Episode 72 of season 4 of The Scoop was recorded remotely with Frank Chaparro of The Block and Solana Labs Co-Founder and COO, Raj Gokal.
Last week, Espaces Solana announcement the opening of the “first permanent physical retail, educational and community space dedicated to Web3”.
In this episode of The Scoop, Solana Labs Co-Founder and COO Raj Gokal discusses his first impression of Solana Spaces, as well as the innovation and experimentation that happens in the Solana ecosystem at a “frenzied pace”.
As Gokal explains, some people who visit Solana Spaces’ first Manhattan location find that Web3 may not be as intimidating as it looks:
“There are hundreds of people who have just started their first Phantom wallet, sent their first USDC and learned, ‘Okay, using crypto isn’t that complicated.’”
In addition to Solana’s forays into the physical world, Solana is currently hosting a virtual hackathon called “Summer Camp” – Solana’s biggest hackathon to date, according to Gokal:
“The hackathon that’s happening right now has nearly 14,000 developers. That’s the highest number of hackathon participants we’ve ever seen…and that’s now – in the depths of the bear market.”
Although the price of SOL has fallen around 85% from the highs of last November, the Solana network has seen accelerated adoption over the same period, as data from The Block shows:
During this episode, Chaparro and Gokal also discuss:
- Solana’s single fresh market
- Crypto and digital health
- The next Solana phone
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