ep. 26


The dYdX Appchain Vision: One of Crypto's Boldest Bets | Antonio Juliano

Antonio Juliano, the founder of dYdX, joins us to discuss why dYdX is launching an appchain. dYdX has over $1T in exchange volume, 50%+ market share of onchain perps market, and is one of the few crypto products that's found a semblance of product-market fit. Despite this, dYdX is moving from Starkware (an Ethereum L2) to a Cosmos-based appchain, officially launching this month! In this episode, we cover why dYdX is launching an appchain, finding product-market fit, decentralization vs immutability, branding and distribution, why Antonio is now against horizontal integration and more!

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(00:00) introduction

(00:57) dYdX: Crypto’s Leading Perpetuals Exchange

(04:50) Why dYdX is Launching an Appchain

(17:07) Choosing the Right Tech Stack

(20:59) The L2 Landscape

(24:52) Jito Midroll

(25:57) Does Cosmos Have to Succeed for dYdX to Succeed?

(28:51) Decentralization and Immutability

(33:24) Why Should People Care About DeFi?

(39:10) The User-Generated Value Thesis

(43:55) What Antonio Has Learned as a Crypto Founder

(49:29) Committees Can't Make Big Bold Decisions

(55:30) Discovery and Branding

(57:09) Horizontal vs Vertical Integration

(01:01:13) Rapid Fire

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