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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

Oct 16, 2018

This week, because I was busy with my TEDx talk and my book, I decided to do an episode in which I answer your questions. Thank you to everyone who submitted one, and I'm so sorry I didn't get to all your questions. In this episode, I talk about what's necessary to gain wider adoption, how I think the next bull run will manifest and how Bitcoin would behave in a serious financial crisis. Plus, I reveal which areas of the industry I think will blossom, and which areas I'm less optimistic about. I also answer what people who are just getting into the technology can do in the space, why the oracle problem is so challenging and how it can be resolved, and what the velocity problem is, and whether it applies especially to Ethereum. I also delve into privacy coins, whether or not the lower overall crypto market volatility we're seeing now will continue, and where this trend with stablecoins is going. There are a LOT of episode links -- be sure to check them out!

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Episode links:

Senate hearing on cryptocurrencies:

Tweets with me, Nouriel and Vitalik:

My conversation with Soona Amhaz of Token Daily about Nouriel Roubini on Unconfirmed:

Milken Institute panel featuring Nouriel Roubini:

Skeptics' Episodes:

Preston Byrne & Angela Walch:

Meltem Demirors & Jill Carlson:

Singularity University episode discussing usbaility:

My Forbes article on phone hijacking:

USV blog post on apps and infrastructure:

CryptoKitties episode:

Token Foundry standards:


Forbes magazine feature on blockchain not Bitcoin, featuring Chain:

Recent episode with Barry Silbert:

Decentralized Finance series:





Institutional money:

The Information article on university endowments investing in crypto:

Unchained episode with Tuur Demeester:

Fortune article on Bakkt:

Custody solutions:

BitGo becomes a qualified custodian:

Unchained episode with Mike Belshe of BitGo:

Coinbase Custody opens:

Potential recession:

Oslo Freedom Forum episode on uptake of bitcoin in Venezuela:

Fortune article on Chainalysis:

Trends I think will blossom:

First Unchained episode with Kathryn Haun:

Unchained episode with Chris Dixon of a16z crypto:

Unchained episode with Zooko Wilcox of Zcash:

JPMorgan Chase using Zcash technology:

Enterprise blockchains:

NYT article I wrote on enterprise blockchains:


Ether flash crash on GDAX:

Medium article on oracles:

Episode with Joey Krug of Augur:

Episode with Danny An of TrustToken:

Velocity problem:

Chris Burniske on how to value a crypto asset, on Unchained:

Ethereum post on reducing block reward:

Privacy coins:

Good post on Monero vs. Zcash:

Episode on illicit use of cryptocurrencies:

Carlotta Perez book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital:

Unchained episode on stablecoins:

Unconfirmed episode with Rune Christensen of MakerDAO:

Unchained episode with Circle that describes their stablecoin: