Episode 196
Featuring Demetri Kofinas
Demetri Kofinas is interviewed at the ETHGlobal HackMoney Summit by crypto researcher and writer Hasu. The two discuss his theory of financial nihilism & hyperreality, with a particular focus on how these trends manifest in Bitcoin, Ethereum, DeFi, and the larger crypto ecosystem.

In Episode 196 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas is interviewed at the ETHGlobal HackMoney Summit by crypto researcher and writer Hasu, whose work Demetri has relied to educate himself on some of the most important issues in crypto over the years.

In this conversation, Demetri explores many of the same themes of financial nihilism, hyperreality, and transformation that he recently discussed in his appearance on the Grant Williams Podcast, but with a much deeper focus on Bitcoin, Ethereum, DeFi, and the larger crypto ecosystem. This includes a discussion about crypto ethics and moral accountability, particularly among some of Bitcoin’s most outspoken promoters.

Anyone interested in following Hasu can do so on twitter at @hasufl or by subscribing to his podcast “Uncommon Core.” Those interested in learning more about ETHGlobal and how to attend any one of their upcoming events, conferences, or hackathons can do so at

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Episode Recorded on 06/18/2021

Demetri Kofinas is a media entrepreneur and financial analyst whose mission is to help uncover the hidden forces and pivotal patterns shaping our lives. His contrarian perspective and critical-thinking approach has helped hundreds of thousands of people make smarter, more informed decisions. This same methodology has helped guide Demetri’s decision-making as an early-stage investor and as a creator of several innovative media properties, content production companies, and live events.

After starting his career in banking, Kofinas discovered that he could combine his love for education with his growing interest in markets and the economy, creating multiple financial media ventures including an NYC radio program and a daily, live news show, which reached hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide. In his nearly two-decades-long career, he has built a video game company, designed interactive television applications for the cable industry, and launched multiple off-Broadway productions, conferences, and live events, while also writing as a contributor for Quartz.

Kofinas currently hosts the Hidden Forces podcast, where he gives his listeners an edge by using a financial and cultural lens to help them draw meaningful connections, challenge consensus narratives, and formulate solutions to complex problems—empowering them to make smarter decisions.


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