CopperCasts
Philip Gradwell - Chief Economist, Chainalysis - Coppercasts Ep 013

Philip Gradwell - Chief Economist, Chainalysis - Coppercasts Ep 013

March 23, 2021

The latest CopperCasts episode welcomes Philip Gradwell, Chief Economist at Chainalysis, the blockchain analysis company.

In this conversation, you’ll get a glimpse of how difficult it is to link a wallet address to real identities, how privacy coins such as Monero work, Chainalysis’ plans in DeFi, the true scale of illicit activity occurring on the network, and buying socks with Bitcoin (which Philip once did!).

Make sure to also check out Philip’s Show & Tell on our Youtube channel, which looks at institutional inflows into the space. Philip describes that since November, large whales have bought 1.7m Bitcoin in total at an average cost of $35k per Bitcoin. He concludes that the willingness to buy the digital asset at this price level likely puts a new floor on the Bitcoin price of at least $35k.

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Hugo Philion - Co-Founder & CEO, Flare Networks - Coppercasts Ep 013

Hugo Philion - Co-Founder & CEO, Flare Networks - Coppercasts Ep 013

March 5, 2021

Welcome to another episode of CopperCasts, where we recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Hugo Philion, CEO and co-creator of Flare Network.

CopperCasts are split into two parts. The first is a short (2min) video in which our guest shares with us something they find unusual or inspiring about the digital asset space. The second half is a traditional audio-only podcast, which you can stream at the bottom of this page, or search for it in all the usual places.

In this longer conversation with our host, Tyler Kenyon, Hugo dives in and lays out all the facts on what Flare is. He explains how Flare is able to provide assets such as Ripple, Litecoin, Stellar and Dogecoin a trustless way of accessing smart contracts, so that these assets can enter the exciting world of NFTs and all of the future developments that smart contracts bring.  

Tyler and Hugo also touch on other topics such as regulation, celebrity endorsement of the space and what we can expect in the near future. 

Short on time but keen to hear what Flare is from the horse’s mouth? Make sure to check out Hugo’s Show & Tell on our Youtube Channel for a 2min description of Flare and the value it can bring to the crypto community.

Don’t forget to download the full episode, and subscribe on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

You can hear more from the Copper team by following @CopperHQ, or visit our site and subscribe to our weekly newsletter, copper.co/insights.

Stani Kulechov - Founder & CEO, AAVE - Coppercasts Ep 012

Stani Kulechov - Founder & CEO, AAVE - Coppercasts Ep 012

February 11, 2021

Welcome to episode 12 of CopperCasts, where we're joined by Stani Kulechov, the founder and CEO of Aave.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you'll know that Aave is a wildly popular decentralised finance (DeFi) platform for lending and borrowing assets.

In August 2020, it became the second DeFi protocol to hit $1 billion in total value locked (TVL). Six months later, this figure has swollen to an astounding $6 billion TVL.

CopperCasts are split into two parts. The first is a short (2min) video in which our guest shares with us something they find unusual or inspiring about the digital asset space. The second half is a traditional audio-only podcast, which you can stream at the bottom of this page, or search for it in all the usual places.

Stani’s Show & Tell segment focuses on the exponential growth of DeFi and how TVL (the most popular metric for DeFi) works. He also provides a primer on what Aave is why it continues to grow market share at an incredible place.

In the longer audio-only podcast, Stani and Tyler leave no stone unturned, discussing Aave's exciting new projects in the pipeline, emerging trends such as reg-tech and Stani's experience as an angel investor.

Don’t forget to download the full episode, and subscribe on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

You can hear more from the Copper team by following @CopperHQ, or visit our site and subscribe to our weekly newsletter, copper.co/insights.

David Marsh - Chairman & Founder OMFIF - Coppercasts Ep. 011

David Marsh - Chairman & Founder OMFIF - Coppercasts Ep. 011

January 8, 2021

In episode 11 we speak with David Marsh, a financial specialist, author and commentator on political, economic and monetary issues. 

David Marsh worked for more than 20 years as a reporter for outlets including Reuters and the Financial Times. He then turned to a career in investment banking. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), an independent think tank organisation concerned with central banking and economic policy.

In the Show & Tell segment which you can find on our Youtube channel, David identifies ways that central banks can evolve to keep up with the horsemen of fintech. He also calls for partnership ecosystems between CBs and new private sector payment technologies to preserve fair competition and drive further efficiency in payments.

In this longer audio-only podcast, David and Tyler delve deeper into the key changes that big tech is driving in central banking, including the development of central bank digital currencies and their role in promoting financial inclusion.

You can follow David and OMFIF on twitter.

Yichen Wu - CEO & Founder Tesseract - Coppercasts ep 010

Yichen Wu - CEO & Founder Tesseract - Coppercasts ep 010

December 23, 2020

This week's Coppercast comes to you from the Finnish seaside city of Helsinki, where we met with the dynamic Yichen Wu, CEO and co-founder at Tesseract Investment.

Tesseract is a forerunner in the rapidly growing digital asset lending market, enabling individuals or institutions to earn passive income on their cryptocurrency assets.

CopperCasts are split into two parts. The first is a short (2min) video in which our guest shares with us something they find unusual or inspiring about the digital asset space. The second half is a traditional audio-only podcast, which you can stream at the bottom of this page, or search for it in all the usual places.

The Show & Tell segment sees Yichen outline some of the inefficiencies in the crypto lending space, and explain how Tesseract and Copper are solving these issues.

In the longer conversation, Yichen talks about the trends he is seeing in institutional crypto borrowing and lending, why regulators are right to take a slow and prudent approach to digital assets, nurturing the 'shallow' crypto talent pool, and why CrossFit is like airline food...

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You can hear more from the Copper team by following @CopperHQ, or visit our site and subscribe to our weekly newsletter, copper.co/insights.

Konstantin Anissimov, Exec. Dir. CEX.IO - Coppercasts - Ep 009

Konstantin Anissimov, Exec. Dir. CEX.IO - Coppercasts - Ep 009

December 11, 2020

In the hot seat this week is Konstantin Anissimov, Executive Director of CEX.IO, one of the oldest and most established cryptocurrency exchanges.

CopperCasts are split into two parts. The first is a short (2min) video in which our guest shares with us something they find unusual or inspiring about the digital asset space.

The Show & Tell segment sees Konstantin outlines the factors driving the growth of DeFi, highlighting that even in its nascency, the sector has already left an indelible mark on the global financial landscape.

The second half is a traditional audio-only podcast, which you can stream at the bottom of this page, or search for it in all the usual places.

In the longer conversation, Konstantin describes navigating the minefield of grey areas in exchange regulation, witnessing a growing wave of institutional funds flowing into the digital asset space, the soap opera that is DeFi and also shares his take on what’s in store for central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

You can follow Konstantin on Twitter: @anissimovk1

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Erica Stanford, Crypto Curry Club founder - Coppercasts - Ep008

Erica Stanford, Crypto Curry Club founder - Coppercasts - Ep008

November 27, 2020

If you consider yourself an avid networker, chances are you are already familiar with our latest Coppercasts guest.

The eighth episode welcomes Erica Stanford, founder of the popular Crypto Curry Club – the UKs no 1 rated networking lunches and educational events for leaders in blockchain, crypto and emerging tech.

In her Show & Tell segment, Erica presents a passionate argument for how 2.5 billion of the world’s poorest population are poised to benefit from crypto by sending money to anyone, anywhere,  instantly – for free.

In our longer conversation, Erica and Tyler discuss her journey with crypto, its real value and how the market is dramatically evolving. Erica also sheds light on the difficulties she faced travelling across Asia and South America – having to learn the hard way just how extortionate remittance companies are.

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Michael Hall, Nickel Digital CIO - CopperCasts Ep.007

Michael Hall, Nickel Digital CIO - CopperCasts Ep.007

October 29, 2020

It’s easy to read about institutional investment in crypto, but what’s it like to live it? For episode seven of CopperCasts we speak with Michael Hall, the co-founder and CIO of Nickel Digital. One of the most successful crypto hedge funds going.

In his Show & Tell segment, Michael gave us a sneak peak of their recently launched Digital Factors Fund, a multi-strategy approach for startup funds that leverages the infrastructure and relationships that Nickel has already built up and which smaller funds wouldn't be able to afford on their own.

Here, in our longer conversation, we delve a little deeper into some of the challenges startup funds face in this space. We explore the similarities between institutional crypto now and the world of hedge funds in the 1990s. We talk regulations, CBDCs, Libra, automation, corporate treasury reserve assets, DeFi, and how you respond to a pandemic. We left no crypto stone unturned!

Michael and the team at Nickel Digital are easily some of the most experienced and successful digital asset managers around. It's a great episode and we look forward to getting an update on the Digital Factors Fund in Q1 2021. In the meantime, you should follow Nickel on Twitter.

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Iain Wilson - NEM Project CFO - CopperCasts Ep 006

Iain Wilson - NEM Project CFO - CopperCasts Ep 006

October 22, 2020

Layer one protocols are at the heart of everything in our industry, which is why it was such a pleasure to speak with Iain Wilson, the CFO of the NEM Project, for episode 6 of CopperCasts.

In his Show & Tell segment, which you can catch on Youtube, Iain talks about the tokenisation of the world and what the projected market cap of tokenised assets could be before the decade is out

In our longer conversation we talk about the whole NEM ecosystem, it’s evolution from NIS1 to Symbol, the impact of CBDCs and stable coins, and what that means for reshaping the whole financial markets infrastructure.

You can follow Iain and the NEM project on Twitter: @NEMofficial.

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David Shrier - Author, Entrepreneur, Futurist - CopperCasts Ep 005

David Shrier - Author, Entrepreneur, Futurist - CopperCasts Ep 005

September 11, 2020

With artificial intelligence only becoming more pervasive in our lives, in CopperCasts episode 5 we welcome the globally-recognised innovation specialist and author, David Shrier.

In his Show & Tell segment, which you can find on our YouTube channel, the Oxford and MIT futurist highlights the astonishing adoption rate of crypto vs the adoption rate of the internet and 150 years of technological advancements.

In this second part of the podcast, a wide ranging talk with host Tyler Kenyon, David dives deep into blockchain from his AI-centric perspective, discusses his new book and candidly reveals why he has no regrets in not investing in Bitcoin at $400.

You can follow David on Twitter: @DavidShrier, and you can pre-order his new book Augmenting Your Career: How to Win at Work In the Age of AI, from Amazon.

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