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Blockchain technology is about to transform every trust-based interaction of our lives, from financial services to identity, from health care to our Internet of Things devices. In this podcast, host Laura Shin talks with industry pioneers across tech, financial services, health care, government and other sectors about how the blockchain and cryptocurrency will open up new opportunities for incumbents, startups and everyday people to interact more efficiently, directly and globally.

May 26, 2020

This week’s Unchained is my panel at Ready Layer One! We talk everything layer one with four key players and projects -- Illia Polosukhin of NEARprotocol, Zaki Manian of Cosmos, Rob Habermeier of Polkadot, and Arthur Breitman of Tezos — to find out how these projects plan to compete with Ethereum and attract developers and users. We discuss: 

  • What platforms they are building and at which stage in development they are 
  • How they differentiate themselves from Ethereum, and what problems they believe need to be solved 
  • How they plan to attract devs in an industry of network effects 
  • Whether or not Bitcoin and Ethereum are direct competitors
  • Whether, in the long run, crypto will be more winner-take-all or there will be multiple, interoperable chains  
  • How they plan to bring new users into the space
  • How they think the transition to ETH2.0 will shake up the existing blockchain space

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Episode links: 

Illia Polosukhin:

Near protocol:

Zaki Manian:


Rob Habermeier:


Arthur Breitman:


Near protocol on mainnet:

Electric Capital report on the number of developers in Ethereum: