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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.

Feb 23, 2021

In this episode of Unchained, Charles Cascarilla, CEO and cofounder of Paxos, explains how the 2008 financial crisis led him to crypto, what financial plumbing has to do with GameStop, and how Paxos is leveraging blockchain technology to change financial services. In this episode Charles discusses:

  • his work experience prior to Paxos and how the financial crisis in 2008 opened his eyes to Bitcoin and blockchain (01:07)
  • what it was like to work in Bitcoin during the early days compared to now (4:02a)
  • why Paxos decided to focus on building solutions for institutions rather than targeting the retail market like Coinbase (11:38)
  • the relationship between Paxos and PayPal + why PayPal customers can’t send crypto directly to their wallets or crypto addresses yet (19:37)
  • how Microstrategy and Tesla are bringing Bitcoin mainstream (25:31)
  • what really happened with GameStop and Robinhood and why financial plumbing matters (30:34)
  • how the Paxos Settlement Service is bringing greater transparency to financial markets by using blockchain technology (39:02)
  • what other assets he thinks will be tokenized (50:32)
  • stablecoin regulation and why this might be as good as it gets for Tether (58:36)
  • why Paxos chose to pursue a New York State trust company charter instead of a BitLicense (1:06:15)
  • what changes he would make to crypto regulation for 2021 and beyond (1:09:28)
  • what’s next for Paxos (1:15:12)


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Episode links: 

Charles Cascarilla


Coindesk Profile:

Previous interview with Laura:

Presentation at Microstrategy’s Bitcoin for Corporation’s conference:

Blog post on the GameStop saga:

Interview with Frank Chaparro: 



Twitter: + 

Paxos Settlement Service: +

Series C Fundraising: 

Wall Street Journal write-up:

Plans to tokenize precious metals:


Other Links

Paypal’s crypto-focused business unit:

Paypal’s Q4 earnings: 

Stablecoin rankings:

Tether whitepaper: