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Context Disruption

May 23rd, 2022
One working definition of a bull market: it’s whenever we’re celebrating assholes.
Publisher Avatar david phelps (🐮,🐮)(😈,😇)
david phelps (🐮,🐮)(😈,😇)
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Practical Lessons from Building a DAO

May 20th, 2022
Let’s talk about what it’s actually like to build a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) from scratch. In this post I want to share 7 practical lessons from building a DAO.
Publisher Avatar Odyssey

Like → Share → Collect

May 25th, 2022
The following essay is a homage to collecting enabled by web3. It is a living document, minted as a collectible Writing NFT. By collecting it, you encourage me to keep refining and elaborating these views, which will be updated here.
Publisher Avatar Graeme
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Designing Token Economies

May 25th, 2022
Good token design, like good product design, starts with understanding what users want. 
Publisher Avatar Not Boring
Not Boring

Games and blockchain

May 17th, 2022
Preface: Usually, for my blog posts, I just write stream-of-consciousness rambles, and don’t even bother proofreading. This is different - this is the first time I actually put in some effort. Why? To celebrate Mirror launching Writing NFTs on Optimism. I have no idea why anyone would buy NFTs for this post, but if you do: 100% of the proceeds will be directed straight to the Gitcoin multi-sig for public goods funding. I’d love to hear feedback - should I repeat this for my older posts, and future posts?
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Memes of Production: DAOs as Financial Flash Mobs and Hyperstructures

March 25th, 2022
There are two types of DAOs that seem to be gaining traction: financial flash mobs and hyperstructures. Each taps into a unique quality of DAOs that isn’t feasible via traditional corporate structures. They represent different extremes of on-chain coordination: fast and hot, or slow and long. In both cases, they ultimately represent ways that memes can be merged with blockchains to create emergent structures of coordination. When combined, they could point towards how we bootstrap the public goods infrastructure of an abundant future.
Publisher Avatar Cabin
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Co-ownership as a web3 social primitive

November 13th, 2021
A fundamental premise of web3 is ownership. But ownership isn’t just a technical or financial shift, it’s a shift in how we connect with one another.
Publisher Avatar Chase Chapman
Chase Chapman
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Culture in Progress: Building On-Chain Social Capital

December 1st, 2021
Crypto, Culture, and Society members recently joined a session by web3 polymath Ameer Carter, aka Sirsu, to explore how social capital operates. Using real-world models of collective action and examples of web3 projects that bridge the gaps between social, cultural, and economic capital, he advanced a compelling argument for using blockchain technologies toward attribution of creative works to their creators. Below is a recap and response from our community.
Publisher Avatar Crypto, Culture, & Society Journal
Crypto, Culture, & Society Journal
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Stop Calling it a Wallet

May 24th, 2022
Alien languages, linguistic relativity, vertical wallets, and what they all have in common.
Publisher Avatar Gaby Goldberg
Gaby Goldberg

The MVP Before Christmas

January 6th, 2021
Mirror has the ambitious vision of redefining publishing online by empowering writers with the tools offered by crypto. We are delighted to share that we've officially closed our first full-stack engineering sprint: the MVP of the Mirror blogging platform. This will allow us to onboard our first writers and serve as the foundation for all the functionality in the future.
Publisher Avatar Mirror Development
Mirror Development

Key learnings from DAOs

May 19th, 2022
A decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) is a group organized around a specific mission that coordinates through a shared set of rules enforced on a blockchain. DAOs themselves are just organizational structures that control shared economic resources and/or protocol rules, and each DAO can be different in how it operates. Some DAOs are private and others are open for anyone to join and contribute. For some DAOs, active contributors can get paid by the DAO for their work.
Publisher Avatar Linda Xie
Linda Xie
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How To Build A Headless Band: Architecting Chaos

April 27th, 2022
We are a headless band called Chaos - a network of 80 artists assembled by Songcamp - collectively creating a music NFT project like you’ve never seen before. Here's how...
Publisher Avatar SONGCAMP

Pong, not Programs

June 7th, 2021
On Earth 2 history took a slightly different course.
Publisher Avatar Josh Stark
Josh Stark
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Public Goods in Crypto

May 21st, 2022
The concept of public goods in crypto is pretty popular. It’s discussed a lot with regard to layer-1s, protocol treasuries, and ecosystem growth. The term has also begun to pop up in investment announcements.
Publisher Avatar Alana Levin
Alana Levin

The Ownership Economy 2022

May 24th, 2022
By Li Jin, Geoff Hamilton, Jesse Walden, Spencer Noon, Derek Walkush and Medha Kothari
Publisher Avatar Jesse Walden
Jesse Walden
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NFTs: Consumption vs Investment

May 21st, 2022
Digital objects have long been treasured. An exhilarating moment during a Twitch stream. Memes that define an era in time. Iconic selfies. The list goes on and on.
Publisher Avatar Kinjal

Reprint || The Next Media Business: Talent, Reputation and Lessons from Record Labels

May 24th, 2022
This piece was originally published on May 28, 2020.
Publisher Avatar Dark Star
Dark Star
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Multiplayer Media

May 24th, 2022
Toward massive, collaborative, headless art.
Publisher Avatar The Generalist
The Generalist

Inking a Smart Contract

March 13th, 2022
I’m Xuannü, the WITCH of WILL and keeper of the coven at Crypto Coven.
Publisher Avatar Crypto Coven
Crypto Coven
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A Theory of Justice for Web3

May 23rd, 2022
One of the most powerful narratives surrounding web3 is that it is a movement toward a better, fairer internet.
Publisher Avatar Li Jin
Li Jin
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The Rise of Metastars

May 24th, 2022
Learn about the rise of Metastars through Music NFTs featuring Angelbaby, RŌHKI and the Bored Brothers.
Publisher Avatar Coopahtroopa

NFTs make the internet ownable

February 15th, 2021
Before tech, I was an artist manager in music. When I started the firm, I believed one thing about the music industry very firmly: ownership endows power. Typically, labels had ownership over the music, and thus, power over artists.
Publisher Avatar Jesse Walden
Jesse Walden

Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Business of Media Subculture

January 14th, 2021
If media companies are record labels and creators are rock stars then the audience are fans — and that introduces an entirely new business opportunity. Media, like music, can only thrive when the audience and the creator travel down a path together, giving each other the opportunity to define one another. It’s a two-way street, not a top-down dictum. But what happens when a creator or artist gets so big that their audience starts building products on top of their work?
Publisher Avatar Dark Star
Dark Star
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Why Dark Forest Matters: A Good Game, not a Crypto Game

February 24th, 2022
Dark Forest is a massively multiplayer (MMO) real-time strategy (RTS) game in closed beta. If you like strategy games, you should play it. Anyone who is a fan of games like Sins of a Solar Empire, Factorio, or Civilization should definitely play it. It’s not a game with global appeal like Super Mario Odyssey, but it doesn’t need to be nor try to be.
Publisher Avatar Omar Mezenner
Omar Mezenner
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DAOs, Tokens, and Goodhart's Forest

October 6th, 2021
Tokens are incredibly powerful incentive mechanisms, and power corrupts. Welcome to this multi-part series, in which we’ll explore why tokens are so powerful, how things can go awry, and what can be done about it.
Publisher Avatar spengrah

Verified Personal Content

May 20th, 2021
For the last 15 or so years, I've been blogging occasionally on this website. Unfortunately, towards the end of last year, I lost control of my long-term domain name, nickgrossman-dot-is (intentionally not linking to it here). This was a dumb mistake; I just missed the renewal notice and someone else claimed it. Painful lesson learned.
Publisher Avatar Nick Grossman
Nick Grossman
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De-Financializing Social Tokens

May 16th, 2022
The true unlock of Social Tokens lies in their de-financialisation. They are, before anything else, the tokenization of human interaction and the opportunity it provides.
Publisher Avatar Kairon
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The Serendipity of Self

May 17th, 2022
Suffering induced memory loss, Grayson wakes up to a world where everyone’s private messages were leaked. Delving deeper, he comes face to face with a surreal new reality.
Publisher Avatar Untitled Frontier
Untitled Frontier

You Don't Own Enough ETH

May 22nd, 2022
I write and talk about The Merge a lot - and for good reason - it’s the largest upgrade to the Ethereum network in its entire history pulling together 100’s of researchers & developers as well as many years of hard work. And while The Merge itself is a grand technical achievement, there’s a large economic part that plays a role in it too - and in today’s piece I want to go over some of the major economic merge-related themes.
Publisher Avatar The Daily Gwei
The Daily Gwei
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Growth Frameworks from Web2 to Web3

February 22nd, 2022
This is a series of articles that will explore how Web3 founders and builders can use some of the Web2 Growth frameworks to scale successful products.
Publisher Avatar mati.h
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Choosing Optimism

May 2nd, 2022
Web3 is now too large and the stakes are too high to launch on the Ethereum mainnet. The Ethereum roadmap pivoted in 2020 to focus on supporting L2 protocols as the primary scaling strategy. Optimistic Rollups are a type of L2, and are production-ready today. Web3 developers should build their applications on one of these rollups, such as Optimism or Arbitrum.
Publisher Avatar Graeme
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zkSNARKs vs zkSTARKs: a primer

January 18th, 2022
Trying out a longer form article this time to allow a deeper dive into some areas of blockchain research. There are a lot of articles on zero knowledge proofs, and a lot of research papers on SNARKs or STARKs, but very little bridging the intermediate gap.
Publisher Avatar pseudotheos

Publishing on crypto

December 29th, 2020
Why is it that I can send anyone with an Internet connection and smart phone a photograph freely and instantly, but sending the same person money is hindered by seemingly arbitrary constraints, like geography or days of the week?
Publisher Avatar nis.eth
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Business-Governance Fit

April 29th, 2022
Web3 has brought renewed attention to the formerly overlooked concept that certain governance models are better suited for specific projects.
Publisher Avatar Station Network
Station Network

Community Sybil Resistance

August 24th, 2021
A typical problem with NFT sales is bad actors quickly buy up many editions with the intention to resell them at a markup price. We saw this with the CryptoNewYorkers drop.
Publisher Avatar indreams.eth
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Hard things about communities

May 16th, 2022
Communities thrive because of their contributors.
Publisher Avatar pet3rpan
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Legitimacy Lost

May 23rd, 2022
By Li Jin and Katie Parrot
Publisher Avatar Every

Crypto's Consumer Era

September 1st, 2021
A few years ago it was common to hear the phrase, “we’re still waiting for crypto’s killer app.”
Publisher Avatar Kinjal

Come for the creator, stay for the economy

April 20th, 2021
"Come for the tool, stay for the network" is a classic strategy for bootstrapping social networks. It aimed to solve a hard problem: how do you convince people to join your social network when there's nobody else to socialize with?
Publisher Avatar p.mirror.xyz