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A blockchain billionaire’s massive wager – TechCrunch


Hello and welcome again to the Chain Reaction podcast, the place we unpack and clarify the newest crypto news, drama and developments, breaking it down block by block for the crypto curious.

Although 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 12 months and has launched a bunch of recent merchandise in a push to draw customers to stay it out by way of a bear market. One of these merchandise is a non-custodial crypto pockets, which CEO Vlad Tenev introduced this week on the Permissionless convention in Florida, so we took a while to go over what a non-custodial pockets truly is, what kinds of customers have a tendency to love it and the way Robinhood’s providing stacks up in opposition to opponents’ like Coinbase.

Speaking 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 newest drama surrounding the disgraced UST — the stablecoin that (sort 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 Venture Partners 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 must do to attraction to shoppers and construct out their person expertise at this early stage of improvement. Mercedes shared a few of the long-term potential she’s seeing in consumer-focused web3 merchandise comparable to video video games.

Chain Reaction podcast episodes come out each Thursday at 12:00 p.m. PDT. Subscribe to us on Apple, Spotify or your different podcast platform of option to sustain with us each week.


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