter is hosted by Sebastien Couture, Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal, and Friederike Ernst. Since 2014, episodes have been downloaded over 4 million times.
 
Bitcoin, blockchain, digital assets, cryptocurrency, and distributed ledger technology—it’s an incredibly exciting space, but it can be complicated. To help you make sense of it all is Ground Floor Consensus, hosted by Real Vision Crypto Editor, Ash Bennington. Each episode of Ground Floor Consensus connects listeners with the biggest names in crypto to cover the critical concepts and ideas around digital assets. We’ll also share deep dive interviews with true experts in the technology, inve ...
 
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Demetri Kofinas is a media entrepreneur and host of Hidden Forces, a podcast devoted to exploring the underlying forces driving the most powerful changes we see in the world. His show covers a wide range of topics, including culture, philosophy, economics, technology, social science, and the hard sciences. Demetri has previously co-founded Guerilla…
 
The ability to move Bitcoin on other chains isn't a new idea, and many are trying to overcome the technical limitations which make this a technically challenging feat. The latest representation of Bitcoin on Ethereum is tBTC, a fully-backed ERC-20 token representing bitcoin collateral. tBTC is fully decentralized and relies on Keep Network, a decen…
 
Guests Joseph Lubin, founder of ConsenSys and cofounder of Ethereum, and Erik Voorhees, CEO and founder of ShapeShift, join host Ash Bennington for a conversation that explores how the crypto space is growing and where Bitcoin and Ethereum fit into the landscape. They talk about use cases, discuss how each technology complements the other, explain …
 
1inch Exchange is a DEX aggregator routing cryptocurrency purchases through different DEXs to reduce slippage and get a better conversion rate for the user compared with just using a single DEX. The platform launched its governance token, 1INCH, in December 2020. We were joined by Co-founder of 1inch Sergej Kunz to chat about how 1inch works, how t…
 
Steve Kelso returns to Real Vision to talk about one of his passions: Bitcoin through the lens of emerging markets. In this engrossing conversation, he touches on everything from macro-market psychology to the mechanics of ETPs, the use case for Bitcoin as a store of value in emerging markets, and how Bitcoin can help level the playing field around…
 
In Episode 186 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Sergey Nazarov, Co-founder of Chainlink, the leading decentralized oracle network used by global enterprises and projects at the forefront of the blockchain space, which enables smart contracts on any distributed ledger to reliably connect to real-world data, securing billions of dollars …
 
Black Tech Nation Ventures is launching its first flagship venture fund in Pittsburgh, PA. The firm is founded by three managing partners, Kelauni Jasmyn, Sean Sebastian, and David Motley have come together to form an investment thesis focused on investing in black and other minority founders who have historically missed out on opportunities to rai…
 
Zubin Koticha, CEO & Co-founder of Opyn, joined us again on the show to give us an update on Opyn v2. Opyn v1 was focused on insurance. It's successor, Opyn v2, offers a more traditional options infrastructure. We discuss the problems of building trustless options infrastructure: choice of collateral, partial collateralization and efficient trading…
 
Peter Hans, Managing Director at Arca and host of Real Vision’s Between Two Chains podcast, joins Ash Bennington for a special episode of Ground Floor Consensus. Peter and Ash interview each other, share their individual journeys into the space, talk about the different aspects of being market participant in this asset class, and much more. If you’…
 
In Episode 185 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Mariana Mazzucato, a Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She is the winner of numerous, prestigious international prizes including the 2020…
 
Paul Martino is a venture capital investor and has raised 5 funds totaling over $350 million in capital. That money has been deployed into FanDuel, Grove, Ipsy, and SpotHero. Before forming Bullpen, Paul was an active angel investor and personally invested in the first rounds of Zynga, TubeMogul, and uDemy. Prior to his investing career, Paul found…
 
Liquity is a decentralized borrowing protocol that allows you to draw interest-free loans against Ether used as collateral. In addition to the collateral, the loans are secured by a Stability Pool containing LUSD and by fellow borrowers collectively acting as guarantors of last resort. Liquity as a protocol is non-custodial, immutable, and governan…
 
Dan Held, Director of Business Development at Kraken, is back on Real Vision to discuss his journey into Bitcoin, which coincided with the rise of Bitcoin in Silicon Valley. Held shares his perspective as a Bitcoin veteran: what got him interested in the space back in 2011, the evolving narratives around digital assets, how he thinks of risk, the r…
 
In Episode 184 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Noreena Hertz, a renowned thought leader, academic, and broadcaster, named by The Observer as “one of the world’s leading thinkers” and by Vogue as “one of the world’s most inspiring women.” Over the course of her career, Hertz has grappled with issues of political-economy, markets, busin…
 
Aubrey Strobel is the Head of Comms for Lolli, a free browser extension that lets users earn free bitcoin when shopping online. The platform’s mission is to help make cryptocurrency more accessible to the average shopper. Founded in 2018, Lolli has over 1,000 retail partners including Expedia, Nike, and Glossier. In this episode, Aubrey and Aaron d…
 
KeeperDao is an on-chain liquidity underwriter for DeFi that combines yield farming and profits single-block arbitrage. The mining pool for Keepers incentivizes a game theory optimal strategy for cooperation among arbitrageurs. Their goal is to capture profit opportunities and distribute them to the various participants involved. We were joined by …
 
Stani Kulechov, founder & CEO of Aave, returns to Real Vision after his recent deep-dive conversation with Ash Bennington to talk about his journey in the defi space and how he sees the world. Kulechov discusses where we are in the space, what it will take for mainstream adoption of defi, how defi is radically shifting paradigms in the financial wo…
 
In Episode 183 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Karen Petrou, co-founder and Managing Partner of Federal Financial Analytics and author of “Engine of Inequality: The Fed and the Future of Wealth in America.” The objective of this episode is to help you better understand how monetary policy and financial regulations have changed in the …
 
Mike Green is the Chief Strategist at Logica Funds and has spent nearly 30 years studying markets. These days, he calls on that experience and his proprietary research to educate the public, the Federal Reserve, the BIS, and the IMF about the shift from actively managed portfolios and investment funds to systematic passive investment strategies. Pr…
 
NFTs are a new paradigm that opens possibilities for new types of interactions. In digital art, it has caught on like wildfire and is transforming how people think of ownership. Alex Salnikov has been immersed in the crypto world for many years and recognized the potential of NFTs. He created Rarible, an NFT marketplace that has seen rapid growth. …
 
Brandon Quittem of Swan Bitcoin joins this episode to talk about divide between Bitcoiners and those who have a more expansive view of the digital assets space. Quittem and host Ash Bennington dive into the complexity and scale of the issues around Bitcoin, the competing ideologies at play, and the social and political ramifications of digital curr…
 
In Episode 182 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Nicole Perlroth, award-winning cybersecurity journalist for The New York Times and author of a recently published book on the cyber-weapons arms race titled “This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends.” This is the latest episode in a series that we’ve devoted to the subject of information s…
 
Mark Kovscek is a mathematician, inventor, and entrepreneur. His company, Conservation Labs, builds and sells a smart water meter that provides consumption insights, custom conservation recommendations, and leak detection. At the cutting edge of Internet-of-Things and conservation, Mark uses his experience from a career building products and delive…
 
Julien Bouteloup is a serial entrepreneur, Ethereum developer and addict of crazy innovative ideas. He started his entrepreneurial career building websites and selling hardware technologies at age 14. Today he is involved with many projects including Stake Capital, Rekt, Curve Finance, and he advises several crypto companies. Julien strives to brin…
 
Financier and former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci joins this episode for a lively conversation about the inevitability of Bitcoin. From his position as a longtime institutionalist, Scaramucci shares why he has embraced this disruptive technology, what led him into the Bitcoin space, how he understands the valuation of t…
 
In Episode 181 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Balaji Srinivasan, an angel investor, entrepreneur, and prominent futurist who’s views on crypto, the future of education, and the network state put him at the forefront of innovation and disruption in money, business, and politics. The two discuss Balaji’s thesis for the rise of the netw…
 
Matt Harbaugh is a co-founder and Managing Director at Mountain State Capital. The 20 million dollar fund has invested in over 16 firms in the greater Appalachia region. Prior to founding MSC, Matt served as CEO of a machine learning-based software company that was acquired by Facebook and was the Chief Investment Officer at Innovation Works, one o…
 
Namebase is a top-level domain (TLD) name registrar that operates on the Handshake blockchain. It creates an ecosystem of TLDs that may be bought and sold using an on-chain auction mechanism. It takes a different approach to other decentralized domain name systems as Namebase is compatible with the ICANN namespace, the organization governs domain n…
 
Demetri Kofinas, Host of Hidden Forces Podcast joins this episode for a wide-ranging conversation about what’s happening in our world and how crypto fits in to our global systems. Kofinas talks about the importance of challenging consensus narratives, his view of Bitcoin and why he owns it as an “anti-FOMO” mechanism, how religious templates can be…
 
In Episode 180 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas provides listeners with a sneak peak into the next 5 weeks of content, including episodes on the networked state, financial warfare, cybersecurity, the loneliness epidemic, and how to rebuild the mission-driven state. You can access the episode overtimes, as well as the transcripts and rundowns to ea…
 
Stacks is an open-source network of decentralized apps and smart contracts. It is a Layer-1 blockchain that connects to Bitcoin. Stacks uses a Proof of Transfer mining mechanism with bidding and staking capabilities. Clarity is the programming language used, a Turing-incomplete language which aims to give developers a safe way to build complex smar…
 
Real Vision CEO Raoul Pal joins this episode to unpack his macro framework of cryptocurrency and explore the lessons he has learned watching markets for decades. He and host Ash Bennington talk about Pal’s journey into macro, how he sees markets, why macro investors are all betting big on crypto, the forces driving the crypto space, and how investo…
 
In Episode 179 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas shares the overtime to his 4-hour-long conversation with Radigan Carter, an investor who has spent the last two decades of his life working across five continents as a member of the US military, as a private contractor, and as a special agent for the United States government. In this second-half of t…
 
Andrew Gazdecki is the solo founder of MicroAcquire, a marketplace for buying and selling small Software-as-a-Service companies. He has previously started two companies, Bizness Apps and Altcoin.io, which were both acquired. MicroAcquire has reached $250,000 in annual revenue in just one year, by collecting fees from buyers in exchange for connecti…
 
Radicle is a decentralized platform for code collaboration. It's built on Git and is an open-source decentralized alternative to platforms like GitHub. Tools like Radicle are an essential component of the decentralized technology stack and will enable DAOs to commit code through governance. Co-founders Alexis Sellier & Eleftherios Diakomichalis joi…
 
Frank Chaparro, news director at The Block, joins host Ash Bennington for an intriguing conversation about the interconnectedness of traditional capital and digital asset markets in light of the Robinhood-Reddit-GameStop saga. Chaparro does a deep dive into how Robinhood works and shares what the recent events reveal about market structure. He also…
 
In Episode 178 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Lily Francus, a 25-year-old PhD student in bioinformatics who spends her time modeling complex, dynamic systems, trading meme stocks, and writing about options, derivatives, and how stories and ideas spread on the Internet. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or don’t have an Internet …
 
Chris Anderson is the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Innotescus. He leads a multi-functional team of machine learning scientists, software architects, and engineers that are innovating in the world of image annotation software. Prior to founding Innotescus, Mr. Anderson was the Director of Software Engineering and IT for ChemImage. Here he …
 
Ethereum Push Notification Service (EPNS) emerged from the Indian startup scene in 2020. It's a decentralized notification protocol that enables DApps to send push notifications to Ethereum wallet users. EPNS also provides incentives to users that opt-in for push notifications, creating the possibility for an ecosystem communities around topic-cent…
 
Michael Rogers and Ryan Todd are back for a wide-ranging conversation, from how to break into the crypto space professionally to a deep dive into the macro backdrop of crypto markets. The pair open the discussion with their thoughts about the value of building your own brand across social media platforms and share advice for people looking to work …
 
In Episode 177 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Radigan Carter, an investor who has spent the last two decades of his life working across five continents as a member of the US military, as a private contractor, and as a special agent for the United States government. He has extensive experience leading large multinational teams -- incl…
 
Jeff Booth led BuildDirect, a technology company he co-founded in 1999, for nearly two decades through the dot-com meltdown, the 2008 financial crisis, and many waves of technological disruption. BuildDirect aimed to simplify the building industry and graduated from online catalog to logistics network to artificially intelligent platform. Last year…
 
Aaron Wright is a professor at Cardozo Law School and Co-founder of OpenLaw. Before this he was a successful entrepreneur, having sold his first company to Wikia - the for-profit version of Wikipedia. Today Aaron is a renowned thought-leader in the blockchain space at the forefront of DAOs. Last year OpenLaw launched The LAO, a DAO on Ethereum for …
 
Lawrence Lewitinn, managing editor of Markets at CoinDesk, joins this episode to help contextualize what’s happening in crypto markets after a busy few weeks of news flow and price action. Lewitinn discusses how we’re still in the early innings of crypto, how institutional money is testing the waters, the “cult” of Bitcoin, and the risk of overinve…
 
In Episode 176 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas shares his thoughts on a series of interconnected topics including Tether, Bitcoin, domestic terrorism, generational conflict, and foreign interference. The medium posted cited in this episode is “The Bit Short: Inside Crypto’s Doomsday Machine.” The two Blockchain Debate Podcast episodes cited are (…
 
Stephen Tse, is founder and CEO of Harmony.one. Harmony is a blockchain-based open source development project with its own cryptocurrency. Stephen has been obsessed with protocols and compilers since high school. He reverse-engineered ICQ and X11 protocols, coded in OCaml for more than 15 years, and graduated with a doctoral degree in security prot…
 
During the DeFi Summer of 2020, YAM Finance launched with a bang, and had its share of ups and downs within its first couple of days. It started out as an experiment to bring together some of the more innovative ideas in the space. It sparked a movement which brought massive attention to yield farming, and started the food token craze. After a bug …
 
Host Ash Bennington is joined by Real Vision Associate Crypto Editor Sebastian Moonjava to discuss the origins of his cryptocurrency story and how it informs his view of the space today. From buying his first Bitcoin before exchanges existed, to how he moved beyond Bitcoin to embrace smart contracts, Ethereum, and more, they dive into the reasons M…
 
In Episode 175 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Kevin Vallier, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, whose interests lie primarily in political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion, and economics. In his latest book, “Trust in a Polarized Age,” Kevin draws on empirical data and liberal political …
 
Joshua Lisec has been a ghostwriter for a decade. Public figures hire him to write compelling books, newsletters, and tweets in their voice, so that they can build their media platform. He has helped to write best selling and critically aclaimed books and teaches the best practices publicly online. Joshua coaches his clients to offer higher-ticket …
 
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