September 2nd, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
blockchain, circom, decentralisation, ethereum, hermez, scaling blockchain, the dao, zero knowledge, zkrollup, zksnarks
In this week's episode, Anna and Fredrik catch up with Jordi Baylina, co-founder of Iden3, the creator of Circom & SnarkJS. They chat about his work in the ecosystem, building zk circuits and the recently announced Hermez, a new zkrollup with a novel proof-of-donation mechanism that will redistribute 40% of earnings to Ethereum-based community projects.
August 19th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
blockchain, crypto, decentralisation, ecosystem, foundation, governance, twodcast, zcash, zkvalidator
In this episode, we chat with Josh Cincinnati, the former executive director of Zcash Foundation. We cover Josh's career before Zcash, his work at the foundation and the foundation's trajectory. We also discuss his decision to leave the foundation, Zcash foundation's philosophy of transparency, his hopes for the future of the Zcash community, his next steps and why he thinks people in crypto may wanna take themselves a bit less serious and remember to have some fun!
June 3rd, 2020 | 55 mins 11 secs
blockchain development, decentralisation, dns, handshake protocol, handshake.org, light client
In this episode, we chat with Mark Tyneway who is a contributor on the Handshake Protocol project - an experimental peer-to-peer root naming system. We learn about this decentralised, foundation-free project, the issues of DNS, how Handshake plans on fixing this, how it differs from ENS, their unique airdrop process, what an Urkel Trie is, and more.
May 27th, 2020 | 59 mins 11 secs
blockchain, decentralisation, nyu, proof of necessary work, proof of stake, proof of work, snarks
In this week's episode, Anna and guest host Tarun Chitra chat with Akis Kattis, a PhD student at NYU & the co-author of Proof of Necessary Work: Succinct State Verification with Fairness Guarantees - a paper he co-wrote with Joseph Bonneau. They discuss the challenge of Proof of Useful Work, the unique properties that SNARKs have, such as puzzle hardness, that allow for PoNW to overcome these challenges, PoS SNARK systems, elastic block construction, and more.
March 18th, 2020 | 1 hr 17 mins
decentralisation, distributed systems, operating system, peer-to-peer, tech, urbit
In this episode, we meet with Galen Wolf-Pauly from the Tlon Corporation to discuss the project Urbit. Urbit is an encrypted peer-to-peer network comprised of a deterministic operating system (Urbit OS / Arvo) and a secure, global identity layer (Urbit ID / Azimuth). The Urbit contributors have created new stack, built from the ground up as an integrated system with a focus on user experience.
December 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 1 min
blockchain financing, circom, decentralisation, defi, financial services, fintech, privacy, zksnarks, zokrates
In this week’s episode, we catch-up our friend Lucas Vogelsang from Centrifuge. Centrifuge is an open, decentralised platform to connect the global financial supply chain. We chat about the journey Lucas took to co-founding this company, how privacy plays a role in his thinking and we discover what it means to be a project building with zkSNARKs today.