Episodes

Episode 174: Through the Cosmos Stargate Upgrade

In today’s episode, Anna and James chat with three representatives of the Cosmos ecosystem – Zaki Manian, Tess Rinearson and Shahan Khatchadourian – to learn all about its recent milestone upgrade, Stargate.

Episode 173: Building Private AMMs with Guillermo Angeris

This week, Anna & Tarun take an in-depth look into AMMs with Guillermo Angeris, a PhD student in Stanford who co-authored a number of papers on fundamental AMM properties. His most recent paper deals with privacy in AMMs, effectively demonstrating how superficial attempts at making a private AMM are doomed. But there is hope! And in this conversation, they explore some mitigations that can not only allow for effective use of privacy in AMMs, but could provide benefits from its inclusion.

Episode 172: ZK languages with Alex Ozdemir

In this week’s episode, Anna chats with Alex Ozdemir, a PhD student at Stanford researching formal methods, cryptography and distributed systems. They take a bird’s eye view of the current landscape of zk languages and libraries, looking at the history and current state-of-the-art of circuit-building tools.

Episode 171: Mapping the Polkadot Ecosystem

In this week’s episode, Anna goes on a grand tour of the Polkadot ecosystem ahead of the launch of Parachains. In this multi-interview episode, she explores the Polkadot ecosystem, how teams are interacting with the existing tech stacks, what they are looking forward to, and how these networks may evolve in the future once Parachains go live.

Episode 170: Hardware for ZKPs & VDFs with Supranational

In this week’s episode, Anna and Tarun talk with Simon Peffers and Kelly Olson from Supranational, a startup focused on building specialised software and hardware for advanced cryptographic computation. Simon and Kelly talk about their recent work helping out the Ethereum Foundation with VDFs, as well as building a better SNARK algorithm for Protocol Labs’ Filecoin.

Episode 169: Arkworks SNARK libraries with Pratyush Mishra

In this week’s episode, Anna and Robert Habermeier chat with Pratyush Mishra, co-author of the Arkworks toolkit. Arkworks is a collection of Rust libraries designed to simplify development with SNARKs, both for developing high-level application circuits and building custom SNARK implementations.

Episode 168: Flashbots with Phil Daian and Stephane Gosselin

In this week’s episode, Anna and James Prestwich chat with Phil Daian and Stephane Gosselin from the Flashbots project. Flashbots is a research and development organization formed to mitigate the negative externalities and existential risks posed by miner-extractable value (MEV) to smart-contract blockchains

Episode 167: Where Media & Music meet NFTs & Blockchain

In this week’s episode, Anna & Tarun take a step further into the NFT/Art space and chat with 2 content creators/entrepreneurs Andre Anjos (RAC) and Trevor McFedries (Brud) who are both making work that intersects with NFTs, crypto & other novel blockchain concepts. They discuss their respective works, and explore the new ways in which creators & influencers can engage with Blockchain tech and NFTs. They also try to imagine what living a digital reality actually means for the creation and consumption, or ownership of content.

Episode 166: Coin Center’s Peter Van Valkenburgh on regulation & crypto

In this week’s episode, Anna & Josh Cincinnati chat with Peter Van Valkenburgh, Director of Research at Coin Center. Coin Center is a non-profit research and advocacy group focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies. In this conversation, they cover the various branches in the US system, how these interact with the crypto/blockchain community, what the process is for making regulation and how coincenter gets involved.

Episode 165: Aave with Stani Kulechov

This week, Anna and Tarun chat with Stani Kulechov, co-founder of Aave, about the origin and evolution of the project, the changing DeFi landscape, collateralized debt in crypto, Flash Loans, Flash Minting, Credit Delegation and the future of DeFi.

Episode 164: The road to Skynet & beyond with David Vorick

This week, Anna and guest co-host James Prestwich chat with David Vorick from Skynet Labs about the scope and goals of the Skynet project. They discuss the journey from earlier work on Sia & distributed data to Skynet, SkyDB, and their idea for Recursive Content Monetization – a new model to pay online creators and content owners.

Episode 163: Kicking off 2021 with Anna, Tarun, James & Josh

This week, Anna chats with guests Tarun Chitra (Gauntlet & Robot Ventures), James Prestwich (cLabs) and Josh Cincinnati (previously Zcash Foundation). Throughout this conversation, they touch on topics like the state of zero knowledge applications, blockchain technology, privacy and DeFi. They also explore what we can expect in the near future.

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