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Mike Silagadze, CEO of ether.fi, on ETH, Re-Staking, and Building Start-Ups

 

Mike Silagadze is the founder and CEO of ether.fi, the first decentralized, delegated staking protocol that allows stakers to maintain full control of their keys – and by extension, their staked ETH – throughout the entire staking process.

Prior to founding ether.fi, Mike was CEO and co-founder of Top Hat, which he grew into the market leader in student engagement software, with 500 employees and $60 million in annual revenue. He is also an active speaker and lecturer in the higher education, technology, and startup communities, having lectured at the Rotman Commerce Entrepreneurship Organization, the ASU GSV Summit, MaRS, Tech Fest Toronto, SAAS North and TEDxLaurierUniversity, among many others.

In this conversation, we discuss:

- Growing start-ups
- Building Top Hat
- Overview and Foundation of ether.fi
- The Importance of Self-Custody in Ether Staking
- Re-Staking – the Next Major Development on Ethereum
- Mainnet Phase 1 Launch
- Operation Solo Staker
- $ETH
- Decentralization
- Non-custodial liquid staking platform
- Coinbase + Binance vs. SEC