Episodes

Episode 151: John Adler on Optimistic vs ZK Rollup and the data availability problem

In this episode, we chat with John Adler – co-founder of Lazy Ledger (now Celestia) and Fuel Labs. We compare Optimistic Rollups and ZK Rollups as well as discuss how Ethereum, specifically Eth1, could look over the next few years. We also talk about the data availability challenge in blockchains and how Lazy Ledger aims to solve this.

Episode 150: NFTs & Rarible with Alex Salnikov

This week, Anna continues to dig into the topic of NFTs – That is Non-Fungible-Tokens or unique digital items – with Alex Salnikov, co-founder & chief product officer at Rarible. They talk about the project, the link between NFTs and DeFi concepts, how the NFT space is developing, novel use cases and more.

Episode 149: CryptoKitties, Dapper Labs and Flow with Dieter Shirley

In this week’s episode, we chat with Dieter Shirley, CTO Dapper Labs, Chief Architect of Flow, and co-creator of CryptoKitties. We go back to look at the history of CryptoKitties, the NFT standard, what pushed Dapper Labs to build their own blockchain, how Flow works and what’s next.

Sushiswap Bonus Chat

This is a short bonus chat to Episode 148 “Tale of the Sushi(swap)”. Tarun, Hasu, and Anna reconvene to wrap up the story of Governance Tokens, Sushiswap and the Uniswap token distribution.

Episode 148: A Tale of Sushi(Swap) with Tarun, Hasu and Anna – Part1

In this special podcast crossover episode, Tarun, Hasu and Anna cover the emergence of governance tokens in the DeFi space and specifically dive into the Sushiswap story – as a case study and cautionary tale. This episode is the 1st part of the episode, with the 2nd part airing on Hasu’s Uncommon Core podcast. Enjoy!

Episode 147: Oasis Labs & Privacy with Vishwanath Raman

In this episode, we catch up with Vishwanath Raman, Privacy Architect at Oasis Labs. Oasis is a privacy-enabled blockchain platform for responsible data use. Using a combination of secure computing and privacy technologies, the Oasis Network enables data owners to take control of their data and treat their data as a digital asset via data tokenization. They provide privacy as a service and use secure enclaves and differential privacy in order build a platform for a responsible data economy.

Episode 146: Catch up with Anna & Fredrik

In this week’s special episode, we flip the script and invite our friend Alexandra Heller to ask ZKPodcast co-hosts Anna & Fredrik some questions from the audience. It’s a bit of a different format, so hope you will enjoy!

Episode 145: Circom & Hermez with Jordi Baylina

In this week’s episode, Anna and Fredrik catch up with Jordi Baylina, co-founder of Iden3, the creator of Circom & SnarkJS. They chat about his work in the ecosystem, building zk circuits and the recently announced Hermez, a new zkrollup with a novel proof-of-donation mechanism that will redistribute 40% of earnings to Ethereum-based community projects.

Episode 144: Aleo with Howard Wu

In this episode, we invite Howard Wu back to the show to share more about his new project Aleo – a privacy-focused blockchain that enables fully private applications. We chat about why you need programming languages for SNARKs, what it is like to switch from VC/Academia to being a founder and the two important things missing in web services, high programmability and true user privacy. The project enables private applications with both data privacy and functional privacy – where the nature of the program running and all activity remains private. It is based on the ZEXE protocol and Proof-of-Succinct-Work.

Episode 143: Josh Cincinnati on Zcash, governance and leaving the Zcash Foundation

In this episode, we chat with Josh Cincinnati, the former executive director of Zcash Foundation. We cover Josh’s career before Zcash, his work at the foundation and the foundation’s trajectory. We also discuss his decision to leave the foundation, Zcash foundation’s philosophy of transparency, his hopes for the future of the Zcash community, his next steps and why he thinks people in crypto may wanna take themselves a bit less serious and remember to have some fun!

Episode 141: ZK & Games: Dark Forest with Brian Gu

In this week’s episode, we chat with Brian Gu, a student at MIT and creator of the Dark Forest game. We chat about education in the space, blockchain based games and how Dark Forest was inspired. We then dig into how this game creates an incomplete information game space by using zkSNARKs to create a “cryptographic fog of war” and more!

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