Hey there 👋 ,

Welcome to Digital Native! I’m Rex. By day, I work as a partner at Index Ventures and by night, I write about tech and startups. Every Wednesday morning, you’ll get a piece straight to your inbox.


What to Expect:

I’m fascinated by how technology and culture intersect. Each week, I’ll write about this intersection, exploring the trends and startups changing how we live and work.

To give you a taste, below are some of my recent pieces grouped by theme:


Gen Z

🫠 Minions and Gen Z Characteristics

💀 It’s Gen Z’s World, and We’re Just Living In It

🔥 Lil Nas X Is Gen Z’s Defining Icon


Creators

🤳 Influencer Marketing 2.0

🎨 The Art of the Deal: How Money Shapes Art

🔨 The Cambrian Explosion in Software and Content


Internet Culture

🔪 The Internet Killed Mainstream Culture

🪞 The Two-Way Mirror of Art and Technology

💙 Digital Kinship & the Loneliness Epidemic


The Metaverse

🌐 Reality Privilege and Living Your Life Online

🔮 The Rise of Synthetic Media & Digital Creators

🐯 How Neopets Paved the Road to the Metaverse


Gaming

🎮 Digital Economies, Gaming, and IP Legos

💵 The Deceptive Complexity of Axie Infinity’s Digital Economy

Blockchain Gaming and On-Ramps to Mass Adoption


Web3

💼 Nomadland, Banksy, and Our Web3 Future of Work

🤫 Most People Won’t Know Web3 Exists

🔐 Down With the Gatekeepers


Consumer Social

😜 Myspace, Tumblr, and the Long-Lost Weirdness of the Social Internet

🪐 What China’s Soul Tells Us About the Future of the Social Internet

💄 The Rise of Cash App and Vertical Social Networks


And if you want to read one piece tying together many of the topics I write about, check out Throughlines or this video recap from December 2021:


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