The crypto industry appeared to have aged several decades over the course of the past bull run, and matured in some places while edging forward in ambitious new activities including DeFi, NFTs and Web3. And as scams continued to proliferate and hacking raids became a weekly occurrence, the space attracted a rush of retail investors and fueled feverish excitement among young technologists eager to stake their careers on blockchain.
We’re excited to capitalize on that controversy and excitement again as we announce the star-studded agenda for TechCrunch Sessions: Crypto 2022.
The event, taking place in Miami on November 17, offers founders and investors the opportunity to hear war stories from some of the crypto world’s most powerful decision-makers, while also gathering insights from industry veterans who have weathered a crypto winter or two. Take advantage of our special introductory pricing – save $250 on general admission passes while supplies last. Buy your pass today, then join the web3, DeFi, and NFT communities to keep up with the ever-evolving and always exciting cryptoverse.
We are very excited to hold this event in the city of Miami which has embodied so much of the recent excitement around burgeoning technology development and investment in the crypto space. Our guests at this event include some of the brightest minds in the industry and have deeply shaped crypto as an asset class and cultural touchstone.
We’ve got plenty more news and speakers to share in the coming weeks, but here’s a first look!
Live on stage: Chain Reaction by TechCrunch
Join us for a live podcast recording of Chain Reaction as TechCrunch’s crypto team dive into lively discussions on the latest blockchain news, drama, and trends.
Keeping the Web3 dream funded
with Michelle Bailhe (Sequoia), Tom Schmidt (Dragonfly)
Billions of capital have been raised from crypto-native funds and Web3 VCs during an unprecedented bull run, but how will investors keep their Web3 dream alive when crypto markets turn bearish? We speak to some of the most influential investors in the crypto space about what potential bets are early, late, and on time.
Bringing crypto to the crowd
with Amy Wu (FTX)
Former Lightspeed partner Amy Wu made waves this year when she left the VC firm to lead startup investments from a new $2 billion fund at Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto powerhouse FTX. Since then, Coinbase’s challenger has become a critical presence in the crypto M&A world as it has sought to offer a lifeline to blockchain finance firms ruined by the sudden downturn, while fueling fledgling, ambitious efforts in the consumer web3 – support area. Hear from Wu as her firm is helping lead the crypto industry through uncertainty while betting on the next class of winners.
Building for Normies
Starring Alex Adelman (Lollypop), Devin Lewtan (Mad Realities) and Brandon Millman (Phantom)
The most hyped decentralized apps are usually designed for crypto speculators or decentralized finance devotees, but a new breed of products is being developed with the ordinary internet user in mind. Join us as we chat with the founders of some of web3’s most exciting consumer apps and get their thoughts on the possibilities of mainstream audiences and the challenges of building consumer crypto businesses in a bear market.
Building a blockchain giant
with Changpeng Zhao (Binance)
Binance is the world’s largest crypto exchange, and its founder and CEO, Chinese-Canadian billionaire Changpeng Zhao, is so well-known that he’s often referred to by just his initials — “CZ.” Binance’s size has come under scrutiny from regulators around the world, yet the exchange has managed to maintain a cult-like popularity among its customers. Zhao will give us a rare behind-the-scenes look at Binance, sharing his insights into what it takes to run the company in a troubled market, and his greatest hopes, fears, and predictions about its future.
TechCrunch Crypto Pitch Off
The industry’s brightest entrepreneurs will take the stage in front of a live audience and panel of industry experts and showcase disruptive technologies.
Is Crypto Regulation Ready?
with Katherine Dowling (Bitwise Asset Management), further speakers to be announced
As crypto markets continue to gain mainstream acceptance, regulators worldwide are eyeing the fledgling industry with laser focus. But which crypto companies, protocols and projects will be compliant within the current regulatory framework? And how will the crypto industry react when government agencies start providing new policies? We speak to some of the brightest minds in the industry who will delve into what regulation means for the industry in 2022.
An unreliable empire
with Devin Finzer (OpenSea)
Few in the crypto space saw the explosive adoption of NFTs so quickly, but NFT marketplace startup OpenSea, founded back in 2017, was raring to go. Fast forward to today and there has been tens of billions of dollars in NFT transaction volume, with OpenSea handling the lion’s share of those sales. CEO Devin Finzer has so far fended off market competitors from well-funded public giants and upstarts, but can the $13.3 billion startup hold its lead through a bear market?
Fundraising in a crypto winter
with Flori Marquez (BlockFi), Nikil Viswanathan (Alchemy) and John Wu (Ava Labs)
The days of flashy pre-product terms and conditions for crypto startups could be a thing of the past as the industry looks to the next few years with uncertainty. We speak to a range of veteran crypto founders about how young founders can maintain a stable source of funding during the bear market and what their investors might want to see.
Monkeys in the Metaverse
with Nicole Muniz (Yuga Labs)
There has never been anything like the rise of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. The expensive monkey JPEGs have drawn endless disbelief from crypto outsiders, while the owners of the NFT collection have shown a devotion uncommon outside of religious groups. Yuga, the startup behind the collection, strives to turn this cultural anomaly into an empire. After raising a seed round this year with a staggering $4 billion valuation, Yuga CEO Nicole Muniz focused her efforts on building Otherside, an NFT-centric metaverse that aims to leverage the efforts of Meta , Roblox and others to challenge.
Don’t miss your chance to see all this amazing content and look for top networking opportunities at TC Sessions: Crypto on November 17 in Miami. Buy your pass now and save – before the special introductory prices disappear. See you in November!
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