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  • Joseph Lubin: What's Next for ConsenSys and Ethereum
    Epicenter
    46:44
    Technology
    16

    We caught up with Joseph Lubin, Founder of ConsenSys, at this year's EthCC. It has been over a year since he last came on the show, and we wanted to get his take on what has been happening in the ecosystem since then. We talked about the ConsenSys reorganization, interoperability between public and permission blockchains and the opportunities there, government-backed stable coins and the possibilities of nation-states building their own, DeFi and the phenomenal growth in the ecosystem, his predictions for 2020, and thoughts on the challenges facing Eth2.0. Topics discussed in this episode: - A look back on the past year since we last had Joe on the show - The ongoing ConsenSys reorganistaion - Joe's views on the recent Twitter discussion that “Ether is the ConsenSys token” - Interoperability between public and permission blockchains and the opportunities there - Government-backed stable coins and the possibilities of nation-states building their own - The evolving naratives around Ethereum - Joesph's vision on how DeFi compliments the existing financial system - Joseph's predictions for 2020 - The challenges ahead for Eth 2.0 Links mentioned in this episode: - ConsenSys: http://bit.ly/2FfPbqN - Joe Lubin on Epicenter (episode 269): https://bit.ly/396lxOU - EY and ConsenSys Announce Formation of Baseline Protocol Initiative to Make Ethereum Mainnet Safe and Effective for Enterprises: https://bit.ly/2vTMyI6 - Joseph Lubin Twitter: https://bit.ly/33JAaH6 - ConsenSys Twitter: https://bit.ly/39kpBv2 - Reset Everything virtual event: https://bit.ly/2UGWGwh This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/ethcc-joe-lubin

  • #332 David Hoffman: Eth Is Money?
    Epicenter
    01:16:36
    Technology
    26

    In this episode we are joined by David Hoffman, Chief of Operations at RealT, a company which tokenizes realestate assets into security tokens. He is also well known for numerous pieces he has written on Ethereum and DeFi and is co-host of the POV Crypto podcast. Hear us as we talk about his writings, how tokenizing real estate assets works, Bitcoin on Ethereum, the feedback loop problem and effects of the USD in DeFi, and a debate on whether Ether is an asset. Topics discussed in this episode: - What RealT is and how tokenizing real estate assets works - Using the Uniswap protocol for trading - The thesis behind David's “Defining Ether as an Asset” post - The crypto-economics economics of Bitcoin on Ethereum (tBTC, wBTC) - The feedback loop problem in DeFi - The effects of the USD price on volatility in DeFi - The argument that Ether is a ”triple-point asset” - The utility value of Ethereum - Rebutting the argument the Ethereum will eat all of the world's value Links mentioned in this episode: - RealT: https://bit.ly/2Wye34N - Defining Ether as an Asset: https://bit.ly/2WA0AJE - Ethereum is an Emergent Structure: https://bit.ly/3bbdRfQ - Ether Is Equity: https://bit.ly/3990ziz - Ether: A New Model for Money: bit.ly/2xZOyzb - POV Crypto Podcast: https://bit.ly/3abeCpe - Reset Everything Event: https://reseteverything.events - RealT Twitter: https://bit.ly/3blue9B - David Hoffman Twitter: https://bit.ly/2UplYi8 - POC Crypto Podcast Twitter: https://bit.ly/33zUH0K Sponsors: - Nervos: If you’re a developer or project seeking funding for an innovative idea, check out the Nervos Grants Program today - https://www.nervos.org/grants This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/332

  • #331 Ryan Selkis: “Too Many Variables” – Understanding the Lasting Effects of COVID19
    Epicenter
    01:05:16
    Technology
    31

    This week we have a special episode on the entire globe's most talked about topic, the Corona Virus. We are joined by guest Ryan Selkis, CEO of Messari. Ryan was one of the first people in the space to start talking about Covid19 and has been very vocal on this subject on Twitter and his newsletter since the crisis began in January. We discuss how this virus has become so deadly and the current health and economic conditions, containment and protecting yourself, how the markets, crypto and startups have been affected, and what is yet to come. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Ryan become so interested in the Corona Virus - The current global health and economic impact of Covid19 - The provisions Ryan is making personally and on a company level - Messari's plans for virtual events over the coming weeks - A deeper look into the global financial impact of Covid19 - What does this all have in store for startups - The stimulus being put in place in the US and its monetary effects - The current state of the markets - The long term effects from a societal perspective - Ryan's prediction on what happens next Links mentioned in this episode: - Ryan Selkis Twitter: http://bit.ly/3aXFkS2 - Ryan's List of Must Follow Expert Accounts on Twitter: http://bit.ly/39Vo7bO - TBI/Messari 2019-nCoV Tracking: http://bit.ly/33jtgIb - Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now: http://bit.ly/2Wt9U2f - RIP Moon Times: http://bit.ly/2TSf0TS - Messari Corona Coverage & Resources: http://bit.ly/2wYX00S - Mainnet Events, by Messari: http://bit.ly/2xxp5g6 - Donald G. McNeil Jr.: https://nyti.ms/2xA7iF3 - Google Sheets - create and edit spreadsheets online, for free.: http://bit.ly/39SVITU - Epicenter 2020 Audience Survey: http://bit.ly/37wKZwr Sponsors: - Status: A multi-purpose communication tool that combines a peer-to-peer messenger, secure crypto wallet, and web3 browser - https://status.im/ - ShapeShift: ShapeShift is the leading crypto platform offering zero-commission trading - https://shapeshift.com/ This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/331

  • EthCC 3 – Flash Loans and Elbow Bumps
    Epicenter
    43:57
    Technology
    20

    This episode was recorded at the third annual Ethereum Community Conference in Paris last week and we were joined by Gonçalo Sá, Co-founder of ConsenSys Diligence, Jérôme de Tychey, President of Ethereum France, and Cassidy Daly, Token Designer at Centrifuge. We discussed the issues surrounding centralization and DeFi in token governance, the security complexities of composability attacks like the ones we saw recently which leveraged flash loans, and of course, the coronavirus. Topics discussed in this episode: - Gonçalo and Cassidy discuss their talks at the EthCC event - The current points of interest around centralization in DeFi - Defining ecosystem decentralization guidelines - Issues with token governance in DAOs - Security complexities of comparability attacks and the recent flash loans - How the Ethereum community is improving response times to attacks - EthCC, hugs and coronavirus Links mentioned in this episode: - Ethereum Community Conference 3: https://bit.ly/2IKYfDL - EthCC - Twitter: http://bit.ly/2QomBHN - Jérôme de Tychey: “Opening Speech” at EthCC: https://bit.ly/38N3cXl - Jérôme de Tychey: “Closing Speech” at EthCC: https://bit.ly/2U2bFQX - Friederike Ernst: “Prediction Markets” at EthCC: https://bit.ly/2TNbQkn - Cassidy Daly & Abbey Titcomb: “Putting the 'De' back in 'DeFi'” at EthCC: http://bit.ly/2Q6ObsT - Cassidy Daly: “The Gateway for Real-World Assets into the Blockchain Multiverse” at EthCC: http://bit.ly/3cTDSSL - Gonçalo Sá Twitter: http://bit.ly/3aNI4Bp - Jérôme de Tychey Twitter: http://bit.ly/2vQ6Thy - Cassidy Daly Twitter: http://bit.ly/2IHRNgS This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/episodes/bonus-ethcc-3

  • #330 Jacob Arluck: TQ Tezos – Meet the Independent Driving Force Behind the Growth of Tezos
    Epicenter
    01:08:46
    Technology
    25

    We are joined by founder of TQ Tezos, Jacob Arluck. TQ Tezos is a company that works to advance the Tezos ecosystem by creating open source software and other public goods. It's been over two years since we last did an episode about Tezos and this was a good refresher on how that project is shaping up. We hear about the decentralized and permissionless nature of the Tezos infrastructure, the protocol development of Tezos, and how TQ is working to make Tezos more accessible. Topics discussed in this episode: - Decentralized nature of Tezos development and the teams that make up the ecosystem - Who is funding Tezos protocol development - Permissionless nature of the Tezos architecture and governance mechanism - How TQ is working to make Tezos more accessible - The impressive number of development languages and issues around interoperability and comparability - Michelson – the stack-based DSL (domain-specific language) and the shift towards Michelson 2.0 - The types of applications being built on Tezos - The role of the Tezos Foundation and the Breitmans today - A look back on Tezos governance two years in, and the future of the protocol Links mentioned in this episode: - Amending Tezos: http://bit.ly/2TCjcpw - Reflecting on Athens, the first self-amendment of Tezos: http://bit.ly/2IjheoD - Jacob Arluck Medium: http://bit.ly/2VMwliu - Jacob Arluck Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Ii2gPB - TQ Tezos Twitter: http://bit.ly/38Fuejb - Tezos Twitter: http://bit.ly/3aqN9Q2 - Epicenter 2020 Audience Survey: http://bit.ly/37wKZwr Sponsors: - Nervos: If you’re a developer or project seeking funding for an innovative idea, check out the Nervos Grants Program today - https://www.nervos.org/grants This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/330

  • #329 Joe Lallouz: Bison Trails – Building a Better Proof of Stake Ecosystem for Everyone
    Epicenter
    01:24:32
    Technology
    54

    Joe Lallouz is the CEO of Bison Trails, who provide staking infrastructure for a variety of PoS blockchains. They have built a really impressive system for deploying nodes across multiple cloud services. In light of the $25m recently raised by Bison Trails, Joe shares their vision to build a better PoS ecosystem for everyone, the types of customer they run validators for, and the cutting edge stuff they're working on in terms of deployment, redundancy and key storage. We also hear their view on infrastructure centralization in PoS, protocol improvements, and Bison Trails' role with Libra Association. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Bison Trails got started and their vision to build a better proof of stake ecosystem for everyone - The types of customer they run validators for and their approach to improving the product - The networks they support and their approach to adding new networks - Bison Trail’s technical infrastructure design and the cutting edge stuff they're working on in terms of deployment, redundancy and key storage - How the company thinks about infrastructure centralization in PoS - The company’s involvement in different crypto communities and discussions around protocol improvements - Bison Trail’s role with Libra Association and how they are participating in the technical design of the protocol Links mentioned in this episode: - Bison Trails Website: - Bison Trails Raises $25M in Funding Round Led by Blockchain Capital: http://bit.ly/32JykW6 - Bison Trails - Libra: - Bison Trails - Blockchain Capital Blog: - Bison Trails Twitter: http://bit.ly/3cByp2O - Joe Lallous Twitter: Sponsors: - ShapeShift: ShapeShift is the leading crypto platform offering zero-commission trading - https://shapeshift.com/ - Status: A multi-purpose communication tool that combines a peer-to-peer messenger, secure crypto wallet, and web3 browser - https://status.im/ This episode is hosted by Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/329

  • #328 Gabriel Shapiro: ZeroLaw – A Philosophy of Securities Laws for Tokenized Networks
    Epicenter
    01:00:10
    Technology
    65

    Gabriel Shapiro is an independent attorney who has spent the last two years focusing on the tokens and crypto. He has published several pieces diving deep into US Securities Law, in which he shares his vision and philosophy for how Tokenized Networks should be regulated. In light of the recent “safe harbor” framework proposed by SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce, Gabriel offers his thoughts and suggests how these measures could be improved in a way that would benefit the entire industry. Topics discussed in this episode: - Gabriel’s background and how he got into the blockchain space - What motivated Gabriel to write his series of posts - Why Securities Laws in the US appear more complex than other countries - The classifications we give tokens - commodities, currencies - The Howey Test and how it applies in the crypto space - What the Exchange Act 1984 is and the impact this has on companies that issue securities - Why crypto networks not complying with the Securities Law aren’t being punished - What is wrong in the blockchain industry and what it has to do with Securities Law - Gabriel’s philosophy and how Securities Law should be applied when issuing tokens and launching networks - The Safe Harbor proposal - what it is, how it defines things like decentralization and network maturity - Gabriel’s thoughts on how things can be improved Links mentioned in this episode: - ZeroLaw Website: https://bit.ly/2wGDciJ - Tokenizing Corporate Capital Stock: https://bit.ly/2TgUvhV - An open letter to SEC Commissioner Peirce on token safe harbors: https://bit.ly/2VnAk4K - Size Does Matter — Part 1, Gabriel Shapiro: https://bit.ly/32sponL - Size Does Matter — Part 2, Gabriel Shapiro: https://bit.ly/2TdFMEB - Size Does Matter — Part 3, Gabriel Shapiro: https://bit.ly/383TLm0 - Size Does Matter — Part 4, Gabriel Shapiro: https://bit.ly/2T036Hc - Ethereum’s ‘Bazaar’ Development Model Will Pay Off in 2020: https://bit.ly/2wEqFwe - Hester Peirce: Tell Me How to Improve My Safe Harbor Proposal: https://bit.ly/2VnyUHh - Preston Byrne: Peirce’s Safe Harbor Proposal Would Be Hilarious if It Weren’t so Serious: https://bit.ly/2HSKm67 - ZeroLaw Twitter: https://bit.ly/2SXfO9z - Gabriel Shapiro Twitter: https://bit.ly/2vf0KuS - Epicenter Meetup at EthCC: http://bit.ly/2UU85ug - Epicenter 2020 Audience Survey: http://bit.ly/37wKZwr Sponsors: - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter - Nervos: If you’re a developer or project seeking funding for an innovative idea, check out the Nervos Grants Program today - https://www.nervos.org/grants This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/328

  • #327 Itamar Lesuisse: Argent – The Self-Custody Crypto Bank
    Epicenter
    01:06:46
    Technology
    41

    Decentralized finance (DeFi) is continuing on its remarkable path to the broad adoption of permissionless financial services. While many people celebrated passing $1 billion locked in DeFi products at the start of February 2020, only a week later, an additional $200 million had entered the ecosystem. DeFi products thus far have proven useful to early adopters with the resilience and knowhow required to navigate the often clunky user experience of Web 3.0. Companies like Argent are building the interface and user experience essential for the masses, with a vision to bring a billion people into the future of finance. Itamar Lesuisse, Co-founder and CEO of Argent, joins us to discuss his vision of the future of DeFi, and the necessity to build products that enable intuitive, secure, and permissionless access to finance for anyone with a smartphone. Topics discussed in this episode: - Itamar's background and journey to crypto - Creating a Web 3.0 product for mass adoption - Restoring a wallet with Argent Guardians - The DeFi products accessible in Argent today - Accommodating DeFi products on protocols other than Ethereum - Building a business model for wallet products - Who Argent's users are, and the DeFi products they use - Solving mass adoption of crypto with a frictionless on- and off-ramp - Itamar's vision of the future of DeFi and the role Argent will play Links mentioned in this episode: - Argent: http://bit.ly/2SzIkOp - Earning interest has never been easier - Medium: http://bit.ly/2SLKWHP - Itamar Lesuisse - Twitter: http://bit.ly/2okc84C - Argent - Twitter: http://bit.ly/2UVOppZ - Argent - Medium: http://bit.ly/2uQqi11 - Download Argent and skip the waitlist: https://argent.xyz/epicenter - Epicenter Meetup at EthCC: https://epicenter.rocks - Epicenter 2020 Audience Survey: https://epicenter.rocks/survey Sponsors: - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter - Status: A multi-purpose communication tool that combines a peer-to-peer messenger, secure crypto wallet, and web3 browser - https://status.im/ This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/327

  • #326 Kevin Wang: Nervos – Scaling Smart Contact Blockchains With Proof of Work and Generalized UTXO
    Epicenter
    01:25:15
    Technology
    34

    While recent blockchain launches seem to leverage various Proof of Stake consensus mechanisms, some believe Satoshi’s consensus mechanism is optimal for distributed protocols. As decentralized ledgers jockey to become the chain of choice for enterprises looking to leverage blockchain technology, projects are looking to offer a solution that maximizes security, decentralization, and transaction throughput. Kevin Wang, a Co-founder of Nervos, joins us to discuss why Proof of Work was implemented as the consensus mechanism for the network. To enable greater flexibility for application developers, Nervos created a Common Knowledge Base (CKB) to focus on the security of assets, enabling a complementary layer of Virtual Machines (VM) to scale and facilitate computation. Kevin also discusses the active initiatives underway with the Nervos Grants Program to foster ecosystem development and encourage developers to evolve the permissionless network. Topics discussed in this episode: - Kevin’s background at IBM, his open source development, and journey to crypto - What the blockchain scene is like in Hangzhou, China - What’s unique about Nervos, and the importance of each layer within the network - Introducing Nervos’ consensus mechanism, NC-Max - Why Nervos decided to implement Proof of Work - Explaining the Common Knowledge Base (CKB), and its significance in the Nervos network - How developer experience is in the Nervos ecosystem - The economic model of CKB, Nervos’ native token - Progress of the network, and a call for developers to consider the recently announced Nervos Grants Program Links mentioned in this episode: - The Nervos Network homepage: http://bit.ly/382Ixic - Nervos Network on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2S4BbFo - Why We Love Nakamoto Consensus - Nervos Blog: http://bit.ly/370oZtv - Nervos CKB in a Nutshell - Nervos Blog: http://bit.ly/3843hq1 - Nervos developer resources: http://bit.ly/2H0JBY1 - Nervos Telegram channel: http://bit.ly/2tzy8LX - Nervos grant information: http://bit.ly/375u5Vr Sponsors: - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/326

  • #325 Kain Warwick: Synthetix – Bringing the World’s Assets Into DeFi
    Epicenter
    01:10:58
    Technology
    53

    Like previous crypto winters, those actually building the ecosystem have been working diligently to create applications with industry-changing potential. The year 2020 may prove to be the year of Decentralized Finance (DeFi), with many exciting projects re-creating financial products common to the world of traditional finance, in the open and permissionless blockchain space. Synthetic assets enable exposure to the price action of an asset without actually holding the underlying asset. Kain Warick is the Founder of Synthetix, a company creating synthetic assets for DeFi, enabling exposure to fiat currencies, commodities (gold and silver), and cryptocurrencies. They have large aspirations to create synthetic assets for many more things, including traditional equities. Synthetic equities in DeFi is a massive opportunity that demands everyone's attention. Once traditional equities become accessible in DeFi, anyone in the world with internet access will be able to gain exposure to financial products currently only available to the privileged few with access to markets like the Nasdaq or NYSE. Topics discussed in this episode: - Kain’s eclectic background and his path to crypto - Why the world needs synthetic assets - Retrospection on the Synthetix crowdsale - How Synthetix works - The SNX token and its governance - Price stability and the collateralization ratio - The price oracle, and a battle with front-running bots - The long-term vision of Synthetix - How Kain believes DEXs will compete with centralized exchanges in the future Links mentioned in this episode: - Synthetix Website: http://bit.ly/36GwKEH - Synthetix on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2uU7kWX - The Synthetix Blog: http://bit.ly/2GC1psi - Synthetix Dashboard: http://bit.ly/2RBMiFw - Synthetix on Discord: http://bit.ly/2RFd00f - Synthetix on ViewBase: http://bit.ly/36DXTIr - Synthetix 2020 Roadmap: http://bit.ly/38KPtAu - Bending Metal on Amazon (Kain's sci-fi book): https://amzn.to/36NrIpX Sponsors: - Nervos: If you’re a developer or project seeking funding for an innovative idea, check out the Nervos Grants Program today - https://www.nervos.org/grants - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter - Status: A multi-purpose communication tool that combines a peer-to-peer messenger, secure crypto wallet, and web3 browser - https://status.im/ This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/325

  • #324 Yaya Fanusie: Bitcoin and Terrorism – How Compliance Will Shape Cryptocurrencies
    Epicenter
    01:15:06
    Technology
    36

    Many within the cryptofinance industry have been patiently waiting for regulatory oversight to deliver the clarity required for institutional adoption. Recent updates by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which issues guidelines for 200 countries and territories, attempts to apply the same rules and regulations required of traditional finance to the world of virtual currencies. Yaya Fanusie's background as an intelligence analyst at the CIA, and research on the national security implications of cryptocurrencies, provide valuable insight into the necessity of regulation in the space to mitigate the risk of bad actors. Yaya discusses the history and evolution of “Know Your Customer” and where he believes the industry is heading as it faces policymakers who attempt to regulate such rapid technological change. Topics discussed in this episode: - Yaya’s background in the CIA and how he became interested in bitcoin - Bitcoin from a national security perspective - How terrorist organizations leverage cryptocurrencies for funding - The evolution of AML/KYC and complicance regulation in the financial sector - The cost of AML/KYC on business and society - Trying to regulate rapid technological change - Privacy in communication vs. Privacy in payments - The travel rule and how it affects cryptofinancial companies - Cryptocurrencies over the next decade Links mentioned in this episode: - Yaya Fanusie's website: http://bit.ly/2GuaEee - Yaya Fanusie on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Rw6VTv - FinCEN’s Regulations to Certain Business Models Involving Convertible Virtual Currencies: http://bit.ly/2RwmOcT - Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) Podcast: http://bit.ly/36xkvdH - Stronger AML Enforcement Might Actually Save Crypto (FDD): http://bit.ly/3aMfQrB - Crypto Rogues (FDD): http://bit.ly/2tKCnog - Anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (European Commission): http://bit.ly/2U2BXEi - Cryptocurrency AML Strategies: http://bit.ly/38TCWen - KYC in Stablecoins (Bits on Blocks): http://bit.ly/2tXhwOi - Rhythm of Wisdom Podcast: Sponsors: - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/324

  • #323 Silvio Micali & Steven Kokinos: Algorand – In Pursuit of the Blockchain Trilemma
    Epicenter
    01:32:18
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    50

    The blockchain trilemma is the generally accepted concept that it's not possible to scale public and permissionless blockchains without compromising on security, decentralization, or both. While the industry seems focused on building Layer 2 solutions to scale the transaction capacity of public networks, Algorand believes it has solved the trilemma, offering a network that scales without compromise to security or decentralization. Silvio Micali, Algorand's Founder and Head of Research, as well as the company's CEO, Steven Kokinos, discuss the project's background, recent protocol upgrades, and how Algorand will create a great ecosystem for developers. Topics discussed in this episode: - Silvio’s path from academia to blockchain entrepreneurship - What Algorand addresses that other blockchains don’t - The blockchain trilemma: security, decentralization, scalability - How Algorand mitigates risk present on other blockchains - The TEAL smart contract language and how it's unique - Building primitives: atomics swaps, asset issuance, and a smart contract language called TEAL - Applications and use-cases for Algorand - The Algorand Foundation - What’s next for Algorand Links mentioned in this episode: - Algorand Website: http://bit.ly/2RMrw5d - Whitepaper: http://bit.ly/30DbGxy - Algorand on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2RbWowQ - Algorand on Medium: http://bit.ly/2uiBRxk - Algorand on YouTube: http://bit.ly/37cxORR - Algorand Year in Review (YouTube): http://bit.ly/364Fc0o Sponsors: - Status: A multi-purpose communication tool that combines a peer-to-peer messenger, secure crypto wallet, and web3 browser - https://status.im/ - Cosmos: Compete to win 100,000 ATOM by building and running Cosmos Zones - https://cosmos.network/goz/ - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/323

  • #322 Dillon Chen: Edgeware – Coordinating Distributed Communities With On-Chain Governance
    Epicenter
    59:31
    Technology
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    Governance within any community has been a work in progress for humanity's history. The blockchain ecosystem continues to develop and offer an alternative to today's centralized powers. With this, distributed projects and technologies will need to enact clear governance to ensure viable competition with the streamlined decision-making processes present in today's institutions. The absence of codified governance in Bitcoin may be one of its most significant traits, signaling to the world its predictability due to its inability to change drastically. New projects like Edgeware, however, hope to encode the rules of governance on-chain and ensure a transparent process for stakeholders wishing to participate. Edgeware is a smart contract platform built on Polkadot's Substrate. Focused on developing community-owned governance tools, Edgeware is a distributed project where participants use the tools themselves to vote, delegate, and fund each other to upgrade the network. While initially developed by Commonwealth Labs, Edgeware at launch will be entirely managed by the community, which holds 90% of the tokens and resulting influence. Topics discussed in this episode: - What attracted Dillon to crypto and why he co-founded Commonwealth Labs - Multi-chain governance - How Edgeware is unique - Building Edgeware on Polkadot’s Substrate - Retrospection from the soft-launch of Edgeware - What a “lockdrop” is, and why Edgeware had one - The issues and controversy around the Edgeware launch and lockdrop - The zero-day fork of Edgeware, Straightedge - The future of Edgeware Links mentioned in this episode: - Edgeware Homepage: http://bit.ly/2Rcxo7d - Commonwealth Homepage: http://bit.ly/2QN0J9s - Relaunch: A Clean Genesis for Edgeware: http://bit.ly/2tYyH1W - Edgeware White Paper: http://bit.ly/35VcTS8 - Edgeware blockchain launch gets hijacked by rival fork - Decrypt: http://bit.ly/2tfBPpR - Edgeware Participation Statistics: http://bit.ly/2NnOe1R - Straightedge: http://bit.ly/2QSTgpv - Hey Straightedge - Conspiratus episode: http://bit.ly/30kVQI0 - Edgeware on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2R8ijUk - Edgeware on Discord: http://bit.ly/2RqdWnV - Edgeware White Paper: http://bit.ly/35VcTS8 Sponsors: - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/322

  • #321 Charlie Shrem: The Untold Story of a Bitcoin Pioneer and Renegade
    Epicenter
    01:18:56
    Technology
    54

    Charlie Shrem became fascinated with Bitcoin in 2011 but grew frustrated with the hassle of buying it from the leading exchange at the time, Mt. Gox. To make the process faster and more convenient, Charlie created BitInstant in 2012. BitInstant quickly grew and by 2013 became responsible for processing a third of all Bitcoin transactions. This was with the help of Roger Ver and the Winklevoss twins, who were his seed investors, and Erik Voorhees, who led their marketing efforts. The success of BitInstant was short-lived. In a time where Bitcoin's primary applications were price speculation and buying things on the Silk Road, Charlie spent time in prison after a lack of customer due-diligence attracted the attention of the law enforcement. Our conversation with Charlie recounts the Bitcoin industry at its beginning, his time in prison, and what he is doing now that he's able to continue his work as a Bitcoin advocate. Topics discussed in this episode: - Learning of Bitcoin on IRC in 2011 - The Bitcoin community in the early days - Collaborating with competitors to grow the ecosystem - Frustration with Bitcoin infrastructure in 2011 - Why Charlie decided to create BitInstant - Meeting Roger Ver, Erik Voorhees, and the Winklevoss Twins - Charlie’s time in prison and its effect on his personal life - Podcasting and daily life after prison Links mentioned in this episode: - Untold Stories Website: http://bit.ly/2s2JBTD - Untold Stories on Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2QwIyVv - Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption: http://bit.ly/39PcGTq - Charlie and Best Selling Author Ben Mezrich Discuss Bitcoin's History: http://bit.ly/39PcGTq - 60 Minutes Podcast - Sunday, May 19, 2019 with Charlie Shrem: http://bit.ly/2N5CDEz - Crypto.IQ: http://bit.ly/2tyFG1j - Charlie Shrem on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2FpsiPF Sponsors: - Status: A multi-purpose communication tool that combines a peer-to-peer messenger, secure crypto wallet, and web3 browser - https://status.im/ - Cosmos: Compete to win 100,000 ATOM by building and running Cosmos Zones - https://cosmos.network/goz/ - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/321

  • #320 Monetary Systems in an International Context
    Epicenter
    33:16
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    With global commerce and finance continuing to digitize, the world’s borders are seemingly becoming more fluid, even as physical walls are built. How does this globalization affect the sovereignty of nation-states and their ability to democratically direct their own economic future? In a panel moderated by Epicenter host, Sunny Aggarwal, we explore the interpretation of monetary policy from a global context, discuss the morality of impacting other nations, and the potential for new technologies to offer alternatives in a dollar-dominated world. The conversation includes Jae Kwon, CEO of Tendermint; John P Conley, Professor at Vanderbilt University; Steve Randy Waldman, Author of Interfluidity, and Baek Kim, Senior Associate at Hashed. Topics discussed in this episode: - A moral perspective on making monetary policy that is beneficial to one nation, and detrimental to another - Who matters when determining externalities in governmental policies - The possibility of a fiscal union without a monetary one - USD stablecoins promoting the notion that the US should control the world’s monetary policy - Comparing the Libra to the Euro Links mentioned in this episode: - Dani Rodrik's Blog: The inescapable trilemma of the world economy: http://bit.ly/39njJ5D - Euro and Rodrik's Trilemma: http://bit.ly/2ZG8II0 - Interfluidity Blog - Steve Randy Waldman: http://bit.ly/36c60wv - John Conley Macro WTF Talk: http://bit.ly/2MGRMMw - Steve Randy Waldman Macro WTF Talk: http://bit.ly/2MMxC3M - Jae Kwon | Twitter: http://bit.ly/2rDC6Cg - Steve Randy Waldman | Twitter: http://bit.ly/2MHPgWl - John P Conley | Twitter: http://bit.ly/2SDRiur - John P. Conley Personal Website: http://bit.ly/36btRwb Sponsors: - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/320

  • #319 Increasing Wallet Usability to Decrease the Anxiety of Self-Custody
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    Managing crypto-assets can be an anxiety-inducing experience for a lot of people. While it's quite empowering to “be your own bank,” it's also scary for a lot of people who understand the risks associated with self-custody. Although cryptocurrency wallets have made tremendous progress since the days when a full-sync of the blockchain was required, there are still significant hurdles that limit broad adoption. This conversation on the future of wallets at SF Blockchain Week Epicenter conference includes Taylor Monahan of MyCrypto, David Gold of FIO Protocol, Dan Finlay of MetaMask, and Ouriel Ohayon of ZenGo. They discuss design, app store policies, and the evolution necessary to enable more people to send, receive, and manage their tokens confidently. The panel is moderated by Epicenter host Sebastien Couture. Topics discussed in this episode: - Advancements in the usability of cryptocurrency wallets over the last year - The importance of mobile-first development - Frustrations with iOS and Android app stores - How to make developing wallets economically feasible - The future of wallets - Self-custody vs. custodial wallets - Regulation of self-custody wallets - What to look forward to in the near-term Links mentioned in this episode: - MetaMask: http://bit.ly/2dtZFCa - ZenGo - Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Wallet: http://bit.ly/2legfyi - FIO Protocol Developer Hub: http://bit.ly/2Q3juE1 - MyCrypto: http://bit.ly/2Mc4X7F - Taylor Monahan on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2t57OJ5 - Dan Finlay on Twitter: http://bit.ly/38YsTFz - Ouriel Ohayon on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Z6B5Py - FIO Protocol on Twitter: http://bit.ly/36Tqbzb - MetaMask on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2MeSP62 - MyCrypto.com on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2sVUK8G - ZenGo on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2PFCRnu Sponsors: - Cosmos: Compete to win 100,000 ATOM by building and running Cosmos Zones - https://cosmos.network/goz/ - eToro: Automatically copy every trade of eToro's top crypto traders at the exact price in real-time - https://www.etoro.com/ - Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement - https://pepo.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/319

  • #318 David Vorick: Sia – Creating a P2P Marketplace for Data Storage to Disrupt the Cloud Industry
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    Much of the digital world now operates in the cloud. A handful of companies are responsible for the massive market, and the centralization makes many people worry about censorship, privacy, and network resilience. David Vorick’s passion for distributed file storage had him start Sia in 2014. He’s been working fervently ever since to develop a viable competitor to the centralized solutions that are responsible for much of the content on the internet today. David aim’s to create a more private, resilient, and secure alternative to Amazon Web Services while also outperforming it. Topics discussed in this episode: - Why David started Sia rather than taking a job in big-tech - The Sia launch in 2015 - Why Sia has prioritized development over marketing in the beginning - The importance of decentralized storage solutions - How decentralized storage can be cheaper than AWS - Why Sia needs its own blockchain and protocol's tech stack - David's views on Proof of Work how that lead him to start a mining company - The circumstances around the Sia blockchain fork of 2018 - Where David envisions decentralized storage in the next few years Links mentioned in this episode: - Sia API Documentation: http://bit.ly/2tmTE68 - Sia Blog: http://bit.ly/2YYA4J2 - Decentralization & Cutting-Edge Cryptography - Starkware Sessions Talk: http://bit.ly/38R9W7s - Busted Setup - MIT Bitcoin Expo 2019 Talk: http://bit.ly/2M0l88f - Recovering Payment Channel Midstates Using only The User's Seed - Scaling Bitcoin Talk: http://bit.ly/36LUiZn - The Sia Ethos (Sia Blog): http://bit.ly/2tttz5y - Blockchains of the Sia family: http://bit.ly/38OZQEk - Obelisk: http://bit.ly/2M2yP6n - SiaStats: http://bit.ly/38OZU72 - David Vorick on Twitter: http://bit.ly/36M7Xzs - Sia on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2M3k6Z6 Sponsors: - Pepo: - - eToro: Automatically copy every trade of eToro's top crypto traders at the exact price in real-time - https://www.etoro.com/ This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/318

  • #317 Taylor Monahan: From Side Project to Center Stage – The Story of MyEtherWallet & MyCrypto
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    Many people find that the crypto-finance space is quite difficult for non-technical people to understand and interact with the technologies. Some projects and people have made tremendous progress in creating tools and interfaces that allow a broader audience to participate, speculate, and learn. Taylor Monahan started MyEtherWallet as a side project in 2015, only for it to grow into one of the significant pieces of software people used to participate in the 2017 ICO boom. She has since "design-forked" the codebase and created MyCrypto, an open-source tool for generating ether wallets, handling ERC-20 tokens, and interacting with the blockchain with a clean and intuitive design. Topics discussed in this episode: - Taylor's background, and how she got into cryptocurrency - What her experience was with Ethereum so early in the projects lifecycle - How Reddit comments helped guide the feature list in the early days of MyEtherWallet - How the DAO hack got her working full time on MyEtherWallet - Building a project before “founding a company” - Experiencing the ICO boom as the main wallet used to participate in token generation events - Where MyCrypto is at today - How Taylor wants MyCrypto to change the user experience in cryptocurrency - Taylor’s view on centralized exchanges and view of the future Links mentioned in this episode: - MyCrypto Beta: http://bit.ly/2E1yQ6a - #MyCryptoWinter is back! (Medium): http://bit.ly/2DZAS74 - Try The New MyCrypto! (Medium): - MyCrypto Twitter: http://bit.ly/35aens6 - MyCrypto GitHub: http://bit.ly/2DZGcqW - MyCrypto Discord: http://bit.ly/2seFwv6 - Taylor Monahan Twitter: http://bit.ly/2t57OJ5 Sponsors: - Cosmos: Compete to win 100,000 ATOM by building and running Cosmos Zones - https://cosmos.network/goz/ - eToro: Automatically copy every trade of eToro's top crypto traders at the exact price in real-time - https://www.etoro.com/ - Pepo: - This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/317

  • #316 Dr. Luka Müller: MME – The Law Firm Behind the Rise of Switzerland’s CryptoValley
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    We were joined by Luka Mueller, who played a key role in establishing Switzerland as a cryptocurrency center and in laying the legal groundwork for the ICO boom. In 2014, his law firm MME worked with the Ethereum team to set up the Ethereum Foundation and run its public fundraiser. A model that was later copied by countless other projects and led MME to work with many other leading protocols like Cosmos and Tezos. We also discussed his new project Sygnum, a cryptocurrency-focused bank. Nearly every company that works in the cryptocurrency space has had problems with its banking partner. Legal uncertainty, lack of knowledge, or simple unwillingness to work with cryptocurrency companies has made this a frequent nightmare for companies in this emerging sector. With a presence in both Switzerland and Singapore, Sygnum aims to fill a piece of missing infrastructure in the crypto-ecosystem: a bank that is able to receive, hold and transfer protocol tokens while offering a secure fiat gateway to easily transfer from the old world of finance to the new. We also discussed Switzerland’s regulatory environment and why it is able to provide more regulatory clarity. Topics discussed in this episode: - What life was like for Luka before blockchain - How Luka met Vitalik and went on to set up the Ethereum Foundation and run their fundraiser - What protocols his law firm, MME, helped launch - The lessons learned over the years, and how he would do it differently - Why Switzerland is a great jurisdiction for crypto projects - What Luka thinks of asset-backed tokens - What is Sygum, and why did he decide to start a crypto bank - What Luke believes will happen when the tech giants release their own currencies - The difference between Sygnum and similar banks - What Luka's fears are in the space, and what he is hopeful for Links mentioned in this episode: - MME Law Firm: http://bit.ly/2Y9ZSBW - Sygnum Website: http://bit.ly/2rHV8qH - Institutional Custody: A Portal to the Digital Asset Economy (Sygnum Blog): http://bit.ly/2Ov167t - How Tokenization is Closing the Gap Between Public and Private Markets (Sygnum Blog): http://bit.ly/37YXNNE - Sygnum gets green light to operate in Singapore (SwissInfo): - Switzerland’s first crypto bank reports “overwhelming” demand (Decrypt): http://bit.ly/2q2Rlnv - Sygnum on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2ryjlQl Sponsors: - eToro: Automatically copy every trade of eToro's top crypto traders at the exact price in real-time - https://www.etoro.com/ - Cosmos: Compete to win 100,000 ATOM by building and running Cosmos Zones - https://cosmos.network/goz/ This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/316

  • #315 Viktor Radchenko: Trust Wallet – Building and Growing the Official Binance Wallet
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    As the crypto ecosystem continues to grow, wallets and exchanges are quickly evolving to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace. Viktor Radchenko, CEO and founder of Trust Wallet, joins us this week to talk about why he created a noncustodial wallet solution, what makes Trust Wallet unique, and how the acquisition by Binance has allowed his team to focus on a long term vision. Viktor helps us understand what it means to be part of the Binance Ecosystem, and what he believes the future holds for wallets, key storage and custody.  Topics discussed in this episode: - Victor's bio and how he ended up moving from the Ukraine to the US - How hacking games got Victor into cryptocurrency - What Trust Wallet is and its' strengths in the wallet landscape - What it means for Trust Wallet to be secure, opensource, decentralized, and anonymous - What Vicktor believes the future holds for wallets and key storage - The Binance acquisition of Trust Wallet - Trust Wallet's policy for adding new coins and the criteria they look at Links mentioned in this episode: - Trust Wallet: http://bit.ly/35t6Jsg - Trust Wallet Blog: http://bit.ly/35BuFKn - Crypto exchange Binance buys Trust Wallet in first acquisition deal (TechCrunch): https://tcrn.ch/2pUeUyX - 7 Essential Steps to Keep Your Crypto Wallet Secure (Trust Wallet Blog): http://bit.ly/34nw1rQ - Ethereum Name Service is Now Supported (Trust Wallet Blog): http://bit.ly/2Ddt3tQ - Trust Wallet DEX is growing up, Order book and Trading History added (Trust Wallet Blog): http://bit.ly/33mjXpf - Wallet Core documentation: http://bit.ly/2XKpkNW - Wallet Core on GitHub: https://bit.ly/2KVr69W This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/315