Sam Williams: Mechanism Design 101

Sam Williams: Mechanism Design 101

Sam Williams, founder and CEO of decentralized storage system Arweave, gives an overview of “Mechanism Design,” a field of study that has become newly relevant with the development of Bitcoin and subsequent blockchains that require carefully designed incentives for network…

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Ali Yahya: Crypto Business Models

Ali Yahya: Crypto Business Models

Andreessen Horowitz crypto partner Ali Yahya discusses “Crypto Business Models.” Yahya explains that the consensus mechanisms of blockchains create trust among independent participants in decentralized networks. At first glance, this may seem at odds with the idea of capturing value,…

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Brian Armstrong: Setting Up and Scaling a Crypto Company

Brian Armstrong: Setting Up and Scaling a Crypto Company

Coinbase founder and CEO Brian Armstrong walks us through “Setting Up and Scaling a Crypto Company,” explaining how crypto can help startups raise money, acquire customers and build a global profile. The issuing of tokens, for example, can align the…

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Balaji Srinivasan: Applications: Today & 2025

Balaji Srinivasan: Applications: Today & 2025

Balaji Srinivasan, an angel investor and cofounder of multiple companies including Earn.com and Counsyl, gives an overview of “Applications: Today and 2025.” Srinivasan starts off by tracing the history of crypto from Bitcoin and Ethereum to the present. He highlights…

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Dan Boneh: Blockchain Primitives: Cryptography and Consensus

Dan Boneh: Blockchain Primitives: Cryptography and Consensus

Stanford professor Dan Boneh teaches “Blockchain Primitives: Cryptography and Consensus,” providing an introduction to the cryptographic foundation of blockchains and how developers can use them to build new types of applications. Andreessen Horowitz’s Crypto Startup School brought together 45 participants…

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Chris Dixon: Crypto Networks and Why They Matter

Chris Dixon: Crypto Networks and Why They Matter

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) General Partner Chris Dixon discusses “Crypto Networks and Why They Matter,” giving an overview of the crypto space, the transformative implications of its technology, and the potential for crypto networks to lead a new wave of innovation.…

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Mojo Vision is developing AR contact lenses

Mojo Vision is developing AR contact lenses

The well-funded start up was granted Breakthrough Device Designation by the FDA. For more on Mojo Vision: https://tcrn.ch/2QYIUUN TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news. Subscribe to…

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Can you love this robot cat as much as you'd love a real one?

Can you love this robot cat as much as you’d love a real one?

Industrial robotics startup Elephant Robotics is changing things up for its next product – meet MarsCat, a robotic cat that reacts and responds like a real cat, which is also user customizable so that each one can become truly unique.…

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The 4moms mamaRoo sleep bassinet is a smart bed for babies

The 4moms mamaRoo sleep bassinet is a smart bed for babies

Smart baby product company 4moms debuted their newest product at CES 2020: The mamaRoo sleep bassinet. It features built-in speakers to play a range of sound, and a variety of different motions designed to make it easier for your baby…

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SparkCharge is a portable charging station for electric vehicles

SparkCharge is a portable charging station for electric vehicles

Sparkcharge wants to make charging electric vehicles simpler. The TC Top Picks program showcases outstanding early-stage startups across these categories: AI/Machine Learning, Biotech/Healthtech, Blockchain, Fintech, Mobility, Privacy/Security, Retail/E-commerce, Robotics/IoT/Hardware, SaaS and Social Impact & Education. TechCrunch is a leading technology…

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