This episode is sponsored by NexoArculus, and FTX US.

On today’s episode, NLW looks at the news that JPMorgan has opened a lounge in Decentraland. Specifically, he explores whether the growing corporate interest in the metaverse is a positive reflection on the accessibility of the metaverse, or if it should also represent a warning to a Web 3 community that is dreaming of an open, permissionless new internet. The episode also looks at two recent bills in Congress, one which would help preserve consumers’ ability to self-custody their digital assets, and one that would draw reserve guidelines around stablecoins.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “Vision” by OBOY. Image credit: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at