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Conversations with Crypto Gigabrains. Hosted by Tommy, Co-Founder and Founding Partner at Delphi Ventures

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Conversations with Crypto Gigabrains. Hosted by Tommy, Co-Founder and Founding Partner at Delphi Ventures

    Keith Singery: A Conversation with an Extremely Knowledgeable Bittensor Validator

    Keith Singery: A Conversation with an Extremely Knowledgeable Bittensor Validator

    In this episode, Keith Singery, a prominent validator and thought leader in the Bittensor ecosystem sits down with Tommy and Michael to share his unique perspective on the project's mission to democratize AI and create a decentralized alternative to the centralized models dominating the field.

    They delve into the intricate dynamics of Bittensor, including the incentive mechanisms that fuel the network's miners and validators, the potential for a "Cambrian explosion" of specialized AI models, and the vision of a future where individuals can customize their own AI assistants tailored to their needs and values.

    Keith passionately argues for the necessity of decentralized AI as a counterweight to the increasing control of tech giants over our access to information and the shaping of our worldviews. Drawing parallels to the open-source software movement, he paints a compelling picture of a world where the intelligence landscape is shaped by the collective efforts of the many, rather than the dictates of the few.

    This wide-ranging conversation touches on fascinating topics such as the potential for AGI to emerge from decentralized networks, the role of crypto incentives in driving AI development, and the challenges of monetizing the Bittensor ecosystem.

    Whether you're a crypto enthusiast, an AI aficionado, or simply someone intrigued by the cutting edge of technology, this episode offers a thought-provoking glimpse into the future of decentralized intelligence.



    Key Links


    Bittensor: https://bittensor.com
    Keith’s Podcast: https://bittensor.guru



    Socials


    Keith’s Twitter
    Michael’s Twitter
    Tommy’s Twitter



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    Disclosures

    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host and members at Delphi Ventures may personally own tokens or art that are mentioned on the podcast. Our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed ⁠⁠here⁠⁠.



    Keywords

    Bittensor, Decentralized AI, Open-Source Models, Incentive Mechanisms, AGI, Democratizing AI, Crypto Incentives, AI Monetization, Keith Singery, BitTensor Validator, AI Ethics, Customizable AI Assistants, Michael Rinko, Tommy Shaughnessy, TAO, AI, ChatGPT, OpenAI, Crypto, $TAO, #TAO.


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Keone Hon of Monad: 10,000 TPS & Full EVM Equivalence - A New Era for Ethereum Apps

    Keone Hon of Monad: 10,000 TPS & Full EVM Equivalence - A New Era for Ethereum Apps

    In this episode, Keone Hon dives deep on Monad, a high-performance Ethereum-compatible layer 1 blockchain focused on delivering high performance and drastically lower transaction costs.

    We discuss Monad's key technical innovations like MonadBFT consensus, parallel execution, and a custom database enabling 10,000+ TPS. Keone explains how these breakthroughs allow complex 100K gas transactions costing just a fraction of a cent, 100x cheaper than even leading Layer 2s.

    We also explore how Monad achieves this while maintaining decentralization and a rich developer experience via full EVM equivalence. Tune in to learn why Monad could be a game changer for builders and users looking maximize performance and minimize costs.



    Key Links


    Monad: https://www.monad.xyz



    Socials


    Keone's Twitter
    Monad’s Twitter
    Tommy’s Twitter



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    Website: ⁠⁠https://members.delphidigital.io/home⁠⁠
    Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/Delphi_Digital⁠⁠
    Youtube: ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@Delphi_Digital⁠



    Disclosures

    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host and members at Delphi Ventures may personally own tokens or art that are mentioned on the podcast. Our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed ⁠⁠here⁠⁠.

    As an additional disclosure, Tom Shaughnessy the host is an angel investor in Monad.

    Keywords

    Monad, Keone Hon, EVM, Layer 1, high performance, low cost transactions, Ethereum Virtual Machine, EVM compatible, parallel execution, consensus, decentralization, developers, Monad xyz, Tommy Shaughnessy, Delphi Digital, Delphi, Crypto, Cryptocurrency, Ethereum,


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    • 53 min
    Simon Harman: Chainflip's Cross-Chain Swaps Enable Crypto's On-Chain Future

    Simon Harman: Chainflip's Cross-Chain Swaps Enable Crypto's On-Chain Future

    Simon Harman, founder of decentralized cross-chain swap protocol Chainflip, joins us for an in-depth discussion on the future of trading in crypto.

    We cover the motivation behind building a decentralized exchange focused on major layer 1 assets like Bitcoin and Ethereum, the technical challenges with supporting Bitcoin, and how ChainFlip achieves fast, no-slippage swaps.

    Simon explains ChainFlip's advanced liquidity architecture including the JIT AMM, which allows liquidity providers to bid on trades in real-time. We discuss the debate around active versus passive liquidity and why active liquidity management is essential for competitive pricing.

    Looking at sustainability and security, Simon shares his views on how to define profitability for DeFi protocols and how ChainFlip captures value to incentivize FLIP token holders. He also walks us through ChainFlip’s extensive testing and processes to prevent hacks.

    With cross-chain interoperability on the rise, we get Simon’s thoughts on the app chain thesis and why application-specific blockchains have advantages over generalized smart contract platforms.



    Key Links


    Chainflip: https://chainflip.io

    Socials


    Simon’s Twitter
    Chainflip’s Twitter
    Can's Twitter
    Tommy’s Twitter

    Follow Delphi Digital


    Website: ⁠⁠https://members.delphidigital.io/home⁠⁠
    Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/Delphi_Digital⁠⁠
    Youtube: ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@Delphi_Digital⁠



    Disclosures

    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host and members at Delphi Ventures may personally own tokens or art that are mentioned on the podcast. Our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed ⁠⁠here⁠⁠.



    Keywords

    Decentralized exchange, DEX, Cross-chain swaps, Bitcoin swaps, Ethereum swaps, Trading, Liquidity, Tokenomics, Sustainability, Security, ChainFlip, Simon Harman, Tommy Shaughnessy, Can Gurel, Crypto, Cryptocurrency, Cross Chain, Exchange, Bitcoin, Ethereum,


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Logan Jastremski: Solana vs Celestia's Endgame and The High Throughput Blockchain Thesis (In Person Episode)

    Logan Jastremski: Solana vs Celestia's Endgame and The High Throughput Blockchain Thesis (In Person Episode)

    Logan Jastremski, Co-founder of Frictionless Capital, sits down for an in-person podcast with Tommy to discuss scaling solutions for high throughput blockchains. They dive into integrated chains like Solana versus modular approaches like Celestia, balancing decentralization and performance, Layer 2 rollups, the differences between downtime and reorgs, and more. Logan breaks down his views from a first principles perspective and where he thinks the infrastructure is heading long-term.

    Join them as they unravel the future of high throughput blockchains through an enlightening exchange of ideas and expert analysis.



    Key Links


    Frictionless Capital: https://www.frictionless.fund

    Socials


    Logan’s Twitter
    Frictionless Capital’s Twitter
    Tommy’s Twitter

    Follow Delphi Digital


    Website: ⁠⁠https://members.delphidigital.io/home⁠⁠
    Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/Delphi_Digital⁠⁠
    Youtube: ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@Delphi_Digital



    Disclosures

    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host and members at Delphi Ventures may personally own tokens or art that are mentioned on the podcast. Our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed ⁠⁠here⁠⁠.



    Keywords

    crypto, blockchain, decentralisation, censorship resistance, transaction speeds, scalability limitations, data availability sampling, throughput bottlenecks, layer 2 rollups, sharding, virtual machines, consensus mechanisms, nakamoto coefficients, nodes, amortisation, sustainability, solana, celestia, high throughput, logan jastremski, frictionless, frictionless capital, high throughput blockchain scaling, intergrated chains,


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    • 1 hr 44 min
    Ethena Labs: Fully Collateralized Stable Coin That Can Deliver Double Digit Organic Crypto Native Yield

    Ethena Labs: Fully Collateralized Stable Coin That Can Deliver Double Digit Organic Crypto Native Yield

    Guy Young joins Delphi Ventures' Yan Liberman to discuss Ethena’s novel approach to creating a stablecoin that is censorship-resistant, scalable, and yield-generating.

    We explore how Ethena achieves these goals through a crypto-native stablecoin called USDE that generates yield by collateralizing staked ETH and shorting ETH futures. The conversation provides unique insight into the mechanics and incentives underlying USDE's design.

    We also discuss second-order implications of the product capturing significant market share in the future and explore pathways for further decentralization over time. The episode sheds light on an innovative stablecoin built to be resilient across market cycles. It serves as a fascinating case study on the delicate balance between pragmatism and principles in crypto design. We also touch on future opportunities to integrate USDE's outsized yields into DeFi protocols in synergistic ways as adoption grows.



    Key Links


    Ethena Labs: https://www.ethena.fi

    Socials


    Guy’s Twitter
    Ethena Labs’s Twitter
    Yan’s Twitter

    Follow Delphi Digital


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    Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/Delphi_Digital⁠⁠
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    Disclosures

    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host and members at Delphi Ventures may personally own tokens or art that are mentioned on the podcast. Our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed ⁠⁠here⁠⁠. DV is an investor in Ethena.



    Keywords

    stablecoin, yield farming, ethereum staking, futures basis trading, dual asset collateralization, decentralized finance (DeFi), total value locked (TVL), market resilience, open interest, cryptocurrency adoption, tokenomics, crypto derivatives, lending protocols, money markets, fixed income, decentralized governance, stablecoin regulations, tether, market share, proof of stake economics, staked cryptoassets, USDE, ethena, ethena labs, USDC,


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    • 42 min
    Nick Emmons: Crypto x AI Will Change The Fabric of Society and DeFi Powered AI Is the First Step

    Nick Emmons: Crypto x AI Will Change The Fabric of Society and DeFi Powered AI Is the First Step

    AI innovation is accelerating rapidly, but centralized control threatens equitable access and distribution. Can decentralized coordination unlock AI's full potential?

    We explore this question with Upshot CEO Nick Emmons on his mission to decentralize AI models and architect mechanisms for specialized models to work together.

    We dive into Upshot's network architecture, machine learning pricing models for NFT valuations and DeFi, reimagining incentives and IP protections, challenges facing decentralized models, and whether crypto startups can realistically compete against data and talent-rich Big Tech.

    Get Nick's forward-looking view on if decentralization can reshape access, power, and innovation in AI - as well as predictions on AGI evolution timelines and crypto's role in advancing an open and participatory AI future.

    Don't miss this forward-looking glimpse into the AI decentralization uprising from one of its leading voices.



    Summary:


    The vision and roadblocks for decentralizing AI models outside of Big Tech's walled gardens
    Architecting coordination mechanisms for specialized AI models to work together
    Reimagining the crypto-AI stack from data to models to applications
    Ensuring model IP protections while enabling collective intelligence
    Who wins? Evaluating if crypto startups can realistically compete against AI giants
    Predictions on AGI timelines and decentralization impacting access



    Key Links


    Upshot: https://upshot.xyz

    Socials


    Nick’s Twitter
    Tommy’s Twitter

    Follow Delphi Digital


    Website: ⁠⁠https://members.delphidigital.io/home⁠⁠
    Twitter: ⁠⁠https://twitter.com/Delphi_Digital⁠⁠
    Youtube: ⁠⁠https://www.youtube.com/@Delphi_Digital⁠



    Disclosures

    Disclosures: This podcast is strictly informational and educational and is not investment advice or a solicitation to buy or sell any tokens or securities or to make any financial decisions. Do not trade or invest in any project, tokens, or securities based upon this podcast episode. The host and members at Delphi Ventures may personally own tokens or art that are mentioned on the podcast. Our current show features paid sponsorships which may be featured at the start, middle, and/or the end of the episode. These sponsorships are for informational purposes only and are not a solicitation to use any product, service or token. Delphi’s transparency page can be viewed ⁠⁠here⁠⁠.

    Additional disclosure: Upshot is a Delphi Ventures portfolio comp



    Keywords

    Decentralized AI, AI centralization, crypto vs Big Tech, decentralized AI models, AI coordination mechanisms, crypto AI stack, financial AI models, NFT valuations, AI incentives, model IP protection, collective intelligence, specialized AI models, verifiable AI, generative AI models, AI infrastructure, AI applications, AI, UpShot, BitTensor, Nick Emmons, Delysium, AGI, TAO, Proof of Alpha, NFT, DeFi, DePin


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    • 53 min

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