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 episode, Robert stirs the debate over Hinman’s 2018 speech and what it means for the debate at the SEC over whether BTC and ETH should be considered securities, the similarities between Ethereum and Solana, and how Binance.US is dealing with a move to freeze its assets. Moreover, the group kicks off with a brief history lesson on the infamous PEPE meme!

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Show highlights:

  • where the PEPE meme comes from
  • whether Mark Zuckerberg and the project Libra played a role in the animosity toward crypto
  • why Robert says that Hinman’s speech in 2018 was crafted with broad inter-agency work, in contrast to what the SEC has been saying
  • how the documents show that the SEC didn’t believe there was enough clarity to classify ETH as a security
  • whether these documents diminish Gary Gensler’s claims that almost everything in crypto is a security
  • the similarities between Ethereum in 2017 and Solana at the moment
  • what the drama is in Solana around forking Alameda coins
  • what the new features of the Uniswap V4 draft code are
  • whether the ‘hooks’ in the new code facilitate rug pulls and introduce much more complexities
  • how Binance.US has dealt with the SEC lawsuit and request to freeze its assets
  • Robert’s crazy idea to use Uniswap V4 and why Tarun killed it
  • what extreme sports represent crypto more accurately