The Defiant

The Defiant
The internet of money is being built with blockchain technology and without banks. We call it DeFi, short for Decentralized Finance, and this is where you can hear the builders and users of this cutting edge world tell their stories first hand. Hosted by Camila Russo.

“Basic Financial Services is a 21st-Century Fundamental Human Need:” OMG Network’s Vansa Chatikavanij
Jul 11 • 60 min
This week’s interview is with Vansa Chatikavanij , the CEO of OMG Network. The Bangkok-based project formerly known as OmiseGo has spearheaded research and work on a scaling technology for Ethereum called Plasma. Scaling solutions will be key for Ethereum…
“All the Dizzying Ways People are Farming Yield is Proof of DeFi Composability’s Success:” Ampleforth CTO
Jun 27 • 69 min
In this week’s interview, I spoke with Brandon Iles, the CTO of Ampleforth. Brandon is a former Google and Uber software engineer, and built his first crypto app together with Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. Today, he’s trying to rebuild the way money…
DEX Progress to be a “Landmark Event” Over the Summer: Framework Ventures
Jun 19 • 61 min
This week’s interview is with Michael Anderson and Vance Spencer, co-founders of crypto venture fund Framework Ventures. Michael and Vance live and breathe crypto. The live together, work together, and spend all their time analyzing crypto startups, and…
“The World is Crying for the Tech We’re Building But We’re Nowhere Near Ready:” Aragon’s Luis Cuende
Jun 13 • 53 min
This week’s interview is with Aragon co-founder Luis Cuende. Aragon is a platform for users to create their own decentralized autonomous organizations. DAOS are organizations that have as much of its operations put into code as possible, and have smart…
“There’s the Opportunity to Make Really Complex Financial Instruments More Accessible”: Opyn’s Alexis Gauba
Jun 5 • 54 min
In this week’s interview I talk with Alexis Gauba, the cofounder of Opyn. Alexis and her team built the first decentralized options market, on Ethereum. These instruments give investors a tool to protect against market volatility and Black Swan events,…
Blockchain Devs Are Neglecting Data-Related Risks, Chainlink’s Sergey Nazarov Says
May 30 • 62 min
This week’s interview is with Sergey Nazarov, the cofounder of oracle provider Chainlink. The way blockchain applications get their data has proven to be crucial, as failures in those systems have been at the core of many of the latest attacks in…
Winklevoss Twins Say Stablecoins Are Still Missing Their “Facebook Moment”
May 21 • 64 min
This week’s episode is an interview with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. We talked bout everything from crypto in the pandemic, to Facebook’s Libra and stablecoins, to DeFi and their ETH holdings.
Anyone Can Create Their Own ETF and Get Paid for It; This Wasn’t Possible Before
May 15 • 51 min
This week’s interview is with Fernando Martinelli, co-founder and CEO of Balancer Labs. Balancer Labs is an AMM with a twist. Instead of liquidity providers having to deposit tokens in a pool at a pre-determined ratio together with a more liquid token…
Blockchains are an Extinction-Level Event: Emin Gun Sirer
May 1 • 72 min
Emin Gun Sirer is a Cornell University computer science professor who has been deeply involved in the Bitcoin and Ethereum communities from the very early days. We talk about how he got started in the field, building a cryptocurrency long before Bitcoin.…
Crypto Was Made for Crises: MEW’s Kosala Hemachandra
Apr 25 • 42 min
Hello Defiers! This week’s interview is with MyEtherWallet founder and CEO Kosala Hemachandra. As the head of one of the most popular Ethereum interfaces, Kosala has a unique perspective on how the global pandemic has impacted activity. He also shared how…
Decentralized Money Shouldn’t be Traded on Centralized Exchanges: Loopring Founder Daniel Wang
Apr 15 • 47 min
In this week’s episode we talk with Daniel Wang, CEO and founder of the Loopring protocol. The exchange built on the protocol launched a little over a month ago, with the goal of providing a non-custodial platform, meaning it allows users to keep control…
MakerDAO Founder Rune Christensen On DeFi’s Biggest Test Yet
Apr 8 • 55 min
In this week’s episode we speak with Rune Christensen, the founder of MakerDAO, the largest lending platform by assets in decentralized finance and the issuer of the Dai stablecoin. Rune has been in crypto since 2011 and is no stranger to volatility and…