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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.

Last Episode Date: 14 May 2024

Total Episodes: 131

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14 May 2024
Parallelizing the EVM on Solana w/ Andrey Falaleyev (Neon)

In this episode, Austin chats with Andrey Falaleyev, CTO of Neon, an EVM that lets devs build and deploy dApps from EVM chains to Solana, all while maintaining compatibility with the EVM opcode set. Andrey discusses Neon's decentralization and security, elucidating technical...

38 min
7 May 2024
Does DEX Liquidity Need a Defense Layer? w/ Nitesh Nath (DFlow)

In this episode, Austin chats with Nitesh Nath of DFlow, a protocol that protects DEX liquidity against toxic order flows on Solana. According to Nitesh, users of DFlow will gain benefits such as tighter spreads, lower volatility, and more efficient price discovery, among ot...

40 min
30 April 2024
What's Behind the Move Movement? w/ Rushi Manche (Movement Labs)

In this episode, Austin chats with Rushi Manche (Movement Labs) about bringing the Move programming language to Solana and other blockchains. They discuss some of the hype behind Move, such as its "built-in" security, and the inherent trade-offs that every programming langua...

38 min
23 April 2024
Why Does Mexico Want to Tokenize Its Treasuries? w/ David Taylor (Etherfuse)

In this episode, Austin talks with David Taylor (Etherfuse) about tokenizing Mexican bonds and equities. By bringing these assets onchain, Etherfuse is drastically reducing global barriers to entry in emerging markets. David discusses the Mexican government's enthusiastic re...

42 min
16 April 2024
The Long-Term Vision for the DA Layer w/ Connor O'Hara (Celestia)

In this episode, Austin chats with Connor O'Hara (Celestia) about the scope of DA projects like Celestia. After a reflective discussion on a wide range of topics from the early days of Bitcoin to tradeoffs of proof-of-stake networks, Connor gets at the heart of how data avai...

57 min
9 April 2024
The Restaking Thesis w/ Sreeram Kannan (Eigen Labs)

In this episode, Austin chats with Sreeram Kannan (Eigen Labs) about EigenLayer's vision for restaking. Sreeram argues that restaking is merely a way of making proof-of-stake networks more programmable, addressing the economic and architectural considerations required to mak...

63 min
2 April 2024
Level Up. Go Crankless. w/ Jarry Xiao (Phoenix)

In this episode, Austin chats with Jarry Xiao from Ellipsis Labs about Phoenix, the fastest on-chain orderbook on Solana. They explore Phoenix's innovative design, which enables settlement without the need for asynchronous cranks, setting it apart from previous order books o...

43 min
26 March 2024
Rethinking Solana's Validator Client Paradigm w/ Ahmad Abbasi (Syndica)

In this episode, Austin talks with Ahmad Abbasi (Syndica) about Sig, a new Solana validator client built in Zig. Unlike other Solana validator clients, Sig is optimized for reads as opposed to writes. Ahmad unpacks the seemingly herculean task of writing a new validator clie...

28 min
12 March 2024
What Solana Unlocks for GameFi's Backend w/ Albert Chen (Genopets)

Web3 gaming is one of the oldest proposed use cases for blockchain. In this episode, Austin chats with Albert Chen (Genopets) about the state of web3 games on Solana and beyond. They dive into Genopets, exploring its gameplay, its web3 integration, and the philosophy guiding...

29 min
27 February 2024
The Enterprise Self-Custody Problem w/ Connor and Nicolas from Cordial Systems

In this episode, Austin talks with Nicolas and Conor from Cordial Systems, an enterprise custody solution initially developed for Jump Crypto. They discuss how to build a self-custody solution that serves crypto-native businesses without compromising the security standards o...

34 min
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