Graham Jenkin, CEO of CoinList, discusses CoinList, regulatory and compliance, Bitcoin, the upcoming “Orange Wave” in the midterm elections, market and societal conditions, and much more.
My guest today is my friend Graham Jenkin, CEO of CoinList. CoinList's mission is to accelerate the advancement of blockchain technology. We do this by finding the best emerging blockchain projects and helping them succeed. They've become the global leader in new token issuance, helping blue chip projects like Filecoin, Solana, Celo, Algorand, Dapper, and others connect with hundreds of thousands of new token holders. CoinList users trade and store Bitcoin, Ether, and many other popular crypto assets through our full-service exchange, while also getting access to the best new tokens before they list on other exchanges. Their customers include validators, miners, founders, CEOs, crypto funds, bitcoin OGs, as well as a broad array of crypto enthusiasts. Unlike other centralized crypto finance platforms, CoinList is not here to just build a bank or a brokerage. They are building the platform for people who are passionate about moving crypto forward. Graham Jenkin is the CEO at CoinList. He was formerly COO & UX engineer/designer at AngelList. He has extensive experience in leading projects and marketing. One of the biggest projects he led was the redesign of the user interface for the world's most profitable online business - Google AdWords and won the inaugural Google Great Manager Award. He also spent time at Bank of America where he led BofA.com to 2 webby awards. Our conversation focuses on a variety of topics including CoinList, regulatory and compliance, Bitcoin, the upcoming “Orange Wave” in the midterm elections, market and societal conditions, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing Jack Dorsey’s recent twitter rant about Web3. We address the nuances around Web3 and the term “Venture Capitalist” Our conversation pivots to CoinList, we begin discussing the origins of CoinList and it’s connection to AngelList. Graham discusses how his time at AngelList has helped him navigate the regulatory and compliance hurdles facing crypto-native companies. We go on to discuss the overwhelmingly positive impact Obama's Job Act had on the Startup Ecosystem. Our conversation transitions to the very interesting topic of Bitcoin and Satoshi’s influence on society. We discuss how beautiful the global nature of the crypto industry is and the welcoming nature of the community. Our conversation pivots to the current market conditions and the inflationary pressures that are plaguing all aspects of society. A very important topic we discussed was the future of the Bitcoin voting block and the impact of the orange will have on the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. Graham discusses the future of governance and how crypto is disrupting how individuals participate in organizations. Our conversations pivots to the topic of decentralization and minimum decentralization. We discuss how decentralization is a spectrum and what is the line of demarcation that deems a project to be sufficiently decentralized. Another very interesting point of discussion was our conversation about using Token Investor Loyalty (TIL) as a good way to evaluate a project. Graham discusses how CoinList evaluates projects. We discuss the dynamics of token sales and the explosion of interest from investors. Graham also teaches us the ins-and-outs of NFTs and the impact of NFTs on society. The final portion of our conversation was dedicated to looking at the world and trying to understand the dramatic shifts that are currently taking place within society.
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