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Each week, TechCrunch senior editor Lucas Matney and crypto reporter Anita Ramaswamy unpack and explain the latest crypto news, drama, and trends, breaking it down block-by-block for the crypto-curious. They’ll be learning alongside you about the industry that's captured the attention of some of Silicon Valley’s most influential players by interviewing some of the savviest investors, entrepreneurs and skeptics. Subscribe to the Chain Reaction newsletter to dive deeper: https://techcrunch.com/newsletters

00:39:53

Chain Reaction Doodles CEO on expanding their cartoon NFT empire (w/ Julian Holguin) Doodles CEO on expanding their cartoon N...
Welcome back, this week Anita was off on vacation so Lucas was joined by TC crypto reporter Jacquie Melinek to discuss what happened in the crypto world this week. They dove into the topic of the Solana Saga phone, discussed FTX's alleged interest in buying up Robinhood, and chatted about some of the crypto financial firms that are currently in deep... trouble. In this week’s interview, Lucas chatted with Julian Holguin, the CEO of Doodles. Doodles is a very popular NFT project that has done just over $500 million in total sales volume. Holguin was previously a big exec at Billboard and has taken on the task of scaling the Doodles brand into an intellectual property powerhouse. The firm just banked its first round of venture funding from Alexis Ohanian and is gearing up for some big new NFT launches as it looks to keep the party going even amid a crypto downturn.

00:44:04

Chain Reaction How web3 creators can make the most of the crypto crash (with Latashá) How web3 creators can make the most of t...
Welcome back, this week Anita and Lucas discuss the $258 billion Dogecoin lawsuit facing Elon Musk, how crypto collectible lovers are partying through the pain at the NFT NYC event and how some DAOs are showing the dark side of digital democracy. In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita got the chance to talk with musician and visual artist Latashá. In addition to creating crypto art, Latashá is the Head of Community at NFT startup Zora which recently raised a big round of funding. We talked with her about how the downturn will impact crypto creators and what web3 really has to offer artists.

00:41:59

Chain Reaction Crypto’s latest crash and where web3 falls short (with Aaron Levie) Crypto’s latest crash and where web3 fal...
Welcome back, this week Anita and Lucas discuss another stressful week for crypto markets which has pushed even bullish investors into bearish territories. We also chatted about growing crypto regulation efforts and Jack Dorsey’s latest effort called “web5”. In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita chat with Aaron Levie. Levie is the CEO of enterprise software company Box. While his day job doesn’t have anything to do with the blockchain, he has attracted the ire of plenty of crypto VCs for sharing thoughts on Twitter about why web3 won’t work. We caught up with Levie about some of his biggest complaints and what it would take for him to angel invest in a crypto startup.

00:41:30

Chain Reaction a16z VC on crypto criticism and their $4.5 billion bet (with Sriram Krishnan) a16z VC on crypto criticism and their $4...
Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita discuss investor drama facing blockchain startups during the market crash and the major piece of crypto legislation that just went live on the US Senate floor. In their interview this week, Anita and Lucas chat with Sriram Krishnan. Krishnan is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), which he joined after a trifecta of senior roles at Twitter, Facebook and Snap. Krishnan recently joined the crypto team at a16z, which recently debuted a new $4.5 billion crypto mega fund. We chatted about crypto controversy and opportunities in web3 social with Krishnan. Our interview was edited for length and clarity. Subscribe to the Chain Reaction newsletter to dive deeper: https://techcrunch.com/newsletters

00:35:36

Chain Reaction Outdoor Voices’ founder on scaling a new crypto startup in a downturn (with Ty Haney) Outdoor Voices’ founder on scaling a new...
Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita argue about Coinbase’s latest management strategies, whether Do Kwon being called the new Bernie Madoff is a fair comparison, and why the OnlyFans founder is the latest web2 entrepreneur pivoting to crypto. In their interview this week, Anita and Lucas chat with Ty Haney. Haney is the founder of athleisure empire Outdoor Voices, though she’s recently departed the company to start a new effort around getting brands to embrace NFTs. We chatted with her about founding a crypto startup in a downturn, keeping her company well-capitalized and how she pivoted from yoga pants to non-fungible tokens. Subscribe to the Chain Reaction newsletter to dive deeper: https://techcrunch.com/newsletters

00:37:20

Chain Reaction Lux’s crypto VC on the startups securing and scaling web3 (with Grace Isford) Lux’s crypto VC on the startups securing...
Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita dive into the latest mega-fund from venture giant Andreessen Horowitz and some of the… interesting bets that they’re making, including one in disgraced WeWork founder Adam Neumann’s new crypto startup. Lastly, they recap crypto exchange FTX’s big entry into stock trading, which comes just a week after the firm’s young CEO made a massive bet on Robinhood. In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita talk to Grace Isford. Isford is an investor at Lux Capital where she focuses on the infrastructure and security opportunities for blockchain startups. We talk about some of the recent big hacks and whether consumers can feel safe betting on crypto. Subscribe to the Chain Reaction newsletter to dive deeper: https://techcrunch.com/newsletters