The Metaverse Podcast

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A new web is emerging that goes well beyond just Bitcoin, Ethereum, and money, but promises an entirely new computing paradigm, and data economy. The Metaverse Podcast is a series hosted by Outlier Ventures Founder & CEO Jamie Burke where he introduces you to the founders, entrepreneurs, investors, and the policymakers that are shaping Web 3, the Open Metaverse, and the future of digital interaction.

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Meta Identity, with Gmoney
20:18

On this episode of The Metaverse Podcast, we talk to gmoney.eth, a self-described futurist and disruptor, he is the founder of Puertro Rico's first ever summit on NFTs, Metaverso, and The Cutting Edge podcast, which airs live on Twitter spaces before being pulled to all good podcasting platforms. Jamie and Gmoney discuss moving from traditional finance to DeFi and NFTs, the importance of digital identity, acting as an anonymous influencer, putting money at risk to learn about crypto, squiggle fandom, the silent NFT crash, and more.

Dec 06, 2021
Commodifying Hashpower, with Ryan Condron of Lumerin Protocol
38:56

Monday morning Metaverse Podcast, we're with Ryan Condron of Titan Industries & Lumerin Protocol, who are building the hash power marketplace to make Bitcoin and POW crypto mining as highly optimized, efficient, and decentralized as possible.  Ryan and Jamie Burke discuss crypto-mining evolving from a hobby into an industry, its role as secure infrastructure for the metaverse, evolving with renewable energy, the mining crackdown in China, how to tokenise hash-power, and more.

Nov 29, 2021
DAOs (for Collaborators), with Will Papper of SyndicateDAO
20:14

This SPECIAL EPISODE is brought to you from the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, we’re joined by Will Papper, co-founder of SyndicateDAO and creator of $AGLD. SyndicateDAO works as a decentralized investing protocol & social network, that's transforming how the world creates value.

In this episode of The Metaverse Show, Jamie Burke and Will Papper discuss the importance of DAOs to a decentralised network, whether Ethereum is a DAO, the overnight success of LOOT and $AGLD, the long term future of NFTs as a collaborative tool, and more.

 

 

Nov 22, 2021
SSI Adoption, with Fraser Edwards of Cheqd
48:01

Today we talk to Fraser Edwards, founder of Cheqd, a business aiming to design the default payment mechanism for authentic data, increasing the adoption of self-sovereign identity technology. On this episode of The Metaverse Podcast, Jamie Burke and Fraser discuss ecosystem fulfillment, building de-facto standards, dealing with high throughput, the trouble with biometrics, COVID passports, and more.

Nov 15, 2021
Rapid DeFi, with Dean Tribble of Agoric
34:04

Today we talk to Dean Tribble, founder of Agoric, a Proof-of-Stake chain utilizing secure JavaScript smart contracts to rapidly build and deploy DeFil, comprised of a team who are experts in smart contracts. Agoric was founded on open-source principles which look to build a public economy. During the episode, Dean and Jamie Burke discuss the importance of developer accessibility, composability as more than just a buzzword, moving on from flash and HTTP, scaling for DeFi, DAOs and NFTs utilising decentralised finance, and more!

Nov 08, 2021
NFT Influence, with Bored Elon of MetaMars
37:50

What do you do once you've amassed over 1.7 million followers? How do you host a Metaverse podcast while drinking on a Friday night? Today we answer those questions while talking to Bored Elon, an NFT & crypto investor spawned from a viral Twitter parody account. Bored Elon has invested in a multitude of projects, including Voxies, Sipher and Vidya, while also working on his own project, MetaMars. In this Episode, Jamie and Bored Elon discuss the impact of becoming a Twitter Influencer, how the account was modelled, his growing interest in Web3 Technology, the impact of Elon Musk on crypto, being followed by the founder of Twitter, and much more. Join us!

 

Nov 01, 2021
New Age Data, with Reza Naeeni of Swash
37:09

What if we could reimagine data ownership using simple tools? What if it was easy to control your own data online? In this episode, we talk to Reza Naeeni, founder of Swash, a Web3 project trailblazing the path towards the New Data Economy. Swash is creating tools that allow the average person to take back control of their data and turn it into a commodity potentially turning it into an income stream. 

Reza is joined by our CEO Jamie Burke to discuss the current state of the data economy, data unions, user data rights, and what the future of the New Data Economy could look like over time.

Oct 29, 2021
Accessible Web3, with Ahmed Al-Balaghi of Biconomy
31:31

On this special midweek episode, we talk to Ahmed Al-Balaghi, founder of Biconomy a project accelerating Web3 adoption by making all its components more composable, interoperable & usable, through their three flagship products, Hyphen, Gasless and Forward. Jamie and Ahmed discuss the hurdle of gas-fees, DeFi adoption, Outlier Venture's Base Camp, API and SDK integration, dApp usiability, their innovative multi-chain relay protocol, and more. 

Oct 14, 2021
A Future of Fluf, with Aaron McDonald of Non-Fungible Labs
42:06

This week, we talk to Aaron McDonald of Non-Fungible Labs, a creative studio focused on blockchain, crypto and NFTs, from Auckland, New Zealand. The team at Non-Fungible Labs look to innovate with creative technology, and are developing a wide range of real-world applications for non-fungible tokens to empower creatives. Non-Fungible Labs are the brains behind Fluf World, a generative Metaverse project with 10,000 unique 3D animated rabbits living as NFTs on the blockchain. Aaron is joined by Jamie Burke to discuss his background at Centrality, the formation of Flufs, how they are aiming to build a future for hi-fidelity creations in the Open Metaverse, and what the future holds for Fluf World... keep your eyes peeled and your (floppy) ears open.  Make sure to check out the official Outlier Ventures YouTube channel for the companion piece to this episode, coming soon: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd_K-AgiS2XV8_iuRQ7JyNQ

Oct 11, 2021
Metaverse Maximalism, with Anthony Pompliano of The Pomp Podcast
43:13

Today we are joined by the founder of The Pomp Podcast & The Best Business Show, Anthony Pompliano. Anthony is an entrepreneur and investor, building and selling numerous companies, previously running both Product & Growth teams for Facebook, and currently manages a portfolio worth more than $500 million focusing on early-stage tech. His show, The Pomp Podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in business and investing, and has been downloaded 20M+ times, and his newsletter goes out to over 150,000 investors. Anthony Pompliano is joined by Jamie Burke, as they discuss operating system maximalism, why bitcoin will be the Metaverse's reserve currency, play to earn and the future of digital work, why games don't pay out in bitcoin, digital assets, substack, virtual jobs, and how we're already living in the metaverse.

Oct 04, 2021
DeFi to MetaFi, with Diane Dai of DODO
31:57

Today we are joined by Diane Dai, founder of DODO, an on-chain decentralized exchange & liquidity provider, powered by the Proactive Market Making (PMM) algorithm. DODO is designed to make trading and investing easy & accessible for anyone to take part in, and through Diane's background in marketing, has made significant steps to achieve that.  Diane and Jamie discuss the power of crypto-winter and DeFi summer, DeFi's relationship with NFTs, the cross over into MetaFi, and how NFT Pools will allow for people to invest in non-fungible token value, just as we do with companies & networks. 

Sep 27, 2021
Art for DeFi, with Pplpleasr of PleasrDAO
39:19

In today's episode of The Metaverse Podcast, we talk to Pplpleasr, of PleasrDAO - a collective of DeFi leaders, early NFT collectors and digital artists who acquire culturally significant digital work, and experiment with community art ownership. 

Pplpleasr is the DAO's namesake, and a multidisciplinary artist, who found viral fame creating work for well-known crypto brands including AAVE, Sushiswap and Yearn. She, and Jamie Burke, discuss falling into DeFi, the importance of NFT art, creating memetic content, how crypto transformed her career, and the wormhole of crypto 'time dilation'. 

 

Sep 20, 2021
WIRED on the Metaverse, with Saira Mueller of WIRED Magazine
29:14

Today We talk to Saira Meuller, Gaming Editor of WIRED Magazine, reaching more than 30 million people each month, aiming to be the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant digital transformation.

Jamie Burke and Saira Mueller discuss the rise of the Metaverse in gaming - tracing the journey from The Sims to Clash of Clans, Fortnite, Axies and Decentraland. They look at eSports as an example of gaming as a profession, women in gaming and diversity in the metaverse, along with the future of game development being taken fully online. 

Sep 13, 2021
Hedge Funds on Crypto, with Raoul Pal of Real Vision Group
01:04:22

In this episode, we talk to Raoul Pal, founder of Real Vision Group, a media production and aggregation team that are creating a place where the world’s most successful investors share their thoughts about what’s happening in today’s markets. Raoul is joined by our CEO Jamie Burke, to discuss the system of value created by cryptocurrency, the adoption rates of blockchain usage, the impact of the Metaverse on financial institutions, how the markets stack up against crypto, and more.

Sep 07, 2021
Documenting the Early Metaverse, with Benjamin Bertram Goldman of InVision
33:26

On this week's episode, Jamie Burke talks to Benjamin Bertram Goldman, co-founder of Blockfeed, and creative director at InVision, a unified design platform powering the world’s best user experiences through ease of collaboration. Benjamin has written extensively about the Metaverse and, at InVision, runs a documentary production company covering the future of design and technology. Jamie and Benjamin discuss virtual world design, the ethics of the metaverse, onboarding governments and regulators, making decentralised spaces fun, the economics of games, and building virtual environments for experimentation. 

Aug 31, 2021
Bringing NFTs & Blockchain to TikTok, with Roneil Rumburg of Audius
44:51

This week, we talk to Roneil Rumburg, CEO and co-founder of Audius, a decentralized music streaming platform that allows for direct transactions between listeners and creators, giving anyone the ability to distribute, monetize, and stream audio.  Jamie Burke and Roneil discuss Audius' recent TikTok integration, how he met his co-founder Forrest Browning, forming the groundwork for Audius, complying to media regulators while using blockchain, ensuring the creator economy for the next generation, and building an economy through NFTs, and contributor interaction.

Aug 25, 2021
Replacing Web 2 Infrastructure, with Al Morris of Koii Network
29:53

Today we talk to Al Morris, founder of Koii Network, who are building a decentralized network that can replace traditional Web 2 infrastructure including social media, search, and publishing to enable a more dynamic and persistent metaverse that can mimic the real world He is joined by Jamie Burke, Outlier Ventures CEO, and cover topics including: the Chicago Blockchain Institute, Arweave and decentralised file storage, the attention economy, Turing completeness, gradual consensus, eco-friendly networks, Atomic NFTs, and more.

Aug 18, 2021
Understanding the Crypto Market, with Ambre Soubiran of Kaiko
40:28

In this episode, Jamie Burke is joined by Ambre Soubiran, founder of Kaiko, a cryptocurrency market data provider for institutional investors and enterprises. Kaiko aims to be the foundation of the new digital finance economy by serving as a single source for market information.

Jamie and Ambre discuss the crypto winter, being a serial founder, publically available data, moving from crypto native customers to traditional hedge funds, banks and institutions, understanding what digital currency markets mean for retail investors, and more.

Aug 10, 2021
Gamifying DeFi, with Jesse Johnson of PixelCraft Studios
39:28

Jesse Johnson is the Founder and COO of PixelCraft Studios, a gaming studio and publisher who develop and created Aavegotchi in collaboration with Stani Kulechov’s AAVE. Jesse Johnson is an NFT OG who helped co-found Mintable app, as well as Bullionix, the first ERC721 NFTs staked with ERC20 collateral. 

Jesse and Jamie discuss mixing NFTs and DeFi, their utility token $GHST, their next ‘haunt’ release, keeping work on-chain, AAVE’s open DeFi Protocol, and the importance of composability for the success of any NFT project.

Jul 26, 2021
Simplifying Web 3 Development, with Greg Marlin of Idexo
34:29

Today, Jamie Burke speaks to Greg Marlin, CEO of Idexo, the project building a simplified developer experience for any blockchain, with one meta token and one meta SDK for all transactions.

They discuss compute credits to solve price fluctuations, the universal software development kit (SDK), simplifying blockchain usage, Arweave, Avalanche, Polygon, Ethereum and more.

Jul 19, 2021
Building the Coinbase for NFTs, with Peter Wood of CoinBurp
38:46

In this episode, Jamie Burke is joined by Peter Wood, founder of CoinBurp, a multifaceted project with one of the highest-rated CeFi crypto exchange platforms in Europe, and soon to introduce the CoinBurp Wallet, unlocking the world of DeFi, and furthering their mission to be the CoinBase for NFTs.

They discuss community events, FIAT onboarding, games as marketing, and how NFTs will drive the adoption of Crypto in the mass market.

Jul 12, 2021
The Filecoin Base Camp Accelerator, with Colin Evran & Jamie Burke
17:10

Jamie Burke talks to Colin Evran on the brand new Filecoin Base Camp Accelerator, platforming new startups to the Filecoin ecosystem, helping grow decentralised file storage and the new data economy. To apply click here: https://outlierventures.io/base-camp/

Jul 05, 2021
The New Data Economy, with Juan Benet of Protocol Labs
47:05

Today on Founders of Web 3, we talk to Juan Benet of Protocol Labs, the founder of Filecoin, an open-source cloud storage marketplace, protocol, and cryptocurrency, built to make the web more secure, and efficient. Jamie Burke and Juan Benet discuss the future of the decentralised Cloud, the new data economy, data as an asset for DeFi, IPFS and decentralised storage for NFTs, and their exciting new accelerator partnership with Outlier Ventures.

Jun 15, 2021
Exploring the Meme Economy, with Johan Unger of Meme.com
32:31

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.

Jun 07, 2021
Building the Gateway to Decentralised Finance, with Itamar Lesuisse of Argent
35:36

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.

May 24, 2021
Curating a Web3 Ecosystem, with Tegan Kline of Edge & Node
27:34

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. 

 

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May 17, 2021
The Innovation of On-Chain NFTs, with Jim McNelis of NFT42
53:24

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.

May 04, 2021
Community, Events and Marketing for NFTs, with Cameron Bale of NFT.Kred & NFT.NYC
33:13

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.

Apr 27, 2021
Building the NFT Parachain, with Alexander Mitrovich of Unique Networks
46:00

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. 

Apr 21, 2021
Building a Decentralized Cloud for Ethereum, with Jack O'Holleran of Skale Labs
36:20

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.

Apr 01, 2021
The Sustainable Governance Experiment, with Arjun Bhuptani of MolochDAO
47:03

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.

Mar 24, 2021
A FOW3 Special: The Open Metaverse OS Audiobook, with Jamie Burke of Outlier Ventures
49:07

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/

Mar 19, 2021
Mergers and Acquisitions in Crypto, with Joe Lallouz of Bison Trails
43:27

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. 

Mar 15, 2021
Building a DEX 2.0 on the Polkadot Network, Vivek Prasannan of Polkadex
38:24

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.

Mar 10, 2021
Creating Ethereum’s Internet of Blockchains, with Sandeep Nailwal of Polygon (Matic Network)
36:41

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.

Mar 08, 2021
Building Direct-to-Avatar in the Metaverse, with Ryan Gill of Crucible
01:05:42

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.

Mar 01, 2021
The Case for a Permaweb, with Sam Williams of Arweave
46:44

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.

Feb 22, 2021
Rolling out a Global Permissionless IoT Protocol, with Amir Haleem of Helium
53:20

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.

Feb 11, 2021
Decentralized Finance (DeFi) for Centralized Institutions (CeFi) with Brian Mahoney of Alkemi
41:02

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.

Feb 02, 2021
Understanding the NFT Market, its Standards & Technical Trade-offs, with Alex Atallah of OpenSea
54:56

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.  

Jan 26, 2021
Taking The Long Hard Path in Launching a Token, with Jason Teutsche of TrueBit
37:29

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’. 

 

Jan 20, 2021
Building the iTunes DApp Store of DeFi, with Brian Kerr of Kava
53:45

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.  

Jan 18, 2021
Innovating as the 1st Tokenised & Permissionless NFT Platform, with Alex Salnikov of Rarible
53:32

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. 

Jan 13, 2021
Designing the Number One Gaming DApp in the World, with Aleksander Larsen of Axie Infinity
51:16

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.             

Jan 11, 2021
Blockchain enabled Meta Games, with Robby Yung of Animoca Brands
38:29

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. 

Dec 21, 2020
The Future of DeFi and the role of AMMs and DEX in crypto, with Fernando Martinelli of Balancer Labs
41:32

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. 

Dec 14, 2020
DAOs as the Perfect Expression of Private Ordering of Wealth, with Aaron Wright of OpenLaw
52:55

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.              

Dec 09, 2020
Making Better Use of the World's Computing Power, with Matt Hawkins of Cudo
42:08

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.     

Dec 07, 2020
The Data Trade & its Extinction Event, with Gilbert Hill of TapMyData
35:38

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.

Dec 01, 2020
The Internet Computer & Open Internet Services, with Dominic Williams of Dfinity
01:15:51

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.  

Nov 25, 2020
The Importance of Data Infrastructure for Web 3, with Yaniv Tal of The Graph
41:01

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. 

Nov 16, 2020
Making Smart Contracts Secure & Usable at Scale, with Mark Miller of Agoric
50:59

We talk to one of the legendary founding fathers of the internet Mark Miller, about his 40+ year career as leading researcher at Xerox PARC, Google, Xanadu, core contributor to Javascript and creator of the ‘E’ Language.

We discuss how he was inspired in the 80s by the economist Hayek’s ‘utility of property rights’ and object oriented programming to found Agorics (in ‘94) to create secure distributed computing markets to lower the risk of cooperation. We also discuss the history of smart contracts, and why in 2018 he rebirthed Agorics as Agoric to make smart contracts more secure, and accessible to developers. 

Nov 11, 2020
Bringing DeFi Products to Market, with Tascha Punyaneramitdee of Alpha Finance Lab
46:26

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.

Nov 09, 2020
Scaling Web 3, with Anatoly Yakovenko of Solona
45:11

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.  

Nov 04, 2020
The World’s Most Used DApp, You've Never Heard of, with Alex Newman of Human Protocol
51:41

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.      

Nov 02, 2020
Why Web 3 Needs Privacy by Default, with Tor Bair of Secret Network
35:56

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/id1438776388 To 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!

Oct 28, 2020
Reclaiming Control Through Data Unions, with Henri Pihkala of Streamr
01:00:57

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.

Oct 26, 2020
Betting Against Blockchain Maximalism, with Dr. Gavin Wood of Polkadot
01:01:29

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.

Oct 21, 2020
Crypto isn’t decentralised? The Importance of Full Node Infrastructure, with Michael O’Rourke of Pocket Network
31:42

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.

Oct 19, 2020
The Power of Memetics and Social Capital in Crypto, Jordan Lyall of $MEME
39:00

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.

Oct 14, 2020
Insuring Crypto & Mutualisation of Risk, with Hugh Karp of Nexus Mutual
42:11

Hugh is a 15 year insurance industry veteran who launched Nexus Mutual, a decentralised insurance protocol, back in 2017 and, with the advent of DeFi, whose time has come. We talk about how insurance has historically enabled risk taking and innovation, forms of risk in DeFi, and how innovations in oracles & NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) make the industry unstoppable in delivering highly disruptive, bottom up, compliant by design, efficient and effective financial innovation.  

Oct 12, 2020
Unbundling Amazon through dCommerce & NFTs, Justin Banon of Boson Protocol
32:57

Justin, a physicist and seasoned executive from the loyalty industry (where he built a billion dollar unicorn), has developed a novel cryptographic game and foundational primitive for Web 3 using ‘stateful NFTs’, with some of the world’s leading game theorists, that removes the need for arbitration in the fulfilment of digital to physical redemption.

We discuss NFTs as loyalty mechanisms, and how an emergent dCommerce Stack could one day unbundle Amazon.

Sep 30, 2020
Blockchain Enabled Gaming and Content-as-the-Platform, Sebastien Borget
44:12

Sebastien, a serial entrepreneur and gaming veteran talks about his vision for an Open Metaverse. Enabled by blockchain and new models, like play-to-earn, to allow economics between creator supply, user demand and virtual consumption.

We discuss the idea of content-as-the-platform and user created, and owned, NFTs as virtual goods, how that interacts with DeFi (Decentralised Finance) and how it promises new levels of financial education, and literacy, to the next generation.  

Sep 28, 2020
DeFi-lization of Non Fungible Tokens, Whale Shark of $WHALE
51:55

Whale Shark is the pseudo-anonymous founder of the $WHALE NFT collector community, with the largest social currency by market cap in the world, built in just 12 months, and backed by the world's largest collection of non-fungible tokens.

We talk about the difference between NFTs, from gaming collectibles to digital fine art, how they can be used to collateralize an asset backed crypto currency, and the power of principle based communities in Web 3.

 

 

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Sep 23, 2020
Why We’ve Only Just Got Started in Web 3, Joseph Lubin of Consensys
45:27

Joseph Lubin, Co-Founder of Ethereum and Founder & CEO of Consensys, talks about his continuous mission to improve Web 3’s fledgling but critical ‘trust layer’ for the Internet and how it can bring about ‘granular governance’.

We cover his early background in machine learning and autonomous systems research and why he believes creating ‘AI Lego’ is as important to Web 3 as Money Lego. As well as the benefits and challenges of being a fast follower, the promise of ETH2 and improvements to Meta Mask as well as the roll out of their Ethereum Enterprise proposition Quorum - he also hints at an exciting new DeFi stack...

Sep 21, 2020
Building a Responsible Data Economy, Dawn Song of Oasis Labs
48:18

Dawn is founder & CEO of Oasis Lab & Network, as well as an award-winning professor at Berkeley, working on world leading research in applied cryptography, security, blockchain and machine learning - as well as being a serial entrepreneur.

We talk about spinning out deep tech startups from academia as well as her important mission to create a more responsible data economy based on privacy and user centricity.

Sep 17, 2020
Creating the DeFi Substrate for Polkadot, Bette Chen of Acala Network
01:09:27

Bette co-founder of Acala Network talks us through her teams passionate belief in a multichain universe, being inspired by Gavin Wood, and why they believe Polkadot will both relieve Ethereum of some of its economic load and allow a greater democratisation of DeFi to grow the pie for Web 3.

We talk about the DeFi paradox of yield vs efficiency, the challenges and sustainability of yield farming, ‘progressive decentralisation’ and the creation of the world's first trustless decentralised sovereign wealth fund.

Sep 14, 2020
Curating the Social Layer for Crypto Art & NFTs, John Craine of SuperRare
57:40

Join some of the world’s most exciting elements of the Web 3 ecosystem, for one-day virtual demos, panels, and more, September 15th & 16th 2020: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/diffusion-digital-september

We talk to John Craine about the mission, purpose and growing pains of scaling the world’s leading NFT (Non Fungible Token) platform. We explore how they are breaking out of the ‘crypto art’ niche to become a social layer, and network, for the curation of digital fine art.

We look at the market for this new asset class, its experiments in growing forms of multimedia, and its experience in both the physical and virtual world.

Sep 10, 2020
Going Over the Top of Central Bank Crypto Currencies, with Premier of Bermuda, Edward David Burt MP
36:11

Bermuda is one of the only environments with regulatory equivalence with the US and EU and the ‘Risk capital’ of the world, for insurance and reinsurance.

Their Premier, the youngest in his country's history, and with a masters in IT from George Washington, holds a uniquely high level of technical literacy talks with refreshing nuance about creating an innovation first environment to evolve Web 3 startups, in particular in Digital Assets and DeFi, without the licensing overhead burden whilst still maintaining a world beating standard in compliance. We look at how opacity hinders crypto, and why choosing a ‘transparency focused jurisdiction’ like Bermuda vs ‘privacy jurisdiction’ is key for Web 3 startups to be accepted by industry and capital markets. 

Sep 07, 2020
Applying a Vertically Driven Approach to Web 3 and DeFi, Stani Kulechov of Aave
46:26
Stani talks about why coming out of the Nordics so early Aave (previously ETh Lend) they had no choice but to be community financed and therefore driven as well as the challenges and benefits of being a first mover in Web 3, and why in DeFi there are no competitors only direct or indirect cooperation. We explore how they evolved their token, its features and governance over time and their Vertical rather than purely Horizontal approach to product development and customer acquisition as well as how he believes DeFi will both interact with and consume Fintech.   Join some of the world’s most exciting elements of the Web 3 ecosystem, for one-day virtual demos, panels, and more September 15th & 16th 2020: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/diffusion-digital-september
Sep 02, 2020
Network Lifecycle Investing, Non Fungible Tokens & Digital Art, Jake Brukhman of CoinFund
34:16

Jake Brukhman is Founder of CoinFund which has been investing in blockchain since 2016. Through his unique experience in computer science, quantitative trading and product management at places like Amazon, he and his team have developed an approach to Web 3 called ‘Network Lifecycle Investing’, where they work with startups in both an early stage venture capacity but also helping bootstrap networks as they mature.

He talks about ‘dogfooding’ Web 3 tech like DAOs, as the 3rd member of Moloch DAO, and actively participating in staking or mining in networks like Live Peer. As a visual artist and creative himself we go deep into his passion and investment thesis in Digital Art and NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens).

Join some of the world’s most exciting elements of the Web 3 ecosystem, for one-day virtual demos, panels, and more September 15th & 16th 2020: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/diffusion-digital-september

Aug 26, 2020
Bringing AI Lego to Blockchains, Toby Simpson of Fetch.ai
45:40

Toby Simpson is co-founder and COO of Fetch.ai, an open decentralised machine learning network. We talk about his three decades of work in agent based systems: creating MMORGs (massively multiplayer online role playing games) in the 90’s, to biologically inspired systems as Head of Software Design at DeepMind, which went on to be acquired by Google.

 

We look at how these experiences led him to create the world’s first blockchain-based decentralised AI, and its use cases, from DeFi to removing inefficiencies in complex mobility systems.

 

Join some of the world’s most exciting elements of the Web 3 ecosystem, for one-day virtual demos, panels, and more September 15th & 16th 2020: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/diffusion-digital-september

Aug 19, 2020
Building on the Shoulders of Bitcoin, Mark Wilcox of 21e8
52:53

Jamie speaks to Mark Wilcox, Founder of 21e8 (The Magic Number Company) the pioneering ecosystem of computational data markets - competitive systems that combine real-time content creation with distributed data exchange.

 

They discuss everything from building businesses in crypto, what the computational data market is, and what Mark looks for in his community.

 

Join some of the world’s most exciting elements of the Web 3 ecosystem, for one-day virtual demos, panels, and more September 15th & 16th 2020: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/diffusion-digital-september

Aug 17, 2020
Beyond Defi: decentralising global credit markets, Rune Christensen of MakerDAO
01:07:44

Rune founded ‘the central bank of DeFi’, powering the latest crypto cycle (with over $1 billion of collateral), but he has also created the world's most successful DAO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation) to coordinate a borderless decentralised credit market that is aggressively adding collateral, beyond crypto, towards real world securitised assets like commodities, central bank digital currencies and real estate. We talk through his unique founder experience of leading MakerDAO from its emergence in chat rooms in early 2014 to becoming a professional organisation engaging with regulators, and now its eventual dissolution into the community.

 

Diffusion 2020

Join some of the world’s most exciting elements of the Web 3 ecosystem, for a one-day virtual demos, panels, and more September 15th & 16th 2020:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/diffusion-digital-september

Aug 12, 2020
Engineering token economies for success, Angela Kreitenweis of Token Engineering Community
53:48

Angela has a rich background in data led digital product design, venture and business model innovation, founding the global Token Engineering Community and Academy which now holds meet-ups in over 50 countries. It brings together a rich and diverse braintrust of; systems, electrical, robotics & controls engineers, as well as Behavioural & Ecological Economists, Researchers and AI experts dedicated to creating a formal ethic and practical methodology for the development of safe and resilient financial public infrastructure to handle trillions of value in economic load.

 

Diffusion 2020

Join some of the world’s most exciting elements of the Web 3 ecosystem, for a one-day virtual demos, panels, and more September 15th & 16th 2020:

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/diffusion-digital-september

Aug 10, 2020
Empires and Politics in blockchain, Sunny Aggarwal of Cosmos Tendermint
45:27

We talk with Sunny, the lead researcher at Tendermint, and core contributor to Cosmos and Cosmos Hub as well as cofounder of Blockchain at Berkeley. We talk about the political theory of blockchain as well as its main narratives: sound money, defi, web 3 and open law. We look at the story of Cosmos and how its ecosystem has evolved and the natural devolution from initial founder to community and how they can been so successful at beginning to onboard the 99% of developers with a ‘build your own blockchain’ model.

Aug 05, 2020
Building Institutional Grade & Compliant Products on DeFi, Michael Weber of DIA
44:37

Michael is a serial Web 3 founder, since 2014, and one of the rare DeFi entrepreneurs with a background as an actual financial services professional, investment banker and analyst at places like Bloomberg, Nomura and UBS. We talk about his mission at DIA to crowdsource trusted institutional grade data oracles in DeFi that will allow crypto to mature as an asset class for mainstream adoption with products like indices, derivatives and loans that will attract trillions of dollars of capital. We talk about why Europe, and in particular his home country of Switzerland, are leading the world through standards, taxonomies and regulation to become a global centre for this emerging capital market.

Aug 03, 2020
Creating ‘the Last Hedge Fund’, via the Hardest Blockchain Powered Data Science Tournament in the World, by Richard Craib Founder of Numerai
36:27

We talk about building a 150 year startup in Web 3 from first principles with Richard Craib, Founder of Numerai, and why he chose to apply himself to solving what he sees in the ultimate mathematical problem: creating ‘the last hedge fund’, through ‘the hardest data science tournament in the world’. We also discuss his approach of crowdsourcing equities trading models through a network of data scientists, and the power of the convergence of blockchain + AI in open data marketplaces.

Jul 29, 2020
Crypto innovation within large financial institutions and the global regulatory spectrum, Sandro Ro of The Global Blockchain Council
48:28

Sandra Ro is a banking OG, serial founder and now CEO of The Global Blockchain Council and leading advocate for, and enablement of, the rapidly maturing crypto industry. We discuss the evolution of attitudes within financial institutions towards crypto as an asset class and the trading life-cycle in places like CME (Chicago Metals Exchange) where she created their Digitization department and pioneered research into cryptocurrencies and innovative products in Cryptocurrency Derivatives Contracts, and Bitcoin Pricing Products as early as 2016.

Jul 28, 2020
Solving the Blockchain Trilemma and The CeFi to DeFi Spectrum, Steven Kokinos of Algorand
38:31

Steven is a veteran Web entrepreneur with multiple hundred million dollar startup exits, his first back in 1999. Now he is CEO of Algorand where he is commercialising the innovations of Silvio Micali, one of the godfathers of Modern Cryptography and Turing Award winner. We talk about how to decide and execute a ‘go to market’ strategy for a generalisable layer 1 protocol and the potential of DeFi, Security Tokens and CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies).

Jul 22, 2020
Powering the DeFi Boom through Universally Connected Smart Contracts, Sergey Nazarov of Chainlink
47:28

Join some of the world’s most exciting elements of the Web 3 ecosystem, for one-day virtual demos, panels, and more, September 15th & 16th 2020: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/diffusion-digital-september

 

Sergey Nazarov, Co-Founder of Chainlink, shares how his experiences as an early Web 3 entrepreneur led him to solving the oracle problem. We talk about how Chainlink has successfully abstracted away its complexity to unlock the potential for reliable ‘universally connected smart contracts’ to become the dominant form of digital agreement which allow enterprise and end users to take control of their relationship to their money and data.

Jul 20, 2020
From CryptoKitties to Mainstreaming Non Fungible Tokens, Roham Gharegozlou of Dapper Labs
31:31

Roham Gharegozlou, Co-Inventor of CryptoKitties and Founder of Dapper Labs talks about scaling NFTs to billions of users and how the Metaverse, as an emergent ecosystem, will not be designed: it will be open fluid and anchored on a blockchain.

Jul 13, 2020
Mobilising & Coordinating Web 3 through DAOs, Luis Cuende of Aragon
36:34

Luis Cuende, Co-Founder and Core Contributor at Aragon is a self proclaimed ‘Free Software’ lover and hacker. We talk about how DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) allow us to govern supranational protocols as ‘digital jurisdictions’, with manifestos and bylaws that remove ambiguities, reduce frictions and the changes of forking of networks. We talk about how these technologies are being experimented with, their convergence with gaming culture and potential to some day challenge the nation state itself.

Jul 08, 2020
How Covid Might Just be the Accelerant for Web 3 Adoption, Ryan Selkis of Messari
37:45

Ryan Selkis, Founder and CEO of Messari, has been at the heart of the crypto ecosystem since 2014 as entrepreneur, investor and journalist / analyst. As an entrepreneur-in-residence at ConsenSys with Joseph Lubin, a founding team member at the industry's most active investor (DCG, Digital Currency Group) and MD of the largest trade media brand (CoinDesk) and conference Consensus, he has been pivotal in making the industry what it is today. Now at Messari he has been working tirelessly to bring professional grade transparency and research to an opaque market. We talk about whether regulators can ever keep up with innovation in crypto and could Covid19 be the accelerant for Web 3 adoption and the next bullrun.

Jul 02, 2020
The Importance of Middleware to Web 3 and The Open Source Movement
36:49

Host Jamie talks to Boris Mann, CEO and Co-Founder of Fission who is helping developers build powerful web native apps in Web 3. They discuss what the pragmatic application of Web 3 technology means, whether or not it fixes the problems of Web 2 and what it means to be part of it.

Jun 29, 2020
The Growth of DAOs, and Importance of Community of Web 3, Lou Kerner of CryptoMondays
42:58

Lou Kerner is Co-Founder and Partner at CryptoMondays. He shares with Jamie his views on how DAOs are evolving and where they are headed. They also discuss why we’re going to see a huge explosion in value following the crypto winter.

Jun 22, 2020
Diversifying and Densifying the 5Gs Supply Chain with Blockchain, Maria Lema of Weaver Labs
38:28

Maria is an Uruguayan scientist and Web 3 Founder who launched the UK’s first 5G UK Testbed out of Kings College London in 2017 and has run several pilots with the likes of The European Space Agency. She is also Co-Founder of Weaver Labs. At Weaver Labs they are building a decentralised connectivity marketplace that accelerates both the public and private sectors mission for greater diversification in supply chains for improved security and competition in 5G. She talks about why you can’t have a truly decentralised internet without first decentralising networking infrastructure and its importance to ‘connectivity inclusion’ into the digital economy.

Jun 22, 2020
How a Simple Proposal ERC 20 Birthed the ICO Wave & How to Mainstream Web 3, Fabian Vogelsteller of LUKSO
41:29

We talk with Fabian Vogelsteller, core contributor to the Ethereum protocol who has created some of the most used and impactful innovations in Web 3 from the ERC 20 standard (over 250k deployed, 4 of which market cap over $1bn) to the Ethereum Wallet (100m wallets) and Web3.js (over 50k projects, double Facebook’s Machine Learning Diary). Now Founder of LUKSO he explains why his next goal is to onboard mainstream users, and in particular women, into Web 3 as well as fixing ICOs with the rICO (reverse ICO) this time in collaboration with regulators.

Jun 15, 2020
Realising The Meta Verse through Virtual Reality & Blockchain, Artur Sychov of Somnium Space
41:05

Artur Sychov,Founder & CEO of Somnium Space talks about the convergence of blockchain with AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) to go well beyond the early visions of Second Life to realise an interconnected virtual world, The Metaverse, with security of ownership, authenticity of origin for our digital goods and wealth. He also talks about how Somnium is focused on delivering a truly persistent experience and how they address the digital immortality of users.

Jun 15, 2020
Investing in Web 3 & The Trust Spectrum, Kyle Samani of Multicoin Capital
43:48

Kyle Samani, Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital discusses the future of Web 3 with host Jamie, describing it as the most direct way humanity's ever invented to explicitly codify incentives into software. They explore the history of the web, the future of the web and what they think is going to be needed to get there.

Jun 15, 2020
What's going on in the Indian Crypto scene? Nischal Shetty of WazirX
38:10

Nischal Shetty the Founder of WazirX, India's largest crypto exchange, talks about its challenges operating in a restricted business environment, and his role in lobbying and succeeding regulatory change. He also shares about his journey as a serial web entrepreneur, what's different running a Web 3 startup and his multi million dollar partnership and venture fund with Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, to make India a leading crypto nation. 

Jun 03, 2020
Regulation and innovation in Crypto, Peteris Zilgalvis of The European Commission
40:54

Jamie talks to Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Digital Single Market & Blockchain European Commission, and long time advocate for the potential of crypto and Web 3 about The Commission’s ‘innovation first’ approach to the space and the importance of these technologies to not just make The Web more secure and inclusive but also to decentralise the Data Economy and most importantly better distribute the benefits of AI. He discusses the Commission's attitudes towards innovations like ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation) and its pioneering €400M Blockchain & AI fund-of-funds mandate to support the local Web 3 ecosystem. 

Jun 03, 2020
Building startups to further Bitcoin & Self Sovereignty, Jameson Lopp, Co-Founder and CTO of Casa
42:09

Jameson is the archetypal Bitcoiner and Co-Founder & CTO of Casa, a startup dedicated to helping people realise self sovereignty and secure their personal wealth through Bitcoin. We talk about self sovereignty as a movement and how its emergent technology can secure not just Bitcoin but a growing number of forms of digital wealth and assets like NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) and personal data. We explore innovating in a sometimes adversarial techno-belief system, his learning building products on open source and in particular The Lightning Network. And as a security expert we explore the power of open source and decentralized ledgers to create more secure systems.

 

 

Jun 03, 2020
How to Beat Surveillance Capitalism, Brendan Eich of Brave
56:29

Brendan is Founder and CEO of Brave Browser. As the creator of JavaScript at Netscape in the 90’s he talks about how it’s success and ubiquity alongside cookies and behavioural tracking led to the business model of Surveillance Capitalism that has come to dominate The Web. We discuss how the industrialisation of the Ad Tech ecosystem, and its layers of intermediation, has not only led to erosion of user privacy but also a poor web experience and how Brave’s Basic Attention Token incentivises a better outcome for publishers, users and brands.

Jun 03, 2020
How crypto was ‘made in China', Dovey Wan of Primitive Ventures
51:07

Dovey Wan is a leading VC in Web 3 and has been bridging Silicon Valley to the Asian crypto scene for several years on Twitter and as advisor to Coindesk and Michael Arrington. We talk about her seminal 2018 post ‘Decentralized Journey to the East’ and it’s key themes: how China’s crypto scene emerged out of the hardware used to power Bitcoin mining, to the retail secondary markets and their exchanges that have come to dominate the global crypto markets. We explore the Asian or Kimchi Premium in Korea, crypto’s  ‘9’11’, ‘’9-4’’ in the wake of Chinese regulatory clampdown, how it created a global asian crypto diaspora, how Silicon Valley lost its unfair advantage in Web  3 and why crypto is a Matrix like battleground between privacy orientated Neos and central bank digital currency Agent Smith. 

Jun 03, 2020
The role of DAOs in Web 3, Peter Pan of MetaCartel
42:31

Peter is community lead at Meta Cartel, an innovative Web 3 ecosystem of creators and operators building decentralized applications (DApps) on Ethereum. He discusses the foundational role of DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) in Web 3 a means of organising around public works enabled by blockchain, cryptocurrency and smart contracts. They explore the importance of community in Web 3, its fusion with gaming culture and how there is already a whole generation who will never work for a company and  will only ever know digital wealth. 

 

Jun 01, 2020
Building a New Data Economy with Blockchains, Trent McConaghy of Ocean Protocol
43:47

Trent McConaghy, is not only one of the early blockchain entrepreneurs founding several startups in the space, most recently Ocean Protocol, a decentralised data marketplace that enables a New Data Economy but an AI founder who enjoyed a big exit. He explains how Ocean can break down entrenched data silos across industries and allows for the gains of Big Data and AI to be more evenly distributed across society. As the founder of  the global token engineering community we talk about why the principles of ‘engineering’ are critical to building safe infrastructure for a new multi billion dollar digital economy centered on Web 3.

May 22, 2020
Long-Tail Economics & Mainstreaming Web 3, Eyal Hertzog of Bancor
55:41

Eyal Herzog is co-founder of Bancor Network and a serial entrepreneur with decades of startup experience building Web 2 startups with millions of users so knows about building digital products that go mainstream. He explains his journey in pioneering private digital currencies as early as 2012 gaining an appreciation for long-tail economics and the importance of liquidity that led to Bancor, which has become a key part in the formation of the global crypto capital market. We also discuss his new venture DWEB and its mission to allow communities of developers and entrepreneurs to collaboratively launch, own and operate web apps comparable to a Facebook or Uber without the need to understand crypto.

May 07, 2020
Onboarding The 99% of Developers Into Web 3, Illia Polosukhin of NEAR
45:42

Illia Polosukhin left Google, where he made significant contributions to Google Translate and Tensorflow, to co-found NEAR Protocol. He talks about how his team of co-founders background in competitive coding (all various ICPC champions, an elite coding olympics) and their work teaching computers to code informed building an intuitive Web 3 Stack to onboard the 99% of developers and go on to be backed by the likes of Andreessen HorowitzPantera, Multicoin, Coinbase Ventures, and Pantera Capital.

May 07, 2020
Privacy & Collaborative Learning in Web 3, Can Kisagun of Enigma
42:55

Can Kisagun, Co-Founder of Enigma, a cutting edge protocol that allows for ‘secret contracts’, smart contracts that allow for the sharing of secrets that can be used to enable;e collaborative machine learning, talks about his journey as a spin out from MIT with his professor, and the challenges of bringing a token backed protocol to life out of the US. We go deep into the possibilities of allowing a new more collaborative data economy, to move away from closed data silos, the potential for Impact in areas like health, in particular Corona and discuss new possibilities in the governance and coordination of distributed systems.

May 07, 2020
Finding Purpose in Web 3, Rene Reinsberg of Celo
47:05

We discuss the importance of Purpose to mobilise communities in Web 3 with Rene Reinsberg, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Celo. He shares Celo’s intense social mission to finally deliver on the decade long promise for crypto-currencies for genuine financial inclusion compared to Libra, and how he convinced some of Silicon Valley’s largest VCs like A16z that it was good business. He talks about how mission gave them discipline to focus down on delivering what features were truly important for a more efficient financial system, a mobile-first platform solution based upon secure and stable digital currencies, to get money to parts of the economy that need it most. We discuss the power of programmable money to finally make innovations like local currencies and digital cooperatives mainstream.

May 07, 2020