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In this podcast, hosts Vikram Ramakrishnan and Faizaan Shamsi, partners at the software consultancy QuantLayer, talk to investors and builders of the cryptocurrency arena. We discuss how industry participants think about crypto assets, how they uncover fraud in the market, and which technologies will turn the budding, nascent crypto space into the revolutionary powerhouse early market participants had hoped for.

Jul 16, 2018

It’s been an action packed week of investor heavy news. Vikram and Faizaan discuss Polychain Capital’s one billion dollar SEC filing, and how you need one million dollars to invest in them. They also look at Andreessen Horowitz’s 300 million dollar fund launch and how they are thinking about good crypto projects. They go over the shady techniques that hedge funds engage in in order to juice their returns and what a high watermark is. They also cover some alerts that QuantLayer’s platform picked up, and get into a really interesting discussion around 2nd layer solutions for Bitcoin and Ethereum.


  • Google Cloud migration to Digital Ocean
  • Their bad experience with Google Cloud
  • The reason they decided to move to Digital Ocean
  • Investor market news in crypto
  • Polychain Capital's one billion dollar SEC filing
  • Andreessen Horowitz launched their $300MM investment fund
  • An open letter from Chris Dixon
  • Spencer Bogart talking about bitcoin/crypto prices being depressed due to forced selling by hedge funds
  • What a high watermark is
  • Some alerts that QuanLayer's platform picked up
    -Crypto banned in India
    -Increase in exchanged hacks (over $700 million)
    -Bitcoin removes alert key
    -Catching telegram announcements for VeChain token swap support
    -The ‘official serious discussion’ that VeChain has
  • How ETH network has been taken up by 3 contracts
  • First layer scaling solutions: Sharding
  • Second layer scaling solutions: State Channel, Plasma, and Truebit
  • What Lightning Network is
  • Lightning network application