Long Reads Sunday #47 - NY Blockchain Week recap edition. After ~10 days and literally hundreds of events, the madness has finally come to an end. Between crazy BTC price swings, M&A intrigue & more, it was a hell of a backdrop for what started to feel like spring
3/ During a live taping of @WGMGpodcast, @_jillruth & @melt_dem commented on how few and far between the big announcements were. It was almost as if we collectively got the memo that people don’t want to hear announcements about future things to be announced ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
4/ That said, there still were at least a couple notable announcements. @winklevoss and @tylerwinklevoss did their best to make “Spedn” a meme as they launched a solution with @FlexaHQ to use crypto to pay at Starbucks, Whole Foods and more. https://twitter.com/DelRayMan/status/1127951537987186690
14/ With so much going on at Consensus, some of the cool things the @Coindesk team even got lost in the shuffle. Check out, for example, this essay from @balajis that was first published in an actual honest-to-god paper magazine distributed at the event https://www.coindesk.com/yes-you-may-need-a-blockchain
15/ An interesting sub-theme that was flying around many of the events was projects leveraging NFT, digital art, digital collectibles, etc. The team behind @cryptokitties, for example, released a new game - Cheeze Wizards - with interesting dynamics around tournaments https://twitter.com/flynnjamm/status/1130169748694753281
17/ I could spend basically this whole list talking about things that happened at Blockchain Week, but even with NY as such a gathering point, there was a lot of great content coming from other places as well. Let’s go check out some of that.
18/ Last week, I wrote about @MolochDAO’s new tributes. @jbrukh (of two tweets about this fame) makes the point that this is one example of what promises to be the most insane period of experimentation with coordination systems in human history https://twitter.com/jbrukh/status/1128335355483181057
23/ One of the long term issues Bitcoin will face is the security of the network when there are no longer block rewards and fees are the only incentive. @danheld makes the case in this epic thread (and accompanying essay) that security will be just fine. https://twitter.com/danheld/status/1128706113279528961
29/ Yes, all in all, it was a hell of a week. And the good news? There’s so much reason to be excited about what comes next. In “Crypto Spring” @FredWilson makes the point that many top projects are on the precipice of launching what they’ve been heads down building for the last year or more https://avc.com/2019/05/crypto-spring/
30/ Lastly, I just wanted to say a huge thanks and congrats to the teams at @Coindesk, @token_summit @EtherealSummit #Fluidity2019 @blockworksgroup DAS, @TheBlock__ Atomic Swap and all the other event organizers. Long NY.
31/ And there we have it! LRS47 in the books. With so much running around this week, I’m sure I missed things, so let me know in the comments. Sign up to get LRS via email here: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/nlw