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Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has released the second annual “State of Crypto” report, emphasizing the significance of Web3, blockchain infrastructure, and a price-innovation cycle that makes the bear market a prime time for builders. A16z’s new State of Crypto Index, an interactive tool that tracks 14 technology-focused metrics, provides a comprehensive and real-time measure of the industry’s health.
Last year’s high-profile scandals and collapses demonstrated the failure of centralized models, highlighting the importance of decentralized infrastructure. According to a16z, Web3 is “an evolution of the internet” that advances it through “crypto computers.” The report also states that Web3 adoption is still in its early phases, with gaming showing particular strength.
Decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible token (NFT) metrics have become more stable, according to the report. Meanwhile, gaming has generated 23 times more on-chain transactions than DeFi, with 700 Web3 games launched last year. Andreessen Horowitz CTO Eddy Lazzarin remarks that “product cycles are where new things that lead to consistent and more robust growth over many years are occurring, regardless of financial cycles.”
Andreessen Horowitz has taken particular notice of ongoing improvements in blockchain infrastructure, including new layer-1 chains that improve scalability and programmability and layer-2 scaling solutions like optimistic and zero-knowledge rollups. The report highlights zero-knowledge proofs as a particularly promising development in the field.
The report’s authors argue that Web3’s advantages over prior technological models include decentralized blockchain networks, a community-governed nature that avoids power consolidation among corporations, and value occurring to network participants. The firm maintains that the industry is healthier than market prices indicate due to its steady cycle of development, product launches, and innovation in the face of constant fluctuations.
The Bottom Line
A16z’s State of Crypto report demonstrates the significance of Web3, blockchain infrastructure, and the enduring appeal of the crypto market. Developers and investors alike should take note of the industry’s ongoing evolution and growth and carefully monitor developments around decentralized finance, gaming, and zero-knowledge proofs, among other promising areas. The report’s insights demonstrate that focus and a long-term perspective are essential for success in the industry.