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 examines El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender and the country’s long-awaited Bitcoin bond. Rich is joined by two journalists who have been on the ground in El Salvador: Anna-Cat Brigada and Leo Schwartz.

Anna-Cat Brigida

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.

Eric Soufer

Host Rich Goldberg is joined by Eric Soufer of Tusk’s Crypto + FinTech practice group, where he manages campaigns on behalf some of the fastest growing start-ups in the industry. They discuss some of the specific experiences dealing with cryptocurrency in New York State, including the endorsement of Bitcoin by NYC Mayor Eric Adams. They also discuss the move by states and local governments to lure the crypto industry. Plus, the environmental and energy price impact of crypto mining, some surprising data on who is actually investing in crypto, ransomware attacks and more.

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.

Michael Greenwald

Michael Greenwald joins the podcast to help us understand central bank digital currencies, what a  “digital dollar” might look like, the possibility of a digital Iron Curtain and the increasingly popular world of NFTs.

Michael Green

Michael Green joins the podcast with some clear warnings about what cryptocurrency is and what it isn’t — and how that ought to guide users, investors, and regulators. We’ll talk speculation, US leadership, threats from China, criminal activity, El Salvador’s cryptocurrency bond issuance, and much more.

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.