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Sequoia’s Crypto Thesis | Michelle Bailhe Fradin

In this episode of Empire, Jason is joined by Michelle Bailhe Fradin, Partner at Sequoia for a wide ranging discussion on venture capital in crypto.

Michelle shares her thoughts on the fat protocol thesis, how infrastructure development is necessary for application growth, changing business models during a bear market and what the biggest opportunities for growth are in this environment. To hear all of this and more, you'll have to tune in!


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(00:00) Introduction

(01:05) Ask Not Wen Moon–Ask Why Moon

(04:34) The Fat Protocol Thesis

(12:58) The Myth of The Infrastructure Phase

(16:57) Where Is Sequoia Seeing Opportunity In Crypto?

(18:53) The State of Crypto VC Funding

(23:10) Circle Ad

(24:52) What Metrics Do VC's Track In Crypto?

(33:29) How Business Models Change In A Bear Market

(36:12) Rethinking Crypto Business Models

(38:19) How Active Is Sequoia In Governance?

(39:52) Michelle's Thesis On DAOs

(48:02) How The VC Landscape Is Changing

(53:33) Opportunities Outside of Crypto

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Referenced In The Show: 

Ask Not Wen Moon–Ask Why Moon: https://www.sequoiacap.com/article/ask-not-wen-moon-ask-why-moon/ 

Fat Protocols https://www.usv.com/writing/2016/08/fat-protocols/ 

The Myth of The Infrastructure Phase: https://www.usv.com/writing/2018/10/the-myth-of-the-infrastructure-phase/


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