9 episodes

The Ethereal Podcast is brought to you by the team behind the Ethereal Summit, a global series of conferences focused on connecting leading developers, companies, and influencers shaping the future of blockchain and Ethereum. In the podcast, we interview the movers and shakers featured on the Ethereal stage. We discuss what they're building and scaling on Ethereum, why it matters, and insights on how you and others can benefit from the technological revolution behind it all. The Ethereal Podcast is hosted by our Ethereal core teammate DeFi Dad, a super-user of all apps, products, and services built on Ethereum.

Learn more about the upcoming Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020 at etherealsummit.com.
You can get updates from the Ethereal Summit team at twitter.com/etherealsummit.
You can follow our host DeFi Dad at twitter.com/defi_dad.

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The Ethereal Podcast is brought to you by the team behind the Ethereal Summit, a global series of conferences focused on connecting leading developers, companies, and influencers shaping the future of blockchain and Ethereum. In the podcast, we interview the movers and shakers featured on the Ethereal stage. We discuss what they're building and scaling on Ethereum, why it matters, and insights on how you and others can benefit from the technological revolution behind it all. The Ethereal Podcast is hosted by our Ethereal core teammate DeFi Dad, a super-user of all apps, products, and services built on Ethereum.

Learn more about the upcoming Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020 at etherealsummit.com.
You can get updates from the Ethereal Summit team at twitter.com/etherealsummit.
You can follow our host DeFi Dad at twitter.com/defi_dad.

    Episode 9 - Building Unstoppable Atomic Swaps for Bitcoin and Ethereum with Simon Lapscher

    Episode 9 - Building Unstoppable Atomic Swaps for Bitcoin and Ethereum with Simon Lapscher

    In Episode 9 of the Ethereal Podcast, DeFi Dad interviews the CoFounder of Liquality, Simon Lapscher.

    The Liquality team built a protocol for enabling trustless cross-chain swaps between Bitcoin and Ethereum. You can use Liquality's swap at https://liquality.io/swap/ to trade BTC for ETH, DAI, USDC or go the other direction to trade back to BTC. Liquality also recently released Liquality Wallet which includes this swap feature, but as in a browser extension wallet, similar to MetaMask but capable of holding BTC as well as your Ethereum assets.

    In this episode, we kick off with why life experiences fueled cofounders from Venezuela, Iran, and South Africa to come together and focus on building trustless, "disintermediated" p2p finance tools with Bitcoin and Ethereum to be impenetrable to corrupt, authoritarian governments. Simon helps paint a clearer picture of why DeFi and all future applications built on Ethereum need to have the right foundation to be censorship resistant, so no one can ever shut it down. He also discusses how Bitcoin and Ethereum have been successful to date in scaling such decentralized blockchains.

    We also dive into what it's been like to work across the top 2 crypto protocols the last few years, how they differ, and how Liquality is working harder than ever to capitalize on this 2020 momentum to revolutionize the world with interoperable p2p finance.

    To learn more about Liquality, visit liquality.io and their swap for BTC ETH/USDC/DAI at liquality.io/swap. You can follow @liquality_io on Twitter for updates.

    Ask questions in the Liquality Telegram channel at https://t.me/liquality.

    Follow Simon Lapscher on Twitter at @simonlapscher.

    *Watch a tutorial of the Liquality Swap on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8zcvEy2Ccw&feature=youtu.be
    *Read Liquality Blog: https://liquality.io/blog/
    *See Simon's CoFounder Alex G on a panel at The Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020: https://youtu.be/0AEERkemYn8
    *Check out DeFi Dad's quick walkthrough of the Liquality Wallet: https://youtu.be/GytOAwQTGsE

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 8 - How the First Decentralized Perpetual Swap for BTC Launched on Ethereum with Zhuoxun Yin

    Episode 8 - How the First Decentralized Perpetual Swap for BTC Launched on Ethereum with Zhuoxun Yin

    In Episode 8 of the Ethereal Podcast, DeFi Dad interviews Head of Strategy and Business Operations at dYdX, Zhuoxun Yin.

    The dYdX team has been a leader in building the most dominant decentralized margin trading platform on Ethereum. In May 2020, they launched the first decentralized perpetual swap with 10X leverage for BTC-USDC on Ethereum. We discuss with Zhuoxun how dYdX has made it their mission to build more performant products to attract traders to DEXs and how they made the decision to launch, what is now the top decentralized perpetual market for BTC on Ethereum. We dig into the history of of crypto perpetual markets and what it will take to convince traders on the world's largest centralized perpetual markets like Bitmex to switch to a decentralized, self-custody trading experience with dYdX.

    To learn more about dYdX and their spot, margin, and perpetuals trading markets, visit dydx.exchange and follow the @dydxprotocol on Twitter.

    Ask questions in the dYdX Telegram channel at https://t.me/dydxofficial.

    Follow Zhuoxun Yin on Twitter at @ZhuoxunYin.

    *Read The Integral blog by the dYdX team Comparing Perpetual Markets: https://integral.dydx.exchange/comparing-perpetual-markets/
    *Read The Integral blog by the dYdX team Understanding Perpetual Marketing Funding: https://integral.dydx.exchange/understanding-perpetual-market-funding/
    *Watch dYdX's CEO Antonio Juliano speak on a DeFi panel at Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A669uiDiCE8
    *Check out DeFi Dad's review using the dYdX trading platform: https://twitter.com/DeFi_Dad/status/1262804398184566792?s=20

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 7 - The Future of Bitcoin as an Ethereum Token with Loong Wang

    Episode 7 - The Future of Bitcoin as an Ethereum Token with Loong Wang

    In Episode 7 of the Ethereal Podcast, DeFi Dad interviews Ren Protocol CoFounder and CTO, Loong Wang.

    The RenVM aims to provide access to inter-blockchain liquidity for all decentralized applications. It has gained lots of attention from the Ethereum DeFi community for enabling a trustless swap of BTC to renBTC, which is an ERC20 token you can then utilize in Ethereum applications like Uniswap, 1inch.exchange, and Curve Finance, along with the promise of future direct deposits of BTC into lending, borrowing, and trading apps like Compound, Maker, and TokenSets. As of May 28, 2020, there is just under $50M in BTC tokens on Ethereum so unlocking this frictionless migration of BTC value onto Ethereum is a big deal and should become a norm in the coming year, leading to increased liquidity in DeFi and total value deposited into Ethereum smart contracts.

    This podcast was recorded a week before the RenBridge went live on Ethereum Mainnet so there is some brief discussion about the anticipation of the Ren release, which is now available for anyone to use on Ethereum at bridge.renproject.io.

    To learn more about the RenVM, visit renproject.io and follow the @renprotocol on Twitter.
    Ask questions in the Ren Telegram channel at https://t.me/renproject.
    Follow Loong Wang on Twitter at @bzlwang.

    Watch Loong's talk from the Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020 here: https://youtu.be/gPXBiDKR2IM
    Watch DeFi Dad's video tutorial swapping BTC to mint renBTC here: https://youtu.be/kO0672RJL-Q
    Watch a more detailed DeFi Dad tutorial on how to swap BTC to renBTC to WBTC to open a Maker loan here: https://youtu.be/XvWRDlcTipg

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 6 - New Protection for DeFi Assets Through Trustless Options Built on Ethereum with Alexis Gauba

    Episode 6 - New Protection for DeFi Assets Through Trustless Options Built on Ethereum with Alexis Gauba

    In Episode 6 of the Ethereal Podcast, DeFi Dad interviews CoFounder of Opyn, Alexis Gauba.

    Alexis and her team launched the first DeFi platform on Ethereum for buying and selling put options for DeFi assets like DAI lent on Compound as well as the first on-chain put options for ETH. It's been a huge leap forward for the Ethereum and DeFi community to be able to essentially use these on-chain put options as insurance against technical (smart contract bugs) and financial risks while also hedging against the volatility of ETH. At the time of our interview, they were only a month post-launch from ETH Denver, where coincidentally bZx suffered from a flash loan attack, helping further bring to light the need for Opyn to protect DeFi assets deposited in Ethereum smart contracts.

    Alexis and her two CoFounders all met at UC Berkeley as members of Blockchain at Berkeley, where they came up with the idea for Opyn. During the interview, she explains how anyone, regardless of having zero knowledge about options, can use this popular instrument in legacy finance, cleverly rebranded by Opyn as "protection" to prevent losses in case of smart contract failure or some unforeseen financial risk causing a DeFi apps like Compound to ever fail in the future. They also discuss an even bigger addressable market in offering trustless put options on ETH to protect against a volatile drawdown in the price, especially after we had all recently lived through a near 50% drawdown across the entire crypto market on Black Thursday, March 12, 2020.

    Alexis is the CoFounder of she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space, with nearly 1000 global members. She talked with DeFi Dad about being a female founder in the crypto space and how she's trying to encourage more women and more diversity to work in Ethereum and crypto in general.

    You can see Alexis speak at the Ethereal Virtual Summit on May 7-8th, 2020 by registering for free at etherealsummit.com/register.

    To learn more about Opyn, visit opyn.co and follow the @opyn_ team on Twitter.
    Ask questions in the Opyn Discord at discord.gg/2NFdXaE.
    Follow Alexis on Twitter at @AlexisGauba.

    • 48 min
    Episode 5 - Why Difficult Conversations in DeFi Now Can Make Us Stronger Later with Chris Blec

    Episode 5 - Why Difficult Conversations in DeFi Now Can Make Us Stronger Later with Chris Blec

    In Episode 5 of the Ethereal Podcast, DeFi Dad interviews Chris Blec, described as DeFi's best friend and toughest critic.

    Chris has built a reputation as a trusted DeFi (decentralized finance) educator and content creator thanks to a journeyed career as a master storyteller, leading marketing and growth teams at the UFC, TheStreet (cofounded by Jim Cramer of CNBC's Mad Money), and popular politics talkshows.

    Chris now devotes himself full time to educating others about how to use DeFi through his popular YouTube channel. You can learn boatloads as a total newbie and also dive deeper into topics as a veteran in the crypto or DeFi space. You should check out one of his most popular explainer videos, "What is DeFi?" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRizf5uH2Oo.

    At times, Chris has been a vocal critic of DeFi for the risks it faces in caving to pressures that would lead to more centralized solutions. He is a notable advocate of building decentralized solutions from the start and even started a group devoted to "building resilience through trustlessness" by monitoring DeFi protocols and products for centralization risk. You can follow @_DeFiWatch_ on Twitter and visit defiwatch.net.

    We talk about everything from how his career and passions led him work full time in Ethereum to the growth of his YouTube channel to his sometimes controversial views on the future of DeFi. Chris was one of the early voices in 2019 to push for a greater focus around ensuring DeFi be built without any sacrifice to it's decentralization strength. Many of his talking points have become common knowledge now thanks to his marketing savvy and his respected following within the Ethereum DeFi community.

    You can see Chris speak at the Ethereal Virtual Summit on May 7-8th, 2020 by visiting etherealsummit.com.

    Subscribe to "Chris Blec on DeFi" Youtube Channel here: youtube.com/channel/UCuulLHp0eyXnl9yAao_pbEA
    Follow Chris on Twitter where he shares his videos and DeFi tips: twitter.com/chrisblec

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 4 - How VeriLedger Found B2B Product-Market Fit Beyond the Crypto Hype with Megan Knab

    Episode 4 - How VeriLedger Found B2B Product-Market Fit Beyond the Crypto Hype with Megan Knab

    In Episode 4 of the Ethereal Podcast, DeFi Dad interviews the Founder/CEO of VeriLedger, Megan Knab.While Megan was working in the Swallow Cafe in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, she fell down the crypto rabbit hole after her friends mentioned "there's a cryptocurrency company working in this building," which led her to be introduced to the team at ConsenSys. She quit business school, went to her first Devcon in Shanghai, and started working full-time on an Ethereum startup. With her accounting background and expertise to know the importance of an immutable ledger, she eventually had the idea to build automated bookkeeping for Web3 businesses, now called VeriLedger.

    We talk about her journey building an accounting product, specifically for others who are building on Ethereum or using the Ethereum blockchain. She has lots of perspective on living through the hype of 2017 and coming out of it focused on establishing a lasting product. Megan is also a member of the Marketing DAO and frequently volunteers at major global Ethereum events.

    Fun Fact: During the interview, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 10%, the biggest sell-off since 1987's Black Monday, which was followed by a near 50% drawdown across crypto markets, including BTC and ETH. Also, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic. It was quite a day!

    You can learn more about VeriLedger at veriledger.io, and see Megan speak at the Ethereal Virtual Summit on May 7-8th, 2020.

    • 31 min

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