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The State of Crypto: A Builder’s Guide From Crypto Startup School
Crypto Networks and Why They Matter
Crypto networks may lead a new wave of innovation, with the transformative implications of its technology.
Crypto’s “price-innovation” loop.
Crypto cycles have an underlying order.
Blockchain in a new type of computer.
Hardware is governed by software.
The idea maze
The pattern of technological evolution
It takes a few years for application-level entrepreneurs to fully explore the design space and figure out what is the best thing to do.
The current landscape of crypto investing
The video game world is a nice entry point
Blockchain Primitives: Cryptography and Consensus
The four layers of blockchain
The “state machine replication” problem
Can’t achieve consensus if you don't have authentication
How blocks get added to the blockchain
Running applications on the blockchain
Looking into the future: private data on a public blockchain.
A blockchain is not a database.
Setting Up and Scaling a Crypto Company
Advantages: Crypto makes it easier to
A lot of legal risk
The steps to starting a crypto company
You have to make something that people want
Secure Smart Contract Development
Security is not just code
Smart contracts and inflexibility
Best security practices
“Rolling your own crypto” - building your own chain
If you start from scratch, it is costly and not a good idea security wise.
Sharing security among different chains
Applications: Today and 2005
Bitcoin was invented to replace a centralized bank
Ethereum and smart-contract programming
The ICO boom is technologically significant
Crypto compared to internet
Present in crypto can be compared to roughly 2000 in the internet
Blockchain-first is the new mobile-first
Crypto boosts network effects
Crypto aligns currency holders’ incentives
Blockchain monetary policies as experimental science
Crypto applications today
Exchanges, miners, issuance, etc.
In 2025, there could be privacy coins, scaling tools, insurance apps, etc.
Protocol to Product
In the blockchain space, you may build a dApp on top of already infrastructure
Think about your users
Opportunities for Crypto in Gaming
Blockchain could potentially change the business model of games
True ownership of in-game assets by gamers
Provenance of digital assets
Creating new marketplaces in games
Designing incentive structures in games
Aligning incentives between players and developers
Business Models and Value Captures
The layers of the crypto stack
Each layer has various challenges
The core template for value creation and value capture in crypto
The Layer 1 flywheel
Once the token value exists, miners have more incentive to provide resources for security and functionality
The value-capture paradox
Designing economic cames appropriately can push humans to exhibit useful behaviros
Bitcoin incentive system
Reward people for securing the network and processing transactions
The moral hazard of incentive systems
Overpower the moral frameworks that most people live by
How/Why to Decentralize Your Project: A Deep Dive
The process by which crypto project creators…
build a useful product
create a community around that product
gradually hand over control of the maturing network to the community.
Community ownership is important
Building a Community of Developers
Appealing to the open-source community
Simplicity as a community driver
Market to developers
Manage a globally distributed team
Managing a Distributed Workforce
Onboarding is important.
Clarifying job roles and structure is essential.
Crypto regulators and Token Securities
Crypto builders must navigate traditional financial-services regulatory structures.
Securities law, The “Howey” Test, etc.
The membership model
Fundraising and Deal
Community ownership and operation mode
Dilution in crypto deals
Giving community members a stake in the network grows your company.
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Building Great Products
Tracking Business Performance
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