How Blockchain Tech Could Prevent Another GameStop/Robinhood
In this episode of Unchained podcast with Laura Shin, Chad Cascarilla, CEO and co-founder of Paxos, explains how the 2008 financial crisis led him to crypto, what financial plumbing has to do with GameStop, and how Paxos is leveraging blockchain technology to change financial services.
0:00 - Welcome to Unchained.
1:07 - His work experience prior to Paxos and how the financial crisis in 2008 opened his eyes to Bitcoin and blockchain.
4:02 - What it was like to work in Bitcoin during the early days compared to now.
11:38 - Why Paxos decided to focus on building solutions for institutions rather than targeting the retail market like Coinbase.
19:37 - The relationship between Paxos and PayPal + why PayPal customers can’t send crypto directly to their wallets or crypto addresses yet.
25:31 - Jow Microstrategy and Tesla are bringing Bitcoin mainstream.
30:34 - What really happened with GameStop and Robinhood and why financial plumbing matters.
39:02 - Jow the Paxos Settlement Service is bringing greater transparency to financial markets by using blockchain technology.
50:32 - What other assets he thinks will be tokenized.
58:36 - Stablecoin regulation and why this might be as good as it gets for Tether.
1:06:15 - Why Paxos chose to pursue a New York State trust company charter instead of a BitLicense.
1:15:12 - What changes he would make to crypto regulation for 2021 and beyond
what’s next for Paxos.
The episode premiered on February 23, 2021.