Bette Chen

Host Rich Goldberg explores the wild world of decentralized finance, or DeFi, with Bette Chen, co-founder of Acala, a DeFi network. They break down how DeFi works, why an average person would want access to it, how Web 2.0 could soon fuse with Web 3.0, the difference between Bitcoin and Ethereum, how stablecoins work and more.

Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Host Rich Goldberg is joined by Dr. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Varsha Koduvayur of Valens Global and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies to discuss their new report, “Crypto-Fascists: Cryptocurrency Usage By Domestic Extremists,” and how cryptocurrency has been embraced by white nationalist groups for fundraising. They also discuss some of the unique ways cryptocurrency offers anonymity, including privacy coins, mixing and coin joining. Plus, how so-called “smart contracts” could be used to sponsor terrorist attacks or election tampering.

Host Rich Goldberg reviews a very bad week for cryptocurrencies and sounds off on the Blockchain Association for misleading policymakers about Russia and sanctions. Then, Alex Leishman of River Financial stays bullish on Bitcoin, explaining his own unique BTC products, including a new way to buy your own Bitcoin mining fleet.

Alex Leishman is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at River Financial. He brings his deep expertise in software engineering, information security, and Bitcoin to River where he oversees investor relations, corporate strategy, and engineering. Prior to co-founding River Financial, Alex most recently served on the investment and engineering teams at Polychain Capital and Polychain Labs focusing on Bitcoin-related venture investments. He holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Computer Science from Stanford University where he helped teach the first Bitcoin class under Professor Dan Boneh.

Host Rich Goldberg speaks with two guests from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation, Dr. Samantha Ravich and Retired Admiral Mark Montgomery. They discuss cybersecurity threats to cryptocurrency, ransomware, Russia, the Biden Administration’s recent Executive Order and much more!

Dr. Samantha Ravich

Paul Bradley

Paul Bradley

Host Rich Goldberg talks to Paul Bradley of Cornerstone Global Management about his company’s efforts to build a payroll service that allows employees to convert a portion of their paychecks into cryptocurrency and why some people might be interested in such functionality, particularly 1099 employees. Paul also discusses the role of crypto at the upcoming BTC Conference.

Michael Fasanello

Long-time anti-money laundering and counter terror-finance expert Michael Fasanello helps us understand how Russia might use cryptocurrency to evade sanctions, what Ukrainians would need to turn crowdsourced crypto support into something useful and steps both the cryptocurrency industry and US government need to take to address illicit financing concerns.

Eric Budish

In this inaugural episode, Eric Budish joins the podcast to help us understand the fundamentals of cryptocurrency. From blockchain basics to coins, computing power, forking, and 51% attacks, consider this a crash course in Crypto 101.

Cryptonite is your guide to the world of cryptocurrency. It’s the hub for the crypto policy debates raging ahead. Hear from technology experts, investors, policymakers, journalists, activists, industry leaders, crypto winners and crypto losers to understand what crypto is all about.

When it comes to policy and politics, Cryptonite podcast host Rich Goldberg has pretty much seen it all. He worked for a congressman, a senator, a governor and a president. He helped run political campaigns for Congress, Senate and Governor. And he wore the uniform as a U.S. Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer, with service on the Joint Staff and in Afghanistan. With experience ranging from Capitol Hill to the State Capitol and from the White House to the Pentagon, Rich Goldberg will be your guide to navigating the toughest policy challenges of our time.