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The DeFi Download
45 minutes | a day ago
BrightID - Decentralised Identity, Governance and Universal Basic Income
BrightID - Decentralised Identity, Governance and Universal Basic IncomeWith Philip Silva, founding advisor, BrightID Join Piers Ridyard, in this DeFi Download episode, as he interviews Philip Silva, founding advisor of BrightID, which helps you prove your digital uniqueness. Their conversation ranges from explaining the inner workings of BrightID to delving into the feasibility of a cryptocurrency-based UBI, as well as what makes CryptoPunk NFTs so popular.BrightID is a social graph in which you make connections by scanning QR codes. Those connections are made cryptographically. The BrightID team has improved upon robust open-source anti-Sybil analyses algorithms of previous social graphs and integrated them into their system.Phillip Silva is also involved in the LAO, Flamingo DAO, and Neptune, and is a staunch supporter of universal decentralisation.[00:00:46] What is the currently unresolved problem in the world that BrightID is attempting to solve?[00:02:05] From the cypherpunk movement and beyond: How to build a system where you can rely on the attestation without seeing the original information.[00:04:04] BrightID’s function and the mechanics of its positive and negative points. What happens when creating a BrightID and how to create one?[00:06:07] How to solve the Sybil problem in a social graph system?[00:09:40] BrightID’s present focus and the RabbitHole example, as well as its potential, 10-to-20-year vision and a cryptocurrency-based Universal Basic Income. BrightID’s aspiration to provide anti-Sybil solutions for ventures considering UBI experiments.[00:14:53] Artificial intelligence, automation, and the need for Universal Basic Income: New distribution mechanisms within capitalism.[00:19:42] Solutions to the Sybil problem and their limitations, such as weak subjectivity: BrightID’s seed-based approach.[00:25:03] The importance of on-ledger identity to governance, which allows associating a key and a vote that is cryptographically verified with something that has an anti-Sybil mechanism. How BrightID views the concept of governance of decentralised autonomous organisations and how the tools at its disposal aid in the operation of such organisations.[00:27:08] Plutocracy within decentralised autonomous organisations and the tyranny of the wealthy: BrightID’s response to plutocracy and Gitcoin example.[00:31:20] Philip’s involvement with the decentralised autonomous organisations LAO, Flamingo DAO, and Neptune:[00:31:56] LAO (legal autonomous organisation), “the DAO wrapped in a legally compliant manner”[00:36:47] Flamingo DAO, NFTs, and CryptoPunk Aliens[00:41:08] Neptune and Yearn-like algorithmic strategies for yieldFurther resourcesWebsite: brightid.orgTwitter: @BrightIDProjectPhilip Silva’s Twitter: @UBIpromoterLAO Website: thelao.io
32 minutes | 8 days ago
dApp.com - building a dApp guide for the world
dApp.com - building a dApp guide for the worldWith Kyle Lu, CEO & Founder, dapp.com In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard discusses with Kyle Lu, CEO and founder of dApp.com, a cross-chain platform, where you can discover, analyse and use dApps built on blockchains such as Ethereum, EOS, TRON, WAX, and others.DApp.com is a leading data-driven marketplace for blockchain applications and services, which provides a suite of metrics, market reports and data insights into over 4000 apps from over 16 different smart-contract platforms. DApp.com is at the forefront of an emerging market for blockchain applications. [00:00:58] The origins of dApp.com [00:02:24] What Kyle considers to be the most significant milestones of the dApp market[00:06:20] Differences between decentralised applications launched in 2017-2018 and those launched more recently[00:09:31] Kyle’s thoughts on how ledgers are currently used. Is he noticing a substantial increase in applications other than DeFi being developed on Ethereum, as well as any significant DeFi usage on other platforms that is worth discussing?[00:13:53] Is Kyle noticing other applications, besides DeFi, being created that may be overshadowed by DeFi’s popularity?[00:16:00] What piques Kyle's interest in the DeFi space currently, and what are his predictions regarding its evolution?[00:19:35] The structural problems of DeFi and the Radix approach to resolving them[00:29:12] How to get more information about dApp.com, what you can do with it, and how to learn more if you are interested in diving into the wonderful world of decentralised applications?Further resourcesWebsite: dapp.comTwitter: @dapp_comTelegram: t.me/dapp_com
41 minutes | 15 days ago
Tellor: Decentralising data oracles to increase trust.
Join Piers Ridyard in this episode of the DeFi Download, where he interviews Nicholas Fett, co-founder, and CTO of Tellor.io, a decentralised Oracle Network. Tellor is a decentralised Oracle Network that facilitates bringing off-chain data on-chain. It accomplishes this by rewarding competing miners with the TRB token for providing and validating data.Tellor allows data to be disputed for a fee, maintaining the system's integrity. The fee increases for each subsequent dispute, making malicious parties’ attempts to attack the network prohibitively expensive.
37 minutes | 22 days ago
StormX - Spend Money, Earn Crypto
In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard discusses with Simon Yu about StormX and its products, Play, which allows you to earn crypto by completing microtasks and Shop, a browser extension that enables you to earn cashback from over 700 stores.
43 minutes | a month ago
Pokt Network - Giving Blockchain Devs a Serious Helping Hand!
In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard interviews Michael O'Rourke, co-founder and CEO of the Pocket Network. During this interview, Michael describes how Pocket supports Blockchain developers to achieve DeFi’s Web 3.0 vision.
53 minutes | a month ago
Potion.Finance: a new decentralised model for pricing risk
In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard explores risk management solutions in DeFi with Potion.Finance contributors Alfablok and Buendia.Potion is a risk management layer for DeFi, allowing people to manage the risk of their crypto in DeFi positions as well as the volatility that is inherent in the DeFi space.Alfablok and Buendia take Piers on an expedition through the intricacies of risk-taking and risk management, proposed alternatives to the Modern Portfolio Theory, Nassim Taleb’s risk management theories, and applications of the Kelly criterion.[00:00:46] Where did the inspiration for Potion.Finance come from and what is the purpose of its creation?[00:01:52] An overview of Modern Portfolio Theory and its current place in traditional finance[00:04:30] Limitations of the Modern Portfolio Theory[00:08:38] The first steps in active risk management on DeFi[00:10:32] Explanation of the terms “hedged positions” and “put options”[00:15:44] Potion’s solution for making hedging accessible to people who are unfamiliar with the complexities of put options[00:18:51] Addressing the two sides of put options: the buyer and the seller[00:25:58] Potion’s simulation laboratory[00:33:00] The Kelly criterion and how the Potion team implemented it into its protocol[00:45:23] Creating an emergent pricing model based on the utilisation[00:47:06] Conclusion: Does Potion provide an easy way for people to hedge, and does it generate option prices that people are willing to pay?Further resourcesWebsite: PotionTwitter: @PotionLabs Medium: Potion Labs Discord: discord.potion.finance
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Paymobil: Venmo for the world
Join Piers Ridyard and the creator of Paymobil, Daniel Nordh, for a discussion on cross-border money transfers using stablecoins. Daniel, who previously worked at Coinbase, founded Paymobil to simplify cross-border money transfers using cryptocurrencies, with a focus on delivering a wonderful user experience through a user-friendly app. In this episode, Daniel and Piers dive into the features and functionality of Paymobil, and examine the differences in banking experiences between Europe and the United States.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Deus Finance - Decentralised share trading - bringing Tesla, Apple and GameStop to the party!
Deus Finance - Decentralised share trading - bringing Tesla, Apple, and GameStop to the party!With Lafayette, founder of DEUS FinanceIn this episode of the DeFi Download podcast, Piers Ridyard talks with Lafayette Tabor, founder of Deus Finance. During this interview, Lafayette describes the features that make DEUS the Uniswap version of Robinhood.Deus is a decentralised application that allows the trading of traditional financial assets. For example, you can buy and sell stocks such as Tesla, AMC, and GameStop, as well as commodities such as silver and gold. Lafayette and Piers discuss how the Deus oracle system works and addresses security issues and the creation of synthetic assets (the dAssets), liquidity and collateral.[00:00:50] What does it mean being the “Uniswap version of Robinhood”?[00:02:40] What is an "oracle"? Why is being able to trade stocks on top of a blockchain an oracle problem, and why is it difficult to set up an oracle server?[00:05:50] Centralised vs decentralised oracles, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and Deus’ approach to balancing the trade-offs.[00:07:23] The benefits of a fast and flexible oracle system. Over-collateralisation and the Deus alternative that does not require providing collateral.[00:10:01] How Deus operates as a decentralised clearinghouse.[00:11:20] How does the back-end evolve from a system that facilitates betting on the volatility of stock prices to one that enables the creation of synthetic assets that follow the same trajectory as the underlying? What are “Synchronised Perpetuals”?[00:18:58] How is Deus affected by financial regulations?[00:19:42] After a user has created an asset, what needs to happen in terms of liquidity and volume so that the Deus team, community, and protocol are confident that a newly created stock will indeed track its equivalent counterpart off-ledger? How does Deus ensure that this happens to all the synthetic assets?[00:22:15] What is Deus’ black swan event?[00:22:36] Deus’ rules on introducing stocks and creating stock pairs.[00:24:35] When to expect the next iteration of Deus that progresses from an over-collateralisation system to a funding rate system.Further resourcesWebsite: deus.financeWiki: wiki.deus.finance/docs/Telegram: t.me/deusfinanceTwitter: @DeusDao
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Crypto Birb: What moves a market? Fundamental vs Technical analysis
In this episode of the DeFi Download Piers Ridyard interviews CryptoBirb, the Founder and CEO of The Birb Nest. They explore technical analysis, investigate the driving forces behind the latest Bitcoin bull run, and delve into the cyclical nature and fluctuations of the markets, and how they are affected by human behaviour. Additionally, they dive into the oscillation of Bitcoin prices and its trends.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
StakerDAO: Building the Vanguard of crypto
In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard talks with Jonas Lamis, founder of StakerDAO and CEO of Staker Services Ltd. They discuss the vision of StakerDAO, their cross-chain approach, governance model, and DeFi products, assets, and services that exist outside of Ethereum.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Sovryn: Making your bitcoin do DeFi.
In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard interviews Edan Yago and Ororo Munroe. Ororo and Edan are contributors to the Sovryn.app, a decentralised Bitcoin trading and lending platform bringing DeFi to Bitcoin. The objective behind Sovryn's creation was to extend the decentralised ethos of Bitcoin beyond the monetary aspect to services such as an exchange.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Democracy Earth: Voting Without Identity? Governance and Democracy in the Digital Age.
In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard interviews Santiago Siri, founder of Democracy Earth Foundation. Their discussion revolves around the concept of democracy, identity, and new systems of governance and decision-making procedures informed by blockchain protocols and communities that transcend national borders.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
dHedge: Advanced DeFi trading made easy
Join Piers Ridyard in this episode of the DeFi Download, where he talks with Henrik Andersson, co-founder of dHEDGE. They discuss copy trading with synthetic assets, breaking barriers to entry into the asset management world, and democratising investing.
43 minutes | 4 months ago
Quantstamp: Code, sleep, audit, repeat!
In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard interviews Krishna Sriram, the Managing Director of Quantstamp. Piers and Krishna explore the smart contracts' lifecycle and state of complexity, how DeFi projects can prepare for audits and address security, risk mitigation, and insurance, and the future of blockchain platforms.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
mStable - make money make money
Join Piers Ridyard, CEO of Radix, in his conversation with James Simpson, co-founder of mStable. This episode of the DeFi Download podcast focuses on unwrapping how the mStable protocol works by examining its various products, the mUSD token, MINT, SWAP, SAVE, and EARN.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
Aragon: Let's build a new country!
In this episode of DeFi Download, Piers interviews Luis Cuente, Co-Founder & Core Contributor of the Aragon project, which gives internet communities unprecedented power to organise around shared values and resources. They talk about Decentralised Autonomous Organizations, decentralised governance and dispute resolution mechanisms, as well as how to build a better Uber.
42 minutes | 6 months ago
Messari: Show me the token lockup!
In this episode of DeFi Download, Piers talks with Jack Purdy, Research Analyst at Messari. Jack and Piers discuss Messari's initiative to create the Bloomberg of crypto and dive into emerging DeFi market trends, exciting new projects and growth prospects.
40 minutes | 6 months ago
Nexus Mutual: Cover me, Im going in!
In this episode of DeFi Download, listen to Piers and Hugh Karp, the founder of Nexus Mutual, as they delve into insurance’s decentralised alternatives. They address risk-sharing and the use of mutuals in place of more conventional forms of insurance.
51 minutes | 6 months ago
Polymath: Regulated securities on public ledger - its happening!
In this episode of DeFi Download, join Piers and Trevor Koverko, founder of Polymath, as they explore the realm of digital securities on the blockchain. They discuss security tokens and their components, market infrastructure problems, cross-jurisdictional regulatory compliance, identity concerns and permissioned blockchains.
45 minutes | 7 months ago
IDEX: Supercharging Decentralised Exchanges
In this episode of DeFi Download, Alex Wearn, co-founder and CEO of IDEX, joins our host and CEO of Radix, Piers Ridyard. Listen to their talk as they discuss centralised and decentralised exchanges, IDEX's journey in becoming the world's most advanced cryptocurrency exchange and topics such as yield farming and composability.
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