#60 Blocknet vs. Polkadot: How Its Cross Chain Dex Works - Arlyn Culwick
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We continue our dive into blockchain interoperability!

I speak with Blocknet's co-founder Arlyn Culwick on how their cross-chain protocol works, and why Blocknet takes a Layer 2 approach (instead of Polkadot/Cosmos' Layer 1) to interoperability. We discuss:

  • Arlyn's concerns with Polkadot and Cosmos
  • Why Blocknet focuses on L2 for inteoperability instead of L1
  • How Blocknet connects Bitcoin and Ethereum

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The Delphi Podcast
The Delphi Podcast
Tom Shaughnessy
Teddy and Jeff: Notional Finance Enables Fixed Rate, Fixed Term Lending and Borrowing on Ethereum
Chain Reaction Host Tom Shaughnessy hosts Teddy Woodward and Jeff Wu of Notional Finance. Notional is a protocol on Ethereum that facilitates fixed rate, fixed-term lending and borrowing of crypto-assets via a novel financial primitive called fCash. Fixed rate financing touches all corners of the modern financial markets. The majority of US debt is issued at fixed interest rates because they provide certainty and minimize risk for market participants. Notional brings this capability to the decentralized financial system on Ethereum and gives crypto users that same access to stable financing. The full interview transcript is available below the video! Every Delphi Podcast is dropped first as a video interview for Delphi Digital Subscribers. Our members also have access to full interview transcripts. Join today to get our interviews, first. - Show Notes: (1:17) – (First Question) - Teddy’s Background.(3:11) – Jeff’s Background.(6:02) – Notional Finance Elevator Pitch.(8:33) – Key Differences between Notional Finance and other competitors.(11:50) – Rates / Collateralization Walkthrough.(14:42) – Thoughts about liquidity Fragmentation.(16:23) – The Collateralization Framework.(18:01) – Insights about DEV / Smart Contracts.(22:55) – How Notional affects DeFi.(26:34) – Will Notional attract Traditional Investors.(28:24) – What’s on the roadmap for Notional Finance.(29:56) – Notional vs. Compound?(33:09) – Notional Finance Team.(34:00) – Does Notional need a Community.(36:10) – How does the model work (to earn money).(36:49) – Where to find Notional Finance. Music Attribution: * Cosmos by From The Dust | https://soundcloud.com/ftdmusic * Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com * Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License * https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US Resources: * Teddy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/teddywoodward * Jeff’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/wuprotocol * Notional Finance: https://notional.finance * Tom's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shaughnessy119 * Delphi Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/PodcastDelphi More * Our Video interviews Can Be Viewed Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Yy99ZlQIX9-PdG_xHj43Q * Access Delphi's Research Here: https://www.delphidigital.io/ Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host may personally own tokens that are mentioned on the podcast. Lets Talk Bitcoin is a distribution partner for the Chain Reaction Podcast, and our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product or service. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed here.
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Zero Knowledge
Zero Knowledge
Fredrik Harrysson, Anna Rose
Episode 164: The road to Skynet & beyond with David Vorick
This week, Anna and guest co-host James Prestwich (https://twitter.com/_prestwich) chat with David Vorick (https://twitter.com/DavidVorick) from Skynet Labs (https://siasky.net/) about the scope and goals of the Skynet project. They discuss the journey from earlier work on Sia & distributed data to Skynet, SkyDB, and their idea for Recursive Content Monetization - a new model to pay online creators and content owners. They also chat about the SkyFeed (https://github.com/redsolver/skyfeed) project - a decentralised Twitter like project. In this part of the conversation, they explore how the decentralised community could potentially remove the harm done by the social chat algorithms, but also the potential impact - and danger - that fully decentralised systems can have. Here are some helpful links: * https://siasky.net/ * https://sia.tech/ * https://support.siasky.net/article/nz6p6876e3-skynet-resources * https://blog.sia.tech/skydb-a-mutable-database-for-the-decentralized-web-7170beeaa985 * https://blog.sia.tech/skynet-the-future-of-nebulous-c9922eb53456 * https://joinmastodon.org/ Thanks to this week’s sponsor Aave (https://aave.com/).  Aave Protocol (https://aave.com/) is an open source and non-custodial protocol where users can earn interest on deposits and borrow assets  Aave Protocol also features access to innovative DeFi building blocks like Flash Loans. They are now introducing a new feature is Credit Delegation, where users can delegate their credit to another person who can borrow against it  For anyone thinking of contributing to the ecosystem, check out the Grants Program - here is the link: https://docs.aave.com/portal/   Also vIsit aave.com (https://aave.com/) or join the Aave Discord #developers channel https://aave.com/discord to find out more! If you like what we do:  Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm -https://twitter.com/zeroknowledgefm Join us on Telegram -https://t.me/joinchat/B81tQ57-ThZg8yOSx5gjA Catch us on Youtube -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWsYz5cKw4wZ9Mpe4kuMg Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit -https://www.reddit.com/r/zkpodcast  Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A  Support our Gitcoin Grant -https://gitcoin.co/grants/329/zero-knowledge-podcast-2 Support us on the ZKPatreon -https://www.patreon.com/zeroknowledge Or directly here:  ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ
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The Scoop
The Scoop
The Block
'They start with bitcoin:' Polychain's Olaf Carlson-Wee believes big investors will turn their attention to DeFi
"They start with bitcoin. It is the easiest to understand." In the most recent episode of The Scoop, Olaf Carlson-Wee said that recent headlines about institutional investors making waves in the bitcoin market aren't surprising to him. Since he launched Polychain Capital in 2016, he's become familiar with new market entrants who start by exploring bitcoin and then ultimately make their way to other ecosystems.  "It isn't surprising that these big institutional investors are first getting involved with bitcoin," he said. "This is effectively electronic gold. Everyone can reason about gold and the value of gold in an easy way." From Anthony Scaramucci to Paul Tudor Jones, the bull case for bitcoin as digital gold has been all but cemented as a Wall Street talking point. Yet his interest in bitcoin will find its way to DeFi, Carlson-Wee argues. "Once you have $100 million of bitcoin, you might start to think how I could get yield on this bitcoin for example," he said. "A lot of the time the answer there is through on-chain financial contracts." Carlson-Wee also believes that interest in DeFi products and services will buck the example of the 2017 ICO bubble and be more long-lasting. As he put it during the interview: "The summer of ICOs was a summer, the summer of DeFi was just the beginning of multi-years of compounding growth. The financial engineering in DeFi, I think, at this point is inarguably moving faster than the financial engineering anywhere else in the world. The capital coordination is faster than anywhere else in the world. A lot of these DeFi protocols are bigger than IPOs—regularly. Despite that go regularly unnoticed and are hard to interact with. The user experience barriers here are very high and despite that we see significant traction in terms of volumes." Still, Olaf-Carlson Wee said DeFi market participants need to work out the UI problems that make platforms difficult to use. In this episode of The Scoop, Olaf Carlson-Wee digs into: The differences between the ICO boom and the current market rally How DEXs went from being irrelevant to facilitating billions of dollars in volumes Where DeFi goes next What he thinks about the upcoming Coinbase IPO YFI's recent proposal to increase inflation  Polychain's lessons learned from the previous 2017 cycle
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The Crypto Conversation
The Crypto Conversation
Brave New Coin
The Identity Dilemma - Selfkey is empowering individuals to take back ownership of their identity data
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Unconfirmed
Unconfirmed
Laura Shin
Is Tether a Fraud? Its Bank Says It's Not - Ep.161
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The Anita Posch Show: A Bitcoin Podcast
Anita Posch
Fereshteh Forough: Bitcoin in Afghanistan
My guest is Fereshteh Forough, she is the founder of “Code to Inspire”, which is the first coding school for women in Afghanistan. We will be talking about her journey and her learning’s from being a refugee, the general situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which is one of the least developed nations in the world and of course about Bitcoin in Afghanistan and how it is used to support the female students of “Code to Inspire”. Topics: Fereshteh’s learning’s as a refugee Situation of women in Afghanistan Gender gap in STEM How Bitcoin can support the lives of women Bitcoin in Afghanistan Code to Inspire’s approach to economic equality ----------- Card Wallet - the easy cold storage solution for your bitcoin. No software needed. Order now and get 20% off! https://www.cardwallet.com/anita ----------- Like it? My work is open and free to use. If you value my work and would like to send me a tip, they are always appreciated! Bitcoin: https://tallyco.in/AnitaPosch/ Lightning: https://tippin.me/@AnitaPosch Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/anitaposch Want more episodes? sorted by guest https://bitcoinundco.com/en/guests/ sorted by topic https://bitcoinundco.com/en/topics/ ---------- Follow and Subscribe: Anita's Weekly - the best stories in Bitcoin from my point of view: https://anita.link/subscribe Twitter: https://twitter.com/anitaposch YouTube: https://youtube.com/AnitaPosch ----------
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Markets Daily Crypto Roundup
CoinDesk.com
Bitcoin News Roundup for Jan. 22, 2021
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Wake Up Podcast by Aleks Svetski
Aleks Svetski
Ep 27. The REMNANT. Francis Pouliot, Dave Bradley, Svetski, Wake Up Podcast
Ep 27 is a no holds barred, raw, honest and "straight to the core of the issue" podcast which pierces right through all the bullshit. You know that when you've got myself, David & Francis on a podcast, you're going to get real talk - and no pussy footing around. The world has been drowning in increasing levels of stupidity, and whilst the number of people willing to speak up is growing, they're all being censored left, right & centre. In this podcast we cover the following: * How the world is a disaster right now due to the renunciation fo responsibility, or in Francis's words; Ass covering & Plausible deniability. * How Taleb succumbed to his theories and didn’t put them in practice. He took his skin out of the game * Why Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged was an instruction manual, not a fictional story. * How she was 100% accurate in the way she described the disillusionment of society. * Why disputed Taleb's recent lunacy, his did accurately point out that people don’t actually care about inequality - they care when they know that the game is rigged. * The problem is, the game IS rigged, and EVERYone is disillusioned, AND responsibility has been renounced. * How the free market is being criminalised. * Why the "public system" has perpetuated the removal of personal agency & responsibility  This is a killer podcast> I wouldn't be surprised if this episode gets deleted, but time will tell. In the meantime, listen, learn, share. Follow the guys at: @FrancisPouliot @BitcoinBrains _________________________________ Thanks again for listening. Subscribe on YouTube, Anchor, Spotify: https://anchor.fm/wakeuppod https://www.youtube.com/c/WakeUpPod You can follow my work at: * Twitter & IG @AleksSvetski * Mastodon & Clubhouse @Svetski * Medium: https://svetski.medium.com More coming soon!
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