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22 minutes | Nov 21, 2022
Base Layer Episode 240: Josh Katz, Founder of YellowHeart about the future of NFTs and live events
Join us for a great show with Josh Katz, founder of YellowHeart, which aims to we harness Web3 to revitalize ticketing, and empower fans, artists, and sports teams. Utilizing the latest and greatest in Web3 technology, our team of industry experts works with you to build long-lasting and engaged fan communities, collect revenue on secondary sales of tickets & collectibles, and so much more. Josh has decades of experience in the music industry, launching the careers of many of today's biggest artists. Listen and learn.
21 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
Base Layer Episode 239: Amir Sarhangi & Craig DeWitt talk about SuperMojo, bringing financial sophistication to NFT's
It's good to be back after a few months' hiatus! It's been busy on our side, but many new shows and content are coming out soon! Today we start with Amir and Craig from SuperMojo, a new investment from our early-stage fund that, at its core, is a financing platform designed to make digital assets more accessible for users. The platform facilitates point-of-sale financing, like layaway, to make NFT purchases easier and collateralized lending for improved post-sale liquidity. Supermojo’s initial focus is to partner with marketplaces and storefronts to offer these services. Come listen to a great chat about NFTs (beyond the collectible) and how companies like SuperMojo aim to be at the forefront.
28 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Base Layer Episode 238: Rachel Black & Giel Detienne from GoodGhosting on the saving account of the future, now
We are so excited to have Rachel and Giel, the co-founders of GoodGhosting, on with us for the show. A part of the Endeavor portfolio, GoodGhosting helps users to make saving easy, fun, and rewarding. They create social savings games that use blockchain technology to reward dedicated savers. They are about improving users' financial habits by helping them save and invest. They envision a world where building wealth is simple and safe, and everyone can enjoy it!
36 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Base Layer Episode 237: Brooks Brown from NOR discusses building Web3 games for players
What an amazing, fun, and thought-provoking chat I recorded with Brooks Brown, Creator at NOR. Brooks has an amazing history, ranging from working at Lucas Arts to the production team of Avatar. His team is world-class as well and they are building one of the best new games in Web3. What makes a great game? How do you build digital asset economic systems in the games of tomorrow? We cover this and much more. Not to be missed!
17 minutes | May 20, 2022
Base Layer Episode 236: Christian Dittmeier, Co-Founder of Evaluate Market on creating the an NFT Portfolio tool for the masses
Christian from Evaluate Market joins me to discuss their work on building one of the best and easiest to use NFT Portfolio tracking tools in the world. Evaluate.Market allows NFT collectors to track and manage their portfolios and discover new projects across multiple NFT marketplaces and blockchains. Since March 2021, the website has had over 1 million unique visitors, primarily within the Flow blockchain ecosystem. Recently, the team announced the expansion of Evaluate.Market beyond Flow to include 700+ major Ethereum projects. Learn about how and why this platform could help reach hundreds of millions of users in the next few years.
27 minutes | May 4, 2022
Base Layer Episode 235: Ian McMilan, Chief Growth Officer @ Mojito on creating NFT strategies with iconic businesses and brands
It's been a while, but the show is coming back more frequently! Ian joins us from Mojito, which grew to fame by building the Metaverse Marketplace for Sotheby's in 2021. We had a great conversation about how iconic businesses and brands are working with Mojito to think about and deploy their NFT and Metaverse strategies. Why? There are billions of people out there (gamers) who are already part of the economic world. Still, even more that are just starting to be a significant part of our global economic future - and they live in metaverses to some extent already. Why did Nike, Adidas, and fashion brands build here already? Learn more from Ian.
23 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Base Layer Episode 234: Joao Borges & Matt Rutledge, founders of BAYZ on the future of Web3 Games & Guilds in Brazil
So happy to have Joao and Matt on the show to talk all about BAYZ! We got to meet the team last year as they started to build one of the best play-to-earn gaming guilds in the world that helps members earn money by playing video games and being part of a global gaming community. We discuss their focus on e-sport influencers (some big news there) and what made Brazil such an amazing part of the world to focus on. Enjoy!
26 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Base Layer Episode 233: Matty Taylor from Solana Labs on the evolution & importance of hackathons in Solana
What a great show! Matty joins me to discuss how Solana has been able to grow with the use of some of the most exciting and involved hackathons in digital assets. We also discuss their use of "hacker houses" which aim to help developers learn key coding languages in Solana development. Lastly, we discuss Riptide, their newest hackathon that already has THOUSANDS of founders submitting their newest ideas.
25 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Base Layer 232: Michael Kong, CEO of Fantom Foundation on what's been driving interest in this Layer 1 blockchain
Michael joins us for a great dive in Fantom which, according to Michael, is a high-performance, scalable, and secure smart-contract platform. It is designed to overcome the limitations of previous-generation blockchain platforms. Lachesis, its revolutionary aBFT consensus mechanism, allows Fantom to be much faster and cheaper than older technologies, yet extremely secure. We learn why DeFi developers like Andre Cronje (known from Yearn Finance and other notable projects) have been spending time here building and much more.
18 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
Base Layer Episode 231: Brian Flynn, Co-Founder of Rabbithole on building the resume of Web3
Brian joins me on Base Layer to discuss one of the most interesting projects in the digital asset ecosystem currently, Rabbithole. In this portal, one learns how to use varying functions in digital assets, from staking digital assets on DeFi platforms to buying your first ENS (Ethereum Name Service). A user goes on "quests," and as they do, they essentially build a reputation badge that can be used for entry into DAO's to show they are knowledgeable and capable participants. A must listen!
41 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
Base Layer Episode 230: Sergey Nazarov, Co-Founder of Chainlink on Web3's path to dominance
Always great to have Sergey join me on the show to talk about Chainlink's role in various sectors, whether DeFi, Gaming, and in this case, Web3. This has been a topic of heated exchanges between those in digital assets and those defending Web2, such as the founder of Twitter. Sergey discusses how and why Web3 will evolve to become the dominant force, looking at historical perspectives as key indicators of future success. We also discuss the role out of CCIP (Cross-Chain Interoperability Protocol) and this concept of the "truth machine".
29 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Base Layer Episode: 229 YGG SEA, the First sub-DAO of YGG, Bringing Players in Southeast Asia into the Metaverse
Three leading YGG SEA executives - Evan Spytma, CEO & Co-Founder, Irene Umar, Co-Founder and Indonesian Country Manager, and Daniel Wang, Chief Investment Officer join me for a conversation about their mission of creating one of the largest and most sustainable P2E virtual economies in the world. YGG SEA provides a bridge between games and players who do not have the means to purchase NFTs. Their investment philosophy is focused on scholars – they invest in games that are suitable for scholars, providing them with the opportunity to play these games and earn a living wage. Learn more in the episode!
32 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Base Layer Episode 228: Krystal Yang Founder of Ignite Tournaments on the World's First Play-to-Earn Mobile Esports Tournament Organization Platform
Krystal Yang joins me for a conversation about her journey to founding Ignite Tournaments, one of Arca Endeavor's investments. Ignite Tournaments is a tournament layer platform that sits above a native blockchain game deployed in mobile format. The platform combines esports tournament organization, streaming services with instantaneous payouts in crypto and NFTs, and provides play-to-earn functionality to any game. Come learn more about Ignite Tournaments and Krystal's accomplishments in the mobile gaming world!
23 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Episode 227: Fvckrender, from Lebron to Dior, what it's like for one of the most sought after NFT artists
It's been a while! A lot of shows coming out soon, so be on the lookout. Today we put out a show we recorded with Fvckrender, one of the most sought-after NFT artists today. Has worked with clients like Lil Nas X, Lebron James, Puma, Christian Dior, and Spotify, while being featured at Christie's and Sotheby's. We delve into his background as well, being self-taught, a high school dropout that used to be a waiter, and would work on digital art as a hobby to becoming iconic today. Enjoy!
36 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Base Layer Episode 226: Peter Ing, Founder of BlockchainSpace on enabling payments in the Play-to-Earn Ecosystem
Peter Ing joins me for a conversation about his past experiences and his journey to founding BlockchainSpace, one of Arca Endeavor’s investments. Blockchain Space is a gaming accounting and payments software firm that provides player management and in-game financing tools. Peter has 15 years of experience in FinTech and remittance firms, and has been a key ambassador of Axie Infinity for the last two years allowing him to build BlockchainSpace with key insights into the industry. Come learn more about it on the show!
26 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Base Layer Episode 225: Nick Emmons, Co-Founder of Upshot on Decentralized Sources of Truth
Nick joins me for a fascinating discussion on Upshot which is a question and answer protocol. It leverages a new field of mechanism design called peer prediction to incentivize people to answer questions honestly. Its purpose is to reliably and efficiently pair honest answers to questions. This enables and improves a number of exciting use cases such as efficient price discovery for esoteric assets, decentralized insurance, decentralized governance, content curation, and more. Find out more here.
25 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Base Layer 224: Carson Cook, Founder of Lattice on creating the Bloomberg Terminal for Digital Assets
Carson, a multi-time founder, joins us on Base Layer to discuss all the things they are building at Lattice, Arca Endeavor's second investment. Lattice brings the Bloomberg "RFQ" function (request for quote) to the world of digital asset trading, which is aiming to optimize price discovery and removal of human error. This should be a pivotal moment in the maturation of the asset class. Come learn more about it on the show!
32 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Base Layer Episode 223: Michael Wagner, Co-Founder of Star Atlas on why this has become one of the most talked about play-to-earn games
Michael joins us to discuss Star Atlas, one of the most talked-about P2E, blockchain-based games coming to market. Star Atlas is a virtual gaming metaverse based in the year 2620. The metaverse introduces a unique gaming experience through the combination of both traditional core game and blockchain mechanics, which Michael discusses along the journey of building the game. Building games is challenging in conventional markets; making a play-to-earn game is even more difficult. Learn why so many are talking about this.
30 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Base Layer Episode 222: Pat White and Amy Kalnoki from Bitwave: Helping to Understand Tax in DeFi
Pat White and Amy Kalnoki join me for a special Base Layer episode as we discuss Bitwave, a tax and accounting platform that digital asset projects are flocking to. Why? Bitwave has developed special tools to focus specifically on the implications of DeFi activity like staking, yield farming, and more. Bitwave is the first investment in our new venture fund, Endeavor, and we discuss why we invested in the team, the total addressable market, the tools they've built, and much more. To learn more about Bitwave you can go here.
50 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Base Layer Episode 221: David Nage (me) and Rayne Steinberg (CEO of Arca) about big news
Today, a big show highlights some work we have done at Arca, the firm I have helped build over the last three years. Rayne Steinberg, our CEO, joins me on the show today to navigate the news we are dropping and what it entails for the future. Fascinating stuff - I can't wait for you all to listen!
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