Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news. This week, they discuss the wildest claims in Michael Lewis’ new book on Sam Bankman-Fried, debate whether SBF’s effective altruism was ever genuine, and whether Ethereum should enshrine more features onto its protocol.

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Show highlights:

  • Michael Lewis’ interview on “60 Minutes” and the wildest claims in his new book
  • Whether SBF would have paid Donald Trump $5 billion not to run for president
  • Why Lewis characterizing FTX’s downfall as a bank run is misleading
  • Whether FTX executives, in the moment of the collapse, fled to their parents’ homes
  • Was SBF genuine in his belief in effective altruism or was it clever branding
  • Whether we will still be talking about the SBF trial years down the line
  • The debate on whether Ethereum should enshrine more features onto its core protocol
  • Whether Lido poses a centralization risk to the Ethereum ecosystem
  • Predictions on how the SBF trial will play out and whether SBF has a trick up his sleeve




SBF’s trial: 

Protocol enshrinement: