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Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem dives deep into the lives and personal histories of some of crypto’s most influential leaders. A focus on personal stories weaves together a nuanced, untold narrative of how the bitcoin, crypto and web3 movements truly came to be.
 
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Today’s guests are a few of the stars of the upcoming movie, Ask Me To Dance, Tom Malloy, David Josh Lawrence, and Courtney Warner. Tom is a critically acclaimed Actor/Writer/Producer/Director. David is an actor and writer known for writing, acting, and producing Trauma Therapy. Courtney is an actor whose break-out role is Ask Me To Dance. We discu…
 
Alona Shevchenko is the Co-founder & Operational Lead of Ukraine DAO. The UkraineDAO is a DAO organized to help Ukrainian organizations and people to fight the war against Russia. The UkraineDAO has donated over $7 million, including to the Ukrainian government and NGOs. They have organized both online and offline to serve Ukraine, showing how char…
 
Today's guests are Alan Silbert, North America CEO of INX, and Itai Avneri, COO of INX. INX aims to offer a fully-licensed and regulated cryptocurrency, security token, and derivatives trading platform. They also endeavor to be a leader in the regulated security token platform space. INX announced in January 2018 its submission of a confidentially-…
 
Today’s guests are Geoffrey Thompson, Roofstock’s Chief Blockchain Officer, and Sanjay Raghavan, Head of Web3 Initiatives at Roofstock. Roofstock is an online marketplace for investing in leased single-family rental homes in a transparent and low-friction way. The company provides its clients with research, analytics, and insights to evaluate and p…
 
Sebastian is the founder of the web3 privacy project HOPR. HOPR is a blockchain-based protocol aiming to solve data and privacy issues on a global scale. HOPR’s goal is to decentralize private data exchanges completely. HOPR is a next-generation privacy solution, allowing private and enterprise users to decide who has access to their online and per…
 
Today’s guest is Ian Lee, the Co-Founder of Syndicate. Syndicate is a decentralized asset management platform and social network. It creates an investing syndicate for 1000x less time and money. Syndicate is a decentralized investing protocol and social network transforming how the world creates value. Previously, Ian was Managing Partner of IDEO C…
 
Today’s guest is Andrey Nayman, Founder, and CEO of the Magic Store. Magic Square is a unified, integrated, interoperable space for users to discover and experience community-vetted crypto apps, NFTs, DeFi, and GameFi, and for app creators to market and monetize quality crypto apps. Magic Square is a multifaceted system that covers all UX bases: Th…
 
Today’s guest is Amanda Cassatt, Founder and CEO of Serotonin. Serotonin is the leading crypto marketing practice, with over 40 employees worldwide, supporting the top teams pushing the decentralization movement forward. With expertise spanning DeFi, DAOs, and NFTs, Serotonin supports premier projects like IPFS, major brands like Sotheby's, and eve…
 
Today's guest is my friend Adam B. Levine, the founder and CEO of Tokenly and 330 AI. Tokenly is a leading innovator and developer of turnkey blockchain and token solutions. They have launched five blockchain applications, including turnkey solutions for blockchain eCommerce, auctions, secure multi-sig wallets, token creation, token crowd sales, an…
 
Today’s guest is Lacey Kaelani, the founder of Metaintro. Metaintro is a professional resume wallet for web3. Utilising the Flow Blockchain and NFT technology, users can access their wallets through a browser extension, which can then be used to interact with web3 job applications. The wallet holds certifications, proof of work, and credentials, re…
 
Today’s guest is George Harrap, co-founder of Step Finance, the front page of Solana, whose mission is to take the currently disjointed and hard-to-understand Solana DeFi ecosystem and distill it into a single platform. Step Finance is a portfolio visualization platform aggregating all LPs, tokens, farms, and positions a user may have associated wi…
 
Today’s guest is Sarah Figueroa, CEO, and co-founder of Geojam. Geojam is a social engagement platform that generates meaningful and passion-fueled engagement between fans and creators. Their vision is to build the creator economy of the future that redirects the flow of incentives back into the hands of the creators and users themselves. Geojam ha…
 
Today’s guests are Chad Barraford and Erik Voorhees. Chad Barraford is the technical lead at Thorchain, a decentralized liquidity network. Before this, he served as Chief Technology Officer at the Skyy Network, where he designed and built air traffic management on a blockchain. Barraford was also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cryptocad…
 
Today we have a special episode where I am sharing my conversation on Sarasota Stories hosted by Bob Williams. Bob hosts me to discuss the early days of Bitcoin, my love for Sarasota, how to navigate the crypto winter, my passion for film production, and much more. In each episode, Bob conducts in-depth interviews with a local Sarasota business own…
 
Today’s guest is Jesse Berger, serial Entrepreneur/technologist. Jesse is a Founding PKT community member and has raised over $300 million for films that generated over $850m in global revenue. PKT is a decentralized high-speed data network that enables anyone to monetize their unused internet bandwidth. Powered by PacketCrypt, the world’s first ba…
 
Today’s guest is Jesse Pollak, Senior Director of Engineering at Coinbase. Coinbase is the premier platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing cryptocurrency. Jesse is currently working on protocols, public goods, cities, and currencies at Coinbase. Jesse previously led all Retail engineering at Coinbase, including building Coinbase, Co…
 
Today we have a very special episode; we are celebrating our 300th episode. I am joined by my lovely wife, Courtney Warner Shrem. Thank you so much to everyone who has been on this incredible journey with me, from the listeners to our team that make this amazing show possible; thank you from the bottom of my heart. We discuss various topics and sto…
 
Today’s guest is Wil Barnes, CEO, and Co-founder of Jet Protocol. Jet is a borrowing and lending protocol built on the Solana blockchain focused on innovative lending products and cross-chain interest rate arbitrage. Most of the widely used DeFi protocols used up until this point have been built on top of and supported by the Ethereum ecosystem. Je…
 
My guest today is Simon Dixon, CEO & Co-Founder of the online investment platform BnkToTheFuture.com who has invested over $1.7 billion in FinTech companies. Bnk To The Future is a global online investment platform that allows qualifying investors to invest in financial innovation, including fintech (Financial Technology) companies, funds, and othe…
 
My guest today is Shiv Malik, CEO, and Co-Founder of the Pool Foundation. The Pool Foundation is the company behind Pool Data, a platform and associated services to support Data Unions to develop, scale, and monetize. They have studied existing Data Union frameworks in the Web3 space, seeking to simplify the complex technology required to scale. Th…
 
Today we have a special episode where I am sharing my conversation on the Pod of Jake. Jake hosts me to discuss various topics, including Bitcoin, the early days of Bitcoin, the evolution of the Bitcoin and crypto space, and much more. Pod of Jake is an excellent podcast where Jake brings on guests from various industries to discuss technology, inn…
 
Today's guest is my friend, Kyle Kemper, a self-starting entrepreneur, bitcoin, crypto evangelist, and author. He is currently Chief Alchemist at Raze. The RAZE fintech platform enables users to tokenize and fractionalize shares, royalties, and distributions empowering you to self-fundraise quickly and safely using our flagship Dynamic Security Tok…
 
Today’s guest is my friend Michael O’Rourke, Founder of the Pocket Network. Pocket network is a decentralized infrastructure for developers who want to build peer-to-peer applications. So the idea is you could connect any app to any blockchain through decentralized infrastructure. And the idea is that Pocket can allow for the exponential growth of …
 
Today’s guest is Ben Tse, the co-founder of GenoPets and their Chief Product Officer. GenoPets is a free-to-play mobile NFT RPG that turns your real-life daily activity into captivating gameplay, making it fun and rewarding to live an active lifestyle. Users imbued their personality and formed in their likeness, are as rare and unique as the users …
 
Today we have a special episode; I am sharing the panel that I was a part of at Consensus 2022, titled: 10 Years Later: Bitcoin's Commercial Beginnings from Those Who were There. The panel included Jered Kenna, Jonathan Mohan, and Adam B. Levine. Jered Kenna was the Founding CEO of the first US Bitcoin exchange, Tradehill / Bitcoin.com. Jered is an…
 
Today’s guest is Bobby Zagotta, the Chief Executive Officer of BitStamp. Bitstamp is a cryptocurrency exchange based in Luxembourg. It allows trading between fiat currency, bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies. Bitstamp is the world’s longest-running cryptocurrency exchange, continuously supporting the Bitcoin economy since 2011. With a proven track…
 
My guest today is 0xDorsal, Co-founder and core contributor of Integral. Integral is a new DeFi primitive that efficiently executes large orders. It is the only such primitive with a functional product to date and is poised to capture the exact segment of large client trading volume for DeFi. Integral is the pioneer in executing large orders in DeF…
 
Today, my guest is Eric Tung, Founder and CEO of Themelio Labs, the company behind Themelio, a public blockchain that enables open, secure, and resilient decentralized apps. Themelio is pitched as a radically simple, stable, and long-term foundation that can power a vast and diverse ecosystem. Themelio plans to play a fundamental and ubiquitous rol…
 
Today, my guest is Michael Shaulov, the CEO and co-founder of Fireblocks, a secure digital asset infrastructure company. Fireblocks is an enterprise-grade platform delivering a secure infrastructure for moving, storing, and issuing digital assets. Fireblocks enables exchanges, lending desks, custodians, banks, trading desks, and hedge funds to secu…
 
Today we have a special episode where we share my various discussions from CoinAgenda. This episode includes a Fireside Chat with myself and Michael Terpin and a panel discussing how crypto and NFTs will disrupt the film industry. The first half of the episode is the Fireside Chat with Michael Terpin. Michael and I reminisce about the early days of…
 
My guest today is Rob Richardson, the CEO, and co-founder of Disrupt Art, a Global marketplace created to revolutionize the impact of Art, Music, Fashion, and Film. DisruptArt aims to curate an interactive space for artists, collectors, and activists to revolutionize the impact of art. Artists sell their pieces as digital creations through blockcha…
 
My guest today is Halsey Minor, CEO of Vivid Labs. VIVID enables anyone to create, manage, and sell multimedia NFTs, enabling new use cases and business models and evolving NFTs into complete media experiences. Compatible across all significant blockchains, VIVID offers advanced NFT + features that transform simple NFTs into rich media experiences …
 
Today’s guest is my friend Jeffery Tucker, an American economics writer of the Austrian School, an advocate of anarcho-capitalism and Bitcoin, a publisher of libertarian books, a conference speaker, and an internet entrepreneur. He is currently the Founder and President of the Brownstone Institute and the author of many thousands of articles in the…
 
Today, my guest is Jason Brett, Founder and CEO of Value Technology Foundation. Value Technology Foundation is a DC nonprofit think tank dedicated to blockchain advocacy, education, research and development, and advocacy. Jason has extensive experienced with blockchain and has made presentations to several U.S. government agencies and regulatory bo…
 
My guest today is Laura Shin. Laura is a crypto/blockchain journalist covering Bitcoin, Ethereum, Defi, NFTs, DAOs, stablecoins, etc. She is the host of the podcast Unchained; and author of "The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze." During the course of writing her book, Laura and her sources unc…
 
Today, my guest is Dr. Julian Hosp, the CEO, and Co-Founder of Cake DeFi. Cake DeFi is a fintech platform that manages over $1 billion in customer assets. It focuses on creating DeFi (decentralized finance) services and applications like liquidity mining, staking, and lending, which generate cryptocurrency returns for users. The company recently an…
 
Today, my guest is Karl Jacob, the co-founder, and CEO of LoanSnap. Karl is a serial entrepreneur who has been building, advising, and investing in companies for the last 20 years. LoanSnap invented the world’s first smart loan technology that uses AI and machine learning to analyze a person’s entire financial picture and show them how to benefit f…
 
My guest today is Tyler Spalding, a Co-Founder of Flexa, a blockchain payments company based in New York City. Flexa is a versatile digital payments platform that offers several key features. Flexa has point-of-sale (POS) hardware compatibility as a merchant-focused app and is designed to reduce costs, settlement times, and fraud. Payments are coll…
 
My guest today is my good friend Aaron Koenig. Aaron is a Bitcoin pioneer, entrepreneur, consultant, writer and film producer, specialising in Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. His company Bitfilm creates short commercial films for clients, most of them Bitcoin and Blockchain start-ups. He has been actively promoting Bitcoin and Blockchain technol…
 
My guest today is Charles Guillemet, CTO of Ledger. Ledger provides security and infrastructure solutions to critical digital assets for consumers and institutional investors. Launched in 2014, Ledger has designed an acclaimed line of hardware security devices, quickly placing the company as a global leader in the market, with 1,000,000 units sold …
 
My guest today is Evan Cheng, co-founder & CEO of Mysten Labs. Mysten Labs is a team of leading distributed systems, programming languages, and cryptography experts whose founders led Meta’s Novi Research and helped develop the Diem blockchain and Move programming language. The mission of Mysten Labs is to create foundational infrastructure for Web…
 
My guest today is Billy Rennekamp, Grants Manager of the Interchain Foundation. Interchain Foundation develops and maintains foundational decentralized protocols, and supports organizations in building an internet of shared resources, security, and value creation. Their goal is to responsibly shape a new technological paradigm that is open-source, …
 
My guest today is Ryan Sheftel, co-founder and CEO of Radkl, a new quantitative trading firm that brings institutional-grade experience from Wall Street to crypto markets everywhere. Ryan is also a Partner GTS, where he is responsible for building and running the fixed income business across the futures, cash bonds, and derivatives markets for all …
 
My guest today is John deVadoss, the founder of NGD Enterprise Inc. NGD Enterprise focuses on the blockchain developer experience and tooling for the NEO blockchain. Neo bills itself as a “rapidly growing and developing” ecosystem that has the goal of becoming the foundation for the next generation of the internet — a new economy where digitized pa…
 
My guest today is Nea Simone, Founder & CEO of Melanated Studios, the first black, woman-owned, and operated blockchain technology services company in the NFT and Metaverse space focused on empowering creators from the Global Diaspora of Afro-Descendants. Melanated Studios was born out of a shared passion for the global culture of Afro-Descendants …
 
My guests today are Fred Jin and Kenzi Wang, the Co-Founders of the Cere Network. Cere Network is the first Decentralized Data Cloud platform optimized for service data integration and data collaboration. While most blockchains are simply distributed ledgers, the Cere network of blockchains allows for turnkey hyper-customization of enterprise data …
 
My guest today is Josip Rupena, the Founder and CEO of Milo. Milo is a financial technology company reimagining the way globally and crypto consumers access financial solutions to 'Unlock what's possible.' By building a proprietary technology stack from the ground up and bringing on a world-class team, the company has enabled millions of dollars in…
 
My guest today is my friend, Chris Pizzo, Co-Founder and General Partner of Druid Ventures. Druid Ventures is a boutique investment firm focused on Blockchain and Crypto. Druid’s team consists of Crypto and Web3 OGs including myself and Scott Melker and LPs ranging from prominent high net worth individuals and family offices. Chris has a background…
 
My guests today are Arel and Lex Avellino, co-founders of Three Division, the company behind Passage and Strange Clan. Three Division builds next-level visual and interactive content. Their team's strange blend of artists and developers has allowed them to create everything from 3D animation and VFX to custom blockchain applications and interactive…
 
My guest today is Dr. Muneeb Ali, co-Founder of Stacks. Stacks is a layer-1 blockchain solution that is designed to bring smart contracts and decentralized applications (DApps) to Bitcoin (BTC). These smart contracts are brought to Bitcoin without changing any of the features that make it so powerful — including its security and stability. Stacks l…
 
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