👋 Welcome to the eleventh issue of The Syllabus from Invisible College – a weekly newsletter that will help you navigate the complex world of web3. To get this newsletter delivered to your inbox, subscribe here:
Before we begin, a disclaimer – nothing here is financial advice. We’re analyzing projects that we find interesting in the hope that you’ll enjoy learning about them as well. With that, let’s dive in.
Explosions of progress often emerge from groups of interconnected people experimenting across similar domains. The Oxford-based Inklings spawned great authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The Homebrew Computer Club met in Silicon Valley and inspired Jobs and Wozniak to build Apple’s first computer. Researchers at Bell Labs worked from an office in Murray Hill to develop the transistor, the laser, information theory, and the Unix operating system. One thing that all these groups had in common was a shared location.
Web3’s explosion of progress is distinct because it isn’t constrained to a single geographic hub. While Singapore, Switzerland, and Silicon Valley have all been vectors of innovation, the majority of crypto collaboration has been between teams distributed across locations.
This new form of cooperation requires a rethinking of both the physical and digital ways we interact. That’s the mission Cabin is trying to advance.
Cabin’s vision is to build a decentralized city for creators. Rather than a single physical location, they want to create a set of distributed physical nodes tied together by a shared culture, economy, and governance structure.
Their first node is a set of cabins that sit on 28-acres of Texas Hill Country and host residencies and retreats for creators and DAO ambassadors. According to their roadmap, Cabin is aiming to host over 25 retreat programs in 2022 to help accelerate DAO teams. They also plan to run at least four cohorts of their in-person, multi-week residency program to support DAO operators.
Cabin has started launching a series of experimental products that intersect the physical and digital world including:
NFT passports make it easy for DAOs to mint and manage membership NFTs without much technical knowledge. According to Cabin’s roadmap, they plan to expand these passports into physical chip-embedded cards that hold a private key for unlocking access to the Cabin network.
A DAO Content Aggregator that will serve as a “Hacker News for DAOs.” The aggregator is meant to help to drive cross-DAO learnings and potentially seed a content aggregation community.
Buried Treasure Chests which contain the private keys to access a 1/1 edition NFT created by Cabin DAO collaborators.
NFT shares of a longhorn cow that buyers can exchange for cuts of meat.
In order to make good on web3’s potential, we will need new models for collaboration. While the water cooler may be a relic of the past, the real world is still critical for relationship building and cross-pollinating ideas. If Cabin is successful, perhaps it will help us reimagine the way we collaborate and drive progress forward.
Want to learn more?
Visit the Cabin Website to see high res photos of the spaces they own
Read through Cabin’s FAQ doc to learn how to get involved with the project
Browse the project’s wiki to learn more about the roadmap and current initiatives
Wed. Apr 13, 9:00 AM PT
From DeFi to blockchain gaming, tokens are a fundamental component of nearly every web3 project. Whether you're investing in crypto or looking to build a project of your own, it's critical to understand how tokens govern user behavior.
Join Invisible College faculty member Rockwell Shah as he explains the fundamentals of tokenomics and provides a framework that you can use to evaluate web3 projects.
This event is open to the public. To join, register here.
Other projects we’re exploring
Beefy Finance – A multichain DeFi yield optimizer that focuses on safety and autocompounds crypto assets for the best APYs.
Imposters – A play-to-earn social deduction game, similar to Among Us, built by a team who has previously worked on Roblox, Far Cry 2, and other games.
Snickerdoodle – A platform that’s leveraging NFTs to allow for ownership and privacy of your personal data.
Invisible College Recommended Reads
Web3 and The Curse of Solutionism | 8-minute read
In this post, web3 investor and founder Jason Choi explains how to avoid building token-based products that don’t solve problems.
The New Creator Economy: A guide on Web3 creator platforms | 24-minute read
A comprehensive report on the landscape for web3 creators, including an industry map and a list of investors.
Own your attention back | 13-minute read
A post by anonymous writer, 0xRusowsky, about developing a sustainable investment strategy and overcoming FOMO on CT (crypto Twitter).
Here are the events we’re hosting at Invisible College this week:
Tokenomics: Blockchain Trilemma
Mon (4/4) @ 2 pm PT (Discord)
Every blockchain makes tradeoffs between decentralization, security, and scalability. Join Faculty member Rockwell Shah, as he explains how those tradeoffs have influenced the major layer 1 protocols.
Investing with Conviction w/ Jason Hitchcock
Wed (4/6) @ 12 pm PT (Twitter)
Jason is an investor and founder of 4 Moons Capital. We’ll discuss how he approaches investing in crypto and how he built his way up to raising a DeFi fund targeting $100M+.
Thurs (4/7) @ 9 am PT (Discord)
Join us to hear the latest updates about what’s going on at Invisible College.
Exploring NFT Utility
Fri (4/8) @ 12 pm PT (Discord)
NFTs aren’t just art on the blockchain. There are other types of media that unlock different types of utility. Join us in The Quad where Matt Kim will discuss some emerging use cases for NFTs.
Invisible College, is a learning DAO that helps people learn to build and invest in web3 projects. To access our courses, events, and learning community, you’ll need to hold at least one Decentralien. You can get yours on Magic Eden.