There is never a dull moment in the cryptoverse. Blockchain, DeFi and web3 technologies continue to evolve rapidly in a world of wild extremes. How extreme? Consider these two examples.
The Terra ecosystem is disappearing in a multi-billion dollar crash-and-burn as traditional investment firm Andreessen Horowitz shuts down a $4.5 billion crypto mega-fund. Then you have crypto’s ongoing regulatory tug of war against the backdrop of Coinbase insider trading.
It’s a lot to track and digest, which is why we asked some of our editorial team, Lucas Matney, Jacquelyn Melinek and Anita Ramaswamy – who eat, sleep and dream about all things crypto – to weigh in and share their insights. and share perspectives. They are also the brains behind the programming at TC Sessions: Crypto and the hosts of ukbusinessupdates.com’s Chain Reaction Podcast.
Before we get into the juicy stuff, here’s a reminder to join us – and these top editors – at TC Sessions: Crypto on November 17 in Miami. Buy a launch pass now and save $250.
Without further ado, here’s a quick look at what our editors are most excited about going to ukbusinessupdates.com’s first TC Sessions: Crypto event.
What are your top priorities or goals when putting together the programming for the first ukbusinessupdates.com Sessions: Crypto event?
Anita Ramaswamy: I aim to ensure that our speaker line-up and the topics we compose are representative of the diversity of opinions and backgrounds present in the web3 community.
Luke Mattney: I spend a lot of my time working out an agenda that will ensure we do justice to the unprecedented excitement surrounding this industry, while also providing the less glamorous context about inherent risks to push more consumers towards products that promote speculative investing.
Jacquelyn Melinek: I hope to create a program that delves into the complexities of the industry and makes the content easily accessible to those curious about cryptography, while experts in the space also highlight and comment on the industry’s risks.
Speaking of the event name, do we get to hear more than just “crypto”?
LM: Sure. While the adoption of cryptocurrencies remains the main focus of the industry, the space has become much less monolithic in the past two years, with founders pushing forward new blockchain technologies for organizing and running communities online and driving early adoption. of new products on the web.
JM: There is a deeper level in the crypto industry than just ‘crypto’. Participants can listen to discussions on a range of topics that benefit from or flow from it, as well as making their own way with the technology. Crypto is the center of the industry, but is not the all-encompassing term for discussion.
AR: Absolutely – many people use the word “crypto” as a synonym for everything to do with blockchain technology, although it mainly captures the financial applications/tokens themselves. Those are important, but we’ll also talk about how blockchain technology and the ideas that shape it affect founders, creators, and everyday internet users who may not be as deeply immersed in the web3 space. Cryptocurrency itself is at the heart of most web3 projects, but I consider this a broader web3 event.
What makes 2022 a particularly fascinating year to hold our first crypto event?
JM: This year has been nothing short of turbulent – I mean that in both good and bad ways – and a lot of people want answers regarding that volatility. Even by the time the event takes place, the crypto industry could be vastly different from when we started planning it. There’s a chance we’ll have to adapt our discussions to the current landscape, but that’s the kind of “beauty” of this industry. It’s constantly changing and fitting that we host an event during one of the “crypto winters” as we have to provide content and conferences even when things don’t go according to plan. Hosting an event this year shows that we’re here to spark discussions through good times and bad.
AR: Regardless of the recent talk of “crypto winter”, I believe the past two years have marked a major turning point in the arc of crypto history. Market conditions can (and probably will) fluctuate, and we’ll cover that in detail during the event, but over the past two years we’ve seen a huge influx of people dipping their toes into crypto for the first time. Therefore, 2022 is a good time to reframe some of the discussions we’ve had within the crypto community with a broader perspective and with an eye to the future.
LM: Crypto may be in a downturn right now, but it is during these periods that players looking for quick cash leave the industry and streamline the industry. Holding this event in 2022 promises an opportunity for those who want to stay to hear from enduring power players about their success stories and how they survived the past winters.
As for your own background, how did you become interested in writing about the crypto, NFT, blockchain and web3 communities?
LM: So much of my own initial interest was tied to the developer’s zeal around the space which felt different from the financial speculation. The close bond between technologists in the NFT community and emerging digital artists – who have never had an effective way to monetize their work – was an early inspiration for me to further explore the industry and immerse myself in communities things worked that had never been done before. It’s been a wild ride ever since – all on Twitter 24/7.
AR: I thank a cousin of mine, who is now a commodities trader, for sparking my initial interest in blockchain – I will never forget visiting his family while I was still in college and listening to him discuss things like decentralization and hashrates. explained to me in the context of Bitcoin. It sounds nerdy, but as a major in political science I was fascinated by the ideology behind it. And as a former investment banker turned corporate journalist, I spent much of the pandemic following huge, bureaucratic financial institutions as they slowly warmed to the idea of crypto, often due to customer demand.
JM: I had a personal interest in crypto before going full-time on the industry, but never delved too deeply into it. I didn’t know, the space is so much bigger than I initially thought. When I started reporting on it, I found that many of the “good” players in the industry were innovative – even if they were a bit gritty – and determined to succeed no matter the hurdles thrown at them. That was inspiring to me. My interest also stems from my love for learning. Although I have covered a range of crypto topics, I still learn something new almost every day. This industry keeps me curious and always on my toes.
Finally, aside from the obvious reason it’s a great city, why host this event in Miami?
JM: Miami has become one of the frontrunners representing the crypto industry and has a vibrant community of builders, developers, and both private and institutional investors.
AR: Miami has always been one of the most global cities in the United States, with a vibrant immigrant community. Now the city has become somewhat synonymous with crypto, with major investment firms and startups in the space settling in to call Miami their home. As a Miami native of New York, it was fascinating to see what a clear impact the influx of crypto talent in Miami has had on both my friends and family who still live there and my peers in NYC, many of whom are moved to Miami temporarily or permanently.
LM: Just as crypto was the breakthrough success of the tech market rally in recent years, so Miami became a poster for a new-brand tech center during a pandemic-driven exit of young Bay Area tech workers. People have a lot of opinions about the city, but no one claims Miami lacks passion or intensity — elements I’m particularly excited about ukbusinessupdates.com Sessions: Crypto to tap into.
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