In this episode of The Unstoppable Podcast, we’re talking to Scott Kominers. He’s a Harvard Business School professor and part of the research team at a16z crypto — a venture capital fund that invests in crypto and Web3 startups.
We talk about identity and reputation in Web3, and Scott shares some of the stories that led him to become interested in these topics. Scott explains some of the key differences between Web2 and Web3, one of which is how the latter is more open and less dominated by siloes.
We go on to discuss the ability to carry assets from one part of Web3 to another and why this simple concept is so important for the future of the web. Scott talks about the possibility of building a more global digital infrastructure that can benefit people in certain parts of the world.
We also chat about sharing digital information — how much of our data do we really want to share online and where do we draw the line? Finally, we dive into the idea of associating reputation with online identity, what this can unlock, bringing off-chain information into Web3, and how far away we are from this.
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2:06 How did Scott get interested in crypto?
7:21 The difference between Web2 and Web3 identity and reputation
11:33 The importance of portable digital identity
22:13 What does on-chain reputation mean to Scott?
26:43 What pieces of our online identity are worth tracking around reputation?
33:04 Should reputation in Web3 be open source?
37:22 How does one reputation history unlock new opportunities?
44:57 What elements of off-chain identity do we need to associate with our on-chain reputation?
50:48 Who’s an influential web3 creator, entrepreneur, or collector that has inspired Scott?
53:31 What is Scott’s favorite NFT?
55:32 In 5 years, what’s the craziest thing we’ll be doing on the metaverse?
57:16 Are students buying into the crypto and Web3 world?
59:29 Where can you find Scott?
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