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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.

Sep 24, 2022

Welcome to The Chopping Block! Crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Robert Leshner, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news in the digital asset industry. 


Show topics:

  • Why the ETH price slumped after the Merge even though it was successful
  • Whether the BTC security model is flawed and why Robert thinks Bitcoin will change
  • Why Tarun thinks Bitcoin won’t change and why he’s bearish on Bitcoin development
  • Whether the Lightning Network can succeed with so many competitors getting better more quickly
  • ETHPoW’s performance after the Merge, whether it’s dead and why Robert wouldn’t rule out the PoW fork
  • Why Haseeb thinks the criminalization of the collapse of Terra is a bad precedent
  • The broader impacts of the Terra meltdown and whether Do Kwon not disclosing the fact that he had been involved with Basis Cash, which failed, is problematic
  • The House’s draft bill on stablecoins and whether it is necessary to study algo stablecoins
  • What happened with the Wintermute hack 
  • Why Tarun thinks the Wintermute team is incompetent 
  • Whether there is any positive news in crypto lately
  • Who would be a better pick for deploying treasury funds between Three Arrows Capital and Wintermute
  • What Haseeb, Tom, Robert and Tarun are excited about 


Episode Links


Post Merge


ETH issuance


Do Kwon and Terra

Red Notice

“Not on the run”

Kwon’s Passport


Wintermute hack


House’s Draft Bill on Stablecoins

Bloomberg’s Article