Dominance: A Venture Firm Accelerating Web 3 Innovation With Support Beyond Capital

Dominance Ventures
3 min readNov 6, 2021

Entering A New Paradigm

With technology growing exponentially, we’re witnessing technological advancements that will drastically transform the world we know in decades to come. One of those advancements we’re particularly excited about is Web 3, a new paradigm. As Chris Dixon recently highlighted, Web 3 combines the decentralized, community-governed ethos of Web 1 with the advanced, modern functionality of Web 2.

Web 3 is an internet that is verifiable, self-governing, decentralized, permissionless and robust. The interesting element of Web 3 is the alignment of network participants through a financial incentive, tokens. Tokens allow network participants to create, govern, and improve their respective networks, leading to ownership and control becoming more equitably distributed. Furthermore, with Web 3, the value of a network is realized from those who directly contribute to that network, addressing the core problem of Web 2, where a centralized entity traditionally accumulates value.

Although we are at the early underpinnings of Web 3, decentralized finance (DeFi) applications such as Compound, Aave, and Uniswap are unlocking open and accessible income-generating opportunities for all and, in the process rewarding early adopters of their platform with governance tokens. We’re also seeing explosive user growth and new economies in Web 3 games such as Axie Infinity and Yield Guild Games. We believe that these platforms will enable financial inclusion and allow participants to shape their future in ways that weren’t possible before.

We’re excited about all the possibilities of Web 3 and believe that being at the forefront of that innovation is ever so important.

Who We Are

Since 2016, the team has individually made over 100 investments as angels and have advised several projects across the landscape of Web3 innovation. Over the years, we have seen first-hand that simply launching a project was the least complicated part of the success equation. Although it has gotten easier to launch a project in today’s environment, we know the success of any project requires support beyond capital. We saw a growing need for investors who will also provide a hands-on approach to support builders along their journey.

Dominance is a venture firm that invests and partners with the most ambitious founders focused on Web 3 innovation. Entrepreneurs at heart, Dominance works with incredibly talented entrepreneurs, researchers, and partners with established ecosystems to bring more innovative products to the world.

Our Approach

As operators, we’re active ecosystem participants and strategically get involved to help builders before and after launch. A true extension of their teams, we aggressively work to ensure that the most ambitious founders succeed beyond their expectations.

We see a place for several solutions to tackle problems that arise in this new paradigm. Seeking truth and holding no bias is a critical mindset in our assessment and diligence. Our fundamental goal is to look for essential portals that will help onboard billions of users to Web 3, driving adoption exponentially.

We’re particularly interested in:

  • New Protocols (Layer 1 & 2)
  • DeFi Protocols
  • Decentralized Infrastructure and Middleware Solutions
  • The Open Metaverse and New Digital Economies
  • NFTs and Gaming
  • Identity Solutions

Accelerating Web 3 Innovation With Support Beyond Capital

We look to provide long-term patient capital and extend our team of operators, engineers, researchers, and product experts to carry out the following roles for founders:

  • Business Development
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Ecosystem and Community Growth
  • Operational and Strategic Support
  • Protocol and Token Model Design
  • Talent Sourcing

We know how difficult it can be to kickstart things like protocol activity with initial liquidity, building community awareness, or simply getting those first integrations when swinging for the fences. Our strong balance sheet and resources enable us to support our portfolio and promising founders.

Closing Remarks

We’re intellectually curious about entering a new paradigm and have a deep passion for helping teams change the world. We care not only about enabling distributed systems but the true mission of decentralization.

If you are as curious as we are, building something interesting that the space needs, and looking for a partner who will strive to make it a success, get in touch. We’d love to collaborate.

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Dominance Ventures

Dominance Ventures is an early-stage venture firm that invests and partners with exceptional innovators that build open, permissionless blockchain networks.