Down the Rabbit Hole
Each week we dig into more of the Web3 ecosystem. We intend this series to share what we are learning and walk readers step by step into the metaverse.
Pablo Picasso is widely quoted as having said that “good artists borrow, great artists steal.” Whether it's right-click save, copy and paste, or countless derivatives, there is much to celebrate about such beautiful and unchecked piracy. Below is an Open Edition NFT project that we dropped as a fundraiser for
813 Jolly Rogers
We have been publishing the Down the Rabbit Hole series for just over a year in our hope to familiarize people with distributed legers, digital collectables/credentials, and decentralized networks. Why a pirate flag? There are several reasons. First of all, while Tampa doesn't have the most concrete history of
Paypal & Metamask
ConsenSys, a market-leading Web3 company announced that U.S. MetaMask users will be able to purchase crypto (ETH) from within the app using PayPal. MetaMask will be the first Web3 wallet to leverage PayPal to drive more successful on-ramp transactions. Initially available to select PayPal users in the U.S.
Visa & Crypto
While this series has done its best to introduce readers to some of the basic concepts and intriguing projects we have found over the course of the year, it is also worth highlighting major brands that have taken the Web3 space very seriously. There are countless examples of big brands
From the AI chatbot
Another amazing technology that is emerging alongside Blockchain, VR, AR, and the like is artificial intelligence. The OpenAI ChatGPT bot has been making quite a splash over the last week or so. You've probably seen some examples in your social media feeds. In case you are not familiar with what
COIN | A Founder's Story
On Friday, Amazon Prime unveiled a new documentary – Coin: A Founder’s Story – charting Coinbase’s ascent to America’s largest crypto exchange, as well as the backstory of how the company was built by CEO Brian Armstrong. Coinbase has played a substantial role in making cryptocurrency accessible and safe
But can I use it to buy groceries?
Since one of the main attributes of blockchains are the tokens known as cryptocurrencies, and since the currency is a medium of exchange, it is common for folks to wonder how they might actually use a cryptocurrency for their everyday purchases or pay bills. While there is a ever increasing
The Sovereign Individual
The following article is an excerpt from a recent The Bankless Newsletter which we highly recommend becoming a subscriber to. What follows was written by Alvin Lee, evangelist of DeGate DAO, a ZK DEX protocol on Ethereum. He formerly served in management roles in Singapore’s Ministry of Finance and
In our article about wallets, we covered several types that all fall under the category of externally owned accounts (EOAs). These are accounts that use traditional public/private key pairs. That is, they consist of a single private key that can be used to make transactions and sign messages. If
Big Green DAO
In the mid 90s, two brothers started building on a new technology called ‘the internet.’ Their idea was simple: create an online version of the Yellow Pages called Zip2. People were skeptical to say the least. During one particularly heated meeting with a 50 something year old owner of the
VeeFriends & a16z
Andreessen Horowitz (aka a16z), a venture capital firm founded in Silicon Valley in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz backs bold entrepreneurs building the future through technology and the next internet. With more than $7.6 billion raised across four funds, the a16z crypto fund invests in web3 companies
The following is adapted from ethereum.org 🚀Soon, the current Ethereum Mainnet will merge with the Beacon Chain proof-of-stake system. ⛏This will mark the end of proof-of-work for Ethereum, and the full transition to proof-of-stake. 🌱This sets the stage for future scaling upgrades including sharding. 🌳The Merge will reduce Ethereum's
DAO it for Free!
This series has always been intended to introduce and engage readers with the Web3 space in general. This particular article is quite specifically aimed at introducing and utilizing a few tools to engage readers with some of the ideas we have covered already. One of the challenges for many folks
The Network State
Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) is an angel investor, tech founder, and author of The Network State. Formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, he is an early investor in many successful tech companies and crypto protocols, including Alchemy, Ava Labs, Bitcoin, Cameo, Chainlink, Clubhouse, Dapper Labs,
Snoop, Em, & the Future of Music
This week, we are excited to share an amazing example of NFT and culture coming together to make waves. Two hip hop icons came together and dropped a single for the metaverse! Anyone keeping up with Snoop Dogg has seen his evolution into the Web3 space and anyone paying attention
We have covered some of the basics about NFTs and some of the exciting utilities and use cases that they have made possible. Recently VeeCon, a multi-day event exclusively created for VeeFriends & the Web3 community, airdropped conference tickets to all VeeFriends NFT holders. Not only did these tickets allow entrance
What is Real?
There are so many profound questions that are emerging as we find ourselves facing the dawn of Web3. One thing that we have seen emerging is a resistance to taking digital/virtual realities seriously as ‘Real.’ Digital and Real are often contrasted both implicitly and explicitly. Many communities in both
On Freedom & Cyberspace
The Cathedral and the Bazaar, an essay (and later a book) by Eric S. Raymond on software engineering methods was first presented by the author on May 27, 1997 at the Linux Kongress, an annual gathering of Linux developers. It examines the struggle between top-down (centralized) versus a bottom-up (decentralized)
For decades, it was common, almost standard, to see individuals sell their skills, time and attention to a single employer for 20-30+ years. Loyalty was perceived to be of the utmost mutual value. The organizing framework that has supported this social contract between employer and employee has been left relatively
Framing | Tuition vs Investment
This series has mostly been addressing Web3 from a vantage point of hope, appreciation about emerging technology, and what it might mean for the future of collaboration, governance, real estate, etc. We have not actually written much on basic cryptocurrencies as our focus and interest in the space is not
CityDAO & Citizenship
So far in the Down the Rabbit Hole [https://wordonthestreets.ghost.io/tag/down-the-rabbit-hole/] series, we have covered NFTs [https://wordonthestreets.ghost.io/smart-contracts/], DAOs [https://wordonthestreets.ghost.io/wtf-are-daos/], fractionalization [https://wordonthestreets.ghost.io/the-meme-economy/], and we have also looked at a recent real estate application utilizing smart contracts