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Read all about investments in Blockchains in 2019 in our newest report here. 

As the world burns and recession looms, it’s hard to think about anything else. Sure, freedom is pretty important too, trying to protect individual freedom by allocating capital and resources towards building privacy-preserving tools gets me up in the morning. It’s the Pact Coffee Micro Lot perfectly balanced complex flavour profile that keeps me going though. (Yes I have a beard and a wardrobe full of checkered shirts, come @ me.) Anyway, this week I have been feeling like I am rearranging deck chairs (digital infrastructure) on the titanic (the earth) about to plough into an iceberg (climate change). I read this by David Wallace-Wells on the climate crisis and you should too, especially considering what’s going on in the Amazon today. 

But digital infrastructure is what you are here for and digital infrastructure is what you shall get. That said, if you know of anybody working on climate change problems utilising open and decentralised systems, please do share them with us. (I guess moving away from proof-of-work as a decentralised consensus algorithm is probably the first thing to do? Is sound money worth the energy consumption of Denmark!? Seriously, as I use my reusable water bottle and diligently do the recycling, how can I justify owning Bitcoin or Ethereum?) I am really excited for the Chia Network in this regard. Also, maybe there is something in carbon pricing. Would carbon pricing be more effective if blockchains were used to make issuance and exchange falser, easier and cheaper? I don’t know tbh, but I am keen to find out more.   

So back to digital infrastructure. Is it open, private and decentralised yet? Well, not quite yet. It’s slow going. My colleague Joel John did some great analysis on funding in the space since 2013 which was insightful. $23.7 Billion raised by 3738 blockchain companies since 2013, 75% of which has been at Seed and Angel stage. So plenty of money sloshing around to build stuff. But money is only a small part of the equation when it comes to company and network building. Blockchain VC investment is only 4% of global venture capital in 2018. And $23.7 billion has only turned into 3% of global technology value as captured in stock/tokens. And it has only attracted less than 1% of global developers. We are still lacking talent, expertise, and guidance. 

It’s still very early days. It might not seem it when you are deep in the weeds of Taproot upgrades and EIP-2028 but 96% of venture funding and 99% of developers are not even paying attention to the space. I am hoping that we can take the technologies and tools mainstream and use them to help solve actual meaningful real world problems. As always, get it touch if you think that is you. 

Reading: The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition
Listening: Underwater by RUFUS DU SOL
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Stack Resources. 

Peace, Lawrence

From The Stack

  • Ocean is launching a hackathon with upto 3.4 million in Ocean tokens for grabs. This could be an excellent opportunity for the buidlers in our community to learn about the new data economy and win some tokens while at it. Make sure you register for it - Link
     
  • Agoric CEO E. Dean Tribble was on the Chorus.one podcast this past week. Listen to the whole episode to understand Agoric's core value propositions -  Link
     
  • Ever wondered how self sovereign identity would work if you lost your cell phone? The team at Sovrin has the answer. Read to find more - Link
     
  • Golem has released "Golem Insights". A standalone platform for real time data on the network's health. Dig into the numbers over the weekend!-  Link
     
  • Chainlink has collaborated with Eth.events to provide real time validation of transaction hashes. This enables smart contract developers to source information from all 17 blockchains indexed by  Chainlink currently - Link
     
  • FOAM released a video demo of the product being used to process and validate a presence claim over radio -  Link
     
  • The team from Outlier Ventures was at Berlin Blockchain Week. We officially announced Diffusion. If you are a developer, make sure you join us in October for 2 days of hacking in collaboration with 17 protocols - Link

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