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Bitcoin Meetup - PROOF OF CALAMITY: Why today's DEXs & atomic swaps can't win

  • starfish mission 1535 Mission Street San Francisco United States (map)

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Everyone wants trustless trade, except Decentralized Exchanges haven't taken off. Volume is abysmal. Have DEXs been overhyped? And we've heard promises of cross-chain atomic swaps, but where are they in practical implementation? Are we being promised snake oil?

Join blockchain engineer Eric Martindale (BlockStream and BitPay) and Dr. Chandra Duggirala (Founder, Portal) as they discuss the fundamentals of inter-chain trading and explain it will always be near impossible for the type of DEX offerings and atomic swaps in the market today to come anywhere close to the speed and liquidity centralized exchanges provide.

BUT-- WHAT IF WE DIDN'T HAVE TO SACRIFICE SPEED & LIQUIDITY FOR TRUSTLESSNESS & PRIVACY? Despite all prior impossibilities, could there ever be unstoppable exchange technology without compromise? And exactly how would it work?

Chandra & Eric will share their zero-knowledge Layer 2 & Layer 3 trading protocol "ZK-Swaps" with San Francisco Bitcoin Meetup and open up atomic swap discussion with the community.


Eric Martindale: Blockchain, open-source engineering strategist. Early at BlockStream. Early at BitPay. Advisor to Leminscap Fund.

Dr. Chandra Duggirala: Founder/CEO of PORTAL. Cryptoeconomist, Austrian Economics. Angel investor. Maximalist.


We'll have free beer, other beverages and food as usual (the food usually goes quickly)! And finally, to give a lightning talk, just add your name to the list at the beginning of the meetup.

To watch or share this event's live stream, check here: TBA, Link will be posted when the event starts either here or in the comments.

We have two awesome speaker events this month, be sure to check them both out!

About the location:
Starfish Mission is a hub for emerging tech communities with a focus on blockchain/Web3 and AI, based out of the mid-market area in San Francisco. As an organization, and network, Starfish is committed to creating spaces and learning networks for a community of builders, and doers.

Offerings at Starfish include coworking and office space, curated industry events, and education.

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Later Event: September 19
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