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Hiya from Friday, I presume that you are currently enjoying the lengthy weekend. In celebration for this week’s Exchange letter we’ll try something new by being transient.
In case you are drained of hearing about cryptocurrencies, I have bad news. They are not most productive not going away, however it surely appears that the financial cannon that have helped clear the fields for their general advance are reloading with far more financial ammunition.
At least that’s what Eric Newcomer is reporting in a post out this week aptly titled “a16z Crypto Fund Balloons to $2 Billion.”
This raises a few facets. First! That there may be ample LP demand to fund a crypto car to the tune of $2 billion. 2d! That there are ample hot crypto ideas within the market value sticking $2 billion into.
I can fully imagine the dilapidated, however the latter stretches my brain a cramped. Now not that there aren’t great companies being in-built the blockchain space; Coinbase’s Q1 earnings indicate that you can make cash with crypto. However it surely appears to be like that the corporations that have confirmed probably the most a hit thus far are more a hybrid of the traditional banking world and the crypto space than fully inhabitants of the latter.
However as these ideas have been mined to increasing perfection, we may serene anticipate seeing cash chase the more experimental crypto ideas. As I eminent in the Daily Crunch yesterday, there’s a lot of cash already going into these markets:
[Y]ou’ve heard of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. In case you have already digested the NBA TopShot hype wave, buckle in, because a lot of folks are serene building within the NFT world. That entails Anima, which is bringing AR to NFTs and factual raised new capital from Coinbase, and Endless Objects, which factual raised $6 million to assist folks utter their NFTs IRL.
Here is the place mission investing in crypto — and that mammoth a16z fund — will get attention-grabbing.
Sure, crypto exchanges can make cash. However what about the additional reaches of the crypto financial system? Can they acquire material revenues that the fiat world can understand and mosey public? (Achieve they even want to transfer public?)
It’s a pleasure to watch totally different folks wager totally different folks’s cash on ideas that may fail. Heads they lose, tails we purchase. Now not bad!
Twitter’s subscription (and media?) moment
Twitter’s “Blue” subscription product is slowly dripping its way into the market. I’m going to purchase it, whatever it is.
However what I can’t bag out of my head is that Twitter is amazingly effectively positioned to acquire a sort of creator nirvana. After all, Twitter is already the place many writers, journalists and artists hang out. The place we already have a following. Why not assist us weirdos leverage all the time we’ve spent on the platform?
You can gaze how this may scale. Now that Twitter has bought startups Revue and Scroll, it may acquire a newsletter platform the place Blue subscriber cash is divvied up amongst writers for its platform. Or Twitter may grasp Medium, as a friend urged to me the various day. Medium has a mammoth subscriber base, which Twitter may merge into Blue and provide a sort of extra-social-community-community for writers and totally different creatives. Upright?
If I had a few billion dollars, a few thousand engineers and a dictate from shareholders to grow, I’d mosey hog-wild and enact some crazy shit. Let’s gaze what Twitter comes up with, however let’s hope that they aren’t making small plans.
Closing, you can catch up on all we wrote on The Exchange at some point of the week here. Have a really shapely break, we all need one.