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The Defiant

20 EpisodesProduced by Camila RussoWebsite

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.

20 Episodes | 2020

"It Turns Out Music Does Have Value. We've Been Pricing It Incorrectly For 20 Years:" RAC

September 12th, 2020

1:10:52

Hello Defiers! In this week’s interview, we chatted with Grammy Award-winning DJ Andre Anjos, aka RAC. Many have seen cryptocurrencies as a way to decentralize the financial system, thanks to the innovation of digital …

"What We're Building is Very Big and We Should Have The Least Concentration Possible:" Aave's Stani Kulechov

August 29th, 2020

59:21

Stani Kulechov the founder and CEO of Aave. When we spoke Aave was the second-largest DeFi protocol, but in the days after our conversation, it rose …

"It's not just about money; it's touching a very primal desire to connect with others:" ParaFi's Santiago Roel

August 25th, 2020

1:02:02

Santiago Roel is partner at ParaFi Capital, one of the most active investment funds in DeFi. Before going full crypto, Santiago worked at JPMorgan’s …

"People Want me to be Popular, Not Necessarily Successful; That's the Trick with Personal Tokens:" Alex Masmej

August 15th, 2020

56:58

In this week’s episode I speak with Alex Masmej, the first person to raise money by selling tokens not linked to any project, but linked to himself, …

"In DeFi My Money is Actually Mine. It's a Beautiful Concept But it Comes With Responsibilities:" Andre Cronje

August 8th, 2020

1:15:05

Andre Cronje is the developer of the yearn platform and YFI token. There’s this sort of mysticism around Andre: The solo genius builder who …

"We're at the Early Stages of a Truly Novel Structure That can Organize Humans and Money:" Olaf Carlson-Wee

August 1st, 2020

53:02

In today’s episode, I speak with Polychain Capital founder Olaf Carlson-Wee. He was already telling Wired magazine about programmatic finance back in …

"Developers Will Wake Up to the Fact That There's a Toolkit to Build Full-Fledged Customized Chains:" Acala's Bette Chen

July 25th, 2020

59:53

In this week’s epidose I speak with Bette Chen and Ruitao Su, who are building DeFi on Polkadot. While most of DeFi is being built on Etheruem, here …

"Things Tend to Get Better. For Anyone Involved in Crypto, It's Obvious That This is 1,000x Better," 1kx's Lasse Clausen

July 18th, 2020

52:18

In this week's episode, I speak with Lasse Clausen, founding partner of 1kx, one of the most active venture funds in DeFi. A typical VC question in the traditional tech space is it a 10x? Is it 10 times faster, better, …

"Basic Financial Services is a 21st-Century Fundamental Human Need:" OMG Network's Vansa Chatikavanij

July 11th, 2020

1:00:36

This week’s interview is with Vansa Chatikavanij , the CEO of OMG Network. The Bangkok-based project formerly known as OmiseGo has spearheaded …

"All the Dizzying Ways People are Farming Yield is Proof of DeFi Composability's Success:" Ampleforth CTO

June 27th, 2020

1:09:16

In this week’s interview, I spoke with Brandon Iles, the CTO of Ampleforth. Brandon  is a former Google and Uber software engineer, and built his first crypto app together with Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong. Today, he’s …

DEX Progress to be a "Landmark Event" Over the Summer: Framework Ventures

June 19th, 2020

1:01:29

This week’s interview is with Michael Anderson and Vance Spencer, co-founders of crypto venture fund Framework Ventures. Michael and Vance live and breathe crypto. The live together, work together, and spend all their …

"The World is Crying for the Tech We're Building But We're Nowhere Near Ready:" Aragon's Luis Cuende

June 13th, 2020

53:34

This week’s interview is with Aragon co-founder Luis Cuende. Aragon is a platform for users to create their own decentralized autonomous organizations. DAOS are organizations that have as much of its operations put into …

"There's the Opportunity to Make Really Complex Financial Instruments More Accessible”: Opyn's Alexis Gauba

June 5th, 2020

54:01

In this week’s interview I talk with Alexis Gauba, the cofounder of Opyn. Alexis and her team built the first decentralized options market, on …

Blockchain Devs Are Neglecting Data-Related Risks, Chainlink's Sergey Nazarov Says

May 30th, 2020

1:02:04

This week’s interview is with Sergey Nazarov, the cofounder of oracle provider Chainlink. The way blockchain applications get their data has proven to be crucial, as failures in those systems have been at the core of …

Winklevoss Twins Say Stablecoins Are Still Missing Their "Facebook Moment"

May 21st, 2020

1:04:04

This week's episode is an interview with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. We talked bout everything from crypto in the pandemic, to Facebook's Libra and …

Anyone Can Create Their Own ETF and Get Paid for It; This Wasn't Possible Before

May 15th, 2020

51:17

This week’s interview is with Fernando Martinelli, co-founder and CEO of Balancer Labs. Balancer Labs is an AMM with a twist. Instead of liquidity …

Blockchains are an Extinction-Level Event: Emin Gun Sirer

May 1st, 2020

1:12:20

Emin Gun Sirer is a Cornell University computer science professor who has been deeply involved in the Bitcoin and Ethereum communities from the very …

Crypto Was Made for Crises: MEW's Kosala Hemachandra

April 25th, 2020

42:29

Hello Defiers! This week’s interview is with MyEtherWallet founder and CEO Kosala Hemachandra. As the head of  one of the most popular Ethereum …

Decentralized Money Shouldn't be Traded on Centralized Exchanges: Loopring Founder Daniel Wang

April 15th, 2020

47:39

In this week’s episode we talk with Daniel Wang, CEO and founder of the Loopring protocol. The exchange built on the protocol launched a little over …

MakerDAO Founder Rune Christensen On DeFi's Biggest Test Yet

April 8th, 2020

55:09

In this week’s episode we speak with Rune Christensen, the founder of MakerDAO, the largest lending platform by assets in decentralized finance and the issuer of the Dai stablecoin. Rune has been in crypto since 2011 …

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