Empire features interviews with top crypto founders to get the real stories that aren’t shared elsewhere. Empire is your look behind the curtain of the crypto industry. We release two episodes per week: guest interviews on Tuesday and a weekly roundup on Friday.


Fri Jun 21 2024

Managing Emotions in Crypto Cycles


The episode covers various topics in the crypto space, including optimizing mental clarity in trading, handling market volatility and emotional challenges, investment strategies and concentration, building on Monad and family offices, incubating funds and conference experiences, developments in Avalanche and Mantle, token projects and Coinbase insights, Coinbase's international expansion and the future of blockchain, and a bug in Kraken's system and Google's interest in crypto.


Wed Jun 19 2024

Is Arweave Crypto's Darkhorse L1? | 1000x

decentralized storageblockchain protocolstokenomicsmarket perceptionscalability

This episode covers topics such as R-Weave's decentralized permanent information storage, the evolution of protocols, decentralized temporary storage and Perennial Finance, tokenomics and sustainability in blockchain projects, market perception of R-Weave and altcoins, scalability challenges and Arweave's approach, AO as a scalable decentralized supercomputer, R-Weave's vision for revolutionizing data ownership and sharing, AI, content verification, and data composability, AO's incentives and network security, AO as a bridge to new networks, and the transition to version 2.0 with community involvement.


Tue Jun 18 2024

Is Blended Execution the Missing Link for dApps? | Dino & Stephy

CryptoExecution EnvironmentsBlended Execution NetworksInteroperabilityComposability

The episode explores the emergence of different execution environments in the crypto space and the challenges faced by developers. It introduces Fluent as a blended execution network that aims to address the limitations of single execution environments and provide developers with the best of both worlds. The conversation highlights the importance of architecting interoperability between different VMs to create a seamless user experience. The episode also discusses the preference for blended execution networks, achieving atomic composability and interoperability, challenges and trade-offs in blended execution environments, and the future possibilities of blended execution environments. It emphasizes the transition towards practicality and user experience in building applications across different networks and languages.


Fri Jun 14 2024

Why Self-Custody Still Matters | Pascal & Ian

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The episode discusses Ledger's focus on digital ownership, the importance of self-custody and security in the world of digital assets, the evolution of Ledger's products including Ledger Stacks, the Avalanche Evergreen subnet and Mantle L2 platform, Tony Fadel's approach to product development, Ledger's range of products and future plans, and luxury brands' adaptation to the digital age. Key insights include the significance of storytelling in shaping a company's image and success, prioritizing product over technology in tech companies, and the lack of hardware product innovation in the industry. The episode also highlights the importance of utility and peer-to-peer engagement in the crypto space, the potential benefits of going public for Ledger, and the predicted increase in digital ownership in the luxury market.


Tue Jun 11 2024

How ZK Will Shatter Social Media Monopolies | Alex & Stani

blockchainscalabilityzero-knowledge proofsdecentralized platformsZK technology

This episode covers various topics related to blockchain scalability, zero-knowledge proofs, decentralized platforms, ZK technology progression, lens protocol, AURA.com, Avalanche, Scale blockchain, Matter Labs' ZK Sync, optimistic roll-ups, user experience in blockchain, DeFi benefits, meme coins, and discussion on collecting or tipping with tokens. The future of blockchain is envisioned as a multi-chain world that can scale like the internet, abstracting away complexities for end users. Key insights include the need for multi-chain solutions to address different needs and limitations, the importance of user data ownership and avoiding centralization in social networks, the potential of zero-knowledge proofs for scalability and verifiability, the challenges of transitioning to new technologies in blockchain, and the impact of regulations on crypto founders.


Fri Jun 07 2024

Solana's Crypto Native Next-Gen CEX | Armani Ferrante

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This episode covers various aspects of building a crypto exchange, including trust minimization, compliance challenges, entering the Japanese market, and targeting different user segments. Key insights include the importance of decentralized exchanges, self-custody features, and the role of centralized exchanges. The episode also discusses building crypto startups, product expansion strategies, Solana's appeal, long-term thinking in investing, and navigating success in the crypto industry.


Thu Jun 06 2024

Exploring Crypto's Modular Path | Rex & NoSleepJon

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The episode explores the modular ecosystem in blockchain technology, discussing its history, cultural impact, technological advancements, monetization strategies, fragmentation challenges, and competition among blockchain ecosystems. Key insights include the potential of zero-knowledge proofs (ZK) to disrupt existing architectures, the importance of decentralization in enabling different use cases, and the cultural shifts brought by modular blockchain ecosystems. The episode emphasizes the need for scalability, experimentation, and customization in blockchain development.


Wed Jun 05 2024

The Modular Integration Spectrum | Keone & Zon

ModularityBlockchain DesignMonadAnishaScalability

This episode explores the concept of modularity in crypto and its application in blockchain design. It discusses the benefits of modular blockchain systems like Monad and Anisha, highlighting their features and scalability solutions. The episode also emphasizes the importance of community building and the role of decentralized technology in promoting transparency. Recent developments and future plans in the crypto space are also covered.


Tue Jun 04 2024

Inside Crypto's Liquidity Chess Game | Evgeny, Nick, & Omar

Token TradingMarket MakingPrice DeterminationSecondary Market ActivityLiquidity

This episode covers various aspects of token trading, market making, price determination, secondary market activity, liquidity, unlock events, market dynamics, choosing a market maker, cryptocurrency compliance, regulatory developments, demand for crypto assets, managing positions, investor considerations, and engaging experts in the crypto market.


Fri May 31 2024

Finding Crypto's Next Big Trade | 1000x

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The episode covers various insights related to trading, market shifts, youthful traders, altcoins, trading strategies, concerns, Doge ETF, and alternative investments.

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