ep. 152


Can Solana Move Past SBF? | Anatoly Yakovenko, Ben Sparango

In this episode of Empire, Anatoly Yakovenko and Ben Sparango join us to discuss Solana's future in the aftermath of FTX. SBF and FTX were core investors and contributors to the Solana ecosystem. How did Solana get so intertwined with FTX? How bad was Solana damaged as a result? How will Solana recover? These are just a few of the questions we explore.

We then dive into Solana's roadmap and discuss Solana's new local fee market, network outages, decentralization worries, monolithic chains vs rollups, the Solana mobile stack and more. This is the go-to podcast for all Solana fans and skeptics!

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(00:00) Introduction

(01:18) How Did Solana Get So Intertwined With FTX?

(11:20) How Important Was SBF To Solana’s Growth?

(17:36) Fallout From Reliance On FTX

(20:05) Did You See This Coming?

(25:07) What Exchanges Got Wrong & Alameda’s 10% SOL Stake

(29:58) FTX Impact On Solana Apps & Developers

(33:30) Where Does Solana Go From Here?

(42:13) Solana’s Fee Markets & Decentralization Questions

(46:16) Solving Solana’s Network Outages

(57:38) Monolithic Blockchains, Layer 2s & New Learnings

(1:07:10) Economic Sustainability

(1:10:30) Avalanche vs Cosmos, Who’s Solana's Main Competitor?

(1:14:59) The Importance Of Business Development

(1:19:18) Google Partnership & The Solana Phone

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Break Solana website


Chris Burniske's thread on Solana


Anatoly and Dankrad debate


Solana events webpage


Solana Twitter account


The Solana Podcast


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