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  • #309 Yoni Assia: eToro – The Social Trading Platform
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    01:14:26
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    We’re joined by Yoni Assia, Founder and CEO of eToro. The concept behind this world-leading social trading platform is users invest smarter by automatically copying the top traders in the community. With over 10 million users, over a trillion dollars traded on the platform just last year alone, this fascinating approach to trading is making huge waves. A decade after its original launch, eToro entered the crypto space with eToroX, their crypto exchange. More recently, they added cryptocurrencies to the growing list of assets that users can add to “Copy Trades.” Yoni shares his long-term vision in which he sees the tokenization of all traditional asset classes eventually taking place. Topics discussed in this episode: - Yoni's background and how he first became interested in financial trading - How Yoni and his brother came up with the idea for eToro - The background of the Bitcoin community in Israel - Yoni's predictions for the finance industry - How the power of tokenization paved the path for eToro - What makes eToro unique compared to other crypto trading platforms - eToro's blockchain wallet - The launch of the eToroX crypto currency exchange - eToro's views on custody of assets and DeFi Links mentioned in this episode: - eToro: https://bit.ly/29d7iyN - eToro on GitHub: https://bit.ly/2Bd1C2n - The eToro Crypto Wallet: https://bit.ly/2MHe1RD - eToroX: https://bit.ly/2VKgCy9 - eToro Twitter: https://bit.ly/2BgUX7A - Yoni Assia Twitter: https://bit.ly/2DOtSYI 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 Sebastien Couture & Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/309

  • #308 DappCon 2019 – Tales of Governance: DAOs, Swarms and Anarchic Systems
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    45:27
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    As we take some time to record new interviews, we’re releasing content from DappCon which took place in Berlin in August. This week, you’ll hear a panel moderated by Sunny all about blockchain governance. The panelists where Ameen Soleimani of MolochDAO, Stephanie Hurder of Prysm Group, Jorge Izquierdo of Aragon One, and Sebastian Gajek of ditCraf. Topics discussed in this episode: - Hard Governance vs. Soft Governance - What types of governance we should apply to different systems - Different approaches to governance formalization - How we should govern things like trademarks - Representing all stakeholders in a governance system - Building in exit mechanisms in DAOs - Conservatism over Liberlism in governance mechanisms - How to account for different value systems Links mentioned in this episode: - DappCon: http://bit.ly/30q2M5V - Ameen Soleimani on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Yqblj8 - Stephanie Hurder on Twitter: http://bit.ly/35fPaNb - Jorge Izquierdo on Twitter: http://bit.ly/35hAbCA - Sebastian Gajek on Twitter: http://bit.ly/35mlMVN - Community manager job posting: http://bit.ly/2ogqaVa - Epicenter Meetup at SF Blockchain Week: http://bit.ly/2MscG0M This episode is hosted by Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/308

  • #307 DappCon 2019 – Look at My Flashy Colors And Rounded Corners!
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    53:51
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    As we take some time to record new interviews, we're releasing content from DappCon which took place in Berlin in August. This week, you'll hear a panel moderated by Sebastien on usability and user experience in blockchain-based apps and products. The panelists where Chriss Sugg of AirSwap, Alex Van de Sande of the Ethereum Foundation, Itamar Lesuisse or Argent and Pedro Gomez of Wallet Connect. Topics discussed in this episode: - The state of usability in the blockchain space - How evolving technology inform concepts in user experience - Building products in Web2.0 vs. Web 3 - Creating dialog between engineers and designers - Why crypto product haven't gained adoption from non-crypto savvy people - Adoption of crypto by the unbanked - Gathering usage data for the purpose of product development Links mentioned in this episode: - Chriss Sugg on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2nCepYX - Alex Van de Sande on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2mKBcBF - Pedro Gomez on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2nz8Udy - Itamar Lesuisse on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2okc84C - Community manager job posting: http://bit.ly/2ogqaVa - DAPPCON: http://bit.ly/30q2M5V This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/307

  • #306 Omer Shlomovits & Ouriel Ohayon: ZenGo – The ‘Keyless’ Crypto Wallet
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    01:14:56
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    Those who have been in crypto long enough remember the not-so-good-ol’ days when an air-gapped machine was the only way to store private keys securely. Thankfully, the wallet space has come a long way from that era. But we still live in a world where the seed phrase is the single atomic point of failure. Enter threshold signatures schemes (TSS), a multi-party computation (MPC) where different parties generate a key and are all required to create a valid signature. We’re joined by Omer Shlomovits and Ouriel Ohayon, Co-founders of ZenGo. Their product is a ‘keyless’ crypto wallet, which means users never need to generate or store a key which gives them access to their funds. Keys are created with an MPC, where both ZenGo and the user are required to sign a transaction. TTS opens up exciting new possibilities like social recovery, user permissions for teams, and inheritance planning schemes. The important distinction between ZenGo and existing multi-signature wallets is that they achieve this using only cryptography, and do not rely on on-chain elements like smart contracts or op_scriptSig in Bitcoin. Topics discussed in this episode: - Omer and Ouriel’s respective backgrounds in academia and online consumer-facing products - What lead them to want to build yet another crypto wallet - The state of custody in the crypto wallet ecosystem and the challenge which remain unaddressed - A quick refresh on cryptographic primitives and multi-party computations (MPC) - The building blocks of cryptographic signatures and threshold signature schemes (TSS) - How TSS is different from Bitcoin multi-sig and smart contract multi-sig - TSS in ECDSA vs. Schnorr signatures - Applications and use cases for TSS - ZenGo’s on-boarding, restore process and use of biometrics - The future of wallet interoperability in a world of proprietary cryptographic schemes Links mentioned in this episode: - ZenGo: Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency Wallet: http://bit.ly/2legfyi - ‎ZenGo: Bitcoin & Crypto Wallet on the App Store: http://bit.ly/2lpa5LI - Threshold Signatures Explained: http://bit.ly/2mW1yjP - ShareLock: Mixing for Cryptocurrencies from Multiparty ECDSA: http://bit.ly/2mtrUcu - KZen Networks on GitHub: http://bit.ly/2kMuKca - Zengo Research: http://bit.ly/2mW6JjL - KZen Research Telegram Group: http://bit.ly/2mQoi4x - Tel Aviv Blockchain Week Recap with Anna Rose of the Zero Knowledge Podcast: http://bit.ly/2kVaB3U Sponsors: - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/306

  • #305 Sharon Goldberg: Arwen – Centralized Exchange Trading Without Counterparty Risk
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    01:12:04
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    We're joined by Sharon Goldberg, CEO of Arwen, a protocol solution for non-custodial trading. From communications engineering to Internet protocol security, to then becoming a Professor at Boston University, she shares her journey into the world of cryptography. Beginning as a whitepaper on eclipse attacks, Arwen has grown into a platform enabling atomic swaps on centralized exchanges. Sharon chats about Arwen's integration with KuCoin, how it compares to ShapeShift, Interledger, and Lightning, and the exciting new release of the Layer-2 atomic swaps from Ethereum into Bitcoin. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Sharon became interested in blockchain technology - The meaning of an eclipse attack - Arwen's co-founder Ethan Heilman - The backbone of Arwen - The Arwen protocol and how it uses atomic swaps - How trading takes place on the exchange - Arwen vs Shapeshift and Interledger - Creating multiple orders using the same channel - Arwen vs Lightning and the use of SegWit - How the relationship with KuCoin was formed Links mentioned in this episode: - Arwen website: http://bit.ly/30aLmgm - Arwen's first white paper on eclipse attacks: http://bit.ly/304HuOc - Arwen's Trading Protocol whitepaper: http://bit.ly/2NnOYps - Announcement of Arwen's partnership with KuCoin: http://bit.ly/304HDRK - Arwen's Twitter: http://bit.ly/2UZiaUR - Sharon Goldberg on Twitter: http://bit.ly/303AtgC Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sunny Aggarwal & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/305

  • #304 David Chaum: The Forefather of Cryptocurrencies and the Cypherpunk Movement
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    01:03:57
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    We’re pleased to be joined by the legendary cryptographer and computer scientist, David Chaum. From his early beginnings at Berkley, David pioneered many of the cryptographic techniques used in secure systems and cryptocurrencies today. Blind signatures, which are used in zero-knowledge proofs, and mix networks, used in Tor heavily rely on his work. At the dawn of the Internet, David founded DigiCash, what many believe to be a direct ancestor of Bitcoin. Today, David continues to pursue his mission to bring data privacy to all as his most recent project, Elixxir, aims to create a truly private messaging and payment app with a mass-market appeal. Topics discussed in this episode: - David’s background as a Ph.D. student at Berkeley and his thesis entitled “Computer Systems Established, Maintained, and Trusted by Mutually Suspicious Groups” - What drove him to work on cryptography and privacy systems - His relationship to the early cypherpunk movement - David’s contribution to cryptography primitives such as blind signatures, undeniable signatures, group signatures and mixers - The story of DigiCash and how the company was founded - The idea behind Cyberbucks and why the company ultimately went bankrupt - Cryptocurrency adoption as a chicken-and-egg problem - David’s personal views and practices with regards to online privacy - His thoughts on the blockchain space today and his views on the future of the industry - His current project, Elixxir, a messaging and payment app which protects users’ data and metadata Links mentioned in this episode: - David Chaum’s website: http://bit.ly/2A5cRJF - DigiCash: http://bit.ly/2ZOMuqX - lists.cpunks.org Mailing Lists: http://bit.ly/2ZQtgB5 - DigiCash - Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/300gNu4 - Blind Signatures for Untraceable Payments: http://bit.ly/2A7j6ga - DigiCash announcement article from 1994: http://bit.ly/2ZM4h17 - Project Page: Multiparty Computation: http://bit.ly/2A44Dl6 - Security without Identification: http://bit.ly/2A5x7Lj - Elixxir - Home: http://bit.ly/2ZNqZqi - Elixxir - Real Cryptography, Real Time: Precomputations in Elixxir: http://bit.ly/2ZQDIIQ - Elixxir - Why Mark Zuckerberg wants no privacy, why he wrote his letter, and why it won’t help him: http://bit.ly/2A44TR6 - Elixxir - Point of Departure: http://bit.ly/2A3csrn - cMix white paper: http://bit.ly/2A4rwVp Sponsors: - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com - 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/304

  • #303 Ayo Akinyele: Bolt Labs – Zcash on Lightning
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    01:05:23
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    We're joined by Ayo Akinyele, CEO of Bolt Labs. Bolt is building a new privacy-focused layer-2 payment channel network design. Initially designed by Matt Green and Ian Meyers, Bolt is being commercialized by Ayo and his team. Beginning with a Zcash integration, they have plans to implement on several crypto networks. We chat with Ayo about the technical design of BOLT channels, their privacy guarantees, how they complement designs like Lightning, and their synergies with the Zcash team. Topics discussed in this episode: - Privacy in Lightning - Technical design of Bolt channels - Architecture of Bolt channel networks - Integrations with existing networks - Synergies with Zcash project - Regulatory aspect of payment channel hubs Links mentioned in this episode: - Bolt Labs website: http://bit.ly/2LjYaZL - Bolt: Anonymous Payment Channels for Decentralized Currencies (white paper_: https://bit.ly/2lYwdMX - Bolt Zcash implementation: http://bit.ly/2LhMoiu - Bolt: anonymous payment channels for decentralized currencies – Part I: http://bit.ly/2UpW5yl - Bolt: anonymous payment channels for decentralized currencies – Part II: http://bit.ly/2Lgen1T - Ayo Akinyele on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Lgjr6q - Starkware Session: September 16th in Tel Aviv – 20% off with the code EPICENTER: https://epicenter.rocks/starkware - Chain-Aviv #4: The era of new rising chains and assets – September 11th in Tel Aviv: https://zengo.rocks/meetup Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter This episode is hosted by Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/303

  • #302 Anthony Sassano & Eric Conner: EthHub – Ethereum Education and the Quest for Ether Dominance
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    01:40:23
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    We’re joined by Eric Conner and Anthony Sassano, founders of EthHub. Started in January of 2019, EthHub’s goal is to provide a trusted, objective source of information around the Ethereum ecosystem. The platform is made up of an open-source documentation website, a weekly newsletter, and a podcast, “Into the Ether” hosted by Eric and Anthony. Both active and vocal members of the Ethereum community, they are known to embody what some consider to be Ethereum Maximalism. Topics discussed in this episode: - What is EthHub and why they decided to start the organization - Eric and Anthony’s view on the current state of the Ethereum community - The different cliques, factions, and sub-groups in Ethereum - The role of the Foundation and Vitalik Buterin as they see it - A close look into project funding in Ethereum and the emergence of DAOs for funding - Reflections on Anthony’s “Why Ether is Valuable” piece - The state of Ethereum 2.0 research and the different parties involved - Their views on where the crypto space is heading in the next 5 years Links mentioned in this episode: - EthHub website: http://bit.ly/342cCNl - Into the Ether podcast: https://apple.co/2Zx18xQ - EthHub Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2ZuwhCf - Why Ether is Valuable: http://bit.ly/2zlABZQ - Is Ether needed for transaction fees?: http://bit.ly/346r46T - Ethereum Project Funding: http://bit.ly/2zmenXw - EthHub on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2KYpRaf - Anthony Sassano on Twitter: http://bit.ly/30EPjaf - Eric Conner on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2L1lz26 - Epicenter Meetup at TelAviv Blockchain Week – Monday September 16th: http://bit.ly/2zp7FQD Sponsors: - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/302

  • #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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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