ep. 116


$195M Stolen, Angel Investing, NFT Growth Hacking & Synapse Chain | Roundup

In this episode of Empire's Weekly Roundup, Jason and Santi discuss the current market, angel investing, and the week's biggest news.

Highlights include:

- Santi's learnings from angel investing

- Why this market is a great setup for investors

- Santi explains why he's over-indexed on ETH

- Over $195M stolen between the Slope and Nomad hack

- Details on the newly launched Synapse chain

- Should protocols vertically integrate or leverage composability

- Magic Eden vs OpenSea

- Coinbase & Blackrock partnership

- Tiffany launched a new IRL NFT project

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Referenced in the show:

Twitter accounts to follow





Raj tweet on the need for Solana Mobile


Blockworks Research report on Synapse


Empire episode on Layer Zero


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(00:00) Introduction

(02:31) Market Update & Why Santi Is "Feeling Hot"

(05:45) Santi's Angel Investment Strategy 

(17:03) Why Santi Is Over Indexed on ETH

(25:53) Solana (aka Slope) Hack

(35:31) Core Ad

(37:00) Nomad Hacked for $190M 

(40:18) NFTs, the Building Blocks of a Web3 CRM

(46:16) Synapse Launches Their Own Chain

(54:04) Protocol Vertical Integration vs Compatibility

(59:50) Magic Eden & Marketplace Businesses

(1:03:18) Michael Saylor, Coinbase/Blackrock Partnership and Other Headlines

(1:05:43) Coinbase Finds Momentum 

(01:12:38) Tiffany Is Launching 250 Punk Pendants 


Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

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