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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 • 67 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.

    BlackRock's BUIDL | Creating The Largest Tokenized Treasury Fund With Securitize

    BlackRock's BUIDL | Creating The Largest Tokenized Treasury Fund With Securitize

    Carlos Domingo is the founder and CEO of Securitize, a platform for issuing and trading security tokens or digital securities on the blockchain. Securitize aims to modernize the traditional financial markets by leveraging blockchain technology to provide greater accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in securities trading. Securitize recently partnered up with BlackRock to explore innovations in tokenizing assets and broadening access to the private capital markets. In today's podcast, we uncover all the details behind this collaboration and explore what the future holds for tokenized innovation.



    0:00 Intro

    1:09 BlackRock BUIDL Fund

    3:22 Onchain vs Offchain

    5:01 Institutional Investors

    5:36 Secondary Market

    7:26 Carlos Domingo & Securitize

    12:10 Future of Tokenization

    15:35 BlackRock's Impact

    22:15 Use Cases

    30:12 Investors

    33:19 Tokenized Innovation

    37:53 Real World vs Crypto Economy

    47:27 Web2 vs Web3



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    • 51 min
    Aave, Lens, and Avara: Stani Kulechov's Journey Through DeFi and Web3 Social

    Aave, Lens, and Avara: Stani Kulechov's Journey Through DeFi and Web3 Social

    Stani Kulechov is the founder of Aave, which has become the largest lending protocol in DeFi. Aave has evolved under a new umbrella called Avara, incorporating additional projects like Lens, a Web3 social media protocol, and a family and Web3 wallet. Stani has previously discussed these developments on our show in 2020 and 2022, and with each appearance, the Avara family has expanded significantly. As a prominent leader in the DeFi and Web3 space, Stani's insights are always highly anticipated. In this podcast, we start with a refreshener on Stani and his journey, then dive into the specifics of the protocols he has developed.



    0:00 Intro

    1:15 Stani Kulechov

    4:40 DeFi + Web3 Social

    8:53 Lens Protocol

    14:28 Developer Community

    17:48 Lens Applications

    19:58 Lens Stats

    25:20 Monetization in Web3 Social

    30:27 Token Integration

    34:05 Permissionless

    37:15 Farcaster

    41:10 Lens Token

    43:10 Aave

    47:10 Competition

    48:52 Lens + Aave

    50:04 Reaching Mainstream



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    • 51 min
    How Blockchains and Tokens Are Powering the Next Internet Revolution

    How Blockchains and Tokens Are Powering the Next Internet Revolution

    Hello Defiers! Today, I'm bringing you a very special episode from a session I moderated at SXSW this year. SXSW is a massive festival annually held in Austin, Texas, that merges music, film, and tech into an exciting blend of creativity and innovation, drawing artists, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts from around the globe. At SXSW, I had the opportunity of leading a session with Chris Dixon, a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, where we focused on his recent publication, "Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet." This book is an essential read for anyone looking to grasp the essence of the Web3 movement. Dixon has a way of making complex topics accessible to all. I'm excited for you to hear our conversation and dive into the insights Chris shared. Let's dive in!0:00 Intro0:50 Panel with Chris Dixon 1:50 Read, Write, Own6:55 Tokens14:33 Hyperfinancialization19:01 Main Use Cases of Crypto27:14 Plutocracy 33:42 Corporatization in Web342:20 AI Content50:05 POS Blockchain Risks54:13 CBDC's 56:08 Future Applications✨ Check out our new website ✨
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Memecoins, Web3 Social Media, and the Evolution of Token Models with Li Jin

    Memecoins, Web3 Social Media, and the Evolution of Token Models with Li Jin

    Li Jin is a prominent figure in the venture capital industry. She is the co-founder and managing partner at Variant Fund, a venture firm that invests in Web3 and the ownership economy. Before founding Variant, Li Jin worked at Andreessen Horowitz, a leading venture capital firm, where she helped to shape the firm’s views on the emerging tech landscape, including the gig and passion economies. In today's discussion, we delve into memecoins, Web3 social media, and the evolving landscape of token models, examining how these elements are shaping the future of digital economies and influencing user interaction in decentralized networks.



    0:00 Intro

    1:11 Variant Fund

    3:20 Li Jin

    4:55 Benefits of Blockchains at Consumer Level

    7:55 Web3 Social Media

    12:50 Speculative Media

    18:20 Memecoin Products

    24:24 Censorship

    25:47 Web3 GTM Strategy

    34:30 Token Models

    47:41 Governance Tokens

    52:00 Trends



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    • 55 min
    "Really Crazy Stuff Will Happen With AVSs", ether.fi Founder Mike Silagadze

    "Really Crazy Stuff Will Happen With AVSs", ether.fi Founder Mike Silagadze

    In today's podcast we host Mike Silagadze, founder of ether.fi, an Ethereum restaking protocol, and Nikhil Raghuveera, co-founder of Aethos, a decentralized policy engine being built on EigenLayer. Liquid restaking has recently emerged as a significant trend in the Ethereum ecosystem. In today's podcast, we'll delve into the use cases that restaking unlocks via Active Validating Services (AVSs) through EigenLayer, shedding light on how this innovation is shaping the ecosystem.

    0:00 Intro
    2:08 ether.fi
    7:40 Aethos
    13:15 Economic Security
    18:28 AVS Allocations
    23:20 Aethos Revenue
    30:08 Risks of AVSs
    39:40 Rehypothecation
    43:07 Depeg Risk
    54:14 ether.fi Roadmap
    57:28 Aethos Roadmap

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    • 1 hr
    Pendle Finance Deep Dive With Founder TN Lee

    Pendle Finance Deep Dive With Founder TN Lee

    TN Lee is the founder of Pendle Finance - a DeFi platform that enables users to tokenize and trade future yield on Ethereum assets. Pendle has shown remarkable expansion since the beginning of the year, elevating its TVL from $250 million to over $3 billion in just a few months. In this podcast, we explore the fundamentals of Pendle Finance, providing a comprehensive understanding of one of DeFi's most complex and innovative products. We start off with a background into Lee, then breakdown Pendle's core concepts and gradually dive deeper into Pendle's use cases, risks, and future plans.


    0:00 Intro

    0:53 TL;DR Pendle

    2:06 TN Lee

    7:30 Pendle V1

    12:13 Growth of Pendle

    22:04 Pendle Basics (PT, YT)

    30:53 Use Cases

    36:25 Pendle Users

    38:25 Risks

    48:43 Learnings From Kyber

    49:39 TradFi vs Pendle

    51:20 $PENDLE

    58:19 What's Next?


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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 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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