CEO, Co-Founder of Yup
January 2020 - Present
President of Blockchain at Columbia
February 2018 - February 2020
Mentor of IBM | Columbia Blockchain Accelerator
January 2020 - Present
Operating Committee Leader at Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs
February 2017 - February 2019
Sergeant First Class at Israel Defense Forces - Military Intelligence
2013 - 2016
Columbia University in the City of New York
Bachelor's Degree, Economics, 2016 - 2020
Walworth Barbour American International School of Israel
High School, 2010 - 2013
Dapper Labs Backs $3.5M Raise for Crypto Social Media Startup Yup
Will Gottsegen was CoinDesk's media and culture reporter. Yup, a crypto-backed social media platform, has raised $3.5 million in a funding round led by Distributed Global, with support from Dapper Labs and a host of prominent angel investors.
Curator Economy: Monetizing Taste in Web3
TLDR: Curation has its own roles in social media and curators represent a large and powerful demographic. Web3 protocols provide curators with new opportunities to monetize and creators with opportunities to form their communities around curation. Platforms also benefit from leveraging web3 curation and moderation protocols for their content feeds.
What Does Twitter's New Decentralized Initiative Mean?
Back in December 2019, Jack Dorsey, the founder and CEO of Twitter and payments operator Square, announced a new team dubbed Bluesky, to work on decentralized social media standards. The news has gotten both the crypto and noncrypto communities abuzz - and for good reason.
After Ethereum Classic Suffers 51% Hack, Experts Consider - Will Bitcoin Be Next?
It took 24 hours to notice but on the 5 th January 2019, Ethereum Classic (ETC), better known as Ethereum's (ETH) little brother, was hacked using a rare 51% attack. In essence, a single person was able to control around 60% of the mining power, creating a longer blockchain which gave them the ability to double spend.
The Opinion Economy | Hacker Noon
President of Blockchain at Columbia What yours is worth and why it matters Co-written with Liam Donohue, with revisions by Noam Levenson and Omid Malekan. 2. ~50% of online reviews accurately reflect the quality and value of the product/service being reviewed. Focus on the relationship between these two statistics: 1.
Blockchain Community Leader Nir Kabessa Explains the Merits of Distributed Ledger Technology
Nir Kabessa has established himself as a leader in the blockchain community of New York City. In a field like blockchain charlatans are disguised as experts, it was refreshing to talk to someone like him who was both well-versed in the subject and active within the space.
The internet deserves a trustless sentiment layer and web3 is well-positioned to offer it. Social capital is most valuable when it is distinct from financial capital, but will grow in size and liquidity through DeFi infrastructure. We think Yup will capture this opportunity with a social consensus protocol.
NFTs & the Meme Economy - Mirror
The dankest memes of the future will be NFTs Memes are the internet's native art form. They transcend platforms, geographic locations, and language. NFTs are slowly becoming the economic infrastructure behind the internet's content and creators. Recent demand for meme NFTs has proven memes are more valuable when minted as NFTs.
On Online Social Consensus
A treatise on crypto social and the motivations for the Yup Protocol With help from the whole Yup team, and revisions from Since the dawn of the internet, there has been an ambitious desire for open and public protocols for social networks. However, distributed social consensus on the web has remained highly regarded but rarely understood.
How We Got Ivy League Students to use Blockchain Tech
For most blockchain-enabled products and services, achieving mainstream adoption has been a nearly impossible goal. Even the most celebrated projects in the crypto ecosystem struggle to expand their community beyond blockchain-savvy users.
The Influencer's Dilemma
I mean, look at this convenient menu. It's like a candy store for insecure teenagers or ambitious millennials. And who could blame them; this stuff is valuable. My attempts were pretty successful in getting over 250,000 engagements of various types on several accounts with less than $10 altogether using these tools.
In 2019, gave several lectures called positing that pseudonymous transactions will become as widely prevalent as pseudonymous communications have throughout the rise of the internet. Taking pseudonyms seriously means reconsidering the definition of souls and lives as we know them. If we can embody multiple lives, if we can co-own or pass them on to others, who are we?
Should Likes Exist ? | Hacker Noon
President of Blockchain at Columbia There has been some debate around the importance of public 'likes' on social media platforms. Let's discuss this further with sociological insights. Should social metrics (such as "likes") remain public on social media platforms? There has recently been action by platforms such as Instagram to remove likes from the public eye, meaning only creators would see reactions to their content and no one else.