When it comes to blockchain, the thing people talk about most — the price — is actually the least interesting part. Crypto conversations are too often about who’s up and who’s down, what to buy and what to sell, and today’s drama on Twitter. Most conversations about crypto miss how it’s going to change ... everything. On VALIDATED, we’ll be talking to the people who are rethinking the internet — and our world. No hype cycles. No financial advice. Just conversations on the biggest ideas shaping the future of the internet. Web3 is complicated, but never boring.


March 14, 2023 48 min

Crypto venture investing has plummeted from all time highs, but maybe perceiving this as a "crypto" problem is the wrong way of looking at it. Through the lens of seasoned investors, Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal (Acquired) help us make sense of the present moment of crypto venture and the future conditions under which investing in crypto will become attractive again. 


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Running a blockchain network requires sophisticated hardware and software working together. The term "blockchain infrastructure" refers to any component of this system that actually facilitates the existence of a blockchain. In this episode, we talk with Aaron Henshaw, co-founder of Bison Trails, a pioneering blockchain infrastructure platform that was later acquired by Coinbase. Aaron shares his perspective on building infrastruct...

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In 2019, Li Jin was a tech VC and evangelist for specialized Web 2 platforms and marketplaces. Now, she's all in on web3. From Li's point of view, many of the "passion economy" businesses that were hard to scale in Web 2 are actually more viable in web3. Her current thesis is that ownership - not just revenue - is the next big opportunity in tech, and the best way to facilitate that is on web3.

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Zero-knowledge proofs are one of the most compelling and counterintuitive technologies in crypto today. How can you prove something with zero knowledge of the thing you're proving? This episode examines the current and future use cases of zero-knowledge systems while having an honest dialogue about both their challenges and promise. 

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February 14, 2023 41 min

Black Dave is a multi-disciplinary artist best known for his music NFTs. Unlike many artists who migrate to web3 from Web 2, web3 is where Black Dave got his start. Dave's web3 origin story is not only unique, but also a crucial part of his success. Dave shares his thoughts on digital culture, community building, the intersection of web3 with the mainstream music industry, and more.

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A century ago, infrastructure was synonymous with big things, like bridges, roads, and electrification projects financed by nation states or the world’s largest corporations. But today, the nature of infrastructure is changing. Thanks in large part to the introduction of tokens, infrastructure can now be decentralized, deployed by individuals to solve real-world problems. This is exactly what Decentralized Physical Infrastructure N...

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Permanent information storage is not just a means of preserving data, but a way to resist the grip of authoritarian regimes. According to Sam Williams, co-founder of Arweave, immutable storage systems are a revolutionary movement that will make a more objective truth accessible forever. 

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Being a crypto journalist - a good crypto journalist - is hard work. When it comes to reporting, no other sector requires the same level of technical proficiency, an understanding of financial markets, and a primer in digital anthropology. In this conversation, Austin and Danny navigate a lot of complicated topics including conflicts of interest within crypto native media, reporting in an industry where everyone has a hidden object...

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Ryan Selkis, founder of Messari, has been a crypto investor, writer, and advocate since 2013. As someone who has witnessed multiple market cycles firsthand, Ryan is as optimistic as ever about the future of blockchain. Throughout this episode, Austin and Ryan find paradoxical silver linings in the tumult of 2022. Looking forward, they discuss how DC's views of crypto are changing, exciting new sectors within crypto like DeSoc and D...

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January 10, 2023 1 min
Introducing Validated, a new podcast where host Austin Federa talks to people who are rethinking the internet — and our world. No hype cycles. No financial advice. Just conversations on the biggest ideas shaping the future of the internet.
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November 29, 2022 39 min

0:00 - Intro

1:19 - Web3 School in Sierra Leone

10:53 - An Artist and Monke Go to Washington

25:25 - How Compression Will Decimate Network Costs on Solana 

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November 22, 2022 19 min

0:00 - Intro

1:17 - Introduction to panelists

1:54 - How Solana’s infrastructure allows for scalability

4:45 - What creators are looking for in NFT platforms 

5:53 - and the future of video NFTs

7:25 - Overview of participants in the NFT space

8:30 - What does future growth of the NFT market look like?

10:12 - The impact of tech behemoths on the NFT space

15:31 - Solana’s low network costs

16:40 - Panelists’ favorite NFT projects 


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0:00 Intro

0:50 Intro to panelists and overview of the browser wars 

2:25 How do lessons from the browser wars apply to the wallet market? 

3:12 Differences between browsers and wallets 

6:00 The roles of wallets in the crypto ecosystem 

10:50 Will there be one wallet to rule them all? 

16:04 How the dominant mobile platforms will impact wallets

18:55 Lessons from Web 2 applicable to Web3 projects

25:25 What the future of wallets looks lik...

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October 25, 2022 33 min

0:00 Overview of ReFi

3:13 Intro to Emma, Ethan, and Shine Capital

4:37 Why Shine sees ReFi as a sound business investment 

7:10 Overview of how traditional carbon markets work

8:03 Breakdown of pricing in current carbon markets 

12:09 Shine’s thesis on how increased demand will impact carbon credit prices

12:51 Where increased demand will come from

13:53 More on how increased demand will impact carbon credit prices

15:13 More on Shine’s c...

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0:00 Overview of Carbon Markets and Crypto

2:45 Intro to Brendan and Patch

4:02 Intro to Matthew and Cerulean

6:05 What is a carbon credit?

7:25 Who are carbon credits for?

9:00 Voluntary/compliance market recap

10:40 Innovation in the voluntary carbon market

12:00 Why are carbon credits so hard to acquire?

13:34 Inefficiencies in the current OTC markets

14:17 Examples of carbon credit projects

15:15 Why do carbon credit prices vary so widel...

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September 27, 2022 32 min

0:09 - Episode overview

2:17 - Rolf Skar introduction and Greenpeace’s mission

4:39 - Daniel Hwang introduction

6:54 - Greenpeace’s history with energy-intensive crypto

8:24 - The Change the Code Coalition

12:32 - Why changing Bitcoin’s code might be feasible 

15:49 - What changing the code would entail

19:27 - What self-interested incentives are needed in order to change the code  

24:49 - How institutions with climate commitments address...

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Amir Haleem (CEO, Nova Labs & Founder, Helium) talks with Austin about the Helium story and the current proposal to move Helium to the Solana blockchain.

0:00 - Introduction

1:05 - Origins of the Helium network

5:24 - Early challenges for Helium

7:19 - Helium’s unique growth and economic models compared to other blockchains

11:35 - The geo-specificity of Helium’s rewards

14:18 - Why Helium started on its own L1 

16:55 - Current disadvanta...

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Anatoly welcomes Jason Keats (Founder & Chief Hooligan, OSOM) to the podcast to talk about his epic career building hardware, the Solana Saga phone and all things mobile and web3. Pre-order the Saga now at


00:09 - Intro

00:25 - Background

03:27 - Working at Apple

08:07 - The Gem Phone

10:15 - Privacy at Essential

12:24 - Building for Mobile

15:52 - Hardware he wants to build

17:07 - Crypto x Cars

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Sid Powell is the CEO & Co-Founder of Maple Finance. Maple is transforming capital markets through technology and count traditional finance and crypto-native firms as customers. Joe McCann guest hosts.

00:35 -  What is Maple?                    

01:32 - How does Maple determine Credit worthiness?

02:55 - Expanding the addressable market  

04:35 - Who uses Maple and how they get started

08:18 - Defaulting and the recapture of collateral


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June 14, 2022 37 min

Noah Prince (Co-Founder/ CEO, Strata Protocol) and Austin Adams (Lead Protocol Dev, Metaplex Studios) sit down with Austin Federa to discuss the integration of Strata's Dynamic Pricing Mint tool into the Metaplex Program Library.

00:51 - What is Strata?

02:12 - Challenges when launching a token

04:43 - Why is Strata more successful than competitors?

06:15 - Fundraise and the changing use cases of tokens on Solana

08:47 - Changing mental...

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