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The internet of money is being built with blockchain technology and without banks. We call it DeFi, short for Decentralized Finance, and this is where you can hear the builders and users of this cutting edge world tell their stories first hand. Hosted by Camila Russo.

The Defiant - DeFi Podcast Camila Russo

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    • 4.3 • 63 Ratings

The internet of money is being built with blockchain technology and without banks. We call it DeFi, short for Decentralized Finance, and this is where you can hear the builders and users of this cutting edge world tell their stories first hand. Hosted by Camila Russo.

    Tekin Salimi on Managing $125M Through A DAO

    Tekin Salimi on Managing $125M Through A DAO

    This week on The Defiant Podcast, we speak with Tekin Salimi, the founder of dao5, a Web 3 investment fund founded last year. Tekin was previously at Polychain Capital. 

    Dao5 is an experimental cryptocurrency investment fund with plans to convert into a decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO. 

    We dive into the biggest DAO drama from the last year, why Tekin is so bullish and excited about DAOs. 

    We also discuss Tekin's investment thesis while he was at Polychain, his switch to focus mostly on the Ethereum ecosystem at dao5, Web 3 infrastructure, NFTs, regulations, his thoughts on FTX, and so much more.

    Thanking our podcast sponsors:


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    • 58 min
    An Inside look into Solana After FTX's Collapse

    An Inside look into Solana After FTX's Collapse

    This week on The Defiant Podcast, we speak with Tal Tchwella, Product Manager of Products Engineering at Solana Labs.

    In our conversation, we dive deep into Tal's work on crypto inside Facebook (Meta), his transition to Solana, the resurgence of NFTs on the network, and all the hype with the $BONK meme coin.

    We also discuss what it’s like working full-time in Web3, the Solana Phone, as well as the future of Solana after the collapse of FTX.

    Thanking our podcast sponsors:


    This episode is brought to you by the Glo dollar, a new stablecoin that reduces extreme poverty as its market cap goes up. With Glo, you can lift people out of poverty just by holding a stablecoin. To join the waitlist, visit https://www.glodollar.org/defiant
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    • 42 min
    Yorke Rhodes Explains How Microsoft Is Leveraging Blockchain

    Yorke Rhodes Explains How Microsoft Is Leveraging Blockchain

    Microsoft is a Web2 giant producing software, consumer electronics, personal computers, and related services.

    Yorke shares his experience working at Microsoft in a strategy and transformation role in blockchain and Web3 technology, specifically focusing on producing a blockchain-based full-stack application within one of the largest supply chains in the world.

    We dive into what Microsoft is doing within the blockchain space, how Microsoft is using NFTs internally, and the use-cases of Ethereum and IPFS inside the company.

    We also talk about the different CEOs that have led Microsoft over the years and even get into the rumors of Google choosing their slogan "Don’t Be Evil" because of Microsoft.

    Thanking our podcast sponsors:


    This episode is brought to you by the Glo dollar, a new stablecoin that reduces extreme poverty as its market cap goes up. With Glo, you can lift people out of poverty just by holding a stablecoin. To join the waitlist, visit https://www.glodollar.org/defiant
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Weekly Recap: SBF Walks Free On $250M Bond

    Weekly Recap: SBF Walks Free On $250M Bond

    Dear Defiers,

    In addition to our weekly podcast series, we are happy to now bring our Weekly Recap show to all podcast platforms. Weekly Recap is a show where we discuss the hottest news of the week together with The Defiant writers and share further insights from our reports. It goes live on our YouTube channel every Friday.

    In this week's recap, we discussed SBF getting bailed out of jail, stablecoin adoption, Visa's plans for non-custodial auto-payments, and more.

    Hope you enjoy it! Also, a quick side note, make sure to check out our YouTube channel to keep up with our regular uploads on DeFi news, market updates, monthly investigations and more to come soon.

    • 57 min
    Notorious Threadooor Adam Cochran Explains Crypto Shopping and Shorting List

    Notorious Threadooor Adam Cochran Explains Crypto Shopping and Shorting List

    This week on The Defiant Podcast, we speak with Adam Cochran, an investor at Cinneamhain Ventures, who's probably most known for his extensive Twitter threads.

    We kick off our conversation by asking Adam if he expected to turn into a meme in the crypto community for his long-winded tweets.

    The primary driver behind crypto this year has been traditional macro markets. Crypto markets have been at the mercy of inflation and rising interest rates and the FED recently raised interest rates by half a point. Adam talks about where he thinks rates and inflation are headed and how will that impact crypto.

    The coins mentioned on Adam’s shopping list from December 2021 have approximately lost 80% of their value this year. For comparison, Bitcoin has dropped 60%. We talk about the thesis behind the list and whether he’s changing it for next year.  Adam says that he adjusted to the market conditions and had been shorting throughout the year, compensating for some of his long positions.

    Finally, Adam shares some trade ideas for 2023.

    Thanking our podcast sponsors:


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    This episode is brought to you by the Glo dollar, a new stablecoin that reduces extreme poverty as its market cap goes up. With Glo, you can lift people out of poverty just by holding a stablecoin. To join the waitlist, visit https://www.glodollar.org/defiant

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Weekly Recap: SBF Arrested; CZ Under Investigation

    Weekly Recap: SBF Arrested; CZ Under Investigation

    Dear Defiers,

    In addition to our weekly podcast series, we are happy to now bring our Weekly Recap show to all podcast platforms. Weekly Recap is a show where we discuss the hottest news of the week together with The Defiant writers and share further insights from our reports. It goes live on our YouTube channel every Friday.

    In this week's recap, we discussed SBF getting arrested, the Binance investigation, Trump NFTs and more.

    Hope you enjoy it! Also, a quick side note, make sure to check out our YouTube channel to keep up with our regular uploads on DeFi news, market updates, monthly investigations and more to come soon.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Nic biz ,

Great content but weak audio quality

Love the show but would really really love to see more care and concern for the sound quality of the host.
The youtube channel is over the top quality so the podcast audio quality was a surprise for me.

ASobering ,

Such a wealth of knowledge! 🧠

It’s obvious Camila puts extraordinary effort into every single episode. But what makes this show a true standout is the quality of the guests, the stories they tell, and tactics they bring to the table. Don't miss it!

alex x 22 ,

CRINGE Personified

This show was on a recommended list from someone who’s opinions in the space I take very seriously, so the shocking weakness of this pod was very surprising. She sounds like an uninformed, insecure 20 year old intern thrown into an interview seat with no idea how to conduct an interview (or even have a normal-ish adult conversation) or basic level of understanding of the topics, people, or businesses at hand. Almost a surreally bad podcast, which came as both a massive surprise and disappointment.

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