November 22, 2022

Episode #5: Catapult

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How Catapult is empowering Web3 communities to connect, collaborate, and build.
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Creating bridges not mazes with DAO onboarding. Joining, participating, and building identity in a borderless talent pool.

Catapult empowers Web3 communities to connect, collaborate, and build.

It was Entrepreneur First - a platform for pairing the future founders of the world’s leading tech companies that introduced the pair - It was a fourteen-hour conversation that started their journey of building Catapult.

Greg:

The son of an economist, Greg became interested in markets, incentives, and decentralisation at a very young age.

He completed his PhD in mathematics and computer science as a Gates scholar at Cambridge. Here he worked problems foundational to our theory of algorithms, deepening his interest in decentralised coordination both as a researcher and in helping build markets in the developing world.

"The most valuable resource we have is human talent, and so the most important problem we have is how to best coordinate it. I'm hugely motivated to break down barriers that block this, most prominently borders."

Rav:

The news we consume shapes the lens through which we understand the world

This divisive truth stuck with Rav from childhood and steered him to explore building decentralised systems of journalism. In 2016, he Founded Market Mogul and attempted to build the first truly decentralised media platform with 2500 contributors across the world.  

Blockchain had not reached the level of maturity needed, but it sowed the seed of easily digestible context that would inform Catapult

Explored in this episode:
  • The friction-filled experience of DAO onboarding and decision fatigue.
  • Unlocking global talent pools with improved systems of coordination.
  • Greater cohesion, understanding, derisking, and scalability of decentralised systems.
  • How Catapult is solving joining, participating, and building identity in multiple DAOs.
  • The Cambrian Explosion of the DAO ecosystem and mechanism design. 

Enjoy the story.

4.00:

The global economic problem is a coordination problem

6.00:

Our news digest shapes the lens we view the world with

9.00:

Intellectual mining with blockchain

10.49:

Entrepreneur First and their meeting

12.48:

Discovering DAOs with Daolicious 

14.00:

The birth of Catapult

16.00

The fatigue of DAOs and Onboarding

19.00:

The realities of fundraising and VC selection

26.40:

Why DAOs

31.30:

Revolutionising human co-ordination

35:40:

Decentralising governance

38.50:

The Cambrian Explosion of mechanism design

44.50:

Moving towards usefulness and usability with DAOs

52:40:

Establishing identity and purpose in multiple DAOs

54.40:

Your on-chain passport of contribution

57.50:

The onboarding flow of Catapult

1.06.10:

Every DAO needs context to unlock potential

1.11.30:

A vision of the future 

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