Economics of Staking (and lending)

Recently speaking with someone who loves everything crypto, she and I got into the guts of staking. Unbeknownst to me, I didn't have as full of a grasp of the dynamics of this growing marketplace. It is exciting, to be honest. The act of staking provides another way for owners of particular digital assets to… Continue reading Economics of Staking (and lending)

Floor NFTs

Floor NFTs is a young company led by Chris Madden. Chris has a background in both Fintech and Martech. Being an early employee at Venmo, he spent two years researching how social + money work together. Currently the Co-founder of Button, he works in Fintech by day, and crypto by night. Chris is also on… Continue reading Floor NFTs

Protocol Movements (Alts to ETH)

I’ve recently been going down a rabbit hole on protocols. Many Layer 1’s were released and grew, beginning in January 2021. It has almost been 11 months since Ethereum held over 96% of TVL. That has changed (the market grew) and is now 64% (picture below). Other L1s are a mixed bag with differing utility,… Continue reading Protocol Movements (Alts to ETH)

Tectonic Shifts In Fintech

Below are some quick thoughts. Several earlier fintech companies found success, with younger adults being solid customers. Today, we see newer companies target teens and kids through several gifting platforms that have closed rounds the past few quarters (i.e., UNest). This is good, but it will be difficult for those companies to scale over time… Continue reading Tectonic Shifts In Fintech

Blockchain Layer One Proliferation

There are numerous Layer 1 networks which have proliferated over the past 24 months, in part to Ethereum’s limited ability to scale. Side stepping ETH2.0’s story, there still are new(er) networks and private capital being deployed to this space. Some are simple forks of ETH, but many of these being built are different, even if… Continue reading Blockchain Layer One Proliferation

B2B Card Platforms

Recently talking to a founder, he had mentioned the poor experience he and his company had when they began looking for banking products. That made me want to do a quick deep dive. You'll find hyperlinks sprinkled throughout this quick post - do click on those if you'd like to learn more. Companies normally start… Continue reading B2B Card Platforms

Be a specialist

An interesting study was just released about venture capital. One tool I view that corporate development teams can refine and build upon to execute in-organic growth. The study essentially notes that venture capitalists are specialists. I believe this. The research paper also notes that performance is much better in the sub-industry VC's focus on; even… Continue reading Be a specialist

Early Stage Company Nomenclature + Rounds

Two things are popping up more and more in 2021: 1) I get a fair amount of questions about equity and where it should land for first-money-in through the mentoring I do for early stage companies. Unfortunately, it’s not a straightforward answer. 2) Round inflation is real. It really doesn’t matter if you mark your… Continue reading Early Stage Company Nomenclature + Rounds