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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.

Dec 11, 2018

Coinbase has departed from its conservative roots and begun adding many more coins. Dan Romero, vice president of Coinbase, explains how its listing process works, how it tries to prevent insider trading, and why it's listed coins that had ICOs, even though the SEC has indicated all coins that were offered in ICOs at least started off as securities. He also talks about Coinbase's international expansion, how regulations around crypto differ in Japan vs. the U.S., and the importance of banking relationships for crypto companies. Plus, we dive into how Coinbase plans to weather competition on multiple fronts -- from Robinhood, Square and Binance on its consumer side, and from Fidelity and Bakkt on the institutional side -- how its decentralized projects could affect its current revenues and how it is staffing now for any future hype cycles that could increase crypto adoption by an order of magnitude.

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Episode links:



Coinbase Listing:

Digital Asset Framework:

Coinbase's new listing process:

Announcement that they were exploring adding Cardano, Basica Attention Token, Stellar Lumens, Zcash and 0x:

News announced after we recorded: Coinbase considering offering 31 new assets:

Interview with Will Warren of decentralized exchange 0x:

Coinbase investigates insider trading of Bitcoin Cash:

Coinbase finds no insider trading of Bitcoin Cash:

Unchained episode on Coinbase/IRS case:

Link to Alistair Milne's tracking of total Coinbase customer base:

Coinbase adding USDC:

Unchained episode with Circle:

Unchained episode with Rune Christensen of MakerDAO:

Unconfirmed episode with Rune: