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Founders of Web 3
33 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Exploring the Meme Economy, with Johan Unger of Meme.com
We talk to Johan Unger of Meme.com, the home of meme markets and trend exploration. Meme.com uses crypto and entertainment to measure the value of content, and aims to rewards users for curating and discovering social trends. Jamie and Johan discuss building startups in Europe, the creation of Marble.cards, the importance of community, the advent of meme stocks, and tokens, like AMC, GameStop and Doge, and how creating a platform for memetic assets will allow for users to predict the long term value of online trends.
36 minutes | May 24, 2021
Building the Gateway to Decentralised Finance, with Itamar Lesuisse of Argent
Today on Founders of Web3, we talk to Itamar Lesuisse of Argent, the open-source crypto-wallet designed for DeFi, allowing you to earn, exchange & invest. We discuss the mainstream adoption of DeFi, and DeFi protocols, and the first hurdle of adoption by crypto-users. Empowering users to control and prosper from their digital assets and identity, competitors as a consideration for development, and the advantages to creating a startup from a blank sheet.
28 minutes | May 17, 2021
Curating a Web3 Ecosystem, with Tegan Kline of Edge & Node
On this episode of FOW3, we're talking to Tegan Kline, co-founder of Edge & Node, comprised of the team behind The Graph Protocol, they create and support protocols and dApps that empower individuals, developers, and look to move humanity further into a decentralised web. We discuss sub-graphs, the importance of Open APIs, strengthening The Graph Protocol through indexer and delegator adoption, the Web2 exodus, and utilising a grants system over an ecosystem fund. Visit: Website - https://outlierventures.io Twitter - https://twitter.com/OVioHQ Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/outlierventures/ More - https://outlierventures.io/links
53 minutes | May 4, 2021
The Innovation of On-Chain NFTs, with Jim McNelis of NFT42
In this episode of Founders of Web 3, we talk to Jim McNelis, (j1mmyeth). As the founder of NFT42, we discuss the importance of bringing NFTs fully on-chain, how the current state of the technology is like ‘painting on cave walls with mashed berry juice’, and how IPFS is analogous to BitTorrent. We also discuss the dangers of onboarding large brands to unrefined tech, the importance of creator royalties, composability for the future of NFTs, projects like CryptoPunks and Avastars as the DNA for an Open Metaverse, collaboration with John Orion Young (JOY), and much more.
33 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Community, Events and Marketing for NFTs, with Cameron Bale of NFT.Kred & NFT.NYC
Cameron Bale is the founder of NFT.Kred - a platform designed to create simple channels to market for Non-Fungible Tokens and Digital Assets. He talks about onboarding influencers and celebrities to the NFT market, creating events and communities for technological adoption, and enterprise onboarding. We discuss solving the three problems for NFT adoption, accounting for an emerging space for the music industry, putting on a premium blockchain events, NFT.NYC, and building the connection between the ICO community and the NFT community.
46 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Building the NFT Parachain, with Alexander Mitrovich of Unique Networks
Alexander Mitrovich, founder of Unique Networks talks about their NFT Palette modules, solving for the Ethereum gas problem, the importance of a flexible blockchain, democratizing NFTs, and how Unique Networks will provide the platform for the future of NFTs to be brought to the mass-market. We also talk about their continued success with Substrapunks, building a wallet and NFT marketplace on Polkadot, and how the generative NFT art project has allowed them to focus on the success of their mainnet.
36 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Building a Decentralized Cloud for Ethereum, with Jack O'Holleran of Skale Labs
Jack O’Holleran talks about how they have navigated various market cycles, deliberately not launching a token during 2017 ICO mania but still securing the backing of the likes of Mulitcoin, Winklevoss Twins and Galaxy Digital to go on to make it easier for any developer to build on Ethereum through layer 2 SKALE blockchains. We talk about their continued success with over $2.7 bn staked, making it one of the top 20 proof-of-stake networks globally, his hopes for ETH 2 and why, despite new entrants like Polkadot or Flow, he is still bullish on the future of the network.
47 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
The Sustainable Governance Experiment, with Arjun Bhuptani of MolochDAO
This episode, we speak to Arjun Bhuptani, co-creator of MolochDAO, a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) created to fund Ethereum 2 grants, and to help solve the coordination problems in funding open-source protocols. We discuss how most problems stem from coordination, the importance of funding public goods, cost of legal documents vs automated systems allowing for anonymous funding, and treating economics and governance in a scientific way.
49 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
A FOW3 Special: The Open Metaverse OS Audiobook, with Jamie Burke of Outlier Ventures
In this Founders of Web 3 special, Jamie Burke reads his recently published thesis, 'The Open Metaverse OS' a collaborative piece, from across the Outlier Ventures network, discussing the future of NFTs, DeFi and Web3. The book proposes an antidote to Web2, and a thesis, for how we can achieve an Open Metaverse. The text version can be read at: https://outlierventures.io/research/the-open-metaverse-os/
43 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Mergers and Acquisitions in Crypto, with Joe Lallouz of Bison Trails
We talk with Joe Lallouz about Bison Trail’s recent acquisition by Coinbase, and why it is a net good for the wider crypto ecosystem. As a serial founder, who has now enjoyed multiple exits we hear about the process of an M&A from the inside, and explore Bisom Trail’s continuing mission to not just serve the biggest corporations in the space, like Coinbase or Facebook Libra, but the longtail of dApps and startups through a commitment to the democratization of finance technology.
38 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Building a DEX 2.0 on the Polkadot Network, Vivek Prasannan of Polkadex
Vivek, Executive Director of Polkadex, discusses how, by leveraging the benefits of building on Polkadot and taking the best of centralised exchanges such as order books and combining it with innovations in DEX's, they have created a hybrid model which tackles industry challenges in price slippage, impermanent loss and democratises DeFi, by removing fees and front running.
37 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Creating Ethereum’s Internet of Blockchains, with Sandeep Nailwal of Polygon (Matic Network)
Jamie talks to Sandeep who founded Matic Network, now Polygon, about building a layer 2 network for sidechains, rollups and blockchains in a mission to fix Ethereum’s transaction limitations. We discuss Sandeep’s road to a billion dollar network, Web 3 communities in India, multi-blockchain solutions, scaling, and the difficulties of a one-stop-shop for dApp developers.
66 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Building Direct-to-Avatar in the Metaverse, with Ryan Gill of Crucible
Today, we talk to Ryan Gill, co-founder of Crucible Network who are pioneering direct-to-avatar commerce in the Metaverse. We discuss the importance of innovations in self-sovereign identity (SSI) and verifiable claims standards to ensure Web 3 and the Metaverse is more open and not limited to a handful of platforms. We discuss the idea of a 'metagame for the metaverse' where its citizens can use NFTs, such as digital art, fashion and in game items, as collateral in DeFi and play-to-earn. This was recorded in Outlier Venture's Virtual Metaverse Studio, follow us on Twitter and YouTube to experience Jamie and Ryan's insightful discussion with visuals from The Metaverse Show.
47 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
The Case for a Permaweb, with Sam Williams of Arweave
We talk to Sam cofounder of Arweave about their radically different approach to DApps (decentralized applications) as DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations), how he believes they will displace Web 2 platforms and companies entirely, how this vision fits with current data regulations such as GDPR in Europe, and the social mission behind The Permaweb; allowing us to remember and preserve valuable information, apps, and history indefinitely preventing others from rewriting it.
53 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Rolling out a Global Permissionless IoT Protocol, with Amir Haleem of Helium
We talk to Amir who (alongside Shawn Fanning of Napster fame) founded Helium the world's first peer-to-peer wireless network and their decade journey to flip the telco model and create a people’s network, inspired by Bitcoin and Filecoin, to what are now 17963 Hotspots globally including partnerships Salesforce and Lime.We talk about how they pivoted their company, built their own blockchain and hardwire devices from scratch attracting investment from Google Ventures, Khosala Ventures Munich Re and Mark Beinhoff personally.
41 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Decentralized Finance (DeFi) for Centralized Institutions (CeFi) with Brian Mahoney of Alkemi
We explore crossing the 'crypto chasm', enabling hundreds of billions of dollars to flow from CeFi to DeFi by solving the problem of ‘The 3 Cs’: Capital, Connectivity and Control. We look at the pragmatic approach of Alkemi's cofounders, who describe their team as the living embodiment of the yin and yang required to understand, communicate and serve the needs of CeFi whilst innovating at the edge of DeFi. We discuss their conservative steps towards providing sustainable yields whilst solving for the counter-party risk required by regulated entities.
55 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Understanding the NFT Market, its Standards & Technical Trade-offs, with Alex Atallah of OpenSea
We discuss with Alex Atallah, founder and CTO of OpenSea, how the NFT market has evolved as an asset class over the last couple of years, and its various segments from art (which he believes is the ‘reference app’ for NFTs) to collectibles, virtual land and social tokens to the debates around on-chain metadata and decentralisation and its trade-offs. We explore how NFTs are becoming increasingly more multimedia in form, experiential and how this new medium like, MTV or TikTok, could inform the creative format, and industries at large.
38 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
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 | Jan 18, 2021
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 | Jan 13, 2021
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.
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