Grant ID: 8687acqu7
The idea for the book is: Feature, in easy-to-understand language, summaries of top academic publications in the field, written by the original authors to improve understanding of opportunities and risks related to blockchain.
I have proposed to zoom in on three particular themes:
- Privacy, and
If the publisher agrees to proceed, I am planning to create a sponsorship opportunity for each theme.
I am wondering if the Graph would be interested in sponsoring the Web3 theme?
I would of course thank the Graph for the support on page one of the theme/section and also mention you in all social media posts related to the book.
I am looking for a modest amount of USD 20k to:
compensate the circa 25 top scholars for taking the time to write the summaries of their works
build a small marketing budget to complement sales efforts of the publisher for maximum distribution of the book
cover some of my (editorial) expenses related to the book
Describe what your project does or is aiming to do in 50 characters or less:
I am proposing an a book, an edited volume with works by top academic scholars, written for practitioners to drive global adoption of blockchain
How far along are you?:
I am getting the publisher’s contract.
Scholars from Columbia, Durham, Rotman and others have already agreed to contribute
I have an initial structure for the book and a list of additional scholars I want to invite
Why did you pick this idea to work on? Do you have domain expertise in this area? How do you know people need what you’re making?:
I have started the Blockckchain Scholars Podcast following the same model - I strongly believe that education of busy decision makers amongst the practitioner community is critical.
What’s new about what you’re making? What substitutes do people resort to because it doesn’t exist yet (or they don’t know about it)?:
I do not think such educational resource exists today. Most content is either very opinion based and potentially misleading to decision makers or too complicated and hard to digest - I am merging best of both worlds
What’s your vision for how your project will impact The Graph and/or web3?:
I hope that with this book project and the podcast I can help those who need to make the decisions to adopt web3 in a big way and make it ubiquitous understand opportunities and risks better.
How will you measure success?:
The first step is to get the publisher’s support. I will not ask for your support if that doesn’t come through. But I am very confident.
Then I need to gather support from the top25 scholars I need to create the book - their approval also is a partial success.
Then there is Book sales of course.
Also visibility online / on social media.
Citations of individual articles will also act as a success proxy
What milestones will you achieve in the coming weeks/months, with or without the grant?:
I am planning to get scholars support by 22nd Feb.
I hope to have the publisher’s support by mid Mar.
I want to complete the manuscript by end of the year.
Please select who you think will benefit from your project?:
How much funding are you looking for? (USD):
Provide a breakdown of your requested funding:
compensate the circa 25 top scholars for taking the time to write the summaries of their works (7k)
build a small marketing budget to complement sales efforts of the publisher for maximum distribution of the book (8k)
cover some of my (editorial) expenses related to the book (5k)
Have you applied for (or already received) funding from somewhere else?:
If yes, please describe where you’ve received funding from and how much you have, or will, receive:
I have not requested or received yet (you’re the first entity I am approaching) but I will look for two additional sponsors for the Privacy and the Cryptoeconomics theme.
Can you share any information about current/past web3 experience?:
I am adding my Bio here for your reference:
Daniel (Dan) is a half-german/half-Argentinian “pracademic” based in Asia. Academia first: He is an Affiliate Faculty Member at Singapore Management University, teaching Cryptography, Blockchain & Digital Assets, and Decentralized Finance (DeFi) courses. Previously, he was a visiting professor at IE Business School in Spain, where he received the Teaching Excellence Award. His research investigates blockchain in the context of financial markets and has been published in various academic journals. “Security Token Offerings” is the most cited paper on the topic globally. He is also the Associate Editor-In-Chief of World Scientific’s “Annual Review of Fintech” journal. Having been a practitioner first, Dan, now, at 45, is completing his PhD in Finance at Erasmus University in 2024 and holds Master’s degrees in Innovation (SMU) and Finance (IE). As a practitioner, he is the Founder of Lightbulb Capital in Hong Kong and Singapore and the CIO of the Modular Blockchain Fund at Modular Asset Management. Previously, Dan was COO of HSBC Securities in Singapore. He also worked for UBS in Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital Singapore and Tokyo, and Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown. Daniel has spoken at some of the world’s most significant events in the field, including Messari Mainnet in New York, Singapore’s Fintech Festival, Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative, and Spain’s Mobile World Congress.
Why are you interested in contributing to The Graph and/or web3?:
Because I am convinced that without a thorough understanding by non-crypto-native entities and their decision makers global use of Web3 will remain utopic - and I don’t like that idea.
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