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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.

Oct 7, 2019

On this episode, I speak to Zaki Manian from Tendermint. We get deep into the weeds of interoperability, his notions of interop between fast chains and fast and slow chains. We discuss the IBC protocol, which is a spec for adapters between different chains along with all the complexities when dealing with cross-chain communications. Moreover, we examine design and development principles when building product in this space, and the differences when building traditional software product. Zaki goes over some exciting projects that are building on Cosmos as well.


  • Who Zaki is
  • Talking about interoperability
  • Two classes of blockchains
  • What is Cosmos trying to do
  • Main issues when getting different chains to talk to one another
  • Main design principles when setting out to design the Cosmos network
  • Interesting projects he see people building with Cosmos
  • Talking about consensus system and incentive system
  • Minimal Viable Ecosystem Acceleration talk


Cosmos Network -
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Minimal Viable Ecosystem Acceleration talk at MIT -
Cosmos SDK Tutorial -
Cosmos Game of Stakes -