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  • #316 Dr. Luka Müller: MME – The Law Firm Behind the Rise of Switzerland’s CryptoValley
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    01:07:48
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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
    Epicenter
    01:06:57
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    2,636

    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

  • #314 Nishant Sharma: Bitmain – Rising to Mining Dominance
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    01:06:18
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    3,221

    Bitmain is one of the most well known, and one of the most polarizing companies in the blockchain space. The largest ASIC manufacturer and operator of several mining pools, Bitmain is the center of many controversies and discussions around centralization in the space. But not only is it the subject of discussion, Bitmain breaks out of the “passive miner” stereotype and is very active in many of the discussions in the community, most notably the Great Scaling Debates. In this episode, we sit down with Nishant Sharma, Head of Community Relations, who is responsible for acting as a bridge between the Bitmain company and the many communities it interacts with through its mining and ASIC operations. We explore the origins of Bitmain and its founders, the economics of ASIC production, its past and current relationships with different communities, and the future of the company. Topics discussed in this episode: - Nishant's Story in the Bitcoin mining space and how it led to joining Bitmain - Origin of Bitmain and its founders, notably Jihan Wu - Does Bitmain contribute to centralization in the blockchain space - How Bitmain maintains its superiority in the ASIC manufacturing space - Economics of ASIC production and manufacturing - Balancing business models of ASIC production, operating multiple mining pools, and exploring new verticals - Bitmain's role in blockchain debates like the scaling debate, Bitcoin Cash split, and ProgPow Links mentioned in this episode: - Bitmain Website: https://bit.ly/2D9HHTf - Nishant on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2pBywaU - Bitmain on Twitter: https://bit.ly/2OpCxHP - Fallout: Everyone’s a loser after Bitcoin Cash split – Brave New Coin: https://bit.ly/331LyfB - Bitmain Wikipedia: https://bit.ly/2KAAIGY - BTC.com Pool: http://bit.ly/2NZTjOM - Antpool: http://bit.ly/2NZTjOM - Leaked Transcript Details Power Struggle Inside Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain – CoinDesk: http://bit.ly/2r6rwDd - Dovey Wan on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2qiMLBV Sponsors: - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com - Cosmos: Change the future of finance at the SF Blockchain Week Defi Hackathon – $50,000 prize pool for winning teams - https://epicenter.rocks/sfcosmos This episode is hosted by Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/314

  • #313 Jesse Powell: How Kraken Accelerates Cryptocurrency Adoption
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    01:18:03
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    As the cryptocurrency space has grown, exchanges have become the dominant juggernauts of the industry. One of the earliest and most reputable exchanges is Kraken. From the company's formation in 2011, Kraken has grown to 4m users and almost 1,000 employees. We are joined by Kraken Founder and CEO Jesse Powell. We dove into the history of Kraken, their values and the vision that's driving them. Topics discussed in this episode: - How selling virtual goods for games led Jesse to discover Bitcoin - Why cryptocurrencies will lead to a better financial system - How Kraken launched and ended up getting strong traction in Europe - The challenges and changes of the regulatory environment - His thoughts on DeFi and decentralized exchanges - Kraken's approach to listing assets on the exchange - How to create a strong culture in a distributed company - His vision for Kraken to become a general trading and investment platform Links mentioned in this episode: - Kraken: https://bit.ly/34Vnigd - How to Grow A Decacorn | Crypto Podcast | Kraken: https://bit.ly/2CANUai - How to Trade Crypto On Kraken: https://bit.ly/2NIjXM4 - Kraken on Wikipedia: https://bit.ly/32EkVNn - Kraken Exchange Twitter: https://bit.ly/2NIX5fp - Jesse Powell Twitter: https://bit.ly/2Kk2Xto Sponsors: - Cosmos: Change the future of finance at the SF Blockchain Week Defi Hackathon – $50,000 prize pool for winning teams - https://epicenter.rocks/sfcosmos - 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/313

  • #312 Anatoly Yakovenko: Solana - Reaching for the Limits of Blockchain Performance
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    01:37:23
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    The vision of a world computer on which anyone can deploy smart contracts has captured our imagination since the publication of the Ethereum whitepaper. But while Ethereum demonstrated the viability of the concept, its shortcomings in terms of capacity and throughput prevent it from realizing the vision. Today, throughput has become a major bottleneck for widescale adoption of decentralized technologies. Many projects have set out to deliver where Ethereum 1.0 falls short. Most projects, including Ethereum 2.0, aim to create some kind of sharded network with many interoperable chains. Solana may be the only project that went the other way. Through identifying every performance bottleneck for a single blockchain and developing novel ways of removing them, they target to achieve throughput of 50,000 tps. We were joined by Solana creator and CEO Anatoly Yakovenko to discuss Solana's approach to building a web-scale blockchain. We covered some of their novel ideas including proof-of-history and parallelizing smart contract execution. Topics discussed in this episode: - The performance-obssessed engineering background of the Solana team - The arguments against sharding for scalability - The value of a shared sense of time in a distributed system - How Solana's Proof-of-History creates a global clock for the network - How Solana uses GPUs to parallelize smart contract execution - How value could be accrued for the native token if transaction throughput is abundant - Solana's upcoming Tour de Sol testnets and launch timeline Links mentioned in this episode: - Solana Website: https://bit.ly/2ChWD0T - Proof of History: A Clock for Blockchain: https://bit.ly/32lQU4M - The World Computer Should Be Logically Centralized - Multicoin Capital: https://bit.ly/34Aw17t - Multicoin Capital: The Separation of Time and State - Multicoin Capital: https://bit.ly/34yY8ny - How Solana's Proof of History is a Huge Advancement for Block Time: https://bit.ly/2oSoba5 - Tower BFT: Solana’s High Performance Implementation of PBFT: https://bit.ly/2NmpiIq Sponsors: - 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 & Brian Fabian Crain. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/312

  • #311 Rhys Lindmark: MIT's Digital Currency Initiative – Why We Need Blockchain Ethics
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    01:12:48
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    2,720

    Blockchain and cryptocurrencies have the potential to change the world in meaningful ways. And this change may drastically impact people’s lives – both for the better and for the worse. While ethics are often discussed for technologies like AI, the ethical considerations around blockchain technologies have received less focussed attention. We’re joined by Rhys Lindmark, Head of Community and Long-Term Societal Impact at the MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative. Previously the host of the podcast “Creating a Humanist Blockchain Future,” Rhys’ approach to blockchain was always about considering its potential impact. Since joining the DCI, his podcast, now “Gray Mirror,” continues to explore these questions. He has also recently started teaching a blockchain ethics course with the DCI’s Director, Neha Narula. Topics discussed in this episode: - Rhys’ background as a podcaster and proponent of Effective Altruism - His advocacy work around universal tithing and donating to charity - The controversy surrounding the MIT Media Lab and the resignation of their Director Joi Ito - The difference between ethics and morals - Why we need to study blockchain ethics - Should we have ethics committees in blockchain as there exists about AI - The ethical considerations for different use cases and applications of blockchain technology - The role of miners and should they have ethical obligations to censor certain transactions - The DCI’s blockchain ethics class and what students learn Links mentioned in this episode: - Blockchain Ethics Class: http://bit.ly/2PsvMXV - Blockchain Ethics Class Syllabus: http://bit.ly/32XCetU - Why it’s time to start talking about blockchain ethics (MIT Technology Review): http://bit.ly/31YXazc - Jeffrey Epstein case: Federal prosecutors broke law, judge says (Miami Herald): https://hrld.us/2BW5KnG - Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Taking Money From Jeffrey Epstein (New York Times): https://nyti.ms/2PsXDHu - MIT Digital Currency Initiative: http://bit.ly/2pp3K4L - Rhys Lindmark on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2WshmbB Sponsors: - Cosmos: Change the future of finance at the SF Blockchain Week Defi Hackathon – $50,000 prize pool for winning teams - https://epicenter.rocks/sfcosmos - Trail of Bits: Trust the team at the forefront of blockchain security research - https://trailofbits.com - B9Lab: Level up and become a Solidity smart contract auditor – 5% off the with the code EPICENTER - https://solidified.b9lab.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Friederike Ernst. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/311

  • #310 Eli Ben-Sasson: StarkWare – Productizing zk-STARKs to Provide Blockchain Scalability & Privacy
    Epicenter
    01:17:17
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    2,945

    This past year, we have witnessed what some are calling a “Cambrian Explosion” in zero-knowledge proof systems. New proof systems based on a variety of cryptographic assumptions are popping up every week. And while zero-knowledge systems are known for their privacy-preserving characteristics, they have proven particularly useful for scaling blockchains through off-chain computations. We're joined by Eli Ben Sasson, Co-founder and Cheif Scientist in the East at Starkware. His company is developing a full proof-stack, which leverages STARKs. Pioneered by Eli, STARKs are zero-knowledge cryptographic proofs, which are succinct, transparent, and post-quantum secure. StarkWare has demonstrated how zkSTARKs may be leveraged to provide off-chain scalability by generating proofs of computational integrity which may be verified on-chain. Topics discussed in this episode: - Eli's trajectory and transition from academia to the startup world - The origin story of Starkware and the founding team - The current explosion of zero-knowledge proof research - An overview of zero-knowledge proof systems and how they work - What are STARKs and what are their properties - How STARKs are different from SNARKs and Bulletproofs - What are zk-Rollups and how they are used by StarkWare to achieve scalability - The StarkDEX experiment and scalability benefits it had demonstrated - The issue of data availability with layer-2 scaling solutions - StarkWare's business model and the solutions they are building for customers Links mentioned in this episode: - StarkWare: https://bit.ly/2W4sxXJ - StarkWare resources: https://bit.ly/2Jfh82l - StarkWare blog: https://bit.ly/33W9XDQ - StarkWare Twitter: https://bit.ly/2BArGVs - StarkWare Sessions conference videos: https://bit.ly/2pDMGrD - Epicenter Podcast SFBW Week Meetup: https://bit.ly/2N1PQxv - DeFi Hackathon sponsored by Cosmos: https://bit.ly/35YnJbd - SF Blockchain Week 2019 (use the code EPICENTER for 20% off tickets): https://bit.ly/2BzSIfz - Macro.WTF: https://bit.ly/2MAdths Sponsors: - Vaultoro: Trade gold to Bitcoin instantly and securely starting at just 1mg - http://vaultoro.com - B9Lab: Level up and become a Solidity smart contract auditor – 5% off the with the code EPICENTER - https://solidified.b9lab.com/epicenter This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: https://epicenter.tv/310

  • #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!
    Epicenter
    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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    5,437

    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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    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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    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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    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