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Episode 181: Aping into DeFi and NFTs with Andy Chorlian and Tarun Chitra

Zero Knowledge

This week Anna and Tarun chat with Andy Chorlian. Andy recounts the many interesting moments through his crypto journey, including being at Maker during Black Thursday, living through DeFi Summer, and then jumping into NFTs with Top Shot and PleasrDAO. Taking a break from his degen career, Andy is now developing Fractional, a protocol for fractionalizing NFTs. He explains how it works under the hood and how the concept could bridge the DeFi and NFT worlds. Here are some links for this episode: An overview of the NBA Top Shot platform to understand what it’s about. Andy’s NBA Top Shot stats page. The WSJ article featuring Andy’s “messy” desk. Where Media & Music Meet NFT & Blockchain, Zero Knowledge Episode 167 featuring Andre Anjos (RAC) and Trevor McFedries (Brud). An intro to Fractional The Snowden NFT piece If you’re looking for a job in the world of blockchain and zero knowledge, don’t forget to check out our Jobs Board! Also, make sure to subscribe to our new Substack to be updated of any future zkSessions, Jobs Fair, StudyClub or another of our many initiatives. Thanks to this week’s sponsor, O1 Labs, the creators of Mina Protocol Mina is the world’s lightest blockchain – powered by participants. Mina is a layer-one protocol, creating a private gateway between the real world and crypto. The entire chain is around 22kb — even as it scales, thanks to zk-SNARKs. The ecosystem is growing fast and Mina's mainnet has just gone live, offering users a platform to build a private gateway between the real world and crypto, visit minaprotocol.com to find out more. If you like what we do: Follow us on Twitter - @zeroknowledgefm Join us on Telegram Catch us on Youtube Read up on the r/ZKPodcast subreddit Give us feedback! -https://forms.gle/iKMSrVtcAn6BByH6A Support our Gitcoin Grant Support us on the ZKPatreon Donate through coinbase.commerce Or directly here: ETH: 0xC0FFEE1B5083230a5154F55f253B6b6ae8F29B1a BTC: 1cafekGa3podM4fBxPSQc6RCEXQNTK8Zz ZEC: t1R2bujRF3Hzte9ALHpMJvY8t5kb9ut9SpQ DOT: 14zPzb7ihiBeaUn9jdPW9cHKGBd9qtTuJE75hhW2CvzLh6rT

1hr 4mins

19 May 2021

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The FTX Podcast - Tarun Chitra on Distributed Financial Systems for the World

The FTX Podcast - Builders and Innovators in the Cryptocurrency Industry

The road from physics to ASICs to the cryptocurrency world. How some key concepts of mathematical finance are represented clearly in crypto. Working on distributed systems outside of blockchain and then within this space. Nuances into HFT operations, capital efficiencies, stablecoins and much much more. 

56mins

26 Oct 2020

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Tarun Chitra: Staking Derivatives for Yield Farming w/ Staking Tokens

Interchain.FM

Why stake when you can borrow

52mins

14 Oct 2020

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

The Blockchain Debate Podcast

Guests:Haseeb Qureshi (@hosseeb)Meltem Demirors (@melt_dem)Host:Richard Yan (@gentso09)Tarun Chitra (@tarunchitra, special co-host)Today’s motion is “Yield farming is an innovation.”Yield farming, or liquidity mining, refers to a newly popularized practice of DeFi protocols, where the protocols incentivize usage with reward tokens. The trend was kickstarted with Compound offering their native tokens for anyone lending on their platforms. And with the mooning of COMP, many other DeFi projects followed suit with their own liquidity mining schemes. This led to soaring prices, unprecedented volumes, popularization of ERC20 friendly DEXes such as Uniswap, proliferation of nonsensical meme coins, and all the elements of another hype-driven bull run.The question is, is yield farming innovation? That is, is this something fundamentally different from what we’ve seen before? A better understanding of the utility of this mechanism will inform assessment of its sustainability.Today’s two debaters are investors of high profile funds that actively partake in the yield farming ecosystem. And our co-host is a repeat guest with unique perspectives on the topic at hand.Today’s episode is shorter than usual, due to speaker time constraints. And there are a few threads in the conversation that certainly could’ve used a deeper dive. Alas, maybe we will cover those areas in a future episode!If you would like to debate or want to nominate someone, please DM me at @blockdebate on Twitter.Please note that nothing in our podcast should be construed as financial advice.Source of select items discussed in the debate:Yield farming explained: https://www.coindesk.com/defi-yield-farming-comp-token-explainedHaseeb's research pieces at Dragonfly: https://medium.com/dragonfly-researchMeltem: https://www.meltemdemirors.com/Haseeb discusses decentralized trading on Unchained Podcast: https://unchainedpodcast.com/why-decentralized-trading-has-10xed-in-a-few-months/Debater bios:Haseeb is a managing partner at Dragonfly Capital, a cryptocurrency venture fund. Before this role, he was a General Partner at another crypto fund named Metastable Capital. He is also a crypto educator and has published a comprehensive blockchain course on nakamoto.com. He previously developed software for Earn.com and Airbnb. Prior to his journey in tech and crypto, he was a Full Tilt Poker sponsored professional poker player, and he conveyed his learnings in the book: The Philosophy of Poker. Haseeb subscribes to the philosophy of Effective Altruism, where one undertakes a high paying career to donate his earned money to charity.Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, a digital asset investment firm. Previously, Meltem helped build and grow Digital Currency Group, also a crypto fund. Prior to crypto, Meltem worked in the Oil & Gas industry in trading, corporate treasury, and M&A roles. She is also a founding member of the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council and testified before the House Financial Services Committee on digital currencies. Meltem teaches at her alma mater MIT as well as Oxford, and is passionate about privacy and civil rights.Tarun Chitra is Founder and CEO of Gauntlet, a simulation platform for crypto networks to help developers understand how decisions about security, governance, and consensus mechanisms are likely to affect network activity and asset value. He previously worked in high frequency trading for Vatic Labs and was a scientific programmer at D.E. Shaw Research.

58mins

18 Sep 2020

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Tarun Chitra: Gauntlet – The Simulation Platform for Blockchain Protocols

Epicenter - Learn about Crypto, Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin and Distributed Technologies

Gauntlet is a simulation platform for building financial models of blockchain protocols and applications. Their platform uses machine learning methods to simulate different environments with various user behaviors and see how the system holds up in those conditions. They perform analysis on things like core mechanisms to test for liveness, block propagation, and at higher layers like simulating markets. Their offering is complementary to security audits as their analysis goes beyond code functionality and looks at how systems may behave in real-life conditions. Tarun Chitra, CEO & Founder of Gauntlet, talks about his previous life in chip manufacturing and how he built Gauntlet. He also goes deep into the machine learning and statistical analysis involved with Gauntlet. It is quite a fascinating concept and when applied to blockchain systems, there is huge potential for this to become something that is expected by users, investors, and the community for new protocols.Topics covered in this episode:Tarun’s background and how he got into cryptoChip manufacturing in the US and its geopolitical implicationsWhat sorts of things does Gauntlet model?How does historical data play a part in predicting blockchain protocol behaviorSimulation models used by GauntletGame design analysisThe parts of the crypto economic stack that would benefit from this simulation work todayHow does Gauntlet complement a security audit for a new blockchainWhat tools they use for simulationWhat Gauntlet looks like as a business and what is the roadmap going forwardEpisode links: Gauntlet websiteGauntlet on MediumTarun on MediumTarun's papersGauntlet on TwitterTarun on TwitterSponsors: Algorand: To learn more about Algorand and how it’s unique design makes it easy for developers to build sophisticated applications, visit algorand.com/epicenter - http://algorand.com/epicenterThis episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture & Sunny Aggarwal. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/356

1hr 13mins

9 Sep 2020

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Hashing It Out #85- Gauntlet.Network Tarun Chitra

Hashing It Out

In this episode, we explore the incentives of both consensus systems and defi with Tarun Chitra is the Founder & CEO of Gauntlet. Tarun is applying his experience of AI and financial simulation to blockchains. Using ‘agent-based simulation’ he helps protocol designers to discover unexpected strategies to extract more than their share of value. Links:Gauntlet.Network Website Twitter Twitter-Tarun Chitra The Bitcoin Podcast Network Social Media Slack Donate to Hashing It Out Discuss

1hr 4mins

24 Aug 2020

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

The Blockchain Debate Podcast

Guests:Georgios Konstantopoulos (@gakonst)Anatoly Yakovenko (@aeyakovenko)Hosts:Richard Yan (@gentso09)Tarun Chitra (@tarunchitra, special co-host)Today’s motion is “Scalability is impossible without sharding and layer-2 solutions.”Today’s discussion is highly technical in nature and I’m glad to have Tarun as my co-pilot. Between the two debaters, one is building a public chain that insists on achieving scaling without sharding, and the other is an independent consultant with extensive experience with various chains, including many layer-2 solutions.My co-host Tarun’s summary at the end was quite apt - it’s easy to pull a carriage with one horse, but can you pull a carriage with 1024 chickens? The debate seems to partially come down to how powerful the machines can get to sustain the ever-growing network activities without resorting to quote unquote, fancy techniques like sharding and layer-2 solutions.If you’re into crypto and like to hear two sides of the story, be sure to also check out our previous episodes. We’ve featured some of the best known thinkers in the crypto space.If you would like to debate or want to nominate someone, please DM me at @blockdebate on Twitter.Please note that nothing in our podcast should be construed as financial advice.Source of select items discussed in the debate:Solana: https://solana.com/Georgios: https://www.gakonst.com/The Gauntlet: https://gauntlet.network/

1hr 42mins

21 Jul 2020

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Hashing It Out #85- Gauntlet.Network Tarun Chitra

The Bitcoin Podcast

In this episode, we explore the incentives of both consensus systems and defi with Tarun Chitra is the Founder & CEO of Gauntlet. Tarun is applying his experience of AI and financial simulation to blockchains. Using ‘agent-based simulation’ he helps protocol designers to discover unexpected strategies to extract more than their share of value.Links:Gauntlet.NetworkWebsiteTwitterTwitter-Tarun ChitraThe Bitcoin Podcast Network Social MediaSlackDonate to Hashing It OutDiscuss

1hr 4mins

18 Jun 2020

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Tarun Chitra - Founder of Gauntlet Ep #21

The Solana Podcast

Gauntlet is a simulation platform for building financial models of blockchain protocols and applications.Learn more about Gauntlet: https://gauntlet.network/

46mins

1 Jun 2020

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

The Blockchain Debate Podcast

Guests:Kevin Sekniqi (@kevinsekniqi) - debating FOR the motionTarun Chitra (@tarunchitra) - debating AGAINST the motionHost:Richard Yan (@gentso09)Today’s motion is “POS will overtake POW.” This is an important topic for a few reasons. First, from an investor’s perspective, this is another angle of evaluating BTC vs its challengers, which by and large are POS, or moving to POS. Second, this provides guidance to architects of new protocols in making design decisions.If we were to measure the dominance of POW via market cap, of the top 20 coins on CMC, coins with a POW mechanism (with no serious plans to migrate to something else), take up 74% of the share of market cap.The two guests we have for this episode are: a builder of a highly anticipated POS-based protocol; and a creator of an extremely interesting business that simulates protocol behavior, to help protocol designers make more sound decisions.I want to note that, about 70 minutes into the debate, the discussion shifted to a general conversation about money characteristics of bitcoin, and this goes on for about 25 minutes. This was not directly relevant to the motion, but I kept it in nonetheless, for the insights it shed.Make sure to check out our previous episodes too, on Bitcoin’s store of value status, tokenization and smart contracts, DeFi, bitcoin halvening, and China’s future in blockchain.If you would like to debate or want to nominate someone, please DM me at @blockdebate.Please note that nothing in our podcast should be construed as financial advice.Source of select items discussed in the debate:Paul Sztorc article "Nothing is Cheaper than Proof of Work": http://www.truthcoin.info/blog/pow-cheapest/Hash rate derivatives: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crypto-currencies-derivatives/with-hashes-and-hedges-power-hungry-crypto-miners-court-investors-idUSKBN1YE0KADigital currency as a Veblen good: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good

1hr 41mins

25 Mar 2020

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