Web3 Decentralized Business Models

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This paper presents key characteristics of Web3 and how the traditional business model canvas (BMC) requires update to support managers in the Web3 industry. The characteristics of Web3 include Dapps, wallets, interoperability, tokenization, distributed ownership, decentralized communities, creator economy, and token economy. This study investigates how a business model in Web3 is different from the traditional BMC by Osterwalder and Pigneur (2010) based on a Delphi study with a panel of eight experts from the Web3 industry. The contribution of the research outlines a nascent Web3 business model canvas with seven building blocks, which are complemented by two overarching components specific to the nascent Web3 business models: value co-creation and value distribution. Furthermore, the model expands on the blocks of community and customer, tokenomics, and incentive and reward structures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2024
EventHawaii International Conference on System Science 2024 - Hawaiian Village, Waikiki, United States
Duration: 3 Jan 20246 Jan 2024
Conference number: 57


ConferenceHawaii International Conference on System Science 2024
LocationHawaiian Village
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • blockchain
  • business model canvas
  • web3
  • decentralized business models
  • tokens


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