BitMEX founder Arthur Hayes, fresh out of home confinement after settling charges with the U.S. government, joins “The Chopping Block” with Haseeb Qureshi, Robert Leshner, and Tarun Chitra. The early crypto pioneer pulls no punches in his assessment of SBF, TradFi’s failings, and how crypto builders lost the plot in trusting CeFi middlemen.

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Show highlights:

  • why Arthur travels with stuffed animals, and what his favorite brands are
  • what factors Arthur believes led Sam Bankman-Fried to success
  • how Bill Clinton seems to be related to many multibillion-dollar downfalls
  • whether everyone in crypto thinks that prices are eventually going up
  • what’s the thesis behind Maelstrom, Arthur’s new investment arm
  • why he’s bullish on decentralization but also game to trade “dog shit”
  • what the impact of Silvergate’s failure will be on the crypto industry
  • what Arthur would have done if he had been the CEO of Silvergate
  • the role of rising interest rates in understanding Silvergate’s downfall
  • why holding Tether’s USDT is not so different from holding USDC
  • why Arthur believes crypto needs alternatives to dollar-backed stablecoins
  • the real reasons why Arthur thinks the U.S. Treasury is worried about stablecoins



Arthur Hayes, co-founder of BitMEX