The Chopping Block: Unraveling the SEC Hack, Futarchy, and Twitter Trolls - Ep. 593

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Pocket Casts, Pandora, Castbox, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Amazon Music, or on your favorite podcast platform. Welcome to The Chopping Block, where crypto experts Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner bring you inside perspectives on critical topics in the crypto world. In this episode, they're joined by Gwart, the caustic comedian of Crypto Twitter, as they explore questions like: What is Gwart's stance on the overhyped nature of DAOs and governance in crypto? How does Gwart view the potential and risks of NFTs, particularly Bitcoin-based Ordinals? The team also dives into the recent SEC Twitter hack - what does this incident reveal about market manipulation and the importance of cybersecurity? They then explore the competitive landscape of Bitcoin ETFs, discussing the implications of their fee structures. Finally, they consider the significance of developing crypto infrastructure that resonates with the average user, not just the niche crypto enthusiast. Tune in for an engaging exploration of these pivotal questions shaping the future of cryptocurrency. Show highlights:  🔹The concept of Ethereum alignment and its origins 🔹The SEC's Twitter account being hacked and a fake BTC ETF approval tweet 🔹Fees for different ETF issuers and Grayscale's fee reduction for GBTC 🔹The SEC's Twitter account being hacked and the fake BTC ETF approval tweet 🔹The potential use case of prediction markets in Taiwanese elections 🔹Imprisonment of individuals in Taiwan for betting on the election through PolyMarket 🔹Discussion on the concept of futarchy and its potential implementation 🔹The prevalence of centralized exchanges and their impact on user adoption 🔹Gwart's role as an observer and heckler in the crypto space 🔹Building infrastructure for onboarding users in crypto 🔹The dichotomy between the ideal of decentralization and the reality of user adoption 🔹Criticism of DAO governance and lack of significant innovation Hosts Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly  Robert Leshner, Founder of Compound Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly  Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures Guest Gwart, Crypto Twitter Icon Disclosures Links Justin Drake on Bankless’ “57 - Ultra Sound Money | Justin Drake”:  Justin Drake on “ETH’s Biggest Upgrade Since EIP1559 | MEV Burn w/ Justin Drake and Dom”:  Eliezer Yudkowsky – “AI Alignment: Why It's Hard, and Where to Start”:   Eliezer Yudkowsky - “Why AI Will Kill Us, Aligning LLMs, Nature of Intelligence, SciFi, & Rationality”:   Vitalik Buterin’s “An Introduction to Futarchy”:   Arthur Breitman’s “Towards Futarchy in Tezos”:   “More arrests for betting crypto on Taiwan election via blocked website” by Jono Thomson (Taiwan News, Staff Writer):   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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Crypto assets and blockchain technology are about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity to the Internet of Things. In this podcast, host Laura Shin, an independent journalist covering all things crypto, talks with industry pioneers about how crypto assets and blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money. Tune in to find out how Web 3.0, the decentralized web, will revolutionize our world. Disclosure: I'm a nocoiner.