SocialFi has been around for a few years now, and this year it has seen its comeback. From early failed experiments like Bitclout to the latest revival of the narrative with Friend Tech’s success – let’s take a look at how this corner of web3 has evolved over the years, […]
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Near is more than a performant Layer 1 blockchain. At last week’s NearCon, Near’s annual conference, Near expanded on its Blockchain Operating System vision introduced in March of this year. Near’s driving vision goes beyond being a high throughput blockchain, but rather to become a unifying abstraction layer so that […]
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Chainlink is a pivotal piece of the ecosystem in the current web3 space, addressing some important challenges. In this article, we’ll take a look at Chainlink’s core functionalities, its recent developments, and the underlying economics of its token. We’ll also weigh potential risks and conclude with insights on its future […]
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When was the last time you went more than an hour without checking your social media feeds? Whether it’s X, Instagram, or TikTok, these platforms have become deeply ingrained into our daily lives, to the point of addiction for some. Yet even as we spend countless hours scrolling, liking, and […]
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Highlights GCR is a research and investment community. As a collective, we source investments, conduct research and diligence, and make investments together. This piece lays out some highlights from the past quarter: Robust Community-Driven Investing Despite Market Conditions Q3 2023 Summary Stats The GCR Community continues to make significant strides, […]
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A darling of the prior bull run, Solana has weathered a particularly tumultuous year and a half. We check in on Solana’s ecosystem to see how it has fared in the depths of the bear market and ponder upon its future trajectory. Solana in a Nutshell Unlike the multi-layered approach […]
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Entertainment & Ticketing Industry Face Several Challenges The ticketing industry has been a highly lucrative sector with projected revenues exceeding USD 1.6 Trillion by 2028 according to the Events Industry Council, in partnership with Oxford Economics. However, it faces significant unresolved issues. Despite the continuous organization of events and gradual […]
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Base, an Ethereum layer 2 built by Coinbase using Optimism’s OP Stack, launched on August 9th. More than just an addition to the L2 landscape, Base signifies Coinbase’s commitment to addressing Ethereum’s hurdles head-on. In this article, we’ll dive deeper into Base—exploring its technology, evaluating how it compares to other […]
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By Joyce Yang Highlights GCR is a research and investment community. As a collective, we source investments, conduct research and diligence, and make investments together. This piece lays out some highlights from the past quarter: Community-Driven Investing in Q2 Q2 2023 Summary Stats The GCR Community continues to make significant […]
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Intro Throughout history, the democratization of financial power has been a struggle. The story of finance is littered with examples of the few wielding power over the many. From the merchant guilds of the Middle Ages, which controlled trade and excluded outsiders, to the Wall Street titans of the 20th […]
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By Bing Ventures In Summary: Sequencers can address the scalability and performance limitations of the Ethereum network. They alleviate the burden on the Ethereum main chain by sorting and batch processing on-chain transactions, thus shifting most of the computational and data storage work to Layer 2. The decentralized sequencers’ capability […]
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Yesterday, I discovered a new app called Interface. Its promise is simple: Becoming a distribution tool for on-chain creators & collectors. In other terms, they are here to fuel the new creative era. And I’m all here for it. I stumble quite often upon apps helping online creators, and rare are […]
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Finding the perfect business model for Web3 gaming has been a tremendous task that still remains unresolved. The Play-to-Earn experience failed miserably, giving rise to a new contender: Play-to-Own. This model promises to seamlessly integrate Web3 technologies into games while providing benefits for both players and developers. With several games […]
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Airdrops have become a popular tool for projects to distribute their tokens to potential users. However, the value and impact of airdrops have been a topic of debate within the cryptocurrency community. Some argue that airdrops are merely a marketing gimmick that has no real impact on the success of a project. However, others believe […]
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Introduction For more than two decades, we have seen social networks evolve from MSN and MySpace to giants like Facebook and Twitter. As these platforms have grown, so has the realization that our data, our online interactions, and our digital identities are being controlled, monetized, and sold by corporations. In a world where data has […]
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The world of public blockchains is ever-growing. While inflows of users and liquidity bring usage activity and transaction volumes, block space becomes increasingly scarce and valuable. This makes the narrative of a super blockchain network for application-specific chains appealing. Blockchains such as Ethereum are increasingly transforming themselves into settlement layers, allowing most of the economic […]
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Summary and Takeaways: What they Are? Ordinals, Inscriptions, Artifacts, All the same? People in the crypto community have used the terms “Ordinals”, “Inscriptions”, or “Bitcoin NFTs” interchangeably. But are they all the same? In our opinion, no The Ordinals concept came from the “Ordinals Theory”. This was created by Casey Rodarmor, which he proposes that […]
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Introduction The search for the perfect harmony between data privacy and transparency has been a driving force behind many groundbreaking innovations in crypto. Among these, the concept of Zero-Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs) has emerged as a solution to this dichotomy, preserving confidentiality without compromising decentralization. Manta Network leverages Zero-Knowledge tech to ensure privacy and efficiency in […]
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AI is taking center stage in this wave of transformative tech – from GPT-4 to Midjourney V5 to Runway’s Gen-2, innovations in AI models spanning text, image, and video are becoming virtual paintbrushes for human creativity. The fusion of AI and web3 is revolutionizing digital art and NFTs, unveiling new possibilities for creators, transforming digital […]
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By Cosmo Jiang, Jin Kang, Junney Kang Highlights GCR is a research and investment DAO. As a community, we source investments, conduct research and diligence, and make investments together. This piece lays out some highlights from the past quarter: Community-Driven Investing in Q1 The GCR Community continues to make strides by staying disciplined in meticulously […]
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The Graph is an open-source protocol designed to empower developers with the ability to rapidly and effectively query data from blockchain networks. By providing decentralized indexing and querying services, The Graph enables developers to access and analyze information from a range of blockchain networks. Though built on the Ethereum blockchain, The Graph extends its support […]
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Text-to-image models such as Midjourney, Stable Diffusion and DALL-E have shown remarkable results in generating realistic and diverse images from natural language descriptions. However, to extend this capability to text-to-video models, we will need a lot more computational power and resources. This is where Render Network comes in. In this article, we will give an […]
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Web3 has been growing rapidly in recent years, and with it, the need for scalable solutions has become more pressing. Enter the dApp chain thesis: the idea that specialized, interoperable blockchain networks, each focused on a specific use case, can offer a more scalable, efficient, and flexible infrastructure for decentralized applications. In this article, I’ll […]
The post dApp Chains Go Head-to-Head: A Comprehensive Comparison of Avalanche, Polkadot, Celestia, and Cosmos first appeared on GCR.
What if I told you there was a DeWi project with 4M MAUs (monthly active users), 150M+ downloads over eight years, and a real, working product that is rated 4.6/5 by over 2M people? Source: Data.ai Source: Data.ai WiFi Map Past and Present WiFi Map has been around since 2014 as a “community-driven wireless network […]
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Introduction The Decentralized Finance (DeFi) space has seen rapid growth and evolution in recent years, leading to a growing demand for platforms that offer new and innovative solutions to the centralization, privacy, ownership, and other challenges often faced by Traditional Finance (TradFi). One such platform is Gearbox Protocol. We at GCR DAO saw the potential […]
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