Episode 153: Monsters in the Mempool with Dan Robinson from Paradigm

In this week’s episode, we chat with Dan Robinson, a Research Partner at Paradigm. We talk about the world of crypto VC and revisit of the topic of the Ethereum mempool. We then hear Dan's story about how he and some colleagues tried to save a transaction from the monsters that lurk in the mempool as told in his blog post entitled “Ethereum is a Dark Forest”.

For some background, here are some links:
Ep 44: Blockchain 101: Transaction lifecycle & the mempool
Ethereum is a Dark Forest By Dan Robinson and Georgios Konstantopoulos
Escaping the Dark Forest by SamCZSun
Ep 141: ZK & Games: Dark Forest with Brian Gu


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