I attended the “Battle of the Cryptos New York City” on March 13th, and heard from some of the most influential voices in the space. This included large digital asset funds like Pantera, Blockchain founders like CEO of Overstock Patrick Byrne, founder of Polymath Trevor Koverko, Anton Golub of Lykke, Jeffrey Tucker and many others. The general sentiment was of course positive towards the future of Blockchain assets. Tucker gave an insightful speech into the reason why he was skeptical of Bitcoin several year ago, and how he eventually learned to understand the technology behind it. I think this also applies to the masses, who are slow to adapt to new technologies. I always tell people I meet at conferences that education is the most important aspect. Sometimes the users themselves become to immersed in the tech that they forget about this.
Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne presents his speech at the Battle of the Cryptos in New York City. He is launching a project called tZERO (t0) which will be a “Distributed Ledger platform for capital markets.” His speech entailed the changing landscape of Wall Street and fund raising.
Hashgraph Presents at Playstation Theater in New York City
Hashgraph launched a major event at the Playstation theater. In attendance was over 1,000 members of the Hashgraph community, anticipating news on the projects latest developments. I have to say, the event was incredibly impressive. Aside from the gourmet donuts hanging on the wall in a Hashgraph style layout, “Hedera” was introduced. It will be a Coin with an astounding array of features which I will cover in another Blog post.
One of the key benefits Hedera offers is high transaction speed along with security and Smart Contracts. Scalability is the most discussed topic in the Blockchain space, how to solve this issue along with interoperability with other Blockchains. However Hashgraph is not a Blockchain, it is a Graph. It will be doing something much different than a Blockchain. Leemon Baird, the co-founder and CTO also gave a presentation and a more in depth discussion about how it will all work. Currently, Hashgraph has hundreds of developers around the globe experimenting with projects and several plan to launch Tokens soon. The project also has over 200+ “Ambassadors” worldwide hosting events and bringing in new development. Personally, I can see Hedera Hashgraph becoming a global influence one day.