Crypto Leaders Share Insights on Ethereum Merge, Tornado Cash, Privacy & More

• 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 at Camp Decrypt.
• The Crypties 2022 awards gala was held in December 2022 at Art Basel in Miami.
• Kathleen Breitman of Tezos, 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 during bear markets at 0xpo Summit in November.

In October, Decrypt’s Dan Roberts had the unique opportunity to interview Edward Snowden at Camp Decrypt in Napa, California. Snowden spoke candidly on his thoughts regarding 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. Snowden concluded that the most important aspects of blockchain technology are privacy and trust, but that many cryptocurrencies are not as private or secure as they claim to be.

In December 2022, Decrypt Studios held the inaugural Crypties awards gala in Miami at Art Basel. The evening was hosted by Josh Ostrovsky („The Fat Jewish“) and sponsored by numerous crypto projects, including Polygon, Filecoin Foundation, Lamina1, Async, BeetsDAO, The Gold Mask, Gem Set, Breakout, Anonymous, Infinite Objects, Ape Water, Decentralized Pictures, and Vault 721. Statuettes were awarded in nine categories.

At 0xpo Summit in San Francisco, on November 3rd, 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 to discuss raising venture money in a bear market. They discussed the importance of thinking long-term, the advantages of setting up a complex network of investors, the need to remain flexible and agile, and the potential for hybrid models of financing.

Kathleen Breitman, Tezos‘ co-founder, spoke at Web Summit in Lisbon 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.

Edward Snowden, Kathleen Breitman, Clay Robbins, Soona Amhaz, Sarah Guo, and Alex Strzesniewski all gave insightful talks and panels at various events. Their thoughts on the Ethereum merge, the sanctioning of Ethereum mixer Tornado Cash, the privacy issues of Bitcoin and Ethereum, using DAOs to source tips, raising venture money in a bear market, the proof-of-stake mechanism of Tezos, Tendermint, Ethereum and sharding, progressive decentralization, and NFT gaming all offer invaluable insight into the world of cryptocurrency.