Episode 181: Aping into DeFi and NFTs with Andy Chorlian and Tarun Chitra

This week Anna and Tarun chat with Andy Chorlian. Andy recounts the many interesting moments through his crypto journey, including being at Maker during Black Thursday, living through DeFi Summer, and then jumping into NFTs with Top Shot and PleasrDAO.

Taking a break from his degen career, Andy is now developing Fractional, a protocol for fractionalizing NFTs. He explains how it works under the hood and how the concept could bridge the DeFi and NFT worlds.

Here are some links for this episode:

  • An overview of the NBA Top Shot platform to understand what it’s about.
  • Andy’s NBA Top Shot stats page.
  • The WSJ article featuring Andy’s “messy” desk.
  • Where Media & Music Meet NFT & Blockchain, Zero Knowledge Episode 167 featuring Andre Anjos (RAC) and Trevor McFedries (Brud).
  • An intro to Fractional
  • The Snowden NFT piece

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Episode 196: Mixnets, Activism and Privacy with Nym’s Harry Halpin

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Zero Knowledge Podcast (finally) has a real website!

No full episode this week, but we just wanted to let you know about the new zeroknowledge.fm website. Finally, we have a site that brings together all the different parts of the ZK Community: podcast episodes, upcoming and past events, blog, social channels and more.

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