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The Roundtable: Are Web3 Innovators Too Far Ahead of the Curve?

As Web 3.0 begins to take form and crypto goes mainstream, are innovators and disruptors getting too far ahead of the public and the technology itself?

Roundtable’s Rob Nelson sat down with a panel of crypto-disruptors to discuss the balance between being a pioneer and staying on track with the times. 

Nelson reminded the panel of the story of E. Ted Haber, an early internet innovator who had a talk show on a website called tv.com. It was a great show with a great domain name, noted Nelson, but because the internet was still in its infancy, and streaming was difficult over a dialup connection on AOL, the show died.

“It’s the innovator's dilemma,” agreed Justin Rezvani. But, he continued, by sticking to three core principles, an innovator can build a field of dreams that web 3.0 users will eventually flock to. 

“There three core patterns that will matter in the future of the web are, number one, you should own everything that you do; two, you should be able to freely move money between two people without an arbiter in the middle; and three, everything can layer on top of those things.”

Timothy Lewis described a future Web3 internet that was free and multi-chain. "I expect people in the future to be able to create their own value in any way that they choose to, and to express that how they want. It's gonna be a confusing mechanism to transfer value [within this new internet], but I think AI will take care of that."

“I don't care about 'too-early'," said Caleb James DeLisle. "I'm gonna use 'too-early' in order to study the technology so that I know exactly what I want to do when that window comes. When the window comes, it's time to jump.”

Watch the full discussion below:

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ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS:

Timothy Lewis, co-founder and CSO of TEA, Inc.

Jordan Fried, the founder of NFT.com

Justin Rezvani, chief executive officer of Zion

Caleb James DeLisle, the lead developer of PKT

Jordan Edelson, founder and CEO of Trade Zing