The A16Z NFT Canon

Friday 4th June, 2021 - Bruce Sterling


*NFTs are an industry, and A16Z, which is Marc Andreesen’s venture capital outfit in Silicon Valley, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in this space.


*There are people who claim that blockchains aren’t an industry, and that non-fungible tokens must therefore be even less of an industry.  The response from blockchainers would be one of their favorite taunts: “Have fun staying poor.”


*If you want to make a lot of money in blockchains, making artwork for blockchain owners is one of the worst and most cumbersome ways to do that.  Your chances of obtaining wealth  are much higher as a blockchain entrepreneur, even though, as with most tech venture capital efforts, those chances aren’t  good.


*On the plus side, if you read all this you would at least know what the players are talking about, and how they plot and scheme to reap fortunes.



“The NFT Canon is a go-to resource for artists and creators, developers, corporations and institutions, communities and other organizations seeking to understand or do more with non-fungible tokens.

“It’s a curated list of readings and resources on all things NFTs (inspired by the a16z Crypto Canon), and is organized from the big picture of what NFTs are and why they matter to how to mint, collect, and do more with them — including FAQs, ecosystem overviews, and various applications such as art, music, gaming, social tokens, creator DAOs, and others.

“We will continue to update this as more people try out new things, share their work, or publish resources for learning about NFTs. If you have suggestions for quality pieces to add, let us know @a16z.”


The Big Picture

NFTs and a Thousand True Fans — evolution of the internet and better economics for creators
by Chris Dixon

NFTs and a Thousand True Fans


Stories, Scarcity, and Mimetic Desire — how NFTs turn millions of stories into scarce assets
by Nick Tomaino


NFTs invert the ownership model of media — offering creators, their audiences, and developers who build for them a viable alternative to platform-driven monetization
by Jesse Walden



Et cetera, et cetera.