There is never a dull moment in the cryptoverse. Blockchain, DeFi and web3 technologies continue to grow rapidly in a world of extremes. how severe Consider these two examples.
The Terra ecosystem may disappear in a multibillion-dollar crash-and-burn, while traditional investment firm Andreessen Horowitz closes a $4.5 billion crypto megafund. You have crypto’s ongoing regulatory tug-of-war in the wake of the Coinbase insider trading suit.
That’s a lot to track and digest, which is why we asked our editorial team Lucas Matney, Jacqueline Melinek, and Anita Ramaswamy — who eat, sleep, and dream all things crypto — to weigh in and share their insights and perspectives. They are also the brain trust behind programming in TC Sessions: Crypto and host of Technology Flow’s Chain Reaction podcast.
Before we dig into the juicy stuff, here’s a reminder to join us and these ace editors at TC Sessions: Crypto on November 17th in Miami. Buy a Launch Pass now and you’ll save $250.
Without further ado, here’s a quick look at what our editors are most excited about heading into Technology Flow’s first TC Sessions: Crypto event.
What were your main priorities or goals when you put together the programming for the first Technology Flow Sessions: Crypto event?
Anita Ramaswamy: I’m focused on making sure our speaker lineup and the topics we’re putting together are representative of the diverse views and backgrounds within the web3 community.
Lucas Matney: I spend a lot of time crafting an agenda that ensures we do justice to the unprecedented excitement surrounding this industry, while making a less glamorous case for the inherent risks around pushing more consumers toward products that encourage speculative investment.
Jacqueline Melinek: I hope to create a program that delves into the complexities of the industry while making content easily accessible to those interested in crypto, while also highlighting experts in the space and commenting on industry pitfalls.
Speaking of the name of the event, can we just hear “Crypto”?
LM: You bet. While the adoption of cryptocurrencies continues to be a high-level focus of the industry, the space has grown much less monolithic over the past two years as entrepreneurs push new blockchain technologies to organize and run communities online and encourage early adoption of new products. internet
JM: There is a deeper level to the crypto industry than just “crypto”. Attendees will be able to listen to discussions on a range of topics that benefit or benefit from it, but also create their own way with the technology. Crypto is at the center of the industry, but it’s not a buzzword.
AR: Sure — many people use the term “crypto” as a synonym for everything related to blockchain technology, but it mainly encapsulates financial applications/tokens. They’re important, but we’ll also talk about how blockchain tech and the ideas behind it are impacting entrepreneurs, creators, and everyday Internet users who aren’t as immersed in the Web3 space. Cryptocurrency is at the heart of many web3 projects, but I like to consider this a broader web3 event.
What makes 2022 a particularly attractive year to host our first crypto event?
JM: There is nothing tumultuous this year — both good and bad — and many people want answers to that tumult. Even by the time the event takes place, the crypto industry may be very different from when we started planning. It’s possible to mold our discussions to fit the current landscape, but that’s the “beauty” of this industry. Hosting an event during one of the “Crypto Winters” is constantly changing and fitting, as we need to provide content and meetings even if not everything goes according to plan. Hosting this year’s event shows that we’re here to deliver talks through good times and bad.
AR: Regardless of the recent talk of “Crypto Winter,” I believe the past two years have marked an important inflection point in crypto history. Market conditions can (and probably will) change, and we’ll have plenty of digging at the event, but the last couple of years have seen a huge influx of people dipping their toes into crypto for the first time. That’s why 2022 is a good time to reframe some of the discussions we’re having in the crypto community with a broader perspective and an eye toward the future.
LM: Crypto may be in a slump right now, but it is during this period that players looking for a quick buck leave the industry and deregulate the industry. Host this event in 2022 to hear from perennial power players on their success stories and how they survived last winter.
Regarding your own background, how did you become interested in writing about the crypto, NFT, blockchain and web3 communities?
LM: Much of my own initial interest had to do with developer excitement around the space as distinct from financial speculation. The close bond between technologists in the NFT community and budding digital artists – who lack effective ways to monetize their work – gave me early inspiration to further explore the field and search communities for things that had never been done before. . It’s been a wild ride ever since – all playing out 24/7 on Twitter.
AR: I credit my cousin with sparking my initial interest in blockchain – I’ll never forget visiting his family when I was in college and hearing him explain things like decentralization and hashrates to me. The case of Bitcoin. It sounds silly, but as a political science major, I was fascinated while trying to wrap my head around the ideology behind it. And as a former investment banker turned business-journalist, I spent most 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 covering the industry full-time, but never really delved into it. Little did I know that the place was much bigger than I initially thought. Once I started reporting on it, I discovered that many of the “good” industry players were innovative – even if they were a bit gritty – and determined to succeed regardless of the obstacles thrown at them. That, to me, is inspiring. My interest also stems from my love for learning. Although I cover a range of crypto topics, I learn something new almost every day. This industry keeps me interested and always on my toes.
Finally, why host this event in Miami, other than the obvious reason that it’s an amazing city?
JM: Miami has become one of the front-runners representing the crypto industry and has a vibrant community of builders, developers, and retail and institutional investors.
AR: Miami has always been one of the most global cities in the United States with a vibrant immigrant community. Now that the city has become somewhat synonymous with crypto, major investment firms and startups in the space have settled in to call Miami their home. As a New York-born resident of Miami, it has been fascinating to see the impact the influx of crypto talent into Miami has had on my friends and family who still live there, and on my peers in NYC, many of whom have moved to Miami either temporarily or permanently.
LM: Just as crypto has been a resounding success in the tech market’s rally over the past few years, Miami has become the poster child for a new brand of tech center amid a pandemic-fueled exodus of young tech workers from the Bay Area. People have plenty of opinions on the city, but no one would argue that Miami lacks passion or intensity — I’m especially excited for the Technology Flow sessions: Crypto to tap.
There you have it, and we’ll be sure to check in with our team as we get closer to TC Sessions: Crypto. In the meantime, take advantage of our special launch pricing and save $250 on general admission passes. Buy your pass or package today and get ready to go crypto with the web3, DeFi and NFT communities.
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