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Messari's Unqualified Opinions


Unqualified Opinions is a daily podcast hosted by Messari’s CEO Ryan Selkis featuring candid, fast-paced interviews with crypto’s top builders and investors.

Popular episodes

India's Burgeoning Crypto Scene with WazirX CEO Nischal Shetty

Jun 30 • 40:19

Nischal clears up misconceptions about India's regulatory landscape and shares what he's seeing that has him excited about the future of crypto in India....

Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier on the Business of Being Your Own Bank

Jun 25 • 50:09

Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier joins The Unqualified Opinions podcast to discuss self custody, and the user experience of being your own bank. ...

Charles Hoskinson on Cardano & Network Effects

Jun 17 • 01:08:08

With the next major phase of Cardano's mainnet (Shelley) fast approaching, IOHK CEO Charles Hoskinson provides a full project update as well his thoughts on the competitive outlook of the smart contracting landscape....

Skale Labs CEO Jack O'Holleran on Launch & Decentralization

May 27 • 52:32

Skale is a middle-ware protocol that aims to allow dApps to run on a high-speed consensus layer above platforms like Ethereum and EOS. With Skale approaching its mainnet launch this summer, Ryan and Skale co-founder/CEO Jack O’Holleran discuss the project’s progress as well as how they’re approaching launch....

Insuring DeFi with Nexus Mutual Founder Hugh Karp

May 21 • 44:59

Nexus Mutual is an insurance protocol for DeFi that covers financial loss resulting from hacks and unintended code usage. Nexus paid out its first claim following one of the bZx hacks early this year. In this conversation, founder Hugh Karp details how he thinks about platform risk, particularly in the context of Ethereum’s migration to ETH 2.0, and sheds light on creating...

Tokensoft CEO Mason Borda on Security Token Hurdles & Pathways to Growth

May 19 • 51:05

Security tokens have at times, been heralded as the next major phase of crypto adoption. Despite the surrounding hype, security tokens don’t have any actual trading volume to speak of. In this conversation, Tokensoft CEO Mason Borda discusses the hurdles that still remain for adoption and outlines the bullish case for security tokens over the next few years. Conservatively...

Halving 2020: The Bitcoin Reformation with Tuur Demeester

May 18 • 50:35

Tuur Demeester is one of Bitcoin’s longest standing research analysts who’s been through all three halvings. In this conversation, he recalls how his study of financial history and subsequent worry about our financial system’s inflationary risks led him to a 2010 post from Satoshi laying out bitcoin’s value proposition as digital gold. He describes his first bitcoin bubble...

Halving 2020: Bitcoin Then & Now with Charlie Shrem

May 15 • 50:35

It doesn’t get much more OG than Charlie Shrem. Charlie’s been involved in bitcoin from the days where the community consisted of a couple hundred people on, created by Satoshi himself. In this conversion, we discuss both bitcoin and Charlie’s evolution throughout the years, from the first halving where many feared the protocol would break down, to Charli...

Layer 1 CEO Alex Liegl on the Institutionalization of Mining in America

May 14 • 54:50

Layer 1 is focused on converting “electricity into money” via highly efficient bitcoin mining facilities. Where mining has historically been concentrated in places with cheap and sometimes subsidized energy, Layer 1’s operations are currently focused in America: West Texas to be precise. Also counter to historical trends, Layer 1 is focused on working with regulators and t...

Halving 2020: Bobby Lee on Bitcoin in China & $100K BTC

May 13 • 57:42

Bobby Lee has witnessed the ascent of Bitcoin from a unique perspective relative to many in the west. In 2013, Lee was the CEO of BTCChina and dealt first hand with the CCP as they tried to come to grips with this strange new asset. In this conversation, he recalls bitcoin’s first bubbles, his foray in Bitcoin mining and the time the Chinese Communist Party instructed him ...

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