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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 30, 2018

We take a deep dive into shorting, what it is, how it works, why it works, why people short, what the psychology of shorters is and when shorting can go horribly wrong. We also talk about the bull and bear cases around Tesla, and how that’s tied to controversy and short selling. We also look at Nvidia, its IPO and the company’s gross margins and how that relates to recent news of a Bitmain IPO filing. We also consider the current browser wars as they relate to crypto and continue our discussion around some benefits of the Bitcoin 2nd Layer Lightning Network.


  • Short selling Bitcoin
  • Mechanics around shorting
  • What shorting is
  • How shorting works
  • Key things to get out from all the mechanics talk
  • The reason people are bullish and bearish about Tesla
  • Discussing a highly controversial stock
  • The mindset of shorting
  • Benefits of shorting in psychology
  • Types of shorters and its examples
  • Downsides of shorting
  • How Nvidia trades
  • How Nvidia relates to recent news of a Bitmain IPO filing
  • Crypto browser wars: Opera versus Brave
  • Reviewing some alerts
    - Lightning network steady growth
    - Fed chairman says cryptos have no intrinsic value
    - Live congressional hearing on crypto
    - $1B entered market in 1 hour