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All things crypto with Bill Barhydt, founder and CEO of Abra.

Exclusive interviews with entrepreneurs and investors focusing on decentralized culture, finance and technology.

Interviews with leading cultural disruptors from the world of music, film, fashion, business and the arts. David Hershkovits has been at the front lines of the “culture wars” since 1984 as a founder, editor, writer and columnist for Paper Magazine.

Miko Matsumura

Some of the smartest and most interesting builders in the blockchain industry will help you absorb and understand the jargon, culture, and ideas in this exciting space.

Entrepreneurs share their personal success stories and the processes they employ for innovation and leadership whilst maintaining ethical standards.

Co-hosts Spencer Dinwiddie of the NBA and his business partner, Solo Ceesay, have intimate conversations with pro athletes, celebrities and social media influencers who are on the cutting edge of interacting directly with fans and developing new ways to generate revenue from their own celebrity

Culture Conversations

New Money

The O Show

 

Originally aired on December 1, 2023

In this episode of the O Show, host Wendy O covers a wide range of crypto news and updates. She discusses breaking news about Salana setting an unprecedented record, a bombshell involving Algorand, Iota surging to a six-month high, market caps, Bitcoin price action, and more. Wendy also shares an exciting personal announcement about a partnership between the Karate Combat event and a local boxing gym, providing an opportunity for underprivileged youth to attend a live fight in Las Vegas.

What is the breaking news about Salana’s record-setting achievement?

  • Salana achieves the highest DEX volume in history
  • Monthly Salana USD transfer volume exceeds 7 billion
  • The ecosystem demonstrates growth and high user activity

How is Algorand making strides in India and other areas?

  • Algorand partners with organizations in India to support web 3 growth
  • Teams up with tech advocacy group NASCOM and women-centric bank Man Des
  • Developing a blockchain-based credit scorecard and identity system for women entrepreneurs

What is the exciting announcement made in the episode?

  • Karate Combat partners with a local boxing gym to send underprivileged youth to a live fight event in Las Vegas
  • The initiative aims to provide a positive experience and mentorship for the participating youth
  • Wendy O expresses enthusiasm and gratitude for the partnership’s impact on the community

What updates are available regarding cryptocurrency token unlocks?

  • Projections for upcoming token unlocks and potential impacts on the market
  • Guidance for token holders to remain cautious and informed about potential sell-offs during the unlock periods
  • Emphasis on understanding the implications of token unlocks on one’s crypto holdings

What are the important developments related to Circle and its involvement with Justin Sun?

  • Circulation of a letter from Circle to Senators denying involvement with illicit finance or Justin Sun and associated companies, Tron and Hopi
  • Circle aims to repel claims of involvement with crypto financing through transparent communication with lawmakers

What are the latest updates related to Bitcoin ETF issuers and SEC approval?

  • MicroStrategy acquires an additional 16,000 Bitcoin for 593 million
  • SEC’s official approval window for Bitcoin spot ETF is scheduled for January 5th to January 10th
  • Expectations for potential approval and implications for the cryptocurrency market

 

00:00 – Intro

03:05 – The entire crypto market

03:30 – BTC price analysis

03:40 – We are trading on #phemex #partner

03:45 – Back to $BTC analysis

05:00 – Total crypto market cap

05:25 – Solana sets unprecedented record

06:45 – SOL price analysis

11:30 – New Algorand partnerships

13:20 – ALGO price analysis

15:30 – More Algorand news

17:20 – Karate Combat X The Self Care Lab announcement

26:00 – IOTA hits 6-month high (Here’s why)

27:50 – Reddit $MOONS token becomes fully decentralised

28:45 – Pay attention to token unlocks

31:50 – Kyberswap hacker send demands to project

33:08 – Poloniex withdrawals/deposits back online

34:40 – Circle $USDC denies shocking allegations

35:45 – Shout out to KarateCombat for this xo

38:05 – DeSantis vs Newsome

42:00 – Spot Bitcoin ETFs update

43:00 – Final news stories

 

Originally aired on November 21, 2023

In this episode of The O Show, host Wendy O delivers an impassioned and unfiltered monologue addressing the recent developments in the crypto industry. She expresses her frustration with the legal system, discusses the shocking resignation of Binance CEO CZ amid extortion and legal action, and delves into the intertwined issues of crypto regulation, market manipulation, and the impact on everyday people. Wendy also touches on the relationship between FTX, OpenAI, and bankruptcy proceedings, while advocating for financial inclusion and advocating for individuals to stay informed and supportive of one another.

WHAT is the impact of legal action on Binance CEO CZ?

  • Binance CEO CZ has resigned amid extortion, legal action, and a plea guilty to money laundering violations
  • The U.S. Department of Justice and the Treasury are involved in a major cryptocurrency action regarding Binance
  • The SEC and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen are attending a DOJ action related to CZ

WHAT are the implications of FTX, OpenAI, and bankruptcy proceedings?

  • FTX’s bankruptcy trustee has yet to sell a stake in Anthropics worth a significant amount
  • OpenAI’s board of directors approached Anthropics about a potential merger, indicating a complex relationship among related entities

WHAT is the impact on Bitrex Global and other exchanges?

  • Bitrex Global has decided to wind down operations, prompting customers to withdraw their assets as soon as possible
  • The closure highlights the challenges of competing in the crypto exchange market and the impact on users

00:00 – U.S. legal system is messed up

05:45 – The entire crypto market

06:20 – BTC  price analysis

08:20 – Binance CEO CZ steps down

09:55 – SEC sues Kraken exchange

34:00 OpenAI drama involves FTX & Anthropic AI

37:35 – Celsius Network bankruptcy plan confirmed

37:55 – Bittrex exchange shutting down

41:50 – Elon Musk is fighting for free speech

42:10 U.S. debt is huge

 

Originally aired on November 20, 2023

Wendy O discusses a wide range of topics in this episode of The O Show. She covers shocking allegations against OpenAI, the pumping of meme coin Bonk, market volatility, the implications of Bitcoin’s price movements, her personal experience with a traumatic event, and a breaking news about the crypto industry. Wendy also highlights the importance of raising awareness and funds for organizations like House of Ruth and emphasizes the need for financial transparency and personal empowerment through cryptocurrency.

What are the shocking allegations against OpenAI?

  • Allegations against former CEO Sam Alman
  • Alleged lack of transparency and communication with the board
  • Sam Alman’s involvement in a potential AI-focused chip company

Why is Bitcoin pumping in Argentina?

  • The election of a new president in Argentina
  • Anti-Central Bank stance and support for Bitcoin
  • Potential impact on the country’s economy and financial policies

What new developments have occurred in the crypto industry?

  • Acquisition of Coindesk by Bullish, a company led by the former NYSE president
  • Tether’s freeze of 225 million tokens due to a criminal investigation
  • Exploitation of yfi and multi-chain bridges in the crypto market

00:00 – Show intro

02:45 – $BONK #memecoin surging

04:10 – Are you ready for Killer Whales TV show?

05:00 – The entire crypto market

06:05 – How to use TradingView

07:20 – BTC daily, weekly & 4h

13:15 – Token airdrops tips & tricks

13:55 – Binance extorted

14:20 – Bitcoin to $500k?

15:00 – OpenAI drama

18:25 – Argentina election pumps Bitcoin

24:10 – More large institutions adopting crypto

24:55 – Pentagon fails audit AGAIN

26:50 – Joe Biden trying to take over the internet

29:15 – China pushes social credit score and CBDC system

30:10 – Tether FUD

31:20 – Crypto exchange buys Coindesk

32:55 – Celsius Network bankruptcy plan halted

33:30 – Huge DYDX YFI exploit

Money Talks

The MikoBits Show

 

Originally aired on August 30, 2023

In this episode of the MikoBits show, host Miko Bits interviews John Reynolds of Aleo, who is involved in running the ZPrize competition. ZPrize aims to advance the industry of zero knowledge proofs and the mathematics of cryptography. The competition consists of several categories focused on hardware and software development in the field of zero knowledge proofs. The winners of each category receive a cash prize. The discussion covers the purpose of ZPrize, the prize amounts, the different categories, the concept of zero knowledge proofs, the potential applications of zero knowledge proofs in various industries, and the scalability of the technology.

What is the ZPrize competition?

  • It aims to push the industry of zero knowledge proofs forward.
  • The competition includes several categories focused on different areas of the industry.
  • Winners of each category receive a cash prize, with a total of three categories for the current year’s competition.

The prize amounts for ZPrize

  • There are three categories, each with a baseline prize starting at $300,000.
  • The winners receive the entire prize amount for each category.

The categories for ZPrize 2022

  • Two categories focus on accelerating multi-scalar multiplication (MSM) in zero knowledge proofs, specifically on FPGA and GPU platforms.
  • The third category is sponsored by Aleo and focuses on high-throughput signature verification within a zero knowledge circuit.

The concept of zero knowledge proofs

  • Zero knowledge proofs allow for the proving of knowledge or information without revealing the underlying data.
  • They provide proof of computation, verifying that a value was computed honestly or that a computation occurred without revealing the input data.

Potential applications of zero knowledge proofs

  • Identity verification: Zero knowledge proofs can provide privacy and security in identity verification processes, eliminating the need for centralized providers.
  • Financial applications: Zero knowledge proofs can enhance the privacy and compliance of financial transactions and credentials.
  • Healthcare and telemedicine: Zero knowledge proofs can protect the privacy of health information while allowing for verification in medical care.
  • Education: Zero knowledge proofs can verify educational credentials while protecting the privacy of personal information.

The scalability of zero knowledge proofs

  • The industry is still in the early stages of scaling zero knowledge proofs to be integrated into various applications.
  • Challenges include the transition from legacy systems, but advancements in hardware and web3 technologies are helping to accelerate progress.
  • The goal is to achieve internet-scale verifiable computation at a reasonable cost, meeting regulatory compliance requirements while preserving user privacy.
 

Originally aired on August 11, 2023

MikoBits interviews Evin McMullen from DISCO about decentralized identity and its role in the metaverse. DISCO aims to eliminate the need for filling out forms by allowing individuals to control and share their own identity and data. The platform enables users to carry their information in a “data backpack” using their blockchain keys. This allows for the seamless transfer of data between different apps and platforms, increasing personalization and reducing the risks associated with traditional identity systems. By integrating decentralized identity into the metaverse, individuals can enjoy personalized experiences and enhance their interactions within digital and physical environments.

What problem does DISCO solve?

  • DISCO allows users to avoid filling out forms and repeating information by creating a data backpack that carries their identity and data across different apps and platforms.
  • This eliminates the high switching costs associated with moving between different apps and increases data security and privacy.

How does decentralized identity work?

  • DISCO enables users to use their blockchain keys to control and share pieces of information written about them in the form of credentials.
  • These credentials, similar to plastic ID cards, allow users to express specific aspects of their identity and preferences in a portable and secure manner.
  • The use of blockchain keys adds a new superpower to the keys, allowing users to write, send, receive, and use information about themselves securely.

The role of identity in the metaverse

  • The metaverse, according to DISCO, is the ability to show up in any digital or physical environment and experience personalization based on the shared aspects of one’s identity.
  • Identity is the key to unlocking a metaverse that is not interrupted by sign-up forms and offers personalized experiences and opportunities tailored to individuals.
  • By providing more than just financial information on-chain, individuals can enjoy unique and authentic human connections and personalized content within the metaverse.

The value of DISCO in the current landscape

  • DISCO has gained over 12,000 users through its public data beta, with support for over 130,000 credentials.
  • The most popular application within DISCO is the “GM” credential, which allows users to send and receive “good morning” greetings.
  • DISCO’s focus on user preferences and personalization has resonated with users who enjoy the ability to express different facets of their identity in a low-stress and fun way.

The challenge of transferability in decentralized identity

  • Transferability of credentials can pose risks, as it enables the sale of an individual’s entire identity.
  • DISCO aims to mitigate this risk by focusing on the entanglement of multiple identifiers and data points, making it less likely for users to sell or give up their full set of credentials.
  • The goal is to create a concentration of risk within the interconnectedness of different addresses, rather than relying solely on a single key or credential.

Navigating the future of identity in a changing landscape

  • The future of identity lies in the balance between protocol-centric design and human-centered design.
  • Protocols need to consider the limitations and behaviors of human actions to ensure the development of user-centric products and solutions.
  • DISCO aims to prioritize user needs and experiences above all else, providing a platform that bridges the gap between rational protocol systems and the complexities of human behavior.

 

 

Originally aired on July 28, 2023

In this episode of the Miko Bits show, host Miko Bits interviews Åke André, the founder of Crypto Rogue Games. They discuss the future of web3 gaming and Åke’s project, Crystals of Naramunz. Åke shares his background as an OG gamer and his journey in the gaming industry. They talk about the potential impact of web3 on the gaming industry and how it can disrupt traditional models. They also delve into the design decisions and mechanics of Crystals of Naramunz, including skill progression and dynamic dungeons. Overall, they are excited about the future of web3 gaming and the possibilities it holds.

What is Crystals of Naramunz?

Crystals of Naramunz is an upcoming free-to-play action RPG set in the post-apocalyptic steampunk world of Naramunz.

Check the game here https://www.naramunz.com/

and follow their twitter for more information @naramunz

@AkeAndre

The Future of Web3 Gaming with Crypto Rogue Games Founder Åke André

  • Discusses the game Crystals of Naramunz, a steampunk-themed isometric action RPG for PC.
  • Talks about his background as an OG gamer and his experience in the gaming industry.
  • Explores the potential impact of web3 on the gaming industry and how it can disrupt traditional models.
  • Highlights the design decisions and mechanics of Crystals of Naramunz, including skill progression and dynamic dungeons.
  • Emphasizes the importance of user engagement and customization in web3 gaming.
  • Looks forward to the future of web3 gaming and the opportunities it presents.

 

00:13 – Ake Introduction

1:42 – Ake Background in gaming

11:49 – Free-to-play model

26:28 – Ake’s perspective on the impact of web3 in gaming industry

30:08 – Design desition & contrast with Crystal of Naramus

46:09 – IP in gaming

56:24 – The US Gaming Market Regultions, SCC vs. Asian Gaming Market

1:07 – The Virtual Reality concept that build the Pyramid of Egypt

1:11 – The future of Gaming with Web3 & Blockchain technology

Anything is Possible

 

Originally aired on April 11, 2023

Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” My recent trek up Mt. Kenya with Sir Richard Branson and a fantastic group of inspiring individuals embodied this quote; it was an incredible journey of a lifetime.

We embarked on our adventure in October 2022. Today, six months later, I am thrilled to share the full-length video of our journey from Day 1 to Day 5 on Mt. Kenya. Our adventure took us to the top of the second highest mountain in Africa as part of the Strive Challenge. The Strive Challenge is a campaign by Big Change, a mission-based organisation dedicated to ensuring youth success.

During the trip, we faced challenges, pushed our limits, and formed lifelong bonds. This expedition was not just about climbing a mountain; it was about embracing the spirit of adventure, reaching new heights, and working towards a brighter future for all.

Throughout our trek, we broke into groups and discussed global education challenges and how we might support development worldwide. My group’s conversation focused on our personal experiences and how they connected to the issues that Big Change is tackling.

Education has played a crucial role in my family’s history. My Grandfather left Hong Kong in the 1950s to seek a better life in the United Kingdom. His ability to create a successful business hinged on his grasp of English and his early, albeit limited, formal education.

My own journey through education was shaped by the fact that I grew up as a first-generation immigrant in Belfast, where I experienced racially-charged bullying. This experience changed my outlook on the school system and formal education. Despite this, I studied law at one of England’s most prestigious law schools and recently attended Harvard Business School.

Throughout my education, I have developed a holistic view and come to believe that while education is important, it doesn’t guarantee everything in life. Like anything of value, it must be cultivated and nurtured over the long term.

I am a massive fan of Big Change and its work. The organisation does a great job bringing together like-minded people to effect change. While Big Change used to focus on the UK, it now has a global reach.

For those interested in getting involved and participating in the global conversation, you can host a #BigEducationConversation. By doing this, you can help share a vision for change. Visit bigeducationconversation.org and join the mission to support a million conversations in communities worldwide.

As for me, I am excited to continue pushing boundaries and breaking barriers. I believe that #anythingispossible when we work together towards a common goal.