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.
Trail of Bits is a software security firm who advise in a range of industries, including the blockchain space. They are experts at identifying top-level risks and implementation vulnerabilities, and providing essential recommendations on best practices. Dan Guido, the CEO and Co-founder, explains all things software security in a really detailed and technical, yet easy to digest way.
Opyn is a smart contract-based insurance platform built on a generalized options protocol. Zubin Koticha, CEO & Co-founder, is currently working on V2 of the platform where their focus for improvements is on cash efficiency, trading mechanism, and network effects.
Gabriel Jimenez was approached by the Venezuelan presidency to create a national digital currency. Months later, he almost paid with his life when he was held at gunpoint in the President’s palace. From the safety of the US, Gabriel is finally able to share his side of the story.
Covid-19 has plunged us into a crisis like none other we’ve experienced in our lifetime. Jim Bianco, President and Macro Strategist at Bianco Research, has been sharing his views on the long- term, macroeconomic consequences of the pandemic. He brings an enormous amount of clarity and insight into this issue.
Arweave is a new data storage protocol that enables economically sustainable permanence for the first time. Sam Williams, of Arweave, talks about the technical solution they have built, the economic model around endowment, and the ethical and philosophical questions the permanence of information against concepts like “the right to be forgotten” raises.
Loopring is a non-custodial DEX protocol that achieves high-throughput trading by leveraging ZK-Rollups. Daniel Wang, Founder & CEO, talks about why they decided to focus on DEXes and their plans beyond version 3.0.
Julian Assange, creator of WikiLeaks, is currently in prison in London facing extradition to the US for violating the Espionage Act. John Shipton, Julian's father, is seeking support from the crypto community to help fund Julian's legal defense. He and Harry Halpin, CEO of Nym Technologies, discuss how a conviction could jeopardize censorship resistance and privacy.
Genesis Mining is a leading hash power provider offering cloud cryptocurrency mining as a service. Co-founder & CEO Marco Streng shares how he built his company from the ground up, and is now expanding beyond crypto to address other profitable markets in cloud computing.
Aave is building a suite of non-custodial DeFi tools that allow users to earn interest on their deposits and borrow assets. Stani Kulechov and Marc Zeller explain their vision for the Aave protocol as an essential part of the DeFi ecosystem.
Optimism is a new Public Benefit Corporation that builds on the lessons of the Plasma research and is implementing Optimistic Rollups. Jinglan Wang and Karl Floersch, co-founders of Optimism, explain the transition to this new entity and its goals moving forward.
AZTEC Protocol is a protocol that enables private transactions on Ethereum. CEO and CTO, Tom Pocock and Zac Williamson have plans to build AZTEC into a fully functional DeFi application with which all kinds of trades, swaps, and financial operations will be possible, with privacy.
In another of our bonus episodes recorded at EthCC in Paris, we caught up with Jason Goldberg, CEO and Founder of Pepo and Ost, and James Dyer, Co-founder and Head of Product at Decrypt. We chatted about the new launch of Decrypt's token built on Ost technology.
What will the World look like after capital? In his book, World After Capital, Albert Wenger makes the case that as we transition from the Industrial Age to the Age of Knowledge, human attention will become our most valued scarce resource.
We caught up with Joseph Lubin, Founder of ConsenSys, at this year's EthCC. It has been over a year since he last came on the show, and we wanted to get his take on what has been happening in the ecosystem since then.
We are joined by David Hoffman, Chief of Operations at RealT, a company which tokenizes realestate assets into security tokens. He is also well known for numerous pieces he has written on Ethereum and DeFi and is co-host of the POV Crypto podcast.
This week we have a special episode on the Corona Virus. We are joined by guest Ryan Selkis, CEO of Messari. Ryan was one of the first people in the space to start talking about Covid19 and has been very vocal on this subject in his newsletter since.
This episode was recorded at the Ethereum Community Conference in Paris last week. We were joined by Gonçalo Sá of ConsenSys Diligence, Jérôme de Tychey of Ethereum France, and Cassidy Daly of Centrifuge.
We are joined by founder of TQ Tezos, Jacob Arluck. TQ Tezos is a company that works to advance the Tezos ecosystem by creating open source software and other public goods. We hear about how TQ is working to make Tezos more accessible.
Bison Trails is a company which provides staking infrastructure for a variety of PoS blockchains. We are joined by CEO Joe Lallouz and he shares their vision to build a better proof of stake ecosystem, and infrastructure centralization in PoS.
With the influx of crypto investors in the space since 2017, it’s no wonder the IRS is looking at gains on Bitcoin and Ether as a way to fill their quotas for audits. The complexity of crypto makes these taxpayers low-hanging fruit.
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.