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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.

Aug 5, 2019

We speak with Stuart Popejoy co-founder from Kadena. This was a really great technical conversation around the hybrid public-private blockchain that Kadena is building with their Chainweb platform and LISP inspired smart contract language Pact. We cover how traditional finance firms incorporate new technologies into their workflow, real world use cases of Kadena, and what’s happening in the Enterprise. We also get into the technical details of Chainweb’s Proof-of-Work consensus system and the importance of writing safe code, which is an underpinning of the Pact language.


  • What Kadena is
  • His background, genesis story/interest in blockchain
  • Given his experience at JPM, how do large banks approach using new technologies
  • What is the vetting process at a bank like to incorporate a new tech
  • Real world use cases of Kadena
  • How he thinks about keeping things simple, designing a language for non-developers
  • High level overview of Kadena
  • All the key components of Kadena
  • TPS vs. predictable availability
  • Private vs. Public blockchain vs. Hybrid blockchains
  • What are the things that are being built in Enterprise
  • Your decentralized vision / pie in the sky type of thoughts around what things will look like
  • For developers who want to work with Kadena, what steps would your recommend they take


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