According to Cuban, after the initial surge of multiple exciting blockchain applications in DeFi, NFT, and [play-to-earn] fields, “we saw the imitation phase as chains subsidized the movement of those apps to their chains.”
He compared the phenomenon to the times when the same over-hyped dot-com firms that offered similar services collapsed.
Crypto is going through the lull that the internet went through. After the initial surge of exciting apps, NFTs, DeFi, P2E, we saw the imitation phase as chains subsidized the movement of those apps to their chains (ala bandwidth and storage subsidies by startups in the 2000s)
Cuban, whose net worth is estimated at about $4.7 billion, built his wealth in the 1990s with the sale of his computer consulting firm MicroSolutions. Another company he owned, an internet radio service called Broadcast.com, was later acquired by Yahoo for $5.7 billion in stock before being discontinued.
In recent years, the 63-year-old billionaire has been actively investing in the crypto space, with projects like OpenSea, CryptoSlam, and SuperRare making part of his portfolio.
No future for copycats
It’s not all doom and gloom for Cuban as he still sees plenty of room for advancements, especially if this involves commercial smart contract platforms ultimately replacing software as a service (SAAS).
“What we have not seen is the use of smart contracts to improve business productivity and profitability. That will have to be the next driver,” said Cuban.
He also believes that only “the chains that realize this will survive.”
“The chains that copy what every one else has, will fail. We don’t need NFTs or DeFi on every chain. We don’t need bridges to move NFTs between chains (does this make it fungible?). We need smart contract apps replacing SAAS apps,” added Cuban.
The chains that copy what every one else has, will fail. We don’t need NFTs or DeFi on every chain. We don’t need bridges to move NFTs between chains (does this make it fungible?). We need Smart Contract apps replacing SAAS apps.