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Kava Labs: Centralizing Financial Services for a Defi Future
Richard Galvin, CEO of Digital Asset Capital Management, returns to Real Vision to welcome Brian Kerr, CEO & co-founder of Kava Labs. Galvin and Kerr discuss the purpose and evolution of Kava Labs as well as Kerr’s thoughts on the crypto ecosystem, applications, and where the space is heading for users in the future. He explains that when Kava originally started, the team was focused on crypto payments, swapping between different assets including BTC, ETH, and DAI and using a non-custodial law that linked together Lightning with payment channels to allow for swaps globally. Through this, Kerr and his team realized that crypto payments were not scaling the way they anticipated, and it would be years before the markets would be ready for that type of product. Seeing the success of Maker-Dao to give ETH speculators a way to gain margin, the team worked with Ripple to replicate that system, using XRP as collateral. Kerr’s team effectively created a side chain that would be able to move assets on XRP to the sidechain and use those coins as collateral to issue stablecoins. In doing so, Kerr saw an opportunity—this process could be done for all assets, and as such, Kava fully pivoted into the generalized lending platform it is today. Filmed May 4th, 2021. Key Learnings: When focusing on layer 1 development, it was clear to Kerr that there were trade-offs between high throughput, decentralization, and scale. With that, the sacrifices to make layer 2 solutions work were not efficient. Kerr states that if everything is going to be interoperable in the future, one can have different layers 1s specializing in one subject matter to then be combined by developers to make future applications. Kerr believes that the industry is headed towards exchanges lowering the barrier to entry for users, vetting applications, and offering services directly to traders. As users want to utilize a process where everything is accessible without the need to move assets off platform, Kava aims to provide those services.
Real VisionMay 11, 2021
VC Legend Bill Tai: The "New Era" of Valuations
Legendary venture capitalist Bill Tai is an expert in identifying exponential trends. He has been an angel investor in more than 20 companies that have gone public, including Zoom and Dapper Labs. Tai returns to Real Vision to share with co-founder and CEO Raoul Pal what makes an exponential valuation and how the low interest rate environment has caused a surge in P/E multiples, richly rewarding high-growth technology companies. The two discuss how the current wave of NFTs and the adoption of the Metaverse unlock a new layer of value that brings economic empowerment, resulting in a new style of business based around community and platforms. Filmed May 7, 2021. Key Learnings: Tai is now looking to invest in companies with massively asymmetric risk, such as healthcare and renewables, where he sees potential for network effects to be created in these sectors. He shares his guiding principles behind every technology company he invests in: lower the friction to a use case, increase replicability of the behavior, and build a back end tuned for great scalability.
Real VisionMay 10, 2021
Nasdaq's Slump, Beyond Meat's Woes, and DogeCoin's Latest Rival
On today’s live edition of the Daily Briefing, Real Vision’s Jack Farley welcomes Kyla Scanlon, investment partner at On Deck and financial content creator, for a conversation on the most important market stories driving markets, including Amazon’s eight-part bond issue, the NASDAQ’s slump, hacking of the Colonial fuel pipeline, and the launching of the Shiba Inu token (SHIB). Scanlon shares with Farley her analysis on today’s pullback in investment grade bond ETF $LQD, Beyond Meat’s earnings ($BYND), as well as the latest news on GameStop Corp ($GME).

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