Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news.  In this week’s episode, the squad dives into the riveting dynamics of memecoins and their undeniable sway over market sentiments, alongside a detailed exploration of BlackRock’s groundbreaking leap into blockchain with its on-chain fund initiative. Is Solana redefining its role as the new haven for meme coin ventures, signaling a shift in blockchain platform dominance? And with Ethereum’s recent 4844 and Dencun upgrades, can it hold its ground as the DeFi ecosystem’s backbone amidst escalating competition? We delve into MakerDAO’s ambitious ‘Endgame’ strategy, contemplating its potential to reshape governance within the DeFi sector. The conversation doesn’t stop there; we untangle the complex web of crypto conspiracies and debate the evolving definition of ‘fair launch’ in the decentralized space. This episode is packed with analysis and insights as we navigate the speculative excitement of meme coins, the strategic moves of blockchain giants, and the transformative policies shaping the future of decentralized finance. Join us for a thought-provoking journey as we dissect these developments, with Robert Leshner shedding light on the alpha in Reg D filings, to unravel the narratives that could redefine the crypto ecosystem’s future. Tune in for a compelling session that promises to peel back the layers of innovation, speculation, and strategic maneuvering in the ever-evolving crypto landscape.

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Show Highlights

🔹 Unraveling Crypto Conspiracies: Delving into the speculative theories surrounding the surge of memecoins and their potential orchestration by exchanges or other entities.

🔹 Redefining ‘Fair Launch’ in DeFi: A critique of the shifting meaning of ‘fair launch’ within the memecoin sector, highlighting the departure from traditional norms.

🔹 Solana as the New Memecoin Haven: Examining Solana’s burgeoning role as the preferred platform for memecoin activity and what it signifies for blockchain innovation.

🔹 Ethereum’s Technological Upgrades: Analyzing the implications of Ethereum’s 4844 and Dencun upgrade for transaction fees, scalability, and the developer ecosystem.

🔹 Debating the Future of memecoins: Insights into the dynamic world of memecoins, from the rise of pre-sales on Solana to the broader implications for the crypto market.

🔹 The Evolution of MakerDAO: Discussion on MakerDAO’s transformative ‘Endgame’ strategy, introducing new governance mechanisms and tokens to revitalize its ecosystem.

🔹 BlackRock’s Entry into Crypto: A glimpse into BlackRock’s strategic move to launch an on-chain fund, marking a significant step by a major institutional player into the crypto space.


⭐️Haseeb Qureshi, Managing Partner at Dragonfly

⭐️Tom Schmidt, General Partner at Dragonfly

⭐️Tarun Chitra, Managing Partner at Robot Ventures

⭐️Robert Leshner, Founder of Compound




Pump.fun – https://www.pump.fun

3AC’s Kyle Davies on Why He’s Crypto’s Lloyd Blankfein and Why He’s Not Sorry – https://unchainedcrypto.com/3acs-kyle-davies-on-why-hes-cryptos-lloyd-blankfein-and-why-hes-not-sorry/

MakerDAO Endgame: Launch Season – https://forum.makerdao.com/t/makerdao-endgame-launch-season/23857/1

What Is a Fair Launch in Crypto? –  https://www.coingecko.com/learn/what-is-a-fair-launch-in-crypto