Web3 and human flourishing in the developing world :: with Daniel Wilson, PhD
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Daniel Wilson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-wilson-phd-46956b35) and I continue our conversation from last episode to dive into how Web3 can (and should) be used to help promote human flourishing. We talk about the basics of Web3, how creators can receive direct compensation for their work easily from anywhere in the world, the implications of programmable money for developing communities, the story behind Daniel’s startup (https://smartstream.app/), and how NFTs can be used to start all kinds of businesses and NGOs globally.
Advancing Human Language Technology for International Literacy and Development :: with Daniel Wilson, PhD
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Daniel Wilson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-wilson-phd-46956b35) and I discuss his work with International Literacy and Development (ILAD, https://ilad.ngo/), specifically in the area of human language technology. We talk about the landscape of low-resourced languages that are unfortunately going extinct, why it’s important to preserve these language communities, and how technology can be used to develop languages and promote literacy. We also tee-up how Web3 will be able to accelerate literacy and development work worldwide, which talk about in more depth in Part 2 (which will be released next week).
Reflections from BanyanDAO's Web3 Training Day, and the dangerous forces of NFT clubs
Will's General Newsletter (Weekly) :: May 3, 2022
Scaling DAOs, dynamic NFTs, and how/why to get involved with BanyanDAO :: with Mike Anderson
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Mike Anderson (https://twitter.com/mikeyanderson) and I discuss the latest updates with BanyanDAO (https://www.BanyanDAO.xyz), scaling DAOs, and NFT strategies for product managers. We also talk about management and operations nuances in DAOs vs. traditional organizations, the Yuga Labs Otherdeeds drop last weekend, the phenomenon of dynamic NFTs that change based on interactions, and the steps you can take (and should take!) to get more involved with BanyanDAO.
Have you registered for this Friday's Web3 Training Day event yet? (Plus, a new podcast on evaluating NFT clubs, and a question about DAO tooling)
Will's Weekly Newsletter :: Apr 26, 2022
Evaluating NFT clubs: Incentives, promises, and roadmaps :: with Jesse Bryan (BAYC #1361)
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Jesse Bryan (https://twitter.com/JesseBryan) and I continue our conversation from episode 89 to discuss multiple aspects of NFTs and NFT clubs. We talk about the history of NFTs, the differences between Moonbirds, Crypto Punks and Bored Ape Yacht Club, the important nuances of intellectual property ownership and licensing, airdrops, community, “staking” of NFTs, cybersecurity, and thoroughly evaluating a team and their roadmap before deciding where to spend your time and money.
Web3 Product Management, BanyanDAO, and our April 29th Training Day Event for leveling up in Web3 :: with Mike Anderson
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Mike Anderson (https://twitter.com/mikeyanderson) and I talk about all-things BanyanDAO (https://www.BanyanDAO.xyz) and its upcoming April 29th Training Day event to teach Web3 product architecture, design, and management (https://www.banyandao.xyz/web3-product-manager-training-event). In this conversation we cover the history of BanyanDAO, how Mike has been helping to coordinate teams in a decentralized fashion within the organization, the difference between “Pre-season” and “Season 1”, the details of the upcoming event, and what outcomes/topics are most compelling to Mike as someone who is leveling up in Web3.
Marketing NFTs effectively, and the promise of Web3 to help us create a better world
Will's General Newsletter (Weekly) :: April 12, 2022
Strategies and tactics for marketing NFT projects successfully :: with Arvin Khamseh
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Arvin Khamseh (https://twitter.com/arvinknft) and I discuss the NFT landscape in terms of current best practices for how to build and market to a community of buyers and evangelists. We talk about the wide variety of NFT use-cases, the importance of a compelling team and roadmap in an NFT project, and a number of extremely practical tips for how to market an NFT collection successfully based on Arivin’s impressive track record in the space.
Financial literacy and Web3 investing for teens: the TryStack.io story :: with Will Rush
In this episode of Ventures, my guest Will Rush (https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-rush/) and I discuss his new startup, Stack (https://www.trystack.io/). Stack is all about promoting financial literacy and practical Web3/Crypto knowledge for investors under 18 years old. We talk about Stack’s five-point strategy of encouraging teens to consider long-term holding, diversification, periodic saving, engagement, and continual learning about the areas they are investing in. We also talk about NFTs, fixed-income products in DeFi, and general advice for teens looking for side hustles and entrepreneurial success.
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.
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.
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.
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?