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Exploring the big ideas in crypto from first principles. Hosted by Su Zhu, the CEO and founder of Three Arrows Capital, one of the leading trading firms in crypto, and Hasu, a crypto researcher and writer.

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Exploring the big ideas in crypto from first principles. Hosted by Su Zhu, the CEO and founder of Three Arrows Capital, one of the leading trading firms in crypto, and Hasu, a crypto researcher and writer.

    The Merge (Part 2) - with Stephane Gosselin, Danny Ryan, Tim Beiko, and Hasu

    The Merge (Part 2) - with Stephane Gosselin, Danny Ryan, Tim Beiko, and Hasu

    Listen to conversations between two veterans of the crypto industry: Su Zhu, CEO and CIO of Three Arrows Capital, and Hasu, Strategy lead at Flashbots. Exploring the big ideas in crypto from first principles.

    In this episode, Hasu continues the conversation with Danny Ryan and Tim Beiko, two researchers from the Ethereum Foundation. The three are joined by Stephane Gosselin, co-founder of Flashbots, who makes his podcast debut and stands in as Hasu's co-host. 

    Together, they discuss:


    MEV before and after the Merge
    mev-boost and proposer-builder-separation (PBS)
    The rise of liquid staking pools
    Whether Lido should cap its own growth
    How the Ethereum Foundation sees its role in interacting with very "protocol-adjacent" projects like Flashbots + Lido

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    • 1 hr 26 min
    The Merge (Part 1) - with Danny Ryan, Tim Beiko, and Hasu

    The Merge (Part 1) - with Danny Ryan, Tim Beiko, and Hasu

    Listen to conversations between two veterans of the crypto industry: Su Zhu, CEO and CIO of Three Arrows Capital, and Hasu, Strategy lead at Flashbots. Exploring the big ideas in crypto from first principles.

    In this episode, Hasu sits down with two Ethereum Foundation researchers, Danny Ryan and Tim Beiko, to explore Ethereum's upcoming transition to PoS. Topics discussed include:


    Why do blockchains need consensus?
    How does PoW consensus work today, and how will it change after PoS?
    What happens between the last block of PoW and the first block of PoS?
    The role of client modularity and diversity
    How to test for such an important upgrade

    00:00 Intro and guests 03:02 Proof of Stake since 2017  08:18 PoS - Idea to production  12:24 Why do Blockchains need consensus? PoW & PoS Basics  22:21 Why switch to PoS?  37:03 The Merge - How does it happen?  45:14 The Merge - Unbundling of the Consensus & Execution layer  1:01:45 How do you test for such an important upgrade?  1:09:55 End

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Sovereign Individual - with Su Zhu and Hasu

    The Sovereign Individual - with Su Zhu and Hasu

    Listen to conversations between two veterans of the crypto industry: Su Zhu, CEO and CIO of Three Arrows Capital, and Hasu, Strategy lead at Flashbots. Exploring the big ideas in crypto from first principles.

    In this episode:


    The state of our macroeconomy 
    Destruction of the nation-state 
    The rise of the Sovereign Individual 
    How crypto fits into all of this


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    • 58 min
    Hasu gets STARK-pilled - with Eli Ben-Sasson (StarkWare)

    Hasu gets STARK-pilled - with Eli Ben-Sasson (StarkWare)

    In this episode, I had the opportunity to sit down with Eli Ben-Sasson of Starkware. If you listened to my last episode with Su where we talked about the scaling approaches of different L1s blockchains compared to Ethereum, I argued that L1 blockchains do not scale and that the only way to create true scalability is to perform all of the computation off-chain and only post the results of that computation on-chain. STARKs are a technology that allows huge amounts of computation to be compressed into succinct proofs that anyone can easily verify.

    Our goal for this episode was to create the most approachable and comprehensive audio resource on how STARKs work and how they will scale blockchains in the future. We start by explaining inclusive accountability and the true meaning of scalability. Then we dive into STARKs, how proof systems work in general, and where they fit into the context of unbundling blockchains. Next, we use DYDX as a comprehensive case study to learn about the StarkEx system, before diving into StarkNet and its tradeoffs to StarkEx. Finally, we talk about StarkWare’s programming language Cairo and how the different costs of proving, verifying, and storage are going to scale into the future. If you’re a developer, you should also gain a very good idea of the tradeoffs between building on a regular L1 blockchain, the general-purpose StarkNet blockchain, and a StarkEx application-specific chain.

    Enjoy!

    Timestamps:

    00:00 Intro
    2:03 Eli’s backstory
    5:27 What is computational integrity?
    14:22 What are STARKs and how do they work?
    29:03 How can validity proofs scale blockchains?
    34:13 Looking at DYDX + StarkEx as a case study
    56:20 What are the differences between StarkNet and StarkEx?
    1:02:46 Cairo
    1:13:52 What are the different costs for the end-user?

    Listen to conversations between Su Zhu, the CEO and CIO of Three Arrows Capital, and Hasu, an experienced crypto researcher and writer. Together with occasional guests, we explore the transformative nature of trust-minimized currency and financial services.

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    Learn about StarkNet: https://starknet.io/
    Learn about Cairo programming language: https://www.cairo-lang.org/
    Learn about ZK-STARK math: https://starkware.co/stark/
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    Ethereum vs. Alt L1s - with Su Zhu and Hasu

    Ethereum vs. Alt L1s - with Su Zhu and Hasu

    In this episode


    What the “Crypto Villain of the Year” thinks about his image
    The arguments for Ethereum’s scaling roadmap
    The arguments for Alt L1s to out-scale Ethereum
    What parallels to BTC maximalism Su sees in the ETH community

    Listen to conversations between Su Zhu, the CEO and CIO of Three Arrows Capital, and Hasu, an experienced crypto researcher and writer. Together with occasional guests, we explore the transformative nature of trust-minimized currency and financial services.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    How to value Cryptoassets? - With Su Zhu and Hasu

    How to value Cryptoassets? - With Su Zhu and Hasu

    With BTC and ETH making new ATHs, new and old investors are asking themselves the same question: How do you value cryptoassets?

    Listen to conversations between Su Zhu, the CEO and CIO of Three Arrows Capital, and Hasu, an experienced crypto researcher and writer. Together with occasional guests, we explore the transformative nature of trust-minimized currency and financial services.

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