2021 in Bookmarks - Part 1 🔖
Web3, Community, Venture Capital, NFTs, DAOs and The Great Online Game
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Welcome back to a brand new issue of the Perfunktory newsletter. Wishing you all and your families a very happy new year!
I hope you all are following your new year resolutions and I hope you continue to do so till at least February. Personally, I haven’t set any resolutions for this year because I started making the changes I wanted to implement this year from early December itself, but I can’t deny the boost in productivity that you get at the start of a new year. Everything seems possible and the year promises to be the best one ever. I hope it turns out to be a brilliant year for you, definitely one for the books!
I wrote about my Year in Review for 2021 last week so in case you missed out on it, I am linking it here:
I wanted to keep the first issue I send out this year a little light so I thought I’ll share some things that I bookmarked last year. I found these to be very helpful and I usually came across them on Twitter. If you haven’t started using Twitter yet, I strongly urge you make an account there. This is only if you spend time on Social Media, if you don’t, it’s better to stay away from all of them. Back to the topic at hand, my major reading from last year was on the following topics:
NFTs and DAOs
The Great Online Game
The topics above have been covered in this issue. The topics below will be covered in the next issue that I send out this week itself.
How to use Twitter
Life and more.
I thought I’ll share the best of the bookmarks I have in each of these categories with you.
If you’re looking to explore Web3 and what it really is, I would blindly recommend you to check Gaby Goldberg’s Web3 Reading List. This is no doubt the best place to start understanding more about about Web3 and things related to it.
Gaby Goldberg’s Web3 Reading List
She also has a Web3 podcast list where she includes her favourite podcasts.
Gaby Goldberg’s Web3 Podcast List
Next up, we have the Twitter thread by Grace Isford who is an investor at Canvas VC.
Although this next tweet from Paarug Sethi is from September, I thought it mentioned quite a lot of places that you can get good information about Web3 on Twitter.
This tweet from Sriram K has brilliant replies as to what are the key-haves to build an online community.
Personally, I believe community is the one thing that will separate out companies this year. Community is something that cannot be bought but is cultivated over time. It is also the driving force behind the kind of talent and clientele your company attracts.
Venture Capital 💰
This tweet from Gale Wilkinson sums up what new VCs need to focus on regardless of which country they work in.
This next thread by Alex Macdonald lists out 13 investor databases for Seed Stage founders looking to raise money. Some of these might be specific to a single region but everyone knows someone who might be investing in your region.
Luckily, I worked as a scout with two syndicates last year, one of them was very generous as to help me learn how to make a deal memo, how to secure deal flow and what goes behind the scene at a typical VC firm. I would recommend everyone interested in the VC segment to try and scout to understand the basics.
NFTs and DAOs 🏢
This tweet thread by Punk6529 explains all the terms that you might have come across on NFT Twitter.
Moving on to Music NFTs specifically, this thread by BlockchainBrett explains where we are at currently and what to expect from this space this year.
Moving onto DAOs, this website called Discover DAOs helps you learn more about them, explore a directory of DAOs and even work for some.
Up next, this tweet by Alex Masmej, founder of Showtime which is a Web3 Social Network, mentions the most well-known DAOs in several segments.
Next we have this article by Sonal Chokshi, Zoran Basich, and Guy Wuollet who work at a16z Future, the media division of the VC firm a16z.
The Great Online Game 🕹
I got introduced to this concept due to this brilliant issue written by Packy McCormick.
I started going deeper into this since I was really fascinated by the concept and came across a few other tweets that I really liked which mentioned the Great Online Game, one of them being this one by Andrew Kirby.
Please don’t buy courses, there is too much free content available on the web, you just have to look in the right places. No piracy too!