Augur: Ethereum Prediction Markets with Joey Krug

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Prediction Markets provide an exchange for trading based on the outcome of events. Most prediction markets are centralized- they operate like a casino, where betting takes place under the supervision of one central governing organization. This makes the market less efficient than it otherwise might be: the central organization is a business, and it makes money by extracting value from the trades the customers make.

Augur is a prediction market built on the Ethereum blockchain. A trading network built on a blockchain can have a decentralized, permissionless transaction record without a centralized, governing body. Augur’s network is built to be transparent, low-cost, and free from interference.

Joey Krug joins us today from Pantera Capital, a venture capital fund focused on Blockchain technology. Joey is also a co-founder of the Forecast Foundation, which contributes to the development of the Augur open-source project. We discuss what it takes to build a trustworthy decentralized market, how Augur is solving challenges such as the oracle problem, and why blockchain may be the key to democratizing finance.

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