This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioCircle and Kraken.

Crypto Twitter was in a tizzy this week about CoinDesk’s Most Influential 2022. Specifically, bitcoin maximalists decried its lack of bitcoin maximalists. On this episode, NLW addresses the controversy, reads Pete Rizzo’s list of top bitcoiners of 2022 and adds his own nominations.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. Music behind our sponsors today is "Back To The End" by Strength To Last. Image credit: MicroStockHub/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at