In this episode of The Unstoppable Podcast, we’re talking to Jack Niewold. Jack founded Crypto Pragmatist, an email newsletter focusing on the assets and narratives shaping the cryptocurrency space.
Jack tells us what topics people are typically looking to learn more about in crypto, and we dive into what DeFi means and why it’s so important. Will we eventually reach a point where everyone in the world can participate in a financial system of some kind?
Jack explains the concept of Total Value Locked and what it means for crypto tokens. We talk about the blockchain trilemma and what it’s all about, and the importance of decentralization as blockchains continue to scale.
We talk about L2s, and Jack tells us which ones he’s most excited about. We also cover stablecoins and the value they provide to crypto as a whole, along with some interesting examples right now. Finally, Jack talks about some of the creators and projects he likes the most, and what the future holds.
1:19 How did Jack get interested in crypto?
3:31 What are people looking to learn more about in the Web3 space?
6:06 What is DeFi?
8:30 Are the permissionless DeFi protocols making finance more accessible at a global scale?
12:15 What is Total Value Locked (TVL)?
14:22 What does the Total Value Locked (TLV) measure?
16:02 The Blockchain Trilema
17:21 What’s most important? Decentralization, scalability or security?
19:57 Is decentralization more controlled by the network effect of people than technology?
21:14 What is the ETH Merge?
24:45 What could happen to other competing L1s with Ethereum after the Merge?
26:38 What L2s are worth looking into?
27:47 Are any of these other L2s going to airdrop tokens?
40:03 Is UST the leading Stablecoin?
54:22 Who’s an influential web3 creator, entrepreneur, or collector that inspired Jack?
54:54 What is Jack’s favorite token?
55:43 In 5 years, what’s the craziest thing we’ll be doing on the metaverse?
56:36 Where can you find Jack?
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