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. 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 are lost to scams in web3. One of the most underappreciated is the simple theft of digital art and selling it as your own. Everyone else suffers: artists, who are not compensated for their work, and collectors, who thought they were joining an artist's community. Ekin Genç explores DeviantArt's Protect Protocol, which has alerted artists to over half a billion potential thefts.
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.
“NFT marketplaces revolve around the idea of holding, or flipping, or all sorts of financial transactions. But when I talk to people, that's not what they're excited about – they're excited about the art.” From payments to engagement, a new generation of streaming platforms are moving the web3 music industry forward. Clovis McEvoy surveys the ecosystem.
Randy Ginsburg explains how Vitalik Buterin’s newest vision could change your life and become a foundation of a decentralised society.
“If Instagram or TikTok disappeared, as a creative who uses these channels to create content or share your work, you would lose what you built, your audience, and your work created on those platforms.” Protocols like the402, Glass, and Zora are working to change this.
How Layer 0 solutions like Cosmos are creating a decentralised 'Internet of Blockchains'. Randy Ginsburg explains how, in doing so, Cosmos can create a blockchain ecosystem that could scale to power the entire world.
NFT music contracts that leave one party with the short straw damage the reciprocal relationships that creators have with their fans. Water & Music's contract builder is beginning to solve the problem. Clovis McEvoy speaks to Water & Music’s Jonathan Larr about the builder, off-chain benefits, and drawing up a new legal framework for the web3 era completely from scratch.
An NFT trait economy would let you put an adidas headband on your Bored Ape, and could unleash the next NFT bull cycle. Psychedelics Anonymous is hoping it does, and plan to be the ones to make it happen. Randy Ginsburg spotlights the enormous potential of their Divine Entities marketplace.
If you had to predict the biggest NFT marketplace to launch in 2022, you'd have been forgiven for ignoring GameStop. But the eddit favourite has been quietly exploring web3 for over a year and launched its NFT marketplace this week, overtaking Coinbase's total traded volume within 48 hours. Ekin Genc expains why GameStop is well-positioned to carve out its own space in NFTs.
Under new ownership, LimeWire is reinventing itself as an music NFT marketplace. A deal with Universal Music, fiat payments, and innovative ways to engage means that LimeWire could become the NBA Top Shot of music.
Real estate is a $200 trillion sector, and too much of it is done on paper. With blockchain, NFTs, and smart contracts, web3 has much to offer one of history's oldest industries. Ekin Genç dives into some of the companies bringing web3 into real estate and explores some of the key benefits that blockchain offers the sector.
Music sampling created our favourite songs, reshaped the music industry, and inspired the hip-hop genre. But it's broken, dominated by web2 labels who charge crippling fees. Clovis McEvoy speaks to the team behind Arpeggi, the a16z-backed startup that's aiming to fix it.
Net wealth locked up in illiquid JPEGs is a running gag in crypto, but Ekin Genç explores how handful of builders are creating DeFi-powered protocols to bring liquidity to the NFT market, and a slew of opportunities for the space.