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🎙 How To Quit Working For Coinbase and Build Your Own NFT Marketplace

🎙 How To Quit Working For Coinbase and Build Your Own NFT Marketplace

Tyson Battistella, CTO and Co-Founder of Zora.co, joins Season 6 to share his journey, hyperstructures, his thesis on the web3 creator economy, web3’s data problems, and so much more.

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🎙 New Podcast Episode

Mint Season 6 episode 8 welcomes Tyson Battistella, CTO and Co-Founder of Zora.co the NFT marketplace protocol. Throughout the hour, we discuss how he got his start in web3, the early days at Coinbase, lessons learned along the years while building their marketplace protocol, hyperstructures, his thesis on the web3 creator economy, web3’s data problems, and so much more.


  • 03:17 - Intro

  • 07:55 - Getting Started in Web3

  • 10:33 - Dropping Out of College

  • 11:36 - Interning at Coinbase

  • 14:53 - Quitting Coinbase to Start Zora

  • 18:08 - What Did We Mess Up In Web2 That We Are Fixing In Web3?

  • 21:11 - Learning Lessons Along the Way From the Initial Vision to Now

  • 24:27 - What Are Some Marketplaces or Platforms That You Would Want to See Created?

  • 28:13 - What Would You Pay for the Collectible Telescope Artifact or a Moment in Time?

  • 29:03 - How Should Creators Be Using This New Open Edition Format?

  • 31:43 - Favorite Moments from Nouns

  • 33:30 - Building for Creators and Top Entrepreneurs

  • 36:03 - Zora Hackathons

  • 38:33 - Other Problems to Solve in Web3

  • 40:01 - What is a Hyperstructure?

  • 43:42 - What Do You Think About the Nouns Model as a Potential Mechanism for Open Hyperstructured Development?

  • 46:23 - How Do You Capture the Value Created Through a Hyperstructure?

  • 47:49 - Solving Web3's Metadata Problem

  • 50:12 - What Does it Mean to Be a Data-Informed Creator?

  • 52:11 - How Does Zora Use On-chain Data?

  • 55:36 - Challenges With Building Zora

  • 58:21 - How Can a Team Manage Magnificent Meme Game With Top Tier Tools, Software Development?

  • 58:56 - Zora's Mood Board

  • 01:00:08 - Outro

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Mint with host Adam Levy delivers an exclusive look into how the creators of today are building the communities of tomorrow using web3 primitives like social tokens, DAOs, and NFTs, to name a few.