How DeFi Could Disrupt Traditional Finance, Feat. Sergey Nazarov

"Imagine a world without counterparty risk..." - Chainlink's co-founder Sergey Nazarov shares why the move from brand-based contracts to math-based contracts is inevitable.

Jul 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 9:37 a.m. UTC

"Imagine a world without counterparty risk..." - Chainlink's co-founder shares why the move from brand-based contracts to math-based contracts is inevitable.

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This episode is sponsored by Bitstamp and Crypto.com.

Today on the Brief:

  • Big tech goes to Washington
  • The debate on the next COVID-19 relief act heats up
  • More on institutional investors’ move into gold 
Imagine a world without counterparty risk.

That was Chainlink co-founder Sergey Nazarov’s answer when asked to describe the true disruption of decentralized finance to a traditional finance audience. 

On this episode of The Breakdown, Sergey and NLW discuss:

  • Brand-based contracts vs. math-based contracts
  • The history of smart contracts
  • What it means to build an “abstraction layer” for “universally connected smart contracts”
  • Key moments in the history of smart contract infrastructure 
  • Where smart contracts and DeFi are in terms of analogies to the early internet 
  • Why Sergey believes traditional finance will inevitably shift to a math-based contract model 

Find our guest online:
Website: Chainlink
Twitter: @SergeyNazarov

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