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The Story of Money

The Story of Money

By YAP Cast

YAP Cast, brought to you by YAP Global, presents its first series on The Story of Money with Samantha Yap. YAP Cast is on a mission to bridge the communication gap between emerging technology and the mainstream world.

We create quality edutainment by bringing together engaging storytelling with informative, thought-provoking content. YAP Global is a PR agency which specialises in helping meaningful blockchain, cryptocurrency and decentralised finance teams tell their stories.
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Why Does Money Lose Its Value Over Time? with Sam Kazemian, Frax Finance (S1E5)

The Story of MoneyAug 30, 2021

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The Future of Finance with Programmable Money with Christine Kim (S3E12)

The Future of Finance with Programmable Money with Christine Kim (S3E12)

How Can Programmable Money Revolutionise Finance and Overcome Existing Challenges?


In this episode, Samantha Yap and Christine Kim continue their discussion on Ethereum's transformative potential in revolutionising finance through programmable money and tokenomics.


They discuss how we can achieve mainstream adoption can by addressing usability and scalability. Despite challenges like maximal extractable value, Christine says that ongoing research and upgrades are poised to maintain Ethereum's position as a versatile blockchain over the next five years.

Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and gain valuable insight into why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 


Christine Kim (aka @christine_dkim) is a Vice President of the Research team at Galaxy Digital. She is an expert in all things Ethereum. Christine worked for three years at CoinDesk as an analyst and tech reporter, mainly covering developments on Ethereum. She holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.


Follow Christine on Twitter at: @christine_dkim

Aug 23, 202325:28
What is Programmable Money & Tokenomics? with Christine Kim (S3E11)

What is Programmable Money & Tokenomics? with Christine Kim (S3E11)

What Makes Ethereum's Programmability, Evolution, and Tokenomics Crucial for the Future of Blockchain?


In this episode, Samantha Yap and Christine Kim discuss programmable money and its effects on finance.Christine recollects how her journey in crypto began with Bitcoin, leading her to CoinDesk and Galaxy Digital. She finds Ethereum's programmability and innovations in DeFi and NFTs captivating, enabling endless possibilities for crypto.

Christine then dives deep into Tokenomics, the evolving DeFi landscape, and the interplay of technology and social influence. Before winding up, they touch upon Ethereum's governance and collaborative efforts by core developers and stakeholders. Join us for a chat with Christine, where we'll unpack all these insights and more.


Christine Kim (aka @christine_dkim) is a Vice President of the Research team at Galaxy Digital. She is an expert in all things Ethereum. Christine worked for three years at CoinDesk as an analyst and tech reporter, mainly covering developments on Ethereum. She holds a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.


Follow Christine on Twitter at: @christine_dkim

Aug 16, 202327:17
 Advancing Innovation of Money with Sheila Warren (S3E10)

Advancing Innovation of Money with Sheila Warren (S3E10)

How Will DeFi Revolutionise Finance and Shape the Future of Money?


In this episode, Samantha Yap and Sheila Warren delve deeper into the emerging world of DeFi and its potential to transform traditional financial systems.


Together they explore the future of money in relation to technology and society, emphasising the role of crypto and decentralised governance in shaping societal interactions. They also discuss the social impact of blockchain and cryptocurrency, addressing inefficiencies in philanthropy and promoting transparency. 

Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and gain valuable insight into why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 

Sheila Warren (aka @sheila_warren) is the CEO of the Crypto Council for Innovation (CCI), a global alliance formed to showcase the transformative potential of crypto. Sheila started her career as a Wall Street attorney before transitioning to philanthropy and civic technology. She established the blockchain and digital assets team at the Forum, and her groundbreaking policy efforts have played a significant role in promoting inclusivity, equity, and sustainability in data and technology.

Follow Sheila on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/sheila_warren

Aug 09, 202321:13
Money and Innovation with Sheila Warren (S3E9)

Money and Innovation with Sheila Warren (S3E9)

How Can Crypto Empower Marginalised Communities and Reshape the Financial Landscape?


In this episode, Samantha Yap and Sheila Warren delve into the transformative power of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.


They explore the concept of money as a meme and emphasise the importance of understanding the fundamental technology behind cryptocurrencies. They discuss how fintech and cryptocurrencies have revolutionised money, providing efficient payments and investment opportunities while addressing historical financial exclusion.

Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and gain valuable insight into why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 

Sheila Warren (aka @sheila_warren) is the CEO of the Crypto Council for Innovation (CCI), a global alliance formed to showcase the transformative potential of crypto. Sheila started her career as a Wall Street attorney before transitioning to philanthropy and civic technology. She established the blockchain and digital assets team at the Forum, and her groundbreaking policy efforts have played a significant role in promoting inclusivity, equity, and sustainability in data and technology.


Follow Sheila on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/sheila_warren


Aug 02, 202326:59
EthCC[6] Special with David Bachelier of Flowdesk

EthCC[6] Special with David Bachelier of Flowdesk

In this EthCC Special episode, tune in with Samantha Yap as she dives deep with David Bachelier, the Asia-Pacific CEO of Flowdesk.

Recording live from EthCC6 in Paris, David shares insights from his vast journey in trading, his entry into the crypto, and Flowdesk's future vision in the burgeoning digital asset industry.


Follow David on Twitter @bacheld2 Follow us on Twitter @YAPCast_ for more episodes, updates, and exciting content.

Jul 31, 202310:13
EthCC[6] Special with Marco Cora of Matter Labs

EthCC[6] Special with Marco Cora of Matter Labs

In this EthCC Special episode, recorded during EthCC6 in Paris, Samantha Yap delves deep into a conversation with Marco from Matter Labs.


Dive into Marco's perspective as the SVP for Business and Operation at zkSync and explore his journey from quantitative analysis in banking to the forefront of blockchain scalability solutions. Unravel the essential role of zero-knowledge proofs in ensuring privacy and scalability in the crypto space.


Marco also paints a vivid picture of the Ethereum ecosystem's growth and how zkSync's mission aligns with the future vision of money in a digital era.


Follow Marco on Twitter @@Be1garat Follow us on Twitter @YAPCast_ for more episodes, updates, and exciting content.

Jul 28, 202310:58
EthCC[6] Special with Jane Ma of zkLend

EthCC[6] Special with Jane Ma of zkLend

In this EthCC Special episode, recorded during EthCC6 in Paris, Samantha Yap dives into an enlightening discussion with Jane Ma, Co-Founder of zkLend.


Journey through Jane's exploration of the intricate world of zero-knowledge technology. Uncover her insights on the transformative nature of money, the invaluable applications of zk-tech, and her firsthand experiences at EthCC[6]. Drawing from her work at zkLend, Jane highlights the significance of privacy and its imperative role in the evolution of blockchain.


Follow Jane on Twitter @jane0mac. Follow us on Twitter @YAPCast_ for more episodes, updates, and captivating content.

Jul 26, 202315:16
EthCC[6] Special with Jordi Baylina of Polygon Labs

EthCC[6] Special with Jordi Baylina of Polygon Labs

In this EthCC Special episode, recorded during EthCC6 in Paris, join Samantha Yap as she engages in a conversation with Jordi Baylina, Co-founder of Polygon Labs.


Jordi sheds light on Polygon zkEVM's vision for scalability and the significance of privacy in crypto. Discover how zero-knowledge technology achieves the perfect balance between privacy and security.


Follow Jordi on Twitter @jbaylina. Follow us on Twitter @YAPCast_ for more updates and exciting content.

Jul 24, 202314:50
Sovereign Identity and the Future of Money with ENS' Nick Johnson (S3E8)

Sovereign Identity and the Future of Money with ENS' Nick Johnson (S3E8)

How are Sovereign Identities Shaping the Future of Finance and Challenging the Dominance of Centralised Platforms?

In this episode, Samantha Yap and Nick Johnson delve deeper into the advantages and risks of sovereign identities, highlighting the potential opportunities they bring to DeFi.

The discussion delves into the potential of sovereign identities within DeFi and Nick's vision of a future where ENS becomes a widely adopted standard for identification, serving as a substitute for conventional naming systems.

Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and gain valuable insight into why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 

Nick Johnson (aka @nickdjohnson) is the founder and lead developer of Ethereum Name Service (ENS). ENS allows users to register their domain names, such as "alice.eth" or "bob.eth", which can then be used to access their Ethereum wallets and other resources. Nick is a prominent figure in the Web3 community and is considered one of the leading experts on decentralised naming systems.

Follow Nick on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/nicksdjohnson

Jul 12, 202317:02
Money, Ownership and Identity with ENS' Nick Johnson (S3E7)

Money, Ownership and Identity with ENS' Nick Johnson (S3E7)

How Can ENS Contribute to the Wider Adoption of Self-Sovereign Identities and Foster Financial Inclusion within the Crypto Ecosystem?

In this episode, Samantha Yap talks to Nick Johnson, founder and lead developer of  Ethereum Name Service (ENS), about the significance of ENS in decentralised and sovereign identity systems. 

Delve into their in-depth conversation on the future of money in crypto, particularly focusing on programmable money, decentralised consensus systems, ENS, and various other captivating topics.

Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and gain valuable insight into why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 

Nick Johnson (aka @nickdjohnson) is the founder and lead developer of Ethereum Name Service (ENS). ENS allows users to register their domain names, such as "alice.eth" or "bob.eth", which can then be used to access their Ethereum wallets and other resources. Nick is a prominent figure in the Web3 community and is considered one of the leading experts on decentralised naming systems.

Follow Nick on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/nicksdjohnson


Jul 05, 202322:08
The future of Universal Basic Income with Anna Stone (S3E6)

The future of Universal Basic Income with Anna Stone (S3E6)

Can a Crypto-Based UBI System Foster Economic Growth, and Shape the Future of Finance?


In this episode, Samantha Yap continues exploring the practical use cases of GoodDollar with Anna Stone, and the impact of blockchain in empowering individuals and fostering economic growth. Uncover their vision to onboard one million users onto the Celo Blockchain and become a leading force in utilising crypto and DeFi for positive social impact in the coming years.


Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 


Anna Stone (@TheRealStone) is an accomplished leader and innovator on Web3, strongly focusing on building inclusive crypto products since 2018. At eToro, she provides strategic guidance on Web3 and spearheads impact initiatives that aim to democratise finance through blockchain technology. As the former Executive Director of the GoodDollar Foundation, Anna led efforts to leverage decentralised finance and the GoodDollar UBI protocol, fostering a more accessible digital economy for everyone.


Follow Anna on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/TheRealStone


Jun 28, 202327:34
Can We Have Universal Money? with Anna Stone (S3E5)

Can We Have Universal Money? with Anna Stone (S3E5)

Can Blockchain and Crypto Create Financial Inclusion? Exploring Universal Basic Income and the GoodDollar Project.


In this episode of The Story of Money, Samantha Yap talks to Anna Stone, the co-founder of the GoodDollar protocol, about the transformative power of blockchain and crypto in achieving financial inclusion. Explore how the GoodDollar project, supported by eToro's Yoni Assia, leverages blockchain technology to create a global and member-owned UBI model, revolutionizing financial inclusion.


Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 


Anna Stone (aka @TheRealStone) is an accomplished leader and innovator on Web3, strongly focusing on building inclusive crypto products since 2018. At eToro, she provides strategic guidance on Web3 and spearheads impact initiatives that aim to democratize finance through blockchain technology. As the former Executive Director of the GoodDollar Foundation, Anna led efforts to leverage decentralized finance and the GoodDollar UBI protocol, fostering a more accessible digital economy for everyone.

Follow Anna on Twitter at: @TheRealStone


Jun 21, 202325:58
The Future of Crypto Regulation with Nikhilesh De (S3E4)

The Future of Crypto Regulation with Nikhilesh De (S3E4)

What Does the Future Hold for Crypto Regulation? Navigating the Complexities of Regulating a New Asset Class.


Samantha Yap continues her conversation with Nikhilesh De on crypto regulation. They discuss the challenges regulators face in keeping up with the fast-paced industry and the potential for clear and explicit regulation of the crypto industry in 2023. 


Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future.


Nikhilesh De (@nikhileshde) is the managing editor for CoinDesk's global policy coverage of the cryptocurrency industry. He has been covering cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology since 2017 and has become a well-known and respected voice in the industry. Nik's reporting has provided valuable insights into the intersection of cryptocurrency and regulation, making him a highly influential figure in the industry.


Jun 14, 202318:24
Money & Regulation with Nikhilesh De (S3E3)

Money & Regulation with Nikhilesh De (S3E3)

Is Crypto Money? Navigating the Complexities of Regulating a New Asset Class.


In this episode of The Story of Money, Nikhilesh De, the managing editor for CoinDesk's coverage of global policy in crypto, shares his insights on the complex world of crypto regulation. Nik and Samantha discuss the concerns and considerations surrounding regulating money in the crypto industry, the goals of financial regulation, the need for genuine engagement between the crypto community and regulators, and the classification of cryptocurrencies as money.

Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future.


Nikhilesh De (@nikhileshde) is the managing editor for CoinDesk's global policy coverage of the cryptocurrency industry. He has been covering cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology since 2017 and has become a well-known and respected voice in the industry. Nik's reporting has provided valuable insights into the intersection of cryptocurrency and regulation, making him a highly influential figure in the industry.

Jun 07, 202323:50
Coins and Communities with Dr. Paul Dylan-Ennis (S3E2)

Coins and Communities with Dr. Paul Dylan-Ennis (S3E2)

How can the crypto community build a sustainable and positive ecosystem while promoting the use of cryptocurrency in everyday transactions?


In this episode, Samantha continues discussing various aspects of the cryptocurrency world with Dr Paul Dylan-Ennis. The conversation covers the appeal of DAOs, the challenges of building a sustainable Ethereum, and the need for the crypto community to focus on real-world use cases and promote its adoption in everyday transactions.


Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 


Dr Paul Dylan-Ennis (aka @polarpunklabs) is an expert in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency. He is a lecturer and a Professor at the University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. His research focuses on the intersection of blockchain, FinTech, and culture. Dr Dylan-Ennis has published numerous papers and articles on blockchain technology and its social, economic, and cultural implications. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.


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May 31, 202320:43
Money and Culture with Dr. Paul Dylan-Ennis (S3E1)

Money and Culture with Dr. Paul Dylan-Ennis (S3E1)

In this episode of YAP Cast, Samantha discusses crypto's cultural and technological aspects with Dr. Paul Dylan Ennis, a Lecturer and Professor at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. 

Together, they explore the intersection of cultures and subcultures in shaping the technical decisions made in the industry. 

The conversation evolves into the transformation of our understanding of money and the emergence of decentralised finance as a compelling alternative to traditional systems.

Join Samantha Yap on a journey to discover the history of money and to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. 

Dr Paul Dylan-Ennis (aka @polarpunklabs) is an expert in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency. He is a lecturer and Professor at the University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. His research focuses on the intersection of blockchain, FinTech, and culture. Dr Dylan-Ennis has published numerous papers and articles on blockchain technology and its social, economic, and cultural implications. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events.


May 24, 202325:26
The Story Of Money Season 3 Trailer

The Story Of Money Season 3 Trailer

Get ready for an exciting new season of YAP Cast! In "The Story of Money" Season 3, we delve into the intricate world of finance, crypto, and how our understanding of money is evolving in the digital age.

Join us as we chat with industry experts, thought leaders and influencers to unravel the complex narrative of money and its role in society. Don't miss any updates - hit the subscribe button and turn on notifications so you won't miss any episodes!🎧

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Let the story unfold, and join the conversation about the future of money. We can't wait to share this journey with you in YAP Cast Season 3!

May 23, 202300:18
The Foundation of Digital Money with Ambre Soubiran, Kaiko (S2E12)

The Foundation of Digital Money with Ambre Soubiran, Kaiko (S2E12)

Is there an understanding gap between TradFi, CeFi and DeFi right now? Why is data important in DeFi? Why can’t we replicate how we manage data in DeFi like in TradFi?


Here to share more on the questions above is Ambre Soubiran. Ambre worked at the highest levels of traditional finance until she caught the DeFi bug. She became the CEO of Kaiko, a crypto data company, and turned it into a key player in the digital asset market.

Dec 21, 202217:22
The Data Of Money with Ambre Soubiran, Kaiko (S2E11)

The Data Of Money with Ambre Soubiran, Kaiko (S2E11)

Whether you're trading a pair of currencies or selling a second-hand car, the value of the assets being traded must be known and agreed upon by both parties in any exchange. We need to understand what these things are currently worth so the two sides can reach a deal.


This is why pricing data is an integral part of the story of money. With it, money will work. Here to share the evolution of this world is someone better placed than most. Ambre Soubiran.


Ambre worked at the highest levels of traditional finance until she caught the DeFi bug. She became the CEO of Kaiko, a crypto data company, and turned it into a key player in the digital asset market.

Dec 14, 202220:46
Money Programmed For Good with Kevin Owocki, Supermodular (S2E10)

Money Programmed For Good with Kevin Owocki, Supermodular (S2E10)

How can money organise the world through code?

In this episode, Samantha Yap speaks with Kevin Owocki to explore how money can be programmed to make society more resilient and reflect values other than financial wealth.

Kevin is the current CEO of Supermodular, a web3 venture studio, the author of "Greenpilled: How Crypto Can Regenerate The World", and the host of the Green Pill Podcast. He is best known as the founder of Gitcoin, which is at the forefront of sustainable work on open-source software.

Dec 07, 202222:35
Money With Values with Kevin Owocki, Supermodular (S2E9)

Money With Values with Kevin Owocki, Supermodular (S2E9)

Does money only represent financial values? A store of value, a medium of exchange, an indicator of wealth, something to buy things with, and something we want more of?


Or could money be something that represents our personal values? What we want the world to be like?


In this episode, Samantha Yap speaks with Kevin Owocki to understand more about crypto's possibilities and Regenerative Finance, ReFi.


Kevin is the current CEO of Supermodular, a web3 venture studio, the author of "Greenpilled: How Crypto Can Regenerate The World", and the host of the Green Pill Podcast. He is best known as the founder of Gitcoin, which is at the forefront of sustainable work on open-source software.

Nov 30, 202217:49
Do We Even Need To Reinvent Money? with Jacob Goldstein (S2E8)

Do We Even Need To Reinvent Money? with Jacob Goldstein (S2E8)

Can money be controlled? Who gets to control it? Is the future decentralised?


In the eighth episode of YAP Cast Season 2, Samantha Yap continues her conversation with Jacob Goldstein to understand more about the control of money.


Jacob is a Wall Street Journal journalist, the Author of the book "Money - The True Story of a Made-Up Thing", and the host of the "What’s your Problem?" podcast, which helps listeners understand the problems really smart people are trying to solve.


Enjoy this thought-provoking episode as Samantha Yap goes on a quest to discover crypto’s important place in the future.

Nov 23, 202225:34
Money Is Fiction with Jacob Goldstein (S2E7)

Money Is Fiction with Jacob Goldstein (S2E7)

Will people ever stop believing in money? What gives money power? How has money evolved?


In the seventh episode of YAP Cast Season 2, Samantha Yap is joined by Jacob Goldstein. Jacob is a Wall Street Journal journalist, the Author of the book "Money - The True Story of a Made-Up Thing", and the host of the "What’s your Problem?" podcast, which helps listeners understand the problems really smart people are trying to solve.


Enjoy this thought-provoking & engaging episode as Samantha Yap goes on a quest to discover crypto’s important place in the future.

Nov 16, 202220:35
The Future Of Managing Money with Mona El Isa, Avantgarde Finance (S2E6)

The Future Of Managing Money with Mona El Isa, Avantgarde Finance (S2E6)

In the sixth episode of YAP Cast Season 2, Samantha Yap continues her discussion with Mona El Isa, the CEO & Founder of Avantgarde Finance, an asset management services tool built on decentralised finance.


They touch on interesting like market scrutiny & transparency, the degree of transfer & enforce-ability, financial activities without the need for financial intermediaries, giving people the tools to minimize mistakes, how unchained asset management is a game-changer, the right tools & interface for increasing transparency & security, and bridging the gap between CeFi and DeFi.


Enjoy this thought-provoking & engaging episode of YAP Cast, and keep tuning in for more interesting conversations about people, money, and the world.

Nov 09, 202218:32
The Importance Of Managing Money with Mona El Isa, Avantgarde Finance (S2E5)

The Importance Of Managing Money with Mona El Isa, Avantgarde Finance (S2E5)

In the fifth episode of YAP Cast Season 2, Samantha Yap is joined by Mona El Isa, the founder of Avantgarde Finance, an asset management services tool built on decentralised finance. 


They deep-dived into the importance and challenges of managing money. What does managing money mean? What roles can DeFi asset management services play? How do DeFi asset management services differ from traditional asset management services? We look at all these questions and more in this episode.


Enjoy this thought-provoking & engaging episode of YAP Cast, and keep tuning in for more interesting conversations about people, money, and the world.

Nov 02, 202221:20
Financial Privacy Vs Transparency with Will Harborne, RhinoFi (S2E4)

Financial Privacy Vs Transparency with Will Harborne, RhinoFi (S2E4)

In the fourth episode of YAP Cast Season 2, Samantha Yap is joined by Will Harborne, Co-Founder & CEO of RhinoFi (previously DeversiFi). 


They touch on interesting elements related to Decentralised Finance like—the origins of DeFi, the future of DeFi, and the case for DeFi. They also discuss the importance of default privacy, the balance between privacy & transparency, the privacy preservation in DeFi, RhinoFi’s goals, and Will’s take on CBDCs (Central Bank Backed Digital Currencies).


Enjoy this thought-provoking & engaging episode of YAP Cast, and keep tuning in for more interesting conversations about people, money, and the world.

Oct 26, 202223:26
Why Should Money Be Private? with Will Harborne, RhinoFi (S2E3)

Why Should Money Be Private? with Will Harborne, RhinoFi (S2E3)

In this episode, Samantha Yap is joined by Will Harborne, Co-Founder & CEO of RhinoFi, formerly known as DeversiFi. RhinoFi is a gateway to the whole of DeFi where people can buy, trade, and invest across all blockchains from a single wallet.


They touch on elements related to financial privacy like privacy from peers/governments/companies, access to financial services, financial inclusion as a human right, the transparency of bitcoin, issues in the current system, solutions for a better future, strategic privacy in DeFi, and DeFi’s huge potential.


Enjoy this engaging and thought-provoking episode of YAP Cast and keep tuning in for more interesting conversations about people, money, and the world.

Oct 19, 202220:07
Financial Contracts with Hart Lambur, UMA (S2E2)

Financial Contracts with Hart Lambur, UMA (S2E2)

In the second episode of YAP Cast season 2, Samantha Yap continues her conversation with Hart Lambur, Co-founder of UMA: an optimistic oracle built to query and verify data for decentralised finance. 


They touch on financial contracts, what role oracles play, self-policing, DeFi vs CeFi, and how DeFi can revolutionise law and finance.


Enjoy this engaging and thought-provoking episode of YAP Cast and keep tuning in for more interesting conversations about people, money, and the world.

Oct 12, 202225:54
Law and Money with Hart Lambur, UMA (S2E1)

Law and Money with Hart Lambur, UMA (S2E1)

In the first episode of YAP Cast season 2, Samantha Yap is joined by Hart Lambur, Co-founder of UMA: an optimistic oracle built to query and verify data for decentralised finance. 


They touch on the concept of contracts, the international localisation issue for financial products-&-services, centralized finance complications, and the role of digital currencies and DeFi in the future global economy.


Hart’s solution-seeking journey through traditional finance, crypto, and smart contract platforms is a tale unto itself. This led to his realisation that a smart contract's logic, purpose, and execution: are what make it a game-changer.


Enjoy this engaging and thought-provoking episode of YAP Cast and keep tuning in for more interesting conversations about people, money, and the world.

Oct 05, 202214:01
Can DeFi Be The Better Financial System? with Felix Martin, ‘Money: The Unauthorised Biography’ (S1E12)

Can DeFi Be The Better Financial System? with Felix Martin, ‘Money: The Unauthorised Biography’ (S1E12)

The future of money may owe more than we think to its complicated past.

In the season finale, Samatha continues our conversation with Felix Martin. Felix draws the distinction between the underlying technologies underpinning DeFi and the monetary system itself, and makes the case that the principle behind the latter is as old as the history of money itself. This leads them to a discussion on the issues surrounding regulation versus self-regulation of the DeFi space, and how history has shown us that both sides have considerable advantages and disadvantages.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with returning guest, Felix Martin.

Felix Martin is an economist, fund manager, and author. He began his career as an Economist at the World Bank in Washington DC in 1998 working mostly on sovereign lending programmes and debt restructuring in eastern Europe. He holds degrees in classics, international relations and economics including a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford University. Since 2008, Felix has worked in the fund management industry in London, first at Thames River Capital – now part of BMO Global Asset Management; then at Liontrust Asset Management; and most recently as one of the founding partners of 1167 Capital.

Oct 19, 202125:44
 Why Do Financial Crises Happen? with Felix Martin, ‘Money: The Unauthorised Biography’ (S1E11)

Why Do Financial Crises Happen? with Felix Martin, ‘Money: The Unauthorised Biography’ (S1E11)

Do we really understand financial crises? History seems to suggest that we don’t.

Samantha discusses this with Felix Martin, the author of ‘Money: The Unauthorised Biography’. Felix explains the types of financial crises, and the potential reasons they occur. They talk about how the modern financial system is fundamentally built on trust - between the people and financial institutions, and between financial institutions and the government. Finally, they explore what happens when that trust breaks down, and whether cryptocurrencies and DeFi can actually solve that problem.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with this week’s guest, Felix Martin.

Felix Martin is an economist, fund manager, and author. He began his career as an Economist at the World Bank in Washington DC in 1998 working mostly on sovereign lending programmes and debt restructuring in eastern Europe. He holds degrees in classics, international relations and economics including a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford University. Since 2008, Felix has worked in the fund management industry in London, first at Thames River Capital – now part of BMO Global Asset Management; then at Liontrust Asset Management; and most recently as one of the founding partners of 1167 Capital.

Oct 12, 202127:07
Why Is It So Hard to Move Money? with George Harrap, Step Finance (S1E10)

Why Is It So Hard to Move Money? with George Harrap, Step Finance (S1E10)

Hawala is one of the oldest, fastest and cheapest international money transfer systems. So how come you’ve never heard of it?

In this episode on “Why Is It So Hard to Move Money?” Samantha Yap is joined by George Harrap, Co-Founder of Step Finance and Head of DeFi at YAP Global. They touch on the common challenges with attempting to send and receive money around the world. George takes us through some fascinating alternatives to bank transfers that have arisen out of necessity to fill the gaps in current financial systems, including Hawala. Finally, they explore how cryptocurrencies may prove to be the borderless money transfer solution of the future.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with returning guest, George Harrap.

George is a veteran crypto entrepreneur. Having started in the crypto world almost a decade ago as an early miner, George brings a wealth of experience. He has built the first crypto remittance startup in the world, built 6 cryptocurrency exchanges both centralised and decentralised, and launched 12 stablecoins. George now focuses exclusively on the DeFi space - which he believes is the next giant leap for crypto assets and blockchain technology.

Oct 04, 202126:31
Where is Debt Heading? with Sidney Powell, Maple Finance (S1E9)

Where is Debt Heading? with Sidney Powell, Maple Finance (S1E9)

Debt has the power to wreak havoc on personal lives and entire economies alike. Is it really possible to tame the beast?
Samatha continues our conversation on debt with Sidney Powell. They discuss some of the ways debt has been abused within capital markets, and the repercussions that have resulted. They contrast the key differences between the current financial system and the brave new world of decentralised finance, with Sid making a compelling case for why he believes DeFi represents the solution to the problems that have plagued debt in existing financial systems.
Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with this week’s guest, Sid Powell.
Sid Powell is the CEO & Co-Founder of Maple Finance. Sid comes from a background in debt capital markets and institutional banking. During his career in traditional finance, he participated in $3b+ of corporate bond issuance, established and ran a $200m+ bond funding program, and managed Treasury at a commercial lending fintech company.

Sep 27, 202125:03
The Need For Debt with Sidney Powell, Maple Finance (S1E8)

The Need For Debt with Sidney Powell, Maple Finance (S1E8)

Does debt really deserve the negative connotations often associated with it?

To answer this question, Samantha talks to Sidney Powell Co-Founder and CEO of Maple Finance, a decentralised institutional marketplace for borrowing and lending. They explore how the negative perceptions around debt came to be, and the ways those sentiments gradually began to change. Sid breaks down some powerful factors that help to differentiate between good and bad debt, and makes it easy to understand how debt can be harnessed as a tool for our benefit.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with this week’s guest, Sid Powell.

Sidney Powell is the CEO & Co-Founder of Maple Finance. Sid comes from a background in debt capital markets and institutional banking. During his career in traditional finance, he participated in $3b+ of corporate bond issuance, established and ran a $200m+ bond funding program, and managed Treasury at a commercial lending fintech company.

Sep 21, 202121:05
The Art Of Borrowing And Lending Money with Leo Cheng (S1E7)

The Art Of Borrowing And Lending Money with Leo Cheng (S1E7)

Few financial topics stir up as many conflicting opinions as the subject of borrowing and lending.

Samantha discusses this with Leo Cheng, Project Lead of C.R.E.A.M. Finance, a decentralised lending protocol. They explore the different scenarios where debt isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but can in fact be beneficial or profitable. Finally they talk about the inaccessibility of borrowing and lending in the present financial infrastructures, with an eye on how decentralised lending protocols may pave the way towards a more fair and inclusive financial future.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with our guest of the week, Leo Cheng.

Leo Cheng is a co-founder at C.R.E.A.M. Finance, a decentralized lending protocol for individuals, institutions and protocols. Prior to C.R.E.A.M., he summoned the Machi X DAO and founded Blockstate, a San Francisco-based blockchain advisory service. Before Blockstate, Leo served on the founding management team at Solano Labs, a cloud computing startup that was acquired by GE Digital. Prior to entering the blockchain space, Leo held senior positions at top technology firms including Apple, American Express and Belkin.

Leo is also an electronica DJ who performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and at Burning Man.

Sep 14, 202124:59
Money As A Social Construct with Professor Cathy Mulligan (S1E6)

Money As A Social Construct with Professor Cathy Mulligan (S1E6)

In our societies, money has a tendency to define us, but why?

In this episode, Samantha and Professor Cathy Mulligan, the Director of DCentral Lab from the University of Lisbon, talk about how money has come to play a huge role in shaping society as we know it, and has in turn been shaped by an ever-evolving social landscape. They discuss the ways digital currencies may hold the keys to completely rethinking the way we've set up our current economic system.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with a returning guest, Professor Cathy Mulligan.

Cathy Mulligan is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the DCentral Lab that investigates blockchain, cryptocurrencies and associated digital technologies for social good and sustainability at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Cathy is a cross-disciplinary researcher  who has worked at the boundaries of economics, sustainable development and digital since 2006. She has led multiple research projects across the UK, EU, Australia, India and Malaysia. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Data Policy Council and has consulted at senior levels for the UN, OECD and various governments across the world. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College and Honorary Senior Research Associate in the computer science department at UCL. Cathy has over 25 years experience in senior corporate and research roles and has written 7 books on digital technologies.

Sep 06, 202115:42
Why Does Money Lose Its Value Over Time? with Sam Kazemian, Frax Finance (S1E5)

Why Does Money Lose Its Value Over Time? with Sam Kazemian, Frax Finance (S1E5)

One of the most concerning issues with the stability of money is inflation.

In this episode, Samantha and Sam Kazemian, Founder of Frax Finance talk about the mechanics of inflation and its real-world impact on price stability. Sam delves deep into stablecoins and touches on why the term ‘cryptocurrency’ might be a misnomer, and how that has shaped some of the misconceptions that have arisen around digital currencies.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with our returning guest, Sam Kazemian.

Sam is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and cryptocurrency enthusiast. He is the Founder of Frax Finance, a decentralised stablecoin protocol. Frax is the world’s first hybrid, fractional algorithmic stablecoin protocol that is partially backed by collateral and stabilized algorithmically. Frax is open-source and permissionless, bringing a truly trustless, scalable and stable asset to the future of decentralized finance. Sam is also the co-founder of the blockchain based knowledge base, Everipedia.

Aug 30, 202119:33
How Do We Measure Money? with Sam Kazemian, Frax Finance (S1E4)

How Do We Measure Money? with Sam Kazemian, Frax Finance (S1E4)

How do we assign value to something that is mutually accessible, and in an understandable format?

In this episode, Samantha discusses the denomination of money with Sam Kazemian, the Founder of Frax Finance. They touch on why we need a standard unit of measurement to coherently communicate value to each other and why stablecoins may present a more viable alternative to Bitcoin in being the currency of the future.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with our guest of the week, Sam Kazemian.

Sam is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and cryptocurrency enthusiast. He is the Founder of Frax Finance, a decentralised stablecoin protocol. Frax is the world’s first hybrid, fractional algorithmic stablecoin protocol that is partially backed by collateral and stabilized algorithmically. Frax is open-source and permissionless, bringing a truly trustless, scalable and stable asset to the future of decentralized finance. Sam is also the co-founder of the blockchain based knowledge base, Everipedia.

Aug 23, 202121:01
Where Does Money Come From? with Professor Cathy Mulligan (S1E3)

Where Does Money Come From? with Professor Cathy Mulligan (S1E3)

Who actually gets to decide where money comes from and how much of it there is?

To answer this question, Samantha asks Professor Cathy Mulligan, the Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Director of DCentral Lab from the University of Lisbon. They talk about who creates money, explore the mechanics of the central versus commercial banking systems and uncover how digital currencies are transforming the way money works today.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5 minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with this week’s guest, Professor Cathy Mulligan.

Cathy Mulligan is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the DCentral Lab that investigates blockchain, cryptocurrencies and associated digital technologies for social good and sustainability at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Cathy is a cross-disciplinary researcher who has worked at the boundaries of economics, sustainable development and digital since 2006. She has led multiple research projects across the UK, EU, Australia, India and Malaysia. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Data Policy Council and has consulted at senior levels for the UN, OECD and various governments across the world. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College and Honorary Senior Research Associate in the computer science department at UCL. Cathy has over 25 years experience in senior corporate and research roles and has written 7 books on digital technologies.

Aug 17, 202122:10
Reinventing Money with George Harrap, Step Finance (S1E2)

Reinventing Money with George Harrap, Step Finance (S1E2)

Challenges with money often give rise to a desire to reinvent money.

In this episode, Samantha Yap is joined once again by George Harrap, Co-Founder and Head of DeFi at YAP Global. They talk about ‘Reinventing Money’ with Bitcoin, and George takes us through a quick history of Bitcoin and an explanation of how it works with mining, the decentralisation of control of it and how Bitcoin may solve the problem of the debasement of money.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important role in our future. She’ll take you on a 5-minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with our returning guest, George Harrap.

George is a veteran crypto entrepreneur. Having started in the crypto world almost a decade ago as an early miner, George brings a wealth of experience. He has built the first crypto remittance startup in the world, built 6 cryptocurrency exchanges both centralised and decentralised, and launched 12 stablecoins. George now focuses exclusively on the DeFi space - which he believes is the next giant leap for crypto assets and blockchain technology.

Aug 09, 202118:32
What Is Money? with George Harrap, Step Finance (S1E1)

What Is Money? with George Harrap, Step Finance (S1E1)

Where better to start the journey of money than on the Yap islands...

In this episode on “What is Money?” Samantha Yap is joined by George Harrap, Co-Founder of Step Finance and Head of DeFi at YAP Global. They touch on different forms of money, issues of trust and accountability with our money, differences in the perceived value of money, and the difficulties that can arise from trying to get our hands on our money when we need it.

Join Samantha Yap on a quest to discover the history of money, to better understand why Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance may play an important part in our future. She’ll take you on a 5 minute audio journey that touches on the history behind today’s topic, followed by the best parts of her conversation with our first guest, George Harrap.

George is a veteran crypto entrepreneur. Having started in the crypto world almost a decade ago as an early miner, George brings a wealth of experience, having built the first crypto remittance startup in the world, built 6 cryptocurrency exchanges both centralised and decentralised, and launched 12 stablecoins. George now focuses exclusively on the DeFi space - which he believes is the next giant leap for crypto assets and blockchain technology.

Aug 03, 202123:52
Intro to The Story of Money

Intro to The Story of Money

 

Jul 28, 202102:45