Max Webster is the founder of Hivemind Ventures, an early stage fund investing in Bitcoin startups building on the Lightning Network.
In our conversation, Max explained why he’s investing in Lightning Network startups today, we explored the business opportunities for Lightning nodes, liquidity marketplaces, and emerging payment apps, and we got into startup valuations, identifying strong founders, and finding product-market fit in the Lightning ecosystem.
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00:00 - Intro
02:49 - Max Webster Intro
09:07 - How Lightning Solves Problems Crypto Can’t Solve
12:42 - Lightning Network Scalability
17:15 - Lightning Nodes & Railroad Networks
25:08 - Is Max Worried About Centralization on Lightning?
30:45 - Lightning Network Liquidity Marketplaces
38:33 - Emerging Lightning Native Applications
40:53 - Stacker News
55:36 - More Than 2 Billion People on Lightning in 2032
1:02:31 - Investing In Lightning Startups
1:14:45 - The Lightning Round