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Mission: DeFi

Mission: DeFi

By Brad Nickel
Mission DeFi showcases innovation in the DeFi ecosystem. Our mission is to advance the cause of freedom that decentralized finance & cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Bitcoin, and many others represent. Hosted by Brad Nickel with 26 years of experience in tech, startups, & crypto, he interviews and profiles innovative projects, their founders, & provides how-tos for investing in the DeFi ecosystem. Mission: DeFi is presented by Material Indicators(https://materialindicators.com) & Blacknox (https://blacknox.com)
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DeFi Lunch (Ep 39) - November 24, 2021

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DeFi Lunch (Ep 42) - December 3, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
50:26
December 3, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 41) - December 2, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:00:56
December 3, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 40) - November 29, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
58:13
December 3, 2021
Mission DeFi - EP 30 - Hundred Finance is building the stable cross chain lending protocol that DeFi needs for growth. With vfat and Acid Bird
Hundred Finance was born out of the ruins of Percent and lending protocol that suffered a lockup bug. The team is building a thoughful, stable, and long term project that will be massively cross chain.  We all know vfat for his massively useful tool for degens to find yield, but now he, Acid Bird and the team are giving back even more with Hundred.  Name of Guest: Vfat and Acid Bird Name of Project:  Hundred Twitter URL of Guest:  https://twitter.com/vfat0 Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/HundredFinance Project URL: https://hundred.finance
44:08
November 30, 2021
SnowDog Sale Watch - $SB $SDOG
Lets see if snowdog pumps. Joe and Brad covered the live buy of SDOG and the ultimate failure of Brad to execute on the opportunity.  SnowDogDAO SnowBankDAO $SDOG #SB
01:51:07
November 26, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 39) - November 24, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:12:46
November 24, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 38) - November 23, 2021
Brad updates his friend's hack incident. Joe brings in 3 more degen plays.  We cover the flippening, Navajo Nation mining, Bitcoin dominance drop. Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:02:49
November 24, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 37) - November 22, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
57:56
November 23, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 36) - November 19, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi & Degen news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
49:52
November 23, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 35) - November 18, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
37:58
November 23, 2021
Mission DeFi - EP 29 - B.Protocol is making lending protocols safer and democratizing liquidation mechanisms
# Mission DeFi - B.Protocol ## Guest Info Name of Guest: Eitan Katchka Name of Project: B.Protocol Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/EKatchka Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/Bprotocoleth Project URL: https://bprotocol.org   Project/Guest Description: B.Protocol is lead by a highly experienced and big brain team that is working to make lending liquidations work better by pooling liquidation funds for lending protocols across DeFi. It is a powerful platform and model where everybody wins and I expect that B.Protocol will end up being a big player in the space. 
01:00:15
November 19, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 34) - November 17, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:00:14
November 17, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 33) - November 16, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:09:48
November 17, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 32) - November 15, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:08:18
November 16, 2021
Mission DeFi - EP 28 - Eric Ervin is opening a $100 trillion investor market through Onramp Invest
Eric Ervin has a successful Crypto hedge fund and a background creating and selling ETFs, but his newest endeavors to bring Financial Advisors into crypto is a massive opportunity for the entire space with a group of people managing over $100 trillion. It is a big play and after years of work, the platform is integrated with tradfi systems and advisors are joining.  They are now taking it to the next level to offer DeFi along with custody solutions to advisors.  Name of Guest: Eric Ervin Name of Projects: BlockForce Capital OnRamp Invest Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/eervin1 Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/Blockforcecap https://twitter.com/OnrampInvest Project URL: https://defi.blockforcecapital.com/ https://blockforcecapital.com/ https://www.onrampinvest.com/ Bridging Traditional and Decentralized FinanceHis background as a quant and manager in trade for wealthy individuals and then his move into ETFs.  Left Morgan Stanley in 2012 to build his own company.  Created a dividends swap market for S&P 500 based entirely on dividend value and not price.  Called it regulatory Tetris Regulators couldn’t agree how to regulate.  He convinced them to see it as an ETF and got that product approved after 2.5 years.  Gave him an understanding of the process, but learned that the ETF market wasn’t right market for a product like that.  Then he started realizing that crypto and blockchain were perfect for what he was trying to do.  Start a quant hedge fund using their own money and others to actually make money. Started with their money first in order to learn more and be in more.  Was for people not going to manage it themselves. Started Blockforce capital in 2016 with his own money and then in 2019 took on outside money. Relates how they invested and managed money. Not a portfolio building fund. More about actively trading and leveraging all kinds of metrics in the market. Truly wanted to offer a hedge fund like return rather than just a portfolio strategy. What it was like when he made the move out of trade into crypto in 2016. They did it all in stealth mode. “How can we get ourselves out of the ETF business as fast as possible”.  Why he thinks the idea of a Bitcoin ETF is as silly as an IBM ETF and is completely unnecessary when direct access or via a fund is superior. Access for all is his mantra.  ETF industry takes a couple of billion to break even and then in a hedge fund about $30 million.  Discussed how they tried to do an acquisition to ramp up faster and it failed at the last minute.  Didn’t market the hedge fund. Just had word of mouth spread the word. At the end of 2020 they rebooted onramp as a stand alone firm.  Major investors like Softbank, Coinbase, & Gemini all investors.  Sizable fund with great performance and gives them an opportunity to try new things, etc.  How they came up with and built a platform for onramping financial advisors.  No way to easily create accounts for clients. Coinbase asked him to build it.  How May of 2021 was the iPhone market for crypto and they were able to now let anyone create via their system and access it via their existing investment accounts at TD, etc.  How they are now going to move into DeFi projects with self-custody, but allowing advisors to manage for them.  Providing EAT - Education, Access, and Tools We discussed what it is like for advisors to see what is available in crypto and how powerful it can be.  His thoughts on where we are with regulators and the btc ETF. How amazing the process was integrating what they offer with a DAO as a product to launch.
01:05:12
November 15, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 30) - November 11, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
49:52
November 13, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 29) - November 10, 2021 - Simone Pomposi from Fantom joined Brad and Joe
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. Today Brad and Joe had special guest Simone Pomposi from Fantom Foundation to discuss what is new, what is coming, and how things are going at Fantom.  We also covered degen options as usual and much more.   This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:09:35
November 11, 2021
Mission DeFi - EP 27 - Simone Pomposi from Fantom - Driving forward one of the fastest growing chains in DeFi
Guest Info Name of Guest: Simone Pomposi Name of Project: Fantom Blockchain Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/theotherpomp Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/FantomFDN Project URL: https://fantom.foundation/ Project/Guest Description: Simone is the CMO for Fantom Why they are a guest: Fantom is a fast, high-throughput open-source smart contract platform for digital assets and dApps. ## Show Notes Background: 20 years in advertising Commercial and art Phillips auction house Creative production Worked at Ferrari Photographer What it is like being a CMO of a crypto project.  Andre Cronje - yearn Speaking in 2017 at iota, holochain event with Fantom Involved at beginning as advisor A few months later her became heavily involved Core team members with Michael Chen and Chong Co-authored consensys DeFi at early stages Andre Why is Fantom’s community so passionate?  Born in bear market People invested and then helped to grow it Originally  created in Korea Just a few months after the sale Consensus mechanism Gaming is a big focus upcoming for Fantom and they are seeing more and more game devs coming to them.  How got into crypto: 2013 Co-worker - Mark Talked about bitcoin Tech background Bought on coinbase Michael Chen CMP Joined Fantom community early Meetup in NYC Andre Cronje How involved is Andre? Not hard core developing. Author of the consensys mechanism Major decision maker Artium. Michael Kong CEO What is powerful about Fantom? 1 second Use case - Reaper.farm Auto compounding vaults How do people fund apps on Fantom Recruiting developers Tech vs users Austin - Community members FTM alerts Projects.fantom.network Lets talk about community management and building. It can be a great time, but it can be difficult Loot Fantom build apps/games Real world applications Afghanistan ERP systems CBDC talks Pharmacy meds are counterfeit or not Check it Minister of health of afghanistan Reaper.farm Spooky Smooth
01:25:01
November 10, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 28) - November 9, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. Want to to degen on projects you like or do you have a project you want us to dive into? We'll give 10% to charities.  DM Brad - https://twitter.com/b05crypto Just love the show and want to help pay for interns so we can do even more? 0x3BDc8377e5607DDde0E731333aa4e015A49297A7 Snowbank $SB - An OlympusDAO fork paying an APY in the trillions Discord adding Metamask?  Metamask launching a token from Joseph Lubin @BluDAC moves on to Crystl.finance and is paying great rewards Brad takes the dog out New protocol launching and raises $40 million to move EVM to Solana Joe's $GEIST play The ENS airdrop - Brad got $4000. https://claim.ens.domains Joe's play in $BLIZZ finance blizz.finance Crazy ass quadrillion APYs on Grim.Finance.  Why institutional investors won't touch this.  Reaper.farm Scarecrow FInance How terrified we were when we first started doing DeFi.  Coinbase wallet extension getting blasted by bad reviews. Looks like a campaign.  DFYN High yield pools This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
38:27
November 9, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 27) - November 8, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. On today's episode: Monetizing the show by wearing project t-shirts for tokens Scarecrow DeFi gets fudded by competitor Morpheus Swap Avalanche $AVAX Snowbank Finance - a gazillion percent APY Blizz.finance - Cool model Crystl  Azuki ATH ETH and BTC Tax implications for infrastructure bill Brad staking SB This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:04:25
November 8, 2021
Mission DeFi - EP 26 - Sam Kazemian of Frax wants to replace the Consumer Price Index(CPI) to make finance fair for everyone
How Frax is working to replace the CPI with a better, fairer model for an algo stablecoin that will benefit everyone.  Guest Info Name of Guest: Sam Kazemian Name of Project: Frax Finance Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/samkazemian Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/FraxFinance Project URL: https://frax.finance/ Previous Episode with Sam: https://bit.ly/3DeDPxZ Show Notes 600 million Frax in circulation and growing 10s of millions weekly FPI ships in late November/early december Frax dollar pegged stablecoin FPI CPI plus inflation factor. How the Frax Price Index works. Treasury system and high yielding stablecoin system Similar to OHM, but no bonds No bonds = partner with Olympus FPI stablecoins FXS governance vfxs Frax FXS airdrop Frax stablecoin algo fractional Targets the exchange rate of coins out in the open market Frax expands or contracts in different protocols Curve LP tokens earning a yields Frax supply needs to contract Burns the supply Depending on the market Exactly Dai using the same model LAMM Lending AMM #AllRoadsLeadToFrax The emotions around having MakerDao copy explicitly how Frax works. Other things that they've developed that others will use at other stablecoins Uniswap v3 Regulatory USDC USDT Tradfi collateralized Paper behind No link with tradfi collateral What are you doing from a biz dev perspective? Other projects? IRL Balajis - online talk about decentralized ID Compartmentalize them Inflation show Want it to be? What keeps you up at night about FRAX? FPI is the 2nd stablecoin in Frax Why not fractional Euros, etc? Bitcoin/Ethereum sized play Originally had thought Frax might decouple His thoughts on OHM Reserve currency. FPI not rebasing or bonds Stake for more rewards in FPI High yield stablecoin What CPI is: 2 types of food % of what is spent on each index doubles it the next month Dollar is supposed to track the exchange of those items is supposed to lose 2.5% per year. The dollar should track the CPI Why not create that in a crypto native system Bring the CPI on chain. Chainlink CPI once per month How the inflationary aspects of the CPI are both good and bad. Creates growth, but hyper consumer society, so harms lower income members of society. FPI uses an onchain version of the CPI oracle for Chainlink and that will drive part of the algorithm for Do you think we will improve upon that? Stablecoin algo adjusted in supply to track this oracle. The best currency is the one that keeps it constant Flat coin Increase your standard of living. Constant purchasing power. Relationship between Frax/FPI Talking to FEI Joey Santorum from FEI on the show What has to happen for FPI to get to 1 trillion? Slow and boring People won't notice or care Sitting there Ecosystem of applications in DeFi/IRL that are using it? Big picture vision Application in real life Make the world a better place
01:22:59
November 7, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 26) - November 5, 2021 - Crypto CTA, Scarecrow yields ($AVAX / $SCARE), Float Capital, Calculator Guy, Grim Finance, $OMG, $BOBA,
Brad's rant for crypto to engage in politics Scarecrow which yield Float capital to hedge your OHM position Visit the calculator guy to learn more:  http://bit.ly/calcguy @phtevenstrong Grim auto compounding at millions % APY Australian ETF blows up 10 coins to watch in November OMG / BOBA and their play in the AI / ML space BOSON NFT wrapping
52:55
November 6, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 25) - November 4, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new DEGEN opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. 4% of Americans quit jobs for crypto The Bridging Trilemma & LayerZero https://medium.com/stargate-official/the-bridging-trilemma-d80788cce4ef Kevin Durant starting a Crypto SPAC Brad is out of SmartCoin $SMRTR Shib killing Brad's trades @Reddit going decentralized and tokenized Every subreddit as a DAO Astronomical returns with Scarecrow.fi full Degen @Scarecrowdefi $SCARE / $FTM Step 1 - Deposit in Farm on Scarecrow.fi Step 2 Every other day deposit Scare tokens into Incentive Vaults to earn wMemo a Compound every other day to earn more in the farm at 1400% Step 3 - Stake wMEMO on Grim This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
55:31
November 5, 2021
Mission DeFi - EP 25 - Automate This! - Hilmar Orth of Gelato Network - How Gelato overcame the inherent problems with automation in crypto
Guest Info Name of Guest: Hilmar Orth Name of Project: Gelato Network Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/hilmarxo Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/gelatonetwork Project URL: https://twitter.com/gelatonetwork Project/Guest Description: Why they are a guest: Show Notes Finance as undergrad Tech background 2017 -2018 Experiment with blockchain Started working with blockchain with large companies in Germany. Started working in finance and had a bad experience. Gnosis - Got to know the team and worked on a project for them called DutchX to fill large orders. Were tasked to help firms automatically place / start large auctions so that projects could sell tokens over time rather than in a large ICO. Required an external impulse to execute the transaction. The problem is, you have to approve transactions, so automation wasn't possible like you would in tradfi or banks couldn't be done. So decided to build a solution to solve the problem for all of crypto. Received a grant from Gnosis and then built the platform. Most widely used projects using them. Zerion, instadapp, MakerDAO, and many others using for 1000s of transactions per day. Discussed how it works. Client that accepts the jobs needed and then runs them for them. Set conditions. What the future holds. What they would like to see happen. Whether he thinks they will have a model that will let consumers create their own automations using Gelato.
53:12
November 4, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 20) - November 3, 2021
Awesome DeFi Lunch today! Discussed my interview with @samkazemian of @fraxfinance $FRAX $FPI Mission-based projects Tarantino / Pulp Fiction #NFTs My degen gambit in @0xSmartCoin & #SuicideCompounding @RariCapital teens & much more Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
56:19
November 3, 2021
EP. 24 - Tyler Whirty of HODL PAC - If you're not at the table, you're on the menu! Why crypto will get crucified if we don't build a political force to combat regulatory encroachment.
Guest Info "If you aren't at the table, then you are on the menu." Why crypto will get crucified if we don't build a political force to combat regulatory encroachment. Name of Guest: Tyler Whirty Name of Project: HodlPAC Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/twhirty_ Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/HODLpac Project URL: https://www.hodlpac.org/ Show Notes His background and how he got into crypto. Started at the Kato Institute What HODLPac is. The type of PAC they are and the represent and how they combine both kinds into a hybrid PAC, because they have a normal PAC and a SuperPAC. How the money donated to HODLPac is managed and contributed. What each side can do and can't do. Why it is important for the crypto ecosystem. The strategy for how they help their candidates of choice. How it isn't about crypto political advertising. How HODL Pac got started and when/why. Why it is important for the community to have political tools in our toolbox. "Not at the table, then you are on the menu." Why not being involved is a choice to harm crypto. The numerous strategies available to us for growth and power. What Tyler thinks is our best strategy first with taking on people like Brad Sherman by helping Aarika Rhodes or evenly spreading efforts in education. How Tyler navigates the tribes of crypto. How the DAO of HODL PAC will function and it will be simmilar to gitcoin. https://wtfisqf.com to understand quadratic funding.
01:05:28
November 2, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 18) -November 1, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:05:42
November 2, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 17) - October 29, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:16:26
October 29, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 16) - October 27, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:15:32
October 29, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 15) - October 26, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
01:07:05
October 27, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 14) - October 25, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
53:60
October 27, 2021
EP 23 - Paul Brody of EY - This ain't your daddy's "Ernst & Young" - How EY is building a crypto practice that helps all of DeFi
Guest Info Name of Guest: Paul Brody Name of Project: EY Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/pbrody Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/EY_US Project URL: https://blockchain.ey.com/ Show Notes How he got started and became the Global Blockchain Leader at EY  How he got into blockchain and EY While at IBM: Talked about connected devices like light bulbs and how their clients were selling them and they were losing money from cloud services. So they decided on blockchain and spoke to Vitalik Buterin about it. That project convinced him that blockchain was all he wanted to work on. IBM wasn't interested, but EY was. He laid the groundwork for EY, that it was going to go up and down and needed them to stay with it whenever it goes down or up. He got a 5-10 year commitment from them 5 years ago. Polygon partnership is a direct outcome from that investment over the ups and downs. How large companies get excited about things and expect big revenue and then realize they have to wait or call it a failure. How he really set expectations. How they decided what EY would be doing in blockchain Went through a large number of options. Had a blank sheet Were going to focus on external, not internal. Most difficult decision was private or public blockchains and decided that public was only way, but that privacy of what they do is critical. They need privacy in their competition. Cannot be open on chain. Didn't think that private would ever work so they adopted Public - but. They decided on Ethereum and to be the best at Ethereum. They decided to invest heavily in privacy. Hired researchers and cryptographers. Could only choose 1 platform. Decided couldn't mess with any others and he thinks it paid off. How he had to convince partners at EY to give away millions of dollars in research as open source. Nightfall Had to protect the actual transaction and then also make sure that the asset and transfer are private and then they are working on Starlight which allows making business logic private. Optimistic rollup with privacy and best in class costs. Polygon partnership Polygon approached them to deliver as one of their layer 2 solutions. Says they are very smart about how they engineer things Scaling support. User experience Fast, low cost and private. Ecosystem of buyers and sellers. No disclosure of transaction data. Starlight Zero knowledge compiler They have prototype right now Can tag variables that need to remain private. Now adding more complex logic. Now adding enterprise level logic. Entire contract on chain for widgets and price, etc. and you couldn't see it. So private procurement agreement running privately on public blockchain. Customer Offering Complex applications for businesses. Multi-party Doing a procurement system for XBOX/Microsoft on blockchain with smart contracts. Reduces 45 day process for paying game developers to 5 minutes. How the blockchain solves the big problem with ERP implementations and makes tx a level playing field for large and small companies. Data flows give big guys advantage without disclosing the big player the small players data. This this is one of the key things that will drive adoption and all players meet in neutral territory. Their Revenue Model For Blockchain Blockchain analyzer Consulting SaaS offerings
55:21
October 25, 2021
DeFi Lunch (Ep 13) - October 22, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.
58:19
October 22, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 21, 2021 with special guest Corey Cottrell Of Uplift, Bludac & more
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all. In this episode: Corey Cottrell joins us to discuss his projects that are transforming and growing DeFi on the Wax blockchain.  BluDac Uplift World Secret alpha about the next stage.  Smart Coin BTC News and much much more. 
01:09:05
October 22, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 20, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.  In this episode: Fun episode! If you smoke pot spark it for 2nd half. Deep... Smiling face with open mouth and smiling eyes $BTC #ATH  #ETH Supply crunch $RVST  @RevestFinance @sommfinance @JustinCBram #UBI - Self perpetuating money #Automation #AI End of money $CRV @REVV_Token @boneswapfi @_DFyn @JeffBooth @sifchain & more!
01:05:10
October 20, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 19, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. This is not financial advice. Nothing said on the show should be considered financial advice. This is just the opinions of Brad Nickel, Joe Cawley, and our guests. None of us are financial advisors. Trading, participating, yield farming, liquidity pools, and all of DeFi and crypto is high risk and dangerous. If you decide to participate, do your own research. Never count on the research of others. We don't know what we are talking about and you can lose all your money. Never invest more than you can afford to lose, because you probably will lose it all.  In this episode The Wax Blockchain - https://twitter.com/WAX_io BluDAC - https://twitter.com/BluDac - https://bluedac.io/ Alcor Exchange on Wax - https://twitter.com/alcorexchange - https://wax.alcor.exchange/ MultiFarm - https://alpha.multifarm.fi/assets - https://twitter.com/multifarm_fi Speed of transactions 7 million users Why the SEC isn't actually about protecting people Nikola($NKLA) Dotcom crash FarmHero - https://farmhero.io/ PolySage - https://www.polysage.finance/ Wonderland - https://app.wonderland.money/#/stake - OlympusDAO fork Fantom blockchain wMEMO and much much more. 
01:11:07
October 19, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 18, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more.
01:12:15
October 18, 2021
EP 22 - Kyle Samani thinks DeFi ETH has hit a wall & Solana will prevail
Brought to you by Material Indicators who help you apply science to trading. Join our amazing community to learn from experts in trading and check out our suite of tools that help you trade better. https://materialindicators.com Guest Info Name of Guest: Kyle Samani Name of Project: Multicoin Capital Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/KyleSamani Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/multicoincap Project URL: https://multicoin.capital/ Project/Guest Description: Founder and CEO of Multicoin Capital Why they are a guest: Powerful member of the investing world. Hedge, Venture Capital, etc. Show Notes How they built Multicoin Capital with content How his Venture fund operates. How his hedge fund oeprates How they are able to keep their staff to be only 14 people @SushiSwap, @Uniswap, etc. work well, but not great for trading. What he sees coming next in DeFi How long can AMMs and high APYs exist Why he thinks it is good. Projects like @DYDX live in their own bubble Ethereum has hit a wall. Why he thinks Solana will overtake Developer uptake and how to measure it Says absolute tidal wave of amazing projects coming on Solana Where he thinks @NearProtocol is at this point and what they have to do to succeed. The amazing @Superfluid and why they invested in it as a primitive and about the team How he thinks we can start permeating the "real world" more with DeFi starting with NFTs and connecting it to DeFi or the world's largest casino.
35:14
October 18, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 15, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. Big $OHM discussion in this ep after the test last night.   a fork of @OlympusDAO @BluDac @seerlight #NFTs @TokyoLuv @dokidokifinance#bitcoin ETF  dumb politicians @0xPolygon $MATIC shortage @WAX_io #defi $wMEMO @ndxfi exploit, & more.  LMK projects u want us to cover
48:48
October 15, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 14, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. Today: SuperFluid - https://www.superfluid.finance/home Brad's DeFi 2.0 list - https://twitter.com/b05crypto/status/1448630943292461058 SifChain - https://sifchain.finance/ Geist - https://geist.finance/markets OlympusDAO - $OHM -https://app.olympusdao.finance/#/stake Alchemix - https://app.alchemix.fi/farms Kilroy - sssshhhh secret. The news Trading strategies Private sales Bad marketing and brand design
01:02:17
October 14, 2021
EP 21 - Francesco Renzi of SuperFluid - Streaming payments could change everything about money, lending, and inveting.
Guest Info Name of Guest: Francesco Renzi Name of Project: SuperFluid Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/FrancescoRenziA Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/superfluid_HQ Project URL: https://www.superfluid.finance/home Projects using Superfluid https://Ricochet.exchange https://Drip.stream https://Creaton.io Show Notes No tech background ICO 2017 Completely sucked into it. Teaching self to code Built products in crypto Ardai was a product derivatives on top of defi Composable money legos Split interest from principle / compound ETH Berlin Moving without tx registering Capital advances for businesses can be automated Auto-invest incomes Automatically take a percentage of funds that come into a wallet and invest in a particular token, etc. How doing it? 2019 Ardai - Donations Create super tokens Extends tokens Dynamic balances Gasless transactions Understand how token works. Mapping of a address and a balance Store data to calculate balance Agreements X amount of tokens every second time is based on blocks time Value Net txs $1000 per month - spending on rent funds I am receiving Ricochet.exchange DCA platform Dropped everything 3 years of learning Grants for a few orgs Stables Using all kinds of stuff Standard Creating assets social tokens DAO tokens Primitive Credit markets Unsecured Provable income on chain Scaling people and projects Explaining it to regulators @TwoBitIdiot and @Coincenter Shoutouts
01:07:24
October 14, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 13, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more.
01:03:44
October 13, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 12, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more.
48:35
October 13, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 11, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more.
58:42
October 13, 2021
EP 20 - Scoopy Trooples & Alchemix are Building a Powerful Financial System Built Upon Self-Paying Interest Free Non-Liquidating Loans
This is a pretty massive episode that covers the experience and stress of building a powerful and popular financial product in DeFi along with the details about version 2 of Alchemix that is a pretty massive move. Mission: DeFi is sponsored by Material Indicators - https://materialindicators.com Smarter tools for smarts traders Name of Guest: Scupy Trooples Name of Project: Alchemix ( $ALCX )  Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/scupytrooples Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/AlchemixFi Project URL: https://alchemix.fi/ * Scupy's background and how he went from education to #DeFi developer * How the idea evolved out of something different * Going from gung-ho to panic attacks * How the community of devs help each other cope * Security, security, security * Moving to the cutting edge * Amazing new capabilities in version 2 * Opening the world up to self-paying loans * Getting Alchemix into the real world * and much, much, much, more
01:36:02
October 8, 2021
DeFi (degen) Lunch - October 6, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. Covered today: https://twitter.com/@olympusDAO ( $OHM ) DFYN pools ComethSwap Crystl Finance BTC & ETH Run Bagels.Finance Leveraged Yield Farming MultiFarm Rari Doki Doki ChainBinders Pomp's class
01:01:34
October 6, 2021
DeFi Lunch - October 5, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more. 
53:48
October 6, 2021
EP 19 - Mitchell Amador and Immunefi are working to keep the bad guys at bay
Name of Guest: Mitchell Amador Name of Project: Immunefi Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/MitchellAmador Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/immunefi Project URL: https://immunefi.com Show Notes Mitchell Amador from Immunefi is building a powerful organization and soon to be DAO that is creating an ecosystem of hackers, security specialists and much more to help secure DeFi through bug bounties. Some of the largest projects in the space use them to reward folks that find the bugs, exploits, and financial attacks before the bad guys take our funds.
59:50
October 5, 2021
DeFi Lunch - October 1, 2021
Joe Cawley and Brad Nickel cover the DeFi news of the day, new opportunities in the space including liquidity pools, yield farming, staking, and much more.  Video available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY78Ew8VACM&list=PLvgBVawBlHoSodkjzEO1WLGzhvgxxT7OC DFYN Doki Doki OlympusDAO - $OHM Crystl Finance
35:57
October 2, 2021
EP 18 - Making DeFi on bitcoin a full scale reality with Edan Yago of Sovryn
For a lot of us DeFi on bitcoin isn't something we've taken seriously. Edan Yago and the rest of the team at Sovryn are ready to change those perceptions with what I see as a very serious play in the DeFi space. Their model for decentralization, stablecoins, the products they've built, the partners that are integrating, and the products being built on Sovryn OS means it should be taken very seriously. Amazing discussion that includes: Yago's experience smuggling gold coins as a child to fight apartheid How he built a payment system for crypto  How he built early AMM and liquidity models and shut it down before launch, because he was concerned about user security. As a man from a family of activists, it is obvious that he is driven to make bitcoin and financial freedom a reality.  I am very excited for the potential.  Name of Guest: Edan Yago Name of Project: Sovryn Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/EdanYago Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/SovrynBTC Project URL: https://sovryn.app
57:40
October 1, 2021
EP 17 - Andrew Parker's POWNFT solves the NFT minting problem on ethereum mainnet in a brilliant way
Guest Info Name of Guest: Andrew Parker Name of Project: POWNFT Project Twitter URL: https://pownft.com Project URL: https://twitter.com/pownft Project/Guest Description: Proof of work NFT mining in the browser. Show Notes Andrew Parker has created a brilliant solution to the NFT minting problem currently congesting Ethereum Mainnet and causing increases in fees. Now collectors can acquire NFTs by mining them using their browser. It is a brilliant and novel solution to a problem, but the system goes far beyond that, because it has a generative NFT engine that generates audio and animations along with unique NFTs and all minted NFTs also get the minting fees from future NFTs.
57:38
September 30, 2021
DeFi Lunch - 9/29/2021
A review of DeFi news, market opportunities, and ramblings by Brad Nickel and Joe Cawley served hot, fresh, and live daily on Twitter(https://twitter.com/b05crypto), LinkedIn(https://linkedin.com/in/bradnickel), and YouTube(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCllRhrCFGEF5Wi2kQ2T7ikw). 
43:38
September 29, 2021
Ep 16 - Count your magic beans Jack - Beanstalk is taking on the giants of stablecoins
Guest Info Name of Guest: Publius Name of Project: Beanstalk Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/BeanstalkFarms Project URL: https://bean.money/ Project/Guest Description: Beanstalk is a unique new algorithmic stablecoin based conceptually on ESD, but built from scratch to avoid the problems they had. Mission driven to build the primary stablecoin for DeFi, the team is fighting to deliver a powerful protocol that is permissionless, decentralized, and censorship resistant. Show Notes ESD influenced Wanted to build something Scalability 2nd biggest opportunity decentralized algo stablecoin ESD design fixes Game theoretic design flaws Became all encompassing 9 months of dev 50 days ago deployed ESD price too high increase supply Ground up reimagining Collateralized Models USDT and USDC $100 billion in collateralized Reliance on centralized party to administer the system Oracle is eth / usdc and bean/usdc DAI Basically add value Collateral not decentralized Still an element of centralization with DAI Mint DAI against the CDP More assets backing the DAI Capital inefficient Locking up Ethereum isn't a great solution High borrowing costs to use DAI Cost prohibitive 20% borrowing costs changes math on betting markets No premine Works from launch Initial 100 minted How beanstalk works Every hour - season Price oracle is queried If price too high increase supply If price too low, then soil debt Pods are debt bearing asset of the system When price is below to encourage debt Supply of soil Behavioral econ theory built into it. Participation Business Development
01:16:53
September 29, 2021
EP 15 - Is Zeus of Olympus DAO the god of protocol planning we didn't know we needed? ($OHM)
## Guest Info Name of Guest: Zeus Name of Project: Olympus DAO (OHM)  Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/ohmzeus Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/OlympusDAO Project URL: https://www.olympusdao.finance/ Project/Guest Description: Reserve currency protocol for DeFi ### Bitcoin Disappoints Disappointment in Bitcoin and it's community can lead to amazing innovations. Disenchanted because bitcoin kept shifting the narrative of what it was. It was no longer a currency and now was a "store of value".  Michael Saylor being a hero of Bitcoiners was a big factor. Felt like the community only cared about somebody pumping their bags.  ### Turned to create something better Ampleforth caught his eye. Found it to be super interesting  Tried to hold a $1 peg by changing holder balances to change the value He thought it was a big innovation. Really hard to control price in a market with all the volatility and lack of liquidity The important thing is value Function of price and supply Can't control price, but can influence price with supply.  Thought that this kind of thing is what would replace bitcoin. ### Control the supply Moderate functions of the system to influence and manifest desirable behavior of the currency.  Bond system that the system can use to influence economic behavior  Liquidity is critical to the success and that is the entire model of the system.  Bonds and how they function in Olympus DAO.   
01:22:17
September 27, 2021
EP 14 - DeFi Marketing With Dragon X - Callan Goldeneye is working to change how we buy ads & he's using DeFi
Guest Info Name of Guest: Callan Goldeneye Name of Project: Dragon X Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/callangoldeneye Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/dragonxapp Project URL: https://www.dragonx.app/ Project/Guest Description: Callan is the founder of Dragon X a DeFi platform for marketing. Why they are a guest: I don't know of any platform like this in the market today and advertising is a critical component to success. Background: Freelance developer Helped build a crypto exchange That got him into crypto. Problem they solve: Most crypto projects are banned from advertising. How to give them an outlet so they could gain new users that is simple and easy to use and drives users to their platforms. Callan has always been an entrepreneur at heart and he previously started his own ad brokerage company which was the precursor to Dragon X. Dragon X is a new marketing platform and protocol that gives DAOs, DEXs, Dapps and blockchain entrepreneurs a platform to reach new customers. We discuss how he built the entire thing himself from scratch. We walk through how their system works. How projects can start generating users using the platform. The tokenomics of the system that burns tokens when they are used for ads. We also go deep into what it is like starting a project. We cover the things that projects must learn to handle. We also discuss how they will have to automatically adjust their algo price per click to adjust to the price of their token called DAX.
49:05
September 24, 2021
Ep 13 - Felix Leupold of Gnosis on MEV, COWSwap, Origins of AMM, SAFE, and much more
If you want to understand MEV and how it impacts you and how to avoid it, this is the episode for you. If you also wanted to understand the incredible value that Gnosis brings to DeFi, then this too is the episode for you.  Find out how COWSwap makes swapping safer and easier.  Did you know that you can do complete swaps at the best rates on COWSwap without having any ETH in your wallet?  This is a powerpacked episode, because Felix Leupold not only helps us understand MEV and why they built COWSwap, but also how critical Gnosis is to the DeFi ecosystem, how COWSwap came about because they saw the problems with MEV long ago and they decided to build a different swap capability that avoided the issue.  Name of Guest:  Felix Leupold Name of Project:  Gnosis / COWSwap Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/fleupold_ Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/MEVprotection Project URL:  https://cowswap.exchange/#/swap https://gnosis.io/
57:45
September 23, 2021
EP 12 - Yunt Capital - Shitposting their way to the DeFi moon with a DAO investment & advisory group!
Can you build an investment firm on the basis of shitposting. The folks at Yunt Capital have and they are having a great time doing it.  Name of Guest:  Sath / DeFi Berg Name of Project:  Yunt Capital Twitter URL of Guest: https://twitter.com/EdTweetsWords https://twitter.com/DeFiBerg Project Twitter URL: https://twitter.com/YuntCapital Project URL: https://yunt.capital Project/Guest Description: Shitposting  #DeFi  fund Background: Berg is a tech consultant in SaaS. Helps implement platforms for companies. Sath is an astrophysicist and applied mathematician. Did the 2017 run. Left the space through 2020. Missed most of the DeFi run up. Came back in. Is now leaving his job in academia to focus full time on DeFi investing. Shitposting is the theme Discord for Alchemix is the core of where they all met and formed. Berg is a tech consultant in SaaS. Helps implement platforms for companies. Sath is an astrophysicist and applied mathematician. Did the 2017 run. Left the space through 2020. Missed most of the DeFi run up. Came back in Is leaving his job in academia to focus full time on DeFi investing Was pigeonholed in his career and couldn't move out of it. Wants to solve problems, so this makes sense for him. 18 people in Yunt Capital They want to be able to help projects and tell them how they can improve. How they structure deals. Each person decides individually whether they want in to a particular deal. Starts with one or more people presenting an opportunity and then they create a separate deal channel in their Discord to discuss further. Everyone deep dives in and then they get on calls to discuss further. Content is King for Yunt. It is driving extensive deal flow to them and is a powerful driver for them of all the deals they are doing. They are pretty amazed at what is coming to them. They work hard to teach others in order to help them learn themselves. We discussed the details of setting up their Wyoming DAO and they had one member - Tilt that really drove that forward. Why they chose a DAO over forming an offshore corporation. They setup accredited investor status as well. They are actually mostly anonymous as well. Why it is so important to set it up correctly. How they handle the investment funds going in together and out to a project. They do take equity in projects.   They get advisory tokens for some projects and those get divided evenly amongst the group. Great way to reward the other members driving content and deals in. What NFT project do they think will actually become a powerful IP. What chain they really like and some cool projects coming out of it. Who they think are the most important people to them in the space. Fitch from the NFT world Danny from popsicle and abracadabra
50:16
September 14, 2021
EP 11 - Dennis Porter - How We Win: Taking the Crypto Fight To The Politicians
A #bitcoinmaximalist & an anti-maximalist walk into a podcast... Dennis Porter is a podcaster and Bitcoin maximalist that is helping lead the way to fight for financial freedom in the political arena. His popular podcast Smart People Shit(SmartPeopleShit.com) covers everything Bitcoin, bitcoin politics, economics and much more.  Brad and Dennis discuss how the bitcoin and crypto world need to take the fight directly to the politicians and how our force of voters is the single most powerful single issue voting block in the history of politics. They discuss the actions different people are working on to organize the members of our ecosystem to fight for our rights and what you can do to help.  They discuss Aarika Rhodes that is running against our worst enemy in Congress Brad Sherman and how both of them support her.  The two also have a lengthy discussion about maximalism and their very different approaches to bitcoin and crypto came about and how they each feel about the other's point of view.  Dennis' website: SmartPeopleShit.com Dennis' Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dennis_Porter_ Dennis' YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf0w2eKSyUuMRMBxBtvj5cQ The Bitcoiner US Political Discussion on Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/Pqk4HfJu2EYxMjI5
01:20:25
September 10, 2021
EP 10 - Tally's Dennison Bertram building the foundations of DAOs for the future of finance
You are going to learn a lot from this episode and be highly entertained by the charismatic, clever, and smart Dennison Bertram of Tally.  Dennison discusses how and why he and his partner Raf created Tally, why DAOs(Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) are important and where they stand today, and how Tally is approaching the types of governance they support.  We also discussed a recent problem they had with vote counting and delve more deeply into how difficult testing is in Web3 and how this type of bug could be a security issue for all users.   Dennison also does a great job of breaking down the layers of Magic Internet Money and how it led us to the decentralized autonomous organizations we have today and much much more.  Please rate, review, subscribe and tweet this episode to help us spread the mission of financial freedom in #DeFi.  Tally Website - https://www.withtally.com Tally Twitter - https://twitter.com/voteWithTally Dennison's Twitter - https://twitter.com/DennisonBertram
56:21
September 9, 2021
EP 9 - Alan Chiu & Boba - Faster, cheaper, privacy centric transactions for #DeFi on #Ethereum
From Stanford business school to distributed cloud services to blockchain, hear Alan's journey to crypto and DeFi and why he and his partner are so driven to make Boba work.  While driven by privacy/performance, Alan and the team are creating a model that could drive 100s of new developers into blockchain and DeFi with their hybrid computing model that makes it easy for devs to build applications requiring more processing than is possible on Ethereum, while still leveraging blockchain for those applications.  https://twitter.com/bobanetwork https://boba.network They are also working on a derivative tracking capability for NFTs.  I was really impressed with their engaged and smart community.  Enya's goal is to restore balance of power between users/companies over data Started with edge part to use cryptography on phones Realized needed decentralized infrastructure.     Step one is making Ethereum able to reach 7 billion people on the planet Explains how roll-ups work.  How the changes get written Starting more centralized, but later will be more decentralized.  3rd party operators will be stakers that prove the changes. Expects 50X improvement in performance Why Optimism Differences: No 7 day withdrawal period Their bridging method is minutes with stakers verifying Will work with multiple bridges Hybrid allows people to deploy to AWS, for example Allows for machine learning/AI, etc.  Is a hybrid decentralized and centralized model. Allows for much more powerful applications Already developing a dev network and working to get them onboard the platform
45:49
August 27, 2021
Ep 8 - Frax' Sam Kazemian Thinks Algo Stablecoins are the Future & Has a Plan to Replace the CPI
The people in this space working to change the world for the better are a delight to interview and Sam Kazemian was exceptional. If you are like me, your head will be spinning with what is possible after you listen to this episode. Financial freedom is coming and people like Sam and projects like Frax are going to push the boundaries for all of us.  If you like the show, please rate & review on Apple Podcasts or Google Play and subscribe wherever you get your pods and please share this episode on Twitter. It helps us spread the word about financial freedom in DeFi.  This was a discussion that covered every aspect of Sam's project Frax in the world of crypto and Finance. We discussed his start mining Doge in his dorm room, his progression into building a better Wikipedia called Everipedia, how the idea for Frax was conceived, and why he thinks it is so important. We also got into why he thinks Bitcoin and Ethereum can't be a unit of currency for normal things and how important one will be that adjusts dynamically like Frax.  Sam goes deep into not only how and why Frax works and maintains its peg to USD, but how the team is working to create a global consumer price index(CPI) that they are currently calling the Frax Price Index, we also deep dive into the extension of the Frax AMO into other platforms and what the team is doing next.  Frax Website - https://frax.finance Frax on Twitter - https://twitter.com/fraxfinance Frax on Telegram - https://t.me/fraxfinance Sam on Twitter - https://twitter.com/samkazemian
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August 23, 2021
Ep 7 - Breaking the Rules of Lending & Decentralization with Robert Lauko of Liquity
Learn everything you need to know about the amazing lending protocol called Liquity. My guest Robert Lauko and his partners and team have creating a lending protocol that breaks all the rules and as we get to during the podcast, may have an even greater impact on all of DeFi and finance.  Disclaimer: Nothing Brad Nickel or his guests say during this podcast should be taken as investment advice. We are not investment advisors and the opinions expressed here are just opinions and not an inducement to any investment or strategy. Do your own research. Trading cryptocurrencies is very high risk and you should never invest more than you can afford to lose. What is radical decentralization How it can be interest free and still work How their instant liquidation model works and why How all the pieces of the system fit together Why it was created in the first place and how the entire thing came about How the stablecoin of the protocol LUSD stabilizes and gets stabilized in the protocol.  How rapidly they have grown and why.  Where they are taking the protocol next Who the biggest skeptic of the protocol was. You'll be surprised.  We get into theoretical discussions about USDC and ethereum forks from a question posted by Hasu on Twitter.  and so much more. This is a learning episode and not only will you learn about Liquidity, but you will learn how these protocols are born and what it is like to build and release one.  https://twitter.com/robert_lauko https://twitter.com/LiquityProtocol https://liquity.org
01:00:27
August 20, 2021
Ep 6 - The Fantom Evangelist - Atakan Yalkovan A Fantom Fan Explains The Protocol & Projects
I decided I wanted to learn a bit more about Fantom and why so many people I know are experimenting with it, so I sat down with Atakan Yalkovan of Turkey to understand why he likes the project and why he's taken it upon himself to be an evangelist for it and projects on the network. Community is critical to the success of every #DeFi project and it is critical to have folks like Atakan helping to spread the word, train new people, and keeping the community honest.  Hope you enjoy.  Twitter - https://twitter.com/DefiIntro
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August 18, 2021
Ep 5 - The Billionaire vs The Community & How They Won From Losing
Today we have an epic story about the billionaire Justin Sun's takeover of the Steem network and the inside story of what it was like to be a member of the community negotiating with, fighting, and scrapping to block the takeover. It is exciting, emotional, and endlessly fascinating to hear what this was like. In the end the community lost the battle against Justin, but won the way as they built something superior in both technology and value.  Today's episode is part 1 of 2, but we cover the entire takeover story in this episode and then we cover much more about the Hive platform that came out of it in part 2.  I interviewed Dan Hensley and Matt Starkers two guys that were on the frontlines of the battle, because they'd spent years building their own platform on top of Steem and had invested their time and money in making it better. They weren't about to give up without a fight.  Dan and Matt are the founders of 3Speak an uncensorable video platform built on the Hive blockchain and they are leaders in their community.  Visit 3speak.tv to learn more about them, what they are building, and how to get in touch.  Their also working on a very cool community platform that we discuss in episode 2. 
01:06:28
August 11, 2021
Ep 4 - Maki from Sushi Swap on building a true meritocracy & successfully managing decentralized
Running any startup is a bit nuts. Running one under the circumstances that Sushi faced is beyond all the norms and while Maki works hard to decentralize leadership, there's no mistaking that he is at the least guiding the team and the community down a path. I've been pretty amazed to see the quality out of chaos that the Sushi team & community makes and in this interview we get into how it happens. Every project should listen to the approach.  https://sushi.com https://twitter.com/0xmoki How he ended up in his role His role as not being a leader How to get funded projects How to get on the team Grants/Funding All the projects that came from the community Miso Shoyu Work of passion Sushi community mandates Meritocracy - all about the output. What DeFi enables Setting goals and how to meet them Managing project progress The list has been met 85% already in July Decentralization is important as a forward looking goal. Right now not. We are getting there. The evolution Does not want to be held as needed.  Will change the face of all organizations as a society.  How they manage development projects How they make sure projects are working for users - interviews User focus groups to improve the experience Analytics is next on the plate for across the protocol Need a dashboard across the platform Comparing against each other Pairs data Lots of iteration based on feedback Ycombinator - Make something people want. MISO - They needed a launch pad for average people to democratize things. MISO was built so it is highly flexible and modularized for anyone to build something powerful. Testing a Ycombinator for DeFi Motto - Is it a win for Sushi? Over 100 relationship discussions ongoing all the time. Anonymity Never talks about crypto He exposed his identity initially for listings and then the rug caused a hit to his reputation. Projects or people he thinks are important All the tech giants have people coming to DeFi and it is critical to make sure we educate them. 
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August 9, 2021
Ep 3 - Cortex wants to change the fundamental nature of the web to be decentralized & secure
Imagine having been an early Twitter user. You were there at the birth of a new type of service that would one day change how we all communicate, collaborate, and see the world.  YouBase is creating a powerful new platform called Cortex that is starting as a note taking tool and will move into what could become a new type of Internet where everything is more secure, decentralized, collaborative, and powerful.  Take a look at YouBase and thank you to the team for allowing us to learn more about what they will be launching. Mission Defi is sponsored by Material Indicators. Material Indicators brings science to investing and helps investors make more informed and smarter decisions about their trades. Our powerful community is free and available to anyone that wants to learn more about trading in crypto.  Visit https://materialindicators.com.  Learn more about Cortex: YouBase: https://youbase.io Twitter: https://twitter.com/app_cortex Telegram: https://t.me/cortex_app Medium: https://crtx.medium.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/YoubaseIo
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June 28, 2021
Ep 2- DeFiSafety is working to help all of us make smarter and safer DeFi investment decisions.
This interview is with DeFiSafety(https://defisafety.com/). This team has created a rating and review system for DeFi projects so that investors can make smarter and safer decisions about their investments.  Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/DefiSafety Telegram:  Discord - https://discord.com/invite/pzUw5V2E65 ---------- Mission Defi is sponsored by Material Indicators. Material Indicators brings science to investing and helps investors make more informed and smarter decisions about their trades. Our powerful community is free and available to anyone that wants to learn more about trading in crypto. Visit https://materialindicators.com. ----------- What DeFiSafety is and does.  How aerospace background helped them understand quality levels Their focus is on transparency, access, and overall quality How they ended up in the DeFi space Created a protocol/process for reviewing How to incentivize people to improve their transparency is by earning a better score.  Have moved into Binance projects and now are in polygon projects Lucas background is entrepreneurial  What their review process is like.  * Transparency * Open source of code and visibility * Documentation that includes docs like White papers and then actual code documentation are important Shows they understand the software and how it works and explains the purpose.  Governance protocols that determine what devs can do on every project, how code is controlled, etc. How they deal with anonymous teams What teams have gotten the best score Compound Mstable Nobody gets a perfect score What is coming next for their system Ways to customize and use it. Whether this could be a crowdsourced project.   How projects react to them and how they react to their discussion of it. Are they concerned about legal issues with respect to their reviews having an impact on prices.  How their business functions.  Raised a round of funding. What revenue will look like for them.  Have survived on Bitcoin grants and donations from individuals.  Working on a subscription model for upgraded reports.  Won't have any obligation to actual protocols.  How BSC is all copy/pasta or the same team developing.  Their traffic grows when hacks happen Building a bigger team of experts.  What it is like working as a father and son team Their most important people in DeFi. Tags: Yearn, Andre, Mbased, Top ten rated projects on DeFi, Worst rated projects, Compound, Grif Green(commonstack) DAO,  How even projects with private repos can get a high score
01:15:16
June 28, 2021
Ep 1 - Geyser provides liquidity as a service, but their new modular system could be a game changer for all of #DeFi
Geyser provides liquidity as a service, but their new modular system could be a game changer for all of #DeFi Geyser is one of my favorite #DeFi tools, because it is a lego and it is an infrastructure piece and it allows anyone to use it to build something useful and launch their project, without having to deal with managing liquidity pools or yield farming.  That isn't all though, their new version could change how all projects are developed and empower developers and non-developers to create anything they can imagine.  ---------- Mission Defi is sponsored by Material Indicators. Material Indicators brings science to investing and helps investors make more informed and smarter decisions about their trades. Our powerful community is free and available to anyone that wants to learn more about trading in crypto. Visit https://materialindicators.com. ----------- https://gysr.io https://twitter.com/gysr_io https://twitter.com/devinaconley https://twitter.com/AlexEKoren https://twitter.com/benroy__ Intro of the basics of what Geyser does to help people setup Liquidity Pools, Yield Farming, and token distribution.  Easy to use for developers and anybody that wants to deploy a pool.  How they deployed their token completely through their system without using code. How their tools will allow developers to create their own interface to the pools What goes into setting up a Liquidity Pool. What do you need to think about.  * Need LPs or funds to create your own liquidity * Put funds into Uniswap, or Balancer, or Sushi * Or do it from the ground up. How they launched with only $10 in their liquidity pool What was important to them: 1. Transparency and fully released code 2. Build strong community 3. Building robust software - Safe and future proof Their test suite is 10 times the size of their code base. Takes 30 minutes to run a full test. They never put any money in the LP after the $10. No ability to edit or access the pools deployed on their platform.  Step by step how they went from $10 in liquidity to 9 figures today without putting in another dime and with a completely fair launch based on their model and nothing else. What they've done right and what the've learned along the way.  How in their new version they've offered something more simple and for those that prefer it.  How NFTs can play in their future and other interesting use cases including NFT farming.  Finally we discuss the industry changing system they've created to make it possible for eventually anyone with or without development skills to be able to build a product or project they want to build. The possibilities are endless. 
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June 28, 2021