Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Who knew leaving the top spot on Twitter could make someone more interesting? Twitter co-founder and (for the second time) former CEO Jack Dorsey recently opened up about his issues with so-called “Web3” projects that have not been decentralized to his liking and the venture capitalists he says own the entire business. thing , creating “eventually a centralized entity with a different label.”

Shockingly, his statements have not been well received by fellow tech-thinking leaders, billionaires and venture capitalists, who took turns trying to minimize his criticism of their blockchain efforts or attacking him directly.

Marc Andreessen decided to take the step to block @jack and Dorsey responded by saying that he has been “banned from Web3.” That’s not an unfair statement either, given that former Netscape co-founder and Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) co-founder is now a huge investor in Web3 startups, throwing money around DeFi projects, metaverse sneakers, tokens, and all the other stuff. other that catches his eye. According to the October document “Web3 Reading List” (pdf), “a16z is the largest investor in this space.”

As researcher Jane Manchun Wong points out, several other big tech exec names have also shown blocks or forced unfollows from Dorsey, so Andreessen is hardly alone in this. Dorsey’s rants about Web3, however, include direct swipes at Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon and an exchange with Elon Musk — who has his skeptical view of space — blaming the whole of Web3 from existing “between a and z.”

Andreessen’s use of the block button, however, suggests that the next phase in this tiff will take place somewhere we (or at least you – he blocked me years ago) won’t see it – behind closed doors or in one of the rooms he promotes on Clubhouse . You remember Clubhouse – it’s the not-so-trendy-anymore audio platform that grew rapidly last year and enjoys financial backing from a16z.

It’s a little surprising that it took so long to see visible friction between Dorsey and Andreessen, given that Twitter’s Spaces feature had something to do with watering down Clubhouse’s appeal. Andreessen’s recent tweet encouraging people to hang out at Clubhouse with the hedge fund billionaire who defeated ConstitutionDAO for a copy of the landmark document garnered 19 retweets and 92 likes, while Dorsey’s recent tweet last tweet about Spaces featured an event you can listen to with Alicia Keys and Jay-Z. It got 190 retweets and over a thousand likes.

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