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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.

Aug 2, 2022

Lyn Alden, founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, and Mauricio di Bartolomeo, cofounder of Ledn, discuss how inflation could affect the digital asset industry.

Show highlights:

  • how Mauricio’s upbringing in Venezuela and firsthand experience with inflation led him to Bitcoin
  • what a “long-term debt cycle” is and why Lyn thinks the 2020s could be similar to the 1930s and 1940s
  • the difference between inflation and hyperinflation
  • how inflation changes consumer investing and purchasing decisions
  • what the impact of inflation is on Bitcoin
  • how Russia’s war on Ukraine will continue to impact inflation
  • how rising interest rates will affect Bitcoin and stablecoin adoption 
  • what type of economic environment is worst for BTC growth
  • whether Bitcoin is an inflation hedge
  • why Lyn is long-term bullish on stablecoins and Bitcoin
  • what effect a global recession would have on Bitcoin
  • how global inflation has changed adoption rates for BTC in developing economies
  • how Venezuelans use and perceive Bitcoin 
  • why Lyn and Mauricio are excited about Lightning Network in developing countries
  • what Lyn and Mauricio think about El Salvador’s adoption of BTC and its billion dollar BTC bond
  • how Ledn, as a lending company, was able to navigate the Celsius/Voyager crash
  • how Lyn analyzes the risks associated with firms like BlockFi
  • what lessons Lyn and Mauricio have learned in 2022 about digital assets and the economy


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Episode Links


Lyn Alden


Mauricio di Bartolomeo


Recommended Lyn Reading on Inflation


Ledn Information


El Salvador