The Divi crypto podcast: June in review

June was a phenomenal month for the Divi Crypto Podcast. We talked with a diverse range of guests, with interests and projects ranging from large-scale Bitcoin mining to creating developer-friendly spaces, and blockchain-secured loans! Read on, and check out the episodes that sound interesting to you!

Kyle Turnbull

June 30, 20214 min read

The Divi Crypto Podcast June Review

The Divi Crypto Podcast June Review

Episode 104: Crypto and Green Energy WITH Peter Wall, CEO of Argo Blockchain.


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Argo Blockchain is a publicly traded blockchain technology company focused on large-scale cryptocurrency mining.聽 As a blockchain technology company, Argo is a large-scale crypto mining operation. They are also interested in the ecosystem at large and various blockchain projects.聽 Paul says they recently invested in a DeFi startup and were early investors in PolkaDot.

When it comes to the environmental side and sustainability, Paul says he is asked about that the most. He says if you don鈥檛 have a good answer, you鈥檙e in trouble.聽 Paul says we need answers quickly, to take the right course of action for the future of our planet.聽 Argo is currently working with a large environmental sustainability consultant to put together a project climate strategy.聽 Argo鈥檚 mission is to become the first net-zero mining provider, creating the world's first green energy mining pool.聽聽

Confident that crypto is not going anywhere anytime soon, Argo is creating a foundational infrastructure, a winning team, and governance. If you鈥檇 like to learn more about Argo, they鈥檙e very active on Twitter @argoblockchain, or you can connect with Paul directly on Twitter @petergwall.聽聽

Episode 105: Making the Process of Blockchain Development easier, with Max Kordek.


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Lisk provides developers with a set of tools, making creating blockchain applications easy through their SDK. Max Kordek has always been fascinated by technology and finance, so the crypto industry caught his eye early on.

Lisk鈥檚 goal is to help developers quickly build blockchain applications. Lisk is focused on making blockchain development more accessible.聽 For individual developers, the programming language is the first thing they look at.聽 Other projects offer STK鈥檚 in 20+ languages.聽 In Lisk鈥檚 case, it鈥檚 all done in javascript.聽 Lisk claims to be the easiest to access and understand.聽聽

Lisk has an upcoming conference called LiskJS, where they will announce 19 research papers detailing how registering blockchain applications will allow token transfers. They hope to grow the community further and attract more developers by looking into various industries during the event.聽 Max says they鈥檙e searching for startups that want to build something, and they鈥檒l finance and support them.聽聽

Episode 106: The Progression of Technology with Sam Kim, founding partner of Umbrella Network.

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In episode 106, we talked with Sam Kim, founding partner of Umbrella Network. As a community-owned, decentralized oracle, Umbrella Network collects data from multiple sources to calculate the most accurate prices in the market.聽 Blockchain apps can鈥檛 pull data directly from APIs like traditional apps.聽 Oracle provides that tool of onboarding data from traditional sources and making that available on the blockchain securely.聽聽

Sam says it needs to be scalable, and data needs to be current and accurate.聽 They anchor data on the chain, and you can be confident the data is agreed on during consensus.聽 By doing this, they drastically lower the cost of on-chain data.聽

Outside of Umbrella, Sam says he鈥檚 excited about the progression of technology.聽 It feels similar to 2012 when mobile was all 3G, data was limited and slow, then came LTE.聽 Data was made much cheaper, creating a better environment for development. We鈥檙e in a similar time frame today when it comes to blockchain. He鈥檚 excited to see what app developers come up with. To learn more, visit www.umb.network. They can also be found on Telegram and Twitter.聽聽

Episode 107: Secure on Chain Loans with Lucas Vogelsang

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We sat down with the CEO of Centrifuge, Lucas Vogelsang, to talk about blockchain-based loans.聽 Lucas says that before he got into crypto, he was working for a fintech startup and saw over and over how convenient and cheap access to capital was for established companies.聽 It gives them an advantage over smaller companies that must use a bank and put up with the middleman. Centrifuge is creating a market that's open to anyone, with no middle man to put you at a disadvantage.聽 They鈥檙e trying to open up DeFi to easy users, which has become a several trillion dollar market.聽 Lucas says most people don鈥檛 own crypto yet, and they have houses, cars, and student debt. What if they could collateralize their assets, providing liquidity? It would restructure how finance works.

Lucas says they launched their live version on centrifuge.io in November and grew to ten million in assets.聽 As of yesterday, Maker has onboarded the first of these pools as collateral. Investors can now deposit some directly into Maker and get a loan. Centrifuge should be able to start onboarding in the real world soon. If you're interested in learning more, visit centrifuge.io.

That鈥檚 all for this month! We have a great lineup of guests for July, so stay tuned, and thanks for all your support.

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