Start by learning blockchain fundamentals. To work in web3, it’s important to understand some of the technical underpinnings that make this new paradigm possible.
Why is web3 important?
How does web3 change the way platforms work?
A Non Comprehensive Glossary of Terms
(all examples provided are specific to Ethereum’s blockchain for ease of reference):
Your gateway to interacting with smart contracts, which are the basis for all crypto-native applications or “dApps”
Metamask, Rainbow, Coinbase Wallet
An interface that lets you see what’s happening on the blockchain on a transaction-level (see what people are doing)
Code written to govern the ways in which an application will behave under certain conditions
Written in Solidity
Digital ‘tokens’ that are non-fungible(1 of 1) and immutable (permanently unchanging). They can represent any media form that exists on the internet today.
Bored Ape Yacht Club, Cryptopunks, Crypto-covens
Digitally-native currency that is used to transact and operate on a blockchain
ETH, SOL, AVAX
Fees used to help secure a blockchain and protect it from fraud. Also given to ‘validators’ who help secure the transactions on a network in return for their effort in validating these transactions.
denominated in a unit called gwei on Ethereum
A digital ledger, secured by ‘validators’ who confirm the truth and ordering of the substance of blocks, which are called ‘transactions’.
Ethereum, Solana, Avalanche
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Why Web3 Matters
Web1 (roughly 1990-2005) was about open protocols that were decentralized and community-governed. Most of the value accrued to the edges of the network - users and builders. Web2 (roughly 2005-2020) was about siloed, centralized services run by corporations. Most of the value accrued to a handful of companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.
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Learning and education are fundamental pillars of web3. Everyone in the space-from seasoned blockchain developers to someone buying cryptocurrency for the first time-is constantly engaging with, and taking in endless information. 2021, as so many have recently noted, was a wild year in the crypto/web3 space. The increasing noise surrounding web3, crypto, NFTs, etc.
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