On today’s episode of “Empire,” Jason Yanowitz and Santiago Roel Santos are joined by Illia Polosukhin, co-founder of NEAR, one of the fastest-growing layer-1 blockchains that focuses on the user and developer experience. Illia believes NEAR’s culture, simplicity and dynamic scalability will onboard the next billion users to crypto.

Don’t miss this discussion on NEAR’s roadmap and the layer-1 landscape. This podcast was recorded the day before NEAR announced its latest $350 million raise led by Tiger Capital, just three months after Three Arrows Capital led a $150 million raise for the blockchain.

Plus, hear more on:

  • scalability solutions
  • crypto aid
  • sharding
  • multichain and bridges
  • and so much more!

Check out what they had to say in the video below.👇

About the show

“Empire” is a twice-a-week show. On Thursdays, Jason interviews crypto industry movers and shakers to talk about their struggles, bold moves and tough decisions. Friday’s weekly roundup episodes feature co-host Santiago Roel Santos and cover the top news from the past week.

For any NPR or Guy Raz fans out there, you can think of “Empire” as a “How I Built This” for the bitcoin and crypto industry.

Subscribe to “Empire” today on Apple or Spotify. Watch episodes on YouTube.


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    Brianna Beckford is a Florida-based editor mainly focused on digital assets and the crossroads between the virtual and physical. As a University of Florida grad in Art + Technology, she’s dabbled in writing and reporting with a focus on the growth of hypermediacy in the present day. She focuses on video and podcasting for Blockworks.