Gabby Dizon – Mapping the Metaverse Economy

Invest Like the Best | 2 September 2021 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Gabby Dizon, co-founder of Yield Guild Games (YGG). YGG invests in players in the “play-to-earn” economy within blockchain-based games. Players earn tokens within the game which can be exchanged into local currencies or be used to purchase more digital assets. Explains YGG’s decentralized structure, the unit economics of their business model, how he deals with the volatility of crypto assets when trying to build a durable, long-term business. Also discusses the broader metaverse landscape, how it might evolve, what might derail it, and the technicalities of building a token-based, as opposed to equity-based, business.

Vitalik Buterin and Naval Ravikant on Ethereum and Blockchain Technology

The Tim Ferriss Show | 9 March 2021 | 2h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Naval Ravikant and Vitalik Buterin discuss blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies, Bitcoin, Ethereum, the development and applications of future versions of Ethereum, life extension, and more.

This follows on nicely from the 2017 Tim Ferriss episode with Naval Ravikant interviewing Nick Szabo, which is worth a listen as an accessible introduction to blockchain technology if you’ve not already heard it.

Intellectual Honesty, Cryptocurrency, & More (Vitalik Buterin)

Rationally Speaking | 4 March 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Vitalik Buterin (creator of the open-source blockchain platform Ethereum) exploring his intellectually honest approach to leadership, why prediction markets appear to be biased in favour of Trump, whether it was rational to invest in Bitcoin ten years ago, effective altruism, Vitalik’s defence of life extension research against its critics, and more.

Chris Dixon – The Future of Blockchain at a16z

Capital Allocators | 11 January 2021 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Dixon about his work on Andreesen Horowitz’s Crypto Funds. Covers his early interest in computers and business; lessons from starting companies and angel investing; new computing platforms; the history of centralized and decentralized computing; development of blockchain technologies; potential killer apps; token basics; and investor perception.

Josh Williams on Online Gaming, Blockchain, and Forte

EconTalk | 13 July 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Josh Williams, co-founder and CEO of the blockchain gaming company Forte, about the state of online gaming and the potential of a blockchain-based gaming platform to create market economies with property rights within online games.

Five Open Problems Toward Building a Blockchain Computer

a16z | 16 May 2019 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Frank Chen discussing five challenging problems the cryptocurrency community is trying to solve to enable blockchain computing: scaling decentralized computing; scaling decentralized storage; scaling decentralized networks; establishing trusted identities and reputation; and establishing trusted governance models.