Mike Brock, general manager of TBD at Block, discusses how TBD’s yet-to-be-released DEX is structured, explains why he thinks decentralized solutions do not necessarily need blockchains, and tells the humorous story about how Jack Dorsey convinced him to start working on a Bitcoin project. Show highlights:

  • what TBD is and what its relation to Block (formerly Square) is
  • how TBD differs from Spiral, another Block-based Bitcoin firm
  • how tbDEX works and why building on-ramps and off-ramps to crypto is so important
  • who will be supplying the liquidity for tbDEX
  • why Mike is passionate about creating digital identity infrastructure
  • how tbDEX will incorporate digital identity tooling into its protocol
  • what Mike thinks about Vitalik Buterin’s misgivings concerning tbDEX’s design
  • why Mike fell down the rabbit hole (thanks Jack Dorsey)
  • what lessons Mike learned at CashApp that he is using at TBD
  • which stablecoin TBD will be working with
  • why Mike is not a believer in DeFi
  • why tbDEX (or, seemingly, other TBD products) will not utilize tokens

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