Zeke Faux | Number Go Up, SBF & Crypto’s Legacy

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Zeke Faux | The Curious Worldview Podcast #155

The following is with Zeke Faux, an investigative reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg News.

He just published his debut book to immense critical acclaim. 

It’s called ‘Number Go U’p and the general consensus is that it’s the better half of Michael Lewis’s ‘Going Infinite’. 

This book documents, first hand, from the Bahamas to Cambodia to El Salvador to the halls of power of US the wild mania of crypto and the insanely eclectic, deranged and interesting characters that colour in those lines. 

Zeke opens up unlike he has for a podcast before. 

His answer to the role of serendipity in his life at the end is beautiful, his reflections of what is required for good journalism is amazing, and his documentation of crypto’s wild ride and it’s consequences is perfect.

There is plenty for everyone is this. A bit of gossip about Michael Lewis, Marc Andreeson and a16z’s role in the crypto bubble, the damage that crypto has caused. The incredible characters at the heart of tether, SBF, journalism and more.

Time Stamps For Zeke Faux

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 01:47 – Has ‘Number Go Up’ Been Overshadowed? & Why Zeke Always Dreamed Of Doing An Adventurous Non-Fiction Book
  • 09:17 – Why Crypto Is A Goldmine Of Content
  • 23:28 – Tether
  • 31:12 – Listing Crypto’s Damages
  • 41:48 – Pig Butchering (Horrible Stuff Also Mentioned In Matthew Freidman Episiode)
  • 53:37 – SBF Exclusive + How Crypto Enables The Scale Of These Scams
  • 1:02:55 – Offshore Finance & Crypto
  • 1:14:33 – How Collapsed Is Crypto?
  • 1:19:47 – a16z Rug Pulling Everyone?
  • 1:27:47 – Zeke’s Relationship With Michael Lewis
  • 1:35:10 – Comparing Bubble Mania’s Over History
  • 1:37:17 – Trying To Extract Every Possible Thing From The Interview With SBF
  • 1:47:59 – How Journalists Get The Best Stories + How The Book Has Changed Zeke’s Career
  • 1:53:41 – Hindenburg Research
  • 1:57:57 – Serendipity In Zeke’s Life & Discussing David Grann
  • 2:11:57 – County Zeke Is Bullish On & Conversation Between Any Two People Of History
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