Web3, DLT & Blockchain

Metaverse DAO – Let's build the future
Metaversedao.app
Garrett Pepper

MetaverseDAO is a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) that creates value through "yield-farming" across different networks. This site is not a metaverse but a financial organization that uses its profits to build VR/AR gaming. Using blockchain technology, the user's who have invested in this process collectively vote and authorize projects.

Square Inc. changes name of parent company to Block | ZDNet
ZDNet
MJ Petroni

Jack Dorsey (the founder of Twitter and Square) recently rebranded Square to 'block,' in a move intended to reflect the company's 'all-in' approach to DeFi, Web3 and Crypto.

How it works: Blockchain explained in 500 words | ZDNet
ZDNet
MJ Petroni

ZDNet attempts to summarize blockchain in 500 words. The difficulty of grasping the mental models underlying blockchain seems to be one of its biggest barriers to broader adoption (and effective regulation).

Report: $2.2 billion in cryptocurrency stolen from DeFi platforms in 2021 | ZDNet
ZDNet
MJ Petroni

$14 billion was sent to illicit addresses in 2021, and 2.2 billion was stolen from DeFi protocols. Read more to find out how fraudulent exchanges and inconsistent cybersecurity fluency contributed to those sums.

Banking on Blockchain: A Value Analysis for Investment Banks
Accenture
MJ Petroni

A mainstream consulting firm's take on the benefits of banking on blockchain/DLT. The guide maps how disruptive DLT will be to various elements of an investment bank. While published several years ago, the core framework is a good catalyst for conversation.

Data Marketplaces: The Holy Grail of our Information Age | by Jeremiah Smith, PhD | Towards Data Science
Towards Data Science
MJ Petroni

This guide unpacks the dynamics of data marketplaces from the angle of data scientists, comparing and contrasting new models for individual and collective data ownership that leverage blockchain security and smart contracts.

NFTs, explained: what they are, and why they’re suddenly worth millions - The Verge
The Verge
MJ Petroni

Jump into the world of NFTs – What they are, how Blockchain enables and creates their value (as well as hype), and see how they exist as harbingers of the next evolution of the internet.

Acura Integra NFT
Acuraverse.com
Garrett Pepper

Acura is the first automaker to open a digital showroom in the metaverse. This digital showroom offers a look at the company's newest model coupled with a limited edition NFT and digital clothing line by artist Andreas Wannerstedt. Acura is differentiating itself from other competitors by meeting customers in virtual worlds.

The Metaverse and Crypto | The Motley Fool
The Motley Fool
Garrett Pepper
article author

In an open and immersive virtual world, data, currencies, and transactions are core aspects of a digitally native experience. Use this article to get to know how these ideas are entangled with the economic fabric of virtual reality.

The Sandbox Game — User-Generated Crypto & Blockchain Games
Sandbox.game
Garrett Pepper

The Sandbox is a metaverse that was initially a mobile phone game and has pivoted to become a decentralized immersive 3D world-builder. It has over two million users. To join in, you will need a cryptocurrency wallet that enables you to buy and sell NFTs on its marketplace, backed by the Ethereum blockchain. A unique aspect of The Sandbox is the ability to buy, sell and rent out virtual land, sometimes for a profit.

Why should we care about cryptocurrency? The business case for taking a closer look | ZDNet
ZDNet
MJ Petroni

Understand why big businesses are paying attention to crypto, and what they're using it for so far.

What is DeFi? Everything you need to know about the future of decentralized finance | ZDNet
ZDNet
MJ Petroni

A general-audience take on Decentralized Finance and why it matters.

Markus Mutz: How supply chain transparency can help the planet | TED Talk
TED
MJ Petroni

Using tech, we can create transparency in supply chains in a way which promotes more conscious capitalism by verifying, tracing and sharing claims of companies. By combining this with recommendation engines, it could make it easier for consumers large and small to make better decisions. While not covered explicitly in this video, related work on blockchain authentication/proofs for supply chains can make this possible at lower cost and higher levels of trust.

Switzerland tests digital currency payments with top investment banks | Reuters
Reuters
MJ Petroni

See how top banks have managed a massive exchange without an intermediary—reducing settlement time by using a zero-trust/full-trust approach.

IBM Launches Blockchain Food Tracking Network, Joined by Retail Giant Carrefour
Albert Heijn, Holland’s largest supermarket chain, has revealed it is using blockchain for its own-brand “sustainable” orange juice’s supply chain.
Cointelegraph
Jessica Long

One way co-creation and shared purpose can show up between brands and customers is through supply chain transparency. It's interesting to see how blockchain can make it possible to offer supply chain information directly to the customer as they shop, with very little friction. We're curious to see how this data-driven conversation between brands and customers evolves, and excited to see the customer-to-farmer tip option facilitated by this tech!