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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.

Jan 21, 2022

Fais Khan, author of the Startups and Econ newsletter, dives into his recently published research report, "You Don't Own Web3": A Coinbase Curse and How VCs Sell Crypto to Retail. Show highlights:

  • whether tokens perform better before or after being listed on Coinbase
  • what relationship a16z, a venture capital firm, has to Coinbase
  • why Fais believes that the poor performance of VC-backed tokens after being listed could be the result of insiders dumping
  • other reasons for a token’s poor performance after being listed on Coinbase besides insiders dumping
  • what type of coin/token went up 1,800% in 2020
  • why Fais is suspicious of how quickly certain VC-backed tokens were listed on Coinbase
  • whether Fais believes Coinbase or a16z is actually doing something nefarious 
  • what sort of regulatory actions he believes would improve crypto
  • what advice Fais has for token investors

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