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Chain Reaction

TechCrunch, Yashad Kulkarni, Maggie Stamets, Kell Keller, Jacquelyn Melinek

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There are constantly new tokens, DeFi projects, NFTs collections and DAOs being launched – but how can you make sense of everything going on in the crypto space? From the hype to the scams, TechCrunch senior crypto reporter Jacquelyn Melinek explores the impact of crypto on finance, art, web3, and society as a whole. Whether you’re a fan or a skeptic, every Thursday, Jacquelyn chats with a crypto expert, learning alongside you to break down the nuance behind the wild world of crypto. Chain R ...
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DeFi Decoded

with Alex Tapscott & Andrew Young

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Alex Tapscott, Andrew Young and guests break down the fundamentals of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and how this cutting edge technology enables individuals and institutions to transact, and create value, without the need for traditional financial intermediaries. If you want to get a more in-depth view of what's going on in Web3 and the digital asset space, and access to the most recent information and insights available, please sign up for FREE to our weekly newsletter, Digital Asset Digest ...
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi. Listen in as they discuss the “Trump Pump” in the crypto markets this past week following the assassination attempt last weekend, the authenticity of Trump’s promises to support and embrace the crypto industry in America, the differing views that Democrats and Republican…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 with special guest Tom Dunleavy, Managing Partner at MV Capital. Listen in as they discuss the impact of BTC selling from Mt. Gox and the German government, the potential buying pressure when FTX claim holders are repaid in Q4, the current market dynamics and future outlook, MV Ca…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3. Listen in as they discuss the large disparity in U.S. presidential election odds between general pundits in the mainstream media and peer-to-peer prediction markets, its connection to James Surowiecki’s ‘The Wisdom of Crowds’ novel, SX Network’s recent quarterly report and major …
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi with special guest Kendall Cole, Founder of Proximity Labs. Listen in as they discuss Kendall’s journey into the space, his key learnings from working at Consensys, Proximity Labs' purpose and mission, NEAR's unique value proposition and its main types of dApps, creating …
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi. Listen in as they discuss Alex’s key takeaways from Coinbase’s Institutional Summit in New York last week, the evolution of Wall Street’s thinking on Web3, the early days of crypto versus airdrops today, whether an institutional L2 frenzy is on the horizon as Coinbase’s …
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi. Listen in as they discuss what’s going on in the broader market, NVIDIA’s ever-growing dominance and its comparison to Cisco Systems during the dot com era, the pendulum moving from infrastructure to applications with all these newly announced grant programs, which adopt…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi. Listen in as they discuss the growing political spotlight on crypto ahead of the upcoming U.S. presidential election in November, how this may influence Canada’s approach on the industry, the net impact that the Ethereum ETFs might have, the strong fundamentals of the Et…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi with special guest Molly Mackinlay, Head of Engineering, Product, & Research Development at Protocol Labs. Listen in as they discuss Molly’s journey from working at Google to in Web3, Filecoin’s origin and where it stands today, core reasons why projects are using it, the…
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Join Alex Tapscott as he decodes the world of Web3 and DeFi with special guest Hunter Horsley, Co-Founder and CEO of Bitwise Asset Management. Listen in as they discuss Hunter’s busy week with the Ethereum ETF decision deadline, the accelerating momentum of developing policy around digital assets, the broad bipartisan support for the Financial Inno…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi with special guest Jacquelyn Melinek, Co-Founder and CEO of Token Relations. Listen in as they discuss Jacquelyn’s experience as a crypto reporter, the craziest story she ever covered, why she left the world of journalism to become a founder, the current problem with proj…
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Join Alex Tapscott as he decodes the world of Web3 and DeFi with special guest Sarah Milby, Head of Policy at the Blockchain Association. Listen in as they discuss the Blockchain Association’s origin and the progress they’ve made, what good Web3 policy looks like, the current state of stablecoin legislation in the United States, crypto on the ballo…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi. Listen in as they discuss a crypto market roundup with this past month being the worst since the FTX collapse, simple explanations of staking and restaking, EigenLayer and its airdrop controversy, the evolution of token distribution models, ideas on how these could look …
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi. Listen in as they discuss Bitcoin’s fourth-ever halving that occurred last Friday, gold’s considerable uptick in recent weeks, the geopolitical neutrality of Bitcoin and whether central banks will adopt it as a reserve asset, the impact of Bitcoin Runes and BRC-20 tokens…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 with special guest Daniel Lynch, Head of MetaMask Institutional Partnerships at Consensys. Listen in as they discuss Daniel’s journey from working at SWIFT to Consensys, MetaMask at its core and the role it fulfills, its future integrated functionalities, their strategy and suppor…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3. Listen in as they discuss Monad Labs’ $225 million fundraising round led by Paradigm, why developers are excited about Monad, what EVM-compatible blockchains are and how they work, the current chain ecosystem dynamics and how things might look in the future, the FTX estate sellin…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3. Listen in as they discuss a crypto market recap, which phase of the cycle we’re likely in, whether the recent multi-month memecoin madness could finally be coming to an end, where investors may rotate into next, the series of big raises by crypto VC firms in past weeks, the state…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Scott Dykstra, CTO and co-founder of Space and Time. Before diving into web3, Scott spent almost 8 years at the cloud analytics and data platform Teradata and throughout the years he held roles of senior architect, director of cloud solutions and worked his way up to VP of the firm’s global cloud. As f…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 with special guests Avichal Garg, Co-Founder and General Partner, and Ken Deeter, General Partner, of Electric Capital. Listen in as they discuss the different phases of crypto adoption, how they think about investing in the space and key areas they’re monitoring, what the future …
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 with special guest Tim Beiko, Protocol Support of the Ethereum Foundation. Listen in as they discuss a simple explanation of Ethereum’s Dencun upgrade, the sustainability of lower layer two transaction fees, whether there’s still a need for several different layer two chains, what…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Tegan Kline, the CEO and co-founder of Edge & Node. The company is focused on creating and supporting decentralized applications, or dApps, and protocols. It was also the initial team behind The Graph, an indexing and query protocol, or what some have referred to as the Google of Web3, which aims to or…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Melody Hildebrandt, CTO of Fox Corporation and Mike Blank, COO at Polygon Labs. Why these two companies? Well, Polygon Labs, the layer-2 blockchain focused on scaling Ethereum, and Fox Corporation, the well-known media conglomerate, joined forces in January to tackle deepfakes as artificial intelligenc…
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Join Alex Tapscott as he decodes the world of Web3 with special guest Christopher Giancarlo, the thirteenth Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Senior Counsel of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Listen in as they discuss whether Web3 will be an important agenda topic in upcoming presidential elections, the industry’s ideal regula…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Dee Goens, the co-founder of Zora. Zora is a platform and protocol that helps developers and creators bring their ideas on chain and on Ethereum through an open and shared environment. The platform has minted over 4 million NFTs, has over $300 million in secondary sales and about 1 million unique colle…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3 with special guest Sidney Powell, Co-Founder and CEO of Maple Finance. Listen in as they discuss key takeaways from the ETHDenver 2024 conference, the different types of stablecoins, potential lending opportunities that exist with restaking, Maple’s next growth areas, the…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3. Listen in as they discuss this past week’s Bitcoin-led market rally, their current takes on the crypto market and what’s next, gaining digital asset exposure through MicroStrategy vs. Bitcoin ETFs, the potential for SEC approval on Ethereum ETFs, the emergence of Bitcoin…
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For this week’s episode, we’re resharing a conversation I had in June 2023 with Jack Lu, CEO and co-founder of Magic Eden. When we recorded this episode, NFT sales were down around $640 million at the beginning of the month, compared to today where February 2023 NFT sales volume hit $1 billion, for the first time since February 2023. Looking back o…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3 with special guest James Seyffart, ETF Research Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. Listen in as they discuss James’ methodology behind the Bitcoin ETF approval odds he set last year, reading between the lines of GBTC and ETHE’s discounts to NAV, the likelihood of Ethereum…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Steve Kaczynski, co-author of the book “The Everything Token,” and co-host of a web3 morning show Coffee with Captain. He also co-authored the first Harvard Business Review article about NFTs and outside of that, he consults with agencies and brands about building their web3 strategies including his ro…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3 with special guest Rebecca Liao, Co-Founder and CEO at Saga. Listen in as they discuss an update of the past year for Saga, their upcoming $SAGA community genesis airdrop to five different ecosystems, thoughts on crypto loyalty ‘points’ with projects like Blur, the thesis…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands. Yat co-founded Animoca in 2014 and since then it has invested in over 400 web3 projects across a range of sectors like DeFi, education, infrastructure, blockchain gaming and the metaverse. Animoca also has its own NFT collections, blockchain…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3. Listen in as they discuss Tether’s 2023 Attestation Report, GoDaddy’s partnership with Ethereum Name Service to bridge domain names with crypto wallets, FTX’s desire to sell 8% Anthropic stake as part of its liquidation process to help make customers “whole,” Farcaster’s…
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This year, Chain Reaction is doing monthly series diving into different topics and themes in crypto. To start things off, this month we’re focusing on NFTs. For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Devin Finzer, the CEO of NFT marketplace OpenSea. He co-founded OpenSea in 2017 and it quickly climbed to become one of the most well known – and …
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This week we have a bonus episode with Hester Peirce, commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Jacquelyn moderated a fireside chat with Commissioner Peirce at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business alongside Eddie Cullen, a former candidate for New York City Mayor in 2021 and co-founder and CEO of Crescite Innovati…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3. Listen in as they discuss an update on Bitcoin ETF flows after their first two official trading weeks, Bitcoin’s fast-approaching halving in less than 75 days, Bitwise’s decision to publicly disclose their Bitcoin wallet address, Bitcoin ETF issuers’ fee competition and …
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Chris Dixon, general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Chris has been at the firm since 2012 and founded and leads a16z’s crypto team, which invests in the web3 world through four mega-funds with over $7 billion under management. He’s also an author of the recently released bo…
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This is a bonus episode, where Jacquelyn interviewed Alex Blania, CEO and co-founder of Tools for Humanity, in a fireside chat at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco. The startup was co-founded by Alex, OpenAI’s Sam Altman and Max Novendstern. To date, it has raised about $250 million from investors like a16z, Bain Capital Crypto and others. It is …
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3 with special guest Jelena Djuric, Founder and CEO of Noble. Listen in as they discuss an update following Noble’s launch of bringing USDC to Cosmos, key metrics they use to measure their success, dYdX’s impact on the ecosystem, exciting upcoming projects within Cosmos, so…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana Labs, the technology company that aims to help grow the ecosystem for the layer-1 blockchain Solana. The conversation focused on Solana Mobile and its flagship web3 Android smartphone, Saga, which sold out in mid-December, as well as its new phone, Chapter 2 – wh…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Monica Long, the president of Ripple, a blockchain-based digital payment network and protocol. Monica has spent the last 10 years at Ripple, working her way up from the director of communications to now, president. Ripple has been around since 2012 and is one of the oldest crypto entities. In recent ye…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3. Listen in as they discuss a roundup of the current crypto market post-ETF approval, the potential for a revenge rally from original alternative layer-1 chains, possible attention shift from underlying fundamentals toward growth, the chance of Ethereum ETFs taking longer …
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of Web3 and DeFi with special guest Sunny Aggarwal, Co-Founder of Osmosis. Listen in as they discuss the Bitcoin ETF approvals and their potential implications, the state of Web3 and Osmosis’ role within it, the impact of having native USDC on Cosmos, exciting narratives circulating withi…
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For this week’s bonus episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Michael Sonnenshein, the CEO at Grayscale Investments. Grayscale is a digital asset investment firm that aims to provide products and services to institutional and individual investors, it is well known for its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) and now, its new bitcoin spot ETF product. The company …
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For this week’s news episode, Jacquelyn dove back into the latest developments on spot bitcoin ETF applications in the U.S. as anticipation builds. Fred Thiel, the CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings, a digital asset technology company and largest publicly traded bitcoin mining firm, joined to help break down the latest developments on spot bitcoin ET…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3 with special guest Charles d’Haussy, CEO of the dYdX Foundation. Listen in as they discuss Charles’ journey into crypto, the history of dYdX, the thought process behind and decision to migrate, the reasoning for Cosmos SDK selection, their rare situation and chance at bec…
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Welcome to a re-released episode of of Chain Reaction, a podcast that unpacks and dives deep into the latest trends, drama and news in crypto with some of the biggest names in the industry to break things down block by block for the crypto curious. For this week’s episode, we're remixing an episode from earlier this year. Jacquelyn interviewed Dean…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Staci Warden, the CEO of the Algorand Foundation, the organization behind the layer-1 blockchain Algorand. Previously, Warden worked at the Milken Institute and oversaw initiatives relating to capital market development, FinTech financial inclusion, cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Before that she was …
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Join Alex Tapscott as he decodes the world of Web3 and gaming with special guest Justin Swart, Principal, Investment Team of BITKRAFT Ventures. Listen in as they discuss BITKRAFT’s discovery of Web3 gaming’s potential, the significance of property rights in gameplay and gaming economics, the gaming market’s biggest opportunity moving forward, the ‘…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3 with special guest Leo Mindyuk, Co-Founder and CEO of ML Tech. Listen in as they discuss an overview of ML Tech, Leo’s trading experience and journey into the crypto space, differentiating features from first-generation firms within the decentralized quant trading movemen…
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Johann Kerbrat, the general manager of crypto at Robinhood. Johann is leading the application's effort to expand its crypto exchange business and make digital assets more accessible to retail investors. Before joining Robinhood, Johann was an engineer at Airbnb and was the head of engineering at Uber a…
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Join Alex Tapscott and Andrew Young as they decode the world of DeFi and Web3. Listen in as they discuss Bitcoin’s ‘silent’ rally beyond $44,000 and its driving forces, crypto market trajectory predictions based on past cycle experiences, interesting metrics regarding retail investor sentiment and Bitcoin supply, the intersection of AI and blockcha…
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