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In the "Are Wallets Actually Working?" video, panelists discussed the importance of wallets in the crypto ecosystem as a critical touchpoint between users and blockchain, potentially becoming the standard interface for website and app interaction. They highlighted the need for simplifying user onboarding, improving customer support and education, and creating compelling use cases for wallets to encourage adoption and retention. The speakers also predicted that wallets would become more user-friendly and easier to use, evolving into apps that exist within existing applications and leading to around 20 wallets on people's phones within the next five years. They expressed concerns about the blame culture around phishing scams and the need for a more invisible nature for people's interaction in the online space.

  • 00:00:00 In this section, the panelists introduced themselves and discussed the importance of the wallet layer in the crypto ecosystem. They agreed that wallets are a critical touchpoint for everything between what a user wants to do and what happens on chain, expanding to be the OS into web3 as a whole. The panelists also shared their personal reasons for being in the space and their focus on making the interaction between developers and users in the layer as seamless as possible to supercharge the entire ecosystem. They expressed excitement about the future of wallets being unbundled and rebundled, as signing infrastructure for distinguishing control and management take form.
  • 00:05:00 In this section, the speakers discuss the potential of wallets becoming the standard interface for interacting with websites and apps. They believe that as the scope of blockchain expands, so too will wallets. The speakers note that a properly functioning wallet, such as Phantom, can provide users with much higher functionality and better user experience than traditional login methods. They also discuss how the wallet experience can be simplified for new users by unbundling key management and allowing wallets to be shaped according to user wants and needs. Additionally, they suggest that customer support and user education can help with onboarding and that the use case for wallets needs to be compelling enough to encourage users to overcome any hurdles they may face.
  • 00:10:00 In this section, the speakers discuss the issue of onboarding and retaining users in the cryptocurrency space. They argue that retention is just as important as onboarding, and the industry needs to focus more on keeping users safe and secure once they enter the ecosystem. They also suggest that there may be more promising use cases in on-chain payments and finance, and that the industry should explore turning existing apps on users' phones into wallets rather than focusing solely on creating new wallets. The speakers mention some products that are showing promise in terms of user activation and retention, such as Sound and Stems. Looking forward, they believe that crypto wallets will become more user-friendly and easier to use, and that sharing links to bring friends into the space will become a more common form of user acquisition.
  • 00:15:00 In this section, the speakers discuss the future of crypto wallets and how they see the market evolving in the next five to ten years. One speaker predicts that the next wallet will be an app that exists as part of existing applications, and within five years, people will have 20 wallets on their phone. However, the speakers acknowledge the current confusion among developers with the recent account abstraction development and the flurry of smart contract wallets appearing. They also suggest that web 3 products could benefit from web 2 business models, as the emphasis on tokenization creates churn in user bases. Ultimately, the speakers suggest that if mass adoption doesn't happen in the next five to ten years, the values of the crypto market may need to be reexamined.
  • 00:20:00 In this section, the speakers express their concern about the blame culture that exists around the issue of phishing scams and the need for a more invisible nature of people's interaction with the online space. The panelists join together in thanking the audience for listening in and sharing their thoughts on the topic of wallets and their effectiveness.

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