11 March 2020

Epicenter Monthly Update for February

Peta Armstrong

Another month over and we are feeling well into 2020 now. We had another great selection of guests in February!

🎙 Podcast episodes

Kain Warwick is the Founder of Synthetix, a company creating synthetic assets for DeFi, enabling exposure to fiat currencies, commodities (gold and silver), and cryptocurrencies. They have large aspirations to create synthetic assets for many more things, including traditional equities. Synthetic assets enable exposure to the price action of an asset without actually holding the underlying asset. The year 2020 may prove to be the year of Decentralized Finance (DeFi), with many exciting projects re-creating financial products common to the world of traditional finance, in the open and permissionless blockchain space.

Kevin Wang, a Co-founder of Nervos, joined us to discuss why Proof of Work was implemented as the consensus mechanism for the network. To enable greater flexibility for application developers, Nervos created a Common Knowledge Base (CKB) to focus on the security of assets, enabling a complementary layer of Virtual Machines (VM) to scale and facilitate computation. Kevin also discusses the active initiatives underway with the Nervos Grants Program to foster ecosystem development and encourage developers to evolve the permissionless network.

Itamar Lesuisse, Co-founder and CEO of Argent, joins us to discuss his vision of the future of DeFi, and the necessity to build products that enable intuitive, secure, and permissionless access to finance for anyone with a smartphone.

Gabriel Shapiro is an independent attorney who has spent the last two years focusing on the tokens and crypto. He has published several pieces diving deep into US Securities Law, in which he shares his vision and philosophy for how Tokenized Networks should be regulated. In light of the recent “safe harbor” framework proposed by SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce, Gabriel offers his thoughts and suggests how these measures could be improved in a way that would benefit the entire industry.

🏆 Tweets of the month

The top of Tweet of the Month for February is Nathaniel Whittemore (@nlw) awarded us the title of “undisputed OG” in the crypto tech podcast category.

Nervos Founder Kevin Wang shared his excitement after being a guest on Epicenter.

And finally, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, asked this question and crypto Twitter went nuts! And there was an overwhelming wave of support for Epicenter!

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🙏 Thanks to our sponsors

We would like to thank the sponsors of our shows in February, CosmosPepo, the Nervos Ecosystem Grants Program and Status.

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