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  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back to discuss and unpack all things Fintechs and Crypto. In this Insights show, we want to take a deep dive into what their relationship has been like over the past few years. A couple of episodes ago, we visited the relationship between big banks and crypto - with incumbents dismissing Bitcoin and Co. at the very start. Now, at the beginning of 2022, not only are large banks offering crypto custody and leading in investments in crypto in 2021, but fintechs aren't too far behind either.
    But what has changed, and what is their role in the crypto space, and vice versa? Join us while we try to unpack and ask all the right questions to get to the bottom of this!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by fantastic guests who are experts in the ever-evolving crypto space:
    Trevor Marshall, CTO at Current
    Michael Shaulov, CEO at Fireblocks
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Michael Shaulov and Trevor Marshall.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back to discuss all things 2022 predictions!
    2021 has been a wild year for crypto, so expectations are high for 2022. Simon and Cuy unpack all of their thoughts about what the new year will bring, and even debate some of your very own predictions. Will crypto crash in 2022? Will regulators kill the momentum in crypto this year? What wil happen to NFTs?
    All of this and much much more on today' episode!
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
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  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain and Crypto. Tune in now to find out more about:
    MetaMask surpasses 21 Million MAUs as ConsenSys raises $200 million to make Web3 universally easy to use, access, and build on
    Crypto payments service MoonPay raises $555 million from Coatue and Tiger
    Jack Dorsey’s Square is now Block
    Bank of England chief expresses concern over El Salvador’s Bitcoin experiment
    Iconic Los Angeles Venue STAPLES Center gets a new name
    NFT or non-fungible token is Collins Dictionary’s word of the year
    And much more!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by some fantastic guests:
    Curtis Ting, Managing Director EMEA, Kraken
    Amber Baldet, Co-Founder and CEO of Clovyr
    Haseeb Awan, Founder and CEO of Efani, and Co-founder of Bitaccess
    The Tweet of the Week comes from John Hillis, @JohnathanHillis (https://twitter.com/JonathanHillis/status/1464352598929014789?s=20).
    Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Amber Baldet, Curtis Ting, and Haseeb Awan.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back to discuss and unpack all things Large Banks and Crypto. In this Insights show, we want to take a deep dive into the turbulent relationship between the both. With incumbents dismissing Bitcoin and Co. at the start, things are now looking very different - large banks are offering crypto custody and leading in investments in crypto in 2021.
    So how is the space looking? How has it changed to get to where we are now? What does the future relationship look like? Let's dive in!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by fantastic guests who are experts in the ever-evolving crypto space:
    Emily Nicolle, Fintech Correspondent at Financial News
    Edward Woodford, Co-Founder and CEO at Zero Hash
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Edward Woodford, Emily Nicolle, and Emily Nicolle.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain and Crypto. Tune in now to find out more about:
    $9.5 billion spent using Chinese central bank's digital currency 1:55
    Chipper Cash gets $2B valuation with $150M extension round led by FTX 15:05
    Goldman Sachs Taps Digital Asset to Build Open Platform for Tokenized Assets 24:10
    A DAO is trying to buy a rare print of the US Constitution 34:25
    EA says NFTs are part of the future of games industry 41:13
    And much more!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by a fantastic guest:
    Charles Cascarilla, CEO and Co-Founder of Paxos
    The Tweet of the Week comes from David Hoffman, @TrustlessState (https://twitter.com/TrustlessState/status/1458610798192852992).
    Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guest: Charles Cascarilla.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back to discuss and unpack all things Play To Earn. In this Insights show, we want to take a deep dive into the metaverse, and all things Play To Earn. Even if you’re not into the crypto world, I can guarantee you have started seeing and hearing about the metaverse and Axie Infinity lately - and for good reasons. Play To Earn is revolutionising gaming and crypto, all in one go.
    But what is it, how does it work, why have we been hearing so much about it lately? Is this just a fad? Is it too good to be true? Could this be the future of gaming? Let’s dive in!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by fantastic guests who are experts in the ever-evolving crypto space:
    Cathy Hackl, Godmother of the Metaverse
    Bryce Johnson, Co-Founder at LootSquadGG
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Bryce Johnson and Cathy Hackl.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain and Crypto. Tune in now to find out more about:
    Visa develops interoperability concept for central bank digital currency payments 1:48
    Almost 1.1M people have already signed up for Coinbase NFT waitlist, and NFT sales surge to $10.7 billion in Q3 as crypto asset frenzy hits new highs 12:40
    Bitcoin—not gold—is the new inflation hedge, says JPMorgan 25:30
    DeFi platform mistakenly sends $89 million, CEO begs its return 38:20
    And much more!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by some fantastic guests:
    Kinjal Shah, Senior Associate at Blockchain Capital LLC
    David Hoffman, Co-owner at Bankless
    Lex Sokolin, Head Economist, Decentralized Protocols at ConsenSys
    The Tweet of the Week comes from Ryan Watkins, @RyanWatkins_ (https://twitter.com/RyanWatkins_/status/1444050982946672647?s=19).
    Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: David Hoffman, Kinjal Shah, and Lex Sokolin.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back to discuss all things DAO. In this Insights episode, Simon and Cuy want to explore the world of DAOs. After its resurgence in 2020, DAOs is grabbing headlines left, right, and centre. What are the differences between DAO and more traditional forms of financial services such as traditional banks? What about community based decision making that goes into DAO?
    But most importantly - what is it, and why should we be paying attention? How does it work? Is this just a novelty, or is there something lasting here? Let’s dive in!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by fantastic guests who are experts in the ever-evolving crypto space:
    Jess Sloss, Instigator at Seed Club - Social Token Incubator
    Kyla Scanlon, creator and investor
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Jess Sloss and Kyla Scanlon.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain and Crypto. Tune in now to find out more about:
    The Loot project flips the script on NFTs 1:26
    El Salvador endures bumpy first week with bitcoin as legal tender 11:16
    SEC wants to regulate Coinbase’s crypto yield product, and is also investigating decentralized crypto exchange developer Uniswap Labs 22:20
    Big week for FTX: An NFT marketplace with cross-chain trading between Ethereum and Solana, an ambassador/equity deal with NBA star Steph Curry, and cast Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen in their first ads 31:52
    British Post Office ID App to sell Bitcoin vouchers next week 43:40
    Standard Chartered is more bullish on ether than bitcoin — with a $35,000 price prediction 44:41
    And much more!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by some fantastic guests:
    * Gwera Kiwana, Senior Ops Analyst at 11:FS
    * Ryan Todd, Research Lead of Digital Assets at Fintech Collective
    The Tweet of the Week comes from Jeremy Allaire, @jerallaire (https://twitter.com/jerallaire/status/1436350647536848896?s=12).
    Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Gwera Kiwana and Ryan Todd.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back to discuss all things NFTs. In this Insights episode, Simon and Cuy aim to break NFTs down: what are they, how do they work, what can you do with them, what are the practical applications of NFTs, and what does the evolution of the space look like?
    What is the story so far, how are they stored, and how can they move beyond what might be described as a “gimmick” and into something more impactful?
    Simon and Cuy are joined by fantastic guests who are experts in the ever-evolving NFT space:
    * Ameer Carter - NFT Artist
    * Maria Shen - Partner at Electric Capital
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guest: Ameer Carter.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain and Crypto, kicking off with a big announcement from Visa that we dive into and ask Cuy all the burning questions. Tune in now to find out more about:
    Visa NFT White Paper and CryptoPunk Announcement 2:05
    NFT Trading Surges 8X as Penguins, Apes Drive New Boom 6:16
    SuperRare Drops RARE Token to Decentralize NFT Marketplace 6:36
    Free Clipart of a Cartoon Rock Is Selling for $300,000 as NFTs 6:42
    Cryptocurrency heist hacker returns $260m in funds 15:52
    The ECB starts work on creating a digital version of the euro 26:30
    Messi's welcome package at PSG includes cryptocurrency fan tokens 35:12
    And much more!
    Simon and Cuy are joined by some fantastic guests:
    * Ryan Selkis, Founder and CEO of Messari
    * Rhian Lewis, author of The Cryptocurrency Revolution.
    The Tweet of the Week comes from Julien Bouteloup - @bneiluj, view here (https://twitter.com/bneiluj/status/1425056506697949218).
    Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Rhian Lewis and Ryan Selkis.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back to discuss all things decentralized finance. In this insights episode, Simon and Cuy aim to break DeFi down: what is it, how does it work, what can you do with decentralised finance, how is it having a real world impact and how much more could be done with it?
    What is the story so far, how does Defi reward its investors differently to banks, and what does the future hold?
    Simon and Cuy are joined by some fantastic guests who are experts in the ever evolving DeFi space:
    * Gwera Kiwana, Ops Analyst, 11:FS
    * Robert Leshner, CEO of Compound Finance
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Gwera Kiwana and Robert Leshner.

  • Simon Taylor and Cuy Sheffield are back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto including:
    FTX Crypto Exchange Valued at $18B in $900M Funding Round 2:12
    Visa Crypto Cards Have Racked Up $1B in Spending in 2021 10:10
    USDC Stablecoin Backer Circle to Go Public in $4.5B SPAC Deal 15:20
    Square is making a hardware wallet for Bitcoin 23:44
    How Axie Infinity Creates Work in the Metaverse 31:50
    Simon and Cuy are joined by some fantastic guests:
    * Camila Russo, Founder of The Defiant
    * Sina Nader, COO FTX US
    The Tweet of the Week comes from @RyanWatkins_ : “In Q2 2021 Ethereum settled $2.5 trillion in transactions. This represents +65% QoQ and +1,490% YoY, and puts Ethereum on pace to settle $8 trillion in 2021.”
    Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Camila Russo and Sina Nader.

  • Simon Taylor is back with a new co-host, Cuy Sheffield, Head of Crypto at Visa, to discuss all things stablecoins. In this insight episode, Simon and Cuy aim to start at the very beginning, and dive deeper down the stablecoins rabbit hole.
    What are the problems with existing payments systems? What are the similarities and differences between stablecoins and CBDCs? How do they work against fiat? How can they maintain stability? Listen now to find out all of this, and much much more.
    Simon and Cuy are joined by some fantastic guests who are experts in the evolving stablecoins space:
    * Mike Dudas, VP of Ventures, Paxos
    * Joao Reginatto, VP of Product at Circle
    This episode is sponsored by Visa.
    This episode is brought to you by Visa, one of the world’s leaders in digital payments.
    Crypto has opened up a new world of possibility. And Visa is helping everyone take part.
    Visa enables commerce across their network and crypto networks through solutions like Fintech Fast Track, a quick and easy way for crypto innovators to issue payment credentials.
    Join us in this new money movement. Learn more at visa.com/crypto (https://partner.visa.com/homepage.html?utm_source=partner&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=sponsored-podcast_english_60min0sec&utm_campaign=us_fintech_q3-fy21-11fs-fintechinsider&utm_creative=awareness_11fs-fintech-insider).
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Joao Reginatto and Mike Dudas.

  • Our expert host, Simon Taylor, is joined by a great panel of guests to talk about all things crypto.
    In the first part of the show, we want to take a look at just how far we’ve come. How far the crypto space has come in the last year - not just in terms of bitcoin surges but also the real steps forward in terms of adoption by big organisations, regulators and even central banks to start taking this crypto phenomenon seriously.
    Why is it booming so much now? Does crypto matter more now than it ever has before? And last but not least, is crypto mainstream, and why should we care about it?
    This week's expert guests include:
    Shivani Siroya, CEO and founder of Tala
    Diogo Monica, CEO of Anchorage
    Cuy Sheffield, Head of Crypto, Visa
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Cuy Sheffield , Diogo Mónica, and Shivani Siroya.

  • In a special episode of Blockchain Insider, Simon Taylor is in conversation with Yuval Rooz, CEO of fintech company Digital Asset. Yuval became CEO of the fintech company in 2019 and since then has shifted focus to smart contracts and DAML. We kick off the episode with the reasons for this change, the importance of distributed ledger and power of DAML. Moving onto the bigger picture issues in blockchain, Yuval and Simon also discuss the importance of interoperability as governments move towards central bank digital currencies and the opportunities for DLT applications beyond fintech and financial services in a post-coronavirus world.
    But first, we hear a special announcement from host Simon Taylor about the current COVID-19 pandemic and the future of the podcast.
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    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guest: Yuval Rooz.

  • Simon Taylor is back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and crypto. Of course, he is not alone, and in this episode, Simon is joined in the studio by:
    Garrick Hileman - Head of Research at Blockchain.com
    Isabelle Corbett - Head of Government Relations at R3
    Max Kantelia - Co-founder of Zilliqa
    This week is all about CBDCs and stablecoins. First up, Libra is back in the headlines and making waves in the stablecoin world as it tries to win regulatory approval. Meanwhile, China is taking its digital yuan up a level. Not only has the central bank confirmed mobile app trials, but big brands are also getting in on the action with Starbucks, McDonald's and a host of other big firms testing the CBDC. A lot can happen in a few weeks, and in this episode, we continue to dig into the latest blockchain and crypto news including:
    Facebook scales back Libra as it tries to win regulatory approval (03:30)
    China Launches National Blockchain Network (08:55)
    China Central Bank Confirms Digital Yuan Mobile App Trials (09:39)
    Starbucks, McDonald’s Among 19 Firms to Test China’s Digital Yuan (14:09)
    Central Banks Recommended to Ban Stablecoins (19:16)
    Andreessen Horowitz is reportedly raising as much as $450M for new crypto fund (27:05)
    Options Market Signals Doubt Bitcoin Price Will Rise After Halving (36:20)
    The Tweet of the Week comes from @DTAPCAP about bitcoin trades in Lebanon. Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
    The COVID-19 pandemic has created an immediate financial and operational crisis, permanently reshaping the financial services industry. This change must be swift and unavoidable - check out our research report to find out more: Info.11fs.com/covid19 (https://info.11fs.com/covid19)
    If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review!
    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Garrick Hileman, Isabelle Corbett, and Max Kantelia .

  • Simon Taylor is back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and crypto. Of course, he is not alone, and in this episode, Simon is joined remotely by Blockchain Insider returners:
    Lex Sokolin - Fintech Co-head at ConsenSys
    Olivia Vinden - Head of Fintech and Innovation UK at Alpha FMC
    It's a big week for cryptocurrencies as Bitcoin Cash sees it's first halving, resulting in each new transaction block being reduced from 12.5 BCH to 6.25 BCH. On the other side of the crypto spectrum, Ether is on a high with prices rising by 20% ahead of their upgrade. Whilst France experiments with a digital Euro, we also get into a discussion about how CBDCs might be moving us further away from the goals of cryptocurrencies. A lot can happen in a few weeks, and in this episode, we continue to dig into the latest blockchain and crypto news including:
    Programmable fintech payments startup Sila raises $7.7M seed to wipe out ACH (01:55)
    Bitcoin Cash just went through its first halving (08:23)
    Ether Rises to 28-Day High Amid Positive Sentiment for Coming ‘Eth 2.0’ Upgrade (14:33)
    France's central bank begins experimenting with digital euro (23:01)
    Paxful launches peer-to-peer trading between gold and Bitcoin (35:22)
    The Tweet of the Week comes from @Melt_Dem about the future of CBDCs. Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
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    Special Guests: Lex Sokolin and Olivia Vinden.

  • Simon Taylor is back this week to talk about the latest and greatest news in blockchain, Bitcoin and crypto. Of course, he is not alone, and in this episode, Simon is joined in the studio by:
    Richard Crook - Director at Lab 577
    Dave Hudson - Chief Engineering Officer at R3
    This week we kick things off with a discussion about central bank digital currencies. As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe we're beginning to see shifts in attitudes towards CBDCs. In the US, before Donald Trump signed into law the largest economic stimulus package in US history, there were murmurs of a digital dollar just before it was dropped from the bill. Meanwhile, in China, efforts to create a national digital currency have just gone up a notch as they complete development of the basic functions of a CBDC. A lot can happen in a few weeks, and in this episode, we continue to dig into the latest blockchain and crypto news including:
    House stimulus bills adopt then promptly drop 'digital dollar' (02:18)
    Turning A Crisis Into An Opportunity, China Gets One Step Closer to CBDC (07:43)
    Shift in payments habits because of coronavirus fears could bolster central bank digital currencies says BIS (11:30)
    Square says bitcoin 'engagement' on its Cash App has grown in recent weeks amid market volatility (17:05)
    HSBC Puts $10B of Private Placements on R3’s Corda Blockchain (27:44)
    CFTC announces finalized guidance on the 'actual delivery' of digital assets (36:04)
    The Tweet of the Week comes from @antony_btc about "magical money" (41:49). Why not send us your best tweets? See if you can get a shout out on the show!
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    Want to join the conversation on all the topics discussed? Tweet the show at: www.twitter.com/bchaininsider Special Guests: Dave Hudson and Richard Crook.

  • We've had some technical difficulties with remote recording and unfortunately, that means no new episode this week. Fear not, as we're back next week and the week after with more of the latest and greatest in blockchain, crypto and DLT news.
    Whilst you're here, why not check out some of the other shows in the 11:FS podcast family? We've got Fintech Insider, Insurtech Insider, which recently had a blockchain special, and the brand new Fintech Marketing Podcast. Check them out by clicking the links below.
    Fintech Insider - https://link.chtbl.com/fintechinsider
    Insurtech Insider - https://link.chtbl.com/insurtech
    Fintech Marketing Podcast - https://link.chtbl.com/fintech-marketing-podcast
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