Ab Initio - A Bankless DAO Legal Guild Podcast


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Friday May 05, 2023

In this episode we interview Kirk Phillips, CPA, CMA, CFE, CPB, author and experienced accountant in the crypto space.  Kirk is an expert in the bitcoin, crypto asset and blockchain space and 8 years of intel with a focus on crypto risk management. He does crypto consulting, speaking, educating and coaching and knows crypto because he uses and studies it everyday.  
Kirk discusses strategies and pitfalls surrounding taxes and crypto as well as red flags. 
You can find out more about Kirk and the courses he offers at the links below:
The Crypto Bullseye: https://www.cryptobullseye.zone/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirk-phillips-cpa/

Friday Dec 16, 2022

In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Samantha Marin, a member of the Growth and Communications team at Aragon. She's also a cofounder and writer at Quorum, a metalabel for creators who ship work about DAOs. She started her web3 journey in the writer’s guild at BanklessDAO. We discuss the history of voting in DAOs, voting delegation, the disproportionate influence of whales and much more.
Twitter: @SamanthaJMarin

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

In this episode of the Ab Initio Bankless Legal Guild Podcast I have the pleasure of speaking with Crystal, a founding member of JournoDAO,  a community advisor for ImpactDAOs, and an academic studying Tantra Yoga and Tibetan Buddhism. She focuses on leveraging decentralization for artists, writers, journalists, activists and academics to help them create autonomous, regenerative and sustainable ecosystems so they can thrive in our patriarchal economy. Over her career, as a photojournalist, she has won numerous awards, scholarships, fellowships & grants.
In this episode we discuss the role of journalism in Web3, the impact of censorship on various platforms, the role of privacy in the transparent world of the blockchain, and much more.
Twitter: @crystaldstreet

Monday Jun 06, 2022

 Welcome to the Ab Initio Podcast series.  A Bankless Legal Guild Production.  If you are a lawyer, accountant, or tax professional, you are likely getting an increased number of questions from clients about cryptocurrency, DAOs and the blockchain in general.  The purpose of this podcast is to help you answer these by having our established expert guests discuss current legal issues and cases on a regular basis.
In this episode of the Ab Initio Bankless Legal Guild Podcast we speak with Maria Santamaria also known as Fortunata.  She’s a leading corporate lawyer specializing in new technologies and has worked in Portugal and Argentina.  Today we talk about Maria’s career as a crypto lawyer, her experience working with technology clients, and the dilemma we face while categorizing tokens as a utility or governance token.  Fortunata is a member of 1BigLab.com providing crypto legal consultancy services. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Fortunata@1BL.com

Thursday May 19, 2022

In this episode we speak with Lori Stein of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious law firms, where she is Co-Head of the Fintech Group and a partner in the firm’s Business Law Group.  We talk about the advice she gives clients transitioning from Web2 to Web3, her experience with Ontario’s fintech regulatory sandbox, innovative structures for DAO legal wrappers, and much more.

Monday May 02, 2022

In this episode of the Ab Initio Bankless Legal Guild Podcast we speak with Evan Thomas, Head of Legal for Wealthsimple Crypto, Canada's first crypto asset trading platform registered under Canadian securities laws.
We talk about Evan’s career as a lawyer, his move into crypto, the criteria for allowing a cryptocurrency on the Wealthsimple platform, and much more.

Sunday Apr 24, 2022

In this episode of the Ab Initio Bankless Legal Guild Podcast I have the pleasure of speaking with Ben Melnicki a senior regulatory and compliance attorney whose career has spanned some of the leading companies in the crypto and finance space, most recently at Robinhood.
We discuss, among other topics, his journey as an attorney which started out in traditional Finance, his views on the accredited investor exemption, how the role of a compliance attorney it's treated differently in crypto and requires a different skill set, and how to find life balance in a space that seems to be moving at the speed of light.


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