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, the gang breaks down the record $4.3 billion settlement between Binance and the U.S. government — whether it was fair, the chances CEO Changpeng Zhao will face any jail time, whether it was ultimately a good thing for Binance and for the U.S., and what this changes for the industry going forward. They also delve into the SEC’s lawsuit against Kraken, and the drama around Sam Altman’s firing from Open AI and what it says about corporate governance and crypto companies.

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Show highlights:

  • the details of the settlement between Binance and the Department of Justice
  • how a core part of Binance’s business model was to allow bad actors on its platform, according to Robert
  • why Binance had to settle with the U.S. government even though it’s not an American company
  • why Tom believes that the settlement represents a “very bad lesson”
  • whether U.S. market makers should be liable in cases like these
  • how the crypto community has reacted to the settlement
  • what the settlement means for the future of the crypto industry
  • whether the new SEC lawsuit against Kraken is just a “copy-and-paste” of its suit against Coinbase
  • The drama around Sam Altman’s removal from his role as CEO of OpenAI
  • Why Robert thinks that the OpenAI board was “silly and dumb”
  • What the problems at OpenAI say about its innovative governance structure




Binance Settlement

SEC Charges Against Kraken


Haseeb’s tweet on accelerationism