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Value Flows in the MEV Ecosystem

October 31, 2022 | 8 minute read

Miner Extractable Value (MEV) is fundamental to permissionless distributed systems and cannot be eliminated. The market structure for MEV is dynamic and complex, but the actors that profit from them in proof-of-work (PoW) networks—such as Ethereum 1.0—have exclusively been miners and searchers.

Mercury: Reimagining the Collegiate Fan Experience

October 20, 2022 | 12 minute read

Today I’m excited to announce that Multicoin Capital has led a $7.5M seed investment in Mercury with participation from North Island Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Brevan Howard Digital, and several others. The convergence of sports and crypto is one of the most exciting, fast-growing areas of the market with strong, early successes in companies like Sorare and NBA Top Shot. Both have onboarded countless new users into crypto.

Announcing Venture Fund III

July 12, 2022 | 7 minute read

Today we are excited to announce our latest venture fund, Venture Fund III, a $430M fund that invests $500K-$25M in early-stage opportunities all the way up to $100M+ for later-stage projects when combined with our evergreen liquid fund.

Beyond Verticalization of NFT Marketplaces

June 22, 2022 | 7 minute read

Why is the UX of OpenSea and Magic Eden generally the same (discovery on homepage, basic set of linear filters on the left side of collection pages, same search presentation, etc.)? Or, framed another way, why doesn’t the front page of OpenSea or Magic Eden have an activity feed (like Fractal or Hawku), or a livestream (like Twitch), or the results of a recent game tournament that heavily leverages NFTs?

Our Investment in Delphia

June 8, 2022 | 7 minute read

Today I’m excited to announce that Multicoin Capital has led a $60M Series A in Delphia alongside Ribbit Capital, FTX Ventures, Valor Equity Partners, FJ Labs, Lattice Ventures, Cumberland, Road Capital, and M13.

The Ball Multicoin Bitwise Metaverse Index

June 7, 2022 | 3 minute read

Over the last 6 months, as the term “metaverse” has become more popular in mainstream lexicon, we have come to the realization that many of our investments across various sectors—Web3 infrastructure, DeFi, asset ledgers, data networks, etc.—are good candidates to provide foundational infrastructure to power many credibly-neutral metaverses.

Proof of Physical Work

April 5, 2022 | 6 minute read

One of the most powerful features of crypto-economic protocols is their ability to create incentive structures that allow anyone in the world to permissionlessly contribute to a set of shared objectives. These incentive structures can be finely tuned to facilitate large-scale coordination to achieve specific goals. This represents a step-function improvement in capital formation.

Fractal: The Web3 Amusement Park

April 1, 2022 | 5 minute read

Today I’m excited to announce that Multicoin Capital has co-led a $35M investment in Fractal with Paradigm, with participation from a16z crypto, Solana Ventures, Animoca, Coinbase, Play Ventures, Position Ventures, Do Kwon, and Tim Ferriss.

Building Bridges

March 30, 2022 | 4 minute read

18 months ago, Ethereum was the only Layer 1 asset ledger that mattered. Today, there are over a dozen major asset ledgers across Layer 1— Ethereum, Solana, Luna, Polygon, Celo, Flow, Avalanche, Near, Fantom, BNB Chain—and Layer 2—Optimism, Arbitrum, StarkEx, StarkNet. We live in a multi-polar world. We will never go back to a uni-polar world. And that means that bridging is going to be extremely important.

Move Move Move

March 15, 2022 | 5 minute read

Broadly speaking, there are two ways to think about scaling blockchains: break them into smaller pieces and try to connect them, or optimize and scale a single shard. Rollups and sharding are the prime examples of breaking blockchains into smaller pieces. These approaches create several second-order problems:

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