The 2021 Ethereal Virtual Summit, powered by Decrypt, is two weeks away. And we’ve just added a slew of big names to the lineup for May 6-7. You can register for free here.
Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who recently sold his first NFT for $5.4 million on Foundation to benefit the Freedom of the Press Foundation, will speak on May 6. We’re eager to hear Snowden’s take on how crypto and decentralized protocols can change journalism, and “curb the abuse of power Snowden spoke out against,” as Foundation CEO Kayvon Tehranian put it in a tweet. (Tehranian will also be speaking at Ethereal Summit.)
A reminder that the symbolism of @Snowden minting his first NFT goes far beyond the price tag.
The decentralized technologies powering this auction will fundamentally reshape our world — precisely to curb the abuse of power @Snowden spoke out against.https://t.co/ofNi1nSwzZ
— kayvon🪐 (@saturnial) April 16, 2021
On May 7, the always interesting Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, CEO of Binance, has joined the lineup. His crypto exchange is thought to be the largest in the world, despite controversies and regulatory scrutiny. CZ was the subject of one of Decrypt’s most popular profiles.
The two-day confab that’s been called “the Burning Man of crypto” will also stay true to its roots with ample representation from the artist community. DeFi visual artist Pplpleasr will speak on May 7.
Her viral video ads for decentralized exchanges like Uniswap are so infectious that a DAO of her fans has sprung up to purchase NFT versions of her ads (and purchased the Snowden NFT).
Here are some other names from our all-star speaker lineup:Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum Foundation Aya Miyaguchi, Ethereum Foundation Sergey Nazarov, Chainlink Joe Lubin, ConsenSys Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Gemini Mike Novogratz, Galaxy Digital Meltem Demirors, CoinShares Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX Anthony Scaramucci, Skybridge Capital Ross Gerber, Gerber Kawasaki Caitlin Long, Avanti Financial Group Olaf Carlson-Wee, Polychain Capital Muneeb Ali, Stacks/Hiro Anatoly Yakovenko, Solana Illia Polosukhin, Near Protocol Dominic Williams, Dfinity Foundation Stani Kulechov, Aave Kevin Owocki, Gitcoin
We’ll see you on your computer screens on May 6 at 10am EST.