Crypto Assets: Hype Cycles and Network Effects

Qiao Wang, crypto entrepreneur, joins Sebastian Moonjava, Real Vision associate crypto editor, to discuss a wide array of topics including decentralized finance, the Ethereum smart contract moat, the wealth effect in crypto, and hype cycles. Wang describes in detail how he views competition in the open source ecosystem, specifically touching on Ethereum’s network effects and composability as moats that may protect its dominance as a platform. He also explains the impact of Bitcoin’s growth on smaller assets in the crypto space and trends that develop from this. Wang gives some predictions about the next few years and the cyclical nature of crypto hype cycles. Filmed on October 13, 2020. Key Learnings: Crypto assets are based on networks, and understanding the power of network effects can enable investors to make more informed decisions about this asset class. Bitcoin has built up enormous network effects as a digital store of value while Ethereum has built up network effects around its smart contract platform. This video helps viewers understand the various ways new competitors to these assets will need to excel to overcome the moats they have built up over time.

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