With less than a week to go before 2019 starts, we want to present to you some of the best podcasts we have listened to over 2018. These have helped us formulate a strong positive view on why cryptocurrencies are here to stay, irrespective of recent price trends.
The podcasts we recommend below capture the views of some of the sharpest thinkers in blockchain/crypto/DLT. We hope you will find this as insightful and informative as we did.
Murad Mahmudov, a thought-leader in the crypto space, known especially for his views on Bitcoin, money and Austrian economics, discusses what Bitcoin is, how it works, the importance of its deflationary monetary system, why all Fiat Currencies are doomed to fail, and how central banks and institutions should be thinking about Bitcoin.
Naval, most famous for his role as Cofounder of AngelList and Balaji, CTO at Coinbase get into a deep discussion on topics including why we need blockchains, what are the use cases of cryptocurrencies, what skill sets are needed to thrive in the new blockchain economy, who wins in the long term and what would need to happen for them to give up on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, among others.
A16z does a deep dive on the latest topic of interest in the cryptocurrency community - stablecoins. In the podcast, attended by Andy Milenius, the founder of Maker, the panel starts off talking about the history of money and goes on to discuss what stablecoins are, the current trends in stablecoins, where stablecoins fit in into the broader cryptocurrency landscape as well as the challenges projects might face while designing and developing such solutions.
Soona Ahmaz, Cofounder at Token Daily, discusses how certain companies such as Ripple and EOS represent being decentralized in a misleading way. She also explains why, when a good metric becomes a target, people try to game it, and why we should be open to projects becoming decentralized over time. Laura Shin and Ahmaz also discuss tribalism, and why it’s bad in some instances but good otherwise.