Part of the reason this space has so many shitty "VCs" willing to use people as instant exit liquidity is this space feverously worships anyone who makes money, and thinks VCs are just for dry powder.

If the only way you vet investors is by assuming they have no value-add and seeing who gets simped the most on Twitter, then of course you're going to have a cap table filled with people happy to nickel and dime you.

Like lets face it, CZ could turn around, mint $10M in new BNB, blatantly dump it on the market and half of his followers would just say its for the good of the project.

Projects in this space are so frothy they can close a round in a single day and they'll happily get in to bed with anyone.

It means you'll get people who are just dry-powder and you either need to be ok with that or take a different path.

There are lots of VCs and angels in this space who can provide you with tremendous value.

If you think you are on to something special don't just take a check from anyone, take the time to interview and get to know your investors.

It's an absolute dating game and you need to both know what you are getting out of it.

If all you want is a trade desk to give you a short term loan in exchange for tokens that's ok.

But there are investors out there worth their weight.

For angels and indie funds you've got @Darrenlautf, @iamDCinvestor, @DrewAustin, @rleshner who all provide huge value and are always in your corner.

On the fund side folks like @paradigm, @dragonfly_cap, @multicoincap, @ZeePrimeCap and @hiFramework will be in your governance forums more often than anyone else in your community.

And if you are going with liquid funds I'm pretty sure @cmsholdings will hold a down trade until the heat death of the universe in order to be right.

If you think all VCs are crap and you should just take whatever money comes your way, then of course you are going to get people just looking to dump.

But there is a lot of new VC talent out there that are recent builders and defi participants who grew with this space and deeply care about it. So take the time to find them.


Am a VC. Seems obvious I'd be talking up my own book. Feel free to take my view with a grain of salt. At the same time, if I didn't believe this view was best for the entire industry, I probably wouldn't have just given you a list of my best 'competitors'🤷‍♂️

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I honestly believe much of CT would happily cut of their nose to spite their face.

Look if investors had a heads up about the details of the airdrop and misused insider info, that is shitty.

But this is the only industry where teams give you basically free money and people are somehow pissed off if someone else got more than them.

Ribbon made a great product, with vaults of a great return, that gave you a massive airdrop.

That airdrop was flawed and may have been manipulated, but we all won out.

Did some people win out more? Yeah.

But does that mean you should hate and attack that team? No.
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No specific text yet and no regulation, just a requirement for proposals.

According to Bloomberg it is contested even in the White House if it should move forward or not.

A really odd approach to this and something to keep our eyes on.

I wonder if these politicians know that they could earn more from retroactive airdrops than from the donations they get from banking companies?
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I was excited to hear Microsoft 11's event would include NFTs, but the NFTs are just coupon codes to buy Windows 11.

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But, it doesn't seem to be something you can run a node for, so its really just a 'blockchain' running on private servers likely owned by the corp.

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But its not like the content itself is streaming from an EVM blockchain so...
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It puts some critical new strategies on the table, and has a huge impact on the actions many market makers and bots seem to be taking. 👇

First, what's important to note is that DyDx has a different funding rate structure than a lot of the futures products in the market.

It's a more aggressive, but in turn much safer for the system, kind of calculation.

But, this makes for a huge delta in the rates, as can be seen in the 30 day avg chart below from Defi Rate.

Over 30 days, longing $ETH on DyDX 29x the FTX rate.
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A lot of crypto people delivering a bad take here saying this wasn't a hack.

It wasn't a hack where someone gained direct access to Coinbase's cold wallet but it was still a hack, because a piece of code Coinbase was running seems to have been the point of fault.

Notably the hackers had to have the email and password for the account, and an associated phone number to perform the exploit.

What people forget is many other crypto exchanges have had hacks where their database was dumped including KYC and 2FA information

So identifying that information is not nearly as hard as people might think, and sadly many users don't use unique passwords or rotate emails/user names between exchanges.
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If you don't follow US politics, let me just say that this debt ceiling stand-off is an utter shitshow right now.

Political games are being played all over the spectrum and there is a signifgant level of disarray and divide here.

Do I think the US government will default on its debt?


That would be the most catastrophic thing to ever happen in modern finance and would impact the global economy for a century.

I think we'll avoid that.
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