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Validator Economics of Ethereum 2.0 ? Part One -- Collin J. Myers [Token Economy]
Since the formal announcement of Serenity at DevCon4 in November we have seen a strong self organization of minds come together to debate and better define the specs of Ethereum 2.0. Topics such as network inflation, economic incentives, slashing, withdrawal period, attack vectors and worst case scenarios are all receiving a healthy debate, amongst many others. With the recent surge in participation in Ethereum 2.0, it is now timely and critical that we effectively incorporate diverse viewpoints to arrive at the best solution. The beauty of an open source protocol is that anyone can participate in its journey and shape the network. A blockchain protocol involves a symphony of differing yet overlapping motives, all of which must be aligned in harmony.

Crypto Narrative Watch: Crypto Winter Edition -- Nathaniel Whittemore [Token Economy]
When I published the first Crypto Narrative Watch, I made the argument that market narratives are marketing. In other words, when we start to see a narrative emerge, our question has to be who has incentive for this narrative to become dominant Recognizing market narratives as marketing doesn't delegitimize them, but simply means we give them less power to influence our actions by remembering that they are all someone's attempt at self-fulfilling prophecy. This truth is particularly relevant in the context of today's bear market. When we last looked at narratives in August, prices had been trending down for all of 2018 and were well off their 2017 highs, but there was still a sense of forward motion. Projects were continuing to go out and try to raise new capital, funds were (mostly) still shy of redemption timelines, and there was a perhaps naive hope around some big event like an ETF turning around the market for an end of year rally.

? Visions of Ether ? How major narratives of Ethereum and [ETH] have evolved over time --Felipe Gaúcho Pereira on Token Economy
This post is inspired by Nic Carter's and Hasu's Visions of Bitcoin¹. Crypto-communities seek for newish narratives or adapt current ones as an exercise of collective strengthening. They also do so to combat critique by isolating some of its premises (Bitcoin is expensive to use! But it's not meant to be used that often!). Proactive and reactive sense-making. Nobody can know everything. The complexity of society is irreducible. We cling to mental models that satisfy our thirst for understanding a given phenomenon, and stick to groups who identify with similar narratives. Beliefs are not only shaped by reality; they define it. In any social arena, there's a never ending battle to tells what's happening, why is it happening, and what is happening next. Controlling narratives is particularly powerful in cryptoland² given the innate complexity and polytechnic nature of the field.

DeFi vs Fintech ? Token Economy
It seems most people haven't fully grasped the idea behind Decentralised Finance DeFi. I'll try and clarify why DeFi is ontologically different from traditional financial technology services Fintech?. I'll make the case for why DeFi, despite being today a suboptimal choice as a tech layer is actually attracting a growing number of developers and is becoming a focal point for financial technology builders. Fintech is about building on mostly proprietary software. The software and its execution is entirely trusted, gatekeeped and censoreable. The ultimate settlement layer for fintech transactions the truth is not code.

MakerDAO+A16Z ? Token Economy
You will no doubt have heard the news that A16Z Crypto have purchased 6% (or 60k tokens) of the total supply of MKR for $15M, for an implied network valuation of $250M ($250 per token). In case you missed, here is the announcement on the MakerDAO blog and the A16Z investment thesis. Many commentators have focused on the governance aspect of this transaction. We'll touch on that too, but we think there are a number of other interesting things to unpack: 1? in traditional venture capital there are some generally established playbooks on ownership targets and portfolio construction, typically dependent on stage focus and fund size. There's no such thing in crypto yet, major differences being:

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