In this episode of The Unstoppable Podcast, we speak with Jarrod Dicker, a VC at TCG, about something both he and TCG are excited about: the intersection between consumers and crypto. We start by getting his reflections on his first learning experience in blockchain—a startup called Po.et that aimed to put digital content onto the blockchain. While he reflects that Po.et was probably too early to the market, Jarrod believes in consumers driving crypto, and that powers his work with TCG. We also get his perspective on digital ownership, tokens, and NFTs, and quiz him about his own DAO, Dark Star.
Part of why Jarrod has a media-focused DAO like Dark Star is his love for writing. Dark Star aims to be a constructive lens to think about where crypto is going, by looking at what it has done so far. Jarrod has a background in traditional media and knows how the real-world environment of a newsroom drives creativity, together with the ownership of multiple stakeholders in storytelling. He thinks this is an exciting direction for a media DAO to go in (and is part of why he loves pioneering it in Dark Star).
Throughout this conversation, Jarrod’s excitement for how the new consumer wave is going to change and shape what’s coming is infectious.
1:19 How did Jarrod get interested in crypto?
8:37 What does Jarrod do at TCG?
14:37 What are the major differences between what Jarrod looks for in a web2 company vs. a Web3 company?
18:14 What projects would be most impactful to have today?
25:31 How is the Web3 world going to look like for content creators in five years?
31:24 What is Dark Star DAO?
36:51 How does the process work when people propose a topic in Dark Star DAO?
41:13 What’s been the recurring themes of businesses/ventures best suited to be DAOs?
46:14 Jarrod explains his tweets
50:10 Where can you find Jarrod?
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