EPISODE #37 – The Next Phase for Bitcoin with Tyler Winklevoss

In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we discuss how the rapid rise of bitcoin has sparked an increase in conversations about the future growth of digital finance. As a non-correlated asset class, bitcoin is being viewed as a store of value and a potential hedge against inflation.

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  • 0:15 Opening remarks
  • 2:05 The Canadian regulatory environment
  • 5:25 How we reached the approval stage of a bitcoin ETF
  • 8:05 Fixing the bitcoin infrastructure with Gemini Trust
  • 14:00 The institutional adoption of bitcoin
  • 23:26 Overpaying for pizza with bitcoin
  • 27:50 Opening access to Ether to investors
  • 32:10 The growth of Gemini
  • 38:10 Unregulated vs. Regulated structures
  • 43:30  Is Dogecoin the next Bitcoin?
  • 47:30 Closing remarks


Tyler Winklevoss – Co-founder and CEO of Gemini

Tyler Winklevoss is Co-founder and CEO of Gemini, a digital asset exchange and custodian. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics and earned an MBA from Oxford University. He represented the United States at the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing, China, placing 6th. Tyler has been an angel investor and entrepreneur in emerging technologies since 2003. He began investing in bitcoin in 2012 and launched Gemini in 2015.


Raj Lala, President & CEO of Evolve ETFs

Prior to founding Evolve ETFs, Mr. Lala served as Head of WisdomTree Canada – a division of WisdomTree Investments Inc., one of the world’s largest ETF issuers. Prior to this, Mr. Lala was Executive Vice President and Head of Retail Markets for Fiera Capital Corporation, a prominent Canadian investment management firm with over $100 billion in assets under management. Mr. Lala co-founded and served as President and CEO of Propel Capital Corporation (which was acquired by Fiera Capital Corporation in September 2014). Propel raised approximately $1 Billion in structured products in its five years of operation. Prior to Propel, Mr. Lala worked with Jovian Capital. Mr. Lala held several roles at Jovian including President of JovFunds Inc., an asset management division of Jovian Capital. Mr. Lala holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.


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