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  • #301 Dan Shin: Terra – The Stable Currency Tackling the Ecommerce Payments Market
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    01:08:34
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    This week we're joined by Daniel Shin. He is the Co-Founder of Terra Money and previous CEO and Co-Founder of TMON, one of Korea's largest players e-commerce platforms. Today he talks about his success in that area and how that drove him to enter the cryptocurrency and blockchain space with this new project. Daniel was lead to blockchain when looking for a solution to reduce transaction fees paid by online merchants. Not satisfied with just using an existing stable coin, he set about to make his own, which is how Terra was born. Topics discussed in this episode: - Daniel's background with TMON and his need to explore new transaction cost-cutting ideas - How Daniel discovered that cryptocurrencies may help reduce intermediaries in the payment space - Terra's impressive partnerships with some of Korea's largest e-commerce players - The stability mechanism and the role of the Luna token - The role of miners in Terra and the currency's seigniorage model - Comparisons to other stablecoins like Maker DAI and Libra - The contingency plans in the event of a catastrophic plummet in demand - How Cosmos formed the basis on which Terra was built - Terra's business model and product roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - Terra on GitHub: http://bit.ly/2ZhBNfo - Terra white paper: http://bit.ly/33LCBZq - Introducing the new Terra Protocol: http://bit.ly/33Dq61M - Use Cases for Decentralized Money (Stablecoin): http://bit.ly/33Hyttg - Scaling Seigniorage: http://bit.ly/33LCMny - Terra Research Forum: http://bit.ly/33IgJOq - Terra Twitter: https://bit.ly/2OdIya1 - TMON: https://bit.ly/2He3cEw Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/301

  • #300 Erik Voorhees: ShapeShift – There's a New Fox in Town
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    01:18:47
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    We’re joined by Erik Voorhees, Founder & CEO of Shapeshift. His third appearance on the podcast is timed nicely as July marked ShapeShift’s fifth anniversary. From its early days as the “Google Translate for cryptocurrencies”, it has grown into an organization of 75 people, and Erik talks about the learning curves he has endured on his journey. Our conversation also coincides with the launch of ShapeShift’s brand new V2 platform, which includes a self-custodial asset management dashboard, hardware wallet support, and many other new features. One notable change is that ShapeShift now requires users to create an account and perform KYC, something which very much pains Erik. We also discuss Bitcoin, Libra, and the future of money, topics which are always fascinating to approach from Erik’s Libertarian viewpoint. Topics discussed in this episode: - ShapeShift celebrating its 5th anniversary the lessons learned since launch - What is ShapeShift 2.0 and the problems addressed by this product - ShapeShift's new features and what people can expect to come in the future - Why users now have to register and perform KYC - What is the FOX token and what is it's utility - ShapeShift's business model and target segment - Why the company chose to shut down Prism - Erik's views on the Bitcoin and Ethereum ecosystems today - Speculations about Libra and the future of money Links mentioned in this episode: - ShapeShift: http://bit.ly/2YV7kDJ - ShapeShift on GitHub: http://bit.ly/2Z1g3UK - Building a Bridge to Financial Sovereignty (ShapeShift 2.0 announcement): http://bit.ly/33w9MQA - Erik's tweetstorm on Libra: http://bit.ly/33vOpP4 - KeepKey Release Notes: http://bit.ly/2YZtSDg - ShapeShift Twitter: http://bit.ly/33whHNG - Erik Voorhees Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Z5Bwfc Sponsors: - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter - StarkWare Sessions: September 16th in Tel Aviv – 20% off with the code EPICENTER - https://epicenter.rocks/starkware This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/300

  • #299 Igor Barinov: POA Network – Enabling Scaling Through Trust in Public Notaries
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    01:08:10
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    We're joined by Igor Barinov, the tech lead of the POA Network. The POA Network achieves a reduction in transaction costs by many orders of magnitude by having a set of trusted validators. All validators must be US public notaries, so their identities are known and legal recourse against them can be taken in the offchain world. We also talk about the xDai network, which enables Dai transactions on a POA chain: Dai are transferred into a smart contract on the mainnet and then become available to be transferred at much lower cost on the POA Network. Similarly, they can be transferred out of the xDai network and become available again on the mainchain. We talk about use cases, governance, and limitations. Topics discussed in this episode: - Igor's background and how he got into blockchain - The POA network setup and how to become a validator - What informs design decisions and how to find suitable notaries - The consensus mechanism on the POA Network - The role of the POA token - The xDai network and its purpose - The role of the DPOS token - Use cases of POA and xDai Networks Links mentioned in this episode: - POA Network website: https://bit.ly/2Td7n8y - POA products overview: https://bit.ly/2OK9y51 - xDAI Chain: https://forum.poa.network/c/xdai-chain - POSDAO White paper: https://bit.ly/2YO240t - Ocean Protocol releases own POA network: https://bit.ly/2YLIVw7 - Beginners guide: What's the POA network: https://bit.ly/2yNTRyB Sponsors: - StarkWare Sessions: September 16th in Tel Aviv – 20% off with the code EPICENTER - https://epicenter.rocks/starkware - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com This episode is hosted by Meher Roy & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/299

  • #298 Rune Christensen: Maker DAO – The Central Bank of Web 3.0
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    01:25:47
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    We're joined by Rune Christensen, CEO and Co-Founder of MakerDAO. We discuss the rise of Maker DAI as an algorithmically backed stable token and get into the weeds of the new version featuring multi collateral DAI as well as the ability to natively generate interest on DAI. We also cover the current governance model and how this can be attacked. The governance will undergo an overhall for the new version of Maker, introducing an Emergency Shutdown that can be triggered through MKR holders and promises to make the system more resilient. Lastly, we venture into what Rune hopes the future will bring for MakerDAO. Topics discussed in this episode: - Recap of how single collateral DAI is kept at peg of 1 USD - Why was DAI intermittently trading at < 1USD - Governance functions exercised by MKR holders - Sale of MKR tokens and MKR distribution - Is the current governance model satisfactory? - New governance mechanisms to be rolled out soon - Introduction of multi collateral DAI - Interest generating DAI: Implementation and rationale - Future of Maker DAO: What will be able to serve as collateral? Links mentioned in this episode: - MakerDAO white paper: https://bit.ly/2GCc86u - MakerDAO CDP portal: https://bit.ly/2MshMfl - MakerDAO Blog: http://bit.ly/2yrLAAc - Roadmap Multi Collateral DAI: https://bit.ly/2STpzE2 - DAI in numbers: https://bit.ly/2yoG2qh - DAI in DeFi: https://bit.ly/2X5heOK Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/298

  • #297 Ameen Soleimani: Moloch DAO – A Simple Yet Unforgiving DAO to Fund Ethereum Development
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    01:18:10
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    We’re joined by Ameen Soleimani, Co-founder and CEO of SpankChan. From his humble beginnings at ConsenSys, he went on to create SpankChain in 2017 at the height of the ICO boom. The project aims to create a better and safer environment for sex workers by removing the intermediaries who take significant commissions on their revenues. SpankChain’s initial product, an adult cam platform, allows users to pay performers in crypto with a native asset over sophisticated payment channels. More recently, Ameen headed a project called Moloch DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization with the goal to fund Ethereum 2.0 development. Moloch has but few simple functions: making proposals, voting on proposals, and exiting. This simple design, heavily inspired on “The DAO” of 2016 has attracted funding from Vitalik Buterin, Joe Lubin and other prominent community members. Topics discussed in this episode: - Ameen’s background as an early ConsenSys employee working on payment channels - Why Ameen decided to found SpankChain and how the project has evolved since its inception - What is Moloch DAO and why he decided to launch it - The mechanism behind Moloch and how it compares to other DAOs - How one becomes a member of Moloch and participates in governance - The simplicity of Moloch DAO and its essential functions - How Moloch DAO scales and its intended lack of a smart contract upgrade mechanism - The attention and funding the project has already received - Proposals already made on Moloch, including YangDAO, and their utility to the ecosystem - Ameen’s views on the broader Ethereum space, his outlook on Eth 2.0 and the future of the project Links mentioned in this episode: - Moloch DAO: http://bit.ly/2YsIKcS - Moloch Ventures · GitHub: http://bit.ly/2y6mGGb - Moloch DAO white paper: http://bit.ly/2y6mJBR - Moloch Summoning Guide: http://bit.ly/2ya1nne - The State of Ethereum 2.0 report: http://bit.ly/2YkRtOh - A Study of Libp2p and ETH2: http://bit.ly/2YmC408 - A Call for a Temporary Moratorium on The DAO: http://bit.ly/28ftfC1 - YangDAO: http://bit.ly/2YrM87O - Ameen Soleimani on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Yqblj8 - Moloch DAO on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2ybi4ih - SpankChain: http://bit.ly/2ybleCs - DappCon – 20% off with the code “EpicenterDappcon2019”: http://bit.ly/30q2M5V - Epicenter Meetup at Berlin Blockchain Week – Thu 22 Aug 2019: http://bit.ly/2ybjida - Berlin Blockchain Week 2019: http://bit.ly/2YrMhrS Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/297

  • #296 Jerry Brito: The Case for Electronic Cash in an Open and Free Society
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    01:10:06
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    We’re joined by Jerry Brito, Executive Director of Coin Center. Having discovered Bitcoin in 2011, Jerry was among the first lawyers to talk about crypto in the U.S. capital. In 2014, he founded Coin Center, a leading research and advocacy center focussing on cryptocurrencies. In this enlightening conversation, we talk to Jerry about his paper titled “The Case for Electronic Cash,” in which he articulates why private peer-to-peer payments are essential to an open society. We also discuss Libra and the possible regulatory challenges the proposed private cash system may face. Finally, Jerry explains the recent FinCEN guidance on cryptocurrencies, which broadly follows the recommendations of Coin Center. Topics discussed in this episode: - Jerry’s background as a lawyer and his crypto beginnings in D.C. - Coin Center, it’s mission and the primary battles which the organization is fighting - “The Case for Electronic Cash” paper and why cash is vital for a free and open society - The main dysfunctions of cashless societies - Jerry’s high-level views on Libra - How Libra is different from other cryptocurrencies and electronic payment systems - The backlash immediately following the announcement and how it was received by governments - Ways in which Libra could be regulated - The recent FinCEN guidance and how it affects cryptocurrency users and companies Links mentioned in this episode: - Coin Center: http://bit.ly/2q5UTAW - Jerry Brito's website: http://bit.ly/2jPelDr - FinCEN’s new cryptocurrency guidance matches Coin Center recommendations: http://bit.ly/2jPeC9r - The Case for Electronic Cash: http://bit.ly/2YRzqMP - The differences between Bitcoin and Libra should matter to policymakers: http://bit.ly/2liNTT8 - Jerry's thoughts on Libra (tweetsorm): http://bit.ly/2YT0Txt - Jerry response to Libra Association's Head of Policy on sanction's list (tweetsorm): http://bit.ly/30DOwpL - Buidl Asia: http://bit.ly/2KZKGmi - HackAtom Seoul: http://bit.ly/2KvSvRl - DappCon – 20% off with the code “EpicenterDappcon2019”: http://bit.ly/30q2M5V - Announcing the Chorus One Podcast: http://bit.ly/2YRzwEb - Cosmology – A newsletter about the Cosmos network: http://bit.ly/2jPe7fx Sponsors: - Vaultoro: Vaultoro - Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - Azure: Azure - Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Meher Roy. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/296

  • #295 Robert Leshner: Compound – An Automated Money Market for Ethereum Tokens
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    01:04:23
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    In this episode, we caught up with Robert Leshner, founder of the Compound protocol. Compound is a fascinating smart contract protocol, running atop Ethereum, that allows users to lend and borrow specific ERC-20 tokens with a duration-free interest model. The protocol acts as a central borrower and lender of user tokens and algorithmically prices the interest charged to borrowers and lenders. Compound is one of the first examples of a well-functioning lending market built using smart contracts. Topics discussed in this episode: - Robert's background and how he came to found Compound - The workings of the compound protocol - Statistics of usage of the protocol - Intended plan for governance of the protocol in the future - Business model of the company and the protocol - Comparison of compound to other lending protocols on Ethereum - Outlook and future plans Links mentioned in this episode: - Compound Website: https://bit.ly/2xGXNk8 - Compound Protocol Stats: https://medium.com/compound-finance/compound-v2-fe4b1fb62abb - Our plan to create Compound v2: https://bit.ly/2JwrMRu - Robert Leshner on Twitter: https://bit.ly/30yaeLV - Robert Leshner on Linkedin: https://bit.ly/2YJluEy - Compound Finance on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2xBxV9D Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com This episode is hosted by Meher Roy & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/295

  • #294 Rob Dawson: PegaSys – Enterprise-Grade Ethereum Protocol Engineering
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    01:02:29
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    We're joined by Rob Dawson, Head of Product at PegaSys. PegaSys is the protocol engineering spoke of ConsenSys, and the team building Pantheon, a Java implementation of the Ethereum client. The Pantheon client was built from the ground up as both a mainnet, and consortium chain client. Written in Java with an Apache 2.0 license, it benefits from being easily accessible to enterprises, who predominantly use that language. The PegaSys team has built additional features into the Pantheon client like privacy, permissioning, and the ability to deploy chains on IBFT, a consensus algorithm better suited for consortium networks of up to 40 validators. Working closely with other protocol teams (Geth and Parity), and being a founding member of the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance, PegaSys is also working towards Ethereum 2.0. Topics discussed in this episode: - Rob’s background as an enterprise Java developer and how he became involved in the blockchain space - The role of PegaSys in the broader ConsenSys ecosystem - The Pantheon client and why they chose to build a new Ethereum client - The case for Java and why enterprise has a preference for this language - Pantheon’s unique features of privacy, permissioning, and performance - What is Istanbul BFT and how it differs from Parity POA and Tendermint BFT - The types of applications which are better suited for IBFT - The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance (EEA) and PegaSys’ work on standards - PegaSys’ work on Ethereum 1.x and Ethereum 2.0 - The team's recently announced certification program Links mentioned in this episode: - PegaSys Website: http://bit.ly/2xoPVUi - Introducing Pantheon, a Mainnet Java Client - Demo & Roadmap (Devcon4): http://bit.ly/2xsw5aI - Another day, another consensus algorithm. Why IBFT 2.0?: http://bit.ly/322HY5t - Scaling Consensus for Enterprise: Explaining the IBFT Algorithm: http://bit.ly/2RPrWqW - Blog Posts and Webinars - Pantheon: http://bit.ly/2xrmKA1 - PegaSysEng/pantheon: An enterprise-grade Java-based, Apache 2.0 licensed Ethereum client: http://bit.ly/2xrfzbe - PegaSysEng/artemis: Java Implementation of the Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain: http://bit.ly/2JjoCjZ - Komgo: http://bit.ly/2JhkQaS Sponsors: - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/294

  • #293 Stephen Palley: The Regulatory Landscape for Cryptocurrencies and the SEC's Case Against Kik
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    01:13:35
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    The complex and evolving regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies has been a topic for many years. After a long period of waiting, the SEC started pursuing fraud causes in the last 1-2 years. But the recent lawsuit against Kik is the first time that the SEC goes after a large, non-fraud case. We were joined by lawyer Stephen Palley to discuss the Kik case, the US regulatory landscape and recent announcement of the Libra cryptocurrency promoted by Facebook. Topics discussed in this episode: - The SEC lawsuit against Kik - The potential path of the process and how it could resolve in the end - Why the Kik case is unlikely to provide any regulatory clarity in the next few years - What a settlement in the Kik case could look like - Whether the Howey test is still a sensible way to regulate securities - How US regulators will deal with decentralized exchanges - Stephen's thoughts on Libra Links mentioned in this episode: - Annotated Guide to the SEC's Complaint against KIK - Katherine Wu: https://bit.ly/2NdpXhC - Kik and the SEC: What’s Going On and What Does It Mean for Crypto? - Katie Haun: https://bit.ly/2ZMCNoc - Kin Sets Up $5 Million DefendCrypto.org to Take on the SEC - Unchained Podcast: https://bit.ly/2YcLg3D - SEC vs. Kik: The Lawyers Speak - CoinDesk: https://bit.ly/2X7A23T - Episode 135 with Stephen Palley: Lawmodynamics – How to Sue a DAO: https://bit.ly/2KCDfSE - Stephen Palley on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2IICQf4 Sponsors: - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/293

  • #292 Hayden Adams: Uniswap – An Automated Decentralized Exchange for Ethereum
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    01:12:39
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    6,150

    The concept of a decentralized exchange has been a holy grail in the cryptocurrency space for many years. Many attempts have been made, but most decentralized exchanges suffered from central points of failure, poor user experience and little liquidity. Launched during Ethereum's DevCon 2018, Uniswap is one of the first fully decentralized exchanges and managed to become the leading DEX very fast. We were joined by Uniswap Founder Hayden Adams to discuss Uniswap's unique model, the different participants in the protocol and the importance of decentralized exchanges for the blockchain space. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Hayden's exploratory project to learn smart contract development took off and became Uniswap - How Uniswap works and its different participants - The advantage of an automated exchange instead of using order books - The role of liquidity providers in Uniswap - Feedback loops that can make Uniswap markets popular or collapse - The challenging economics of liquidity shares - Addressing Arthur Hayes' criticism of decentralized exchanges - Why Uniswap didn't create a tokeneconomic monetization model Links mentioned in this episode: - Uniswap Exchange Protocol: https://bit.ly/2MVWl8i - Uniswap Whitepaper: https://bit.ly/2MTouN6 - Uniswap: Getting Started & Documentation: https://bit.ly/2FiCdqt - Unisocks Exchange: https://bit.ly/2IQYi0u - Distributed 2018: Presentation about Decentralized Exchanges by Arthur Hayes (BitMEX): https://bit.ly/2XpvIMI - Buidl Asia 2019 Conference in Seoul, Korea on July 22-23: https://bit.ly/2FipiF8 - HackAtom Seoul on July 19-21: https://bit.ly/2KXaGP7 Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/292

  • #291 Tal Moran: Spacemesh – The Space-Time Consensus Blockchain
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    01:12:14
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    We're joined by Tal Moran, Chief Scientist at Spacemesh. This new consensus protocol is designed to run on home desktop PCs, filling free space on users' hard drives to create a Proof of Space-Time. The goal of this new blockchain protocol is to solve the issues with Proof of Work and Proof of Stake, that is, energy inefficiency on the one hand, and possible centralized plutarchy of rich validators on the other. Topics discussed in this episode: - Tal's background as an academic and researcher - The problems with Proof of Stake and Proof of Work - What is Proof of Space-Time and how it works - How miners use their hard drive space to establish proofs - How randomness is generated in Spacemesh - Spacemesh's DAG architecture and how blocks are added to the chain - The tortoise and hare protocols proposed by Spacemesh - The Spacemesh team and recent funding round - The project's business model and roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - Spacemesh: http://bit.ly/2X4a3d1 - Spacemesh white paper: http://bit.ly/2X4aFzl - Tal's CESC18 talk in San Fransisco: http://bit.ly/2X1pkLD - Spacemesh on GitHub: http://bit.ly/2X5psKa - Spacemesh on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2X1z6gD - Spacemesh on Medium: http://bit.ly/2X7hDU0 - Interchain Conversations Berlin event – use code EPICENTER for discounted tickets: http://bit.ly/2HGztVG - Cosmos Hackatom Berlin: http://bit.ly/30YQGkO Sponsors: - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/291

  • #290 Dominic Tarr: Secure Scuttlebutt – The “Localized” but Distributed Social Network
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    01:12:37
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    We’re joined by Dominic Tarr, a sailor, and the Founder of Secure Scuttlebutt. This curiously named project has a fascinating approach to creating a truly distributed social network. One might even say that Secure Scuttlebutt is “localized” as it gracefully degrades to Sneakernet, something few blockchain projects can claim. In actuality, the SSB protocol isn’t a blockchain in the traditional sense – each user’s feed acts as a sort of localized chain of posts, signed by their public key, and possibly encrypted for a friend's key to decrypt. When users meet, the system syncs their local databases using a gossip protocol and replicates the data. Encrypted data is transported from peer, to peer, to peer (or friends of friends) until it reaches its intended recipient. User may also optionally rely on public servers to sync data over the internet. Topics discussed in this episode: - Daniels background and life living on a boat off the coast of New Zealand - How being at sea gave him the idea for Secure Scuttlebutt - What is Secure Scuttlebutt and what are the goals of the project - The issues with centralization and redefining decentralization as a positive statement - The notion that the technological singularity only serves the goals of centralized power - How SSB stores information and how posts get propagates from between friends, and friends of friends - How the network leverages “Pub” servers to sync data over the internet - Usage of the platform and the communities which thrive there - The cost of spam and how users protect against DDoS attacks - The project’s funding and roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - Secure Scuttlebutt website: http://bit.ly/2JU5YBX - Scuttlebutt Protocol Guide: http://bit.ly/2WIKTAu - Manyverse mobile client: http://bit.ly/2JVhZXN - Designing a Secret Handshake: AuthenticatedKey Exchange as a Capability System: http://bit.ly/2JVTABl - EfficientReconciliationandFlow ControlforAnti-Entropy Protocols: http://bit.ly/2JVg3yH - Scuttlebutt: an off-grid P2P social network that runs without servers and can fall back to sneakernet: http://bit.ly/2WBwPsD - The Nomad Who’s Exploding the Internet Into Pieces: http://bit.ly/2JVgbOH - Counter-Anti-Disintermediation: http://bit.ly/2JVgngT - “The Third Web” interview with Dominic Tarr: http://bit.ly/2WKojHJ - Dominic Tarr on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2JT5ZpX Sponsors: - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/290

  • #289 Dan Robinson: Rainbow Network – Off-Chain Synthetics Exchange or “Multicolored Lightning”
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    01:12:58
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    We’re joined by Dan Robinson, a research partner at Paradigm, and the author the “Rainbow Network” paper. The paper describes an off-chain decentralized synthetics exchange which leverages payment channels. The Rainbow Network is based on the idea that “rainbows are basically just multicolored lightning,” borrowing from the concepts used in the Lightning Network. The protocol relies on trusted oracles and allows participants to trade any type of liquid asset off-chain. All that is necessary to complete a transaction is an on-chain payment channel collateralized by a single asset. Though it is still at the idea stage and has yet to be implemented, the Rainbow Network could have applications in prediction market and as a new type of decentralized exchange. Topics discussed in this episode: - Dan’s background as a securities layer turned coder - His trajectory from working at Chain, to spending some time at Stellar, to joining Paradigm Fund - His involvement in the development of the Plasma Cash and Plasma Debit protocols - Thoughts and criticisms of using HTLC’s in Lightning - What is the idea behind Rainbow Network and how to understand it in the context of Lightning - What are synthetics assets and the ability to trade multiple assets in a single payment channel - The ability to have leverage in a Rainbow channel trade - Next steps in research and implementation - Dan’s contribution to the Ivey “smart contract” language for Bitcoin Links mentioned in this episode: - Rainbow Network white paper: http://bit.ly/2wraOhs - Ivy Playground for Bitcoin: http://bit.ly/30P1WQI - Mirror project: http://bit.ly/2wp5awj - Paradigm: http://bit.ly/2HGkuLb - Dan Robinson on Medium: http://bit.ly/30NSooX - Dan Robinson on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2wqXV72 - Interchain Conversations Berlin event – use code EPICENTER for discounted tickets: http://bit.ly/2HGztVG - Cosmos Hackatom Berlin: http://bit.ly/30YQGkO Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/289

  • #288 Jill Carlson: Open Money Initiative – Free Access to Finance as a Human Right
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    01:28:01
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    A common meme in the cryptocurrency space is that it has the potential to help people in countries where only the rich and powerful access to global financial markets. But ten years after the Bitcoin white paper was released, just how many “unbanked” people has cryptocurrency helped? Some see crypto as a tool to empower vulnerable populations in places where hyperinflation and strict capital controls make day-to-day survival a nearly impossible challenge. We’re joined by Jill Carlson. Previously at Chain and Tezos, Jill has been writing about the cryptocurrency industry for several years. In 2016 she published a paper titled “Cryptocurrency and Capital Controls” which observes the use of Bitcoin in Argentina. Recently, she co-founded the Open Money Initiative, a research organization which looks into how people use money in closed economies. Their initial focus is on Venezuela where years of economic downturn and strict currency controls have created a humanitarian crisis which has political repercussions well beyond the country’s borders. Topics discussed in this episode: - Jill’s beginning working at Goldman Sachs in the Latin America market - Her journey from trading bonds to entering crypto space working at Chain - A brief history of Venezuela leading up to the current situation - What it’s like to experience hyperinflation - The Open Money Initiative and the organization’s goals - How cryptocurrency and specifically Bitcoin is used in Venezuela - The political motivations behind the Open Money Initiative - The story behind Venezuela’s Petro currency - Jill’s podcast with Meltem Demirors, What Grinds my Gears Links mentioned in this episode: - Jill Carlson’s website: http://bit.ly/2HvTNJi - Open Money Initiative: http://bit.ly/2JXej74 - Petronomicon (blog post): http://bit.ly/2VIFC7x - Crypto Is Not An Asset Class (blog post): https://bit.ly/2VSkaBM - What Grinds my Gears podcast: https://apple.co/2VJyXtM - Jill Carlson on Medium: http://bit.ly/2VIFIMr - Jill Carlson on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2JWLEz5 Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/288

  • #287 Aya Miyaguchi: The Role and Challenges of the Ethereum Foundation
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    The Ethereum Foundation has played a crucial role in the evolution of the blockchain ecosystem. They pioneered the Swiss foundation structure and ran one of the first token sales. They played a key role in developing the second-most valuable blockchain network and still play a key role in funding research and steering the future of Ethereum. At the same time, it has been frequently criticized for a lack of transparency, being too slow in funding development and poor financial risk management. Executive Director Aya Miyaguchi joined us to discuss her journey into the space, the role of the Ethereum Foundation and their plans for the future. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Aya went from high school teacher to enter the crypto space - Joining Kraken and building their presence in Japan - The role of the Ethereum Foundation in the Ethereum ecosystem - Decision making processes and governance in the Ethereum Foundation - Ethereum's grant program and funding priorities - The Ethereum Foundation's plans to attempt to become more transparent - The Ethereum Foundation's approach to conflicts of interest - Why the EF decided to support MolochDAO - Whether Ethereum should be concerned about competition from other blockchain networks Links mentioned in this episode: - Ethereum.org: https://bit.ly/1LTiGd9 - Ethereum Foundation to Spend $30 Million on Development Over Next Year: https://bit.ly/2w2MN00 - Ethereum Foundation Website: https://bit.ly/2VIDMrU - Ethereum Foundation Values by Aya Miyaguchi (Devcon4) - YouTube: https://bit.ly/2VvuR8q - Ethereum Devcon 5 Japan - Oct 30 to Nov 2: https://bit.ly/2Vu3E5V - DappCon Berlin - August 21 to 23: https://dappcon.io/ Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/287

  • #286 Mark Miller: Agoric and the Decades-Long Quest for Secure Smart Contracts
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    We were joined by Mark S. Miller, Chief Scientist at Agoric. Mark is a computer scientist who has done ground-breaking work on many topics relevant to blockchain and smart contracts going back decades. We discussed his visionary 1988 Agoric papers, which explored how markets could be applied to the world of software. We also covered how his view of smart contracts, which focused on secure bilateral agreements complements and converges with blockchain. Finally, we covered his new company Agoric and their conceptualization of higher order smart contracts. Topics discussed in this episode: - Mark's effort to prevent the government from suppressing the discovery of public key cryptography in the 1970s - The legendary project Xanadu and its attempt to create censorship-resistant web publishing - Mark's Agoric papers and the vision of markets for computation - Why AI hasn't changed the shortcomings of central planning - The difference between his view of smart contracts and Nick Szabo's - Their decade-spanning work on making JavaScript the best language for smart contracts - Agoric's work on higher order smart contracting Links mentioned in this episode: - The Agoric Papers: https://bit.ly/2DUo3Lr - Computer Security as the Future of Law - YouTube: https://bit.ly/2V2xGO0 - Capability-based Financial Instruments (2000): https://bit.ly/2PSIvkX - Distributed Electronic Rights in JavaScript – Google AI: https://bit.ly/2WvKDkO - Agoric at SF Cryptocurrency Devs - Programming Secure Smart Contracts - YouTube: http://bit.ly/2vI88LJ - The Duality of Smart Contracts and Electronic Rights by Dean Tribble at Web3 Summit 2018 - YouTube: https://bit.ly/2V39Txz Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/286

  • #285 Mike Pieciak: NASAA – A “To The Moon” Approach to Regulating Crypto
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    We're joined by Mike Pieciak, President of the NASAA. Not to be confused with the space agency, the North American Securities Administrators Association brings together state, provincial, and federal securities regulators in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This relatively unknown organization helps align the financial regulation policies of over 50 agencies across North America and coordinates enforcement action in cross-border cases. In 2018, the NASAA launched “Operation Cryptosweep” in which over 200 ICOs and cryptocurrency-related investment products were investigated for potential investor fraud. Topics discussed in this episode: - Mike's background as a lawyer and the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation - What is the NASAA, it's goals, members and jurisdiction - The story of “Operation Cryptosweep” and what came out of that action - Mike's thoughts on the future of blockchain regulation - How regulation might apply in the context of transnational projects which are nation state-invariant - The United State's restrictive securities laws in the context of Defi and security tokens - Vermont's attempt to attract blockchain projects, and the “Blockchain-Based LCC” - Vermont DFR's pilot project in Captive Insurance - What Mike hopes to achieve during his one-year term as president of the NASAA Links mentioned in this episode: - NASAA: http://bit.ly/2IOH0DF - Operation Cryptosweep: http://bit.ly/2IV8BmL - NASAA Reminds Investors to Approach ICOs with Caution: http://bit.ly/2ITerF0 - Get in the Know About ICOs (video): http://bit.ly/2IOH1aH - Vermont Governor Signs Bill Clearing Way for Blockchain Companies: http://bit.ly/2IOnHtZ - Captive Insurance Blockchain Pilot Press Release: http://bit.ly/2IPuB2b - Vermont Department of Financial Regulation: http://bit.ly/2IRwYBq - Mike Pieciak (@mspieciak) on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2IQ9WLu Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/285

  • #284 Griff Green: Giveth – Creating the New Economic Model of Giving
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    We're joined by Griff Green, one of the founders at Giveth. The organization, which emerged out of the ashes of the DAO, aims to create a better model for charitable work. Operating as a Dapp, Giveth aims to bring new governance models in the nonprofit space. The goal is to create better incentives for donors and charity workers, in all types of social good projects. Topics discussed in this episode: - Griff's background as a gold-hodling digital nomad - His time spent at Slock.it and his involvement in the aftermath of the DAO collapse - How traditional charity organizations work - The problems these organizations face and how funds get allocated - The Giveth backstory and why the team chose to start the project - Incentive alignment in the charity space - The use of bonding curves and continuous organizations to fund charity projects - The project's roadmap and future Links mentioned in this episode: - Giveth website: https://bit.ly/2ATz0Nz - Rewriting the Story of Human Collaboration: https://bit.ly/2IQvEOA - Griff's talk at EthCC: https://bit.ly/2GABd1T - Crowdfunding the Commons: https://bit.ly/2GuUXD2 - The Future of Giving is Crowdfunding the Commons: https://bit.ly/2ICeNj6 - Deep Dive: Augmented Bonding Curves: https://bit.ly/2Uy7uKU - Episode 282 with Simon de la Rouviere: https://bit.ly/2IAViaT - The Giveth blog: https://bit.ly/2vk1H1p - Giveth on GitHub: https://bit.ly/2Pp3U4M - Join the Giveth community: http://bit.ly/2IFHL1M Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/284

  • #283 Yaniv Tal: The Graph – A Marketplace for Web3 Data Indexes Based on GraphQL
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    At the core of the Web 2.0 stack lies the REST API. It's the fiber which allows frontend applications to communicate with their backend counterparts, as well as the services on which they depend. But the API model is highly constrained and inflexible. The API is divorced from the data model, which creates a number of restrictions and inefficiencies. Most blockchain clients, including Geth, Parity and Bitcoin Core, use a JSON-RPC model which suffers from similar issues. Several Ethereum DApps maintain high-availability, centralized data indexes which sit between the client and the blockchain. Thought user experience is greatly improved, the practice means most of the ecosystem relies on centralized infrastructure. We're joined by Yaniv Tal, Project Lead at The Graph. The project aims to create a scalable marketplace of robust and high-availability blockchain data indexes. Relying on the modern GraphQL data query language initially developed by Facebook, The Graph allows developers to make complex queries to a robust and high-availability data infrastructure. Launched as a hosted service earlier this year, The Graph plans to move to a decentralized model in the future. Topics discussed in this episode: - The vision of The Graph and why the team chose to work on this problem - The REST API client-server model in the Web 2.0 paradigm - The state of the Ethereum ecosystem and the challenges relating to data availability - How DApps work behind the scenes and their backend infrastructure - GraphQL as the evolution of the API model - How The Graph addresses the issue of data querying and availability - Their hosted services and plans to move to a hybrid model - How The Graph addresses privacy and scalability - The incentive mechanisms and economics related to data integrity - Early applications and the project's near-term roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - The Graph - A Query Protocol for Blockchains: http://bit.ly/2GqfxFK - The Graph on Medium: http://bit.ly/2Gq5EYD - Browse and Explore Subgraphs: http://bit.ly/2Gq63KD - Graph Docs: http://bit.ly/2GqkPRL - GraphQL Will Power the Decentralized Web: http://bit.ly/2GrYgfp - The Graph’s Research and Specifications are Now Open Source: http://bit.ly/2Gq6d4H - Our Investment In The Graph - Multicoin Capital: http://bit.ly/2Gpd7aj - GraphQL: http://bit.ly/2GpdgdR - Yaniv Tal on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2GpdrG3 Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Sebastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/283

  • #282 Simon de la Rouviere: Bonding Curves, Curation Markets, Token Curated Registries... and Art
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    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Human beings have a penchant for creating lists. We make lists for things like the top music artists at any given time, the best restaurants in the world, companies which people can trust, and the most wanted criminals. Lists take many forms. They can be maintained by a single authority, or curated by a crowd. But almost always, they remain in the custody of a central party. Token Curated Lists propose a model by which a) the content of lists are decentralized, and b) contributors are incentivized to curate their content according to social consensus. We're joined by Simon de la Rouviere, an independent researcher and blogger. Previously, Simon was one of the first employees at ConsenSys and founded Ujo Music. He also contributed to the ERC20 token specification and has written about blockchain and token economics since 2014. In recent months, Simon's research has focused on Token Curated Registries (or TCRs), and the economics of curation markets. Topics discussed in this episode: - Simon's background and interest in blockchain, music, and economics - Bonding curves as a mechanism for continuous token issuance - Curation markets and how they relate to bonding curves - Practical applications of curation markets - The connection between curation markets and cultural memes - Token Curated Registries and their applications - The role of TCRs as a crypto economic primitive - The economics and game theory of TCRs - Simon's recent project “This Artwork is Always for Sale” Links mentioned in this episode: - Simon de la Rouviere – Medium: http://bit.ly/2Z1OM1x - Bancor’s Smart Tokens vs Token Bonding Curves – Medium: http://bit.ly/2Z1OTKv - Introducing Curation Markets: Trade Popularity of Memes & Information (with code)! – Medium: http://bit.ly/2Z1P7RR - Ujo Music: http://bit.ly/2uXfJWy - This Artwork Is Always On Sale – Medium: http://bit.ly/2Z1PvzN - This Artwork Is Always On Sale: http://bit.ly/2Z1PDPN - Simon de la Rouviere – Twitter: http://bit.ly/2uSVHwl Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/282 - YouTube: - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-282 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever podcasts are distributed. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst.