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Shane Mac, Co-Founder of XMTP, on The Future of Messaging, and Decentralized Communication

Shane Mac is the Co-Founder of XMTP, the largest open protocol, and network for secure web3 messaging. Prior to XMTP, Shane founded Assist, which built the first business messaging for Facebook Messenger, Apple Business Chat, Google Business Messaging, and SMS. Assist was acquired in 2019. In 2017, Shane co-founded & bootstrapped Squared Away, which provides remote executive assistants powered by military spouses. Squad Away recently passed $25M in revenue, led by his co-founder.

In this conversation, we discuss:


- Web3 messaging
- Decentralized communication
- Portability of messages is key in developing the web3 ecosystem
- 13yr old Shane making $3k per month selling baseball bats
- Nashville is booming
- Working with FaceBook & 1-800-FLOWERS
- Builders keep building
- Communication before commerce