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CryptoEq: Building Trust at Scale for Digital Asset Research
Santiago Velez, entrepreneur and digital assets investor for Block Digital Corporation & AD, Inc., sits down with Spencer Randall, principal and co-founder of CryptoEq, to discuss CryptoEq, market cycles, blue chips, and future staying power. Randall saw the need to have a community to discuss digital assets as he felt that education around the crypto space was and still is done in a silo and that the value from the digital assets space could be better derived by breaking down the barriers to communication. With CryptoEq, Randall’s goal is to provide a forum for individuals with different life experiences and views to have a space where those thoughts and ideas can collide. In Randall's own words, "Community brings faster collisions, more innovation, more discovery, more learning." Filmed on April 11, 2021. Key Learnings: With the volume of information out there on digital assets, how do you distill it and make it easy for the end user to cut through all the noise or misinformation and get started in the space? CryptoEq aims to be the north star for digital assets, focusing on research and market insights, to allow for users to not only learn about crypto faster, but responsibly. With CryptoEq's focus on fundamental and sentiment analysis as well as enter and exit strategies, Randall believes individuals who want to enter the crypto space can do so with ease and find trust at scale.
Jimmy Song: A Philosophical Approach to Bitcoin
Ash Bennington, Real Vision senior crypto editor, hosts Bitcoin developer, educator, and entrepreneur Jimmy Song to discuss how his thoughts on Bitcoin have been evolving over the last year, its future, alt-season, and the path to decentralization. Song states that value is not intrinsic, but rather subjective, and is the utility an individual can derive out of it. He explains that scarcity also factors into value, particularly money, and in that regard, Bitcoin is the ultimate store of value. As the current monetary system has a constant flow of money pushed through the economy at a high velocity, thereby creating wealth, Song explores how any form of solitary money would lose value in this system and how long-term stores of value such as real estate, stocks, and gold have power consolidated among only a few, which makes this system flawed. On the other hand, Bitcoin does not have any of these problems. Filmed May 10th, 2021. Key Learnings: Song states Bitcoin is a savings technology, one that can be used over a long period of time. This, in turn, allows societies to focus on improving the future. Within the current monetary system, continual currency debasement, re-investment, and losses due to transactional fees can burden individuals too heavily in retaining the value of their money and can prevent society from bringing new goods and services to the market. Song believes Bitcoin is a civilization building technology, which can enable society to flourish in new and exciting ways.
BadgerDAO: Bridging Bitcoin to Native Yield Strategies
Santiago Velez, entrepreneur and digital assets investor for Block Digital Corporation & AD, Inc., sits down with Chris Spadafora, founder of BadgerDAO, to discuss his background, the journey to found BadgerDAO, wrapped digital assets, risk, governance, and his thoughts on the crypto ecosystem. Following several years of investing in the space, Spadafora came to the conclusion that there was a lack of Bitcoin that can be wrapped or ported off of the bitcoin network and used as a utility on other blockchains. Spadafora asked, "How do you build an open community and project that wants to enable Bitcoin to work in a trusted and non-custodial way in addition to having an organization or business that is managed by the people vs a traditional corporate structure?" He recognized that the smart contract capabilities of Ethereum met a lot of the needs he was looking for in trying to utilize the liquidity of Bitcoin. While there are other protocols building on top of the Bitcoin network, Spadafora believes that the robustness of the smart contract technology that Ethereum built, in addition to the lack of liquidity and lack of interoperability in relation to the tools for daily usage, were key to fulfilling that vision. Filmed on May 6, 2021. Key learnings: To date, 1% of Bitcoin has been wrapped to port over to other blockchains. Spadafora believes that, moving forward, there will be anywhere between 20-40% of all Bitcoin will be wrapped and living on other chains because it is the ultimate collateral. While seeing the appreciation of Bitcoin in one’s wallet is good, being able to use it, put it to work, and have access to different financial services and applications that are traditionally reserved to hedge funds brings the power back to the people. Spadafora identifies that DeFi users have access to many great opportunities to gain interest; however, it requires too many steps, knowledge, and fees. Meanwhile, BadgerDAO allows for users to earn anywhere between 5%-30% interest on their Bitcoin while still retaining custody of their digital assets.

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CryptoEq: Building Trust at Scale for Digital Asset Research
Santiago Velez, entrepreneur and digital assets investor for Block Digital Corporation & AD, Inc., sits down with Spencer Randall, principal and co-founder of CryptoEq, to discuss CryptoEq, market cycles, blue chips, and future staying power. Randall saw the need to have a community to discuss digital assets as he felt that education around the crypto space was and still is done in a silo and that the value from the digital assets space could be better derived by breaking down the barriers to communication. With CryptoEq, Randall’s goal is to provide a forum for individuals with different life experiences and views to have a space where those thoughts and ideas can collide. In Randall's own words, "Community brings faster collisions, more innovation, more discovery, more learning." Filmed on April 11, 2021. Key Learnings: With the volume of information out there on digital assets, how do you distill it and make it easy for the end user to cut through all the noise or misinformation and get started in the space? CryptoEq aims to be the north star for digital assets, focusing on research and market insights, to allow for users to not only learn about crypto faster, but responsibly. With CryptoEq's focus on fundamental and sentiment analysis as well as enter and exit strategies, Randall believes individuals who want to enter the crypto space can do so with ease and find trust at scale.

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