Released December 14th, 2021
Doug Colkitt - The Evolution of Markets
Doug Colkitt is a high-frequency trader and builder of the decentralized exchange, CrocSwap. We cover the evolution of market infrastructure, the mechanics of Automated Market Makers (AMMs), and the new category of single contract DEXs that Doug is building.
Professional Investors
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Sam Bankman-Fried - Creating a Perfect Market
Sam Bankman-Fried is the founder and CEO of leading cryptocurrency exchange, FTX. We cover the building blocks of a perfect market, the key areas of inefficiency in today’s exchanges, and Sam’s north stars of product design and effective altruism.
Colossus
Justin Drake - Ethereum: Into the Ether
Justin is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation. We cover what differentiates Ethereum from Bitcoin, the increasing number of projects being built on the Ethereum platform, and what a shift from proof of work to proof of stake means for Ethereum.
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Hunter Horsley - Bitwise
Hunter Horsley is the co-founder of Bitwise. We cover his journey with the business, key lessons launching a business within the crypto space, and how Bitwise compares to traditional asset managers.
Podcast
Where do the Yields come from in Crypto?
This podcast breaks down the economics and sources of yield in DeFi, and provides an overview of the sustainability and risks involved.
Podcast
Exploiting Fat Finger Errors in Cryptopunks
An exploration of the opportunities, risks and innovations that cryptocurrency markets present for trading, market making and yield farming.
Podcast
Interview with former high-frequency trader, Dave Lauer
A conversation with former Citadel trader Dave Lauer about all aspects of high-frequency trading, including dark pools and microstructure.
Video
What is an Automated Market Maker? (Liquidity Pool Algorithm)
A basic introduction to how automated market makers and liquidity pools work, stepped through with real-world examples.
Article
On Path Independence
The original blog post from Vitalik Buterin outlining the problems with traditional market making models and his vision for improving them.
Article
A Legacy Guy Considers DeFi
A short summary of the history of Uniswap and how its automated market maker (AMM) model was developed.
Article
The Web 3 Playbook: Using Token Incentives to Bootstrap New Networks
Chris Dixon’s tweetstorm on the trade-off between financial utility and native app utility at different stages of bootstrapping networks.
Article
MEV: What is it?
A comprehensive tweetstorm outlining the concept of Miner Extractable Value (MEV) and its ramifications for the Ethereum ecosystem.
Investment Memo
Decentralized Finance (DeFi): A Primer for Professional Investors
Bitwise's excellent primer on the evolving landscape and opportunity set in DeFi.
Book
The Quants
Details the rise of quantitative investing strategies, culminating in the meltdown experienced during the "quant crisis" of 2007.
Book
Trading and Exchanges: Market Microstructure for Practitioners
The definitive resource on market microstructure, a must-read for anyone wanting to dive into the weeds of how exchanges work.