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Empire features interviews with top crypto founders to get the real stories that aren’t shared elsewhere. Empire is your look behind the curtain of the crypto industry.
We release two episodes per week: guest interviews on Monday and a weekly roundup on Friday.

Empire Blockworks

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Empire features interviews with top crypto founders to get the real stories that aren’t shared elsewhere. Empire is your look behind the curtain of the crypto industry.
We release two episodes per week: guest interviews on Monday and a weekly roundup on Friday.

    The Bitcoin ETF Impact, We Are So ₿ack | 1000x

    The Bitcoin ETF Impact, We Are So ₿ack | 1000x

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    We're are so ₿ack! On today's episode of 1000x, Jonah and Avi discuss recent market price action as Bitcoin rips above $60,000 & ETF flows continue.
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    Bitcoin ETF Flow: https://farside.co.uk/?p=997
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on 1000x is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Avi, Jonah and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 54 min
    Why Monad is Superscaling the EVM with Parallel Execution | Keone Hon & Jon Charbonneau

    Why Monad is Superscaling the EVM with Parallel Execution | Keone Hon & Jon Charbonneau

    On today's episode Santi and Jason are joined by Keone Hon, co-founder of Monad, and Jon Charbonneau co-founder of dba, to discuss building performant blockchains and the tradeoffs between modular versus integrated architectures. They cover Monad's design decisions including choosing the EVM for developer portability, implementing optimistic parallel execution for efficiency, and developing the MonadDB state database for fast data access. They also unpack the hardware requirements for validators, alt L1 ecosystem competition, and how to build lasting communities around protocols. Stay tuned for all this and much more!

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    Arbitrum is a game-changer for daily Ethereum's users and developers, offering top applications and lower fees. As the leading scaling solution with 600+ apps, explore Arbitrum’s Portal to find your perfect fit. Interact with the home of DeFi, a flourishing NFT and creator ecosystem, and a rapidly growing Web3 gaming hub – Arbitrum has it all. 

    Get started at:
    portal.arbitrum.io 
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    Harpie is the most advanced on-chain security solution for monitoring and protecting your crypto wallet from theft in real time. Harpie detects, blocks, and recovers compromised assets from malicious transactions before they execute, and is the only security tool to also protect users from off-chain signature attacks like the recent Ledger Connect Kit exploit.

    Secure your wallet for free at harpie.io.
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    Join us at DAS (Digital Asset Summit) in London this March! DAS is the #1 institutional conference in crypto, hosted by Blockworks.

    Use the link below to learn more, and use EMPIRE10 to get 10% off your ticket! Sign up now because the price goes up every month. See you there!

    Learn more + get your ticket here: https://blockworks.co/event/digital-asset-summit-2024-london/home
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Why Build Monad?
    (06:58) Why the EVM
    (13:17) L2 vs L1 App Chain Decision
    (15:21) Parallelized Systems & Scalability
    (32:40) Monad Transaction Overview
    (41:11) Arbitrum Ad
    (41:59) Harpie Ad
    (43:14) Validator Hardware Requirements
    (56:27) Monad Vision & Competitive Position
    (01:01:14) Attracting Users and Developer
    (01:07:00) What Actually Goes Onchain?
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ethena: Crypto's Next Bank Run or a Tokenized Hedge Fund? | Roundup

    Ethena: Crypto's Next Bank Run or a Tokenized Hedge Fund? | Roundup

    In this week's roundup Jason and Santi are joined by Blockworks research analyst Matt Fiebach to unpack USDe, crypto's latest high yield synthetic dollar. They dig into Ethena lab's latest token aiming to offer high yields from basis trading strategies. The conversation then delves into the implications of Gauntlet's departure from Aave, highlighting the challenges of DAO governance and the dynamics of service providers. The discussion closes out on the return of NFTs and if apps will outperforn base layer tokens in bullish ecosystems. Stay tuned for all this and more!
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    Wormhole is a decentralized interoperability platform powering multi-chain applications and bridges. It provides developers with access to liquidity and users on over 30 leading blockchain networks, enabling use cases in DeFi, data queries, and governance. The platform is trusted by teams like Uniswap and Circle and, to date, the platform has facilitated the transfer of over 35 billion dollars through over 850 million cross-chain messages.

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    Send your crypto to your PayPal account, swap it for PYUSD, and use it to checkout at millions of stores.

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    Join us at DAS (Digital Asset Summit) in London this March! DAS is the #1 institutional conference in crypto, hosted by Blockworks.

    Use the link below to learn more, and use EMPIRE10 to get 10% off your ticket! Sign up now because the price goes up every month. See you there!

    Learn more + get your ticket here: https://blockworks.co/event/digital-asset-summit-2024-london/home
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction
    (05:52) Ethena USDe Product Controversy
    (16:54) Biggest Risk of USDe
    (26:19) USDe Usecase
    (29:02) Seeking High Yields
    (35:26) Gauntlet Leaves Aave
    (48:58) Wormhole Ad
    (50:24) Paypal Ad
    (51:22) What are you bullish on?
    (57:33) Are NFTs Investments?
    (01:05:57) Infrastructure vs App Tokens
    (01:10:57) Yuga Labs Acquires Moonbirds
    (01:14:31) Crypto Companies Understanding Users
    (01:21:46) Dopamine Economy
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Bitcoin Mining in 2024 | Fred Thiel, CEO at Marathon

    Bitcoin Mining in 2024 | Fred Thiel, CEO at Marathon

    On today's episode Jason is joined by Fred Thiel, Chairman and CEO at Marathon Digital Holdings. Together they explore the world of Bitcoin mining, They dig into the current state of Bitcoin mining, including the competitive landscape, access to capital and equipment, and energy costs. They discuss how miners provide grid stabilization services to utilities by controlling electricity demand and the dynamics around Bitcoin's 4-year cycles, and how the industry will likely consolidate given tightening profit margins. Hear all of this and much more!

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    Arbitrum is a game-changer for daily Ethereum's users and developers, offering top applications and lower fees. As the leading scaling solution with 600+ apps, explore Arbitrum’s Portal to find your perfect fit. Interact with the home of DeFi, a flourishing NFT and creator ecosystem, and a rapidly growing Web3 gaming hub – Arbitrum has it all. 

    Get started at:
    portal.arbitrum.io 
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    Harpie is the most advanced on-chain security solution for monitoring and protecting your crypto wallet from theft in real time. Harpie detects, blocks, and recovers compromised assets from malicious transactions before they execute, and is the only security tool to also protect users from off-chain signature attacks like the recent Ledger Connect Kit exploit.

    Secure your wallet for free at harpie.io.
    - -
    Join us at DAS (Digital Asset Summit) in London this March! DAS is the #1 institutional conference in crypto, hosted by Blockworks.

    Use the link below to learn more, and use EMPIRE10 to get 10% off your ticket! Sign up now because the price goes up every month. See you there!

    institutional conference in crypto, hosted by Blockworks.

    Use the link below to learn more, and use EMPIRE10 to get 10% off your ticket! Sign up now because the price goes up every month. See you there!

    Learn more + get your ticket here: https://blockworks.co/event/digital-asset-summit-2024-london/home
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    Timestamps:
    (00:00) State of Bitcoin Mining
    (16:00) The Business of Mining
    (25:24) Geopolitical and Macro Risks on Power Rates
    (27:42) Importance of Self Power Generation
    (33:18) Arbitrum Ad
    (34:05) Harpie Ad
    (35:20) How do you Navigate the Complexities of Utilities
    (41:19) Corporations Acquiring Bitcoin
    (47:38) State of Bitcoin Hashrate
    (51:49) Prevalance of Leverage in Mining
    (59:02) Growth of Bitcoin Mining
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Policy Series: How to Combat Illicit Finance Without Killing DeFi | Rebecca Rettig & Miller Whitehouse-Levine

    Policy Series: How to Combat Illicit Finance Without Killing DeFi | Rebecca Rettig & Miller Whitehouse-Levine

    In today's episode, Santi is joined by Rebecca Rettig and Miller Whitehouse to update us on the latest policy concerns impacting crypto. They cover the origins of the DeFi Education Fund and the realities of educating regulators on the novelty of DeFi. They then shift gears and discuss onchain illicit activity that exists, how to find a compromise between permissionless systems and state control, the role stablecoins like USDC play, and reactions to the SEC’s proposed dealer rule that threatens DeFi participation. Rebecca breaks down her recently published paper “Genuine DeFi as Critical Infrastructure” offering a conceptual framework for regulation that leverages DeFi’s transparency while allowing permissionless systems to thrive. Stay tuned for all of this and much more!
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    Timestamps
    (0:00) Origin of DeFi Education Fund
    (6:10) DeFi Regulatory Framework Paper
    (12:35) Educating Regulators
    (17:45) Onchain Illicit Activity 
    (28:59) Chainalysis Ad
    (30:04) Compromise for States
    (41:52) How Important is US Policy
    (51:17) Role of Coinbase & Circle
    (1:00:42) SEC Proposed Rule
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    Resources
    Paper
    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4607332

    DeFi Education Fund
    https://www.defieducationfund.org/
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Revisiting ICO's and Unpacking Why Restaking isn't Leverage | Roundup

    Revisiting ICO's and Unpacking Why Restaking isn't Leverage | Roundup

    In this week's roundup Jason and Santi discuss the recent bitcoin price surge, the importance of bitcoin ETF inflows compared to gold, and whether we are entering the next phase of a bull market. They also discuss the Starkware airdrop controversy, dive into how crypto fundraising works today compared to the ICO era, debate whether if they should make a return. Shifting gears they discuss whether if restaking constitutes leverage and Santi shares his thoughts on Farcaster after a week of casting. Stay tuned for all of this and much more!
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    Wormhole is a decentralized interoperability platform powering multi-chain applications and bridges. It provides developers with access to liquidity and users on over 30 leading blockchain networks, enabling use cases in DeFi, data queries, and governance. The platform is trusted by teams like Uniswap and Circle and, to date, the platform has facilitated the transfer of over 35 billion dollars through over 850 million cross-chain messages.

    Claim your unique Wormhole NFT at
    https://wormhole.com/empire5-3349
    - -
    Send your crypto to your PayPal account, swap it for PYUSD, and use it to checkout at millions of stores.

    Pay how you want by getting started at:
    https://blckwrks.co/PYUSD
    - -
    Join us at DAS (Digital Asset Summit) in London this March! DAS is the #1 institutional conference in crypto, hosted by Blockworks.

    Use the link below to learn more, and use EMPIRE10 to get 10% off your ticket! Sign up now because the price goes up every month. See you there!

    Learn more + get your ticket here: https://blockworks.co/event/digital-asset-summit-2024-london/home
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    Timestamps:
    (0:00) Top News this Week
    (4:10) Market Thoughts
    (10:00) Importance of ETF Inflows
    (21:12) Starkware Airdrop Controversy
    (27:06) The ICO Era & Current Venture
    (42:25) Wormhole Ad
    (43:51) Paypal ad
    (44:50) Is Restaking Leverage?
    (55:00) Thoughts on Farcaster
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    Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

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Accessible, clear fun

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