As the hype around NFTs has died down, major brands are beginning to explore how they can use them to breathe new life into their old intellectual property. From TV franchises to luxury clothing lines, these brands may find that NFTs are the key to re-engaging consumers and revitalising their existing IP. Greg Larson investigates the role of NFTs in bringing beloved franchises back to life.
Starbucks Odyssey, the coffee chain’s blockchain-powered loyalty programme, demonstrates a strategic and long-term approach to web3. Randy Ginsburg explains why loyalty programme's are better on web3 and what we can learn from the Starbucks roll out.
The global EdTech market is expected to reach over $230 billion by 2028, with over $20 billion of institutional investment in 2021 alone. AR will, without question, play a big part in this growth. Randy Ginsburg explores how augmented reality is already changing the world of education and what to expect in the future.
Few sectors have experienced as much volatility in the past 12 months as web3 gaming. The sector became particularly associated with scams and speculation, and has a long way back to regain the trust, participation, and wallets of gamers. Greg Larson explains what needs to change.
Most of today’s most popular apps and websites rely on centralised servers to thrive. That's a problem for everyone, but particularly decentralised applications in web3, that aren't as decentralised as they might seem. Randy Ginsburg explores how Aleph provides truly decentralised solution to secure the web.
Bill Lakeland has long dreamt of building a network of drones to capture important earth imagery. He’s using the blockchain to bring his vision to life. Randy Ginsburg dives into Spexigon, the fly-to-earn platform bringing a new model to the aerial imagery industry.
NFC chips have become standard practice for connecting physical items to the blockchain. Now LTD.INC is taking the technology a step further, offering collectors unique experiences alongside their physical and digital goods. Randy Ginsburg speaks to LTD.INC CEO Daryl Kelly about what blockchain means for the future of consumer culture.
Both FIFA and its top players are turning to web3 to engage digitally-native generations. The question is, is it working? Randy Ginsburg explores how the world's most loved sport is approaching NFTs and the metaverse in a different way – and identifies what works and what needs to improve.
Mona's aim has always been to empower creating, collecting, and sharing virtual experiences at the intersection of the metaverse, extended reality, and blockchain. Nina Knaack speaks to co-founder Justin Melillo about the evolution his platform and why virtual experiences are worth getting excited about.
A metaverse owned by companies taking a cut will never reach its full potential. Open metaverses built on decentralised blockchains unlock new possibilities for creativity and commerce that would not be realised in a centralised experience. Randy Ginsburg contrasts two organisations building the early stages of that vision.
Can bundling everything NFT creators need into a single app help make mainstream adoption a reality? Op3n wants to make it easy for anyone to create an engaging community in web3. Randy Ginsburg explores what it might look like.
Flow was built not to break under the stress of major NFT collections. Founded by the team behind one of the first web3 games, CryptoKitties, Flow has powered the biggest mainstream applications of NFTs. Ekin Genç speaks to the team, the builders, and the community to explain why it's one of web3's most important blockchains.
Chris Castig has always sought to give other people a voice. An educator before becoming an entrepreneur, his first company taught people to code in 30 days. He speaks with Leo Nasskau about his new mission at Console, giving communities better tools to collaborate by “super-powering the chat” and using blockchain to disrupt web3's own darling: Discord. Lea Rose Emery tells the story.
Wikipedia is one of the world's greatest examples of human collaboration. But it's not without its flaws, with limitations that have left women, minorities, and complex topics underrepresented. By giving contributors ownership of their contributions, Golden lets them profit from their insight and wants to offer knowledge on every topic that world needs. Ekin Genç speaks to Jude Gomila about how he's building it.
With $120bn investment in 2022, the metaverse has soared ahead of the crypto space. But with attention from major players like Facebook and Microsoft, it's natural to worry how original the technology will be. Randy Ginsburg dives into Webaverse, the democratised, interoperable, and cross-platform software that CEO Ahad Shams plans to turn into the operating system of the open metaverse.
Arbitrum is the largest layer-2 on Ethereum with applications ranging from helping manage millions of dollars in decentralised finance to connecting some of the most vibrant communities on Reddit. Ekin Genç explores how it works, what it can do, and why artists and builders should be excited by it.
“It is the one familiar and obvious use case that billions of Internet users can be exposed to before the rest of web3.” Advocates have high hopes for decentralised file storage, which is already being used to ensure the integrity of documents from presidential handovers to NFT assets. Ekin Genç explores whether the sector is worth the hype and identifies what's needed to make it mainstream.
Billions of dollars are lost to scams and hacks in web3. One of the most underappreciated is the simple theft of art online and claiming it as your own on an NFT marketplace. Everyone else suffers: artists, who do not get compensated for their work, and collectors, who thought they were joining a community that shared their values. Ekin Genç explores DeviantArt's Protect Protocol, and how it has scanned over half a billion NFTs to alert artists to thieves profiting from stolen work.
Luxury fashion has long been touted as a major web3 use case. gmoney's 9dcc fashion house is the first of its kind, a fully web3-native brand aiming to reinvent the luxury fashion sector. “Our team is eager to inspire other luxury houses to create networked products that retain connection, value, and utility,” he explains to Culture3.
With Sony, Google, and deadmau5 collabs on his CV, Sutu is now taking his own project to a new level with NFTs. The Webby-awarded visual artist speaks to Randy Ginsburg about his plans to build the next big web3 IP set through AR and gaming.