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The go-to podcast trusted by fund managers, founders and operators in crypto and DeFi. Jason Choi (@mrjasonchoi), full-time crypto investor and General Partner at Spartan Capital, goes deep into the technology and economics behind crypto projects to dissect trends and themes in a global context. Not financial advice.
 
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This week, we discuss the most controversial and exciting DeFi proposal to date...a plan to merge two protocols worth $1 BILLION combined: Fei and Rari. In this cross-production with the I Pledge Allegiance podcast, joined by Derek Hsue (Reverie), Joey Santoro (Fei Protocol) and Jai Bhavani (Rari Protocol) break down: Why is Fei merging with Rari? …
 
Multi chain is now a reality. Cross-chain infrastructure - which allows developers to build applications across blockchains like Ethereum and Solana - is receiving millions in venture funding. To understand how this unfolds, I spoke with Bryan Pellegrino, co-founder of LayerZero Labs on: How tomorrow's dapps will be completely different Why bridges…
 
At the core of DeFi 2.0 - the term that's coined by many in crypto to describe a new wave of DeFi protocols - is a project called Fei. Sitting on a treasury of $1B+, Fei has championed many new concepts in DeFi, including novel ways to achieve capital efficiency. Founder Joey Santoro (@joey__santoro) joins me in sharing: The largest public raise in…
 
Are social tokens the next big thing in crypto? Facebook stepping into the Metaverse is just the beginning; we are about to see creators and consumers alike step into Web 3 in a scale never seen before. To explore what social tokens are, we invite Bradley Miles, founder of Roll, to discuss: The creator economy: what is it? What is the emerging soci…
 
Beta Finance is building a permissionless protocol for people to easily short overheated tokens. Incubated by Alpha and Binance Launchpad, Beta recently garnered a lot of attention by allowing users to short NFD, a fractionalized NFT of a doge painting. I'm joined by founder Allen (@handle) to talk about The importance of shorting in DeFi How Beta …
 
What is the cost of decentralization? Are VCs bad for crypto? Sushiswap's legendary CTO @JosephDelong joins us for an in-depth discussion on the controversial proposed fundraise for Sushi, known as "Phantom Troupe", as well as the latest developments in Sushi. We discuss: How do decentralized projects decide what to build? How does Sushi balance co…
 
DAOs are the next big opportunity in crypto. This week, full time DAO advisor @Cooopahtroopa joins us for a definitive crash course in DAOs. We discuss: What makes a DAO, who are the main players? 30+ tools and tactics to create your own DAO Common pitfalls facing DAOs today 11 DAOs to watch out for Host: Jason Choi @mrjasonchoi . Not financial adv…
 
Within a month, the total value deposited across Avalanche projects grew over 1000% to $9B. As an investor, this obviously caught my attention, and I'm excited to have Jay Kurahashi-Sofue (@jkays17) and Nick Mussallem (@_nMoose) from Ava Labs share their learnings on achieving rapid growth in crypto. Small UX decisions that grew value by billions H…
 
Since its inception, Multicoin Capital has made multiple highly public and successful bets in crypto including being one of the first and largest investors in Solana. 3 years and multiple 1000x bets later, Kyle Samani (@KyleSamani), Managing Partner at Multicoin, joins me once again to discuss: Finding contrarian bets, and when to know you're wrong…
 
Many users come to DeFi for its high yields - but are they sustainable? In this episode, we chat with Teddy Woodward, ex-trader and founder of Notional, a fixed rate protocol offering a new class of financial products for a new class of DeFi users. We explore: How to tokenize cash flows, and why it matters The emerging fixed rate protocol space fCa…
 
Many crypto industry titans - including Vitalik Buterin - believe ZK Rollups are the key to Ethereum's scalability. With DeFi exchange dYdX generating over $2 BILLION in daily volume on Starkware, a ZK Rollup solution, I'm excited to chat with Starkware founders about: Why ZK-Rollups are the future vs. other Layer 2s Starkware vs. Optimism vs. Arbi…
 
Would you pay $30-$40,000 for a few lines of text against a black background? That's precisely what buyers of Loot - the latest NFT to capture the attention of the entire crypto space - are doing. I'm joined by early Loot adopters and crypto investors Jon Kol (@thePalenimbus) and Angie Dalton (@Daltonan). We discuss: Loot's origins and ties to MMOR…
 
Fresh off a $120M raise, Arbitrum is the latest project to significantly scale Ethereum's capacity. How does Arbitrum work at a technical level? What is an optimistic rollup and how does it compare with ZK-rollups? What are the trade offs Arbitrum makes? Arbitrum (@arbitrum) co-founder Steven Goldfeder (@sgoldfed) and director and AJ Warner (@ajwar…
 
The Play to Earn revolution is here! Yield Guild Games is the largest gaming guild today. Valued at $8B, the DAO supports 5,000 scholars in playing emerging "play to earn" games. Founder Gabby Dizon (@GabbyDizon) shares his secrets in how YGG works, tactics in how he scaled, and what future games he's excited for besides Axie Infinity. Host: Jason …
 
Fresh off a $11M raise, Qredo (@QredoNetwork) is building the first, truly decentralized custody solution for the crypto industry. CTO Brian Spector joins us in this mind-blowing conversation spanning decades in cryptography, cryptocurrencies and the current pitfalls of major custody providers today. Host: Jason Choi (@MrJasonChoi). This show is no…
 
Tranchess (@tranchess) is a new structured DeFi product offering a fixed income and Bitcoin exposure to users. Within one week of its launch, Tranchess has attracted $500M of capital in the protocol. I invited Tranchess co-founder, Danny Chong, to discuss the tranche product landscape, who are the next big wave of users in DeFi, and the challenges …
 
I'm excited to be joined by my friend Calvin Chu (@calchulus), former core team at Binance. At Binance, Calvin helmed initiatives such as Launchpad, and is now leveraging his experience to start IMPOSSIBLE FINANCE, a decentralized incubator for new crypto projects. We discuss what it takes to launch a successful token, regulatory compliance, and th…
 
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