Rethinking High Performance Computing with Kevin F****** Bowers
In this episode, Austin talks with Kevin Bowers, Chief Science Officer at Jump Trading. Kevin and his team are the brains behind Firedancer, Solana's second independent validator client. As Kevin describes the process of building ...| 69:47
The Philosophy of Ethereum According to Bankless' David Hoffman
In this episode, David Hoffman (Bankless) and Austin have an honest and multi-faceted conversation about the differences between Solana and Ethereum’s decisions, community, and future. David makes the case for an Ethereum-dominant ...| 94:10
So How Does DeFi Work, Anyway?
DeFi is defined as, “smart contracts that can execute trustless financial transactions," but beyond that, understanding what’s actually going on under the hood of DeFi protocols and how to use them is still a very narrow area of ...| 46:21
Designing Crypto for Actual Humans
One of the things holding back crypto from mass adoption is bad UX. According to Ori Kwan (Orca), crypto's history of bad UX isn’t just because of blockchain’s software constraints. It’s also because of the underrepresentation of ...| 46:22
Live Show: When to Work with web2 | The Pro-CBDC Case | Crypto Twitter vs. the Hill
In this live taping of Validated from NFT.NYC, Austin has an informal chat with his Solana Foundation colleagues Amira Valliani and Pedro Miranda. They discuss how web3 x web2 partnerships are evolving, the pros and cons of Central Bank ...| 51:47
Two Ex-OFAC Lawyers Walk into a Bar ... and Discuss the Warren-Marshall Bill
In this episode, Austin, Amira (Head of Policy at the Solana Foundation), and two ex-OFAC lawyers discuss regulation in web3 as it pertains to national security. Naturally, they discuss OFAC's sanction of Tornado Cash and consider other ...| 54:11
Why Crypto Needs a Mobile Revolution
Will mobile-first applications be a driving force of mass adoption during the next crypto bull run? With over 5 billion smart phone users around the globe, Chris Osborn, founder and CEO of Dialect, thinks that's a solid bet. In this ...| 52:28
Not Your Keys, Not Your Crypto: The Importance of Self-Custody with Charles Guillimet, CTO of Ledger
Self-sovereignty is one of the foundational promises of crypto, but without self-custody, that promise simply falls flat. In this episode, Charles Guillimet (CTO of Ledger) discusses topics like the importance of self-custody and the ...| 47:39
What Does It Mean for an NFT Community to Get Acquired?
When Meta Angels launched in 2021, it branded itself as an NFT community using web3 to "harness real world opportunities." In late 2022, Meta Angels was acquired by Hug, an NFT curation platform, and their respective communities merged. ...| 51:27
How a Web 2 CMO is Navigating web3 Strategy
During the last bull run, legacy fashion brands raced to incorporate web3 into their strategy. Now, with consumer demand for web3 in hibernation, where does that leave marketers in the traditional fashion space who are still bullish on ...| 33:44
Does the Internet Really Need Blockchain-Based AI?
To skeptics, blockchain-based AI may sound like a solution in search of a problem. But to Humayun Sheikh, founder and CEO of Fetch, decentralized AI has the power to revolutionize how we transact on the Internet by creating truly ...| 48:19
What the Hell Is Going on in Crypto Venture Investing? with Ben & David from Acquired
Crypto venture investing has plummeted from all time highs, but maybe perceiving this as a "crypto" problem is the wrong way of looking at it. Through the lens of seasoned investors, Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal (Acquired) help us ...| 48:58
Build Block Better: It's Infrastructure Week
Running a blockchain network requires sophisticated hardware and software working together. The term "blockchain infrastructure" refers to any component of this system that actually facilitates the existence of a blockchain. In this ...| 42:33
How web3 Is Disrupting the Web 2 Venture Playbook with Li Jin
In 2019, Li Jin was a tech VC and evangelist for specialized Web 2 platforms and marketplaces. Now, she's all in on web3. From Li's point of view, many of the "passion economy" businesses that were hard to scale in Web 2 are actually ...| 46:00
Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs All They're Hyped Up to Be?
Zero-knowledge proofs are one of the most compelling and counterintuitive technologies in crypto today. How can you prove something with zero knowledge of the thing you're proving? This episode examines the current and future use cases ...| 34:38