The Decentralized Future Series: A New Age of Investing

In this post, we are going to explore the paradigm shift of investing in the context of decentralized applications. First, we will briefly explain the history of venture funding and how it evolved in the last few decades. Second, we will discuss the current situation around crowdsales and ICOs. Finally, we will glimpse into the future and look at what’s coming.

The Decentralized Future Series

A good method for discovering startup ideas is to look into technological breakthroughs and think about what they unlock that wasn’t possible before. In this introductory post, we’ll look at Bitcoin and consider potential use cases that we can directly deduce from its properties.

Building for the Blockchain

Our goal in this post is to: 1. Explain how blockchain development differs from existing development paradigms. 2. Provide context for the opportunities and challenges in this space. 3. Point you to resources that will give you the foundation to start developing in this new paradigm.

Crypto Evolution

New cryptocurrencies test out new evolutionary paths as different species do. Then forks evolve some of these species and miners/community support will naturally select the most promising. These two mechanisms get compounded with the ‘breeding’ of these crypto assets or tokens. The resulting rate of evolution is astounding, and the possibilities to explore are vast.

The Token Effect

Cryptocurrencies and tokens are becoming increasingly popular. In this post, we’ll explore the context that triggered this frenzy, the new possibilities tokens unlock, and why people are excited about its future.

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Blockchain Investing with Olaf Carlson-Wee and Aaron Harris

Olaf Carlson-Wee is the founder and CEO of Polychain Capital, a blockchain investing hedge fund. Aaron Harris is a Partner at YC.

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IPFS, CoinList, and the Filecoin ICO with Juan Benet and Dalton Caldwell

Juan Benet is the founder of Protocol Labs (YC S14). Dalton Caldwell is a Partner at YC. In this episode of the podcast we discuss IPFS, CoinList, and the Filecoin ICO.

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