A Hot Take Exploration of Substack, Clubhouse, Slack, Discord, FB Messenger, and Snapchat ft. Facebook’s Decentralized Web Ambitions.

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The 2000s brought us the social networks MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and more. On these “wide-open” platforms, everyone had a microphone to shout out into the world. At first, this was the novel cool thing to do, and it became addicting. But then, when these platforms needed to turn a profit, things changed. Our engagement was the golden ticket to monetization. If they could get us to post, react, comment, and share more, the advertisers would line up to pay for our attention.

Optimizing for engagement eventually pushed us farther apart. The original…

The 0.05% Tiers are Coming!

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As I’ve written about previously (Crypto Analytics: Exploring Uniswap v3 Data), Uniswap v3’s innovations brought more customization, aimed at greater capital efficiency for liquidity providers, and better prices for traders.

In v2, every pool had a 0.3% fee rate and each liquidity position supported the range of potential prices ($0 to $infinity). So the only way that liquidity providers (LPs) could compete for fees was to pour in more funds into the pool. The only power needed to compete was scale. But, Uniswap v3’s features introduced two new vectors to compete on:

  1. Custom Liquidity…

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The one where I take a meme too seriously.

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See Crypto Analytics #1: Exploring Uniswap v3 Data here

On May 11, 2021, Yearn Finance, the largest crypto yield aggregator (automated deposit, withdrawal, reinvestment strategies) introduced the WOOFY token, which tested two ideas:

  1. Unit Price Psychology: Yearn’s YFI governance token was one of the higher-priced per unit assets (~$75k for 1 YFI on May 11), but YFI holders could exchange YFI for WOOFY at a 1:1M rate (i.e. if 1 YFI is $75k, then 1 WOOFY is $0.075). Naturally, this process is called “woof” and “unwoof.”
  2. Dog Meme Coins.

YFI ran up to an…

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A few weeks ago, I published my first crypto-related blog post: Bring Your Own Wallet: The Future of Consumer Choice and Personalization on the Internet

Since then, I’ve continued to fall down the rabbit hole. So much so, that this post is probably 100 steps more advanced than my first post. So apologies for that, but the place I’ve gotten to now is too exciting to not share.

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The Plunge Into Work

As I progressed down the rabbit hole, I joined crypto project’s Discord channels, read through…

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Consumer Applications of Crypto | Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of a new series “Consumer Applications of Crypto.” I won’t be going deep into blockchain technology, or making crazy price predictions. I’m trying to find out how crypto-based products are actually going to improve our lives as everyday consumers. I’m still exploring a bit, trying to learn more and more about crypto networks, and I’ll be writing here to share what I find.

Bring Your Own Wallet (BYOW)

The first topic I want to touch on is wallets. In order for us to use any crypto-based application, we first need to set up our own wallet. …

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Inspired by Paul Graham’s latest essay.

Nothing recently has struck me quite like Paul Graham’s latest essay What I Worked On. Paul takes you through his professional life from college, to art school, to his first jobs, to founding ViaWeb, and eventually to Y Combinator. The essay helped me connect with the winding path that Paul, and most of us, go through, no matter how “up and to the right” history tells the story. It also reminded me of this Steve Jobs quote about looking back on your life: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

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We’re seeing the beginnings of a new wave, where creators will build massive-scale businesses

A few weeks ago, I opened Twitter to do my usual scroll. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just distracting myself for a bit. But as I scrolled, I kept seeing “MrBeast Burger” come up. People I followed were celebrating its success, but I had no idea what this was, or what was going on. I clicked in, and as I read and started to figure out what was happening. My confusion quickly turned into amazement, and my jaw dropped. I felt like I was getting a look into the future of businesses and startups.

Immediate Customers

“MrBeast Burger” is a…

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Writing through my thoughts on focus, avoiding distraction, and searching for clear long-term thinking

Michael Seibel, the CEO of Y Combinator, has a podcast called Life, Work, and Startups, where he shares bits of advice in three-minute snippets. A few months ago, I listened to an episode where he talked about what you can do to try to be a good CEO, and how easy it is to be a bad CEO. Michael broke it down with the idea that any company, team, or project is in either one of two phases: decision-making mode or execution mode. Decision-making mode is when you’re planning, figuring out your next steps, and thinking long-term. …

My New Outlook to Make Curiosity Fun Again

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I’ve been told that I used to be a very curious person. Somewhere along the line I lost it, and now I’m trying to get it back.

Re-Discovering Curiosity

Since my early childhood I’ve been a very curious person. My mom told me that when I was a toddler, they would call me the “future surgeon,” because where most other kids would pick up a toy and play with it, I would thoroughly examine it. Maybe that was just a nice way of calling me a weirdo, why couldn’t I just enjoy the toy? …

Michael Silberling

@MSilb7 and msilb7.com | South Florida native | Interested in sports, tech, startups/vc | 🐊 UF Alum | Current: PM at Amazon

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