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🎙️ METACAST: Top Crypto Podcasts of June 2022

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

  • Vitalik Buterin on governance, political economy and crypto.
  • Vitalik represents Soulbound NFTs, while Disco’s Evin McMullen takes the side of VCs (verifiable credentials) on ‘Bankless’.
  • Glen Weyl, RadicalxChange Foundation founder and political economist & social technologist at Microsoft Special Projects, and Puja Ohlhaver, strategist at Flashbots, discuss “soulbound tokens” and their implications for collaboration and social organization in a variety of spaces.
  • Tim Beiko of the Ethereum Foundation updates us on the merge.
  • Ethereum’s hidden power structures with Matt Cutler, the Co-Founder and CEO of Blocknative.
  • Anna of ‘Zero Knowledge’ and co-host Kobi Gurkan chat with Mary Maller, a ZK Researcher at the Ethereum Foundation. They cover Mary’s journey into cryptography, her work on trusted setups, universal SNARKs, Plookup tables, the work she and Kobi did on aggregatable DKGs, her work at the EF, and more.
  • Ex-deputy CTO of the USA, Ed Felten, is one of the creators of Arbitrum, he joined the ‘Epicenter’ for an in-depth chat about how transactions are processed on the protocol, who validates them, what the security guarantees are, and how the economics will work in the longer term.
  • The ‘Epicenter’ hosts were joined by Dan Finlay, Founder & Group Manager at MetaMask, to chat about the motivation for building MetaMask, the security of the platform, decentralization, and the future of seed phrases, and much more.
  • Caroline Pham, commissioner at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, discusses how we should build a regulatory framework for crypto assets, whether the SEC and CFTC should work together, what were the consequences of the Terra collapse, and much more.
  • Olta Andoni, deputy general counsel at Ava Labs, and Ari Redbord, head of legal and government affairs at TRM Labs, discuss the Terra stablecoin meltdown, implications for impending international regulations, and the history of stablecoin regulation internationally.
  • Derek Hsue, a co-founder at Reverie, discusses the recent controversial decisions by Solend DAO and Bancor, the importance of establishing processes for black swan events, and whether decentralized governance truly exists.
  • Jason Gottlieb, a crypto attorney and partner at Morrison Cohen, discusses the insider trading case being built by the US Department of Justice against former OpenSea employee Nathaniel Chastain.
  • Hear what Mark Cuban’s been up to since his first ‘Bankless’ appearance, how he explains crypto to noobs (hint: he doesn’t), what he envisions next for crypto, how long he believes the bear will last and so much more.
  • In the latest episode of ‘The Unstoppable Podcast’, the hosts are joined by Haseeb Qureshi, a Managing Partner at crypto-asset investment firm Dragonfly Capital.
  • Kevin O’Leary of ABC’s Shark Tank and renowned investor joins ‘Bankless’ to share how he was crypto-pilled.
  • Mika Honkasalo, an independent crypto researcher, discusses what is happening with Celsius and Three Arrows Capital.
  • Last week on The Defiant Podcast Camila speaks to Mati Greenspan, the CEO & founder of Quantum Economics, crypto research and advisory firm.
  • The ‘Epicenter’ hosts were joined by Connext founder Arjun Bhuptani to chat about bridge technology in general, Connext’s pivot from state channels to bridges, their recent partnership with Nomad, and what is coming next.
  • Anna and Tarun of ‘Zero Knowledge’ chat with Ye Zhang and Haichen Shen, the founders of Scroll — a native zkEVM Layer 2 Solution for Ethereum.
  • Anna chats with Rahul Magani, the applied zk lead at Jump Crypto, and Hendrik Hofstadt, project lead at Wormhole Crypto.
  • How do DAOs go from monolithic to modular? Julia aka Julz Rosenburg, the co-Founder of Orca Protocol, has the answer.
  • StepN co-Founder Yawn Rong shares with us how is StepN actually paying users and is it sustainable; Comparison of StepN over competitors and their moat; StepN’s vision for the future.
  • NFT artist Emily Yang, or “pplpleasr,” joins Bloomberg’s Sonali Basak on Bloomberg Technology to talk about her latest work “Shibuya,” and the current state of NFTs.
  • NFT fashion and digital identity in the metaverse with the Fabricant co-founder Adriana Hoppenbrouwer-Pereira.
  • In the second volume of Conversations at Colony, the hosts sat down with Tarun Chitra, Founder & CEO of Gauntlet Networks & Partner at Robot Ventures, and Laura Shin, Host of Unchained Podcast & Author of “The Cryptopians,” to discuss all things DeFi, including security, stablecoins, bridges, and the impact EVM compatibility has on TVL.
  • Evan Miyazono, Head of Research at Protocol Labs featured on ‘Green Pill’.
  • Collective Action through Panvala with Niran Babalola.
  • ETHPrague 2022 videos are out.
  • And much more!

Unchained

The Chopping Block:

Bankless

  • Soulbound: On or off Chain? | Vitalik Buterin and Evin McMullen: A fascinating intellectual debate is emerging in the world of decentralized identity. Vitalik represents Soulbound NFTs, while Disco’s Evin McMullen takes the side of VCs (verifiable credentials). From your credit history to your college degree, what is it that defines you? What does a decentralized, trustless, digital identity look like? After listening to these two gigabrains hash it out, we’re convinced that the real winner of this debate… is humanity.
  • Ethereum Merge Updates! | Tim Beiko: Tim Beiko of the Ethereum Foundation updates us on the merge. What steps are left? What obstacles do we need to overcome? Are we merging in August as Justin Drake said? Or later?
  • Ethereum’s Hidden Power Structures | Matt Cutler: Matt Cutler is the Co-Founder and CEO of Blocknative and a gigabrain when it comes to Ethereum’s hidden power structures and all things blockchains. As Ethereum approaches the merge, these power structures are going to change. What will this post-merge future look like? Will users get paid to use Ethereum?

Green Pill:

Layer Zero:

  • Monolithic to Modular DAOs with Julz Rosenberg | Layer Zero: How do DAOs go from monolithic to modular? Julia aka Julz Rosenburg has the answer. Julz is the Co-Founder of Orca Protocol, a project trying to uncomplicate coordination by mirroring human coordination. How? One word: Pods!
  • Luke Burgis | Layer Zero: Humans are mimetic creatures that crave their respective desires. But how do these desires work when paired with crypto? Luke Burgis explains. Luke is the author of, “Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life.”
  • Superphiz | Layer Zero: Superphiz, above all, is a community member. Phiz rallies the troops across the Rocket Pool and r/EthFinance communities, and is passionate about ETH staking. Self-describing as the beacon chain community health consultant, Phiz is on a holy mission to promote crypto values.

Rollups:

Zero Knowledge

  • Episode 235: Mathematical Journeys & Sake with Guillermo Angeris: In this episode the hosts return back to DevConnect in Amsterdam for a conversation between Anna and returning guest Guillermo Angeris of Bain Capital Crypto for a couple of shots of sake and math! They cover Guillermo’s personal journey into math, math history in general, consider how to bring more people into the space, and the potential opportunities and downsides of bringing some kinds of math mainstream.
  • Episode 234: zkEVM with Scroll’s Ye Zhang and Haichen Shen: Anna and Tarun chat with Ye Zhang and Haichen Shen, the founders of Scroll — a native zkEVM Layer 2 Solution for Ethereum. They cover Scroll’s founding, the need to scale Ethereum, zkEVM philosophies, use cases and more. They wrap up with an exploration of how DApps and products on top of such as zkEVM may interact with the mainchain and with other applications.
  • Episode 233: Through the Wormhole with Jump Crypto: Anna chats with Rahul Magani, the applied zk lead at Jump Crypto, and Hendrik Hofstadt, project lead at Wormhole Crypto. They look at how Wormhole first came to be, the challenges of interoperability, the design decisions they made in balancing security, speed and functionality, the risks facing these types of solutions, including the famous Wormhole hack, what the future holds and how they aim to explore using zk in bridging.
  • Episode 232: Cutting Edge ZK Research with Mary Maller: Anna and co-host Kobi Gurkan chat with Mary Maller, a ZK Researcher at the Ethereum Foundation. They cover Mary’s journey into cryptography, her work on trusted setups, universal SNARKs, Plookup tables, the work she and Kobi did on aggregatable DKGs, her work at the EF, and more.

Epicenter

  • Jamal Raees & Yanni Giannaros: Wyre — Using Blockchain for Cross-Border Payments: Wyre is a leading fiat-to-cryptocurrency and payment infrastructure company for the cryptocurrency ecosystem. In blockchain time, Wyre has been around forever — it was founded in 2013. Wyre leverages blockchain to facilitate cross-border payments, bridging the gap between traditional payment processing and digital assets. Focusing on developers, the company provides easy-to-integrate APIs which enable thousands of developers to bring cryptocurrency to the masses. The company has “on-ramped” over 15 million end-users to their partners and has processed over $10B in payments since inception. The Epicenter hosts were joined by Co-founder and CEO Yanni Giannaros, and Director of Crypto Strategy Jamal Raees, to chat about payments applications in general and in web3, how Wyre works on a technical and business level including regulatory constraints, their recent acquisition by Bolt, and the roadmap for the platform.
  • Ed Felten: Arbitrum — The Layer 2 Scaling Solution Increasing Speed and Reducing Fees: Arbitrum is a Layer 2 scaling solution for the Ethereum blockchain which helps reduce high transaction gas fees. Arbitrum uses a multi-round optimistic rollup that regularly checks in with Ethereum’s main chain. OG cypherpunk and ex deputy CTO of the USA, Ed Felten, is one of the creators of Arbitrum. He joined the show for an in depth chat about how transactions are processed on the protocol, who validates them, what the security guarantees are, and how the economics will work in the longer term.
  • Arjun Bhuptani: Connext — Speeding Up Secure Bridges Between Chains: Connext is a crosschain liquidity network that speeds up fully-noncustodial transfers between EVM-compatible crosschains (xapps) and L2 systems. Connext works in tandem with nomad bridge technology, enabling fast transfer of value between blockchains and interchain DeFi protocols. Their goal is to create a world where users never need to know what chain or rollup they’re on, and developers can build applications that utilize resources from many chains/rollups simultaneously. The Epicenter hosts were joined by Connext founder Arjun Bhuptani to chat about bridge technology in general, Connext’s pivot from state channels to bridges, their recent partnership with Nomad, and what is coming next.
  • Dan Finlay: MetaMask — The ETH Based Wallet for Swaps and dApps:MetaMask is the de-facto standard self-custodial wallet for Ethereum. It started off as a web browser extension on chromium. More recently, it also launched a mobile app. MetaMask allows you to interact with decentralized applications (dapps) natively. The Epicenter hosts were joined by Dan Finlay, Founder & Group Manager at MetaMask, to chat about the motivation for building MetaMask, the security of the platform, decentralization, the future of seed phrases and much more!

Blockcrunch

  • Why the Metaverse Is Inevitable — Ahad, cofounder of Webaverse, Ep. 202: Popular metaverse projects like Sandbox and Decentraland are trading > 80% lower than their previous all-time highs — are metaverses still the future? Webaverse is an open-sourced metaverse that enables creators and communities to build their own virtual worlds and rich experiences that they truly own. In this episode, co-founder of Webaverse, Ahad shares with us: What is a metaverse and what is it trying to replace? The importance of an interoperable metaverse; Upcoming Webaverse experience — Upstreet; Webaverse’s strategy to bootstrap 100k users.
  • How To Survive Crypto Bear Market as a Trader — Jordi, Selini Capital, Ep. 201: Total crypto market cap is now less than $1 trillion. Bitcoin and Ethereum are currently trading near their 2018 all-time highs. Where do we go from here? In this episode, CIO of Selini Capital, Jordi Alexander shares with us: What market stage are we at and how long it’ll last? Can Bitcoin ever break its previous ATH of $70k? Indicators to navigate this market.
  • Is StepN Sustainable? Behind the Fastest Growing Game in Crypto — Yawn Rong, Co-Founder, StepN, Ep. 200: StepN is a Walk-to-Earn mobile app and in less than 6 months, they managed to amass 1.7 million monthly active users and up to 400k users are using it on a daily basis. This episode, Co-Founder Yawn Rong shares with us: How is StepN actually paying users and is it sustainable? Comparison of StepN over competitors and their moat; StepN’s vision for the future.

The Unstoppable Podcast

  • Blockchain Data Analysis with Christian Dittmeier at Evaluate.Market: In this episode of The Unstoppable Podcast, the hosts are talking to Christian Dittmeier. Christian is the Co-Founder of Evaluate.Market, a platform designed to help you analyze your NFT portfolio and the latest developments in the NFT world. He’s here to talk about blockchain data analysis, how it works, and what it means.
  • Investing 17,000 ETH Into NFTs with Ryan Carson of 1.21 Gigawatts Fund: Welcome to another episode of The Unstoppable Podcast. In this episode, the hosts are talking to Ryan Carson, Founder of 1.21 Gigawatts Fund (121G), which is built to invest in NFTs. He’s here to discuss all things investing in NFTs and how he plans to invest 17,000 ETH in this space.
  • On-Chain Reputation and Badges with Matthew Gould from Unstoppable Domains: In this episode of The Unstoppable Podcast, Unstoppable Domains CEO Matt is here to talk about the fascinating topic of on-chain reputation. Identity and reputation are incredibly important topics in the world of blockchain and could ultimately have a major impact on our everyday lives.

The Defiant

  • How can the crypto market recover from this? Mati Greenspan of Quantum Economics gives his take: This week on The Defiant Podcast Camila speaks to Mati Greenspan. Mati is the CEO & founder of Quantum Economics, crypto research and advisory firm. Mati believes we’ll keep seeing the pain in the market, with crypto and stocks remaining highly correlated, as long as inflation persists. Only those well-funded and committed teams will make it through, and any project that survives a bear will see huge gains in the next rally.
  • NFT Fashion and Digital Identity in The Metaverse With The Fabricant Co-Founder: Adriana Hoppenbrouwer-Pereira is the co-founder and CMO of The Fabricant, a digital fashion house for the metaverse founded in 2018. Their belief is that fashion is identity, and digital fashion is simply an extension of the digital identity we’re building on web 3. So how did this all start?
  • Yoni Assia on the Rise of Active Trading in a Blockchain-Based World and Building a 27M-User App: A few weeks ago before the crypto world caught fire, the hosts interviewed Yoni Assia. Yoni is the founder and CEO of Etoro, one of the most successful crypto and stock buying apps on the market with over 27 million users in over 100 countries at the time of recording. Originally founded in 2007, it was one of the pioneering companies to incorporate crypto into its platform as early as 2013. What led Yoni to be so early and where did the idea for Etoro stem from?

MISC

  • Vitalik Buterin on governance, political economy and crypto:
  • NFT artist Emily Yang, or “pplpleasr,” joins Bloomberg’s Sonali Basak on Bloomberg Technology to talk about her latest work “Shibuya,” and the current state of NFTs:
  • Vol 2: Gauntlet-Geared Cryptopians: In the second volume of Conversations at Colony, the hosts sat down with Tarun Chitra, Founder & CEO of Gauntlet Networks & Partner at Robot Ventures, and Laura Shin, Host of Unchained Podcast & Author of “The Cryptopians,” to discuss all things DeFi, including security, stablecoins, bridges, and the impact EVM compatibility has on TVLs:

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