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Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs): Voting, governance, and lessons from history :: with Dr. Alexandra Sims

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Dr. Alexandra Sims (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-sims-833a8123/) and I talk about various academic and practical operational nuances of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). Alex wrote her PhD thesis last year on DAOs (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3971228), and in this episode we talk about the various types of DAOs, jurisdiction issues, voting and governance mechanisms, and advice for new on-chain organizations forming today to learn lessons from previous DAOs and traditional decentralized organizations that existed long before blockchains.

Storytelling, DAOs, and telling the truth in traditional organizations

Will's General Newsletter (Weekly) :: March 22, 2022

Leadership via storytelling in DAOs and traditional organizations :: with Jesse Bryan

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Jesse Bryan (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessebryan/) and I discuss the power of storytelling when leading an organization of people. This conversation dives into not only how a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) can reinforce vision and mission with story, but also how traditional corporations can (and should) conduct themselves when interacting with customers. We talk about how a Commodity + Story = Product, how to keep the main thing the main thing, how stories + status are the two pedals of moving an organization forward cohesively, and how/why to tell stories in conversational language as a business.

What traditional art collectors think of NFTs, and more info about BanyanDAO's April 29th Training Day event

Will's Weekly Newsletter :: March 15th, 2022

Three reasons why I'm excited about BanyanDAO's April 29, 2022 Training Day event for leveling-up into Web3 product management

BanyanDAO is a new Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) devoted to promoting human flourishing by growing a community of entrepreneurial leaders. We are a group of 150+ people, most of whom have never met each other in real life (IRL), coming together to - initially - host a Training Day event on April 29, 2022 to help people level-up from Web2 into Web3 product architecture, design, and management.

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs): The good, bad, ugly, ridiculous, and awesome :: with Jameeleh Shelo

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Jameeleh Shelo (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameelehshelo/) and I discuss NFTs from the perspective of the traditional art community. In short, NFTs are shaking things up and freaking everyone out, even though the market has recently cooled off (relatively speaking). We talk about what NFTs are, why they have been so trendy the last year, how regulators should think about them, and how new markets and metaverses are going to open up many more opportunities for entrepreneurs - and use cases - than we can possibly imagine today.

X-to-earn, and the future of Web3 social media

Will's General Newsletter (Weekly) :: March 8, 2022

My hope for Web3 social media

Last November (2021), Solana Ventures and Alexis Ohanian announced a $100M initiative for Web3 social media. Alexis also led an $18m round recently into Rainbow App, which plans to ramp up its social media efforts. Overall, there seems to be a rush toward recreating Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, TikTok, etc. in Web3. But let’s step back for a moment. Is this a good thing? Do we really need an exact replica of existing social media platforms, but owned and governed by “the people”? Will that fix the fundamental problems?

Play-to-Earn, building in Web3, and the Arena.gl story :: with Chase Thompson

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Chase Thompson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chasejthompson/) and I talk about the Play-to-Earn space, how to build in Web3 as a product manager and entrepreneur, and his story building https://arena.gl. We dive into topics such as Web3 gaming, token models, DAOs, NFTs, the types of games that can be played on Arena, the next waves in Web3 that are coming for entrepreneurs to take advantage of, and how to practically dive into Web3 to learn more and start building.

DAOs are more of a game-changer than any of us realize

Will's Newsletter (Weekly) :: March 1, 2022

Governance, legal, and incentive structures for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) :: with Angela Angelovska-Wilson and Mike Anderson

In this episode of Ventures, my guests Angela Angelovska-Wilson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/angela-angelovska-wilson-38600a1/), Mike Anderson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeandersonjr/), and I discuss three major issues with DAOs: (1) operational governance structures, (2) legal and jurisdiction issues, and (3) various types of incentives for founders and participants in DAOs. For informational purposes only, we talk specifically about our experience launching BanyanDAO (https://www.banyandao.xyz/), how Angela advises DAOs from a legal perspective given her background and extensive professional experience in the space, and how DAOs design incentive models. More than just financial incentives (which are, of course, important), DAOs should clearly communicate with their communities about the unique opportunity of learning/building together as a scaled and decentralized team from the start.

Data sovereignty, identity, and Web3 101

Will's General Newsletter (Weekly) :: Feb 22, 2022

The evolution of identity and data sovereignty in Web1, Web2, and Web3 :: with David Harding and Solomon Cates

In this episode of Ventures, my guests David Harding (https://www.linkedin.com/in/daveh003/), Solomon Cates (https://www.linkedin.com/in/solcates/), and I discuss all-things identity and data sovereignty leading up to - and within - the present Web3 era. We tee-up a framework to think about identity verification and data warehousing, cryptocurrencies vs. Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), Identity Assurance Levels (IALs), Presentation Attack Detection (PAD), and how to think about building Web3 applications with a realistic hybrid of both centralized and decentralized identity verification and control services.

Back to the fundamentals of people, metaverses, and DAOs

Will's General Newsletter (Weekly) :: Feb 15, 2022

How to prioritize people, relationships, and communication when venture building and investing :: with Linda Olson and Laura Yunger

In this episode of Ventures, my guests Linda Olson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-olson-cpc-cfa-55885858/), Laura Yunger (https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurayunger/), and I discuss the often-overlooked value of people and communication alignment when building and investing in businesses. This is an episode I wish I had 20+ years ago when starting out my entrepreneurial career. Based on their extensive experience coaching and investing in entrepreneurs, Laura and Linda also talk frankly about how to avoid burnout and stay maximally healthy with your team.