The Disrupt Weekend

The Bitcoin Life Raft: The End of Monetary & Fiscal Policy As We Know It – w/ Raoul Pal (Highly Recommended Watch)

As the dust settles on DeFi’s most recent hype cycle, lack of privacy is emerging as one of the ecosystem’s biggest setbacks. And with a growing number of teams building to fix this, it seems that a privacy-enhanced DeFi is almost inevitable.

Currently, trading strategies on DeFi are single use only. Once you execute a sophisticated trade, that’s it- your strategy is out for the world to see, and so instantly loses its edge.

And there are security risks to non-private DeFi as well. DeFi is susceptible to miner front-running attacks. Because miners can see trades before they are finalized on the blockchain, they can bet on events before they happen.

Privacy today means sending coins to centralized exchanges and that is not a long-term solution. For DeFi to grow, we need censorship resistance through not only decentralization but also privacy.

Faced with this truth, countless new, next-generation DeFi products are emerging from the shadows; like Aztec, Stealth Swap, and Zk-Sync. While in different stages of production, these startups will ultimately offer private swaps and ERC-20s, while Aztec comes with its own private contract scripting language, Noir.

Once DeFi hits the mass market, it will be unstoppable.”


“In its simplest form, the metaverse is a virtual environment where people live, work, and play. Blockchain-based virtual worlds are the closest thing to a metaverse right now. These platforms are social networks, gaming platforms, e-commerce platforms, and creative platforms, all rolled into one.

What key piece of infrastructure, or “law,” would you need to feel confident spending the majority of your time in a virtual environment? For me the answer is property rights. I want to know that the items and things I acquire inside a virtual environment are not going to be taken away from me.

What else does the metaverse need?

  • Digital Scarcity – If people could copy and paste everything inside the metaverse, then property rights wouldn’t really matter!
  • Interoperability – A real metaverse allows assets and people from one game or environment to enter into a different game or environment.
  • Programmability – Programmable assets allow any and all assets to become upgradeable. This means you’ll have more utility for the items you own. Programmability also allows for rapid iteration and experimentation.
  • Easy Monetization
  • Permissionless Innovation – If a company puts up barriers, then anyone can build around it.

The metaverse is just getting started. Without blockchains, the metaverse would simply not be possible. But now we have the technology. And it’s going to completely unlock unbelievable worlds that we’ve only dreamed of.”


“Kwenta is a new dApp powered by the Synthetix protocol, offering derivatives trading with infinite liquidity. It’s the next evolution of Synthetix.Exchange, rebuilt from the ground up.

Synthetix is targeting the largest financial market in the world: derivatives. A derivative on DeFi allows us to tokenize price exposure to just about anything—gold, the S&P500, and Tesla stock.

The biggest benefit with trading derivatives on Kwenta is you can trade with infinite liquidity and zero slippage.

Traders also have the ability to hold short positions without interest rates or hidden fees. Given Kwenta is a web3 dApp compatible with a range of different wallets, anyone can trade with deep liquidity without needing to entrust custody of your funds to a third party.

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“In public companies, analysts and investors use metrics such as revenue, net income, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), EPS (earnings per share), P/E ratio (price to earnings ratio) and sales growth in order to correlate market capitalization justifications.

On-chain fees/revenue still hold a good promise for being a leading indicator of blockchain network value. Evan Van Ness aptly called a number of chains “Zombie Chains,” based on the little number of transactions that actually pass through them. That is an example of negative metric correlation that is nonetheless logical and easy to understand or validate.

We continue to be in the early stages of finding correlation metrics between crypto tokens value and usage. For this reason, I believe we are still in the era of qualitative crypto tokens valuation, where the price of tokens is primarily driven by speculative perceptions, brand value and creator promises.


TA: Bitcoin Breakout

“Ayala mentioned coordinated block lists and safe lists as methods of dealing with malicious URLs in the IPFS network.

Mastodon is an example where node operators have decided how they want to filter information that they think is incorrect or bad or dangerous to the audience of people that run on a given — what they call — pub.

I think that we’re going to see that same style of filtering in either IPFS nodes, or through pubsub, where nodes want to communicate, coordinate, and share information about bad addresses.”


“Prosecutors allege that at the conference Griffith rendered services to the North Korean government in the form of “valuable information” he provided to DPRK officials, and that he “participated in conversations” about how to use blockchain technology to avoid sanctions.

Griffith, meanwhile, contends that his presentation was a ‘highly general speech based on publicly available information.’ Griffith argues that because he was not paid for his attendance and was not under contract as a consultant, he was not providing a “service” to the DPRK.”