Epicenter – Podcast on Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

Epicenter – Podcast on Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

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#261 Ben Sharafian & Stefan Thomas: Coil – A New Business Model for the Web
Nov 13 • 91 min
Coil Co-Founders Stefan Thomas and Ben Sharafian joined us to discuss the broken state of web monetization and why streaming payments to creators using ILP has a chance to change the course of the web.
#260 Devcon4 Recap – From HODL to BUIDL
Nov 6 • 776 min
Just as the Devcon4 was wrapping up, we sat down at the Prague Congress Center to share our thoughts on the event, and how the Ethereum ecosystem has evolved since we last met in Cancun.
#259 Gavin Wood: Substrate, Polkadot and the Case for On-Chain Governance
Oct 31 • 96 min
Former Ethereum CTO and Parity Founder Gavin Wood joined us to discuss the early days of Ethereum, how Parity came about, their new blockchain framework Substrate and the case for on-chain governance.
#258 Monica Quaintance: Kadena – Public and Permissioned Blockchains that Scale
Oct 23 • 85 min
We’re joined by Monica Quaintance, Head of Engineering and Adoption at Kadena. The company is building a scalable platform and simplified smart contract language designed for business.
#257 Kevin Owocki: Gitcoin – Aligning Incentives in Open-Source Development
Oct 17 • 71 min
We’re joined by Kevin Owocki, the Founder of Gitcoin, an Ethereum-based marketplace that leverages the open source community to incentivize and monetize development work.
#256 Aleksandr Bulkin & Jake Brukhman: CoinFund – Crypto-Investing by Community Building
Oct 11 • 81 min
We are joined by Jake Brukhman, CEO, and Alexander Bulkin, Chief Alchemist, to discuss the latest thoughts on investing in the cryptocurrency space.
#255 Arthur Breitman & Kathleen Breitman: Tezos – The Long Road Towards A Digital Commonwealth
Oct 5 • 89 min
We were joined by Tezos co-founders Arthur and Kathleen Breitman to discuss the Tezos vision, history and where the project is heading next.
#254 Allen Day: Google’s Mission to Provide Open Datasets for Public Blockchains
Sep 26 • 68 min
We’re joined by Allen Day, Science Advocate at Google. Earlier this year, he and his team released both Bitcoin and Ethereum as public datasets in Big Query, Google big data IaaS offering.
#253 Angela C. Walch: The Case for Treating Developers as Fiduciaries in Public Blockchains
Sep 19 • 72 min
We were joined by law professor Angela Walch to discuss her controversial ideas surrounding the role of trust in blockchain networks and why regulators should consider treating software developers as fiduciaries.
#252 Ralph Merkle: Revolutionizing Democracy Using DAOs (rebroadcast)
Sep 12 • 76 min
The legendary scientist and cryptography pioneer joins us to discuss his paper on DAOs. It explores how a decentralized, transparent DAO making decisions using prediction markets could create more efficient democratic systems.
#251 Glen Weyl: Radical Markets – Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society
Sep 5 • 779 min
Political Economist Glen Weyl joined us to discuss his new book ‘Radical Markets’, which explores how the structure of capitalism and democracy could be uprooted to lead to a more just society.
#250 Clement Lessage & Federico Ast: Kleros – Crowdsourced Arbitration for Blockchain Applications
Aug 30 • 70 min
We’re joined by, Federico Ast and Clement Lessage, respectively CEO and CTO of Kleros. This dispute resolution layer provides smart contracts with a fast and secure process for arbitration.
#249 Ryan Zurrer: Polychain – A Crypto Hedge Fund Success Story
Aug 22 • 87 min
We are joined by Ryan Zurrer, Principal and Venture partner, at Polychain capital. Polychain capital is a breakout crypto hedge fund with over $100 million in assets under management.
#248 Uri Klarman: bloXroute – Layer-0 Scaling with the Blockchain Distribution Network
Aug 15 • 80 min
Founded by a team of researchers and systems designers from Northwestern and Cornel University, bloXroute is a layer-0 scaling solution which allows practically every blockchain network to “scale today.”
#247 Ryan Selkis: Messari – Bringing Transparency and Self-Regulation to the Blockchain Industry
Aug 9 • 67 min
Messari CEO Ryan Selkis joined us to discuss how creating an open, distributed crypto data library will bring transparency to the industry.
#246 Guy Zyskind: Enigma – Providing Scalable Privacy-Preservation to Smart Contacts
Aug 1 • 64 min
Enigma is a platform for scalable decentralized apps which preserves privacy. The Enigma network treats Ethereum smart contracts as “secret contracts” and can perform computations on encrypted data.
#245 Martin Becze: Primea – The Next-Generation Blockchain Operating System
Jul 24 • 65 min
Martin Becze is a researcher at Dfinity working on a next-generation “Blockchain Operating System” called Primea - a continuation of his work on the eWASM project from his time at the Ethereum Foundation. Primea is an actor based IPC layer intended for…
#244 Anthony Lusardi: Ethereum Classic Cooperative – Accelerating the Growth of ETC
Jul 17 • 64 min
We’re joined by Anthony Lusardi, Director of the Ethereum Classic Cooperative, an organization who’s goal is to promote the development and growth of the Ethereum Classic Network.
#243 Evan Shapiro & Izaak Meckler: Coda – A Succinct Blockchain
Jul 12 • 773 min
O(1) labs is a pioneering company that uses zkSNARK technology in order to construct a cryptocurrency blockchain, called Coda, that solves the blockchain size scalability bottleneck.
#242 Neha Narula: MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative – A Research-Driven Approach to Blockchain
Jul 4 • 75 min
Neha Narula, Director of the MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative, joined us to discuss the evolution of the DCI, their most important research items and the recent controversy around IOTA.
#241 Eric Larchevêque: Ledger – How to Build an Industry-Leading Cryptocurrency Security Company
Jun 27 • 74 min
Eric Larchevêque joins us to discuss the meteoric rise of Ledger from a ten person team to now nearly 150 people on three continents. This fascinating discussion is a master class in product development, scaling at lightning speed, and staying true to…
#240 Pamela Morgan: Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning
Jun 21 • 69 min
Lawyer Pamela Morgan joined us to discuss her new book “Cryptoasset Inheritance Planning”, a simple guide for cryptoasset owners to pass their holdings to their loved ones.
#239 Grigore Rosu: The K Framework – A Framework to Formally Define All Programming Languages
Jun 12 • 88 min
We are joined by Grigore Rosu, Prof. of computer science at UIUC [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] for a deep dive into the K framework. The K framework is mathematic logic and language that enables language developers to formally define all…
#238 Amrit Kumar & Dr.Ilya Sergey: Scilla – A Formal Verification Oriented Contract Language
Jun 6 • 71 min
We are joined by Dr. Amrit Kumar and Dr. Ilya Sergey to discuss Scilla, the smart contract language of the upcoming Zilliqa blockchain. In a previous episode, we’ve already covered the vision and technical approach of Zilliqa to solve the transaction…
#237 Matan Field: DAOstack – An Operating System for Collective Intelligence
May 31 • 68 min
We’re joined by Matan Field, CEO of DAOstack, a new platform that aims to become the operating system for collective intelligence. DAOstack is building a toolset to allow decentralized governance and building self-organizing collectives at scale.
#236 Luis Cuende: Aragon – Decentralized Governance and the Fight for Freedom
May 24 • 776 min
Luis Cuende joined us to discuss Aragon’s work on building decentralized governance tools and the crucial role they play in the fight for freedom.
#235 Changpeng Zhao: The Meteoric Rise of Crypto Exchange Binance
May 16 • 81 min
Binance Founder Changpeng Zhao joined us to discuss how Binance grew to become the world’s largest crypto exchange in less than a year. We covered its journey, values and plans for the future.
#234 Charles Hoskinson: Cardano – A Third Generation Smart Contract Blockchain
May 8 • 96 min
We are joined by Charles Hoskinson, the CEO of IOHK, who walked us through the plans and motivations for Cardano, a third generation blockchain system with an internal cryptocurrency called Ada. We talked extensively about the decentralized governance…
#233 Humayun Sheikh & Toby Simpson: Fetch.ai – an intelligent learning blockchain network
May 2 • 65 min
We are joined by Humayun Sheikh and Toby Simpson, founders of the Fetch.ai project. This ambitious project seeks to create a self-learning blockchain network that fosters economic activity/combinations between off-chain AI agents. The fetch blockchain…
#232 Karl Floersch: Plasma Cash and the Ethereum Roadmap
Apr 24 • 70 min
Ethereum Researcher Karl Floersch joined us to discuss Plasma Cash and the wider Ethereum roadmap.
#231 Ajay Prakash & Gavin Brennen: Qubit Protocol – Quantum Computing & The Coming Threat to Crypto
Apr 17 • 72 min
We’re joined by Ajay Prakash and Gavin Brennen, founders of the Qubit Protocol, a decentralized blockchain-enabled governance protocol that is meant to select and fund the best startups in the quantum world. We discuss a recent paper which describes the…
#230 Loong Wang & Taiyang Zhang: Republic Protocol – A Decentralized & Trustless Crypto Dark Pool
Apr 11 • 60 min
We’re joined by Taiyang Zhang and Loong Wang, who are respectively CEO and CTO of Republic Protocol. Republic operates as a decentralized dark pool for cryptocurrency trading pairs such as Ether, ERC20 tokens, and Bitcoin. Buy and sell orders remain…
#229 Ryan John King: FOAM – A Geospatial Proof of Location Protocol for Blockchains and Dapps
Apr 4 • 777 min
We’re joined by Ryan John King, CEO of FOAM, a blockchain protocol which aims to offer secure location services independent of external centralized sources such as GPS. FOAM introduces a Proof of Location Protocol, which leverages long-range low-power…
#228 Corey Todaro & John Bass: Hashed Health – Rebooting The Healthcare Industry
Mar 29 • 88 min
We are joined by John Bass and Corey Todaro, who are respectively CEO and CPO of Hashed Health, an innovation firm focused on accelerating the meaningful development of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for the industry. Hashed Health works…
#227 Peter Van Valkenburgh: Where US Cryptocurrency Regulation is Heading
Mar 21 • 70 min
CoinCenter Director of Research Peter Van Valkenburgh joined us to discuss the state of cryptocurrency regulation in the US and recent actions by SEC, CFTC, FinCEN and others.
#226 Bob Summerwill: Sweetbridge – Rewriting the Operating System for the World Economy
Mar 17 • 67 min
We’re joined by Bob Summerwill, Community Ambassador at Sweetbridge, an ambitious project that aims to change the way global business operates at a fundamental level. While supply chains account for about two-thirds of the World’s GDP, value is trapped in…
#225 Anson Zeall: Blockchain in Singapore and South East Asia
Mar 8 • 775 min
We were joined by Anson Zeall, who is one of the leaders of Singapore’s blockchain and FinTech community. We discussed how the Singapore ecosystem evolved, why it became a popular place to locate cryptocurrency project, its current regulatory framework.…
#224 Jeff Garzik: Metronome – Of Bitcoin Satellites and Built-to-Last Chain-Hopping Tokens
Feb 27 • 72 min
Metronome is cryptocurrency that sits on top of existing blockchains and aims to allow tokens to easily move from one network to the other. A series of standard blockchain contracts allow for daily descending price auctions to occur automatically, and for…
#223 Kyle Samani & Tushar Jain: Multicoin – Emerging Frameworks for Cryptoasset Investing
Feb 21 • 65 min
Multicoin Capital Founders Kyle Samani and Tushar Jain joined us to discuss the theses driving their investments in the land of tokens.
#222 Amir Bandeali & Will Warren: 0x Protocol and the Decentralized Exchange Frontier
Feb 16 • 75 min
0x Co-founders Will Warren and Amir Bandeali joined us to discuss the decentralized exchange protocol 0x.
#221 Greg Meredith & Nash Foster: RChain – The Scalable, Concurrent and Performant Blockchain
Feb 8 • 67 min
A fundamentally new kind of blockchain platform, RChain is rooted in a formal model of concurrent and decentralized computation.
#220 Manuel Aráoz: Zeppelin and the Evolution of Smart Contract Development
Feb 1 • 64 min
Zeppelin CTO Manuel Araoz joined us to discuss smart contract security, the OpenZeppelin framework and their new project zeppelin_os.
#219 Mance Harmon: Hashgraph – A Radically Novel Consensus Algorithm
Jan 25 • 72 min
Mance Harmon, CEO of the company behind Hashgraph, joined us to discuss the radically new consensus algorithm and how it compares to existing approaches.
#218 Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar: Cryptoassets – The Rise of a New Asset Class
Jan 17 • 83 min
Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar joined us to discuss their book ‘Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond’
#217 Andrew Trask: OpenMined – A Decentralised Artificial Intelligence Platform
Jan 11 • 779 min
Our guest, Andrew Trask, is building OpenMined - a platform that merges cryptographic techniques such as homomorphic encryption and multi-party computation and blockchain technology to create the ability to train ML models with private user data.…
#216 Brian Platz & Flip Filipowski: FlureeDB – A Scalable Blockchain-Based Graph Database
Jan 3 • 66 min
FlureeDB is a scalable graph database which provides the benefits of blockchain technologies, such as immutability, replayability and fault tolerance. Currently, in development, the goal for FlureeDB is to support various consensus rules based on the…
#215 Elizabeth Rossiello: BitPesa – Building Financial Platforms for Frontier Markets
Dec 27, 2017 • 775 min
We’re pleased to be joined by Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO and Founder of BitPesa. BitPesa provides companies in frontier markets with the financial infrastructure to facilitate commerce and payments, where traditional financial markets are known to be…
#214 Christopher Fabian & Shaun Conway: Unicef & Ixo: Towards More Transparent Humanitarian Projects
Dec 19, 2017 • 66 min
We’re joined by Christopher Fabian, Co-founder of Unicef’s Innovation Unit. We discuss how the global non-profit institution leverages innovative technology to solve real-world problems in humanitarian work. We explore the different applications of…
#213 Tim Swanson: Busting the Great Wall of Hype
Dec 13, 2017 • 779 min
In the blockchain world, few people are as brave as Tim Swanson when it comes to busting hype. Tim’s unbiased, honest, and sometimes controversial opinions provide a refreshingly realistic view of blockchain adoption and applications of this technology by…
#212 Adam Perlow & Asher Manning: Zen Protocol – A Decentralized Financial System
Dec 6, 2017 • 62 min
Adam Perlow and Asher Manning of Zen Protocol joined us to discuss how Zen aims to build a decentralized financial system combining smart contracts with a Bitcoin-like UTXO architecture.
#211 Zoe Adamovicz: Neufund and the Case for Selling Equity on the Blockchain
Nov 28, 2017 • 779 min
With the meteoric rise of ICOs, the questionable incentives and regulatory pitfalls of such offerings are becoming abundantly obvious. Yet, raising money from a global crowd by selling tokens is here to stay. Neufund CEO Zoe Adamovicz joined us to explain…
#210 Alex Morcos: Chaincode Labs and Why Bitcoin is Our One Shot at Creating Digital Gold
Nov 21, 2017 • 65 min
In the last few years, Chaincode Labs played one of the most active roles in the development of Bitcoin core. Its founder Alex Morcos joined us to talk about his own journey from high frequency trading to discovering Bitcoin and starting Chaincode. We…
#209 Amrit Kumar & Xinshu Dong: Zilliqa – A Scalable Sharded Public Blockchain
Nov 14, 2017 • 73 min
Our guests, Xinshu Dong and Amrit Kumar, walk us through the objectives, protocol design and fundraising structure of Zilliqua, a new public blockchain which achieves scalability through sharding.
#208 Post DevCon3 Roundtable: State of Ethereum, Cosmos Retreat and Parity Hack
Nov 10, 2017 • 68 min
The three Epicenter hosts discuss the Ethereum Developer conference, state of Ethereum ecosystem, Cosmos retreat and the Parity hack.
#207 Micah Winkelspecht: Gem – The Enterprise Platform That Powers Data-Driven Applications
Nov 1, 2017 • 63 min
Micah Winkelspecht, CEO and Founder of Gem, joins us to talk about GemOS, a full-stack blockchain middleware platform that allows companies to build applications on top of blockchains protocols like Ethereum or Hyperledger Fabric.
#206 Karl Kreder: Grid+ – Unlocking Direct Access to Wholesale Energy Markets
Oct 24, 2017 • 60 min
Karl Kreder, Co-founder of Grid+, a Consensys project, joins us to talk about how blockchain technology can help disintermediate utilities and allow consumers buy electricity directly from producers. The Grid+ Agent is a hardware device which sits in your…
#205 Galen Wolfe-Pauly: Urbit – A Digital Republic Reinventing the Internet
Oct 18, 2017 • 64 min
Galen Wolfe-Pauly joined us to discuss Urbit, a radical project that aims to disrupt the clould computing paradigm and create a user-driven internet.
#204 Ben Bollen & Jason Goldberg: Simple Token – Bringing Tokens to Mainstream Consumer Applications
Oct 11, 2017 • 73 min
Simple Token CEO Jason Goldberg and Chief Technology Strategist Ben Bollen joined us to discuss Simple Token and bridging mainstream consumer applications with cryptocurrencies.
#203 Fredrik Voss: Nasdaq – How Blockchain Technologies Will Transform Capital Markets
Oct 4, 2017 • 776 min
Fredrik Voss, VP of Blockchain Innovation at Nasdaq, joins us to discuss how Nasdaq is leveraging blockchain technologies to propel itself into the future. Having invested in Chain and Stratumn, Nasdaq is taking a very hands-on approach, building products…
#202 Ari Paul: BlockTower Capital and the Cryptocurrency Opportunity
Sep 26, 2017 • 73 min
Ari Paul, CIO of cryptocurrency hedge fund BlockTower Capital, joined us to discuss the cryptocurrency investment opportunity and how cryptocurrencies are on the cusp of becoming a recognized asset class.
#201 Matt Kerner: Microsoft’s Coco Framework – The Holy Grail for Enterprise
Sep 19, 2017 • 69 min
Matt Kerner, Partner GM for Blockchains at Azure, joins us to discuss Coco Framework. Coco is an open-source system which promises to enable high scalability and offer confidentiality for enterprise blockchain consortiums. This novel framework leverages…
#200 Ciaran O’Leary: BlueYard – The Disruption of Venture Capital
Sep 13, 2017 • 68 min
Ciaran O’Leary, General Partner of VC fund BlueYard, joined us to discuss BlueYard’s approach for investing in the blockchain economy and the current disruption of the VC industry.
#199 Peter Czaban: Polkadot – The Internet of Blockchain Networks
Sep 5, 2017 • 73 min
Peter Czaban, co-founder of Polkadot, joins us as we dive deep into the Polkadot Network. Polkadot is a heterogeneous multi-chain network, consisting of many connected chains (or parachains), all of which have their own set of features and characteristics.
#198 Nick Morgan: The DAO, the SEC and the ICO Boom
Aug 29, 2017 • 64 min
In the current ICO boom, few things cause as much concern as the uncertain regulatory environment. Many do expect that at least some token sales will be considered unlicensed sales of securities and that action by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC)…
#197 Dan Larimer: EOS – The Decentralized Operating System
Aug 23, 2017 • 73 min
Dan Larimer joined us to discuss his latest project EOS, which aims to create a decentralized operating system and solve the scalability problems of current blockchain technology.
#196 Arthur Falls: From Lobster Fishing to Blockchain Podcasting
Aug 17, 2017 • 71 min
Prior to hosting his ground breaking podcasts Beyond Bitcoin and The Ether Review, Arthur Falls had left his home country of New Zealand to fish lobster off the coast of Maine. Like many people in the blockchain space, his unlikely journey into the world…
#195 Loi Luu: KyberNetwork – Towards Truly Decentralized Crypto-Asset Exchanges
Aug 9, 2017 • 779 min
We’re joined by Loi Luu, Co-founder of KyberNetwork. This new decentralized exchange protocol, built on Ethereum, aims to match buyers with reserve operators, who create liquidity for crypto-asset pairs. Trades occur instantaneously and without the need…
#194 Eyal Hertzog: Bancor and the Rise of User-Generated Currencies
Aug 4, 2017 • 72 min
Bancor Co-Founder Eyal Hertzog joined us to explain how Bancor makes trading the long tail of assets more efficient and how this will enable user-generated currencies at scale.
#193 Dave Collins & Jake Yocom-Piatt:: Decred – A Hybrid Approach to Blockchain Governance
Jul 26, 2017 • 68 min
Dave Collins and Jake Yocom-Piatt join us to talk about Decred, a cryptocurrency which introduces an innovative system of community-based governance into its blockchain.
#192 Aviv Zohar & Yonatan Sompolinsky: Of Spectre & Ghosts – Radical Ideas to Scale Blockchain Tech
Jul 19, 2017 • 69 min
Hebrew University academics Aviv Zohar and Yonatan Sompolinski joined us to discuss their radical proposals for how to scale blockchain technology.
#191 Richard Craib: Numerai – A Revolutionary Hedge Fund Built on Blockchain and AI
Jul 11, 2017 • 71 min
Numerai Founder Richard Craib joined us to discuss how Numerai combines AI and blockchain to build a hedge fund that crowdsources its portfolio management and thus creates network effects.
#190 Erik Voorhees: Prism – The World’s First Portfolio Market Platform
Jul 4, 2017 • 61 min
Shapeshift CEO Erik Voorhees joined us to discuss their new platform Prism. Prism allows users to create a collateralized portfolio of digital assets purely using Ethereum smart contracts.
#189 Jimmy Song: A Fork in the Road for Bitcoin?
Jun 27, 2017 • 66 min
Bitcoin Developer and Principal Architect at Paxos, Jimmy Song, joins us to discuss the different scalability proposals for which miners are currently signaling their support. Will one of these proposals gain majority support, allowing for the network to…
#188 William Mougayar: Unpacking Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) and Token Sales
Jun 20, 2017 • 72 min
Investor and Author William Mougayar joined us to unpack token sales / ICOs and understand what is driving the current explosion of interest.
#187 Alex Leverington & Julian Zawistowski: Golem – The Worldwide Decentralized Supercomputer
Jun 14, 2017 • 65 min
With most of the world’s computing power concentrated in Internet companies’ data centers, the Internet has become a very centralized place. We’re joined by Julian Zawistowski and Alex Leverington, CEO and P2P engineer at Golem. We discuss how Golem hopes…
#186 Siân Jones: An Enlightened Approach to Blockchain Regulation in Gibraltar
Jun 7, 2017 • 72 min
Our regulatory expert Siân Jones joined us to discuss her work on a regulatory framework for distributed ledger technology (DLT) for Gibraltar. We discuss how the framework differs from other efforts and aims to attract rather than curtail blockchain…
#185 Brendan Eich: Brave – Reinventing the Monetization of Content and Attention
May 30, 2017 • 61 min
We’re joined by Brendan Eich, Founder, and CEO of Brave. As an early Internet pioneer, Brendan created Javascript, and helped found the Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation. Brave is a new desktop and mobile browser which blocks ads and tracking by…
#184 Fred Ehrsam & Trent McConaghy: IPDB – The Interplanetary Database and its Applications in AI
May 23, 2017 • 95 min
We’re joined by Trent McConaghy, CTO and Co-founder of BigchainDB and Ascribe, and Fred Ehrsam, former Co-founder at Coinbase. We have a fascinating discussion about the intersection of AI and blockchain technologies. We also discuss the public…
#183 Alex Van de Sande & Nick Johnson: ENS – A Global Naming System for Ethereum
May 16, 2017 • 73 min
We’re joined by Alex Van de Sande and Nick Johnson to discuss their approach to creating an open, secure and decentralized naming system for the Ethereum Network. The Ethereum Naming System allows users to register .eth domain names, and map those names…
#182 Peter Van Valkenburgh: Towards Sound Bitcoin Policy
May 9, 2017 • 70 min
Coin Center Director of Research Peter Van Valkenburgh joined us to discuss the most important policy issues facing Bitcoin and other open blockchain networks.
#181 Carl Bennetts & Jarrad Hope: Status – The Mobile Ethereum Client
May 2, 2017 • 776 min
Jarrad Hope and Carl Bennetts, join us to discuss Status, a mobile Ethereum client which aims to turn the standard wallet experience on its head. Through its familiar messaging interface and elegant design, users can chat and send Ether directly in the…
#180 Mano Thanabalan: Otonomos – Simplifying Incorporation and Automating Corporate Governance
Apr 25, 2017 • 63 min
Manu Thanabalan, CTO of Otonomos, joins us to discuss how his company is leveraging smart contracts to accelerate incorporation and automate corporate governance. By leveraging blockchain technologies, day-to-day governance mechanisms and standard…
#179 Thomas Voegtlin: Blocksize, Bitcoin Unlimited, ASICBoost and Activating SegWit
Apr 18, 2017 • 63 min
Electrum Developer Thomas Voegtlin joined us to discuss the state of the Bitcoin scaling debate. We discussed Bitcoin Unlimited, ASICBoost, SegWit activation without miner support and how a Bitcoin fork could play out.
#178 Gilles Fedak: iExec – Blockchain-Based Fully Distributed Cloud Computing Infrastructure
Apr 11, 2017 • 67 min
Gilles Fedak, a researcher Inria, joins us to discuss iExec, a new project which aims to build a high-performance distributed cloud infrastructure marketplace. iExec utilizes Ethreum to organize a peer-to-peer marketplace of computing resources, allowing…
#177 Christian Reitwiessner & Jason Teutsch: TrueBit – Scalable Off-Chain Computations for Ethereum
Apr 4, 2017 • 63 min
We’re joined by Jason Teutsch and Christian Reitwiessner, the co-authors of a visionary whitepaper which describes Truebit. This protocol would allow complex computations to be executed on off-chain systems while being validated by Ethereum miners. The…
#176 Adam B. Levine: Building a Blockchain Podcast Network
Mar 28, 2017 • 68 min
We’re joined by Adam B. Levine the founder and host of Let’s Talk Bitcoin! Adam reflects on his signature show and the network he created in 2014. He discusses the future of the network and makes an announcement live on the show, which even takes us by…
#175 Miguel Vias: XRP’s Future for Cross-Border Payments
Mar 21, 2017 • 60 min
For a long time the native asset of the Ripple network XRP was the cryptocurrency with the second biggest market cap. But with much of the supply controlled by Ripple, it remained surrounded by controversy. Still, XRP remains an interesting asset to…
#174 Carsten Stöcker: How Blockchains Will Power the Energy Grids of Tomorrow
Mar 14, 2017 • 65 min
Carsten Stöcker, Senior Manager Machine Economy & Blockchain at Innogy, shares his vision for how blockchains will serve as the transactional fabric for tomorrow’s smart grids. In this new paradigm, energy is locally produced and blockchains provide the…
#173 Olaf Carlson-Wee: Polychain Capital – The Rise of Protocol Tokens
Mar 7, 2017 • 66 min
Polychain Founder and CEO Olaf Carlson-Wee joined us to talk about Polychain Capital, a new hedge fund focused solely on investing in cryptocurrencies and protocol tokens.
#172 Peter Rizun: A Bitcoin Fee Market Without A Blocksize Limit
Feb 28, 2017 • 69 min
Dr. Peter Rizun joined us to discuss why a fee market in Bitcoin would exist even without a blocksize limit and his argument for Bitcoin Unlimited.
#171 Vitalik Buterin: DAO Lessons, Casper and Blockchain Interoperability
Feb 21, 2017 • 67 min
Ethereum Founder Vitalik Buterin joined us once again to discuss the state of Ethereum and the efforts to innovate the protocol. We covered the takeaways from the DAO fork, switching to the proof-of-stake system Casper and how to think about blockchain…
#170 Jae Kwon: Cosmos – The Internet of Blockchains
Feb 14, 2017 • 73 min
We’re joined by Jae Kwon, CEO and Founder of Tendermint, the team which will soon launch the Cosmos Network. Cosmos aims to build the internet of blockchains: A global network of blockchains, connected through hubs that allow trustless token transfer. Jae…
#169 Silvio Micali: Algorand – A New Scalable and Secure Approach to Byzantine Fault Tolerant Consensus
Feb 8, 2017 • 78 min
We’re pleased to be joined by Professor Silvio Micali, a computer scientist at MIT, who is known for his work in many of the technologies blockchains rely on today. Prof. Micali describes the concept of Algorand, an alternative approach to proof of work…
#168 Rick Dudley: The Future of Ethreum as a Strongly Typed Proof-of-Stake Blockchain Network
Jan 31, 2017 • 774 min
We’re joined by Rick Dudley, an opinionated and passionate blockchain developer who is actively involved in multiple projects. He works as a DevOps at Monax, works closely with Vlad Zamfir on implementing Casper in Ethereum, is a leading member of the…
#167 Peter Harris: Democratizing the Music Industry with the Streaming Music Cooperative Resonate
Jan 24, 2017 • 60 min
After the successful Ethereum crowdfunding campaign, musician and web developer Peter Harris saw a path to creating a fair, decentralized music streaming platform. Out of that Resonate was born. Peter joined us to discuss why the dysfunctional structure…
#166 Andrew Clifford & G. Andrew Stone: Bitcoin Unlimited
Jan 17, 2017 • 64 min
Years into the controversy around how to scale Bitcoin, there have been many challengers to Bitcoin core’s dominance. After XT, Classic and others have faded, Bitcoin Unlimited has been gaining traction and emerged as plausible new way forward. Bitcoin…
#165 Wrapping Up The Year and Looking Ahead at What’s to Come
Jan 9, 2017 • 72 min
It’s been an eventful year in the blockchain space, for the Epicenter podcast, and its hosts. Brian, Meher and Sebastien look back on 2016 and provide a few personal updates, give their thoughts and insights on how the space evolved, and make predictions…
#164 Ari Juels: Authenticated Data Feeds and Criminal Smart Contracts
Jan 3, 2017 • 60 min
Ari Juels, a Professor at Cornell Tech and former Chief Scientist of RSA, joins us to discuss his work on Authenticated Data Feeds for Smart Contracts. These ‘Town Crier’ feeds would act as bridges between smart contracts and websites, srapping data over…
#163 Roger Ver: Bitcoin, Liberty and the Scalability Roadblock
Dec 27, 2016 • 69 min
Roger Ver is one of the earliest Bitcoin investors and evangelist. We discusses his impassioned vision for how Bitcoin can help liberty and the current issues on the best way of scaling Bitcoin.
#162 Ned Scott: Steem – The Blockchain-Based Social Media Platform
Dec 21, 2016 • 61 min
Ned Scott, Co-Founder and CEO of Steemit, joined us to discuss the blockchain-based social media platform that rapidly built a vibrant community of contributors since launching this year. We covered the complex architecture of Steem with its various…