The FTX Podcast - Builders and Innovators in the Cryptocurrency Industry

Tristan Yver

Tristan Yver looks into the stories of emerging and established companies in the crypto and blockchain space. The FTX Podcast tells an account of the innovators, builders, and idealists working on the financial system of the future.

All Episodes

Welcome to episode 91 of the FTX podcast for part two of a three part series, with the Founder of FTX & Alameda Research - Sam Bankman-Fried and your host Tristan Yver!

Nov 30

40 min 23 sec

Welcome to episode 90 of the FTX podcast with special guest Raj Gokal and your host Tristan Yver.Raj is the co-founder of Solana and COO; working to decentralize finance, gaming, social media, payments, media and more!

Nov 26

49 min 59 sec

Welcome to episode 89 of the FTX podcast with special guest Michelle Bailhe and your host Tristan Yver!Michelle is a partner at Sequoia Capital. Michelle was previously employed at Google; focusing on technology development alongside designers, engineers and filmmakers to bring products to fruition as fast as possible. Transitioning to investment scouting - Michelle now works alongside founders, focused on team growth across the gaming, fintech and software sectors.

Nov 20

48 min 55 sec

Welcome to episode 88 of the FTX Podcast with Larry Cermak, VP of Research for News at the Block, with your host Tristan Yver. Larry is the Director of Research and Analysis at The Block where he manages a 30 person team. He has a vision to bring rationality to the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. He focuses on macro developments in Bitcoin, Ethereum and DeFi. Previously, he was the Head of Analysis at Diar and received a Master’s degree in International Finance in Austria.

Nov 18

36 min 34 sec

Welcome to episode 87 of the FTX Podcast with special guest Ryan Salame, CEO of FTX Bahamas, and host Tristan Yver.FTX Digital Markets is establishing a substantial presence in The Bahamas as FTX continues to expand its global presence. Ryan Salame, former Head of OTC at Alameda Research has been appointed as the CEO of FTX Digital Markets and will be responsible for leading their local initiatives.

Nov 1

34 min 21 sec

Frank Chaparro covers the intersection of financial markets and cryptocurrency as Director of News. Since joining the publication in 2018 as its first reporter, he has played a key role in building The Block into a leader in financial journalism and research. He leads special projects, including The Block's flagship podcast, The Scoop. Prior to The Block, he held roles at Business Insider, NPR, and Nasdaq. Frank writes about investments, security tokens and mergers & acquisitions.

Oct 18

58 min 57 sec

Welcome to episode 85 of the FTX Podcast with special guests Vishal Gupta and Kayvon Pirestani of Coinbase with host Tristan Yver.Coinbase is an American company that operates a cryptocurrency exchange platform founded in 2012. Coinbase offers products for both retail and institutional cryptocurrency investors, as well as other related cryptocurrency products.Vishal is Head of Exchange at Coinbase and Kayvon is Coinbase’s head of institutional sales for the APAC region.

Oct 8

47 min 41 sec

Welcome to episode 84 of the FTX Podcast with special guest Amy Wu, an investment partner at Lightspeed Ventures, with host Tristan Yver.Amy has enjoyed being on both sides of the table as investor and operator, joining Lightspeed in 2019 as an early member of the growth team to lead gaming and growth-stage consumer and enterprise business investing.

Oct 5

47 min 25 sec

Welcome to episode 83 of the FTX Podcast with featured guest Calvin Chu, the core builder of Impossible Finance, and host Tristan Yver.Impossible Finance is a multi-chain incubator, launchpad, and swap platform which offers a robust product-first ecosystem that supports top-tier blockchain projects to targeted user audiences.

Oct 3

46 min 35 sec

Welcome to episode 82 of the FTX Podcast with guests Tommy & Taylor Johnson, the founders of Psyoptions, with host Tristan Yver.PsyOptions is an American style options protocol built on the Solana blockchain. The principles that have guided the architecture and development of the core protocol are flexibility and composability. PsyOptions strives to be the most community oriented DeFi protocol. 

Sep 27

44 min 40 sec

Welcome to episode 81 of the FTX Podcast with returning guest Sam Williams, founder of Arweave, and host Tristan Yver.Arweave makes information permanence sustainable. It is a new type of storage that backs data with sustainable and perpetual endowments, allowing users and developers to truly store data forever.The protocol matches people who have hard drive space to spare with those individuals and organizations that need to store data or host content permanently. This is similar to how Uber connects drivers with people who need transport. This is achieved in a decentralized network and all data stored is backed by a sustainable endowment ensuring it is available in perpetuity.Thanks for coming on to speak again Sam!

Sep 23

38 min 4 sec

Welcome to episode 80 of the FTX podcast with special guest Yat Siu, founder and CEO of Animoca Brands, with host Tristan Yver.Yat Siu is a Hong Kong based entrepreneur and angel investor who was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. He has an absolutely incredible story and reassuring perspectives. Come and enjoy the show!Thank you for sharing your time Yat! 

Sep 14

54 min 59 sec

Welcome to ep 79 of the FTX Podcast with special guest Max Boonen, co-founder & director of B2C2, hosted by Tristan Yver and cohost Zane Tackett.Max left his job as a fixed income trader at Goldman Sachs to start B2C2, one of the big success stories in crypto trading, having changed the landscape from 2016 with its groundbreaking single dealer platform. B2C2 now counts over 40 employees in the UK, US and Japan.

Sep 8

1 hr 2 min

Kyle is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital, a thesis-driven investment firm with a global footprint that invests exclusively in the crypto ecosystem. Multicoin Capital manages several billion in assets across hedge funds and venture funds. The funds' LPs include university endowments, fund of funds, world class-technology investors, storied venture capital funds, and family offices. Kyle holds degrees in Finance and Management from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Sep 2

43 min 43 sec

Jeff Jiho, Co-founder of Axie Infinity, joins host Tristan Yver as the guest for episode 77 of the FTX Podcast.Axie Infinity is a NFT-based online video game developed by Sky Mavis studio. It's the most played and valuable blockchain game in the world with over 1m daily active users. Sky Mavis uses blockchain and incentive design to build games where you can live, work, and play. At Sky Mavis, Jeff spearheads the growth of products through messaging, community empowerment, and incentive design.

Aug 29

38 min 44 sec

Crypto OG ‘Loomdart’ is our special guest for FTX podcast ep 76 with Tristan Yver. Strap in for  a unique perspective on the expanding crypto space from Loom; including his launch of ‘Loomlock’ - a product experiment in willpower.

Aug 23

50 min 36 sec

Welcome to episode 75 of the FTX Podcast with Tristan Yver featuring Michael Wagner, the CEO & co-founder of Star Atlas. Star Atlas is a metaverse introducing a unique gaming experience by harnessing the power of the traditional core game and blockchain mechanics to create a personalized and attractive game play - and more. Michael and his team have big plans in store. Star Atlas is proud to announce that it has selected Solana as the protocol to build its blockchain driven massively-multi player metaverse. 

Aug 19

32 min 8 sec

Welcome to FTX Podcast ep 74 with Tristan Yver featuring Charles d’Haussy, the Managing Director APAC at ConsenSys and author of the recently released book “Block Kong”.ConsenSys is a leading global blockchain & digital assets company. Prior to joining ConsenSys, Charles was the Head of Fintech with the Hong Kong government (InvestHK). 

Aug 17

40 min 5 sec

With a diverse and prestigious resumé of a Masters in Computer Science at Harvard and work experience as Head of Trading Systems Technology at Jane Street then on to Headlands Technologies LLC and then Head of Semi-Systematic Technology at Citadel Securities - Brett is a long-time friend & associate of Sam Bankman-Fried (CEO of FTX) and now the President of FTX.US. Welcome aboard Brett it's a pleasure to have you in the family! 

Aug 11

46 min 3 sec

Perp Protocol is an on-chain DEX with highly efficient liquidity provisioning and up to 10x leverage for makers and takers. They are the largest derivatives DEX by daily trading volume. 

Aug 8

39 min 2 sec

FTX Podcast episode 71 with Tristan Yver featuring Ria Bhuteria of Castle Island Ventures; an early-stage venture capital firm exclusively focused on public blockchains.

Jul 26

43 min 32 sec

Alex Svanevik shares his journey as a blockchain entrepreneur that has resulted in one of the most prestigious full suite on-chain data analytics sites in our industry. This episode dives deep into data, creating positive network effects and privacy. 

Jul 22

52 min 32 sec

Thank you to Prassana, cofounder & CTO of Rippling, for sharing his experience as an extremely talented engineer/programmer with an adventurous, entrepreneurial outlook on life. With an over-arching battle theme Prassana draws an analogy with the business world, shares insight into personal experiences and sheds light on the birth of Rippling. Rippling automates HR & IT for it’s customers; allowing them to effortlessly manage employees’ payroll, benefits, devices, apps, and more - in one place. After such an entrepreneurial adventure and expanding into the crypto space - what will Prassana do next? Probably something in crypto!

Jul 5

58 min 14 sec

What an incredibly insightful interview with Evgeny, founder and CEO of Wintermute, a leading global algorithmic market maker in digital assets. Evgeny shares perspective on his personal experience being an entrepreneur, where he saw opportunities in the space, market making and more. Wintermute creates liquid and efficient markets on centralized and decentralized trading platforms and off-exchange. Evgeny shares a lot of good knowledge and it is a pleasure to host him for episode 68 of the FTX podcast.

Jul 2

44 min 23 sec

It was a pleasure to interview Trevor Lawrence of the Jaguars. Although only 21, he's incredibly centered and sharp, it makes sense to see how he has combined his talent, training, and balanced mindset to become the #1 NFL draft. We look forward to seeing his growth within the sport and as a person. 

Jun 15

24 min 22 sec

A deep dive into Andy Dinh the Founder and CEO of TSMFTX one of the largest e-sports companies in the world. We talk about his path from gaming against his brothers as a child to building one of the most powerful names in e-sports history. 

Jun 5

38 min 21 sec

Joe has had a phenomenal career in technology as evidenced by founding the Node.js foundation amongst other businesses and having the foresight to identify trends early. This combined with his skills as a developer has made him a successful founder, trader, investor, and mentor. 

May 27

53 min 10 sec

An episode which gives a first hand account of the inception of Solana and the concept of Proof of History as a fundamental blockchain innovation. Explore how Anatoly views scaling Solana and building an ecosystem of builders, users and evangelists. 

May 22

52 min

Matthew had the tenacity to force himself to learn Mandarin before moving to China to work at a venture capital firm. After spending time there he launched Sino Global Capital. Initially a tech focused firm which pivoted into the cryptocurrency space and since has been a very strong and successful firm in our industry. 

May 14

48 min 37 sec

Lily has been a strong builder in the space for quite a while. She came in with a background as a CFO and used that knowledge to help re-structure a mining company into Earn.com, which was subsequently sold to Coinbase as one of the largest crypto acquisitions of that time. 

May 11

46 min 29 sec

Sadie is the co-founder and CEO of Strix Leviathan, a crypto investment manager powered by a proprietary trading platform and the co-founder of Makara, a new investment platform with the goal of democratizing access to the cryptocurrency markets.

May 7

43 min 1 sec

Jon is the rare senior banker who truly understood the potential of crypto early and has been going down the rabbithole ever since. He was recently Head of FX Sales to Hedge Funds and Bank at HSBC before joining FTX. Prior to that he spent the rest of career at Goldman and Barclays with a foray into crypto in 2018. 

May 3

40 min 52 sec

An episode starring Alex Dreyfus, the founder and CEO of Chilliz, a blockchain built to support the connection between fans and athletic associations and teams. Chiliz provides sports & entertainment entities with blockchain-based tools to help them engage & monetize their audiences. Some of their current partners include many of the worlds largest soccer teams and leagues like the UFC and PFL. 

Apr 30

44 min 38 sec

In this episode, we invite Leslie Tam, former Head of OTC at Binance, and now Managing Partner at GBV.Tune in to listen to his journey from tradfi to a large CEX; and more recently his transition to becoming a DeFi power user and investor.

Apr 27

40 min 58 sec

Dick Lo is the founder of TDX Strategies. TDX is a quant firm that focuses on volatility trading strategies and structured products for sophisticated clients. 

Apr 23

40 min 47 sec

Erick aka Snowfro is the founder of the Art Blocks website and Discord community. He is an NFT og and an incredibly talented generative artist. He has created one of the most impactful art generative art communities in the world and tied it closely with the blockchain space. 

Apr 21

1 hr 3 min

MobileCoin recently launched their MVP integration with Signal on April 8th in the UK after several years of diligent work. MobileCoin is a privacy payment solution that integrates seamlessly with Signal to afford users easy payment rails for any purchasing needs. This can scale to many different verticals and makes it quite exciting. https://www.mobilecoin.foundation/about

Apr 19

48 min 45 sec

An episode recorded back in December with Comfy where we do an FTX exchange review and shit talk about crypto and life. 

Apr 16

44 min 44 sec

Securitize was the first platform that enabled globally regulation-compliant tokenization of securities. Lead by Carlos Domingo a former CEO of R&D at one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, he's very sharp and dedicated to his mission of bringing traditional assets into the tokenized space. 

Apr 13

48 min 37 sec

A great episode to look deeper into the pieces that differentiate a profitable trader from a losing one. Flood has deep insights into the things both objective and subjective to pay attention to when learning how to trade, and then scaling that trading to a career.  

Apr 8

51 min 21 sec

I had the pleasure of hosting Mark Cuban, business magnate and a man who has seen trends early and known how to build with them. It was powerful to hear how familiar he is with the entire cryptocurrency and DeFi ecosystem, and the parallels he drew from them to other revolutionary technologies. The cryptocurrency and blockchain industry drawing the attention from the smartest and most savvy people is a great sign for the entire space. 

Apr 1

50 min 44 sec

Badger is a decentralized autonomous organization that focuses on building the products and infrastructure necessary to allow Bitcoin as collateral across other blockchains.

Mar 29

44 min 32 sec

Olivier is a former UFC fighter with an 11-5-0 record. He's currently training to fight in the PFL and wants to bring crypto into professional fighting and then expand it to other professional sports. He wants to do this by cutting out the intermediaries and allowing the fans to reward the athletes directly.

Mar 25

46 min 45 sec

This episode went into quite a variety of topics including crypto from an engineering perspective, where the ability to spot opportunities come from, ideas and strategies towards success, what it means that code can own money, defi vs tradfi, privacy protecting protocols and so much more!

Mar 21

1 hr 4 min

Arweave makes information permanence sustainable. It ​is a new type of storage that backs data with sustainable and perpetual endowments, allowing users and developers to truly store data forever.

Mar 15

54 min 59 sec

Mason Borda is the CEO of Tokensoft a software platform that automates fundraising and investor management on the blockchain to allow projects to compliantly launch and raise capital. 

Mar 12

45 min 30 sec

An episode with Peter Johnson a Partner of Jump Capital and one of the people that has grown the venture arm of Jump Trading to where it is today. Co-hosted by Sina Nader our COO of FTX.US we dove into growing a venture capital business, investment theses, how to find good teams, and the advantages of having Jump Trading as a backer amongst other lines of questioning! 

Mar 8

46 min 25 sec

A conversation with Lev Mazur CEO of Quantfury and Daniel Schwartzkopff CEO of Invictus capital. We touch on Quantfury as a business, Invictus as a fund of funds in South Africa and several points of the macro crypto industry. 

Mar 5

1 hr 3 min

In this episode, we explore what makes an investment worthwhile for Parafi Capital and the different methodologies that are used to evaluate teams, projects, and founders. We also look at the cryptocurrency space and DeFi as a whole and were we seem to be moving to.

Mar 2

54 min 39 sec

Zaheer Ebtikar has a strong and clean grasp of financial and crypto markets, in this episode he gives his thoughts on several of the events we've seen driving the markets and what they could mean down the road.

Feb 25

41 min 31 sec