Navigating Frontier Tech – Episode 5 | Will DOJ Charge Binance? | The Curve Hack | Superconductor Test

In this episode

Jay Steinback, CEO & Founder of yWhales, Allan Matheson, Founder of Golden Pear Capital; Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile, Chairman of Aorist; and Fred Thiel, CEO of Marathon Digital discuss the latest developments in the world of Web3 and emerging technologies. This episode promises to be packed with engaging discussions on the potential fraud charges looming over Binance, as reported by the Justice Department, to KPMG's enlightening report on the ESG benefits of Bitcoin. Brace yourselves for an in-depth exploration of the risks to DeFi posed by Curve's liquidation, as well as the current status of NFTs.


About Guests

Fred Thiel, CEO of Marathon Digital Holdings (NASDAQ:MARA), leads a digital asset tech company focused on blockchain and cryptocurrency mining. With 30+ years of experience in various industries, he excels in driving rapid growth, generating billions in shareholder value, and providing strategic advice on transformational value creation. Fred is also an active YPO and yWhales member, previously serving as Chairman of the YPO Technology Network and chapter chairman of YPO California Coast.

Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile is at the forefront of a new class of ‘digital art patron’. As the Chairman and Co-Founder of Aorist, an NFT marketplace, and an investor in cryptocurrencies and a major collector of NFTs, his collection of cryptoart now contains more than 2,000 NFTs, including 30 works by Beeple, 70 works by Pak, and others by Mad Dog Jones and Trevor Jones. In October 2020, Rodriguez-Fraile bought a 10-second Beeple video clip for $66,000, which he sold in March for $6.6m. With co-founder Colborn Bell, he established the Museum of Crypto Art in Somnium Space, a virtual space on the Ethereum blockchain; having parted ways with Bell earlier this year, he has now founded the RF Collection, an online gallery of works in his ownership, designed by his wife Desiree Casoni. 

Allan Matheson is a seasoned tech entrepreneur and visionary leader in the blockchain industry. As the Founder of Golden Pear Capital, he spearheads the company's mission to accelerate the adoption of blockchain technology through cutting-edge research, technical expertise, and strategic capital investments. Prior to this, Allan served as the CEO of Blue Umbrella, where he led the company's pioneering efforts in due diligence research and disruptive compliance technologies. With a passion for transformative projects, Allan's contributions extend beyond Golden Pear Capital, as he serves on the Advisory Board of Oliver Benefits Administration Software and the Board of Lefebvre Sarrut Group. Allan's diverse expertise and involvement in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong further reflect his commitment to driving innovation and positive change across various industries.


Guest Social Links: 

Fred’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredthiel/ 

Marathon Digital’s Website: https://marathondh.com/

Pablo’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pablorfraile 

Aorist’s Website: https://aorist.art/

Allan’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/goldenpearcapital/?originalSubdomain=că 

Golden Pear Capital’s Website: https://www.goldenpear.capital/



00:00 Jay’s intro 

1:45 Guests intro

6:30 Justice Department May Charge Binance With Fraud

13:26 KPMG touts ESG benefits from Bitcoin, counters misperceptions in new report

21:50 Curve liquidation risk poses systemic threat to DeFi even as founder scurries to repay loans

39:47 Tether Excess Reserves increase by $850M to reach $3.3B

45:30 Total value of sales involving a non-fungible token (NFT) in the art segment worldwide over the previous 30 days from April 15, 2021 to July 15, 2023

50:00 Etihad Airways 'Horizon Club' Web3 Loyalty Program Will Let You Stake NFTs for Miles

52:22 Superconductor Breakthrough Findings Replicated, Twice, in Preliminary Testing

55:45 Contact and closing thoughts


DISCLAIMER: yWhales is not affiliated with YPO. Support and production for today’s episode was done by Truth Work Media. Nothing in the podcast constitutes professional and/or financial advice, nor does any information on the podcast constitute a comprehensive or complete statement of the matters discussed or the law relating thereto.

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