Episode 10 – This one weird trick will stop you from ever having a bank run!! (never let anyone redeem)

This one weird trick will stop you from ever having a bank run!! (never let anyone redeem) Crypto Critics' Corner

In this episode, Bennett and Cas discuss the confusing concept of what a "Tether redemption" would look like: an ever-shifting definition built on a stablecoin with an ever-shifting definition of what 1-1 backed by traditional fiat currency means. Though we haven't seen an actual Tether redemption shown on Twitter, or otherwise, for the world to see, we look forward to someone coming forward with one shortly!

In this episode Cas and I discuss what is a Tether redemption, what’s a Bitfinex redemption, and why all this talk about redemptions even matters.

Episode 9 – Shillfluencers (and the unspoken financial epidemic)

Shillfluencers (and the unspoken financial epidemic) Crypto Critics' Corner

In this episode Bennett and Cas discuss what's being termed "shillfluencers," or influencers, celebrities, and other individuals with wealth and power, who use their "influence" to "shill" their investments. There's plenty of people – including billionaires (Elon) and has-beens (Soulja Boy) – who continue to take advantage of their ability to manipulate markets, to the point where it feels like a societal sickness. But will there be consequences?

In this episode Cas and I discuss the epidemic of shills in crypto. People getting free tokens or paid to promote tokens in what effectively is a pump and dump scheme.

I wrote about the reasons I dislike these tactics from venture capitalists here:

Episode 8 – Coinbase Media and Why Venture Capitalism Hates Journalism

Coinbase Media and why Venture Capitalism Hates Journalism Crypto Critics' Corner

Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discuss how Coinbase plans on creating a media company to confirm its own version of the facts and report its own version of the truth. Is journalism entering its final death spiral or are VC bros just losing their minds? Read more here: https://protos.com/coinbase-crypto-exchange-media-content-marketing-journalism/ https://bennettftomlin.com/2021/05/31/a-rant-about-coinbase-media-and-coinbase-fact-checking/

In this episode Cas and I dive into the recent reporting surrounding Coinbase launching a new media arm and fact checking situation. We also talk more broadly about what we think the future of media might look like.

Cas wrote about this at Protos.

I wrote about this here:

Episode 7 – QuadrigaCX: the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange that just won’t die

QuadrigaCX: the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange that just won't die Crypto Critics' Corner

Bennett and Cas dive into what happened at QuadrigaCX – once the largest Canadian Bitcoin exchange. If you'd like to read a more detailed piece you can find "Death Fraud" here: https://medium.com/coinmonks/death-fraud-6920cc93d0a7

In this episode Cas and I dive into QuadrigaCX, the ill-fated exchange who was using Crypto Capital, lost client funds, got their start in ponzi schemes, may have faked their own death, and more.

Cas wrote an in-depth piece on Cotten’s death fraud.

Episode 6 – Crypto Capital Corp: the quiet billion dollar cryptocurrency scam

Crypto Capital Corp: the quiet billion dollar cryptocurrency scam Crypto Critics' Corner

Cas and BT discuss Crypto Capital Corp, a defunct, fake, Panamanian money services transmitter that helped service almost every important cryptocurrency exchange, owned and operated by Reginald Fowler, Ivan Manuel Molina Lee, and Oz and Ravid Yosef. 

In this episode Cas and I take a look at the payments processor for Bitfinex, Tether, Kraken, Quadriga, and Bitmex. They’re implicated in money laundering for the cartels, wire fraud, bank fraud, embezzlement, and more.

I covered it here:

Cas discusses tracking Ravid Josef using her Google reviews here.

He also discusses Crypto Capital Corp and the web around it more broadly here.

Episode 5 – Two Pie Charts and a $60 Billion Stablecoin

Two Pie Charts and a $60 billion Stablecoin Crypto Critics' Corner

Today Bennett Tomlin and I go over the recent disclosure by Tether of the make up of its reserves. If you'd like to read more, please visit: "For Every $1 in Tether there are $0.03 in Cash" https://bennettftomlin.com/2021/05/13/for-every-1-of-tether-there-are-0-03-in-cash/ or "Inside the Great Pie Chart giving Tether its dollar value" https://protos.com/tether-pie-chart-usdt-dollar-pegged-crypto-stablecoin-dollar-value/

In this episode Cas and I take a look at the reserve breakdown that Tether distributed to news outlets.

I covered it here:

Cas covered it here:

Episode 4 – Zhao Dong: A Summary

Cas Piancey provides a summary of the history of Bitfinex shareholder Zhao Dong and his role at the OTC desk RenRenBit.

You can see some of Cas’ other coverage of Zhao at these links:

http://web.archive.org/web/20210511061038/https://protos.com/china-crypto-otc-king-zhao-dong-criminal-charges-court-docs-show/

http://web.archive.org/web/20210514141136/https://protos.com/renrenbit-zhao-dong-bitcoin-billionaire-pleaded-guilty-money-laundering/

Zhao Dong Still Matters: Here’s Why

Zhao Dong: The Final Word

Another Usecase Bites the Dust

Episode 3 – Tether Questions and Answers

After going through the history and red flags behind Tether and Bitfinex, Bennett Tomlin and I go through some questions from the listeners.

In this episode Cas and I answer some audience questions about Bitfinex and Tether.

Episode 2 – Tether: A Stable Discussion Continued

Tether: A Stable Discussion Part II Crypto Critics' Corner

In this part of our discussion, Bennett Tomlin and I go over the later problems Bitfinex and Tether encountered, why the New York Attorney General filed an injunction, and what the settlement between iFinex and the NYAG means for the companies and the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem.

In this episode Cas and I take a look at the more recent history of Bitfinex and Tether and especially what was revealed in the New York Attorney General case against them.

Episode 1 – Tether: A Stable Discussion

Tether: A Stable Discussion Crypto Critics' Corner

In this recorded conversation, Bennett Tomlin and Cas Piancey discuss the early history of Bitfinex and Tether and why Tether has outpaced Bitfinex as a growing concern. Another discussion concerning the NYAG settlement and ongoing skepticism will be addressed in the next conversation.

In this episode Cas and I take a look at the early history of Bitfinex and Tether and how their role in the ecosystem has evolved.