If you’re new to the crypto space, it can be daunting to try to understand everything. If you’re a seasoned hand, it can be equally daunting to continually filter the deluge of information and find the best sources.
Hype is at an all-time high and in terms of content, the ratio between signal and noise is not great. As the boom continues, more and more “experts” will start broadcasting their opinions.
Take podcasting as an example. The barrier to entry is extremely low, meaning essentially anyone can start a show. For this reason (among others), being critical of your information sources is increasingly important.
Podcasts are one of the best mediums to get up to speed and stay informed on all things crypto. The trick is finding the quality ones. The good news is we’ve done the hard work of sifting through all the offerings for you. In no particular order, here are 10 of our choice picks:
Invest Like The Best
Hosted by Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Portfolio Manager at O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, Invest Like The Best is perhaps the best place for any newbie to start.
In general, this is a podcast about investing but O’Shaughnessy took the time to focus specifically on crypto by producing a three-part audio documentary that does a great job of orienting the uninitiated.
- What is blockchain
- Cryptocurrency investing
- The future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
This series is very easy to understand and it builds a foundation for people via interviews with leaders in the field.
Beyond the initial three episodes, O’Shaughnessy has followed with more advanced content. For listeners seeking more depth, give this episode with VC Chris Burniske a try.
Hosted by Laura Shin, Senior Editor at Forbes, the Unchained Podcast is a must for anyone interested in blockchain. Shin has leveraged the Forbes’ position to get big name entrepreneurs, technologists, investors and thinkers to sit down for an interview. The podcast aims to “educate people on how blockchains will change the way we earn, spend and invest our money.”
Having covered crypto, blockchains and the web 3.0 for quite a while, Shin has a sharp interviewing mind and this pays dividends for the listener. Some episodes are great for beginners and others will keep more knowledgeable folk happy by going deep into the weeds.
Unchained deserves a listen. The only gripe is that episodes are released once every two weeks, which is quite a long time in crypto-land. We suggest starting with this episode How To Explain Cryptocurrencies And Blockchains To The Average Person.
Hosted by investor and marketer Carter Thomas, Coin Mastery should be a staple for anyone interested in cryptocurrency. The show takes the perspective of an investor and is “a place for anyone interested in profiting from the digital cryptocurrency world of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Monero and more.”
Thomas has developed a reputation for his clear-headed thinking, succinct analysis and being a go-to guy for recapping the day’s news. Some people may be intimidated by the trader-themed discussion but for anyone with a working knowledge of blockchain, this is a great source to learn from.
Coin Mastery releases episodes focused on current events (during the recent surge, they averaged one a day), so the best way to get acquainted with the show is dive into its most recent episode.
Note: It may be best to watch the show on Youtube as visual depictions contribute a lot of value to the content.
The Tim Ferriss Show
As most of you undoubtedly know, the Tim Ferriss Show is far more than a crypto podcast. But we include it on our list because it does have an episode dedicated to cryptocurrency which just happens to be one of the best out there.
In the episode, Ferriss sits down with Nick Szabo, a computer scientist, legal scholar, and cryptographer best known for his pioneering research in digital contracts and cryptocurrency. Many people speculate that he is Satoshi, in fact. Along for the ride was Naval Ravikant, who helped interpret and add context.
This is a great episode for beginners and, in true Tim Ferriss-style, complex ideas are laid bare for mass consumption.
Hosted by Bitcoin evangelists Chris DeRose and Joshua Unseth, Bitcoin Uncensored is required listening, according to many. This podcast has been around since late 2015, making it one of the more long-standing BTC podcasts out there. Unfortunately, a disagreement between the hosts created a split that caused them to stop producing episodes together in 2017.
During its lifespan, Bitcoin Uncensored became a leading force of bitcoin intellectualism – as well as a shrug to the technology’s libertarian roots and a supposed embrace of its true merits. The hosts’ brash, sweary and unapologetic style will turn some people off. But for others, it’s the raw aspect that appeals and it didn’t stop many from tuning in to hear them riff on all things crypto.
Here’s an episode to start with: Learning about the value of Ethereum with Tommy Economics, a believer, investor, and proponent.
The Bitcoin Podcast
The name says it all, really. The Bitcoin Podcast is one of the original and best sources of BTC/crypto information available online today. The show was originally a standalone entity but has since shapeshifted into its current form: a wider network of podcasts, media, and related crypto content known as The Bitcoin Podcast Network.
The BTC Podcast team consists of high-level business consultants, PhDs and mathematicians. The full roster can be seen here. With over 140 episodes under their belt, the show has an enormous catalogue of content. The topics tend to focus on the more technical side of things, but feel free to browse the archives and choose a topic that sounds good to you.
Note: The Bitcoin Podcast is generally longer form, with most episodes lasting well over 100 minutes.
The Bad Crypto Podcast
Hosted by technologists and crypto-enthusiasts Travis Wright and Joel Comm, these newcomers to the crypto podcasting airwaves have created an informative albeit absurd show. The duo play off each other to humorous effect, making for a light and beginner-friendly environment.
Their aim is to “demystify the world of bitcoin, blockchain, litecoin, ethereum, alt-coins, token generation events, and ICOs in this podcast for cryptocurrency newbies.” The hosts admit tht they’re learning as they go; if you’re well-informed on crypto, the level of their discussions may be a bit too low for you.
For those want to learn crypto — and hear some terrible efforts at beatboxing — this show is the one for you. You can start with an episode called What The Heck Is Bitcoin?
Let’s Talk Bitcoin
We include Let’s Talk Bitcoin for a simple reason: Andreas Antonopoulos. For anyone who doesn’t know, Antonopoulos is one of the faces of Bitcoin. He’s written books, blogs, appeared on countless shows, contributed to this show and has been a tireless BTC proponent. He recently received almost 2 million dollars in Bitcoin donations due to the gratitude felt by many in the BTC community.
The Let’s Talk Bitcoin show has been around since 2013 and currently boasts over 340 episodes. It covers almost every topic imaginable in its catalog and has developed a dedicated fanbase. Antonopoulos himself is not in every episode and, like so many others, the show has morphed into a broader channel incorporating more voices and different types of content.
There is a lot more to this show than simply Andreas Antonopoulos but if you’re after him, take a look at this episode: Andreas M. Antonopoulos: Mastering Bitcoin.
a16z is a numeronym that represents Andreessen Horowitz, a VC firm based in Silicon Valley. The a16z Podcast is an in-house show that “discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future — especially as ‘software eats the world’.”
Blockchain is currently the up and coming technology and because of that, they’ve created a few shows focusing on it. All of them are worth a listen.
Note: the a16z Podcast tends to discuss things from an advanced perspective, so it’s not the best option for beginners.
The Ether Review
Hosted by freelance blockchain consultant and crypto observer since 2013, Arthur Falls, The Ether Review is one of the best places to hear about Bitcoin’s cousin, Ethereum. Arthur originally started out with a show called Beyond Bitcoin, which naturally segued into its current form which “explor[es] the verifiable computing space through the lens of Ethereum.”
The show features news, opinion, analysis and expert interviews from the world of Ethereum and blockchain. Each episode is relatively short (most range between 30-40 minutes) but dig into some of the most interesting Ethereum-related details.
To grasp the basics before diving in, it may be worth it to check out the Future Thinkers interview with Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin. The Ethereum Foundation also has quite a bit of good Youtube content.
Here’s an episode to start with: The Ether Review #36 – Emin Gün Sirer, Wrapping it all up
It was difficult to limit this list to ten as there are so many great crypto podcasts out there. Here are a few honorable mentions:
- The Bitcoin Game – A fun space to understand Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the host has been accepting BTC for design work since 2013.
- Epicenter – A weekly podcast that provides a platform for industry people to have in-depth discussions about blockchain projects, new developments, ideas, and stories.
- Bitcoins & Gravy – Bitcoin with a southern drawl, featuring original music, comedic segments, and stories from the wonderful world of crypto.
Did we miss any? What are your favorite blockchain podcasts and why? Let us know in the comments!