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🎙️ METACAST: Top Crypto Podcasts of April 2021

Here is a quick overview of what we’ve been listening to this month!

  • SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce comes on the ‘Bankless’ podcast to discuss tokens, DeFi, ‘self-driving banks,’ and regulation.
  • Hayden Adams, the inventor of Uniswap, the decentralized trading protocol, featured on ‘Bankless’.
  • Justin Drake, a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation and leading the charge of applied cryptography to the Ethereum network for the third time has come on the ‘Bankless’ podcast. If you haven’t yet, dive into the first two episodes with Justin, ‘The Bull Case for Cryptography’ and ‘Ultra Sound Money.’ This episode rolls out how to understand Ultra Sound Money using data-driven models.
  • Joel Monegro, a partner at Placeholder VC, where he invests in decentralized networks and companies that democratize data, wealth, and power, discuss governance and capital on ‘Bankless’.
  • Mark Cuban — billionaire investor, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Shark Tank “shark” — shares his thoughts on the Ethereum vs. BTC debate, issues with DeFi, and how NFTs could change content distribution.
  • The Delphi Podcast Host Tom Shaughnessy hosts Mike Novogratz, the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Galaxy Digital.
  • Dave Jevans, CEO of Cipher Trace, talks about what the new draft guidance from the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) means for DeFi, NFTs, and crypto in general on ‘Unchained’.
  • AMA with Stefan Ionescu of Reflexer Labs, the team behind the RAI stablecoin.
  • Ben Jones and Mark Tyneway from Optimism discuss the design and vision of their Optimistic Rollup on ‘Zero Knowledge’.
  • The ‘Zero Knowledge’ hosts chat with Zac Williamson and Joe Andrews from Aztec all about their zk-zk-rollup, zk.money, Aztec 2.0 and TurboPLONK.
  • Alex Gluchowski from Matter Labs talks about how zkRollups can extend Ethereum’s capabilities with zkEVM and zkPorter.
  • Scaling DeFi with dYdX and StarkWare with Antonio Juliano, a founder of dYdX.
  • Adrian Eidelman, Co-founder of RSK, discusses the vision they have for the project, how it works on a technical level, and how you can become involved.
  • The ‘Zero Knowledge’ hosts were joined by Matt Luongo, CEO of Thesis (the team behind tBTC and Keep Network) to chat about the tBTC technology, his vision for the future of interoperability and value propositions of different chains.
  • Devin Finzer, co-founder and CEO of NFT marketplace OpenSea, talks all things non-fungible on ‘Unchained’.
  • Robbie Ferguson, co-founder and president of Immutable, talks about how Immutable is transforming the NFT industry through its layer 2 solution, Immutable X.
  • Matthew Liu, co-founder of Origin Protocol, shares the latest developments of Origin Protocol. In specific, he explains in detail recent collaborations with renowned artists like Lupe Fiasco and Ryan Tedder, Coinbase listing and what it means to Origin, and partnership with Google Cloud.
  • ‘The Erica Show’ recent episode welcomed Min Kim, Founder of ICON project. Min shared the founding story of ICON, and introduced the recent development of ICON’s ecosystem and challenges dealing with the government regulations and enterprises.
  • Co-founders of Flashbots, Stephane Gosselin and Phil Daian, recently joined the ‘Epicenter’ podcast to chat about the protocol and to deep dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly of MEV.
  • Former Goldman Sachs trader and UMA founder Hart Lambur joins the ‘Blockcrunch’ podcast.
  • The ‘Defiant’ podcast hosts interviewed 0xMaki, an anonymous DeFi developer contributing to SushiSwap and Yearn Finance protocols.
  • Bankless Nation, meet PoolTogether and its founder, Leighton Cusack.
  • Peter Pan, one of the key members of the Ethereum Ecosystem, joined the ‘Bankless’ podcast for an interview.
  • And much more!

Unchained/Unconfirmed

Unchained:

  • Why Bitcoin’s December Price Target Is Now ‘Above $300,000’: In an interview Laura moderated at Real Vision’s “Crypto Gathering,” Peter L Brandt, veteran trader and publisher of the Factor Report, and Willy Woo, prominent on-chain Bitcoin analyst and author of the “The Bitcoin Forecast,” a market intelligence newsletter, discuss Bitcoin charts, trading, and how Bitcoin is evolving as an asset.
  • Mark Cuban on Why He Thinks ETH Is a Better Store of Value Than Bitcoin: Mark Cuban — billionaire investor, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and Shark Tank “shark” — shares his thoughts on the Ethereum vs. BTC debate, issues with DeFi, and how NFTs could change content distribution.

Unconfirmed:

Bankless

  • 61 — Before Bitcoin | Peter Pan: Peter Pan has been a key member of the Ethereum Ecosystem, and in 2018, he wrote a 4-part series titled “Before Bitcoin,” which covers the modern history of cryptography. The hosts first bring him onto the podcast for an interview, followed by a reading of the full series by David.
  • 62 — Governance and Capital | Joel Monegro: Joel Monegro is a partner at Placeholder VC, where he invests in decentralized networks and companies that democratize data, wealth, and power.
  • SotN #44: Modeling Ultra Sound Money | Justin Drake: Justin Drake is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation and is leading the charge of applied cryptography to the Ethereum network. This is the third time Justin has come on the podcast. If you haven’t yet, dive into the first two episodes with Justin, ‘The Bull Case for Cryptography’ and ‘Ultra Sound Money.’ This episode rolls out how to understand Ultra Sound Money using data-driven models.

Into the Ether

Zero Knowledge

Epicenter

  • Flashbots — The Good, Bad and the Ugly of MEV with Phil Daian & Stephane Gosselin. Flashbots is a research and development company focussed on Miner Extractable Value (MEV). MEV is the profit a miner can make through their ability to arbitrarily include, exclude, or re-order transactions from the blocks they produce. Flashbots has created a fork of the ethereum geth client, MEV-geth, to allow miners to exploit MEV, currently run by 80% of miners. Co-founders of Flashbots, Stephane Gosselin and Phil Daian, recently joined the show to chat about the protocol and to deep dive into the good, the bad, and the ugly of MEV.
  • Brud — Using AI to Bridge Real and Virtual Worlds with Trevor McFedries: Trevor McFedries joined the hosts for a fascinating chat about his background in the football and music industries, and how this led him into crypto. Trevor is the cofounder of Brud, a technology startup specializing in artificial intelligence and media. At Brud, they create social media personas with the help of CGI technology, the most well-known being Lil Miquela. Lil Miquela is a sentient robot navigating life in LA — and has millions of followers on Instagram. Trevor also started Friends With Benefits, a gated online community on a private discord server with a community token.
  • RSK — The Bitcoin-Based Smart Contract Platform with Adrian Eidelman: RSK is a secure smart-contract platform that enables decentralized applications secured by the Bitcoin Network to empower people and improve the quality of life of millions. The platform incorporates a Turing Complete Virtual Machine to Bitcoin. RSK believes that new use cases are necessary in order for Bitcoin to become the leading global cryptocurrency, and that adding smart-contract capabilities is key to secure that future. It also provides other enhancements to the network such as faster transactions and better scalability, features that they also believe will enable new usage scenarios. The hosts chatted to Adrian Eidelman, Co-founder of RSK, about the vision they have for the project, how it works on a technical level, and how you can become involved.
  • tBTC — Bringing Trustless Bitcoin to Ethereum with Matt Luongo: The hosts were joined by Matt Luongo, CEO of Thesis (the team behind tBTC and Keep Network) to chat about the tBTC technology, his vision for the future of interoperability and value propositions of different chains.
  • 1inch — The DEX Aggregator with Sergej Kunz: The hosts were joined by Co-founder of 1inch Sergej Kunz to chat about how 1inch works, how the 1INCH token provides liquidity to their liquidity platform, its integration with platforms such as Uniswap, and the roadmap from here.

POV Crypto

Blockcrunch

Chain Reaction

The Erica Show

  • The Erica Show EP25 — Evan Shapiro, CEO of O(1) Labs and Board Member of the Mina Foundation: In this episode, Evan Shapiro of O(1) Labs introduces Mina Protocol, which has just launched mainnet. He describes the main concepts of Mina Protocol, what problem Mina is trying to solve, why it uses zero knowledge proofs, what snapps are, etc. Also, Evan shares the collaboration story with Teller Finance, snark-powered lending dapp built on Mina, as well as latest updates on the mainnet launch, token sale, and upcoming milestones.
  • The Erica Show EP26 — Min Kim, Founder of ICON Project: The Erica Show Episode 26 welcomes Min Kim, Founder of ICON project. Min shared the founding story of ICON, and introduced the recent development of ICON’s ecosystem and challenges dealing with the government regulations and enterprises. Also, Min emphasizes the importance of interoperable protocols and ICON’s efforts to achieve it. Also, he shares updates on Balanced DAO and ICON 2.0, as well as insight on PayCoin and potential of NFTs.
  • The Erica Show EP27 — Matthew Liu, Co-founder of Origin Protocol: In episode 27, Matthew Liu, co-founder of Origin Protocol, shares latest developments of Origin Protocol. In specific, he explains in detail recent collaborations with renowned artists like Lupe Fiasco and Ryan Tedder, Coinbase listing and what it means to Origin, and partnership with Google Cloud. Also, Matt explains about how Origin is developing as a marketplace as well as an NFT platform, and integrating elements in DeFi and NFT together and making Origin a unique platform amongst others.
  • The Erica Show EP28 — Erica Kang, Founder and CEO of KryptoSeoul: Happy Birthday Erica! Erica explains the following: how she entered the crypto rabbit hole, memorable experiences in community events, differences in community sentiment and blockchain adoption between East and West. Also, she shares three crypto products she has recently used, thoughts on getting more females involved in the crypto space, prediction of crypto world in five years.

MISC

  • ‘Defiant’ interviewed 0xMaki, an anonymous DeFi developer contributing to SushiSwap and Yearn Finance protocols:
  • What is REAL DeFi in Crypto? Bitcoin vs Ethereum in 2021 (The Infinte Machine) w/ Camila Russo:

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