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Epicenter brings you in-depth conversations about the technical, economic and social implications of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. Every week, we interview business leaders, engineers academics and entrepreneurs, and bring you a diverse spectrum of opinions and points of view. Epicenter is hosted by Sebastien Couture, Brian Fabian Crain, Meher Roy, Sunny Aggarwal, and Friederike Ernst. Since 2014, episodes have been downloaded over 4 million times.



episode 391: Michael Egorov: Curve Finance – The Stablecoin Exchange Protocol

Curve is an Automated Market Maker (AMM) that lets users and other decentralized protocols exchange stablecoins (DAI to USDC for example) with low fees and low slippage. Unlike exchanges that match a buyer and a seller, users transact with the smart contract itself. By providing a flatter curve targeted for relatively stable pairs, Curve has established the lead position for these markets. Curve is also leveraging its own token CRV to incentivize long-term adoption of the protocol and decentralize control of governance.

We were joined by Curve Finance Founder, Michael Egorov, to chat about why he created the protocol and his long term vision for the project.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • Michael's background and how he got into crypto
  • How Curve works from the perspective of a trader and as a liquidity provider
  • How they came up with the stableswap design
  • How Curve compares to Uniswap v3
  • Michael's take on forks, fork threat, and Curve's moat
  • Curve's thesis on good governance
  • How they keep the protocol secure
  • An overview of the Curve community and ecosystem
  • The long term vision for Curve

Episode links:

  • Curve Finance
  • Curve Resources
  • Curve on Twitter
  • Michael on Twitter


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This episode is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain & Zubin Koticha. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/391


 2021-05-13  52m