When it comes to blockchain, the thing people talk about most — the price — is actually the least interesting part. Crypto conversations are too often about who’s up and who’s down, what to buy and what to sell, and today’s drama on Twitter. Most conversations about crypto miss how it’s going to change ... everything.
On VALIDATED, we’ll be talking to the people who are rethinking the internet — and our world. No hype cycles. No financial advice. Just conversations on the biggest ideas shaping the future of the internet.
Web3 is complicated, but never boring.
An Open-Source Toolset for Token Infrastructure w/ Tommy Johnson
In this episode, Tommy Johnson discusses Armada, a collaborative project between PsyFi and HXRO that provides an open-source toolkit for launching tokens from inception to full decentralization. He and Austin reflect on the historical pain points of token launches, the evolution of tokenomics over the last several years, "governance-light" vs. "governance-heavy" DAO models, and more.
How Justin Bons Reconsidered His Thesis About Solana
In the early days of Solana, Justin Bons (Cyber Capital) was one of the network's biggest public critics. However, in the last several months, Justin has had a change of heart. In this episode, Justin opens up about both his disillusionment with the Ethereum L2 roadmap and why he has reconsidered his initial critiques of Solana. He also discusses the importance of approaching crypto with an interdisciplinary lens and how his philosophy background has encouraged him to stay open-minded, even if it means rethinking old beliefs.
Live from Breakpoint: Conversation w/ Rune Christensen (MakerDAO)
In this episode live from BP 2023, Austin sits down with Rune Christensen to discuss MakerDAO's Endgame plan. Rune outlines how the concept of subDAOs will fix the current problems faced by DAOs, why SVM architecture is best suited to carry out his Endgame vision, the toxicity of tribalism, and more.
Crypto's Killer App Is Already Here: Stablecoins w/ Dante Disparte (Circle)
In this episode, Austin is joined by Amira Valliani (Solana Foundation) to chat with Dante Disparte (Circle) about stablecoin adoption, regulation, and more. Dante envisions a promising future for stablecoins as he explores fundamental questions about their ultimate objectives and distinct applications in the world of payments.
The Toly Episode
In this episode, Austin has a freeform conversation with Anatoly Yakovenko about the state of Solana. Beyond the cliches of the past, present, and future of the network, Austin and Toly explore higher level ideas such as design philosophy, hardware limitations, balancing new features with network performance, AI and blockchain, and much more.
What Decentralized Credit Means for Emerging Markets w/ Thomas Bohner
Private credit in emerging markets like Latin America generally lacks modern infrastructure. According to Thomas Bohner (Credix), blockchain is the perfect technology to bring these markets into the future. With a company like Credix, investors and borrowers are able to leverage smart contracts for things like instant settlement and frictionless cross-border transactions, all while operating within legally compliant frameworks. In this episode, Austin and Thomas discuss Credix's model and the broader implications of DeFi 2.0 projects, many of which heavily rely on off-chain components.
One of my favorite blockchain podcasts
Has more depth than a lot of crypto podcasts out there. Whether you follow Solana chain or not, this is a good one to increase your industry perspective and get smarter.
Came for Solana. Stayed for Anatoly.
So awesome to get a peek inside this guy’s brain every episode. More technically and philosophically interesting than most other blockchain podcasts out there.
Good podcast but could use some work
It’s a good podcast due to the founder having access to amazing guests. But questions are often not very insightful and worse can seem uninformed.
Not quite sure how much Anatoly actually researches on his guests beforehand, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a lot.
However, it’s nice to hear the thoughts of the Solana founder through various topics, just wish it’s more polished.