This episode is sponsored by Nexo.io and Quantstamp.

Joining “Money Reimagined” hosts Michael Casey and Sheila Warren is Gavin Wood, co-founder of Ethereum and founder of Parity Technologies, which produces Polkadot. More recently, Wood founded the Web3 Foundation, an organization aiming to fund development teams building the decentralized internet.

First, Wood walks through the founding ideals of Polkadot, including its focus on decentralization, interoperability and efficiency. He next explains the technologies Polkadot introduced to meet the ideals and help accelerate experimentations into the future Web 3.

Wood views the transition from Web 2 to Web 3 not as an optional step, but a necessary one, adding, “We cannot afford to base our infrastructure on fundamentally flawed centralized technologies.” The current internet’s flaws in centralization and privacy concerns will be challenging to overcome in the next iteration of internet technologies, but Wood is optimistic that with the right incentives, these new solutions will be created that align with the needs of users.

How long until this vision of a better web is actualized?

This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with announcements by Adam B. Levine and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Our theme song is “Shepard.”