Simon is the co-founder of the Mempool Open Source project, an explorer for monitoring Bitcoin transactions, mempool congestion, network fees, and more.
In our conversation, we discussed the value of building Mempool as an open-source, self-hosted project, the Liquid Network’s role as a side chain on Bitcoin, peer-to-peer exchanges like Bisq, and the debate around Bitcoin’s transaction fee sustainability.
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00:00 - Intro
01:07 - Simon Intro
03:00 - The Importance of Building Open Source & Self-Hosted Projects
14:41 - The Future of Centralized vs. Self-Hosted Applications
25:57 - The Liquid Network as a Sidechain on Bitcoin
37:31 - Why Haven’t Exchanges Integrated Liquid?
42:00 - Mempool’s Plans to Build a Lightning Explorer
44:33 - Bitcoin’s Mempool & Transaction Fee Sustainability
52:21 - Incentives for Bitcoin Businesses to Move to Lightning & Liquid
56:09 - The Similarities and Differences Between Taro & Liquid
59:45 - The Lightning Round