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October 19, 2021 • 1 m read

Introducing AskMirror: Search and Discovery for Mirror

Mirror is democratizing the future of publishing. In fact, some of the best writing in the world is posted here. Yet one crucial aspect is missing from the Mirror experience: search and discovery. Finding content does not need to look like this: Today, we are launching AskMirror -- an advanced search and discovery site for the platform. We built this to enrich your web3 experience and give you a place to find, read, and follow what you love. AskMirror uses machine learning to tag and classify articles, making it ridiculously easy to discover content that inspires you. Search for articles, publications, and writers. Mirror was built in large part by its community, so we’d love to hear your suggestions and feedback. What would make your experience on Mirror, and web3, absolutely epic? Check out AskMirror at askmirror.xyz AskMirror was built by sepana.io The decentralized web is the new Internet. From Bitcoin to NFTs, DeSo to the metaverse, the revolution is upon us. But an internet is only as good as its search.So why does navigating web3 today feel like you’re using the search engines of the 90s? Search today is siloed and confusing. This is why Sepana has taken on the challenge of radically improving search and discovery for web3. We believe that a simple, powerful, and intuitive search is critical for unleashing the full promise of the decentralized web. In addition to AskMirror, we recently launched cloutavista.com, an advanced search experience for BitClout, and the DeSo protocol. Cloutavista is the embedded search engine for BitClout.com, Diamondapp, and other DeSo projects. We're looking for fellow adventurers, curious minds, and passionate tinkerers to help build a better way to navigate web3. Ping me at daniel@sepana.io if you're interested in joining the journey.

Daniel Keyes

0x9230

Jun 30 • 5 m read

Fem3 Voices Volume 5: Natalia from Koop

By Alli and Regan ​​About Fem3 Voices Earlier this year, Newstand published Alli's article, "Fem3." The piece outlined the importance of including women and nonbinary (NB) individuals in building the foundations of Web3. "Fem3'' argued that we all can, and should, commit to onboarding and retaining more diverse talent and voices into this space. That commitment includes uplifting successful women and NB-led projects, work, and perspectives. This series, "Fem3 Voices," aims to do just that. This interview series highlights the voices of powerful women and NB players in the web3 ecosystem. Each interview will be recorded on Twitter Spaces and accompanied by a subsequent article on Alli and Regan's mirror pages. Most recently, we met with Natalia, the founder and CEO of Koop. Natalia’s Web3 Journey Like many of us, Natalia got into crypto during the Covid-19 pandemic. She was a student at USC studying neuroscience and data science and she found herself captivated with those building in the Web3 space. She eventually decided to jump all in and began building with Juicebox Protocol and Shark DAO, and investing in NFTs with friends. Natalia quickly realized that investing with friends wasn’t a seamless process. She had so many questions about tax obligations, ownership rights, and more. There wasn’t a way to collectively purchase, invest, and build alongside her friends–so they decided to create one for fun. What started out as a fun project by friends quickly turned into an exciting web3 startup: Koop. What is Koop? Koop is a platform that enables groups to collect, invest, and build together: “if you have a community that’s run in a crypto-native way, and you’d like to engage your community on-chain… the place to do that is Koop.” Currently, there are few options for multi-signature primitives that communities can use to enable cooperative group production and wealth generation on-chain. As Natalia puts it, there is only one strong multi-signature primitive today (gnosis), and it’s a governance primitive. This is “great for enterprise and business DAOs,” but anecdotally it has been difficult for some DAOs to maintain engagement and voter participation while running their treasuries on top of gnosis. The Koop team doesn’t think this is a problem at the product level, but at the protocol level, so they’re building different multi-signature primitives that can help enable various community frameworks. When different communities– whether that’s a group of friends, a DAO, etc. launch on Koop, all members of a given “Koop” are granted permissions for particular actions based on an NFT pass they own. These tokenized communities can then leverage shared treasuries, purchase NFTs together, and more. Not only do membership NFTs allow for community members to contribute to different actions, but each pass is also a dynamic NFT: “As you contribute inside of your Koop, if it's just a group of friends investing, if you make strong investments decisions then your membership and NFT is dynamic it will level up at secondary markets and so the more you can contribute the more that your membership has value the more that your “squad” or your “Koop” has value and all of that money from secondary sales or contributions is funneled back into a shared treasury,” allowing members to share in group generated wealth. Squad Goals Koop started out as a project that was “just for fun,” as Natalia believes most projects should. As she began to learn more about the space, she relied heavily on her friends and close communities to answer questions, learn together, and more. They’re building Koop as a team not only to contribute something they feel is missing from the ecosystem, but also because they believe (and have experienced) that the “strongest hedge \[against being so early in crypto\] is community and friendship.” Many people today feel “more commitment to their digital worlds than their city or state.” Natalia refers to these individuals as “larpers.” She explains, “larpers participate in fictional worlds with a lot more passion than a lot of Americans participate in their local democracies.” A prominent example of this exists in online fandoms like BTS’s “ARMY.” Yet, while the internet has allowed for global connection across communities with shared interest or values, those communities are not hyper-localized: “meaning that the people can’t necessarily come together and form small tribes with individuals who 100% align with their values and then sporadically connect with adjacent tribes” or “vibe under the same types of topics.” Natalia + her friends saw that the infrastructure to allow for such connections was missing. They knew how much they benefited from operating and connecting as a squad, and so they incorporated it into their mission and product at Koop. Found(h)er things When Natalia first began her journey in web3, she was active mostly as an anon, and didn’t really notice that there weren’t a lot of women in the space until she started speaking in voice channels on discord and noticed people reacting: “I kept hearing everyone go ‘girl! girl!” and I realized there were far fewer women in the space than I thought.” Although being a woman in the space has come with its challenges, Natalia channels the negative experiences she has had into motivation to work harder: being one of few women founders “just motivates me a ton,” and “it 100% gives you a different perspective in just the user experience of an entire category of the population that other founders or teams may not be thinking about.” Natalia hopes that her presence as a woman + founder building in web3 can encourage others to do the same. She believes that being a founder doesn’t only mean being a CEO, to Natalia, “a founder is going into a new space and being a leader for individuals. It’s being vulnerable and doing something different and unknown.” Further, Natalia channels her energy into the work she does because she wants it to be really valuable, and she wants to be able to empower women + founders at a larger scale in the future: “if Koop let’s say has a token that is valuable one day I would want to redirect all the value to encouraging and bringing in other young women or founders into the space.” Natalia’s words of wisdom Natalia got her start in web3 reading about zero-knowledge proofs and cold DM-ing core contributors or more experienced researchers and builders involved with Starkware when she felt stuck. Eventually, she got added to a small group chat for contributors and researchers which was shocking to her: “in my eyes I was like I'm a nobody, I’m just curious and learning and now because of that curiosity I’m in this ‘room’ with all these researchers and mathematicians and computer scientists who I never would have been exposed to if I didn’t just give it a shot.” Natalia says her own journey is proof that “you never know how close you are to being in ‘that room,’ so even though it might seem aimless at the time, you should keep following aimlessly into the areas you are interested in” because like her, “you know more than you think you do.” ** Flying the Koop** Natalia still spends “probably 80% of \[her\] day just learning,” self-teaching, and tackling the challenges of being a founder. She feels “so lucky to work on something that \[she’s\] really passionate about,” and can’t wait for all the exciting innovation and updates coming soon to Koop. The platform now has over 250 “Koops” and is focusing on launching a new and updated version of the platform next month. The team is currently working on expanding their dynamic NFTs, and building tools to make Koop more social and mobile too. Natalia is a powerhouse founder, and the team of friends at Koop has lots of exciting tooling + features in store. Make sure you follow them for the latest updates, and learn more about Koop here. Alli is the Director of Education of Events at Variant Fund, a first-check crypto fund investing in the ownership economy. Regan just graduated from USC and now is joining Opyn as an Associate of Community & Research If you have suggestions for future interviewees, feedback, questions, etc. please DM us!

regan

regan.mirror.xyz

0x88Cf

Jun 30 • 5 m read

Fem3 Voices Volume 5: Natalia

By Alli and Regan ​​About Fem3 Voices Earlier this year, Newstand published Alli's article, "Fem3." The piece outlined the importance of including women and nonbinary (NB) individuals in building the foundations of Web3. "Fem3'' argued that we all can, and should, commit to onboarding and retaining more diverse talent and voices into this space. That commitment includes uplifting successful women and NB-led projects, work, and perspectives. This series, "Fem3 Voices," aims to do just that. This interview series highlights the voices of powerful women and NB players in the web3 ecosystem. Each interview will be recorded on Twitter Spaces and accompanied by a subsequent article on Alli and Regan's mirror pages. Most recently, we met with Natalia, the founder and CEO of Koop. Natalia’s Web3 Journey Like many of us, Natalia got into crypto during the Covid-19 pandemic. She was a student at USC studying neuroscience and data science and she found herself captivated with those building in the Web3 space. She eventually decided to jump all in and began building with Juicebox Protocol and Shark DAO, and investing in NFTs with friends. Natalia quickly realized that investing with friends wasn’t a seamless process. She had so many questions about tax obligations, ownership rights, and more. There wasn’t a way to collectively purchase, invest, and build alongside her friends–so they decided to create one for fun. What started out as a fun project by friends quickly turned into an exciting web3 startup: Koop. What is Koop? Koop is a platform that enables groups to collect, invest, and build together: “if you have a community that’s run in a crypto-native way, and you’d like to engage your community on-chain… the place to do that is Koop.” Currently, there are few options for multi-signature primitives that communities can use to enable cooperative group production and wealth generation on-chain. As Natalia puts it, there is only one strong multi-signature primitive today (gnosis), and it’s a governance primitive. This is “great for enterprise and business DAOs,” but anecdotally it has been difficult for some DAOs to maintain engagement and voter participation while running their treasuries on top of gnosis. The Koop team doesn’t think this is a problem at the product level, but at the protocol level, so they’re building different multi-signature primitives that can help enable various community frameworks. When different communities– whether that’s a group of friends, a DAO, etc. launch on Koop, all members of a given “Koop” are granted permissions for particular actions based on an NFT pass they own. These tokenized communities can then leverage shared treasuries, purchase NFTs together, and more. Not only do membership NFTs allow for community members to contribute to different actions, but each pass is also a dynamic NFT: “As you contribute inside of your Koop, if it's just a group of friends investing, if you make strong investments decisions then your membership and NFT is dynamic it will level up at secondary markets and so the more you can contribute the more that your membership has value the more that your “squad” or your “Koop” has value and all of that money from secondary sales or contributions is funneled back into a shared treasury,” allowing members to share in group generated wealth. Squad Goals Koop started out as a project that was “just for fun,” as Natalia believes most projects should. As she began to learn more about the space, she relied heavily on her friends and close communities to answer questions, learn together, and more. They’re building Koop as a team not only to contribute something they feel is missing from the ecosystem, but also because they believe (and have experienced) that the “strongest hedge \[against being so early in crypto\] is community and friendship.” Many people today feel “more commitment to their digital worlds than their city or state.” Natalia refers to these individuals as “larpers.” She explains, “larpers participate in fictional worlds with a lot more passion than a lot of Americans participate in their local democracies.” A prominent example of this exists in online fandoms like BTS’s “ARMY.” Yet, while the internet has allowed for global connection across communities with shared interest or values, those communities are not hyper-localized: “meaning that the people can’t necessarily come together and form small tribes with individuals who 100% align with their values and then sporadically connect with adjacent tribes” or “vibe under the same types of topics.” Natalia + her friends saw that the infrastructure to allow for such connections was missing. They knew how much they benefited from operating and connecting as a squad, and so they incorporated it into their mission and product at Koop. Found(h)er things When Natalia first began her journey in web3, she was active mostly as an anon, and didn’t really notice that there weren’t a lot of women in the space until she started speaking in voice channels on discord and noticed people reacting: “I kept hearing everyone go ‘girl! girl!” and I realized there were far fewer women in the space than I thought.” Although being a woman in the space has come with its challenges, Natalia channels the negative experiences she has had into motivation to work harder: being one of few women founders “just motivates me a ton,” and “it 100% gives you a different perspective in just the user experience of an entire category of the population that other founders or teams may not be thinking about.” Natalia hopes that her presence as a woman + founder building in web3 can encourage others to do the same. She believes that being a founder doesn’t only mean being a CEO, to Natalia, “a founder is going into a new space and being a leader for individuals. It’s being vulnerable and doing something different and unknown.” Further, Natalia channels her energy into the work she does because she wants it to be really valuable, and she wants to be able to empower women + founders at a larger scale in the future: “if Koop let’s say has a token that is valuable one day I would want to redirect all the value to encouraging and bringing in other young women or founders into the space.” Natalia’s words of wisdom Natalia got her start in web3 reading about zero-knowledge proofs and cold DM-ing core contributors or more experienced researchers and builders involved with Starkware when she felt stuck. Eventually, she got added to a small group chat for contributors and researchers which was shocking to her: “in my eyes I was like I'm a nobody, I’m just curious and learning and now because of that curiosity I’m in this ‘room’ with all these researchers and mathematicians and computer scientists who I never would have been exposed to if I didn’t just give it a shot.” Natalia says her own journey is proof that “you never know how close you are to being in ‘that room,’ so even though it might seem aimless at the time, you should keep following aimlessly into the areas you are interested in” because like her, “you know more than you think you do.” Flying the Koop (closing) ;) Natalia still spends “probably 80% of \[her\] day just learning,” self-teaching, and tackling the challenges of being a founder. She feels “so lucky to work on something that \[she’s\] really passionate about,” and can’t wait for all the exciting innovation and updates coming soon to Koop. The platform now has over 250 “Koops” and is focusing on launching a new and updated version of the platform next month. The team is currently working on expanding their dynamic NFTs, and building tools to make Koop more social and mobile too. Natalia is a powerhouse founder, and the team of friends at Koop has lots of exciting tooling + features in store. Make sure you follow them for the latest updates, and learn more about Koop here. Alli is the Director of Education of Events at Variant Fund, a first-check crypto fund investing in the ownership economy. Regan just graduated from USC and now is joining Opyn as an Associate of Community & Research If you have suggestions for future interviewees, feedback, questions, etc. please DM us!

alli

alli.mirror.xyz

0xeB9f

Jun 30 • 2 m read

Extending Nouns Through Invisible Traits

Written by Austin Green (@AustinGreen) Nouns is an Ethereum-based NFT project with an innovative structure. Rather than having a fixed supply of ERC-721 tokens that are distributed upfront, 1 Noun is generated every day and auctioned off to the highest bidder. The proceeds from the auction go to a treasury that is governed by the holders. This interplay between the Nouns auction, treasury, and governance is one of the most exciting DAO experiments. It's a great example of how properly designed mechanisms can cause capital and labor to form around taking real-world action, like commissioning custom artwork to be displayed around NYC or bootstrapping a luxury eyewear brand. There is a vast design space of treasury distribution strategies, artwork generation algorithms, auction mechanics, and more. It is expected that nounish forks will rapidly iterate and some of these adaptations will make their way into Nouns. The Nouns Artwork Each noun has a seed consisting of five traits: a background, body, accessory, head, and glasses. There are currently 2 backgrounds, 30 bodies, 137 accessories, 234 heads, and 21 glasses that can be combined together to create over 40M unique pieces of artwork. The contracts use Ethereum block hashes as a source of pseudorandomness to pick each trait number. For example, Noun #1 has background: 1, body: 20, accessory: 95, head: 88, glasses: 14. You can visit the playground to see all the different artwork. The Nouns DAO can add new trait parts through governance. Rarity The most common NFT distribution mechanism has been the 10K PFP collection. In this model, a fixed supply of tokens are available to be minted by the public. The artwork of these NFTs are usually variations of an animal or anthropomorphized object. The minter does not know which token they’ll receive, making the process similar to a lottery. Certain traits appear less often which means they have increased value due to rarity. For the most durable collections such as CryptoPunks and BAYC, we’ve seen rare NFTs assigned a large premium over the floor. Although Nouns don't have a concept of rarity like typical 10K PFP collections, certain tokens are deemed more culturally valuable than others and have fetched premiums above the average auction price. Noun 1 went for \~6x above the average settlement price in ETH terms, Noun 69 was \~3x, and Noun 316 went for \~2x because of its clean aesthetic. Culturally valuable nouns Rather than solely relying on the token ID number or aesthetics, another way to increase the auction frequency of premium nouns is by introducing invisible trait parts that can be updated once at the owner’s discretion. Invisible trait parts would preserve how artwork is generated, but add a new body, accessory, and head that the market would likely value. Mechanism to Enable Invisible Traits Nouns or a fork could accomplish this by adding new artwork for the body, accessory, and head traits. Rather than containing a visible trait, this “artwork” would just be empty bytes. This means that if a Noun seed includes the number that corresponds to this invisible artwork, the NFT will appear to be missing a trait. Potential examples shown below: Nouns with invisible traits This mechanism is compatible with the existing smart contracts and could be added via a governance proposal. Invisible and Mutable Although purely invisible traits might have some novelty, this feature could also include the ability for owners to update invisible traits once. Introducing the concept of editable traits to the protocol could have some interesting behavior. Nouns with invisible traits could be sold on secondary marketplaces while preserving the option to update later. They can be customized by the owner by using a playground-like UI. The owner can also preserve the invisibility of the trait and lock the ability to update forever. Looking Forward We are all collectively writing the playbook for CC0 and exploring how nounish communities should try new mechanisms. The Nouns community should encourage forks to experiment and see which features are most useful for growing the treasury and spreading the meme. Llama is looking for ideas to grow the Nouns ecosystem. We are ramping up our working group and are looking to add contributors. Fill out our form and we’ll get back to you. Stay Up to Date on Llama 🦙 Follow us on Twitter, check out our website, and subscribe to our Substack. Artwork credit: 0xEFRA.

llama

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0xe62d

Jun 30 • 1 m read

Spotlight Series, June 30th

Welcome back to the weekly Mirror Spotlight Series! At Mirror we believe in the power of community. As a result, we work together to champion best-in-class writers and publications from around the world. Every week, members of the Mirror DAO select a subset of recent works to highlight. We call this the Spotlight Series. Authors are selected based on their quality, engagement, diversity, and vision. Each selected project is granted 1 $WRITE token with which they can claim a dedicated subdomain. Moving forward, we want to encourage all writers to publish entries as Writing NFTs, in that way, readers have the opportunity to collect the excellent writing highlighted each week! Congratulations to all the Spotlight Series winners for this week! We look forward to seeing your future work and welcoming you to the DAO. We have highlighted 5 writers and 2 projects this week, with a selection that includes bounty stories and DAO theories. The 2 projects have been provided $WRITE to ensure their subdomains are validated for their communities. If your entry is here, you should have $WRITE in your wallet by the end of next week. Once the ERC20 token is in your wallet, you can claim your subdomain at mirror.xyz/join. https://mirror.xyz/pwning.eth/CB4XUkbJVwPo7CaRwRmCApaP2DMjPQccW-NOcCwQlAs https://mirror.xyz/harvardblockchain.eth/o3VqNL4TLD21VdMCkHkVdnIGTigCmvh_Fam3kctBAhU https://mirror.xyz/jenil.eth/PziTYEWhnHVi9g68_-dx7oIxhb5bAvBjhfQy8s31ono https://mirror.xyz/siddhearta.eth/BEJgjXbJ5kwC0KncCb7rOGgoSnaNFwi_4Q7N3LqbjWU https://mirror.xyz/0x8B580433568E521ad351b92b98150c0C65ce69B7/1zGqbsh1YZNi3I9yvtk2VMcpygdvHF1GlZ_LAO3p4 https://mirror.xyz/0xBAe65c4bA62799F68817Cbb2bB353Da4572C23Ae https://mirror.xyz/0x08aBf2471a8F2E9547659DDeE1cB063E743C6010/C9u44thlGL-9AeAi0ixJNVr6LgtdlztMvFQvgRogbbs

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