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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 29, 2019

Hunter Horsley, cofounder and CEO of Bitwise Asset Management, and Matt Hougan, global head of research at Bitwise, describe their vision for Bitwise, its current funds and indices, as well as how it handles things like forks and airdrops. Then they give their reaction to and interpretation of the SEC disapproval of their Bitcoin ETF proposal, as well as what their focus will be now to try to get a Bitcoin ETF approved. We also discuss their general thesis around how the crypto space will develop, whether or not indices and funds around the top 100 assets will ever make sense, their ideas on how to value these networks and whether or not the company would ever try to compete in the DeFi space. Plus, don't miss our conversation on Bitcoin IRAs. 

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Episode links: 


Hunter Horsley:

Matt Hougan:

Unchained interview with Spencer Bogart:

Bitwise 10 Private Fund fact sheet: 

Bitwise 10 Offshore Index Fund:

Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust:

Bitwise Ethereum Fund: 

SEC order disapproving the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF proposal:

Matt on CNBC discussing the Bitcoin ETF proposal:

Bitstamp/BitMEX trading manipulation:

Jake Chervinsky’s tweet about how the SEC is unlikely to approve a Bitcoin ETF under Chair Jay Clayton: 

Unchained interview with Jake:

SEC commissioner Hester Peirce’s dissent to the disapproval of the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF:

Van Eck’s withdrawal of the Bitcoin ETF proposal:

Chris Burniske on how to value these networks: