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Conversations with people who have hands-on web3 building experience. They share their stories, business models, technology, community building, user acquisition strategies, and more.

If you want to start your own project or are just curious about the space, this podcast will bring you answers.

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Conversations with people who have hands-on web3 building experience. They share their stories, business models, technology, community building, user acquisition strategies, and more.

If you want to start your own project or are just curious about the space, this podcast will bring you answers.

You're also welcome to join our Discord community:
https://discord.gg/sgghjTnX5Q

    #29: Haardik, Co-Founder @ LearnWeb3 | From teaching a friend about web3 development to a developers community with over 50k students

    #29: Haardik, Co-Founder @ LearnWeb3 | From teaching a friend about web3 development to a developers community with over 50k students

    LearnWeb3 in 9 months became one of the most popular places to become a web3 developer for free. In this episode, Haardik tells me about its beginnings, crazy growth, building a 50k+ members community & more.

    Timestamps:

    1:15 How Haardik feels running a 50k+ students course & how it all started

    2:15 Does the bear market impact people’s interest in learning web3 development

    3:24 How LearnWeb3 started in December 2021 as a way to help a friend learn web3 development

    7:40 How they acquired their first users via Haardik’s Indian developer community friends & Kacie’s Twitter followers

    10:20 What’s the difference between LearnWeb3 & other coding courses

    14:59 How LearnWeb3DAO covers the whole path from beginner to finding a job as a developer

    16:30 How their “no stupid questions” attitude & leading with an example helped to build a strong community

    19:20 Activities that their community takes

    22:03 Why hackathons are harder to organize than most people think

    23:42 Why it was hard to integrate quizzes

    28:17 Why, after working out Twitter, they started to add more events & other social media platforms

    33:18 Why they wouldn’t change too much if they went back in time and started LW3 again

    34:32 The reason they haven’t become a DAO yet

    38:00 Why if Haardik had a magic wand, he would fix the web3 identity problem

    42:36 The story when Haardik interviewed 5 North Korean hackers

    51:22 Why he loves old-school projects such as Uniswap, Aave & Gitcoin

    52:46 Where you can learn more about LearnWeb3

    53:21 His guests' ideas

    • 56 min
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    Quick message to all our listeners about Gitcoin Grant

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    #28: Pedro Gomes, Co-Founder @ WalletConnect | From wallet improvement idea back in 2018 to one of the most omnipresent web3 communications protocols

    #28: Pedro Gomes, Co-Founder @ WalletConnect | From wallet improvement idea back in 2018 to one of the most omnipresent web3 communications protocols

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    WalletConnect is one of the most omnipresent protocols in the web3 space. It’s used by Uniswap, OpenSea, Instagram & 450+ other apps. Today we welcome Pedro Gomes, Co-Founder of WalletConnect, who tells us about the protocol’s history, presence, and future.



    1:27 How Pedro ended up in crypto thanks to his fintech experience

    3:47 Why MetaMask was revolutionary and how Pedro got inspired to bet on the mobile experience

    6:37 How have WalletConnect acquired its first users in 2018 & why was it both easier and harder than starting today

    8:25 Why making WalletConnect a neutral brand was so important

    9:59 What’s WalletConnect’s product design process?

    14:18 How they decided to work on new WalletConnect features and why balancing security & convenience has been so challenging

    20:25 How the way they set up WalletConnect let them acquire partners such as Instagram without a business development department

    22:17 How Pedro needed to find a common denominator for WalletConnect to build a community around it

    24:15 Why transforming WalletConnect into a venture let them speed up the development process & how they built new amazing features in WalletConnect v2

    28:50 What’s WalletConnect plan for making money

    30:18 What features do wallets miss

    32:39 Why Pedro finds cross-chain projects amazing

    36:37 His most pleasant web3 memories

    38:02 Where to follow WalletConnect

    38:40 Pedro’s ideas for guests

    • 41 min
    #27: realfakepicnic & stockdrawermoney, Co-Founders @ Code4rena | Managing a DAO that runs smart contract audit contests for projects such as OpenSea, ENS, Lens, NounsDAO & SushiSwap

    #27: realfakepicnic & stockdrawermoney, Co-Founders @ Code4rena | Managing a DAO that runs smart contract audit contests for projects such as OpenSea, ENS, Lens, NounsDAO & SushiSwap

    Code4rena is a project that disrupts the way web3 companies do smart contract audits. Their community-driven approach made them so well-known in the space that OpenSea ran a $1,000,000 security audit contest on their platform. How does their project work? How it started? And how do they grow it? Two out of five Code4rena Co-Founders came to the pod to answer all these questions.


    Timestamps:

    1:55 How Sock & Picnic got into crypto from decentralization & security audit backgrounds

    9:35 How is web3 security different than web1 & web2 security, and how does Code4rena help to tackle web3-specific challenges

    17:14 How Sock got into Code4rena very early

    19:40 How does their security audit contest mechanism makes it easy to get great auditors on board & what are the characteristics of the top auditors

    25:23 How the community chooses the judges for the contests

    27:45 How they arranged their DAO to work efficiently and not get lost in the chaos

    35:34 How have they been acquiring their clients

    37:00 Story of their OpenSea $1,000,000 security audit contest

    39:04 Do they permit hackers to work on security audits

    42:15 Why decentralized security audits might be less vulnerable to exploits than traditional ones

    45:44 How they've been balancing their two-sided market

    50:39 What would they fix about web3 with their magic wand

    53:50 Most mind-blowing web3 projects they've seen

    58:43 The funniest things that happened to them

    1:02:30 Their guests' ideas

    1:06:35 Where you can learn more about code4rena

    • 1 hr 8 min
    #26: BORED, Co-Founder @ Bored Box | Building a blockchain gaming community by curating NFT assets from top games and helping people discover the coolest web3 games

    #26: BORED, Co-Founder @ Bored Box | Building a blockchain gaming community by curating NFT assets from top games and helping people discover the coolest web3 games

    We welcome Twitter anon legend - Bored Elon Musk - who shares his blockchain/web3 gaming expertise and gives a backstage perspective on his new project - BoredBox.



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    Timestamps:

    2:38 How Hyperloop inspired him to start a Bored Elon Musk account

    4:41 How money transfers & running an anon account got him into crypto

    7:35 What BoredBox is and how it was inspired by old-school gaming experiences

    11:20 What’s the BoredBox business model

    13:05 What’s their process that helped to protect their product from NFT flippers

    17:00 How game NFTs are similar to gaming experiences from the 90s and today

    18:15 How choosing the right segment of gamers helped them acquire users despite the bear market

    23:15 How do they curate the right games

    25:58 Why so many blockchain gaming models are not sustainable

    29:24 How is blockchain gaming evolving

    31:30 What’s the most significant difference between regular gaming and blockchain gaming

    34:10 Why making your NFT assets like a magic sword usable in multiple games makes more sense than it seems to

    36:37 How NFTs unlock new gaming business models

    38:39 What are the biggest mistakes and coolest things in web3 gaming

    40:28 How games have been onboarding people to new technologies

    41:50 What one thing would he fix in web3

    44:00 Most mind-blowing web3 projects he has seen

    46:51 Where people can learn more about BoredBox

    47:35 Ideas for the guests

    • 48 min
    #25: Seb Audet, Co-Founder @ Zapper.fi | How Zapper evolved from a DeFi degens' product into a web3 exploration tool with over 1 million users

    #25: Seb Audet, Co-Founder @ Zapper.fi | How Zapper evolved from a DeFi degens' product into a web3 exploration tool with over 1 million users

    Zapper is one of the most popular crypto apps. And on Thursday, they published the v2, which transformed Zapper from a portfolio tracker into a web3 exploration tool. I talk with Seb about their early days, management & growth tactics, v2, and... art.



    1:57 How Seb got disillusioned with finance and started building, which led him to Ethereum, DeFi, and the idea of Zapper

    4:25 First days of Zapper and integrations with Uniswap and Synthetix

    6:04 How hard it was to query information on-chain

    7:13 How Seb came up with the idea of Zapper v2 and why they bet on it

    10:54 Zapper as a social media for investors and a better exploration tool than Etherscan

    14:27 What’s the process behind Zapper’s slick design

    17:18 How they organized Zapper to ship fast

    20:20 Why they don’t have QAs in Zapper

    21:57 How have they chosen the market to build on

    24:55 How networks effects helped them to grow

    26:05 How they decided which protocol to integrate and what helped them grow the most

    28:20 What NFT and DAO-related user acquisition strategies do they use right now

    31:42 Why Seb thinks founders and DeFi protocols focus too much on marketing

    33:33 Biggest fuckups they had

    35:45 How does Zapper make money

    37:58 What would Seb fix about crypto and web3

    40:30 Why web3 builders develop a thick skin

    41:42 How a metaverse billboard and generative arts inspire him

    47:00 What was the most fun web3 thing that happened to Seb

    48:20 Crypto Twitter making the Internet fun again

    50:23 Where people can find more info about Zapper

    51:00 Guest idea - Founder of Interface

    52:30 How I found $500 in my Zapper account

    • 53 min

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