The Buidling Blocks
Thoughts on EthCC
Last week I attended the Ethereum Community Conference in Paris. Since then, I have been processing all of the technical presentations, in-depth discussions, late-night debates, and new projects I came across at this incredible event. After some time, my thoughts have started to orbit around a central theme: the buidling blocks for third web are here.
I grew up building things on the web we have today. I would write code on my computer and push it to a server that a company controlled. When I stopped paying them, my website would stop working. My customers’ data would be stored on a database that I managed. Everyone had a username and password to log in. This was the way to make things on the web. I was using the tools that were available. It is really tricky to shake off that mental model and think about the web we will have tomorrow. Too often, I find myself wanting to build products with the tools I am used to. Instead, I need to force myself to think about what is going to be possible with this new development stack.
I stumbled into the Ethereum project in 2015 and helped out with a few interface design concepts before the sale. Despite this early exposure, I still struggle to think about a world where the promises of Web 3 actually come true. The Ethereum Community Conference was a welcome reminder that the buidling blocks are here. Now it is time to #BUIDL.