Web3 Tools: Beyond the JPEGs ūüźá

I know I already covered NFTs in March and September, but alas Рthis is where I spent this last month so here we go again!

In preparation for my PixelBeasts project, I sat down to play around with the Metamask (wallet) and OpenSea (marketplace) API to see if I could build some utility Рthe industry term for the various benefits of owning an NFT (like Beastopia). What I found was that it was incredibly simple to use, and within two night (~6 hours), I had Tango NFT working Рa private chatroom for every NFT collection. More on the project here.

I then built Tango Draw, which is a private drawing app for every collection, and Tango Talk, which Рwhile buggy Рis a functioning messaging app between ETH wallets. I then open sourced this project on Github Рgot two contributors from the PixelBeasts community helping update it. Tango was then covered in the Not Boring newsletter (70k readers), and then a No-Code app called Bildr reached out to clone the project to showcase their new Metamask integration, see it here. As a result, PixelBeasts is now a community of VCs, founders, and developers interested in building for web3.

One amazing thing about Tango is that I store zero personal data, and the entire platform runs on one table with four columns, leveraging data publicly available on the chain. This opened my eyes to a future where we no longer give companies our data, but where we own and manage it – and provide access to apps and websites as needed for personalization. Imagine, if your browser knew your shirt size, every e-commerce website could show you availability only for your size, without the retailers ever seeing this data. An example startup in this space is¬†Spruce, they provide¬†a smart contract solution to manage access to off-chain data. One of my learned insights was that the blockchain (at least as of¬†today) doesn’t seem like the best place to store private data at scale.

Some other relevant startups I came across in this process include Storj, a simple API for decentralized storage. Mintgate is a dev tool for creating token-gated content. Token-gated community tools like Agora, Guild.xyz, and CommonWealth include advanced features like governance. The Graph is an indexing protocol for querying networks like Ethereum and IFPS. Status is a web3 based messaging app, wallet, and browser. XP.network is a multi-chain bridge framework for building cross chain NFT dApps and more.

Let’s keep going!¬†XMTP¬†is a communication protocol and network for web3.¬†RSS3¬†is an open protocol for social content on web3.¬†Radicle¬†is essentially a decentralized Github.¬†Stardust¬†is an API for easy integration of NFTs into games.¬†Nametag¬†is a chrome extension for showcasing your NFTs on Twitter – though relevantly Twitter is exploring Twitter verification for profile pictures (see the UI they teased¬†here).

Some others that didn’t fit into the flow above include¬†NFTfi¬†for NFT collaterized loans and¬†Rabbithole.gg¬†which rewards you for testing decentralized apps. I mentioned¬†Carnomaly¬†last month building a decentralized CarFax, and came across¬†Fabrica, which does real estate transactions with digitized titles represented by a token – built on top of Ethereum.

Data Tools for Web3¬†ūüďä

One of the reasons I could build Tango NFT without storing any personal data is because all of it is publicly accessible on the chain. It’s a ridiculous amount of data. Let’s look at some startups in the space.

Messari¬†is one of the big analytics firms/tools tracking crypto.¬†Nansen¬†is the top for Ethereum wallets and NFTs.¬†Dune.xyz¬†is another popular one in the NFT community.¬†DeepDAO¬†and¬†DAOlist¬†cover activity across DAOs.¬†Token Terminal¬†focuses on token activity.¬†Icy.tools¬†is used to track trending NFT collections, and¬†wgmi.io¬†tracks floor prices across this ecosystem, or specifically in your wallet. I’ve come across¬†Zapper¬†and¬†NFTBank¬†for portfolio management, and TokenTax,¬†ZenLedger,¬†and¬†CoinTracker¬†for cryptotaxes.


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