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Watch Videos From The 2022 Multicoin Summit

John Robert Reed
December 6, 2022 | 5 minute read

This year we celebrated our fifth anniversary as a firm. Over that time, we’ve watched carefully as the industry has evolved and built step-function improvements to scaling, indexing, data modeling, wallets, and more. Core infrastructure has occupied the minds of builders for years; however, that’s now starting to change. New consumer applications—like games, social media, creator platforms, consumer loyalty, and more—are starting to appear, which is why this year when we returned to New York for our 2022 Summit we decided to move up the Web3 stack and showcase a wide range of exciting new design patterns.

Our thesis is that these new consumer design patterns will inform where the next leaps in crypto-innovation will occur and therefore where the most important investment opportunities will emerge. We think these design patterns have the potential to create massive new markets and reshape others with crypto-native products specifically designed to improve the consumer experience.

While some of these ideas are future-gazing, many of them are already live or entering the market soon. For example, our Partner Matt Shapiro had the opportunity to interview Ben Leventhal, the founder of Resy and Eater, about his new venture, Blackbird, which exited stealth shortly after the summit. Below we also feature a talk from Andrew Peek, the CEO of Delphia, about Data DAOs and the future of finance as enabled by investor-contributed data. We also hear from Ian Krotinsky, the founder and CEO of Tiplink, about how he’s rebuilding digital asset transfer from the ground up, and from Mark Phillips, Vice President at Nova Labs, about the launch of Helium Mobile and people-powered telecom networks. A consumer-focused summit wouldn’t be complete without a discussion about social media, so we're also featuring a conversation with Dan Romero, the founder of Farcaster, to talk about his passion for communities and how social media is being re-built using Web3 primitives.

As always, we also include the keynote presentations from Kyle and Tushar about the evolution of these consumer design patterns and MEV as a new framework for valuing asset ledgers. I hope you enjoy these featured talks from the 2022 Multicoin Summit.

Consumer Crypto: Leading Edge Design Patterns

In this keynote presentation, Kyle Samani delivers a presentation on the leading-edge design patterns in consumer crypto. Over the course of 20 minutes, he traverses three major patterns that are emerging in markets: arbitrary, bi-directional value flow, credibly-neutral backends, and community-owned IP. These trends build on a presentation Kyle delivered last year on composability and is the spiritual successor to that thesis.

MEV as a Framework for Valuing Asset Ledgers

Tushar Jain also delivers a keynote presentation on major trends in MEV and the firm’s view that it can be used as a framework for valuing asset ledgers. MEV is a deeply misunderstood topic that often carries a negative connotation. The reality is that MEV is not new—it existed in tradfi before crypto—and versions of it are actually essential to the functioning of efficient markets, such as DeFi liquidations and price arbitrage. And now that the infrastructure has evolved, it can be used to better capture the value of L1’s.

Web3 and The New Age of Consumer Loyalty

Ben Leventhal needs little introduction. He’s the founder of Resy (acquired by American Express) and Eater (acquired by Vox Media), two products that have touched millions of users and left a profound impact on the hospitality industry. Ben joined our Partner Matt Shapiro to discuss his next audacious idea: Blackbird. Building on his experience, Blackbird is a new loyalty, membership, and payments technology company. Blackbird is developing products focused on creating software that establishes and enhances connectivity between restaurants and their guests. We get excited when crypto crosses the chasm and touches large, laggard industries that are ripe for disruption. This talk is a preview of what’s to come in Web3-enabled hospitality.

Building Social Graphs as Protocols, Not Companies

Since leaving Coinbase, Dan Romero has dedicated his life to studying the major trends and design patterns in social media. Now as the founder of Farcaster, he’s focused on building a new type of social media, one that is sufficiently-decentralized, deliberately verticalized, and decidedly open and flexible—aimed at creating an entirely new ecosystem of social media applications, not just the next killer app. This panel, moderated by Kyle Samani, is a great overview of social graph innovation, and an early look at how open social graphs will transform the next generation of social media applications.

HIP-51 And Helium Mobile

In this video Mark Phillips from Nova Labs shares the latest developments on the Helium Network and explores the implications of HIP-51, a proposal that evolved the network from a singular IoT network to a network-of-networks capable of coordinating several interrelated connectivity networks. He also speaks to Nova Lab’s recent announcement of Helium Mobile, the world's first cryptocarrier, and how people-powered hotspots can help accelerate the deployment of 5G infrastructure.

In this video Ian Krotinsky walks viewers through a demo of Tiplink. A TipLink is a link that is also a crypto wallet. Using Tiplinks, anyone can deposit and send any digital asset—such as NFTs, stablecoins, or Solana—to another person whether or not they already have a crypto wallet, which is not currently possible. Ian’s talk sheds light on the hidden friction in crypto and his mission to build the easiest way to send and receive digital assets with anyone.

Building Financialized Data DAOs With Delphia

Last but not least, we hear from Andrew Peek, the CEO of Delphia, to introduce the concept of Data DAOs and how they can be leveraged to unlock new data sources that were previously not possible. Over the course of 10 minutes, he walks you through an introduction to Delphia’s Data DAO model, the concept of investing data, and how he’s using the power of aligned incentives to generate alpha for investors.

If you enjoyed these videos and would like to watch more, all of our talks and presentations from previous summits can be found on our Youtube channel here.

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