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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.

May 5, 2022

Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Robert Leshner, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. On this episode, Andre Cronje, the recently retired (sort of) DeFi developer, also joined the conversation. Show topics:

  • why being doxxed led to Andre retiring (sort of) from crypto
  • Andre’s response to Robert who calledl his departure from DeFi “an epic rug pull” 
  • why Andre is back – and why he is working on “regulated” crypto products
  • how the Otherside KYC’d NFT drop was an “absolute fail”
  • where identity fits into the crypto space and why traditional and DeFi institutions alike are interested in the identity of their users
  • Dalle 2
  • why the Bored Ape community likely sees the Yuga Labs Otherdeed NFT sale as a turning point
  • why Robert would compare buying a BAYC NFT last year to purchasing BTC in 2010
  • main takeaways from Solana’s seven-hour outage and why designing a mempool (or multiple) is critical for the chain







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