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Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction
TechCrunch, Yashad Kulkarni, Maggie Stamets, Kell Keller, Jacquelyn Melinek

There are constantly new tokens, DeFi projects, NFTs collections and DAOs being launched – but how can you make sense of everything... more

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Episodes

Looking back on the NFT marketplace Magic Eden (w/ Jack Lu)

For this week’s episode, we’re resharing a conversation I had in June 2023 with Jack Lu, CEO and co-founder of... more

29 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Starbucks Odyssey’s community lead expects NFT brand building to expand this year (w/ Steve Kaczynski)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Steve Kaczynski, co-author of the book “The Everything Token,” and co-host of a web3... more

22 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Web3 brands and NFTs are on a global race for adoption (w/ Yat Siu)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Yat Siu, co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands. Yat co-founded Animoca in 2014... more

15 Feb 2024 · 48 minutes
OpenSea’s CEO sees greater opportunity for NFT use cases to grow (w/ Devin Finzer)

This year, Chain Reaction is doing monthly series diving into different topics and themes in crypto. To start things off,... more

08 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
SEC Commissioner sees a need for a new Token Safe Harbor Proposal (w/ Hester Peirce)

This week we have a bonus episode with Hester Peirce, commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Jacquelyn moderated... more

07 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
Read Write Own this episode with a16z’s crypto partner (w/ Chris Dixon)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Chris Dixon, general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Chris has been at... more

01 Feb 2024 · 44 minutes
Bonus Episode: Worldcoin is going on a race to billions of users “as fast” as it can (w/ Alex Blania)

This is a bonus episode, where Jacquelyn interviewed Alex Blania, CEO and co-founder of Tools for Humanity, in a fireside... more

29 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
Solana Mobile is just getting started (w/ Anatoly Yakovenko)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Anatoly Yakovenko, co-founder of Solana Labs, the technology company that aims to help grow... more

25 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Ripple president talks XRP Ledger, SEC suits, and 2024 plans (w/ Monica Long)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Monica Long, the president of Ripple, a blockchain-based digital payment network and protocol. Monica... more

18 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Bitcoin spot ETFs has been approved in the U.S. (w/ Michael Sonnenshein)

For this week’s bonus episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Michael Sonnenshein, the CEO at Grayscale Investments. Grayscale is a digital asset investment firm... more

10 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
All roads seem to be leading to a U.S. spot bitcoin ETF approval soon (w/ Fred Thiel)

For this week’s news episode, Jacquelyn dove back into the latest developments on spot bitcoin ETF applications in the U.S.... more

04 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
You should join a crypto social club w/ Boys Club co-founders (re-release)

For this week’s episode, we're remixing an episode from earlier this year. Jacquelyn interviewed Deana Burke and Natasha Hoskins,... more

28 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Algorand foundation CEO sees tokenization as key sector to scale crypto (w/ Staci Warden)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Staci Warden, the CEO of the Algorand Foundation, the organization behind the layer-1 blockchain... more

21 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Robinhood’s still on a quest to make crypto mainstream (w/ Johann Kerbrat)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Johann Kerbrat, the general manager of crypto at Robinhood. Johann is leading the application's... more

14 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
Crypto VC space may be on the cusp of recovery (w/ David Pakman)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed David Pakman, managing partner and head of venture investments at CoinFund. Before CoinFund, David spent... more

07 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Optimism is optimistic for the future of Ethereum (w/ Jing Wang and Ryan Wyatt)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Optimism’s CEO and co-founder Jing Wang and chief growth officer Ryan Wyatt. Optimism is an... more

30 Nov 2023 · 37 minutes
Amid the OpenAI chaos, here's a refresher on Sam Altman's crypto project: Worldcoin

For this week’s episode, we're re-sharing Jacquelyn's conversation with Tiago Sada, head of product for Tools for Humanity and core... more

23 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
Exclusive: Aave Companies rebrands to Avara and acquires crypto wallet (w/ Stani Kulechov)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Stani Kulechov, the founder of Avara, formerly known as Aave Companies. The company is... more

16 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Former SDNY prosecutor talks about what’s next for SBF post-trial (w/ Brendan Quigley)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Brendan Quigley, partner at Baker Botts law firm. Quigley is a former U.S. Marine,... more

09 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
SBF testifies and closing arguments are made as his trial comes to an end (w/ Alex Wilhelm)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn is joined by TechCrunch+ Editor in Chief, Alex Wilhelm, to discuss the end of the... more

02 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
SBF finally takes the stand at his trial (w/ Alex Wilhelm)

For this bonus episode of Chain Reaction, Jacquie is joined by TechCrunch+ Editor in Chief, Alex Wilhelm, go over the... more

28 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Former SDNY prosecutor shares what the internet is getting wrong for SBF’s trial (w/ Josh Naftalis)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Josh Naftalis, partner at law firm Pallas Partners. He’s a long time attorney who represents... more

24 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
FTX collapse and SEC oversteps point to greater need for U.S. crypto regulation (w/ Katherine Dowling)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Katherine Dowling, the general counsel and chief compliance officer at Bitwise Asset Management. Bitwise... more

19 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
The FTX co-founder and Alameda CEO didn’t hold back at SBF’s trial (w/ Alex Wilhelm)

This week, we have a bonus mini episode where Jacquelyn talks with TechCrunch+ editor-in-chief Alex Wilhelm to dive back into... more

13 Oct 2023 · 10 minutes
Using blockchain tech to scale businesses and social impact projects (w/ Grace Torrellas)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Grace Torrellas, Polygon Labs’ VP of product and zkEVM product lead and co-founder and... more

12 Oct 2023 · 16 minutes
SBF's trial has started, and here's what you missed (Chain Reaction x Equity Crossover)

For this week’s episode, Chain Reaction (and Jacquelyn) did a crossover episode with Alex Wilhelm, editor in chief of TechCrunch+... more

05 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
Bonus Episode: Pudgy Penguins’ toys hit Walmart with hopes of expanding NFTs revenue and adoption (w/ Luca Netz)

This week, we have a bonus episode where Jacquelyn and TechCrunch+ Editor in Chief Alex Wilhelm interviewed Luca Netz, CEO... more

29 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Are you a Worldcoin skeptic? This one’s for you (w/ Tiago Sada)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Tiago Sada, head of product for Tools for Humanity and core contributor to Worldcoin,... more

28 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Staying strategic during regulatory uncertainty (w/ Chris Lehane)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn did a live interview with Chris Lehane, chief strategy officer at Haun Ventures, at TechCrunch’s... more

21 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
So you want more web3 enterprise adoption? ( w/ Google Cloud, Circle, Chainlink and Xangle panelists)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn is sharing a panel she moderated live at Avalanche House, while she was in Seoul,... more

14 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
OG Bitcoiner on the blockchain’s evolution, investing and need for regulatory clarity (w/ Charlie Shrem)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Charlie Shrem, founder of the Bitcoin Foundation, general partner at Druid Ventures and host... more

07 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
Americans may get a bitcoin spot ETF soon (w/ Craig Salm)

For this week’s news episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Craig Salm, chief legal officer at Grayscale Investments. Grayscale is a digital asset investment... more

31 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Blockstream is still betting on Bitcoin and mining it (w/Erik Svenson)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Erik Svenson, co-founder, president and chief financial officer at Blockstream, a bitcoin and blockchain-focused... more

24 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
A bitcoin spot ETF could open the floodgates for greater crypto demand (w/ Eric Balchunas)

For this week’s news episode, Jacquelyn talks with Eric Balchunas, senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, alongside TechCrunch+ editor-in-chief Alex Wilhelm. Balchunas... more

17 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Immutable wants to create more value in the web3 gaming world (w/ Robbie Ferguson)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Robbie Ferguson, co-founder and president of Immutable. Immutable is a web3 company consisting of... more

10 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Here’s what you need to know about Coinbase’s Base public mainnet launch and its “Onchain Summer” (w/ Jesse Pollak)

For this week’s news episode, Jacquelyn sits down with Jesse Pollak, lead for Base and head of protocols at Coinbase.... more

03 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
You should join a crypto social club (w/ Boys Club co-founders)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Deana Burke and Natasha Hoskins, the co-founders of Boys Club. Boys Club is a social... more

27 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
Ripple’s chief legal officer talks SEC lawsuit, XRP ‘win’ and future regulation (w/ Stu Alderoty)

This week we have a bonus episode. Jacquelyn interviewed Stu Alderoty, chief legal officer of Ripple Labs. Stu spent most... more

25 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
What’s it like to invest in crypto globally as devs depart the U.S. (w/ Maria Shen)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Maria Shen, a general partner on the investment team at Electric Capital, an early... more

13 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Magic Eden CEO talks NFTs, multi-chain expansion and market volatility (w/ Jack Lu)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Jack Lu, co-founder and CEO of NFT marketplace Magic Eden. This is his second... more

29 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
How can big beauty and fashion brands get into web3? (w/ L’Oreal web3 team)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Patrick Kaminski, the director of digital innovation for web3 and metaverse at L’Oreal, and... more

15 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Coinbase continues fight for crypto clarity post-SEC suit (w/ Paul Grewal)

This week, we have a bonus episode! Jacquelyn interviewed Paul Grewal, chief legal officer at Coinbase. This week, Grewal has... more

08 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
VeeFriends, NFTs and the importance of intellectual property (w/ Gary Vaynerchuk)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Gary Vaynerchuk, better known as Gary Vee. He is the chairman of VaynerX and... more

01 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
Chainlink co-founder talks cryptographic guarantees in web3 (w/ Sergey Nazarov)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Sergey Nazarov, co-founder of Chainlink, a protocol that provides an oracle network to power... more

18 May 2023 · 34 minutes
Bonus Episode: Pussy Riot founder explains how to use NFTs for activism

This week we have a bonus episode from a fireside chat Jacquelyn did with Nadya Tolokonnikova, the creator of the... more

11 May 2023 · 11 minutes
Crypto regulation and crackdowns (w/ Jake Chervinsky)

This week Jacquelyn interviewed Jake Chervinsky, the chief policy officer at Blockchain Association, a non-profit organization focused on promoting “pro-innovation”... more

04 May 2023 · 34 minutes
Building on Coinbase’s Base (w/ Jesse Pollak)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Jesse Pollak, the lead for Base and head of protocols at Coinbase. Base is... more

20 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
Chain Reaction is nominated for a Webby

We’re thrilled to be nominated for a Webby award in the Best Technology Podcast category. You can help Chain Reaction... more

12 Apr 2023 · 1 minute
Where’s a16z focus for web3 investments? (w/ Arianna Simpson)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Arianna Simpson, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz (commonly known as a16z). Prior to joining... more

06 Apr 2023 · 24 minutes
Avalanche wants to digitize all assets on the blockchain (w/ Emin Gün Sirer)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Emin Gün Sirer, the founder and CEO of Ava Labs. Ava Labs created the... more

24 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Bitcoin and the Lightning Network are moving payments globally (w/ Jack Mallers)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Jack Mallers, the founder and CEO of Strike, a bitcoin-based payment network and financial... more

09 Mar 2023 · 25 minutes
Bonus Episode: Say Hello to the Startup Battlefield Winner

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for—the winner is announced! In this episode, we get to know the winner... more

06 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Bonus Episode: Getting to know the Battlefield 200

Inside Startup Battlefield is back in our feed with episode three. There are 180 companies solving crucial problems that didn’t... more

27 Feb 2023 · 14 minutes
Bitcoin rewards and NFTs are helping its ecosystem (w/ Alex Adelman)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Alex Adelman, the co-founder and CEO of Lolli. Founded in 2018, Lolli is a... more

23 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
Bonus Episode: Making the Pitch Perfect

Inside Startup Battlefield is back in our feed with episode two. In the second episode of Inside Startup Battlefield, we... more

20 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
Bonus Episode: The Startup Battlefield Basics

Check out the newest podcast from the TechCrunch Podcast Network: Inside Startup Battlefield, the four-part series that takes you behind... more

13 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
BNB Chain is doubling down on web3 gaming (w/ Gwendolyn Regina)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn talked to Gwendolyn Regina, investment director at layer-1 blockchain BNB Chain. Prior to her current... more

09 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Aptos wants to shake up the layer-1 space (w/ Mo Shaikh)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn talked with Mo Shaikh, co-founder and CEO of the layer-1 blockchain Aptos. Shaikh is a... more

26 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
Polygon’s president talks partnerships, NFTs and gaming (w/ Ryan Wyatt)

For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn talked with Ryan Wyatt, president of Polygon Labs, one of the biggest market shakers and... more

12 Jan 2023 · 29 minutes
Yes, crypto builders are still building (w/ Nikil Viswanathan)

For this week’s Tuesday episode where we chat with a web3 expert, we’re playing a recording of our discussion live... more

29 Nov 2022 · 25 minutes
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Aptos wants to shake up the layer-1 space (w/ Mo Shaikh)
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For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn talked with Mo Shaikh, co-founder and CEO of the layer-1 blockchain Aptos. Shaikh is a three-time founder... more