In the latest episode of “Empire,” Blockworks’ co-founder, Jason Yanowitz and co-host Santiago Roel Santos, are joined by Ben Forman, managing partner at ParaFi Capital.

Ben launched ParaFi in 2018 after seeing the potential of DeFi. Now with around $1 billion AUM, he provides his thoughts on how the DeFi ecosystem has evolved. He also shares his insights into how the recent Jan. 19, 2022, market sell-off compares to March 2020, the explosive growth of stablecoins, opportunities in NFTs, gaming and the biggest crypto trends for 2022.

Plus, listen in to hear their thoughts on:

  • Layer-1 Wars
  • DeFi then vs. now
  • and so much more!

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

About the show

“Empire” is a twice-a-week show. On Thursdays, Jason interviews crypto industry movers and shakers to talk about their struggles, bold moves and tough decisions. Friday’s weekly round-up episodes feature co-host, Santiago Roel Santos and cover the top news from the past week.

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

Subscribe to “Empire” today on Apple or Spotify. Watch episodes on YouTube.


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  • Blockworks
    Video Editor
    Brianna Beckford is a Florida-based editor mainly focused on digital assets and the crossroads between the virtual and physical. As a University of Florida grad in Art + Technology, she’s dabbled in writing and reporting with a focus on the growth of hypermediacy in the present day. She focuses on video and podcasting for Blockworks.