Four Fundamental Innovations of Web3 that Will Upend Web2 Incumbents

Tomasz Tunguz

As I’ve explored web3 I’ve been forming a mental model of the major innovations powering this enormous wave of innovation. At the moment, I see four clusters: A permanent ownership record that exists beyond and outside a company. The photos I take, the movies I buy, the music I rent, the emails I write and receive, the messages I send - all of these are captive. They exist within a database controlled by Google, Netflix, Spotify, Gmail, WhatsApp.

Israeli fintech Personetics raises $85M for tools to help incumbents personalize banking services to compete with neobanks


Today a startup that is building tools to help incumbent address this challenge is announcing a round of funding on the back of a lot of demand for its services. It will be interesting to see how and if Personetics over time works with more neobanks, alongside the incumbents.


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The Opening

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