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Yoni Assia on the Rise of Active Trading in a Blockchain Based World and Building a 27M User App

Yoni Assia on the Rise of Active Trading in a Blockchain-Based World and Building a 27M-User App

(00:00) Yoni Assia is the founder and CEO of Etoro, one of the most successful crypto and stock buying apps on the market with over 27 million users in over 100 countries at the time of recording. Originally founded in 2007, it was one of the pioneering companies to incorporate crypto to their platform as …

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Could Good Dollar be cryptos answer to UBI With Yoni Assia eToros CEO 1

Could Good Dollar be crypto’s answer to UBI? With Yoni Assia (eToro’s CEO)

0:00:00 Section 1 This week we speak to the Secretary of innovation and digital transformation for the city of Buenos Aires Diego Fernandez. And in the news this week it was announced that all citizens of Buenos Aires will now be eligible to make tax payments via crypto, an initiative that Diego was front and …

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BoredElonMusk Talks Twitter Takeovers Bored Box and Bridging the NFT and Gaming Divide.

BoredElonMusk Talks Twitter Takeovers, Bored Box and Bridging the NFT and Gaming Divide.

0:00:00 BoredElonMusk is one of the most prominent twitter personalities with over 1.7 million followers at the time of recording.   With decades of gaming and online experience, he is now taking his skills offline with his new venture, bored box, a crypto gaming curation platform.  So how did BoredElon make his way into crypto? …

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Class is in session Fabian Schar schools us on crypto regulation and moving from the old ways

Class Is in Session: Fabian Schär Schools Us on Crypto Regulation and Moving From “The Old Ways”

Fabian Schar Intro – 0:00:10  Fabian Schär is Professor for Distributed Ledger Technology and Fintech at the University of Basel. He has a PhD in crypto, co-authored the bestselling book “Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptoassets”, published by MIT Press, and has published many academic papers, including one on DeFi on the St Louis Federal Reserve Review. …

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Jill Gunter Talks Cryptos Role in Emerging Markets and Building Scaling Solution Espresso Systems

Jill Gunter Talks Crypto’s Role in Emerging Markets and Building Scaling Solution Espresso Systems

00:00 Jill Gunter is the co-founder and chief strategy officer at scaling solution Espresso Systems and a venture partner at Slow Ventures. We have a sort of Latin Ameirca connection, as she was trading emerging markets debt with Goldman Sachs as I was writing about it at Bloomberg News. She became interested in Bitcoin because …

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Ethan Buchman on Cosmos Tendermint and sovereignty within crypto

Cosmos Co-Founder Ethan Buchman on Building an Internet of Sovereign Blockchains

0:00 Ethan Buchman is the co-founder of Cosmos, an ecosystem of Interoperable blockchains which includes terra, osmosis and crypto.org, and has the most value locked after ethereum. It’s a complex network with many moving parts, and in the past year it has exploded with activity. How does it all work and what was Ethan’s background …

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Blockchange Ventures Ken Seiff Betting on Cryptos Base Layer and a Multi Chain Future 150x150 1

Blockchange Ventures’ Ken Seiff: Betting on Crypto’s Base Layer and a Multi-Chain Future

Section 1:10 Ken Seiff is the general partner of Blockchange Ventures, one of the longest standing venture funds focusing on early stage blockchain startups. One of his very first forays intor crypto was as one of the investors in Ethereum’s token sale, as I describe in my book, The Infinite Machine. He went on to …

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Gitcoins Kevin Owocki on Fueling Public Goods Funding for the Ethereum Nation

Gitcoin’s Kevin Owocki on Fueling Public Goods Funding for the Ethereum Nation

Kevin is the founder of Gitcoin a project that helps crowdfund public goods and software developments on the Ethereum blockchain. With 300,000 developers and over 25,000 funders involved in the project the scaling has been plain to see. How was Gitcoin created and how did Kevin even enter this space in the first place? Founder …

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Fabian Vogelsteller father of the ERC20 Standard on the Shift from Blockchain Addresses to Social Profiles with Lukso

Fabian Vogelsteller, father of the ERC20 Standard, on the Shift from Blockchain Addresses to Social Profiles with Lukso

Fabian Vogelsteller is a Blockchain veteran who was part of the Ethereum Foundation in its early days. From 2015 to 2018 he helped shape the Ethereum space, building an ETH Wallet and a web3 Browser, one of the first of their kind. He is the co-founder of the Lukso blockchain and together with Vitalik Buterin, …

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Laura Shin on Solving Ethereum’s Greatest Mystery with Her New Book, Cryptopians

Section 1:  The former senior editor at forbes, and one of the first mainstream journalist to report full-time on crypto, Laura Shin has seen it, been there and written about it all. She has been reporting on the space as long as I have. She is the creator and host of the popular podcast – …

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Polkadots Gavin Wood on Building a Layer 0 to Underpin the Entire Blockchain Based Economy

Polkadot’s Gavin Wood on Building a Layer 0 to Underpin the Entire Blockchain-Based Economy

Section 1: Gavin Wood 0:10 Minutes Gavin Wood’s crypto journey started with Ethereum – he was one of the eight original founders and the project’s CTO in the early days. Today though, he’s busy building Polkadot, a chain that is attempting to improve where Ethereum falls short. After years of development, the ecosystem’s first applications …

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Sovryns Edan Yago on Building Bitcoin DeFi Slower Growth But Strongest Foundation

Sovryn’s Edan Yago on Building Bitcoin DeFi; Slower Growth But Strongest Foundation

​​Section 1 Intro Text: Edan 0:10 sec  Edan Yago is a co-founder of Sovryn, a Bitcoin based lending protocol. He’s maybe the first Bitcoin builder we have had on our show. That’s because DeFi on the first blockchain network has been slow to pick up but Edan says that’s about to change. So what exactly …

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Vitalik Buterin Ethereum Will Most Likely Be Mainstream and the Most Secure Base Layer

Vitalik Buterin on Building a Base Layer for the Global Economy Without Compromising on Decentralization

Vitalik Buterin wrote the Ethereum white paper when he was just 19. His aim was simple yet comprehensive, to create a ‘world computer’ that was designed to be a flexible base layer for all online applications without the need of any third party. Since its inception in 2015, Ethereum has become the most active and largest smart contracts …

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Giveth’s Griff Green: Super-Charging Public Goods and Charity With Crypto

Griff Green is one of the co-founders of Giveth, which aims to build the future of charity using the Ethereum blockchain. It wants to become the gateway for non-profit organizations into web3, giving them the tools to grow their own communities via DAOs and crypto. The primary source of revenue for any non-profit organization is donations, but relying …

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AVAXs Emin Gun Sirer Blockchains Should be Scalable at Their Core Layer 2s Mean Giving Up

AVAX’s Emin Gun Sirer Says Blockchains Should be Scalable at Their Core; Layer 2s Mean Giving Up

When Emin Gun Sirer first came on The Defiant in May 2020, Avalanche was not even on mainnet yet. Since then, it has risen to become one of the leading smart contract networks, while the AVAX token has risen over 7x in the last 12 months. We talk about how the project got here and how it …

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Synthetixs Kain Warwick What it Takes to Scale an Ethereum DeFi Protocol

Synthetix’s Kain Warwick: What it Takes to Scale an Ethereum DeFi Protocol

This week, we sit with Kain Warwick, DeFi OG and founder of Synthetix. In some ways, last year wasn’t a great one for the synthetic assets protocol. As many DeFi projects boomed, SNX’s price and TVL dropped. Kain says he was too optimistic about how soon Synthetix would be able to scale with optimistic roll-ups. If he …

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Behind the Scenes of The Defiant with Robin and Camila

Behind the Scenes of The Defiant with Robin and Camila

Welcome back to The Defiant podcast! After a brief break at the end of last year, we’re back stronger and better than ever to continue chatting with the greatest and brightest minds in DeFi and web3. At The Defiant we believe 2022 is going to be another explosive year for crypto and we have a …

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Nick Johnson of ENS We Want to be the Naming System for Every Digital Resource in the World

Nick Johnson of ENS: “We Want to Be the Naming System for Every Digital Resource in the World”

In this week’s episode, Camilla Russo speaks with Nick Johnson, founder and lead developer of Ethereum Name Service, or ENS. Nick talks about the journey of ENS, from an internal project within the Ethereum Foundation, to spinning off to become a public good for Ethereum and other blockchains, and recently decentralizing and becoming a DAO controlled by …

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Geoff Cook on Building a Crypto Name The Strongest Brands Compete on Emotion

Geoff Cook on Building a Crypto Name: “The Strongest Brands Compete on Emotion”

In this week’s episode Camila Russo spoke with Geoff Cook, co-founder of Base, a design studio with huge clients from all industries, including The New York Times, MoMA, ING Bank and large-scale projects like JFK’s Terminal 4 and the Meatpacking District in New York. Geoff hopes to soon add crypto to the list.  He recently wrote …

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Nadya of Pussy Riot We Can Be Unstoppable if We Combine Our Ideals With Tools That Crypto Provides

Nadya of Pussy Riot: “We Can Be Truly Unstoppable if We Combine Our Ideals With Tools that Crypto Provides”

In this week’s episode, Camila Russo speaks with Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of the founding members of the feminist punk rock protest collective, Pussy Riot. Nadya has been protesting against repression of individual freedoms in Russia since she was 17. She started Pussy Riot to focus on women and non-binary people as she noticed leadership would always fall …

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Zeneca The Market is Fed Up With the Same Sorts of Projects and Theres a Flight to Gaming NFTs

Zeneca: “The Market is Fed Up With the Same Sorts of Projects and There’s a Flight to Gaming NFTs”

In this week’s podcast, Camila Russo talks to Zeneca, an NFT investor and content creator who grew his collection of non-fungible tokens from 0 to about 3,000 pieces worth millions in less than a year. He comes on the podcast to talk about how he went from professional poker player to full-time NFT trader, and what …

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Eric Wall Bitcoiners Protect BTC Against Shitcoinism But Theyre Keeping it From Valid Ideas

Eric Wall of Arcane Assets: “Bitcoiners Protect BTC Against ‘Shitcoinism’ But They’re Also Keeping it From Valid Technical Ideas”

In this week’s episode Camila Russo speaks with Eric Wall, chief investment officer at Arcane Assets. Eric has many claims to fame. One is the now renowned Bitcoin rainbow chart which overlays the color scheme over the bitcoin price in a way that would imply it helps predict future prices. But that’s exactly what he wanted to debunk. After diving …

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Scoopy of Alchemix Liquidity Mining is Like a Drug You Have to Wean Yourself Off it Over Time

Scoopy Trooples of Alchemix: “Liquidity Mining is Like a Drug; You Have to Wean Yourself Off Over Time”

In this week’s episode I speak with Scoopy Trooples, co-founder of Alchemix, a protocol that offers self-paying loans without the risk of liquidations. Think about that; here’s a DeFi application that promises to automatically pay users’ collateralized loans, and on top of that, guarantee they won’t be liquidated.  Scoopy explains how something like that can work and …

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Braintrusts Adam Jackson Nike is in Crypto Now and They May Not be Fully Aware

Braintrust’s Adam Jackson: “Nike is in Crypto Now and They May Not be Fully Aware”

In this week’s episode, I interview Adam Jackson, co-founder of Braintrust, a user-owned talent network. Think Fiverr for web3. Braintrust runs on Ethereum, has thousands of users, household names like NASA, TaskRabbit, Nike and Nestlé are clients, it has processed millions of dollars, yet not many people in the crypto community have heard of it.  And it …

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NFTs Gave Me a Sense of Security and Economic Stability I Never Felt Before Yam Karkai

“NFTs Gave Me a Sense of Security and Economic Stability I Never Felt Before:” WoW Creator Yam Karkai

In this week’s episode we speak with Yam Karkai, the digital illustrator and artist behind NFT project World of Women. She’s had all sorts of odd jobs, before becoming a full-time illustrator, and none of them had anything to do with crypto. She was freelancing from gig to gig when she discovered NFTs this year and that’s …

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WallStreetBets Taught Me to Have Faith in the Collective Intelligence WSB Founder Jaime Rogozinski

“Wall Street Bets Taught Me to Have Faith in the Collective Intelligence:” WSB Founder Jaime Rogozinski

In this week’s episode, I interview Jaime Rogozinski, founder of Wall Street Bets, the famous Reddit trading group which earlier this year organized to push up the price of heavily shorted stocks like Gamestop and AMC to create a short squeeze, which had the double benefit of amplifying the group’s gains and screwing over big hedge funds. Jaime goes …

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ETH and Most DeFi is Trading Cheaper Than Web2 and With Better Growth VanEcks Matthew Sigel

“ETH and Most DeFi is Trading Cheaper Than Web2 and With Better Growth:” VanEck’s Matthew Sigel

In this week’s episode we speak with Matthew Sigel, head of digital asset research at VanEck, an asset management firm overseeing $80 billion, which has shifted its focus heavily into crypto. They started out with investments almost exclusively in Bitcoin, but now, with Matthew on board, the firm is becoming increasingly bullish on Ethereum and DeFi. 

Theres Going to Be a DeFi Universe Geared Towards Non Fungible Assets NFTfis Stephen Young

“There’s Going to Be a DeFi Universe Geared Towards Non-Fungible Assets:” NFTfi’s Stephen Young

In this week’s episode Camila speaks with Stephen Young, the founder and CEO of NFTfi, a platform for enabling NFT-backed loans. For some people, decentralized finance and nonfungible tokens sit on two separate worlds; DeFi on one end with its different lending, boring, and trading applications, and NFTs, with their digital art, music royalties and collectibles. Entrepreneurs …

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NFTs are Giving Way to The First Art Revolution Since the Internet SuperRares John Crain

“NFTs are Giving Way to The First Art Revolution Since the Internet:” SuperRare’s John Crain

In this week’s episode, I speak with John Crain, the co-founder & CEO of SuperRare, one of the top NFT marketplaces. SuperRare wants to differentiate itself by being the NFT marketplace that best curates art, specifically. John believes the natural evolution for NFT platforms will be to specialize in verticals. For example, the interface for art should …

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