Decentralization and new network effects

“Decentralization” has proven to be a massive disruptive force, enabling new services previously impossible in classical systems - both at the infrastructure layer with the decentralized architecture of blockchain and at the app layer, which is now comprised of decentralized applications with no single point of control or failure. The incorporation of AI into decentralized systems is only adding to the power and applicability of this new architecture. 

Decentralization is reshaping how products are adopted, as with product-led growth, in terms of the hyper focus placed on the end user (versus IT departments or enterprise heads). It’s also helping to empower these and other individuals relative to corporations, through things like DAOs. In this way, blockchain will facilitate novel designs in terms of where ownership and power lies between the individual (the consumer, creator, or employee) and the collective (a DAO perhaps, or a traditional enterprise). The implications of this will create major shifts in the fabric of our society and economy. 

We’re in the early days of blockchain and Web3—startups providing Web3 infrastructure, developer tools, and security are just in their infancy. But the signs of growth and significance are promising, especially if you follow, as we do, developer interests. We invest where the best and brightest technologists spend their time—and they are increasingly spending their time on Web3.

In Web3, we are focused on crypto-native infrastructure, developer tooling, security applications and products which enable new forms of ownership.

The powers of decentralization

Blockchains offer new technological primitives that empower developers to build compelling applications. Rather than centrally controlled, blockchains are neutral systems that are owned and influenced by distributed end users. Developers are exploring new use cases that we are closely following:  

Follow the talent

Amidst inevitable ups and downs of crypto prices, developer talent continues to flow into Web3, and at Wing, we seek to invest in the best and brightest technologists.

Arm the developers

As tech talent in Web3 grows, more and more challenges within Web3 are uncovered. We seek to make investments in projects that arm developers with the tools and infrastructure they need to build.

Empowering ownership

If Web1 was "read," and Web2 was "read and write," Web3 is "own." Wing invests in Web3 projects that empower the ownership economy through DAOs, NFTs, Smart Contracts and other emerging infrastructure.

Cybersecurity opportunities

Decentralized applications create a new paradigm for cybersecurity, with unique opportunities and challenges. Between decentralized data and privacy, to securing smart contracts, we seek application-specific solutions for this paradigm.

At the bleeding edge of what's next in Web3

Wing partners Zach DeWitt, Chris Zeoli, and Tanay Jaipuria lead Wing's investment in blockchain and Web3. Learn more about them, or explore other core Wing investment areas in AI, data, product-led growth, and bio x data.

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