DeFi Sparks Podcast

Nick Drakon

Long form conversations with the sharpest minds in DeFi & Crypto. Hosted by Nick Drakon - https://twitter.com/NickDrakon Presented by Revelo Intel - https://www.revelointel.com Follow - https://twitter.com/DeFiSparks read less

Revolutionizing DeFi Interoperability: Cryptolink's Trustless Bridge
Jan 3 2023
Revolutionizing DeFi Interoperability: Cryptolink's Trustless Bridge
As we move into 2023 Nick Drakon predicts we are going to operate in a multichain world and that the infrastructure required to facilitate the transfer of value and information between these chains is going to be a huge business. In this episode, Nick and Atlas, CEO of Cryptolink, discuss the value of interoperability and the impact it has on infrastructure in DeFi. Cryptolink is a project that helps users and assets move from chain to chain, and operates in this lucrative space of interoperability and attempts to capture market share, providing a vertically integrated offering with products for both the B2B and B2C markets, trying to clip the ticket from a revenue standpoint. There is a significant market opportunity in the field of interoperability and the discussion that unfolds is informative and exciting.πŸ”— Useful Tools πŸ”—Ledger Hardware Wallet πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3hMmR3TTrezor Hardware Wallet πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3PhZb3MπŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—Subscribe to FREE Daily Newsletter πŸ‘‰ https://www.revelointel.com/Nick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonRevelo Intel Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/ReveloIntelCryptolink.Tech Website πŸ‘‰ https://cryptolink.tech/Cryptolink.Tech Discord πŸ‘‰ https://discord.com/invite/CryptoLinkCryptolink.Tech Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/CryptoLink_Tech----------πŸ“œ Disclaimer πŸ“œThis video is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained shall be construed to be financial legal or tax advice. The content of this video is solely the opinions of the speaker who is not a licensed financial adviser or registered investment adviser. Trading cryptocurrencies poses considerable risk of loss. #NickDrakon #ReveloIntel #DeFiSparks #Cryptolink #DEFI #Interoperability #TBaaS #Crypto #TrustlessBridging #Finance
Interest Rates in Crypto: Insights from IPOR Labs Darren Camas
Dec 20 2022
Interest Rates in Crypto: Insights from IPOR Labs Darren Camas
Join Nick Drakon and Darren Camas, CEO of IPOR Labs, as they discuss interest rates in DeFi and explore the history and importance of LIBOR, the cost of capital, and the role of trust in finance. Learn about the potential for DeFi to disrupt traditional finance and the future of interest rates in a decentralized world.IPOR Labs has developed and launched the IPOR Indexes, which benchmark the cost of capital that is interest rates in DeFi. Using that foundation they've started to build products and services on top of that in the form of interest rate derivatives and swaps. These are very useful in DeFi and interest free, and we're going to go into that in this video. We delve into the role of trust in centralized finance and the potential for DeFi to offer a decentralized alternative. We also explore the future of interest rates in a DeFi-dominated world and the potential impact on traditional finance.πŸ”— Useful Tools πŸ”—Ledger Hardware Wallet πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3hMmR3TTrezor Hardware Wallet πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3PhZb3MπŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—Subscribe to FREE Daily Newsletter πŸ‘‰ https://www.revelointel.com/Nick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonRevelo Intel Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/ReveloIntelIPOR Labs Website πŸ‘‰ https://www.ipor.io/IPOR Labs Discord πŸ‘‰ https://discord.gg/EtDnK6GTY2IPOR Labs Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/ipor_io----------πŸ“œ Disclaimer πŸ“œThis video is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained shall be construed to be financial legal or tax advice. The content of this video is solely the opinions of the speaker who is not a licensed financial adviser or registered investment adviser. Trading cryptocurrencies poses considerable risk of loss. #NickDrakon #ReveloIntel #DeFiSparks #IPORLabs #DEFI #InterestRates #LIBOR #Crypto #CentralBanking #Finance
Tether USDT Financial Reports Explained & Analysed w 0xSouvlaki BeethovenX
Nov 28 2022
Tether USDT Financial Reports Explained & Analysed w 0xSouvlaki BeethovenX
Souvlaki is the Head of Financial Reporting at BeethovenX, a decentralized exchange that runs on both Fantom and Optimism. Before moving to DeFi, Souvlaki spent a decade working at two of the Big Four auditing firms, and another five years at one of the largest TradFi investment banks in the world.Souvlaki's experience makes him the perfect individual to provide insights regarding Tether in the context of the ongoing controversy that surrounds them and their stablecoin, USDT, with respect to the recent issues of financial disclosures or lack thereof. In today's episode, Souvlaki and I dive in to uncover some the following topics:β–Ί Souvlaki's experience and misconceptions around auditingβ–Ί Tether's background and the USDT controversyβ–Ί Tether's disclosures and reportsβ–Ί How to digest information from these reports with respect to the landscape post-FTX collapseβ–Ί Our thoughts on Proof-of-Reserves and the other disclosures investors needπŸ”— Useful Tools πŸ”—Ledger Hardware Wallet πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3hMmR3TπŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—Sign up for our FREE daily newsletter πŸ‘‰ https://www.revelointel.com/Revelo Intel Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/ReveloIntelNick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonDefi Sparks Podcast Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/DefiSparksDefi Sparks Podcast πŸ‘‰ https://www.defisparks.com/Souvlaki Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/0xSouvlakiTether Reports πŸ‘‰ https://tether.to/en/transparency/#reportsBeethoven X Video πŸ‘‰ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P84DYOiTfIMBeethoven X App πŸ‘‰ https://beets.fi/Beethoven X Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/beethoven_x----------πŸ“œ Disclaimer πŸ“œThis video is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained shall be construed to be financial legal or tax advice. The content of this video is solely the opinions of the speaker who is not a licensed financial adviser or registered investment adviser. Trading cryptocurrencies poses considerable risk of loss. #tether #usdt  #BeethovenX #Beethovenftm #BeethovenFantom #beets #beetswars #beetsftm #beetsfantom #fantom #ftm #nickdrakon #defisparks #defi #crypto #stablecoin #revelointel
LandX Finance brings Farmland Commodities & Sustainable Yield to Crypto
Nov 14 2022
LandX Finance brings Farmland Commodities & Sustainable Yield to Crypto
LandX is a protocol that allows users to directly invest in the Real Yield generated by real world farmlands and crops. LandX has found a way to bring real world productive assets onto the blockchain that are otherwise difficult to gain access to unless you physically buy farmland.In my chat with LandWalker, we discuss what opportunities lie in the macro picture for farmland and the approach LandX has taken to bring these assets on chain along with other topics like:β–Ί Why commodities are an interesting investmentβ–Ί Economics of LandXβ–Ί When is LandX launching?β–Ί How LandX makes moneyβ–Ί Macroeconomic impacts on global farmland marketsπŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—Sign up for our FREE daily newsletter πŸ‘‰ https://www.revelointel.com/Revelo Intel Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/ReveloIntelNick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonDefi Sparks Podcast Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/DefiSparksDefi Sparks Podcast πŸ‘‰ https://www.defisparks.com/LandX App πŸ‘‰ https://testnet.landx.fi/LandX Discord πŸ‘‰ https://discord.com/invite/landxLandX Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/landxfinanceLandX Docs πŸ‘‰ https://landx.gitbook.io/landx/introduction-to-landx/video-explainer----------πŸ“œ Disclaimer πŸ“œThis video is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained shall be construed to be financial legal or tax advice. The content of this video is solely the opinions of the speaker who is not a licensed financial adviser or registered investment adviser. Trading cryptocurrencies poses considerable risk of loss. #BeethovenX #Beethovenftm #BeethovenFantom #beets #beetswars #beetsftm #beetsfantom #fantom #ftm #nickdrakon
Polysynth CEO Shailesh Gupta - Real Yield & the Future of Structured Products
Nov 1 2022
Polysynth CEO Shailesh Gupta - Real Yield & the Future of Structured Products
Polysynth Protocol is a DeFi Options Vault (DOV) protocol powered by Ethereum and Polygon, enabling you to express your views on the market and earn in all market conditions. Polysynth's Options Vaults turns complicated financial instruments and derivatives into simple, easy-to-use front end offerings for users. Polysynth aims to abstract away complexity to offer a wide range of investment strategies that may otherwise be overlooked by users.In this video, I speak with Shailesh Gupta, the co-founder and CEO of Polysynth, discussing his approach to Structured High Yield Products and how they will develop in the future. In this video we are going to discuss:β–Ί Why the development of structured products are lagging behindβ–Ί How Real Yield is generated by real financial activityβ–Ί How we can identify true Real Yield from the "Real Yield" buzzword β–Ί Leveraging B2B & B2C to ensure product safety, security, and reliabilityβ–Ί The future of Structured Productsβ–Ί Polysynth's approach to regulationπŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—Sign up for our FREE daily newsletter πŸ‘‰ https://www.revelointel.com/Revelo Intel Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/ReveloIntelNick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonDefi Sparks Podcast Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/DefiSparksDefi Sparks Podcast πŸ‘‰ https://www.defisparks.com/Polysynth App πŸ‘‰ https://polysynth.com/Polysynth Discord πŸ‘‰ https://discord.com/invite/BVUmZQ2p88Polysynth Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/0xPolysynthPolysynth Docs πŸ‘‰ https://docs.polysynth.com/----------πŸ“œ Disclaimer πŸ“œThis video is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained shall be construed to be financial legal or tax advice. The content of this video is solely the opinions of the speaker who is not a licensed financial adviser or registered investment adviser. Trading cryptocurrencies poses considerable risk of loss.#Polysynth #ReveloIntel #NickDrakon #DeFiSparks #defi #crypto #cryptonews #definews
DeFi Llama Strategy & Tactics to Gaining Competitive Edge in Crypto DeFi Data & Analytics
Oct 31 2022
DeFi Llama Strategy & Tactics to Gaining Competitive Edge in Crypto DeFi Data & Analytics
DeFi Llama is a FREE platform that most active DeFi users use daily, providing relevant data across DeFi including TVL, statistics, fees, yields, rates, and more. DeFi Llama's unorthodox approach, in both traditional business and in crypto, make them extremely dangerous competitors in their category.I use DeFi Llama daily, and over time, I've generated dozens of very profitable trading strategies using their data. I'm interested to talk to the llamas not only because their products are so powerfully useful and 100% free, but because they operate using a unique model that I'm not entirely familiar with.β–Ί What is DeFi Llama?β–Ί Why is DeFi Llama succeeding?β–Ί How does the team benefit from providing FREE data?β–Ί Will DeFi Llama services remain FREE?β–Ί What products can we look forward to seeing?πŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—Sign up for our FREE daily newsletter πŸ‘‰ https://www.revelointel.com/Revelo Intel Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/ReveloIntelNick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonDefi Sparks Podcast Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/DefiSparksDefi Sparks Podcast πŸ‘‰ https://www.defisparks.com/DeFi Llama App πŸ‘‰ https://defillama.com/DeFi Llama Discord πŸ‘‰ https://discord.com/invite/buPFYXzDDdDeFi Llama Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/DefiLlamaDeFi Llama Docs πŸ‘‰ https://defillama.com/docs/api----------πŸ“œ Disclaimer πŸ“œThis video is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained shall be construed to be financial legal or tax advice. The content of this video is solely the opinions of the speaker who is not a licensed financial adviser or registered investment adviser. Trading cryptocurrencies poses considerable risk of loss. #DeFiLlama #ReveloIntel #NickDrakon
Eitan Katz Founder of Kima Finance on Multi Chain DeFi & Interoperability
Aug 10 2022
Eitan Katz Founder of Kima Finance on Multi Chain DeFi & Interoperability
Today I am talking to Eitan Katz who is the founder of Kima Finance, a utility specific blockchain that aims to act as a settlement layer in a chain agnostic world. Put simply, they are working on the DLT Interoperability problem set. Eitan has been working at the cutting edge of technological innovation for over 35 years. He is a pleasure to talk to not just because of his wealth of knowledge but also for his talent in unpacking complex concepts in ways that everyone can understand.Today’s topic is of course DLT Interoperability. We start with defining this concept and discuss why it is such a difficult problem to solve. We discuss the risks associated with current solutions for moving assets between chains such as bridges. We dive into the idea of universal liquidity across chains and what the implications are of achieving that goal. Finally we ponder a world where off chain liquidity can seamlessly merge with on chain liquidity.A reminder that if you enjoy this podcast please consider leaving a review on whatever podcast platform you use to listen in.πŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—Nick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonDefi Sparks Podcast Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/DefiSparksDefi Sparks Podcast πŸ‘‰ https://www.defisparks.com/Eitan Katz Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/eitankKima Finance Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/kimafinanceKima Finance πŸ‘‰ https://kima.finance/
Rob Montgomery (Revest Finance) on NFT Utility & Real World Use Cases - EP3
Jun 9 2022
Rob Montgomery (Revest Finance) on NFT Utility & Real World Use Cases - EP3
Welcome to Episode 3 of the DeFi Sparks Podcast. I created this podcast to facilitate conversations with some of the sharpest minds in DeFi around topics that I am curious about.Today I am talking to Rob Montgomery, who is the founder of Revest Finance. Revest builds technology and solutions around using NFTs to unlock value in real assets. They have deployed a range of financial NFT’s that make illiquid positions liquid, and are expanding the product set  across chains and protocols. Rob is not only running the business but also technically minded,  writing a lot of the code, which makes him interesting to talk to, because he can speak intelligently and realistically about where we are on the development curve.His passion for innovation, and the fact that he has deployed workable solutions, instead of only theorising what is possible, is appealing to me as an investor and as a curious person in the space.Today’s conversation will circle around some of the real world use cases that have been touted as ripe for disruption with NFT technology. I ask Rob to give us his thoughts about the status of these use cases, what the obstacles are, and what he thinks might happen next. We discuss real estate, music rights, IP related to fashion & content, the Metaverse and gaming, as well as financial NFTs. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.πŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—Nick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonDefi Sparks Podcast Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/DefiSparksDefi Sparks Podcast πŸ‘‰ https://www.defisparks.com/My Video on Financial NFTs πŸ‘‰https://youtu.be/08mQXiokOikRon Montgomery Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/RobAnon94Revest Finance App πŸ‘‰ hhttps://revest.finance/Revest Finance Discord πŸ‘‰ https://discord.com/invite/TdJSzW9H4GRevest Finance Twitter πŸ‘‰https://twitter.com/RevestFinance
Stable Coin Design & Mechanics with Safe Ratios from Growth Defi - Episode 2
May 30 2022
Stable Coin Design & Mechanics with Safe Ratios from Growth Defi - Episode 2
Today I will be talking with "Safe Ratios" who operates the cross chain DeFi protocol called Growth Defi. They are active on Fantom $FTM, Binance Smart Chain $BSC & Avalanche $AVAX.Growth Defi issues an over collateralized stable coin called MOR using the CDP design.They are also innovating with products and solutions that allow users to earn the benefits from locking tokens, without sacrificing liquidity in the process. I came across his work due to the partnership Growth Defi has developed with Liquid Driver on Fantom and was extremely impressed by his depth of knowledge and the systems he has designed.Specifically, his knowledge on stable coins intrigued me. In light of recent events on the Terra blockchain with UST collapsing, I thought it would be a good idea to have an in depth discussion on the topic of stable coin mechanics with someone who actually knows what he is talking about. We go back to 1st principles around why stable coins exist and what problems they are trying to solve. We then dive into the different types of stable coins with a focus on the various business models of each system, in an attempt to understand how profitable these businesses are. By understanding the flow of value we can begin to understand how risks develop and why. We diagnose the UST collapse while discussing what they were trying to do and zoom in on the signals to look for when trying to assess such systems for vulnerabilities.We spend some time discussing the UST collapse, why it happened and what to look for in the future.πŸ”— Useful Links πŸ”—DeFi Sparks Podcast - https://www.defisparks.comNick Drakon Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/NickDrakonSafe Ratios Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/SafeRatiosGrowth DeFi πŸ‘‰ https://mor.growthdefi.com/Growth DeFi Twitter πŸ‘‰ https://twitter.com/GrowthDefiVideo on cLQDRπŸ‘‰ https://youtu.be/9vbMnlEIaok