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Ep.32: How Do You Profit from Cryptocurrencies? | a Look at Risks and Opportunities with Crypto Fund Manager Ari Paul

  Join Our Mailing List Full Name Email Address   In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with crypto fund manager Ari Paul. Ari is co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital, a hedge fund focused exclusively on the cryptocurrency space. Before his move into cryptocurrencies, Ari was a portfolio manager for the University of Chicago’s $8 billion endowment, as well as a derivatives market maker and proprietary trader for Susquehanna International Group (SIG). Ari earned a BA… Listen >>



Ep.31: How Do You Value a Cryptocurrency? | Chris Burniske on Cryptoeconomics and Financial Models

  Join Our Mailing List Full Name Email Address How do you value a cryptocurrency? What are cryptoassets? Can economic and financial models help us build a framework for appraising them? In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Chris Burniske. Chris is a co-founder of Placeholder, a New York venture firm that specializes in cryptoassets. Prior to Placeholder, Chris Burniske pioneered ARK Invest’s Next Generation Internet strategy, leading the firm to become the first public fund manager to… Listen >>



Ep.30: Can We Learn How to Predict the Future? Only If We Start with Building Better Maps. | Mapmaking for the 21st Century with Tim O’Reilly

  Join Our Mailing List Full Name Email Address   Can we learn how to predict the future? If you ask Tim O’Reilly, learning how to predict the future starts with building better maps. In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Tim O’Reilly about mapmaking in the 21st century. Tim has played a seminal role in creating the framework through which an entire generation has come to know and understand the modern Internet. If you have… Listen >>



Ep.29: What’s Behind the Protests in Iran? A Conversation with Hooman Majd on the Forces Driving Change Across the Greater Middle East

    Join Our Mailing List Full Name Email Address   In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas speaks with Iranian-American writer and political commentator, Hooman Majd about the 2017 protests in Iran. How do we interpret the Iranian protests within the wider political, social, cultural, and financial dimensions of the greater Middle East? Hooman Majd is an NBC News contributor, who has written for publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair,… Listen >>



Ep.28: Industrial Society and Its Future | Machine Intelligence, Encryption, and the Will to Power

Join Our Mailing List Full Name Email Address In this episode of Hidden Forces, host Demetri Kofinas lays out his vision for a possible future driven by the emergent forces we have been covering in 2017. He reads passages from Ted Kaczynski’s “Industrial Society and its Future,” as well as from Bill Joy’s “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us.” He plays clips from interviews with Barack Obama, Tim Cook, and Jamie Dimon, as he considers how power, privacy, and control, all… Listen >>




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Demetri Kofinas

Demetri Kofinas

What drives the changes we see in the world? What are the hidden forces that influence our lives? Markets, algorithms, the frontiers of physics, culture, technology, space travel, the human mind…

My name is Demetri Kofinas, and I’ve spent the better part of my life asking these questions. I built my career in media obsessing over them. For me, this has always been a quest to discover the true nature of my world, where I come from and where I’m going. This podcast is about uncovering and understanding the mystery of a world that is so rich and beautiful in its design and function, that to not wonder at its magnificence is to miss something profound.

Join me on a journey of discovery as we look to uncover the reality of our world. Where things come from, how they came to be, and what it all means for you.

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