Crypto Leaders Discuss Raising Money, Ethereum Merge, and NFT Gaming

Bullet Points:
• Edward Snowden gave his views on the Ethereum merge, the sanctioning of Ethereum mixer Tornado Cash by the U.S. government, the privacy shortcomings of Bitcoin and Ethereum, and his view on using DAOs to source tips from whistleblowers.
• Tezos co-founder Kathleen Breitman talked about the Tezos blockchain’s use of a proof-of-stake mechanism since its inception, her admiration for Tendermint, Ethereum and sharding, progressive decentralization, and NFT gaming.
• Clay Robbins of Slow Ventures, Soona Amhaz of Volt Capital, Sarah Guo of Conviction and formerly Greylock, and Alex Strzesniewski of AngelBlock discussed raising venture money even during Crypto Winter at 0xpo Summit in San Francisco.

In October of 2022, Edward Snowden made an appearance at Camp Decrypt in Napa, California, where he gave a candid talk with Decrypt’s Dan Roberts on a variety of topics. Snowden discussed the Ethereum merge, the sanctions on Ethereum mixer Tornado Cash by the U.S. government, the privacy shortcomings of Bitcoin and Ethereum, and his view on using DAOs to source tips from whistleblowers. He expressed his belief that the Ethereum merge should not be seen as a “one-size-fits-all solution,” but rather one that should be approached with caution in order to ensure the highest level of privacy for users.

At Web Summit in Lisbon, Tezos co-founder Kathleen Breitman discussed the Tezos blockchain’s use of a proof-of-stake mechanism since its inception, her admiration for Tendermint, Ethereum and sharding, progressive decentralization, and NFT gaming. She suggested that the evolution of blockchain technology should not be seen as a “zero-sum game,” and that “we should be building on competing blockchains and interoperating between them.”

At 0xpo Summit in San Francisco, Clay Robbins of Slow Ventures, Soona Amhaz of Volt Capital, Sarah Guo of Conviction and formerly Greylock, and Alex Strzesniewski of AngelBlock gathered to discuss raising venture money even during Crypto Winter. They discussed the importance of understanding the “big picture,” the need to think beyond just the token when evaluating investments, and the potential for making money in bear markets.

These talks illustrate the continued growth and evolution of the blockchain and cryptocurrency space, and the importance of understanding the nuances of each individual project in order to make informed decisions. As the industry continues to evolve, it is important to stay informed on the latest developments and to listen to the perspectives of experienced industry leaders.

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