While other young people were dreaming of fitting into their social circles, Evan Shapiro was dreaming of an entirely new social reality built by cryptography, Bitcoin, and blockchain. Today, he is living that dream through 01 Labs and Mina Protocol as he innovates technology that allows people to regain control of their digital lives and protect their personal data. This episode will take you on a journey, exploring how his pursuit tackles the infamous cryptocurrency trilemma.
In this episode, Melker and Shapiro discuss a range of topics including:
Utopian digital systems
Regaining control of your digital life
Zero-knowledge proofs and zk-SNARKS
Ethereum 2.0 and sharding
Crossing the store of value chasm
The mainstream knowledge 4-year lag
The cryptocurrency trilemma
On and off-chain data
A new social reality
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