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Base Layer will be providing insights from founders and investors in the base layer of cryptoassets. Simplifying complex projects and the technology being developed, from interoperability to relayers and more - who is building the future, why are they and how are they doing it.
 
From Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson, welcome to What Grinds My Gears, a podcast about the bizarre and buzzworthy happenings in the world of cryptocurrency. Each week, we delve into one key theme in crypto, and examine this theme through a broader financial, political, and cultural lens to learn from the past, understand the present, and explore the future.
 
Bully, a corporate attorney by trade, has grown a large social media presence by offering genuine and unique takes on complex issues. He now brings that same passion and analysis to a long-form podcast format, interviewing movers and shakers in the worlds of technology, finance, crypto, politics, law, media, international relations and everything in between.
 
We’re pleased to introduce our new podcast series — Abra's Money 3.0, your guide to the future of all things money. The way money works — everything from the technology behind money to the way people are using it — is changing. This new podcast series will take a deeper dive into this evolution and how it is impacting finance, investing, and access to global markets. Learn how Money 3.0 works and how it will impact you by joining us in conversation with the people spearheading the future of ...
 
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Will Clemente is a Finance Major at East Carolina University. He has quickly become one of my favorite writers on all things bitcoin, including deep dives on various onchain analytics. Subscribe to Will’s new email newsletter here: https://btcbywc3.substack.com/ In this conversation, we discuss whales buying, new holders selling, miner accumulation…
 
Saifdean Ammous is a leading researcher, communicator, and educator in the field of Bitcoin, and he has advised corporations on bitcoin strategy, and helped many investors with performing their due diligence on Bitcoin. He is the author of The Bitcoin Standard and has a new book, The Fiat Standard, available for pre-sale now. In this conversation, …
 
Before Landon Cassill could legally drive on the road, he was winning races as a teen driver and being scouted by high profile sponsors and racing teams. What few know is that he was also an early crypto adopter and miner. He managed to merge his two loves - Landon pulled off a crypto sponsorship with one of our team’s favorite companies, Voyager. …
 
My guest today is Steve Gregory, CEO of the US Branch of Currency.com. Currency.com is a high-growth, crypto-asset platform helping everyone securely connect with the booming world of cryptocurrencies to buy, sell or trade digital assets. Steve has extensive working experience in the digital currency space and is an expert in the legal area. Before…
 
Today is a new type of episode. We have no guest. I explain a situation, elaborate on the details, and finish with an opinion on where I think we are headed. Today’s topic is Elizabeth Warren’s recent comments about bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market. ======================= Did you know nearly 338 million dollars worth of NFTs were sent last ye…
 
Marty Bent is the man and legend behind Marty's Bent, a daily newsletter about Bitcoin, along with the host of Tales from the Crypt, one of the most popular Bitcoin podcasts. In this conversation, we discuss bitcoin mining, ESG initiatives, gas flare capture energy production, proof of work, proof of stake and whether bitcoin is winning. ==========…
 
Anthony Scaramucci and his company Skybridge Capital have been dominant names in the crypto media, as they have been leading the charge for institutional adoption of Bitcoin. They have their own ETF proposal and proprietary crypto funds, so it’s safe to say the “Mooch” has a bullish long-term outlook for the crypto market. It is Scaramucci’s belief…
 
My guest today is Stephen Tse, Founder of Harmony. Harmony is a blockchain platform designed to facilitate the creation and use of decentralized applications (DApps). The network aims to innovate the way decentralized applications work by focusing on random state sharding, which allows creating blocks in seconds. According to the project’s website,…
 
Lyn Alden is the founder of Lyn Alden Investment Strategy, which provides market research to hundreds of thousands of individual investors and financial professionals. Lyn’s focus is on value investing with a global macro overlay, including currency differentials, shifts in monetary policy, and equity valuations. In this conversation, we discuss mo…
 
Eliot Brown writes about startups and venture capital out of The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco office. He previously covered commercial real estate and economic development from New York City. Eliot’s new book, The Cult of We, breaks down what happened over the last few years with WeWork. In this conversation, we discuss WeWork, startup fundi…
 
Polina Pompliano is the founder of The Profile, a new age media company that studies the world’s most successful people and companies. She previously was a technology reporter at Fortune and also happens to be my wife. In this conversation, we discuss the economics behind the Olympics, how Olympians make money, the net worth of your favorite compet…
 
Will Clemente is a Finance Major at East Carolina University. He has quickly become one of my favorite writers on all things bitcoin, including deep dives on various onchain analytics. Subscribe to Will’s new email newsletter here: https://btcbywc3.substack.com/ In this conversation, we discuss RSI, perpetual funding rate, strong hand accumulation,…
 
My guest today is my friend, Oliver Gale. Oliver is a serial entrepreneur and Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) pioneer with 9 years experience building blockchain projects, involved in policy making discussions and thought leadership at the United Nations, ITU, MIT, Columbia University, the IMF, and numerous central banks and governments. At th…
 
Marcelo Lebre is the CTO and co-founder of Remote. Marcelo previously worked as the VP of Engineering at Unbabel, has held several CTO positions and is a startup advisor. In this conversation, we discuss the remote working trend, compensation structures, legalities and compliance of paying international employees, democratization and decentralizati…
 
Sam Bankman-Fried is leading the charge towards mainstream adoption of crypto, seemingly single handedly marketing to the masses. He has put the name FTX on a stadium, MLB, Tom Brady and others, bringing more new eyes to Bitcoin than ever before. He believes that crypto is in the early innings and that the future is bright. Perhaps most importantly…
 
Greg Foss is the CFO and Bitcoin Strategist at Validus Power Corp. He has spent over 30 years of his career in various credit markets, where he has managed hundreds of millions of dollars. In this conversation, we discuss nation state defaults, credit markets, bitcoin, decentralized central banks, asset allocation, flare gas capture mining, and Sou…
 
Will Clemente is a Finance Major at East Carolina University. He has quickly become one of my favorite writers on all things bitcoin, including deep dives on various onchain analytics. We are joined this week by David Puell, the OG on-chain analyst. Subscribe to Will’s new email newsletter here: https://btcbywc3.substack.com/ Read Daivd’s work here…
 
China is shutting down Bitcoin mining operations, offering miners around the world the golden opportunity to capitalize and earn more Bitcoin. Whit Gibbs, the CEO of Compass Mining is bullish on the asset becoming more decentralized than ever before while the inherent risks of China impacting the network diminish. Compass Mining’s revolutionary bus…
 
My guest today is my friend Luke Stokes, Managing Director for the Foundation for Interwallet Operability (FIO). FIO is a decentralized service layer that removes the risk, complexity, and inconvenience of sending and receiving tokens and coins identically across every blockchain and near error-free by providing a decentralized human-readable addre…
 
Michael Wu is the founder & CEO of Amber Group, a Hong Kong-based crypto finance startup that provides trading and asset management services. In this conversation, we discuss building a crypto unicorn, servicing institutions, market making, crypto finance, and centralized vs decentralized services. ======================= Remote makes it easy for c…
 
Greg Beard is the co-founder and CEO of Stronghold Digital Mining, a vertically integrated cryptocurrency miner. He previously oversaw Apollo’s investment activities in the energy, metals and mining and agriculture sectors. In this conversation, we discuss bitcoin mining, environmental impact, coal waste energy production, vertical integration for …
 
Exchanges are the engines that make the crypto space run. Behind the scenes of almost every crypto transaction, countless exchange employees are working tirelessly to provide an optimal experience for users while staying on the cutting edge of technology. Stephen Stonberg has been tasked with one of the most challenging jobs in crypto - CEO of Bitt…
 
My guest today is Michael O'Rourke, Founder of the Pocket Network. Pocket Network is a blockchain data platform built for applications that uses cost-efficient economics to coordinate and distribute data at scale, enabling seamless interactions between blockchains and applications. With Pocket, the use of blockchains can be simply integrated into w…
 
Jack Mallers is the founder of Zap, which has created Strike, an application that allows anyone to send money instantly, with no fees, anywhere in the world. Saquon Barkley is the best running back in the NFL and plays for the New York Giants. In this conversation, we discuss Saquon being paid in bitcoin, financial education, Strike, inflation, and…
 
Alex Morris is the man behind The Science of Hitting, a new equity research offering. Alex has an MBA and CFA, but really cut his teeth by publishing his equity research publicly for everyone to scrutinize. You can subscribe to his equity research here: https://thescienceofhitting.substack.com/ In this conversation, we discuss the Costco story, mem…
 
Last year, MicroStrategy publicly announced their decision to buy $425M worth of Bitcoin with their cash reserve. Since then, the trailblazer behind that company has continued to do what he believes in most - buy more Bitcoin. Michael Saylor believes that our inflationary macro environment can be arbitraged by taking on low interest debt to acquire…
 
My guest today is my friend Omer Ozden, CEO and Founder of RockTree Captial. RockTree Capital is a pioneer in international merchant banking with expertise in cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, blockchain and technology, energy, investment, and real estate between China, North America, the Middle East, and Central. Omer is also co…
 
Peter Schiff is the Chief Economist and Global Strategist at Euro Pacific Capital. In this conversation, we discuss inflation, monetary policy, gold, bitcoin, taxes, and becoming a billionaire. ======================= Revolut is a finance app in the US and UK, that say they're the simplest way to access crypto. Sign up today at Revolut.com/pomp and…
 
Gagan Biyani is the co-founder and CEO of Maven, a new platform for cohort-based courses. He was a co-founder of Udemy, a large online education company, and was co-founder and CEO of Sprig, a food delivery company. In this conversation, we discuss online education, cohort-based courses, building a startup, importance of focus, scaling platforms, B…
 
Will Clemente is a Finance Major at East Carolina University. He has quickly become one of my favorite writers on all things bitcoin, including deep dives on various onchain analytics. We are joined this week by Willy Woo, the OG on-chain analyst. Subscribe to Will’s new email newsletter here: https://btcbywc3.substack.com/ Subscribe to Willy Woo’s…
 
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