Restrictive policies will not level the playing field; they will limit upside or push the winners and their money abroad. Instead, we need to compete by creating better products that leverage revolutionary models. Expanding the number of early stakeholders beyond friends, family, and investors creates the opportunity to avoid the cold start problem. Employee stock options have proven to be a powerful mechanism that start-ups can leverage when competing for talent. And through leveraging the same framework, tokenized ownership –– often referred to as web 3 offers start-ups an unfair advantage when competing for users.