Ending the Modular vs Monolithic Debate | Kyle Samani

We're joined by Kyle Samani, the co-founder of Multicoin Capital and one of crypto's most independent thinkers. In this episode, we cover why "monolithic L1s" is a misnomer, the value of global state, how a protocol establishes moats, why DePIN is finding product-market fit, how Kyle synthesizes new ideas and more!

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(00:00) Introduction

(00:34) The Modular vs Monolithic Debate

(07:43) Bootstrapping Communities

(09:17) A Case for Rollups and Appchains

(15:33) The Value of Composability and Globally Shared State

(23:22) Crypto’s Moats, Meat Space and the Saga Phone

(28:38) Don’t Sleep on DePIN

(45:11) Spatial Computing and New Form Factors

(53:42) Kyle’s Thinking Process

(57:49) Zero Knowledge Proof Use Cases

(01:04:21) How Kyle Cultivated His Communication Style

(01:06:03) Advice for Founders

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