Another week down, 2 to go. Welcome to the non-technical recap, full of articles, webinars, and non-coding growth. This week was a lot less stressful than the previous, thus I was able to focus on growth initiatives and not have to balance everything else that was demanding my time and energy.
I'm feeling very confident in my skills and the experience I've built up and am looking forward to the job-hunting process that is about to begin. I've got a game plan figured out; balancing my time between practicing algorithms, applying for jobs, networking, and working on projects for the portfolio. I've listened to the many others who have taken the boot camp route and I know to expect this to be a difficult process but the goal is worth the efforts.
If the non-technical stuff isn't your speed, check out the technical recap here.
<usual_enterance> If you're new here I'm creating this blog series as I go from coding newbie to working in web3. I'm creating this to reflect on the technical and non-technical growth and to leave it behind for others who might be interested in how they can follow a similar path. </usual_enterance>
In this week's non-technical recap:
- Daily Articles, focused on DAOs
- a16z NFT Canon readings
- Chainlink Spring Hackathon status
- Job Search Prep
- What's Next?
This brings an end to the DAO bi-week.
I tweet every day about at least one web3 article, here are the biggest takeaways from those articles this week:
- Free agent economy like that of Hollywood could dominate the blockchain space
- Strength and size of the community determines the value capture of a crypto
- Still exist hurdles for the blockchain space before the firm can die
- Multiparty computation is one path to running a corporation via artificial intelligence
- Cryptonetworks are pioneering a new form of cooperative capitalism
- Cooperative relations impact institutions by cutting across jurisdictions
- DAOs are loosely organized, grassrooted, transparent, open, and fully global
And you can find my sources here:
- The Blockchain Man
- On Cryptocurrency Communities
- The Slow Death of the Firm
- BOOTSTRAPPING A DECENTRALIZED AUTONOMOUS CORPORATION
- Past, Present, Future: From Co-ops to Cryptonetworks
- A Prehistory of DAOs
- A beginner’s guide to DAOs
a16z NFT Canon
Articles are grouped by categories, found in bold below, and articles that I found within articles are identified with indentation.
The Big Picture
All the others from this list were previously covered during the NFT bi-week
- Life is Non-fungible: The Evolution of Ownership, Assets, and Us | Roham Gharegozlou | TEDxVienna
- Crypto Fundamentals and NFTs
Beginners Guides, FAQs, and Explainers
A lot of very basic information, started to feel repeatitive, but those last two links should be followed.
- A beginner’s guide to NFTs
- All about NFTs
- The Furry Lisa, CryptoArt, & The New Economy Of Digital Creativity
- Demystifying NFTs (twitter thread)
- Trends #0050 — Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
- What Critics Don’t Understand About NFTs
- Katie Haun on the Dark Web, Gangs, Investigating Bitcoin, and The New Magic of “Nifties”
- NFTs - SNL
Building Blocks & Technical Foundations
Small section, some I’ve read before. The 721 articles were valuable.
- Do You Really* Own Your NFT? Chances Are, You Don’t
- EIP-721: Non-Fungible Token Standard
- Nontechnical: What is ERC-721?
Arts, Music, Gaming, Other Applications… and Creator Stories
A vast majority of the stories and articles I read are from programmers or entrepreneurs so it was refreshing to listen and read from energetic creators.
- The Creator Economy — NFTs and Beyond
- HOW I GOT INTO NFTS
- How We Sold an NFT for $___
- Ideas for building in NFTs (twitter thread)
- Musicians Meet Audio NFTs
- Devendra Banhart on the unfolding possibilities of mixed-media NFTs.
- On Art Galleries to ‘Tokenized’ Collectibles
- The $69 Million JPEG
- Monetization for Gamers in the New Cryptoeconomy
- Into The Void: Where Crypto Meets The Metaverse
- The Value Chain of the Open Metaverse
- 63% of gamers want virtual goods with real-world value
- NFTs Are Becoming a Major Source of Income for Crypto Newbies in the Philippines to Colombia
- Why artists are collecting each other’s NFTs.
- Creators, Artists and Athletes Discussing Their Creator Coins with Fans
- Why I’m Collecting Black Crypto Art
- NFT Art Goes Viral and Heads to Auction — But What Is It?
- Content Communities & Digital Belonging
- The Greatest NFT Film Ever Made
- The Man Who Tokenized Himself Gives Holders Power Over His Life
Social Tokens, Community Tokens, Personal Tokens (& NFTs)
Another short section, quick intros
Chainlink Spring Hackathon
Not too much to report in the non-technical side of the hackathon this week, working through typical team dynamic concerns but thankfully it's mostly smooth sailing.
This is the end for non-technical webinars during the hackathon. Now, it’s crunch time to work through the project with the team.
- Advanced Smart Contract Security and Auditing Tools
- Follow up to the previous security and auditing webinar, this one showed some code and application of tests
- A panel on sustainability: Get green with the FIL
- Sustainability is important to me, and it should be a concern for everyone in the space right now so there was value here in learning how FIL is working toward this
- Truflation Decentralized Inflation Data: Use Cases and Why It Matters
- Options for using inflation APIs, value for me was exposure to something new
Job Search Prep
With the end of the boot camp quickly approaching, it’s time to start hitting prep resources, this last week I started to curate a list of top companies that I want to monitor for openings, watched a webinar on structuring my application materials, and gave consideration to how I will structure my daily schedule to maximize time and energy output.
With 2 weeks left in the boot camp, I'm prioritizing wrapping up what I can by the end of the program. Last week I launched my portfolio website and it was rough (and not at all mobile friendly) but I was tired of seeing it on local host, I've already started refactoring the entire website and moving it from purely the essentials (HTML, CSS, and JS) to a flask app; I am hoping to finish this by Wednesday. There's some more projects I'm working on that you can find here.
This week, I should be able to finish the NFT Canon while continuing progress on the hackathon and job search prep. The hackathon is a beast to deal with but steady progress is being made. Job search prep is mostly concerned with collecting the scattered lists of orgs, protocols, and dApp's that I am interested in working with to monitor for openings, networking in communities like Chainlink and metaintro.
Aside from what's previously stated, the DAO bi-week is over, and I've thought a lot about what I could do for these last two weeks and after looking through the backlog of articles I want to read, I've decided to spend the next bi-week reading up on the metaverse. I've already got some familiarity with this through working with an NFT project that relied heavily on Decentraland but I'm looking to dig deeper into this topic with some of the articles I've picked out.
If you'd like to join the learning community I'm building on Discord for web3, you can find the link for that here. It's a space that I am trying to build for myself and others to share their growing knowledge of all things web3.
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