Although NFTs have found adoption only recently, the concept itself has a rich history going back over 40 years. In 1980’s before WWW, Tim Berners-Lee tried to implement a standard similar to today’s NFT’s which could later be part of the WWW. He did so again in the 2000s by advocating for the concept of linked data (i.e. the Semantic Web). These efforts were unfortunately not successful due to their sheer technical complexity and non-adoption by the industry. Instead, the biggest beneficiaries of Web2 became today’s data monopolies which has driven inequality in society.
We believe that NFTs are short-term overvalued, especially as they are portrayed today as collectibles but long-term undervalued because they enable true ownership and interoperability in a growing digital economy. Thus their true potential lie in ability to break up today’s data monopolies by reimagining the existing Web2 data moats to a peer-to-peer one where citizens own today’s most precious currency — their personal data. This might be hard to grasp at first but so was a few hundred years when people first gained land ownership which brought equality and freedom into the society and gave birth to modern economy. In Estonia it happened only in 1991 when we got our independence from Soviet Union as until everything was owned by the state. Tim Berners-Lee dreamt of an open data layer for the Internet and finally its promise is coming to life through NFTs. Our vision is to enable this by becoming the new data layer for the Internet with an open protocol that facilitates the flow of ownership on the Internet, just like TCP/IP today enables the flow of free information.
Building infrastructure is resource intensive in the initial phases thus a big part of the resources will go into scaling the existing infrastructure with the goal of helping the developers building on top of us to scale.
Secondly, doubling down on building the best NFT infra experience for both Web2 & Web3 devs, with out-of-the-box multi-chain support, high reliability and scale that reaches into hundreds of thousands of NFT reads and writes across multiple chains.
Thirdly, hiring one of the best teams in Web3. We will scale from 18 people today to 50+. Passionate about our mission and have a Web3 bug? We’re hiring across multiple roles.
Finally, bringing to market a decentralized NFT infrastructure protocol because we believe Web3 will only reach it’s true potential if it’s also built on top of decentralized infrastructure and the Internet can be owned by citizens.