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Workforce! Joyful Saturday. It’s Friday afternoon as I write this to you, so I hope you aren’t at your desk. We’re having enjoyable as we speak, so please learn this from the sofa.

A well-known Wildeism goes that pals stab you within the entrance, which is true sufficient to make the quip value remembering. It got here to thoughts during the last week or two as I contemplated the latest choice by Coinbase to get into the NFT recreation.

A couple of details will assist element why the Wilde reference matches the second:

  • a16z co-founder ​​Marc Andreessen sits on the board of Coinbase, an organization that his agency backed earlier than it went public.
  • a16z led OpenSea’s Sequence A, a $23 million transaction that gave the NFT market numerous money and cachet.
  • Coinbase Ventures additionally invested in OpeanSea, one in every of an ideal many investments that the company enterprise capital agency has made.
  • After which Coinbase introduced that it was moving into NFTs, driving an enormous variety of signups for its waitlist.

In accordance with crypto-watching group DappRadar, OpenSea is the most important NFT market as we speak. Coinbase might swamp it if the customers which have signaled curiosity in its competing resolution wind up truly shopping for and promoting NFTs on the well-known crypto-investing platform.

Which might put OpenSea in one thing of a pickle.

It’s wonderful for VCs to remain on company boards after they go public in the event that they so select and their portfolio firms retain them. Some VCs make a behavior out of public board membership. Marc Andreessen is on Fb’s board, for instance, which notes in its blurb on the person that he beforehand held board seats at eBay and HP. Cool.

However it will get a bit sticky when the investor in query stays on the board of a portfolio firm after it goes public and decides to straight tackle portcos of that very same investor’s agency. The place that investor nonetheless works. If I used to be OpenSea and noticed Marc on the Coinbase board similtaneously his enterprise agency was on my cap desk, whereas Coinbase determined to assault my market, I’d be pissed.

Associates stab you within the entrance?

Additionally recall that Fb’s newest crypto push is in partnership with, you guessed it, Coinbase!

There have been different ironies these days involving Fb board members. For instance, Peter Thiel is on Fb’s board. And he’s backing J.D. Vance, an aspiring politician. Notably, J.D. Vance is attacking Fb whereas operating for workplace. Whereas the OpenSea saga is a bit irksome to look at as massive firms working to sink smaller issues isn’t actually my favourite factor, watching Fb cash flow into again to biting Fb within the ass is hilarious as a result of no small fries had been harmed within the course of.

Nonetheless, although, you must marvel if we shouldn’t unfold the board seats round a bit bit. Else a16z goes to maintain discovering itself working to undercut the very founders it backs.

Volvo and different IPOs

I meant to seek out time this week to dig into the Volvo providing, however failed. You may check out the firm’s notes on itself right here. Recall that Volvo has break up from Polestar, which is going public through a SPAC.

And as this week got here to an in depth, Braze filed to go public. Extra on that firm and its S-1 very first thing on Monday.

Extra to return, together with a glance into the high-stakes startup race to construct one of the best company gifting platform (no joke),

Alex



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