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What Grinds My Gears
From Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson, welcome to What Grinds My Gears, a podcast about the bizarre and buzzworthy happenings in the world of cryptocurrency. Each week, we delve into one key theme in crypto, and examine this theme through a broader financial, political, and cultural lens to learn from the past, understand the present, and explore the future.
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Episode 21: Bonus Round: Blockchain Week Recap
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson provide a retrospective on years past and discuss how this year’s “Blockchain Week” differs.
51 min
2
Episode 20: ETF, F No?
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss the history of pooled investment vehicles, why they’ve grown exponentially over the last two decades, and why US firms are so fascinated by making bitcoin, which is friendly to retail, more friendly for institutions.
45 min
3
Episode 19: It’s All about DEX, Baby
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss the Buttonwood Agreement, all the way through to Flash Boys, and even Tinder, and ending at decentralized exchange, or DEX.
78 min
4
Episode 18: Tarred and Tethered
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss collateralization, fractional reserve banking, and market liquidity.
89 min
5
Episode 17: Fact or FUD: Crypto in the Media
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss fear, uncertainty, and doubt in crypto media.
63 min
6
Episode 16: Beating the Market: A Game of Geeks...
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss the theory and practice of financial performance and measurement, the challenges in applying this theory to crypto markets, and why this matters so much to investors of all stripes.
76 min
7
Episode 15: Fork Yourself
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss forks, great schisms, and evolutionary theory.
77 min
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Episode 14: This is Water: A Story about Liquidity
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss liquidity and what it actually means in markets, for companies, for individual assets, and the role of market participants and market structure in managing this flow.
66 min
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Episode 13: You’ve Been Liquidated
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss prediction markets, their applications across governance and finance, and decentralized marketplaces.
50 min
10
Episode 12: The ICO Ice Age: Back to Banking
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss crypto seasons and the dawn of a new age.
57 min
11
Episode 11: Alex, I’ll Take “Blockchain” for $500
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss enterprises and their experimentation with blockchain, where it’s gone wrong in the past and where it might be going in the future.
64 min
12
Episode 10: Surveillance Capitalism
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss the rise of surveillance capitalism and what that might mean for our cypherpunk dreams of privacy.
68 min
13
Episode 9: Initial Country Offering
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss how and why countries raise money, what secures these loans, and how blockchain-based debt could fundamentally change global debt markets.
54 min
14
Episode 8: Living on Borrowed DAI
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss credit, a brief history of lending, credit’s components, and innovation in credit markets.
64 min
15
Episode 7: Money Makes the World Go Round
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss crypto business models, asset classifications, governance, and funding models.
59 min
16
Episode 6: Crypto Cartels
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss crypto governance mechanisms.
59 min
17
Episode 5: Venezuela: Living in a Powder Keg
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss Venezuela and what fundamental challenges the crypto community has yet to address.
64 min
18
Episode 4: Square Peg Round Hole
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss crypto assets and their old school financial equivalents.
51 min
19
Episode 3: DeFi, Same as the OldFi
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss the evolution of crypto and the role of regulators.
53 min
20
Episode 2: Welcome to Bagel World
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss what cryptocurrencies are actually worth.
39 min
21
Episode 1: An Unfettered Orgy of Capitalism
Meltem Demirors and Jill Carlson discuss the crypto bubble and the decline of cryptocurrencies.
60 min