In this episode of Empire, Jason is joined by Josh Rosenthal, a former historian and current serial entrepreneur and crypto venture capitalist. Josh’s encyclopedic knowledge of history — from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and beyond — and his ability to draw a throughline between historical events, Web3 and our world today is truly fascinating.

Josh contends that we are living through the greatest renaissance in history. How will historians look back on today? Tune in to find out.

We discuss:

  • medieval life
  • what defines a renaissance
  • the advent of a dynamic identity
  • signs of a reformation
  • what drives history
  • layering ownership into communication
  • the pendulum between aggregation and decentralization
  • how Web3 brings the missing element to the internet
  • how society will be impacted

Check out what they had to say in the video below.👇

About the show

“Empire” is a twice-a-week show where we share the real crypto stories that aren’t heard elsewhere. On Mondays, Jason Yanowitz and Santiago Santos interview crypto industry movers and shakers to talk about their struggles, bold moves and tough decisions. Finish off the week with Friday’s weekly roundup episode that covers the top news and narratives of the week.

For any NPR or Guy Raz fans out there, you can think of “Empire” as a “How I Built This” for Web3.

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  • Podcast Producer
    Garrett Harper is the producer for the Empire podcast. Garrett worked in private equity and product management before jumping into crypto full-time in 2021. His favorite thing about crypto? It conflates art, gaming, finance, software, and psychology into one hyper-growth industry.