Boy, do I have a story for you guys and it puts two cryptocurrencies face to face. Battling for the future of Ethereum! There is no denying the problems Ethereum faces today, are worth multi-billion, even trillions of dollars. Everyone wants to solve them and enjoy their slice of the Ether pie. Well, my army loves, Warm Apple Pie you ready for our Americana because it’s time for Chico Crypto! Let’s begin this story off with cryptocurrency #1. Chainlink. I love me some stanky lank. Of course, the meme culture is awesome, but their oracle solution is the dominant oracle within the blockchain space, including for Ethereum.
A highly important organization to Chainlink is the ic3, the initiative for cryptocurrencies and contracts, which lists them as their #1 partner and donor, among the other heavyweights including Ethereum and its foundation. But who is the ic3? Going to their about me page they say about the organization “IC3 is an initiative of faculty members at Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Cornell Tech, EPFL, ETH Zurich, UC Berkeley, University College London, UIUC and the Technion.
It’s based at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in NYC” It’s an academic-based organization, home-based at Cornell Tech in New Yawk on the recently developed Roosevelt Island, Cornell University’s answer to Silicon Valley. But who is both a leading professor at Cornell Tech and is a co-director of the IC3? Well, that is none other than Ari Juels. What else does Ari do? Let’s just watch the Flan Man himself introduce him in October of last year.
Yeah, Ari is also the Chief Scientist for Chainlink Labs, working on some of their oracle solutions and problems. He was brought on just before this, and guess what was one of the first materials juels ran with as a chainlink employee? He dropped it in September, 1 month before that Convo with Sergey. This blog and research Fair Sequencing Services: Enabling a Provably Fair DeFi Ecosystem. And let me tell you this blog has soo much to unpack. First, let’s unpack the problem, it’s front running on Dex’s and DeFi, and they give a research study, which first highlighted the problem.
Flash boys 2.0, which of course includes Ari Juels. But Flashboys doesn’t that sound similar to something we’ve been covering lately? Flashbots? Well well well, here we GO! Just look at the Flashboys 2.0 research paper originally dropped in 2019 #1 listed contributor to the paper is Philip Daian of Cornell Tech. Let’s just go to the Ether Research announcement blog post of Flashbots, they say “Flashbots is stewarded by Scott Bigelow, Phil Daian, Stephane Gosselin, Alex Obadia, and Tina Zhen.
We exist thanks to the continued support of members of the MEV Pi-Rate Ship and Paradigm” Phil Daian broke away from the Teacher. The padawan broke away from Jedi??? Well, it seems to me that may be the case, as Phil’s website still to this day says “I am advised by Ari Juels and based in New York City” Well maybe that is the reason for this article he put out in partnership with Coindesk over the weekend titled “Miners, Front-Running-as-a-Service Is Theft”.
..specifically calling out Flashbots in the post saying they systematically exploit users! While at the same time referencing the flash boys 2.0 paper, Ari and Phil wrote in collaboration together.
Then at the bottom, they kindly note Ari Juels is working on his own approach to fair sequencing at Chainlink labs. So who do you think responded to the piece by Ari Juels? Not Phil, but Stephane of Flashbots, the go step on Twitter! “This is the most ethically questionable hit piece I’ve read in a while. Maybe AriJuels should do research instead of using the media as a weapon against an OPEN SOURCE RESEARCH ORGANIZATION. Maybe he should consider disclosing conflicts of interest? Shaking My Head with a retweet of the article.
And here we go, one level deeper, I already disclosed the conflict of interest with Phil, but now it’s time for Stephane’s turn and the ties and connections just keep getting crazier. Remember from my video Monday, I posted that Stephane had been working on the front running with DEX problem for a while, since late 2018 early 2019 with lib submarine! Well, let’s just go back to its website. Libsubmarine.org defeating front running on Ethereum, it explains just how it does that, but at the bottom, it shows the contributors. They say “Lib Submarine is developed by Lorenz Breidenbach, Tyler Kell, Stephane Gosselin, and Shayan Eskandari.
It then says “LibSubmarine is based on research conducted at IC3 by Lorenz Breidenbach, Phil Daian, Florian Tramèr, and Ari Juels” And this libsubmarine was part of the IC3. Now let’s just pull up the Fair Sequencing Services blog from Chainlink, right alongside this website as we can see 2 names from Lib Submarine are on the Chainlink Blog Ari Juels and Lorenz Breidenbach.
From the flash boats ether research blog post, we can see there are 2 names on there too. Stephane Gosselin and Phil Daian. This goes back in time, back to late 2018 and what it looks like to me, is the students learned quicker and expanded on the Jedi principles, and now the Jedi is mad, so he put out a misinformed article against them. But, Chico Crypto always thinks there is more to this than meets the eye.
And this ties into the flash boat backer, listed in the announcement blog…Paradigm. Yes Flashbots, is listed in Paradigms portfolio companies, right there. Paradigm is the powerhouse VC, who besides flash boats, is Uniswap’s lead investor and backer, besides the many other cryptos and DeFi based companies. Led by Coinbase Co-founder Fred Ehrsam, and Matt Haung. But how did Paradigm get its start?? Well, this 2020 Forbes article showed their initial backers. Of course, the title had two of them, but it said this about the firm“The pitch worked.
By October 2018, three of the highest-profile endowments, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, had joined Sequoia in investing in the mysterious new firm Paradigm their first major forays into backing a crypto-focused fund.” Harvard, Stanford, and Yale’s endowments are invested in Paradigm and its portfolio companies. Cornell’s endowments are not invested. Cornell stayed out of crypto for the most part from what I could see, and this hurt them.
Cornell was at the bottom for Ivy League endowment performance for 2020, and as we can see from this blog that covered it, Harvard and Yale were listed as leaders, those that had invested in Paradigm. And again, Chico loves to find stuff no one else does. 1 day after the Coindesk article from Ari Juel, Hayden Adams, founder of Uniswap, Paradigm Portfolio company said this in response to not going to an Ivy League school, and another person saying he could have gone to.CORNELL. Hayden said “I did apply and get rejected from Cornel This is actually what would have happened-I might be an avalanche maxi instead of an Ethereum one. Shots fired?
A little side elbow from Hayden?? Well let’s just go to this chain bulletin blog post from January of this year “Crypto Research Organization IC3 Receives Chainlink Research Grant” to improve Chainlink oracles…they say “IC3 is led by a large group of industry experts and academics, including co-directors Ari Juels, the chief scientist of Chainlink Labs, and Emin Gün Sirer, the founder of the Avalanche protocol” You should know that Uniswap v2 doesn’t use Chainlink Oracles & v3 is once again using Uniswap’s own in house oracles for their version 3.
Cheers, I’ll see you next time!
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