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WalletConnect

For the original web to be widely adopted, people needed a web browser. This seems trivial today as every new computing device comes preloaded with one or more browsers. But early on this was a chicken and egg problem. There [...]  Read more

Bright Moments DAO

Yesterday, USV sent 500 ETH to the Bright Moments DAO and we got back one million Bright Moments DAO (BRT) tokens into our wallet. This is the third time USV has invested in a DAO and we will blog about [...]  Read more

Tokenized Natural Assets

This is one of several posts on new areas we are exploring for USV’s Climate Fund. Natural resources such as fertile land and healthy oceans are the ultimate foundations of the economy and civilization, and their protection and regrowth are [...]  Read more

Stacks 2.0

The Bitcoin whitepaper is now over a decade old and Bitcoin as a system has been up and running continuously since January 3, 2009. Much has happened in the crypto world since then, including of course the launch of Ethereum [...]  Read more

Business Model Innovation

I’ve shared my views on this before here at AVC. I believe business model innovation is more disruptive than technical innovation. A good example of this was moving from web apps to mobile apps, which was largely a technical innovation. [...]  Read more

Arweave Project Ideas

Earlier today, the Arweave team announced that they’ve raised additional capital in order to fund developers who want to build on Arweave through two new programs - Arweave Grants and Arweave Boost. People are already building lots of amazing things [...]  Read more

The Myth of The Infrastructure Phase

We are not in an infrastructure phase, but rather in another turn of the apps-infrastructure cycle. First, apps inspire infrastructure. Then that infrastructure enables new apps. Platforms evolve from an iterative cycle of apps=>infrastructure=>apps=>infrastructure and are rarely built in an outside vacuum. Read more

Minimum Viable Economy

One of my favorite things about the cryptocurrency / blockchain space is that our conception of “what it all means” is still very much in flux. Nic Carter just published a nice analysis of how the functional narrative around bitcoin [...]  Read more

Fat Protocols

Note: see the 2020 follow-up post here: Thin Applications Here's one way to think about the differences between the Internet and the Blockchain. The previous generation of shared protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP, SMTP, etc.) produced immeasurable amounts of value, but most [...]  Read more