32 episodes

“The DeFi Download” with Piers Ridyard, CEO of Radix DLT. Join the leaders of the Decentralised Finance industry as they discuss all things DeFi: Its workings, user acquisition and go-to-market strategies while simultaneously re-inventing one of the world’s most important industries.

The DeFi Download Radix DLT

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“The DeFi Download” with Piers Ridyard, CEO of Radix DLT. Join the leaders of the Decentralised Finance industry as they discuss all things DeFi: Its workings, user acquisition and go-to-market strategies while simultaneously re-inventing one of the world’s most important industries.

    Terra - a complete ecosystem for the future of finance

    Terra - a complete ecosystem for the future of finance

    In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard interviews Do Kwon, the CEO of Terra. Their conversation delves into Do Kown’s background, which influenced the Terra platform's conception and growth, as well as the platform’s envisioned decentralised alternative to the traditional financial system.

    Terra is a layer 1 protocol and stablecoin that aims to solve financial problems more effectively than current FinTech solutions. 
    The Terra ecosystem consists of several products, including Luna, an elastic supply token with a market cap of $7.4 billion, CHAI, a popular consumer payments app currently used by 5% of Koreans, Anchor, a lending protocol that pays out 20% per year on savings and Terra stablecoins, and Mirror, a decentralised version of Robinhood where you can trade any type of synthetic equity.
    [00:01:01] Don Kown's background before starting Terra, and the reason he decided Terra was necessary to build as a result of his prior experience.
    [00:05:46] The primary motivation for creating Terra: Was Terra's vision as broad as it is today during its early days? Did it begin with the idea that tokens would become interesting or useful? How the emergence of decentralised finance altered the Terra team's original strategy.
    [00:10:24] Growth of the Terra ecosystem: Creating a suite of products as Terraform Labs, launching them, and attracting developers to build on top of the Terra platform rather than other platforms such as Ethereum, Binance, or SmartChain.
    [00:20:20] Do Kown’s perspectives on the interaction or potential interaction between nation-states and protocols such as Terra.
    [00:27:09] Capital controls in South Korea, as well as details on breakage.
    [00:32:54] The Anchor platform's potential risks and weak points.
    [00:37:09] Do Kown’s take on Tether and his reasons to prefer decentralised, stablecoins over centralised stablecoins.
    [00:40:19] Is Do Kown comfortable holding all of his assets in cryptocurrency, and if so, does he?
    [00:41:17] What would Do Kown say if he had one minute of global airtime to speak to everyone in the world?

    Further resources
    Website: terra.moneyTwitter: @d0h0k1 

    • 43 min
    BrightID - Decentralised Identity, Governance and Universal Basic Income

    BrightID - Decentralised Identity, Governance and Universal Basic Income

    BrightID - Decentralised Identity, Governance and Universal Basic Income
    With Philip Silva, founding advisor, BrightID 
    Join Piers Ridyard, in this DeFi Download episode, as he interviews Philip Silva, founding advisor of BrightID, which helps you prove your digital uniqueness. Their conversation ranges from explaining the inner workings of BrightID to delving into the feasibility of a cryptocurrency-based UBI, as well as what makes CryptoPunk NFTs so popular.
    BrightID is a social graph in which you make connections by scanning QR codes. Those connections are made cryptographically. The BrightID team has improved upon robust open-source anti-Sybil analyses algorithms of previous social graphs and integrated them into their system.
    Phillip Silva is also involved in the LAO, Flamingo DAO, and Neptune, and is a staunch supporter of universal decentralisation.
    [00:00:46] What is the currently unresolved problem in the world that BrightID is attempting to solve?
    [00:02:05] From the cypherpunk movement and beyond: How to build a system where you can rely on the attestation without seeing the original information.
    [00:04:04] BrightID’s function and the mechanics of its positive and negative points. What happens when creating a BrightID and how to create one?
    [00:06:07] How to solve the Sybil problem in a social graph system?
    [00:09:40] BrightID’s present focus and the RabbitHole example, as well as its potential, 10-to-20-year vision and a cryptocurrency-based Universal Basic Income. BrightID’s aspiration to provide anti-Sybil solutions for ventures considering UBI experiments.
    [00:14:53] Artificial intelligence, automation, and the need for Universal Basic Income: New distribution mechanisms within capitalism.
    [00:19:42] Solutions to the Sybil problem and their limitations, such as weak subjectivity: BrightID’s seed-based approach.
    [00:25:03] The importance of on-ledger identity to governance, which allows associating a key and a vote that is cryptographically verified with something that has an anti-Sybil mechanism. How BrightID views the concept of governance of decentralised autonomous organisations and how the tools at its disposal aid in the operation of such organisations.
    [00:27:08] Plutocracy within decentralised autonomous organisations and the tyranny of the wealthy: BrightID’s response to plutocracy and Gitcoin example.
    [00:31:20] Philip’s involvement with the decentralised autonomous organisations LAO, Flamingo DAO, and Neptune:
    [00:31:56] LAO (legal autonomous organisation), “the DAO wrapped in a legally compliant manner”
    [00:36:47] Flamingo DAO, NFTs, and CryptoPunk Aliens
    [00:41:08] Neptune and Yearn-like algorithmic strategies for yield

    Further resources
    Website: brightid.orgTwitter: @BrightIDProjectPhilip Silva’s Twitter: @UBIpromoterLAO Website: thelao.io 

    • 44 min
    dApp.com - building a dApp guide for the world

    dApp.com - building a dApp guide for the world

    dApp.com - building a dApp guide for the world
    With Kyle Lu, CEO & Founder, dapp.com 
    In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard discusses with Kyle Lu, CEO and founder of dApp.com, a cross-chain platform, where you can discover, analyse and use dApps built on blockchains such as Ethereum, EOS, TRON, WAX, and others.
    DApp.com is a leading data-driven marketplace for blockchain applications and services, which provides a suite of metrics, market reports and data insights into over 4000 apps from over 16 different smart-contract platforms. 
    DApp.com is at the forefront of an emerging market for blockchain applications. 
    [00:00:58] The origins of dApp.com 
    [00:02:24] What Kyle considers to be the most significant milestones of the dApp market
    [00:06:20] Differences between decentralised applications launched in 2017-2018 and those launched more recently
    [00:09:31] Kyle’s thoughts on how ledgers are currently used. Is he noticing a substantial increase in applications other than DeFi being developed on Ethereum, as well as any significant DeFi usage on other platforms that is worth discussing?
    [00:13:53] Is Kyle noticing other applications, besides DeFi, being created that may be overshadowed by DeFi’s popularity?
    [00:16:00] What piques Kyle's interest in the DeFi space currently, and what are his predictions regarding its evolution?
    [00:19:35] The structural problems of DeFi and the Radix approach to resolving them
    [00:29:12] How to get more information about dApp.com, what you can do with it, and how to learn more if you are interested in diving into the wonderful world of decentralised applications?

    Further resources
    Website: dapp.comTwitter: @dapp_comTelegram:  t.me/dapp_com

    • 32 min
    Tellor: Decentralising data oracles to increase trust.

    Tellor: Decentralising data oracles to increase trust.

    Join Piers Ridyard in this episode of the DeFi Download, where he interviews Nicholas Fett, co-founder, and CTO of Tellor.io, a decentralised Oracle Network. 
    Tellor is a decentralised Oracle Network that facilitates bringing off-chain data on-chain. It accomplishes this by rewarding competing miners with the TRB token for providing and validating data.
    Tellor allows data to be disputed for a fee, maintaining the system's integrity. The fee increases for each subsequent dispute, making malicious parties’ attempts to attack the network prohibitively expensive.

    • 40 min
    StormX - Spend Money, Earn Crypto

    StormX - Spend Money, Earn Crypto

    In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard discusses with Simon Yu about StormX and its products, Play, which allows you to earn crypto by completing microtasks and Shop, a browser extension that enables you to earn cashback from over 700 stores.

    • 36 min
    Pokt Network - Giving Blockchain Devs a Serious Helping Hand!

    Pokt Network - Giving Blockchain Devs a Serious Helping Hand!

    In this episode of the DeFi Download, Piers Ridyard interviews Michael O'Rourke, co-founder and CEO of the Pocket Network. During this interview, Michael describes how Pocket supports Blockchain developers to achieve DeFi’s Web 3.0 vision.

    • 42 min

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Only listened to two episodes thus far and it’s easily the best DeFi podcast available. Which makes it all the more baffling to see that as this sector explodes they haven’t released a new episode in months. Shame.

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