Polkadot – Building an unstoppable blockchain ecosystem | Fundamentals ep.55

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In this episode of the Fundamentals podcast, we’re joined by Shawn Tabrizi, Lead Developer at Polkadot. Polkadot is the first fully-sharded blockchain, i.e. it is a multi-chain environment. Polkadot enables scalability by allowing specialized blockchains to communicate with each other in a secure, trust-free environment.

In our interview with Shawn, we discuss Polkadot’s core value proposition, the main optimizations they have focused on, the concepts of shared security, interoperability, and unstoppability, Polkadot’s economic model, how to value the utility of a blockchain network’s native token, current growth drivers and challenges, plans for the future, and more!

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Listen to the episode:

00:00 Introduction
00:59 Polkadot’s core value proposition
The optimizations Polkadot has focused on
04:25 The problem that Polkadot solves for blockchain developers
The bet against blockchain maximalism
Building an unstoppable blockchain ecosystem
What is best suited to be built on Polkadot
20:02 The current Parachain landscape
The Substrate blockchain development framework
Polkadot's core contributors
Polkadot's economic model
What role do fees and revenue play in a blockchain's value accrual
What are the best metrics to measure/value a blockchain?
Quantifying the utility of a blockchain's native token
38:27 Current challenges
Growth drivers
43:16 What's next for Polkadot?

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