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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.

Jun 30, 2020

This episode is the first in a series, Why Bitcoin Now, that takes a deeper dive into Bitcoin and the history of money in the macroeconomic environment of the coronavirus. Mike Novogratz, founder, CEO and chairman of Galaxy Digital, and Raoul Pal, founder and CEO of Global Macro Investor and Real Vision Group, tell us where they think Bitcoin is going amidst this macro uncertainty and the global crisis due to the coronavirus. We discuss: 

  • why Bitcoin’s price hasn't risen in price due to the global turmoil, and instead fell with the rest of the market on Black Thursday 
  • why quantitative easing is the catalyst for institutional investors to turn to Bitcoin, but why that takes time, and why registered investment advisors may be on the cusp
  • why they think retail investors will continue to buy Bitcoin despite record unemployment
  • why Bitcoin will benefit from social unrest
  • why any particular country's success in dealing with the coronavirus won’t really lessen the economic impact there
  • whether China's first-mover advantage with the DCEP and its comprehensive enterprise blockchain initiatives will undermine the global dominance of the US dollar 
  • why they believe there will ultimately be a dollar-based stablecoin 
  • why they believe Libra will be a strong player in the future of stablecoins 
  • how election outcomes, and in particular a potential movement to break up Big Tech, could affect Bitcoin and the vision for Web3
  • whether Ethereum, and staking, will see more adoption from institutional investors 
  • why they believe yield farming is ultimately not sustainable, but still profitable
  • the impact the Bitcoin halving will have in this macroeconomic environment

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Episode links: 

Mike Novogratz:

Galaxy Digital:

Raoul Pal:

Real Vision:

Unchained interview with Kyle Samani on what happened in the crypto markets on Black Thursday:

Unconfirmed interview with Antoine Le Calvez on what happened on BitMEX during Black thursday:

Unchained interview with Chamath Palihapitiya on Bitcoin:

Brian Armstrong tweet about deposits to Coinbase the same size as the $1,200 stimulus check:

China's DCEP and blockchain initiative:

Unchained interview on Libra:

Unconfirmed interview with the Libra Association's Dante Disparte:

Unconfirmed interview with Michael Casey on why it would it would be good if Libra rivaled the USD:

Christopher Giancarlo's digital dollar project:

Ethereum 2.0 staking:

Unconfirmed with Kain Warwick on COMP's launch:

Unconfirmed interview with Tony Sheng on yield farming: