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Episode 383: Mike Dudas, sixth Man Ventures – Investing in Web3 & The Metaverse Whereas Launching LinksDAO – Meb Faber Analysis

Episode 383: Mike Dudas, sixth Man Ventures – Investing in Web3 & The Metaverse Whereas Launching LinksDAO


Visitor: Mike Dudas is the founder and Normal Associate of sixth Man Ventures, a VC agency targeted on investing in Web3 and the metaverse. He lately helped launch LinksDAO, which raised over $10 million in lower than 48 hours and is creating the trendy golf & leisure membership. Beforehand, he labored at Disney, Google, and Venmo with development and enterprise growth.

Date Recorded: 1/12/2022     |     Run-Time: 1:02:38

Abstract: In at the moment’s episode, we’ve a primer on Web3 from somebody who’s deploying over $100 million into the area over the following few years. We begin with an summary of stablecoins and their position in Web3. Then we get into NFTs and the way they relate to DAO’s – decentralized autonomous organizations. We even hear how Mike helped launch LinksDAO, which raised over $10 million in 48 hours with the aim of making one of many world’s biggest golf golf equipment.

As we wind down, we hear about some current portfolio names and why Mike is bullish on the metaverse.  Mike’s media and fintech expertise at Disney, Google, YouTube & Venmo provides him a novel perspective on Web3 and the metaverse.

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Hyperlinks from the Episode:

  • 0:39 – Intro
  • 1:24 – Welcome to our visitor, Mike Dudas
  • 2:29 – Early profession at Disney, Google and Venmo
  • 9:14 – Working for Paxos
  • 12:30 – Overview of Web3
  • 15:49 – Overview of stablecoins & their significance
  • 25:45 – Overview of NFTs
  • 29:36 – Mike’s involvement with LinksDAO
  • 40:20 – The opportunity of a DAO shopping for an expert sports activities crew
  • 45:45 – The main focus of his agency, 6th Man Ventures
  • 49:25 – Some cool corporations he’s invested in
  • 55:23 – The most important factor he desires to see come to fruition in 2022
  • 57:59 – Study extra about Mike; Twitter @mdudas;


Transcript of Episode 383:

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Meb: What’s up, pals? We obtained an incredible present at the moment. Our visitor is the founder and common companion of sixth Man Ventures, specializing in investing in web3 infrastructure and the metaverse. In at the moment’s present, we’ve a primer on web3 from somebody who will probably be deploying over 100 million bucks into the area over the following few years. We begin with an summary of stablecoins and their position on web3. Then we get into NFTs and the way they relate to DAOs, decentralized autonomous organizations. We even hear how our visitor helped launch LinksDAO, which raised over 10 million bucks in 48 hours, with the aim – creating one of many world’s biggest golf golf equipment. As we wind down, we hear about some current portfolio names and why he’s bullish on the metaverse. Please get pleasure from this episode, with sixth Man Ventures’ Mike Dudas.

Meb: Mike, welcome to the present.

Mike: Thanks, sir. Pleasure to be right here. Recognize the invite.

Meb: The place do we discover you at the moment?

Mike: I’m within the nice state of New York, within the biggest metropolis of New York. How about your self?

Meb: Los Angeles. It’s a balmy 75 levels in January, which I used to complain about. I don’t anymore. I miss New York although. It provides the boots-on-the-ground vibe. What’s it like proper there? I have to get again.

Mike: It’s a tricky month. New York was hopping. Over the summer time, I imply, it was the place to be, significantly for folk within the crypto area like me. Fall was unbelievable, was heat and regular, simply completely electrical. After which omicron got here and simply kind of shut all the things down during the last couple of weeks. After which the chilly got here. So now I want I used to be in L.A., Miami, or all of the locations that lots of my pals have fled to over the previous couple of years. However we nonetheless adore it, and New York people, as you understand, are die-hards, and we’re going to get via this.

Meb: Properly, you’re definitely welcome to return go to anytime. We’ll be right here. We’ll host you.

Mike: That’s the plan. I’ve obtained a number of journey deliberate. I feel this subsequent couple of weeks, not, however late February, getting rolling, getting out of city.

Meb: All proper. So we’re going to go deep into crypto and DAO, and all the things. I really feel like we must always begin just a little bit along with your background, as a result of you’re a long-time vet of kind of conventional media FinTech world. You bought your begin at Disney. Was this like dressed up as Goofy operating round Disneyland? What have been you doing?

Mike: Yeah, that’s what most of my pals thought, however really, I used to be as near a go well with as you may be. So I used to be working in that…there’s this, like, legendary, for higher or worse, group referred to as company strategic planning that was run by Kevin Meyer and a man named Peter Murphy, Tom Murphy earlier than that, and it was this group beneath Michael Eisner after which beneath Bob Iger, that mainly labored with the enterprise items on their strategic planning, company growth M&A, high-level technique, after which labored on lots of the large exterior offers we did. So I labored within the cable and broadcasting group, and I used to be mainly an Excel spreadsheet jockey, engaged on our MBA rights deal for ABC and ESPN from 2002 to 2008. Comcast tried to purchase us whereas I used to be there from 2001 to 2004, so presenting our truthful market worth to the board to keep away from a hostile takeover. Every kind of thrilling issues, mainly being proper within the stomach of the beast, significantly better than being a banker, in my thoughts, since you’re successfully doing the banking operate however immediately inside an organization.

Meb: What was the following cease? So that you stated, “All proper, I’ve had sufficient of this Walt’s world.” You went then Google, is that proper, or Venmo? The place have been you?

Mike: Unwinding method. So, yeah, I’m 42. I prefer to say I’m a junior boomer.

Meb: I’m going to steal that. I like that. Boomer in coaching.

Mike: I’m a crypto boomer, after which in every single place else, I’m kind of a junior boomer. The 2004 to 2009 interval was sort of a winding method, however I misplaced a few years to enterprise college. I had lots of enjoyable, however…

Meb: Whereabouts?

Mike: I went to Kellogg. And, look, it’s an exquisite college, however for me, it was just a little bit extra of the identical as a result of I’d been an econ and enterprise main in school. However I had enjoyable, met unbelievable individuals who I nonetheless do enterprise with. After which I moved to New York in 2007. So I’d grown up in Connecticut. I’d look to the large metropolis. I’m a fan of all of the worst sports activities groups on this planet, the Jets, the Mets, the Knicks. So I had by no means lived within the metropolis and labored in tech. So in 2007, joined a startup backed by Fred Wilson at Union Sq. Ventures and Financial institution Capital, on-line music startup, didn’t go anyplace however met unbelievable folks. Then I ended up at YouTube in 2009. So Google, on the time, was a lot, a lot smaller than it’s at the moment. And spent a yr engaged on YouTube, they usually kind of let people at the moment transfer into totally different teams in the event that they have been doing fascinating work and doing job. So I used to be lucky sufficient to be actually, actually early on the Google Pockets crew, which is now Google Pay.

Meb: Good. After which, sooner or later, you have been simply hanging out on Reddit and stated, “Wait a minute, what’s this crypto factor happening over right here?” Was that the following step within the evolution, or what occurred subsequent?

Mike: Yeah. So since I’m, once more, a boomer, it didn’t occur fairly that quick. Despite the fact that at the moment, people who find themselves, like, 18 are constructing, like, probably the most thrilling crypto protocols and primitives, it took me lots longer to seek out it. So labored for 3 years at Google Pay and realized it was going to take a decade for that product to achieve maturation. So I moved to Venmo when Venmo had 30,000 customers and was owned by Braintree on the time, which is kind of the unique predecessor of Stripe. Stripe actually executed extremely effectively in funds and some strains of code. Ethos, over the previous decade. Braintree was doing an incredible job, and nonetheless does. Anyway, with Uber and Airbnb as our prospects, they have been considering new progressive methods of accepting funds, and so whereas I used to be there, we talked with Coinbase about Bitcoin funds. So this was when the price of the Bitcoin community was a lot decrease, and the thought was that you simply’d have very low price, always-on, almost free international funds. Within the meantime, PayPal purchased Braintree. Venmo shelved that plan. It was an incredible concept to shelve it. We have been really acquired by David Marcus, who later went on to do some fascinating issues at Fb, with Novi, however he was actually early to seeing the promise of cell funds. A superb acquisition for PayPal that I feel most likely added $100-billion-plus in market cap to that firm. So I purchased Bitcoin then. I used to be, like, “Wow, this factor is wonderful, always-on, censorship resisting, international community funds. Superb. Signal me up.” And I sort of held and didn’t do a lot with it for about 4 years. Began a conventional firm referred to as Button within the cell commerce area, enterprise capital-backed right here in New York.

After which we have been having our second child. I used to be out on paternity go away. It was late 2017. I’m seeing Ethereum was mooning, Bitcoin’s mooning. You’re seeing all these ICOs occur. And my pals, my regular pals, the normies, began asking, “Hey, Dudas. I do know you have been early to crypto. I did Bitcoin. What ought to I be doing?” And I jumped into Telegram chats, and I jumped into WhatsApp and Slack. And subsequent factor you knew, I used to be, like, it was all-consuming, which it caught happening the rabbit gap or taken a rat capsule. And also you’re seeing one other cycle of that occur at the moment. Properly, that occurred to me in 2017. I jumped in and began an organization referred to as The Block, which, now, 100 folks plus, some of the respected, credible media analysis data information sources in crypto. And on the time, although, it was simply created as a result of I couldn’t determine the very first thing. I used to be, like, “I don’t know what the hell is happening right here.” I’d ask a query. Someone would reply. I’d have 10 extra. And I knew it takes a crew to grasp something in crypto.

So anyway, I assumed I used to be going to go clear up all these issues, reply questions for a broader market of parents. However this being 2018, by the point we raised an early-round capital, a few million bucks, we have been on a dead-on bear market. Worth rapidly went from 20k to, like, 3,800 by the top of 2018. And these cycles kind of repeat, so we constructed via the bear. I ended up promoting The Block final yr. Made it again to the crew. They’re doing an unbelievable job rising that enterprise. And I sort of was making an attempt to determine, “Hey, what do I wish to do subsequent?” And, effectively, it’s crypto, and crypto is cash, largely, traditionally, but additionally, as we glance in direction of what’s coming subsequent, you’d heard this time period web3, and I do know it’s a controversial time period, however it’s this notion that if we kind of rebuild the web, we’re going to have the ability to construct it in a method the place all stakeholders have the power to have some possession of the networks they take part in. They’re going to have the ability to take part in governance, in coordination, and incentivize utilization of future networks. We’re actually, actually early in that journey, however it’s one which excites me. So I wished to leap in and play an element in constructing that as each an investor but additionally as a builder. So bought The Block final yr, spent a yr working at Paxos on our stablecoin enterprise. Stablecoins are critically vital to the way forward for crypto as a result of we have to get crypto into folks’s wallets.

Meb: Clarify to listeners what’s Paxos.

Mike: Paxos is a crypto infrastructure-as-a-service firm. In order that they energy PayPal’s crypto product. They energy Mercado Pago’s. The most important stablecoin issuer on this planet. What a stablecoin is, is successfully…it’s a token that’s pegged to the worth of one thing else. Most stablecoins are pegged to the worth of {dollars}, some to the euro. Paxos additionally has tokens pegged to the worth of gold, so commodities. They’re engaged on tokenized securities, actually a broad vary of issues which might be occurring. They’re rebuilding the monetary infrastructure that kind of is 40, 50 years outdated, such that, over the following decade, 10 to twenty years, we’re going to maneuver to a a lot, significantly better monetary infrastructure, the place, for instance, when you’ve got an unique possession, you’re not going to have to attend three days to unwind it. Whereas the market goes nukes, you’ll be capable to unwind it nearly instantaneously.

Meb: So this led you…you bought The Block, after which, what was subsequent?

Mike: I joined Paxos as a result of I wished to work on two issues. So adoption of crypto is my primary factor. I actually consider that each as cash and tokens, as I discussed, as possession and coordination mechanisms for networks and merchandise that we’re going to make use of sooner or later are critically vital. They’re adjoining use instances, they usually work collectively, however they’re totally different. Bitcoin, to me, retailer worth. It’s cash for funds. Stablecoin, cash for funds. Whereas among the different tokens on the market are referred to as the networks of worth creation and coordination. So I wished to work on each. I’d have my cake and eat it too. So I labored full-time at Paxos, getting stablecoins and crypto into folks’s wallets. Okay. So we did partnerships with Fb Novi to get stablecoin into Novi pockets. It’s now accessible on WhatsApp. So you possibly can really, in some international locations, ship stablecoin from the U.S. to a different nation, which is de facto vital. It’s going to enhance remittances, in the long term, to have that be accessible, but additionally simply getting Bitcoin, Ethereum, and different tokens into PayPal pockets, into Mercado Pago, and a bunch of others. So I feel that’s actually vital.

However that’s simply the beginning. The opposite factor and the factor that really actually, actually, actually excites is as soon as these tokens are in a pockets, what do then folks do with it? And what can occur is…so at the moment, when you’ve got a PayPal saved stability, saved worth stability, that is caught there. You’ll be able to solely use it with PayPal retailers. You’ll be able to transfer it to a different one that has a PayPal pockets. After you have a stablecoin and/or cryptocurrency and a PayPal pockets that is ready to be transferred and rides on public blockchains, it opens up an entire new world. I can then transfer it to a self-custodial pockets, whether or not that be Rainbow Pockets, or MetaMask, or Phantom on Solana, and I can begin utilizing it with decentralized functions. That’s the place issues begin to get actually thrilling.

So I raised a enterprise fund referred to as sixth Man Ventures, $7.4-million fund. We invested in corporations which might be constructing out that web3 infrastructure and utility layer. After which, quick ahead 12 months, I moved to an advisor position at Paxos this month, and I raised a second fund with a few companions referred to as sixth Man Ventures fund, $225-million fund, to proceed to spend money on those self same issues, web3 infrastructure functions and tooling.

Meb: Superior. All proper. So we lead you up until now. You bought a bunch of powder and a warfare chest to go make investments. That’s thrilling. Why don’t you give us…earlier than we begin diving into possibly some particular use instances, stroll us via kind of the evolution of this entire web1, web2, web3 kind of dialogue. I don’t really feel like our listeners…we’ve talked an excessive amount of on this matter. So why don’t you give us the fool’s information to web3? What’s it, the overview? After which we’ll department from there.

Mike: There’s been lots of discuss. A few of the main voices in kind of web1, web2, web3 are Chris Dixon. Mainly, the thought was that web1 was kind of the primary stage. This was sort of just like the ’90s, and you’ll mainly have a handful of content material creators who would primarily be creating the content material after which distributing it out, kind of curating and distributing it out to people. We had, like, AOL, then you definately’d log in, they usually’d have their portals. And it was sort of like this a technique, identical to I’d learn the knowledge that was distributed to me.

Web2, it was extra like learn and write. So I may mainly learn data that was transmitted to me. I may additionally create my very own and transmit it again, whether or not that be Twitter, like a social community the place you and I can sort of talk backwards and forwards with each other, prompt messenger, issues of that nature. And so it was like learn/write.

The third stage, web3, is like learn/write/personal. So, now, I can learn what you write, I can ship issues again to you. I’m speaking by way of, like, shopper use instances right here, not by way of really technically what’s occurring. However the third piece is we will really personal a chunk of that community. So, for instance, if my contributions are actually vital and other people consider that, they might theoretically…the best instance that folks use is they will tip me for my contributions. They’ll possibly tip me. And also you’ve seen Twitter’s added, like, a tip characteristic. That’s a web2 model of it however a easy one to grasp. Sooner or later, that may really occur mechanically the place, by contributing to a community, I can really earn, whether or not or not it’s tokens or another factor of worth, through my contributions. After which, by incomes these, I then have the power to, for instance, let’s say, of possession, however theoretically, these networks are participatory. And I may kind of vote on the way forward for the community, and I may put proposals as much as be voted on, and so on.

So web1, kind of passive. Web2, backwards and forwards, participatory however with centralized intermediaries that might kind of deplatform, censor, you identify it. Web3, absolutely participatory and kind of owned by the group, more durable to censor. That is the last word imaginative and prescient. We’re not there but, clearly, with web3.

Meb: I used to be smiling as you’re speaking about this. The trivia query of the primary net transactions, so possibly that is net 0.0 within the ’70s with ARPANET, if I’m even announcing it proper. It was, in fact, a student-to-student Stanford-MIT hashish transaction. So, listeners, when you’re ever at your native pub and this trivia query comes up, that’s the reply. Clearly, it’s some early adopters within the ’70s buying and selling marijuana, as they most likely referred to as it then. All proper. So this growth is in its early levels. It’s thrilling, this idea, and we discuss lots about it on this podcast of inclusive capitalist, this possession kind of economic system concept. You talked about partially that stablecoins could be the foreign money or a foreign money in lots of your prior, earlier work. Can we possibly simply dig just a little deeper there and provides an explainer of sort of actually what the stablecoin scene is? There’s been lots within the information about Tether and others. However give it kind of the fundamentals after which the 201 stage, 301 stage, and we’ll get just a little deeper there earlier than we transfer on.

Mike: Good, yeah. So, mainly, a stablecoin, as I discussed, is a token that’s pegged to the worth of one thing else. The commonest factor that stablecoins are pegged to at the moment are {dollars}. Okay. So it’s a token that represents a greenback. And so utilizing that because the framework, and we’ll simply keep on with {dollars}, there are mainly regulated stablecoins, stablecoins which have major regulators who oversee them and mainly audit the mechanisms of how these stablecoins work, and people ones are absolutely kind of KYC-AML. So you understand the one that’s really buying the stablecoin on the best way in. Okay. So you possibly can’t be issued a brand new stablecoin until you’ve gone via a know-your-customer anti-money laundering course of. So these ones are referred to as, like, fiat stablecoins. They’re issued by corporations which might be regulated by major regulators like Paxos, like Gemini, after which some which might be licensed, which have cash transmitter licenses, like Circle, who points USDC. Then there are kind of barely much less regulated ones within the kind of gray zone, you talked about Tether, the place there’s probably not a major regulator. They’re perceived as secure sufficient for a lot of institutional buyers, however I’d say that the market might be saying they’re not perceived as secure sufficient for the common retail consumer. And in order that’s the kind of, like, fiat-backed stablecoin panorama. So that you’ve obtained the extremely regulated, licensed, after which the kind of possibly just a little bit on the gray space.

Subsequent, you’ve gotten…you progress in direction of decentralized stablecoins that aren’t KYC-AML fiat on-ramp. And that’s issues like Maker, like DAI makers. Maker Dai could be the first instance of that. These are usually over-collateralized. So I must deposit a cryptocurrency effectively above the quantity of stablecoin that I wish to convey out in order that I’ve collateral backing, the stablecoin that’s being issued to me.

After which the final grouping is algorithmic stablecoins, and people ones, mainly, have some kind of mathematical mannequin that tries to carry them to a peg via quite a lot of unique mechanisms, mainly, and usually have a paired token that goes with the stablecoin that may sort of be purchased or bought by speculators to maintain the stablecoin inside a secure peg vary. There are thousands and thousands of fashions of these, and we received’t go too deep on this name as a result of we’d be on the decision for hours. There’s a ton of individuals and tasks experimenting with algorithmic stablecoins, and there’s not an incredible historical past of these stablecoins sustaining their pegs for a perpetual period of time. However we’ll see people proceed to attempt, and I hope their success there. And the explanation that I hope their success is that having a secure greenback is essential to onboarding folks to crypto, as a result of when you’re going to have crypto functions that persons are going to make use of, if the one foreign money to make use of these functions is a extremely unstable cryptocurrency, it’s going to thwart adoption of web3 functions. You really have to have a secure foreign money that folks can sit in after they don’t wish to speculate however they purely wish to mainly put cash in to make use of a play-to-earn recreation or to make use of a web3 utility.

So you possibly can think about, a few years down the street, you’ll have a pockets that’ll have some Bitcoin, some Ethereum, after which some stablecoin in it, and the stablecoin must be that factor which you could sort of be assured will at all times exist if you wish to use a web3 utility, and on the time that you simply wish to use the appliance, you may swap your stablecoin into the foreign money of the appliance that you simply wish to use takes.

Meb: So, listeners listening in, when you have been to look out on the horizon, 2022, 2023, 2025, the place do you sort of see the stablecoin panorama shifting, adopting, shifting? Should you may simply placed on a prediction hat or simply say, how does this kind of shake out within the subsequent couple of years when you may guess?

Mike: So if I have been to guess, we’re going to see a large development in stablecoin issuance and circulation. And one factor to recollect is, I discussed KYC-AML, the KYC-AML, these assessments occur on the on- and off-ramp levels, however within the center, definitely, a regulated stablecoin, you may freeze stablecoins in the event that they’re in custodial wallets. Like, in the event that they’re sitting in a Coinbase trade, you may freeze a stablecoin. It may be more durable to do as soon as they’re out in public wallets. However lots of the stablecoin issuers do even have the power to freeze their stablecoin no matter the place it sits. In order that’s a danger, and that’s a danger that many individuals level out about this, like, actually decentralized web3 that many people aspire to have exist. So I feel it’s vital that you simply’re going to proceed to see over-collateralized, in addition to under-collateralized and algorithmic, stablecoins explode by way of the variety of groups making an attempt to work on them in order that we’ve censorship-resistant secure {dollars}. However each are going to develop, and for non-web3 use instances, for simply primary funds, regulated stablecoins are phenomenal.

You noticed Stripe is increase a crew that may allow within the not too distant future international, for instance, payouts in stablecoin. That’s actually thrilling. There are a selection of various international locations at the moment the place, if I’m utilizing, for instance, Medium, or if I’m utilizing Lyft, or if I’m utilizing some service that Stripe powers the funds for, in lots of international locations, it’s troublesome for me to receives a commission out, whereas stablecoins will be accepted globally by a recipient. You then, clearly, have the final mile concern of, “Properly, how do I money it out to native foreign money?” However there are a ton of actually fascinating corporations engaged on that. And as well as, if we construct sufficient actually fascinating web3 functions, and if there’s a large enough economic system, you’ll really be capable to preserve your cash on this economic system that’s non-fiat associated.

Meb: Do you assume this ultimately settles down much like fiat the place there’s a handful of currencies that characterize the biggest share of the market? Do you assume it’s going to be one thing the place there’s simply dozens, tons of, 1000’s? And in that case, you bought any early predictions?

Mike: Yeah, there’s going to be tons of. There’s going to be 1000’s, is my guess, that almost all will probably be fully irrelevant. They’ll begin, they’ll die, significantly on the algorithmic facet and on the decentralized facet. And even, by the best way, on the extremely regulated facet, there are community results to a generally accepted foreign money. And the primary motive is…so they’re used at the moment by establishment stablecoins and DeFi to do borrow/lend capabilities, to establishments holding cash. And mainly, the liquidity of the biggest stablecoins is vital. We’re not going to maneuver to a world the place there’s, for my part, 25, name it, privately issued monies, stablecoins which might be used broadly. It most likely nets out sub-10.

Meb: Are there some best options which might be lacking?

Mike: U.S. regulatory readability. And the most important one is U.S. regulatory readability on issues that might make stablecoins extra engaging than, once more, only a saved worth stability. So for instance, the issues that, like, a neobank could be on the lookout for if I’m a neobank. Even when I’m a PayPal, for me, as a enterprise, like, only a greenback stability works effective. The place stablecoins begin to turn out to be fascinating and as enterprise mannequin is, one, if rates of interest up. So at the moment, rates of interest are near zero, so stablecoins aren’t that engaging from, like, a enterprise mannequin perspective for the parents who may concern them. Two, you’ve seen kind of the SEC and different organizations take a look at people, like BlockFi and, I consider, Celsius, and others who’ve provided yield merchandise based mostly on stablecoins, they usually’re investigating them.

And so there’s not been a lot proactive rule making. There’s been just a little bit extra of creating coverage via litigation. By the best way, I’m not saying that’s the fallacious strategy. I’m simply saying the dearth of readability there’s most likely retarding the expansion of stablecoins a bit. After which you’ve gotten a number of totally different regulatory regimes and regulators. So once more, Circle has cash transmitter licenses, has a FINRA approval, however doesn’t have a major regulator and doesn’t have nationwide banking constitution, whereas Paxos and Gemini do. So it’s simply lots of murkiness regulatory-wise.

Meb: And I assume the present state of affairs is that these aren’t insured in a conventional FDIC/SIPC?

Mike: No, however they’re absolutely backed, and I do know we hear lots of FUD from people who’re, like, “Properly, it’s a personal firm,” however, like, for instance, Paxos, each single greenback that’s been issued is backed one-to-one by greenback at a financial institution that faces the Fed. So it may well’t get extra, in my thoughts, kind of safe and backed than that. That’s extra banking…it’s totally different than a financial institution greenback, and people are kind of assured by the federal government in some ways. However that is 100% backed stablecoin I don’t view as dangerous.

Meb: We obtained a pair extra acronyms. I really feel like we may spend all the hour on defining the jargon, the state of affairs. However I actually wish to get into some fascinating tasks, NFTs, DAOs. What do you wish to sort out subsequent?

Mike: I imply, why don’t we begin with NFTs? NFTs, non-fungible tokens. Hey, possibly not one of the best identify to, like, really clarify why these items are progressive and fascinating, however mainly, when you consider Bitcoin or Ethereum as fungible tokens and much like {dollars} the place one Bitcoin…if I’ve a Bitcoin and you’ve got one, and we trade them, they’re completely fungible for each other. And NFT is a non-fungible token. It’s distinctive. So mainly, the primary use instances which have arisen for non-fungible tokens have been issues the place I wish to preserve one thing scarce and provable of its provenance, like, the place it was created, who created it, and it’s on-chain, and that I personal it, who owns it, and have a clear on-chain file of that possession.

So two of the primary tasks that arose to prominence in 2017, 2018 have been CryptoKitties, which got here out of Dapper Labs, who has now performed NBA Prime Shot and plenty of different issues, and Larva Labs launched CryptoPunks, which have, once more, acquired lots of prominence this yr and are kind of the cult early favourite NFT. There was Pepes, RarePepes on Bitcoin sooner than that. However folks have been experimenting with non-fungible tokens for numerous years. They got here to nice reputation late 2020 and final yr. The factor that’s actually cool about NFTs…I imply, mainly, they open up a worldwide marketplace for the trade of collectables, of artwork, of ultimately gaming property, and issues of that nature. These have been the preferred so far, examples of how persons are utilizing NFTs, however they’re simply the earliest.

However the cool factor is you’ve gone from an artwork world that was closed, actually, a buying and selling laborious world that was closed to 1 that’s international, accessible. And extra than simply the tokens themselves, the tokens have impressed communities which might be simply spending an amazing period of time now and have discovered actually frequent issues that they determine with. And once more, it’s not totally different than “Hey, I’m a fan of the New York Jets,” and different persons are too, however it’s only a novel and new method, significantly at a time after we’ve been spending a lot time at house. These on-line communities have emerged round totally different NFT collections. So there have been collections, issues like, as I stated, CryptoPunks, Bored Ape Yacht Membership, and others. However you even have the power now the place artists can promote particular person one-on-one generative artwork and/or folks along with his unique direct artwork that anyone anyplace should purchase, can switch. So folks discovered that thrilling.

That’s simply the primary use case of a non-fungible token. They can be utilized for a lot of, many, many different issues. We spend money on an organization referred to as Proof of Attendance Protocol. You can provide someone an NFT that proves that they have been at an occasion. You can provide someone an NFT that proves for taking an motion on-line. “Hey, Mike Dudas lent someone $1,000 on Aave, due to this fact, he will get an NFT to indicate that.” So that you can provide NFTs based mostly on on-chain or different exercise. And what occurs over time is we’ll transfer past NFTs as identical to collectables, artwork, by the best way, which I feel are extraordinarily highly effective use instances, to, mainly, issues that present precise resume implications, issues like identification. And so we’ll transcend that. After which, moreover, you should utilize them as advertising and marketing methods. “Hey, someone can get an NFT for they did X, Y, Z. We wish to airdrop this to them and have them discover issues.” That, clearly, can get spammy, and there’s a effective line there. However yeah, these tokens are actually, actually thrilling and that they’re distinctive. They’re transferrable. They’re simple to retailer. You’ll be able to take them with you. That’s been enjoyable and thrilling.

Meb: It’s been enjoyable to look at, on the NFT, folks get actually inventive, a few of these kind of membership ITS. We’ve seen Kevin Rose and Gary Vee introduce some sort of curious and enjoyable concepts.

Mike: Yeah, we simply did one as effectively referred to as LinksDAO.

Meb: That is thrilling. Let’s dig into this one.

Mike: Yeah. So this was impressed by a combination. So it mixes NFTs with DAOs in a method, so we’ll transition to DAO. So mainly, we have been taking a look at Gary Vaynerchuk has performed two tasks that I feel are actually fascinating, one referred to as VeeFriends the place you buy an NFT and it provides you token-gated entry to Gary’s world, which incorporates a few bodily occasions that he’s going to carry over the following few years, so kind of token gated entry. It’s ticketing, successfully. That’s transferrable, or I can use it myself. And he’s performed different issues. However the subsequent concept that I observed was this Flyfish Membership that Gary’s doing. So Rao’s is a really unique restaurant right here in New York that’s kind of quasi-membership solely. Gary and a crew took that idea, I consider. I don’t know if that was the precise inspiration, however successfully bought an NFT which provides you the appropriate…you’re mainly a part of a membership membership and offers you the appropriate to make reservations on the restaurant, which I feel is de facto fascinating. You’ll be able to lease that NFT out to someone. So if I personal it, however you wish to go, I can lease it to you for a time frame so that you could make a reservation. It’s sort of a cool idea.

However mainly, we tried to pair that…on the identical time, there was one thing referred to as the ConstitutionDAO. So DAOs are decentralized autonomous organizations. Of their purest kind, they’re decentralized. There’s not a centralized individual or set of individuals making choices. They’re ruled by the whole thing of the parents who’re taking part within the DAO, that means, the decentralized autonomous, once more, no centralized issue. After which organizations, as a result of, usually, they’re making an attempt to prepare to do one thing. So an instance of that lately was the ConstitutionDAO the place a bunch of parents banded collectively, and all people contributed some ETH, Ethereum, Ether, to attempt to purchase the structure. And it was only a group that kind of self-organized round doing that. They didn’t have an incredible plan round what they’re going to do with it if they really received. As a result of they broadcast how a lot cash they have been elevating, they have been outbid by Ken Griffin, who’s a shark.

Meb: That must be the all-time, like, Darth Vader transfer of Ken Griffin. I imply, good for him. I don’t understand how a lot of it’s trolling and the way a lot of it he wished to have the structure, though I noticed he’s going to lease it to one of many nicest museums I’ve ever been to. It was in Arkansas, Bentonville, I feel, which is the place it’s going. Fairly superior area. However I used to be going to tweet the opposite day. I forgot about it. I used to be like, “What may Ken Griffin do in the remainder of 2020 to actually tweak probably the most quantity of individuals?” I noticed they only did some liquidity with Sequoia.

Mike: Not solely Sequoia, however Paradigm, who is absolutely the largest, together with a16z crypto, VC, and the crypto area. I imply, this man, order stream from Robinhood, crypto order stream, buys the structure and now market making with the biggest crypto hedge fund on this planet, one of many largest. He’s definitely successful.

Meb: I don’t know who he’s on this state of affairs. Is he the emperor? Is he Darth Vader? It’s difficult. It’s humorous. All proper. In order that didn’t work out as a result of Darth buys the structure.

Mike: Clear, on the blockchain. Yeah, precisely. So that you knew precisely what they have been going to lift and what they might bid. What we’re engaged on with LinksDAO is bringing the ideas collectively of these two issues, which is an NFT that’s…ostensibly, it’s a collectable. So it doesn’t offer you possession of the course.

Meb: Properly, clarify what it’s. It’s a dolphin.

Mike: Oh, yeah. So LinksDAO, mainly, the aim is, as an entity, that LinksDAO will create one of many world’s foremost golf and leisure golf equipment. There’s an organization, LinksDAO, Inc., that may successfully purchase, function, handle property, and handle the model. Individually, there’s a group of parents who’ve bought NFTs that we bought as LinksDAO, Inc. These people, mainly, have the power, in order that they get perks within the type of, like, there’s some actually fascinating partnerships from people like 5 Iron Golf and a number of different wonderful manufacturers. We’ve had the biggest corporations on this planet are available in who wish to provide tee instances and reductions.

Mainly, the NFT, it’s like a collectable that makes you a part of this group. This group then has the power. The NFT provides you governance rights, so that you get to kind of vote on working committees. The committees will do issues like gross sales and advertising and marketing, partnerships. Maybe, they’ll be capable to create grants. So folks may create, like, a web based fantasy golf league or a metaverse golf product. However mainly, that group is, once more, self-governing and may do actually, actually cool and fascinating issues, can suggest issues through their possession of the NFT, after which vote in proportion to what number of NFTs they maintain or what number of votes the NFT they maintain provides them. There are two lessons of NFT. One provides one vote. One provides 4 votes.

As well as, ought to the bodily membership, ought to the company finally ship on shopping for and buying a bodily membership, the holders may have the power to buy the membership in that bodily membership, the holders of the NFTs. These NFT holders, within the meantime, will be capable to set a big portion of kind of the membership guidelines. And the aim right here is inclusivity. So the thematic concept right here is that golf has traditionally been closed off, possibly even traditionally, like, components of racism in lots of components of the world. It’s been insular, costly, and never open to a majority of parents. This can be a grand experiment to vary that. So the DAO and the NFT holders may have the power to create, for instance, a governance state of affairs the place you may have membership tiers which might be inclusive, possibly some don’t have golf course rights however rights to go to the membership if I’m not a golfer. Over time, we may increase to a number of websites.

So anyway, actually early and it’s a month outdated, and we’re utilizing some ideas like DAO, DAO governance, how that pertains to a separate entity that’s really working and managing a bodily asset. Model new territory. But it surely’s actually thrilling. I’ve by no means seen a group develop like this in a single day in something I’ve performed. We have now 15,000 folks on the Discord in beneath a month. We have now over 5,000 NFT holders who’re in a position to contribute to governance, contribute concepts. And actually, like Steph Curry received the opposite day. We’ve obtained inbound from PGA Tour professionals, and also you identify it. So we expect we’ve the power to vary the sport.

Meb: What do unique memberships go for?

Mike: Yeah. In order that they bought for, I feel, 2.1 ETH for what we name leisure memberships, which one governance vote, one membership means to buy ought to we purchase and construct out a course, after which the power to take part locally, members-only Discord, all these kinds of issues, after which 0.72 for what we name international, which provides you barely bigger governance rights and the power to a household membership, or two memberships if you would like.

Meb: So what’s that like, 2, 3 grand?

Mike: Yeah, 0.1 ETH on the time is one thing like 700, 750 bucks, and 0.72, yeah, to your level, is near 2,500 or shut to three,000. Now, I feel the value at the moment, as of, like, Wednesday, on the decrease ones, it’s above 0.75. It was, like, near 1 yesterday. We don’t observe value on every other ones, or they have been anyplace between 2 and a pair of.5 over the previous couple of days. However successfully, our aim is, so mainly, to have the group exit and collectively ship nice advantages to 1 one other, after which we’d prefer to ship as effectively to the extent we will.

Meb: And so the best way to view this preliminary cash, I assume that is kind of, like, working capital to, like, get the ship shifting.

Mike: Yeah. For the DAO, the place successfully they get to, for probably the most half, approve how a big quantity of it’s spent by way of who they select to run particular committees.

Meb: However then your final aim is to go really purchase a course. Is that proper?

Mike: Yeah. And for that, you would want a separate fundraise, doubtless from…we’d love to incorporate not the credit score buyers however doubtless accredited buyers who mainly have a distinct danger profile as a result of they’re really buying a bodily asset.

Meb: What’s a course go for? What’s the vary that you’d be taking a look at?

Mike: On the low finish, it could possibly be a few million, however our said aim is, like, we wish to purchase a “prime 100 golf course on this planet.” So it simply will depend on the place it’s. It will depend on if it’s a fixer-upper or absolutely fleshed. However it may well run anyplace from 5 to 50 million or extra. So I feel it simply will depend on what the group collectively thinks is the appropriate first step there after which what we will really execute on as an organization.

Meb: What’s the time horizon on this? All proper. So, is that this 2022? Is that this 2024?

Mike: The aim could be by 2023 that we’ve folks in a position to take part on the bodily membership. It’d be a dream if we may do it sooner, however one of many issues is simply working via how the DAO interacts with the company, working via authorized and regulatory points. That is, like, model new frontier stuff. And by the best way, that’s why it’s so thrilling to folks and why folks have been so enthused to be a part of a group that they will immediately take part in, however on the identical time, it implies that, when you’re in that place, have all that pleasure and have people taking a look at you, you need to be certain that the following steps are performed in a very prudent method.

Meb: That’s thrilling. That is enjoyable. I want I had purchased one. The place is the secondary liquidity, OpenSea?

Mike: Yeah. Right now, OpenSea, Rarible are the 2…as a result of it’s an Ethereum-based NFT, yeah. So Rarible and OpenSea.

Meb: I’m going so as to add it to my checklist. I preserve ready for a pleasant, massive, fats fairness bear market to generate some alternatives, however it simply by no means appears to occur. I preserve ready and ready.

Mike: Proper? It’s going to be 2040.

Meb: I’m going to be a full boomer by the point that occurs. Did you say you’re a Jets fan earlier?

Mike: Sadly, sure.

Meb: Okay. Properly, I’m a Broncos fan, so we’re each, I wish to assume, on the upswing. We’ll see. Can’t go a lot additional down, however.

Mike: Yeah. We’re, like, 5 years down, so.

Meb: There’s some room for optimism. However put in your pondering hat. What’s the chance of beginning to see, and also you guys are sort of the trailblazers right here, however this idea actually gaining some steam the place, abruptly, you’re beginning to see a few of these teams come collectively and buy some precise, possibly not a few million, however including some commas to those concepts? I feel it’s more durable within the NFL due to all the principles and rules. However significantly with the sports activities group, that looks as if a giant, apparent goal.

Mike: So I feel it’s going to occur. There’s a bunch referred to as WAGMI, We’re All Gonna Make It, United, who’s planning to buy, I feel, a League One or Championship League soccer crew within the U.Ok. Tiger World backed them, in addition to a bunch of different skilled buyers. And so there are people which might be doing this. It’s going to occur. I feel, to your level, the NFL is the toughest to realize based mostly on the principles that they’ve. The entire U.S. leagues, MLB, and so on., simply the approvals that you need to undergo. I wouldn’t be stunned, although, like, if Gary Vaynerchuk, who’s a large Jets fan and says he’s going to personal it sooner or later, if he did it. I wouldn’t be stunned to see an effort to do it, I haven’t spoken with him about it, however to do it in that kind of a fashion the place you’ve gotten a bunch of parents…once more, I don’t know if that’s a DAO, however it could possibly be a collective group of parents who exit and buy one thing.

However one factor to be away from, a DAO in its purest kind, as I discussed, is a decentralized autonomous group. There are a selection, together with LinksDAO, after I’m speaking about, there are a variety of entities that aspire to that stage of decentralization over time however don’t have it on the outset. And so I feel that’s most likely the vast majority of the DAOs in crypto, even, like, the DeFi ones, decentralized finance ones, the place you continue to have heavy focus of voting amongst a comparatively small variety of people, and/or there’s simply not lots of locations at the moment the place it’s simple exterior of simply pure funding golf equipment to arrange purposeful DAOs which might be really governing and constructing, like, actual, tangible issues.

Meb: Yeah. It looks as if the large problem there too is getting all the necessities and expectations set forward of time the place, abruptly, the very last thing you need is to have a few of these communities implode as a result of the construction was not clearly outlined or what folks anticipated. I’ve put 1,000 bucks into the WAGMI simply to look at it. It’s like an old-fashioned inventory investor, shopping for one share simply to get the annual report, simply because I feel it’s cool and fascinating. However you’ll assume that, like…and I really feel just like the NBA appears to be fairly leading edge on making an attempt to be progressive and interested in…Prime Shot is a superb instance, this world. So it’ll be enjoyable to see if it really ever bubbles its method up via the…whether or not it’s the minor leagues, or Europe, or no matter it could be, into among the massive dudes. I wouldn’t be stunned within the subsequent couple of years.

Mike: Yeah. And folks have began to attempt to do a little bit of this. Like, a pal of mine, Al Tylis, owns a Mexican league, I don’t know what the league known as, League One or Liga soccer crew, and bought an NFT that gave, I feel, 1% or some quantity possession within the membership by NFT. So persons are experimenting with that, and it’s going to occur. And it is smart. You simply take into consideration all of this. It’s like every other asset class that’s being tokenized. If I’m to return to Paxos, Paxos believes that almost all of the world’s property will probably be tokenized over the following 10 to twenty years. And I consider that deeply. It is smart. It makes the switch of possession simpler, the visibility into it considerably higher, and I see no motive why we’re going to show again.

Meb: Properly, the Broncos possession might be altering palms, and so the opposite Darth Vader. So if Ken is Darth, possibly Bezos is the emperor. So he’s reported to have an interest within the Broncos…

Mike: Oh, enjoyable.

Meb: …as is each different billionaire, however.

Mike: Yeah. I imply, look, as a Mets fan, I used to be delighted that Stevie Cohen bought them, and it’s to this point, so good.

Meb: Till he obtained run off Twitter by all the opposite Mets followers.

Mike: I do know. However then he’s obtained some cash and looks as if the natives are glad once more.

Meb: It’s fascinating as a result of there was some publicly traded possession of some sports activities groups, after which there are another even weirder…was it Inexperienced Bay that simply gives some kind of, like, it’s not even possession, it’s just a few kind of, like, donation-based certificates or one thing?

Mike: Successfully. It’s, like, you’re “proprietor,” however yeah, it’s successfully a memento. And there’s different fascinating issues like promoting seat licenses, like a PSL, private seat license. And there’s some fascinating issues there about whether or not these are transferable or nontransferable to others. That’s like, once more, shopping for right into a membership. It’s successfully what LinksDAO, what we provided, which is you’re buying a collectible, and it has…the collectable, ought to we be capable to collectively ship on some actually fascinating mission-driven issues that we wish to do by way of creating the world’s biggest golf and leisure membership and making it inclusive, goes to have advantages far past only a pure collectable for all of us.

Meb: Let’s speak about your funds. You’ve obtained two. What’s their focus? Are you seed, or are you sort of Collection A? Is that even the appropriate description? What are you on the lookout for, and what are you investing in?

Mike: We completed investing out of our first fund, and the second fund is similar actual theme, simply upsizing. The scale of the fund, 125 million, which in crypto, at the moment, with the Paradigms and the a16zs elevating multi-billion-dollar funds, you may take a look at it as “Hey, it’s a fund for ants,” however in conventional VC, persons are, like, “Oh, wow, that’s a very massive fund.” We predict it’s completely sized to spend money on what you simply talked about. So when you have been pondering in conventional phrases, it could be pre-seed to A. In crypto, although, you’d usually have, like, a pre-seed, some kind of a small spherical, then you definately’ll have, like, a seed spherical. They’re a combination of usually fairness or SAFTs, so easy settlement for future tokens, or fairness with token warrants. However successfully, what we’re on the lookout for is token possession. We consider that web3, the entire level of it, is that there’s collective possession, coordination, and incentivization through tokens and that these would be the issues of worth. So we wish to personal these.

What’s fascinating additionally about crypto is there are usually fewer rounds earlier than an organization gives one thing to the general public. So a public token sale usually occurs pretty early within the life cycle of most tasks. So as a substitute of getting in 8 to 10 years earlier than there’s an IPO after which having solely, like, personal secondary accessible, and the general public can’t purchase an organization till it’s 10 years outdated, in crypto, you possibly can really get entry to those tasks and protocols a lot, way more rapidly. What meaning is, for early buyers, there’s much less theoretically dilution and the preliminary possession that you must hunt down in these rounds is maybe smaller than you’ll the place you’ll, previously, try to personal 15% of an organization at the start, since you’re going to have 5 rounds of dilution earlier than they went public 10 years later. That’s not occurring at the moment.

So what you’re seeing is that kind of compression by way of time to public providing. You’re additionally seeing rounds with extra buyers, so bigger syndicates in crypto, than you see in conventional enterprise capital. And so an instance could be you may need a spherical with a liquidity supplier, someone like a Leap, or an Alameda, or a Three Arrows Capital kind of present liquidity on your token. And as soon as it finally goes reside, amongst different advantages, you may need crypto native funds, both the massive ones or specialist funds, like Paradigm, a16z crypto, Multicoin, Framework, Variant, ours, sixth Man Ventures, however you’ll have some crypto specialists. Then you definitely’ll have some people who’re nice at tokenomics, Republic Crypto, Delphi Digital, and others. And then you definately’ll have angels who’ve actually particular areas of experience, some could be nice at PR and communications, some could be nice at advertising and marketing, some could be nice at tokenomics. However you wish to have a bunch of parents across the desk, and I’ve by no means seen this in conventional tech. Conventional tech, it was, like, after I was elevating enterprise capital and main corporations, you’ll have your board assembly each six to eight weeks, and also you’d have conversations in between, however it was just a little extra asynchronous.

Now, what you’ve gotten is these tasks have Telegram teams and the buyers are all within the teams speaking in real-time along with the entrepreneurs and with one another to actually transfer the tasks ahead. So it’s actually thrilling. The tempo of how these entities develop is simply wild. I’ve by no means seen something prefer it. And most people who’re “VCs,” I do know there’s been lots of speak about VCs being predatory in crypto, from what I can inform and from speaking to entrepreneurs, you’ve obtained the alternative. They’re far more hands-on than in conventional VC. We’re additionally seeing conventional VCs come into the area, and that’s fascinating. Some have credible, passionate pursuits, and a few really feel like vacationers.

Meb: Inform me just a little bit about both any of the businesses doing cool shit that you simply invested in. Additionally, like, what are you on the lookout for that you simply haven’t funded? What are some concepts that you simply’re able to put to work?

Mike: We’ve invested in some tasks…it’s so humorous as a result of they’re not all corporations. We invested final yr in over 65 tasks, a mean of 100k examine, and wished kind of broad publicity to web3 infrastructure and functions. And it actually, actually ranged. However I discussed POAP, Proof of Attendance Protocol. That’s one which’s simply so enjoyable and I feel will probably be actually, actually a essential piece of infrastructure but additionally consumer-facing, which is your passport of, like, the place you’ve been and what you’ve performed. In order that’s one actually cool factor, these NFTs that sort of present your resume, participation, and authenticity within the area.

Rainbow Pockets is one which we’re extraordinarily proud to be concerned in. I feel it’s most likely the one greatest crypto self-custody pockets on this planet. Simply lovely, elegant design, simple to make use of, unbelievable crew that’s constructing at breakneck tempo. We invested in Etherscan, which is the bottom stage, like, information and data supply for the Ethereum blockchain, in addition to others, like BSC chain, and it’s mainly how one can sort of see transparently what particular person addresses personal, how they’re behaving, how they’re voting, what they’re doing on-chain. In order that’s essential infrastructure.

We’ve gotten fairly heavy into Solana over the previous few months. We’ve performed an amazing variety of funding in Solana, one referred to as Metaplex, which is kind of the underlying infrastructure for gaming and NFTs. We did Magic Eden, which is the main NFT market in Solana. We did Solanalysis, which is a superb information and analytics product within the Solana ecosystem. We did Orca, which is probably the most consumer-friendly AMM/DEX, decentralized trade, on Solana. So actually, actually bullish on the Solana ecosystem. We’ve performed some actually enjoyable stuff in DAO.

Meb: How come, by the best way? Like, what’s the thesis there?

Mike: Yeah. So the thesis in Solana, it’s a layer one blockchain that has considerably larger throughput than different blockchains however with a reputable stage of decentralization and safety. Now, you’ll hear some people argue that that’s not the case, however we consider that it’s, and the builders that we’ve backed consider it’s, and the customers are literally exhibiting up and utilizing these functions. So it appears fairly clear that folks consider Solana is a spot which you could construct on and that folks use it. One of the fascinating corporations we’ve backed lately known as BetDEX. Its chairman is Nigel Eccles, who’s the founding father of FanDuel. It’s mainly a protocol to assist and allow peer-to-peer wagering and gaming on Solana. So actually, actually enthusiastic about that one as effectively.

Meb: It’s thrilling area. As you look out on the horizon, what’s subsequent for sixth Man? Is that this falling, will get deployed, and the way lengthy? The place are you guys in that course of?

Mike: We have already got 5 offers warehoused. We’re closing the fund this week. And so it’s simply tremendous thrilling. On the tempo that…we’re just a little extra listed than among the concentrated funds as a result of we’re not main as many rounds, and I feel that’s a mannequin you’re going to see increasingly more of in crypto the place there’s these syndicates with specialists. Our specialization, once more, being constructing communities, PR, advertising and marketing, BD, and actually supporting groups with go-to-market. The areas that we’re planning to take a position…so over to your query, three years might be going to be our funding horizon, possibly two and a half, two and a half to 3 years.

Three massive buckets inside “web3.” One is metaverse and gaming. So metaverse, the most important factor that’s kind of damaged out, will probably be Decentraland and Sandbox. We’ll be on the lookout for alternatives, different alternatives like that. But additionally issues that might exist inside that world, so issues like your avatars and the skins that you simply may put on, and issues of that nature, as you progress via these digital worlds. The subsequent is, like, play-to-earn gaming. We’ve backed some play-to-earn gaming corporations. Axie Infinity is the biggest breakout instance there. There are gaming guilds, Yield Guild Video games, the place they’ve a bunch of parents who really play these video games, they usually assist fund them to allow them to earn incomes within the recreation. So we’re taking a look at areas like that. In order that’s kind of metaverse and gaming.

The subsequent is web3 networks and DAOs, both shopper or enterprise dealing with DAOs, however new organizational buildings to do issues. So one which we backed known as LeagueDAO, and it’s tokenized decentralized fantasy sports activities. And so we’re actually enthusiastic about that enterprise, and we’d love to do extra of that kind of factor. With web3 networks, we haven’t performed a ton but, however we might count on to see some actually, actually fascinating, name it, web3 social networks. The one which’s kind of on the market and most popularly that you simply’ve heard of is, like, BitClout or DeSo. We didn’t spend money on that, however I feel you’re going to see iterations on the broad idea which might be extra sensible shifting ahead. So we’re enthusiastic about that. After which the large kind of joke could be the web3 Uber or the web3 Airbnb, and whereas they’re a joke, I feel in some unspecified time in the future, these issues will exist the place you’re incentivizing drivers and incentivizing riders through some actually compelling and fascinating token economics.

The final bucket is the tooling and infrastructure and DeFi primitives to assist that. So an instance of that might be, “Hey, I personal $5 million price of NFTs. They’re not tremendous liquid, and I wish to maintain them for the long run. However I would like some liquidity for them.” So an NFT borrow/lend protocol could be the kind of factor, like, a DeFi primitive that we might spend money on. The opposite factor could be custody infrastructure. Persons are not prepared. You’ve seen all of the kind of jokes on Twitter about Bored Ape Yacht Membership house owners simply give away their Bored Apes to social engineering hacks nonstop. I don’t know that that’s going to vary as a result of I don’t assume folks actually perceive self-custody and the assault vector. So I feel we’re going to be on the lookout for corporations, tasks, protocols that present, I feel, like, a layer of safety and/or understanding that may make it simpler for folks to safe their property. And albeit, even when it’s custodial, we might take a look at choices like that.

Meb: That’s lots, man. I ought to have booked you for 2 hours. Mike, this has been a whirlwind tour. Something we didn’t cowl? I imply, there’s lots that we may go deeper on. However something the place you’re, like, enthusiastic about, nervous about, it’s in your mind, holding you up at evening, your dream firm you wish to fund, you haven’t seen but. The rest?

Mike: I feel the most important factor that I wish to see in 2022 and, like, my dream is that we transfer just a little bit extra away from hypothesis and what the value is doing and that we actually encourage builders to get in and construct on these new networks, these new underlying layer one protocols, issues like Solana, Avalanche, Ethereum, ETH Layer 2. And so one factor that I’ll say is I’ve been just a little bit dissatisfied by among the actually public feedback from, like, Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey, and another actually outstanding people, even just like the Aaron Levies of the world, who’re successfully saying, like, “Web3 just isn’t fixing an issue. It’s simply worse off.” And, like, certain, web3 at the moment just isn’t residing on the last word promise. Positive, there are tradeoffs. We all know that the throughput is decrease, that the structure is totally different and has tradeoffs. However I consider that the aim of decentralization and collective possession is extraordinarily noble and critically vital in an more and more authoritarian and centralized and deplatforming world.

So I actually would adore it if these people would cease with the actually robust…and never all the parents I simply talked about are doing this, however lots of people are fairly lively about discouraging curious folks from engaged on web3 and tasks within the area, they usually’re actually influential. I feel that that’s foolhardy. And mainly, anytime you name issues that aren’t the factor that you simply love scammy in a blanket method, I feel it’s extraordinarily irresponsible. I feel all people is cognizant that there are scammers within the area, there are unhealthy actors. However total, the variety of good folks working to construct nice issues and the outcomes which were proven have been making actually good progress relentlessly over the previous solely 12 years. It’s solely been 12 years, and Ethereum didn’t even exist until 2014, so name it 7, 8 years. I imply, it’s simply exceptional what’s been created at the moment in lower than a decade. Optimism over unreasonable skepticism is de facto what I feel is critically vital.

Meb: Yeah. Generally crypto group can appear to be its personal worst enemy at instances regardless of having most likely shared pursuits and incentives. Mike, this has been lots of enjoyable, tremendous fascinating. I may take heed to you discuss for an additional hour. I’m excited in 2035 when the Broncos DAO performs the Jets DAO for the AFC championship.

Mike: It’ll be in Florida possibly, and we’ll play the LinksDAO golf course.

Meb: Is that your, most likely, goal state? Is that recognized?

Mike: It’s too early to say. Yeah, we want the group to actually contribute and weigh in on that.

Meb: I envision this ultimately nearly may most likely be a whole, international membership kind of idea. That’d be tremendous enjoyable. I’m an affordable bastard is my downside, so the prospect of making an attempt to select up a membership on OpenSea above face worth, no matter that was. Though Ether has gone down, although, so I think about it could…in fiat, it could be…

Mike: Yeah, your fiat value may not be too unhealthy.

Meb: All proper, I’ll test it out. Individuals wish to data, the place do they go? Try what you guys are as much as, what’s the appropriate spot?

Mike: My kind of public house base is Twitter. Simply @mdudas on Twitter. My DMs are open, and I have a tendency to only sort of, like, route people to the appropriate place from there.

Meb: Oh, boy. You requested for it. Podcast listeners, be considerate earlier than you begin hammering Mike with questions. And for the fund, what’s one of the best web site or place to go?

Mike: It’s

Meb: Superior. Mike, it’s been a blast, man. I actually recognize you becoming a member of us at the moment.

Mike: Thanks. Actually recognize it, Meb.

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