Host Rich Goldberg asks former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton about his views on crypto, the role of the SEC and other regulators, how the SEC is doing today and what a crypto regulatory framework should look like.

Jay Clayton, who served as the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from May 2017 to December 2020, is a Senior Policy Advisor and Of Counsel to Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Clayton’s practice centers on governance, markets, regulatory and legislative matters, particularly where multidisciplinary advice and practical experience are valued.

Jamil Jaffer

Jamil Jaffer, founder and executive director of the National Security Institute at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, talks to host Rich Goldberg about Tornado Cash, regulating cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, the possible weaponization of crypto by U.S. adversaries, privacy concerns, human rights and more.

Lawyer, FBI agent, cyber forensic investigator and stand-up comedian Vinny D’Agostino talks to host Rich Goldberg about a career in the digital crimes space and how that led to his being an early proponent of Bitcoin. He talks about his work on prosecuting mobsters, taking down the Silk Road on the Dark Web, and why he trusts in Satoshi.

Vinny D’Agostino

Host Rich Goldberg is joined by author Ben Mezrich whose books include Bitcoin Billionaires, The Accidental Billionaires (which was the basis for the film The Social Network), and “The Antisocial Network: The GameStop Short Squeeze and the Ragtag Group of Amateur Traders That Brought Wall Street to Its Knees.” He talks about getting to know Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, his research on the early days of Bitcoin investing, his recent drops of NFTs and why he believes NFTs are the future for authors and filmmakers.

Author Ben Mezrich

Justin Steffen

Host Rich Goldberg explores the legal and regulatory landscape of cryptocurrency with a leading FinTech lawyer, Justin Steffen, a partner at Barack Ferrazzano. What’s the difference between letting the SEC or the CFTC regulate crypto? What laws and regulations already apply? Where are the gaps? What will the White House and Congress do next? Rich and Justin discuss all of that and much more.

Anthony Scaramucci

Host Rich Goldberg is joined by SkyBridge managing partner Anthony Scaramucci, who reacts to the doom-and-gloom crypto naysayers, concedes that he could be wrong in his assessment of its merits — and why he thinks he’s not. He also shares some thoughts about what the future holds for his former boss, former President Donald Trump.

Host Rich Goldberg is joined by Dr. Nicholas Weaver of UC-Berkeley, one of the nation’s leading crypto skeptics, who tells us why all cryptocurrencies will end in disaster. He explains why all crypto should “die in a fire,” why he views cryptocurrencies as Ponzi schemes, and he shares the little-known story of Pirate@40.

Dr. Nicholas Weaver

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 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.