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Solfate Podcast - Interviews with blockchain founders/builders on Solana

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Interviews with blockchain founders and builders on the Solana blockchain. With audio commentary from two developers building on Solana, by Nick (@nickfrosty) and James (@jamesrp13).
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Exploring Futarchy: Governance by Markets with MetaDAO's Founder

Full notes for this episode at: https://solfate.com/podcast/57Follow @SolfatePod on Twitter for updates: https://twitter.com/SolfatePodPS: We are happy to announce the launch of our Solfate Drip channel where you can collect Solfate Podcast episodes as digital collectibles! Subscribe to our Drip channel today: drip.haus/solfate (we have some fun experiments planned) Notes from the showIn this conversation, James and Proph3t discuss futarchy and its application in governance. They explore the concept of futarchy, which is governance by markets, where decisions are made based on market predictions of the impact on a reference asset's price. Proph3t shares his journey of discovering futarchy and his motivation to implement it in MetaDAO. They discuss the vision for MetaDAO, which aims to create a decentralized organization that operates as an amalgamation of autonomous startups leveraging common assets. They also touch on the process of raising proposals and the accountability mechanisms in MetaDAO.The conversation highlights the efficiency of market-based decision-making and the empirical evidence supporting its effectiveness. The conversation explores the concept of futarchy as a new form of governance and decision-making. Futarchy combines elements of democracy and market mechanisms to make decisions based on financial incentives. It introduces the idea of trading votes and using conditional markets to determine the outcome of proposals. The conversation also touches on the challenges of voting manipulation and the potential benefits of futarchy in combating this issue. The guests encourage listeners to participate in futarchy and contribute to this experiment in governance.TakeawaysFutarchy is governance by markets, where decisions are made based on market predictions of the impact on a reference asset's price.MetaDAO aims to create a decentralized organization that operates as an amalgamation of autonomous startups leveraging common assets.In MetaDAO, proposals are raised and voted on through market trading, aligning personal incentives with the proposal's expected outcome.Market-based decision-making has been shown to be more efficient than alternative methods in various contexts.MetaDAO is still in its early stages and is working towards improving its infrastructure and scalability. Futarchy is a new form of governance that combines elements of democracy and market mechanisms.It introduces the concept of trading votes and using conditional markets to determine the outcome of proposals.Futarchy has the potential to combat voting manipulation and incentivize participants to make informed decisions.Listeners are encouraged to participate in futarchy and contribute to this experiment in governance. Find Proph3t and MetaDAO online- Follow Proph3t on twitter - @metaproph3t- MetaDAO's website - https://metadao.fiFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcastcollect episodes on Drip: drip.haus/solfate
6/25/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 53 seconds
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Digital Object Tokens x Coca-Cola on Solana (feat. Vito, founder All Art)

Full notes for this episode at: https://solfate.com/podcast/56Follow @SolfatePod on Twitter for updates: https://twitter.com/SolfatePodPS: We are happy to announce the launch of our Solfate Drip channel where you can collect Solfate Podcast episodes as digital collectibles! Subscribe to our Drip channel today: drip.haus/solfate (we have some fun experiments planned)📝 Notes from the showA conversation with Vito from All Art.Vito, co-founder of All Art, shares his journey into the crypto and virtual reality spaces. He discusses the challenges of payments in virtual reality and the need for instant and low-cost transactions. Vito explains how his team experimented with the Stellar blockchain and the development of their NFT platform. He also highlights the negative perception of NFTs and the impact of media coverage. Vito concludes by discussing the partnership with Coca-Cola and the different approaches of marketing and innovation teams within large companies. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the problems that clients or partners face and tailoring the technology to solve those specific issues. Vito introduces the concept of Digital Object Tokens (DOT) and the need for standardized metadata to accurately represent real-world assets on the blockchain. He also highlights the challenges of user experience and the importance of collaboration with brands, regulators, and governments to drive adoption and solve key problems in the blockchain space.🔗 Find Vito and All Art online- Follow Vito on twitter - @vjevremovic- All Art's website - https://all.artFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcastcollect episodes on Drip: drip.haus/solfate
6/18/202458 minutes, 53 seconds
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Fastest blockchain payments on Solana with Sphere Pay (feat. Arnold, co-founder of Sphere)

A conversation with Arnold, the co-founder of Sphere (a payments and banking platform on Solana).PS: We are happy to announce the launch of our Solfate Drip channel where you can collect Solfate Podcast episodes as digital collectibles! Subscribe to our Drip channel today: drip.haus/solfate (we have some fun experiments planned)SummaryArnold shares his background and early experiences with crypto, including his journey to building Sphere on the Solana blockchain. He discusses the benefits of blockchain and the pragmatic approach to decentralization. Arnold also emphasizes the importance of understanding history in the context of blockchain. Finally, he explains the pain points that Sphere Payments aims to address.In this conversation, Arnold discusses the benefits of using Sphere to simplify crypto payments and integrations. He highlights the challenges of creating an SPL transfer wrapper contract and emphasizes the ease of using Sphere for accepting crypto payments, especially from international customers. Arnold also explains that Sphere is a suitable solution for businesses that want to handle their finances in a crypto-based world. He mentions the ability to accept payments in fiat and have them land in USDC, as well as the future goal of automating payout processes. Arnold advises listeners to learn from history and consider unconventional approaches to problem-solving. The conversation concludes with plans for future discussions and appreciation for the insights shared.TakeawaysBlockchain offers the potential for decentralized solutions, but it is important to take a pragmatic approach and consider the existing systems and their benefits.Understanding history is crucial in the context of blockchain, as it helps us recognize the challenges and opportunities that arise from the current financial and regulatory systems.Sphere Payments aims to address pain points in the correspondent banking system, such as high fees, slow transactions, and lack of transparency.By leveraging blockchain technology, Sphere Payments provides a more accessible and efficient way to transfer value, particularly for remittances and cross-border transactions. Sphere provides an easy and efficient solution for accepting crypto payments and simplifying integrations.The target customers for Sphere are businesses that want to handle their finances in a crypto-based world.Sphere allows for accepting payments in fiat and converting them to USDC.Automating financial processes and exploring unconventional approaches can lead to more efficient solutions.Future conversations with Arnold are anticipated to delve deeper into historical and philosophical aspects of crypto.Find Arnold and Sphere onlineFollow Arnold on twitter - @0xdirichletFollow Sphere on twitter - @sphere_labsCheckout the Sphere website - spherepay.coFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcastcollect episodes on Drip: drip.haus/solfate
6/11/202458 minutes, 12 seconds
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DRiP and the Creator Economy on Solana (feat. Vibhu, founder)

A conversation with Vibhu, the founder of DRiP.haus, one of the most popular consumer apps in all of crypto (being focused on the creators).We are also happy to announce the launch of our Solfate Drip channel where you can collect Solfate Podcast episodes as digital collectibles! Subscribe to our Drip channel today: drip.haus/solfate (we have some fun experiments planned)PS: Checkout the Snapshot newsletter: a byte-sized email newsletter filled with the biggest updates from Solana ecosystem teams and builders. ~5 minute read. Every 2 weeks. 👉 https://solfate.com/snapshotSummaryIn this conversation, Vibhu Norby, the co-founder of Drip, discusses the latest updates and developments with the platform. He talks about the expansion to cross-chain creators and the challenges of sourcing and curating creators. He also shares insights into conversations with non-blockchain creators and the magic of Drip's economic model.Vibhu discusses the potential for improving the internet around digital content by leveraging micro-transactions and digital ownership. He explains how the current subscription model and traditional content platforms have created inefficiencies and asymmetrical value accrual. Vibhu also highlights the importance of introducing ads in a less annoying way and the potential for fair monetization models. The conversation concludes with a discussion about the upcoming Drip mobile app and the transition process for existing users.TakeawaysDrip has evolved over the past year, with a focus on accessibility, monetization, and cross-chain creators.The platform has been resistant to liquidity cycles and has stood out in the Solana ecosystem.Conversations with non-blockchain creators often revolve around the challenges of monetization and the direct-to-consumer model.Drip's economic model, with droplet donations and spending, provides a frictionless microtransaction platform for creators. Microtransactions and digital ownership can improve the internet around digital content.The current subscription model and traditional content platforms have created inefficiencies and asymmetrical value accrual.Introducing ads in a less annoying way can provide fair monetization models for creators and benefit users. Drip may experiment with this in the future.The upcoming Drip mobile app will provide a better user experience and seamless integration with wallets.Find Vibhu and DRiP onlineFollow Vibhu on twitter - https://twitter.com/vibhuFollow DRiP on twitter - https://twitter.com/drip_hausDRiP's website - https://drip.hausFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
6/4/202456 minutes, 34 seconds
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Evolution of the Keystone Hardware Wallet (feat. Lixin, founder)

A conversation with Lixin, the founder of Keystone Wallet, an open source hardware wallet that is fully airgapped and has a touchscreen.PS: Checkout the Snapshot newsletter: a byte-sized email newsletter filled with the biggest updates from Solana ecosystem teams and builders. ~5 minute read. Every 2 weeks. 👉 https://solfate.com/snapshotSummaryThe conversation covers the introduction and background of the Lixin, an overview of Keystone wallet, the design philosophy and user experience features of Keystone, the versions and evolution of Keystone.Lixin discusses his transition into crypto and the development of Keystone, from the early versions of Keystone to their target audience. He even details the integration of Keystone with MetaMask and other wallet providers. The gents discuss how the 3 secure elements and security measures in Keystone, including the device verification and logistics security measures taken by Keystone.In this conversation, Lixin from Keystone discusses the importance of security in the crypto space and provides recommendations for new users. They emphasize the need for self-custody and the use of hardware wallets to protect assets. Lixin also highlights the significance of security education and the importance of verifying transactions. They mention resources such as security researchers on Twitter and Telegram groups for learning about security. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the evolution of security in different blockchains and the future features and collaborations of Keystone.TakeawaysSelf-custody and hardware wallets are essential for protecting crypto assets.Security education is crucial for new users to protect themselves from scams and phishing attacks.Verifying transactions and learning about the inner workings of different blockchains is important for security.Collaborations with other wallets and NFT communities can enhance the user experience and customization options.Find Lixin and Keystone onlineFollow Lixin on twitter - @BitcoinLixinFollow Keystone on twitter - @KeystoneWalletCheckout the website - keyst.oneFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
5/28/202456 minutes, 12 seconds
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“Domains Dot Anything” on Solana with Vlad Toni

This conversation delves into All Domains' shift from developing social primitives on Solana to tokenizing web2 domains, exploring the benefits and potential of Solana in domain tokenization. Vlad shares insights from his journey into Solana, emphasizing the importance of long-term vision in the crypto space and the role of community support. The discussion also touches on the challenges of building the product and concludes with future plans, including the unique offering of emoji domains.
5/21/202452 minutes, 8 seconds
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NeoSwap: Smart auctions for perfect swaps (w/ John Ennis, founder of NeoSwap)

A conversation with John Ennis, the founder of NeoSwap, a multi-way trading platform where everyone wins.SummaryNeoSwap is a platform that aims to make assets spendable and provide purchasing power from assets. The idea of multi-way trading, where complex transactions involving assets and money can be facilitated, is at the core of NeoSwap.The founder, John Ennis, has a background in mathematics, AI, and market research, which led him to develop the NeoSwap algorithm. The algorithm uses solvers and prediction models to optimize trades and maximize utility for all parties involved. NeoSwap has developed products like smart auctions and starter pack finders for gaming (including for StarAtlas), which have shown promising results in improving efficiency and trade volume.The NeoSwap platform is blockchain-agnostic but has found more success on chains with denser data and on-chain commitments. The conversation explores the choice of Solana as a platform, the promise and durability of Bitcoin, the differences between Solana and Bitcoin cultures, the two-sided war between Ethereum and Bitcoin, and the value of inscriptions on Bitcoin. It also discusses the dangers of fiat currency, the importance of commerce and value exchange, and the vision of NeoSwap for decentralized commerce.TakeawaysSolana offers advantages in terms of speed, low gas fees, and an active community, making it an attractive platform for projects.Bitcoin provides an alternative to fiat currency and offers durability, but its tooling and performance are not as advanced as Solana.The culture in Solana is more focused on efficiency and winning in the startup world, while Bitcoin attracts more ideologically motivated individuals.Inscriptions on Bitcoin provide a new use case and can ensure the blockchain's value even after the block reward goes away.The vision of NeoSwap is to create a decentralized commerce platform that allows for value exchange and matchmaking without the need for centralized control.Find John and NeoSwap onlineFollow John on twitter - @john_ennis_btcFollow NeoSwap on twitter - @neoswap_aiCheckout the NeoSwap website - NeoSwap.xyzFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
5/14/20241 hour, 45 seconds
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Building a Solana Test Validator on Steroids w/ Thorsten Lorenz (Luzid) - Solfate Podcast #50

A conversation with Thorsten, the creator of Luzid, a Solana test validator at light speed.Thorsten, the creator of the Luzid validator, joins James in our first in person episode. Thorsten shares his unique journey getting into software development and into Solana, starting as a jazz musician, then a poker player, then writing poker bots and diving into more development. Including building some of the most popular developer tooling at Metaplex.The conversation explores the features and capabilities of Luzid, a tool for testing Solana programs. James and Thorsten discuss the setup process and navigate through the Luzid.app, exploring transactions, accounts, and snapshots. They also discuss the ability to undo actions and perform regression testing.Thorsten touches on the future plans for Luzid, including the business model and collaboration with MagicBlock. The hosts conclude by providing information on the public release of Luzid and expressing excitement for its potential. This conversation explores the concept of emotional intelligence and its importance in various aspects of life. It discusses the definition of emotional intelligence, its components, and how to develop it. The conversation also highlights the role of emotional intelligence in leadership and relationships.Find Thorsten and Luzid onlineFollow Thorsten on twitter - @thlorenzCheckout the Luzid website - Luzid.appFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
5/7/202453 minutes, 35 seconds
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Cross-chain Stable Coin Bridges (w/ Andriy, founder of AllBridge)

A conversation with Andriy, the founder of AllBridge, a cross-chain bridging protocol that uses stable coins.❤️‍🔥 Click here to mint this episode as an NFT on Solana - solfate.link/mint49 💪Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/49Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showAndriy, the co-founder of AllBridge, discusses his background and transition into the crypto space. He shares the early days of AllBridge and its role in bridging stable coin assets between different chains, particularly on Solana. He explains the architecture of AllBridge and the transition from the common “mint and burn” model to the current liquidity pools. Andriy also discusses the future plans for AllBridge, including the potential introduction of governance and partnerships with other protocols. He provides insights into the user flow and technical process of bridging, as well as the returns and risks associated with liquidity pools. Lastly, he talks about the integration with Phantom and the role of bridge aggregators in the ecosystem. The conversation with Andriy from AllBridge focused on the importance of collaboration over competition in the blockchain industry. Andriy emphasized the need to work together with other companies to provide better solutions for users. He shared an example of how AllBridge partnered with Wormhole to offer a more convenient cross-chain solution. Additionally, Andriy discussed the potential for B2B solutions in the future, where protocols can leverage AllBridge’s infrastructure for liquidity transfers. He also highlighted the importance of informed decision-making and transparency in the crypto ecosystem.TakeawaysAllBridge is a bridge protocol that facilitates the transfer of assets between different chains, with a focus on stable coins.The architecture of AllBridge has evolved from mint and burn models to liquidity pools, which provide a more efficient and user-friendly experience.The returns and risks associated with liquidity pools depend on factors such as the amount of liquidity in the pool and the volume of transactions.Allbridge is actively exploring partnerships and integrations with other protocols, and there are plans to introduce governance mechanisms in the future.The integration with Phantom and the use of a bridge aggregator like Li-Fi have expanded the accessibility and options for users. Collaboration with competitors can lead to better solutions for users.B2B solutions for cross-chain protocols could be the future of bridges.Informed decision-making is crucial when participating in liquidity pools.Transparency and openness are essential for building trust in the crypto ecosystem.Find Andriy and AllBridge onlineFollow Andriy on twitter - @avelykyyCheckout the AllBridge website - allbridge.ioFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
4/24/202456 minutes, 23 seconds
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Scaling the Solana Hackathons (w/ Matty, co-founder of Colosseum)

A conversation with Matty, the co-founder of Colosseum and former Head of Growth at the Solana Foundation.❤️‍🔥 Click here to mint this episode as an NFT on Solana - solfate.link/mint48 💪Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/48Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showIn this conversation, Nick and Matty discuss the Solana Global Hackathons and the launch of Colosseum. Matty shares his background in crypto and how he got involved with the Solana ecosystem, starting at Solana Labs and then to Solana Foundation.They explore the unique structure of the Solana Global Hackathons, which focus on driving long-term sustainable startups in the ecosystem. Matty explains the decision to leave the Solana Foundation and start Colosseum as an independent organization to build a product specifically catered to running hackathons.Nick and Matty Tay discuss the Colosseum accelerator program and venture fund, which invests in the top teams from the hackathons. Matty covers the terms and requirements for Colosseum funding, including the 7% equity stake and the remote nature of the accelerator program. They also highlight the value of the network and mentors provided by Colosseum. Matty Tay explains the importance of having astrong idea and a well-structured pitch in order to win a Colosseum hackathon. He also shares tips for creating a compelling submission video. Finally, they discuss their excitement for projects that utilize token extensions and open up new markets in the ecosystem.TakeawaysThe Solana Global Hackathons are structured to drive long-term sustainable startups in the ecosystem.Colosseum was launched as an independent organization to build a product specifically catered to running hackathons.The Colosseum accelerator program and venture fund invest in the top teams from the hackathons.The Solana Foundation aims to enable other organizations in the ecosystem to take over initiatives and build products. Coliseum offers $250K for 7% equity stake in a remote accelerator program.The program provides access to a network of mentors and connections through the Solana Foundation.Winning a Coliseum hackathon requires a strong idea, a well-structured pitch, and a demo that showcases the chosen features.Submission videos should be concise, under three minutes, and include team background, product description, market potential, traction, and a demo.Find Matty and Colosseum onlineFollow Matty on twitter - @mattytayVisit the Colosseum website - colosseum.orgFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
4/2/202451 minutes, 37 seconds
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Building Solana: Chewing Glass with Toly (Co-founder of Solana Labs)

A conversation with Toly, the Co-founder of Solana Labs❤️‍🔥 Click here to mint this episode as an NFT on Solana - solfate.link/mint47 💪Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/47Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showIn this conversation, Toly discusses various topics about Solana and his personal experiences. The main themes covered include the next technical hurdle for Solana with asynchronous execution, balancing family and work, growing up in the post-Soviet Union, Toly's stress-seeking, the emotional impact of Solana's journey, working relationship with Raj, the importance of marketing and community, career vs. personal pursuits, and so much more.TakeawaysSolana's next technical hurdle is asynchronous execution.Balancing family and work is a personal challenge for founders.Growing up in the post-Soviet Union has influenced Toly's perspective.Stress-seeking activities can foster team building and camaraderie.Find Toly and Solana onlineFollow Toly on twitter - @aeyakovenkoVisit the Solana's website - solana.comFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
3/12/202455 minutes, 41 seconds
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Elusiv: Enabling Private Token Swaps on Solana (w/ Nico, co-founder)

A conversation with Nico, the co-founder of Elusiv.❤️‍🔥 Click here to mint this episode as an NFT on Solana - solfate.link/mint46 💪Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/46Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showElusiv is a privacy protocol built on Solana that allows users to conduct private transactions while remaining compliant. The transaction fees for using Elusiv are relatively low, making it an affordable option. The combination of privacy and compliance makes Elusiv a valuable tool for individuals and businesses.In this conversation, Nico shares his crypto origin story and how he transitioned to working on Elusiv, a privacy solution for blockchain. He explains the concept of zero-knowledge technology and how Elusiv incorporates compliance into its privacy solution. The technical details of Elusiv's privacy solution, including the role of Warden nodes and homomorphic encryption, are discussed. The incentive mechanism for running Warden nodes and the cost and fees associated with using Elusiv are also covered.TakeawaysElusiv is a privacy solution for blockchain that incorporates compliance.Zero knowledge technology allows for privacy on the blockchain by proving transactions without revealing sensitive information.Elusiv uses a network of Warden nodes to decrypt transactions in a privacy-preserving manner.The incentive mechanism for running Warden nodes is based on fees paid by users of the Elusiv network.Elusiv provides a privacy solution for conducting transactions on Solana while complying with government regulations.Transaction fees for using Elusiv are relatively low, making it an affordable option for users.Upcoming ZK updates on Solana will enable more use cases and integration with other applications.Find Nico and Elusiv onlineFollow Nico on twitter - @cryptopapi997Visit the Elusiv's website - Elusiv.ioFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
3/1/202454 minutes, 34 seconds
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Building Mycelium, the Integrated DePIN Testbed (feat. Rishi founder of Mycelium Network)

A conversation with Rishi, the CEO and Founder of Mycelium Network❤️‍🔥 Click here to mint this episode as an NFT on Solana - solfate.link/mint45 💪Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/45Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe conversation covers the background and journey of Rishi in the crypto and DePin space, specifically focusing on the Helium IoT network. They discuss the concept of decentralization and the efficiency of the IoT network compared to traditional networks. Rishi explains the business model of Mycelium Networks and how they earn rewards through their infrastructure. They also highlight the importance of the testbed and attracting users to test and develop new use cases on their network.This conversation with Rishi from Mycelium covered various topics related to expanding the physical nodes for coverage, challenges in conversations with property owners, the unique host network model, shielding hosts from crypto volatility, the innovative approach to host acquisition, the importance of increasing options in the test bed, the significance of Solana for DePIN, and the inspiration to get involved with DePIN.TakeawaysDePIN focuses on expanding physical nodes to ensure coverage.Conversations with property owners require addressing their concerns and finding solutions that meet their needs.DePIN uses a unique host network model that provides stability and a clear expectation of monthly payments.The host network is shielded from crypto volatility, allowing hosts to receive a flat monthly fee in US dollars.DePIN's innovative approach to host acquisition has been successful in growing their network.Increasing options in the test bed is crucial for DePIN's continued growth.Solana plays a significant role in the success of DePIN and the DePIN industry.James is super inspired by Rishi and Mycelium to get more involved with DePIN and explore its possibilities.Find Rishi and Mycelium onlineFollow Rishi on twitter - @rishirmittalVisit the Mycelium's website - MyceliumNetworks.comFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
2/12/202458 minutes, 34 seconds
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Phantom Wallet: The most popular Solana wallet (feat. CEO/co-founder & Head of Growth)

A conversation with Brandon M, the CEO and co-founder of Phantom, and David Wu, Head of Growth at Phantom.❤️‍🔥 Click here to mint this episode as an NFT on Solana - solfate.link/mint44 💪Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/44Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showIn this conversation, the CEO and co-founder of Phantom Wallet, Brandon M, discusses the origin story, their approach to product decision-making, and the future of wallet technology. He emphasizes the importance of user-centric design and the role of wallets in driving ecosystem growth.The team also addresses the challenges of scaling a startup and navigating online controversies. They discuss the potential for open-sourcing parts of Phantom in the future. We discuss Phantom's approach to multi-chain support and belief in a future where wallets abstract away the complexities of different chains. The conversation highlights the company's focus on user experience and their gratitude for being part of the Solana ecosystem. TakeawaysPhantom is a user-centric wallet that aims to provide users a seamless and secure experience.The founders of Phantom have backgrounds in mobile development and design, which has influenced the wallet's user-friendly interface.Phantom is focused on becoming a platform for developers and businesses to grow and engage with users in the Solana ecosystem.The team at Phantom takes user feedback and data-driven insights into account when making product decisions.While there may be different niches and use cases for wallets, Phantom aims to be the best initial touchpoint and usage point for users in the Solana ecosystem.Phantom is considering open-sourcing certain parts of the wallet, such as key management while prioritizing security and user experience.Multi-chain support is a key focus for Phantom Wallet, with a goal of supporting chains that complement their existing user base.The vision for a multi-chain future involves abstracting away the complexities of different chains.Phantom Wallet prioritizes user experience and aims to predict and provide features that users enjoy.Find Brandon, David, and Phantom onlineFollow Brandon on twitter - @BChillmanFollow David on twitter - @itsdavidwuVisit the Phantom's website - phantom.appFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
1/30/202459 minutes, 51 seconds
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Blockchain analytics and data on Flipside Crypto (w/ GJ Flannery)

A conversation with GJ Flannery, the Head of Community at Flipside Crypto.❤️‍🔥 Click here to mint this episode as an NFT on Solana - solfate.link/mint43 💪Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/43Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showIn this conversation, GJ Flannery, the Head of Community at Flipside Crypto, discusses the onboarding process and documentation for Flipside's data analytics tool. He also explains how Flipside provides resources for beginners in data analysis and offers insights into how engineers and project founders can benefit from Flipside's data and offerings.GJ explains Flipside's revenue model, which includes a stake delegations from the Solana Foundation and the distribution of tokens to community members from their staked validator. He highlights the importance of data transparency and the public goods provided by Flipside.He also discusses the infrastructure and maintenance required to keep the data accessible and up-to-date. The conversation concludes with insights into the onboarding process for analysts and the involvement of academics in the Flipside community. We also touch on the distinction between a data analytics provider, like Flipside, and an indexer or RPC provider.We wrap with GJ shares his thoughts on the current market trend in the Solana ecosystem and emphasizes the need for more dApps and localization to drive adoption.TakeawaysFlipside Crypto provides onboarding and documentation for its data analytics tool, making it easy for users to get started.Flipside offers resources for beginners in data analysis, including tutorials and educational material.How Flipside is able to provide access to their data as a free and public good, including sharing rewards from their staked validator.Engineers and project founders can benefit from Flipside's data and offerings for business intelligence and insights.There is a distinction between a data analytics provider like Flipside and an indexer or RPC provider like Triton/Helius.The Solana ecosystem is still in its early stages, and there is a need for more dApps and localization to drive adoption.Find GJ and Flipside onlineFollow GJ on twitter - @GJFlannery19Follow Flipside on twitter - @flipsidecryptoVisit the Flipside website - flipsidecrypto.xyzFollow us aroundNicktwitter: @nickfrostygithub: github.com/nickfrostywebsite: https://nick.afJamestwitter: @jamesrp13github: github.com/jamesrp13Solfate Podcasttwitter: @SolfatePodmore podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
1/16/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 23 seconds
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Jupiter swap and the $JUP token airdrop on Solana

A conversation with Siong, the co-founder of Jupiter swap.❤️‍🔥 Click here to mint this episode as an NFT on Solana - solfate.link/mint42 💪Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/42Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe conversation covers the background and journey of the Jupiter swap aggregator, a popular protocol in the Solana ecosystem. It starts with the early days of Solana with the launch of Mercurial finance and eventually Jupiter. Our discussion also highlights the scaling and optimization of Jupiter's infrastructure, its user base, and revenue model. Finally, we explores the timing of Jupiter's token airdrop and the market excitement surrounding it.In this conversation, Siong, co-founder of Jupiter, discusses the growth and revenue of the business, the token launch and community involvement, the goal of the JUP token, engaging the community with tokens, scaling challenges and user growth, and the power of governance tokens.Takeaways Jupiter started as a project to bring volume back to Mercurial but evolved into a dominant protocol in the Solana ecosystem. The team focused on scaling and optimizing Jupiter's infrastructure to improve user experience and reduce costs. Jupiter's revenue model includes fees from limit orders, DCA, and perpetuals, as well as a portion of fees charged by partners who integrate with Jupiter. The announcement of Jupiter's token airdrop generated significant market excitement and increased user traffic and volume on the platform. Jupiter has experienced significant growth in revenue. The JUP token launch involves community input and decision-making, allowing users to contribute their opinions and ideas. The goal of the Jupiter token is to distribute fees and create a sense of community among users. Siong feels tokens are a powerful tool for incentivizing behavior and allowing the community to govern the protocol. Future plans for Jupiter include exploring stable coins and launching Jupiter Start to support other projects in the Solana ecosystem. Find Siong and Jupiter online Follow Siong on twitter - @siong1987 Visit the Jupiter swap website - jup.ag Follow us aroundNick twitter: @nickfrosty github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James twitter: @jamesrp13 github: github.com/jamesrp13 Solfate Podcast twitter: @SolfatePod more podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
1/2/202455 minutes, 31 seconds
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Building a next gen crypto exchange on Solana (w/ Armani, Backpack Exchange)

A conversation with Armani Ferrante, the co-founder of Backpack Exchange and MadLads.Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/41Watch this episode on YouTube: youtu.be/aSSnPs0vcckFollow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showArmani discusses the genesis of Backpack Exchange and the challenges of building an exchange. He highlights the importance of compliance and the operational aspects of running an exchange. Armani also shares the vision for Backpack and how it aims to bridge the gap between traditional finance and the crypto economy.He emphasizes the transparency and auditability of the exchange, as well as the focus on corporate governance and accountability. As well as the need for a circle of trusted individuals to share the burden of decision-making and responsibility. Finally, Armani highlights the role of regulators in ensuring the integrity of any exchange, crypto or otherwise.We discuss the importance of exchanges as bridges between the traditional financial system and the new crypto ecosystem. He explains the challenges of operating in the US and the potential partnerships with licensed companies.Our conversation touches on the capital requirements and fundraising efforts of Backpack. Armani shares the company's approach to source availability and open source. He also reveals the timeline for the launch of Backpack Exchange and expresses his focused mindset during this crucial moment. The conversation concludes with a call to action for listeners to try out the exchange beta and provide feedback.Takeaways Building an exchange involves challenges in compliance and operations, in addition to the technical aspects. Personal networks and connections play a crucial role in finding the right people to manage compliance and legal aspects. Backpack Exchange aims to bridge the gap between traditional finance and the crypto economy, providing a transparent and auditable platform. Corporate governance and accountability are essential for building a trustworthy exchange. Regulators play a vital role in ensuring the integrity and compliance of the exchange. Operating an exchange comes with a significant burden of responsibility, and it is important to have a circle of trusted individuals to share the load. Exchanges serve as bridges between the traditional financial system and the new crypto ecosystem, offering a range of services from self-custody to full custody. Operating in the US presents challenges due to the high costs and time required to obtain licenses, but partnerships with licensed companies can provide a solution. Capital requirements are a significant hurdle for creating exchanges, and fundraising efforts are necessary to meet these requirements. Backpack's approach to source availability and open source is to make the extension source available and keep the exchange and mobile app closed source. The launch of Backpack Exchange is planned for the near future, with the first markets expected to be listed by a specific date. Armani maintains a focused mindset, staying present and taking one step at a time during this crucial moment for Backpack. Find Armani and Backpack online Follow Armani on twitter - @armaniferrante Visit the Backpack Exchange website - backpack.exchange Follow us aroundNick twitter: @nickfrosty github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James twitter: @jamesrp13 github: github.com/jamesrp13 Solfate Podcast twitter: @SolfatePod more podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
12/19/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 28 seconds
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Bitcoin, tBTC on Solana, and Threshold Network (feat. Matt Luongo founder of Thesis.co)

A conversation with Matt Luongo, the founder of Thesis.co and Threshold Network (aka tBTC).Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/40Watch this episode on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=A05AtK7WX1IFollow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showIn this conversation, Matt Luongo discusses Threshold Network and tBTC, a cross-chain bridge for Bitcoin. He explains how Threshold Network combines the capabilities of Keep and NuCypher to enable threshold cryptography and custody of ECDSA keys off-chain. Matt also highlights the role of Bitcoin's scripting language in tBTC and the challenges of bridging Bitcoin to other chains, including Solana. He emphasizes the importance of trust models and settlement times in the tBTC ecosystem. Finally, Matt shares the availability of tBTC on Solana and the potential for expanding Threshold Network to support decentralized custodial escrow systems for various assets.Takeaways Threshold Network combines Keep and NuCypher to enable threshold cryptography and custody of ECDSA keys off-chain. tBTC uses Bitcoin's scripting language to create a bridge between Bitcoin and other chains. Settlement times for tBTC range from one to two and a half hours, depending on the amount being bridged. tBTC is available on Solana, allowing users to purchase and trade the token on decentralized exchanges. Threshold Network has the potential to expand beyond Bitcoin and support decentralized custodial escrow systems for various assets. Find Matt and Threshold Network online Follow Matt on twitter - @mhluongo Find the Threshold Network on twitter - @TheTNetwork Visit the Threshold Network website - threshold.network Visit the Thesis.co website - thesis.co Follow us aroundNick twitter: @nickfrosty github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James twitter: @jamesrp13 github: github.com/jamesrp13 Solfate Podcast twitter: @SolfatePod more podcast episodes: solfate.com/podcast
12/12/202357 minutes, 47 seconds
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Building the Solflare Wallet (feat. Vidor, founder of Solflare)

A conversation with Vidor, the founder and CEO of Solflare WalletFull show notes: solfate.com/podcast/39Watch this episode on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=rNORX_o8-lEFollow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showIn this conversation, Vidor, the founder of Solflare, discusses building the wallet and how his past experience across multiple blockchain ecosystems build his strong confidence in Solana.He shares his background in software development and his exploration of different blockchains before discovering Solana. Vidor highlights the performance and user experience of Solana as a key factor in choosing to build on the network. He also discusses the transition from a fun project to a business and the revenue model of wallets. Vidor concludes by sharing his personal perspective on working on Solflare and the crypto industry.TakeawaysThe performance and user experience of Solana were key factors in choosing to build Solflare on the network. Wallets generate revenue through convenience fees for swaps and by partnering with protocols to bring users and generate volume.Working on Solflare and in the crypto industry provides a dynamic and exciting environment, but also comes with challenges in fundraising and dealing with people.Vidor's day-to-day involves a mix of operational, product, and technical meetings, as well as high-level strategic thinking about the future of wallets and self-custody. The future of self-custody is evolving, and there may be different approaches for different types of applications.Wallets play a crucial role in self-custody, especially for financially heavy applications. Solflare is focused on providing a seamless and user-friendly experience for managing assets on Solana.Find Vidor and Solflare online Follow Vidor on twitter - @vidor_solflare Follow Solflare on twitter - @solflare_wallet Visit the Solflare website - solflare.com Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
12/5/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dean's List DAO: Services DAO that hosts AthensDAO (feat. Takisoul)

A conversation with Dimitris (aka Takisoul), contributing member of Dean's List DAO and AthensDAOx.Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/38Watch this episode on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=uuN2k-Njm4I Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showDean’s List is a services DAO, meaning their members offer various services to the broader Solana community including detailed product feedback and marketing services.Dimitris shares the overarching visions that the Dean’s List DAO is perusing, progressing towards a network state of citizens that are able to earn a living wage. With their current members of about 55 people, each is earning an average of +$2k a month this year.We also talk about some of the logistical concerns for how to manage various aspects of a DAO in the current world. Including who handles payments for non-crypto payments and who manages the social media accounts for a DAO.AthensDAOx: if you are interested in attending AthensDAOx (in Athens, Greece) on Dec 9-10 2023, you can register for a free ticket here: https://lu.ma/cim7z9o5Find Takisoul and Dean's List online Follow Takisoul on twitter - @Milimalism Follow Dean's List on twitter - @DeansListDAO Follow AthensDAOx on twitter - @AthensDAOx Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
11/21/202357 minutes, 8 seconds
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Running and Scaling Solana RPCs (feat. Brian Long, co-founder of Triton)

A conversation with Brian Long, co-founder of Triton One.Full show notes: solfate.com/podcast/37Watch this episode on YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=oVhif85sv_IFollow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showBrian has been in the Solana ecosystem since very early days. Pre-mainnet days. He and his company, Triton One, helped Solana Labs bring up mainnet in March 2020. Even to this day, Brian and Triton continue to be active contributors to the Solana ecosystem. Not only does Triton operate the public mainnet and devnet RPCs nodes for the public, Linus Kendall from Triton is one of the few active contributors of the DAS API and infrastructure that is vital to compressed NFTs on Solana.Triton has also been hard at work on improving the Solana RPC Geyser interfacewith Project Yellowstone. In this umbrella project, the Triton team is focused on several aspects of the Geyser interface to make many improvements. One of those includes Old Faithful, the effort to put the entire Solana history (200TB+ of data) on the IPFS network. This is especially interesting, not only because Solana produces so much data that grows rapidly every day, but also because it this is being not only theorized by engineers at Triton and Firedancer, but is also a collaboration with Protocol Labs (the creators of IPFS and Filecoin). Multiple Layer 1 blockchains working directly together. Find Brian and and Triton online Follow Brian Long on twitter - @BrianLong Follow Triton on twitter - @triton_one Visit the Triton website - https://triton.one Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
11/14/202348 minutes, 15 seconds
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BreakPoint 2023: Check out these talks!

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe time has come, the annual BreakPoint Conference is finally here!Sadly, neither James nor Nick will be attending BreakPoint this year. But wewill be watching the talks from home still and these are the talks we will be keeping a close eye on.Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
10/31/20235 minutes, 56 seconds
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Uncovering the new SolanaFM explorer (feat. Nicholas Chen, co-founder of SolanaFM)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showA conversation with Nicholas Chen, co-founder of SolanaFM.Alpha alert: Nicholas Chen shares a screencast of the new version of SolanaFM. One of the first around! Find the video on our YouTube channel here.SolanaFM is one of the most popular block explorers in the Solana ecosystem. They are well known for their “visual explorer” that allows even the least technical people clearly see how tokens and funds flow through a transaction on the Solana blockchain. Not to mention they have been around in the ecosystem for longer than most!Nicholas Chen and the team at SolanaFM have been cooking up some big changes for the site. After taking in so much feedback from the community, they have have rebuilt and rewritten most of their website to give an even better user experience, including more clear “what happened in this transaction” and “why did this transaction fail” type of information. They have big plans on how to us machine learning and social interactions within the explorer to take it to the next level.In this episode we also talk about: how a block explorer makes money the future of block explorers, including adding a social element to them? Alpha alert: Nicholas Chen shares a screencast of the new version of SolanaFM. One of the first around! Note: Even though SolanaFM owns a domain TLD for “solana”, they are not a part of the Solana Foundation or Solana Labs.Find Nicholas Chen and and SolanaFM online Follow Nicholas Chen on twitter - @nixxholas Follow SolanaFM on twitter - @SolanaFM Visit the SolanaFM website - solana.fm Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
10/17/202354 minutes, 13 seconds
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Stronger DeFi and better tokenomics (feat. Tommy Johnson, founder of PsyOptions)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showA conversation with Tommy Johnson, founder of PsyFi and PsyOptions.Tommy has been in the Solana ecosystem longer than most, having participated in one of the first global hackathons. From building one of the first options markets on Solana, to now launching their latest product: ArmadaFi.The goal of the ArmadaFi platform is to allow people to create better tokenomics by providing the tools teams need to pull it off.Having been through the ups and downs of the blockchain’s financial markets, and working in the DeFi world, Tommy shares his insights on how the journey was first hand. And why this has helped shaped his opinions on blockchain based financial markets.Find Tommy and PsyOptions online Follow Tommy on twitter - @tomjohn1028 Follow PsyOptions on twitter - @PsyOptions Visit the PsyOptions website: PsyOptions.io Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
10/3/202353 minutes, 18 seconds
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Governance and Squads multi-sig protocol (feat. Stepan, co-founder of Squads)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe Squads protocol is known throughout the Solana ecosystem. Co-founder and CEO of Squads, Stepan, joins to explain why multi signature wallets (aka “multi-sigs”) are so very important in the blockchain world.Stepan shares his background of working in traditional company governance and structure while he was working in mergers and acquisitions before diving full time into web3.Find Stepan and Squads online Follow Stepan on Twitter - @SimkinStepan Follow Squads Protocol Twitter - @SquadsProtocol Visit the Squads website Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
9/19/202351 minutes, 37 seconds
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What does it take to run a blockchain school? (feat. Jeff from Web3 Builders Alliance)

9/5/202349 minutes, 22 seconds
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Write Solidity on Solana with Solang (feat. Sean Young, Solana Labs)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe creator and lead developer of Solang, Sean Young, a compiler that allow developers to write Solana programs (aka smart contracts) in the Solidity programming language. This has been a multi year effort to allow existing Solidity developers, like all those existing in the Ethereum ecosystem, to use their existing language knowledge to write Solidity smart contracts on the Solana blockchain.Sean describes how he started his developer journey in the blockchain space, starting as writing his own compiler for the Solidity programming language for a EVM compatible blockchain for the purpose of processing traditional documents.Sean began hitting roadblocks when he was trying to add new features into the Solidity language, which is effectively only used for Ethereum and EVM compatible blockchains and maintained by the Ethereum community.As a general overview, Sean describes how a compiler actually works. Including how compilers like Solang and even native Solana uses LLVM toolkit (Low Level Virtual Machine) to maximize compatibility for multiple programming languages.Words and acronyms used throughout the episode solidity - A statically-typed curly-braces programming language designed for developing smart contracts that run on Ethereum and most EVM compatible blockchains. EVM - the Ethereum Virtual Machine - essentially the portion of any Ethereum based blockchain that actually runs/executes smart contracts written in the Solidity programming language EIP - Ethereum Improvement Proposals - standards specifying potential new features or processes for Ethereum WASM - Web Assembly - is a binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine LLVM - Low Level Virtual Machine - a set of compiler and toolchain technologies that can be used to develop a frontend for any programming language and a backend for any instruction set architecture. Solana specific terms (or at least common in the Solana ecosystem):  BPF - Berkeley Packet Filter - a technology used in certain computer operating systems for programs that need to, among other things, analyze network traffic. SBF (aka SBPF) - Solana Berkeley Packet Filter - this is a custom implementation of BPF with tweaks for the Solana runtime and SVM SVM - Solana Virtual Machine - the portion of the Solana runtime that actually runs/executes code on the Solana blockchain IDL - Interface Definition Language - generic term for a language that lets a program or object written in one language communicate with another program written in an unknown language Find Sean and Solang online Follow Sean on twitter Solang's documentation Solang getting started guide Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
8/23/202355 minutes
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Only Possible on Solana: Product ideas and hackathon (feat. Mert)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showAs our first repeat guest, Mert joins to kick off the Only Possible On Solana hackathon that he is spearheading from within the Solana community. This community driven hackathon is being orchestrated by LamportDAO, an open discord community of builders in the Solana ecosystem.The idea is simple: encourage people to build cool and interesting products using the unique tech that is either Only Possible on Solana (aka OPOS) and get them paid for it.Some of the OPOS tech includes: state compression compressed NFTs Solana Pay (aka QR code based interactions) Solana Mobile Stack (aka SMS aka some of the Solana phone tech stack) fast transactions, low costs and so much more Find Mert and LamportDAO onlineMert on Twitter - https://twitter.com/0xMert_ Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
8/8/202353 minutes, 50 seconds
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Building the StarAtlas blockchain game and economy with Michael Wagner, CEO

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showWhile blockchain is still a new industry, the sub section of “blockchain gaming” is even newer and largely considered a very strong use case of blockchain technology. Michael Wagner, co-founder and CEO of Star Atlas joins to explain how Star Atlas is using the Solana blockchain within the game’s infrastructure and economy.Michael give his backstory of being a life long gamer and working in the financial sector before diving full time into crypto by founding a crypto/cannabis company called Tokes. (which is also a interesting use case for crypto payments due to common restrictions within several countries like the US)We talk about how the Star Atlas intellectual property (IP), like the in game asset, can be used by other creatives and entrepreneurs to create sizable businesses off of. Including physical merchandise, digital goods, and in game merchants. There is an application process for this, but still a very uncommon things for a large scale production like Star Atlas. (Which we think very amazing to see!)Michael describes the 3 different game “applications”, almost like individual game clients, the company is building. Each will allow players to interact with specific parts of the same on chain game data, so they are all still tied to the game.Included with all the on-chain game data is the movement system, which recently had a public stress test in the form of a mini game. Around 10k unique wallets interacted with the Escape Velocity mini game during Star Atlas’ movement stress test (which resulted in around 80 million transactions over 72 days)Finally, we dive deep into the very complex digital economy being built within the game. Including several factors the company is taking into account for growing a truly sustainable economy and carefully fostering it to reach stability. This is especially interesting considering players will have the potential to have sizable monetary value participating within this economy.Links from the showStarAtlas public roadmap Find Michael and StarAtlas online Michael Wagner on Twitter - https://twitter.com/at_mwagner Star Atlas on Twitter - https://twitter.com/staratlas Star Atlas' website - https://staratlas.com Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
7/25/202353 minutes, 50 seconds
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What can you build with NFTs (feat. the founders of Underdog)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe hackathon winners and founders of Underdog, Kevin and Tony, join to talk about the NFT infrastructure landscape. Including compressed nfts and various interesting NFT use cases that do not include the typical pfp experience.We all discuss how Solana seemingly does a better job than other blockchains in utilizing NFTs for non-pfp use cases. Including web3 cookies, on-chain membership systems, and even “mailchimp for web3”.PS: The way the Underdog founders are thinking about building a system/program that enables non transferrable compressed nfts, especially that facilitates data that is not just “typical NFT” data is very very clever.Find Underdog and founders online Follow Tony on twitter: https://twitter.com/tonyplasencia3 Follow Kevin on twitter: https://twitter.com/kevarifin Follow Underdog on twitter: https://twitter.com/BackAnUnderdog Explore what Underdog has to offer: https://underdogprotocol.com/ Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
7/18/202345 minutes, 37 seconds
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Solana program security audits and bounties with David from MadShield

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showWe are joined by David (aka thehasheddude), the founder of MadShield (formerly SolShield) and infamous twitter personality on crypto-twitter. His primary focus is on security audits and bounties in the Solana ecosystem, and has audited the top tier projects from around the Solana ecosystem.David shares his mindset of how goes through performing a security audit, including some of the common bugs/exploits he sees. Including how he recommends getting started as a security auditor.One of my favorite parts is David’s mindset around finding the security vulnerabilities and why he is not tempted to use the exploits to extract funds. Finding the exploits and building relationships with the teams is so motivating for him.Links from the show the MadShield Medium with articles on security intro to James’ Solana course on security Find @thehasheddude online Follow thehasheddude on twitter - @thehasheddude Follow MadShield on twitter - @madshield_xyz The MadShield website: madshield.xyz Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
7/11/202348 minutes, 12 seconds
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DeFi borrow and lending with marginfi's founders

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe founders of marginfi, Edgar and Mac, share how they got into crypto and why they decided to dive in full time into the DeFi ecosystem.They both explain how they adjust their building plans based on the macro conditions and their actual product usage. Tailoring their product roadmap to the types of users they are getting at the time, while still keeping a longer term vision in mind.Edgar explains the concept of "over collateralization" in the finance world, and why it is such a useful safety mechanism for DeFi lending and borrowing. Even though it is not an end-all-be-all safety solution (due to price fluctuations in token prices), it might need to be a fundamental safety feature for permissionless protocols.Mac also teases some alpha for marginfi and an upcoming points based system for protocol usage, maybe with a reward system. And why he thinks having a reward system is important for projects/protocols that do not yet have a token.Also, Mac decided he wanted to be shirtless for the episode...Disclaimer: Nothing said in this episode (or any of our episodes) is financial or legal advice. The opinions and statements expressed are the personal opinions/statements of those who said it. Both Nick and James have tokens deposited into margin fi's borrow/lend pool(s). Margin fi is not sponsoring this content.Find Edgar and Mac online Follow Edgar on twitter - @edgarpavlovsky Follow Mac on twitter - @macbrennan Explore marginfi: marginfi.com Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af Jamesfollow on twitter: @jamesrp13follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
7/4/202346 minutes, 45 seconds
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Solana vs Ethereum: a compare and contrast

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showIn this special episode, we compare and contrast some of the differences between Solana and Ethereum. We are joined by two developers, Cami and Connor. Each have been around the blockchain sphere for years and both have more experience from outside the Solana ecosystem.We talk about the one of the recent issues on the Ethereum chain and why it was not considered a network outage. Including some details about how Proof of Stake networks validate transactions.Find Cami and Conner online Follow Cami on twitter - @camiinthisthang Follow Conner on twitter - @colludingnode Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
6/28/202356 minutes, 51 seconds
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Are crypto currencies securities? SEC lawsuit against Coinbase and Binance

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showNick and James talks about the recent Solana Bootcamp/workshop that the Solana Foundation’s DevRel team hosted in the NYC office. Plus the Solana NYC hackerhouse has just come to a close and it was amazing!Huge thanks to all the show listeners that met Nick at the NYC hackerhouse and said they were a fan or listener of the show! It’s things like this that motivate us to keep doing this show!In light of the recent SEC lawsuits alleging that many top cryptocurrencies and tokens are securities, we talk at a high level what some of the allegations are and what it could me.James expresses his opinion about this market reaction to this news to be an overcorrection and that “we will weather it, and we will be fine”.Disclaimer: Nothing said in this episode (or any of our episodes) is financial or legal advise. The opinions and statements expressed are the personal opinions/statements of those who said it.Links from the show Breakpoint tickets are still available! Devs AND creators are eligible for heavily discounted tickets! Want to learn Solana Development? Checkout the new Solana developer home page! People/Projects Nick mentioned meeting at the NYC hackerhouse:  Jordan (from Solana Labs) https://twitter.com/jordaaash Brian Long (@brianlong) - founder of Triton Checkout the “experimental” version of solana/web3.js. It is very cool and will be very small! Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
6/20/202332 minutes, 25 seconds
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Securely storing blockchain private keys with email (aka cloud wallets)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showJames and Nick talk about the ideas of secure crypto/blockchain key storage mechanisms that allow various services (like MagicLink and TipLink) to enable user’s to own a private key via their email address. Enabling them to not need to remember a mnemonic!Also, like usual, Nick is building a new tool/product. Using Solana Pay…Disclaimer: James and his company work with the MagicLink company, and by association, Nick has as well. This episode is not sponsored, affiliated, or endorsed by either MagicLink or TipLink. Just in case you were wondering :)PS: Both are cool and interesting products/services. Check them out :)Links from the show magic link whitepaper on how they securely store user keys our past podcast episode with friend of the show, Qudo Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
6/13/202334 minutes, 13 seconds
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What is product design for web3 and good UX for blockchain (feat. Phil)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showDesign is hard. We are joined by a Creative Director and Designer with nearly 2 decades of experience named Phil.We talk about the considerations of a product with good design, common pitfalls many developers fall into. Including the difference between web3 design and traditional design.Find Phil online Follow Phil on twitter - @fhlcreative Phil's website - fhlcreative.com Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
6/6/202354 minutes, 24 seconds
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Chase Barker: Head of Solana Developer Ecosystem at Solana Foundation

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe Head of Developer Ecosystem at Solana Foundation, Chase Barker, joins to share thoughts on blockchain developers in the community. And his thoughts about what can be done to get more quality Solana developers.Chase shares his background on how he actually got his job within the Solana ecosystem.He shares how the idea of chewing glass has shifted from it nearly being a requirement to build on Solana, to now where a smaller hand full of people are chewing glass. Mostly those building the super low level systems. The composability of Solana has grown so much, often times developers never really need to touch rust code to build strong applications. All frontend and Javascript.PS: Did you know Chase worked at Circle for a few days?Find Chase onlineFollow Chase on twitter - https://twitter.com/therealchaseeb Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
5/30/202341 minutes, 18 seconds
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Armani: building a blockchain company and community

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showThe true Solana legend, Armani Ferrante joins.We get a glimpse into the personality of Armani Ferrante, the creator of the Anchor Framework and founder of Coral, the organization behind xNFTs, MadLads, and the Backpack wallet.Armani shares his thoughts on leadership and his mindset about leading by example. Empowering others to get things done. He describes a mental framework of sorts about how he views the product landscape his company, Coral, is working on. From building a consumer application (Backpack), to designing a new protocol (xNFTs), to maintaining a development framework (Anchor).Links from the show Anchor framework the xNFT website to install xNFTs Backpack wallet MadLads NFT collection (the first xNFT collection) Find Armani onlineFollow Armani on twitter - https://twitter.com/armaniferrante Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
5/23/202350 minutes, 54 seconds
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Nautilus: the new Solana developer framework (feat. Joe C)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showJoe C from Solana Foundation DevRel joins to talk about the Nautilus framework, a new Solana developer framework (written in Rust) he has built in his free time. He describes the idea around this new developer framework that enables Solana developers to spend less time getting up to speed with deeply understanding the Solana development model, and get production ready code out the door.James talks about the bootcamp he has been running as part of NAS Academy. Nick and Joe reveal the pirate theme for the upcoming Solana bootcamp in NYC.Joe shares how he started his programming journey and actually got hired for his first developer job (while he transitioned from running his own landscaping business). Links from the show Solana devs Twitter space called DevTalk the shank tool that Joe mentioned (made by Metaplex) our previous episode with Noah Prince (from Helium) the Metaplex JavaScript SDK now has compressed NFT support Find Joe C and the Nautilus framework online Follow Joe on twitter - https://twitter.com/realbuffalojoe Nautilus framework's GitHub: https://github.com/nautilus-project/nautilus Joe's personal YouTube for Solana developer videos: https://www.youtube.com/@CodingCrypto Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
5/16/202340 minutes, 23 seconds
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Smart messaging and NFT chat stickers in Dialect (feat. Chris Osborn, founder)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showIn this episode, we are joined by Chris Osborn, founder of Dialect, the very well known wallet-to-wallet chat app on Solana.We talk about the Dialect team pioneering two interesting pieces of technology, each trying to accomplish a different goal: smart messages, and NFT chat stickers Smart messages allow links to have built in “calls to action” that a viewer can immediately take an action on, directly from the chat window. Imagine if you could directly book a reservation within your message window by clicking a simple button. Or if you needed to sign and send a crypto transaction to prevent being liquidated from an open trade position.Dialect’s NFT chat stickers give another new social experience around collecting “chat stickers” many are used to withing other messaging apps, but with some extra added delight for users. The sticker packs are free to mint NFTs by various projects and community on Solana, and are minted like opening of pack of trading cards. Each filled with random stickers to collect. It is as wonderfully fun experience!Links from the show our previous episode with Noah Prince about the Helium network migration the SolanaPay protocol Find Chris and Dialect online Follow Chris on twitter - https://twitter.com/aliquotchris Dialect's website - dialect.to Dialect's twitter - https://twitter.com/saydialect Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
5/8/202345 minutes, 54 seconds
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How to learn Solana development (feat. SolAndy)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showSolana content creator and educator, Andy (aka SolAndy), makes a guest appearance. Andy shares his background and how he first started creating content for the Solana ecosystem. (It was with bounties!)After not participating in the MadLad, Nick gave in an purchased a MadLad. Andy describe the experience of minting MadLabs through the xNFT directly in the Backpack wallet.As educators, James and Andy talk about what they think is the best of how to learn Solana development: project based learning. And why some good developer content appears more over others on platforms like YouTube.Fun fact: Did you know that Andy used to be a university professor?Find Andy online Twitter - https://twitter.com/HeyAndyS YouTube - https://youtube.com/solandy Links from the show Nick gave in a purchased a MadLad The Solana Course (hosted on SolDev) Andy's video version of the Solana Course Solana news from the week Google announced a web3 accelerator, and Solana Foundation is sponsoring Circle just announced the Cross Chain Transfer Protocol, allowing transferring USDC between blockchains MadLads are selling like hot cakes. Many sub DAOs are being formed $1.5m per day in sales, with all of solana doing $4m The Floor NFT app announced they will be adding Solana support in the coming weeks The new solana web3js package is making great strides production Saga phones are starting to be delivered Sharky fi paid out their first reward pool You can now purchase Bonfida names using Brave’s BAT Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
5/1/202339 minutes, 38 seconds
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MadLads mint, Saga launch, and Helium migration

Announcement: We are looking for an editor/producerGM! The Solfate Podcast is looking for an editor/producer for the show. We would love to find someone from the Solana community. If you, or anyone you know is interested, please reach out to us on Twitter.Sharing our this tweet with your frens would also help: https://twitter.com/SolfatePod/status/1650249460637741057Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showMadLads mint was hit by a DDOS that delayed mint a full day, and people got rug picture. Saga phones just started to be shipped. And news alert: people who did early developer units of the Saga phones get to keep their DVT and a free case for the production phone!Nick explains a bit of how the many organizations/companies surrounding Solana Labs and Solana Foundation are structured.The Helium migration has also completed successfully. So huge congratulations to the amazing people involved, including former guest @redacted_noah.The gents also talk about the new rust based Solana framework, named Nautilus. It’s been making its rounds through twitter and was made by Joe.Links from the show The Saga phone by SolanaMobile had their launch event and started shipping production phones!!! Helium Network successfully migrated to the Solana blockchain Nautilus framework, the new rust framework made by Joe (@realbuffalojoe) Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
4/24/202316 minutes, 52 seconds
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Solana Mobile officially launched the Saga phone!

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showTwitter gave James’s profile viewers confetti for his birthday, even though it's not public information...The Saga phone officially launched!!! The Saga cards were revealed to be discounts based on the best poker card had you had.Plus, Nick and James catch up some.Links from the show Saga phones have officially launched DRIP season 2 has begun (using compressed NFTs!) The Solfate Podcast website is open source Our podcast hosting provider, Transistor.fm James has been doing a live bootcamp (but he doesn’t have a link, sorry) Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
4/17/202332 minutes, 42 seconds
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How the Helium network migrates to Solana (feat. Noah Prince)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showFor this special episode, we are joined by Noah Prince (aka @redacted_noah on Twitter). One of the Solana devs behind the massive effort of migrating the Helium Network to Solana. Noah shares some of his background and how his brother, founder of Metaplex, convinced him to start developing on Solana.He also shares a high level, but still technical overview of how the Helium network works. From the oracles to physical hotspots as compressed NFTs.Noah also explains the process of how the Helium L1 blockchain will be “lazily” migrated to its new home on Solana using compression. Allowing Helium to migrate to Solana in an incredibly efficient and secure way without causing a massive amount of congestion on Solana mainnet.PS: Huge shoutout to all the Grizzlython hackathon winners, especially our previous guests: Scammo and Qudo, creators of the xray explorer.Show Noah some love in the internet:follow Noah on twitter: @redacted_noah Links from the show Submit a PR to Noah’s Strata code base to get it back running “Jarry” was mentioned several times: this is Jarry Xiao (aka “the Professor” and former Solana Labs employee) Discover the Helium Network in their docs Learn about State Compression on SolanaNick has been diving deep into creating content for State Compression and compressed NFTs. It is all live! Check out these resources to get up to speed on compression: Current Solana docs on State Compression Solana Spotlight video on State Compression, with Noah Gundotra from Solana Labs, (one of the primary devs behind the compression program) Quick intro videos on minting compressed NFTs Quick intro video on reading and transferring compressed NFTs Written developer guide for compressed NFTs (also in the Solana docs) Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
4/10/202346 minutes, 38 seconds
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State compression, Gum protocol, and on-chain session (feat. Shek)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showJames is out for the week, but Nick is joined by Shek, the founder of Worcel and the Gum protocol.Shek shares his reasoning for founding Wordcel, the Solana native blogging platform. And how that later evolved into the Gum protocol.We dive into some of the more technical aspects oh how Wordcel works under the hood, and the potential scaling issues of indexing the Gum protocol once it uses State Compression.Shek also explain a recent initiative on Solana: session keys. Show Shek some love in the internet: follow Shek on twitter: @shek_dev Discover blogging, native on Solana with Wordcel Explore the Gum protocol docs Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
4/3/202340 minutes, 23 seconds
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How does State Compression work on Solana (feat. Mert from Helius)

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showWe are joined by the Mert, the vocal Solana supporter and founder of Helius.xyzAs a former Coinbase employee, we got Mert’s take on the recent SEC action/notice. We talk about Mert’s spicy twitter life and the role he plays in the Solana (and broader crypto ecosystem).Mert shares some of his thoughts on what blockchain products are good at doing, and maybe some things that are over-rated or over-hyped.And then compression: we talk about State Compression on Solana, and the perspective of handling the compression from the side of indexing providers and developer platforms.A “PS” Note from Mert: Grifter’s exist throughout the world, not just in crypto.Show Mert some love in the internet: follow on twitter: @0xMert_ Mert's company, Helius.xyz Links from the show Mert’s tweet to see Grizzlython project submissions are now live Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
3/27/202355 minutes, 10 seconds
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USDC depeg, a Solana light client, and Elusiv for privacy

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showAfter the USDC depeg, and return to peg, James and Nick talk high level about how USDC works. And a bit about some US financial systems.The James talks about TinyDancer, the Grizzlython hackathon submission of a Solana lite client, and what it could mean for the broader Solana ecosystem.Nick makes a case for how Elusiv is a game change protocol for Solana and blockchain in general. Allowing people to have private on-chain transactions, while still enabling tracking of bad actors and illicit funds.Links from the show James’ tweet asking for hackathon submissions TinyDancer, the Solana light client A bloomberg article on the usdc depeg Elusiv protocol hit mainnet! (last week) Solana news from the week Form function shutting down Nick wrote a new Solana article on how to setup Solana on Linux Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
3/20/202333 minutes, 15 seconds
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XRAY explorer: Grizzlython hackathon submission

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showJames and Nick are joined by the creators of the XRAY explorer, a human readable Solana explorer being built for the Solana Grizzlython Hackathon!We talk about how the XRAY developers got into software development, and their journey into Solana.Links from the show founder @_qudo founder @scammo_ try out the XRAY explorer XRAY open source code on GitHub Solana news from the week Elusiv protocol hit mainnet! Grizzlython submissions are open https://solana.com/grizzlython Crossmint announced a Zapier integration for minting NFTs Amazon set to launch an NFT market place? Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
3/14/202334 minutes, 21 seconds
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an outage and a MadList

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showJames expresses his thoughts on the recent network outage, and the gents talk about Nick’s first week of working at the Foundation.Nick volunteers James reviewing Grizzlython hackathon pitch. Also, what is the MadList?!Anyone who would like to join us on the podcast next week for a hackathon pitch practice, DM or tag us on twitter!Links from the show Plans to improve the network upgrade process the artist formerly known as SolanaSpaces rebranded to @drip_haus on Twitter Helius.xyz made a new solana explorer, named Xray Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
3/6/202327 minutes, 54 seconds
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Nick joins DevRel at Solana Foundation!

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showBig news! Nick just started his new full time job on the DevRel team at Solana Foundation! James also declares he is going to finally get a hardware wallet and rethink how he handles wallet security.PS: In case you missed it last week, we had a long conversation with the CEO and founder of Solana Spaces, Vibhu, about why Solana Spaces is shutting down its NYC/Miami stores. Give it a listen and show your support to Vibhu!Links from the show Nick’s tweet about the SolDev redesign Ledger Stax wallet Backpack browser extension was updated in the chrome web store Solana news from the week Jump appears to have recovered the hacked tokens from the Wormhole exploit It was a busy week for us both….I did not do more research into more news… Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
2/27/202328 minutes, 45 seconds
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chat with Vibhu about why SolanaSpaces is shutting down

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showAs the announcement that SolanaSpaces will be shutting down their two store locations, we are happy to welcome Vibhu, the CEO and Founder of Solana Spaces, onto the show to share his thoughts and reasoning about the closure/pivot.We talk Vibhu's background of building companies and starting Solana Spaces, how and why Solana Spaces started, and the interesting tech behind it. And the sad announcement that SolanaSpaces will be shutting down by the end of the month (February 2023).On a brighter note, Vib and team are making the intentional pivot to focus on drip.haus, their NFT drop platform that has rapidly reach massive scale in the bear market. From gathering 100k plus active users/wallets to fighting spam and detecting/labeling >60k spam wallets on the Solana network. And what the dip collection means to Vibhu and what they look for in the artwork drops.Fun fact: Did you know the tech behind DRiP is what is powering the Saga Cards rewards system?Find Vibhu online follow him on twitter: @vibhu @SolanaSpaces on twitter DRiP.haus artwork drops Public note from Vibhu about shutting down Solana Spaces Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
2/23/202342 minutes, 24 seconds
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Solana Monkey Business, Solana Pay, and marginfi lending

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showHadeSwap acquired Solana Monkey Business. marginfi started collecting funds for their new on chain lending protocol, and a SolDev redesign? Crazy week.James and Nick discuss the upcoming SolDev redesign that Nick will be coding the frontend for. James gives his thoughts on the Solana Course he wrote, including Solana Pay and how powerful it is! James updates Nick on how Solana Pay works and it blows his mind!!!!Nick also just had his last day at his previous job, and is gearing up for his next role….what could it be?If anyone is interested in getting early access to the new marginfi lending protocol, you can message Mac Brennan on twitter for details.Links from the show HadeSwap acquired Solana Monkey Business Two SMB sold for high prices on FFF swap:  #3875 SOLD FOR 3450 $SOL #1088 SOLD FOR 7500 $SOL The best Solana Development course around (hosted on SolDev) New Solana API docs page! Made by Nick! SolDev’s Solana pay lesson Collector.sh (from Nate) - an NFT gallery app Margin fi starting bootstrapping their new lending pool Solend hack Nick was trying to articulate Solana news from the week MetaPlex hosted a twitter spaces talking programmable nfts and royalty enforcement, with support from top projects throughout the ecosystem Ledger now supports versioned transactions Helium announced the date they plan to migrate to Solana (March 27 2023) Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
2/20/202332 minutes, 30 seconds
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Vibhu stops in, we talk pNFTs and wallets

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showJames and Nick welcome Vibhu, founder of Solana Spaces and the DRiP.haus, on to the episode where they talk about programable NFTs and the mutability of NFTs and data storage.Nick seems passionate about some NFTs staying immutable, while Vibhu and James are less convinced. But everyone seems to agree the “wallet” terminology might need a refresh.Find Vibhu online follow him on twitter: @vibhu @SolanaSpaces on twitter DRiP.haus artwork drops Links from the show Metaplex docs on pNFTS (programable NFTs) Austin Federa interview with Sam Williams, Founder or Arweave Solana news from the week Metaplex stated NFTs can upgrade to programable NFTs to enforce royalties Saga pass mint round 2 is open Solflare announced “burner wallets” will be coming soon Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
2/13/202315 minutes, 34 seconds
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mobile hardware wallets with Saga

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showNick finally got his Saga test unit and he is blown away. The gents talk specs and the pure beauty of the Saga phone, from hardware to software.Nick lectures James on the importance of a hardware wallet, and his strong feelings about them. And compares other Android phones in the market to the Saga.Huge shout out to Jeffrey Ando (@ser_ando) for the amazing AI generated cover art!Full show notes available at https://solfate.com/podcast/5Links from the show Solana podcast episode with Toly talking to Jason Keats, the founder OSOM (the hardware team behind the Saga phone) @creativedrewy (from the Solana Mobile team) talking about the Solana Mobile Stack (this is that “wonderful video chat from someone from the Solana Mobile team Nick could not remember…) Solana foundation announced the Grizzlython Hackathon Hackathon hype video from Solana’s twitter Solana news from the week Tweet thread about the Grizzlython Hackathon Toly has on the Around the Block podcast with Brian Armstrong (founder of Coinbase) Not directly Solana, but Amazon announced an NFT initiative Superteam held their Solana Community Call #2, with special guest Balaji Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
2/6/202331 minutes, 47 seconds
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James got his Saga phone

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showAfter James received his Saga developer test phone, and Nick’s is inbound, they discuss possibilities of a mobile first crypto experience. Even the potential for non-crypto apps getting distribution on a decentralized app store.Nick started using Midjourney to generate custom AI artwork, and James may convince his wife to use crypto before Nick convinces his own wife.Huge shout out to Jeffrey Ando (@ser_ando) for the amazing AI generated cover art!Full show notes available at https://solfate.com/podcast/4Links from the show Solana mobile opened submissions for the Solana dApp store Shoutout to Solplay (aka Jonas) Phantom plans to open source some parts of their wallet Nick has drip.haus invite codes, ask for one on twitter Toly was on the Superteam Podcast talking Solana vs Ethereum with Toghrul Maharram, including talking rollups and scaling blockchains Solana news from the week Mert announced a bounty for creating some blog content around Solana Jacob Creech hosted the second Solana Core Community Call Helius launched their SDK to empower easier support for their platform Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
1/30/202330 minutes, 26 seconds
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a lost episode and a personal hackathon for James?

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showJames and Nick talk about ordering their Saga phones, including the Saga cards airdrop. They explore the idea of digital collectibles over time and how business may use them to entire consumers down the line.The gents talk multi chain and the Phantom wallet, then Nick baits James into a personal hackathon by first offering him $BONK to ship an mobile app within 2 weeks of getting his Saga phone. James refuses the $BONK offer but counter requests a Solana Spaces NFT from the drip.haus airdrops.PS: After getting rugged on their first try recording the entire episode, Nick and James recorded an entire new episode for this week. You may notice some mentions of that throughout the episode :)Huge shout out to Jeffrey Ando (@ser_ando) for the amazing AI generated cover art!Full show notes available at https://solfate.com/podcast/3Links from the show Solana Mobile announced an airdrop to “select” Saga Pass holders. Ominous. Phantom started allowing people to test their multi chain wallet Solana Sandstorm hackathon submissions are closed Solana Spaces weekly airdrops for the community at drip.haus Joe C from Solana Foundation DevRel published a new Solana crash course video series on YouTube Solana news from the week SOL price is up. Nice! Solana.fm added some extra tracking on the wormhole exploiter The official Solana podcast has been rebranded to Validated Italo shutdown the apr dev domain and merged the registry into SolDev SOL price surged after Austin Federa appeared on Bloomberg Formfunction shipped an airdrop feature to allow creators to easily airdrop their holders Solana Foundation advanced the minimum validator version (to 1.14.13) on Testnet for those participating in the Delegation program Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
1/23/202326 minutes, 48 seconds
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crypto taxes and a saga of struggle

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showNick gets the mythical email to order his Solana Mobile phone but struggles to do so. In the meantime, we talk about the game change we expect the Saga phone to be.Also taxes. Nick and James talk broadly about how the US handles crypto taxes, which is…less than good…. So we spitball on some options.Then Nick reveals his unique day job.Huge shout out to Jeffrey Ando (@ser_ando) for the amazing AI generated cover art!Full show notes available on https://solfate.com/podcast/2Links from the show IRS memo about how crypto taxes are handles in the US Talks from crypto CEOs presenting to Congress about regulating crypto View all the Solana Sandstorm hackathon tracks News and happening on Solana this weekThese are the other things we meant to talk about, but got side tracked while talking about crypto taxes. So....here are the links if you are interested:  Magic Eden was exploited - a detailed breakdown from Nick from Helius Austin Federa appeared on Bloomberg, speaking highly of Solana past, present, and future MailChimp shuts down Solana Foundation’s account with no warning or cause given A new round of Saga phones are being sent out Vibhu (from @SolanaSpaces) is a monster Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
1/16/202332 minutes, 26 seconds
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init: solfate podcast

Follow the @SolfatePod show on Twitter for updates. Thanks for listening frens :)Notes from the showWelcome to the very first episode of the Solfate podcast, an audio commentary from two developers on building into the Solana ecosystem.In this very first episode, Nick and James introduce themselves. We give our backgrounds and how we each started building and educating on Solana.We also talk about the recent events of the Bonk token taking Solana by storm. Getting airdropped to loads of people (including us) and the impact that community driven projects really have on the Solana blockchain.We wrapped up the episode with talking about what we are each working on now and in the near future.Huge shout out to Jeffrey Ando (@ser_ando) for the amazing AI generated cover art!Full show notes available at https://solfate.com/podcast/1Links from the show Solana developer course written be James: soldev.app/course the tweet that got Nick working on Solana Mert (from Helius) announcing the Solana Sandstorm Hackathon official Bonk token's twitter account: @bonk_inu Nick's article on deriving Solana addresses Upcoming Solana HackathonA public virtual Solana hackathon, code-named "Solana Sandstorm", is set to happen between January 10th - January 23rd (2023). More official details to follow near January 10th from Mert.The hackathon is loaded with sponsors from around the Solana ecosystem, including: Solana Foundation, Helius, Crossmint, Phantom, Switchboard, Dialect, and so many more. And yes, even Bonk!Follow us aroundNick follow on twitter: @nickfrosty follow on github: github.com/nickfrosty website: https://nick.af James follow on twitter: @jamesrp13 follow on github: github.com/jamesrp13
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