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The Big Q: What About Web 3.0?


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“The US economy exploded largely because of the tech companies that now form the foundation of web 2.0, but unless the United States steps up its regulatory game it is likely other countries will best its position and reap the economic and cultural rewards that come with playing host to the world’s most innovative technologies” — Paul Ebeling

The Big A: Web 3.0 is dependent upon an environment ripe for innovation – not massive infrastructure systems

Over the last 2 yrs, we have seen total value locked (TVL) in DeFi surpass $200-B. In Y 2021, NFT volume exceed $25-B, and venture capital invested over $27-B in cryptocurrency and blockchain companies. The best part is that we have not scratched the surface of massive use cases like NFT implementation in legal documentation or the transition of traditional financial markets over to permissionless global exchanges.

Interestingly, the projects driving this extraordinary growth are often led by small teams of 20 people or less. There are few ‘headquarters’ in the world of crypto. Many of the most influential figures in the space do not have a home base and instead live itinerate lifestyles, traveling from place to place. This is because web 3.0 operations are often very lean, with a sole focus on putting out products and building communities of users.

Contrast that with the web 2.0 model, where VC valuations and growth targets often lead to a focus on achieving growth for growth’s sake. This leads to the construction of new offices, competition for headcount and absurd spending purely for the sake of demonstrating ‘success.’

In other words, governments and companies extract as much profit as they can rather than working to develop technologies that inherently benefit users and contributors. At the time, the huge model powered by VC was the best way to make the most progress. but now that very progress has made the model less important and the infrastructure can now drive future change much more efficiently.

With the web 3.0 model, the big corporate HQs, massive teams and capital investments from established leaders are no longer there.

The inherent nature of web 3.0 means that there are fewer points of influence for governments to control. Regulations operate largely by placing rules and responsibilities on financial intermediaries, which in exchange creates barriers to entry for would-be new participants. The new web 3.0 system that eliminates intermediaries presents a problem for governments that no longer have a way to control decision-making and/or king-making through centralized authority.

Unlike most industries, where people put up with yrs of red tape and millions in lobbying costs, many DeFi builders are voting with their feet, moving to jurisdictions that are more welcoming to innovation.

Singapore’s EntrePass, Portugal Non-Habitual Resident, Bahamas incentives to attract crypto entrepreneurs and Saudi Arabia’s government investment all make it relatively easy for entrepreneurs to present their intentions and go build with a supportive ecosystem behind them.

Note: money laundering accounts for less than 1/2 of 1% of the billions of transactions.

For the US to really ‘get in the dance’ it must start by not making rash judgments or snap decisions on policy. After that, define what the end goals of investor protection and consumer protection are. Sometimes existing disclosures or processes do not make sense in the web 3.0 world. Then present a frame for implementation that allows for a discussion or revision loop rather than an overarching threat of closure based on ambiguous commentary.

Whichever big, stable country can come up with a cooperative, conducive framework will not just keep their own engineers and entrepreneurs from leaving, but they will also attract global talent and sit at the center of a global financial and technological system that’s not held back by geographic restrictions or socio-economic censorship.

Have a healthy, happy, prosperous weekend, Keep the Faith!

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Paul A. Ebeling, a polymath, excels, in diverse fields of knowledge Including Pattern Recognition Analysis in Equities, Commodities and Foreign Exchange, and he is the author of "The Red Roadmaster's Technical Report on the US Major Market Indices, a highly regarded, weekly financial market commentary. He is a philosopher, issuing insights on a wide range of subjects to over a million cohorts. An international audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognize Ebeling as an expert.