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It seems that the future of blockchain industry can go down very different paths, and each path has its group of hard core believers. They can’t all be right. Perhaps by hearing the experts debate, the rest of us can compare their reasoning and see the future a bit more clearly. Whether you’re a builder or investor, whether you consider yourself blockchain-savvy or blockchain-curious, if you want to hear all arguments before predicting the future of blockchain, this podcast is for you. Follow our twitter at @blockdebate. Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09). See you soon! Consensus optional, proof of thought required.

It seems that the future of blockchain industry can go down very different paths, and each path has its group of hard core believers. They can’t all be right. Perhaps by hearing the experts debate, the rest of us can compare their reasoning and see the future a bit more clearly. Whether you’re a builder or investor, whether you consider yourself blockchain-savvy or blockchain-curious, if you want to hear all arguments before predicting the future of blockchain, this podcast is for you. Follow our twitter at @blockdebate. Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09). See you soon! Consensus optional, proof of thought required.

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It seems that the future of blockchain industry can go down very different paths, and each path has its group of hard core believers. They can’t all be right. Perhaps by hearing the experts debate, the rest of us can compare their reasoning and see the future a bit more clearly. Whether you’re a builder or investor, whether you consider yourself blockchain-savvy or blockchain-curious, if you want to hear all arguments before predicting the future of blockchain, this podcast is for you. Follow our twitter at @blockdebate. Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09). See you soon! Consensus optional, proof of thought required.

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@blockdebate

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English


Episodes

Motion: Diem is a glorified Paypal (David Gerard vs. Bryce Weiner)

1/26/2021
Guests: David Gerard (twitter.com/davidgerard) Bryce Weiner (twitter.com/bryceweiner) Host: Richard Yan (twitter.com/gentso09) Today’s motion is “Diem is a glorified PayPal.” Diem of course used to be called Libra. It’s a cryptocurrency floated by Facebook in 2019. It was a big deal back then. A global borderless currency for 2 billion install base is a game charger for commerce and remittances, and would have implications on capital control. There were some very high profile...

Duration:00:57:54

Motion: Tether has always been acting in bad faith (Bennett Tomlin vs. Larry Cermak, co-host: Patrick McKenzie)

1/12/2021
Guests: Bennett Tomlin (@bennetttomlin) Larry Cermak (@lawmaster) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Patrick McKenzie (@patio11, special co-host) Today’s motion is “Tether has always been acting in bad faith.” This topic is very relevant for today’s markets because Tether is simultaneously an incredibly important, if not the most important, source of on-ramp liquidity for crypto, and a controversial, legally-challenged, blackbox operation that make market participants worry about their...

Duration:01:15:51

Motion: Bitcoin is a scam (Jorge Stolfi vs. Lyn Alden)

1/1/2021
Guests: Jorge Stolfi (@jorgestolfi) Lyn Alden (@LynAldenContact) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “Bitcoin is a scam.” At the time of recording and release, Bitcoin reached its all time highs. And it just seems that every few weeks, a traditional financial institution or a well-known investor is announcing their interest in the orange coin. Simultaneously, some skeptics continue to insist that this is all a mirage. There seems no better time to visit this fundamental...

Duration:01:25:56

Motion: Legally speaking, tokens are more like commodities than like securities (Lewis Cohen vs. Gabriel Shapiro)

12/24/2020
Guests: Lewis Cohen (@NYcryptolawyer) Gabriel Shapiro (@lex_node) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “Legally speaking, tokens are more like commodities than like securities.” Today’s guests are two legal experts in crypto space. One of them will argue that token transactions on the post-ICO, secondary market should for the most part be regulated like commodities and not securities. He will argue that the tokens changing hands in said capital markets do not themselves...

Duration:01:15:00

Motion: Today’s blockchains can’t increase TPS without taking a hit on decentralization, II (Evan Shapiro vs. Anatoly Yakovenko)

12/24/2020
Guests: Evan Shapiro (@evanashapiro) Anatoly Yakovenko (@aeyakovenko) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “Today’s blockchains can’t increase TPS without taking a hit on decentralization.” This is a follow-up debate, or you can think of it as a re-match. Previously Emre from O(1) Labs also debated Anatoly from Solana on this very topic on the show. So make sure to check that out if you’re interested. Here are some of the topics we covered: * the inherent shortcoming of...

Duration:00:46:24

Motion: Tether will likely get crushed by authorities in the next two years, thanks to its shady practices and defiance against regulators (CasPiancey vs. Matthew Graham)

12/3/2020
Guests: CasPiancey (@caspiancey) Matthew Graham (@mattysino) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “Tether will likely get crushed by authorities in the next two years, thanks to its shady practices and defiance against regulators.” In this debate about the controversial pioneer stablecoin, we talked about pending lawsuits, a lack of regulatory framework for Tether to work with from the outset that cornered them into the way things are for them, how Tether issuance is...

Duration:00:58:41

Motion: ZK rollup has a better set of security/scalability tradeoff than optimistic rollup (Alex Gluchowski vs. John Adler, co-host: James Prestwich)

11/4/2020
Guests: Alex Gluchowski (@gluk64) John Adler (@jadler0) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) James Prestwich (@_prestwich, special co-host) Today’s motion is “ZK rollup has a better set of security/scalability tradeoff than Optimistic rollup.” Rollups are a class of layer-2 Ethereum scalability solutions. They allow an off-chain aggregation of transactions inside a smart contract. Users can transact inside the contract with security guarantees, and they will settle to the mainchain at some...

Duration:01:26:29

Motion: Yield Farming is an innovation (Haseeb Qureshi vs. Meltem Demirors, co-host: Tarun Chitra)

9/18/2020
Guests: Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb) Meltem Demirors (@melt_dem) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Tarun Chitra (@tarunchitra, special co-host) Today’s motion is “Yield farming is an innovation.” Yield farming, or liquidity mining, refers to a newly popularized practice of DeFi protocols, where the protocols incentivize usage with reward tokens. The trend was kickstarted with Compound offering their native tokens for anyone lending on their platforms. And with the mooning of COMP, many other...

Duration:00:58:07

Motion: Blockchain analysis companies are bad for bitcoin (Alex Gladstein vs. Dave Jevans)

8/28/2020
Guests: Alex Gladstein (@gladstein) Dave Jevans (@davejevans) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “Blockchain analysis companies are bad for bitcoin.” Blockchain analysis companies are effectively on-chain detectives. They help exchanges and other financial institutions detect and monitor money-laundering activities and therefore stay in compliance. They also help law enforcement do financial investigations. But their tools may also be useful for repressive regimes in...

Duration:01:14:48

Motion: Today's blockchains can't increase TPS without taking a hit on decentralization (Emre Tekişalp vs. Anatoly Yakovenko, cohost: Uri Klarman)

8/10/2020
Guests: Emre Tekişalp (@etekis) Anatoly Yakovenko (@aeyakovenko) Hosts: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Uri Klarman (@uriklarman, special co-host) Today’s motion is “Today’s blockchains can’t increase TPS without taking a hit on decentralization.” Today’s guests are from two different public blockchains Coda and Solana. The CEO of Bloxroute came on as special co-host. So Coda came to this topic from the angle that, adding full nodes will further decentralize the network but slow down...

Duration:01:16:38

Motion: Scalability is impossible without sharding and layer-2 solutions (Georgios Konstantopoulos vs. Anatoly Yakovenko, cohost: Tarun Chitra)

7/20/2020
Guests: Georgios Konstantopoulos (@gakonst) Anatoly Yakovenko (@aeyakovenko) Hosts: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Tarun Chitra (@tarunchitra, special co-host) Today’s motion is “Scalability is impossible without sharding and layer-2 solutions.” Today’s discussion is highly technical in nature and I’m glad to have Tarun as my co-pilot. Between the two debaters, one is building a public chain that insists on achieving scaling without sharding, and the other is an independent consultant with...

Duration:01:42:57

Motion: Nation-state attack on Bitcoin is an unresolved ticking time-bomb (Mike Kelly vs. Hasu)

6/29/2020
Guests: Mike Kelly (@mikekelly85) Hasu (@hasufl) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “Nation-state attack on the bitcoin network is an unresolved ticking time bomb.” In this thorough and fascinating debate, we covered these topics: The idea for this debate was born out of a twitter discussion, where someone posted a video of Andreas Antonopoulos dismissing the threat on bitcoin from nationstates. Now, while you’re here, be sure to also check out our previous episodes too....

Duration:01:31:36

Motion: Corporate bailouts and capital market rescues make sense, II (Jonathan Padilla vs. Nick White)

6/3/2020
Guests: Jonathan "JP" Padilla (@JPadillaCA) Nick White (@nickwh8te) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “I largely approve the US government’s fiscal and monetary response to the ongoing economic crisis.” We recently had another debate on a similar topic, between Qiao Wang and Jimmy Song. While Qiao argued for the pro-establishment view, he still saw lots of issues with the government’s intervention in the markets. In the debate, Qiao was playing the role of a devil’s...

Duration:01:14:56

Motion: Corporate bailouts and capital market rescues make sense (Qiao Wang vs. Jimmy Song)

5/5/2020
Guests: Qiao Wang (@qwqiao) Jimmy Song (@jimmysong) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) We all know the dominant crypto-native perspective on corporate/Wall Street bailouts — as generally anti-intervention, both fiscally and monetarily. But it’s important to hear the other side, if only to kick the tires of your own beliefs. After all, many smart people embrace a statist, big government view, in how to run an economy. In this debate, we covered many topics, including the following: Our two...

Duration:01:46:10

Motion: Ethereum 1.0 can scale (Uri Klarman vs. Mrinal Manohar)

4/30/2020
Guests: Uri Klarman (@uriklarman) Mrinal Manohar (casperlabs.io) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) The guests we have today have close ties to Ethereum. One is actively working on a solution to scale the 1.0 version. The other was an early investor in Ethereum. In this episode, I learned about: Be sure to also check out our previous episodes too, on Bitcoin’s store of value status, tokenization and smart contracts, DeFi, bitcoin halvening, China’s future in blockchain, POW vs POS,...

Duration:01:31:40

Discussion: Baseline ("Permission-less Chain" for enterprise) vs. Corda ("Permissioned Chain" for enterprise) (John Wolpert vs. Richard Brown)

4/20/2020
Guests: John Wolpert (@jwolpert) Richard Brown (@gendal) Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s session is about enterprise blockchain and features a co-founder of Baseline protocol and CTO of R3. The former is building an enterprise solution on a public blockchain, whereas the latter is doing so on a private blockchain. So you will learn about the two approaches as the two guests compare notes on their respective products. And today’s format is more of a discussion rather than a debate....

Duration:01:02:15

Motion: The future of blockchain will be an oligopoly of public blockchains (Illia Polosukhin vs. Zaki Manian)

4/15/2020
Guests: Illia Polosukhin (@ilblackdragon) - debating FOR the motion Zaki Manian (@zmanian) - debating AGAINST the motion Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) In a world where decentralized applications proliferate, will these applications be built on top of a few or many public blockchains? Exploration of this topic would help us understand the merits of the coexistence of many protocols. On the extreme, each dapp can have its own chain, so that the developers/community for each app can have...

Duration:01:02:05

Motion: POS will overtake POW (Kevin Sekniqi vs. Tarun Chitra)

3/25/2020
Guests: Kevin Sekniqi (@kevinsekniqi) - debating FOR the motion Tarun Chitra (@tarunchitra) - debating AGAINST the motion Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “POS will overtake POW.” This is an important topic for a few reasons. First, from an investor’s perspective, this is another angle of evaluating BTC vs its challengers, which by and large are POS, or moving to POS. Second, this provides guidance to architects of new protocols in making design decisions. If we were to...

Duration:01:41:28

Motion: China Will Lead the World in Blockchain Innovation (Matthew Graham vs. Avichal Garg)

3/9/2020
Guests: Matthew Graham (@mattysino) - debating FOR the motion Avichal Garg (@avichal) - debating AGAINST the motion Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “China will lead the world in blockchain innovation.” With a huge market, vast amount of capital, loose regulations (in a de facto sense anyway), deep bench of talent and prowess for imitation, China is a powerful incubator of tech and product, both in blockchain and other tech industries. China is the place for...

Duration:01:18:15

Motion: Bitcoin Halvening is Priced In (Jason Williams vs. Christian Keroles)

2/24/2020
Guests: Jason Williams (@JWilliamsFstmed) - debating FOR the motion Christian Keroles (@ck_SNARKs) - debating AGAINST the motion Host: Richard Yan (@gentso09) Today’s motion is “Bitcoin halvening is priced in.” Halvening, or halving, refers to the regularly scheduled reduction in the supply of new bitcoins to reward miners. This happens roughly every four years, and the supply is reduced by 50% each time. Halvening is built into the protocol and not a contentious topic. What is...

Duration:01:13:20