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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.

Sep 30, 2019

We chatted with Aaron Blankstein, Core Engineer from Blockstack. Blockstack is a decentralized computing network, which makes it simple for developers to build blockchain-based applications. We learn about Blockstack’s incentive system, and what will be changing from v1 to v2. We discuss a few use cases of Blockstack, like the Blockstack Naming Service, or BNS. We also go over Blockstack’s smart contract language Clarity, and the broad tooling that will exist for developers working on the platform. We finish up learning about Aaaron’s fascination with augmented Reality and adversarial machine learning.


  • Who Aaron is
  • How he describe Blockstack
  • Centralized versus decentralized application architecture
  • What is Blockstack's relationship with Bitcoin
  • How does consensus work in Blockstack
  • What is Blockstack naming system
  • On Clarity smart contracts language
  • Decentralized storage system called Gaia
  • On authentication and how it works
  • JavaScript tools
  • Radiks
  • Blockstack.js