Epicenter brings you in-depth conversations about the technical, economic and social implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. Every week, we interview business leaders, engineers academics and entrepreneurs, and bring you a diverse spectrum of opinions and points of view. Epicenter is hosted by Sebastien Couture, Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal, and Friederike Ernst. Since 2014, episodes have been downloaded over 4 million times.
Gabriel Shapiro discusses US Securities Law and shares his philosophy for how Tokenized Networks should be regulated. He also suggests how the recent “safe harbor” framework could be improved to benefit the industry.
Solana is building a hyper-scalable blockchain capable of 50,000 tps without sharding. We were joined by Solana CEO Anatoly Yakovenko to discuss their unique technological breakthroughs and approach to delivering blockchain scalability.
This week, you'll hear a panel moderated by Sunny on DAO governance. The panelists where Ameen Soleimani of MolochDAO, Stephanie Hurder of Prysm Group, Jorge Izquierdo of Aragon One, and Sebastian Gajek of ditCraf.
This week, you'll hear a panel moderated by Sebastien on usability and user experience in blockchain-based apps and products. The panelists where Chriss Sugg of AirSwap, Alex Van de Sande of the Ethereum Foundation, Itamar Lesuisse or Argent and Pedro Gomez of Wallet Connect.
We’re joined by Omer Shlomovits and Ouriel Ohayon, Co-founders of ZenGo. Their product is a ‘keyless’ crypto wallet, which means users never need to generate or store a key which gives them access to their funds.
From a career in communications engineering, listen as Sharon Goldberg, CEO of Arwen, shares her journey into cryptography. From its beginnings with a whitepaper on eclipse attacks, Arwen has grown into a platform enabling atomic swaps on centralized exchanges.
We’re pleased to be joined by the legendary cryptographer and computer scientist, David Chaum. From his early beginnings at Berkley, David pioneered many of the cryptographic techniques used in secure systems and cryptocurrencies today.
We’re joined by Erik Voorhees, Founder & CEO of Shapeshift. who talks about the learning curves over the past 5 years and the launch of ShapeShift’s brand new V2 platform, which includes many new features.
We’re joined by Ameen Soleimani, Co-founder and CEO of SpankChan. Recently, Ameen headed a project called Moloch DAO, a decentralized autonomous organization with the goal to fund Ethereum 2.0 development.
In this episode, we caught up with Robert Leshner, founder of the Compound protocol. Compound is one of the first examples of a well-functioning lending market built using smart contracts, built on Ethereum.
We’re joined by Dan Robinson, a research partner at Paradigm, and the author the “Rainbow Network” paper. The paper describes an off-chain decentralized synthetics exchange which leverages payment channels.
We’re joined by Jill Carlson. Recently, she co-founded the Open Money Initiative, a research organization which looks into how people use money in closed economies. Their initial focus is on Venezuela where years of economic downturn and strict currency controls have created a humanitarian crisis which has political repercussions well beyond the country’s borders.
We were joined by Mark S. Miller, Chief Scientist at Agoric. We covered his visionary Agoric papers and the convergence of his conception of smart contracts as secure bilateral agreements with blockchain.
We're joined by Simon de la Rouviere, an independent researcher and blogger. In recent months, Simon's research has focused on Token Curated Registries (or TCRs), and the economics of curation markets.
We're joined by Ethan Buchman and Sunny Aggarwal of Cosmos. With its recent mainnet launch, we discuss how the network is running and address potential issues relating to governance and centralization of power.
We're joined by Brian Hoffman and Washington Sanchez of OpenBazaar. The project has grown to become a mature decentralized marketplace where people come together to buy and sell products and services anonymously with crypto.
We were joined by Blockstream core engineer Christian Decker to speak about the vision of the Lightning Network, how the project progressed in the last years and remaining obstacles to scaling Bitcoin.
We're joined by Jameson Lopp. Jameson is known for his Twitter presence and his excellent writing. Over the years, He has written extensively about Bitcoin development, cryptocurrencies, and personal operational security.
We were joined by Martin Köppelmann, Founder of Gnosis, and Matan Field, Founder of DAOstack. We talked about the dxDAO, a DAO, which will manage the decentralized exchange protocol DutchX and could be the first DAO to get escape velocity.
CoinList President and Co-founder Andy Bromberg joined us to discuss the history of CoinList, the state of token sales, the regulatory environment around token sales and the potential of security tokens.
We’re joined by James Prestwich, co-founder and CEO at Summa. Summa designs and implements cross-chain financial contracts and recently executed the first dutch auction in which participants bought ethereum based NFTs trustlessly with bitcoin.
We're joined by Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger. With dozens of networks in production, and backed by companies like IBM, Hyperleger is the most widely used blockchain technology for permissioned networks.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 use with WebAssembly programs.
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 your vision when everyone is pushing you to change course.
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 scalability problem of permissionless blockchains. This episode focuses specifically on their smart contract language development efforts.
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.
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 challenges of blockchains and how Cardano seeks to address them. We also covered Ouroboros, Cardano's Proof of Stake algorithm, as well as the plans to apply the K framework in smart contract execution.
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 network will allow an AI agent, such as a delivery robot, to autonomously discover economic partners that would find its services and data valuable.
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 primary threats that quantum computing poses on Bitcoin.