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  • #265 James Prestwich: Summa One – Cross-chain Financial Instruments and Contracts
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    01:07:46
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    24,026

    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
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    01:20:16
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    19,879

    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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    01:12:02
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    18,876

    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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    01:21:13
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    23,895

    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
    Epicenter
    01:31:13
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    33,783

    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
    Epicenter
    56:38
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    35,818

    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
    Epicenter
    01:36:39
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    48,666

    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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    01:25:37
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    41,891

    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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    46,294

    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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    01:21:33
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    49,830

    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.

  • #255 Kathleen Breitman & Arthur Breitman: Tezos – The Long Road Towards A Digital Commonwealth
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    01:30:04
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    46,086

    Support the show, consider donating: BTC: 1CD83r9EzFinDNWwmRW4ssgCbhsM5bxXwg (https://epicenter.tv/tipbtc) BCC: 1M4dvWxjL5N9WniNtatKtxW7RcGV73TQTd (http://epicenter.tv/tipbch) ETH: 0x8cdb49ca5103Ce06717C4daBBFD4857183f50935 (https://epicenter.tv/tipeth) The Tezos whitepaper, published in 2014, anticipated several areas that would become major issues for blockchain networks. Especially around governance and smart contract security, Tezos proposed original solutions. The project later went on to raise $232m in the biggest token sale at the time. Recently, the Tezos network launched as the first of a wave of innovative next-generation blockchain networks. We were joined by Tezos co-founders Arthur and Kathleen Breitman to discuss the history of the project, how the network functions today and how it could develop going forward. Topics discussed in this episode: - What inspired the original Tezos vision from 2014 - The critical importance of formal verification and governance - Why Arthur thinks the blockchain scalability problem is overrated - The case against decentralized applications - Why the ability to evolve and adopt new features is critical for Tezos success - Tezos' Proof-of-Stake and emerging baking ecosystem - The Tezos Foundation drama and Johann Gevers - The relationship between their company DLS and the Tezos Foundation Links mentioned in this episode: - Tezos Website: http://bit.ly/28Jru7X - E136 - Tezos – A Self-Amending Crypto-Ledger: http://bit.ly/2Rni5bn - Tezos Whitepaper: http://bit.ly/2RqToun - The $1 Billion Tezos Blockchain Is Officially Launching Monday: http://bit.ly/2RsVvOD - Inside the Crypto World's Biggest Scandal | WIRED: http://bit.ly/2xZcUGu - Tezos Twitter: 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/255 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/gwgstKCW1I0 - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-255 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture, Meher Roy & Sunny Aggarwal.

  • #254 Allen Day: Google's Mission to Provide Open Datasets for Public Blockchains
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    01:08:29
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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) Public blockchains produce enormous amounts of data. In theory, anyone can access the raw contents of transaction and blocks. In practice, however, querying blockchains can prove to be a daunting task. The difficulty lies in the fact that blockchains are particular types of distributed databases and thus carry several limitations. Most, if not all, blockchains lack the most basic SQL querying capabilities supported by nearly every off-the-shelf database system. Take Bitcoin as an example. Its API lacks even the most basic calls which would allow a user to query any address and receive the balance. In order to achieve this, block explorers and alike have developed sophisticated middleware infrastructure that parses the blockchain, normalizes the data, and stores it in a database, where it can be queried. In the best of cases, companies offer API calls for only a limited set of operations. Google hopes to change this by freeing blockchain datasets. We're joined by Allen Day, Science Advocate at Google's Singapore office. Earlier this year, he and his team released the Bitcoin blockchain as a public dataset in Big Query, Google big data IaaS offering. In August, they added Ethereum to their list of freely available public datasets, which includes US census data, cannabis genomes, and the entirety of Reddit and Github. Anyone wishing to query the data can do so in SQL on the Big Query website or via an API. For instance, a relatively simple query would return the daily mean transaction fees since the Genesis Block in just a few seconds. Coupled with Google's AI and Machine Learning infrastructure and other open data sets, one can only imagine the potentially groundbreaking insights we could gain from this data. Topics discussed in this episode: - Allen's background as a geneticist - The similarities between blockchains and evolution process in lifeforms - Google's cloud platform and its various components - Big Query and its publicly available datasets - The Bitcoin and Ethereum datasets in Big Query - Why this data is useful to the public and for what it may be used - The particular challenges in implementing Ethereum as opposed to Bitcoin - Insights we may gain by crossing blockchain dataset with other data - How machine learning and AI could help us better understand specific transaction patterns Links mentioned in this episode: - Bitcoin in BigQuery: blockchain analytics on public data: http://bit.ly/2zw1PxJ - Bitcoin Blockchain Public Dataset: https://bit.ly/2xH7waE - Ethereum in BigQuery: a Public Dataset for smart contract analytics: http://bit.ly/2ObcZjt - Ethereum in BigQuery: how we built this dataset: http://bit.ly/2If5HWt - Ethereum Blockchain Public Dataset: http://bit.ly/2xGFNqD - Change Agent by Daniel Suarez: http://bit.ly/2NJaHss - Real-time Ethereum Notifications for Everyone for Free: http://bit.ly/2QZxdv2 - ethjs-abi library, compiled for use in Google BigQuery: http://bit.ly/2R27BxZ - Kaggle: Your Home for Data Science: http://bit.ly/2xH7DD6 - The Strange Inevitability of Evolution - Issue 20: Creativity - Nautilus: http://bit.ly/2DwpxOe - 1.7 billion reddit comments loaded on BigQuery : bigquery: http://bit.ly/2QaTnto - Google Cloud: http://bit.ly/2NFjnQB 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/254 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/KEnPTtemons - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-254

  • #253 Angela C. Walch: The Case for Treating Developers as Fiduciaries in Public Blockchains
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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 expectation has become widespread that blockchains will end up underpinning major societal infrastructures. The narrative in the blockchain space is that networks are decentralized and trustless and thus regulation should not apply to networks directly. Legal scholar Angela C. Walch has been questioning terms like decentralization and trustlessness and argues that blockchains shift the need for trust rather than remove it. Her controversial ideas include that key developers of open-source project should be treated as fiduciaries and held accountable for the consequences of their work. Angela Walch is a professor of law at St Mary University School of Law and a Research Fellow at the Center for Blockchain at UCL. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has been doing academic work on legal issues surrounding public blockchains since 2013. Topics discussed in this episode: - How she became interested in Bitcoin and issues around the narratives of decentralization and trustlessness - How her work has been received in the blockchain space - The problematic lack of a clear definition of terms like trustless, immutable and decentralized - Why blockchains should be looked at as trust-shifting, not trustless - The definition and role of fiduciaries in society - Why blockchain developers could be considered fiduciaries - The practical implications and difficulties of regulating blockchain developers as fiduciaries - How the SEC's stance on blockchains connects with the question of developers being fiduciaries - Her personal views on the value and promise of blockchain tech Links mentioned in this episode: - Angela Walch: https://angelawalch.com - Angela C. Walch - St. Mary's Law: https://law.stmarytx.edu/academics/faculty/angela-walch/ - Angela Walch – Medium: https://medium.com/@awalch - In Code(rs) We Trust: Software Developers as Fiduciaries in Public Blockchains: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3203198 - The Path of the Blockchain Lexicon (and the Law): https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Papers.cfm?abstract_id=2940335 - Open-Source Operational Risk: Should Public Blockchains Serve as Financial Market Infrastructures?: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2879239 - Coin-Operated Capitalism paper: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3215345 - Journal of Financial Technology: http://www.thejft.com/ - Introducing: The Journal of Financial Technology – Angela Walch – Medium: https://medium.com/@awalch/introducing-the-journal-of-financial-technology-65d233a3d5e2 Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
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  • #252 Ralph Merkle: Revolutionizing Democracy Using DAOs (rebroadcast)
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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) Legendary scientist and cryptography pioneer Ralph Merkle joined us to discuss his recent paper on DAOs. Merkle examined how the voting mechanisms in today’s democracies are flawed and how a decentralized, transparent DAO making decisions using prediction markets could create more efficient democratic systems. Topics discussed in this episode: - Merkle proofs, Merkle Roots and his early forays into cryptography - Blockchains as living organisms - Why DAOs will be subject to a Darwinian evolutionary process - Why voting is flawed and we need new governance methods to save democracy - The concept of a DAO democracy - How prediction markets and futarchy would help govern a DAO democracy Links mentioned in this episode: - Ralph Merkle DAO Democracy Paper [PDF]: http://merkle.com/papers/DAOdemocracyDraft.pdf - Ralph Merkle's Homepage: http://www.merkle.com/ - Ralph Merkle's Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Merkle - Episode 98 with Robin Hanson on futarchy & prediction markets: https://epicenter.tv/episode/098/ - Tim Urban: Why Cryonics Makes Sense: https://waitbutwhy.com/2016/03/cryonics.html - Alcor - Life Extension Foundation: https://www.alcor.org/ Sponsors: - 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/252 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/jPc46QaYvwM - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-252 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

  • #251 Glen Weyl: Radical Markets – Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society
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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 rise of populism and increasing inequality have led to widespread questioning of democracy and capitalism. Glen Weyl, a political economist and Principal Researcher at Microsoft, along with legal scholar Eric Posner, published a book called 'Radical Markets'. Radical Markets explores how restructuring property rights and voting systems could lead to more efficient markets and a more just society. Glen joined us to discuss the book and why the blockchain space is a fertile testbed to explore these radical new ideas. Topics discussed in this episode: - Why blockchain is on a trajectory to exacerbate inequality and fail at improving the world - Why property should be seen as a monopolistic institution - How property rights create inefficient markets - The radical idea of transforming property rights via a Common Ownership Self-Assessed Tax (COST) - How the one-person-one-vote system contributed to the crisis of democracy - How quadratic voting works and leads to fairer outcomes - Whether or not buying of votes should be allowed in QV - His work with Vitalik and radical markets experiments in blockchain Links mentioned in this episode: - Radical Markets: http://radicalmarkets.com/ - Glen Weyl Website: http://glenweyl.com/ - Property is Only Another Name for Monopoly (2017): https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=12668&context=journal_articles - On Radical Markets - Vitalik Buterin Book Review: https://vitalik.ca/general/2018/04/20/radical_markets.html - Liberation Through Radical Decentralization – Post by Vitalik & Glen: https://medium.com/@VitalikButerin/liberation-through-radical-decentralization-22fc4bedc2ac - This economist wants to abolish private property using blockchain | Wired: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/blockchain-private-property-vitalik-buterin-glen-weyl Sponsors: - Toptal: Simplify your hiring process & access the best blockchain talent
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  • #250 Clement Lessage & Federico Ast: Kleros – Crowdsourced Arbitration for Blockchain Applications
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    01:10:16
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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) Dispute resolution is the process by which contracting parties settle disagreements. Whether in the form of litigation, arbitration, or other means of mediation, every contract defines a dispute resolution mechanism and jurisdiction. It is the metaphorical Lady Justice, measuring the strength of each party's arguments, and reaching a decision based on evidence. Smart contracts are unique in this sense. Unlike traditional contracts, they are rigid and deterministic. Written in computer code, nuances in human language and vagueness of terms do not exist in this realm. There are no judges, no jury, just calculated execution. The DOA hack and other similar events have prompted observers of the space to express the need for smart contract dispute resolution. Some have suggested "exit switches" (https://epicenter.tv/episode/142/) that would allow for human intervention when edge cases appear. But could the arbitration process be integrated into the smart contract and on the blockchain? We're joined by, Federico Ast and Clement Lessage, respectively CEO and CTO of Kleros. This dispute resolution layer provides contracting parties with a fast and secure process for arbitration. The system is broken up into courts and sub-courts, each specializing in specific matters like e-commerce, insurance, and transport. In the event of a dispute, parties submit their case to Kleros, where a crowd of expert jurors analyses the evidence. When all votes are cast, the decision is enforced by the smart contract, which may unlock funds, or provide parties with additional time to fulfill the terms of the agreement. Clever incentive mechanisms reward jurors who vote with the crowd, making Kleros resistant to bribe attacks and collusion between jurors. Topics discussed in this episode: - Federico and Clement's respective backgrounds, including a crowd arbitration project called Jury. - The vision behind Kleros and the problem it addresses - The case for crowd-sourced jurors as a means to find the best judgment - The game theory and incentive mechanisms embedded in Kleros - Kleros' hierarchical system of courts and sub-courts - How jury selection works and who administers courts - The system's built-in governance mechanism and its purpose - The Kleros token, Pinkaion coin, and it's utility in the system - “Doge on Trial,” a clever experiment to find authentic doges - The current status of the project and roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - Kleros Website: https://kleros.io - Kleros White Papper: https://kleros.io/assets/whitepaper.pdf - Doges on Trial: https://dogesontrial.dog - Why Decentralization Matters by Chris Dixon: https://medium.com/@cdixon/why-decentralization-matters-5e3f79f7638e Sponsors: This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/250 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/efzSmpac2pw - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-250 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

  • #249 Ryan Zurrer: Polychain – A Crypto Hedge Fund Success Story
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    01:28:10
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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 are joined by Ryan Zurrer, Principal and Venture partner, at Polychain capital. Polychain capital is a breakout crypto hedge fund with over $100 million in assets under management, and large investments in major crypto projects such as Dfinity, Polkadot, Filecoin and Vest. Ryan was the first person to join Olaf Carlson Wee in managing this fund. He built multiple companies in the wind energy industry prior to making a switch to the cryptocurrencies. In this episode, we go behind the scenes of the Polychain success story. We get details on what crypto hedge funds are, how Polychain got started, reasons for its breakout success, its approach to blockchain investments and the current challenges of running a crypto hedge fund. Ryan also walks us through Polychain's interest areas - Layer 1 blockchain protocols such as Filecoin, Dfinity and Polkadot; and financial derivative protocols. If you want to understand how some of the leading minds allocate capital at a large scale in the cryptocurrency industry, check out the episode. Topics discussed in this episode: - What is a crypto hedge fund? - Differences between a crypto hedge fund and a venture capital firm - The Polychain success story and how it played out - Polychain's approach to cryptocurrency investments and entrepreneurs - Polychain's major flagship investments - Filecoin, Dfinity and Polkadot - Polychain's perspective in the “frozen Parity ether” debate Links mentioned in this episode: - Polychain capital website: https://polychain.capital - Fortune article on Polychain: http://fortune.com/2018/06/26/polychain-capital-bitcoin/ - Previous Epicenter episode on Polychain with Olaf Carlson Wee: http://epicenter.tv/173 - Polychain's perspective on the “Parity frozen ether” controversy: https://medium.com/@rzurrer/evolution-dogma-a-proposed-path-towards-ether-fund-recovery-9810f213e8ee Sponsors: This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/249 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/OreFQNkRvhs - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-249 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

  • #248 Uri Klarman: Layer-0 Scaling with the Blockchain Distribution Network
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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) Until now, proposals to improve blockchain scalability have addressed the problem in one of two ways. One seeks to increase efficiency by optimizing the blockchain or improving the consensus algorithm. The other comes in the forms of layer-2 solutions such as payment channels or side chains. However, none have addressed the core bottleneck to scalability: TCP/IP network limitations. Improving the speed at which blocks propagate through the network is the layer-0 problem few people consider when thinking about scaling. Fundamentally, network bottlenecks are what prevent blockchains from increasing their transaction throughput. Raising the block size or reducing the time between blocks has devastating effects on usability as the probability of a fork increases. At a certain point, the blockchain simply breaks as forks occur faster than blocks can propagate to all validators. Remarkably, the web figured out how to scale decades ago with the invention of Content Distributions Networks, or CDN. This is what enables platforms like YouTube to steam thousands of hours of video to hundreds of thousands of people every second. However, traditional centralized scaling solutions lack the privacy and censorship resistance necessary to serve the decentralized web. We're joined by Uri Klarman, CEO of bloXroute. Founded by a team of researchers and systems designers from Northwestern and Cornel University, including Emin Gün Sirer, bloXroute allows practically every blockchain network to “scale today.” As a scalability infrastructure service, their Blockchain Distribution Network, or BDN, sits underneath blockchain networks. Anyone operating a miner can use the BDN without any changes to their consensus algorithm or protocol. By simply pointing their software to a bloXroute node, miners immediately benefit from propagation speeds orders of magnitude higher than the time which is currently required for blocks to be seen by all validators. This global network of servers is optimized to receive and stream massive amounts of transaction data to vast networks of nodes and miners. While bloXroute relies on some level of centralization, it is provably neutral and cannot discriminate based on the contents, provenance or destination of a block. It also includes clever redundancy mechanisms which ensure availability in the event of an attack on the network. Topics discussed in this episode: - Uri's journey as an academic working in the field of networking - Defining the blockchain scalability problem as a networking problem - Past work and attempts to scale blockchains - The vision behind bloXroute and the problem it aims to solve - The Blockchain Distribution Network (BDN) and its technical architecture - How the BDN optimizes blocks and achieves 1,000x faster propagation times - How bloXroute archives provable neutrality and ensures network resiliency - The BLXR token and incentive mechanisms - The project's goals, milestones, and product roadmap Links mentioned in this episode: - bloXroute Website: https://bloxroute.com/ - bloXroute White Paper: https://bloxroute.com//wp-content/uploads/2018/03/bloXroute-whitepaper.pdf Sponsors: - Shapeshift: Buy and sell alt coins instantly and securely without a centralized exchange - http://epicenter.tv/shapeshift This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/248 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/WmzH8Lz7L1U - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-248 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

  • #247 Ryan Selkis: Messari - Bringing Transparency and Self-Regulation to the Blockchain Industry
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    01:08:09
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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) Since he started blogging as Two Bit Idiot in 2013, Ryan Selkis has been both industry insider and industry critic. Consistently calling out excesses and abuses, but also maintaining his sights on the long-term potential. He recently founded Messari, a project that aims to bring more transparency and fairness to the industry. Messari has narrowed in on siloed, inaccurate and incomplete data as a key factor that allows insiders to profit at the expense of the public. We talked about the various ways in which Messari tackles that problem, ranging from a community-led effort to gather project data to the ambitious goal of a token-curated registry of stand-up projects. Topics discussed in this episode: - Ryan's start into the crypto industry as pseudonymous blogger Two Bit Idiot - His insights from being the Digital Currency Group's first employee - CoinDesk and the challenges of journalism in crypto - Why poor and inaccurate information benefits industry insiders at the expense of retail investors - Messari's mission to lead a self-regulatory effort for the crypto industry - How an open, distributed crypto data library could help create a fairer playing field - The plans for Messari's token-curated registry of projects following reporting standards - The economics and game theory around the Messari token and TCR Links mentioned in this episode: - Messari - Crypto News, Pricing, and Research: https://messari.io/ - Introducing Messari: An Open-Source EDGAR Database for Cryptoassets: https://medium.com/tbis-weekly-bits/introducing-messari-an-open-source-edgar-database-for-cryptoassets-46fec1b402f6 - Messari Whitepaper: https://messari.github.io/tcr/whitepaper.pdf - A token to self-regulate tokens. But really.: https://medium.com/@twobitidiot/a-token-to-self-regulate-tokens-but-really-a61da77e6a7b - Cryptoasset network value, market cap, rankings & metrics | OnChainFX: https://onchainfx.com/ - Ryan Selkis (@twobitidiot) | Twitter: https://twitter.com/twobitidiot - Messari Community Analyst Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DxH-QgSn57BzGC_qAsIElF5UJGg_b10jplqbRs798fQ/viewform?edit_requested=true This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/247 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/x8zTE5I1kGU - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-247 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.

  • #246 Guy Zyskind: Enigma – Providing Scalable Privacy-Preservation to Smart Contacts
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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) Privacy and scalability are arguably the most challenging issues blockchains face. Scalable privacy-preserving state machines are inherently difficult. While cryptocurrencies like Zcash have proven trustworthy for simple transactions, privacy in smart contract platforms is an entirely different animal. We're joined by Guy Zyskind, CEO of Enigma, a platform for scalable decentralized apps which preserves privacy. The Enigma network treats Ethereum smart contracts as “secret contracts” and can perform computations on encrypted data. Inputs are broken into pieces and distributed to network nodes which perform computations on a segment of the full data. Once returned to the Ethreum chain, data is reassembled and may be decrypted to reveal the result. Leveraging secure multi-party computation and Trusted Execution Environments (TEE), Enigma prevents a malicious actor from gaining access to the input data and the computation results. Topics discussed in this episode: - Guy's background and secure computation research at MIT - The different approaches to privacy preservation in computing - The different multi-party computations methods and how they work - Fully Homomorphic Encryption in the context of MPC - How Enigma would preserve privacy for a simple application like tallying votes - How Enigma reads encrypted data from the Ethereum network and leverages Trusted Execution Environments to perform computations - How developers build smart contracts which use Enigma - The role of the Enigma token as an incentive mechanism - How Enigma ensures network availability by penalizing nodes which go offline - The current state of the project and upcoming milestones This episode is also available on : - Epicenter.tv: https://epicenter.tv/246 - YouTube: http://youtu.be/ajAUByRZGWM - Souncloud: http://soundcloud.com/epicenterbitcoin/eb-246 Watch or listen, Epicenter is available wherever you get your podcasts. Epicenter is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain, Sébastien Couture & Meher Roy.