Startup Digest Reading List - DeFi Infrastructure, Dave Teardown, Kafka Explainer





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I published a long form essay on the topic of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) Infrastructure and how this new infrastructure is enabling 10x the speed of innovation in the world of fintech driven applications. 
Essay includes a market map + architectural diagrams to get a better sense of how these new DeFi apps are constructed from a technical perspective. 
Check it out and would love your comments, and if you’re a founder working on DeFi infrastructure I’d love to chat with you >
Written by Chris McCann, General Partner @ Race Capital, former Greylock Partners. More about me.

Tech News Last Week
  • The semiconductors wars are heating up - The US is proposing a 25% tax credit bonus for companies to move semiconductor manufacturing to the US.
  • Triplebyte’s (the hiring startup) model isn’t working and they are pivoting to no more technical assessment tests.
  • Apple is launching a new VPN service bundled into their iCloud service.
  • Facebook is planning to get into the hardware business with the launch of a smartwatch.
Deep Dive Posts
  • There have been six high-profile direct listings (companies going public directly on an exchange) over the past 3 years including Spotify, Slack, and others. Here is how they have been doing post-listing
  • Dave, the US based neo-bank, is going public via a SPAC. Here is their investor presentation teardown by Jason Mikula . 
  • On the topic of neo-banks, here are the top 10 neo-banks by market share based on % share of new monthly users.
  • Apache Kafka, the open-source streaming platform, can be quite hard to understand unless you are a user yourself. To this end, someone wrote an explainer about Kafka in the form of a children’s illustrated book. It’s a bit of an odd format but is really well done. 
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Chris McCann Chris McCann - General Partner @ Race Capital, former Greylock Partners
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