How Polychain is faring during the crypto winter, where we are in the tech cycle, whether he thinks Ethereum 2.0 will deliver and how he views the competition in the smart contract space. We discuss the upcoming Facebook coin, what that might look like, and how his portfolio projects could compete against a token issued by a large company. We cover how regulatory uncertainty is affecting the development of crypto projects, what he thinks of the fact that some trends in the DeFi movement seem to mimic the risks leading up to the financial contract, why he’s so excited about MakerDAO, what he makes of its difficulties keeping its USD peg, and why Tether hasn’t lost its dollar peg despite being only 74% backed. Plus, we talked about how decentralized autonomous corporations could someday come into being, and what he thinks of on-chain governance systems today.

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Episode links:

Watch the full video on CoinDesk (“To the Moon and Back” under Main Stage):


WSJ article on Olaf:

WSJ on Polychain’s assets dropping:

Facebook coin:

Tether only 74% backed:

MakerDAO stability fee at 20%:

Aragon vote being swung at the last moment: