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🎙️ METACAST: Top Crypto Podcasts of September 2021

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

  • Vitalik Buterin returns to the Bankless Podcast to discuss his recent article ‘Moving Beyond Coin Voting Governance.’ As always, Vitalik comes with a birds-eye view of high-level challenges facing the crypto space with a moral & philosophical slant.
  • On Unchained, Bitcoin writer Vijay Boyapati and Ethereum Foundation’s Justin Drake debate the merits of Bitcoin’s security model, which Drake says will largely rely on transaction fees as soon as within 20–30 years, not in 100+ years.
  • Justin Drake joins the third episode of Layer Zero to discuss coining ‘Ultra Sound Money,’ which sent supersonic waves through the Ethereum community.
  • In the latest episode of The Unstoppable Podcast, the hosts are talking to Hamzah Khan. He’s the Head of DeFi at Polygon (formerly Matic Network).
  • Arbitrum founders Harry Kalodner and Steven Goldfeder return to State of the Nation to discuss what the Arbitrum launch means for the crypto space.
  • Jordi Baylina, the Technical Lead at Hermez, joined the Epicenter podcast to chat about how the protocol works, the recent merge with Polygon, and the roadmap leading to Eth2.0.
  • Mike Novogratz talks about the cross-over between finance and blockchain, regulatory affairs, and of course, wrestling.
  • Nik De, a managing editor for global policy and regulation at CoinDesk, stops by Unconfirmed to discuss the current state of crypto regulation.
  • Erik Voorhees, CEO & Founder of ShapeShift, joins the Epicenter for his 4th appearance on the show. ShapeShift recently announced they are decentralizing the company and its products, which would see the company transition from a centralized entity and platform to a DAO.
  • Anthony Sassano featured on Layer Zero.
  • The Blockcrunch host chats with Starkware founders.
  • Aidan Mott, a research analyst at Messari, discusses Solana’s network restart.
  • Steven Ehrlich, director of research for digital assets at Forbes, discusses the FTX.
  • The Zero Knowledge hosts chat with Pedro Gomes, Founder of WalletConnect, about how wallets and DApps traditionally interact and the journey to WalletConnect and WalletConnect 2.0.
  • The Unstoppable Podcast hosts talks with Evin McMullen — co-founder at Serto, formerly called UPort, a company bridging the intersection between data and identity.
  • Camila Russo speaks with Matthew Sigel, head of digital asset research at VanEck, an asset management firm overseeing $80 billion, which has shifted its focus heavily into crypto.
  • A conversation with Sushi’s CTO Joseph Delong about what Sushi’s been up to since the early days and a few spicy recent events.
  • Roneil Rumburg, co-founder and CEO of Audius, talks about how Audius works, AUDIO tokenomics, the give and take of decentralization, and more.
  • DJ Justin ‘3LAU’ Blau returns to Bankless to discuss Royal, the platform for decentralizing ownership to music rights.
  • Arianna Simpson of a16z comes on the Bankless podcast to explore the insane momentum we’ve seen around crypto gaming.
  • Yield Guild Games founder Gabby Dizon shares his secrets in how YGG works, tactics in how he scaled, and what future games he’s excited for besides Axie Infinity.
  • Camila Russo speaks with John Crain, the co-founder & CEO of SuperRare, one of the top NFT marketplaces.
  • Jackson Dame, Will Papper, and Anish Agnihotri explore the emerging ecosystem around Loot.
  • Rhea Myers, artist, hacker, writer, and senior smart contract developer at Dapper Labs, has been making crypto art before NFTs were a thing. Check out the fresh Unchained episode to learn about Rhea’s work as an OG crypto artist, why she believes concerns over NFT energy consumption are overblown, and how NFTs are changing the art world.
  • DAOs: The rapidly emerging crypto sector to watch with Coopahtroopa.
  • Building an Online Gallery for NFT Art with Maria Paula from JPG.
  • In last week’s Zero Knowledge episode, Anna and Tarun dive back into the NFT space with their guest Luiz from FingerprintsDAO.
  • Humanode Podcast on the Humanode DAO — Vortex.
  • And much more!

Unchained/Unconfirmed

Unchained:

  • How OG Crypto Artist Rhea Myers Sold a Never-Seen Artwork at Sotheby’s: Rhea Myers, artist, hacker, writer, and senior smart contract developer at Dapper Labs, has been making crypto art before NFTs were a thing. Check out this episode to learn about Rhea’s work as an OG crypto artist, why she believes concerns over NFT energy consumption are overblown, and how NFTs are changing the art world.
  • Can Bitcoin Be Secured Only by Transaction Fees? Two Researchers Sound Off: Once the block reward diminishes greatly, can Bitcoin be secured only by transaction fees? On Unchained, Bitcoin writer Vijay Boyapati and Ethereum Foundation’s Justin Drake debate the merits of Bitcoin’s security model, which Drake says will largely rely on transaction fees as soon as within 20–30 years, not in 100+ years.
  • How Crypto Streaming Service Audius Hit Six Million Monthly Active Users: Audius, a blockchain native music streaming platform, hit six million monthly active users in August and announced a partnership with TikTok. Roneil Rumburg, co-founder and CEO of Audius, talks about how Audius works, AUDIO tokenomics, the give and take of decentralization, and more.

Unconfirmed:

Bankless

  • Beyond Coin Voting Governance | Vitalik Buterin: Vitalik Buterin returns to the Podcast to discuss his recent article ‘Moving Beyond Coin Voting Governance.’ As always, Vitalik comes with a birds-eye view of high-level challenges facing the crypto space with a moral & philosophical slant.
  • Defining the Metaverse: This is a classic Ryan-and-David only episode. With no guest, they dive into David’s recent article “The Metaverse Emerges.” What is the Metaverse?
  • The Crypto Gaming Revolution | Arianna Simpson: Arianna Simpson of a16z comes on the Bankless Podcast to explore the insane momentum we’ve seen around crypto gaming. The product-market fit between the gaming and crypto worlds is palpable. The scaling and maturation of the crypto economy make for a ripe inflection point for an explosion of cultural applications.
  • Investing in the Future | Cathie Wood, Chris Burniske, Yassine Elmandjra: Cathie Wood is Founder, CEO and CIO of Ark Invest, the investment management firm specializing in disruptive sectors. Yassine Elmandjra is an analyst at Ark, and Chris Burniske is the former blockchain lead at Ark and is now a partner at Placeholder VC.
  • Everything you need to know about Solana | Santiago Santos & Konstantin Lomashuk: Solana is emerging as a competitive Layer 1 platform, promising scalability and a growing ecosystem. Join community thought leaders Santiago Santos and Konstantin Lomashuck as we assess the Solana Value Proposition.
  • Tokenizing Music with Royal | 3LAU (SotN 8/31): DJ Justin ‘3LAU’ Blau returns to Bankless to discuss Royal, the platform for decentralizing ownership to music rights. Royal recently raised $16m and has launched its early access. We’ve seen crypto take the visual art world by storm — is music next?
  • Layer Zero | Justin Drake: Justin Drake joins the third episode of Layer Zero to discuss coining ‘Ultra Sound Money,’ which sent supersonic waves through the Ethereum community. Unsurprisingly, Justin is a deeply compelling individual with a powerful drive to work hard and pursue individuality.
  • Nic Carter | Layer Zero: Nic Carter is one of the writers in crypto. He’s definitely a Bitcoiner, but is he also an Etherean? What makes Nic tick?
  • Anthony Sassano | Layer Zero: Anthony Sassano is undoubtedly one of the most committed individuals to the Ethereum ecosystem and the values that come along with it. Dropping newsletters and podcasts every weekday with his consistent fervor is inspiring as it is valuable.

Zero Knowledge

  • Episode 198: NFT Creation, Curation and Governance with Luiz from FingerprintsDAO: In last week’s episode, Anna and Tarun dive back into the NFT space with their guest Luiz from FingerprintsDAO. FingerprintsDAO is a collector organization for artists, curators and producers. Luiz takes us through the new paradigms of NFT token governance and the wild world of on-chain art.
  • Episode 197: WalletConnect & the DApp/Wallet connection with Pedro Gomes: Anna chats with Pedro Gomes, Founder of WalletConnect, about how wallets and DApps traditionally interact and the journey to WalletConnect and WalletConnect 2.0. Pedro shares the ideas behind the new WalletConnect 2.0 development and his thoughts on what role the project will play in a Multi-Chain future.
  • Episode 196: Mixnets, Activism and Privacy with Nym’s Harry Halpin: Anna chats with Harry Halpin, CEO of the Nym project, about a variety of topics related to privacy, politics and the need to build censorship-resistant systems. Harry talks about his early involvement in cryptography and his changing perspectives on capitalism as a tool for good. He shares how Nym aims to protect blockchain transactions from network-based deanonymization attacks.
  • Episode 195: Sushi Beyond the Fork with Joseph Delong: This week, Anna and James chat with Sushi’s CTO Joseph Delong about what Sushi’s been up to since the early days and a few spicy recent events.

Epicenter

  • Hermez — ZK Technology for Scaling Ethereum with Jordi Baylina: Hermez is an open-source ZK-Rollup optimised for secure, low-cost and usable token transfers on the wings of Ethereum. The Hermez network team is currently developing the next version of the decentralised ZK-Rollup with full support of Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) by making a full set of zkEVM opcodes. Jordi Baylina, the Technical Lead at Hermez, joined the show to chat about how the protocol works, the recent merge with Polygon, and the roadmap leading to Eth2.0.
  • ShapeShift — Decentralizing a Fox with Erik Voorhees: Erik Voorhees, CEO & Founder of ShapeShift, joins the Epicenter for his 4th appearance on the show. ShapeShift recently announced they are decentralizing the company and its products, which would see the company transition from a centralized entity and platform to a DAO. With the largest airdrop in history, they distributed FOX tokens to over a million customers and DeFi community members, who will eventually fully control the exchange. In this episode, we hear the reasoning behind this shift, cross-chain Interoperability, the FOX token, and the future of the Shapeshift platform as a DAO.
  • ParaSwap — Solving Liquidity for DeFi with Mounir Benchemled: ParaSwap is a DEX aggregator that aims to provide the best prices over multiple DEXes on the Ethereum blockchain. Users are able to scan dozens of exchanges for the best possible crypto price points, and get the most for their swaps. The hosts were joined by ParaSwap Founder, Mounir Benchemled, to chat about his role in the French DeFi community, DEX aggregators in general, and what makes ParaSwap an important slice of the DeFi ecosystem.
  • Galaxy Digital — Bridging Crypto and Institutional Worlds with Mike Novogratz: Mike Novogratz is the CEO of Galaxy Digital, an investment bank targeting institutional investors, which he also founded. He was formerly a Partner and President of Fortress Investment Group LLC and prior to that Partner at Goldman Sachs. Considered quite the risk-taker, he has made and lost many fortunes over the years. They chatted to Mike about the cross-over between finance and blockchain, regulatory affairs, and of course, wrestling.

Into the Ether

Blockcrunch

The Unstoppable Podcast

The Defiant

  • “ETH and Most DeFi is Trading Cheaper Than Web2 and With Better Growth:” VanEck’s Matthew Sigel: In this episode Camila Russo speaks with Matthew Sigel, head of digital asset research at VanEck, an asset management firm overseeing $80 billion, which has shifted its focus heavily into crypto. They started out with investments almost exclusively in Bitcoin, but now, with Matthew on board, the firm is becoming increasingly bullish on Ethereum and DeFi. Matthew has a very methodical way of analyzing cryptocurrencies, applying the same rigorous methods used in traditional finance, and so it becomes even more compelling to hear him make the case for Ethereum’s market cap growing to $2 trillion. He also believes even after this year’s bull run, Ethereum and most DeFi protocols are trading cheaper than Web 2.0 and with better growth.
  • “There’s Going to Be a DeFi Universe Geared Towards Non-Fungible Assets:” NFTfi’s Stephen Young: In this episode Camila speaks with Stephen Young, the founder and CEO of NFTfi, a platform for enabling NFT-backed loans. For some people, decentralized finance and nonfungible tokens sit on two separate worlds; DeFi on one end with its different lending, boring, and trading applications, and NFTs, with their digital art, music royalties and collectibles. Entrepreneurs like Stephen sit at the intersection, with a platform that uses NFTs to provide a financial product. He says volume on the platform is booming, as many new NFT owners find they can now get liquidity from digital property they don’t want to sell, while lenders can get more attractive rates for their crypto. Stephen believes this is just the beginning, and that eventually, real-world assets will also become digital property incorporated in the growing world of NFT and DeFi.
  • “NFTs are Giving Way to The First Art Revolution Since the Internet:” SuperRare’s John Crain: In this episode, Camila speaks with John Crain, the co-founder & CEO of SuperRare, one of the top NFT marketplaces. SuperRare wants to differentiate itself by being the NFT marketplace that best curates art, specifically. John believes the natural evolution for NFT platforms will be to specialize in verticals. The team recently launched a token and a DAO, and John explains how the move will be instrumental for SuperRare to scale its curation, as the original team gives up control and other participants propose and vote on what should go on the platform. We talk about the NFT boom more broadly, and how John believes NFTs are enabling the first artistic revolution since the internet.
  • “I Realized We Could Scale Play-to-Earn to Impact Thousands, Hopefully Millions of Lives”: In this episode, Camila speaks with Gabby Dizon, co-founder of Yield Guild Games, or YGG. Long before Gabby was into crypto he was into gaming, and that’s how he started playing Axie Infinity, a blockchain-based game where players earn cryptocurrency just for playing. Gabby eventually became a well-known figure in the Axie community, spreading the word especially in his home country, the Philippines, as he saw that crypto earned for playing was making a real difference in people’s lives.

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