My guest today is Chris Dixon, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Chris is a prolific investor and thinker, having been an entrepreneur, angel investor, and is now focused on investing in the crypto and blockchain space for Andreessen. Our conversation focuses on Chris's overall thesis for investing in the cryptocurrency space, the opportunities and limitations of blockchain applications, and why this is the most interesting area for investing and building over the next ten years. What's exciting to me is blockchain technology's ability to help us re-imagine old business models and catapult them into the 21st century – and we cover a lot of them. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Chris Dixon.
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[00:03:56] - [First question] - His overall crypto investing philosophy
[00:06:37] - New opportunities presented by blockchain technology
[00:15:31] - Permanent limitations and shortcomings of blockchains
[00:18:32] - Evolution of DeFi and crypto currencies
[00:21:11] - Whitepapers: Bitcoin, Ethereum, MakerDAO
[00:22:08] - How to take out a loan using the Maker protocol
[00:23:22] - Utility of Dai and stablecoins
[00:29:14] - How the DeFi network will reinvent the future
[00:39:53] - Uniswap, tokens, and fundamentally redefining leverage
[00:36:29] - The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea
[00:38:00] - Developer and entrepreneurial incentives for building blockchain technology
[00:39:46] - BitClout, Rally and the early days of social tokens
[00:46:38] - Demand curve and value creation efficiency in a digital creator economy
[00:47:24] - NFTs and a Thousand True Fans
[00:54:49] - Polkadot, Solana, Cosmos and programmable blockchains
[00:58:03] - The most exciting moment for him in the last year
[01:00:19] - Decentralized autonomous organizations
[01:02:46] - The single thing that has him most excited about the future of this space
[01:05:18] - The Next Big Thing Will Start Out Looking Like a Toy