E18: Keagan McClelland on Start9, Personal Servers, and the Future of Sovereign Computing
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Keagan McClelland is the co-founder of Start9 Labs, where he is building personal servers to usher in the age of sovereign computing.

Keagan and I spoke about the distinction between Bitcoin/Lightning nodes and personal servers, the challenges of getting app developers and users to adopt personal servers, the growth of the Lightning Network, and the new technologies Keagan is most excited about.

→ Start9 Labs: https://start9.com/

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00:00 - Intro

01:25 - Keagan McClelland Intro

06:58 - Lightning Nodes vs. Personal Servers

15:29 - Current Features on Start9’s Embassy

20:32 - Future Applications for Lightning Nodes

24:23 - Lightning Nodes & Hardware Design

28:07 - Are Embassy Apps Censorship Resistant?

30:39 - Decentralized Network Efficiency Trade-offs

35:00 - Do People Care About Privacy & Censorship?  

37:42 - How Much Storage Do People Need?  

39:23 - How Does Start9 Earn Revenue?  

43:17 - Centralization Risks & Personal Servers

45:27 - Start9 Competitive Advantages

49:01 - The Growth of the Lightning Network

51:35 - Challenges for Lightning Network Builders

56:31 - Lightning Node Predictions

01:00:44 - Interesting Lightning Projects to Keagan

01:05:51 - The Lightning Round

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