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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 27, 2022

Coy Garrison, former counsel to SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce and partner at Steptoe & Johnson, discusses the role of regulation in the crypto industry and what the SEC could be doing to make crypto a better space. Show notes:

  • how Coy started working with crypto
  • why Coy decided to leave the SEC
  • why recent comments by SEC chair Gary Gensler made him hopeful in how the SEC approaches crypto
  • how the crypto industry has grown and evolved over the years
  • whether the regulations are impeding innovation in the crypto space
  • how stablecoins should be regulated
  • what Coy thinks about the UST collapse
  • what is the SEC’s take on decentralization
  • whether ETH is centralized and whether it is a commodity 
  • why the SEC has not approved a BTC spot ETF


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