Welcome to “The Chopping Block” – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner, chop it up about the latest news. In this episode, EigenLayer founder Sreeram Kannan explains his vision for providing “decentralized trust” to new projects on Ethereum. Was Vitalik Buterin’s recent “re-staking” post a shot across EigenLayer’s bow?

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Show highlights:

  • how Sreeram has transitioned from academia into the world of crypto
  • why he believes that crypto is the “coordination highway”
  • what EigenLayer is – explained to a five-year-old, a high schooler, a day trader, a developer, and a crypto professor
  • how middleware enables technology innovation
  • where the value accrues if there’s no token for securing a blockchain
  • whether Vitalik is right in being concerned about the risk of corrupting validators
  • what EigenLayer did to minimize risks and externalities to Ethereum
  • whether protocols and applications will fork if they get hacked and whether Ethereum will “bail them out”






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