Recently, I have been experimenting with the newly released Oculus Quest. I am now more convinced than ever that VR will play an important role in our day-to-day life in the future and that it will fundamentally affect the way we spend our leisure and social time. Additionally, I strongly believe that blockchain technology will further legitimize the virtual world, and give it more and more value and power over the real world.

I believe that VR is going to disrupt a multi-trillion-dollar economy — the economy of “getting outside your mind”. I first heard about this concept from the…

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Internet vs Blockchain Revolution: the evolution of the market, infrastructures, and companies

Are we in 1994?

Interestingly, when Marc Andreessen, the founder of Netscape, found himself in Silicon Valley in early 1994, he thought that he was too late and missed the whole thing as the short recession of 1990–1991 hit the technology industry hard. The current stage of blockchain and cryptocurrency development is most analogous to the Internet Revolution in 1994, in which we have invented TCP/IP, HTML, and FTP, and out of these will lead to the development of Netscape

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Emergent technologies enable new concepts and business models that were not possible or practical before. These new concepts and business models often take time to be validated and require new methods of valuation. As the Internet Revolution has shown us, timing is very important for these new concepts and models to succeed in emerging markets.

The Emergence of New Concepts:

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New concepts that appeared with the development of the Internet and Blockchain

New technologies have the potential to create new concepts and business models, allowing for new markets to emerge. For example, the…

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In the early stage of emergent technologies, there are often challenges around scalability, cost, and education, limiting the development of breakthrough applications and mass adoption. However, these challenges are generally solved over time as we have witnessed with the evolution of the Internet and we should expect a similar technological progression in Blockchain.

Scalability and Cost:

Despite today’s fast Internet connection, the early days of the Internet faced challenges in terms of scalability and cost. On August 7, 1996…

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Looking back at the Internet revolution, the founders of a lot of disruptive companies didn’t necessarily had business in mind first but came from various backgrounds, such as hobbyists, researchers from universities, hacker channels, and ex-employees of successful companies. This list is not exhaustive, but we will go through some examples.

Hobbyist

The origin of Yahoo began as a hobby, in which Jerry Yang and David Filo, Ph.D. students at Stanford at the time (1994), were collecting…

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The early successful products during the Internet and Blockchain Revolution were the ones that abstracted the technicalities of the technology and provided convenience to the early adopters. This article will go over the origin of the Internet and discuss some of the products that quickly became popular during the early technological cycle.

Interestingly in the early days of the Internet, the large firms, including Microsoft and Comcast, had a wrong focus and believed that the future…

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Internet vs Blockchain Revolution

Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme”. At 8 Decimal Capital, we are attempting to find similarities between the Internet and Blockchain revolutions, to help the community better understand technological life cycles and the future of the Blockchain industry. The Internet Revolution facts are based on the book “How the Internet Happened”, written by Brian McCullough. We will be releasing a series of articles over the next couple of weeks. …

I had the pleasure of presenting on the topic of “Investing in the Security Token Ecosystem” in January 2019 at the Security Token Realized conference in London. Below is a summary of some key ideas from the presentation. If you are interested in learning more about our insights and perspectives on investing in the space, check out the full video presentation here.

I) Key Benefits of Security Tokens:

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Transparency & Programmability: Establishing trust between different parties is of vital importance locally, nationally, and globally. Blockchain is the ultimate cap table of “who owns what” and a record of all the previous transactions. Additionally with smart contracts…

OVERVIEW:

  • A tokenized version of assets should be able to demonstrate three key properties on the blockchain: the underlying asset: the virtual representation of the asset; the ownership of the asset: the identity of the asset owners; and the compliance rules of the asset: the set of regulatory and compliance rules governing the ownership and transaction of the asset.
  • Currently, privacy and compliance seem to be the major challenges in launching STOs. Depending on the jurisdiction, investors have to go through strict Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) processes to be compliant and eligible to invest and trade…

  • By 2030, blockchain will have a value-add of over $3 trillion worldwide from cost reductions and revenue gains according to Gartner.
  • The winning use cases will not only solve issues in the current system but also justify the benefits, costs, and risks associated with implementing the technology.
  • As enterprise solutions develop the capabilities to scale and integrate both private and public blockchains, it is essential for investors to pay close attention to the technological development of enterprise solution and evaluate which solutions can satisfy the needs and requirements for enterprise adoption.
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Public vs Private vs Consortium Decentralization

By 2030, blockchain will have a value-add of over…

Remi Gai

VC Associate 8 Decimal Capital | 8dcapital.com | Blockchain & Crypto | remigai.com

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