The crypto industry seems to have aged several decades in the past bull run, maturing in some areas and moving forward with big new interests including DEF, NFTs and Web3. And as scams continue to proliferate and hackers become a weekly occurrence, the space has attacked retail investors and fueled fever among young technologists eager to bet their careers on blockchain.
We’re excited to delve back into this controversy and excitement as we announce the star-studded agenda for TechCrunch Sessions: Crypto 2022.
The event – which will take place in Miami on November 17 – will give founders and investors the opportunity to hear the battle stories of some of the most powerful decision makers in the crypto world, while also learning from industry veterans who have weathered a crypto winter or two. . Take advantage of our special introductory price – save $250 on general admission passes while supplies last. Buy your pass today and then join the Web3, Diff, and NFT communities to join the ever-evolving and always exciting cryptoverse.
We are very excited to host this event in Miami, which has recently covered a lot of excitement regarding technology development and investments in the crypto sector. Our guests at this event have some of the brightest minds in the business and have shaped cryptocurrency as an asset class and cultural touchstone.
We have a lot more news and speakers in the coming weeks, but here’s a first look!
Live Platform: TechCrunch Chain Reaction
Join us for a live podcast recording of Chain Reaction as TechCrunch’s crypto team engages in lively discussions on the latest blockchain news, drama and trends.
Keeping the Web3 Dream Funded.
With Michel Bielhe (Sequoia), Tom Schmidt (Dragonfly).
During an unprecedented bull run, billions in capital have been raised by crypto native funds and Web3 VCs, but as crypto markets turn volatile, how will investors keep their Web3 dreams alive? We talk to some of the most influential investors in the crypto space about which potential bets are too early, too late and at the right time.
Bringing crypto to the people
With Amy Wu (FTX).
Sam Bankman-Fried made waves this year when former Lightspeed partner Amy Wu left the VC firm to lead startup investments in a new $2 billion fund at crypto powerhouse FTX. Since then, the Coinbase challenger has become a vital presence in the crypto M&A world as it seeks to provide a lifeline to blockchain finance businesses that have suffered sudden collapses while supporting young and large efforts in the consumer web3 space. Hear from Wu how her company is helping to lead the crypto industry with uncertainty while betting on the next class of winners.
Building for Normies
With Alex Adelman (Lolly), Devin Lewthan (Mad Facts) and Brandon Millman (Phantom).
The most promising decentralized applications have traditionally been built for crypto speculators or decentralized finance acolytes, but a new breed of product is being developed with the typical Internet user in mind. Join us as we chat with some of the web3’s most exciting consumer apps founders and pick their brains on the key audience opportunities and challenges of building consumer crypto businesses in a bear market.
Building a blockchain behemoth
With Changpeng Zhao (Binance).
Binance is the largest crypto exchange in the world, and its founder and CEO, Chinese Canadian billionaire Changpeng Zhao, is so well known that he is often referred to by just his initials – “CZ”. Binance’s balance has drawn scrutiny from regulators around the world, yet the exchange has managed to maintain a cult-like popularity among its customers. Zhao gives us a rare look behind the scenes, sharing his insights into what it takes to manage the company in a crowded market and his big hopes, fears and predictions for the future.
TechCrunch Crypto Pitch-Off
The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will showcase revolutionary technologies on stage in front of a live audience and panel of industry experts.
Is Crypto Regulation Ready?
Along with Catherine Dowling (Bitwise Asset Management), additional speakers are to be announced.
As crypto markets continue to gain mainstream adoption, regulators worldwide are keeping a laser eye on the young industry. But which crypto companies, protocols and projects will be subject to the current regulatory framework? And how will the crypto industry react when government agencies start issuing new guidelines? We speak to some of the brightest people in the space who delve into what regulation means for the industry in 2022.
An absurd empire
With Devin Finzer (OpenSea).
Few in the crypto space saw the explosive adoption of NFTs happening this quickly, but NFT marketplace OpenSea, founded in 2017, was waiting in the wings. Fast forward to today, and there are tens of billions of dollars in NFT trading volume with OpenSea accounting for the lion’s share of those sales. CEO Devin Finzer has so far fended off market competitors from well-funded public nations and startup threats, but can a $13.3 billion startup take the lead in a bear market?
Fundraising in the Crypto Winter
With Flori Marquez (BlockFi), Nikhil Viswanathan (Alchemy) and John Wu (Ava Labs)
Bright deal terms for pre-production cryptocurrency startups may be a thing of the past as the industry faces uncertainty over the next few years. We talk to several veteran crypto founders about how young founders can maintain a steady stream of funding during bear markets and what their investors want to see.
Entering the Metaverse.
With Nicole Muniz (Yuga Labs).
There was nothing like the rise of the Bored Up Yacht Club. The most expensive monkey JPGs have inspired infinite faith among crypto outsiders, with NFT collection owners showing a loyalty rare outside of religious groups. Yuga, the startup behind the collection, is eager to turn this cultural problem into an empire. Yuga CEO Nicole Muniz has been focusing her efforts on building a NEFT-centric metaverse to challenge the efforts of Meta, Roblox and others since raising a mind-boggling $4 billion valuation earlier this year.
Don’t miss out on all this amazing content and prime networking opportunities at TC Sessions: Crypto on. November 17 in Miami. Buy and save your passport now – before the special introductory price is gone. See you in November!
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