ep. 136


Market Vibez, Solana’s Mango Exploit & ZK Scaling Season | Roundup

In this episode of Empire's Weekly Roundup, Jason and Santi share their thoughts on the state of the market, the endless hacks in crypto and a few of the latest innovations.

Santi gives his unique private-market insights, Jason gives a behind-the-scenes look at Blockworks, and the duo discuss the biggest story of the week: the Binance and Mango Markets Exploit. We then discuss the 3 big ZK-rollup announcements (scaling season?), Arbitrum's acquisition, and more!

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(00:00) Introduction

(02:16) What's Changed At Blockworks During The Bear?

(06:53) State of Venture, Macro And Crypto Markets

(21:39) Does Everything Need A Token?

(26:14) Hacks, Exploits And More Hacks (Binance, Mango)

(39:43) Yuga Labs & Regulation By Enforcement

(48:08) ZK Tech Is Here

(51:56) Arbitrum Acquires Prysmatic Labs

(55:36) Coinbase News, Stephane Resigns, PayPal & More

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Referenced in the show:

Cosmos podcast


GCR's "inside job" tweet


Rebecca & Jake regulation podcast


Scroll's zkEVM podcast


Polygon deep dive by Blockworks Research


Starkware podcast


Influence Empire (book)


David Marcus tweet criticizing PayPal



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