Lightning Network Special

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Part 1: An Introduction to The Lightning Network

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Christian Decker from Blockstream. We discuss the competing whitepapers, how the various teams collaborate on Lightning, how payment channels work and upcoming dev projects.

 

 

Part 2: Jack Mallers on Lightning Design and UX

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Jack Mallers, founder of the Zap Lightning wallet. We discuss design and UX, the progress of Lightning, design and security, the problem with custodial wallets and Zap.

 

 

Part 3: Nic Carter & Pierre Rochard on the Economics of The Lightning Network

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Nic Carter and Pierre Rochard about the economics of The Lightning Network. We discuss the fee market, the future of the block subsidy and whether base chain fees will lead to a two-tier Bitcoin.

 

 

Part 4: Sergej Kotliar From Bitrefill on Using Lightning in Retail

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Sergej Kotliar from Bitrefill about adopting Lightning in a retail environment. We discuss the challenges with Lightning, custodial v non-custodial wallets, UX and their Thor product.

 

 

Part 5: Peter Van Valkenburg on Lightning & The Law

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Peter Van Valkenburgh from Coin Center. We discuss how regulations might apply to node operators and custodial wallets within the Lightning Network, including money transmission licenses and KYC/AML.

 

 

Part 6: Peter Rizun's Lightning Critique: FUD or Fair?

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Peter Rizun from Bitcoin Unlimited. We discuss why Peter supports on-chain scaling and his Five Fundamental Flaws of The Lightning Network, including issues such as how small payments are not trustless.

 

 

Part 7: Dan Robinson on Why HTLCs are Harmful

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Dan Robinson from Paradigm. We discuss his criticism of HTLCs, why they are harmful and why packetised payments would be a better design for the Lightning Network.

 

 

Part 8: Tadge Dryja on the Limitations of the Lightning Network

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk with Tadge Dryja, the co-author of the Lightning Network whitepaper. We discuss the limitations of the lightning network, why Bitcoin might not be for everyone, alternative scaling ideas, fees and inflation.

 

 

Part 9: Christian Decker on the Tech Coming to Lightning

In this episode for Lightning Month, I talk again with Christian Decker from Blockstream. We dig deeper on the tech coming to lightning including Splicing, Neutrino, Eltoo, Watchtowers, Channel factories and Submarine Swaps.

 

 

About The Lightning Network

The Lightning Network is a second layer technology built on top of the Bitcoin protocol, designed to enable cheap and fast payments. This series is dedicated to learning more about the technology and how it works,

If you have any questions about this series of interviews feel free to drop me an email.