At the World Economic Forum in Davos this January, Circle Co-Founder and CEO Jeremy Allaire was honored to host Jean-Noël Barrot, the French Minister for Digital Transition and Telecommunications. Minister Barrot discussed France’s ambition to be a leader in the European Union with regard to emerging technologies, including digital assets. He also talked about the advantages of helping to create a single digital assets market across the EU and the importance of ensuring that blockchain technology serves the cause of financial inclusion.
8 March 2023 • 26m and 59s
With over $8.5 trillion assets under management, BlackRock* is the world’s largest money manager. Its influence on Wall Street, in Washington, and beyond, is hard to overstate. A key reason for the firm’s success is the steady hand of Rob Goldstein, the firm’s COO and Head of BlackRock Solutions. Goldstein joined BlackRock in 1994. In the years since, he’s been named twice to Fortune's "40 under 40" list and has been identified as one of the top technology entrepreneurs in the financial services industry by Institutional Investor's "Tech 50" list. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2023, Rob joined Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire for a discussion about the nature of asset management, attacking institutional inefficiencies, and the growing collaboration between Circle and BlackRock. Together, they explore how a new, frictionless infrastructure layer on the internet can generate transformative opportunities in the years to come.
21 February 2023 • 24m and 38s
The Hoover Institution’s Niall Ferguson* is one of the world’s most accomplished historians. He’s the best-selling author of many books, including the seminal work, “The Ascent of Money.” At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2023, Niall joined Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire for a wide-ranging conversation about the evolution of money, credit, central banks, and some of the values that guide innovation. Together, they put current developments in the crypto ecosystem into a broader historical context.
27 January 2023 • 45m and 2s
Blockchain and financial applications have been linked from the beginning. When Satoshi Nakamato published the original Bitcoin white paper in 2008, he titled it, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.” Today, the lion’s share of crypto headlines are about financial losses. So it’s understandable that people associate chains with financial assets. But open, public blockchains have massive utility beyond financial applications. One of the first innovators to recognize this potential was Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin*. In Ethereum, the Russian-Canadian computer programmer has conceived, developed, and upgraded a decentralized chain with smart-contract functionality and made it into a transformative piece of infrastructure that enables new forms of political, corporate, and social organizations. (USDC circulates on many blockchains; as of January 12, 2023, a majority of the supply circulates on Ethereum.) In a conversation they recorded this past September in San Francisco at Converge22, Circle’s inaugural ecosystem summit, Vitalik and Jeremy Allaire reviewed Ethereum’s important technological progress, impediments to scaling utility, and the new models of cooperation this base layer of trust can enable.
13 January 2023 • 29m and 6s
Secretary of the Treasury. Director of the National Economic Council. President of Harvard University. Washington Post columnist. Economist Larry Summers has held some of the most prestigious roles in public life. Across them all, Dr. Summers has brought an unflinching commitment to incisive observations, even when they cut against the grain. On the major global macroeconomic issues of our time, Summer’s views aren’t always the popular ones, but they are not easily dismissed. Summer’s leadership in the Obama White House in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 financial crisis gives him special insight into the importance of effective regulation of financial markets. Understanding how policymakers should regulate stablecoins was the subject of a fireside chat between Jeremy Allaire and Larry Summers this past September at Converge22, Circle’s inaugural ecosystem summit. (Dr. Summers was compensated for his appearance at Converge22.)
16 December 2022 • 15m and 9s
Some observers think months or even years ahead. Balaji Srinivasan thinks decades ahead. But Balaji is no mere theoretical futurist. Across a storied career that includes stints at a16z and Coinbase, the acclaimed investor and bestselling author of “The Network State” has helped build and launch some of the crypto industry’s most successful companies and assets, including a key role in developing Circle’s own USDC. In a conversation they recorded during the Singapore Fintech Festival in early November, Jeremy and Balaji discussed a wide range of topics, including solving for scale adoption, unlocking super high utility value, and new competition for fiat currencies.
2 December 2022 • 39m and 35s
The sudden collapse of crypto exchange FTX last week was shocking. It’s arguably on par with Enron or Lehman Brothers in terms of the people it hurt, its cascading impact on the industry and the regulatory changes it could spur. To help draw timely lessons, Jeremy Allaire sat down with Angie Lau, a veteran journalist who is Editor-in-Chief, CEO, and Founder of Forkast.News, a media outlet that covers emerging technology at the intersection of business, economy, and politics. While there’s much we’re still learning about FTX, Angie and Jeremy identified several insights: Great companies are built on more than talent and technology. They must have rigorous financial, security, operational, and compliance controls to mitigate risks. This is best understood as a crisis of confidence, not a crisis of technology. Lack of regulatory standards has aided the rise of unregulated, and often off-shore, centralized financial institutions built on excess. We need to flush this out. Many crypto firms have forgotten what it is they’re trying to do. We must move away from the speculative value phase to the utility value phase. Boring is the new sexy. *Circle has invested in the media company Angie Lau founded, Forkast.News. Circle also paid a fee for Angie to speak at its inaugural ecosystem summit, Converge22.
17 November 2022 • 34m and 9s
Brian Armstrong is one of the crypto ecosystem’s most influential pioneers. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Coinbase, one of the world’s leading crypto exchanges, Brian has seen – and helped drive – the growth of blockchain-based networks from obscurity to widespread adoption. In their Money Movement conversation, Brian and Jeremy discussed how the crypto economy can extend global financial inclusion, economic freedom, and opportunity to millions who’ve been excluded. To take just one example, Brian shared how mortgages to buy homes are very difficult to obtain in Argentina. The result? Only the richest citizens own homes; the rest are limited to renting, shutting off one of the great sources of wealth creation. Brian believes crypto markets can vastly expand economic freedom and access to credit in places like Argentina, empowering a new culture of ownership and helping to dissolve decades of inequality. But to get there, Jeremy and Brian agreed, we must face what’s holding crypto back. One big “unlock,” in their view, is regulatory clarity. Another is the scalability of blockchains. They noted what the jump from dial-up to broadband made possible online. A third factor is a usability. Much of the current crypto interface, they said, is too difficult to use. Brian and Jeremy discussed the regulatory impulse to restrict open networks, fundamental rights that shouldn’t compromise in the name of fighting bad actors, and the importance of educating people about crypto’s enormous potential beyond the transfer of financial value. *Circle and Coinbase are co-founders of the Centre Consortium, a joint venture aimed at establishing a standard for fiat on the internet and providing a governance framework and network for the global, mainstream adoption of fiat stablecoins.
10 November 2022 • 43m and 33s
Access to credit is fundamental for everyone who wishes to secure a better future for themselves. Yet millions of would-be borrowers worldwide lack this access, in part because they have little opportunity to build the kind of identity and reputation that lenders seek. Teller* Founder and CEO Ryan Berkun wants to disrupt this system. Ryan believes blockchain technology can dramatically expand access to credit, enabling people with limited capital to not only borrow with greater simplicity, but also build an on-chain identity and reputation that’s open, transparent, and portable. Ryan sees the merger of on-chain technologies with off-chain assets as the next great extension of the American dream. Home loans, auto loans, and even student loans and other personal debt could all eventually be supported with the types of marketplaces he’s cultivating. This emerging infrastructure could enable a new wave of financial inclusion and economic activity that offer the prospect of rising prosperity for millions while protecting their identity and privacy. *Teller is a Circle Customer with a Circle account
21 October 2022 • 22m and
Crypto has raised considerable interest for its potential to simplify the world's financial infrastructure, while also increasing access, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. But lack of regulatory clarity and government agency turf wars over digital assets are holding back the full realization of this ecosystem’s utility phase. Kevin O’Leary* of ABC’s Shark Tank is bullish about a breakthrough. The brightest minds on earth, he said recently, want to work on the chain. He believes that a clearer regulatory framework will unlock massive new capital that’s currently on the sidelines. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy and Kevin discuss money as a reconciling mechanism, the need for statutory definitions, fractionalized ownership, the iOS of blockchains, and why Congress needs to act now on stablecoin legislation.
7 October 2022 • 31m and 20s
Learn more about Circle Converge22: https://circle.com/converge Few observers have followed the crypto industry with as much penetrating insight as Byron Gilliam, the prolific newsletter writer* and markets strategist at Blockworks. In what ways do cryptocurrencies resemble securities? How are they different? And what could crypto regulation look like? In this episode of The Money Movement, Byron weighs in on these questions and shares his thoughts on DAOs, the fine line between freedom and chaos, and why payments still represent one of the greatest use cases for cryptocurrencies, particularly stablecoins.
23 September 2022 • 31m and 45s
Learn more about Circle Converge22: https://circle.com/converge Stablecoins are here to stay and continue to help pave the way for the mainstream adoption of Web3 and DeFi. Although Europe sees privacy as fundamental by design, there is room for improvement when it comes to financial transactions. Centralized databases can be hacked. For this reason, DeFi and crypto in general can provide solutions to both future digital asset security threats and global banking. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Pascal Gauthier, Chairman & CEO of Ledger*. *Ledger supports EUROC.
9 September 2022 • 30m and 2s
Learn more about Circle Converge22: https://circle.com/converge Crypto.com’s vision is to make crypto accessible for everyone through beginner-friendly user interfaces, proper education, and core infrastructural improvements. The exchange’s globally usable, locally acceptable Visa card is a good example of this, but there’s more on the horizon as we transition from the speculative phase to the utility phase of cryptocurrency. Mass adoption, interoperability, and institutional participation are around the corner as digital currencies continue to evolve and the crypto ecosystem continues to expand. To share all in this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Abhi Bisarya, Chief Product Officer of Crypto.com*. *Crypto.com is a Circle customer
26 August 2022 • 32m and 46s
Learn more about Circle Converge22: https://circle.com/converge Dollar digital currencies have had a huge impact on cryptocurrency markets and are likely to continue to shape the digital asset industry and the global economy. How do Asian markets approach this phenomenon and where do they see the future of decentralized finance heading? The developments of DeFi could cascade into commercial finance faster than anyone anticipates, while decentralized credit provisions and new risk management and transparency systems will play increasingly important roles as we shift from the speculative phase to the utility phase of the Internet of Money. To share all in this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Annabelle Huang, Managing Partner of the Amber Group*. *Amber Group is a Circle customer.
12 August 2022 • 34m and 56s
Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency, and still the largest by market capitalization. But beyond the statistics, the ethos behind Bitcoin and ensuring its place as an immutable, trusted foundation for a digital transformation of the global economy permeates the thinking of many developers, high-profile supporters, and crypto enthusiasts. The path to a more efficient and empowering economic system will spread across generations, with much of the essential infrastructure yet to be built. But Bitcoin has faced many challenges before, and appears ready to play its part as bedrock in the increasingly digital world we live in today.
29 July 2022 • 48m and 7s
Bitcoin helped spawn a digital assets industry that is worth hundreds of billions today. And while the original cryptocurrency may not incorporate every new and exciting innovation that emerges from the fast-paced ecosystem development, Bitcoin remains the largest contender by market capitalization and embodies the ethos of security through decentralization and code-as-law more than perhaps any other protocol. Growth in the industry doesn’t appear to be leaving Bitcoin behind, and developers are hard at work on a multitude of projects to bring even greater functionality and ease of use for Bitcoin to a larger and larger global audience. But can Bitcoin become an integral part of a global financial system based on sound money? In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Dan Held, Director of Growth Marketing at Kraken*. *Kraken is a Circle customer.
15 July 2022 • 28m and 23s
As Grayscale and other financial institutions continue to help integrate cryptocurrency trusts and Bitcoin futures ETFs into the existing financial system, traditional investors have more opportunities than ever to account for the future potential of digital commodities in their portfolios. Throughout the 20th century, builders, policymakers, and financial professionals worked together to leverage physical commodities to build a world the likes of which humanity had never seen; now they’ll need to come together to do the same with digital commodities for the 21st century and beyond…
24 June 2022 • 34m and 11s
The "growing pains" experienced by traditional financial institutions are acting as a natural catalyst for the digitalization and proliferation of new currency systems. As a result of new applications and technologies that can provide even faster, easier, and more cost-effective payments, the entire ecosystem is set to undergo significant change. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Henrique Dubugras, Founder and Co-CEO at Brex* to discuss how they are influencing the financial management of a business and the opportunities and limitations of fiscal decentralization. *Brex is a Circle customer
15 June 2022 • 33m and 31s
In this Greatest Hits episode of The Money Movement, we revisit a discussion from just over a year ago where Jeremy was joined by Nic Carter and Meltem Demirors to discuss the crypto carbon emissions debate. Here is the original episode description, originally published March 31, 2021: With exploding interest and adoption of crypto, once again the debate over "Crypto's Carbon Footprint" has returned, with critics sharing wild assertions about the energy footprint of Proof-of-Work network security. We will break down the facts, the research, and a view into not just how crypto is driving renewable energy innovation, but also examine the carbon footprint of security infrastructure backing the U.S. Dollar. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Nic Carter, General Partner at Castle Island Ventures* and Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares*. * Castle Island Ventures and Coinshares are Circle customers
20 May 2022 • 50m and 12s
With the help of stablecoins, crypto payments are becoming more mainstream as major facilitators begin integrating public blockchain infrastructure into their systems in earnest. Worldpay has played a role in the development of a more inclusive digital currency infrastructure by building fiat ‘on-ramps’ and exploring more efficient payments with dollar digital currencies. They’re one of the first in what could be a long line of payments processors and other businesses leveraging crypto technology to build the next generation of merchant-customer relationships. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Nabil Manji, SVP/GM and Head of Crypto & Web3 at Worldpay. *Worldpay and Circle recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding covering technology integrations needed to support USDC settlement.
13 May 2022 • 31m and 10s
Innovation has been essential to creating the modern lifestyle many enjoy today but requires a risk appetite and a willingness to let markets express consumer preferences that emerge in a free and open society. Blockchain networks and decentralized platforms are creating a new set of conditions for digital finance transactions that can broadly increase inclusion and quality of service, and policymakers around the world are carefully considering the path forward. Blockchain networks and decentralized finance can help improve or supplant existing financial infrastructure but will need support from both sides of the aisle to truly unlock the benefits of digital finance and programmable money. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Brian Brooks, Chief Executive Officer at Bitfury Group and former U.S. Acting Comptroller of the Currency.
6 May 2022 • 38m and 39s
The 20th century saw economic booms and shocks that caused governments worldwide to develop new systems for managing systemic risk while encouraging growth of the private sector. Those efforts have evolved into the financial system we know today, predating the internet by decades and only slowly realizing the benefits of digital technology. Following the Great Recession of 2008, decentralized networks emerged to apply the benefits of internet technology to money and finance, laying the foundation for the burgeoning digital asset ecosystem we see today. What does the future hold for governments, the unbanked, and the foundation of how value is exchanged around the world in light of these remarkable advancements? In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Dante Disparte, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy at Circle, to discuss the road to digital money.. They cover: 👉 00:01:00 - The new digital currency based financial system 👉 00:04:00 - Building this new financial system 👉 00:05:00 - Sound money philosophy 👉 00:07:00 - Fractional reserve banking 👉 00:13:09 - How digital money is used in the real economy 👉 00:19:04 - Are banks really a public good? 👉 00:20:40 - Are these innovations really competing with the traditional banking system? 👉 00:23:00 - The implication of digital transformation on the utility of money 👉 00:28:03 - Digital money’s inherent boundlessness 👉 00:31:00 - Making transactions more efficient, push the tech into the background 👉 00:37:15 - Getting the user interface right If you’re interested in the innovation of digital money and the evolution to a more efficient financial system, tune in to this episode of The Money Movement. Subscribe here: 👉 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3lUcJFN 👉 Apple: https://apple.co/3G3CrPZ 👉 Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3lUd6jF 👉 Email: https://bit.ly/3aXWYY5 And connect with Dante here: 👉 Twitter: https://twitter.com/ddisparte 👉 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dantedisparte 👉 Website: https://dantedisparte.com About the show The global economy is experiencing unprecedented challenges and change. Business leaders everywhere are grappling with how to transform their companies to become more digital, resilient, and efficient. As we face this change, a new global movement is building around the promise of digital currencies and blockchains — forming a new architecture for the global economy and creating new opportunities for companies everywhere. The Money Movement explores and chronicles the issues and ideas driving this brave new world of digital money. The Money Movement is brought to you by Circle. Our mission is to raise global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of financial value. Learn more about Circle Business Accounts and Platform APIs at circle.com.
29 April 2022 • 1 day(s), 9h, 3m and
The emergence of digital assets has already brought tremendous change to the world, from innovative streamlined payment systems to NFTs that democratize ownership of media, and even DAOs that are redefining how organizations collaborate to get things done. By some measures, the financial sector has been slow to take up the vast opportunities presented by public blockchain infrastructure and the attendant gains in capabilities and efficiency. But behind the scenes, titans of finance like Goldman Sachs have been doing their research, and are nearly ready to join the crypto economy in a big way…
15 April 2022 • 37m and 33s
Bitcoin was born in 2009 on the heels of geo-economic crisis. Lower trust in the existing financial system spurred adoption of new, open standards for transferring value around the world and coordinating time and talent, bringing into practice development and opportunities that had previously existed only in theory. Satoshi’s initial innovation enabled peer-to-peer transactions over the internet without counterparty intervention, but the potential for increased global efficiency, inclusion and prosperity are only beginning to be realized. One business that is fuelling the growth of blockchain technology is the aptly named: Blockchain.com, trusted by millions since 2011 with over $1 trillion in crypto transactions and a standard bearer for the future of the open internet.
8 April 2022 • 42m and 50s
For decades, startup capital was almost exclusively raised through venture capital firms, relying on a handful of institutions and high-net-worth individuals to drive innovation and bring disruptive new businesses to the market. In 2012, the passing of the JOBS Act enabled millions of retail investors to finally access startup investment opportunities, giving them a shot at significant returns and giving founders an entirely new way to fund and grow their big ideas. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Cary Breese, CEO & Co-Founder at NowRx along with SeedInvest Co-founder and CEO Ryan Feit. *Important Disclaimers This presentation should not be viewed as a current or past recommendation or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and there can be no assurance that an investment strategy will be successful or that the historical performance of an investment, portfolio or asset class will have a direct correlation with its future performance. SeedInvest's due diligence process is no guarantee of success or future results. All investors should carefully review each investment opportunity and cancel their subscription within the allotted time frame if they do not feel comfortable making any specific investment based on their own DD. Learn more about due diligence on the SeedInvest Blog and our vetting process in our FAQs. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. In addition, SeedInvest's due diligence process is no guarantee of success or future results. All investors should carefully review each investment opportunity and cancel their subscription within the allotted time frame if they do not feel comfortable making any specific investment based on their own DD. Learn more about due diligence on the SeedInvest Blog and our vetting process in our FAQs. All securities-related activity is conducted by SI Securities, LLC dba SeedInvest, an affiliate of Circle Internet Financial, and a registered broker-dealer, and a member of FINRA/SIPC. NowRx is offering securities through the use of an Offering Statement that has been qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission under Tier II of Regulation A. A copy of the Final Offering Circular that forms a part of the Offering Statement may be obtained from: NowRx: https://www.seedinvest.com/nowrx ** Jeremy is an early-stage investor in NowRx
25 March 2022 • 31m and 51s
In 2017, Anatoly Yakovenko solved the problem of keeping time between distrustful computers, he had a sudden epiphany that led him to use this experience in scaling distributed networks to create Solana. Not long afterwards, Solana goes live with a capacity of 250,000 transactions per second on a public testnet with 50 nodes. Three years later, Solana has processed over 40 billion transactions at approximately $0.00025 per transaction, unlocking a host of new possibilities for everyday applications for blockchain technology. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Anatoly Yakovenko, Co-Founder at Solana, a Circle blockchain partner.
10 March 2022 • 41m and 29s
The pandemic catalysed the world's transition to digital processes. Alongside natural disasters and persistent poverty, it also shined a light on the need for global humanitarian efforts to upgrade to better ways of delivering on their goals for impact and preparing for an uncertain climate future. Combined with emerging solutions for self-custody of digital identity, leaders of humanitarian initiatives are rethinking how they can make each dollar go further while reducing overhead and misuse of funds with the help of new financial infrastructure. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Joseph Thompson, Co-Founder & CEO at AID:Tech.
3 March 2022 • 40m and 49s
Though they have been around since 2014, NFTs only broke into the mainstream in 2021, primarily though the art use case 🎨 They’ve since been applied to music 🎶 And now… Sport 🏀 Fans and collectors can now use NFTs to claim ownership of sporting moments and player collections. Aside from unlocking a new revenue stream for leagues, teams, and players, NFTs also improve fan-athlete relationships, allowing fans to engage in the stadium or on the couch with their favorite franchises in entirely new ways. From unique high value collectables to insider access into the lives of top players, it’s never been a better time to be a sports fan. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Scott Lawin, Co-Founder & CEO at Candy.
24 February 2022 • 34m and 57s
For many decades, most financial innovations were built atop antiquated legacy infrastructure by a handful of consolidated institutions. But in the last 10 years, historically low cost of capital and innovations like blockchains and smart contracts have added new competition to a once slow-moving industry. Now, stablecoins and rapidly improving Web3 infrastructure stand to uplevel businesses worldwide more quickly than anyone could have predicted. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Eric Glyman, Co-Founder & CEO at Ramp.
17 February 2022 • 37m and 37s
Digital currency emerged in the late ‘80s as a group of computer programmers set out to protect people’s privacy in the digital world. This was known as the Cypherpunk Movement. David Chaum created DigiCash which utilized Blind Signature technology to guarantee privacy and safe transactions between individuals. In the ‘90s, Wei Dai created B-money, another digital currency, similar to what we know as Bitcoin today. Innovation in the digital currency space has been exploding in recent years, from DigiCash to B-money to Bitcoin to Ethereum and now to stablecoins such as USDC, and will only continue to do so. Forward-thinking regulators will be able to harness this innovation for the benefit of their countries, and those that don’t...may be left behind. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Dante Disparte, Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Global Policy at Circle.
31 January 2022 • 33m and 23s
Bitcoin, a financial protocol built on blockchain technology, emerged in 2009. Depending on your definition of the term, 2009 was also the birth of "decentralized finance" (DeFi). However, in 2017, MakerDAO launched, a turning point for more complex decentralized, blockchain based financial applications. This marked the start of the DeFi revolution and the birth of a more open, transparent and inclusive financial system. Four years later and DeFi has exploded in popularity, with thousands of DeFi protocols now allowing for borrowing, lending, and trading without a centralised third party on a massive scale. DAOs are taking up the banner and rapidly expanding in purpose and scope, fueling investments in DeFi and across Web3. But what will it take for DAOs to continue to evolve into highly effective investment vehicles and beyond? In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Ian Lee and Will Papper, Co-Founders at Syndicate Protocol.
27 January 2022 • 43m and 30s
This episode of The Money Movement was previously published on 4th February 2021 and that it is being republished on 20th January 2022. As of 20th January 2022, USDC has $46B in circulation. DeFi markets have exploded over the last 12 months, fueled by innovations in borrowing and lending protocols, widely accessible stablecoins, and new forms of capital markets entirely mediated by open source protocols and software on public blockchains. One of the most innovative and high-growth players in the DeFi space is Aave, who today is the 2nd largest DeFi protocol with nearly $4B of value locked in the protocol. The entire space has grown from just around $1B in early 2020 to nearly $30B today. This week we’re joined by Aave Founder Stani Kulechov (https://twitter.com/StaniKulechov), where we’re going to explore the founding and growth of Aave, and the profound long-term implications of decentralized markets infrastructure on the future of how people and businesses everywhere access and use capital.
20 January 2022 • 38m and 33s
From the world's first IPO in 1602 to the start of the New York Stock Exchange in 1792 and to Nasdaq’s launch in 1971, the capital markets continue to evolve. And since Satoshi’s innovation in 2009, the rate of change has been increasing as blockchain technology infiltrates every corner of the market. One specific, rapidly developing area is the world of institutional borrowing, where decentralized capital markets are increasing access, speed and transparency.In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Sidney Powell, CEO and Co-Founder at Maple.Maple is a Circle DeFi customer and partner.
13 January 2022 • 42m and 15s
Change is one of the most challenging things for a human society to accept, especially if it happens at a remarkable speed, like technological developments in cryptocurrency. This difficulty has been proven by the reluctance of certain sectors to adopt blockchain in day-to-day activities. The world is undergoing a digital transformation, and as such, all sectors need to keep up if they hope to keep growing. Entertainment, politics, business, and the overall economic arm of the world have a lot to gain from its promise of ease, speed, privacy, and a massive slash in transaction fees, among others. But to grasp all these and ultimately benefit from the adoption of blockchain, time, trust, and a transformation from traditional methods are paramount. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by H.E. Justin Sun, Ambassador, Founder of TRON. TRON is a Circle blockchain partner.
6 January 2022 • 43m and 7s
The pandemic presented the perfect opportunity for introspection; unemployment spiked as physical workplaces shut down. Some turned to other means of pursuing income while adjusting to this sudden change, and many turned to self-employment, entrepreneurship and investing. This shift has led to a rise in interest and exposure to alternative assets. But with all the buzz, FOMO and risk-taking, especially on the part of younger generations, are necessary investment precautions being taken or are people running into the markets blindly? How should these activities be regulated? These questions need to be answered today. In this Startup Edition of The Money Movement, Jeremy and Ryan are joined by Jason Calacanis, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor & Author.
30 December 2021 • 42m and 59s
Counterparty, a peer-to-peer finance protocol built on Bitcoin’s blockchain was developed in 2014. One of the most well-known “Bitcoin 2.0” (and later known as non-fungible token) platforms, Counterparty then added support for the Ethereum Virtual Machine, allowing all Ethereum decentralized applications to run on top of the protocol. Fast forward six years and now creators can tokenize and trade their work, these NFT’s have exploded in popularity, and are now starting to collide with the world of gaming. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Ari Meilich, CEO and Co-Founder at Big Time Studios, and Founder at Decentraland and also Thor Alexander, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at Big Time Studios, and VP Production at Decentraland.
16 December 2021 • 43s
Richard Stallman, a Harvard educated software engineer, joined the MIT AI Lab in 1971 to help develop computing platforms… however the AI Lab shut down later in the 80’s as their talent was lost to the private sector. Seeing how closed, proprietary software was on the rise, Richard used the knowledge he had accumulated over the years to create public, open source software… Software that users could operate, debug, modify or tweak without altering the initial distribution terms. This movement: open source code… is now colliding with the world of digital commerce. Audius, a new, open source music streaming platform gives musicians the same rights to their distribution… And users can leverage programmable money like USDC to exchange value and services on the platform. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Roneil Rumburg, Co-Founder, and CEO of Audius.
2 December 2021 • 44m and 47s
2017 was ICO’s. 2018 was depressing 😖 2019 was security tokens. 2020 was DeFi. 2021 is NFTs and… 👉 DAOs & DOs. However, most people don’t understand how DAOs (or DOs) work. There is also uncertainty about the legal interface between DAOs and government regulation, how DAOs will evolve, and their potential use cases. “Blockchain corporations” have come a long way from the term DAGs coined by Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin to their modern and more practical versions: DAOs and DOs. Their chief concerns still remain. In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by Aaron Wright, Co-Founder, and CEO of Tribute Labs (formerly known as OpenLaw) and a Professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
18 November 2021 • 1 day(s), 17h, 3m and 27s
On October 31st, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto sent a 9 page .pdf to a small, cryptography mailing list… What seemed like an insignificant action at the time has had an impact that reaches far into the world of monetary theory, how humans work together and how governments issue their currencies. Since then, Bitcoin’s market cap has reached one trillion USD, Ethereum has emerged as a global computing infrastructure and USDC has crossed two trillion dollars of value transacted. These are significant milestones, and Bitcoin may be entering the next phase of its maturity... In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy is joined by joined Nic Carter, General Partner at Castle Island Ventures.
11 November 2021 • 51m and 26s
In the early days of the internet, the Italian government was opposed to the fact that anyone could have a website and in the United States, Congress tried to pass a law to say that you needed an FCC License to have a website. It used to be a radical idea that the internet should be open… Now DeFi is doing the same for the financial economy, as protocols built atop public blockchain networks radically increase efficiency and transparency while widening the aperture on who can participate in the global financial system. But are decades-old financial regulations holding back DeFi’s institutional moment? In this episode of The Money Movement, Jeremy joins Johann Bornman, Institutional Product Lead at ConsenSys Metamask on a panel hosted by Pierre Legrand, Partner, Consulting & Research, 11:FS.
4 November 2021 • 1h, 3m and 6s
The metaverse can be a puzzling concept. Is it just an immersive gaming experience or a type of virtual reality? No – it’s much more. The metaverse is taking hold in gaming but has wide-ranging implications for art, culture, finance, “corporate” governance, the future of work, and more. In short, the metaverse will change the way people globally interact and generate economic activity. Just as public blockchains allow for a new, global economic infrastructure for shared truth, digital property, and economic interactions, the metaverse immerses people into a brave new world. To help illuminate the metaverse, not just the concept but also the adoption cycle, the risks and rewards, and why it’ll work best if it becomes a global public utility, we are joined this week on The Money Movement by Michael Wagner, Co-founder and CEO (and often called Captain) of Star Atlas. Star Atlas is a grand strategy game of space exploration, territorial conquest, political domination, and more. It has played an important role in helping grow adoption of Solana.
22 October 2021 • 35m and 36s
Last year, in the height of the pandemic, we decided to launch The Money Movement. Nearly forty episodes and thousands of views/downloads later, we’ve covered an incredible range of topics with guests like Larry Summers, Balaji Srinivasan and others from top crypto organizations like Dapper Labs, Aave and FTX. And now… we’re expanding. Expanding in two different ways… First, we are being joined by two, new co hosts: Dante Disparte, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy here at Circle and Ryan Feit, CEO of SeedInvest, a Circle company. And second, we’re going to be sharing a weekly newsletter to further delve into the world of crypto, startups and how to build things in the new internet based financial system. In this short episode, Jeremy reflects on what The Money Movement has achieved so far and what will be changing going forward.
20 October 2021 • 6m and 26s
With exploding interest and adoption of Crypto, once again the debate over "Crypto's Carbon Footprint" has returned, with critics lobbing wild assertions about the energy footprint of Proof-of-Work network security. We will break down the facts, the research, and a view into not just how crypto is driving renewable energy innovation, but also examine the carbon footprint of security infrastructure backing the US Dollar.
31 March 2021 • 59m and 42s
We are about to experience a convergence of NFTs with DeFi, forming a new capital market for content and brands. Join us this week on Clubhouse where we explore these concepts with special guests Sean Neville, Co-Founder of Circle and Jake Brukhman. Foudner & CEO of CoinFund.
10 March 2021 • 1h, 12m and 54s
DeFi markets have exploded over the last 12 months, fueled by innovations in borrowing and lending protocols, widely accessible stablecoins, and new forms of capital markets entirely mediated by open source protocols and software on public blockchains. One of the most innovative and high-growth players in the DeFi space is Aave, who today is the 2nd largest DeFi protocol with nearly $4B of value locked in the protocol. The entire space has grown from just around $1B in early 2020 to nearly $30B today. This week we’re joined by Aave Founder Stani Kulechov (https://twitter.com/StaniKulechov), where we’re going to explore the founding and growth of Aave, and the profound long-term implications of decentralized markets infrastructure on the future of how people and businesses everywhere access and use capital.
4 February 2021 • 42m and 40s
Accelerating adoption of crypto is raising significant questions about how it can play a role in improving the economy at large. Not only does crypto have a diversity problem, it is also woefully misunderstood in broader communities, including communities of color. Moreover, as we enter a new era of a Biden Administration, from a financial services and fintech perspective, the progressive wing of the Democratic party is going to be focused on delivering results and improving financial opportunities for underrepresented communities. How can crypto transform economic opportunities for people of color everywhere? Joining us this week to explore these issues and more is Cleve Mesidor, the founder of the National Policy Network of Women of Color in Blockchain. A Washington insider, she served as an Obama Presidential Appointee, a senior staffer in Congress, and the leadership of national political campaigns. She is also the author of The CLEVOLUTION: My Quest for Justice in politics & Crypto.
21 January 2021 • 45m and 38s
While 2020 represented an enormous growth year in crypto assets on the whole, the defining theme that drove so much of both the innovation and economic opportunity was driven by DeFi. The rapid growth of Compound Protocol and the launch of the COMP governance token sparked enormous growth in the entire category of decentralized protocols for financial market infrastructure. A year ago there was just $800M in value locked in DeFi smart contracts, and today has mushroomed to over $23B. But this is just the start of mega-trend that will eventually upend multi trillion dollar capital markets. Joining us this week is repeat guest and Compound Founder and CEO Robert Leshner, where we will explore this mega-trend and what 2021 will bring in DeFi, as well as a long-term view on the transformation of capital markets that is at our doorstep.
14 January 2021 • 48m and 31s
Kicking off 2021, we’re going to widen out the lens and explore the big picture social and economic impact of crypto. Rapidly accelerating adoption of blockchains and crypto currency are merely early indicators for and enablers of a much larger global social and economic transformation. Crypto infrastructure offers a radically new infrastructure on which to construct social and economic institutions, creating a new fabric for how individuals collectively work to create and share value. New ‘corporate forms’ made possible by crypto offer the potential for human economic freedom that transcends the legacy nation state system and forges a new path for how people will organize themselves and society. Joining Money Movement host Jeremy Allaire for the 2021 opening episode, The Crypto Transformation, are two innovative leaders and thinkers from the crypto world who are envisioning what the world could become as we keep building. Jeremy will be joined by Balaji Srinivasan (https://twitter.com/balajis), the storied technology entrepreneur, innovator, disruptor and futurist, and Ian Lee (https://twitter.com/ianjohnlee), crypto investor, builder, writer and thinker. Join us for what will hopefully bring us up to the 100,000 foot view on what’s emerging to be a millennial scale change in how the world is organized.
7 January 2021 • 56m and 9s
This week we are joined by one of the strongest big picture thinkers on crypto, Michael Casey, currently Chief Content Officer at Coindesk, and previously a special advisor to the MIT Media Labs Digital Currency Initiative, and also author of The Age of Cryptocurrency while being a veteran reporter on financial markets for the Wall Street Journal. Jeremy and Michael will take a wide lens on what’s happening with crypto in the world, the sweeping impact it is likely to have on social, political and economic systems, the role of Bitcoin vs. likely new synthetic global fiat stablecoins, and how we can preserve the core economic freedoms that inspire and underlie crypto today.
17 December 2020 • 53m and 40s
This week on the Money Movement, Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire will explore some of the big themes and memes of the week that have emerged around USDC and Circle, including reactions to reactions to The STABLE Act and other regulatory rumors circulating after the G7 Summit, more CBDC saber-rattling from central bankers, USDC crosses the 3 Billion in circulation milestone, and some major announcements coming from Circle, including a discussion with Circle’s Head of Growth, Rachel Mayer, and Head of Product, Joao Reginatto. In his analysis on regulatory and policy hub-bubs, and the growth milestone for USDC, Jeremy will attempt to answer the top Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) he gets on these matters.
10 December 2020 • 54m and 27s
This week on the Money Movement, Circle CEO and Centre board member, Jeremy Allaire, will welcome to the show Centre's new CEO, David Puth, along with Coinbase CFO and Centre board member, Alesia Haas to discuss the future of the consortium and USDC. As USDC near 3 billion in circulation and businesses around the world adopt digital dollars, Jeremy, David and Alesia will share thoughts on the significance of this milestone and road map for the fastest-growing US dollar stablecoin.
3 December 2020 • 1 day(s), 17h, 15m and 54s
What will a Biden Administration mean for the crypto industry in the United States? Like every new administration, Biden's will bring a raft of new political appointments that will change the composition of key regulatory agencies, including the Department of Treasury and OCC, the CFTC and SEC. Who stays and goes remains to be seen. Equally impactful will be who controls Congress, with recounts and court battles likely to determine the outcomes of key Senate races that may tip the balance. Could a unified government pave the way for national policy innovation? Or will a divided Congress lead to more gridlock? From digital asset investment and trading, to digital securities, to digital dollar stablecoins, the crypto industry is clearly at a tipping point. Will the political and regulatory dynamics of a Biden Administration accelerate crypto's mainstream moment? To help us answer these and other questions, we are joined this week on the Money Movement by two Washington insiders who live at the intersection of the crypto industry and DC policymaking: Kristin Smith, Blockchain Association Executive Director, and John Collins, Partner at fintech-focused advisory firm FS Vector, both deep inside the discussions around the future administration and its impact on crypto and fintech.
13 November 2020 • 11m and 13s
As stablecoins surge in usage and growth around the world, these digital dollar currencies are finding their way into more and more traditional dimensions of cross-border commerce. This week we'll explore the growth and use of stablecoins in trade finance, invoice financing, and the growing interaction between these traditionally "off-chain" assets and processes into both distributed and fully decentralized financial infrastructure. To explore these themes, we're joined by Ernst & Young's Paul Brody who is their Principal for Blockchain Technology, where he has been helping spearhead new core supply chain finance infrastructure with OpsChain; by HongZhuang Lim, the founder and CEO of ShuttleOne, an emerging fintech out of Southeast Asia leveraging stablecoins and DeFi for trade finance; and Centrefuge.io founder Lucas Vogelsang, who's firm has been driving innovation in the synthesis of traditional assets such as invoices and DeFi money market protocols.
29 October 2020 • 46m and 14s
Join us as Jeremy discusses the crypto dollar economy with Matthew Walsh and Nic Carter of Castle Island Ventures. Nic and Matt have been highly active in the crypto finance space, and tracking closely the macro themes around digital dollar stablecoins and the role they play in the broader crypto economy. In their recently published in-depth report, Crypto Dollars: The Story So Far, Nic and Matt explore the realm and implications of this breakthrough innovation in models of money and payments. We'll explore all of this in-depth this Friday! Crypto Dollars | The Story So Far - https://www.castleisland.vc/cryptodollars
16 October 2020 • 54m and 43s
Stablecoins have captured the imaginations of central bankers around the world. The power and efficiency of digital versions of local currencies on blockchains, and the promise of a more transparent and accessible financial system, have led nearly every central bank on the planet to launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC) initiative. While most of these efforts have focused on research, planning, and proposals, private sector stablecoins have been in the market for years and have seen incredible growth. From trade finance, to remittances, to cross-border business payments, digital dollar stablecoins have seen the fastest growth as macro conditions accelerate dollarization across the globe. To take one example, USD Coin (USDC), a fully-reserved and regulated US dollar stablecoin, recently topped 500% growth in market capitalization this year alone. With China's CBDC beginning to roll out, and imminent launch of Facebook's Libra payments network, and increased attention on Capitol Hill around the distribution of COVID-related aid and financial inclusion, digital dollar initiatives at the Fed are in the spotlight. To help unpack these topics and examine the intersection between CBDC and private sector digital dollar stablecoins, we're joined this week by Chris Giancarlo, Director of The Digital Dollar Project, a partnership between Accenture and the Digital Dollar Foundation focused on advancing the exploration of a United States Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Chris Senior Counsel to the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher and the former Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Mr. Giancarlo also served as a member of the Financial Stability Oversight Committee (FSOC), the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, and the Executive Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). We are honored to have Chris on the show for what promises to be an exciting and wide-ranging conversation. Live on YouTube Thursday October 8th at 1p ET, Watch each week live on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
8 October 2020 • 48m and 15s
Join us Thursday, October 1st, for a special Ask Me Anything (AMA) edition of the Money Movement, where show host and Circle CEO, Jeremy Allaire, will be taking your questions. Nothing is off-limits and the team is looking forward to an open and wide-ranging dialog on some of the most important themes and topics in crypto, financial services, stablecoins and the global macro environment. Submit your questions early. Just tweet to @circlepay or @jerallaire with the hashtag #askjerallaire and we'll do our best to get to all your questions during the show. Live on YouTube Thursday October 1st at 1p ET, Watch each week live on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
1 October 2020 • 45m and 12s
Algorand came on the scene in 2017 with the promise of a blockchain that would bring radical improvements to the scale and speed of blockchain transactions. The Algorand team has delivered in a big way with blockchain infrastructure that can scale to billions of users, tens of millions of daily transactions, all with negligible transaction fees. And, unlike first-generation blockchains, Algorand’s platform was designed from the ground up to address the unique requirements of global payment applications and financial networks. These are critically important attributes for the stablecoin ecosystem as large financial institutions around the world begin to add digital dollars to the mix of products and services offered to businesses and clients. Just a few days ago, USD Coin (USDC), the fastest growing, fully-reserved and regulated digital dollar stablecoin surpassed $2.3 billion marketcap, representing nearly 500% growth YTD and over $130B in on-chain transaction volume since launching just two years ago. To keep pace, Centre Consortium, which oversees the USDC standard and protocol, announced a framework for Multichain USDC. Earlier this month, Algorand became the second public blockchain to be certified by Centre as an officially supported chain for USDC. With the launch, Algorand brings over 1,000 tps and transaction fees of 1/20th of a cent to the USDC ecosystem. In conjunction with the announcement, Circle announced broad support for USDC on Algorand in its global financial account and platform services for businesses around the world. This week, it's with great pleasure that we bring Algorand founder, Turing Award winner, and MIT professor, Silvio Micali, to the show to share his thoughts on the state of the Algorand blockchain the major innovations coming down the road, including the implications for the use of USDC. We're also excited to have Algorand CEO, Steve Kokinos, on to discuss the incredible trajectory of the organization, the fast-growing global community, and industry and use-case priorities as we round out 2020, what's shaping up to be an amazing year for stablecoins and proof-of-stake blockchains. Live on YouTube Thursday September 24th at 1p ET, Watch each week live on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
24 September 2020 • 44m and 12s
Over the past months, we’ve focused a lot of our attention on stablecoins, digital dollars and broader themes around their synthesis with blockchains. The focus has been on how public chains will become the foundation for mainstream payments, commerce and broader financial applications. This week we’re turning our attention back to the origin of all of this world, which is Bitcoin. Running in some ways in parallel to the world of stablecoins, smart contracts and generalised blockchains, Bitcoin has maintained its role as the dominant digital asset and store of value, continuing to see growing levels of awareness, adoption and support as a major alternative asset in and of itself. To drive this discussion we’ll be joined by two OGs of Bitcoin as an asset class, with Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director of Grayscale Investments, and Dan Morehead, CEO and Co-CIO of Pantera Capital, both funds and investment vehicles that have provided retail and institutional investor access to Bitcoin as an asset class for nearly 8 years. We’ll hear from them on The Bitcoin Thesis — where are we today, and where are we going. And, yes, we’ll certainly go after their short and long-term price predictions. Live on YouTube Thursday September 10th at 1p ET, Watch each week live on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
10 September 2020 • 1 day(s), 19h, 40m and 54s
The rapid rise of digital dollar stablecoins has been paralleled by accelerating interest from central bankers on the role and possibilities of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). To some in the industry, these are viewed as at odds with one another, to others these are ultimately two sides of the same coin, converging trends that will emerge through broader public sector and private sector collaboration in the coming years and decade ahead. No matter, everyone seems to agree that digital dollars and digital currency more broadly are the future of electronic money and the broader global financial system. How will these two phenomenon interact, compete or simply just co-exist? On this week's Money Movement we're joined by Visa's Head of Crypto, Cuy Sheffield; Neha Narula, the Director of MIT's Digital Currency Initiative, an institute leading research and development in crypto, digital currency and now CBDC models; and Robert Bench, AVP at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, and a key contributor and collaborator on the future of digital currency with the Federal Reserve. Tune-in and join us live on YouTube every Thursday at 1pm EDT, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
3 September 2020 • 53m and 2s
This week on the Money Movement we’ll be talking about USDC at 1 Billion. USDC has become the fastest growing stablecoin in history, seeing over 200% growth over the past six months alone, and has become a de facto standard as a trusted, compliant digital dollar format and protocol on blockchains. At time of writing, USDC sat at ~1,380,000,000 in circulation, and has supported ~$90B in on-chain transactions. To reflect on all of this, and also to share some really exciting news about the next chapters for USDC, we’re going to be joined by two of the top product executives from Circle and Coinbase who have been responsible for the development, launch and growth of USDC. Joining us will be VP of Product at Circle, Joao Reginatto, and Group Product Manager at Coinbase, Nemil Dalal, with reflections and visions on the history and future of USDC. If you’re in the broader crypto ecosystem, you don’t want to miss this episode, we’re going to have some nice surprises.
27 August 2020 • 2 day(s), 1h, 35m and 54s
This week's episode of the Money Movement will focus on stabelcoins as a payment and settlement medium in purely digital, tokenized securities and financial contracts. We'll be joined by Securitize CEO and Co-Founder Carlos Domingo, who’s firm is at the forefront of enabling companies to issue digital securities. Also on the show this week, Michael Carpentier, CEO and Co-Founder of startup Vesta Equity, a firm building a marketplace for tokenized home equity, making residential real estate more liquid, and creating new investment opportunities that remove the intermediaries that introduce cost and friction into real estate finance. We hope you can join us this week for a deep dive into the cutting edge world of stablecoins and digital securities. Live on YouTube Thursday August 20 at 2pm ET, Watch live on YouTube every Thursday at 1pm EDT, and be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
20 August 2020 • 18m and 19s
Rapid growth in digital dollar stablecoins has led to increased interest from traditional fintechs, banks and financial institutions in supporting digital currency. In recent weeks, Acting Head of the OCC at the US Treasury Department, Brian Brooks, issued guidance to national banks that they can custody crypto assets on behalf of customers, leading banks around the country to explore how they can leverage the benefits of this breakthrough technology. All of this is part of a broader and rapid shift in the dialogue around digital dollars, the role of cryptocurrency and public blockchain networks, and how this technology transformation can be leveraged in the US and global financial system. This coming week on the Money Movement we are honoured to host Comptroller Brooks, the leading regulator of banks in the United States, for a discussion on digital dollar stablecoins and their role in the US financial system. Tune-in and join us live on YouTube Thursday's at 1pm EDT, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
13 August 2020 • 28m and 14s
This week on The Money Movement, we are blessed and excited to have our special guest, legendary crypto trading OG Dan Matuszewski of CMS Holdings, on the show. By way of background, Dan has been deep in trading crypto since 2012, and built a legendary trading desk here with us at Circle, and went on to found and run a proprietary crypto fund CMS Holdings.
6 August 2020 • 47m and 52s
This week on the Money Movement we'll be talking about how banking is meeting stablecoins. This past week brought big news from the US Treasury OCC who provided fresh guidelines for banks, allowing for them to hold and custody crypto assets, including stablecoins. This is a major signal that traditional financial institutions are going to be getting into the crypto and stablecoin space. At Circle, we’re seeing accelerated interest from neobanks, fintechs and global banks on adopting digital currency as a payment and settlement medium, and expect this to be a major theme in the coming year.
30 July 2020 • 42m and 6s
One of the major issues that has vexed policy makers and regulators, and is fundamental to the growth and adoption of crypto currency and blockchains is issues around financial privacy. How can we be assured of our privacy with blockchain payments? Are there risks of government and law enforcement overreach? On the flip side, what are the boundaries of financial privacy for individuals and what risks do privacy preserving technologies pose to governments? What about corporate and commercial privacy — public blockchains are transparent, how can a company adopt this and not disclose private transaction activity as a firm? What are the technology and policy answers to these questions? Live on YouTube Thursday, July 16 at 1pm EDT The crypto and blockchain industry have a long history of engagement with policy makers in DC, dating back to 2013 when the Senate held its first public hearings on virtual currency. This week on the Money Movement we are joined by three guests who have been at the forefront of working the digital currency scene in DC. Joining us are Perianne Boring, the founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, Kristin Smith, the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association, and John Collins, founding partner at FS Vector, a premier advisory firm in the blockchain policy space. Tune-in and join us live on YouTube Thursday, July 16 at 1pm EDT, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.
23 July 2020 • 1 day(s), 21h, 37m and 54s
The rapid rise of digital currency has driven accelerated engagement with policy makers and regulators in Washington. Notably, the rise of global stablecoins and the prospects for central bank money digital currency have intensified policy maker interest. Amid the COVID-19 induced economic crisis, discussions have accelerated around the benefits of ‘digital dollars’, which are increasingly seen through a national competitiveness lens, as advanced nations such as China make blockchain technology and digital currency a foundational infrastructure for the future of their economy and their role in the broader global landscape, portending geo-political considerations.
16 July 2020 • 44m and 49s
Global stablecoins such as Centre Consortium’s USDC and Libra Associations new family of stablecoins are on the rise, giving way to coordinated regulatory responses for these innovative new forms of digital money and payment systems. At the same time, governments and large financial industry actors are examining what digital currencies backed by central bank money might bring in terms of new opportunities and risks. All of this is increasing the attention on governance models. How should global stablecoins be governed? How can standards be established that work across leading stablecoin arrangements, but also contemplate and support government-sponsored and led digital currency projects? What’s the role of the public sector vs. the private sector? And, how can we learn from the lessons of the past thirty years in the development of other internet standards, open source software and decentralized internet infrastructure? As the internet collides with money and the financial system, governance models are starting to take centre stage.
9 July 2020 • 45m and 28s
Join us in this very special edition of the Money Movement with an in-depth conversation with Lawrence H. Summers on the global macro environment and the role and prospects for global digital currency. Mr. Summers brings decades of experience as a leader within the global economic system and has been tracking innovations in financial technology, the internet, and digital currency closely. Mr. Allaire and Mr. Summers will discuss the current global economic landscape, recent shifts in monetary policy, and central banking based on the global economic crisis, including a discussion on the structural and systemic political and economic risks that exist in the current dollar-driven Western fiat banking system. The two will also discuss the rise of digital currency, including global stablecoins, and the potential they offer for changes in not just how payments and value exchange takes place, but ultimately on the prospects for a new post-Bretton Woods international monetary system anchored in synthetic digital currencies, including how such as global digital currency system might begin to reconcile the growing polarisation between Western economies and China.
25 June 2020 • 1 day(s), 17h, 13m and 54s
This week on the Money Movement we are getting hands-on with, well, moving money. Stablecoins and digital dollars are a breakthrough for how money can move around the world, enabling faster, more secure, and less expensive payments and commerce, and connecting people on every continent in an open financial system. In this episode, we’ll be joined by Itamar Lesuisse, Founder and CEO of Argent, the new super sweet mobile digital wallet, based in London, by Ronald Chan, CEO of ProBit, a fast-growing Asian exchange with connectivity in Korea, Sebastian Serrano, Founder and CEO of Ripio, a leading wallet, and exchange in Latin America, Joao Reginatto, Head of Product at Circle, based in Boston, and Sumit Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO of CoinDCX, one of the top exchanges and wallets in India. In real-time, we’ll see stablecoin payments fly from business to contractor, from person to person, between non-custodial and custodial wallets, with pit stops and conversions into local currencies on the way, and we’ll take a look at a marketplace built on USDC. And a bit of DeFi in the mix to boot. And we’re going to be doing this live. The Money Movement happens every Thursday live on YouTube on Thursdays at 1 pm EDT, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube.
18 June 2020 • 38m and 9s
This week we are joined by several guests who bring a wide range of perspectives on the potential for stablecoins to broaden access to the global financial system for billions of people. We are joined by Harish Natarajan, Lead Financial Sector Specialist on Payments & Market Infrastructures in the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice at World Bank; Danelle Dixon, who is the CEO and Executive Director of the Stellar Foundation, one of the preeminent blockchain projects in the world that is focused on global financial inclusion, and by Tristan Cole, Founder and CEO of Sempo, an innovative startup leveraging stablecoins to power digital money distribution in partnership with leading global NGOs. The Money Movement is brought to you by Circle. Our mission is to raise global economic prosperity through programmable internet commerce. Learn more about Circle Business Accounts and Platform APIs at https://hubs.ly/H0rpTP50
11 June 2020 • 1 day(s), 20h, 45m and 54s
Coming up this week on the Money Movement we‘ll be talking about the rapidly emerging use of stablecoins for international payments. While stablecoins were ‘rooted‘ and ‘bootstrapped‘ in the crypto trading markets, their inherent utility value as digital dollars on a global internet has been giving rise to their use in international payments. Tune in and join us live on YouTube every Thursday at 1 pm EDT, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube.
4 June 2020 • 38m and 49s
This week on The Money Movement, Jeremy interviews Professor of Economics and Director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT University, Professor Jason Potts, followed by Luis Cuende, Co-founder at Aragon, and Aaron Wright, Co-founder at OpenLaw and Professor at Cardozo Law School. Public blockchain infrastructure creates a new global public good in the form of a system of shared and immutable record-keeping, transactions and rules-enforcement. We've explored how this infrastructure opens up massive transformations in the basic building blocks of finance, including ubiquitous global value exchange with stablecoins, and advancements through programmable money. Now we want to dive into some of the more profound possibilities that arrive with this technology, diving into the very essence of how we form organisations to create value, govern and coordinate economic activity. Going from the macro into the micro, we'll explore how blockchains are opening up completely new forms of global corporate forms. We are privileged to be joined by leading academic thinkers, entrepreneurs and technologists who are the very cutting edge of re-defining the firm in the age of blockchains. Be sure to tune-in and join us live on Thursday, May 28th at 1pm EDT, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube. About the show The global economy is experiencing unprecedented challenges and change. Business leaders everywhere are grappling with how to transform their companies to become more digital, resilient and efficient. As we face this change, a new global movement is building around the promise of digital currencies and blockchains — forming a new architecture for the global economy and creating new opportunities for companies everywhere. The Money Movement explores and chronicles the issues and ideas driving this brave new world of digital money. The Money Movement is brought to you by Circle. Our mission is to raise global economic prosperity through programmable internet commerce. Learn more about Circle Business Accounts and Platform APIs at circle.com.
28 May 2020 • 1 day(s), 18h, 50m and 54s
The Bank of England’s Michael Kumhof will join us to discuss his work on Full Reserve banking and digital currency models. Shortly after the Great Recession of 2008, while working at the IMF, Michael published a groundbreaking research paper entitled The Chicago Plan Revisited, where he argued that had the US adopted a full reserve banking model, as proposed by the Chicago Plan during the Great Depression, the US would have seen both higher output, fewer recessions and lower levels of debt. Michael is also an expert on CBDCs and has published on the subject for the Bank of England. We will be asking Mr. Kumhof can we build a safer, lower-risk financial system built on digital currency? We will then be joined by the IMF’s Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli, who serves as Deputy Division Chief in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. Tommaso has been a global thought leader on models of digital currency and stablecoins and their impact on the banking sector, regulatory frameworks and the international monetary system. In particular, Tommaso and his IMF colleagues have proposed the creation of “narrow banks”, a new form of chartered national bank whose purpose would be to hold full reserve assets with central banks as part of a system of issuing stablecoins or central bank sponsored digital currency. We’ll explore these ideas, and ask if major G20 countries should be establishing ‘Digital Currency Banking Charters’ built on full reserve money. Finally, many of these ideas are being explored not just in the private sector with new global stablecoin arrangements such as Centre and Libra, but also very much in the public sector, where in China their new CDEP digital currency initiative introduces the world’s largest real full reserve banking model applied in the digital realm. We will be joined by noted Chinese economist and Associate Research Fellow for the People's Bank of China, Dr. Chuanwei David Zou, Chief Economist at Wanxiang Blockchain, who has published extensively on DCEP and brings deep expertise from the Chinese financial ecosystem. What can we learn from this and what are the implications for how other leading reserve currencies will evolve their monetary forms? Be sure to tune-in and join us live on Tuesday May 26th at 9AM EDT, and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube. About the show The global economy is experiencing unprecedented challenges and change. Business leaders everywhere are grappling with how to transform their companies to become more digital, resilient and efficient. As we face this change, a new global movement is building around the promise of digital currencies and blockchains — forming a new architecture for the global economy and creating new opportunities for companies everywhere. The Money Movement explores and chronicles the issues and ideas driving this brave new world of digital money. The Money Movement is brought to you by Circle. Our mission is to raise global economic prosperity through programmable internet commerce. Learn more about Circle Business Accounts and Platform APIs at circle.com.
26 May 2020 • 24m and 43s
Welcome back to this week’s episode where we talk about The Power of Programmable Money with special guests CEO of Compound Finance Robert Leshner, CEO at Kleros Fredrico Ast, and Founder and CEO of Sablier Paul Razvan Berg. The Money Movement is a live broadcast internet TV show running every Thursday from 1pm–1:40pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Episodes will be available live and on-demand on The Money Movement YouTube channel
22 May 2020 • 46m and 20s
Welcome back to this week’s episode where we talk about the Insane Risks facing our global financial system, and what this means for the prospects of full reserve money including digital currency with investor Dan Morehead of Pantera Capital. We also discuss the famous Chicago Plan with the author of The Chicago Plan and New Deal Banking Reform, CSU Professor Emeritus Ronnie Phillips. Finally we explore digital currencies as a safer form of money and payments with crypto guru Haseeb Qureshi. The Money Movement is a live broadcast internet TV show running every Thursday from 1pm–1:40pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Episodes will be available live and on-demand on The Money Movement YouTube channel
14 May 2020 • 1 day(s), 18h, 15m and 54s
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 1 of The Money Movement with Jeremy Allaire. This week on The Money Movement, Jeremy interviews special guests Michael Novogratz, Professor Kevin Werbach, and Kyle Samani. The Money Movement is a live broadcast internet TV show running every Thursday from 1 pm–1:40 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Episodes will be available live and on-demand on The Money Movement YouTube channel
8 May 2020 • 35m and 59s
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