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Coinbase’s layer-2 blockchain Base plans for 2023 mainnet launch


Welcome back to Chain Reaction, a podcast that interviews newsmakers in crypto to better understand the tech behind the hype and the people working to build a decentralized future.
For this week’s episode, Jacquelyn interviewed Jesse Pollak, the lead for Base and head of protocols at Coinbase. Base is an Ethereum-focused layer 2 blockchain launched by Coinbase in February. Pollak previously led all retail engineering at Coinbase, including building Coinbase, Coinbase Pro and Coinbase Wallet. In a past life, Pollak started Clef, a 2FA mobile app, and was an engineer at BuzzFeed.
The platform has been live in testnet, which is a test phase of the blockchain network, since late February. It isn’t sharing “official timelines,” but Pollak disclosed exclusively to TechCrunch that Base is planning for its mainnet launch in 2023. Mainnet is the fully live version of a blockchain on the main network (hence the name: mainnet.)
“It’s coming soon, we’re working hard on it,” Pollack …

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