In this episode, we spoke with Ashe Oro, an entrepreneur, economist, and founder of FreedomProxy, TokenYield.io, and a number of other projects in the cryptocurrency space.
With his background and experience in Computer Engineering and as Head of Business Development for Euro Pacific Bank in 2013, Ashe was drawn to cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech as a means to protect personal freedom due to its decentralized nature and ability to facilitate free market currency competition.
In this episode, we spoke with Maple Leaf Capital (MLC). MLC is an investor and one of the most active Twitter personalities in the EOS ecosystem, particularly around the subject of token valuations. He has published detailed models for various EOSIO-based tokens, and also actively participates in conversations around governance and network development.
MLC on Twitter
Cathy Guo is the CEO of Dunya Labs, a blockchain development firm based in India. She came on the podcast to discuss Eclipse, the first product from Dunya. Eclipse is a back-end resource management solution for EOS dApps. Cathy also shared insights on challenges facing EOS dApps, the differences between EOS’s eastern and western communities, and more.
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We were joined by Damian Byeon, Chief Communications Officer at ITAM Games, a blockchain mobile gaming platform. We discussed new gaming business models, ITAM's philosophy, its unique plans for user on-boarding, and more. Damian also talked about a few of ITAM's upcoming games. Other topics covered include:
ITAM's blockchain mobile store called ITAM Store.
NFT standards and SDKs for traditional games to move to blockchain.
Why blockchain gaming can offer additional utility to both users and developers
BlueDawn as ITAM's flagship mobile RPG.
How blockchain will change the business model of gaming companies.
ITAM's unique three-tier system of user on-boarding.
Account creation process for ITAM Games and permission and key management.
ITAM NFT and its collaboration with dGoods.
Differences in perception in EOS between Korea and the West.
The largest mobile gaming market opportunities.
We were joined by David Packham, Head of Strategy at EOS42, a London-based block producer. David also leads Chintai, a token-leasing platform built on EOS. Our conversation touched on a number of topics around Chintai 2.0, infrastructure, security, community building, dApp development, and governance. David formerly worked as a banker and developer before falling down the crypto rabbit hole and eventually finding EOS. Other topics covered include:
How EOS can deliver on the promises of Ethereum
Chintai 2.0 as a leasing platform for all sorts of tokens
Chintai 2.0 timeline
Legal challenges around token sales
NFTs and the new possibilities they open up for gaming
New leasing models and blockchain-native markets
Block producer decision-making through 15/21 msig
The EOS Constitution and the EOS User Agreement
Predictions on the future direction of EOS
What's next for Chintai and EOS42 in 2019
We were joined by Igor Lins e Silva, Dominique Deschatre, and Thiago Canellas from EOS Rio to discuss their recent work on the Hyperion API. EOS Rio has managed to create a new open-source standard for EOS full history API nodes. Not only is their solution more efficient than the existing native history plugin, it’s also technically easier to setup and maintain, cheaper to run, and requires far less storage. What used to require 4TB now only requires ~650GB. It’s really amazing work from one of the most highly technical BP teams. We covered a number of additional topics, including:
Background on their company and BP campaign
Their previous experience building on blockchains and reasons they preferred EOS
PoW vs. DPOS
Their perspective on network governance
The importance of voter participation
Rio's thoughts on how to improve EOS networking and infrastructure
The Hyperion API Solution and why they decided to build it
The differences between Hyperion and the original native API plugin
Making Hyperion a new open-source standard for the EOS community
The importance of full history APIs
EOS 2019 predictions
The EOS Torch
We were joined by Rami James to discuss Scatter, one of the most important and ubiquitous projects in all of EOS. Towards the end of the interview, Scatter's founder Nathan James also joined the call (there were a few small issues with audio in the middle of the interview). We covered a ton of different topics, including all of the major initiatives that Scatter is working on-- Scatter Marketplace, RIDL, dGoods, gaming integrations, and more. We also spent a lot of time talking about UX and design, which is Rami's area of expertise. We talk about his design philosophy, the future of blockchain UX, user on-boarding challenges, and more.
Rami's background and previous work
Simplicity as a design philosophy
The new version of Scatter
Rami's vision for Scatter in the future.
Scatter's role in the dGoods initiative
The RIDL project and its role as a trust builder in a decentralized ecosystem
Bringing games from other platforms to EOS
Forecast on which games will be the first to go live on Scatter Marketplace and on dGoods.
EOS predictions for 2019
The biggest challenge for EOS
Nathan's take on full history API nodes
and much more
Fred Krueger is a seasoned entrepreneur, most recently founding and running both EOS Lynx and WorkCoin. His past ventures include work in ad-tech, game development, and domain names. In more recent years he became deeply involved in the blockchain world, where he gravitated towards EOS for its superior user experience. We had a wide-ranging discussion that covered a number of different topics, including:
The history of EOS Lynx
The importance of taking a user-centric approach to crypto wallets
The UX issues with the EOS mainnet
Staking and resource management
Key management and user experience
His goals for Lynx Chain
We sat down with Aaron Cox and Scott Sallinen from Greymass, one of the strongest infrastructure-focused block producer teams in the EOS community. They are known to many users for their eos-voter desktop wallet, but they also do a ton of behind-the-scenes work on core infrastructure for the network. It's work that often goes unnoticed, but it is absolutely critical for the healthy functioning of both the EOS blockchain and the dApps built on top of it.
Recently, many people have begun talking about the size of EOS's full history API nodes and the storage requirements for these nodes. We discussed this issue in our most recent newsletter, but we wanted to speak with experts on the subject. Team Greymass knows these issues better than almost anyone, and we dove into the top in-depth. We also covered a number of other interesting topics, including:
Scott and Aaron's background in Steem and other DPOS chains
The infamous Whiteblock report on EOS
Academia and the blockchain industry
The issues around full history API nodes on EOS
Consensus nodes vs. history nodes
Why full history nodes matter
The importance of having API standards
Storage requirements for derived history
The reasons why full history is so large
CPU vs. NET on EOS and how each contribute to storage requirements
Full history API access as a BP service vs. a paid service
How APIs affect the decentralization of dApps
Greymass's Light History solution
Other solutions on the horizon
New tools and products Greymass is working on
In this episode, we spoke with Ryan Bethem, head of community at EOS42. Ryan is a former psychologist who is now one of the most knowledgeable EOS community members on the topic of governance. Ryan has spent a lot of time thinking, writing, and debating about EOS governance and ways to improve it. We had a wide-ranging discussion that covered a number of different topics, including:
Governance challenges and opportunities
How BPs can better server token holders
Challenges of referendum
Ryan's proposal for cooperative voting infrastructure bounties
Ryan's thoughts on improving regproducer
Defining the role of a BP
Evolving roles of BPsThe benefits and challenges of DPOS at scale
In this episode we spoke with Jesús Chitty from EOS Argentina.
This conversation spanned a number of different topics, including crypto adoption in Latin America, stablecoins, gaming on EOS, the history of different DPOS chains, and much more. It was one of my favorite conversations that I've had in recent times.
Chitty has been involved in the crypto world since the early days, initially using Bitcoin as a way to move money out of his native Venezuela. He later became involved deeply in both BitShares and Steem, Dan Larimer's first two projects. Much of EOS's design and architecture is borrowed from BitShares and Steem, so there is a lot that the EOS community can learn from those two projects. Chitty and I spent quite a bit of time discussing those lessons and also covered a number of other topics, including:
Chitty's personal background
How EOS Argentina came about
The importance of proper token distribution
BTS, Steem, and EOS as “societies”
Governance in DPOS chains
Inflation in Venezuela and Argentina
why crypto is useful for Latin Americans
How blockchain can be used to improve government efficiency
“fiat-coins” vs. decentralized stablecoins
For this episode of the podcast, we spoke with Jae Chung and Emily Lin from HK EOS. HK EOS is a block producer based in Hong Kong and run by a distributed team. They have been active contributors to the EOS network since before launch, and they also run a dApp incubator and advise a number of projects. We brought them on to discuss the state of dApp development on EOS. We covered a number of topics in-depth:
background on HK EOS
dApp development challenges and opportunities
why dApps should build on EOS
EOS vs. other blockchain software
Interesting use cases for blockchain dApps
HK EOS dApp incubator
What they are looking forward to in 2019
Ways that enterprises or even nations can utilize blockchain tech
Public blockchains vs. private blockchains vs. consortium blockchains
Best practices for building EOS dApps
UX hurdles for dApps
Sidechains and sister chains
Bridging the East/West community divide
In this podcast we spoke to Ashe Oro, co-founder of Freedom Proxy and host of EOS.Radio.
We discuss how EOSIO software is empowering entrepreneurs and creating entirely new business models. We discuss a number of topics, including:
Ashe's background in the precious metals space
DAOs and DACs
New EOSIO chains
Competing markets for governance
Why EOSIO is the blockchain software for entrepreneurs
Fee-based models vs. resource delegation models for blockchains
Blockchain-native business models
Why for-profit dApps are a game changer
Advice for entrepreneurs looking to build on EOS
And much more!
In this episode we spoke to Haley Thomson of EOS Cafe Block.
Our discussion mainly focused on the recent launch of the EOS.FORUM referendum smart contract. We touch on a number of topics:
What is EOS referendum?
Why is a referendum system useful? What are its limitations?
Referendum best practices
The incentive system of DPOS
The EOS governance stack
EOS Cafe Block's work with Bloks.io
In this episode, we sat down with Kevin Rose, co-founder of EOS New York, to talk about what 2019 might look like in the EOS world. We cover a number of topics:
gaming on EOS
digital ownership and NFTs
Block.one's mobile wallet
User on-boarding for dApps
Blockchain-native business models
Using EOS permissions to distribute control of key dApp accounts
The utility and implications of EOS referendum
EOSIO sidechains and sister chains
and much more!
In this episode, we spoke to Blockchain Kid, the founder of the Mereo proxy. Though pseudonymous, Blockchain Kid is a highly active and approachable member of the EOS community. His background in corporate governance and compensation consulting gives him some really interesting insights into the DPOS incentive structure and why voting is important.
We also discussed his newest initiative, Voting Valued. Voting Valued is a new proposal for compensating voters who lend their voting weight to a specific proxy. The specifics of the proposal are complex and somewhat controversial, but Blockchain Kid thoroughly explains the reasoning behind the proposal and defends its merits. We think it's one of the more interesting things we've seen in the proxy world recently.
We discuss a number of other issues related to EOS, including the importance of proxies, BP compensation, EOS governance, and much more.
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For this episode, we brought on two of our favorite block producers, CryptoLions and EOS Costa Rica. Both of these teams have been heavily involved in maintaining the Jungle Testnet, one of the most active testnets in the EOS ecosystem. They recently ran a number of stress tests to set new performance records for EOSIO software. We spoke to the two teams about a number of different topics:
Background on both teams
History of the Jungle testnet and recent updates
Jungle Classic vs. Jungle 2.0
The importance of testnets and what it means for the mainnet
How the Jungle testnet got “attacked,” and how the testnet BPs “recovered” the chain
Stress testing the Jungle testnet
New EOSIO transaction throughput records
Transactions vs. Operations on Blockchains
How to measure throughput
CPU issues on the network and how to address them
Sidechains and sister chains
Articles Referenced in the Podcast :
New Maximum EOSIO TPS demonstrated in Jungle Testnet: 9179
That’s how we broke Jungle Testnet twice in a row, eleven days before 1.0 #EOSIO Release
Killer Whale Attack: Recovering a hi-jacked EOS chain