Opinionated 4:3

Does the World Need a Web3 Phone? Featuring Anatoly Yakovenko

Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko breaks down the mission and tech behind the upcoming Solana mobile phone.

July 22, 2022

Crypto needs to optimize for mobile. Anatoly Yakovenko believes the way to accomplish this is not by developing better Web3 apps for mobile phones, but to rethink the mobile phone from the ground up with a complete operating system that optimizes crypto applications for mobile.

Yakovenko joins “Opinionated” with hosts Ben Schiller and Danny Nelson to discuss Solana Lab’s newest endeavor: building a mobile phone geared towards Web3 use cases. Yakovenko’s experience with mobile phone development dates back to his time at Qualcomm, where he worked on operating systems.

Solana’s mobile experiment might just determine whether the grand vision of crypto’s use in everyday life is attainable. But is a crypto-native phone something the world needs?

This show is produced and edited by Eleanor Pahl with additional production support and announcements by Michele Musso. Our theme song is by Elision.