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DeFi as a Necessary Primitive - Case Study: GLIF

  • DeFi
  • Compounding
For the foreseeable future, the financial use-case of crypto IS the killer app. As such, any layer-1 ecosystem that wants to build a vibrant community must start by supporting robust DeFi primitives that improve capital efficiency. An excellent example of this is GLIF in the Filecoin ecosystem … Continue reading

Damn Sam, that wasn’t a microdose

  • Culture
We are extremely proud to add another masterpiece of art in the digital age to the 1OF1 collection. As the Monument Game was unfolding, we were captivated by the fact that it was not one, but three distinct works: a key chapter in a breathtaking series of digital paintings with ever-expanding lore, … Continue reading

Image as process

  • Culture
Artistic innovation has long been driven by technology. Even the very basic building blocks of what we consider art today were invented at some point: The stained glass seen in many churches; tubes and palettes that allowed artists to paint outside; silkscreen printing; the camera and image editing … Continue reading

My Squiggle, my signature

  • Capital Allocation
  • Culture
Erick Calderon, known as Snowfro, created the iconic Chromie Squiggles collection as the genesis work of Art Blocks, his compelling new platform for generative art. For our team at 1of1, generative art combines (1) the artist who composes a set of code, (2) the collector who presses play to mint and (3) an algorithmic platform to produce the work with some element of randomness. These 3 elements combine in a crucible moment like a triumvirate of creative expression whereby a novel artwork is created. Often these works are more personal to the collector because of their role in the process. … Continue reading

Chronograph: Institutional Grade Yield Farming

  • Compounding
A day in a yield farmer’s life Running a delta-neutral or farming fund is a complex and risky activity, with exposure to numerous potential hazards, such as faulty smart contracts, counterparty blow-ups, and illiquidity. At Dialectic, we have been operating Chronograph, our fixed-income vehicle, … Continue reading

The Lore of Dialectic and Forgotten Runes

  • Culture
Prologue The Sun was reaching its high point in the sky over the mystical mountains of Zug. As per usual, the Dialectic Alpha Mancers were sipping their potions and excavating at the vanguard of the crypto rabbit hole as vape smoke filled the air. Suddenly one of the powerful Italian Alpha Mancers … Continue reading

Thoughts on on-chain gaming

  • Culture
Special thanks to guiltgyoza , Ryan Zurrer , and Swagtimus for the feedback on this article. Also, thanks to Sylve and the MatchboxDAO 's community for the inspiration and thoughtful discussions. The gaming industry is slowly waking up to blockchain technology. It will dramatically change the … Continue reading

A Nouns Governance Attack Part 2

  • Capital Allocation
Huge thanks to the Nounder punk4156 and Ole for the insightful feedback. Blockchains are highly adversarial environments. On February 14th, the Build Finance DAO was targeted by a hostile takeover. A malicious actor was able to take control of the Build token contract and run away in profit by calling the minting function. At block 14169198 the attacker submitted a proposal, requesting the ownership of the Build Finance token contract to 0xDCc8A38A3a1f4eF4d0b4984dCBB31627D0952C28. On Build’s official discord, one of the developers alerted the community on what was going on and urged everyone … Continue reading

The Dialectic Reciprocity Pledge

  • Capital Allocation
  • Culture
Today, we announce the Dialectic Reciprocity Pledge, an annual tradition to allocate a significant portion of Dialectic’s fees from returns created by our portfolio of companies towards non-profit projects. We will direct these resources towards projects that are meaningful to our leading portfolio … Continue reading

Medici: Dialectic’s Yield Farmer

  • Compounding
  • Capital Allocation
A look at Dialectic's Yield Farming operation and how we automated it. When we started Dialectic, we almost immediately looked into and decided to take advantage of stable incomes by way of DeFi yield farming programs. As the fund has continued to grow, so has the portfolio with which we farm. … Continue reading

Why I Spent $29M on a Beeple

  • Culture
Before this year, crypto was a cult. In 2021, crypto became culture. The movement was both catalyzed and led by the standard-bearer of digital art, Mike Winkelmann, known to the world as Beeple. No one in crypto had predicted that art would be what would bring crypto into the mainstream before this … Continue reading

A Nouns Governance Attack

  • Capital Allocation
In this post we analyze a hypothetical attack on Nouns, a generative non-fungible token (NFT) project mixed with a DAO on Ethereum. Nouns is a relatively simple but powerful idea, that can be credited with running an interesting new experiment in the NFT space. Every 24 hours, the Nouns Auction … Continue reading

Ember Sword: An Epic Metaverse to Push Play-To-Earn Forward

  • Capital Allocation
Ember Sword is a new metaverse that combines the evolution of MMORPG gaming, DeFi yielding and NFT ownership. We outline why Dialectic spent more than $2M on in-game land assets in this unique virtual world. Dialectic, along with a group of leading investors including Delphi Digital, Animoca … Continue reading

Keepers - Workers that Maintain Blockchain Networks

Cryptographic tokens, which can represent digital scarcity in various forms, are an amazing use-case of blockchain technology. Tokens can be used to incentivize desired behaviours in decentralized networks. When designed correctly, tokens can act like rocket-fuel for driving network effects. One … Continue reading