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Episode 191
Featuring Nikhil Shamapant
Demetri Kofinas speaks with Nikhil Shamapant, the author of a recently published report that sets an ambitious, 18-month price target on Ethereum of $150,000 per ETH—more than 30x the current level—transforming Ethereum into “ultrasound money” and thus, the preferred savings vehicle in crypto.

In Episode 191 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Nikhil Shamapant, the author of a recently published and widely circulated 79-page report that sets an ambitious 18-month price target on Ethereum of $150,000 per ETH—more than 30x the current level. Nikhil believes this will be driven primarily by two upcoming changes to the underlying Ethereum protocol which will reduce the supply of ETH by the equivalent of roughly three Bitcoin halving cycles. The changes are scheduled to take place in two phases beginning with the adoption of EIP-1559 in mid-July of this year and culminating with the formal transition to proof-of-stake in late 2021, turning Ethereum into the preferred savings vehicle in crypto, according to Nikhil.

The second part of this episode is an hour-long conversation that we recorded with one of EIP-1559’s main champions, Tim Beiko. We brought Tim on the program in order to do a deeper dive on the protocol changes referenced in our conversation with Nikhil, including changes to the network fee model (i.e., basefee burning & tips) and the block reward subsidy (i.e., staking), as well as changes to the user experience, the impact on miners and miner extractable value (MEV), network scalability, staking rewards, & much more.

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Episode Recorded on 05/07/2021

Nikhil Shampant is currently a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He graduated with a degree in philosophy and cognitive science from Rice University and will start as a first-year internal medicine resident at the University of Colorado this summer. Nikhil first began teaching himself about investing and markets at the age of 15. His primary focus is identifying asymmetries wherever they may arise. You can follow his work from @SquishChaos on Twitter.

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