Do you sometimes wish you had been born in a different decade so you could have worked on the fundamental building blocks of modern computing?

How fun, challenging, and fulfilling would it have been to work on semiconductors in the 1950s or Unix in the 1960s (both at Bell Labs) or personal computers at the Homebrew Computer Club in the 1970s or on the Internet browser at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and later Mountain View, CA) in the 1990s?

Good news: it’s not too late. A vibrant and rapidly growing community is building a new computing platform called the blockchain computer. And as with all new computing platforms, a new set of killer apps will be built on top of that platform.

You might have noticed some of your coworkers and friends leaving big stable tech companies to join the early builders and architects of this new computing platform In this episode, a16z crypto partner Ali Yahya talks with Frank Chen about five challenging problems the blockchain community is trying to solve right now:

  1. Scaling decentralized computing
  2. Scaling decentralized storage
  3. Scaling decentralized networks
  4. Establishing trusted identities and reputations
  5. Establishing trusted governance models

If you’re a software engineer, product manager, UX designer, investor, or tech enthusiast who thrives on hard challenges in the early stages of establishing a new platform, this is the perfect time to join the community.


Posted by Derek M. D'Onofrio

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