Jack Dorsey's metaverse spat led to him unfollowing Web3 fanatics like Tyler Winklevoss on Twitter
Jack Dorsey unfollowed several Web3 gurus on Twitter after dissing the metaverse -- and even got blocked himself.
The founder and current CEO of (formerly Square) unfollowed a16z founder Marc Andreessen, CEO Brian Armstrong, and Gemini CEO Tyler Winklevoss, CoinDesk reported Wednesday.
The spat escalated between Dorsey and Andreessen when the venture capitalist blocked Dorsey, a bitcoin proponent. To which he replied, "I'm officially banned from web3."
Winklevoss, for his part, doesn't plan to unfollow Dorsey back over a difference of opinion, saying "He is an incredible entrepreneur and even more incredible human being."
The series of events began with a December 20 tweet from Dorsey that suggested Web3, also known as the metaverse, isn't actually a way for individuals to of the internet and warned it's still the realm of tech giants.
"You don't own 'web3,'" he wrote. "The VCs and their LPs do. It will never escape their incentives. It's ultimately a centralized entity with a different label. Know what you're getting into…"
Even billionaire chief Elon Musk got in on the Twitter spat over the metaverse, a future version of the internet where people can virtually interact. He's called it nothing more than a "" and "bs."
"Has anyone seen web3? I can't find it." . Dorsey replied with a likely jab at a16z, saying "It's somewhere between a and z."
In another tweet, Dorsey called out a16z's Twitter bio, which reads "we invest in software eating the world," as "so... dark." A16z, which is also known as Andreessen Horowitz, has been in crypto startups and Web3, saying crypto will "transform all aspects of our lives."
Venture capital funds poured a record $30 billion into crypto projects in 2021, more than quadruple the last record in 2018 of about $8 billion, according to market research firm . Sky Mavis, which owns the ethereum-based metaverse game Axie Infinity, for example, scored a $3 billion valuation after raising $150 million in a funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz.Source