ep. 11


The Value of Modular Blockchains | Nick White, Neel Somani

Nick White (COO of Celestia) and Neel Somani (founder of Eclipse) join us to debate the tradeoffs of modular vs integrated blockchains. We cover the modular thesis, how Eclipse is bringing the SVM to Ethereum, the hidden costs of modularity, centralized sequencers and L2s, where value will accrue in a modular paradigm and more!

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(00:00) Introduction

(01:17) What are Modular Blockchains?

(05:02) Data Availability Explained

(08:43) Light Clients and End User Verification

(19:13) Eclipse: the SVM Rollup Provider

(20:18) Why do Rollups Need Settlement?

(25:54) Jito Mid Roll

(26:58) Permissionless Plug

(27:58) Should Celestia Enshrine a Settlement Layer?

(31:02) L2 Training Wheels

(35:21) Kyle Samani’s "The Hidden Costs of Modular Systems"

(42:30) Appchains vs Rollups

(46:11) How Eclipse is Bringing the SVM to Ethereum

(47:26) Are Centralized Sequencers Okay?

(52:56) Will Crypto Apps Have a Power Law Outcome?

(57:31) Network Effects and Value Accrual

(01:07:43) Where Will Enterprises Launch Applications?

(01:11:36) Rapid Fire

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