Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Events of 2022: Progress, Challenges, and Potential

• 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 how the Tezos blockchain has used 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 joined Decrypt’s Jason Nelson at 0xpo Summit in San Francisco to discuss raising venture money even during Crypto Winter.

In October of 2022, Edward Snowden took part in an extensive talk with Decrypt’s Dan Roberts at Camp Decrypt in Napa, California. During this talk, he discussed a range of topics including the Ethereum merge, the U.S. government’s sanctioning of Ethereum mixer Tornado Cash, the privacy issues of Bitcoin and Ethereum, and his opinion on using DAOs to source tips from whistleblowers. Snowden pointed out the importance of creating a secure and stable environment for digital assets, especially in light of the sanctions on Tornado Cash. He also expressed his support for the Ethereum merge, citing its ability to reduce transaction fees and increase scalability. Furthermore, he raised concerns about the privacy shortcomings of Bitcoin and Ethereum, emphasizing the need for users to be able to transact anonymously. Lastly, Snowden discussed his views on using DAOs to source tips from whistleblowers, stating that these platforms could provide an additional layer of security for those seeking to share sensitive information.

On the same month, Web Summit in Lisbon had Kathleen Breitman, co-founder of Tezos, take the stage to discuss how the Tezos blockchain has been using a proof-of-stake system since its inception. She praised Tendermint, Ethereum, and sharding for their progress in decentralization, and shared her enthusiasm for NFT gaming. Breitman also highlighted the importance of creating a secure and stable environment for digital assets, citing the various issues that users have faced due to the lack of regulation.

In November of 2022, a panel featuring Clay Robbins of Slow Ventures, Soona Amhaz of Volt Capital, Sarah Guo of Conviction and formerly Greylock, and Alex Strzesniewski of AngelBlock joined Decrypt’s Jason Nelson at 0xpo Summit in San Francisco. During this panel, they discussed the challenges of raising venture money even during the „Crypto Winter“. This included the potential of token offerings and the impact of regulatory changes on the fundraising process. The panelists also shared their insights on how to survive a bear market, emphasizing the importance of focusing on the fundamentals and having a clear vision for the future.

Finally, in December of 2022, the inaugural Crypties Awards from Decrypt Studios in Miami took place. This event saw Illa Da Producer accept the award for NFT Project of the Year on behalf of Yuga Labs from presenter Alanna Roazzi-Laforet. The other nominees in the category were Moonbirds, Azuki, DeGods, and CloneX.

Overall, the events of 2022 demonstrated the immense potential of the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. Through talks, panels, and awards, industry leaders discussed the importance of creating secure and stable environments for digital assets, the progress of decentralization, and the challenges of fundraising in a bear market. These events have provided valuable insight into the future of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, and have highlighted the immense potential of these emerging technologies.