With three days packed full of guest speakers, panels and keynotes from some of crypto’s biggest names, Paris Blockchain Week was bursting with interesting ideas, discussions and presentations, covering everything from web3 to crypto regulation.
Key takeaways from the summit
The panel – Crypto, Culture, and Capital: How Web3 is Changing the Game for Startups and Investors – discussed how startups in the Web3 arena differ from those in Web2, and how the varying cultures within each of these internet paradigms directly influence their various ecosystems.
How to do CeFi right – this was a lively debate about the balance between traditional finance (TradFi) and decentralized finance (DeFi). It focused on how centralized finance (CeFi) will continue to be an important avenue to drive the adoption of DeFi services, but regulatory considerations remain a significant part of the process, mentioning that regulation lends legitimacy to crypto especially for on-the-fence investors.
This provided an interesting contrast to Ledger CEO’s comments regarding attempts to centralize crypto. In an interview during Paris Blockchain Week, Pascal Gauthier said that anyone trying to centralize crypto will fail, stating that centralization and crypto are “two magnets that’s just not going to stick together.”
Many of the community agree that the current banking crisis supports the case for cryptocurrency especially Bitcoin. From Credit Suisse to Silicon Valley bank, we’ve witnessed multiple major banks across the world collapse, while Bitcoin itself has rallied, proving the robustness of the technology as a store of value.
Top networking opportunities
With over 10,000 attendees and more than 300 sponsors at Paris Blockchain Week, our booth was non-stop every day. We met a lot of innovative people and projects, many of which we’re happy to already call partners.
Chiliz – one of the leaders in sports and entertainment tokens, Chiliz’ own Layer 1 EVM compatible blockchain is fast becoming the premier infrastructure for sports teams, fans, and developers.
Ripple – creating crypto solutions for business and enterprise including cross-border payment systems and liquidity, Ripple is also busy preparing for their lawsuit against the SEC. This promises to be a landmark court case for crypto and the results will have huge ramifications for the industry.
Stellar – this open source, decentralized protocol allows for digital currency to fiat money low-cost transfers including cross-border transactions between any pair of currencies. Stellar links banks, people and payment processors.
Unlimint – facilitating a worldwide payments platform and targeting both the local and global markets, Unlimint offers a variety of FinTech services to thousands of crypto entrepreneurs.
Hacken – this exciting blockchain security auditor focuses on crowdsourced security, pen-testing, monitoring, dApp auditing and analytics, trusted by some of the biggest names in crypto, DeFi and Web3.
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