The End of Wrapped Tokens: THORChain's Native-Asset Edge | Chad Barraford

In today's episode we are joined by Chad Barraford, technical lead of THORChain, to chat about how the protocol works with layer-one assets, disrupting the traditional "island-like" view of blockchains as separate ecosystems. The protocol offers decentralized lending specifically for non-EVM chains like Bitcoin and Litecoin, aiming to always maintain liquidity. Key mechanisms are discussed to safeguard against vulnerabilities like price manipulation, ensuring that the protocol acts more like a 'bodyguard' to liquidity providers.

As always Sam and Dan are joined by 2 Blockworks Research analysts, Ren & Pibblez. The analysts explore the balancer exploit, Coinbase USDC deal, dYdX governance proposal, and Coinbase sharing revenue to Optimism.

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(00:00) Introduction

(01:41) Hot-Seat Cool Throne

(27:02) Interview Start: Chad

(27:21) Headline Thorchain Offering

(43:54) "Hexens Ad"

(44:58) Virtual Pool Depth

(53:01) USDC or USD De-peg Scenario

(1:018) Streaming Swaps Explained

(1:09:00) Savers Adoption

(1:13:49) Product Roadmap

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Lending on THORChain Explained


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