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Founders of Web 3
38 minutes | 5 days ago
Beyond Speculation, Taking The Long Hard Path in Launching a Token
Jason Teutsche is a heavy hitting academic in computer science and mathematics who has spent a large part of his career exploring distributive systems security and incentive design. Since writing a paper with Vitalik Buterin of Ethereum on the IICO (Interactive Initial Coin Offering) which explored new token distribution models not based on rampant price speculation seen at the time (back in the ICO mania of 2017) but genuine network adoption, he has taken the long hard path of working directly with regulators like the SEC to bring to market Truebit OS and its token to market, through what he calls a ‘micro economy’.
54 minutes | 7 days ago
Building the iTunes DApp Store of DeFi, with Brian Kerr of Kava
Brian, cofounder of Kava makes the argument for taking a more permissioned and curated approach to acting as a gatekeeper when onboarding users into formally trusted and verified DeFi protocols - if we want to mainstream the space and its usage. We also discuss how DeFi will break dominance from Ethereum and become 'more DeFi', including a greater focus on Bitcoin protocol.
54 minutes | 12 days ago
Innovating as the 1st Tokenised & Permissionless NFT Platform, with Alex Salnikov of Rarible
Alex is a true crypto native, founding several startups since graduation. We talk about Rarible’s learnings as the first tokenized NFT platform, with $RARI as the first NFT governance token.We discuss their commitment to permissionlessly serving the long-tail of creators, progressive decentralisation and NFTs as an asset class from price discovery, fractionalisation to indices.
51 minutes | 14 days ago
Designing the Number One Gaming DApp in the World, with Aleksander Larsen of Axie Infinity
Aleksander cofounder of Axie Infinity talks about how they built the number one blockchain game in the world, now experiencing exponential growth, the design thinking beyond its tokenomics and governance and why they started with community over platform.We discuss considerations in designing for a digital economy, built around play-to-earn, how to balance and reward productive capital and work in the system, and if you get it right, the power of financial inclusion.
38 minutes | a month ago
Blockchain enabled Meta Games, with Robby Yung of Animoca Brands
Robby Yung is CEO of Animoca Brands, a leading mobile gaming studio and publisher who have millions of users and a raft of licensing partnerships with major brands globally. They pivoted their business entirely to blockchain when they became convinced it enabled an entirely new category of gaming they call ‘Meta Games’ based on powerful in game economies that combine NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) and DeFi (Decentralised Finance) and flip the classic game distribution model. Since then they have partnered and invested in Crypto Kitties, DApper Labs, F1 Delta Time and Sandbox establishing themselves as the leading blockchain gaming company. We talk about release schedules, content economics and the idea of multiverses.
42 minutes | a month ago
The Future of DeFi and the role of AMMs and DEX in crypto, with Fernando Martinelli of Balancer Labs
We discuss the importance of AMMs (Automated Market Makers) and DEX (Decentralised Exchanges) to crypto, especially the role of Balancer Smart Pools to allow for price discovery and the bootstrapping of liquidity for new token projects. We discuss the unstoppable nature of DeFi, how to design or at least accommodate for its attack vectors, flash loans as a feature, and how the world of DEXs will interact with CEXs (Centralised Exchanges) long-term.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
DAOs as the Perfect Expression of Private Ordering of Wealth, with Aaron Wright of OpenLaw
Aaron is a law professor, serial founder and CEO of Open Law, the project behind The LAO (Legal Autonomous Organisation) which pioneered a DAO with a ‘legal wrapper’ to reduce and manage liability and risk for operators. The LAO now functions as an investment vehicle for several prominent Web 3 Founders, as well as advisors to the Moloch and Flamingo DAOs. He describes applying open source principles to legal contracting, machine readable ricardian smart contracts, the extent to which ‘code is law’, as well as considerations around arbitration and jurisdiction selection, and how he believes DAOs are the perfect expression of an intermediary light private ordering of wealth, and more than that, improved systems to collectively process and respond to information.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Making Better Use of the World's Computing Power, with Matt Hawkins of Cudo
As a serial entrepreneur Matt has two decades of scaling cloud infrastructure selling his first company in 2016 which at its peak was handling 1% of all UK web traffic. During that time he saw huge inefficiencies in both how new cloud infrastructure was being built and operated, founding Cudo to bring The Cloud to blockchain, designed to offload any kind of compute to a distributed network of idle machines from crypto mining rigs, south korean gaming cafes through to major partnerships - owners of AMD chips and The Playstation Network.This allows people and organisations to maximise a return on their investment into hardware, whilst reducing The Cloud’s carbon footprint by removing the need to build more data centers, as well as the power of edge computing for streaming services, gaming and AR.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
The Data Trade & its Extinction Event, with Gilbert Hill of TapMyData
Gilbert is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer of Privacy Tech for over two decades advising large corporations, advertising agencies and governments on data ethics and their execution, exiting his first startup to the leading Priv Tech Unicorn, One Trust.At TapMyData he is taking The Trust Economy mainstream, repurposing and making usable digital asset infrastructure like crypto wallets and exchanges to enable end users to take back control and monetize their data whilst allowing for secure data dialogue with organisations around data rights building the largest set of data request information in the world.We discuss how The Data Trade was born out of cookie technology giving rise to Surveillance Capitalism and why it is now facing an extinction level event with regulations like GDPR turning data into a liability rather than an asset.
76 minutes | 2 months ago
The Internet Computer & Open Internet Services, with Dominic Williams of Dfinity
We talk to Dominic Williams CEO of DFinity about his vision for 'The Internet Computer', inspired by the Ethereum world computer, but fundamentally architected in a different way to allow for what he calls Open Internet Services: the ability for entrepreneurs and coders to build applications directly into the internet to remove dependencies on AWS, for truly unstoppable code.We explore his journey as a founder through all three web cycles building distributed systems and how Web 3 can allow for secure economic structure without firewalls, and more resilient to black swan events.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
The Importance of Data Infrastructure for Web 3, with Yaniv Tal of The Graph
Yaniv, co-founder of The Graph Protocol, talks about the importance of making sure the full Web 3 stack is as decentralised as possible, the indexing and querying of data, and how The Graph as a solution also removes the burden for DApp builders of hosting their own data infrastructure - therefore ultimately improving the DApp user experience to a Web 2 equivalence.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Making Smart Contracts Secure & Usable at Scale, with Mark Miller of Agoric
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Bringing DeFi Products to Market, with Tascha Punyaneramitdee of Alpha Finance Lab
We talk with Tascha Punyaneramitdee (Pan Pan) about Alpha Finance Lab’s, Bangkok-based, DeFi Studio and how they identify, appraise and execute upon opportunities for new DeFi products, whilst managing risk.We also look at how they, as an early stage company, engage with the spectrum of institutions, from Binance and their BNB chain, through to their collaboration with SCB 10 x - the venture arm of a local retail bank.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Scaling Web 3, with Anatoly Yakovenko of Solona
We talk with Anatoly founder of Solona which claims to be the fastest unpermissioned blockchain in the world (without using sharding) and his 18 year career working as a senior engineer at Qualcomm, scaling distributed systems used by millions of people.We explore the ‘blockchain trilemma’, its history, and what he proposes is it’s false trade-off between security, speed and security and why by solving for the hard concept of ‘time’ and shifting focus to unlocking gains from hardware based on Moores Law could allow us to leapfrog the limitations of blockchains today and enable fully automated highly decentralised discovery markets for machines and the convergence of blockchain, mixed reality like AR / VR and AI. We discuss 5G and we ask him ‘can we ever have a fully decentralised censorship resistant Web 3?’ when state actors can control the physical infrastructure of the internet.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
The World’s Most Used DApp, You've Never Heard of, with Alex Newman of Human Protocol
Alex has made major contributions to OSS (Open Source Software) for over 20 years and launched HCAPTCHA, a CAPTCHA tool which now blocks malicious bots for more than 14% of the world’s traffic. What most people don’t know is that it is powered by Human Protocol, a knowledge marketplace leveraging crypto for 100m users worldwide, where machines post jobs for humans.We talk about how they’ve achieved a scale that could make them the most used DApp on the planet, privacy and the open knowledge economy, as well as the composable Open Data Stack that will power Web 3.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Why Web 3 Needs Privacy by Default, with Tor Bair of Secret Network
To Celebrate our 50th Episode, we enjoy a joint podcast with Tor Bair, Founder of The Secret Network, and host of Sharing Secrets Podcast, where we first explore why privacy is important to both citizens and institutions in Web 3, and in particular DeFi, and how ‘Programmable Privacy’ is now possible across blockchains for both data and computation through ‘secret contracts’. The second part sees Tor interview Jamie on how Outlier Ventures has evolved over the last 7+ years and his learnings investing in Web 3 - coming to the Sharing Secrets Podcast soon: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sharing-secrets-presented-by-secret-network/id1438776388To Celebrate our 50th Episode, join us at https://superrare.co/spongenuity as we auction off unique NFTs of the Top 10 most popular FOW3 guests, raising money for Computer Aid International!
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Reclaiming Control Through Data Unions, with Henri Pihkala of Streamr
We speak with Henri, founder of Streamr, and serial entrepreneur in the data economy. We explore how his career in algorithmic trading in capital markets helped him understand the importance of ‘real-time data’ and why the promise of blockchain + IoT in domains like Smart Cities despite its early promise still hasn't happened. We ask if data policy like GDPR is already out of date with regards to blockchain and how policy itself, such as the EU Commission forcing open Big Tech data silos, can become the top down trigger for the Open Data Economy and how data unions can be a way for consumers to claim back control.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Betting Against Blockchain Maximalism, with Dr. Gavin Wood of Polkadot
Dr. Gavin Wood needs no introduction. Cofounder and CTO of Ethereum, inventor of the Solidity programming language and now Founder of The Web 3 Foundation, Parity Labs, and the Polkadot network. We talk about his mission to re-decentralise The Web as a ‘free trust technologist’, giving the Internet native law, and how Polkadot is a bet against blockchain maximalism with a focus on ‘full agency’ for the network and its network of blockchains (parachains) to adapt and evolve with baked in governance. We also address how Polkadot could co-exist or compete with ETH 2, depending upon the pathway the Ethereum community chooses.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Crypto isn’t decentralised? The Importance of Full Node Infrastructure, with Michael O’Rourke of Pocket Network
Michael O’Rourke is founder of Pocket Network, a decentralized API protocol, and marketplace. We talk about the history of node infrastructure in public blockchain networks, the problem of increasing centralisation and the importance of democratising the use of full nodes. We address; could Jeff Bezos switch off crypto via AWS (Amazon Web Services), due to its reliance on cloud infrastructure, why sustainable decentralised public blockchains need incentives like the POKT token, designing governance in the Pocket DAO, and the power of gamification.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
The Power of Memetics and Social Capital in Crypto, Jordan Lyall of $MEME
Jordan is a serial founder, digital advertising and product designer that has a history of making digital viral hits. This time, he half-jokingly birthed a parody on the craziness of permissionless innovation in DeFi, ‘degen culture’ and the various food protocols of 2020. In the process, he started a crazy community experiment in collectibles and NFT (Non Fungible Token) food farming, which raises questions about the role and responsibility of a founder, at the edge of Web 3.
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