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Frens Validator is a key contributor to the Cosmos ecosystem. Besides securing multiple blockchains, we educate our listeners by publishing thought pieces, insightful interviews, and project deep dives. The Frens Validator podcast show is the hub that brings together crypto pioneers, exciting projects, and a thriving community. Tune in with host Juri Maibaum to explore the multichain future and how to make it in Web 3.0.
 
Welcome to ‘Energy Unplugged by Aurora’, a mix of in-depth conversations with key international industry leaders, policymakers and academics, exploring the hottest topics across the energy market. Hosted by various Aurora experts, we invite high profile guests to share their unique perspectives on major energy issues. Our intention is to share with you a new episode every week, so stay tuned and enjoy the podcast!
 
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MEV is a hot topic in the interchain right now. There are many different views on this topic (i.e., are there good and bad MEV?). But what is MEV, after all? How can we profit from MEV, and could cross-chain MEV end the bear market? This is what we will discuss with the cross-chain MEV protocol Skip protocol. Enjoy! - - - - FOLLOW FRENS VALIDATOR: …
 
DYDX made the first move, and now many other Ethereum dApps may take the same step: launching their own customized Cosmos chains! But why is launching a chain so attractive for DeFi dApps? And will eventually, every DeFi protocol become its own Cosmos chain? This is what we will discuss today with Brent Xu (Umee), Eric Chen (Injective), and Hyung Y…
 
Will Cosmos become THE ecosystem for MEV? MEV is a hot topic right now and one of the fast-growing + most profitable sectors in crypto. The Cosmos architecture could allow setting up a wild MEV playground in the crypto industry. But what is MEV all about? Why are people talking about good & bad MEV? And what are the different approaches to maximize…
 
Former Terra dApps are now becoming Cosmos chains. The most recent examples are Kujira & Mars Protocol. Today, we will talk about both projects and elaborate on the upsides and challenges in order to become a customized Cosmos-SDK-based blockchain and what it means for the interchain! Enjoy! - - - - FOLLOW FRENS VALIDATOR: https://twitter.com/frens…
 
This week on Energy Unplugged, Hugo Batten and Oliver Kerr are joined by Jacob Mays, Assistant Professor at Cornell University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.Prior to this role, Jacob studied at Harvard, Winconsin-Madison, and Northwestern. He’s been a management consultant, worked at FERC, and writes energy papers across a diverse…
 
This week on Energy Unplugged, our MD for Australia and California Hugo Batten is joined by Founder and CEO of Edify Energy, John Cole.Edify has originated, financed and delivered 950 MW of utility scale solar PV and battery storage projects, with a strong pipeline of renewable, storage and green hydrogen projects to follow. John was recently inclu…
 
This episode is first in a series on global project finance, organized in partnership with SMBC Group. With a number of 4 episodes covering Europe, Australia, Asia and the US, this series is hosted by Aurora, with guests from SMBC Group, various law firms and Aurora.In this episode, we have Ana Barillas, our Head of Iberia talking to Caroline Lytto…
 
What will the future of the Cosmos Hub look like? How will we strengthen the tokenomics of $ATOM in the future? And what is governance proposal #72 all about? This is what we have discussed with Marko Baricevic from the Interchain GmbH, Jehan Tremback, and Felix Lutsch & Xavier Meegan from Chorus One. - - - - FOLLOW CHORUS: https://chorus.one/ FOLL…
 
Governance Proposal #72 is live on the hub! It aims to launch a DeFi hub that will leverage Interchain Security. Therefore, DeFi projects shall be incentivized to launch on the new hub. The idea is also to strengthen the tokenomics of $ATOM. However, many Cosmonauts are against this proposal. Few validators even voted "No with Veto" on governance p…
 
This is a replay of an older episode with Nora Mead Brownell, Former Commissioner FERC, Former Chair PG&E and Founding Partner of ESPY Energy Solutions. Nora will be one of the keynote speakers at the Aurora Spring Forum 2022 on 14 July.If you want to hear more from Nora and many other industry leaders, join our Spring Forum 2022 on 14 July in Oxfo…
 
Onur Akpolat from the Interchain GmbH is our very first guest for the brand-new format "Tales of Cosmonauts". In this format, we talk about the life of well-known Cosmonauts. E.g., what brought them into crypto, what would be their advice for future crypto founders, and much more. Onur has gone a long way in this industry so far. Today he is workin…
 
This is a replay of an older episode with Greg Jackson, Founder and CEO of Octopus Energy. Greg will be one of the keynote speakers at the Aurora Spring Forum 2022 on 14 July. If you want to hear more from Greg and many other industry leaders, join our Spring Forum 2022 on 14 July in Oxford, UK. The topic is: Delivering the energy transition in a f…
 
Should we ban validator-specific airdrops on Evmos? The critique by people like Jacob Gadikian is that these initiatives would lead to centralization. But is this true? And can we implement guidelines to tackle centralization? This is what we will discuss today! - - - - FOLLOW FRENS VALIDATOR: https://twitter.com/frensvalidator STAKE WITH FRENS VAL…
 
In this episode, our CEO John Feddersen is joined by Mark Collette, Managing Director of EnergyAustralia and Hugo Batten, Managing Director in Australia and California at Aurora.EnergyAustralia is one of Australia’s major vertical integrated energy gentailers. Mark has been with EnergyAustralia since 2003 and commenced as Managing Director in July …
 
What will be the next dominant stablecoin in Cosmos & the interchain after the Terra/ $UST drama? There are some upcoming candidates like $IST from Agoric or $CMST from Comdex - but also existing solutions like the e-Money stablecoins such as $EEURO or $ECHF. So, which of them will take the lead? And besides, how will these stablecoins work and peg…
 
This week is a very special one for Energy Unplugged as we celebrate 100 episodes and 2 years since we launched the podcast. In this 100 episode, our Head of Commissioned Projects in Central Europe, Hanns Koenig is joined by Antje Kanngiesser, CEO of Alpiq. Alpiq is a leading Swiss energy services provider and electricity producer in Europe. Antje’…
 
What is Celestia? Celestia is a crypto project from the Cosmos ecosystem that is about to launch. More precisely, Celestia is a modular blockchain that allows developers to deploy their own customized blockchain. But why is this so exciting? And why do people claim that Celestia just solved the blockchain trilemma? This is what host Juri Maibaum ex…
 
The Terra drama affected the whole crypto industry but especially Cosmos. $UST and $LUNA were omnipresent in the interchain. That said, many investors got rekt. But also the macroeconomic situation is difficult! So, what is to expect in the interchain in the next couple of months? This is what Juri Maibaum discussed with Cryptocito, Danku, and Liam…
 
In this episode, our CEO, John Feddersen is joined by Paul Ezekiel, Founder, Chair and Chief Investment Officer of Amp Energy. Amp is primarily a renewable energy developer and operator with a focus across solar, wind and storage and with over 7GW of assets built or contracted since 2009. Amp is also a technology company and the Amp X platform cont…
 
What is e-Money? e-Money is a Cosmos zone that issues many fully-backed stablecoins such as EEURO, ECHF, and many more. Today, we talked to Henrik Sørensen, Founder of e-Money. We discussed the Terra drama, the future of e-Money in the interchain, and so much more! e-Money: https://e-money.com/ FRENS VALIDATOR: https://frens.army/ 📲 FOLLOW US TWITT…
 
What is Penumbra? Penumbra is a Privacy blockchain that aims to make the usage of DeFi more private. Today we talk to Henry de Valence. He is the Co-Founder of Penumbra. We discussed how the project differs from Secret Network, why privacy in DeFi is important, and so much more! PENUMBRA: https://penumbra.zone/ FRENS VALIDATOR: https://frens.army/ …
 
In this episode, our Research Director, Richard Howard is joined by Alice Delahunty, President of Electricity Transmission at National Grid. Alice is the first President of National Grid’s Electricity Transmission business, where she is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the electricity transmission network for England and Wales. P…
 
What is Asset Mantle? Asset Mantle is an NFT marketplace from the Persistence ecosystem. It provides security advantages other NFT marketplaces can not provide. But why is this so? And will the project be able to develop its own NFT culture? This is what we will discuss today! ASSET MANTLE: https://assetmantle.one/ FRENS VALIDATOR 💻 WEBSITE: https:…
 
In this episode, our Thekla von Bülow, Principal for Commissioned Projects at Aurora is joined by Flemming Sørensen, Vice President for Europe at LevelTen Energy, in a discussion about long-term green power purchase agreements (PPAs). LevelTen Energy is the leading provider of renewable transaction infrastructure, delivering the cloud-based softwar…
 
Terra is in big problems right now: the $UST price depegged from the $USD price. And also $LUNA is dumping like crazy! But what does the emergency plan by Terra look like? How will this affect Cosmos? And will we now enter a bear market? This is what we will discuss with Cryptocito in today’s episode! Cryptocito Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch…
 
This week on Energy Unplugged, our Managing Director in Australia and California, Hugo Batten is joined by Brad Hopkins, General Manager of Commercial and Financial Markets at AEMO Services. With a variety of roles in the energy transition, most recently as a partner at KPMG and also at Macquarie, Brad is leading a lot of the work on the New South …
 
What is Secret Network? Secret Network is a Cosmos blockchain that enables privacy by default for its dApps. But what does this mean? How can Secret Network ensure privacy for its users? What is the $SCRT token all about? And why are celebrities like Quentin Tarantino using Secret NFTs? This is what Juri Maibaum discussed with Secret Labs CEO Guy Z…
 
In this episode, our CEO, John Feddersen is joined by As Tempelman, the CEO of Eneco and Jesse Hettema, our Research Lead for Dutch & Belgium power markets. Eneco is an electric utility in The Netherlands which specialises in retail, district heating, renewables and thermal generation. Eneco has committed to full climate neutrality by 2035 for all …
 
What is Archway? Archway is a Cosmos-based smart contract platform. The blockchain is about to launch! The exciting aspect of Archway is that not only stakers will earn the network rewards but also the dApps themselves! This is why Archway is one of the most anticipated projects in the interchain right now! In today's episode, we talk to Griffin An…
 
In this episode, our CEO, John Feddersen speaks to Sam Stranks, Leader of StranksLab at Cambridge University’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology. Sam is at the forefront of research into the next generation of solar technology and his research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including hal…
 
#diffusion #airdrop #evmos #diff The first Evmos airdrop got confirmed! Diffusion, the first AMM on Evmos, will hand out an airdrop to active users and community members. In today’s episode, we will clarify what you have to do to be eligible for the $DIFF airdrop. DIFFUSION 💻 WEBSITE: https://diffusion.fi/ 📲 FOLLOW ON TWITTER: https://twitter.com/d…
 
What is pStake? pStake is a liquid staking protocol in the Cosmos ecosystem. The project emerged out of Persistence and gained a lot of attention due to its airdrop. But what are the differences to other liquid staking protocols such as Quicksilver? And how did the project bring bATOM to Terra? This is what we will discuss in today's episode! PSTAK…
 
This week on Energy Unplugged, our Managing Director in Australia and California, Hugo Batten speaks to Guillermo Bautista Alderete, Director of Market Analysis and Forecasting at California’s system operator (CAISO). Hugo and Guillermo are also joined by Rowan von Spreckelsen, Aurora’s Head of Research in Australia and California. Guillermo has ha…
 
What is Crescent? Crescent unlocks the full potential of the GravityDEX and is about to become the DeFi hub of Cosmos! Besides, the project just announced its $CRE airdrop! But what is the $CRE token all about and how can I be eligible? This is what we will discuss in today's episode! CHECK OUT CRESCENT Medium Blog Post: https://crescentnetwork.med…
 
This week on Energy Unplugged, we discuss energy security and the current energy crisis at just few hours since the UK Government has published its much anticipated energy security strategy. Our Managing Director for UK and Ireland, Dan Monzani, is delighted to welcome to the podcast the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Str…
 
What is interchain security? Interchain security is one of the most exciting developments in the Cosmos ecosystem as it will strengthen the tokenomics of $ATOM. But how does it work? And what is the Club Cosmos all about? This is what Juri Maibaum discusses with Billy Rennekamp in today's episode. FOLLOW BILLY & INTERCHAIN FOUNDATION 💻 WEBSITE: htt…
 
This week on the podcast, our USA Country Lead, Oliver Kerr is joined by Jon Wellinghoff, Former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and current Chief Regulatory Officer at Voltus, the world’s leading platform for Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). With a distinguished career in the US energy sector, Jon was the longest se…
 
What is Regen Network? Regen Network is a Cosmos chain that focuses on ecological assets. And Wallstreet is about to ape into these ecological assets. But why is this so? And what role does Regen Network play in the interchain? This is what we will discuss with Gregory Landua (Regen Network CEO) in today's episode! REGEN NETWORK 💻 WEBSITE: https://…
 
In this episode, we are honoured to welcome the 29th Prime Minister of Australia - Malcolm Turnbull, in a conversation with our CEO, John Feddersen. Malcolm was the Prime Minister of Australia between 2015-2018, role in which he focussed heavily on decarbonisation. He announced and drove forward the Snowy Hydro 2.0 pumped hydro project, the largest…
 
In this episode, our CEO John Feddersen is joined by a veteran of the renewable energy industry - David Giordano, Global Head of Renewable Power at BlackRock. David has joined the BlackRock team upon its formation in 2011 and has played a key role in the development of BlackRock’s renewables platform. With more than 20 years of investment experienc…
 
Quicksilver is a liquid staking protocol in the Cosmos ecosystem. They recently announced their airdrop that will never end: literally! In today's episode, Juri Maibaum welcomes Joe and Vish from Quicksilver to the show. They talked about their airdrop, liquid staking, the impacts on governance, and so much more! And besides, we also cover the outc…
 
What is the JUNO governance proposal #16 all about? And why will it be a pathbreaking proposal: not only for JUNO or the Cosmos community but for the history of the crypto industry. JUNO proposal #16 is about seizing the funds of a whale address. Is this unethical? In today's episode, we will talk about the pros and cons of the proposal. FRENS VALI…
 
Today, I talk to Halsey Minor from Vivid Labs. Halsey Minor is an internet media pioneer, who is known for starting CNET in 1993. He is also known in crypto for starting the company Uphold, which most of you might be familiar with. His latest project is all about NFTs, specifically NFTs as a service. Vivid Labs turns NFTs into programmable multi-me…
 
What is Gitcoin? Gitcoin is a company that builds the Web3 space. Vitalik Buterin called Gitcoin a key pillar of Ethereum. But what will the future look like? And how will Gitcoin interact with Cosmos in the future? This is what Juri Maibaum discusses with Gitcoin founder Kevin Owocki in today's episode! CHECK OUT GITCOIN 💻 WEBSITE: https://gitcoin…
 
This week on Energy Unplugged, we discuss the role Long Duration Electricity Storage (LDES) could play in ensuring energy security in GB. Our Head of Commissioned Projects for Western Europe - Felix Chow-Kambitsch is joined by two Aurora experts: Emma Woodward, Senior Associate and Caroline Still, Associate. Aurora has recently published a report o…
 
This week, we have a special episode on Energy Unplugged in which our experts discuss the ongoing crisis in the European energy sector and the impact of Russia-Ukraine war on the European gas markets. Our Head of Commissioned Projects in Central Europe, Hanns Koenig is joined by Anise Ganbold who leads our research team for Commodities and Hydrogen…
 
What is Portal VC? Portal VC is a VC firm that focuses on the crypto industry. In today's episode, Juri Maibaum sat down with Evan Fisher, founder of Portal VC. They talked about the regulatory framework in the US, stablecoins, institutional crypto mass adoption, and so much more! PORTAL VC 💻 WEBSITE: https://www.portal.vc/ 📲 FOLLOW ON TWITTER: htt…
 
In this episode, our CEO John Feddersen is talking to Kellie Metcalf, Managing Partner at one of the leading energy transition investors - EnCap Investments. Kellie had a long and distinguished career in the power sector. She was a Senior Director at Pattern Development, a renewable energy and transmission development firm and held senior roles in …
 
This week on Energy Unplugged we focus on energy data and digitalization. Our Managing Director for UK and Ireland, Dan Monzani is delighted to be joined by Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director at SGN and at the Energy Systems Catapult.With a diverse career in energy and consumer’s rights, Laura has recently chaired two of the UK Government taskfor…
 
2022 is going to be the year of stablecoins and NFTs. We saw many discussions and hearings about stablecoins in 2021 already. But how will this continue in 2022? This is what Juri Maibaum discusses with Reeve Collins, Co-Founder of Blockv and former CEO of Tether. Besides stablecoins, we will also talk about NFTs. More precisely, we will focus on h…
 
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