150 episodes

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 David Nage | BlockWorks Group

    • Technology
    • 4.9, 24 Ratings

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 152: Dave Hendricks, CEO of Vertalo on the state of tokenizing the world & the future of Digital Assets

    Base Layer Episode 152: Dave Hendricks, CEO of Vertalo on the state of tokenizing the world & the future of Digital Assets

    Dave Hendricks, the CEO of Vertalo stops by Base Layer to discuss the work they are doing to better optimize cap tables, help tokenize assets such as real estate and give us a overview of the state of the state of "tokenizing the world" - there's a tremendous amount of infrastructure needed to get that done and Dave gives a thorough overview of where we are in this.

    • 36 min
    Base Layer Episode 151: Mati Greenspan from Quantum Economics discusses USD as reserve currency, CBCD's, Bitcoin and COVID

    Base Layer Episode 151: Mati Greenspan from Quantum Economics discusses USD as reserve currency, CBCD's, Bitcoin and COVID

    Mati, formerly the Senior Market Analyst at eToro joins me on Base Layer to talk about a multitude of issues in the global markets right now. First, based on some questions from Institutional Investors we discussed USD as reserve currency and if there any issues with that with that in the future. We also discuss role of CBCD's right now like China's DCEP; do they infringe on Bitcoin and other Digital Assets or do they promote their use? We rounded it out with thoughts on how COVID is affecting the market/s around the world. Unreal thoughts from Mati...not to be missed!

    • 28 min
    Base Layer Episode 150: Raghu Yarlagadda, CEO & Co-Founder at FalconX discusses "State of the Union" in Institutional Digital Asset trading

    Base Layer Episode 150: Raghu Yarlagadda, CEO & Co-Founder at FalconX discusses "State of the Union" in Institutional Digital Asset trading

    Raghu joins me on Base Layer and it's a fantastic overview of the infrastructure of the capital markets in Digital Assets. Raghu tells a story of his beginnings which include being brought in by Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet to help with Chrome OS and more. He then found his way into Digital Assets and experienced the pitfalls of Digital Asset market fragmentation firsthand while trading his own strategies. His new team identified market structure issues including complex inventory management, price discovery, and unreliable market data. You learn how they are doing what they are doing, the different aspects like Prime Brokerage, Lending and the maturation of Digital Asset capital markets. So much to learn here!

    • 28 min
    Base Layer Episode 149: Alex Wilson from the Giving Block on raising millions for non-profits with Bitcoin

    Base Layer Episode 149: Alex Wilson from the Giving Block on raising millions for non-profits with Bitcoin

    Alex, the Co-Founder of The Giving Block joins me for a special Base Layer. The Giving Block was founded in 2018 after seeing hundreds of millions of dollars in Bitcoin being donated to the few nonprofits that were equipped to accept those donations. Early investors in Digital Assets have done very well for themselves, but a question loomed: how could they donate digital assets to help those in need? Because the IRS treats cryptocurrency as property, these investors had a huge tax incentive to donate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies directly to nonprofits, but were nonprofits ready, willing and able to take those donations? A great conversation about the complexity and size of charitable donations of Digital Assets with Alex.

    • 22 min
    Base Layer Episode 148: Muneeb Ali from Blockstack and Steve Kokinos from Algorand join to discuss their joint project "Clarity"

    Base Layer Episode 148: Muneeb Ali from Blockstack and Steve Kokinos from Algorand join to discuss their joint project "Clarity"

    Muneeb and Steve join me back on Base Layer to talk about a big joint venture. Blockstack and Algorand, have jointly announced an independent open-source project to support a first-of-its-kind smart contract language, Clarity. Recognizing the need for smart contract languages that are more safe, secure, and predictable in order to mature the industry beyond its current state, teams run by Blockstack Founder Dr. Muneeb Ali, a Princeton Ph.D in computer science, and Algorand Founder Dr. Silvio Micali, a computer science professor at MIT, will collaborate on Clarity design and development. We talk about the why, what and how and dig deeper into how Clarity uses a "decidable" language, meaning, according to the team, developers can know, with mathematical certainty, what a program will and will not do ahead of time. This shift addresses a key obstacle currently preventing large-scale, serious use in their opinion.

    • 37 min
    Base Layer Episode 147: Josh Wolfe (Lux Capital) on learning from history, Robotics/AR post COVID, Digital Assets & more

    Base Layer Episode 147: Josh Wolfe (Lux Capital) on learning from history, Robotics/AR post COVID, Digital Assets & more

    Josh Wolfe, co-founder Lux Capital which is one of the most inspiring venture capitalists firms supporting scientists and entrepreneurs who "pursue counter-conventional solutions to the most vexing puzzles of our time" came on my show and it was an absolute honor! Josh and I have a similar upbringing which drives us in different ways and having him talk about his drive & inspiration was amazing. We talk about all the work being done at Lux to make this world a better place for our kids and their future kids. One for the ages!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Cody B 123 ,

Keep up the great work!

Love the quality people you get on the podcast.

katyakov ,

Good podcast on crypto

Nice conversations on blockchain and crypto, not a 101 level and not too technical at the same time.

The quality of recording is not always great though, specifically on the guests’ side

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