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Chorus One Podcast
44 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
#47 Wormhole: A Pathway for All Blockchain Information
On the show today, we have Hendrik Hofstadt, director of digital assets at Jump Trading and core contributor to Wormhole. Wormhole is a simple, generic protocol that delivers a pathway for any kind of information—funds, votes, programs and more—from any blockchain in the network to any other. In short, Wormhole acts as a notary that allows message passing between networks. Recently, Wormhole announced they would launch version 2 of their network, which will go-live connecting four networks - Ethereum, Terra, Solana and Binance Smart Chain. Wormhole has a set of 19 validators known as guardians, which attest to finalised chain state in a p2p network that is verifiable. 19 guardians publish a signature if they see a finalised message being posted on a network and Wormhole network aggregates the signatures to produce verifiable action approvals to be consumed on other networks. In a way Wormhole acts as a light client itself on networks it connects to. This podcast is a deep-dive into one of the hottest networks of 2021, tune-in to hear all about the origin story, the intricacies of the network, how it can be used, what’s to come in the future and so much more.
38 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
#46 Umee: Building the Term Structure of Staking Reward Rates
On the show today we have Brent Xu, founder of Umee. Umee is a suite of cross-chain DeFi protocols that interconnects between Cosmos and Ethereum. Umee takes inspiration from Brent's experience in DeFi, Proof-of-Stake and Fixed Income. Umee has 3 core products at launch, multichain staking, cross-chain DeFi rates and interchain leverage. The podcast explores Brent's background in TradFi and some TradFi concepts such as the term structure of interest rates and covers how Umee is bringing a lot of TradFi concepts to DeFi such as a term structure of interest rates. We discuss everything from why time-values are important in crypto, Umee 2-token model for cross-chain lending/borrowing, how Umee builds yield curves for staking rates and much more.
39 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
#45 Axelar: Consensus Agnostic Interoperability with Sergey Gorbunov
On the show today, we have Sergey Gorbunov, co-founder of Axelar. Axelar network is a decentralized state machine responsible for facilitating cross-chain requests. Axelar’s gateway protocol is a delivery and routing protocol that can work with any arbitrary blockchain regardless of consensus. This means any decentralised network can plug-in to Axelar seamlessly to access liquidity amongst other things from all other decentralised networks. Axelar also gives developers the freedom to connect their dApp into external networks that might have been previously inaccessible to them without redesigning the smart contracts. The show with Sergey covers his previous experience, how Axelar is different from Cosmos and Polkadot, what validators do for the network, their solution for scaling threshold cryptography and their vision for an interoperability network that is consensus and state transition agnostic.
35 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
#44 Sommelier: Improving Tooling for Liquidity Providers with Jack Zampolin
On the show today we have Jack Zampolin, co-founder of Sommelier. Sommelier network improves tooling for DeFi liquidity providers (aka LPs) on Ethereum. The first DeFi vertical that Sommelier is targeting is Uniswap V3 liquidity provision. Right now, the experience to swap assets on Uniswap is great but the tools for liquidity providers to optimise their returns are lacking. Sommelier will be used as a one-stop shop for Ethereum LPs to maximise their returns through pooling of liquidity, informed optimisations and structured products. We speak to Jack about how Sommelier democratises the LP experience, how they built the protocol and what a user can expect before their upcoming mainnet launch.
50 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
#43 Agoric: An Integrated Economy of Secure Smart Contracts with Dean Tribble
37 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
#42 Injective: Multichain Derivative Markets with Eric Chen
On the show today we have Eric Chen, co-founder and CEO of Injective Protocol. Injective is an EVM-compatible, interoperable order-book based decentralised exchange that acts as a layer-2 sidechain, built using Tendermint-based consensus. Injective’s canary-chain phase 2 mainnet recently went live earlier in July, which introduced staking and governance to the network. Injective’s Governance has already passed the activation of spot market trading and is likely to enable derivative trading soon. We caught up with Eric to discuss Injective’s go-to-market strategy, the mechanism for proposing arbitrary markets using governance, how Injective improves price discovery for liquid staking assets, their unique usage of yield boosting for community participation, institutional interest in Injective and much more.
36 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
#41 Moonbeam: Bringing Ethereum dApps to Polkadot with Derek Yoo
On the show today we have Derek Yoo, CEO of PureStake and co-founder of Moonbeam. Moonbeam is a Polkadot parachain designed for developers that combines full Ethereum compatibility with the power of Polkadot. Moonbeam uses another network known as Moonriver to test and verify code under real economic conditions on Kusama. Moonriver won the second-ever parachain auction on Kusama just days ago and is now producing blocks. We have Derek on to discuss Moonriver’s winning auction on Kusama, the tangibility of community on Polkadot, why some projects choose to deploy on Kusama and not Polkadot, upcoming plans in store for Moonbeam, plus so much more.
43 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
#40 Osmosis: The Interchain AMM Protocol
On the show today we have Sunny Aggarwal and Josh Lee, co-founders of Osmosis. Osmosis is a fair-launched, customizable automated market maker for interchain assets. Osmosis’ differentiator compared to other decentralised exchanges is the customisation it gives all participants in the network. For example, liquidity pool creators have the flexibility to create their own formulas and fees that determine prices of assets. Liquidity providers have customisable tools to provide liquidity to suit their own risk preferences. Whilst users can swap any asset connected to the IBC, making it the world’s first truly interoperable AMM. During the show, we discuss Osmosis network launch, the first stress-test of IBC, the importance of privacy on DEXs, reverse staking derivatives and more.
42 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
#39 Helium: From Proof of Coverage to Proof of Stake with Scott Sigel
On the show today we have Scott Sigel, Director of Operations for the Decentralized Wireless Alliance. Helium network is a novel decentralised network because it is not just a blockchain or an application, but a worldwide decentralised physical wireless network, powered by hotspots. The wireless network is known as LongFi and incorporates state-of-the-art wireless network tech with blockchain. Companies use Helium network as a cost-effective alternative to track their IoT devices and network participants set-up hotspots to earn HNT rewards. We have Scott on the show today to talk about their newly announced transition to a Proof-of-Stake network and cover things ranging from hotspots to consensus to their ambitions to build the world’s first user-owned 5G network.
37 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Chorus One Podcast #38 - Persistence (Tushar Aggarwal)
On the show today we have Tushar Aggarwal, CEO of Persistence One. Persistence One is a network in the Cosmos ecosystem with bold ambitions to bridge traditional finance to decentralised finance. Already with 5 products outstanding, we took the time to speak with Tushar about Persistence’s journey so far. In the show we discuss the many products of Persistence, their initial use of validating nodes to bootstrap their protocol, their future plans to bring liquid staking to Cosmos, the importance of interoperability for liquidity and a lot more. Intro Song: Track: Split — KV
38 minutes | May 25, 2020
37 Lunie: Multi-Network Staking and Governance with Jordan Bibla
Lunie is a multi-network wallet focused on staking networks and on-chain governance. Lunie was one of the first wallets for Cosmos (then Voyager) and has since expanded to support multiple networks from the Cosmos ecosystem (Terra, E-Money) with Polkadot and other networks coming soon. In this episode, Felix is joined by Jordan Bibla. CEO and Co-Founder of Lunie, to discuss the crypto wallet and staking ecosystems. The episode begins going into the background of Lunie and the products the team has built (web and mobile apps, as well as a browser extension). Felix and Jordan explore UX difficulties in staking networks, how newly launching networks should go about building communities, protocol governance, and insights from developing one of the most used wallets focused on staking. The second part of the episode dives into Lunie’s upcoming freemium notification feature and Jordan shares his views on the most important developments in the blockchain ecosystem. Lunie Website: https://lunie.io Jordan’s Post on Bootstrapping a Community: https://medium.com/luniehq/how-to-bootstrap-a-proof-of-stake-community-543a29585b62 Delegations to Inactive Validators on Tezos: https://www.reddit.com/r/tezos/comments/dvucah/wake_up_delegators_dead_bakers_have_you_follow/ Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
42 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
36: Band Protocol: Off-Chain Data for the Internet of Blockchains with Soravis Srinawakoon
In this episode, Brendan and Felix are joined by Soravis Srinawakoon, Co-Founder and CEO of Band Protocol, a data governance framework for Web3. Band is soon launching its own Cosmos SDK chain focused on provisioning oracle data for blockchain applications. We cover what the oracle problem is, how Band is able to provide off-chain data to blockchain applications in a single transaction, what the team imagines the role of Band Chain to be within the ecosystem and take a look at the parties involved in Band’s ecosystem. The second part of our conversation focuses on decentralized finance and the need for reliable oracle solutions, as well as a discussion of recent events following the “Black Thursday” crash that shook the Ethereum DeFi ecosystem. We wrap up with Soravis telling us about upcoming hackathons and the current state of the network leading up to mainnet. Band Protocol Website: https://bandprotocol.com/ Cross-Chain Hackathon with Band: https://medium.com/bandprotocol/cross-chain-virtual-hackathon-w-cosmos-agoric-band-protocol-spread-the-pandemic-inside-487747e2b1e Game of Zones: https://goz.cosmosnetwork.dev/ Band x Chorus Announcement: https://blog.chorus.one/partnering-with-band-protocol-to-bring-off-chain-data-to-the-internet-of-blockchains/ Band x Chorus AMA Summary: https://blog.chorus.one/band-ama Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
44 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
35 Centrifuge & Tinlake: The OS for the Financial Supply Chain with Lucas Vogelsang
Centrifuge is building the operating system for trade finance. In this episode, Brian is joined by Lukas Vogelsang, CEO of Centrifuge, to speak about the technologies Centrifuge is building to enable more efficient, transparent, and privacy-preserving supply chain financing. We start by exploring the background of the idea and the founders’ decade long background in the area of trade finance with Taulia, a company focused on invoice financing and working capital management, which is currently handling over $20bn in invoices a year. Lukas then goes into how his interest in crypto and the idea for Centrifuge, which is to build to tools to bring off-chain financial assets into the decentralized finance ecosystem, came about. He goes into how Centrifuge turns off-chain documents such as invoices into NFTs and how these NFTs can be bundled into collateralized pools to enable their usage in DeFi using Centrifuge’s asset-backed lending protocol Tinlake. Lukas explains the advantages of transparency for asset-backed lending, Tinlake’s tranched two token model, and their experiments using this system in collaboration with the Maker team and other partners such as Paperchain and Shuttle One. Lukas goes into how real-world assets as collateral could bring stability to Maker’s Multi-Collateral DAI system. Finally, Lukas talks about launching their own Substrate-based chain that allows Centrifuge to mint tokenized assets using Tinlake while maintaining privacy for asset originators. Centrifuge Website: https://centrifuge.io Tinlake: https://centrifuge.io/products/tinlake/ Centrifuge Twitter: https://twitter.com/centrifuge Centrifuge Blog: https://medium.com/centrifuge Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
58 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
34 Flow: A Blockchain by and for Smart Contract Developers with Dieter Shirley
In this episode, Felix is joined by Dieter “dete” Shirley, CTO at Dapper Labs. The team at Dapper Labs, a spin-off from Axiom Zen, are the creators of Cryptokitties and have spent recent years to create their own blockchain optimized for decentralized applications building on their learnings of writing some of the most widely used smart contracts. The podcast begins with Dieter going into his background in crypto and how Cryptokitties emerged out of a series of ideas his former company at Axiom Zen had for blockchain applications. We then talk about how Cryptokitties helped the team realize both the benefits and shortcomings of Ethereum and Solidity development. Dieter explains how Flow is designed from the ground up with composability and developer experience in mind. We go into detail as to how Flow is able to scale by having multiple separate node roles, the interplay between them, as well as benefits that Flow tooling and the programming language Cadence provide to developers. Finally, we wrap up with a discussion of the economics in a blockchain with multiple different roles. Flow Website: https://www.onflow.org/ Playground (live version of Cadence emulator): https://www.onflow.org/play Flow Alpha Developer Program: https://www.onflow.org/flow-alpha Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
35 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
33 Oasis: Privacy-Preserving Smart Contracts with Andrew Miller and Vishwanath Raman
One of the major factors hampering blockchain adoption is that current decentralized applications only function when all associated data is public. Many real world use cases are only possible when participating parties can be assured that their information is kept private. Oasis is a network that is focused on enabling privacy-preserving smart contracts through the use of secure enclaves. In this podcast episode, Meher and Brendan are joined by Andrew Miller and Vishwanath Raman, who are part of the Oasis Labs team working in product marketing (Andrew) and engineering (Vishwanath). The four start with a discussion of how Oasis got started and the connection to UC Berkeley. Then, in the first part of the interview, an overview of the Oasis protocol and key target markets follows. The episode discusses how the Oasis privacy protocol works technically and how it compares to other privacy-enhancing solutions. Specifically, Andrew and Vishwanath walk through a voting example and go through other use cases, features of the Oasis blockchain, the project’s go-to-market strategy, as well as the roadmap including the ongoing incentivized testnet “The Quest”. Finally, the four discuss implications of Intel security vulnerabilities and the developer experience of writing privacy-preserving smart contracts. Oasis Website: https://www.oasislabs.com/ Oasis Twitter: https://twitter.com/OasisLabs The Quest Testnet: https://www.oasis-protocol.org/quest Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
44 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
32 Coda: Sound Money and SNARKs with Emre Tekisalp and Brad Cohn
While most other upcoming smart contract platforms seem to have identified throughput as the major bottleneck for why blockchains haven’t found mass adoption yet, Coda has focused on a different part of the stack that they perceive to be a much more important issue plaguing blockchain, which is how long it takes for new participants to verify the blockchain. Coda is using recursive zk-SNARK technology which enables them to create a constant-sized blockchain, making it really easy for clients to verify the correctness of the ledger. In this episode, Meher and Felix are joined by Emre Tekisalp, director of BD, and Brad Cohn, strategy & operations from the O(1) Labs team to discuss Coda’s approach to building a new blockchain platform. The podcast starts out going into the background of the two, a high-level overview of Coda follows and we discuss what Coda’s unique design enables and cover the go-to-market strategy of the project. From there the discussion leads us to discuss monetary policy and the implications of taxes on Proof-of-Stake networks. After this quick detour, we get back to discussing how the Coda protocol technically works leading to an extensive celebration of zk-SNARK technology during which Brad and Emre explain the progress in the field and why zk-SNARKs are so exciting. Finally, we wrap up the episode with some information on Coda’s Genesis testnet program. Coda Protocol Website: https://codaprotocol.com/ Genesis Program: https://codaprotocol.com/genesis Coda Discord: https://bit.ly/CodaDiscord Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
38 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
31 Unslashed: Insuring Blockchain Risks with Marouane Hajji
Insurance is a part of the finance stack that has received less attention in the Defi space compared to other segments like lending and derivatives. In this episode, Meher and Felix are joined by Marouane Hajji, Co-Founder at Unslashed, to talk about blockchain risk, insurance, and the protocol that Unslashed is building. We start out exploring why blockchain risks can’t yet be insured using traditional insurance methods, as well as the go-to-market approach of Unslashed and their first product: a fully collateralized slashing insurance. We also discuss the interplay between staking derivatives and insurance and the interplay of the Melon Protocol and Unslashed to manage collateral for risk underwriters. Unslashed Website: https://unslashed.finance Unslashed Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnslashedF Marouane’s Presentation on Staking x DeFi during Trust-Less 2020: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/trust-less-2020-validator-conf/21 Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
41 minutes | Jan 28, 2020
30 Cosmos Governance Working Group with Figment’s Gavin Birch
In this episode Felix is joined by Gavin Birch, community analyst at Figment Networks, who has took it upon himself to improve the decentralized governance process of the Cosmos Hub. We start by going into Gavin’s background in the crypto space and how he joined the Figment team before exploring Gavin’s experience working on coordinating the upgrade to Cosmos Hub 3. Figment recently put forth a proposal to the Cosmos community pool, which is a source of capital that the Cosmos Hub is collecting by taxing block rewards and transactions fees. The proposal (#23, linked below) seeks to fund Gavin’s work to form a Governance Working Group and to create a bunch of documentation and templates that should help everyone to better understand the governance process, as well as lower the barrier of entry of filing a funding proposal to the community pool. Felix and Gavin explore the intricacies of blockchain governance and discuss controversies and learnings from this early experiment in decentralized funding. Cosmos Governance Working Group Twitter and Social Links: https://twitter.com/CosmosGov Proposal 23: https://hubble.figment.network/cosmos/chains/cosmoshub-3/governance/proposals/23 Cosmos Governance Working Group Funding Request: https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmSMGEoY2dfxADPfgoAsJxjjC6hwpSNx1dXAqePiCEMCbY Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
43 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
29 Terra: Payment Processing on the Blockchain with Do Kwon
We took Terra passing the 1 million accounts milestones as a reason to bring Terra’s CTO Do Kwon on the podcast. Terra is a blockchain network and stablecoin system with meaningful real-world adoption through integrating their mobile payment app CHAI. In this interview, Brian talks to Do about payment processing and how Terra enables merchants in eCommerce and elsewhere to save on transaction fees. The two discuss the flow of how a transaction in the CHAI app gets included on the Terra blockchain, the regulatory landscape, as well as their metrics such as active users and transaction volume. Do also talks about plans to introduce a CHAI credit card and explains their cashback promotions. Futhermore, the two talk about the move from incentivizing validators through block rewards to a model that is solely relying on transaction fees. Remarkably, staking on Terra currently rewards stakers with an annual reward rate of 20% without inflating LUNA, Terra’s staking token, supply. This reward rate is solely based on CHAI’s $3m average daily transaction volume, out of which $150,000 are paid daily by partnering merchants as fees (0.5% per transaction). Finally, Do explains Terra’s recent move into Mongolia and future plans for on-chain foreign exchange markets using Terra stablecoins, as well as grant opportunities for developers to build on top of the Terra blockchain. Terra Money Website: https://terra.money Terra’s Year in Review: https://medium.com/terra-money/terra-2019-year-in-review-5d4fa2e38b64?source=collection_home---4------0----------------------- Learn more about staking with the Chorus One validator on Terra: https://chorus.one/networks/terra Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
42 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
28 Stake Capital DAO: Revenue-Sharing and Liquid Staking with Julien Bouteloup and Leopold Joy
This episode covers the Stake Capital DAO, an interesting project aiming to form a revenue-sharing staking and DeFi DAO that also issues tokenized staking positions called LTokens. The Stake Capital DAO is a project by Stake Capital, a staking service provider operating on various networks including the Cosmos Hub, Livepeer, Tezos, and Loom. In this episode, Felix is joined by Stake Capital founders Julien and Leopold to discuss the recently revealed plans to launch a DAO. It dives into their backgrounds in the Ethereum community working on Flyingcarpeth and other projects leading up to the forming of Stake Capital and their decision to turn their business into a DAO. We explore the relationship between Stake Capital and the DAO, the DAO’s token SCT, the innovative way in which SCT tokens are issued to delegators of Stake Capital, as well as governance questions and other technicalities of the Stake Capital DAO approach. The second part dives into liquid staking tokens (LTokens) that the DAO plans to issue to enable stakers to circumvent locking periods and to enable a more efficient use of staked capital. Finally, the episode wraps up with a discussion of the next steps and long-term plans for the Stake Capital DAO. Stake Capital DAO Light Paper: https://github.com/stake-capital/research/blob/master/Stake%20Capital%20DAO%20Light%20Paper.pdf Medium Post on Stake Capital DAO:https://medium.com/stakecapital/introducing-stake-dao-by-stake-capital-claiming-future-yield-revenue-7059e0781328 Stake Capital Website: https://www.stake.capital/ Liquid Staking Working Group: https://github.com/ChorusOne/liquid-staking Chorus One: https://chorus.one Chorus One Twitter: https://twitter.com/chorusone Chorus One Telegram: https://t.me/chorusone
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