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Epicenter brings you in-depth conversations about the technical, economic and social implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. Every week, we interview business leaders, engineers academics and entrepreneurs, and bring you a diverse spectrum of opinions and points of view.

Epicenter is hosted by Sebastien Couture, Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal, and Friederike Ernst. Since 2014, episodes have been downloaded over 4 million times.

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Epicenter brings you in-depth conversations about the technical, economic and social implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. Every week, we interview business leaders, engineers academics and entrepreneurs, and bring you a diverse spectrum of opinions and points of view.

Epicenter is hosted by Sebastien Couture, Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal, and Friederike Ernst. Since 2014, episodes have been downloaded over 4 million times.

    Jack O'Holleran: SKALE Labs – An Ethereum Scaling Solution Using App Specific Blockchains

    Jack O'Holleran: SKALE Labs – An Ethereum Scaling Solution Using App Specific Blockchains

    SKALE Network allows developers to build application specific blockchains that are interoperable and compatible with the Ethereum mainchain. Jack O'Holleran, CEO and Co-Founder of SKALE Labs, talks about how they are tackling the scaling issues on Ethereum.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Evan Kuo: AMPL - the Controversial Digital Currency With an Elastic Supply

    Evan Kuo: AMPL - the Controversial Digital Currency With an Elastic Supply

    Ampleforth is a cryptocurrency attempting to become an essential building block to an alternative financial ecosystem that has attracted a lot of criticism lately. Cofounder Evan Kuo attempts to explain how it all works and straighten out misconceptions surrounding the protocol.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Fernando Martinelli: Balancer – The Automated Market Maker Protocol for Programmable Liquidity

    Fernando Martinelli: Balancer – The Automated Market Maker Protocol for Programmable Liquidity

    Balancer is a generalized automated market maker (AMM) protocol built on Ethereum. It allows anyone to create or add liquidity to customizable pools and earn trading fees. On one side there are liquidity providers (LPs) that generally seek to balance their holdings, and they get rewarded with trading fees. On the other side, traders that are looking for the best rate possible.

    One way to look at Balancer is as a generalization of Uniswap, however Balancer pools aren't restricted to the same 50/50 split between 2 tokens. A Balancer pool can support up to 8 tokens with any weights. It supports smart order routing which ensures trades get sent to the pools which provide the best rate possible. They can be seen as self balancing index funds which pay you for contributing liquidity to the platform. Instead of paying fees to portfolio managers to rebalance your portfolio, you collect fees from traders, who continuously rebalance your portfolio by following arbitrage opportunities.

    The inner workings are quite complex but CEO & Co-founder of Balancer, Fernando Martinelli, breaks down the token economics and governance of the protocol for us.

    Topics covered in this episode:

    - Fernando’s background and how he got into the space
    - Balancer's connection to Maker
    - An introduction to liquidity mining and some of the problems with this
    - The connection to the Uniswap formula
    - What Balancer is and how the protocol works
    - How does this work as a Portfolio Management tool and how dynamic are the fees
    - How smart pools wok - The network of pools and the offchain set up
    - How the weighting system works on Balancer
    - The options for users - keeping it simple and the data that is available in your Balancer account
    - Governance tokens
    - How the BAL token is designed and how it works
    - How finance for the protocol is raised
    - The future plan of dissolving Balancer
    - How they plan to attract volume
    - What’s coming up in Balancer V2

    Episode links: 

    - [Balancer Website](https://balancer.finance/)
    - [Balancer White Paper](https://balancer.finance/whitepaper/)
    - [Balancer Discord](https://discord.com/invite/ARJWaeF)
    - [Balancer Blog](https://balancer.finance/blog-feed/)
    - [Balancer Twitter](https://twitter.com/BalancerLabs)
    - [Fernando Twitter](https://twitter.com/fcmartinelli)

    This episode is hosted by Sunny Aggarwal & Meher Roy. Show notes and listening options: [epicenter.tv/350](https://epicenter.tv/350)

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Allison Lu: UMA – The Open Financial Platform for Building Synthetic Assets

    Allison Lu: UMA – The Open Financial Platform for Building Synthetic Assets

    UMA, or Universal Market Access, is an open source financial contracts protocol for building synthetic assets.Allison Lu, co-founder of UMA, chats in-depth about the platform and provides a great introduction to the world of financial derivatives.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Richard Craib: Numerai – The Crowdsourced Predictive Model Hedge Fund

    Richard Craib: Numerai – The Crowdsourced Predictive Model Hedge Fund

    Numerai is a hedge fund with its own distributed research platform designed specifically for AIs. Richard Craib, Founder, talks about how far the project has come in the last 3 years since he was last on the show.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Dieter Fishbein & Joe Petrowski: Polkadot – Claiming Digital Sovereignty on Blockchain

    Dieter Fishbein & Joe Petrowski: Polkadot – Claiming Digital Sovereignty on Blockchain

    Polkadot is a unique protocol connecting multiple purpose-built blockchains into one scalable network. Dieter Fishbein, Head of Ecosystem Development at Web3 Foundation, and Joe Petrowski, Research Analyst at Parity Technologies, share an in depth overview on the economics behind the protocol.

    • 1 hr 14 min

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