Web3 Growth Series

The definitive guide to Web3 growth barriers, solutions, and predictions for 2020.

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There’s No Silver Bullet

While there are plenty of places one might focus, Web3 founders have discovered that there isn’t a magic formula for solving the ecosystem’s growth problem. They shown an understanding of the multi-faceted challenges ahead of them.

"Expectations had to be adjusted down after CryptoKitties. There was the feeling that everyone was just going to start buying NFTs, but we learned that people don’t just buy because an NFT it's on a blockchain. What drives value are utility and provenance."

Devin Finzer, CEO @ OpenSea

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OpenSea

The largest marketplace for crypto collectibles. Buy, sell, and discover rare digital items.

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3Box

3Box makes it simple to store data securely with your users, letting you focus on building great products.

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“Communicating with developers when they may be building on your infrastructure but using their own node is another key area. In a distributed network, how do you have good observability into who is using and taking them through the funnel in the right way.”

Michael & Danny, Founders @ 3Box


“The hardest part is there is no silver bullet. It’s a new frontier. There’s no one partnership or feature that will take us to the moon. No individual problem is insurmountable but it can be crushing to be under the weight of a bunch of different problems.”

Kevin Owocki, CEO @ Gitcoin

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Gitcoin

Crowdfunding and freelance developers for open source software projects.

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Argent

A radically better crypto wallet. Enjoy the future of the web with the first smart wallet for Ethereum cryptocurrencies and apps.

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“We haven’t made the most of the existing tools on the market yet. One big limitation we have is we really want to adhere to the ideological best practices of crypto. How can you know enough about the user without engaging in the dirty growth tricks of Web 2.0?”

Matthew Wright, Growth @ Argent

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Long-Term Focus on Growth

It's a marathon, not a sprint. The early days of Web3 continue to be slow moving, but new products and tools come to market seemingly everyday. Founders that leverage those tools can better accelerate growth.

“We have to continue doing the unscalable things and be patient during the early days of growth — it happens, but timing also matters. The most transformative technologies in the world didn’t happen overnight even though it feels like it now.”

Joe Lallouz, CEO @ Bison Trails

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Bison Trails

Bison Trails is the easiest way to run secure infrastructure on multiple blockchains. Our technology platform provides enterprise-grade security, multi-cloud / multi-region distribution, and a 99.9% node uptime guarantee.

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Zerion

A simple interface to access decentralized finance to invest, earn interest and borrow crypto assets.

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“Finding the user that will be the driver of virality of the product. Retention is important. We relied on Twitter for growth, and it was a good solution to generating growth. The next step is to figure out how to break out of the small community.”

Evgeny Yurtaev, CEO @ Zerion


“We should want to get to the point where we don’t ask if apps are using blockchain. By default, we should use blockchain. To get there, we need to make sure the infrastructure is strong.”

Jaynti Kanani, CEO @ Matic

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Matic

Scalable and instant blockchain transactions. Matic Network brings massive scale to Ethereum using an adapted version of Plasma with PoS based side chains.

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LivePeer

Video Made Possible. Open source video infrastructure services, built on the Ethereum blockchain.

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“I think the trick is figuring out in the current moment what’s the thing that’s going to help the project grow. When you build any kind of marketplace, at any given time, you’re constrained by either side. So we have to decide what’s the next thing to help the marketplace grow.”

Eric Tang, CTO @ LivePeer


“We’d like to have something that would allow us to reply to users really fast. Intercom would be a good solution because we would be able to respond in near real-time directly on the site. Bridging the gap between users and us through communications is important.”

Samyak Jain, CTO @ InstaDapp

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InstaDapp

Trustless Smart Wallet for DeFi. Seamlessly manage, optimize and deploy your assets to get the best returns across protocols.

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2020 Web3 Growth Predictions

With optimism mixed with caution, founders in Web3 almost universally understand that 2020 is a turning point for the entire ecosystem. They are torn on what will be the sub-category of Web3 to grow the most, but they believe growth will come.

“I think growth in 2020 is going to be exponential. I say that with some confidence having a front row seat to all of the things being built in Web3. Now that the DSR and Multi-Collateral Dai are live, the Maker Protocol is going to start reaching into the legacy economy. Even a small fraction of these users and assets would represent exponential growth to our ecosystem.”

Greg Di Prisco, Head of Biz Dev @ MakerDAO

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MakerDAO

A better money. Digital currency that can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

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Terminal

Manage & monitor your dapp. One mission control panel for your blockchain application.

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“My prediction is that there will be an explosion in the use of decentralized storage. With Filecoin going live and infrastructure being built around IPFS, there will be more opportunity to use decentralized storage.”

Harrison Hines, CEO @ Terminal


“If programmatic trust is a value proposition to your company, you’re going to be migrating to blockchain. That may not happen in 2020, but you’re going to see the seed being planted.”

Alan Curtis, CEO @ Radar

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Radar

Building products for our next financial system.

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Dapper Labs

The serious business of fun and games on the blockchain No jargon or nonsense. Just good fun.

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“If we don’t hit, at minimum, 10,000 DAU for a single blockchain game, where the users keep coming back and are retained for at least a month or two, then we have a lot of work to do.”

Benny Giang, Growth @ Dapper Labs

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