TC editors weigh in: Tech, trends and controversy in the cryptoverse – TechCrunch

There’s never a dull moment in the cryptoverse. Blockchain, DeFi plus web3 technologies continue to evolve rapidly in a world of wild extremes. How extreme? Consider these two examples.

The Terra ecosystem disappears within a multi-billion-dollar crash-and-burn while traditional investment firm Andreessen Horowitz closes a $4. 5 billion crypto megafund . Then you have crypto’s ongoing regulatory tug-of-war against the backdrop of the Coinbase insider trading suit .

It’s a lot to track and digest, plus it’s why we’ve asked part of our editorial team, Lucas Matney , Jacquelyn Melinek and Anita Ramaswamy   — who eat, sleep and dream all things crypto — to consider in plus share their insight and perspectives. They’re also the particular braintrust behind the programming at TC Sessions: Crypto and the hosts of TechCrunch’s Chain Reaction podcast .

Before we dig into the juicy stuff, here’s a reminder to join us — plus these ace editors — at TC Sessions: Crypto on November 17 in Miami. Buy a launch pass now and you’ll save $250.

Without further ado, here’s a quick look at what our own editors are most excited about heading in to TechCrunch’s first TC Sessions: Crypto event.


What are your top priorities or goals as you put together the particular programming for the first TechCrunch Sessions: Crypto event?

Anita Ramaswamy: I’m focused on making sure our speaker lineup plus the topics we’re putting together are representative of the diversity associated with views and backgrounds present in the particular web3 community.

Lucas Matney: I’m spending a lot of my time building out an agenda that ensures we’re doing justice in order to the unprecedented excitement surrounding this industry while also providing the less glamorous context on inherent risks around pushing more consumers toward products that promote speculative investing.

Jacquelyn Melinek : I’m hoping to create the program that dives into the complexities of the particular industry whilst making the content easily accessible to those who are crypto curious, while also having experts within the space highlight plus comment upon the risks associated with the particular industry.

Speaking of the event name, will we get to hear about more than just “crypto”?

LM: You bet. While adoption of cryptocurrencies continues to be the high-level focus associated with the business, the space has grown much less monolithic over the past two years with founders pushing forward new blockchain technologies for organizing and running communities online plus incentivizing the particular early adoption of new products on the web.

JM : There is a deeper level to the crypto industry than just “crypto. ” Attendees will be able to listen in order to discussions upon a range of subjects that benefit or derive from it, but also are usually creating their own path with the technology. Crypto is the center of the market, but isn’t the be-all-end all term for discussion.

AR: Absolutely — lots of people use the particular word “crypto” as a synonym for everything related to blockchain technology, though it mainly captures the financial applications/tokens themselves. Those are important, yet we’ll furthermore be talking about how blockchain tech and the ideas shaping it are impacting creators, creators and everyday internet users who may not be as deeply immersed within the web3 area. Cryptocurrency itself is in the heart associated with most web3 projects, but I’d consider this to become a broader web3 occasion.

What makes 2022 a particularly fascinating year to hold our 1st crypto event?

JM : This year has been nothing short of turbulent — I mean that in both good plus bad ways — and a lot of people want answers pertaining to that volatility. Even by the time the occasion takes place, the particular crypto sector may be vastly different from when we began planning it. There’s a chance we will certainly have to mold our discussions to fit the current landscape, but that’s the sort of “beauty” of this industry. It’s constantly changing and fitting that will we host an event during one of the particular “crypto winters, ” because we have to provide content plus conferences even when every thing isn’t going according to plan. Hosting an event this year shows that we’re here to offer discussions during the good and bad times.

AR: Regardless of the recent talk of “crypto winter, ” I believe the last 2 yrs have marked the significant inflection point in the arc of crypto’s history. Market conditions may (and probably will) fluctuate, and we’ll drill down into that plenty at the event, but the last 2 years have seen a huge influx associated with people dipping their toes into crypto for the first period. That’s the reason why 2022 is a great time to reframe some of the conversations we’ve already been having within the crypto community with a wider perspective and an eye to the particular future.

LM: Crypto might be inside a downturn at the moment, yet it’s during these periods that will players looking for a quick buck depart the industry and the particular industry streamlines. Holding this particular event in 2022 promises an opportunity for those looking to stick around to hear from lasting power players on their own success stories plus how they survived past winters.

Regarding your own background, how did you become interested in writing about the crypto, NFT, blockchain and web3 areas?

LM: So much of my own initial interest was tied to the developer fervor around the space that felt distinct from the particular financial speculation. The close bond between technologists within the NFT community plus emerging digital artists – who possess never had an effective means of monetizing their particular work – provided an early inspiration for me to further explore the sector and dig in to communities working on things that will had never been done before. It is been a wild ride since — all playing out 24/7 on Twitter.

AR: I credit a cousin of mine, who will be now a commodities trader, with sparking my initial interest in blockchain – I’ll never forget visiting his family while I was still in college and listening to him explain things like decentralization plus hashrates in order to me within the context associated with Bitcoin. It sounds nerdy, but as the political science major, We were fascinated trying to wrap my head round the ideology at the rear of it. And as a former investment banker-turned-business-journalist, I spent much of the particular pandemic following huge, bureaucratic financial institutions as they slowly warmed up to the idea of crypto, oftentimes because of customer demand.

JM : I had a personal desire for crypto prior to covering the business full-time, yet never dove too deep into this. Little do I know, the space is so much bigger than what I initially thought. Once We started reporting on it, I actually found that many of the particular “good” market players were innovative — even though they were a bit gritty — and determined to succeed regardless of the hurdles thrown at them. That, to me, was inspiring. My interest also stems from my love for learning. Even though I’ve covered a good array of crypto topics, I nevertheless learn something new almost every day. This industry keeps me curious and always on the toes.

Finally, beyond the obvious reason that it’s an awesome city, exactly why host this event in Miami?

JM : Ohio has turn out to be one of the front-runners representing the crypto sector and has a vibrant local community of builders, developers, and retail plus institutional investors alike.

AR: Arkansas has usually been one of the most global cities in the particular United States, with a vibrant immigrant neighborhood. Now the city has become somewhat synonymous with crypto, with major investment firms and startups in the particular space settling in to call Miami their home. As a Miami-born resident of New York, it’s been interesting to see what a marked impact the influx associated with crypto talent into Miami has experienced on both our friends and family that still live there and on my peers in NYC, many of whom have got moved to Ohio temporarily or permanently.

LM: Just as crypto was the particular breakout success from the tech market’s rally over the past several years, Arkansas become the poster child for a new brand of technology center throughout a pandemic-fueled exit associated with young tech workers from the Bay Area. People have plenty of opinions on the city, but no one argues that Miami lacks passion or intensity — elements I’m particularly excited with regard to TechCrunch Classes: Crypto in order to tap directly into.


There you have it, and we’ll be sure to check in with our team as we get closer to TC Periods: Crypto . In the meantime, take advantage of our special launch pricing and conserve $250 on General Admission passes. Buy your pass or even package today, and then get ready to go crypto with the particular web3, DeFi and NFT communities.

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