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Author: Anatoly Yakovenko

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Welcome to The Solana Podcast hosted by Anatoly Yakovenko. This podcast is a discussion between industry leaders in both blockchain and technology, our team, and community developers. If you are interested in appearing on the podcast please email
47 Episodes
Jeff "Jiho" Zirlin is the Co-Founder of Axie Infinity, an NFT-based play-to-earn online video game. 00:23 – How it started through CryptoKitties? 02:41 – What is Axie Infinity? 04:13 – Game design and constant iteration 05:52 – What is a blockchain game? A mix of social network, gaming and the start of a new economy 13:15 – Why is crypto important to Axie? 17:24 – Building and relying on your community 20:47 – Is the future of gaming the metaverse and user-owned assets? 22:22 – The feasibility of crossover between games with NFT ownership 27:35 – Where are Axies user from and what kind of players are they? 30:45 – What's Axie's endgame? 37:16 – Thoughts on competitors 41:18 – Generative art and creating an Axie
Yutaro Mori & Grace Kwan are the Co-Founders of Orca, a user-friendly cryptocurrency exchange built on Solana. 01:15 – About Orca and its vision 09:48 – What’s the future of DeFi? 20:48 – A little bit about Orca’s roadmap 25:50 – What does Orca’s team look like? 32:11 – The internet hasn’t changed much, people grew into it. How will crypto grow more present in our life? 36:22 – Solana and zero knowledge proof 40:02 – Orca’s next features planned for Q2 and Q3 43:46 – How does Orca plan on growing their worldwide community?
George Harrap is the co-founder of Step Finance, a platform for Solana DeFi users to track their portfolio performance. Before Step, George was the CEO of Bitspark. 00:29 About George Harrap and mining 05:03 From Bitcoin to DeFi, how can crypto solve currency issues in the world 18:27 STEP Finance’s vision for the next five years 21:20 Censorship resistance and layer 1s 27:11 Hackathon: what would you like to see created? 30:30 Thoughts on Rust and why it was the better choice for Solana 38:08 Why you can’t innovate in the traditional financial system
Kevin Rose is a partner at True and a serial entrepreneur best known for founding Digg and Revision3. Most recently, he founded Oak, a guided meditation app, and Zero, an app for tracking intermittent fasting. 00:08 – Introduction of Kevin Rose, Modern Finance and the story of Reddit vs. DIGG 06:04 – From DOS to Windows, where are we in the evolution of crypto 07:50 – Crypto is here to stay. Could we see countries getting into it in the future? 14:47 – The NFT craze 19:58 – NFT: dynamic art and encrypting mystery over time 23:08 – Blockchain is persistent and permanent; how will this impact NFTs in art and games? 32:49 – From investing into educating people on crypto 39:35 – Discussing the repercussion of Christie’s endorsement of NFTs 43:22 – Kevin Rose’s investing philosophy 49:34 – Kevin’s advice: test features
Jason Choi is a General Partner at Spartan Capital, one of Asia’s first crypto funds. As Spartan Capital’s first employee, Jason helped scale the fund from $9M to $200M within 3 years, and supported the launch of Spartan’s $50M DeFi-only venture fund to back world-class teams shaping the future of finance. 00:23 – Getting into crypto and about Spartan Capital 04:33 – How does Spartan Capital invests? 11:47 – Next wave: building for current users vs future adopters? 19:47 – DeFi and the yield farming phenomenon 30:36 – From CeFi to DeFi for the mainstream adopters 43:33 – The NFT craze and where it could lead us 51:37 – Thoughts on the next wave? DAOs? Social Networking?
We are excited to have Dan Gunsberg, Co-Founder of Hxro, sitting down with us for Episode 41. During this discussion, Dan talks about his history in traditional finance, how this experience guided him to building out Hxro, the importance of community, and the powerful disruptions he believes are going to happen over the next few years. 00:25 – Dan’s crypto story and what’s Hxro? 05:38 – Centralized crypto exchanges vs legacy exchanges 15:07 – Community capitalism 24:11 – Community building around projects 35:23 – Closing thoughts and what’s next for Hxro
In this episode, AlphaRay discusses the origin of Raydium, working with Solana and FTX, fusion Pools, the importance of communities, and the future of decentralized governance. 00:25 - The story behind Alpha and Raydium 10:26 - What are Fusion Pools? 15:07 - Teaming up with FTX/Serum and being among the first to build on the Solana blockchain 19:29 - Solana communities 25:52 - Thoughts on future governance features 29:57 - Closing thoughts, what’s next?
Michael Wagner and Anatoly Yakovenko sit down to talk all things Star Atlas. Star Atlas is a grand strategy game of space exploration, territorial conquest, and political domination being built on Solana. 00:48: Who is Michael Wagner and What is Star Atlas? 18:34: ATLAS and POLIS: Development of game economy 23:12: Developer ecosystem 25:40: Roadmap 34:19: Metaverse and VR 38:11: Decentralization of Star Atlas 43:29: Future Concerns
00:56 Eth 1 vs Eth 2 15:22 Trust and sharding 30:53 Data Availability Sampling 45:26 Eth2: where would a new machine start on the chain? 56:31 Closing thoughts
Audius is a music streaming and sharing platform that puts the power back into the hands of content creators. In this episode, Roneil talks about the creation of Audius, the need for empowering artists, how blockchain technology and cryptocurrency can completely disrupt the music industry, and more. -
For this exciting and technical episode we welcome, Eli-Shaoul Khedouri, CEO of Intuition Machines and designer of HUMAN Protocol. HUMAN Protocol specializes in providing the infrastructure for launching decentralized work pools that allow humans to contribute to data labeling and training ML/AI algorithms. hCaptcha is a user of the HUMAN Protocol and currently covers over 14% of the internet. In this episode, Eli and Anatoly talk about what Intuition Machines does, why the company embraced blockchain technology, how hCaptcha managed to capture such a large market share of the internet, what the future looks like for HUMAN Protocol, and much more.
A cryptographically enforced system of contracts will take both our daily lives and the world’s emerging markets into a new age of economic fairness, transparency and efficiency—one driven less by vague brand promises and more by the real value created by individuals and institutions. Learn more about ChainlinkSergey Nazarov began his career building peer-to-peer marketplaces, going on to the investment team at FirstMark Capital. He joined the cryptocurrency revolution in 2011, and believes it has the ability to change the way societies distribute wealth, enforce contracts, and share critical information with their citizens.
André Allen Anjos, better known by his stage name RAC, is a Portland-based Portuguese-American musician and record producer. RAC has created more than 200 remixes in the rock, electronica, and dance music genres for various musical artists, with his work featured in ads from Citigroup and Hulu, among others. RAC is an active member of the crypto community and a vocal advocate of Audius, a decentralized music streaming platform.
This is a special episode of The Solana Podcast - we took a recent panel for the Solana Wormhole Hackathon and converted into audio format for you! Enjoy this deep dive into all things DeFi with industry leaders. Sam Bankman-Fried Sam Bankman-Fried is the CEO of crypto derivatives exchange FTX and Alameda Research. He majored in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated in 2014. Stani Kulechov Stani is the founder and CEO of Aave and ETHLend. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive experience developing technology in the crypto, blockchain, and fintech space. Michael Egorov Michael is the CEO of Curve and a physicist and scientist from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Anatoly Yakovenko Anatoly is the creator of Proof of History and co-founder of Solana. He led development of operating systems at Qualcomm, distributed systems at Mesosphere, and compression at Dropbox. Jeremy Musighi Head of Growth at Balaner Tarun Chitra Founder and CEO of Gauntlet Networks, a research company aiming to make crypto networks and their governance interpretable and statistically sound
Aaron Henshaw is the CTO of Bison Trails. Bison Trails is the easiest way to run secure node infrastructure on multiple blockchains. Their fully-managed platform powers critical infrastructure for the world’s leading digital asset exchanges, custodians, funds, and applications with industry-leading availability, security, and a 99.9% platform uptime guarantee.
This is a special episode of The Solana Podcast. Things take a different route - Balaji and Anatoly cover Covid-19, the current state of the world, smart contracts and the future of decentralization, computation diligence, blockchain-based elections, Yale Law being replaced by code, math vs. science, Snow Crash, and location-independent work. Balaji S. Srinivasan is an angel investor and entrepreneur. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he was also the cofounder of (acquired by Coinbase), Counsyl (acquired by Myriad), Teleport (acquired by Topia), and Coin Center.He was named to the MIT TR35, won a Wall Street Journal Innovation Award and holds a BS/MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering, all from Stanford University. Dr. Srinivasan also teaches the occasional class at Stanford, including an online MOOC in 2013 which reached 250,000+ students 
KRNC is a new blockchain protocol. Like Bitcoin, it uses cryptography to create a form of scarce "digital gold." The difference is what that digital gold is used for.Clint Ehrlich
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