Episode 125 – Innovation & Speculation in Crypto

The speculative bubble around crypto and Web3 has popped, but the innovation in this sector continues. In this episode, Uzair talks to Arsalan Khan about the ongoing innovation in the sector, touching on what excites him, the state of technical talent in Pakistan, and what other jurisdictions are doing.

Arsalan had been in conventional finance for over 12 years working as a stock broker in Pakistan. He has been involved in crypto since 2017 and switched to web3 since mid 2021. He is currently working as a Research Analyst for Zignaly which is a social investment platform in the crypto space.

Reading recommendations:

– The Infinite Machine by Camila Russo

– Blockchain Wars by Evan McFarland

– DeFi and the Future of Finance by Ashwin Ramachandran, Campbell Harvey, and Joey Santoro


0:00 Introduction

1:30 What does Zignaly do?

8:30 State of the crypto ecosystem today

26:00 Digital art and NFTs

30:50 Web3 talent in Pakistan

36:20 Innovative jurisdictions in the world

39:20 Portugal’s approach to new sectors

42:40 Rule of law and innovation

46:00 Reading recommendations