Farcaster and Solana

https://superteam.substack.com/p/farcaster-and-solana

TLDR: You will soon be able to connect a Solana wallet to your Farcaster account & developers will be able to use frames to embed token-gated experiences in the Warpcast feed. In this post, we’ll make the case that enabling Solana transactions within frames can help Farcaster add ~10K DAUs to its network.

Frames convert casts into interactive mini-apps but what really makes them special – beyond the open graph protocol that they extend – is their potential to convert an entire checkout flow into a few clicks within the context of your current app. 

Today, frames can read your linked wallet but can’t perform on-chain transactions like accepting a payment or transferring an NFT. However, Varun says he’s thinking about this and would like inputs on the first use cases. 

So, in this essay, we’ll welcome Farcaster to Solana by sharing 5 ideas that teams on Solana are capable & incentivised to build today using Farcaster frames that will potentially add ~10K new DAUs to their already impressive current trend of 10-14K


#1 DRiP Creator Apps

400K+ unique users collect 2-3 million pieces of content from ~50 creators via DRiP every week. This includes art, memes, podcasts, games, music, sports moments, puzzles, etc. 

DRiP is well beyond the stage of “mass free airdrops” because each time you collect from a creator, it costs units of an in-game currency and over a million DRiP accounts have been purged to fight bots and farming.  

DRiP is well positioned to onboard the next millions of users and thousands of creators, but by their own admission they aren’t best placed to built niche vertical content consumption experiences; i.e., the UI of the DRiP vault (and upcoming app) will be largely similar whether you’re reading a comic, listening to music or enjoying some art. 

However, creators can build custom products and services for their collectors because the underlying content is composable and owned by each user (as an NFT). While in theory these can be separate apps, the ability for creators to embed these experiences within a social feed makes it much easier for them to get distribution.

For example,

  1. Vault Music can build a player for their 44K active DRiP subs so that they enjoy the music they’ve collected on DRiP within a social feed, and potentially buy more. 

  2. Andrew Mason can take custom photography orders & ship IRL frames to their 96k active DRiP subs.

  3. The wave can build a player for their 39K active DRiP subs to not only listen to their podcasts but also receive airdrops and perks from the featured brands and founders. 

Today, DRiP creators complement their channels by engaging with their audience on Twitter – in fact it is one of the things that Vibhu looks for as he onboards new creators. Allowing them to build a new revenue stream from their most loyal fans will motivate them to prioritise building a following on Warpcast and the wider Farcaster protocol. 


#2  The post claim experience for TipLinks

Thousands of POAPs, gift cards and product NFTs have been issued across a range of events like Solana Breakpoint, The Network State Conference, Miami Art Basel, IRL Ecosystem Calls, technical workshops, etc. 

Allowing teams to distribute exclusive content & custom products to people who hold these NFTs will incentivise them to build their distribution on Farcaster. For example,

  1. The 5000+ people who claimed a POAP at Breakpoint 2023 could get targeted offers, airdrops and product access from Ecosystem projects who are showing up at the next edition.  

  2. The hundreds of people who attended the TNS Conference can get invited to a special premier of the upcoming movie and early access to start-up cities and related products.  

  3. The 1000+ people who attend the 50+ IRL Ecosystem Call events across the world could get product credits and airdrops from those who are presenting and want to amplify their launch announcements. 

  4. Artists who displayed work at Art Basel could offer special pricing to the 500+ people who showed up and collected their work IRL.  

The insight here is that allowing brands, events, artists, etc to pass on their performance marketing costs as a discount to qualified leads gives them a direct financial incentive to build an audience on Farcaster. 

There is organic product synergy here as well – because while TipLink has built a seamless distribution experience, it is up to each brand or event to build and attract users for their post claim experience.

But it is incredibly hard to get distribution for these experiences because no existing social media platforms (Twitter, Discord, etc) provide native support for token-gated products. Frames can make Farcaster the default destination for everyone who distributes POAPs through TipLink.


#3 A BONK Arcade

BONK started off as a meme coin, then became the people’s coin and is now the arcade coin on Solana. There are 600K+ unique wallets that hold BONK and 118 project integrations – including the now sold out Solana Saga. 

Allowing developers to create mini-games where users can burn & earn BONK will be a definitive driver of both developer and user activity on Farcaster. For e.g., Bonkmas was a Christmas themed weeklong festival where ecosystem projects like Jito, Exchange Art, Solana mobile, MarginFi, MixMob, MoonBoi, GooseFX, DualFinance, etc. offered rewards to thousands of users who signed up and used BONK within their products.

If developers & projects can create frames on Warpcast where users can try out their products with BONK and earn rewards, they will be incentivised to build out a presence there.


#4 Opinion Trading with Griffy

Griffy is a mobile app that rewards users for correctly betting on the outcome of opinion polls related to movies, sports, politics, tech, etc. They are currently tracking at 60K+ MAU and use the Solana blockchain to store user inputs & manage payouts of their in-app token.

The ideal top of funnel experience for Griffy on Warpcast would be that users,

  • can directly lock tokens & vote on polls from within the feed

  • get notified when the poll is resolved and are instantly debited or credited

  • get airdropped free in-app tokens to drive trials

This unlocks both a new audience and a seamless trial experience that can drive growth for both the Farcaster network & the Griffy App.


#5 Superteam Earn

Superteam Earn is the most comprehensive hub for earning opportunities on Solana. Over 5K users across the world have signed up to access 350+ earning opportunities and made over $100K in earnings. 

Recently, the most popular bounty format is a twitter thread that projects use to generate organic awareness in the ecosystem. A project can expect anywhere between 30 – 80 submissions for a total payout of $500 – $1000. What makes this more effective than running ads is that each thread goes out from a unique handle with its own voice to its own audience.

The ideal Superteam Earn experience on Warpcast will allows users to,

  1. discover open bounties within their feed

  2. write their thread on Warpcast or other network clients

  3. have their submissions tracked against their Farcaster account ID

  4. get instant payouts within the app when the winners are declared

This creates a new and integrated distributed channel for Earn & helps onboard productive users to the Farcaster network.

The ability to transact is what can really set frames apart and incentivise developers, brands and projects to build their products & presence on the Farcaster network. Solana has shown that it is optimised for a high volume of transactions while maintaining a global shared state. We’re incredibly excited to see what these ecosystems will accomplish together.


Thanks to Shek, Yash A, Greg, Srijan & Akshay for their inputs to this essay. Credit to Yash B for designing the cover image.

Superteam India Community Update: Jan 2024

https://superteam.substack.com/p/community-update-jan-2024

It feels like more has happened this Jan than in all of 2023. 

Watching Superteam members — who stuck together to continue learning, earning and building during the bear — come out stronger, riding the wave of newfound attention and liquidity, is validation of Superteam’s core thesis that you should earn your first crypto, not buy it. 

This newsletter will celebrate and spotlight the main thing that makes Superteam special – its members. Here’s how it’s structured,

  1. Member wins

  2. Community contributions

  3. Project updates

  4. Welcome new members

  5. State of community earnings

  6. Members together IRL

  7. Thoughts from the frontier: Mobile

  8. News you can use

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Member Wins

We’ll kick things off by talking about a humble side project that did over $500K in volume. Kanishq & Yash shipped a single link that anyone can share with friends looking to bridge to and from Solana — the rest is history.

You can read the full story here but as Joel put it — they ended up generating significant value by simply building a working product and employing good SEO.

A lot has been said about the impact of web3 games but we’re still waiting for the breakout apps. Initiatives like the Solana Speedrun Game Jam go a long way in nurturing organic bottoms up developer activity and we’re thrilled to see Abhineet, Elio & Memxor represent India on the podium in the recently concluded 2nd edition.

The event, organised by LamportDAO & Magicblock, saw 300+ registrations and 35 final games submitted – this is impressive when you consider that participants had only 5 days to build their games from scratch.  

The kind of numbers we like to see in the bull market are projects crushing their metrics and celebrating new milestones.

Two community born projects – Cubik & Little Unusual – celebrate their one year anniversary. Both projects were founded by members who met each other within Superteam — Cubik by Irffan & Dhruv; Little Unusual by Tushar and Aditya. Both teams have persisted through the bear. We’re incredibly excited to see them expand their team and footprint through the new market cycle.

Now for dReader & our very own Josip Joshi – they’ve crossed 3K verified users on their app across the Saga dApp store and Android Play Store while also booking over $20K in revenue. They’ve secured grant funding from Metaplex & Solana Labs. And while Josip may soon be leading [redacted] he’ll always remain a part of the Superteam India family. 

Its bot szn and member Umang has thrown his hat in the ring. Truly a Swiss army knife founder, he’s gone from building a No-code NFT tool to a Payments SaaS product to a casual game and now an NFT trading bot. The early preview gained lots of attention from ecosystem OGs like Toly, Joe McCann, Degen Poet, Metaplex, etc. 

OG member Abbas is now leading community for Avax in India. He was previously Bounty Sheriff for Superteam, organised the nationwide Super meet series, ran community efforts at venture fund Hashedem and contributed to IBW.  

Yash A has joined Superteam as a researcher and just shipped 7 ideas you can build on Wormhole and also running the Superteam prize track for the Solana scribe hackathon. If you’re participating you should definitely reach out to him, there’s a curated TG group, office hours – the works. 

And, our very own Guru Dev Shek has joined the Superteam India core team to drive all things technical education and founder support. If you’re a young developer looking for guidance or a founder looking to navigate Solana tech – would highly recommend reaching out to him. 

Karthik, the founder of PepperDEX, is making it rain as he found his co-founders & 10+ core team members to gear up for the new season of Solana DeFi.

And after making #itgoodnow Abhishek has joined Superteam Earn full time.

Special shoutout to two friends of Superteam — Saros Finance & Decentralised.

  1. The team at Decentralised wrote one of the most well researched pieces on Solana.

  2. Saros Finance included Superteam members globally as part of their community airdrop and upcoming super app launch. H/t to our friends at Superteam Vietnam for making this happen.


Community contributions

Our community frequently contributes to the ecosystem through code and content. The earliest and most iconic example of this was glass eaters from the community contributing to the Solana Cookbook. (If you’re new here and don’t know what is — use this an ice breaker to connect with an early member.)

Here are some contributions from Jan.

Code Contributions 

  1. The Electric capital report is the gold standard for developer activity across blockchains and so we’re incredibly proud to share that our member Bolt helped audit over 23,000(!!) repos for them.  

  2. Anoushk, Aryan & Dhruvraj solved 3 issues on the Jito Stakenet and got a shoutout from the CEO of Jito Labs. 

  3. Freshly minted contributor Atreay added social icons to our reputation dashboard and Bolt added a regional filter to the Superteam project showcase. This is awesome because the Superteam operating system is deliberately designed to enable permissionless contributions as an effective mechanism to both identify talented people and improve the quality of our internal products at the speed of the community.   

  4. Sabir made a contribution to anchor that helps pick the correct Solana version & Wilfred shipped Solana Scripts, a bundle of misc utilities to help developers.

  5. Suhas contributed to Solathon – a python SDK for Solana development. This was built and open sourced by a previous grantee and it is great to see people from the community pick these up and improve them. 

  6. And finally, we all have to start somewhere – Shivank built his first dApp on Solana, a simple program that lets you send payments to any Solana address. 

Content Contributions

  1. Harsh, who’s recently joined the Wormhole Fellowship, contributed to their docs by fixing some outdated code snippets.

  2. Ronak wrote a detailed tutorial with code snippets on building an NFT minter mobile dApp using Helius.

  3. Manish wrote an article on the future of stablecoins talking about the need for EURC & the potential of an INRC.

  4. Suhas wrote a brief overview on content monetization using Access Protocol and its three features — Hub, Sketch & Scribe.

  5. Smit & Kaushik published a deep dive on Wormhole that covers the messaging protocol, its security and governance along with case studies of Pike Finance & tBTC


Project Updates

Curating highlights from projects that members shipped in Jan.

The Proto App

The Proto app is live on the Saga dApp store, Android Play Store and the Apple App Store. You can try it out, contribute to their maps and become a part of their network.

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They are also hosting map-a-thons across Mumbai & BLR to source and support local contributors — apply here to host one in your city.

Download Now

Saganize SDK

The team at Saganize has shipped Flutter & Kotlin SDKs to support teams building mobile apps on Solana.

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Build on Saganize

Little Unusual

The team has shipped the IBW after movie, a launch video for Nume crypto, multiple breakdown videos and sizzle reels for member earnings, Ecosystem call hosts and this update 🙂

If you have a project, product or event you want a top tier video for — DM them now.

Work with Little Unusual

Solana Sync

This is a tool by member Bolt that you can use for managing attendees, engagement and POAPs at your next technical workshop.

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If you’re a seasoned Solana dev and want to host one in your local University or Blockchain club — apply to the Superteam education fund now.

Host a Technical Workshop


Welcome new Members

Incredibly excited to welcome the following new members to Superteam India

  1. Shrikant is the founder of Credible finance. They offer RWA backed USDC loans to real estate and renewable energy businesses.

  2. Manish is a member of the Capx team and a host of the Ecosystem Call in Kolkata.

  3. Rishi Iyer is a co-founder of Shovel company. They are building an on-chain identity protocol and a contact book app on top of it.

  4. Prashant is the founder of Primevault. They offer a self-custodial treasury & risk management solution for enterprises.

  5. Anand is the co-founder of The Burrow. They help South Asian artists with the information, tools and capital that they need to succeed in the NFT space.

  6. Nikhil is a founding engineer at Helius.

  7. Prasanna is a Silicon valley veteran and the founder of 0xPPL. They are building a social network for crypto natives.

  8. Dawn Philip is a member of the core team at Wifi Dabba. They are improving internet connectivity throughout India using DePIN concepts.

  9. Deepak is a co-founder of Top Ledger. They are one of the best enterprise analytics solutions on Solana.

  10. Swaraj is a co-founder of Griffy. They are building a mobile app for on-chain opinion trading and have over 60K active users.

  11. Paul Finney is the founder Space Kayak. They are a design studio that has previously helped many Superteam members perfect their product and pitch for various hackathons.

  12. Parthiv was previously a contributor and has now joined PepperDEX as co-founder and design lead.

  13. Shivraj won a wormhole grant for his project, Kyte.

  14. Ashish Pradhan won the Wormhole track in the CoinDCX hackathon.

  15. Joel won a prize for building a cricket betting bot on the Monaco Protocol.

  16. Srijan & Daivitya are building Harbor. An app that puts your fitness data on-chain so that other apps can compose on it and you can directly monetise it.

  17. Athar Mohamad is building Auction House V2. That is an open source marketplace contract for Compressed NFTs.

  18. Milan was previously a contributor and has now joined PepperDEX as a frontend developer.


State of community earnings

Community GDP

India community GDP is $1.98M. It represents the value created for & by community members who found earning opportunities through Superteam.

Solana Foundation & CoinDCX India Grants

Superteam now supports the Solana Foundation & CoinDCX Grant program. Among other things, we recommend applicants with high community reputation scores. These are grants designed to empower the Indian web3 developer ecosystem with an exclusive focus on builders engaged in the Solana ecosystem and to advance the adoption of public blockchains in India. Anyone with an idea or proof of work is welcome to apply and receive a funding decision for a $1 – $15K grant.

Areas of focus include: 

  1. Developer Tooling: Create tools, programs and hacks making it easier and faster for engineers to build the next generation of apps on Solana.

  2. Mobile: Build Android apps on Solana that can go from 0 to 10K users & ideally help drive new user adoption. Grantees will get priority access to the Okto team & product suite including their embedded wallet.

  3. Tokenization & RWA: Tokenize & integrate digital assets into your business. Grantees will get priority access to the Okto team & product suite to generate a wallet easily within their applications & can leverage CoinDCX’s pre-existing KYC infrastructure to make both real world and crypto-native assets accessible to their users.

  4. Loyalty & Creator monetization: Brands, creators & products can distribute digital collectibles at scale using Solana cNFTs (e.g. community badges, loyalty, in-game assets)

  5. Cause-driven building: We’re also looking to fund projects and research around using crypto to create a more inclusive financial system, and innovative solutions towards climate change.

  6. Promote Decentralization: Create developer tooling, media, content, and community projects focussed on promoting and bringing more decentralization to Solana as well as the world at large.

  7. Research: Create & distribute quality content about the Solana ecosystem. Including but not limited to:

    1. Products: DeFi, Consumer, RWA, Games, etc

    2. Global policy: Stablecoin regulation, Free zones etc

    3. Technical research: Compression, Local fee markets, Light clients, etc

Apply Now

Open Earning Opportunities

The best way to get a pulse of earning opportunities is by checking out the listings on Superteam Earn. You can find short term contracts, apply for grants or compete for bounties. 

A pro-tip is to use bounties as top of funnel to get a warm intro to a project you’re pursuing or just to build your proof of work. Projects that list bounties are most likely looking for competent and trustworthy individuals from within the community to engage with. They’re also most likely to reply if you DM them about a bounty they’ve listed.

Sign Up on Superteam Earn

Some opportunities to look out for: 

  1. Apply to write technical docs for Okto

  2. Write a Twitter thread on a Top Ledger Dashboard

  3. Create memes on Lenspost

  4. Participate in the Tensor Creator Competition

  5. Write a deep dive on Coin98

  6. Write about FOMO Mag


IRL Ecosystem Calls

We recently wrote about how contributing to or hosting an event can elevate your Superteam experience. Reproducing the section on Ecosystem Calls from there below.

January was the first time we tested the format where local communities could come together and watch the Ecosystem Call IRL. Local communities came together in 50+ cities all over the world to celebrate wins of the month, meet their online friends or make new ones & get project alpha along with some exclusive earning opportunities.

Check out the recap video from India where community members across 10 cities stepped up at a few days notice to host their local ecosystem. Hosting these events is a great way to start off because you can build your programming and distribution off of the momentum generated by these calls instead of starting from scratch. 

Visit the Superteam page on River if you want to attend, host or co-host the next Ecosystem call in your city on Feb 9th.

Attend an Ecosystem Call IRL


Thoughts from the frontier: Mobile

2024 is the year we’ll see mobile apps on Solana take off.

The selling out of the Solana Saga thanks to the BONK giveaway has created the momentum we needed to achieve escape velocity on mobile. To dismiss that as airdropping farming is naive at best but disingenuous at worst.

Here’s what happened since the Saga sold out

  1. Over 15K genesis tokens have been activated.

  2. Teams lined up to offers perks, airdrops and giveaways to genesis pass holders.

  3. The community self-organised to form the SagaDAO and help teams more effectively target Solana mobile users.

  4. Tools like Dust by Underdog are seeing significant traction from teams that want to directly airdrop to genesis holders.

  5. The Chapter 2 device booked 30K pre-orders within 30 hours of opening up.

  6. India is on the pre-order list and Superteam members are getting in on the action.

  7. The Solana mobile team announced a pre-order token that allows brands, protocols and apps to target their airdrops and marketing campaigns.

  8. Our bounty for a technical deep dive for building mobile apps on Solana got 28 submissions! This is probably the highest ever for a long form writing bounty.

  9. The DRiP team teased that Saga users get early access to their Android app.

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Pre-order Now

Two other key drivers of mobile adoption

  1. The DRiP Mobile App — I think most people underestimate the impact this will have both on user adoption and design patterns. The app will likely support sign up without a wallet, require zero gas fees and support web2 payment methods. Anyone can download it and get started without having any context about crypto & other apps can copy key design decisions like embedding a wallet or having a web2.5 in-app token.

  2. The Okto SDK — Developers & companies can use this to embed a wallet in their applications while providing users compliant access to both real world and crypto-native assets.

If you’re a developer looking to build on Solana being early to this trend is the best trade you can make.


News you can use

Some highlights from the wider Solana Ecosystem with clear call-to-actions that you can answer to elevate your web3 journey today.

The Solana Global Hackathon — 4th March to 8th April, 2024

The Solana global hackathon is back & it’s going to be bigger than ever. The hackathon will be hosted on a new platform — Colosseum.

It has been built by Matty, who used to run the global hackathon at the foundation. It is designed to help you brainstorm ideas, find teammates and eventually capital. Sign up now & create your profile to get a feel of the platform, collaborators and competition.

Sign Up Now

Grants for Token Extensions

Token Extensions give SPL Tokens wings — specifically, the ability to add features like private transfers, hooks, transfer fees, interest bearing tokens, immutability, non-transferability, rich metadata, etc.

For a limited time period the Solana foundation is inviting grant applications from people looking to build open source tooling and infrastructure applications that help future builders.

Apply Now

Mint your Solfate Solana DevList NFT

The team at Solfate has built the Solana DevList as a public good to help protocols, teams and brands engage with Solana developers.

Anyone can claim a DevList NFT by showing their contribution to a Solana Github repo. The approval process is a mix of automated and manual review. Once approved you will receive a non-transferrable NFT that represents your identity as a developer. We hosted Nick from Solfate to talk about this, you can catch the recording here.

Join the DevList

Claim a free Bryan Johnson x Degen Poet Collectible

Bryan Johnson and Degen Poet collaborated to drop a free digital collectible to all DRiP users. Apart from the amazing art you also get access to the Blueprint waitlist

Claim Now

Watch Season 2 of the Network State Podcast

The Network state podcast is back for Season 2 — make sure you catch Toly talking about his thesis for the future of Solana mobile.

Watch Now

Community Hackathons

Three community run hackathons you can participate in

  1. Solana Scribes for writes — sign up here.

  2. Metaplex announces cHack for cNFT infra & apps and their new startup program.

  3. Bonkathon in Q1

This truly feels like one of the most exciting times to learn, earn and build in the Solana Ecosystem. We’re incredibly excited to onboard the next wave of developers, operators & founders to the ecosystem.

Audiences Post, Communities Host

https://superteam.substack.com/p/audiences-post-communities-host

There are profound differences in how participants of a community and an audience interact, broadly…

  • an audience sits in rows but a community flows

  • an audience hears one voice but a community makes noise

  • an audience subscribes but a community vibes

  • an audience has only silent lurkers but a community also has workers

  • an audience just retweets but a community also meets and greets

  • an audience just views but a community also brews

  • an audience just posts but a community also hosts…

The default way for a Superteam member to interact with their community is via a gated Discord. And while these are likely some of the highest signal conversations in all of crypto, they’re just the tip of the Superteam iceberg. 

The optimal way to participate in Superteam is to use that signal & trust to find your niche interest and the people you can collaborate with to create weekend projects, products or companies around it. 

Those who do it right will find themselves in more group chats than they can count, spontaneously joining zoom calls and taking cabs/trains/planes to meet their internet friends.  

All of this is to say that if the only way you’re interacting with other Superteam members is via the official discord – you’re missing out. 


From sharing memes to forming teams

The journey from joining a Discord to starting a company with total strangers you’ve met there isn’t apparent or intuitive, but it is possible. 

It happens through some combination of shared interests, complementary skills & common goals discovered through repeated organic interactions. We know this because it has happened multiple times within Superteam over the past 2 years. 

Here are three such stories presented in no particular order:

#1 Shek, Founder, Gum & Resident Guru Dev 

Shek talks about how he found both the inspiration and early hires for his startup, Gum, within Superteam…

“ I started spending more time in the Discord, writing technical deep dives, hosting office hours and source surfing Solana. I remember Kunal, ddude and Kirat coming with the technical challenges/roadblocks they were facing with their projects. 

Though, I was spending a lot of time on discord, I hadn’t taken web3 seriously yet, this changed when I visited Dubai Hacker House, built a quick prototype of Wordcel and presented it. Meeting the community members in person and seeing the ecosystem alive made me realize that web3 could be something. 

Next thing you know, Wordcel won the first place in Riptide, I hired Kunal, Paarug and ddude (Vijay) in a blink and I had made the best trade of my life, web2 for web3. ”

#2 Tushar, Co-Founder, Little Unusual

Tushar shares the story of how he & his co-founder Aditya went from doing a few freelance gigs together to starting Little Unusual, their product studio.  

“Back in January 2023, on a Discord channel, a conversation between two artists ignited a spark of a unique idea that would later become something truly unusual. Many Zoom calls and boring logistics later, Little Unusual was born.

Almost one year later, we’re an intimate team of 5 core members and have a bunch of visual enthusiasts just like us who step in to assist in different projects.”

#3 Ujjwal & Bolt, Co-Founders, Stellar Sol

Ujjwal & Bolt talk about how they met in the Superteam Discord and started Stellar Sol, a hackathon winning project that lets you pay on Amazon & Flipkart using Solana USDC. You can watch their story from this timestamped link or catch the entire documentary below.

So, how many repeated organic interactions is it going to take? If it wasn’t obvious from the framing of that question, let us re-emphasise that you can’t “network” or “game” your way to this. There’s no formula or guarantee of success. It has to be genuine

Your best bet is to double down on topics you are genuinely curious about & constructively engage with the community.


Events for Producers, Not Consumers 

The key is to attend or create events where you can contribute, not just consume. This could be as a host/moderator, a practitioner or with earnest questions. And if you’re not sure which events you can contribute to, attend as many as you can until you find out.  

The MVP equivalent for an event is 3 or more people coming together, over Zoom or IRL, to talk and not just listen.

Some ideas to help you get started:

Virtual Events

Three types of events that have worked well so far:

  1. Skill or Interest Based: Take a skill (design, writing, growth, dev, etc) or an interest area ( RWA, DePIN, Mobile, etc) and pick from a range of formats including up-skilling sessions, weekly roundups, product breakdowns, etc. 

  2. Flow co-working hours: If you spend long hours working in isolation, you can now spin up your own co-working space on Zoom. 

    All you need is a zoom room with a few other people who are looking to get work done. Once you’re on the call, everyone should announce their goals at the start, keep their video on & share progress at the end. 

    Counterintuitively, this is probably the most important type of event to gate access to. In my experience it works best with 4-6 people who are actually looking to get work done. Too few and it’s an awkward zoom call, too many and you’ll spend more time doing intros & updates than working.   

  3. Gaming & Trivia: This one’s easy, get together with members for a game of chess, poker, trivia, etc.  

Education & Workshops 

This is ideal for anyone who is interested in conducting technical workshops related to Solana, Anchor, Rust, or broadly getting started in crypto as a developer to blockchain clubs in Universities. 

A few best practices to set you up for success:

  1. Select universities with active computer science or engineering departments that have lots of students with active interest or curiosity about crypto.

  2. Have a clear format and topic for the talk. Some kinds of workshops you can conduct are:

    1. Intro to crypto, web3, and getting started with web3js & Rust

    2. Intro to Rust and Solana development

    3. Specific topic overview: Bitcoin, cNFTs, DeFi, DePIN, etc.

    4. Hands on Solana Dev Workshop

  3. Create presentation slides or educational materials to accompany your talk. 

  4. Collaborate with the university’s crypto or blockchain club to promote the event to students and faculty members. 

  5. You may also choose to use Solanasync, by Superteam member Bolt, that you may use to help manage attendees, quizzes & POAPs.  

You can apply to the Superteam Education Fund to get up to $200 in funding for your workshop. 

Outreach & Onboarding

Host a meet up over coffee or pizza or an outdoor activity with people in your city or neighbourhood. Community dinners, meet-ups, experiences, weekend hackathons, etc. are all fair game. 

You could plan these as one-offs to build on existing momentum (e.g. a coffee catch up to talk about Chapter 2 ) or a recurring feature (e.g. Saturday morning walks) or adjacent to bigger events such as Solana Hacker houses, Breakpoint — including those from other ecosystems like ETHGlobal, Jump Pit, etc. — that congregate interested folks in one place.

During the event, optimise for helping your guests get to know each other by ensuring proper introductions, room and ambience for conversation and a post event TG/WhatsApp group. 

If you’re doing anything to bring the community closer together and onboard those on the sidelines into crypto, feel free to apply to the Pizza Fund. Currently, only Superteam members can be hosts but anyone can attend.

IRL Ecosystem Call

January was the first time we tested the format where local communities could come together and watch the Ecosystem Call IRL. Local communities came together in 50+ cities all over the world to celebrate wins of the month, meet their online friends or make new ones & get project alpha along with some exclusive earning opportunities. 

Check out the recap video from India where community members across 10 cities stepped up at a few days notice to host their local ecosystem. Hosting these events is a great way to start off because you can build your programming and distribution off of the momentum generated by these calls instead of starting from scratch. 

Chris will likely publish a detailed hosting guide that you can refer to. At the very least you want to ensure that you have a venue with a dedicated space, good lighting, a screen & sound system, no background noise and fast internet to live stream the call.

Planning & Logistics

This will vary depending on the type of event but here are some broad guidelines:

  1. Where? Virtual events are best hosted over your choice of video conferencing platform, e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, Discord, etc. 

    For IRL events you can choose a coffee shop, boardroom, co-working space, mini-theatre etc. Think about what’s important for your specific event, e.g. a watch party needs a very different setting than a roundtable. Err on the side of caution when thinking of organizing a “party”, especially a relatively large one. People could abuse free-flowing alcohol and might create a scene.

  2. Who? Optimize for quality not quantity. It’s acceptable & encouraged to limit attendance to people who have the requisite skills or context.

    Crypto meet-ups have a bad rep of being wasteful; any event labeled as a “meetup” attracts a fair amount of low-intent people. This ruins the experience of high-value people, therefore tarnishing the name of the community.  For small IRL events with limited capacity, it’s best to get personal confirmations over DM from your guests. 

  3. How? Just conceptualise & submit your event via the Superteam page on River. Once your event is approved, drop a message on the #events channel in the Discord. Feel free to tag the relevant skill roles but don’t spam fellow members. You can also DM Srijani to get your event spotlighted in the weekly comm call. 

  4. Community Projects. Try and involve your local Superteam/Solana projects in the process of hosting the meet-up. This could be as simple as giving them a spotlight to showcase their product & ask the community for feedback and other help. This experience will be a boon to these projects, who are always looking for early users and product feedback. Doing this will help build trust and value within the community, while also giving the attendees a taste of using crypto in the real world. 

  5. Free Attendance NFT. This is mostly optional but encouraged, as it’s a great way to seed a sense of belonging, re-target your attendees in a crypto native way & makes everyone feel good. Check out tools like Underdog or TipLink if you want to do this. 


Events as a Proposal 

River is a community centric events platform, currently in beta, that we used to organise the IRL Ecosystem calls, you can check out the Superteam page here.  

It all started when Rae & Ryan accidentally started All In Meetups around Episode 100 of the podcast and felt both the joy & pains of organising meet ups in 24 cities around the world. Your typical events software assumes that you already have a host & venue locked-in and it is designed to help that host manage attendees, check-ins, reminders, payments, etc. That breaks here because while podcasts like All-In have a global audience there’s no designated host per city or list of official cities– you need to community source both of those things.   

River converts events into proposals (h/t Chris) such that anyone from a global core team or local community can simply create an event they wish would happen and observe how many people sign up to attend or step up to host. Once the community admin approves someone as a host they get full control of the event and access to resources like River’s hosting guide , Slack group, etc. 

This isn’t just about a product feature but about turning the idea of an event inside out. Ironically, this “web2” platform decentralises meet ups more than any crypto product ever has. 

Specifically, members in productive communities like Superteam can use River to send a Bat-Signal to fellow members to gather around a specific topic, time and venue. It may not seem like it yet but this is a Delta 4 improvement over the current alternatives, which is sending a message in the Discord/TG asking “is someone interested in…?” 

So if you’re a Superteam member…don’t just post, apply to host


Credits & Attribution: Thanks to Kash, Akshay & Chris for their inputs to this post. Part of the section on outreach & onboarding events has been reproduced from contributions made by Pratik D to the Superteam playbook. The cover image is generated by DALL-E.

Highlights : 2023 Solana Developer Ecosystem Report

https://superteam.substack.com/p/solana-dev-ecosystem-2023

Developer activity is a leading indicator of user adoption in public blockchains. In this post we’ll share highlights from the 2023 Solana Developer Ecosystem Report & a few resources to help you get started on Solana.


Active Developers

The report defines an active developer as someone who made a contribution to one of the public repositories listed here. There were consistently at least 2500 – 3000 monthly active developers building on Solana throughout 2023.

Community Sourced. While it’s great to have official stats from the foundation, it’s even better to have public goods shipped by the community which take the ecosystem forward.

The team at Solfate has shipped a public Solana Dev List. Anyone can connect their Solana Wallet, GitHub & Twitter account and claim a free & non-transferrable member NFT to become a part of the list.

This is a valuable airdrop list for projects looking to engage the Solana developer community. We wrote more about this in a previous essay on how airdrops should be targeted to producers & contributors not just consumers.

In little over a week since launch, nearly 400 people have been verified and added to the list. If you’ve built on Solana but haven’t claimed your NFT yet, do it now.

Join the DevList

And if you’re looking to airdrop to the devs who are on this list then check out Dust by Underdog — a no-code tool that allows you to go from idea to airdrop with just a few clicks and in under 5 minutes.

Developer Retention, Experience Levels & Growth

Three other developer ecosystem metrics the report highlights are

  • Developer Retention, defined as developers who made at least one commit for 3 consecutive months, growing from ~30% to over 50%

  • Developer Experience Levels, measured by surveying over a 1,000 Hacker House participants from across the globe, showing over half of them have 3+ years of dev experience.

  • Developer Growth, as measured by the number of hackathon submissions, growing with each edition to 900+ submissions in the recently concluded Hyperdrive hackathon.


Getting Started

Solana is designed to get out of the way. It does this by providing a fast, cheap & predictable execution layer while retaining global state.

Developers who build on Solana will find an abundance of content, tooling and demand to help them succeed.

It’s not just Rust…

Enterprise. The team at Helius Labs has prepared this comprehensive guide for enterprises that are looking to integrate a blockchain for their products & services.

It talks about the key attributes of Solana — speed, cost, predictability, energy efficiency, decentralization & state compression — and how they influenced companies like Visa, blockchain projects like Helium & even EVM solutions like Eclipse to build on Solana.

If you have an idea of how to improve the Solana developer ecosystem here are some grants you can apply for to support your work. You can also share any feedback on the developer ecosystem and how the experience can be made better.

If you found this useful, please share it with any developers in your circle who might enjoy it too.

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Superteam India 2023 UNWRAP

https://superteam.substack.com/p/superteam-india-2023-unwrap

This newsletter is back after a break and we’re excited to kick off 2024 by looking back at everything our community accomplished in 2023.

Presenting the Superteam India 2023 UNWRAP…


January 

  1. We started the year with community GDP at $1.2M.

  2. Members shipped 34 projects to the Solana Sandstorm hackathon.

  3. Superteam Earn crossed 150 registered talent profiles.

  4. We hosted a debate between Toly & Toghrul on the podcast.

  5. Superteam Build curated a list of VCs who actively invest in Solana projects.

  6. India build stations were announced across Mumbai, Delhi & BLR.


February

  1. Members won 22 (out of 83) prizes at the Sandstorm hackathon.

  2. The Wordcel team launched Gum, an open-source protocol that allows devs to make their apps stickier by importing social elements like profiles, a feed, friend graph, etc.

  3. Members Tushar & Aditya took their passion for making cool videos and launched a production studio, Little Unusual.

  4. We partnered with Nas Academy to bring a free cohort based course on Solana development.

  5. Arbaaz Khan invited you to participate in the Solana Grizzlython. 

  6. Kash dropped a timeless video on how to win a Solana hackathon. 

  7. The first (and only?) Superteam United Nations conference took place. You can still catch the recording on the previous link.


March

  1. Members Anoushk & Hersh shipped, Tinydancer, Solana’s first light client via the Grizzlython hackathon.

  2. The CandyPay team launched a one-click checkout solution & payment links while onboarding Hello Moon, Triton, Trader M8 & Samo as customers. 

  3. Superteam members submitted 71 projects to the Solana Grizzlython.

  4. Member Yash Agarwal shared his story about accessing global earning opportunities from a small town at the Indo-Bhutan border.  

  5. Community GDP crossed $1.5M.


April

  1. Gum launched session keys, a primitive to enable in-app actions without needing to approve a transaction from their wallet every single time.

  2. CandyPay helped power the Boba guys booth at NFT NYC. Boba Guys went on to launch their loyalty program on Solana.  

  3. We launched 2 new grants programs – cross chain grants by wormhole & the Superteam Pizza fund. 

  4. Anurag Kashyap invited you to apply for our Wormhole grants program. 

  5. Members raked in the prizes at the Solana Grizzlython

    1. Splitwave by Sabir and Junaid won 2nd place in the Payments track.

    2. Tiny Dancer by Anoushk and Hersh won 4th place in the Infra track.

    3. Proto by Akshay won 4th place in the Mobile track.

    4. SAGAnize by Anam, Osheen, and Dhiraj won 5th place in the Mobile track.

    5. DeFiOS by Priyesh won 5th place in the DeFi track.

    6. Cubik by Irfan, Dhruvraj, and Sanat won 5th place in the DAOs and Network State track.


May

  1. Superteam Earn shipped their V2 with an all new sponsor dashboard & a mobile optimised version. 

  2. Adarsh shipped Solana tourism, an interactive website that guides newcomers into experiencing the best of what Solana has to offer in a structured manner.

  3. Members Sitesh & Yash shipped the Solana payments hub.

  4. Members 0xAryan, 0xshuk, Akshay, Ashraf, iMEF, Daoit, Samridh, YTW7, and Sunit were accepted into the first Hxro Elite 10 cohort.

  5. Kash shipped storytime videos covering Backpack, Firedancer, $GREED, DePIN, and AI Wars

  6. Five member projects were accepted into the Solana university program:

    1. Synap by Ujjwal

    2. SolTrek by 0xBolt

    3. SpedX by Sahil, Anish, Kartik, Parthiv, and Saptarshi

    4. InstaPay by 0xAryan

    5. SAGAnize by Anam, Osheen, and Dhiraj


June

  1. Members Irffan & Dhruv launched a closed beta of their crowdfunding platform Cubik & took Solana Twitter by storm.

  2. Synap shipped social profiles, airdrop lists & won a prize in the Coindesk web3athon.

  3. We partnered with Zo House to host a Crosschain clubhouse, watch the recap video here.

  4. Members knocked out 10+ Open RFPs.

  5. We partnered with Underdog to ship the new soulbound Superteam member NFT.  

  6. We crossed $2M in global community GDP & 1.5M in India community GDP. 


July

  1. Superteam Earn crossed 1000 talent profiles, ~7x growth from the 150 profiles they started the year at.  

  2. We launched a grants program with Circle & the Superteam education fund.

  3. Superteam Member Srijan’s startup Fuze got accepted into the Hub71 Program.

  4. Members Akshat, Yash Aggarwal, and 0xRay got accepted into the Wormhole Fellowship.

  5. Member Abbas joined Hashed Emergent as their ecosystem lead.


August

  1. Superteam members globally submitted 57 entries (out of 150) to the OPOS hackathon.

  2. Cubik successfully hosted submissions & prize distribution for the OPOS hackathon & the Solana Speedrun Game Jam.

  3. Little Unusual shipped videos for ONDC, the India Blockchain week & piloted a video series “Between 2 NFTs” with members Irrfan & Umang.

  4. CandyPay shipped a mobile payments SDK. 

  5. Superteam Earn crossed 1500 talent profiles, growing 50% MoM. They added new features like email notifications, improved app experience with points of contact and filters, and iterated on their mobile UX #itsgoodnow.

  6. We hosted campus connect, a week-long series for students across university campuses to learn about Solana.

  7. Member Dhiraj landed a job at Airchat.

  8. Shruti and Kaushik got accepted into the Wormhole Fellowship.

  9. New member perks; 30% off on Helius and a free domain by All domains – redeemable against the member NFT.

  10. We partnered with Taptive to host a writing cohort for Superteam members.


September

  1. Member Wilfred got hired at Underdog Protocol.

  2. Member & co-author of these updates, Yash C got accepted into the Wormhole Fellowship.

  3. Member Srijan’s startup Fuze finance raised $14M. 

  4. Member Umang launched Picoplay – a gaming platform for chess communities built around daily puzzles, rewards & cNFTs. 

  5. FA2, co-founder of Solana, published a guest post on the Solana DeFi comeback

  6. The Superteens documentary went live at the Bangalore Hackerhouse. 

  7. Member Anam launched the Solwave Mobile SDK.

  8. New member perk – two months of free access to Chainstack’s growth plan. 

  9. Superteam India members brought in some prizes from the OPOS hackathon, 

    1. Aquatica Odyssey‘ by BK won first place in the ‘Build with Shyft’ track.

    2. Orbit‘ by Ahzam took second place in the ‘Build with Shyft’ track.

    3. Solarplex‘ by Pratik won first place in the ‘A Fresh Bowl of Guacamole’ track.

    4. Proto‘ by Akshay, a20hek, and King secured third place in the ‘dePIN’ track.

    5. Picoplay‘ by Vampo, Sitesh, Anishde, and Sahilpabale won first place in the ‘Holaplex Compression + Superteam Mobile Apps on Solana’ track.

    6. Root Protocol‘ by Dhrumil won joint second place in the ‘Phoenix’ track.

    7. SpedX‘ by Karthik shared second place in the ‘Phoenix’ track.

    8. Monstre Photo Booth‘ by CM and Fatality achieved first place in the ‘Tiplink’ track.

  10. The India Solana community showed up for the Mumbai & Bangalore hacker houses. 

  11. We hosted Balaji for a Network state keynote & meet up in Mumbai & BLR.

  12. Superteam turned 2. 


October

  1. The Tinydancer SIMD was merged.

  2. We hosted a Hacker Hostel in Dharamshala & a community-run build station in Bangalore for members participating in Hyperdrive. 

  3. Dreader and Picoplay got dedicated Drip channels.

  4. Superteam got a mention in the Messari State of Solana Q3 Report.

  5. Kash shipped a video with advice for Hyperdrive teams.

  6. We shipped a one-stop-shop hackathon resource bank. 


November 

  1. The Superteam community globally brought in 16 prizes & 23 honourable mentions at Hyperdrive. 

  2. Members from India won 4 prizes & secured 6 honourable mentions

    1. Tatami by 0xshuk, Dean & team won 2nd prize in the DAOs & Network state track.

    2. Albedo by Prakyath & team finished 3rd in the DePIN track.

    3. Vaxchain by Aarushe, Anish & Sahil took 4th in the DePIN track.

    4. Carbon pay by Sahil & Sameer won the climate award.

    5. Tontine, Picoplay, Spedx, Intrant Infernis, Sayver & Watch Tower received honourable mentions. 

    6. Kleo, Albedo, Watch Tower, Root & Tatami won prizes in side tracks. 

  3. The Superteam national dress ball at Breakpoint was a hit.

  4. Kunal & Anish shipped Revokin, a tool you can use to prevent your wallet from getting drained by detecting & revoking malicious account delegations.

  5. FT joined the ISC team,focused on building Solana’s first flatcoin.

  6. Tiny Dancer got featured on the Bankless Podcast.

  7. Members represented Superteam at Breakpoint in Amsterdam

    1. Anoushk & Hersh presented key features of Tinydancer, including the fact that it can verify bridge transactions.

    2. Josip spoke about building mobile first on the developer stage and about digital comics at the DRiP Haus.

    3. Akshay spoke about Proto & decentralised maps.

    4. Yash shared actionable advice for anyone looking to write & research in the Solana ecosystem.

    5. Dhiraj spoke about simplifying mobile app development.

    6. Paarug brought home a win in the BONK boxing match.

  8. India community GDP closed at ~$1.85M.


December

  1. Nas joins Superteam focused on tokenized communities & creator monetization.

  2. Our very own Kash became a Dad ❤️

  3. Paarug got a job at squads.

  4. Revokin goes viral! 1.6K wallets checked & 150 malicious delegations revoked.

  5. Over 25K wallets got their Solana Wrap via Ankit & team.

  6. Community GDP crossed $2M.


The past year tested the resilience of the ecosystem & anyone who continued to build, create and work in the web3 space. All signs indicate that 2024 is gonna be one hell of a ride & we couldn’t be more grateful to share it with the best community out there.

Superteam has always focused on onboarding people through creation and contribution to products and communities over just speculation. This newsletter will continue to talk about products, communities & ideas to help you contribute and create in web3.

That’s all for now & wish you an exciting 2024 ahead!


Credit to Yash B & Yash C for helping put this together.

Superteam India Update: Aug 2023

https://superteam.substack.com/p/superteam-india-update-aug-2023

India Community GDP crosses $1.7M

Up from $1.6M last month, community GDP is the North Star metric for Superteam. It represents the value created for & by community members who found earning opportunities through Superteam.

A special shoutout to the rainmakers of the month (i.e. members who have brought in earning opportunities to the community) Kash, Ujjwal, Akshay BD, Karthik, Umang, Anoushk, and Neil Shroff.

If you’re reading this for the first time, click here to scroll ahead for a short introduction to Superteam.


Hyperdrive

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Shipping 🚢

OPOS

This hackathon, organized by LamportDAO focused on showcasing what’s uniquely possible on a high-speed, global state & low-cost blockchain like Solana.

The Solana community rallied to support this initiative, with over 25 prize tracks from a wide range of ecosystem projects. There were 150 entries, 600+ participants, and a 100k prize pool.

A whopping 57 entries were from the global Superteam community.

Cubik

Cubik successfully hosted submissions & prize distribution for Solana Speedrun Game Jam. Check out the official winners here.

They also hosted the submissions, voting, and a matching pool for the OPOS hackathon.

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Little Unusual

It has been a busy week at Little Unusual. The team shipped a video for ONDC, a video for Indian Blockchain Week, and another episode of Between Two NFTs.

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The team shipped two films from Little Unusual Films, which is a passion project born out of Little Unusual. If you want to get such amazing videos for your project/product, send them a DM on X.

Superteam Earn

Superteam Earn has crossed 1,500 verified talent profiles. Here are some features updates from last month:

  • Email notifications — including new bounty-added notifications for talent, weekly live bounty round-ups for talent, sponsor email notifications, etc.

  • Improved mobile experience.

  • UI / UX improvements across the site such as bounty stage filters, a carousel for recent earners, bounty nudges, Point of Contact sections for bounties, etc.

Try Earn on Mobile

SpedX

SpedX is an advanced trading platform integrating a CLOB and an AMM. It utilizes the Hxro Network to enhance liquidity and optimize trading efficiency.

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SpedX took part in the OPOS hackathon and is gearing up to unveil a refreshed UI. They’re also preparing a special [redacted] for their early backers. For the most recent updates, visit X, and join Discord to engage with the SpedX community.

PurplePay

Co-founded by early Superteam member Saumya, Purple Pay is building a compliant web3 ecosystem by linking KYC/KYB records to wallets, getting them verified by compliance providers, creating ZK proofs of it, and putting them on-chain for web3 dApps to access.

PurpleID has successfully completed its first phase, focusing on cross-chain KYC verification and the issuance of verified credentials. They are currently beta-testing Purple Pay, which facilitates seamless transitions between fiat and crypto transactions. Other than this, they developed and released comprehensive documentation for merchant use.

They’ve secured three new clients:

  • A brand loyalty platform from Turkey.

  • A crypto commerce entity from Australia.

  • ZoHouse in Bangalore.

Fetcch

Fetcch offers a “Pull Payments Layer” for streamlined blockchain transactions, allowing receivers to initiate payments while senders retain final approval.

The team launched the alpha version, a payments application based on Fetcch infrastructure, deployed relayers for Wormhole, and introduced a new website. If you want to add Pull payments to your app, book time with the team here.

Solana x Superteam Campus Connect

Campus Connect is a series of meetups for students to get into the world of Web3 and understand the basics of Solana.

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In the last month, the events were held at NIT Trichy, IGDTUW in New Delhi, Bennett University, Amity University Noida, and IIT Delhi from the 22nd to the 26th of August. Upcoming events are scheduled at IIT Kanpur on 7th September and BITS Mesra on 10th September. Sign up here.


Earning

Bounties 💰

Bounties are small-scale tasks (typically worth 1,500 USDC or the equivalent in a project token). To learn how your project can best leverage bounties, request a session with Kash here.

  1. Anushka Varshney won the Twitter Thread Recap of the August Ecosystem Call Bounty.

  2. Rishabh Parochi won the MetaTicket UI/UX Bounty.

  3. Mujahid Shuaib won the Marinade Deep Dive Bounty.

  4. Syed Tahoor Ali won the Design a SOAP for Berlin Hacker House Bounty.

Instagrants ⚡

Instagrants are equity-free grants to support builders across the Solana ecosystem. Applications take less than 15 minutes, and approval decisions come within 48 hours. Anyone can apply here.

Issued Grants

  1. Solang Tutorial series
    A series of 8 beginner-friendly videos for Solidity and Ethereum developers to help them transition to Solana.
    Won by: Foskaay

  2. Decentralization Adoption by the Government of India: Exploring Futures and Potential Impact
    A Crypto Writers grant to deep dive into the various protocols used by the government of India and how they can potentially impact growth.
    Won by: Jeevitha

  3. Deep Dive into pNFTs on Solana
    A Crypto Writers grant to deep dive into Proof-of-Contribution NFTs, Key to Onboarding the Next Wave of New Users and Contributors to Solana.
    Won by: Harsh and Kaushik

  4. Purply Pay
    Building Chain-agnostic Decentralized identity-based payments for web3 dApps. Won by: Saxenasaheb

  5. State of IDLE gaming in Solana A grant to create a comprehensive technical blog exploring the state of IDLE games on Solana and provide a metric on the active players currently and upcoming games in the genre. Won by: Killerthief

  6. Solang-series A grant to write technical articles/tutorial series about Solang (solidity) to onboard more EVM devs to Solana. Won by: Shivam Soni

  7. State of Solana Gaming A grant to explore the current state of Solana gaming. Won by: Yash C

Shipped

  1. 1/1 Art Market on Solana A deep dive into the State of Art Market on Solana.   Shipped by: Yash

  2. Solana Stable Coin Dashboard As the name suggests, a dashboard to track stable coins on Solana. Shipped by: Samridh


Learning 📚

Videos 📹

Last month, our Sherpa, Kash released several videos, including “Why Should You Stake Your Sol?“, “Crypto x AI Crossover“, and “Myth Busting about Solana Development.

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Blog ✍️

Our picks of 5 games from the Solana Spreerun hackathon!


Celebrating Members 🚀

  1. Anoushk made an OSS contribution to Firedancer.

  2. Dhiraj landed a job at Airchat.

  3. Shruti and Kaushik got accepted into the Wormhole Fellowship.

  4. Arihant wins the July XP race.

  5. Vignesh published his book, “Into the Unknown”.

  6. Dhiraj, Anoushk, Hersh, and Paarug will be speaking at Solana Breakpoint.

  7. 0xshuk made OSS contributions to Realms governance UI and SPL governance SDK.

  8. Bolt, Ujjwal, Drac, Sahil, and Sabir hosted the Solana workshop at IIT Delhi.

  9. 0xAryan made a tool for Service Protocol for Compressed NFTs which takes away the hassle of managing Merkle tree for NFTs.

  10. Kaushik and Madhan hosted Campus Connect in Trichy.

  11. King shipped a bot within the SuperteamIN Discord channel to streamline the allocation of XP.


Member Perks

Helius

Superteam Members get a 30% off at Helius. Just raise a ticket on Discord and show your MemberNFT.

All Domains

Anyone with a Superteam Member NFT can get a free .superteam TLD for their wallet (e.g. kash.superteam).

These TLDs are not for sale, they are exclusively available for our Members. To get started, just go to All Domains and register your name, simple as that.


Upcoming Events

India

Apart from Bangalore and Mumbai Hackerhouses, there are Network state meetups, cross-chain lunches, and many fun side events ranging from laser tag to paintball combat, if you are a member and are near Mumbai or Bangalore, you should definitely check this out.

Head over to Luma to reserve your spots!

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Superteam World Tour

Meet Solana enthusiasts near you, and prepare together for Hyperdrive — the upcoming global hackathon. Meet-ups in over 19 countries. Sign up here.

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Highlights of the Month 🥳

  1. Shivam hosts a meetup!

  1. Superteam X Taptive writing cohort.

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  1. Candypay shipped its mobile payments SDK.

  2. Rishabh hosted a meetup in Bangalore.

  1. Root is building a market maker on Phoenix.

  2. Solana DevRel team conducted a Developer Educator Program.

  3. Members conducting sessions at various Campus Connect events.


What is Superteam?

If you’re new here — Hello! Thank you for dropping by. Here’s a quick introduction to Superteam and the work we do.

Superteam is a network of operators, devs & grantees working on promising Solana projects.

Simply put, it is a gated Discord server for those who satisfy the membership criteria. There’s no treasury, take-rate/commissions, or token sale. From its inception, Superteam has chosen to be a collective of sovereigns over a sovereign collective. All members, including the core team, may participate as much or as little as they wish. Any revenue generated is captured by the individual members or teams that self-organize and win a bounty, and secure a grant or venture funding for their ideas. The community is the product. And members have exclusive access to the product.

Superteam is currently live in Israel, India, VietnamTurkeyGermany, Mexico, the UK, UAE, & Nigeria.

Inside Solana Speedrun 🎮

https://superteam.substack.com/p/inside-solana-speedrun

Solana Speedrun concluded on 30th July. There are 22 submissions competing for $25k in prizes.

It was Solana’s first virtual game jam, hosted by MagicBlock & LamportDAO. Teams had 120 hours to build a playable game that is either entirely on-chain or incorporates Solana in some meaningful way (e.g. on-chain assets, economy, etc).

The submissions & a portion of the prizes are being managed through Cubik. Community contributions will be matched from a pool that currently stands at $8k (1k USDC + 1M RAIN).

Congratulations to everyone who submitted a working game within the stipulated time frame. We playtested most of them and in this essay, we’ll present our Top 5 Picks & some general observations that might help future projects.


Our Top 5 Picks

We selected these based on whether they are, first and foremost, fun to play & then whether they integrate Solana meaningfully.

Disclaimer: This is a community-run blog, we’re neither official judges of this event nor are we suggesting that you buy any tokens or NFTs being sold by the games listed. This is purely our opinion on the quality of gameplay and not financial advice. We hope that if you like these games you play them or get inspired to build your own.

With that out of the way, here are our top 5 picks in no particular order.

Vinci World

A quiz that awards you points, levels & NFTs based on your performance. You can connect your wallet and start playing right away.  

The questions range across a variety of topics including AI, History, Solana, and other trivia. Out of the ~10 questions I attempted, I did get a repeat once but that should be easy to fix if the game grows. 

Our suggestions:

  • Allowing players to share their scores, streaks & creating more granular leaderboards could help drive both growth and retention.

  • Show some visual feedback while the answer is being evaluated, it looks like you need to press the upgrade button to submit your answer.

  • Require the wallet to be connected at the time of minting the NFT, not before a user starts playing the game.

If you enjoyed the game follow them on Twitter for more updates.


Doodle Devils

A side-scrolling game where you collect DOODLE coins while avoiding the obstacles coming your way. 

The gameplay is fun & it’s nice to see the placeholder hoardings to inspire brands and generate future revenue. I’m not sure if the token is integrated into the game yet because I didn’t see any DOODLE coins in my wallet after I finished playing.

Our suggestions:

  • Allow people to start playing immediately without needing to connect a wallet.

  • Use cNFTs to create a composable record of gameplay.

If you enjoyed the game, follow them on Twitter for more updates.


Talisman

Shoot the mini monsters headed your way through the field. Your character and progress are stored as an NFT

Our suggestions:

  • Simplify the onboarding. It feels cumbersome, especially creating the hero upfront even before we know what those attributes mean.

  • Iterate on the core gameplay by adding more types of fields, monsters, & weapons.

If you enjoyed the game, follow Sven on Twitter for more updates.


Solana Scroller

Another side-scrolling game where you avoid obstacles and outrun the villain following you. You can mint a record of your performance as an NFT.

The gameplay is intuitive & begins right away; you’re not required to connect a wallet or buy a token. The minting feature doesn’t currently work, I DM-d Chuckles to ask about it and apparently, it’s a UI bug that blocks the “add funds” step. Hopefully, they can fix it once the judging is completed.

Our suggestions:

  • Make the mint process gasless so even users new to Solana can claim a record of their performance.

  • Enable brands & users to feature their favorite NFTs as in-game skins or tools.

If you enjoyed the game, follow Chuckles on Twitter for more updates.


Last Dwarf of Solana

Designed around surviving a tech mine by taking down your enemies & upgrading your character. 

The game can be played both as a xNFT or a website, which is a smart tactic for distribution and UX. A thoughtful touch is when you open the game as an xNFT it prompts you to quit, go full screen, and come back – this is important as the default window for Backpack today is the small extension window.

The description says that your NFTs appear as elements in the game, this is a cool idea but I didn’t notice it while playing. They have also balanced lore and gameplay pretty well, I found the surroundings intriguing and cool but wasn’t bored by a long story upfront. 

Our Suggestions:

  • Integrate elements from the player’s wallet & sponsor brands

  • I personally would have preferred a little more guidance on gameplay, still haven’t been able to figure out how to score a point.

If you enjoyed the game, follow Kimo on Twitter for more updates.


General Observations & Feedback

The aim of this section is not to undermine any of the submissions. The teams were operating under time constraints and in new territory. Like we said at the start, hats off to everyone who built & submitted a working game within 5 days. 

We hope this feedback is taken constructively and helps improve the quality of products in the ecosystem.

Introduce the core game loop ASAP.

When building a casual game get users to the core game as quickly as possible with the least amount of friction. Anshumani articulated this best in our Twitter space on game design, “casual games need to be easy to learn but hard to master”. 

Far too many games had unnecessary obstacles before gameplay, such as

  • Requiring players to hold min amounts of SOL for gas fees. Instead, make your game gasless and cover costs through paid features or ads.  

  • Excessive Lore. Some games went into great detail about the planet the game is set on, the story, etc. While storytelling is important, it can often get in the way of the game. 

  • Sign-up flow. Asking users to log in with their social accounts or email before they play is avoidable friction. Do it later, when you have to because the stakes are higher, e.g. they’re claiming a reward. 

Speed & Latency

Games need to feel fast. No one wants to play a game that lags just because it’s on-chain. As we’d laid out in our previous essay on Speedrun, you need to own this as the game dev – not the underlying blockchain, RPC provider, etc.

Pay to Play

A lot of games integrated a crypto payment or token burn upfront for the sake of it — before even introducing the core gameplay. This is likely to put off most users and lead to high drop-off rates.

A better way for standalone casual games is to introduce paid purchases and upgrades after users are familiar with and somewhat engaged with the gameplay.


Wishing all teams the very best for the results and beyond. Thanks to Shek & Anoushk for their help with testing out some of these games.

Superteam India Update: July 2023

https://superteam.substack.com/p/superteam-india-update-july-2023

India Community GDP crosses $1.6M

Up from last month’s $1.5M, GDP is the North Star metric for Superteam. It represents the value created for & by community members who found earning opportunities through Superteam.

A special shoutout to the rainmakers of the month (i.e. members who have brought in earning opportunities to the community) KashUjjwal, Anam, DhirajAbhisekAkshay BDAyushNeil Shroff.

If you’re reading this for the first time, click here to scroll ahead for a short introduction to Superteam.


Shipping 🚢

Cubik

Cubik has successfully completed its first-ever “Dev Tooling Grants Round,” which ran from June 23rd to July 6th. Initially backed by Superteam with $5K, the matching pool grew to over $20K, thanks to contributions from the Solana Foundation and Symmetry.

This round funded 22 diverse projects, spanning dev tooling, infrastructure, payments, DeFi, and consumer products. With a total of $6.98K donated across 663 contributions, this round was a resounding success.

Along with this, Cubik is also powering submissions & prize distribution for the Solana Speedrun Game Jam! You can playtest and vote for your favorite submissions here.

Playtest Speedrun Submissions

Little Unusual

The team has just launched the first episode of a new series – ‘Between 2 NFTs’ Superteam OG Paarug interviews Umang, the founder of CandyPay.

They’ve also expanded their team with a new intern who will be managing their Twitter (now X) operations. In addition to this, they are currently working on a video for Cubik and have shipped a couple of dialect videos. If you resonate with their unusual approach, don’t be shy to drop them a DM!

Drop a DM!

Superteam Earn

Superteam Earn has crossed 1,000 verified talent profiles, expanding the diverse community of skilled individuals. They’ve introduced region-wise pages on Earn making it easier to find the best earning opportunities in your local market.

SpedX

SpedX is an advanced trading platform integrating a CLOB and an AMM. It utilizes Hxro Network to enhance liquidity and optimize trading efficiency.

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The team is preparing to launch next month during the OPOS hackathon. Additionally, they are working on a new Phoenix integration for spot and margin trading, promising to bring enhanced functionality. The team partnered with Marginfi, which will enable atomic hedging and arbitrage. Sign up for the waitlist to receive firsthand alpha access!

Sign up for the waitlist


Earning

Bounties 💰

Bounties are small-scale tasks (typically worth 1,500 USDC or the equivalent in a project token). To learn how your project can best leverage bounties, request a session with Kash here.

  1. Jérémy wins the Twitter Thread Recapping the Parcl Demo Call bounty.

  2. Abhishek Mule wins the GooseFX Twitter thread bounty.

  3. Ansh wins the Deep Dive on Nosana bounty.

  4. Iyanuoluwa wins the Recap Twitter Thread of the July Ecosystem Call bounty.

  5. Sitesh wins the ultimate Solana producer airdrop list bounty.

  6. Siddhant wins the Twitter Thread on Cubik bounty.

  7. Thomas wins the Build an MVP with the Elusiv SDK bounty.

Instagrants ⚡

Instagrants are equity-free grants to support builders across the Solana ecosystem. Applications take less than 15 minutes, and approval decisions come within 48 hours. Anyone can apply here.

Issued Grants

  1. Código
    Código is an AI platform that speeds up Solana development and increases code security.
    Won by: Soham

  2. Prks
    Prks is a guided & interactive platform that gives a detailed overview of the top-tier Solana Projects.
    Won by: 0xRay

  3. Crypto Writers Grant
    A report on the impact of the Government of India’s open protocol in crypto adoption.
    Won by: Kaushik

  4. Candyview
    Candyview is a tool to view any candy machine collection in a single search.
    Won by: Drac

  5. Wormscan
    Wormscan is a user-friendly cross-chain explorer.
    Won by: Sitesh and 0xAryan

Shipped

  1. The Solana Bridge The Solana Bridge is a Solana-specific frontend powered by Wormhole. Won by: Kanishq and Yash

New Grant Programs

Checkout the full selection of grants on our website

Circle Grants Program

Circle Grants Program is a platform that supports and recommends applicants with high community reputation scores for grants. These grants are aimed at projects that increase the adoption of Circle’s products, like USDC, EUROC, CCTP, Verite, and more.

The primary focus of the grants is to fund dApps, integrations, and technical contributions that increase the total number of active wallets with USDC. The program also supports dev tooling projects, educational content, developer tutorials, and community & media work.

Apply Now

Superteam Education Fund

The Superteam Education Fund is a grants pool dedicated to promoting education and knowledge sharing in local communities, especially in blockchain clubs and Universities. If you’re someone interested in teaching and conducting technical workshops related to Solana, Anchor, Rust, Crypto, or broadly getting started in crypto as a developer, you can apply and get support from the Solana Foundation.

The fund encourages individuals with a passion for teaching to inspire the next generation of blockchain enthusiasts.

Apply Now


Learning 📚

From the Blog ✍️

Product advice for devs participating in the first virtual Solana Game Jam!


Celebrating Members 🚀

  1. Abbas is leading ecosystem efforts at Hashed Emergent.

  2. Anam and Dhiraj were two MLHs’ top hackers of 2023.

  3. Akshat, Yash Aggarwal, and 0xRay got accepted into the Wormhole Fellowship.

  4. Arihant made multiple OSS contributions last month which consisted of one to Jupiter, three to Marginfi, and one to Mayan finance SDK.

  5. Kunal wins the June XP race.

  6. Akshat hosted a session on Introduction to Solana at his university.

  7. Kaushik won the Mina Protocol track hackathon by Developer DAO.

  8. Bolt hosted two Solana development workshops in Delhi.

  9. Tushar and Harsh hosted a Solana workshop at Karnavati University.

  10. Reev shipped a redesign for the SNS category page.

  11. Aryan hosted a Solana workshop in Sikar.

  12. Aarushee shipped a redesign of the Jett Protocol’s landing page.

  13. Prado joined Little Unusual.

  14. Rishabh, Neil, Akshat, and Yum organize meetups in Ahmedabad, Pune, and Delhi (twice!).


Member Perks

Holaplex Credits

Holaplex is offering 5000 credits to any Superteam Member, globally! These credits can be used on their new HUB product, which makes it super easy to create/manage/analyze NFT experiences on Solana without using smart contracts. Anyone who creates an account will automatically get 1000 credits.

If you’re a Member and email support@holaplex.com, you’ll get an additional 5,000 credits!

FYEO Discounts

FYEO is offering a 40% (!!) discount on audits, threat monitoring, and dynamic wallet testing, exclusively for Members of Superteam globally. Just fill out the form and get your code review scheduled, easy as that!


Highlights of the Month 🥳

The new Superteam website is live!

Superteam Member Srijan’s startup Fuze got accepted into the Hub71 Program.

The community loved Solfaucet, a mainnet SOL faucet by CandyPay.

The Solana Speedrun received 23 diverse and fun games. Try them out and vote for your favorite game now!

The Only Possible on Solana (OPOS) Hackathon is set to take place from August 1st to 21st. Check out the announcement and follow along on Twitter (now X) for more updates.

What is Superteam?

If you’re new here — Hello! Thank you for dropping by. Here’s a quick introduction to Superteam and the work we do.

Superteam is a network of operators, devs & grantees working on promising Solana projects.

Simply put, it is a gated Discord server for those who satisfy the membership criteria. There’s no treasury, take-rate/commissions, or token sale. From its inception, Superteam has chosen to be a collective of sovereigns over a sovereign collective. All members, including the core team, may participate as much or as little as they wish. Any revenue generated is captured by the individual members or teams that self-organize and win a bounty, and secure a grant or venture funding for their ideas. The community is the product. And members have exclusive access to the product.

Superteam is currently live in India, VietnamTurkeyGermany, Mexico, the UK, UAE, & Nigeria.

Your Playbook to Win Solana Speedrun

https://superteam.substack.com/p/speedrun

Solana’s first virtual game jam, Solana Speedrun, is being hosted by MagicBlock & LamportDAO from the 26th to the 30th of July. 

All teams need to build their game around a main theme which will be revealed before the event starts. You have 120 hours to build a playable game that is either entirely on-chain or incorporates Solana in some meaningful way (e.g. on-chain assets, economy, etc). If you can do it, there are $25k worth of prizes up for grabs!

Register Now

You don’t need to be an advanced game developer to participate. This is like gully cricket for hackathons, it levels the playing field between Sachin Tendulkar & S.Tendehar by introducing constraints. Don’t expect the next Fortnite to come out of this,  but rather a large number of casual mini-games. 

There are already some technical & community resources out there to help you get started. In this essay, we’ll provide what we think is one missing link, a product framework needed to build a working game in 120 hours.  

TL;DR — It comes down to these 3 things:

  1. Distribution. Build your game as an xNFT. You get better distribution, an integrated wallet & simplified development.  

  2. Gameplay. Keep it simple. Build a direct feedback loop & gradually increase the level of difficulty. Create shareable moments. 

  3. Table stakes. A few necessary but insufficient elements of a great game. 

Distribution

There are 65+ xNFTs live on mainnet, 15 of which are games.

Here’s why we recommend you build your game as an xNFT:

  1. You get to focus on building the best game you can. Backpack simplifies the process of connecting to the blockchain, managing a wallet, boilerplate components, etc. Additionally, primitives like soul abstraction enable you (and others) to carry out targeted airdrops for in-game assets, custom skins, etc.

  2. You benefit from network effects generated by other successful xNFTs & Backpack itself. As individual apps within Backpack, or Backpack overall, becomes popular more users will see and potentially try out your game.

    This is valuable early distribution from both ends of the spectrum; power user communities (e.g. MadLads) can unlock viral growth within CT & new-to-crypto users discover your app in a trusted environment with their freshly minted wallet ready to go in the background.

  3. Casual games are best played on a mobile device. We’re more habituated to keep going back whenever there’s a few minutes of downtime, as opposed to desktop which is more deliberate. Your game will get its biggest form factor upgrade, for free, when the Backpack mobile app launches — soon.

We think these benefits far outweigh any trade-offs wrt the tech stack restrictions or client dependencies, especially in the context of this game jam.

Gameplay

Regardless of which platform you choose to build on, the most important thing is that your game is fun to play.

Onboarding

The design, context, and actions are somewhat unique to your game, so they’re unlikely to be intuitive. Use simple prompts & overlays to help players get to their first magic moment as quickly as possible. Avoid elaborate backstories & too much lore upfront — build it along the way. This blog post shows how you can use short texts, forced actions & visual goals as onboarding tools in causal mobile games.

If you have in-game assets ensure you give new players a starter pack for free which allows them to get a taste of the game. Asking people who’ve never heard about you or your game to spend $$ before they even try it, is guaranteed to result in high abandon rates.

Core Game Loop

Don’t feel compelled to design complicated gameplay with lots of moving parts. Keep it simple with a direct feedback loop. DRiP’s legendary lock-in literally requires you to push a button and it has 20k+ daily plays. Of course, that’s a function of their distribution and a chance to win a legendary — but there’s a lesson in there.

Whenever you ask your users to do something, show them the effect their action had on the game using both visual and audio effects. Here’s a small clip from a game called Pack Your Backpack by Quantum Jackson and team. It’s live in Backpack and free to play, try it out and let me know if you get past level 3.

Shareable moments

Growth is not an afterthought you arrive at after building the product. Giving users something they want to share or brag about on social media is a great way to build growth loops into your gameplay.

This is particularly important because the development effort you incur is very low and the potential for growth it drives is very high. For e.g. It is unlikely that Wordle would have achieved a million DAU and subsequently a million dollar sale without the sharing feature which lets you brag about the number of attempts you completed it in.

The important point is to not just enable sharing but to package it such that there’s something meaningful to share or brag about. If you could just share that you’d completed a Wordle – that wouldn’t be as cool as showing the number of attempts you solved it in.

Table stakes

Speed, Responsiveness & Low Latency

No one will play your game just because it is on Solana or has NFTs, it needs to be fun. Slow is boring.

Speedrun has a track for an entirely on-chain game, i.e. the state and logic are on-chain while the client could remain closed source. Presumably, this is useful if you want other developers to build on top of your game or if transparency is a feature (e.g. sports betting). However, in most cases, we think you’re better off integrating Solana partially and wherever appropriate. We’re open to hearing about more use cases that require the entire game logic to be on-chain.

Regardless, your game needs to feel fast. How fast? Anything over 40ms is noticeable, and beyond 100ms feels too slow when it comes to games.

You need to own this, not the underlying chain or the RPC provider, or Austin. This could mean using a cache or a local DB, and likely tens of other small performance optimizations.

Saving Progress

If your game has multiple levels ensure you save progress associated with each player. Nothing kills user stickiness faster than having to replay levels you’ve already completed. This is also a feature request for the Pack Your Backpack team — I’d have attempted level 3 many more times if I didn’t need to clear the first 2 levels each time I started a new session.

Basic Controls

It is ok to build invasive features as long as you give your users control over them. For e.g., if your game has audio then include the option to turn it off.

All the best to everyone who participates, we’re super excited to see what you build. Here’s the sign-up form once again for quick reference.

Pro-tip: Drop by your local Superteam’s discord and share what you’re building. You may find a teammate, co-founder, designer, or your first set of beta testers in there.

Superteam India Update: June 2023

https://superteam.substack.com/p/superteam-india-update-june-2023

What is Superteam?

Superteam is a network of operators, devs & grantees working on promising Solana projects.

Simply put, it is a gated Discord server for those who satisfy the membership criteria. There’s no treasury, take-rate/commissions, or token sale. From its inception, Superteam has chosen to be a collective of sovereigns over a sovereign collective. All members may participate as much or as little as they wish, including the core team. Any revenue generated is captured by the individual members or teams that self-organize and win a bounty, secure a grant or venture funding for their ideas. The community is the product. And members have exclusive access to the product.

Superteam is currently live in IndiaVietnamTurkeyGermany, Mexico, UK & UAE.


Key Metric

$2 Million in Community GDP 📈

Our global community GDP crossed $2M this month.

This is the North Star metric for Superteam. It represents the value created for & by community members who found earning opportunities through Superteam.

The community GDP for India currently stands at a little over $1.5M. Going forward we’ll be reporting that number and not the global total.

A special shoutout to the rainmakers of the month (i.e. members who have brought in earning opportunities to the community) KashUjjwal, Thales, Anoushk, Hersh,  Akshay BDPratikAnish, KarthikNeil Shroff.


Shipping 🚢

Cubik

Cubik is a quadratic funding platform for anyone building public goods (code or content) on Solana.

The team launched, what they thought was a closed beta round with $5K in grants for developer tooling. But the product resonated so deeply with the community that they ended up taking over Solana Twitter on launch day.

Solana ❤️ Cubik

As a result, their pool grew from the initial $5K (sponsored by Superteam) to $20K with Symmetry & the Solana Foundation joining in. They’re also partnering with Magicblock to distribute prizes for the Speedrun Game Jam. In a testament to the power of Solana, there were more donors on Cubik than Gitcoin on June 26.

If you want to join the 200+ people who’ve donated to the ~20 projects listed, you still have a few days before the round concludes. Remember, your contributions are matched from the pool so every donation counts.

Donate $1 on Cubik

Crosschain Clubhouse

The Crosschain Clubhouse was a 2-week sprint that helped some projects get over the line & seeded new ones — interlaced with workshops, a trek, jiu-jitsu, a dosathon, turf cricket, go-karting, awesome merch & more.

Members from projects like Cubik, CandyPay, Saganize, Splitwave, Synap, Fetcch, Squircl, Instapay, etc. assembled for some accelerated shipping.

Catch a detailed recap from the wrap video, the demo day presentations, or the summary thread. Kudos to Neil for leading this & our friends at Wormhole for their support.

Watch the wrap video here

Synap

Synap is a social platform on Solana that provides portable social profiles and enables dApps to create a personalized, interoperable, and rewarding experience for Solana users.

The team also launched Airdrop lists, a curated list of the most valuable wallet addresses on Solana & a user analytics report for apps to improve targeted marketing and user acquisition, offering custom insights for each project.

Request a Synap user analytics report

A glimpse of the user analytics report by Synap

They won the Solana Track at CoinDesk’s Web3athon and were featured in their newsletter.

Little Unusual

Little Unusual is a production house started by Superteam members Mallik & Tushar. This month they covered the Crosschain Clubhouse, & dropped a wrap video so good it got a shoutout from mattytay.

If you want to learn how to make videos like this, they’ve shared a BTS of how they made those killer graphics on their Twitter.

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Finally, if you think you can do better — they’re looking for people like you. Get in touch now!

Get in touch

Superteam Earn

Superteam Earn aggregates all earning opportunities on Solana to help match the best sponsors with top talent through a range of formats like bounties, grants, contracts, jobs, etc. There are over $18,500 worth of bounties live on the platform.

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The team has introduced new sponsor features, including reviewing submissions, selecting and announcing winners, and facilitating payments through the platform.

Create your Earn profile to stay up-to-date with the latest earning opportunities.

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Sol Trek

Sol Trek is a visual block-based Solana learning playground for people to explore and build without having to code.

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The project is merging with the Space Operator to double down in the no-code space. If you have any ideas on which SDKs should be integrated into Sol Trek, reach out to Bolt. If you are a developer building on Solana, you must try this!

Try Sol Trek Now!


Earning

Bounties 💰

Bounties are small-scale tasks (typically worth $1,500 USDC equivalent of your token) that can help your project grow. To learn how your project can best leverage bounties, request a session with Kash here.

  1. FT won the ISC deep dive Bounty.

  2. Sitesh and Yash won the Map out the Wormhole ecosystem in India Bounty.

  3. Chandan and Sitesh won the Create a Short Video Series on Synap Bounty.

  4. Sitesh and Yash won the Map Out Automation Landscape on Solana Bounty.

  5. DarthCastelian won the Parcl Deep Dive Bounty.

  6. Lokesh won the Superteam Earn Social Media Manager Bounty.

Instagrants ⚡

Equity-free grants to support builders across the Solana ecosystem. Applications take less than 15 minutes, approval decisions come within 48 hours. Anyone can apply here.

Grants Issued

  1. SNS resolver

    A short link resolver allowing redirection of Bonfida/ANS domains, providing a memorable domain for .sol owners to link their website.

    Won by: Bolt and Dhruvraj

  2. PixelWave

    A cross-chain data transfer protocol.

    Won by: SoulNinja

  3. Fetcch X Synap
    Fetcch X Synap is an initiative to onboard Ethereum users to Solana with Synap profiles and Fetcch Ids.
    Won by: Ujjwal

  4. Wormhole tourism
    Wormhole Tourism is a guided introduction to Wormhole and its ecosystem in an easy-to-read layout.
    Won by: 0xRay

  5. Wormhole docs
    A grant to improve the docs of the Wormhole ecosystem.
    Won by: Madhav

  6. The Solana Bridge
    The Solana Bridge is a Solana-specific frontend powered by Wormhole.
    Won by: Kanishq and Yash

  7. Start on Wormhole
    A detailed guide on how to get started on Wormhole Bridge.
    Won by: Akshat

Grants Shipped

  1. Sendo
    Send crypto and NFTs to anyone even if they don’t have a crypto wallet or you don’t know their wallet address.

    Shipped by: Anish

  2. Devnet Sol Faucet Bot
    A bot for accessing Devnet Sol.
    Shipped by: 0xAryan and Josip

Alpha Squad

The Alpha Squad is a group of Solana power users who get exclusive early access to the latest Solana projects. And it provides an opportunity for projects to tap into a group of power users and get detailed product feedback, e.g. testing, beta launch, etc.

In the last month, the Alpha Squad concluded its first-ever product feedback bounty which was a 70-page detailed report for Kamino Finance.

In case your project, or one you know, is in private Alpha or Beta and is looking for product feedback from early users, please get in touch with Pratik to discuss how the Alpha Squad can help!

Or if you’d like to earn some $$ and join as a member of the Alpha squad, sign up by clicking the button below.

Join the Alpha Squad

Solana Speedrun

The first-ever community-run Game Jam on Solana! Hosted by Magicblock & LamportDAO.

It is a theme-based hackathon with prizes worth $25K. The goal — is to build a playable game within 120 hours. There are 2 tracks – one for games that are fully on-chain & another for those that integrate Solana for a specific use case (e.g. on-chain in-game assets).

Register Now


Learning 📚

Storytime with Kash

Our very own Kash has launched a string of videos covering some of the best projects and concepts on Solana. In the last month, he covered Drip Haus, Why is Solana fast?, and Superteam Security.

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From the Blog ✍️

Scriblooooor, along with Synap, dropped an essay & a tool for founders, projects, etc. to get the most out of airdrops on Solana.


Celebrating Members 🚀

  1. Mike joins Solana Foundation as a Developer education advocate.

  2. Akshat, Kunal, and Bolt complete 5 Solana RFPs.

  3. Arihant joins Elusive as an intern.

  4. Pratik joins Solarplex.

  5. Samridh wins the May XP race.


Highlights of the Month 🥳

  1. SpedX closes 7+ partnerships.

  2. 10+ Open RFPs were claimed in the last month.

  3. Tinydancer got featured in Delphi digital report on Solana.

  4. Candypay power POAPs at the Network state meetup in Singapore.

  5. Superteam Members received revamped Member NFTs. If you’re a member & have not claimed yours yet, check your email or ping Neil.

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    CandyPay @ the Network State SG meet up

    Members love their new NFT

The ultimate Airdrop toolkit for Solana founders

https://superteam.substack.com/p/airdrops

Disclaimers

  1. This is not financial advice or an invitation to buy/trade crypto. Please do your own research and always read this exclusively from a builders’ POV – particularly around how airdrops done right can help catalyse community, open source development, etc.

  2. When we talk about specific projects, NFTs or tokens we are not endorsing those teams or suggesting you invest in them. The lists are not exhaustive, this is just a starting point. 

  3. We might be biased towards or have exposure to some of the projects mentioned.  As far as is humanly possible we don’t let that affect our judgment and content. 


Aligning incentives & co-creation 

The early thesis on tokens was that they are a mechanism to propagate shared digital networks and align incentives across all early contributors. The idea was that the internet already makes ideas instantly accessible globally & tokens provide a permissionless mechanism for anyone who resonates with an idea to get compensated for their work in helping grow it.  

The prime example of this is the genesis & early growth of the bitcoin network. You couldn’t just buy bitcoin off an exchange (there were none back then), you had to care enough to mine it. 

The former self-selected for people who were not only committed to the mission but also both willing and able to help grow the network. 

As the industry has grown from a market cap of nothing to ~$1T, projects across blockchains have struggled to find the right model for token distribution. For e.g. analysis of the Uniswap airdrop showed that rewarding early users did not result in higher retention or usage but did result in instant dumping of the token. 

Solana has had its own problem with low float, high FDV tokens & insiders using their community for exit liquidity. We wrote about this in a previous essay, highlighting BONK’s counter-narrative by choosing to airdrop majority of their supply upfront.

One of our key lessons from BONK is that projects should be more aggressive with giving away their community allocations early on. A committee gated process might seem logical but often leaves massive potential locked up in the treasury while projects struggle to find PMF and growth. 

An upfront airdrop targeted correctly can help unlock community creativity. 

Three parts to a successful airdrop

Wen?  Before you’re “ready” 

The popular advice to founders so far has been to raise privately with a core team, build out a product and generate initial traction. After this, you airdrop & open up your token for public sale when the “time is right”. 

This is the root of the problem because it creates perceived “insiders” and incentives to pump up the token price before launch. Even in the best case scenario, those who buy-in later always feel like outsiders because they’ve often paid 100x more (1$ vs 1c) and put constant pressure on the core team to increase the price of the token. 

Instead, teams would be better off giving away their community allocations upfront and free. Think of this as the crypto version of build-in-public. Because the token is given away for free, it isn’t attractive to speculators compared to tokens with price action. And it makes room for real contributors to show up. 

The trade-off is that you won’t start at a high market cap but that’s a feature not a bug. It may also be delicate to manage investors who’ve put up capital for their tokens. But if done well, as we’ll explain in the next section, this approach could end up setting up the project for success which creates long-term value for everyone involved. 

Don’t end up as a spam token – target well & message clearly   

Okay, now that you’re giving it away for free – you can be picky. Instead of courting whales and market-makers you can identify potential contributors, power-users, etc and shine a bat-signal to them. 

Targeting. Here are five types of cohorts/targeting, with examples live on Solana today, that you might consider 

  1. Contributors: People who can help build out your product by writing code or executing on growth, marketing, memes etc. To find contributors, you can start with airdropping to wallets that have a Superteam or DeansList membership NFT. 

    Beyond communities, you could look for people who’ve unlocked NFTs that represent a meaningful contribution; like the Solarplex explorer badge, NAS Academy Solana dev course completion or Sandstorm proof of participation. 

  2. Power users: People who actively try out new products, share feedback and onboard their friends. This really depends on the type of product you’re building. For e.g. if you’re building for the Saga you want to airdrop to all wallets that hold a genesis token. Or if you’re building a xNFT you want to airdrop to all wallets that hold a MadLad

  3. In-app Partnerships: The way to cracking a partnership with a top project is through their users. The best projects always have their DMs flooded with people who want to “collab”. A way to standout is to airdrop something directly to their users, show them what it could unlock in-app and get their users to lobby for an integration. If you’re an artist looking to get a DRiP channel, you could try airdropping some of your work directly to wallets that subscribe to a particular channel. Or you could pitch a collab with Degen Poet by sending a gift to everyone who donated to him. You could unlock a product partnership with Dialect or TipLink by airdropping to wallets that hold their stickers or showcase cNFT. 

  4. Events, Courses etc : Airdrop to wallets which hold a POAP from IRL events like a Solana hacker house or virtual events like the Solana ecosystem call

  5. Clubs: Airdrop to members of active communities and clubs for general reach and awareness (e.g. SMB) or specific interest based clubs that match your product’s niche (e.g. Lifinity Flares, AssetDash Vanta, FiveDollarNFT, Homebase etc) . 

Messaging. As of now, most people will receive your airdrop in a generic wallet. They won’t get a notification or see anything more than a preview image. In fact, wallets may choose to hide your token because it gets detected as spam. So it is vital that you communicate upfront using mediums like twitter & telegram so that your intended audience knows what to look for. 

Follow up – Post airdrop action & measurement

It should also be clear to people what the airdrop unlocks for someone. Whether it is an upfront token grant for their future contribution, access to use a product, a community membership, a collectible, etc.  A leading indicator of success would be activation – what % of people who received your airdrop contributed to or engaged with your product/service. 

The post-drop experience is most underserved today because it is limited by wallet UX. Expect that to change as xNFTs become more common with no-code builders etc & wallets start getting embedded into apps. The MadLads mint experience was a preview of the kind of custom experiences that are around the corner.

As we write this, they just announced Soul abstraction; a protocol that allows any project to permissionlessly target an airdrop contingent on the wallet holding a given NFT. So, if you airdrop your in-game asset to a MadLad and the holder sells their NFT then the rewards are also transferred to the new owner. This provides a degree of protection against farming & unlocks community level marketing.

Working Prototype: Airdrop Lists by Synap 

We partnered with our friends at Synap to create a few cohorts of wallet addresses along the lines of what we described in the section above. 

  1. Click here and browse through a curated list of communities, clubs & cohorts on Solana

  2. One-click to download or copy the set of wallet addresses that interest you (completely free to use – for now) 

  3. And, using this tool from Underdog you can paste in the addresses & airdrop 10k cNFTs instantly (currently costs ~1 SOL). Other airdropping tools like Airdropr & Wallet hunter are coming to Solana soon.

You go from idea to targeted airdrop in less than 2 minutes. No-code needed. 

TRY IT NOW

If you think your community should be listed here, fill out the form at the bottom of the webpage and the team will review it to see if it’s a good fit. 

Please keep in mind that this is a weekend hack so there could be errors, bugs or delays – try it at your own risk & be nice. 

Future roadmap

Here’s a range of features the team might add based on usage & demand,

  1. Cohort refresh –  currently the addresses are static snapshot as on a given date. If there is consistent usage each cohort will start refreshing at a defined interval (daily/weekly) or at the time of querying.  

  2. Advanced querying – the ability to pull wallet addresses based on criteria executed in real-time and defined across a range of categories (e.g. wallets that hold a Saga genesis pass, donated to Degen Poet & deployed a contract on devnet) 

  3. Built-in token & NFT airdrop – the ability to not just query addresses but airdrop a token or NFT of choice from the tool. 

  4. Privacy controls – the ability to exclude your wallet address from being targeted by this tool. 

  5. As an API for your product – include the ability to create and target dynamic lists of dynamic wallet addresses for features within your app.

Open Bounty

We’ve published a bounty to help create the ultimate Solana producer list. A collection of active and verified wallet addresses that represent anyone who is working in the Solana ecosystem.

View Bounty

The ideal submission will include both a blog post outlining the methodology and criteria used to select the wallet & a public list of the addresses themselves (categorised by skill type).

Total prizes worth $800 up for grabs, with $500 and member status in Superteam for the winning entry.


Thanks to Ujjwal & Bhagya of Synap for creating the airdrop lists prototype, Akshay BD for providing feedback on drafts of this essay, Dean for his inputs & Pratik D for helping me get started with Superteam earn.

Re: Metaplex Protocol Fees

https://superteam.substack.com/p/re-metaplex-protocol-fees

The team at Metaplex recently announced that they’re introducing fees for creating & updating NFTs using their protocol.

CT outraged that Metaplex is so well funded that it shouldn’t resort to an unfair tax on a supposed public good, especially without giving $MPLX holders a say. In response, Metaplex scaled back their fees, to be charged only on creation (not updates) & to be sensitive to price increases in $SOL.

We’re not here to talk about whether Metaplex is morally justified to charge fees – it’s a private company. Neither are we going to talk about their communication strategy or governance token.

We argue that fixed fees are not the right pricing model for an NFT minting protocol. This post is structured in three parts:

  1. Most NFTs will be airdropped, claimed, earned, or unlocked within an app — not minted

  2. The largest NFT issuing apps will not pay a fixed fee

  3. What are the alternatives?

Most NFTs will be airdropped, claimed, earned, or unlocked — not minted

Any pricing model needs to be evaluated in the context of the market – who is the buyer, and what are their incentives, alternatives & trade-offs?

Metaplex assumes that a ~0.01 SOL fixed fee is acceptable because it is spread across many users who are often paying over 1 SOL per mint.

The reality is that most NFTs won’t be the 10K PFP collections we’ve gotten used to. They will be collectibles, profiles, gameplay assets, stickers, badges, etc. They won’t be just held in a wallet or listed on a marketplace, they will be part of a larger product experience.

This is happening faster than most people expect 👇

Dialect has minted over a million stickers as cNFTs. Apart from using them in chats, you can also hold and trade these inside the Dialect app via their embedded wallet.

DRiP switched over to compressed NFTs even though it makes their drops appear in fewer wallets & marketplaces. They prioritise scale and speed over floor price. They’ve minted 2m+ cNFTs since.

Solarplex is issuing upgradeable explorer badges as part of their scavenger hunts. Synap is airdropping Solana passports which represent your on-chain activity. Helium, as part of its Solana migration, has issued nearly a million NFTs to represent each physical hotspot. TipLink issued over a million NFTs just to show a PoC of their product.

The best apps use NFTs as one part of the product experience. They give it to their customers for free. They’ll unlock features or access within the issuing app first. Marketplace listing & wallet support will not be the primary consideration.

This is important because it breaks the core assumption that fixed pricing works because it is akin to a small gas fee distributed across each user who mints an NFT.

Instead, it is an upfront cost that apps distributing these NFTs will evaluate while choosing a protocol or deciding to build a custom solution in-house.

Apps will not pay a fixed fee

We believe that very soon all NFTs will be compressed and we may just “drop the c”. However, the protocol fees currently don’t apply to cNFTs. This means one of 2 things,

  1. The fees (& this essay) are pointless because they’ll barely be incurred i.e. when 0 legacy NFTs are minted

  2. Or, some version of the fixed fee model will be extended to cNFTs eventually

We think #2 is more likely, and this is Metaplex’s attempt to get feedback and set a precedent. Thus, this essay isn’t about the extent or application of fees – but about evaluating a fixed fee model.

Consumer apps are looking to build scale and onboard millions and billions of users. The entire machinery is geared to ensure that costs, including infra, don’t scale linearly with usage.

The graphs below show why cNFTs are such a powerful tool for apps. Any pricing model for an NFT protocol needs to look like the curve on the right.

A useful analogy is to look at how analytics tools structure their pricing. It is different from most SaaS products in that it is driven by the volume of data processed and not the number of seats. And it isn’t a fixed fee model, otherwise larger companies would instantly need to build their own tools.

The pricing is designed to,

  1. Onboard start-ups with the potential to grow via a free tier

  2. Milk mid-sized companies that have a decent scale but not enough to build in-house tooling

  3. Maintain large accounts so that the “customers” page looks pretty

Three price curves of analytics tools

The challenge with a credibly neutral fixed-fee model for an NFT minting protocol is that it both, under-serves some customers and leaves money on the table with others.

This creates a market for alternatives.

The announcement from the Solana Foundation says that for fixed fees to work they need to be credibly neutral – like the US postal service, where it costs the same to send a letter to your friend or a $1m check. But — maybe that’s precisely why the USPS is not only losing market share to private competitors like FedEx but is also stuck with negative unit economics, losing 15c for each dollar in incremental revenue.

What are the alternatives?

If you’re optimistic about crypto & Solana, you have to believe that 99% of NFTs are yet to be minted. So it isn’t too late for the market to change the underlying protocol and topple a perceived monopoly.

Apps that are onboarding millions of users, and there will be a few on Solana pretty soon, will find a fixed fee model prohibitive as they scale. They will build/fund and distribute alternatives. Recent stats from Metaplex show that a few breakout apps will drive most of the NFT volume.

It makes sense for new or existing marketplaces to inform their roadmaps and priorities with the Tweets like the one below because there are potentially 250k+ users waiting to trade on the first marketplace that responds.

Apps aren’t beholden to a wallet or marketplace support not only because they bring the users and the volume but also because the primary use case for their issued NFTs will be within their own product and not listing/swapping.

In fact, wallets and marketplaces will need to follow the users. For e.g., Tensor trade was the first to enable trading for cNFTs to capture volume from showcase & DP DRiPs.

If there’s going to be a single NFT standard on Solana, it needs to work for the biggest apps first. Because they have the largest incentive and the most capacity to exit.

We recognise that teams building public goods need to be competitively compensated for those goods to sustain. And because there’s no obvious answer on how to create sustainable funding for public goods, more experimentation is good.

Some alternatives that Metaplex should (and probably is) considering are,

  1. Build & charge for products, like the Creator Studio, while giving the protocol away for free.

    This is similar to UPI which enforces zero-payment fees on its protocol. Providers package UPI integration into a suite of payment & financial services products(refund management, checkout optimisation, pay-later services, no-code integrations, credit lines, etc) and charge a service fee.

    This allows people to extract value by building useful products around digital payments and not tax the payment itself. The same should hold true for NFT minting.

    This will position Metaplex in the onboarding & milking zone. This means that they will continue to be the protocol of choice for anyone new starting out and mid-scale products will continue to use their tooling and products. Large-scale products will use the protocol for free and likely have competing products (launchpads, etc) but their usage provides the continued credibility for Metaplex as the NFT minting protocol on Solana.

  2. A volume-based pricing model, similar to the one we showed in the previous section.

    The biggest challenge with this is implementing it after the program is made immutable. The current stance from Metaplex is that they don’t want to apply fees once immutability kicks in — but they’re open to community feedback. This could be a viable option executed with transparency & community involvement for the next 18-24 months before the proposed timeline to make the program immutable.

  3. Vibhu’s suggestion of a temporarily fixed fee with a defined cap to recoup on a cost+ basis.

    This makes apps more likely to comply because even though there’s a fixed fee for a short while, there are zero fees post-immutability. If Metaplex wants to position itself as an outfit building public infrastructure then this is probably the best approach.

There’s no doubt that Metaplex has built tooling that is critical to the growth of the Solana ecosystem and that the team deserves to be adequately compensated and share in the upside they’ve created.

But a pricing model needs to be driven by the market it serves, otherwise, the product itself will be rendered obsolete. The current market indicates it will pay for tools that make it cheaper and faster to distribute rich and personalised NFTs at scale.


Disclaimer: Everything mentioned here is for information & educational purposes only, none of this is financial advice to trade & speculate on any tokens or NFTs.

Superteam India Update: May 2023

https://superteam.substack.com/p/superteam-india-update-may-2023

What is Superteam?

Superteam is a network of operators, devs & grantees working on promising Solana projects.

Simply put, it is a gated Discord server for those who satisfy the membership criteria. There’s no treasury, take-rate/commissions, or token sale. From its inception, Superteam has chosen to be a collective of sovereigns over a sovereign collective. All members may participate as much or as little as they wish, including the core team. Any revenue generated is captured by the individual members or teams that self-organize and win a bounty, secure a grant or venture funding for their ideas. The community is the product. And members have exclusive access to the product.

Superteam is currently live in IndiaVietnamTurkeyGermany & Mexico.


Key Metric

$1.9 Million in Community GDP 📈

Up from $1.6 Million last month, this is the North Star metric for Superteam. It represents the value created for & by community members who found earning opportunities through Superteam.

Driving this number is a community of 194 members & 260+ contributors. A growing talent network with 2500+ registered people looking for opportunities in web3. And 50+ partner projects who’ve tapped into this talent pool.

A special shoutout to the rainmakers of the month (i.e. members who have brought in earning opportunities to the community) EzgiKash, Ujjwal, Aditya, David, Akshay BDPratik, AnhNeil Shroff.


Shipping 🚢

Crosschain Clubhouse

The Superteam India community is collaborating with Zo World to host a two-week hacker hostel in Bangalore from May 30 to June 13, 2023. It will be 15 days of shipping, living, and enjoying together, supported by the Wormhole and Solana Foundations.

It has already begun, and rumors say that builders are absolutely loving it. Follow Superteam India for live updates!

Follow SuperteamIN

Solana University Accelerator

Solana University Accelerator Program is a program designed to support and facilitate the growth of university-led blockchain projects on the Solana network. It focuses on providing mentorship, resources, and connections to teams with promising ideas.

Several projects from Superteam were accepted into the program:

  1. Synap by Ujjwal

  2. SolTrek by 0xBolt

  3. SpedX by Sahil, Anish, Kartik, Parthiv, and Saptarshi

  4. InstaPay by 0xAryan

  5. SAGAnize by Anam, Osheen, and Dhiraj

Synap

Synap is a social platform on Solana that provides portable social profiles and enables dApps to create a personalized, interoperable, and rewarding experience for Solana users.

A profile on Synap

The team released profiles for Solana users; these profiles, which are unique to each user, provide an overview of your activity in the Solana ecosystem. If you’ve used Solana before, your profile is already there and ready to be claimed.

More than 100 profiles have been claimed; claim yours now!

Claim Profile now!

Little Unusual

Little Unusual is a production house that spun out of Superteam. As the name suggests, they take usual or mundane content and turn it into an extraordinary and beautiful experience.

https://twitter.com/littleunusualHQ/status/1661987991508889600

Read tweet here

The team shipped videos for Synap, Dailect, and Cashmere Labs and attended the Nas Creators Summit. They will be covering the Crosschain Clubhouse in Bangalore and have also launched their website. Click on the button to be amazed!

Get amazed

Superteam Earn

Superteam Earn aggregates all earning opportunities on Solana to help match the best sponsors with top talent through a range of formats like bounties, grants, contracts, jobs, etc.

Earn v2

The team shipped Earn v2! They’ve got a new version of the product, the key improvements are,

  1. A new, simpler look focused on better discoverability of earning opportunities on both desktop and mobile. 

  2. New sponsor dashboard to view submissions.

  3. Alpha Squad: Get exclusive early access to the latest Solana projects and win product feedback bounties for free.

There is currently $600K+ worth of open earning opportunities! Sign up now!

Get your Earn Profile

Sol Trek

Sol Trek is a visual block-based Solana learning playground for people to explore and build without having to code.

SOL Trek has arrived! You can now start visualizing your development flow. The team integrated HXRO Network’s SDK, so you can try it out without writing any code. The project also supports multiplayer, allowing you to prototype and learn alongside your friends. If you are a developer, you must try this!

Try Sol Trek now!


Earning

Bounties 💰

Bounties are small-scale tasks (typically worth $1,500 USDC equivalent of your token) that can help your project grow. To learn how your project can best leverage bounties, request a session with Kash here.

  1. Pandatechie wins the Push Protocol deep-dive bounty.

  2. Samridh won the Grant Finder bounty.

  3. Hieu won the Mochi Raycast Extension Development bounty.

  4. Samridh & 0xRay tied for the “Submit Capstone Project Ideas to WBA” bounty.

  5. NotMxrvel won the “Make a Comic Strip on NFTs” Bounty.

Instagrants ⚡

Equity-free grants to support builders across the Solana ecosystem. Applications take less than 15 minutes, approval decisions come within 48 hours. Anyone can apply here.

Issued Grants:

  1. Charged
    Charged is a developer tool for adding breakpoints, editing inputs, and simulating Solana transactions before sending them on-chain.
    Won by: Apoorv

  2. InstaPay
    InstaPay is a PoS machine that enables merchants and users to just use their fingerprints to make any transactions.
    Won by: Aryan

  3. SOL Trek
    A visual block-based Solana learning playground for people to explore and build without requiring them to code.
    Won by: Bolt

  4. Foster Market Place
    Foster is a decentralized digital art marketplace on Solana governed by CircusDAO.
    Won by: CircusDragon

  5. StorytellersDAO
    StorytellersDAO is a community-owned brand with a mission to bring comics to Solana by funding ideas and fostering IP-based culture.
    Won by: Josip

  6. Tokenplex
    Tokenplex is a platform for cross-chain liquidity pools of high market cap Ethereum tokens.
    Won by: Dorax

  7. TinyDancer
    Tinydancer is a light client for Solana that would be used to ensure the security of the network in the event of a supermajority attack.
    Won by: Anoushk and Hersh

  8. Wormhole explainer video
    A grant for making a Wormhole explainer video.
    Won by: Kirat

  9. Crypto Writers Grant
    An explainer post on Solana’s TVU.
    Won by: 0xNineteen

  10. Soltera
    Soltera is a Discord bot for Solana development that is AI-powered and provides all-in-one documentation and education.
    Won by: Apoorv and Anish

  11. GasPay
    GasPay allows users to make cross-chain deposits without having to hold tokens native to a single chain.
    Won by: Mrigank

  12. Superbridge wallet
    Superbridge is a multi-chain wallet that aims to be a home for your funds across multiple chains.
    Won by: Ameya

Shipped

  1. Solana Tourism v2
    An interactive website that guides newcomers into experiencing the best of what Solana has to offer in a structured manner.
    Shipped by: Adarsh

  2. ReFi Graph
    Refi Knowledge Graph is a project that is working to map the interoperability and composability of new ReFi assets and protocols, as well as the regenerative finance projects that are building on Solana.
    Shipped by: Madhav

  3. Solana Payments Hub
    A front page for all things payments on Solana.
    Shipped by: Sitesh and Yash Agarwal

New Grant Programs

Checkout the full selection on our website

Open RFPs

Superteam and our partners, including the Solana Foundation, Solana Labs, Wormhole Foundation, Circle, Backpack, etc., all put out simple bounties and requests for contributions to the public. Anyone who completes the tasks successfully as per the terms can claim the payment for them.

RFPs are open to everyone, and you can pick any task from the list here.


Learning 📚

Hxro Elite 10

The Hxro Elite10 developer cohort is a 2-week program exclusively for Superteam developers to learn and build DeFi applications.

Selected applicants participated in a 2-week curriculum of classes, support, and mentorship dedicated to building and developing products on top of Hxro Network’s core protocols — Dexterity and the Parimutuel protocol, using their respective SDKs.

0xAryan, 0xshuk, Akshay, Ashraf, iMEF, Daoit, Samridh, YTW7, and Sunit were accepted into the first Hxro Elite 10 cohort.

Storytime with Kash

Our very own Kash launched a string of videos covering some of the best projects on Solana.

So far he’s covered Backpack, Firedancer, $GREED, DePIN, and AI Wars.

From the Blog ✍️

Product lessons from DRiP for founders and growth teams building in consumer crypto.


Celebrating Members 🚀

  1. Kunal is going to be a part of the Meta Bug Bounty researcher conference in Seoul.

  2. Ashraf hosts a Solana Dev workshop.

  3. 0xNineteen is joining TinyDancer as a core developer.

  4. Ritvij’s paper gets published in IEEE.

  5. Bolt wins the Apple Swift student challenge.


Highlights of the Month 🥳

  1. Solace got accepted into the Crypto.com accelerator program.

  2. 10+ Open RFPs were claimed in the last month.

  3. Candypay is powering tax payments in crypto through Prospera.

  4. 600+ subscribers to the Superteam global events calendar.

  5. Grahil hosts the Jaipur dinner.

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  6. Madhav hosts the Bangalore dinner.

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Product Lessons from DRiP

https://superteam.substack.com/p/product-lessons-from-drip

DRiP is a brand that offers free collectibles and art every week to anyone* in the world who signs up.

*You need an invite code, there’s about 20 of those at the end of this essay.

Background

DRiP started as an NFT list to bootstrap a loyalty program and on-chain distribution channel for Solana Spaces.

But it took a life of its own, well beyond what the team had expected. It became evident to them that DRiP was the right model for onboarding new users to Solana.

They’ve achieved explosive growth.

Looking beyond Free NFTs

In a previous essay, Stop Building for Crypto Twitter, we wrote about principles for building a great crypto consumer app. We think DRiP embodies all of that & more.

Everyone loves free NFTs, especially when they celebrate & empower crypto-native artists like Degen Poet. But there’s a lot of product innovation under the hood at DRiP that we think doesn’t get as much of a spotlight.

So, in the rest of this essay, we will highlight our key product lessons from DRiP that we hope will help other founders, projects and contributors in the ecosystem.

Keep it Simple

When building for large scale adoption, the most powerful and difficult thing to do is keeping the product and messaging simple.

Here’s 4 ways the team at DRiP does it –

1. Clear value proposition.

“Sign up to get free collectibles every week”

There are so many other features DRiP has like specific artists, a daily game, season rewards – but they don’t talk about any of them upfront. In a world of endless feeds & noise, a simple message spreads and compounds way faster.  

2. Gasless.

This is true to their mission of onboarding new users to crypto. You currently need a Solana wallet to sign up for DRiP but you don’t need any SOL to pay for gas. This might not seem like a big deal financially but it massively reduces friction for anyone wanting to sign their friends up.

3. Cohesive messaging

Every single feature is communicated and explained on their twitter account with videos, pictures & GIFs.

For e.g. in the early days sending out a drop would take 12 hours. To manage expectations, they built a utility that communicates eligibility for the drop to each account. And then, distributed it aggressively via their Twitter.

4. Legendary Lock-in

This is a great example of an MVP game designed to increase product stickiness.

  • You can only play once a day

  • All you need to do is click a button

  • You stand a chance to win a rare collectible in the next showcase drop

It offers clear value to customers with minimum feature bloat and complexity.

Make the wallet work for your app, not the other way around

We’ve been saying for a while that wallets are features, not apps. This means that consumer apps will weave wallet features (like holding and sending assets) into their product flow.

So the future holds more of Dialect style “buy on ME” & less Phantom dApp browser experience. The implementation on drip.haus is a great example of wallets as a feature.

They have prioritised,

  1. A gallery: You can see all the DRiP collectibles you hold, presented like art and not a speculative asset.

  2. Downloads: An option to download your favourite art and use it as a PFP or wallpaper.

  3. Channels & Rarity: Option to browse by artists, channel and view how special your DRiP is right within the gallery.

And they’ve eliminated, 

  1. Spam: You don’t see any other tokens or jpegs apart from DRiP collectibles.

  2. Price: A product centred on collectibles and art, they don’t display the price of their art.

  3. Swaps: There’s no option to send your art to another address from the vault.

The logical next step is that they launch a DRiP wallet that is one-click to sign up, abstracts out the seed phrase, has social recovery, etc. It makes sense to trade-off in favour of user experience over security because the sole purpose of this wallet is to hold your free DRiP collectibles & onboard new users. Vibhu may or may not have confirmed our thesis in the live call where we premiered this content.

Growth tactics

Here are 3 of their many growth tactics. Worth observing that each is targeted towards a specific objective,

  1. Invite Codes to add new users.

    One invite code per user, refreshed weekly. Invite codes is a pretty standard referral tool but a small tweak communicating that codes expire each week creates a sense of scarcity.

  2. Season rewards for power users (0.6% of all sign ups).

    Users who managed to collect at-least one edition from each drop were rewarded with upgrades to their collectibles. This engages & rewards power users (1450 out of 250k), only 0.6% but those who do it become super fans and derive immense joy from it.

  3. Legendary Lock-in to create more power users.

    Once a day, push a button to secure a rare or legendary collectible in the next drop. Designed to create a daily ritual around checking in to the DRiP vault with the simple yet effective carrot. They reported that around 10k users play the game daily. That’s already a 6x increase to power users.

On-chain Reachability

At the core of the product is a robust identity and verification system which can be used to send any art, collectibles, marketing or messaging on-chain.

DRiP is probably the only product out there which has a list of wallets with each one having

  1. a verified email address

  2. social graph via referrals

  3. an engagement score via legendary lock-in

  4. spam & bot detection for addresses that burn or instantly sell

  5. taste & affinity towards art & artists based on hold, sell, download, etc

Over time this will allow them to create better products for mass-marketing, artists launchpads, NFT marketplaces, etc. It is already more cost-effective to send large scale messaging via cNFTs over email, this just plugs in the required filters and targeting so businesses can estimate an RoI just like they do with digital marketing.

Future Outlook

In the short term, DRiP will continue to launch new channels for new artists along with new types of collectibles, engagement hooks, etc.

But here are 3 longer term trends we’re bullish on,

  1. A consumer app

    Why does DRiP need an app? Well, for starters – their customers are already asking for one. As they layer on more use cases, they’ll push the limit of what a browser can do and the most logical option will be an app with an embedded wallet. This will be a richer medium to showcase their many artists, consume music & video NFTs, unlock messaging for brands etc.

  2. Advertising

    Irrespective of the medium, we’ll see channels for brands to airdrop coupons, discounts and exclusive experiences to the DRiP audience. Might start with crypto-native brands and eventually extend more broadly.

  3. Ecosystem

    They’ve aggregated enough user-attention to incentivise others to build products on top of DRiP. For e.g. Kirly.sol built a tracker that allows anyone to see the net worth of their collection, whether they’re eligible for rewards, etc. We expect to see a lot more of these products as DRiP grows.

Invite Codes

Thanks for making it this far (or scrolling ahead), here is a list of codes as promised.

Disclaimer: These are exclusively shared here but single use. They may or may not work depending on when you’re reading this. I’ll come back and update this section once all of them are used.

You’re welcome to use these to onboard other friends, but please don’t use multiple codes to get DRiPs on your 5 different wallets. Finally, if none of the codes in the list work, reply here or DM a DRiP ambassador for more codes.


Disclaimer: This is a community blog and is not formally affiliated with any of the projects we mentioned. That said, we love projects that push the envelope on product experiences and crypto adoption.

Everything mentioned here is for information & educational purposes only, none of this is financial advice to trade & speculate on any tokens or NFTs.

Turbocharging Airbnb’s Loyalty Program using Solana 📱🌱🤏🏼

https://superteam.substack.com/p/turbocharging-airbnbs-loyalty-program

In Jan 2018 Brian Chesky asked Twitter what benefits they’d want from an Airbnb guest membership program.

The dominant responses were around gaining access to local life; through gyms, co-working spaces, restaurants, meetups, etc. 

The traditional approach for building such a program involves a partnerships team, APIs, coupon codes, spreadsheets with revenue forecasts, and contracts with thousands of partners in over 100,000 cities that Airbnb operates in.

That’s incredibly tedious and will likely cost millions of dollars in people and processes to set up. That’s probably why 5 years since that tweet, they only seem to have got as far as a pilot in Japan.

Here’s a proposal on how they can do it globally using Solana’s compressed NFTs & mobile stack for just $10k 🤯 

  1. Allow 150 million travelers to export their stays (1 billion cumulative) as compressed NFTs and issue a crypto token (let’s call it AirCoin – $AIR) against $$ spent on the service. 

  2. By default, these would be held within their in-app wallet but members should be free to take them elsewhere. 

  3. Any merchant can accept them as payment without even having to speak with or integrate with Airbnb. This sets the market price for these tokens and NFTs. 

Merchants are able to acquire new customers at an improved CAC, and Airbnb finds buyers for their reward tokens using an open market approach. 

To understand the size of the opportunity we just need to look at the fact that US airline loyalty programs (which are privately traded tokens) have a larger market cap than the airline companies themselves.

Why Solana? 

  1. It’s the only chain where they can issue a billion NFTs to 150 million people without needing another IPO. The estimated cost of issuing a billion NFTs with compression is $10K. This is orders of magnitude better than the estimated $33B on Ethereum or $32M on Polygon, more context here

  2. The mobile stack and Saga phone enable a consumer-grade experience by abstracting out the wallet. More on wallets as a feature here.


Product Mock-Ups

Here’s a proposal, with product mock-ups, showing how this would work.  

Set Up: In-App Wallet 

As a traveler, you opt-in to the marketplace by exporting your trips into an in-app self-custodial wallet.

  1. You earn AIR rewards based on $$ spent on completed stays

  2. You get a portable passport capturing your reputation as a traveler (trips, rating, etc), which any merchant can read (with your consent) and provide targeted offers and experiences.

Redemption Flow – Digital Products

You’ve got some AirCoins & Stay NFTs – now what? Let’s sort you out with some essentials from the rewards marketplace for your upcoming trip.

Buying an E-Sim

You just booked your Airbnb for Bali. 

Next up, you need an e-sim to keep you connected while you’re there. You browse the in-app marketplace which shows you curated and relevant products. 

Once you find the right product, you get redirected to their app/website and complete your purchase at a discounted price. 

Why would an e-sim provider offer a discount against AIRCoins? Because their alternatives are expensive search ads or rigid partnerships.

The CAC for e-sim operators is anywhere between $10-$30, for an avg. purchase size of $20-$50. This means they spend almost 50% on making a sale. 

I imagine they’d be open to this trade because it is likely to improve their CAC by providing highly qualified leads. 

Thousands of merchants facing these odds can compete in this marketplace just by accepting AIRCoins, without ever needing to speak with or sign a contract with Airbnb.

And, it is a win-win even if they just burn the tokens, because it sets the floor for AIRCoins and improves unit economics for the merchants. 

Booking a Cab

Let’s take another example of a similar purchase journey. 

You’re excited about your upcoming trip to Istanbul, thinking about strong coffee, Turkish baths, cats, and maybe the hacker house. You’re not too worried about getting around because you’ve heard there’s a local Uber (BiTaksi).

But, you’re not sure how reliable it is and whether your credit card will be accepted. You don’t want to be stuck with this problem at the airport. 

So, you fire up the Airbnb app to quickly check if there’s something to help you get started. And sure enough – BiTaksi is offering your first 2 trips for free.

Here’s how you claim it,

  1. Click on the offer, this redirects you to the app store.

  2. Download & launch the app

  3. Connect your wallet. This will automatically allow BiTaksi to verify that you hold the NFT required to unlock this offer. 

  4. Book your ride and zip off. 

There are 3 key ideas to unpack here, 

  1. The Airbnb and BiTaksi apps can both read your NFTs because they are connected to the Saga seed vault. 

  2. BiTaksi and Airbnb don’t need to speak with each other or sign any paper contracts because they’re using a shared computational platform. Airbnb can simply charge a listing or royalty fee on the sales in their marketplace. 

  3. Once you connect to BiTaksi, they can automatically read future updates from the NFTs that get added to your wallet; ideally using ZK tech which doesn’t reveal your exact trip information. 

The economic motivation for BiTaksi to do this is similar to our previous e-sim example, it reduces their cost of acquisition. Additionally, they could restrict these based on length of stay (e.g. more than a week) to ensure they can generate more paid bookings once they drive trials and build trust.

Interestingly this also re-prices intermediaries instead of trying to replace them entirely, i.e. BiTaksi does pay Airbnb a discovery fee the first time. But they won’t need to do it every time because they can directly message your “wallet”. Spam is a real problem that can and will be addressed within this new paradigm through crypto-native concepts like staking and slashing.

IRL Local Experiences – Restaurants, Gyms, Co-working, etc.

This isn’t just about buying stuff through an app. 

When you’ve reached your destination, you may want to dine at a specialty local restaurant, hit the gym, or visit a co-working space. 

Let’s see what that experience would look like.

Local Gyms

You can purchase an access pass, using AirCoins, for a local gym during your stay. This would be issued as an NFT allowing the gym to authorize access and track usage independently. Services like Underdog Protocol can enable this out of the box for traditional businesses.   

But why would a gym accept payment entirely in AirCoins?

Maybe it increases the likelihood of a conversion, or maybe they use a checkout solution like CandyPay which auto-magically settles all tokens in USDC, or they are happy to have exposure to AIR based on its liquidity and expected price action.

Different providers will have the freedom to make these trade-offs each day based on their CAC, expected conversion, and risk appetite.

Now, let’s look at a more intimate and involved local experience – accessing a “Chef’s Special” experience at a local restaurant. 

Chef’s Special @ a Local Restaurant

Local restaurants can list exclusive experiences only available to select travelers, e.g. some experiences could be available only to travelers above a certain rating or those who have booked an Airbnb Luxe. These can be paid for using AirCoins, crypto, or fiat payments. 

Once purchased members will receive their pass in a Dialect style smart messaging inbox within the Airbnb app. They are free to either list this on a secondary marketplace or make a reservation.

Merchant Experience

Now that we’ve seen what the experience looks like for travelers we’ll look at a few key experiences on the merchant side as well. 

Token Management

Merchants who are listed on the Airbnb marketplace are basically taking a position on AirCoins. As a result, the first tool they need is a place to manage that exposure.

Merchants should be able to,

  1. Track their balance across AirCoins, Crypto, and Fiat money

  2. Follow AirCoin issuance and redemption by its central bank – Airbnb.  

  3. Buy or Sell AirCoins on the open market

  4. Borrow from or lend to the larger DeFi and financial ecosystem 

  5. Burn AirCoins as part of marketing promos 

  6. View product sales across all marketplaces

Note, that the market price of AirCoin is different from both the issuance & redemption rate on Airbnb. 

Say,

  • You earn 5 AIR for 1$ spent on Airbnb

  • You redeem 1$ for 20 AIR while booking on Airbnb.

  • the market will likely price AIR somewhere between that (e.g. 1$ = 10 AIR).

This is basically the market sharing the cost of the rewards program in return for access to highly qualified leads.   

Today, this happens either through slow and rigid paper contracts signed by partnerships teams OR on Google/FB spends (soaking up 40% of all venture dollars).

Campaign Setup

Operationally, the most important activity is configuring these products for sale either using a tool provided by Airbnb or other app developers. 

This would allow merchants to specify a broad set of criteria represented by a combination of NFTs held and stay information. Because all of this happens on an open platform (i.e. a blockchain), these could be NFTs issued by that brand or others!

For e.g. a gym could issue a special pass to those who are

  • staying in an Airbnb Luxe for more than 4 nights, and above a certain rating

  • have averaged 10k Steps on StepN

  • own an ASICS Sunrise Red NFT

This level of direct & permissionless targeting just isn’t possible today.

Merchants aren’t even restricted to tools made by Airbnb, anyone can build products and utilities to enable the market operations needed because all the NFTs are on a public blockchain. This ensures that while these products can have a viable revenue model, none of them (including Airbnb) can monopolize the rewards marketplace. 

Here’s another example of a similar campaign creation workflow but powered by an independent operator, let’s call it Roamly.

A fast food joint in Istanbul can offer a special Cig Kofte coupon to anyone who’s in the city, is an NYC marathon finisher, and has attended Tomorrowland!


Key Trade-offs

This approach is a departure from the traditional platform playbook of monetizing a captive network. 

In fact, it requires Airbnb to open up its network and allow other merchants and companies to have a direct relationship with its own customers. 

This is not easy,

  1. Airbnb won’t be able to guarantee the quality of the products and services listed. While they might be able to curate their own marketplace, they definitely can’t do it on 3rd party ones. Ideally, we see local co-operatives emerge to protect this new-found revenue stream and enforce standards suitable to their region. 

  2. The purchase experience won’t be standardized because customers will be redirected to various 3rd party websites and apps. Just like with app stores, we can hope that a good feedback mechanism will help the best products emerge on top. 

  3. The toughest barrier to overcome, Airbnb will be giving up the opportunity to charge a 20-30% listing fee and will need to settle for likely something under 5%. 

  4. And finally, they will be slightly vulnerable to vampire attacks on their customer base from competing accommodation booking platforms. Although I think this is overestimated because most travelers are already registered across a range of services. 

We think spinning off the rewards program into an open economy instead of a platform allows Airbnb to provide the 11-star experience they aspire to while protecting their core asset (i.e. network of hosts and property listings). 


Disclaimers

This post is not financial or investment advice. It is meant for informational & educational purposes only. Please do your own research about risks and compliance before buying, investing/ or trading.

This is a creative product visualization from a community blog. While we’d love to help make this reality, we’re not officially associated with any of the apps, or businesses mentioned here.

Unlocking Duo Lingo’s Internal Economy with Solana Mobile

https://superteam.substack.com/p/duo-lingo-internal-economy

Crypto assets & payments embedded within smartphones will enable certain consumer apps to unlock an internal economy. 

Specifically, consumer apps with these 3 characteristics –   

  1. A niche but dense (often global) network of users

  2. A robust internal reputation system 

  3. Exchange of digital goods 

We think crypto will extend the market network thesis to these consumer apps. Think of apps like Chess.com, Strava, Duo Lingo, Replit, etc. They started off as tools for individuals – track your fitness or learn to code, play chess, speak a language, etc. But they’ve become social networks and communities around a shared interest. 

What they lack in scale compared to, say, Instagram, they retain in community. The millions of users on their platform have a baseline shared interest. 

But, the “platform” model doesn’t allow these users to self-organise beyond talking on a forum. It isn’t intuitive for them to work on shared projects, start companies, transact with each other, etc. 

This sets a glass ceiling on what they can produce together. 

The current generation of apps is a product of free and unrestricted information flow through smartphones. 

The next generation will be built on the capabilities unlocked by a combination of 

  1. Solana (a fast & cheap public blockchain) 

  2. Solana’s mobile stack & the Saga phone 

  3. Internet-native dollars (USDC) and assets (SOL, BTC). 

In this essay, we present a product spec – complete with mock-ups – to show how Duo Lingo can convert its strong community of users into a thriving economy. A world where users can learn from each other, complete gigs and earn $$, crowdfund courses, events, and more. 


Duo Lingo has tried and failed to incorporate community into its product. 

It is well recorded that Duo Lingo was able to blitz scale as a free learning app because thousands of volunteers contributed to creating its coursework. And while there is a thriving Duo Lingo community on Reddit, Discord, Twitch, etc multiple past attempts at incorporating community into the product have failed

This is a problem because language is inherently social. If there’s one thing you want to learn from another human – it’s how to speak with them. 


Duo Lingo Economy >> Platform

Apart from completing learning modules, you should be able to engage in 3 key interactions with other app users. 

  1. The biggest criticism of Duo Lingo is that it teaches you the words and sentences but not the essence of a language. Users should be able to learn from and practice with more proficient speakers. 

  2. Learning a new language is often a way to unlock better earning opportunities. Sponsors should be able to list gigs and tasks that become available to those who complete certain learning outcomes. 

  3. Emergent groups of users should be able to crowdfund learning journeys, testimonials, meet-ups, new courses, etc. 

This needs a dual token system,

  1. Native Token $DUO. 

    As a free user, you earn this token by completing targeted in-app tasks from sponsors like watching ads, filling out surveys, etc. You can then stake/pay this on forums to experts for their time and assistance. 

    Its value accrues from the advertiser/sponsor demand on the platform. A liquid, attention-based token is critical for the free-to-use part of the in-app economy (> 90% of users today).      

  2. USDC, BTC, SOL, etc

    Users & Sponsors should be free to trade with each other directly using stablecoins or crypto assets of their choice. This is critical for use cases where someone is willing to pay upfront for a particular learning experience, gig, etc. 


Product Mock-Ups

Let’s see our version of what this looks like on the Duo Lingo app. 

Set Up: In-App Wallet

Similar to the Reddit vault, customers can use this to hold and transact with their assets both within and outside Duo Lingo. With the Saga — the phone is your wallet, so this experience is as smooth as “login with Google”.

Better Learning: Get Unstuck

  1. Anybody who is struggling with a particular lesson should be able to stake $DUO and invoke help from an expert. 

  2. Other members struggling with a similar topic may join in and increase the pool signaling a higher reward for a qualified user who helps out. 

  3. Proficient speakers are incentivised to help out because they can earn DUO which unlocks earning opportunities within the app / is freely tradable for USDC.

Better Learning: Learn through Conversation

Practise speaking what you’ve just learned with a range of speakers using async voice notes.

Or, drop in serendipitously to chat groups and practise in the context of a topic you are passionate about.

Earn via Bounties & Gigs

  1. Duo Lingo can compete in the fast-growing $60bn language services market by opening up a Replit-style bounty marketplace.

  2. Verified users can earn DUO, USDC, BTC, etc from global sponsors with their in-app wallet as a bank account. 

Crowdfunding

Anyone can fund verified users who have demonstrated the ability & commitment to learn. This can help people pay for a better phone/internet, take time off work to learn better, etc.

Users can crowdfund courses and local events

  1. Events have been pivotal to scaling Duo Lingo as per their former head of community Laura Nestler. There are 1000+ events that users all over the world attend. These are mostly volunteer-led so tools which help them fund and distribute these events to verified users will be incredibly useful. 

  1. This provides the ability for users to vote with their wallet to help preserve languages they are passionate about or fund the creation of courses important to their local situation (e.g. Swedish for Syrian refugees)

Duo Lingo can source testimonials at scale from users who’ve completed certain learning outcomes. Today,  they do this through off-platform contracts and only pay a few members to make a handful of videos.

Instead, any user who completes a certain level should be able to submit a video testimonial & be paid automatically based on the number of views, sign-ups etc their video drives within the app.


Why does this need Crypto & Solana Mobile?

Neither of the two alternatives is good enough, 

  1. Conventional in-app reward tokens which aren’t freely tradeable like crypto, need extensive biz dev to make them useful. They also suffer from a lack of trust because their supply and price are manipulated entirely by the platform acting as a central bank. 

  2. Fintech isn’t cross-border by default, only serves customers who are banked and the product experience for receiving money is basically non-existent.   

Crypto allows for financial incentives and p2p transactions to be built-into product design through concepts like staking, NFT-gating, etc. Smart contracts and digital escrows provide trust by reducing the need for intervention in the economy, a choice currently unavailable to platforms. 

Solana has made all trade-offs to prioritise user experience and adoption. It is fast & cheap which reduces the cost of experimentation. It is by far the product leader in mobile UX with SMS & Saga


A fork in the road

Duo Lingo seems to be increasingly moving away from its community-centric heritage & DNA. 

After shuttering various failed attempts like forums and clubs, they’ve closed their volunteer program. They’ve launched an AI-powered subscription tier that allows you to roleplay conversation scenarios and get help on modules from a GPT-4esque chatbot. The biggest mistake Duo Lingo could make is to double down as a “platform” –  which thinks of tutors, course creators, and community members as middlemen it can replace with processes, employees & AI. 

The risk with shrinking your community to your employees is that they rarely match the passion, speed, or skill of an internet-native, emergent global community. This is why most platforms after achieving scale can only innovate through acquisitions. This also results in the best creators and contributors exiting to more favourable alternatives or competing with you – which initiates a downward death spiral for any platform.   

We believe that apps like Duo Lingo should unlock their next level of growth by pioneering an internal economy. It won’t be easy — what’s the right product experience? Is there sufficient liquidity to match learners and tutors?  Is there sufficient crypto adoption/regulation to expose these assets to users? These are just some of the questions to address. 

However, the cost of not trying is way too high. A vibrant community is the most scarce and hard-to-copy asset. Duo Lingo has probably nurtured their community more than any other platform – giving up too early could be a fatal mistake.


Disclaimer: This post is not financial or investment advice. It is meant for informational & educational purposes only. Please do your own research about risks and compliance before buying, investing/ or trading.

This is a creative product visualization from a community blog. While we’d love to help make this reality, we’re not officially associated with any of the apps, or businesses mentioned here.

    

Superteam India Update : March 2023

https://superteam.substack.com/p/superteam-india-update-march-2023

What is Superteam?

Superteam is a network of individuals and companies building products in the Solana ecosystem. Simply put, it is a gated Discord server for those who satisfy the membership criteria. There’s no treasury, take-rate/commissions, or token sale. From its inception, Superteam has chosen to be a collective of sovereigns over a sovereign collective. All members may participate as much or as little as they wish, including the core team. Any revenue generated is captured by the individual members or teams that self-organise and win a bounty, and secure a grant or venture funding for their ideas. The community is the product. And members have exclusive access to the product.

Superteam is currently live in IndiaVietnamTurkeyGermany & Mexico.


Key Metric

$1.5 Million in Community GDP 📈

Up from $1.3 Million last month. This is the North star metric for Superteam. It represents the value created for & by community members who found earning opportunities through Superteam.

Driving this number is a community of 165 members & 200+ contributors. A growing talent network with 2500+ registered people looking for opportunities in web3. And 50+ partner projects who’ve tapped into this talent pool.

A special shoutout to the rainmakers of the month (i.e., members who have brought in earning opportunities to the community) EzgiTamarAnhArihant, AbbasKashAkshay BDDavid Taylor, Magio, Tushar, Anoushk & Neil Shroff.


Shipping 🚢

Gum

A decentralized social media protocol on Solana by the Wordcel team. Using Gum, developers can let users bring their existing social stack into their apps and build native experiences on top of it.

The team has been fast in shipping UI components for React Native and has a YouTube channel for helping developers with guides, tutorials, and explainers. Along with that, the team is burning the midnight oil to launch session keys soon!

If you’re looking to build social apps on Solana, here’s an idea you can start with. Get help with infrastructure, intros, distribution, etc from Mert.

CandyPay 🍭

Last month, the team publicly launched CandyPay checkout and payment links. A one-click, low-code payment solution to start accepting payments on Solana.

They onboarded quite a few new customers in March, here are a few –

  1. Hello Moon: A seamless experience to purchase developer tools in SPL tokens

  2. Trader M8: The First Community-Run Market Analysis Tool.

  3. Triton, an RPC Node Provider.

  4. Samoyedcoin & Solana foundation to power payments at HCMC Solana HackerHouse.

The Grizzlython 🐻

Grizzlython was a month-long hackathon by the Solana Foundation partnering with multiple projects in the Solana ecosystem. The hackathon commenced on March 14th with 10,000 participants from 80 nations with a total of 800 submissions.

56% of all submissions were from Superteams across the world. To help you navigate submissions – here’s a repository of projects from all the Superteams.

Tinydancer 💃

Tinydancer is a light client for Solana which ensures the security of the network in case there is a supermajority attack.

Here’s a powerful vision statement from their whitepaper – “Anyone should be able to spin up a diet client on a mobile device and verify the validity of their transaction and state without requiring a full node or having to trust the supermajority.”

The team has open-sourced the Project along with providing a deeper understanding of how things work with the docs. The team has big plans moving forward and has released a roadmap too. If you are a dev and want to get involved, feel free to raise a PR here.

Little Unusual 🎬

Little Unusual is a production house that spun out of Superteam. As the name suggests, they take usual or mundane content and turn it into an extraordinary and most beautiful experience. The team has shipped multiple videos in the last month for Dialect, Frakt, and Tinydancer. They also released a rewind video for all things the team shipped in 2022.

Cubik

Cubik is a decentralized funding tool on Solana that enables organizations to conduct fair quadratic funding rounds while also providing robust Sybil resistance.

The team, after winning a barrage of prizes at the Sandstorm hackathon, is now preparing for a launch in April with revamped UX, design, and overall security.

SeaSurf 🌊

Seasurf is a simple Solana Block Explorer, which would help to track and analyze different transactions in one place.

The team implemented a transaction explorer and an account explorer that would help users navigate and read transactions easily. Along with this, the team is incorporating a bunch of new features that are [redacted]. Stay tuned!


Earning

Bounties 💰

We continued to work with some of the most exciting Solana projects to complete bounties.

  1. Founding Titan won the Developer Portal Deep Dive bounty.

  2. Ashraf won the xNFT game bounty.

  3. Grahil won the Little Unusual thread bounty.

Instagrants ⚡

Equity-free grants to support builders across the Solana ecosystem. Applications take less than 15 minutes, approval decisions come within 48 hours. Anyone can apply here.

Issued Grants:

  1. Solfaucet
    Solfaucet is a Mainnet Sol faucet to fund users with gas fees and help them start their Solana journey.
    Won by: Vampo

  2. Freezo.io
    Freezo.io is a Blockchain timestamp as a service for enterprises to manage their IP.
    Won by: Pandatechie

  3. Automate NFT minting
    A tool to mint a Solana NFT to a wallet when a user fills out an Airtable form.
    Won by: Divya Ranjan

  4. Synap
    Synap is building a socially accountable credit rating system on Solana.
    Won by: Ujjawal

  5. Supertable
    Supertable is an enhanced version of Airtable that allows you to connect custom domains, customize UI, and wallet-gate form responses.
    Won by: SoulNinja

  6. Helius Python SDK
    A Python SDK for Helius clients to interact with data on Solana.
    Won by: Mayur

  7. Solex
    Solex is a CLI/learning tool that allows developers on Solana to improve their skills by practicing and solving bite-sized exercises.
    Won by: 0xMukesh and Sahil

  8. ReFi Graph
    Refi Knowledge graph is a project that is working to map the interoperability and composability of new ReFi assets and protocols, as well as the regenerative finance projects that are building on Solana.
    Won by: Madhav

Shipped

  1. Hubble Videos
    Hubble Protocol sponsored a mission for an expert Video Producer to create multiple video tutorials that are sleek and professional looking for maximum shareability in the ecosystem.
    Won by: Tushar Sinha


Learning 📚

On the Podcast

The team discussed the SVB situation, and we got a little story time with Kash 🙇‍♂️

From the Blog

Scribloor and Yash B explored "Where there’s a phone, there’s a job—and what that means for smartphone distribution and global gig marketplaces.


Celebrating Members 🚀

  1. Anoushk made a contribution to Solana Cookbook.

  2. Gajesh, Bolt, and Kunal got featured in “Here come the Zoomers” by The Information.

  3. Ujjwal hosts a workshop at Greenpill Festival.

  4. Bolt wins the XP race for February 2023.

  5. Shek used ChatGPT to create a spreadsheet view of Grizzlython submissions.

  6. Kash officially launches “Story time with Kash” on YouTube.

  7. Yash A publishes a thread on earning global wages from an exotic remote location.

Highlights of the Month 🥳

How Vietnam’s MoMo wallet can double its revenue using USDC

https://superteam.substack.com/p/momo-wallet-usdc-product-mockups

This essay contains a full product mock-up which is best viewed on a desktop browser. Please click here or on the title to open this essay in a new tab.

Read Online (Recommended)


This essay is structured into 4 parts,

  1. First, we show that Vietnam’s MoMo wallet is struggling to move its large user base beyond low-margin payment services.

  2. Then, we argue that they should become the primary bank account for stablecoin-led products like global payroll, remittances, and tourist spending.

  3. And, we present product mock-ups to illustrate what these products and services would look like within the MoMo app.

  4. Finally, we estimate the revenue that MoMo can generate from each of the proposed product lines.


Introduction

MoMo has quickly become a superapp offering a vast range of services including shopping, investing, remittances, lending, etc. However, over 75% of its users only use MoMo to make payments to friends or merchants and to pay their phone bills.  

The behaviour is universal to all closed wallet systems, let’s call it the minimum necessary top-up. You only add as little as you need, when you need it. For high-value transactions, people use bank transfers or credit cards. 

It isn’t because people don’t trust MoMo – in fact, a recent survey showed it is the most trusted fintech product even when compared with banks. The reason people don’t maintain a balance in their wallet is likely,

  1. Power of defaults: your paycheck hits your bank account – and it stays there.

  2. Product design: it is free & instant to add money to your wallet, but costs money and takes time to withdraw it. 

Why is this a problem? 

Well, because MoMo is stuck with a large user base, but one it can’t monetise effectively through value-added services. And there isn’t a lot of money to be made from just payments

MoMo aspires to go public in 2025, and the last time a loss-making digital wallet went public it didn’t go so well

Instead of just getting some trickle down from the legacy system, it should also use stablecoins to become the primary bank account for a new set of use cases and customers.


The Fintech Stablecoin Playbook

There are 3 key features that fintech apps need to provide to build a successful stablecoin consumer finance ecosystem. 

  1. Accept stablecoin deposits

    1. Remittances: Vietnam receives ~$18bn in annual remittances and customers will be drawn by significantly lower fees creating natural demand for this product.  

    2. Payroll for Digital nomads: Vietnam ranks #5 as the preferred country for digital nomads, hosting ~700k annually. MoMo can be a superior alternative to short-term local banking options.    

    3. Forex card for tourists: Many local shops, cafes, etc don’t accept cards but they do accept MoMo. Tourists would be delighted to top-up some USDC into their MoMo wallet & spend it across the vast merchant network.

  1. Spend in-app & across the existing merchant network

    For people to want to keep USDC within your app, they need to be able to use it. MoMo can solve the cold-start problem by abstracting out off-ramping for customers and merchants, i.e. customer spends in USDC (stablecoin) but the merchant receives VND (local fiat)

  2. Save & Invest 

    Allow saving and investing across a range of existing products (gold, ETFs, stocks, T-Bills, etc) and new products (DeFi)


Product Mock-Ups

Let’s see what this looks like on the MoMo superapp.

Accepting Stablecoin Deposits – Remittances

  1. MoMo already allows you to receive a remittance through certain partner services. All they need to do is add USDC as one of the partners. 

  2. Vietnamese people from all over the world can use KYC’d services like Coinbase to send remittances at a fraction of the existing cost. 

  3. The default withdrawal option for remitted USDC is as VND into your MoMo wallet.

  4. You could withdraw into your bank account but that would attract a fee and incur a delay. Most customers won’t do this. 

Accepting Stablecoin Deposits – Digital Nomads Payroll

Digital nomads should be able to live and work anywhere they please without having to obtain local banking support in every country they go to.

Here’s the ideal digital nomad payroll product flow within MoMo

  1.  You sign up for a MoMo wallet & KYC with your passport 

  2. Connect your employer’s payroll system from within the MoMo wallet app. 

  3. Submit your details and wait for the employer’s confirmation

  4. Receive a weekly/fortnightly/monthly paycheck within the app.

Accepting Stablecoin Deposits – Forex Card for Tourists

  1. As a tourist, you register with a local number and KYC with your passport. 

  2. You can add USDC (up to reasonable limits) to your MoMo wallet by purchasing it with your debit/credit card or importing it from an existing crypto wallet. 

Spending via Stablecoins

MoMo customers should be able to spend their USDC (directly or indirectly) either via the in-app marketplace or across the merchant network.

The key here is that this should, at least in the short term, be transparent to merchants. That is to say, MoMo should provide liquidity for the USDC-VND token pair which allows customers to pay in USDC but settles with Merchants in VND.

Saving & Investing Stablecoins

MoMo already offers a range of investment services, this includes buying gold, equities, debt, and lending. Allowing USDC deposits to seamlessly plugin is an obvious but important product feature.

Not only are these valuable services for customers but a highly profitable source of revenue for MoMo. Coinbase recently reported that 10% of their revenue was from the yield on T-Bills against the USDC they held. MoMo should easily be able to negotiate similar arrangements with Circle given their massive user base and scale.  


Opportunity Sizing

TL;DR – We estimate that MoMo can generate an additional ~$170mn+ in high-margin revenue through stablecoin-led consumer finance products. Their current total revenue is ~$250mn — i.e. this is a significant opportunity.

Remittances

Vietnam receives around $18bn in remittances annually. To estimate the income MoMo wallet can generate by offering USDC remittances we make the following assumptions,

  1. They achieve a 10% market share by offering the service at cost. 

  2. Half of the remittances received are saved via the MoMo app. This allows MoMo to generate a 4.4% interest spread – at par with banks. 

  3. On the balance, they can generate income from merchant and withdrawal fees using the existing pricing structures. 

Based on this, we estimate that MoMo can generate an additional $50m in revenue.  

Digital Nomad Payroll

Vietnam ranks #5 as the preferred country for digital nomads. To estimate the income MoMo wallet can generate by offering USDC payroll services to digital nomads we make the following assumptions,

  1. On avg, 2% of the 35 million reported digital nomads are in Vietnam for the year. And they generate a median income of $40k. 

  2. MoMo can capture 10% of this market with their payroll service

  3. 50-20-30 split of savings, local spending, and outward remittances. 

Based on this, we estimate an additional $55mn in revenue.

Tourist Spending

It is reported that ~1 million tourists visit Vietnam annually. To estimate the income MoMo wallet can generate by offering a USDC forex card to tourists we make the following assumptions,

  1. Tourists would typically spend $100 over a 3-5 day holiday via the MoMo app.

  2. MoMo will capture 50% of the market because of its popularity, convenience and distribution. 

  3. MoMo will continue to charge merchants a ~2% fee on payments. 

Based on this we estimate an additional $1mn in revenue for MoMo. 

While this doesn’t feel like a lot compared to remittances and payroll, we think it is an important product to give potential customers and merchants a taste of the USDC ecosystem. 

Interest on Balances

MoMo needs to provide liquidity for the USDC-VND token pair. This is critical to provide a seamless experience to customers and merchants by abstracting out the off-ramping process. 

We estimate MoMo can generate an additional 64 million dollars in interest income.

Total Estimated Revenue Growth

This brings us to an estimate of ~$170mn in revenue growth on a current base of $250mn. 


Conclusion

Despite being the most popular and trusted apps, wallets in Vietnam account for $10bn in money transfers whereas the banking system does $250bn. This is holding fintechs back from providing new-age financial services and achieving profitability at scale. 

Stablecoins unlock new use cases which are currently underserved by the existing financial system.

Yes, crypto is a regulatory grey area and while we can’t provide legal advice, we think regulators in general should be supportive of any products which increase the net inflow of dollars to a country. 

Fintechs that are able to solve the cold start problem and seed a stablecoin-led ecosystem within their app stand the best shot to emerge as the consumer financial institutions of the future.


Many thanks to Kelly Anh & Quang Nguyen from SuperteamVN for participating in research interviews which provided us with insights into the MoMo superapp.

Thanks to Akshay BD & Anna from their feedback on drafts of this essay.

The Saga is for Producers, Not Users

https://superteam.substack.com/p/the-saga-is-for-producers-not-users

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New technology often starts off as a toy for the rich before reaching the masses, but when the technology being advanced is money itself the opposite is likely.

Crypto enables dollars to move at the speed of the internet, and thus crypto products are likely to find product-market-fit first with those most capable & willing to earn dollars – globally. 

If crypto is to achieve its promised potential, it must crack mobile distribution and experiences. And the way to do that is to distribute a crypto phone based on the potential income a producer can generate with it v. monetising a consumer’s spend.

Why Mobile? 

Because it has the pole position as the consumer electronics device of choice. Most people experience the internet only through a smartphone.

1. There are more smartphones in use than all other devices combined 

2. Those phones are way more likely to be connected to the internet

3. There are more developers building apps for smartphones 

In this essay we will analyse the specific playbook that led to the current ubiquity of mobile apps today. And present a new version which we think will drive the adoption of crypto smartphones over the next 3-5 years.


Web2: Fat Application Thesis

So far, platforms have treated user attention as a leading metric to revenue.

As a result, every layer of the smartphone stack — hardware, connectivity and apps — was either subsidised or given away to maximise user attention captured within platforms.

This has fundamentally shaped the economics of the mobile business. Value is accrued & captured at the application layer, squeezing the margins out of every other player.

This is validated by a McKinsey report showing that telco share of mobile market cap reduced to 22% in 2019 from 54% in 2014. And this article which reported that Apple & Samsung sell roughly the same number of phones, but Apple generates twice as much in profit because of its higher margin software services.

And as you’d imagine, the empire will strike back. Or at least try to.

Emerging headwinds to the Fat Application layer:

  1. Telco operators calling for VoIP communication apps, streaming apps , etc to chip in more towards building at the infra layer. Jio, the biggest & most ambitious, has set out with the explicit intention of dominating the application layer with their consumer products.

  2. To compound this further, the active user lead approach isn’t scaling globally and is being challenged locally (in the US). Global ARPUs are not anywhere close to those in North America, making international expansion less lucrative.

  3. An increased focus on privacy in the US is a threat to their ads business. Apple’s move to make cross-app tracking default opt-out & google’s plan to deprecate cookies are early indicators of this. 

Direct User Monetisation

While Meta is betting on building the next hardware platform (Oculus, etc), Google is forced to increase monetisation of their existing customers through subscriptions. 

This can be observed in the recent push on services like YouTube premium, charging for google drive storage, google play pass, etc. While these services are still new, they’re growing rapidly. YouTube premium has grown from 1.5 mn subscribers in 2015 to 80mn subscribers last year. Google One was the top grossing app on the play store with a billion dollars in revenue. 

For the first time in a decade, these Google products have maximum revenue and users from within the US.

Was “Next Billion Users” a zero interest rate meme? 

Do the Next billion dollars really matter? Will apps give up a focus on growth (DAUs) for revenue (ARPU)?

Crypto presents an alternate paradigm for continuing the growth of smartphones and all the benefits they provide. In the next section we’ll talk about why distributing crypto-enabled phones based on their income potential is a robust alternative to the limitations of the attention based model.  


Crypto Networks: For Producers, Not Users

Blockchains like Solana enable money to move at the speed of the internet. The ability to receive $1 using only a phone & an internet connection unlocks a new paradigm for smartphone distribution: earning bundles

We think crypto phones will be distributed based on the the earning potential of a producer, rather than the spending potential of the user.

You don’t need an H1B Visa anymore, because you now have the TCP/IP Visa

The ability to program money natively into software applications and transact just using a smartphone will unlock a new paradigm of global work that was previously non-existent.

There are two key unlocks of a crypto phone:

  1. Your phone as a bank account

  2. A native “app store” for work: The Gig Exchange

Your phone as a bank account

Stablecoins like USDC on crypto rails provide the best of both accessibility and features. 

The USDC used by financial institutions in the US is exactly the same as that used by a taxi driver in Brazil. This means that if you earn even a little USDC, anywhere in the world, you benefit from rich ecosystem effects and get access to a full suite of saving, investing, spending and borrowing products. This is a powerful ecosystem effect.

The beauty of technology is that it levels the playing field. Just like Uber works equally well for a CEO or an intern, stablecoins and crypto networks will connect a wide range of market participants to the global financial systems.

“Ok, but what about Fintech?”

Today, sending money over a phone is a magic trick orchestrated by apps, banks and service providers. The actual balances are still maintained and settled on legacy banking systems. Today’s fintech solutions therefore best serve customers like you and me – who are already banked.

 This paper on digital payments in LatAm presents evidence to validate our claim. The depth of financial services used is directly correlated with your current level of affluence.

  1. India’s JAM accounts did speedrun banking coverage from 40% to 80% within a few years but continue to suffer from lack of usage and surrounding services. This is largely because the traditional banking system is not designed for low volume and high value transactions. Slapping a mobile front-end on top of it can only take us this far. 

  2. Mobile Money networks in Africa have emerged to fill in the vacuum of a missing banking system. This is a digital currency issued by telecom operators against talk-time minutes, tradable across a range of merchants and p2p. 

    They’ve made progress in both increasing coverage & volume. But it has been restricted to vanilla use cases like sending and receiving payments.

The image below is a hard-hitting summary of this problem. It is difficult to build inclusion or coverage for people without an income. Crypto phones flip the script by unlocking access to an income, which then makes these customers viable to service. This is likely to increase both the number of people who can access services, but also the quality of services they receive. 

Mobile money is more accessible but less programmable than banking & fintech. The burden is on telecom operators to play the BD and product development role. To connect mobile money to traditional finance, merchant acceptance, etc. This approach hasn’t scaled over the last decade. 

App Store to Gig Exchange

The second paradigm shift is a new type of software focused on the flow of value, not just information. 

Today, every smartphone comes equipped with an app store or a play store,

  1. Any developer can publish an app near instantly;

  2. Browse and download from millions of apps, sorted by popularity & rating;

  3. One-click experience to pay for using an app

However, if you want to receive money on a smartphone, you need to sign up with a platform on many systems outside the phone to connect your bank account, complete KYC, etc. 

The impact of the friction is evident in the fact that your outflows are optimised via saved payment methods, recurring charges etc; and inflows are …. well, non-existent.

The ability to send & receive money natively using only your phone will usher in entirely new product design possibilities. We’ll explore the impact on consumer software in a subsequent essay, for now let’s look at the impact on gig work.  

Gig platforms of today become the choke point for all value that flows through them. They are incentivised to keep gig workers off the marketplace by designing incentives that maximise the share of their work that they can capture. They can unilaterally block or remove participants from gigs and are the first recipients of all value created. The gig workers reputation is also captured within a single platform and not portable across a range of employers.

This friction has prevented an app-store like paradigm for gig work and micro-tasking that appeals across a vast income range.

Once the phone becomes your bank, we expect that gig work and micro-tasks will operate in a marketplace that resembles the app store, 

  1. Anyone can publish gigs and micro-tasks to a marketplace

  2. One-click to receive payments on completing a gig

  3. Two-way reputation and talent matching system 

Let’s visualise what this could look like through a series of product mock-ups.

1. Onboarding

Three steps to start earning,

  • connect to your phone’s native wallet with your thumbprint

  • complete some basic KYC & payout terms

  • specify your interests and availability

2. Find gigs tailored for you

A curated feed that shows gigs,

  • similar to those you completed previously or from past sponsors

  • published by or popular with your connections

  • over a certain $ value or newly published

3. If possible, one-click to instantly download the gig onto your phone

Some gigs may require extra verification (e.g. drivers license) or a skill test/application – those mechanics will be built in over iterations. However, many could allow you to instantly download the gig app (which shares the same wallet) to get started. For e.g. crowdsourcing data for climate monitoring.

4. Or, Join a squad to complete a larger project

In some cases, a large piece of work is being published to this marketplace. One that requires a team of people with varied skills. A good example of this is global expansion of a product that works in a home market, or hosting physical hubs for global communities and events.

A useful way to think about this is as the productised version of finding a new markets launch team. Instead of doing it sequentially or pre-selecting markets – you can flash a bat signal and watch small, high agency teams emerge across the world.

Each mission would specify the total prize pool available, key milestones and success criteria and payout % per skill type, etc. In some cases this can be complemented with a light touch interview at the end of the application process. In other cases, multiple teams may just begin working and compete for a bounty.

5. Your earnings and reputation are built around an open marketplace, not a closed platform

The power of earning a global, internet native money (whether stablecoins, CBDCs or BTC/ETH/SOL etc) is that you benefit from the ecosystem effect. As adoption grows the suite of services, products and merchants available will grow exponentially faster than traditional systems or closed platform products.

The reputation you build will be accessible to sponsors across the open marketplace, secured by a combination of on-chain and off-chain products. This improves matching efficiency as the number of gigs increase.


The Way Forward: Earning Bundles

In summary, we’ve discussed three key elements in this essay,

  1. Crypto phones will find PMF first with producers, not users. 

  2. The ability to send and receive money using only a smartphone will deepen global labour markets by allowing more people to participate & reducing the minimum transaction cost. 

  3. Stablecoins & other crypto-native tokens will increase the depth of financial services accessible because of their ecosystem effect.

Once employers see the $$ value of the work being unlocked at pilot scale, they will invest in accelerating the process. 

Just like Meta & Google invested in making smartphones and the internet more accessible because it would drive value back to their core business lines, we think employers will invest in putting crypto phones in the hands of producers participating in an open marketplace of global gig work.

If you think about it, most platforms (like Uber, Zomato, Doordash) help their delivery/driver partners acquire phones, cars, etc needed to get work done on their platform.

This is a transition from a platform-linked gig experience to a marketplace led one. And it is made possible because of a new payment system that is software-native & global.

By no means are we saying that an independent payment system is alone sufficient to achieve this. Other challenges like KYC, reputation systems and talent matching need to be addressed. Just like platforms solved to achieve global scale, we think that they can be solved in the context of a marketplace once sufficient demand and supply is generated.


Request for Proposal

If you’d like to build this version of the future, we (Superteam & Solana foundation) are here to help you.

Here are 2 fundable RFPs you can apply for,

1. Backpack for earning, an xNFT enabled earning superapp.

The xNFT protocol & Backpack wallet show how one can build a crypto app ecosystem. It delivers great UX by abstracting out the wallet & blockchain interactions from individual apps to Backpack. And the xNFT protocol allows anyone to publish their apps without needing to be approved or straightjacketed.

Today, the Backpack wallet is a browser extension and the home to a range of xNFTs including casual games, NFT communities & marketplaces, DeFi apps, etc.

We think an Earning Superapp built on the xNFT protocol is a powerful product to accelerate the growth of earning bundles.

Ideally,

  1. this is built as an android app which can easily be side-loaded on any existing $100-$200 dollar phone

  2. it contains a wallet which is shared across all the xNFTs published to it

  3. it pilots a reputation & KYC system that combines the best of web2 (national ID, drivers license, bank details) and crypto concepts

  4. it is bootstrapped with a few types of xNFTs by potential sponsors

We’d recommend you apply for a $5,000 – $10,000 grant depending on the scope of work. You can always apply for bridge funding for new scope or unexpected situations once there is completed work on the table.

2. Build & Pilot “Gigster” for Saga

Convert the product mockups we shared earlier in the essay into reality. Build the Gigster app on Saga.

If you’re a talented team of developers interested in doing this, you’ll get all the product and design help you need to build this public good.

We’d recommend you apply for a $5,000 – $10,000 grant depending on the scope of work. You can always apply for bridge funding for new scope or unexpected situations once there is completed work on the table.


Many thanks to Yash B for designing the product mock-ups and images. And to Akshay BD for feedback on various drafts of this essay.