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#210 Alex Morcos: Chaincode Labs and Why Bitcoin is Our One Shot at Creating Digital Gold

Chaincode Labs Founder Alex Morcos joined us to discuss his journey, the role of the company in Bitcoin’s development and the views that drive his work.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Alex’s background in high frequency trading as a founder of Hudson River Trading
  • How Alex first learned about Bitcoin
  • The vision of Chaincode Labs
  • Why Bitcoin represents our only chance of creating digital gold
  • Why Bitcoin’s resistance to change is one of its core features
  • Why the NYA & SegWit2x approach was misguided
  • How getting consensus around a hard fork blocksize increase could work
  • Why Alex is not excited about the efforts to use blockchains in banks

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#209 Amrit Kumar & Xinshu Dong: Zilliqa – A Scalable Sharded Public Blockchain

Scaling public blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum is a long standing technical challenge. In this episode, we cover Zilliqa which has pioneered a design to scale public blockchain throughput with the number of nodes by sharding the blockchain. Sharding has been hitherto proposed as a scaling technique by Ethereum. Zilliqa is one of the first projects to propose a concrete design with an operational testnet processing a couple thousand transactions per second across several shards.

Our guests, Xinshu Dong (CEO) and Amrit Kumar (Crypto Lead), walk us through the objectives, protocol design and fundraising structure of this innovative project. We also briefly cover Zilliqa’s novel approach to designing a smart contract language and execution environment.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Sharding as a scaling technique
  • Different kinds of sharding, including state sharding and non-state sharding
  • How Zilliqa works under the hood – consensus algorithms & transaction processing
  • Zilliqa’s novel approach for a smart contract language
  • Details of a new cryptocurrency, Zillings

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