Founders of Web 3

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A new web is emerging that goes well beyond just Bitcoin and money but promises an entirely new computing paradigm and data economy. Founders of Web 3 is a podcast series hosted by Outlier Ventures Founder & CEO Jamie Burke where he introduces you to the entrepreneurs, their investors and the policy makers that are shaping Web 3.

Episode Date
Mobilising & Coordinating Web 3 through DAOs, Luis Cuende of Aragon
36:34


Luis Cuende, Co-Founder and Core Contributor at Aragon is a self proclaimed ‘Free Software’ lover and hacker. We talk about how DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) allow us to govern supranational protocols as ‘digital jurisdictions’, with manifestos and bylaws that remove ambiguities, reduce frictions and the changes of forking of networks. We talk about how these technologies are being experimented with, their convergence with gaming culture and potential to some day challenge the nation state itself.

Jul 08, 2020
How Covid Might Just be the Accelerant for Web 3 Adoption, Ryan Selkis of Messari
37:45

Ryan Selkis, Founder and CEO of Messari, has been at the heart of the crypto ecosystem since 2014 as entrepreneur, investor and journalist / analyst. As an entrepreneur-in-residence at ConsenSys with Joseph Lubin, a founding team member at the industry's most active investor (DCG, Digital Currency Group) and MD of the largest trade media brand (CoinDesk) and conference Consensus, he has been pivotal in making the industry what it is today. Now at Messari he has been working tirelessly to bring professional grade transparency and research to an opaque market. We talk about whether regulators can ever keep up with innovation in crypto and could Covid19 be the accelerant for Web 3 adoption and the next bullrun.

Jul 02, 2020
The Importance of Middleware to Web 3 and The Open Source Movement
36:49

Host Jamie talks to Boris Mann, CEO and Co-Founder of Fission who is helping developers build powerful web native apps in Web 3. They discuss what the pragmatic application of Web 3 technology means, whether or not it fixes the problems of Web 2 and what it means to be part of it.

Jun 29, 2020
The Growth of DAOs, and Importance of Community of Web 3, Lou Kerner of CryptoMondays
42:58

Lou Kerner is Co-Founder and Partner at CryptoMondays. He shares with Jamie his views on how DAOs are evolving and where they are headed. They also discuss why we’re going to see a huge explosion in value following the crypto winter.

Jun 22, 2020
Network Lifecycle Investing, Non Fungible Tokens & Digital Art, Jake Brukhman of CoinFund
00:56

Jake is Founder of CoinFund which has been investing in blockchain since 2016. Through his unique experience in computer science, quantitative trading and product management at places like Amazon, he and his team have developed an approach to Web 3 called ‘Network Lifecycle Investing’, where they work with startups in both an early stage venture capacity but also helping bootstrap networks as they mature. He talks about ‘dogfooding’ Web 3 tech like DAOs, as the 3rd member of Moloch DAO, and actively participating in staking or mining in networks like Live Peer. As a visual artist and creative himself we go deep into his passion and investment thesis in Digital Art and NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens).

Jun 22, 2020
Diversifying and Densifying the 5Gs Supply Chain with Blockchain, Maria Lema of Weaver Labs
38:28

Maria is an Uruguayan scientist and Web 3 Founder who launched the UK’s first 5G UK Testbed out of Kings College London in 2017 and has run several pilots with the likes of The European Space Agency. She is also Co-Founder of Weaver Labs. At Weaver Labs they are building a decentralised connectivity marketplace that accelerates both the public and private sectors mission for greater diversification in supply chains for improved security and competition in 5G. She talks about why you can’t have a truly decentralised internet without first decentralising networking infrastructure and its importance to ‘connectivity inclusion’ into the digital economy.

Jun 22, 2020
How a Simple Proposal ERC 20 Birthed the ICO Wave & How to Mainstream Web 3, Fabian Vogelsteller of LUKSO
41:29

We talk with Fabian Vogelsteller, core contributor to the Ethereum protocol who has created some of the most used and impactful innovations in Web 3 from the ERC 20 standard (over 250k deployed, 4 of which market cap over $1bn) to the Ethereum Wallet (100m wallets) and Web3.js (over 50k projects, double Facebook’s Machine Learning Diary). Now Founder of LUKSO he explains why he next goal is to onboard mainstream users, and in particular women, into Web 3 as well as fixing ICOs with the rICO (reverse ICO) this time in collaboration with regulators.

Jun 15, 2020
Realising The Meta Verse through Virtual Reality & Blockchain, Artur Sychov of Somnium Space
41:05

Artur Sychov,Founder & CEO of Somnium Space talks about the convergence of blockchain with AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) to go well beyond the early visions of Second Life to realise an interconnected virtual world, The Metaverse, with security of ownership, authenticity of origin for our digital goods and wealth. He also talks about how Somnium is focused on delivering a truly persistent experience and how they address the digital immortality of users.

Jun 15, 2020
Investing in Web 3 & The Trust Spectrum, Kyle Samani of Multicoin Capital
43:48

Kyle Samani, Managing Partner at Multicoin Capital discusses the future of Web 3 with host Jamie, describing it as the most direct way humanity's ever invented to explicitly codify incentives into software. They explore the history of the web, the future of the web and what they think is going to be needed to get there.

Jun 15, 2020
What's going on in the Indian Crypto scene? Nischal Shetty of WazirX
38:10

Nischal Shetty the Founder of WazirX, India's largest crypto exchange, talks about its challenges operating in a restricted business environment, and his role in lobbying and succeeding regulatory change. He also shares about his journey as a serial web entrepreneur, what's different running a Web 3 startup and his multi million dollar partnership and venture fund with Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, to make India a leading crypto nation. 

Jun 03, 2020
Regulation and innovation in Crypto, Peteris Zilgalvis of The European Commission
40:54

Jamie talks to Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Digital Single Market & Blockchain European Commission, and long time advocate for the potential of crypto and Web 3 about The Commission’s ‘innovation first’ approach to the space and the importance of these technologies to not just make The Web more secure and inclusive but also to decentralise the Data Economy and most importantly better distribute the benefits of AI. He discusses the Commission's attitudes towards innovations like ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation) and its pioneering €400M Blockchain & AI fund-of-funds mandate to support the local Web 3 ecosystem. 

Jun 03, 2020
Building startups to further Bitcoin & Self Sovereignty, Jameson Lopp, Co-Founder and CTO of Casa
42:09

Jameson is the archetypal Bitcoiner and Co-Founder & CTO of Casa, a startup dedicated to helping people realise self sovereignty and secure their personal wealth through Bitcoin. We talk about self sovereignty as a movement and how its emergent technology can secure not just Bitcoin but a growing number of forms of digital wealth and assets like NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) and personal data. We explore innovating in a sometimes adversarial techno-belief system, his learning building products on open source and in particular The Lightning Network. And as a security expert we explore the power of open source and decentralized ledgers to create more secure systems.

 

 

Jun 03, 2020
How to Beat Surveillance Capitalism, Brendan Eich of Brave
56:29

Brendan is Founder and CEO of Brave Browser. As the creator of JavaScript at Netscape in the 90’s he talks about how it’s success and ubiquity alongside cookies and behavioural tracking led to the business model of Surveillance Capitalism that has come to dominate The Web. We discuss how the industrialisation of the Ad Tech ecosystem, and its layers of intermediation, has not only led to erosion of user privacy but also a poor web experience and how Brave’s Basic Attention Token incentivises a better outcome for publishers, users and brands.

Jun 03, 2020
How crypto was ‘made in China', Dovey Wan of Primitive Ventures
51:07

Dovey Wan is a leading VC in Web 3 and has been bridging Silicon Valley to the Asian crypto scene for several years on Twitter and as advisor to Coindesk and Michael Arrington. We talk about her seminal 2018 post ‘Decentralized Journey to the East’ and it’s key themes: how China’s crypto scene emerged out of the hardware used to power Bitcoin mining, to the retail secondary markets and their exchanges that have come to dominate the global crypto markets. We explore the Asian or Kimchi Premium in Korea, crypto’s  ‘9’11’, ‘’9-4’’ in the wake of Chinese regulatory clampdown, how it created a global asian crypto diaspora, how Silicon Valley lost its unfair advantage in Web  3 and why crypto is a Matrix like battleground between privacy orientated Neos and central bank digital currency Agent Smith. 

Jun 03, 2020
The role of DAOs in Web 3, Peter Pan of MetaCartel
42:31

Peter is community lead at Meta Cartel, an innovative Web 3 ecosystem of creators and operators building decentralized applications (DApps) on Ethereum. He discusses the foundational role of DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) in Web 3 a means of organising around public works enabled by blockchain, cryptocurrency and smart contracts. They explore the importance of community in Web 3, its fusion with gaming culture and how there is already a whole generation who will never work for a company and  will only ever know digital wealth. 

 

Jun 01, 2020
Building a New Data Economy with Blockchains, Trent McConaghy of Ocean Protocol
43:47

Trent McConaghy, is not only one of the early blockchain entrepreneurs founding several startups in the space, most recently Ocean Protocol, a decentralised data marketplace that enables a New Data Economy but an AI founder who enjoyed a big exit. He explains how Ocean can break down entrenched data silos across industries and allows for the gains of Big Data and AI to be more evenly distributed across society. As the founder of  the global token engineering community we talk about why the principles of ‘engineering’ are critical to building safe infrastructure for a new multi billion dollar digital economy centered on Web 3.

May 22, 2020
Long-Tail Economics & Mainstreaming Web 3, Eyal Hertzog of Bancor
55:41

Eyal Herzog is founder of Bancor Network and a serial entrepreneur with decades of startup experience building one of the first video streaming platforms back in 1998, Metacafe, which rivaled Youtube for a while with millions of users and knows about building digital products that go mainstream. He explains his journey in pioneering digital currencies as early as 2012, before he knew even about Bitcoin, and how through this he built his appreciation for long-tail economics and the importance of liquidity that led to Bancor which has become a key part in the formation of the global crypto capital market. We also discuss his new venture DWEB and its mission to allow communities of developers and entrepreneurs to collaboratively launch, own and operate web apps comparable to the Facebooks and Ubers of Web 2 without the need to understand crypto.

May 07, 2020
Onboarding The 99% of Developers Into Web 3, Illia Polosukhin of NEAR
45:42

Illia Polosukhin left Google, where he made significant contributions to Google Translate and Tensorflow, to co-found NEAR Protocol and talks about how he and his founding team’s background in competitive coding (all being various ICPC champions, an elite coding olympics) and  their work teaching computers to code informed how they went on to build an intuitive NEARs Web 3 Stack, so it could easy enough to use that it could onboard the 99% of developers and now backed by the likes of Andreessen HorowitzPantera, Multicoin, Coinbase Ventures, and Pantera Capital.

May 07, 2020
Privacy & Collaborative Learning in Web 3, Can Kisagun of Enigma
42:55

Can Kisagun, Co-Founder of Enigma, a cutting edge protocol that allows for ‘secret contracts’, smart contracts that allow for the sharing of secrets that can be used to power collaborative machine learning, talks about his journey as a spin out MIT with his professor, and the challenges of bringing a token backed protocol to life from the US. We go deep into the possibilities of allowing a new more collaborative data economy, to move away from data silos, on big Impact areas like health, in particular situations like Corona and discuss new possibilities in the governance and coordination of distributed systems.

May 07, 2020
Finding Purpose in Web 3, Rene Reinsberg of Celo
47:05

Jamie discusses the importance of purpose to mobilise communities in Web 3 with Rene Reinsberg, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Celo. He shares Celo’s intense social mission to finally deliver on the decade long promise for crypto-currencies to achieve genuine financial inclusion when compared to Libra and how he convinced some of Silicon Valley’s largest VCs like A16z that it was good business. He talks about how this mission gave them the discipline to focus on delivering what was truly important to make a more efficient financial system that gets money to parts of the economy that need it most, and deliver on a mobile-first platform solution based upon secure and stable digital currencies. We also discuss the power of programmable money to finally make innovations like local currencies and digital cooperatives mainstream.

May 07, 2020
Scaling a Web 2.5 Unicorn For Enterprise, David Rutter of R3
42:26

David Rutter is CEO and Co-Founder of R3, a global blockchain consortium made up of the worlds largest financial services companies, founded in 2014, and the first to build momentum behind a ‘blockchain not bitcoin’ narrative that raised the profile of the whole industry in an enterprise context. He talks candidly about the difficult decision to open source Corda very early on, what is now becoming the de facto enterprise blockchain stack in regulated markets, and as a seasoned entrepreneur (pioneering early electronic trading systems in the 90’s) his approach to engaging incumbents and regulators when compared to competitors like Ethereum’s Consensys and what he sees as the naivety of Facebook Libra.

May 07, 2020
Timing Innovation in Web 3, Brock Pierce of Block One
01:00:05

Brock Pierce has been at the heart of almost every major innovation and event in Web 3 from being an early investor in and Chairman of The Bitcoin Foundation. He has raised more funding for crypto startups than anyone else on the planet, pioneering the first Initial Coin Offering with Mastercoin in 2013 which triggered the lead up the $20bn 2017 ‘ICO Boom’. He co-founded Blockchain Capital the first blockchain VC and with them conducted the first STO (Security Token Offering) and with EOS conducted not just the largest ICO but largest crowdfunding event in history raising $4bn. As an investor, he was one of the largest backers of Ethereum ICO but also cofounded Tether the first asset-backed stablecoin. He talks candidly about how being an early founder in gaming and esports in the 90s and 00s gave him an edge in understanding the rising importance of digital currency & assets like NFTs as well as how we grow a powerful community of founders, once described as the ‘Crypto Illuminati’, to build information asymmetry to spot market opportunities.

May 07, 2020
Building a Web 3 Stack From Scratch, Muneeb Ali of Blockstack
55:47

Muneeb talks about his journey leaving academia at Princeton to fix what he saw as a broken internet. Initially going through Y Combinator he and his co-founder continued to develop an end-to-end Web 3 stack that went on to become Blockstack through 4 years of R&D, attracting investment from the likes of Naval Ravikant, USV, DCG and Fenbushi uniquely not as a decentralised network but as a US domiciled startup with regular employees. He discusses the hard path of working with the SEC to conduct the first Reg A + token offering raising over $23m and taking a rigorous phased engineering approach to making Web 3 a reality, winning 8k active devs and 0ver 270 DApps.

May 07, 2020
Blitzscaling In Web 3, CZ of Binance
52:29

CZ Founder of Binance discusses the art of ‘blitzscaling’ to become the largest crypto exchange by trading volume in the world, with millions of users and billions of dollars in revenue. He talks through how to spot and execute on a ‘10 x’ market improvement opportunity, the challenges of running a ‘public’ token backed company, the role of ICOs and IEOs, what it means to be a internet native organisation and the growing importance of digital assets to the global economy.

May 05, 2020