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In this podcast, hosts Vikram Ramakrishnan and Faizaan Shamsi, partners at the software consultancy QuantLayer, talk to investors and builders of the cryptocurrency arena. We discuss how industry participants think about crypto assets, how they uncover fraud in the market, and which technologies will turn the budding, nascent crypto space into the revolutionary powerhouse early market participants had hoped for.

Jul 23, 2018

Vikram and Faizaan discuss the recent Bitcoin ETF filing by SolidX and VanEck, how it is reminiscent of the alternative energy ETF boom of the mid to late 2000s and also talk about what an actively managed ETF in crypto might look like. They also talk about ZCash’s incentive structure and founders reward, and developer incentives more broadly. They also discuss how crypto teams are leaking secret keys to Github, a missing deposit on Golem Network’s mainnet, and how to investigate bad code for your crypto investments.


  • What they've added to QuantLayer's platform
    - Seven new exchanges for listening when they add and remove trading pairs
    - Telegram client side filtering
  • Bitcoin ETF filing with the SEC
    - What a SEC filing is all about
    - Investment objective
    - The section on Bitcoin: It's history and how Bitcoin network works
    - Specific industries that are useful in blockchain-focused applications
    - OTC market in Bitcoin
    - The section titled "Bitcoin Security and Storage for the Trust"
    - The insurance they have on their Bitcoin
    - Less interested in price tracking ETF funds and more interested in participating directly in the network
    - Primary and other major issues with an ETF
  • Coinbase announced they added 10 customers to their custody service
  • Zcash and the founders reward
  • What Eric Meltzer posted on the Zcash forum
  • Arjun Balaji wrote a great piece on Zcash and incentives and the current debate
  • Good incentives systems and bad incentives systems
  • Ledger Live launch
  • Reviewed some alerts that came in and talked about them
    - $GNT (golem network)
    - $REP AWS creds
    - Less than half of ICOs survive 4 months
    - Bancor hack
    - Crypto price insurance
    - Bittrex hack, even with 2FA enabled
    - VeChain wallet released early
    - Chinese hackers infect 1M computers to mine bitcoin, arrested
    - Assassination plots on Vinnik & McAfee
    - Algolia credentials