- The culture of Web3 and the importance of experienced professionals
- BNB Chain’s growth areas
- BNB Chain’s competition from Polygon
- The question of centralization and BNB Chain’s decentralization efforts
- BNB Chain’s developer community and competitive advantages
- Greenfield: A decentralized storage infrastructure
SlateCast Episode 53 with Alvin Kan of BNB Chain
In a recent episode of the Slate Cast podcast, Alvin Kan, the director for growth at BNB Chain, sat down with Akiba from CryptoSlate to discuss the unique culture of Web3, BNB Chain’s growth areas, and its multi-chain strategy.
BNB Chain has quickly established itself as a major player in the world of Web3, with a focus on creating a more accessible and decentralized financial infrastructure. This conversation offers a fascinating glimpse into the vision and approach of BNB Chain and sheds light on the challenges and opportunities in the space.
The culture of Web3 and the importance of experienced professionals
One of the key takeaways from the conversation is Kan’s description of Web3 as “casual yet hardcore.” This dichotomy is a reflection of the casual, relaxed nature of the crypto culture and the importance of technology and expertise that underpins it. Kan emphasizes the need for business structures, risk management, and partnerships to ensure scalability and growth while acknowledging the persistent focus on innovation and improvement that characterizes the Web3 space.
Kan’s experience in both Web2 and Web3 gives him a unique perspective on the growth of BNB Chain, which is an EVM-compatible chain focused on financial infrastructure and social media. As the growth director, Kan focuses on expanding BNB Chain’s DeFi infrastructure, which he sees as a core component of any chain’s ecosystem.
BNB Chain’s growth areas
In terms of competition, Kan is optimistic about the possibilities for collaboration in the space. Rather than viewing other chains as direct competitors, he sees the potential for growth by bringing more users into Web3. BNB Chain’s multi-chain strategy, which includes the main EVM chain, the governance beacon chain, the ZK BNB chain, and the recently announced Greenfield chain for decentralized storage, reflects this approach by offering developers a range of options for building and experimenting in the space.
The question of centralization and BNB Chain’s decentralization efforts
Of course, no conversation about BNB Chain would be complete without addressing the question of centralization. Kan emphasizes that decentralization is a journey and a range rather than a binary state and that BNB Chain is actively working to increase its validator set and further decentralize. While the Nakamoto score currently places BNB Chain somewhere in the median, Kan stresses that the team is passionate about continuing to decentralize and improve the network.
They also explore the benefits of centralization in the early stages of a project and how it can steer it in the right direction. Kan believes BNB Chain is the larger world, and Finance is part of that ecosystem. He notes that BNB Chain operates quite independently from finance and that BNB Chain is influenced by its validators and community.
BNB Chain’s developer community and competitive advantages
They also discussed the growth of BNB Chain’s developer community, increased interest from developers in other chains, and the competitive advantages that are appealing to developers. One of the most exciting aspects is Greenfield, a decentralized storage infrastructure part of the broader BNB ecosystem.
Greenfield offers easy and simple-to-use APIs, which are very close to the UX that developers and users are used to, and seamless integration between BSC and Greenfield. Other upcoming opportunities include new ecosystems and opportunities, complementing existing depth and BNB Chain’s various programs and support for developers.
Overall, the conversation between Akiba and Kan offers a fascinating glimpse into the culture and growth of Web3, as well as the unique approach and vision of BNB Chain. Listeners will come away with a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the space, as well as a greater appreciation for the importance of innovation, collaboration, and growth.