The Scoop Podcast

Episode 17
A Conversation with Nelson Minier, Head of OTC Sales & Trading at Kraken

Nelson Minier, who was once the world’s largest Venezuelan bond trader shares his stories about being a trader during the financial crisis, how he built up Kraken’s OTC business and straddling the line between the worlds of traditional and emerging financial services.

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Episode 16
A Conversation with R. Martin Chavez, Global Co-Head of Securities at Goldman Sachs

R. Martin Chavez is perhaps one of the most senior technologists on Wall Street as the global co-head of securities at Goldman Sachs. On this episode of The Scoop Chavez talked about the evolution of banking over the past 20 years, Goldman’s foray into bitcoin and the reason why he thinks the Fed will end up making its own cryptocurrency. Transcript and show notes are available on The Block.

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Episode 15
A Conversation with Andy Bromberg, Co-founder and President at CoinList

CoinList president Andy Bromberg has witnessed numerous cycles of the token sale market. From the ICO boom in 2017 to the short-lived STO mania the next year. Today, CoinList continues to offer it’s platform for firms to conduct token sales for institutional investors, recently facilitating crypto-project Algorand’s $60 million offering — it was one of the largest in recent memory. Bromberg joined The Scoop to discuss how the surge in bitcoin’s price has impacted the broader market for token sales, how CoinList’s strategy has changed since 2017 and why the once hyped STO market never took off.

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Episode 14
A Conversation with Yoni Assia, CEO of eToro

Yoni Assia has been in the bitcoin world since 2012 and his firm eToro has offered a platform for crypto trading for several years but if you’re a listener in the U.S. you might not have ever heard of his firm which actually has a $1 billion plus evaluation. The Israeli based company which is popular across Europe has just expanded into the U.S. and it’s preparing to go head to head with the likes of Robinhood and Coinbase. Yoni is hoping big marketing dollars and the social network elements of eToro’s platform will help it out compete U.S. giants. In this episode of The Scoop Yoni outlined his vision for eToro in the U.S., how the firm has traditionally expanded globally and the plan for it’s new cryptocurrency exchange eToroX

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Episode 13
The Block interviews Alex Adelman, CEO of bitcoin rewards program, Lolli

Alex Adelman is CEO and Co-Founder of Lolli, which is a rewards application that gives you bitcoin when you shop at your favorite stores. Frank Chaparro and Steven Zheng discuss e-commerce and crypto, the power of memes in regards to marketing Lolli in the space, how the firm lures Fortune 500 companies to it’s platform and why it could one day offer services like lending and possibly a credit card.

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Episode 12
A conversation with Zac Prince, Founder, CEO, BlockFi

Frank Chaparro and Ryan Todd interview Zac Prince and discuss BlockFi’s coming push into phase II of its roadmap, how its planned crypto-reward credit card could attract a wave of new entrants on the margin, its opportunity to explore servicing the Libra ecosystem, and more!

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Episode 11
A Conversation with David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange Group that operates LMAX Digital

David Mercer has been building out LMAX Digital, a UK-based institutional exchange venue, which recently clocked in $1 billion in volumes in one trading day. The firm counts dozens of banks and trading firms as its clients. Mercer joins The Scoop with Frank Chaparro and Ryan Todd at the Crypto Evolved event in New York City to talk about LMAX’s growth, the 3 things keeping institutions from diving into the nascent market, and what it is like playing Rugby on the North Pole.

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Episode 10
A Conversation with Yuval Rooz, Co-Founder, CEO, Digital Asset

It’s been three months since Yuval Rooz stepped into his new role at Digital Asset as CEO. Rooz, a cofounder of the firm, had a goal of making the firm – which was best known for partnering with large financial institutions on blockchain project – more open. On this episode of The Scoop, Rooz joins Frank Chaparro and Ryan Todd to discuss his transition into the CEO suit, what it’s been like to take the reins after the exit of Blythe Masters. We also dove into blockchain strategies across cloud providers like Amazon and the success of Digital Asset’s partnership with the Australian Securities Exchange.Show transcript and notes available on The Block.

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Episode 9
A Conversation with Joe McCann, Founder, Chairman of the Board, NodeSource

Frank Chaparro and Matteo Leibowitz interview Joe McCann, the Founder and Chairman of the Board of NodeSource in this week’s episode of The Scoop. Frank, Teo, and Joe discuss open source software, how it’s changing the banking industry, decentralized financing, and how they’re all coming together.

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Episode 8
A Conversation with Kristin Smith from the Blockchain Association

Frank Chaparro and Ryan Todd speak to Kristin Smith, the Director of External Affairs at the Blockchain Association in this week’s episode of The Scoop. Frank, Ryan and Kristin discuss the implications of the case against Kik as well as the recently reintroduced Token Taxonomy Act. Kristin also reveals what it’s like to represent leading crypto companies on the hill, and the reception of crypto and blockchain in D.C.

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Episode 7
A Conversation with Carlos Domingo, Founder and CEO at Securitize

In this episode of The Scoop, Frank Chaparro and Teo Leibowitz interview Carlos Domingo, CEO and Co-founder of Securitize. Carlos touches on what securities have to gain from being tokenized, the future of the tokenized security platform landscape and the advantage of taking tokenized security route vs. traditional finance. Frank, Teo and Carlos also touch on what separates Securitize from their competitors.

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Episode 6
A Conversation with Emilie Choi, VP Business and Data, Coinbase

Frank Chaparro and Teo Leibowitz interview Emilie Choi, VP of Business, Data & International at Coinbase in this episode of The Scoop. Frank and Teo ask questions that cover a variety of topics spanning Emilie’s rise at Coinbase to why crypto exchanges shouldn’t be compared to their traditional counterparts. Emilie also shares her thoughts on what Coinbase’s focus areas are in the near future.

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Episode 5
A Conversation with Stephen Palley, Partner at Anderson Kill

In this episode of The Scoop, Frank Chaparro and Ryan Todd interview Stephen Palley, Partner at corporate law firm Anderson Kill. Over the course of a forty-five minute long conversation, Stephen discusses the most current lawsuits including recent developments at Bitfinex and Tether. Stephen also shares his thoughts on projects like Maker and how he sees regulation developing.

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Episode 4
What the heck is happening at Bitfinex?

In this episode of The Scoop, Frank Chaparro and Larry Cermak interview Robert-Jan den Haan, an independent journalist focussed on cryptocurrencies and expert on all things Bitfinex and Tether. Robert guides Frank and Larry through the latest Bitfinex news, including the NYAG lawsuit, what may have happened their 850 million dollar reserves, and why Bitfinex in doing an IEO.

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Episode 3
A Conversation with Michael Moro, CEO of Genesis Global Trading

In this episode of The Scoop, Frank Chaparro and Ryan Todd interview Michael Moro, Chief Executive Officer at Genesis Trading / Genesis Capital. Genesis Trading is a Digital Currency Group company providing over the counter digital currency trading for high net worth individuals or institutions. In their conversation, Frank, Ryan, and Michael discuss legacy OTC firms adoption of crypto, the challenges of handling big alt-coin transactions, and how crypto lending markets are heating up.

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Episode 2
A Conversation with Mark Yusko, CEO and CIO of Morgan Creek Capital Management

In this episode of The Scoop, Frank Chaparro and Matteo Leibowitz interview Mark Yusko, CEO and CIO of Morgan Creek Capital Management. Mark is also Co-Founder & Partner of Morgan Creek Digital, an asset management firm focussed on investing across the blockchain and digital assets industry. Over the course of an hour long conversation, Mark discusses his investing philosophy, bullishness on Bitcoin and blockchain, which economic theories best describe reality, the mistake of moving off of a gold standard, and why financial markets in 2019 may be a repeat of the dotcom bomb. As Mark says in the opening “I’ll give you the give you the short version although I don’t do short well.”

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Episode 1
A Conversation with Mike Bodson, CEO of DTCC

In this episode of The Scoop, Frank Chaparro and Ryan Todd interview Mike Bodson, CEO of DTCC. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation is a 5,000 person operation that touches every corner of Wall Street, handling 1.8 quadrillion dollars of trades every year, flipping the GDP every three days. DTCC also operates a custodial service, securing 54 trillion dollars worth of securities, mostly in electronic form. Mike discusses Wall Street’s adoption of distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrency valuations, and how Superstorm Sandy almost wiped out 35 trillion dollars.

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