In this episode of Empire, Arthur_0x, the founder of Defiance Capital, joins us to discuss the fallout from FTX's collapse. Arthur is a DeFi OG with a unique perspective on market dynamics and ecosystem-wide liquidations. His fund was directly impacted by the 3AC meltdown, giving Arthur a front-row seat to the complexities of liquidations and contagion.
We discuss Alameda's outsized contagion risk, why this might be the most complex liquidation in history, the damage to the Solana ecosystem, private vs public markets and more!
(01:02) The Unintended Consequences Of Authority
(05:37) Due Diligence In A Bull Market
(08:18) What Was Great About FTX?
(10:40) FTX Contagion Explained
(18:05) Did You See Red Flags?
(23:45) Did Sam Always Have Bad Intentions?
(28:04) Why Did CZ Wait Until Now?
(30:47) Circle Ad
(32:48) Damage To The Solana Ecosystem
(39:48) The Most Complex Liquidation Process In History
(44:38) Tokens vs Equity, Private vs Public Markets
(53:30) Arthur’s Biggest Takeaway
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