Whats up and welcome again to the Chain Reaction podcast, the place we unpack and clarify the most recent crypto information, drama and traits, breaking it down block by block for the crypto curious.
Though we’re in a crypto market pullback, 30-year-old blockchain billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) managed to scrounge up over $600 million to purchase 7.6% of buying and selling platform Robinhood. Anita and Lucas talked about why the funding made monetary sense for SBF even on this market, and what he may be scheming up for the corporate now that he has voting rights.
Robinhood has had a tough first half of the yr and has launched a bunch of latest merchandise in a push to draw customers to stay it out via a bear market. A kind of merchandise is a non-custodial crypto pockets, which CEO Vlad Tenev announced this week on the Permissionless convention in Florida, so we took a while to go over what a non-custodial pockets really is, what forms of customers have a tendency to love it and the way Robinhood’s providing stacks up in opposition to rivals’ like Coinbase.
Talking of, Coinbase stated this week that it could be slowing its hiring plans due to the crypto market crash, so we talked about what meaning for corporations and job seekers. We additionally gave listeners an replace on the most recent drama surrounding the disgraced UST — the stablecoin that (form of) began all of it.
Our visitor: Mercedes Bent of Lightspeed
Our visitor this week was Mercedes Bent, a shopper and crypto investor at Lightspeed Enterprise Companions who helped us unpack the loaded time period that’s the “metaverse” and why she thinks it’s already right here.
We additionally talked about what crypto corporations have to do to attraction to shoppers and construct out their person expertise at this early stage of growth. Mercedes shared a few of the long-term potential she’s seeing in consumer-focused web3 merchandise equivalent to video video games.