Guest host Can Gurel from Delphi Research sits down with Chris Whinfrey, co-founder of Hop Protocol, a prominent token bridge for Ethereum’s layer-2 ecosystem that allows users to quickly send tokens from one rollup or sidechain to another. The two discuss the utility of Hop Bridge in a rollup centric Ethereum world, diving into its design properties, security model and much more!

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Show Notes:

(00:00:00) – Introduction.

(00:02:40) – Chris’ background / Why he started Hop Protocol. 

(00:07:15) – How optimism and ZK rollups work. 

(00:14:28) – How Hop Protocol works.

(00:20:28) – How hTokens are converted into aTokens.  

(00:23:03) – Why an intermediate token is needed. 

(00:27:02) – Hop Protocol from a capital efficiency perspective.   

(00:30:46) – How Hop Protocol defends against fraudulent transactions. 

(00:32:54) – Users’ exposure to the weak links in scaling solution security. 

(00:37:33) – Chris’ thoughts on concerns about rollups. 

(00:41:26) – Hop Protocol’s role if rollups become efficient.

(00:42:53) – Challenges with cross-chain messaging.

(00:49:48) – Other layer-1s versus layer-2 solutions.

(00:53:53) – Hop Protocol token.

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