Welcome to The Solana Podcast hosted by Anatoly Yakovenko. This podcast is a discussion between industry leaders in both blockchain and technology, our team, and community developers. If you are interested in appearing on the podcast please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff "Jiho" Zirlin - Co-Founder of Axie Infinity Ep #47
Jeff "Jiho" Zirlin is the Co-Founder of Axie Infinity, an NFT-based play-to-earn online video game.
00:23 – How it started through CryptoKitties?
02:41 – What is Axie Infinity?
04:13 – Game design and constant iteration
05:52 – What is a blockchain game? A mix of social network, gaming and the start of a new economy
13:15 – Why is crypto important to Axie?
17:24 – Building and relying on your community
20:47 – Is the future of gaming the metaverse and user-owned assets?
22:22 – The feasibility of crossover between games with NFT ownership
27:35 – Where are Axies user from and what kind of players are they?
30:45 – What's Axie's endgame?
37:16 – Thoughts on competitors
41:18 – Generative art and creating an Axie
Yutaro Mori & Grace Kwan - Co-Founders of Orca Ep #46
Yutaro Mori & Grace Kwan are the Co-Founders of Orca, a user-friendly cryptocurrency exchange built on Solana.
01:15 – About Orca and its vision
09:48 – What’s the future of DeFi?
20:48 – A little bit about Orca’s roadmap
25:50 – What does Orca’s team look like?
32:11 – The internet hasn’t changed much, people grew into it. How will crypto grow more present in our life?
36:22 – Solana and zero knowledge proof
40:02 – Orca’s next features planned for Q2 and Q3
43:46 – How does Orca plan on growing their worldwide community?
George Harrap - Co-founder of Step Finance Ep #45
George Harrap is the co-founder of Step Finance, a platform for Solana DeFi users to track their portfolio performance. Before Step, George was the CEO of Bitspark.
00:29 About George Harrap and mining
05:03 From Bitcoin to DeFi, how can crypto solve currency issues in the world
18:27 STEP Finance’s vision for the next five years
21:20 Censorship resistance and layer 1s
27:11 Hackathon: what would you like to see created?
30:30 Thoughts on Rust and why it was the better choice for Solana
38:08 Why you can’t innovate in the traditional financial system
Kevin Rose - Partner at True Ventures Ep #44
Kevin Rose is a partner at True and a serial entrepreneur best known for founding Digg and Revision3. Most recently, he founded Oak, a guided meditation app, and Zero, an app for tracking intermittent fasting.
00:08 – Introduction of Kevin Rose, Modern Finance and the story of Reddit vs. DIGG
06:04 – From DOS to Windows, where are we in the evolution of crypto
07:50 – Crypto is here to stay. Could we see countries getting into it in the future?
14:47 – The NFT craze
19:58 – NFT: dynamic art and encrypting mystery over time
23:08 – Blockchain is persistent and permanent; how will this impact NFTs in art and games?
32:49 – From investing into educating people on crypto
39:35 – Discussing the repercussion of Christie’s endorsement of NFTs
43:22 – Kevin Rose’s investing philosophy
49:34 – Kevin’s advice: test features
Jason Choi - General Partner at Spartan Capital Ep #43
Jason Choi is a General Partner at Spartan Capital, one of Asia’s first crypto funds. As Spartan Capital’s first employee, Jason helped scale the fund from $9M to $200M within 3 years, and supported the launch of Spartan’s $50M DeFi-only venture fund to back world-class teams shaping the future of finance.
00:23 – Getting into crypto and about Spartan Capital
04:33 – How does Spartan Capital invests?
11:47 – Next wave: building for current users vs future adopters?
19:47 – DeFi and the yield farming phenomenon
30:36 – From CeFi to DeFi for the mainstream adopters
43:33 – The NFT craze and where it could lead us
51:37 – Thoughts on the next wave? DAOs? Social Networking?
Dan Gunsberg - Co-Founder of Hxro Ep #41
We are excited to have Dan Gunsberg, Co-Founder of Hxro, sitting down with us for Episode 41. During this discussion, Dan talks about his history in traditional finance, how this experience guided him to building out Hxro, the importance of community, and the powerful disruptions he believes are going to happen over the next few years.
00:25 – Dan’s crypto story and what’s Hxro?
05:38 – Centralized crypto exchanges vs legacy exchanges
15:07 – Community capitalism
24:11 – Community building around projects
35:23 – Closing thoughts and what’s next for Hxro