Software has an extremely rich design space — closer in the breadth of possibilities to creative activities like fiction writing than traditional engineering.
Therefore, universal negatives like “there will never be great software created in category [x]” should be interpreted as analogous to “there will never be a great novel written in genre [y]”
If you want to bet against human ingenuity and creativity, go for it — I’ll take other side of that bet. 😉
This is also why we believe so strongly in (near) Turing-compete computing platforms. All it takes is a few brilliant developers to make something great.
“I have enumerated every possible path through the every future idea maze in category [x] and there are no good outcomes.” Strong claim.

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14 Nov
A very common experience in crypto/web3 is to have a friend who was previously dismissive — “it’s all scams” — become a convert after “going down the rabbit hole.”
It’s not a coincidence that people who have this experience almost always refer to a rabbit hole, popularized by the book Through the Looking Glass about Alice in Wonderland, where the logic and ideas are reversed on the other side of the portal.
Because once you dive in and learn about all the interesting things in web3, it’s the opposite of what you were previously told.

What’s actually a breakthrough for building trustworthy services on the internet is incorrectly portrayed as a haven for ponzis and scammers.
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11 Nov
Good thread 👇

Letting users own their social graph & switch services *while taking your network with you* is one of the core public services web3 can deliver.

This is how email works and there is no reason all social services can’t work this way.
I believe we already have all the necessary infrastructure.

The key is judicious division of what goes on-chain vs off-chain to guarantee user ownership of critical data while minimizing gas fees and maximizing scalability.
web1 maintained strong decentralization of web (http) and email (smtp) all via DNS. If a hosting provider behaved badly you could just switch your domain to point to a new IP and you didn’t lose any data or your position in the network.
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11 Nov
My simple mental model

web2: engagement first, monetization second

web3 monetization first, engagement second
and because in web2 the monetization sometimes went awry, the ideal outcome is web2 & web3 layer on top of each other bringing out the best in each
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9 Nov
The reason I like the phrase “computers that can make commitments” is that it expresses the full generality of the blockchain app design space.…

(I realize it hasn’t caught on yet - I think it will eventually :))
There is nothing inherently financial about blockchains. Finance happens to be a design-rich subdomain, because blockchains can make commitments about scarcity, ownership, immutable code, etc.
But you can also make other kinds of commitments. For example, ENS makes commitments around how its namespace works and is governed.

You can’t have a situation like this with DNS where a private equity firm tried to control the entire .org tld…
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8 Nov
Why gm?

global community- it’s a friendly grounding ritual across different time zones

authentic community with positive sum mindset that genuinely likes each other and uses memes to signal

Symbolic of high clock speed & info density wrt to code, ideas, culture, and memes.
Also a good rule of thumb is faster clock speed wins.

Why Twitter ate news and why web3 will eat culture.

Credit to @pmarca here
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8 Nov
Certain categories of web2 websites and apps fall into a usability-monetization death spiral. 🧵
Relying on ads and monetizing at low CPMs, the incentive is to add ever more intrusive ads to increase click rates.

User experience degrades, requiring more intrusive ads, in a downward cycle.
News sites, cooking sites, games, music, Q&A, travel, and many other web2 categories that didn’t figure out subscriptions or high-CPM business models fall into this trap.
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