Published: Oct. 23, 2022

Confetti iconWhat be learned from crypto projects that failed in practice but bear important lessons for future designs?

Life in the world of blockchains and cryptocurrencies moves quickly. Projects come and go. In markets full of volatility and speculation, success or failure is not always the clearest indicator of the quality of the underlying ideas. Important ideas may appear in a given project alongside the lousy ones that doom it. Lousy ideas, also, may seem to flourish because they appeared at an opportune time. Regardless of the quality of an idea, it can bear lessons.

The culture that dominates in crypto tends to focus on the future, as if that is all that matters. Memory is short. But there is much to be learned for the future from even the short history of crypto experiments. Crypto Wake is a platform for doing that learning together.

Crypto Wake is an archive of inactive, failed, and otherwise deceased crypto projects with lessons worth remembering. It is a collaborative wiki that welcomes contributions from those who remember or who are learning to do so.

See the pilot website at

December 2022 update: Crypto Wake has migrated to the Stories category at This transition passes the project off to an active community project.

Get involved

Is there a project you would like to make sure gets remembered? Please visit our Contributing page for details on how to do that. We’re especially looking for:

  • Authors of wiki pages on crypto projects
  • Suggestions of crypto projects we should include (see the placeholders here)