The Solana Podcast

By Anatoly Yakovenko

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Welcome to The Solana Podcast hosted by Anatoly Yakovenko. This podcast is a discussion between industry leaders in both blockchain and technology, our team, and community developers. If you are interested in appearing on the podcast please email

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Kevin Rose - Partner at True Ventures Ep #44
Kevin Rose is a partner at True and a serial entrepreneur best known for founding Digg and Revision3. Most recently, he founded Oak, a guided meditation app, and Zero, an app for tracking intermittent fasting. 00:08 – Introduction of Kevin Rose, Modern Finance and the story of Reddit vs. DIGG 06:04 – From DOS to Windows, where are we in the evolution of crypto 07:50 – Crypto is here to stay. Could we see countries getting into it in the future? 14:47 – The NFT craze 19:58 – NFT: dynamic art and encrypting mystery over time 23:08 – Blockchain is persistent and permanent; how will this impact NFTs in art and games? 32:49 – From investing into educating people on crypto 39:35 – Discussing the repercussion of Christie’s endorsement of NFTs 43:22 – Kevin Rose’s investing philosophy 49:34 – Kevin’s advice: test features
May 10, 2021
Jason Choi - General Partner at Spartan Capital Ep #43
Jason Choi is a General Partner at Spartan Capital, one of Asia’s first crypto funds. As Spartan Capital’s first employee, Jason helped scale the fund from $9M to $200M within 3 years, and supported the launch of Spartan’s $50M DeFi-only venture fund to back world-class teams shaping the future of finance. 00:23 – Getting into crypto and about Spartan Capital 04:33 – How does Spartan Capital invests? 11:47 – Next wave: building for current users vs future adopters? 19:47 – DeFi and the yield farming phenomenon 30:36 – From CeFi to DeFi for the mainstream adopters 43:33 – The NFT craze and where it could lead us 51:37 – Thoughts on the next wave? DAOs? Social Networking?
May 03, 2021
David Ratiney - Co-Founder of Bonfida Ep #42
Bonfida is perfecting the Serum experience, growing the ecosystem, and providing on-chain data. For this episode, David and Anatoly sit down for a detailed chat around the origin of Bonfida, on-chain trading strategies, and the major driving forces for crypto, and more. 00:12 – Introduction: David & Bonfida 05:01 – Bonfida: strategies, bots, and trading view 15:59 – On-chain and off-chain strategies 20:41 – Is trading the driving force behind crypto? Are there other applications that could boost the ecosystem? 29:05 – Final thoughts: what speed we need to get to for CEX to be built with similar technology?
Apr 28, 2021
Dan Gunsberg - Co-Founder of Hxro Ep #41
We are excited to have Dan Gunsberg, Co-Founder of Hxro, sitting down with us for Episode 41. During this discussion, Dan talks about his history in traditional finance, how this experience guided him to building out Hxro, the importance of community, and the powerful disruptions he believes are going to happen over the next few years. 00:25 – Dan’s crypto story and what’s Hxro? 05:38 – Centralized crypto exchanges vs legacy exchanges 15:07 – Community capitalism 24:11 – Community building around projects 35:23 – Closing thoughts and what’s next for Hxro
Apr 19, 2021
AlphaRay - Founder of Raydium Ep #40
In this episode, AlphaRay discusses the origin of Raydium, working with Solana and FTX, fusion Pools, the importance of communities, and the future of decentralized governance. 00:25 - The story behind Alpha and Raydium 10:26 - What are Fusion Pools? 15:07 - Teaming up with FTX/Serum and being among the first to build on the Solana blockchain 19:29 - Solana communities 25:52 - Thoughts on future governance features 29:57 - Closing thoughts, what’s next?
Apr 12, 2021
Santiago Santos - Partner at ParaFi Capital Ep #39
Apr 05, 2021
Michael Wagner - CEO & Co-Founder of Star Atlas Ep #38
Michael Wagner and Anatoly Yakovenko sit down to talk all things Star Atlas. Star Atlas is a grand strategy game of space exploration, territorial conquest, and political domination being built on Solana. 00:48: Who is Michael Wagner and What is Star Atlas? 18:34: ATLAS and POLIS: Development of game economy 23:12: Developer ecosystem 25:40: Roadmap 34:19: Metaverse and VR 38:11: Decentralization of Star Atlas 43:29: Future Concerns
Mar 29, 2021
Dankrad Feist - Researcher at Ethereum Foundation Ep #37
00:56 Eth 1 vs Eth 2 15:22 Trust and sharding 30:53 Data Availability Sampling 45:26 Eth2: where would a new machine start on the chain? 56:31 Closing thoughts
Feb 19, 2021
Roneil Rumburg - CEO and Co-Founder of Audius Ep #36
Audius is a music streaming and sharing platform that puts the power back into the hands of content creators. In this episode, Roneil talks about the creation of Audius, the need for empowering artists, how blockchain technology and cryptocurrency can completely disrupt the music industry, and more. -
Feb 12, 2021
Paolo Ardoino - CTO of Bitfinex & CTO Tether Ep #35
Feb 03, 2021
Eli-Shaoul Khedouri - CEO of Intuition Machines & Advisor to HUMAN Protocol Ep #34
For this exciting and technical episode we welcome, Eli-Shaoul Khedouri, CEO of Intuition Machines and designer of HUMAN Protocol. HUMAN Protocol specializes in providing the infrastructure for launching decentralized work pools that allow humans to contribute to data labeling and training ML/AI algorithms. hCaptcha is a user of the HUMAN Protocol and currently covers over 14% of the internet. In this episode, Eli and Anatoly talk about what Intuition Machines does, why the company embraced blockchain technology, how hCaptcha managed to capture such a large market share of the internet, what the future looks like for HUMAN Protocol, and much more.
Jan 19, 2021
Sergey Nazarov - Co-Founder of Chainlink Ep #33

A cryptographically enforced system of contracts will take both our daily lives and the world’s emerging markets into a new age of economic fairness, transparency and efficiency—one driven less by vague brand promises and more by the real value created by individuals and institutions. Learn more about Chainlink

Sergey Nazarov began his career building peer-to-peer marketplaces, going on to the investment team at FirstMark Capital. He joined the cryptocurrency revolution in 2011, and believes it has the ability to change the way societies distribute wealth, enforce contracts, and share critical information with their citizens.

Jan 01, 2021
Michael Shaulov - CEO & Co-founder of Fireblocks Ep #32
Dec 04, 2020
RAC - Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist Ep #31
André Allen Anjos, better known by his stage name RAC, is a Portland-based Portuguese-American musician and record producer. RAC has created more than 200 remixes in the rock, electronica, and dance music genres for various musical artists, with his work featured in ads from Citigroup and Hulu, among others. RAC is an active member of the crypto community and a vocal advocate of Audius, a decentralized music streaming platform.
Nov 23, 2020
A Deep Dive Into DeFi With FTX, Aave, Balancer, Curve, Gauntlet, and Solana Ep #30
This is a special episode of The Solana Podcast - we took a recent panel for the Solana Wormhole Hackathon and converted into audio format for you! Enjoy this deep dive into all things DeFi with industry leaders. Sam Bankman-Fried Sam Bankman-Fried is the CEO of crypto derivatives exchange FTX and Alameda Research. He majored in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated in 2014. Stani Kulechov Stani is the founder and CEO of Aave and ETHLend. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience developing technology in the crypto, blockchain, and fintech space. Michael Egorov Michael is the CEO of Curve and a physicist and scientist from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Anatoly Yakovenko Anatoly is the creator of Proof of History and co-founder of Solana. He led development of operating systems at Qualcomm, distributed systems at Mesosphere, and compression at Dropbox. Jeremy Musighi Head of Growth at Balaner Tarun Chitra Founder and CEO of Gauntlet Networks, a research company aiming to make crypto networks and their governance interpretable and statistically sound
Nov 06, 2020
Aaron Henshaw - Founder & CTO of Bison Trails Ep #29

Aaron Henshaw is the CTO of Bison Trails. 

Bison Trails is the easiest way to run secure node infrastructure on multiple blockchains. Their fully-managed platform powers critical infrastructure for the world’s leading digital asset exchanges, custodians, funds, and applications with industry-leading availability, security, and a 99.9% platform uptime guarantee.

Oct 14, 2020
Balaji Srinivasan - Angel Investor/Entrepreneur, Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at a16z Ep #28

This is a special episode of The Solana Podcast. Things take a different route - Balaji and Anatoly cover Covid-19, the current state of the world, smart contracts and the future of decentralization, computation diligence, blockchain-based elections, Yale Law being replaced by code, math vs. science, Snow Crash, and location-independent work. 

Balaji S. Srinivasan is an angel investor and entrepreneur. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the cofounder of (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.

He was named to the MIT TR35, won a Wall Street Journal Innovation Award and holds a BS/MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford University. Dr. Srinivasan also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including an online MOOC in 2013 which reached 250,000+ students worldwide.


Sep 23, 2020
Clint Ehrlich - CEO of KRNC / NSF Funded Computer Scientist Ep #27

KRNC is a new blockchain protocol. Like Bitcoin, it uses cryptography to create a form of scarce "digital gold." The difference is what that digital gold is used for.

Clint Ehrlich

Sep 18, 2020
Kain Warwick - Synthetix Founder Ep #26

Kain is the founder of Synthetix and the CEO of blueshyft. Synthetix is a synthetic asset platform, and blueshyft is a crypto on-ramp in Australia.

Synthetix is the backbone for derivatives trading in DeFi, allowing anyone, anywhere to gain on-chain exposure to a vast range of assets.


Sep 03, 2020
Justin Drake - Ethereum 2.0 Researcher Ep #25

Justin studied mathematics at Cambridge University. He was a Bitcoin entrepreneur from 2014 to 2017 and is now an Ethereum 2.0 researcher.

Aug 18, 2020
Sam Bankman-Fried - CEO of FTX, Co-founder of Serum Ep #24
  • FTX is a cryptocurrency exchange built by traders, for traders. FTX offers innovative products including industry-first derivatives, options, volatility products, and leveraged tokens.
  • Serum is the world's first completely decentralized derivatives exchange with trustless cross-chain trading brought to you by Project Serum, in collaboration with a consortium of crypto trading and DeFi experts. Built on Solana.


Aug 03, 2020
Dieter Shirley - CTO of Dapper Labs, Lead Architect of Flow Ep #23

Dapper Labs is the team that brought you Crypto Kitties, Cheese Wizards, Flow, and NBA Top Shot.

Flow provides the infrastructure for open, comparable, and permissionless apps.

Jul 24, 2020
Rodolfo Gonzalez - Partner at Foundation Capital Ep #22

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Jul 09, 2020
Tarun Chitra - Founder of Gauntlet Ep #21

Gauntlet is a simulation platform for building financial models of blockchain protocols and applications.

Learn more about Gauntlet:


Jun 01, 2020
Zaki Manian - Co-founder of iqlusion Ep #20

Learn more about iqlusion -

Iqlusion provides infrastructure for next-generation cryptocurrency technologies which are designed and built to scale to real-world demands.

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Apr 24, 2020
Viktor Radchenko - Founder of Trust Wallet Ep #19
Solana is excited to announce that $SOL is now fully integrated with Trust Wallet. To celebrate this announcement we are releasing a special podcast episode featuring the founder of Trust Wallet, Viktor Radchenko. Viktor talks about his early experience in crypto and his incredible journey of developing Trust Wallet.
Apr 09, 2020
Kyle Samani - Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital Ep #18
In this episode, Kyle and Anatoly talk about the effects of COVID-19 on the cryptocurrency market, Black Thursday, and how they each see the next few months playing out in both the crypto and traditional markets.
Mar 27, 2020
Amir Haleem - CEO of Helium Ep #17
For this episode, Anatoly sits down with the CEO of Helium, Amir Haleem. Helium was founded in 2013 by Shawn Fanning, Amir Haleem, and Sean Carey, with a mission to make it easier to build connected devices. Helium is creating a decentralized internet network through its product the Helium Hotspot. With a Helium Hotspot, anyone can earn cryptocurrency by building a wireless network in their city and creating a more connected future.
Mar 18, 2020
Coinlist Auction & Staker Price Guarantee ft. Coinlist President Andy Bromberg

For this special episode of The Solana Podcast, we answer all your questions around our Coinlist auction that is happening right now! Pre-bidding starts on March 17th at 12pm PT and and the auction happens at 10pm PT on March 24th.

- Anatoly breaks down how our 90% buy back guarantee works

- Andy & Anatoly talk about how a dutch auction works

Mar 17, 2020
Vinny Lingham - CEO of Civic / General Partner at Multicoin Capital Ep #16

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Mar 03, 2020
Jill Carlson - Partner at Slow Ventures / Co-Founder Of The Open Money Initiative Ep #15
Feb 19, 2020
Meher Roy & Reisen - Co-Founders of Chorus One Ep #14
Feb 05, 2020
Sunny Aggarwal - Core Developer at Tendermint / Cosmos. Founder of Sikka Tech & Blockchain at Berkley Ep #13
This episode is all about Validators. Are you interested in learning more about how to run a node and become a validator? Sunny and Anatoly go deep into the current models and how validation within the blockchain ecosystem is evolving.
Jan 20, 2020
Brendan Eich - Co-founder / CEO Brave Software and Attention Token. Co-founder Mozilla & Firefox. Created JavaScript Ep #12

This is a special episode. Brendan Eich stopped by our recording studio in San Francisco a few weeks ago. During his visit, he and Anatoly sat down for over an hour to cover a broad range of topics. We start off the recording with a highlight of Brendans many accolades and achievements - creator of Javascript, co-founder of Mozilla/Firefox and most recent the CEO of Brave Software. 

Through Brave, Brendan and team are working to reinvent the way online advertising is handled. Opting to gave the power to the everyday user, you, instead of the advertisers.  

Episode timestamps coming soon*

Jan 06, 2020
Evan Shapiro - CEO and Co-founder of o1 Labs, building Coda Protocol Ep #11
Evan and Anatoly go into a deep discussion around the future of SNARKs and real-life use cases. Are SNARKs still a research problem or have they evolved into an engineering problem?
Dec 23, 2019
Emin Gün Sirer - Cornell Professor & Founder of AVA Labs Ep #10
In this episode, Gün discusses how he originally got into operating systems and the importance of figuring out this tech before moving on to other aspects of the stack. This episode is great for anyone looking to get an interesting and unique perspective of how operating systems and blockchain are intertwined.
Nov 25, 2019
Jack O'Holleran - SKALE CEO and Co-Founder (Live Podcast Recording) Ep #9
Nov 11, 2019
Brad Kam - Unstoppable Domains Founder Ep #8
About Solana: We are a lightning-fast distributed ledger technology for mission-critical decentralized apps. This podcast is a discussion between our staff, community developers, and industry leaders. You can follow us on Twitter @solana or GitHub @solana-labs. Subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or the direct rss feed.
Oct 25, 2019
Alexander Skidanov - NEAR Protocol Founder & CEO Ep #7


Oct 25, 2019
Andy Bromberg - Coinlist Co-founder & President Ep #6
Episode 6: No Sharding: The Solana Podcast.
Aug 16, 2019
Fundamentals of Blockchain Law with Ryón Nixon Ep #5
We are back with Episode 5 of Sharding, The Solana Podcast. We are joined this wee by Ryón Nixon who is the head council for Solana. He discusses what makes a good lawyer in the crypto space. No Sharding is the Solana Podcast. About Solana: We are a lightning-fast blockchain technology for mission-critical decentralized apps. This podcast is a discussion between our team, community developers, and industry leaders. You can follow us on Twitter or GitHub
Aug 16, 2019
How To Get Involved in Decentralized Open Source with Dominic Tsang Ep #4
Dominic Tsang chats with Andrew Hyde on how he got involved in open-source projects.
Aug 08, 2019
Tour de SOL Primer with Eric Williams Ep #3
Aug 02, 2019
How Solana Works with Anatoly Yakovenko Ep #2

In this episode, Andrew interviews the CEO of Solana, Anatoly Yakovenko.

Jul 26, 2019
Solana Overview with Greg Fitzgerald Ep #1
Jul 19, 2019