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Welcome again to Chain Response.
For the primary time in a very long time, there was much less speak circulating a couple of sure three-letter crypto trade, ahem, FTX. However in fact, that didn’t final lengthy as the previous FTX CEO (who additionally goes by three letters — SBF) created a Substack and shared his perspective on Thursday — in a 2,300-word overview — detailing what FTX and Alameda had been “pre-mortem.”
Over the previous seven days, there have additionally been a handful of cuts introduced throughout the crypto area, from the second-largest trade Coinbase cutting 20% of its workforce to NFT market SuperRare axing 30% of its staff.
That is Coinbase’s second spherical of main layoffs, after eliminating 18% of its staff, or about 1,100 jobs final June, however there was “no approach to cut back our bills considerably sufficient, with out contemplating adjustments to headcount,” Coinbase co-founder and chief govt Brian Armstrong wrote in a post Tuesday.
Amid the doomy and gloomy sentiment from these layoffs, various market gamers had been trying to help these affected by the cuts, together with Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko, who tweeted, “If you’re a departing Coinbase worker, attain out! I might love to search out you a house within the ecosystem.”
See, not all hope in humanity must be misplaced.
It was additionally a giant week for partnerships as extra crypto firms joined forces with mainstream Internet 2.0 and monetary firms like AWS and Mastercard. However as an alternative of claiming extra right here, I’ll let the tales converse for themselves. Learn extra about them under.
This week in web3
Amazon Internet Companies (AWS) has partnered with Ava Labs, the corporate constructing out layer-1 blockchain Avalanche, to assist scale blockchain adoption throughout enterprises, establishments and governments, the 2 corporations completely informed TechCrunch. “Wanting ahead, web3 and blockchain is inevitable,” Howard Wright, VP and international head of startups at AWS, mentioned to TechCrunch. “Nobody can name the time or date or quarter that it’s going to occur and it’ll be mainstream, however we’ve seen the cycles of progress earlier than. The speed of this one looks like it’s accelerating and we’re simply excited to be part of this.”
The crypto enterprise capital trade has turn out to be extra selective due to the final market downturn and wavering belief attributable to a slew of scandals and market disruptions, however buyers at main corporations are nonetheless writing checks within the area. Because the market seems towards the long run, some enterprise capitalists are revamping their investing methods, whereas others are holding to their present plans, with maybe a small tweak or two. Learn on to learn the way energetic buyers are fascinated about DeFi, how they’re advising their portfolio firms amid the dearth of funding, one of the best ways to strategy them and extra.
Mastercard, one of many greatest monetary funds suppliers on the planet, is launching a web3-focused incubator to assist artists join with followers via a brand new medium, the corporate shared. Mastercard partnered with Polygon, a scaling blockchain constructed on prime of Ethereum, which has been making big strides within the Internet 2.0 ecosystem these days. After becoming a member of the incubator, taking part artists ought to know the way to mint NFTs, characterize themselves in digital worlds and set up a group, Raja Rajamannar, chief advertising and communications officer at Mastercard, mentioned to TechCrunch.
We’re solely within the second week of 2023, however demo days have already begun as founders attempt to hold momentum alive within the ever-changing crypto market. Beacon, a web3-focused early-stage accelerator program, launched final 12 months, and its flagship cohort simply graduated. The groups within the first cohort, referred to as Cohort 0, offered their concepts on Tuesday throughout a demo day, completely coated by TechCrunch.
Hyped or not, web3 firms look like they’re right here to remain, and buyers appear greater than prepared to maintain backing them. To get a greater thought of how the individuals writing the checks are fascinated about web3, TechCrunch surveyed greater than 35 buyers, and it seems the bulk will not be solely actively investing within the class, in addition they harbor hopes of a shining future for what they really feel is a probably transformative know-how.
The newest pod
Chain Response is again in motion with the launch of Season 2!
For this week’s episode, I talked to Ryan Wyatt, president of Polygon Labs, one of many greatest market shakers and layer-2 blockchains within the crypto area that’s constructing on prime of the Ethereum ecosystem.
The previous 12 months has been big for Polygon because it partnered with big-brand names like Starbucks, Disney and Mastercard to launch loyalty rewards and accelerator applications. Now, Polygon is trying to 2023 and new alternatives, and Wyatt shares what’s in retailer for it and the way the area nonetheless has room to develop.
We additionally mentioned:
- Polygon’s huge themes and product imaginative and prescient for 2023
- Mass adoption of crypto and what it takes to get there
- Wyatt’s outlook for the gaming and NFT market
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Comply with the cash
- Venom Ventures Fund introduced a $1 billion venture fund and made its first funding in Nümi Metaverse’s $20 million funding spherical
- The Simple Firm, a “social” crypto pockets, raised $14.2 million in a seed spherical
- Cosmo blockchain-based DeFi protocol Quasar raised $5.4 million at a $70 million valuation
- Open Forest Protocol raised $4.1 million to scale nature-based options
- C14 raised $2.5 million to assist construct crypto fee flows
This checklist was compiled with info from Messari in addition to TechCrunch’s personal reporting.