The Saito Social — produced by the team behind the Saito network — is dedicated to the latest news and developments within China's blockchain space. Join us every episode as we talk with cutting-edge blockchain projects from the PRC, as well as teams from around the world focused on doing things in Asia. This is a show for blockchain people and by blockchain people. We hope you like it.
In this episode of The Saito Social we sit down with Illia Polosukhin — co-founder of NEAR Protocol. Illia is an ICPC finalist and has more than ten years of industry experience, including three years at Google where he was a major TensorFlow contributor. NEAR positions itself as a highly scalable, developer-friendly blockchain with the team particularly focused on building a sharded mobile-first protocol.
We first met Illia at the Stanford Blockchain Conference with a follow-up meeting taking place at Tsinghua University in our hometown of Beijing. It was a pleasure to invite him on to our show here in China, to have the opportunity to get a little closer to what NEAR is all about, and to hear his thoughts on proof-of-stake, sharding and scaling. While visiting, Illia also recorded an episode of NEAR’s Whiteboard Seriestaking a deep dive in to how Saito works — so look out for that in the future at //nearprotocol.com/blog/
In this episode of The Saito Social we talk with Mrinal Manohar and Steven Nerayoff from Adaptive Holdings — parent company of CasperLabs in New York. CasperLabs is dedicated to the Correct-by-Construction (CBC) proof-of-stake mechanism proposed by core Ethereum developer Vlad Zamfir. It’s an important consensus mechanism in the POS world.
From being early Ethereum supporters who played an important part in helping Vitalik get the project off the ground, our guests have become leading figures in the American blockchain industry. We were delighted to have the chance to host them here in Beijing, not only to learn more about what makes the CBC approach special, but also for a deeper chat about why they are in China and where they see the US and Chinese crypto communities diverging.
In our inaugural episode of The Saito Social, Richard and David sit down with Amy Chen from the Cortex project.
We were just getting our feet wet recording, but this was a fun show for us because — as it turns out — we had no clue what Cortex was actually doing before we had the chance to talk with Amy. And they’re actually working on something quite smart. We won’t spoil the show.
We hope you like this episode, and the idea of having a podcast that helps bridge the east-west gap in the blockchain space. If you have any suggestions of people you’d like to hear from in Asia, send us a line and we’ll try to get them on a future episode of The Saito Social.
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