The story of the internet, emergent networks, and their effects
Web3 with a16z
by Steven Johnson, Robert Hackett, Chris Dixon
1w ago
with @stevenbjohnson @cdixon @rhhackett Welcome to the web3 with a16z crypto podcast. Today's episode features a conversation between Steven Johnson, a prolific author of books about technology and innovation who is also, as editorial director at Google Labs, helping to develop AI writing tools such as NotebookLM, and Chris Dixon, founding partner of a16z crypto and author of the new book Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet. The two discuss the history of their shared interests, they explore the emergent properties of decentralized networks, and they dig into the past, presen ..read more
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Read Write Own: A new era
Web3 with a16z
by Chris Dixon, Robert Hackett
3w ago
with @cdixon @rhhackett Welcome to the web3 with a16z crypto podcast. I'm Robert Hackett, an editor here at a16z crypto, and I'm here with Chris Dixon, founding partner of a16z crypto and author of the new book Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet.  I had the privilege of editing Chris throughout the book writing process, and I'm thrilled now to talk to you about what went on behind the scenes, the big themes of the book, the challenges, and also about the crypto industry at large as well as what we can expect from it in the future. Learn more at https://readwriteown.com ..read more
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On the decentralized web, truth, and human rights: 'Hacking authenticity'
Web3 with a16z
by Jonathan Dotan, Robert Hackett
2M ago
Welcome back to web3 with a16z -- a show about building the next generation of the internet, from the team at a16z crypto. This show is for anyone -- whether company leader or other entrepreneur, creator or developer, media or policymaker -- seeking to understand, and go deeper on all things blockchains, crypto, and web3. We’re back with all new episodes this season, beginning with some conversations that took place at our recent Founders Summit.  Today's guest is Jonathan Dotan, tech founder, Emmy-nominated producer, and writer who spent six seasons on HBO's show Silicon V ..read more
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Communicating in Crypto, and Beyond
Web3 with a16z
by Sonal Chokshi, Matt Abrahams
4M ago
with @smc90 @stanfordgsb  How does one *communicate* well -- especially in crypto, but also in other technical industries or open source communities? Or in distributed, decentralized organizations, where you may have participants that are both remote and in person, or a mix of regulars and newcomers/ strangers.  (Take for instance a community call to discuss technical or governance changes.)  How do you present information to different types of stakeholders; speak spontaneously; or resolve and recover from conflicts on the spot? So in this special book-launch episode of web3 wit ..read more
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Chain Choices: Or, How to Decide What Blockchain to Build On
Web3 with a16z
by Sonal Chokshi, Eddy Lazzarin, Guy Wuollet
5M ago
with @guywuolletjr @eddylazzarin @smc90 "Which blockchain should I build in?" Is a very top of mind question for builders in web3, including  for people coming into the space for the first time -- but also relevant to anyone interested in tech innovation, tech stacks, and the evolution of infrastructure. So how does one decide among all the chain choices out there, particularly given how fast-moving the crypto and web3 space is? Things are constantly changing, things are still being built, and there's no one size fits all answer... So in this episode, we -- a16z crypto’s Guy Wuollet, and ..read more
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Debating Blockchain Architectures (with Solana)
Web3 with a16z
by Guy Wuollet, Anatoly Yakovenko, Sonal Chokshi, Ali Yahya
6M ago
with @aeyakovenko @alive_eth @guywuolletjr @smc90 This all-new deep-dive, hallway-style chat features a16z crypto general partner Ali Yahya and deal team partner Guy Wuollet, in conversation with Solana co-founder and Solana Labs CEO Anatoly Yakovenko --  who also worked at Qualcomm for over a decade, where he was a senior engineer and engineering manager among other things.  The  first half of the episode is a discussion/ debate blockchain architectures -- including of course Solana & Ethereum, the themes of monolithic vs. modular, et cetera -- but really is about what are ..read more
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Financial Freedom, Company Building, More
Web3 with a16z
by David Marcus, Sonal Chokshi
6M ago
with @davidmarcus @smc90 This wide-ranging conversation covers company building, big to small -- including what cadence and when is the right "time" to ship; the relationship between centralization, decentralization, platforms, and financial freedom; moving from web2 to web3 in both crypto AND payments... as well as why bitcoin, views on remote work, and much much more.  Our guest is David Marcus, CEO and co-founder of Lightspark; Marcus was also a co-creator of Diem (aka Libra and Novi, the cryptocurrency project initiated by Facebook). Before that, he was vice president of messaging pro ..read more
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AI & Crypto
Web3 with a16z
by Chat GPT, Ali Yahya, Dan Boneh, Sonal Chokshi
6M ago
with @alive_eth @danboneh @smc90 This week's all-new episode covers the convergence of two important, very top-of-mind trends: AI (artificial intelligence) & blockchains/ crypto. These domains together have major implications for how we all live our lives everyday; so this episode is for anyone just curious about, or already building in the space.  The conversation covers topics ranging from deep fakes, bots, and the need for proof-of-humanity in a world of AI; to big data, large language models like ChatGPT, user control, governance, privacy and security, zero knowledge and zkML; to ..read more
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Strategy & Operations for web3
Web3 with a16z
by MC Lader, Sonal Chokshi
7M ago
with @mclader @smc90  In this wide-ranging conversation, Uniswap Labs COO Mary Catherine (aka MC) Lader discusses the challenges -- and opportunities -- of decentralized finance (DeFi); business strategy (& competition) in a world of open source; product vs. protocol innovation... as well as organizational structure & collaboration, hiring, metrics, community engagement, app store policies, decentralization, and much, much more.  The conversation -- based on an interview with host Sonal Chokshi and founder Q&A live from a16z crypto Startup School earlier this year -- al ..read more
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Of Data Availability & Danksharding
Web3 with a16z
by Valeria Nikolaenko, Dan Boneh, Robert Hackett
10M ago
with @lera_banda @danboneh @rhhackett This episode introduces concepts behind – and applications of – data availability sampling (DAS), a key piece of the puzzle that could help blockchains like Ethereum achieve full scaling. DAS is a low-overhead technique that uses random sampling of data to ensure that all necessary blockchain data has been made available to nodes, without straining the network. DAS features heavily in a series of planned Ethereum upgrades called "Danksharding" (a nickname chosen in honor of Dankrad Feist, an Ethereum Foundation researcher who has been central to the effort ..read more
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