How to Fix Crypto Lending | Bill Barhydt, Abra

In this episode, we sit down with Bill Barhydt, CEO and founder of Abra, to discuss the company's journey through the crypto lending crash and their groundbreaking SEC approval as a registered investment advisor. Bill shares insights on the benefits of separately managed accounts (SMAs) in the crypto space and how they differ from the pooled funds model that led to the downfall of many crypto lenders. He also dives into the future of banking, which he believes will be shaped by the tokenization of real-world assets, access to DeFi, and the use of SMAs to minimize risk. The conversation also touches on the current regulatory landscape in the U.S., the potential impact of the upcoming election on the crypto industry, and Abra's vision of empowering people to be their own bank. Enjoy!

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(0:00) Introduction

(1:15) Why Crypto Banks Blew Up

(14:48) SMA Model Standard

(17:38) Smart Contract Risk

(20:07) DeFi Platform Selection & Yield

(23:59) Future of Crypto Lending

(29:23) Macro Outlook

(34:13) Impact of Election on Crypto

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