"web3 with a16z" is a show about the next generation of the internet, and about how builders and users -- whether artists, coders, creators, developers, companies, organizations, or communities -- now have the ability to not just "read" (web1) + "write" (web2) but "own" (web3) pieces of the internet, unlocking a new wave of creativity and entrepreneurship. Brought to you by a16z crypto, this show is the definitive resource for understanding and going deeper on all things crypto and web3.
From discussing the latest and leading trends to sharing research, data readouts, and insights from top scientists and makers in the space, this is a variety show with a variety of formats and topics listeners can pick and choose from. It is hosted by the longtime showrunner of (and original team behind) the popular a16z Podcast. Learn more at a16zcrypto.com.
The story of the internet, emergent networks, and their effects
Steven Johnson is a prolific author of books about technology and innovation, such as Where Good Ideas Come From and How We Got To Now, and he is editorial director at Google Labs. Chris Dixon is the founder and managing partner of a16z crypto and author of the new book Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet. The two discuss their writing, they explore the emergent properties of decentralized networks, and they dig into how the internet has changed from its origins up to today.
Read Write Own: A new era
Chris Dixon is the founder and managing partner of a16z crypto and author of the new book Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet. Robert Hackett is an editor at a16z crypto who worked closely with him on the book as an editing and thought partner. They discuss the writing process, the book's themes, and what could follow the internet's read-write-own era.
On the decentralized web, truth, and human rights: 'Hacking authenticity'
We discuss human rights including recent crises in various regions around the world -- and the role of technology, such as the decentralized web for establishing "ground truth" -- with Jonathan Dotan, Emmy-winning producer and former writer on HBO's Silicon Valley and founding director of The Starling Lab for Data Integrity at Stanford (which prototypes tools and principles to bring historians, legal experts, and journalists into the new era of web3).
Communicating in Crypto, and Beyond
How does one *communicate* well -- especially in crypto, but also in other technical industries, open source communities; or in distributed, decentralized organizations, where you may have participants that are both remote and in person, or a mix of regulars and newcomers/ strangers? This episode covers specific templates, tactics, and tools that anyone can use (whether leader of individual contributor, technical or other role) especially for informal vs. formal communication.
Chain Choices: Or, How to Decide What Blockchain to Build On
with @guywuolletjr @eddylazzarin @smc90
"Which blockchain should I build in?" Is a very top of mind question for builders in web3, but also relevant to anyone interested in tech innovation and the evolution of infrastructure. So how does one decide among all the chain choices out there, particularly given how fast-moving the crypto and web3 space is? We sketch out the landscape, why it matters, tradeoffs; and then address common questions, a framework for deciding, different technical specs, and other factors such as community, marketing & ecosystem support, security, custody, programming languages, and more.
Debating Blockchain Architectures (with Solana)
This all-new deep-dive, hallway-style chat features Solana co-founder and Solana Labs CEO Anatoly Yakovenko. The first half of the episode is a discussion/ debate blockchain architectures -- including of course Solana & Ethereum, the themes of monolithic vs. modular, et cetera -- but really is about what are the tradeoffs, and what should one optimize for (or not!), depending on what you’re building, and to make crypto happen at scale (now and in the future). The second half of the episode covers company-, community-, and ecosystem-building -- including discussing the nuances of leadership in open source; and wherefore messiahs/ prophets?! -- as well as touching on engineering hiring, devrel (developer relations), governance; the Solana phone, and some of the Solana backstory as well. What are the differences between hardware and software innovation? And how does innovation play out, in theory versus practice?
Web3 interviews are unique and educational. Love em!
Punk6529 take on intangible tokens and comparing them to gold is insightful. I agree with Punk on having to use NFTs in order for laws to be enacted. EVERYTHING is non-fungible.
A Review of "web3 with a16z crypto"
I had found certain parts of what I had believed to had been a certain recording of this "web3 with a16z crypto" to had been interesting and informative (and certain other parts of it to had been vulgar (or profane), unnecessary, negative, and detrimental).
web3 with a16z has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen!