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#48: Henri Stern, Co-Founder & CEO @ Privy | How they built a tool that brings web2-caliber UX to web3 products

#48: Henri Stern, Co-Founder & CEO @ Privy | How they built a tool that brings web2-caliber UX to web3 products

Henri is an ex-research scientist at Protocol Labs. He Co-Founded Privy, which provides web3 projects such as Friend.tech, t2 & Shibuya with seamless onboarding & embedded wallets. In this episode, we dive into the early MVPs of Privy, learn how it works under the hood, how they managed to design such as smooth UX & more. *** If you like high-quality crypto content, check out the project I co-founded: kiwinews.xyz *** TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 A few words of intro 01:56: Why Henri started working on Privy 06:02 The early days of Privy 11:37 How have they built their MVP 13:15 Why did they make a pivot despite having an interest in their product 15:41 Which features helped them to tip the scales 22:34 How Privy works under the hood 34:04 Most wallets were built with L1s in mind 37:23 How do embedded wallets work 48:24 What would happen with wallets if Privy went out of business 50:36 How do they acquire their users 53:24 What kind of metrics do they follow 57:59 How does the world look like if Privy fulfilled its mission 1:04:25 Where people can learn more about Privy

27 October 2023


#47: Anjali Young, Co-Founder & CCO @ Collab.Land | How they built a community management tool used by over 50,000 communities

#47: Anjali Young, Co-Founder & CCO @ Collab.Land | How they built a community management tool used by over 50,000 communities

Collab.Land is a tool for managing web3 communities and bridging them to Discord and Telegram. It has already been used by 50k+ communities and 8M+ wallets. Today we’re talking with Anjali Young, Co-Founder & CCO of Collab.Land, who shares their project’s story. *** Follow Web3 Talks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/web3talks/ Check kiwinews - a portal with news & content for web3 builders co-founded by Mac: https://kiwinews.xyz/ Reach out to Mac if you want to reach European devs: mac at web3talks.xyz *** TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 Teaser about Collab.Land's app marketplace 00:56 Intro 02:41 Abridge's first product, pivots & Collab.Land as a hackathon idea 06:48 Early days of Collab.Land during the COVID pandemic 12:07 How did they "sell" Collab.Land to communities 15:50 Cooperation with Axie Infinity 17:54 How they transitioned from a crypto-native tool to a mass-market tool 28:27 How they designed the marketplace and what kind of Collab.Land apps are already out there 35:51 What's their plan if Farcaster or Lens get more popular 40:07 Why they created their token, how they designed its airdrop and what's the utility 49:47 Biggest surprises when building Collab.Land 57:27 Where people can learn more about Collab.Land

24 August 2023


Support Web3 Talks via Gitcoin grant + info about the new episode

Support Web3 Talks via Gitcoin grant + info about the new episode

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22 August 2023


We are back (+ why there were no episodes for some time)

We are back (+ why there were no episodes for some time)

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7 August 2023


#46: Tim Boeckmann, Co-Founder & CEO @ Mailchain | How they built a privacy-first web3 e-mail protocol that lets you communicate between different blockchains

#46: Tim Boeckmann, Co-Founder & CEO @ Mailchain | How they built a privacy-first web3 e-mail protocol that lets you communicate between different blockchains

Mailchain is basically a web3 email. It provides a web app that lets you send your emails as if you used Gmail or Hotmail. But you send your emails via your wallet, ENS, Lens profile, and other identities you may use. Thanks to that and end-to-end encryption, your emails are 100% private. Today we’re talking with Tim Boeckmann, Co-Founder & CEO of Mailchain, who shares their project’s story. *** Follow Web3 Talks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/web3talks/ Get 15% off your EpicWeb3 conference tickets by using the WEB3TALKS code: https://www.epicweb3.com/ *** TIMESTAMPS: 1:46 Origins of Mailchain 6:01 Why they didn’t decide to put emails on chain 7:56 How Mailchain works 11:51 How the first versions of Mailchain looked like 14:56 How they acquired their first users across NFT artists and collectors? 19:09 How is Mailchain different from XMTP? 25:20 How do they decide which protocols to integrate 28:14 How do they acquire new users now? 30:16 What’s the process for integrating a new partner? 31:59 How do they want to prevent SPAM? 36:02 What’s enclave computing? 38:07 How do they plan to prepare for a scale of billions of users? 41:39 How do they plan to monetize Mailchain? 44:25 What metrics do they follow? 48:28 Why it might be hard to connect your Mailchain email to Gmail 51:08 How would the world of communications look if Mailchain became a household name 56:05 What would Tim build if he wasn’t building Mailchain 1:00:00 Guests ideas

1 May 2023


#45: Dee Goens, Co-Founder & COO @ Zora | How they built one of the top NFT platforms used by Coinbase, Gucci, Grimes & thousands of creators

#45: Dee Goens, Co-Founder & COO @ Zora | How they built one of the top NFT platforms used by Coinbase, Gucci, Grimes & thousands of creators

Zora is one of the most popular web3 tools, used by the biggest creators in the NFT space. What were its early days? How they acquired their first users? How have they organized the Base campaign that generated 700,000+ mints? This and much more in our conversation with Dee Goens, Co-Founder & COO @ Zora. *** Follow Web3 Talks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/web3talks/ Get 15% off your EpicWeb3 conference tickets by using the WEB3TALKS code: https://www.epicweb3.com/ Mint free episode NFT (pls share your e-mail address so we can let you know when it gets utility!): https://web3talks.xyz/nfts/ *** TIMESTAMPS: 0:58 Who is Dee Goens, why they started building Zora with Jacob and Tyson and what was the first Zora MVP 05:50 What were the hardest trade-offs at an early stage? 7:18 How they solved their dilemma between staying 100% on-chain and taking care of good UX? 10:46 How Zora acquired their first users? 14:42 How many people work at Zora now? 16:10 How they organized their teams? 18:26 Why they decided to work on a marketplace, NounsDAO builder & API? 20:48 How did they set up a Base campaign that generated 700,000+ mints? 26:01 How does their cooperation with brands look? 33:19 Are they planning Zora Academy for NFT creators? 34:27 Why they invested in Zine, which is a pretty old school content tactic? 40:42 How does Zora acquire new collectors and artists? 47:51 How they want the creator’s life to look in 2030? 54:07 Why they changed their fee structure from 5% for primary sales to a flat fee? 56:58 Mint market share, number of collectors, and other metrics Zora follows 58:32 What would Dee build if he wasn’t building Zora? 1:00:00 What would he fix with his web3 magic wand? 1:02:15 Where can people learn more about Zora?

19 April 2023


#44: Matt Galligan, Co-Founder & President @ XMTP | Building a web3 native messaging protocol that lets apps integrate DMs, alerts, and announcements

#44: Matt Galligan, Co-Founder & President @ XMTP | Building a web3 native messaging protocol that lets apps integrate DMs, alerts, and announcements

XMTP is one of the leading web3 messaging protocols. What were the early days of this project? What web3 native features they developed How they built a developer community around their protocol? How did they start handling DMs on Lens? This and much more in our conversation with Matt Galligan, Co-Founder & President @ XMTP. *** Follow Web3 Talks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/web3talks/ Get 15% off your EpicWeb3 conference tickets by using the WEB3TALKS code: https://www.epicweb3.com/ Mint free episode NFT (pls share your e-mail address so we can let you know when it gets utility!): https://web3talks.xyz/nfts/ *** TIMESTAMPS: 01:48 Why they built XMTP 07:45 What were the early days of XMTP? 10:11 How they acquired their first users? 15:00 How XMTP built a partnership with Lenster? 17:07 How does XMTP work? 20:08 What were the hardest tradeoffs in the early days? 25:57 What web3-native features does XMTP have? 32:29 What’s conditional deliverability? 35:29 What are the most interesting apps built on top of XMTP? 40:03 Why most wallets still haven’t integrated DMs? 43:17 Let’s say it’s 2030 - how does web3 messaging look? 48:47 Most important metrics and factors for XMTP? 50:15 How do they track developers’ happiness? 50:52 Biggest surprises when building XMTP? 52:57 What would Matt fix about web3 with his magic wand? 54:24 What would Matt build if he wasn’t building XMTP? 57:07 Where you can learn more about XMTP

14 April 2023


#43: Julien Genestoux, Founder & CEO @ Unlock Protocol | From the first NFT memberships tool in 2018 to a protocol that’s being used by hundreds of projects for ticketing, token-gating & subscription

#43: Julien Genestoux, Founder & CEO @ Unlock Protocol | From the first NFT memberships tool in 2018 to a protocol that’s being used by hundreds of projects for ticketing, token-gating & subscription

Julien has been building tools for membership NFTs since 2018, long before the NFT boom. What were the early days of the NFT market? How dogfooding helped them to acquire their first users? How they organized ticketing with Unlock for EthCC? What they've learned from running a DAO program? This and more in our conversation with Julien Genestoux, Founder & CEO @ Unlock Protocol. *** Follow Web3 Talks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/web3talks/ Get 15% off your EpicWeb3 conference tickets by using the WEB3TALKS code: https://www.epicweb3.com/ Mint free episode NFT (pls share your e-mail address so we can let you know when it gets utility!): https://web3talks.xyz/nfts/ *** TIMESTAMPS 0:59 Who is Julien Genestoux and what does Unlock Protocol do 3:21 Julien's experience with RSS & Medium 5:42 Early Unlock MVPs 7:56 How does NFT expiration work? 9:13 How they've been educating people about NFTs since 2018 14:37 How Unlock acquired their first users? 16:32 How they came up with the idea of rebranding NFTs 17:48 What's their process of coming up with UX-friendly solutions like wallet-less airdrops 21:56 Message from OrangeDAO 23:17 How their ticketing partnership with EthCC worked 27:55 Why crypto subscriptions aren't widely adopted yet 32:34 How they transformed part of their operations into a DAO 38:24 What have they learned from running a Grants program 43:02 How they managed their token's value dropping during the bear market 45:58 What kind of metrics do they follow 47:49 How they world of memberships would look like if Unlock succeeded 49:49 Biggest surprises when building Unlock 52:12 What would he build if he wasn't building Unlock 53:42 Where you can learn more about Unlock 53:56 Guests ideas

4 April 2023


#42: Stefan George, Co-Founder & CTO @ Gnosis | The OG team, which created Safe & CowSwap and has been building on Ethereum since 2014, working on the #2 most decentralized chain in the space

#42: Stefan George, Co-Founder & CTO @ Gnosis | The OG team, which created Safe & CowSwap and has been building on Ethereum since 2014, working on the #2 most decentralized chain in the space

Stefan George is one of the most OG builders in the space. How was it building on Ethereum in 2014? Why they pivoted from their initial idea? How an ICO inspired them to build Safe? Why it later transformed into a DAO? How Gnosis Chain became the #2 most decentralized chain in the space? And why you used it without even knowing it? This and more in our conversation with Stefan George, Co-Founder & CTO of Gnosis. *** Follow Web3 Talks on Twitter: https://twitter.com/web3talks/ Meet Stefan at the EpicWeb3 conference and get 15% off your tickets by using the WEB3TALKS code: https://www.epicweb3.com/ Mint free episode NFT (pls share your e-mail address so we can let you know when it gets utility!): https://web3talks.xyz/nfts/ *** TIMESTAMPS 0:38 What’s Gnosis and how Stefan started working on it 3:28 Why it was hard to build on Ethereum in 2014 and how sharing the office with Ethereum Foundation helped them to keep up with the chain's development 5:18 Why they pivoted from building prediction markets and how multi-sig got designed to help with managing funds from ICOs 9:40 What was Safe’s MVP, and how have they been taking care of the UX to make it usable for as many people as possible 12:55 First users who haven’t even contacted the Gnosis team before they started their product 14:25 Why have they spun off such a popular product as Safe to a SafeDAO and how did it look 19:51 Why have they decided to bet on their own chain, and how does Gnosis Chain work 25:08 How Gnosis Chain got to 140k validators and became the #2 most decentralized chain in the space 28:00 What’s the geographical mix of the Gnosis Chain ecosystem 29:04 Three great apps DeFi that have been built on Gnosis Chain 36:00 Which of these apps can you use today 40:01 What are the most important metrics for the Gnosis Chain project 42:38 What zk & privacy capabilities they’re working on 47:06 What surprised Stefan the most during these 10+ years of building in crypto? 50:33 What would Stefan George build if the wasn’t building Gnosis 53:20 What would Stefan fix with his web3 magic wand? 57:48 What are Stefan’s favorite web3 projects? 1:00:00 Where can you learn more about Gnosis? 1:01:38 Stefan’s guests' ideas

27 March 2023


Genesis Talk - Open Edition

Genesis Talk - Open Edition

Mint "Genesis Talk" here: https://zora.co/collections/0xf66f4e9667edb65fd7306c0711cb8fe66450419e

1 March 2023


#40: Alex Salnikov, Co-Founder & CSO @ Rarible | From a napkin MVP in 2019 to one of the leading community-centric NFT marketplaces & protocols

#40: Alex Salnikov, Co-Founder & CSO @ Rarible | From a napkin MVP in 2019 to one of the leading community-centric NFT marketplaces & protocols

Alex has been building Rarible since 2019, when most people haven't even heard about NFTs. What were the industry's early days? Why slick design helped them to acquire the first users? How did issuing a token change how they operate (and why they weren't ready for that)? How do they plan to compete in a market dominated by OpenSea, Blur & LooksRare? Relax and listen to our in-depth conversation. *** If you want to buy tickets for the EpicWeb3 conference in Lisbon, check out: https://www.epicweb3.com/ and use the WEB3TALKS promo code to get a 15% discount. *** https://twitter.com/web3talks Follow Alex & Mac: https://twitter.com/insider0x https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski *** 0:40 EpicWeb3 promo code 1:48 What's Rarible and what role they plan in the NFT space 2:46 How trading experiences & building exchange products inspired Alex to start Rarible with his Co-Founders in 2019 7:47 What were the early days of Rarible & how being specific helped them to design the first MVP - NFT form 10:42 How having a slick website & curating the best content helped them to acquire their first users back when NFTs were much less popular 14:00 Why from November 2019 to Summer 2020, growing Rarible was a smooth sailing 16:10 How NFT & DeFi summer resulted in 30X volume growth in 3 months 17:50 How issuing a $RARI token opened the company to a community and why they were not ready to operate that way 20:14 How they reorganized their community-centric operations in 3 iterations to focus and work more efficiently 23:34 How they plan to compete in an NFT market dominated by OpenSea, LooksRare & Blur 28:47 How Rarible acquires NFT marketplace users 29:47 Why Rarible is a strong promoter of creators' royalties 33:42 What metrics do they follow in trading & protocol businesses 34:55 How communities provide liquidity to their own NFT marketplaces 36:33 What are Alex’s favorite NFT collections 38:24 Why the web3 UX might be a feature, not a bug 41:57 Why having to learn something new can be fun! 42:52 Why would Alex build social apps if he wasn’t buildwasn'trible 46:33 Why Alex would fix coordination 47:20 Where to learn more about Rarible 48:05 Guests ideas from Alex

24 February 2023


#39: Ayush Ranjan, Co-Founder & CEO @ Huddle01 | From a hackathon idea to the leading web3 audio & video communication toolkit

#39: Ayush Ranjan, Co-Founder & CEO @ Huddle01 | From a hackathon idea to the leading web3 audio & video communication toolkit

Huddle01 quickly became the leading web3 audio/video communication toolkit. How it all started? What helped them acquire 16k+ users? Why they're so excited about Stage 3 of their development plans? Ayush Ranjan, Co-Founder & CEO of Huddle01, shares a deep backstage perspective of their company. *** If you want to buy tickets for the EpicWeb3 conference in Lisbon, check out: https://www.epicweb3.com/ and use the WEB3TALKS promo code to get a 15% discount. *** https://twitter.com/web3talks Follow Ayush & Mac: https://twitter.com/ranjan3118 https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski TIMESTAMPS: 00:38 Special announcement & promo code 2:13 What is Huddle01, what problems does it solve, and how it started thanks to a hackathon 6:58 Why the name "Huddle01"? 7:40 Why they wanted to target the education market, and why they pivoted to a crypto-native audience 9:28 How login via MetaMask & NFT avatars helped them to acquire their first users 12:50 How token-gated meetings helped them to accelerate growth 14:10 How Pudgy Penguins use Huddle01 15:29 What was the process for developing Android & iOS apps & why was the UX challenging 18:10 How long has it taken to build web & mobile apps, and what was the process 20:01 Why they started with a Huddle01 app and now expand to SDK that helps to integrate audio/video chat in other apps and the upcoming Real-Time Communications protocol 25:10 Why is documentation the cornerstone of DevRels, and what's their approach to hackathons, rewarding devs & building micro-communities  28:00 Why it's important to promote your own tech team among developers instead of giving the job to marketers 29:30 Why "minutes spent on meetings "is their most important metric, and what other things do they track 34:22 How Huddle01 Real-Time Communications Protocol can replace AWS & Google Cloud 39:05 Since Zoom is already facing strong competition from Google & Microsoft, how is Huddle01 planning to compete in the long run 42:40 What surprised Ayush the most during the development of Huddle01 45:45 What 4 layers of web3 projects would Ayush consider if he wasn't building Huddle01? 46:53 What are his favorite projects? 49:15 What would he fix with his web3 magic wand 49:48 Where people can learn more about Huddle01

17 February 2023


#38: Colin Armstrong, Founder @ Paragraph | How they combined web2 & web3 features to create a Substack alternative that’s already used by over 5k creators

#38: Colin Armstrong, Founder @ Paragraph | How they combined web2 & web3 features to create a Substack alternative that’s already used by over 5k creators

Colin Armstrong has been in crypto since 2011 and has spent years working at Coinbase and Google. He built Paragraph to create a more neutral and web3-friendly alternative to Substack. The project has already amassed 5k+ creators and 100k+ subscribers, and Colin shares how they made it happen. >>> Never miss an episode and check how Paragraph works in practice by subscribing to our newsletter: https://paragraph.xyz/@kanfa <<< 1:27 Why Paragraph is a great example of web2.5 Substack 2:22 How Colin’s experience at mining Bitcoin in 2011, building decentralized Kickstarter in 2014, working at Coinbase with the founder of Litecoin, spending 5 years at Google, and being dissatisfied with Substack led him to build Paragraph 13:37 What were the most interesting Paragraph use cases Colin has seen so far 16:24 How do they manage to ship features so fast, and why waitlist doesn’t make sense in most products 19:40 How do they decide what to include on their roadmap 21:12 Why they’ve been integrating with web3 social and how it works in practice 23:17 How they acquired their first 10 users via cold outreach on Twitter, and why they didn’t implement any crypto functionalities in v1 25:16 What they’ve been doing to acquire 5k+ users and how they used the market situation to their advantage 28:40 How do they measure success in their product and why just looking at the number of writers or readers wouldn’t work 30:34 What do they do to protect newsletters from landing in the spam box 33:09 What are their plans for integrating wallets and why is infra not ready for it yet 36:43How does wallets x Paragraph x Farcaster integration work technically and why do they use Searchcaster 39:20 How a developer built a streaming payment with Superfluid on top of Paragraph without needing any permission 40:51 How getting developers to build on top of their APIs was easier than he thought 44:13 Why choosing the right feature set for their niche was so hard and why web3 UX & e-mail limitations led to design challenges 47:10 What would Colin build if he wasn’t building Paragraph 50:00 Why would he get rid of airdrop hunters and speculators with his web3 magic wand and add new useful dapps with great UX 52:33 Colin’s favorite web3 projects (spoiler alert: he mentions Farcaster) 56:00 Where can you learn more about Paragraph 57:01 What other builders would be a great fit for the podcast

24 January 2023


#37: Olly Wilson, Co-Founder @ SimpleHash | Building a multichain NFT API that’s used by projects such as Phantom & Rainbow

#37: Olly Wilson, Co-Founder @ SimpleHash | Building a multichain NFT API that’s used by projects such as Phantom & Rainbow

SimpleHash is one of the most powerful NFT APIs in the space. It's being used by wallets, portfolio trackers & web3 games. Olly Wilson came to the pod to share the backstage perspective of their ultra fast growth. Timestamps: 0:38 What is SimpleHash 1:39 How their Co-Founder got tired of building back-end infra for an NFT project and decided to start SimpleHash 2:47 Why is indexing NFTs across many chains so hard? 5:25 How being in YC helped them to acquire first users 6:22 Why they ditched the idea of an NFT search tool 7:10 What's their process for supporting and integrating new chains 9:34 Why do they go very deep into NFT data and specialize to compete with other NFT APIs 11:40 How do they solve the corrupted media problems in NFTs 12:37 How they designed the NFT Spam Score to protect wallets from unsolicited and scammy airdrops 15:11 What are their most important metrics? 16:20 Why is everyone on their team involved in customer support, and how do they decide what features to implement? 19:20 Why Olly likes the OG NFT projects 20:50 Olly's thoughts on utility NFTs 21:55 Why joining YC was worth it 23:35 What growth & tech challenges do they see on the horizon? 24:49 How do they take care of their business's infra side, and why is 850M indexed NFTs still a small dataset? 26:00 What would he build if he weren't building SimpleHash? 26:20 Why removing the scams would be the target of his magic wand? 27:00 Why Ethereum Merge is the most mind-blowing project that Olly has seen 28:26 Why he likes the crypto twitter's dark humor 29:20 Where to find out more about SimpleHash

16 January 2023


#36: Gilbert Leung, Co-Founder @ 0xFrens | From working in Google to building a tool that leverages the strengths of web3 to develop deeper connections in online communities

#36: Gilbert Leung, Co-Founder @ 0xFrens | From working in Google to building a tool that leverages the strengths of web3 to develop deeper connections in online communities

0xFrens is a matchmaking tool used by web3 communities such as: Developer DAO, Jericho & Skylab. Gilbert - Co-Founder of the project - spent almost a decade at Google, then started his social podcasting startup, and in 2022, he started working on 0xFrens with the rest of the AGMI team. 0:37 What’s 0xFrens, and how it helps communities to build relationships between members 1:40 How talking with communities & DAOs inspired them to start 0xFrens 4:30 What has Gilbert been doing at Google for almost ten years & what was his previous social podcasting startup about 5:25 How 0xFrens plays into web3 strengths, what was their MVP, and why they pivoted 7:17 What insights from users surprised them, and how they iterated based on this information 9:05 Why online coffee chats can be awkward and how 0xFrens addresses that 12:15 How they acquired their first users and how they do it (and why “web3 lunch club” wasn’t a good idea) 14:35 What metrics do they follow to track product engagement, and why does choosing the right community to work with matter the most 17:54 How Kudos might become important for building a reputation in a community 22:08 Which lessons from Google & previous startup are the most useful 25:30 Why the biggest growth & tech challenges on the horizon are related to web2 users 27:10 Why solving reputation-related challenges is omnipresent both in web2  and web3 28:08 Why it’s so hard to face market feedback and make decisions based on the data 31:45 Why would Gilbert build onboarding-related tools if he wasn’t building 0xFrens 33:08 Why would he fix seed phrases with his web3 magic wand 34:57 Why web3 ecosystem is so mind-blowing 38:24 What made him smile while using 0xFrens 39:33 Where you can learn more about 0xFrens 40:31 Guests ideas

21 December 2022


#35: Josef, Co-Founder @ PWN | How a bank denying him a mortgage inspired them to build a P2P lending platform where you can use any token as collateral

#35: Josef, Co-Founder @ PWN | How a bank denying him a mortgage inspired them to build a P2P lending platform where you can use any token as collateral

PWN is a decentralized pawnshop where you can use any tokens as collateral. But it’s just the beginning. Their ultimate goal is to provide crypto loans for decades so that you will never need to sell your crypto. I spoke with Josef, PWN’s Co-Founder, who shared their story, challenges & growth strategies. TIMESTAMPS: 1:35 How not being able to get a mortgage & risk of DeFi liquidations inspired Josef to start PWN 9:30 Why they decided to give more protection to borrowers by not baking up loan liquidations from the start 13:43 How do they plan to implement filtering to protect the tool from SPAM offers while still keeping the platform open 17:31 How they designed their smart contract to support ERC20, ERC721 & ERC1155 tokens 19:16 Why it’s so hard to develop everything in a crypto-native manner, and they decided to make some shortcuts at this stage 21:10 How they acquired their first users and how they expanded from the friends & family stage by breaking the “stay focused” rule and cooperating with other communities 25:30 How will their tech let GameFi players borrow money on their in-game assets and still use them in the game 27:08 How they let you borrow money to buy NFT assets in a mortgage-like manner 29:19 Most interesting collaterals on PWN - Nation3 DAO, Aavegotchis & Beeple’s $250k art piece 31:40 Trade-offs: openness vs. niche, utilizing third parties vs. decentralized operations 32:50 Why would Josef stay at EF if he wasn’t building PWN 33:30 Why MakerDAO blew his mind 35:20 Why would he make all grifters disappear with his web3 magic wand 37:55 Where should people go to learn more about PWN 39:00 Guests ideas

12 December 2022


#34: Evgeny Yurtaev, Co-Founder & CEO @ Zerion | How building in DeFi since 2016 led to launching a wallet that generated 80k+ active users in less than 6 months

#34: Evgeny Yurtaev, Co-Founder & CEO @ Zerion | How building in DeFi since 2016 led to launching a wallet that generated 80k+ active users in less than 6 months

Zerion is one of the OG crypto companies, operating since 2016. It started as a tool to do fundraising through token sales.  Then it transformed into a DeFi exploration tool where you could track & invest in different assets. Then it expanded into NFTs & other web3 assets. And a few months ago, they also joined the wallet space and already got 80k+ users. What inspired them to start? Why they made so many pivots? And why they're confident that they can compete in a hard wallet space? I spoke with Evgeny, Zerion's Co-Founder, who shared the backstage perspective of the last 6 years of running Zerion. TIMESTAMPS: 0:38 What’s Zerion and why they pivoted a lot since 2016 2:20 Evgeny experience at Google, with chatbots and with a crypto trading app that got 1M+ downloads 3:59 Why meeting Vitalik inspired them to start Zerion 6:10 How they started as a smart contract developers’ team 7:10 Why the 2019 bear market prompted them to pivot to build a token tracking aggregator 8:30 How a blog post about fundraising inspired them to go to San Francisco to earn funding and get the first users 10:33 Why they entered the aggregators & wallets space, and why are these markets less crowded than Mac thinks 14:05 Why there are so few wallets on the market and why the timing is so important 16:45 Which use cases do they cover with their wallet 19:05 How they designed the wallet so it’s useful both for beginners and more advanced users (Web3 Citizens) 20:52 What was the hardest part about making the wallet multi-chain 21:47 How they want to battle MetaMask and why web3 helps them to do it 25:22 What web3-native marketing tactics such as NFT collections and community-building let them acquire tens of thousands of users 28:32 How does their NFT collection that changes based on your wallet activity work 30:45 Why on-chain information can be a goldmine for marketers 33:42 The vision behind their API, why it’s been used by Rainbow Wallet and StakeDAO, and why having it centralized might be okay 36:05 Why wallet can become an e-mail on steroids 38:19 Why open architecture of web3 makes it better for users 39:35 Why building the wallet was the hardest decision Evgeny had to make while running Zerion 40:45 What would Evgeny build if he wasn’t building Zerion 41:25 Why would he fix privacy with his magic web3 wand 42:25 Which web3 projects he found interesting 45:40 Where to learn more about Zerion 46:30 Ideas for other web3 builders

1 December 2022


#33: Ivan Liljeqvist, Co-Founder @ Moralis | From 0 to 90+ employees in less than 2 years - how they've grown web3 infra business

#33: Ivan Liljeqvist, Co-Founder @ Moralis | From 0 to 90+ employees in less than 2 years - how they've grown web3 infra business

Moralis joined a pretty crowded web3 infra market in 2020, and it's already become an important player serving projects such as MetaMask and Polygon. How did they do it? I talk with Ivan, Moralis Co-Founder, who shares the backstage perspective of their last 2 years. If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new episode comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ TIMESTAMPS: 0:38 Who is Ivan & Moralis, and what got him interested in blockchain 3:52 How their web2 experience inspired them to start Moralis 4:40 Why they entered a crowded infrastructure space with many already established players such as Alchemy, Infura & QuickNode 7:25 Why it’s hard to bootstrap infrastructure business and how they leveraged their online education platform to grow it 9:29 How not thinking too much helped them to start and grow 11:29 How their SDK & APIs help developers to better understand on-chain events 14:51 Why their onboarding process has quite a lot of friction 17:50 How they build strong relations with developers via free education, hackathons & Discord 20:27 How their YouTube channel & hackathon helped to acquire their first users 21:30 How they managed to grow the 100% remote company from 0 to 90+ people in 2 years 24:44 How being upfront about their way of working helped them to recruit the right people 27:08 Why cutting down features was hard and what they learned on the way 28:44 How do they decide what to include in their SDKs 29:48 What does he think about centralization risks by using centralized infrastructure 34:03 Why team building was the biggest lesson he learned from running Moralis 37:45 What would he fix about web3 with the magic wand 39:40 What has been the most interesting project he has seen 42:26 Why craziness of the crypto industry makes Ivan laugh 44:14 Where to learn more about Moralis 44:32 Guest ideas

22 November 2022


Mac Budkowski, Host @ Web3 Talks | How to explain what your web3 product does and convince users to try it [Builder’s Guide]

Mac Budkowski, Host @ Web3 Talks | How to explain what your web3 product does and convince users to try it [Builder’s Guide]

Hey everyone, today I got the info about something I've been working on for a long time. Twitter link (all Likes & RTs much appreciated!): https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski/status/1587525519398129665?s=20&t=6erYSQKMxrLJMJGD6POfXg Website link: https://macbudkowski.com/how-to-explain-web3-products/ Web3 Talks Substack: https://web3talks.substack.com/

13 November 2022


#32: Dan Romero, Co-Founder @ Farcaster | How two Coinbase early employees designed one of the most thriving web3 social networks: product decisions,tech trade-offs & community building tactics

#32: Dan Romero, Co-Founder @ Farcaster | How two Coinbase early employees designed one of the most thriving web3 social networks: product decisions,tech trade-offs & community building tactics

Dan Romero was employee #20 at Coinbase. After helping to build the company for 5 years, he left Coinbase in 2019 to build an alternative to Twitter with his Coinbase colleague, Varun Srinivasan. This idea transformed into Farcaster - a web3 social network that has become a go-to place for the crypto community in the last few months.  TIMESTAMPS: 00:38 What is Farcaster 1:20 How Dan Romero became employee #20 at Coinbase and what he learned about crypto, and why he left in 2019 4:32 Why RSS lost and how Farcaster started as RSS+ 6:56 Farcaster as a Twitter for crypto people, sufficient decentralized social network, why it’s great for users and developers, and what are parallels to crypto exchanges 12:23 What’s so unique about their user onboarding process, and which parts have been inspired by Coinbase 19:00 How permissionless building inspired the community to build a bot to make onboarding greater 20:25 Why they went for slow growth… just like Facebook 22:44 Why are they more interested in Daily Active Users than sign-up growth 26:29 Special moments that Farcaster delivers and how they designed the app to facilitate them 30:00 Why they don’t have quote tweets 34:15 What apps have already been built on top of Farcaster 37:00 Why developers should be able to create new social experiences 38:39 History of pseudonymous co-creators of the US Constitution 40:00 Why does the growing amount of data inspire people to build apps on top of Farcaster 42:45 How web3 social makes it much easier to start a new social app 45:52 How does Farcaster works technically, and how it’s similar to Domain Name System 51:11 Why they gathered FC developers on Telegram instead of Discord 52:45 What’s the 6 months plan for Farcaster, and what’s their 3 years vision 55:50 How switching clients would help people to “build their own Facebook” 58:24 Where people can learn more about Farcaster

25 October 2022


#31: Ouriel Ohayon, Co-Founder @ ZenGo | How they built an MPC wallet to get rid of seed phrases and what they did to acquire over 700k users

#31: Ouriel Ohayon, Co-Founder @ ZenGo | How they built an MPC wallet to get rid of seed phrases and what they did to acquire over 700k users

ZenGo has been the pioneer in MPC research and the most popular consumer MPC wallet in the world. Ouriel shares the backstage perspective of their early days, acquiring the first users, their product strategy, ClearSign wallet firewall, and marketing activities that led to over 700k users (which is a lot for a wallet!). https://twitter.com/web3talks Follow Ouriel & Mac: https://twitter.com/OurielOhayon https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski 0:37 Who’s Ouriel Ohayon and why ZenGo is special 1:03 How Ouriel transformed from a crypto skeptic to a crypto optimist by listening to a podcast episode in 2016 3:10 Ouriel’s story when he didn’t like any wallets on the market and decided to design his own 5:10 How they researched different options and learned they couldn’t get rid of private keys so started researching MPC (Multi Party Computation) and became one of the world’s leaders in that space 10:25 How does MPC work, why it’s different from a traditional wallet security, what trade-offs does it make and why it’s being used by Coinbase, Fireblocks & American banks 18:04 What would happen when ZenGo’s servers go down and how they protect the company from this kind of events 19:53 What’s the difference between MPC and Account Abstraction 23:38 Why Mac would recommend ZenGo to his father 25:13 How have they acquired their first wallet users by marketing cryptopgrahy before they started marketing the wallet and how do they promote it now 30:15 How do they take care of the user’s security & UX 32:46 How do they make money and what are their plans for new services 35:55 How does their ClearSign wallet firewall protects the users from attacks 44:10 Why Mac believes we can solve crypto security 45:10 Why Ouriel thinks of crypto as an early car industry and the story about Elon Musk’s driving McLaren F1 with Peter Thiel 51:15 What were some dead-end streets that they explored 56:06 Why would Ouriel fix gas with his web3 magic wand 59:22 What could be solved in the web3 mobile experience 1:02:40 What made Ouriel smile 1:04:50 Where people can learn more about ZenGo 1:06:09 Guest idea

18 October 2022


#30: Leighton, Co-Founder @ PoolTogether | The story behind the OG DeFi protocol which has distributed over $5 million to depositors as a reward for saving money

#30: Leighton, Co-Founder @ PoolTogether | The story behind the OG DeFi protocol which has distributed over $5 million to depositors as a reward for saving money

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ PoolTogether is known as the #1 DeFi protocol that encourages saving. Depositors participate in a lottery-like process where their deposited money can win prizes. But contrary to a lottery - even if they don't win, they keep their money. The luckiest winner ever deposited $73 and won over $43k, reaching a 589X return. How it's possible? How Leighton came up with the idea? How was PoolTogether built, how they got it secured, and how they dealt with the lawsuit?  Here's episode #30: 2:00 How PoolTogether started as the result of Leighton's research on TradFi tools that make people more wealthy 3:45 How blockchain makes the premium bonds model more transparent and scalable 5:40 How PoolTogether works technically: non-custodial design, integrations with yield sources, random numbers generation, price tiering contracts 9:19 How have they acquired the first users in May 2019? 12:10 Mitigating security risks via reducing attack surface area, no oracle dependencies, non-custodial design, internal testing, bug bounties, investing over $1M in third-party auditors 15:15 How have they educated the market about PoolTogether? 16:56 The story behind Poolies that raised over $1.5M for combating the lawsuit 24:11 At what stage is the lawsuit right now 26:00 What needs to happen for PoolTogether to reach a truly global adoption 21:30 How do they take care of the community 32:03 Why crowdfunding on the blockchain might be a killer app 34:22 What Leighton would fix with his web3 magic wand 36:35 Why MakerDAO & Gearbox blew his mind 38:42 Why was Uniswap airdrop such a magical moment for Leighton 41:20 Where people can learn more about PoolTogether 42:18 Leighton's guest ideas

10 October 2022


#29: Haardik, Co-Founder @ LearnWeb3 | From teaching a friend about web3 development to a developers community with over 50k students

#29: Haardik, Co-Founder @ LearnWeb3 | From teaching a friend about web3 development to a developers community with over 50k students

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ LearnWeb3 in 9 months became one of the most popular places to become a web3 developer for free. In this episode, Haardik tells me about its beginnings, crazy growth, building a 50k+ members community & more. Timestamps: 1:15 How Haardik feels running a 50k+ students course & how it all started 2:15 Does the bear market impact people’s interest in learning web3 development 3:24 How LearnWeb3 started in December 2021 as a way to help a friend learn web3 development 7:40 How they acquired their first users via Haardik’s Indian developer community friends & Kacie’s Twitter followers 10:20 What’s the difference between LearnWeb3 & other coding courses 14:59 How LearnWeb3DAO covers the whole path from beginner to finding a job as a developer 16:30 How their “no stupid questions” attitude & leading with an example helped to build a strong community 19:20 Activities that their community takes 22:03 Why hackathons are harder to organize than most people think 23:42 Why it was hard to integrate quizzes 28:17 Why, after working out Twitter, they started to add more events & other social media platforms 33:18 Why they wouldn’t change too much if they went back in time and started LW3 again 34:32 The reason they haven’t become a DAO yet 38:00 Why if Haardik had a magic wand, he would fix the web3 identity problem 42:36 The story when Haardik interviewed 5 North Korean hackers 51:22 Why he loves old-school projects such as Uniswap, Aave & Gitcoin 52:46 Where you can learn more about LearnWeb3 53:21 His guests' ideas

28 September 2022


Quick message to all our listeners about Gitcoin Grant

Quick message to all our listeners about Gitcoin Grant

We are currently raising a Gitcoin Grant. If you'd like to support the podcast, please Like/Retweet/Donate via our link: https://twitter.com/web3talks/status/1566864677983981569?s=20&t=hWEVjqQBvkrvfyF0-mkjWw

21 September 2022


#28: Pedro Gomes, Co-Founder @ WalletConnect | From wallet improvement idea back in 2018 to one of the most omnipresent web3 communications protocols

#28: Pedro Gomes, Co-Founder @ WalletConnect | From wallet improvement idea back in 2018 to one of the most omnipresent web3 communications protocols

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ WalletConnect is one of the most omnipresent protocols in the web3 space. It’s used by Uniswap, OpenSea, Instagram & 450+ other apps. Today we welcome Pedro Gomes, Co-Founder of WalletConnect, who tells us about the protocol’s history, presence, and future. 1:27 How Pedro ended up in crypto thanks to his fintech experience 3:47 Why MetaMask was revolutionary and how Pedro got inspired to bet on the mobile experience 6:37 How have WalletConnect acquired its first users in 2018 & why was it both easier and harder than starting today 8:25 Why making WalletConnect a neutral brand was so important 9:59 What’s WalletConnect’s product design process? 14:18 How they decided to work on new WalletConnect features and why balancing security & convenience has been so challenging 20:25 How the way they set up WalletConnect let them acquire partners such as Instagram without a business development department 22:17 How Pedro needed to find a common denominator for WalletConnect to build a community around it 24:15 Why transforming WalletConnect into a venture let them speed up the development process & how they built new amazing features in WalletConnect v2 28:50 What’s WalletConnect plan for making money 30:18 What features do wallets miss 32:39 Why Pedro finds cross-chain projects amazing 36:37 His most pleasant web3 memories 38:02 Where to follow WalletConnect 38:40 Pedro’s ideas for guests

19 September 2022


#27: realfakepicnic & sockdrawermoney, Co-Founders @ Code4rena | Managing a DAO that runs smart contract audit contests for projects such as OpenSea, ENS, Lens, NounsDAO & SushiSwap

#27: realfakepicnic & sockdrawermoney, Co-Founders @ Code4rena | Managing a DAO that runs smart contract audit contests for projects such as OpenSea, ENS, Lens, NounsDAO & SushiSwap

Code4rena is a project that disrupts the way web3 companies do smart contract audits. Their community-driven approach made them so well-known in the space that OpenSea ran a $1,000,000 security audit contest on their platform. How does their project work? How it started? And how do they grow it? Two out of five Code4rena Co-Founders came to the pod to answer all these questions. Follow the pod: https://twitter.com/web3talks Follow Sock, Picnic & Mac: https://twitter.com/sockdrawermoney https://twitter.com/realfakepicnic https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski TIMESTAMPS: 1:55 How Sock & Picnic got into crypto from decentralization & security audit backgrounds 9:35 How is web3 security different than web1 & web2 security, and how does Code4rena help to tackle web3-specific challenges 17:14 How Sock got into Code4rena very early 19:40 How does their security audit contest mechanism makes it easy to get great auditors on board & what are the characteristics of the top auditors 25:23 How the community chooses the judges for the contests 27:45 How they arranged their DAO to work efficiently and not get lost in the chaos 35:34 How have they been acquiring their clients 37:00 Story of their OpenSea $1,000,000 security audit contest 39:04 Do they permit hackers to work on security audits 42:15 Why decentralized security audits might be less vulnerable to exploits than traditional ones 45:44 How they've been balancing their two-sided market 50:39 What would they fix about web3 with their magic wand 53:50 Most mind-blowing web3 projects they've seen 58:43 The funniest things that happened to them 1:02:30 Their guests' ideas 1:06:35 Where you can learn more about code4rena

24 August 2022


#26: BORED, Co-Founder @ Bored Box | Building a blockchain gaming community by curating NFT assets from top games and helping people discover the coolest web3 games

#26: BORED, Co-Founder @ Bored Box | Building a blockchain gaming community by curating NFT assets from top games and helping people discover the coolest web3 games

We welcome Twitter anon legend - Bored Elon Musk - who shares his blockchain/web3 gaming expertise and gives a backstage perspective on his new project - BoredBox. Follow the pod: https://twitter.com/web3talks Follow BORED & Mac: https://twitter.com/BoredElonMusk https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski TIMESTAMPS: 2:38 How Hyperloop inspired him to start a Bored Elon Musk account 4:41 How money transfers & running an anon account got him into crypto 7:35 What BoredBox is and how it was inspired by old-school gaming experiences 11:20 What’s the BoredBox business model 13:05 What’s their process that helped to protect their product from NFT flippers 17:00 How game NFTs are similar to gaming experiences from the 90s and today 18:15 How choosing the right segment of gamers helped them acquire users despite the bear market 23:15 How do they curate the right games 25:58 Why so many blockchain gaming models are not sustainable 29:24 How is blockchain gaming evolving 31:30 What’s the most significant difference between regular gaming and blockchain gaming 34:10 Why making your NFT assets like a magic sword usable in multiple games makes more sense than it seems to 36:37 How NFTs unlock new gaming business models 38:39 What are the biggest mistakes and coolest things in web3 gaming 40:28 How games have been onboarding people to new technologies 41:50 What one thing would he fix in web3 44:00 Most mind-blowing web3 projects he has seen 46:51 Where people can learn more about BoredBox 47:35 Ideas for the guests

16 August 2022


#25: Seb Audet, Co-Founder @ Zapper.fi | How Zapper evolved from a DeFi degens' product into a web3 exploration tool with over 1 million users

#25: Seb Audet, Co-Founder @ Zapper.fi | How Zapper evolved from a DeFi degens' product into a web3 exploration tool with over 1 million users

Zapper is one of the most popular crypto apps. And on Thursday, they published the v2, which transformed Zapper from a portfolio tracker into a web3 exploration tool. I talk with Seb about their early days, management & growth tactics, v2, and... art. Follow the pod: https://twitter.com/web3talks Follow Seb & Mac: https://twitter.com/sebaudet26 https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski 1:57 How Seb got disillusioned with finance and started building, which led him to Ethereum, DeFi, and the idea of Zapper 4:25 First days of Zapper and integrations with Uniswap and Synthetix 6:04 How hard it was to query information on-chain 7:13 How Seb came up with the idea of Zapper v2 and why they bet on it 10:54 Zapper as a social media for investors and a better exploration tool than Etherscan 14:27 What’s the process behind Zapper’s slick design 17:18 How they organized Zapper to ship fast 20:20 Why they don’t have QAs in Zapper 21:57 How have they chosen the market to build on 24:55 How networks effects helped them to grow 26:05 How they decided which protocol to integrate and what helped them grow the most 28:20 What NFT and DAO-related user acquisition strategies do they use right now 31:42 Why Seb thinks founders and DeFi protocols focus too much on marketing 33:33 Biggest fuckups they had 35:45 How does Zapper make money 37:58 What would Seb fix about crypto and web3 40:30 Why web3 builders develop a thick skin 41:42 How a metaverse billboard and generative arts inspire him 47:00 What was the most fun web3 thing that happened to Seb 48:20 Crypto Twitter making the Internet fun again 50:23 Where people can find more info about Zapper 51:00 Guest idea - Founder of Interface 52:30 How I found $500 in my Zapper account

23 July 2022


#24: Anton Bernstein, Co-Founder @ Pocket Worlds | How they built and grew Metaverse apps with over 3 Million Monthly Active Users

#24: Anton Bernstein, Co-Founder @ Pocket Worlds | How they built and grew Metaverse apps with over 3 Million Monthly Active Users

If you're a Metaverse skeptic, this episode might change your mind. I talked with Anton, whose apps have built metaverse since 2016, so long before this word became popular. And they make $30M/year. How it's possible? Check out the episode! Follow the pod: https://twitter.com/web3talks Follow Anton & Mac: https://twitter.com/antonber https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski 0:37 Intro 1:27 Quick history of Pocketworlds and HighRise 2:30 How did Anton get into web3, and why did they add web3 to their web2 app making $100M/yr in transaction volume 5:10 How Mac got hooked to HighRise 5:55 Who’s the typical user of Highrise and Everskies apps, and why do they use them? 8:04 Why avatar chats and Second Life didn’t take off and why people might get into metaverse now 11:15 Monoculture vs. Subcultures in the Metaverse 13:08 Why focusing on subcultures might work 14:19 Why their first two apps didn’t work out, and how did they use paid acquisition to get the first HighRise users 17:00 Why their retention curve goes against common knowledge 19:37 How they learned who was the 5% of the most engaged users and why 10% of their employees are former users 21:10 Why web3 is a good fit for their users and how they convinced them 21:35 How they sold out their NFT collection in 30 seconds by making millions of $ and becoming top5 collections on Immutable X despite the UX hurdles 23:40 How Mac realized that Metaverse makes sense 27:20 Metaverse is like Burning Man - focused on self-expression and interactions where you can be who you want to be 29:30 Two methods of letting users generate the content in Highrise and Everskies 32:55 How Anton’s friend makes millions of $ a year by making content in Second Life 34:30 How they want to let people earn revenue and why he’s more interested in this world than Axie Inifity’s model 35:15 How do they make their $30M revenue/year, and how it’s going to change with web3 <36:10 cut how they’re transitioning into web3> 37:40 Is Anton scared about risking their current business model during the transition 39:46 Hardest things about running a consumer app 42:45 Why they didn’t give up despite the two failed projects 43:45 What would Anton fix about web3 46:16 The most mind-blowing projects Anton has seen 48:00 His experience during Axie Infinity summer 49:29 How would he fix Axie Infinity to make it more sustainable 51:05 People spending time vs. spending money on the games 54:27 Guests ideas - people from Immutable X & MiniRoyal FPS game on Solana 55:30 Why it’s hard to transition to a sustainable model for STEPN 56:30 Where people can learn more about PocketWorlds

18 July 2022


#23: Dennison Bertram, Co-Founder @ Tally.xyz | Lessons on DAOs from the Co-Founder of the DAO governance tool used by Uniswap, Compound & PoolTogether

#23: Dennison Bertram, Co-Founder @ Tally.xyz | Lessons on DAOs from the Co-Founder of the DAO governance tool used by Uniswap, Compound & PoolTogether

Dennison has been in crypto for over 10 years. He has been heavily involved in DAOs before most people even heard about them. In this episode, he shares lessons from seeing 100s of these organizations. Follow the pod: https://twitter.com/web3talks   Follow Dennison & Mac:  https://twitter.com/DennisonBertram https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski TIMESTAMPS: 4:40 Why he focused on governance and built Tally: From Magic Internet Money to Magic Internet Society 7:51 What does Tally actually do, and how they’re different from Snapshot 15:15 How communities use Tally 17:30 What convinced their first users to use Tally 20:02 How they’ve been promoting Tally among the users 22:10 When it doesn’t make sense to build a DAO 27:10 What are the most effective DAOs out there 31:40 Governance models that worked in Tally and DAOs + when it makes sense to start a DAO 39:21 Biggest challenges for DAOs 44:05 Why he wants legal clarity for crypto 45:32 Why Ethereum, Uniswap, and DAOs blew his mind 47:57 Why he found NFTs’ success so funny 50:34 Guests ideas 51:40 Where can you learn more about Tally

4 July 2022


#22: Chris Whinfrey, Founder @ Hop Protocol | A bridge that moved over $2.4B worth of tokens between Ethereum & L2s to improve the blockchains' UX

#22: Chris Whinfrey, Founder @ Hop Protocol | A bridge that moved over $2.4B worth of tokens between Ethereum & L2s to improve the blockchains' UX

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ HopExchange is the leading bridge between Ethereum & L2s. Chris shares the story behind the project, how they designed their airdrop and why they decided to give the community so much power. Timestamps: 3:20 The story behind the HopExchange: Auditing, DeFi Summer, and bet on L2 8:29 How they acquired their first users: timing, whitepaper & Twitter 10:07 What they've done to acquire Liquidity Providers 12:01 Methods to separate real users' signals from the aidroppers' noise 14:55 How they tracked down airdrop farmers 18:10 How do they care take of the community as there are only 4 full-time HopProtocol team members 19:54 Why they trusted their community to give them full power over the protocol for the next year 22:40 How they organized their airdrop to make it go smoothly 25:42 Why it's great to have the top DeFi founders such as Kane from Synthetix, Stani from Aave & Stefan from Gnosis on the cap table 27:35 What's the plan for the next few months for the HopExchange 29:20 Why MEV, CowSwap & NounsDAO blew his mind 33:50 Story of Rotate - their community's Sherlock Holmes - who took down Sybil attackers 35:55 Where to learn more about the Hop 36:23 His guests' ideas

22 June 2022


#21: Geoist & Levertz, Founders @ IDRiss | Decentralized address book to onboard the next billion users to crypto

#21: Geoist & Levertz, Founders @ IDRiss | Decentralized address book to onboard the next billion users to crypto

Just like ENS lets people link their wallet addresses to .eth domains, IDrIss lets people link their wallet addresses to their phone numbers, e-mails & Twitter handles. But it's only the tip of the iceberg! Timestamps: 1:35 How they ended in crypto space 3:50 What’s the story & vision behind IDRiss 7:30 Five things that make them different from Ethereum Name Service 13:21 What happens when someone hacks your e-mail address or Twitter account linked to your wallet via IDriss 14:29 How they acquired their first users and what worked well 20:32 Our thoughts on professional airdrop farmers 25:20 How they build the community - “Discord is a room full of people” 30:15 The product design which helps to learn more about the users than typical web3 products 31:30 Taking care of the community by making decisions together 32:50 Where they want IDRiss to evolve 37:55 Dead-end streets & hard lessons they learned on the way 39:30 Most mind-blowing web3 project they’ve seen so far - Gnosis Safe & EmpireDAO 41:40 The funniest thing that happened to them so far in web3 space 43:34 Where you can learn more about the project 44:20 Ideas for the next guests

16 June 2022


#20: Auston Bunsen, Co-Founder @ QuickNode | Building blockchain infrastructure that operates at the scale of Google Search

#20: Auston Bunsen, Co-Founder @ QuickNode | Building blockchain infrastructure that operates at the scale of Google Search

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ How Auston Bunsen sold his TV for 2.5 BTC? Why did 2017 ICOs inspire them to start QuickNode? How he accidentally made Vitalik think that he broke Etheruem Virtual Machine? And why QuickNode doesn’t care about the bear market? This - and much more - has been shared in our Ep. 20. PS: QuickNode shared a promo code with our community! First 20 listeners who use promo code MAC3 will get 3 months of QuickNode for free!

2 June 2022


#19: Rex Hygate, Founder @ DeFi Safety | Adding transparency to DeFi security practices by a company that already reviewed 200+ DeFi projects

#19: Rex Hygate, Founder @ DeFi Safety | Adding transparency to DeFi security practices by a company that already reviewed 200+ DeFi projects

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ DeFi Safety helps investors understand the risks of DeFi projects. Rex tells us about i.a. the company's founding story, review process, and the way they get new clients & employees.  1:30 How Rex learned about Ethereum via Reddit & got involved thanks to a hackathon 4:30 Differences between his corporate experiences and web3 7:05 How DeFi Safety started and why they share their reports for free 9:10 The help they got from Gitcoin 10:35 Thoughts on LUNA crash 12:15 Most common safety issues in protocols 16:03 How retail users can protect themselves from problematic protocols 19:17 How does their review process look like, who requests them and how does it help to improve projects’ safety 23:14 Creating guidelines for the users & protocols in a different way than SEC might have done it 25:00 How do they acquire their clients and who do they target 28:30 Why DeFi’s transparency & their auditing process makes it much harder to obscure financial details in an Enron-like fashion 31:58 How do they recruit people in such a challenging job market 33:50 Why they don’t plan to become a DAO 35:15 Why Curve & Yearn are among the most mind-blowing web3 projects he has seen 36:24 How their report on Shibaswap & the response from the Shiba Army made them laugh 37:43 Where can you learn more about DeFi Safety 38:45 His guests' ideas

16 May 2022


#18: Harsh Rajat, Founder @ EPNS | Building a multichain web3 communication protocol that’s pushing notifications for ENS, Uniswap, dYdX, Coindesk, Snapshot & more

#18: Harsh Rajat, Founder @ EPNS | Building a multichain web3 communication protocol that’s pushing notifications for ENS, Uniswap, dYdX, Coindesk, Snapshot & more

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ How EPNS solved the chicken-egg growth problem and acquired their first 44k users? What were the biggest tech challenges & dead-end streets so far and how EPNS tackled them? And what strange outfit have people worn for a VIP crypto dinner?  This, and much more, has been covered by Harsh Rajat, Founder of EPNS in this episode. Timestamps: 1:20 How he got to web3 and how he used the bot that helped him trading 3:23 What’s the vision behind EPNS, his experiences in mobile development, and the difference between web2 & web3 notifications 12:08 Why they ditched (for now) the idea of rewarding people for reading notifications 13:10 How they acquired their first users & partners and solved the chicken-egg problem 16:06 How the Ethereum community helped their product 17:45 How they’ve acquired their 44k users and how do they do it today 19:55 What kind of project can you build on EPNS 22:25 How being a protocol helps to protect EPNS from hackers 25:08 The biggest technological challenges they’ve faced so far 27:54 What were the dead-end streets that have they tried before 30:35 How does PUSH token work 33:10 What’s EPNS’ way of progressively decentralizing to avoid chaos 37:00 Most mind-blowing web3 project 41:12 Funniest thing that happened to Harsh (the VIP dinner story) 43:00 Other builders that could be a good fit for a podcast

8 May 2022


#17: x0r, Founder @ MEV Army | Teaching people about the tech side of crypto through an NFT-gated community

#17: x0r, Founder @ MEV Army | Teaching people about the tech side of crypto through an NFT-gated community

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ x0r is an NFT artist, coder & member of the investing team @ a16z. He shares: how to really learn how blockchains work? Why did he let devs find out the seed phrase of one of his wallets? What lessons had he drawn from his NFT drops? And how his perspective on crypto has been impacted by being a magician?

2 May 2022


#16: Ayyan Rahman, Co-Founder @ Gateway | Helping contributors onboard to DAOs & preparing for the Future of Work

#16: Ayyan Rahman, Co-Founder @ Gateway | Helping contributors onboard to DAOs & preparing for the Future of Work

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ Why becoming a DAO contributor is so hard, and what can DAOs do about it? How to make web3 hiring more meritocratic? And how to test your product with big DAOs such as Bankless, Aave & Olympus and build it with them, not for them? In this Episode, Ayyan Rahman, Co-Founder of Gateway, tells us how they help DAOs to solve these problems & why they plan to build a web3 LinkedIn.

18 April 2022


#15: Gil Hildebrand, Founder @ Gilded | Helping crypto businesses to accept payments, pay team members, and deliver on financial reporting requirements

#15: Gil Hildebrand, Founder @ Gilded | Helping crypto businesses to accept payments, pay team members, and deliver on financial reporting requirements

How has an idea in a New Orleans meetup turned into a product supporting the financial operations of over 120 crypto businesses? Why do they use web2 acquisition strategies? And how did they get the support of one of the world's biggest CPA organizations? This - and much more - has been covered in this episode. Follow the pod: https://twitter.com/web3talks Follow Gild & Mac: https://twitter.com/giltotherescue https://twitter.com/MacBudkowski

11 April 2022


#14: Raj & Atomic, Meme Lords @ Meme DAO | Behind the scenes of a DAO that makes memes for projects such as Polygon, Graph & Coinbase

#14: Raj & Atomic, Meme Lords @ Meme DAO | Behind the scenes of a DAO that makes memes for projects such as Polygon, Graph & Coinbase

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ 01:20 What is MemeDAO 1:55 How Raj got into web3 via crypto trading & Atomic treated it as an experiment despite his initial skepticism 04:54 How Raj found that there’s not enough supply of memes in the web3 space & created the first vision of MemeDAO in a day 7:30 What it takes to become a Meme Lord 8:20 How do they protect the community’s vibe against political & cringe content 12:15 How do they help to recognize meme lords & monetize their work 17:39 How they recruit & scale their DAO 23:30 Their NFT-related plans 25:46 How do they get & deliver meme-making deals for projects such as Polygon, Graph & Coinbase 28:45 How much does it cost to get a meme from MemeDAO, and how do they control the quality 34:35 What exactly do they do to grow their community & how to build the community from the ground up 42:45 The plan to become a top-of-mind meme supplier 45:05 Where to find more info about MemeDAO 46:00 Most mind-blowing web3 projects they’ve seen 47:13 The funniest things that happened to them in the web3 space 48:11 Their idea for the next guests PS: If you'd like to discuss Web3, join our Web3 Talks community on twitter.com/web3talks. You will find the link in the pinned tweet.

30 March 2022


#13: Yawn Rong, Co-Founder @ STEPN | How they build & grow one of the most successful GameFi apps that 
pay people for walking & running

#13: Yawn Rong, Co-Founder @ STEPN | How they build & grow one of the most successful GameFi apps that 
pay people for walking & running

In Ep.13 Yawn Rong, STEPN Co-Founder tells us: - What they’ve learned from Axie Infinity’s mistakes, - Why you SHOULDN’T hype your project too much, - How history inspired the design of sustainable tokenomics, - What tactic made their Discord grow, and much much more. If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ If you'd like to discuss Web3, join our Web3 Talks community on twitter.com/web3talks. You will find the link in the pinned tweet.

22 March 2022


#12: Austin Griffith, Ethereum Builder & Educator | How to choose an Ethereum project to work on, ship it & promote it 
to the first users

#12: Austin Griffith, Ethereum Builder & Educator | How to choose an Ethereum project to work on, ship it & promote it 
to the first users

In this Episode Austin tells us: - What mental models does he use to choose which products to work on, - Where are the biggest gaps in web3 waiting to be filled with new great products, - How to build an MVP in an hour, - Where to promote your product, and 100 other useful builder-oriented tips. If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ If you'd like to discuss Web3, join our Web3 Talks community on twitter.com/web3talks. You will find the link in the pinned tweet.

14 March 2022


#11: Andre Serrano, Community Lead @ CityCoins | The story behind MiamiCoin & how it helps people invest in & co-create their favorite city

#11: Andre Serrano, Community Lead @ CityCoins | The story behind MiamiCoin & how it helps people invest in & co-create their favorite city

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ In this episode Andre Serrano tells us: - Why CityCoins are not what most ppl think. - How they let citizens earn, create apps & raise money for their city. - How they've educated Mayor Francis Suarez & other gov. officials about MiamiCoin. If you want to support Ukraine by sending them crypto directly, here are their official wallet addresses: https://twitter.com/Ukraine/status/1497594592438497282

4 March 2022


#10: Nik Kalyani, Founder & CEO @ Decentology | Helping web2 developers to build web3 dapps without the need to learn how to write smart contracts

#10: Nik Kalyani, Founder & CEO @ Decentology | Helping web2 developers to build web3 dapps without the need to learn how to write smart contracts

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ In this Episode Nik Kalyani tells us: - What web3 can learn from web2 about composability; PS: Nik’s been organizing support for Ukrainian NFT artists. If you’d like to help them & collect some cool NFTs at the same time, please take a look at this list:

27 February 2022


#9: Szymon Sypniewicz, Co-Founder & CEO @ Ramp Network | Building and growing a crypto payment platform that supports Axie Inifinity, Sorare & Aave

#9: Szymon Sypniewicz, Co-Founder & CEO @ Ramp Network | Building and growing a crypto payment platform that supports Axie Inifinity, Sorare & Aave

In this Episode Szymon Sypniewicz from RampNetwork tells us: If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/

14 February 2022


#8: Mitchell Cuevas, Head of Growth @ Stacks | How Stacks gives Bitcoin new superpowers and what they’ve been doing to grow their ecosystem

#8: Mitchell Cuevas, Head of Growth @ Stacks | How Stacks gives Bitcoin new superpowers and what they’ve been doing to grow their ecosystem

In Ep. 8 Mitchell shares: Why Stacks has chosen Bitcoin as a foundation, Why they wanted SEC qualification, How a variety of projects help their community to grow, Info about a partnership with Codeacademy to provide chain-agnostic education, How does Mintery - an NFT accelerator - work. If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/

6 February 2022


#7: Leon Erichsen, Builder Community Manager @ Gitcoin | How Gitcoin has been using crypto 
to connect developers and provide $50M+ to public good projects

#7: Leon Erichsen, Builder Community Manager @ Gitcoin | How Gitcoin has been using crypto 
to connect developers and provide $50M+ to public good projects

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ In this episode, Leon Erichsen from Gitcoin tells us: - How crypto helped Gitcoin to connect developers living in different parts of the world to build new open-source projects, - How quadratic funding helps to make even 1$ count and fund projects that can do the most for the common good, - Examples of non-crypto Gitcoin projects (incl. COVID emergency aid, biomedical research & private messaging projects), - What fascinating technological & operational challenges have Gitcoin faced during its dynamic growth? - Why it’s worth hanging out on Gitcoin’s Discord channel if you’re interested in building open source apps.

25 January 2022


#6: Zakku, Co-Founder @ Coordinape | How DAO contributors get compensated and how it impacts the DAO culture

#6: Zakku, Co-Founder @ Coordinape | How DAO contributors get compensated and how it impacts the DAO culture

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ Zakku tells us: - why DAOs decentralize their compensation systems,   - when hard conversations about $ build stronger teams,   - how proof-of-value can serve as your digital resume,   - what are the similarities between DAO2DAO & B2B models.

19 January 2022


#5: Chairman Ape, Founder @ Ludo Labs | Using NFTs to build a football community and connect fans with the world’s top football players

#5: Chairman Ape, Founder @ Ludo Labs | Using NFTs to build a football community and connect fans with the world’s top football players

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ In this Episode Chairman Ape shares: - How they started a collaboration with players such as Paolo Dybala, Patrice Evra, and Miralem Pjanic, *** And if you like the podcast, join our Web3 Talks community: https://discord.com/invite/sgghjTnX5Q

23 December 2021


#4: Ivona Tau, 1/1 NFT Artist | NFT artist's work and everyday challenges

#4: Ivona Tau, 1/1 NFT Artist | NFT artist's work and everyday challenges

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ Ivona Tau, award-winning AI NFT artist whose works has been auctioned at Foundation and Sotheby's, tells us: how she sold her first NFT and how she promotes her arts now,  how does the creation of a 1/1 AI NFT look like, and how long does it take,  how she got her art listed at Sotheby's, and much more.  And if you like the podcast join our Web3 Talks community:

20 December 2021


#3: Nitish Reddy, Founder @ Bip.so | Potential & challenges of DAO collaboration and the tool that can 
make it easier

#3: Nitish Reddy, Founder @ Bip.so | Potential & challenges of DAO collaboration and the tool that can 
make it easier

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new one comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ How Building in Public has helped Nitish's startup and inspired him to build Bip? What are the best things from Git and the OpenSource community that has been implemented in Bip? Why it's so hard to collaborate in DAOs with just Google Docs & Notion? What are the reasons why DAOs might not be that eager to test new products? How to take care of your community when your product is still in an early stage? Why DAOs and the ability to build your "Contributions Portfolio" can change the recruitment processes even outside the Web3 world? Join Web3 Talks Discord community: https://discord.gg/sgghjTnX5Q

2 December 2021


#2: Rohit Goyal, Founder @ Mesh Finance | Lessons in building CeFi & DeFi crypto products from a Founder that built both

#2: Rohit Goyal, Founder @ Mesh Finance | Lessons in building CeFi & DeFi crypto products from a Founder that built both

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new episode comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ In this episode, we learn: Why Rohit stopped working on the mobile game studio that had 3M users and turned into crypto? How Mudrex helped over 40k users invest in crypto and generated over $2B+ in transactions? What’s the difference between CeFi & DeFi crypto investment products? How DeFi projects make new users trust their services? How did running FB Ads and using memes help with spreading a message about crypto products? Why experience in mobile gaming helped with protocol's incentive design? How to decide which vectors of decentralization should you choose? Why airdropping tokens might not be the best idea for building a community? What’s the biggest value of being in Y Combinator? Join Web3 Talks Discord community:  https://discord.gg/sgghjTnX5Q

22 November 2021


#1: Madhavan Malolan, Founder @ Questbook | Building web3 communities: from almost 0 to 15,000 developers in 2,5 months

#1: Madhavan Malolan, Founder @ Questbook | Building web3 communities: from almost 0 to 15,000 developers in 2,5 months

If you don't want to miss our episodes, subscribe to our Substack and get an e-mail whenever the new episode comes out: https://web3talks.substack.com/ Questbook helps web2 developers learn web3 skills. It's a YC startup, backed by multiple Indian high-profile businessmen.  Madhavan tells us: - What Questbook really is, Join Web3 Talks Discord community: https://discord.gg/sgghjTnX5Q

16 November 2021


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