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The AWS Of Crypto | Joe Lallouz

On today's episode of Empire, Joe Lallouz, Head of Coinbase Cloud, joins Jason and Santiago to discuss how Coinbase Cloud is building the AWS of crypto.

Coinbase Cloud is building blockchain infrastructure and APIs that abstract the complexities of staking, data access, deployment and more. Joe explains the challenges of building in crypto, how Coinbase Cloud is taking on this challenge, and why developer tooling is critical for rapid innovation.

We then discuss the importance of crypto's low switching costs, proof-of-stake systems, Lido's staking dominance, and Coinbase's approach to MEV. Blockchain infrastructure isn't the hot topic on Crypto Twitter, but it's the base layer of the entire ecosystem and will soon be a primary talking point. Don't miss this fantastic conversation to stay ahead of the blockchain infrastructure narrative!

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(00:00) Introduction

(01:27) The AWS of Crypto

(10:57) The Multichain Thesis

(16:24) Bundling and Unbundling in Web3

(21:56) The Magic of Low Switching Costs

(28:11) Move Fast and Don't Break Things

(33:48) Building The Secure Foundation

(35:19) Is Coinbase a Bridge?

(37:27) Paraswap Ad

(38:35) Is Lido a Threat to ETH?

(45:40) A Coinbase ETH Staking Derivative

(48:16) How Coinbase Approaches MEV

(51:43) MEV's Moral Hazard

(55:19) Blockchain On Demand

(59:38) Why ApeCoin Doesn't Need Its Own Chain

(1:03:11) Every Company Will Be a Crypto Company

(1:06:08) Segments Ripe For Innovation


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