Vinny Lingham, prolific venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and thought leader, discusses exceptionalism and investing fundamentals, why DAO's will eat the world, the cultural significance of NFTs and the Digital Renaissance, and much more
My guest today is my friend, Vinny Lingham, prolific venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and thought leader. Vinny is currently a GP at Multicoin Capital and Newton Partners. He was a seed investor in Solana and Filecoin Vinny was one of Co-Founder & CEO at Civic Technology. He is also a GP at Multicoin Capital He was the founder and CEO of Gyft. He is also the founder of Yola.com, a web development and hosting company that enables users without prior programming knowledge to develop websites. Vinny is the recipient of numerous awards, including Top Young ICT Entrepreneur in Africa (2006) and was also a finalist for Men’s Health Best Man (2009) and ICT Personality of the Year in South Africa (2008). He also previously founded Clicks2Customers, which also won the Top Technology Company award in South Africa in 2006. In our discussion we cover exceptionalism and investing fundamentals, why DAO's will eat the world, the cultural significance of NFTs and the Digital Renaissance, and much more. We begin our conversation by discussing the early days of Bitcoin and marvel at how much things have in such a short amount of time. We discuss why Crypto is such a unique industry and the evolution from a nascent industry to global asset class. We continue our discussion of technological revolution and investing by discussing Vinny's unique approach to investing and how that is informed by his understanding of the world. We discuss the importance of the individual and how one person can have an asymmetric impact on society. This insight has driven Vinny to change his investing strategy from betting on the idea to betting on the person. We discuss how this mindset guided Vinny's decision to invest in Solana and Filecoin at the Seed stage. We continue our conversation by discussing what makes a person exceptional and why Vinny calls these people "species changers." We go on to discuss examples of species changers from history like Einstein, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos. We finish our discussion on game changers by discussing the importance of perseverance and grit. One of the main talking points throughout our conversation is the emergence of the metaverse in the consciousness of the general public. We discuss the metaverse, how it is all encompassing, why traditional tech companies are beginning to pivot toward the metaverse, and much more. Our conversation flows to the discussion on DAOs. We discuss the impact DAO's will have on disrupting traditional finance and Wall St, empower community building, and enhance the digital experience to heights unknown. We move from DAO's to NFTs where Vinny explains why we are still in the early days of NFTs and their importance and implications on broader society. He continues his discussion on NFTs by elaborating on his broader vision for the future of NFTs and how he believes the market dynamics. We continue our discussion by talking about how we are living through the beginning of a Digital Renaissance. We finish our discussion on NFTs by discussing the future use cases of NFTs and the integration with AR and VR. We finish our conversation by discussing the bull case for Solana, the developer battle between Solana and Ethereum, and the joy of building new technology. Please enjoy my conversation with my friend Vinny Lingham.
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