The ArCast

Welcome to The ArCast

The biweekly podcast that features interviews and discussions about blockchain, NFTs, web3, and permanent storage, hosted by Andrew Nielsen.

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An interview with Gabe Frank, CEO of, in which he and Andrew discuss NFT storage, what Gabe's grandfather taught him about business, and how his years playing golf in college helped perfect the skills needed to successfully run a web3 startup one day. Thank you Gabe!

SPID3R | The ArCast | Episode 19

Episode 19 of the #ArCast features Ryan (voicesofhim), the founder of SPID3R S3ARCH talking to MC Lars about his inroads into Arweave Build, presenting at the Open Web Foundry, & how he pitched his demo to Interscope Records. Ryan also considers what a gamified Arweave search and discovery network look like, and how such an experiment could utilize ArFS and ArDrive.

Memory Gardens | The ArCast | Episode 18

Ben Peeri created Memory Gardens as way to memorialize a beloved pet who passed away. These days, the project serves as a way to celebrate weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and bar mitzvahs. On this episode of the ArCast, Andrew and Ben discuss what led Ben to creating this project and how Arweave works to permanently document our most important moments. We also talk about the connections between life and video games, and how this can help ameliorate fears of death. Thanks Ben!

Damondrick Jack | The ArCast | Episode 17

On this week’s episode of the ArCast, Andrew talks to Damondrick Jack about DJ’s work in blockchain education, how he designed the perfect waffle recipe, his years at Stanford producing Grammy-nominated artists K.Flay and Jidenna, and the next steps towards the mass adoption of decentralized, permanent storage. DJ also talks about the time he fell asleep before performing at Carnegie Hall and what it took to make the best waffle in the world. A great conversation, thanks DJ!

Joe Berenbaum | The ArCast | Episode 16

An interview with Joe Berenbaum, whose new project AFTR.Market provides treasury management and governance on-chain for Arweave assets. We talk about his early years in computing, his discovery of blockchain, and why he likes to build with Arweave. We also talk about parenting advice and what happens when your son becomes a popular crypto developer! A great conversation, thanks Joe!

Phil Mataras | The ArCast | Episode 15

This week, I talk to Phil Mataras about his love of heavy metal, gaming, and how he got into the blockchain. We also talk about how he balances his family life with his work and his philosophy on scalability. We discuss Arweave, AR.IO, and the exciting possibilities of the gateways. Through metaphors involving music, Star Wars, and different approaches to data privacy, we see a a new side of Phil. A great episode, thank you Phil!

Lucas Porter-Bakker | The ArCast | Episode 14

This week on the ArCast, Andrew talks to ArDrive's Director of Design Lucas Porter-Bakker about kung fu, vaporware, and the next steps to mass web3 adoption. We also talk about the importance of fonts and the challenge that comes with designing new logos. Thank you Lucas!

Big Arch | The ArCast | Episode 13

Episode 13 of the #ArCast features an interview with YouTuber / cybersecurity expert Archie Crawford on the ways Arweave and ArDrive can best protect your data. An awesome conversation, thanks Arch!

Amy J. Smith | The ArCast | Episode 12

This week on the ArCast, we talk to Amy J. Smith about how she got started in photography, her journey into web3, and how she uses Arweave and ArDrive to document social justice movements. We also talk about how we can bring more women into the blockchain space.

David Whittington | The ArCast | Episode 11

This week on the ArCast, Andrew interviews @djwhitt about designing indie games, his Arweave-themed YouTube channel, his work with ArDrive, and developments around the @ar_io_network! A great conversation with the man who popularized the elephant emoji. Thank you David!

David Watson | The ArCast | Episode 10

This week on the ArCast, two-time Emmy winner David Watson talks about what he learned working at Disney and Netflix, and how this can inform the next steps to the mass adoption of Arweave and ArDrive.

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YTCracker | The ArCast | Episode 9

This week on the ArCast, Andrew talks to nerdcore pioneer YTCracker about DAOs, YTCracker’s work with deadmau5, and how the Arweave protocol builds on the philosophies of Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. An exciting interview with one of the first artists to embrace web3 technology, thank you YTCracker!

Cao Yin | The ArCast | Episode 8

This week on the ArCast, Cao Yin talks about the pandemic in China, the Arweave ecosystem projects he's excited about, and how he's empowering artists with the Digital Renaissance Foundation. We also talk about the potential of art to change the world, and how NFTs can help disenfranchised artists find their voices and a make a living. Be sure to check out the Shanghai Gallery on Decentraland!

Rawrshak | The ArCast | Episode 7

On today's episode, we sit down with Christian Sumido to talk about his Rawrshak project. We discuss the origin of his company's name, how he has curated a community of gamers and developers, and how he has used ArDrive as a way to permanently store game assets. We also discuss his plans for scalability and speculate on the future of decentralized gaming, and how is working to take power away from the tech giants. Thanks Christian!

Pianity | The ArCast | Episode 6

This week on the ArCast, we talk to Kevin Primicerio about his Pianity project. We talk about how he learned about Arweave, his journey into the blockchain space, and his goals for the project. We also talk about his dedication to giving musicians the opportunity to earn a living wage through their art and the mechanics of the DAO. A great episode, thank you Kevin!

Panayotis Vyronis | The ArCast | Episode 5

Before Arweave, our fifth ArCast guest Panayotis Vyronis had the idea to create long-term one-time pay storage with his company LongAccess. On our final episode of the year, he offers some insight on how he started and where the future of permanent storage may lay. We also talk about the Great Recession, Greece, the birth of democracy, and his art projects. A great conversation with an inspiring man!

Stellabelle | The ArCast | Episode 4

Our fourth episode of the ArCast features an interview with the the tour de artistic force known as Stellabelle! The crypto OG behind Slothicorn and now Crypto Stellas (stored on ArDrive), we talk about her artistic journey and mission to puncture the pomposity of the NFT world.

Ariel Melendez | The ArCast | Episode 3

This week on the ArCast, I talk to ArDrive CTO Ariel Melendez about his time at Princeton, his work in finance and app developments, and how Arweave uses Succinct Random Proofs of Access (SPoRA) to store and retrieve files. We also talk about musical projects, his journey into crypto, and how his perspective has changed as a father. You'll definitely learn something this week, thanks for tuning in, and thanks Ariel for being on the show!

Sam Williams | The ArCast | Episode 2

An interview with Sam Williams, co-founder and CEO of Arweave. We talk about Williams's philosophical impetus for the project, its progress, and Williams's goals moving forward. We also talk about ArDrive's role in spreading awareness and how users can best use Arweave to permanently store their data. Thanks Sam!

Mark Lemley | The ArCast | Episode 1

Welcome to the ArCast! This week, we discuss NFTs with Stanford law professor Mark Lemley. We talk about his gamer fandom, permanent storage, and the legalities of parody art on the blockchain. A great conversation with a true expert on the past and present legalities of digital storytelling and how we share our codified mythology.

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