Conor on Web3

By Conor Svensson

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Wholesale DeFi

There is a significant disconnect between TradFi and DeFi. TradFi is regulated, DeFi is not. Between the two industries lives a large void of uncertainty where startups, corporates and web3 hackers try to find ways to bridge the two.To proponents of web3, the…


Protocols as a service

During the past decade software as a service (SaaS) emerged as the dominant business model for technology startups. The ease with which products could be launched provided a blueprint for entrepreneurs to launch businesses that could readily scale using cloud…


Taxing times

The volatility of crypto-assets forces a lot of users to pay attention to the tax implications of any holdings. Unlike most other investments, the fact that these assets can move by 50% in a matter of days, it's really important that tax implications are kept…


Network states

In his recent book, The Network State, Balaji Srinivasan set out his belief about what will be the successor to the nation-state. This will be an entirely new type of virtual state — the network state.The network state will be built using many technologies fa…


Enterprise Blockchain Redux

It's been almost 6 years since J.P. Morgan released the enterprise Ethereum client Quorum (now ConsenSys Quorum), however during the past few years, the focus has shifted somewhat to public blockchain networks. Last month, the enterprise blockchain narrative …


The Merge

TLDR;Post merge, network power consumption goes down by ~99.95% and you can get a risk-free yield of 4-5%Ethereum's ecosystem is likely already more valuable than Eth's market capMost of the significant Web3 innovations happened first on EthereumIt has a func…


Decentralisation at all costs?

Proponents of Web3 like decentralisation. The concept of blockchain networks being unstoppable, where no individual, company or state can exert significant influence, resonates strongly with many of their users and proponents.The specific reasons for this can…


The fight for privacy

Last week Web3 privacy was dealt a significant blow by a US regulator when the SEC sanctioned the Tornado Cash service that runs on Ethereum.Tornado cash is a mixing service which allows holders of Ether to anonymise their holdings. When you hold a cryptocurr…


Web3 sceptics

Just because we're in a bear market, doesn't mean Web3 is any less significant.It's amazing quite how much negative sentiment there is currently about Web3. There's little doubt that the cryptocurrency markets have entered a bear market phase due to the value…


On-chain finance

The robustness of blockchain networks underpinning Web3 is what makes this technology so compelling. It is my belief that in the coming years much of the day-to-day technology we rely on will be underpinned by Web3 networks.The motivations for this shift will…


Talent wars

At the end of 2019, LinkedIn published an article about the most in-demand skills for 2020. In the list of hard skills, cloud computing was knocked off the top spot by a new entrant to the list — blockchain.This was back when crypto, NFTs and Web3 weren't a m…


Web3's AOL moment

With the first iteration of the web, there were initially two different modes of access adopted by users.The tinkerers and technologists of the era were happy to experiment with software and dial-up modems to self-direct their online experience — hanging out …


Economies of scale

One of the greatest ways in which we've seen technology disrupt industries time and time again is by removing the advantages incumbent businesses have with economies of scale.Due to their size, incumbents are usually in the fortunate position where their size…


Web3 UX

If you ask anyone in Web3 what the biggest hurdle for mainstream adoption is, UX is more than likely to be the answer. There are many ways in which it can be improved. The following are key issues that have a significant impact on UX.Making users distinguish …


Your keys, your problem

Being your own custodian of your digital assets has long been touted as a key benefit of Web3. If you are in possession of the private key that underpins your Web3 wallet (self-custody), no government or corporation can prevent you from accessing and using th…


Off-chain finance

The robustness of the Web3 infrastructure underpinning DeFi has remained incredibly resilient during the turbulence of the past weeks, where we saw the Celsius platform unable to honour customer withdrawal requests and 3 Arrows Capital (3AC) a leading hedge f…


Web5, seriously?

Last week Jack Dorsey announced the next iteration of the Web — Web5: The Decentralized Web Platform. His motivations for calling it Web5 and skipping Web4 seem to be that Web2 + Web3 equals Web5, but it seems arrogant for someone to use their significant rea…


The thriving communities of Web2

There's a lot of emphasis in Web3 on decentralisation, and moving on from the opaque platforms that have proliferated in Web2. Community governed, open protocols that exist as decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) are, at present considered the most e…


Peer to peer finance

Whilst decentralised finance (DeFi) is the new kid on the block in Web3, a type of decentralised finance was alive and well back in the 2000s. Except back then, it wasn't called decentralised finance, it was peer to peer (P2P) finance.Peer to peer networks ex…


Looking beyond tokens — verified credentials

Tokens have emerged as one of the central narratives of Web3, with cryptocurrencies, utility or governance tokens, NFTs and stablecoins being our current staples.However, another key emerging narrative that is relevant for both individuals, as well as busines…