Why Retail Can't Win | Regan & Mike, Lattice Fund

In this episode, Mike and Regan from Lattice Fund dive deep into the structural issues shaping this cycle. They discuss why retail investors are struggling to make significant gains, the evolution of token distribution methods, and the impact of venture capital on market dynamics. The conversation then shifts to emerging opportunities in DePin and the changing landscape of L1s and L2s. Finally, they explore the increasing importance of distribution and built-in audiences for new blockchain projects. Thanks for tuning in!

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Mantle recently launched their airdrop program "Rewards Station" to holders of its native token, $MNT. The Rewards Station program distributes pre-sale token allocations or listed token to $MNT holders who stake their $MNT.

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(00:00) Who is Lattice Fund?

(01:55) Why is this Cycle Cooked?

(08:13) Why Can't Retail Make Money?

(15:27) Capped Market Upside

(19:46) Lattice's Approach

(25:30) Surviving this Cycle

(32:32) Marinade Ad

(33:37) Ava labs Ad

(34:34) Mantle Ad

(35:32) Low Float, High FDV

(41:41) Airdrops

(45:40) Unique GTMs & Fund Raising

(57:14) DePin

(01:03:37) L1s & L2 Landscape

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Disclaimer: Nothing said on Empire is a recommendation to buy or sell securities or tokens. This podcast is for informational purposes only, and any views expressed by anyone on the show are solely our opinions, not financial advice. Santiago, Jason, and our guests may hold positions in the companies, funds, or projects discussed.

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