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  • #275 Ben Goertzel: SingularityNET – The Global AI Network and Marketplace
    Epicenter
    01:24:01
    Technology
    7,195

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Artificial Intelligence is often misunderstood. And much like blockchain, those who fiercely stand by the technology believe it will change the world for the better. Others fear the negative repercussions it could bring it and would rather see it disappear. We're joined by Ben Goertzel. Ben's interest in AI and robotics date back to his childhood and he has made these his life-long passion and work. He is the CEO of SingularityNET, a company building a marketplace for AIs which leverages blockchain. He is also Chief Scientist at Hanson Robotics who has brought us the now famous Sophia robot. When he's not building blockchains and robots, he leads the OpenCog open-source AI framework and is Chair of Humanity +, an organization which focuses on technology and ethics. Topics discussed in this episode: - Ben's background as a mathematician and his lifelong passion for AI and robotics - What is AI, AGI and machine learning, and how these technologies differ - What is the killer application for AI - The problem of data and power centralization as it relates to AI - AI safety and with what we should be most concerned when it comes to AI dominance - Hanson Robotics and the Sophia robot - How blockchains and AI are relevant to each other - The role of AI in blockchain governance and the potential for AI systems to compete amongst each other - What is SingularityNET and what the company is building Links mentioned in this episode: - Ben Goertzel's Website: http://bit.ly/2GzG5G0 - SingularityNET website: http://bit.ly/2Xes5Gv - SingularityNET whitepaper: http://bit.ly/2Gxr6fN - Ben Goertzel portraied in Silicon Valley: http://bit.ly/2XaEc7w - Ben Goertzel's Website: http://bit.ly/2GzG5G0 - Creating Internet Intelligence: https://amzn.to/2GwCtEF - Accelerando: https://amzn.to/2Gy2Qdh Sponsors: - Cosmos: Join the most interoperable ecosystem of connected blockchains - http://cosmos.network/epicenter - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/275 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/8VRCr2a567I - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-275 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.

  • #274 Alexey Akhunov: Ethereum 1.x – BUIDLing Things One Step at a Time
    Epicenter
    01:20:16
    Technology
    12,322

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We're joined by Alexey Akhunov, an independent Ethereum researcher. Alexey has been working on an ambitious project called TurboGeth. As the name implies, it is a version of Geth which features a number of speed and performance optimizations. Alexey also leads the state rent working group of the Ethereum 1.x project. Ethereum 1.x came out of Devcon when core developers began to realize that the full migration to Serenity would likely take several years. The team hopes to bring progressive improvements to Ethereum in parallel to the development of Serenity. Topics discussed in this episode: - Alexey's background as a computer scientist - The story behind TurboGeth and how it differs from the original Geth client - The speed and performance optimizations of TurboGeth, as well as its trade-offs - What is Ethereum 1.x in the context of Ethereum 2.0 (Serenity) - Which people and projects are part of Ethereum 1.x - What is state rent and why it may be beneficial to Ethereum - Implementing state rent in Ethereum 1.x and 2.0 - eWASM and how it can be introduced in Ethereum 1.x and 2.0 - The future of Ethereum and the progress towards Serenity Links mentioned in this episode: - Alexey Akhunov on Medium: http://bit.ly/2Stn4LE - TurboGeth talk at Bevcon4: http://bit.ly/2SxkKmK - Ethereum State rent for Eth 1.x pre-EIP: http://bit.ly/2Sw9w1R - Ethereum state rent - rough proposal: http://bit.ly/2SsmIFb - State Rent proposal version 2 (rushed): http://bit.ly/2SsncLv - Ethereum state rent proposal 2: http://bit.ly/2SsnvG9 - ETH Roadmap AMA: http://bit.ly/2SxNnQQ - EthCC: http://bit.ly/2GpAXEi - EthCC Epicenter Meeup: http://bit.ly/2Sy3KNt 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/274 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/VJFWWGHSKk8 - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-274 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.

  • #273 Christian Decker: Lightning Network - The Road to Scaling Bitcoin
    Epicenter
    01:21:45
    Technology
    20,847

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) When the Lightning Network (LN) was conceived in 2015, it was quickly embraced by the Bitcoin community as the way to dramatically scale Bitcoin’s capacity. There was an expectation of LN being available quickly. Instead, development proceed more slowly in the background with different teams contributing to a standard specification. That spec is now almost ready and last year interest and early activity on the LN increased dramatically. We were joined by Christian Decker, a core engineer at Blockstream, where he works on their LN client. We discussed the history and progression of the LN and what remains on the road to scaling Bitcoin. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Christian ended up writing the world’s first PhD on Bitcoin - The vision of the Lightning Network - How the Lightning Network evolved in the last 4 years - Approaching the 1.0 specification - The current state of the network - Why centralization concerns around hubs are often misguided - eltoo and the future of lightning network - The case against other chains being better layer 1 networks than Bitcoin Links mentioned in this episode: - Lightning Network Whitepaper: https://bit.ly/1f9uHPa - Christian Decker - Scaling Bitcoin with Duplex Micropayment Channels: https://bit.ly/2GtW1sy - Joseph Poon & Tadge Dryja - Scalability and the Lightning Network: https://bit.ly/2hmRAVh - Blockstream - Lightning Network: https://bit.ly/2DfDeOh - A Simplified Update Mechanism for Lightning and Off-Chain Contracts: https://bit.ly/2RIXBZu - Lightning Network Specifications on Github: https://bit.ly/2IcdNmH Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter - 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/273 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/gqhRu5iMRS8 - Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-273 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.

  • #272 Jameson Lopp: On Being a Professional Cypherpunk
    Epicenter
    01:25:39
    Technology
    24,338

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We're joined by Jameson Lopp. Jameson is the CTO of Casa, a company providing key storage solutions. Previously, he was an early engineer at BitGo. However, to most people, he is perhaps known for his Twitter presence and his excellent writing. Over the years, Jameson has written extensively about Bitcoin development, cryptocurrencies, and personal operational security. A self-proclaimed “Professional Cypherpunk,” aligns with the ideas of libertarianism and volunteerism. Topics discussed in this episode: - Jameson's background and how he learned about Bitcoin - His political view before and after discovering crypto - What stands out for Bitcoin in 2018 - His writing on the decentralized nature of Bitcoin Core development - His views on how Bitcoin compares to Ethereum on the topic of development control - His thoughts on the Lightning Network and smart contracts on top of Bitcoin - Jameson's approach to personal operational security - The tradeoffs of having air-tight personal OpSec - Casa and its vault offering Links mentioned in this episode: - Jameson Lopp's website: http://bit.ly/2sPnOeW - Jameson Lopp's Bitcoin Resources: http://bit.ly/2sR02z7 - CRYPTO 101 interview with Jameson Lopp: http://bit.ly/2B9NyHc - Bitcoin Full Validation Sync Performance (article): http://bit.ly/2BcU4gx - Reflections Upon a SWATting (article): http://bit.ly/2sUXMqC - Bitcoin By the Numbers: 2018 Recap (article): http://bit.ly/2B9NPdc - Who Controls Bitcoin Core? (article): http://bit.ly/2sRYRzp - Professional Cypherpunk Jameson Lopp on the Lightning Network (article): http://bit.ly/2sPoWPI - Decentralized Summit 2019: http://bit.ly/2BaxiG9 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/272 - YouTube: - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-272 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.

  • #271 Martin Köppelmann & Matan Field: How the dxDAO could become the world’s largest organization
    Epicenter
    01:29:46
    Technology
    17,575

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) The concept of DAOs has been captivating to many in the crypto space for years. When “The DAO” was created in 2016, in the few weeks of its existence and despite obvious flaws, it gather tremendous momentum and amassed 14% of the entire ether supply. Since then the technology has matured and Martin and Matan argue that the time for DAOs has finally arrived. We were joined by DAOstack Founder Matan Field and Gnosis Founder Martin Köppelmann. We talked about the decentralized exchange protocol DutchX. We also talked about how the two projects together created the dxDAO, which will manage the DutchX protocol, but could go onto its own path. A path that could even lead to being the DAO for all of DeFi. Topics discussed in this episode: - The unifying vision behind the various Gnosis projects - Why Gnosis decided to build decentralized exchange protocol DutchX - DutchX's usage of batch auctions to provide good prices and liquidity for any market - Incentivizing market makers with the Magnolia token - Why the DutchX needs a DAO - The role of Reputation in the dxDAO - How Reputation will be distributed - Why DAOs unlike companies could become more efficient as they grow - How the dxDAO could become the biggest organization on earth in the next 10 years - How one can get involved in the dxDAO Links mentioned in this episode: - dxDAO Website: - Joint AMA: Martin Köppelmann & Matan Field - dxDAO: - DAOtalk.org: - Introducing the dxDAO: - A brief discussion of the protocol governing the dxDAO: - The DutchX as an Open Protocol: Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/271 - YouTube: - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-271 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.

  • #270 : Looking Back on 5 Years of Epicenter
    Epicenter
    56:00
    Technology
    21,530

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Epicenter turned 5 years old this month – that's a long time in the blockchain space! When the podcast began in January 2014, the entire ecosystem was made up of only Bitcoin and a handful of altcoins. Soon after, the Ethereum white paper was published which ushered in a new era of crypto assets and decentralized applications. Since then, we have released 270 episodes and interviewed some of the leading thinkers, entrepreneurs, and engineers in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. Needless to say, we have learned a lot about the blockchain industry, but also what it takes to run a successful podcast in this space. This week, we look back on the early days of Epicenter and how the podcast has evolved over the years. We also answer your questions in our first ever AMA. Finally, we take stock of 2018 and the trends that marked this past year. 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/270 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/pNMkbJ87xVE - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-270 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.

  • #269 Joseph Lubin: Consensys – The Distributed Incubator which Jumpstarted the Ethereum Ecosystem
    Epicenter
    01:07:14
    Technology
    18,050

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) We're joined by Joseph Lubin, Founder and CEO of ConsenSys. Joseph founded ConsenSys as an Ethereum development studio on the heels of the Ethereum crowd sale in 2014. The company has since grown to a distributed organization of over 1,000 people. Over 50 companies and projects have emerged from ConsenSys, including Metamask, uPort, Gnosis, and GitCoin, to name only a few. Today, the company continues to invest in growing the Ethereum ecosystem by funding projects, and through consulting services for companies and institutions. Topics discussed in this episode: - Joseph's background working as a technologist in the financial industry - How he discovered Bitcoin in 2011 - What lead Joseph to meet Vitalik Buterin and the founding Ethereum team - How he founded ConsenSys and the company's vision - The company's impressive growth and output - The recent round of layoffs at ConsenSys - How he thinks blockchain can change the world for the better - His advice to companies feeling the pressure of the current bear market - Joseph visiton for the future of ConsenSys and Ethereum Links mentioned in this episode: - ConsenSys website: http://bit.ly/2FfPbqN - The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust (The New Yorker): http://bit.ly/2FeVjj8 - The Uncanny Mind That Built Ethereum (WIRED): http://bit.ly/2FdHDVl - ConsenSys Monthly Report — November 2018: http://bit.ly/2FcPQct - A Prehistory of the Ethereum Protocol: http://bit.ly/2FcQ2sd - Joseph Lubin on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2Ff0X4M Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter - 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/269 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/97uz09S1Us8 - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-269 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #268 Andy Bromberg: CoinList – Capital Formation for the Crypto Industry
    Epicenter
    01:08:18
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    23,006

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) When token sales and ICOs took off in 2017, most projects chose to push ahead despite large regulatory risks. One of the few that went the other direction and put compliance first was CoinList. The platform made its debut by running the massive Filecoin token sales in which $205m was raised from accredited investors. CoinList also played a major role in popularizing the SAFT and creating tools to efficiently and legally raise in the US. We were joined by CoinList President and Co-founder Andy Bromberg to discuss the history of CoinList, token sales, securities regulation and the potential of security tokens. Topics discussed in this episode: - How Andy became interested in Bitcoin and co-founded the Stanford Bitcoin Club - The Filecoin token sale and CoinList's genesis story - CoinList's due diligence for listing projects - Why they created a whitelabel token sale offering - The regulatory framework under which CoinList token sales take place - The logic behind the SAFT (Simple Agreement for Future Tokens) - How a token could transition from security to non-security - The recent SEC crackdown on projects that did ICOs - CoinList's stance on security tokens Links mentioned in this episode: - CoinList Website: http://bit.ly/2RtjuzO - Introducing CoinList: http://bit.ly/2AqStU6 - The Current State of Initial Coin Offerings: http://bit.ly/2AmSwQI - Introducing Airdrops by CoinList: http://bit.ly/2Rtjxvu - The SEC reiterates their stance on crypto: http://bit.ly/2AqVVhh - Andy Bromberg on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2VnFNpS 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/268 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/E9VaoQIIE4o - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-268 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #267 Nadav Hollander: Dharma -- A protocol for tokenized debt
    Epicenter
    01:03:46
    Technology
    29,215

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Lending is one core pillar of the economy, enabling one person or company to be entrepreneurial with someone else's capital. However, in the traditional banking system processes in lending are often opaque and the barrier to entry into this market is high. The emergence of easy to use Decentralized Finance is one of the hallmarks of 2018: To date, DeFi has brought us crypto-collateralized stable coins, decentralized exchanges, tokenized credit default swaps, trustless derivatives, and decentralized margin lending. We're joined Nadav Hollander, co-founder and president of Dharma. Dharma is a decentralized protocol for credit products which connects debtors with creditors through a transparent mechanism. The protocol itself is agnostic towards the collateral and terms used, however, the team recently introduced a crypto-collateralized margin lending application running on top of the Dharma protocol, Dharma Lever. Topics discussed in this episode: - Nadav's background and how he became interested in both blockchain technology and debt - The vision behind distributed lending - The mechanics of the Dharma protcol - The role of underwriters in the Dharma protocol - Dharma lever, an application for margin lending on the Dharma protocol - Dharma's business model - The future of decentralized finance Links mentioned in this episode: - Dharma: http://bit.ly/2ENxte3 - Dharma Lever: http://bit.ly/2ENWntT - Introducing Dharma Lever (article): http://bit.ly/2ENxyhR - Request For Blockchain Lending Startups (article): http://bit.ly/2ENxBdx - Current and Future Approaches to Unsecured Lending in Dharma Protocol (article): http://bit.ly/2EOlRHy - Dharma protocol: Debt & Liquidity for ETH (video): http://bit.ly/2ELDOXr 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/267 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/Morx86xPZrA - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-267 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #266 David Andolfatto: The Impact of Central Bank Digital Currencies on the Banking Sector
    Epicenter
    01:18:15
    Technology
    18,219

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) Since the rise of digital currencies and cryptocurrencies, central banks are considering the role these new forms of money may play in our evolving digital economy. One of the ideas studied is the notion of a central bank digital currency. While people and companies can hold central bank liabilities in the form of cash, only licensed banks have access to digital cash accounts with central banks. We're joined by David Andolfatto, VP of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. David was previously on the podcast to discuss his idea for Fedcoin, a central bank issued cryptocurrency. In a recent paper, he explores the impact central bank digital currencies may have on the monopolistic banking sector. Topics discussed in this episode: - The state of central bank research on digital currencies and cryptocurrencies - The idea that central banks may hold Bitcoin reserves - David's new paper on the impact of central bank digital currencies (CBDC) - The potential impacts of CBDC's on the banking sector and our economy - The role of fractional reserve banking in our economy - How fractional reserve banking applies to cryptocurrencies - The Debreu model and the need for money in an entirely liquid market - David's outlook for the future of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies Links mentioned in this episode: - Assessing the Impact of Central Bank Digital Currency on Private Banks (paper): http://bit.ly/2USjAje - Smart Contracts and Asset Tokenization (article): http://bit.ly/2UN4ATU - My perspective on the Bitcoin Project (article): http://bit.ly/2UOWMAZ - The Trust Machine: The Story of Bitcoin (article): http://bit.ly/2UPGHuO - Fedcoin: On the Desirability of a Government Cryptocurrency (article): http://bit.ly/2EywWfJ - David's last appearance on the podcast: http://bit.ly/2URsD40 Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/266 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/Bv33vah7-wY - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-266 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #265 James Prestwich: Summa One – Cross-chain Financial Instruments and Contracts
    Epicenter
    01:07:46
    Technology
    31,465

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) While trustless interactions on Ethereum are native to the protocol, trustless interactions between the Ethereum blockchain and other blockchains are difficult to implement. Interoperability protocols heavily rely on atomic swaps, which typically come with a free option problem. For this episode we’re joined by James Prestwich, CEO at Summa. Summa designs and implements cross-chain financial contracts and instruments such as swaps, options, futures, and auctions. Summa recently conducted a dutch auction spanning the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains: Ethereum NFTs were auctioned off trustlessly to bidders on the Bitcoin network. We also discuss Riemann, a framework for deploying transaction scripts to UTXO-based chains, as well as the advantages of the predictability of transactions in UTXO-based chains and how to bring some of those advantages to Ethereum smart contracts. Topics discussed in this episode: - James background in Japanese and how he became interested in blockchain - James contributions to Bitcoin Script - Summa's recent cross-chain auction in which Ethereum NFTs were auctioned off to participants on the bitcoin network - Riemann, a framework for deploying script based transactions to UTXO blockchains - Atomic swaps leading to free options - Advantages of transaction predictability in UTXO based chains Links mentioned in this episode: - Summa Website: http://bit.ly/2zUYZ52 - Cross-chain Auctions via Bitcoin Double Spends (article): http://bit.ly/2QNAnFc - Statesless SPV (article): http://bit.ly/2rtVIoN - Declarative Smart Contracts (article): http://bit.ly/2rELBxH - Introducing Reimann (article): http://bit.ly/2ruDPGn - James Prestwich on Twitter: http://bit.ly/2QL4blU 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/265 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/AO8wElNI2dg - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-265 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #264 Nick Sullivan: Cloudflare – The Internet's (De)centralized Security Blanket
    Epicenter
    01:20:16
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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) We enter dozens of trust relationships ever time we interact with the Web. Browsers, ISPs, DNS providers, cloud hosting companies, all the way down to the handful of people who control certificate root keys; we rely on the integrity of these intermediaries to serve reliable, and accurate information. The concentration of power by any one of these actors threatens to compromise the very foundational principles of the Web. Decentralized technologies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tor, and IPFS seek to reverse this trend. We're joined by Nick Sullivan, Chief Cryptographer at Cloudflare. Founded less than 10 years ago, the company offers content delivery services (CND), DNS, and DDoS protection to over 12 million websites. The company contributes to open source cryptography libraries, some of which are used by Etherum. They recently launched an IPFS gateway and features which allow users to have strong guarantees as to the integrity of the content. Topics discussed in this episode: - Nick's background as a cryptographer and previous position at Apple - The Internet's infrastructure and trust model - How Cloudflare is experimenting with IPFS - The challenges to hosting static websites with IPFS - Cloudflare's Onion routing service (Tor) and the benefits to users - The Roughtime protocol and encrypted SNI - Cloudflare's contribution to open-source cryptography libraries - The vulnerabilities of DNS and Cloudflare's free private DNS service (1.1.1.1) Links mentioned in this episode: - Welcome to Crypto Week (article): http://bit.ly/2E6guDp - Roughtime: Securing Time with Digital Signatures (article): http://bit.ly/2zzXB7Z - Introducing CFSSL - CloudFlare's PKI toolkit (article): http://bit.ly/2zzXIjV - End-to-End Integrity with IPFS (article): http://bit.ly/2E7Sdwy - Introducing the Cloudflare Onion Service (article): http://bit.ly/2E7SnEa - Cloudflare's Distributed Web Gateway: http://bit.ly/2zBOfbM - Nick Sullivan's website: http://bit.ly/2zCyhhH 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/264 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/P9eK7Hqn0Nc - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-264 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #263 Justin Drake: Ethereum's Audacious Roadmap to Build a True World Computer
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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) The Ethereum vision has always been to create a world computer. But its scalability and performance limitations have meant that it has fallen far short of that vision. Yet, work on scaling Ethereum has exploded in breadth and complexity over the past years. From variants of PoS, to Plasma / Plasma Cash, sharding, EWASM, BLS signatures, everything has been on the table. While confusing on the surface, underneath a coherent vision for a new Ethereum that will scale near infinitely has emerged. We were joined by Ethereum Researcher Justin Drake to discuss the Ethereum Serenity vision, its core components and the roadmap ahead. A particular focus was the beacon chain, the role of randomness and Verifiable Delay Functions. Topics discussed in this episode: - Justin's previous project building on top of Open Bazaar - Why he made the switch from application development to Ethereum consensus research - The high-level vision for Ethereum 2.0 / Serenity - The Ethereum Serenity roadmap to scaling the world computer by 1m times - The crucial role of the beacon chain - The difference between Ethereum Serenity and Polkadot - The role of randomness in making Ethereum Serenity work - The limitations of existing trustless sources of randomness - How Verifiable Delay Functions can be used to create better randomness - The Ethereum Foundation plans to develop an open-source VDF ASIC Links mentioned in this episode: - DevCon4 Talk by Justin Drake about VDF & Randomness: http://bit.ly/2TQiLHd - DevCon4 Talk by Vitalik Buterin about Ethereum 2.0: http://bit.ly/2zvOQLZ - VDF Research: http://bit.ly/2r60kRM - Minimal VDF randomness beacon - Sharding - Ethereum Research: http://bit.ly/2ra3XGd - Ethereum Project: http://bit.ly/1IBWsHV - Two Point Oh: Explaining Validators: http://bit.ly/2r6Wd81 - Two Point Oh: The Beacon Chain: http://bit.ly/2ra43O5 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/263 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/QDwaAnhSJk8 - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-263 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #262 Brian Behlendorf: Hyperledger – From Blockchain Hype to Production Networks
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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) Most observers of the ecosystem will probably agree that 2015-2017 were the years of the enterprise blockchain. It was during that time that many startups catering to enterprise were founded and funded, including Monax and Stratumn (where Brian and Sebastien previously worked). For the permissioned blockchain camp, adoption would come in the form of enterprise use cases, arguing that public networks carried too much risk, and lacked needed features like privacy. While much of the hype has subsided, large companies in every sector are forming consortia and leveraging blockchain to provide better process traceability and transparency, and reduce their reliance on third parties. We're joined by Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger. When Brian was last on the show, he had recently started his role at the Linux Foundation. Now, two years later, Hyperledger has gone from a nascent project to a mature ecosystem of technologies with hundreds of members. With dozens of networks in production, and backed by companies like IBM, Hyperleger is the most widely used blockchain technology for permissioned networks. Topics discussed in this episode: - The most important developments in Hyperledger in the last two years - Hyperledger's family of technologies - Production networks on Hyperledger - How Hyperledger Fabric differs from Tendermint and Ethereum - The evolution of the enterprise blockchain ecosystem - The separation between the permissioned and public blockchain ecosystems - Industry use cases for Hyperledger Fabric - Brian's skepticism about ICOs and tokens - The growing Hyperledger community and upcoming Global Forum in Basel this December Links mentioned in this episode: - Hyperledger website: http://bit.ly/2hp3iJZ - Hyperledger Global Forum: http://bit.ly/2Qa1rhs - Unbounded - To Network with Networks: http://bit.ly/2Qcdhrn - Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad - Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/2Q4qUJl Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/262 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/C7R7PN7Fzkw - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-262 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #261 Ben Sharafian & Stefan Thomas: Coil - A New Business Model for the Web
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    01:31:13
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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) The difficulties of compensating content creators for their work has been a driving force of the web for decades. It gave rise to advertising-driven tech giants like Google and Facebook and contributed to the decline of industries like music and publishing. Coil aims to change this and leverage blockchain and the Interledger Protocol to build a new business model for the web. We were joined by Coil Founder and former Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas and Coil Co-Founder Ben Sharifian to discuss their ambitions to change how content is consumed and paid for. Topics discussed in this episode: - What web monetization is - The difference between web monetization and web payments - The negative effects of advertising-driven business models - What the Interledger Protocol (ILP) is - The current state of ILP - Why Stefan and Ben decided to leave Ripple and start Coil - The case for web monetization as an initial use case for Coil - The idea of users paying a fixed bandwidth per second to content creators - Possible user experiences that could be built on top of Coil - How to bootstrap Coil and get adoption Links mentioned in this episode: - Coil Website: - Coil: Building a New Business Model for the Web: - Layer 3 Is for Interoperability: - Talk about Ripple and Coil at TOA18 - Stefan Thomas: - E92: Stefan Thomas - Understanding Ripple: - E131: Evan Schwartz & Stefan Thomas - Building the Internet of Payments with Interledger: Sponsors: - DutchX: The open, decentralized trading protocol for ERC20 tokens using the Dutch auction mechanism - https://epicenter.tv/dutchx - 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/261 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/lBPVAC0H8kU - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-261 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #260 : Devcon4 Recap – From HODL to BUIDL
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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) It's that time of year again, Devcon time! Just as the conference was wrapping up, we sat down at the Prague Congress Center for a Devcon4 recap. Join Brian, Friederike, Sebastien, and a surprise guest host as we share our thoughts on the event, and how the Ethereum ecosystem has evolved since we last met in Cancun. Topics discussed in this episode: - Devcon4 compared to Devcon3 - Changes to the Ethereum Foundation management - Serenity (Ethereum 2.0) roadmap - The shift from HODL to BUIDL - The apparent departure of ICOs from the landscape - The growth of grant programs - Brian's talk at the Generalized Mining panel - This year's emphasis on security - Web3 Summit in Berlin the previous week Links mentioned in this episode: - Devcon4 website: http://bit.ly/2qxKWNY - Devcon3 recap episode from Cancun: http://bit.ly/2qwiwUz Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter - 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/260 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/oa-0Eryo6yA - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-260 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #259 Gavin Wood: Substrate, Polkadot and the Case for On-Chain Governance
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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) From one of the main Ethereum clients, to Polkadot to Substrate; Parity has become exceptional at developing successful open-source blockchain projects. Their latest effort Substrate provides a framework to easily create custom blockchains. Building on cutting-edge technologies like Web Assembly, Substrate also offers automated on-chain upgrades. We were joined by Gavin Wood, who was previously co-founder and CTO of Ethereum and founded Parity. We talked about the early Ethereum days, how Parity got started, Substrate, Polkadot and his views on on-chain governance. Topics discussed in this episode: - The genesis story of Ethereum - Why Gavin prefers reasoning from first principles to reading - How Parity shunned Silicon Valley principles to build an developer-driven company - Why they decided to work on a scalable blockchain from scratch instead of improving Ethereum - An overview of Substrate - The relationship between Substrate and Polkadot - How Substrate allows switching consensus in a live blockchain - Why Ethereum's governance process is centralized - Polkadot and the case for on-chain governance Links mentioned in this episode: - Parity Technologies Website: - Polkadot Website: - E199 - Peter Czaban - Polkadot: The Internet of Blockchain Networks: - Substrate: A Rustic Vision for Polkadot by Gavin Wood at Web3 Summit 2018: - Substrate in a nutshell: - What is Substrate?: - How Polkadot tackles the biggest problems facing blockchain innovators: - Substrate testnet launched: - Epicenter episode from 2014 with Gavin Wood about Ethereum & Ether Sale: Sponsors: - Azure: Deploy enterprise-ready consortium blockchain networks that scale in just a few clicks - http://aka.ms/epicenter - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/259 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/eP4mT19S_jg - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-259 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #258 Monica Quaintance: Kadena – Public and Permissioned Blockchains that Scale
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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) We're joined by Monica Quaintance, Head of Engineering and Adoption at Kadena. While most companies providing enterprise solutions focus primarily on permissioned systems, Kadena is building both a public network protocol and private blockchain infrastructure. Their Chainweb protocol will soon launch as a public network and smart contract platform. The company claims their novel approach to proof of work offers enormous gains on transaction throughput, even at scale, while benefiting from the same security as Bitcoin. Alongside Chainwebs, Kadena is building a permissioned protocol more suited for enterprise applications in insurance and finance. Topics discussed in this episode: - Monica's background at the SEC - The genesis of Kadena and why the founders left JP Morgan - Kadena's unique approach to building both public and permissioned protocols - The Chainweb protocol and it's approach to proof of work - The incentive mechanisms in Chainweb - How Chainweb protects itself against common attack vectors - The PACT smart contract language - Kadena's enterprise blockchain offering - The company's go-to-market strategy and business model Links mentioned in this episode: - Kadena Website: http://bit.ly/2q46IIM - Chainweb Whitepaper: http://bit.ly/2q7IrBx - ChainWeb Protocol Security Calculations White Paper: http://bit.ly/2q6N671 - Kadena White Paper: http://bit.ly/2q5S83x - Confidentiality in Private Blockchain White Paper: - The Pact Smart-Contract Language White Paper: Sponsors: - DutchX: The open, decentralized trading protocol for ERC20 tokens using the Dutch auction mechanism - https://epicenter.tv/dutchx - 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/258 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/1ABwuDHGuTA - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-258 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #257 Kevin Owocki: Gitcoin – Aligning Incentives in Open-Source Development
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    01:11:39
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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) Building open source software is a collaborative process which relies on good faith and willingness of volunteers. While most of the software we use daily relies heavily on open-source libraries, incentive models are broken. Repo maintainers are eager to see their projects evolve, but have little leverage to encourage developers to contribue. And projects contributors create enormous value by dedicating their time and expertise while getting little in return. Both open and closed-source projects utilize bountied to source engineering talent. Combined with blockchain technologies, there is a potential to create efficient, two-sided markets which align incentives for all participants. We're joined by Kevin Owocki, who is the Founder of Gitcoin. The Ethereum-based platform leverages the open source community to incentivize and monetize work, remunerating developers for pull requests made to projects. Gitcoin was itself built using Gitcoin and is today facilitating bug bounty payments for dozens of blockchain projects. At the time of writing, over 200 projects have used the platform to distribute over $340,000 in bounties to developers. As Gitcoin continues to grow, the goal is to expand its reach to the broader open-source ecosystem. Topics discussed in this episode: - Kevin's background as a software engineer - The fundamental challenges in open-source development and funding - What is Gitcoin and how it addresses incentive alignment - How Gitcoin works from the perspective of both project funders and contributors - The platforms usage statistics (projects funded, contributors, bounties paid, etc.) - How Gitcoin may be used to fund closed-source bountied and public goods - Kevin's proposal for recurring payments in Ethereum (EIP1337/ERC948) - How Gitcoin is funded and the project's business model - Gitcoin's roadmap moving forward Links mentioned in this episode: - Gitcoin website: - Gitcoin leaderboard and top earners: - Gitcoin stats: - 1337 Alliance: - EIP 1337 - Subscriptions on the blockchain: - ERC948 - Recurring Subscription Models on Ethereum: http://bit.ly/2AeQjaw - Delphi Systems: http://bit.ly/2RUscob Sponsors: - DutchX: The open, decentralized trading protocol for ERC20 tokens using the Dutch auction mechanism - https://epicenter.tv/dutchx - 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/257 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/7gMw90x3YxM - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-257 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #256 Aleksandr Bulkin & Jake Brukhman: CoinFund – Crypto-Investing by Community Building
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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) CoinFund is one of the earliest crypto-funds to have taken shape, forming in early 2016. The fund is well known for running an active Community Slack, conducting great podcast interviews with cryptocurrency projects and an emphasis on building network nodes / services. We are joined by Jake Brukhman, CEO, and Alexander Bulkin, Chief Alchemist, to discuss their latest thoughts on investing in the cryptocurrency space. We cover a wide variety of themes such as their opinions on the “fat protocol hypothesis,” thesis on value capture in the cryptocurrency space, their efforts to build network nodes; and their effort to build an open source token-less technology that allows entrepreneurs to launch their blockchains. Topics discussed in this episode: - Coinfund's history - What is a cryptofund? - Coinfund approach to investing in the cryptocurrency space - Generalised mining - what it is, and how it offers cryptofunds a competitive advantage - The ADAPT toolkit - a tokenless toolkit for rapid blockchain innovation Links mentioned in this episode: - CoinFund Slack: - CoinFund interviews: - The ADAPT project: - Fat protocols are not an investment thesis: - Generalised mining: - CoinFund Twitter: Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
 – Get a $1,000 credit on your first hire - http://toptal.com/epicenter - DutchX: The open, decentralized trading protocol for ERC20 tokens using the Dutch auction mechanism - https://epicenter.tv/dutchx This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/256 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/JdAO3zKlg8U - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-256 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.