Lawson Baker, head of operations and general counsel at TokenSoft (disclosure: a previous sponsor of the podcast), explains the significance of this week’s SEC statement on broker-dealer custody of digital asset securities, what issues it outlines, what problems remain to be resolved, what impact it could have on the overall industry — and why this, and other regulatory guidance, could push the industry in a more cypherpunk direction. Plus, we discuss Blockstack’s Reg A+ initial coin offering, which was finally approved by the SEC, whether it’s too onerous for startups and how this will affect the initial coin offering phenomenon. And finally, we talk about what we’ll be watching out for in next week’s Senate and House hearings on Facebook’s Libra, and what the odds are that the regulators quash the project.

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Episode links:

Lawson Baker:


SEC statement on broker-dealer custody of digital asset securities:

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce’s tweet seeming to be unimpressed with this statement:

Katherine Wu offers her analysis of the SEC statement:

Blockstack’s Reg A+ offering approved:

Details on Blockstack’s token sale:

Unconfirmed episode on Blockstack’s Reg A+ filing:

Fed raises concerns about Libra:

Unconfirmed episode with Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for Libra:

Unconfirmed episode with Michael Casey on why it would be good if Libra rivaled the US dollar: