Journal May 17th, 2022

  • Read Google All Set To Launch ‘Advanced Web Apps Fund
  • Read "State of Crypto"
    • Introducing the 2022 State of Crypto Report - a16z crypto
      • This article overall does a poor job of "The State of Crypto" - it should read "The state of a16z's investments in Crypto". The full summary is here is more interesting.
    • Wrt to "Crypto" I just still don't know where I am in this space.
      • Do I like the idea of a globally distributed database, authentication, payments, etc. Yes.
      • Do I like or even understand the million different coins and NFT projects. No.
    • “price-innovation” cycle.
      • 2020 -
      • I thought this was a made up term, but then went down a rabbit hole on Google Scholar
      • There's mixed terminology being used imo.
        • A16Z if focusing on an increasing price driving an innovation cycle. Hype.
        • Many papers are referring price being a key driver of customer acquisition and companies "innovate" in price space and manage strategies around that. Additionally, lower prices mean there needs to be lower costs.
        • I personally don't think the term "price innovation" in both senses makes sense. I feel like A16Z is trying to force a term to be used to replace the term "Hype". That's not to say that things don't great created an innovation is not happening though
      • I've spoken to a number of founders and VP's at crypto related companies who have said similar things, however the framing that I hear is that there is too much hype driven by the current prices, when there is a crash/reset there is a nice quiet period where people who have ideas stick with it.
    • "Founders who swore off tech and the internet in the aftermath of the dotcom crash missed the best opportunities of the decade: cloud computing, social networks, online video streaming, smartphones… Now is the time to consider what the equivalent successes will be in web3."
      • Feels kinda optimistic.
    • "NFT"
      • "The take-rates of web3 platforms offer fairer economic terms."
        • It feels like arbritage right now. The creators who are first, fare best.
        • Comparison to Twitter, FB, YT seems odd. Free service vs ... FB and Twitter never have said they will monetize you.
      • The numbers here are just bizarre. I don't believe you can trust any of the numbers in this part of the report. It's comparing actual $ payments from services with services that are not back by $.
        • 22,000 creators vs millions on other platforms, and then using averages to present this as the state. Play with the same numbers please.
        • The creator number is off as well, it's caveated as the number of ERC-721 and ERC-1155 tokens.... I mean, that's not a creator, that's like saying each YT video is a creator. Right?
      • "Take rate" 30% vs 2.5%, but it's not accounting for transaction fee's that are provided by the platforms either, nor creator fees.
      • I wish it talked more about memberships.
    • "We estimate there are somewhere between 7M and 50M active Ethereum users today. (Compared to the internet, that puts us somewhere around the year 1995.)"
      • At least an order of magnitude difference... and it puts it towards "1991" on the lower bound.
  • We had an internal team session about screenrecording
  • GitHub - myeveryheart/squoosh-browser: An image compression tool run in browser while @squoosh/lib can not.

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