Base Layer will be providing insights from founders and investors in the base layer of cryptoassets. Simplifying complex projects and the technology being developed, from interoperability to relayers and more - who is building the future, why are they and how are they doing it.
Base Layer Episode 184: Sergey Nazarov, Co-Founder of Chainlink on the role of Smart Contracts and connecting real world data to them
Sergey, the Co-Founder of Chainlink, joins me again for a tremendous conversation about the role smart contracts are beginning to play in society, helping unbanked people become banked, helping those with identification become part of a larger technological society and much more. We also discuss the evolution of smart contracts and the need for real world data to make them work and the role Chainlink plays in that very important part of the equation.
Base Layer Episode 183: Mounir Benchemled, Founder of Paraswap on creating gateways to DeFi
Mounir joins us to discuss Paraswap, a new platform that aggregates multiple decentralized exchanges into one place so that the rates often beat the market price. We discuss the role that aggregators are beginning to play in DeFi, how the incentive models work for liquidity providers and the underlying technology that makes this work. You can find more about Paraswap here: https://paraswap.io/#/
Base Layer Episode 182: Amrit Kumar, Co-Founder of Zilliqa on creating a high throughput blockchain
Amrit joins me on Base Layer to provide insight into Zilliqa, a high-throughput public blockchain platform designed to scale to thousands of transactions per second. Zilliqa aims to drive the blockchain industry forward by developing the highest quality technology infrastructure which can create measurable and real-world impact. To that end, we have sought to establish partnerships across industry verticals that have emerged as clear beneficiaries to innovative, decentralised technologies, with participation across digital advertising, financial services, payments, gaming, as well as digital entertainment. More info here: https://www.zilliqa.com/
Base Layer Episode 181: Artur Sychov from Somnium Space going deep into the Metaverse
Artur joins me on the show from Somnium Space, an open and social virtual reality world built on the Ethereum blockchain. You can buy land, build or import objects, and instantly enjoy or monetize assets. Somnium space is a universe shaped entirely by its community of users. This world continues to fascinate me as what our potential future may be (or is becoming already) so enjoy! Check it out here: https://somniumspace.com/
Base Layer Episode 180: Devin Finzer, Co-Founder of Opensea on building the Amazon of NFT's
Devin, the co-founder of Opensea, joins me on Base Layer for a great review of how they are building what I am calling the Amazon of NFT's. OpenSea is a marketplace for digital goods, including collectibles, gaming items, digital art, and other digital assets that are backed by a blockchain like Ethereum. On OpenSea, you can buy, sell, and trade any of these items with anyone in the world. OpenSea is currently the largest general marketplace for user-owned digital goods, with the broadest set of categories (200 and growing), the most items (over 4 million), and the best prices for new categories of items. We discuss this massive growth and what the future looks like in this exciting sector of digital assets.
Base Layer Episode 179: Matthew Edwards, CEO of Dalpha Capital on the Institutionalization of Digital Assets
Matthew joins me on Base Layer for a great conversation about the furthering of the institutionalization of Digital Assets. Matthew spent a large percentage of his career at GCM Grosvenor, a global alternative asset management firm started in 2971 that currently has around $55 billion in assets. We talk about his transition to Digital Assets, especially the 'why'. You will also hear a great conversation around: Active versus Passive investing, why a FOF approach makes sense for digital assets, the differences between traditional hedge fund due diligence & the digital asset version and much more.