21 July 2021 · 0 min read

Asiff Hirji & Kyle Samani: Transforming Financial Services

Asiff Hirji and Kyle Samani describe their crypto journeys and how they’re engaging with the blockchain-powered technology. Samani talks about why he was drawn to Ethereum and Hirji explains why he left his role as COO at Coinbase to join Figure, a start-up that uses crypto rails in the home equity lending space. Both speakers offer their concerns around misguided crypto regulations in the US, particularly after China’s recent banning of decentralized cryptocurrencies. The panel is moderated by John Darsie, Managing Director at SALT Talks.

Episode timestamps:

0:00 - Intro
3:27 - Entry into crypto
8:42 - Value of Ethereum
12:40 - Using crypto for home equity lending
17:30 - Interesting use cases for blockchain applications
24:30 - Impact of securitized crypto products
28:50 - Ethereum competitors
32:45 - Using crypto payment rails
36:45 - Concerns around crypto regulations
40:51 - China’s ban of decentralized crypto

The episode premiered on July 14, 2021.