DiffuseTap PodcastApr 07, 2022
DiffuseTap: How to Build a High Value Community
How do you define the value of a community, and who gets to extract it?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Maggie Love, Founder of SheFi, about the core foundational elements that make a thriving community, how to engage members to generate value for all stakeholders, and what differentiates a high value from a low value community.
DiffuseTap: Energy Transition Investment Blueprint
Is the energy transition a once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunity, or are we heading for an overhyped bubble?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Robert Ethier, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Impact Science Ventures, about what the energy transition movement is, which major players are dominating this market opportunity, who the underdogs are, and what mistakes investors are making when considering investing in the energy transition space.
DiffuseTap: What If the States Ruled Crypto Regulation?
Is state-level regulation the key to unlocking the full potential of crypto in the U.S., or a dangerous experiment that could spawn scams and risky bets?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Arry Yu, Executive Director at U.S. Blockchain Coalition, about how state legislation can drive crypto regulation forward in the US, what opportunities exist in defining crypto rules on a state level, and the risks that come with state-level regulation for local crypto businesses.
DiffuseTap: Capitalizing on the AI & Crypto Convergence
Artificial intelligence is driving innovation like never before. But what happens when AI meets crypto?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Xiaochen Zhang, CEO of FinTech4Good, about where AI and crypto intersect, which companies are leading the pack in this field, and what other sectors could benefit from this newfound synergy.
DiffuseTap: New Cities for New Prosperity
Can we truly build a brighter future by reshaping our cities, and if so, how?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Erick Brimen, Partner at NeWAY Capital, about the link between cities and wealth generation, why cities no longer serve the purpose they were meant to originally, and what creating a new city looks like.
DiffuseTap: Climate Tech Investment Misconceptions
Do investors misunderstand what makes a climate tech investment successful?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we ask Michael Luciani, Managing Partner at Climate Capital, about where great climate tech deal flow comes from, why liquidity opportunities are few and far between, and how to work with other funders to pool investment capital for higher potential exits.
DiffuseTap: Can Advisors Be Crypto Savvy?
Are financial advisors ready to ride the crypto wave?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Sarah Morton, Chief Strategy Officer at MeetAmi Innovations Inc., about how advisors are recommending crypto to clients, how advisors are looking at the development of the crypto industry, and what needs to happen for advisors to confidently recommend crypto in the future.
DiffuseTap: Don’t Scare Off Your Fintech Customers
How can fintechs market themselves more effectively to prospective customers?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Seth Gordon, VP of Private Capital Marketing at WealthBlock, about the difference between effective marketing for fintech and tradfi products, some promotional mistakes that fintechs make that puts them in legal hot water, and how to build an institution-grade brand and prospect funnel.
DiffuseTap: Pay for Everything with Your ETF
Can ETFs become your every-day cash wallet, while staying invested at all times?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Fred Phillips, CEO of Investor Cash Management, about how to use ETFs to pay for everyday items, how the liquidation infrastructure for this payment method works, and how Visa and other payment systems are implementing this new and innovative solution.
DiffuseTap: Do Corporates Actually Run on Blockchain?
Is Blockchain a buzzword in the corporate world or does the tech get put to use?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Grant Cermak, CEO at Evergreen Systems, about how corporates are already implementing blockchain in their operations, what issues they are trying to solve with the technology, and which implementations are successes or failures.
DiffuseTap: Don’t Pay Triple Taxes on Bitcoin Investments
What are the best ways to save on crypto taxes?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Austin Wilcox, Founder and CEO at AQ Capital and The Bitcoin Endowment, about how to get Bitcoin tax deductions, what makes endowments an attractive way to structure Bitcoin assets, and why some people pay 3x taxes on their Bitcoin.
DiffuseTap: Buy Your Energy on the Lightning Network?
Is the Lightning Network the future of energy trading?
Next on DiffuseTap, we ask Austin Mitchell, CEO of Synota, about how the Bitcoin Lightning Network is paving the way for a more efficient and accessible energy market, how much back-office inefficiencies add to the price of energy, and what would happen if the world settled energy instantly.
DiffuseTap: Can the US Become Crypto-Competitive Again?
Is the U.S. losing its competitive edge in the crypto industry? If so, how can it regain its advantage?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Gerald Gallagher, COO and General Counsel at NATION, about what happened behind the scenes in Congress crypto regulation, the underlying motives driving these regulatory changes, and what happens to crypto should the U.S. decide to step away from it.
DiffuseTap: Who Controls the Internet?
Does the internet actually exist? Does anyone own or control it?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked J. Scott Christianson, a faculty member at the University of Missouri, about how the world connects to the internet, who is not connected, the restricted access that billions experience, and why it matters for our future.
DiffuseTap: Structured Products… Crypto’s New Frontier?
Structured crypto products may be a game-changer for risk-conscious investors. What hurdles might they face on the way to mass adoption?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Anestis Arampatzis and Patrick Baker, Co-Founders of Centaur Markets, about how structured products in crypto were invented, who the main players are in offering structured crypto products, and how these financial instruments are regulated in the US compared to the rest of the world.
DiffuseTap: How to Generate Ecosystem ROI
How can investors identify and capitalize on the value of an ecosystem?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Ryan Terribilini, Executive VP of Algorand Ventures at Algorand Foundation, about what is ecosystem ROI, which investments thrive in an ecosystem and which ones fall flat, and how long it takes to see returns when your investment depends on a vibrant ecosystem.
DiffuseTap: Can Crypto Lending Be Safe?
What unique risks are associated with crypto loans, and how can they be mitigated to ensure a safe lending environment?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Aya Kantorovich and Alexandre Elkrief, Co-founders of Fractal, about why crypto lending is perceived as “unsafe”, what regulators have to say about lending, and how technology can help legitimize crypto lending for institutional investors.
DiffuseTap: Is Startup D&O Insurance Alive and Well?
Can startups still get D&O insurance even though startup valuations have cratered?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Dan Ross and Ben Davis of Superscript about when and why emerging tech D&O/E&O came about, what underwriters look for and avoid in potential clients, and how the startup cycle and insurance market cycle affect the availability of insurance.
DiffuseTap: Can You Start a New Country?
DiffuseTap: Are Crypto Startups Starving?
In Q1 2023, private funding for crypto startups plunged 80% YOY. What happened?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Ben Lakoff, General Partner at Bankless Ventures, about why seed stage funding in crypto has significantly declined, who acquires crypto startups after their exit, and what needs to happen in the industry to turn the luck of crypto startups around.
DiffuseTap: Crypto Hedge Fund Successes & Funerals
In a crypto winter, what factors influence the outcomes and performance of a hedge fund?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Ben Jacobs, Managing Partner at Scenius Capital, about the drivers behind the biggest winners and losers in the crypto hedge fund space, which managers were able to turn around the ship mid-collapse, and what lessons can be applied to the next bull run.
DiffuseTap: What Happened to Bitcoin Mining?
Is crypto mining still profitable in 2023?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Matt Williams, Head of Derivatives at Luxor, about how Bitcoin mining has evolved in recent years, what new business models have emerged to accommodate market volatility, and what it will take for bitcoin mining companies to survive in 2023.
DiffuseTap: That Token Isn’t Crypto
Are all tokens actually crypto and if not… what’s the difference?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Maggie Sklar, Partner for Banking and Financial Services at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, about where the confusion between tokens and crypto comes from, what assets are tokenized aside from crypto, and which tokens are most commonly mistaken for crypto.
DiffuseTap: Should your IP be an NFT?
Monetizing intellectual property can be a complex process. But what if we could turn IP into NFTs?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Pamela Norton, Founder and CEO of TitleChain, to talk about how IP into NFTs can help monetize your IP, how the legal structure of an IP NFT works, and what the regulatory concerns of turning IP into NFTs are.
DiffuseTap: How to (and Not to) Productize Staking
Staking is a pain in the butt. Which staking products make life easy and which increase risk?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Robert Ellison, a staking veteran, and Alison Mangiero, Executive Director at Proof of Stake Alliance, about how staking business models work, who the main players are in staking, and some of the loopholes staking platforms take advantage of to scam users.
DiffuseTap: Banking Collapse Meets CBDC
The sudden collapse of three major banks sent shockwaves across the U.S. financial industry. Could crypto be partly to blame?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Howard Krieger, CAO of Aegis Trust Company, and Scott Christianson, Director of University of Missouri Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, about what caused the banking collapse, how much crypto played a role in it, and the possibility of a widening gap between small and large banks.
DiffuseTap: Stablecoin Risk Alert
How do different risk structures impact the stability, liquidity, and value of new stablecoins?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Davis Hart, CEO and Founder of Public Key Financial, about different stablecoin implementations and the risks associated with them, the purpose and mechanisms of non-USD stablecoins, and whether CBDCs will be taking over the stablecoin industry.
DiffuseTap: Investing in Crypto Startups 2023
How do you spot a 10x return in crypto venture investing?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Peter Wokwicz, CEO of Positron Capital Management, about what has changed in crypto company investing in the last 12 months, the best way to structure a deal (tokens or equity?), and how to match your crypto startup investment to your risk appetite.
DiffuseTap: How to Price NFTs
NFT prices can be highly speculative and volatile. So how can you assess their true current or future value?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Layne Nadeau, Founder and CEO at NVAL, about how NFTs are priced, the biggest wild cards in NFT valuation, and how to spot potential investment opportunities in the NFT market.
DiffuseTap: Shorting Crypto
Is shorting a great way to take advantage of a bear market or is it an evergreen investment opportunity to tap?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we ask Andrew Woodruff, Chief Investment Officer at Black Lotus Capital, about the opportunities in shorting some crypto projects, how to easily spot coins that are destined for failure, and how to use short positions as hedges.
DiffuseTap: Trade Finance on the Blockchain
What is the quantum leap that trade finance can make if it’s on the blockchain?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Truckcoinswap’s CEO and Founder Todd Ziegler and Partner Jimmy Lenz about the current state of trade finance, how tokenization can be used to create a more efficient and transparent marketplace for companies in a Payment Receivable bind, and how investors can benefit from investing in these tokenized trade finance assets.
DiffuseTap: Gaping Crypto Security Holes
What are the biggest vulnerabilities that expose your crypto to attacks?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Alex Bujduveanu and Eric Freeman, Co-Founders of Magellan Security, about how to mitigate the threat of insider attacks in crypto projects, risks associated with port usage, and the importance of cloud security.
DiffuseTap: Dark Web Criminals & Crypto
How did crypto become the currency of choice on the darknet? Get to know the not-so-legal side of digital assets.
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Keven Hendricks, Founder of The Ubivis Project, about how crypto is used on the dark web, what global sanctions are in place to prevent this activity, and how the U.S. is responding to this threat.
DiffuseTap: Risks & Benefits of Staking
DiffuseTap: How to Inherit Crypto
What happens to a self-custody wallet, in case of the HODLer’s passing?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Gregory Johnson, Co-Founder & CEO at Rubicon Crypto, about how crypto insurance and inheritance works, what inheritance tax on crypto looks like, and why storing your assets in a cold wallet forever might not be the best way to go.
DiffuseTap: Automating DAO Operations
Running a DAO can be an operational challenge… voting is only one of the painful parts.
Next on DiffuseTap, we ask Zeugh, Community Manager at Origami, about the most operationally intense processes in running a DAO today, how automation is driving the evolution of DAO infrastructure, and how he uses technology to drive token holders to vote.
DiffuseTap: Seamless Payment Ops on Chain
As no-code development comes to blockchain, will this drive business adoption?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Mike Revy, CEO of Bulla Network, about the future of blockchain with no-code on-chain payments, what kinds of businesses use this infrastructure, and the kind of security required even though implementation might look easy.
DiffuseTap: How to Make Money on DEXs
To unlock the full potential of DeFi, why are DEXs so important?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked John Bugnacki, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Policy of Tacen, about what the advantages of a DEX are over a centralized exchange, what we can expect from the development of DEXs after the FTX collapse, and what risks people should be aware of when dealing with a DEX.
DiffuseTap: Centralized Lending Economics
Centralized lending is creating a new way for individuals and businesses to generate yield on idle assets. But where exactly does the yield come from?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Howard Krieger, CEO of Residual Token, and Interim President at Aegis Trust Company, about the economics of centralized lending, what type of customers centralized lending is intended for, and the hidden risks to many lending platforms today.
DiffuseTap: Spotting Failure Points in Crypto Exchanges
Were there telltale signs leading up to the collapse of FTX?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Raymond Khan, Founding Member and Head of Markets at USREM, and Manjusha Tipre, Co-Founder of Yaala Labs and ZeroBeta, about what makes exchanges so complex to manage and regulate, how FTX blowing up has affected the whole industry, and how we can expect exchanges to be regulated moving forward.
DiffuseTap: Chasing Crypto Scammers
DeFi lost more money to scammers in 2022 than ever before.
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked David Croft, Partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis, about what constitutes a crypto scam, the options and hurdles to recovering stolen assets, and how authorities such as the FBI are thinking about finding solutions for this problem.
DiffuseTap: Crypto Art is Not Dead
What’s in store for NFT art and its creators in 2023?
Next on DiffuseTap, we ask Bryan Kayne, David Feinstein, and Thomas Wu of SuperRare Labs about common misconceptions around NFTs and the crypto art industry, why renowned artists are getting into the game, and whether we can expect another bull market in NFTs in 2023.
DiffuseTap: How Do You Value Digital Assets?
Putting digital assets on the balance sheet just got easier, thanks to the FASB. But when it comes to pricing amidst volatility, what exactly is “fair value”?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Brian Dixon, President of Off the Chain Capital* about what models are used to value digital assets, why Grayscale is suing the SEC over a Bitcoin ETF, and how Coinbase partnering with Google to enable crypto payments might help boost mass adoption.
DiffuseTap: Securitize Everything (Legally!)
Now that virtually any asset can be securitized but the legalese is not clear yet, what’s the best way to invest in freshly securitized assets… legally?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked François de Chezelles, CEO of Talium, about securitization, what assets can be securitized legally, and how U.S. rules around securitization fare in comparison to the rest of the world.
DiffuseTap: Building All-Weather Strategies in 2023
Crypto is proving to be one of the most unpredictable assets in the market. How does one create a future-proof, all-weather investing strategy?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Alan Dunne, CEO of Archive Capital, about how a multi-asset investment research firm strategizes their approach to a volatile market, what return stacking is, and how to prepare for the alternative asset space in 2023 based on the mad mess this year.
DiffuseTap: SEC-Compliant Security Tokens
Whether crypto tokens are securities or not is a question yet to be resolved. So how can issuers avoid SEC quarrels? Enter security tokens.
Next on DiffuseTap, we ask Len Bland, CEO at Nano Gas Environmental, and Dan Kelly, Founder of GSDFuel, about how token issuers can launch STOs that are truly SEC-compliant, why more issuers are exploring overseas markets, and what TradFi options are non-compliant and yet commonly traded today.
DiffuseTap: Self Regulation in Crypto
DiffuseTap: Infrastructure Bets in a Crypto Bear Market
What do smart crypto folks do in a bear market? Build infrastructure.
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Joe Hoffend, Vice President of Product Development at Foundry, about the qualities of a solid crypto infrastructure, lessons from the worst infra crashes in the last year, and what kind of tech will be needed for emerging crypto products in the future.
DiffuseTap: Content Royalties 3.0
Independent content producers are always looking for the most attractive revenue models. Is Web3 the answer?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Genevieve Thiers, CEO and Co-Founder of Entertainmint, Inc., about the major challenges of independent content producers, how royalties work in the age of Netflix, and how Web3 can help content producers connect with fans and build their businesses.
DiffuseTap: Alternative Lending Across Asset Classes
Alternative lending got hammered in the Celsius meltdown… What hidden opportunities are there still to explore?
Last time on DiffuseTap, we asked Prairie Hill Holdings‘ Managing Director Matthew Sandretto and Co-Owner Alisa Kolodizner, about the different types of alternative lending, which structures give favorable terms to the lender and borrowers, and what investors should look into when evaluating a lending opportunity.