Cryptocurrency in Times of Economic Turbulence

Presented by

Michael Gronager, Co-founder and CEO of Chainalysis

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Few people have been innovating at the forefront of cryptocurrency longer than Wences Casares, Founder and CEO of XAPO, a bitcoin wallet. In this virtual “fireside chat,” Wences sits down with Michael Gronager, Co-founder and CEO of Chainalysis, to discuss the parallels between the financial crisis when bitcoin was born and today’s economic situation, whether or not crypto is solving the problems it set out to fix, why he’s betting on crypto custody and Libra, and what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in an unestablished industry and run a decentralized company. About Wences: Wences Casares is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of XAPO, a bitcoin wallet . Previously, Mr. Casares founded Patagon, Wanako Games, Banco Lemon, and Lemon Wallet. Mr. Casares sits on the board of PayPal, and serves on the board of Endeavor, a non-profit organization that promotes high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Mr. Casares studied at the University of San Andrés and completed the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard University. About Michael: Michael was inspired to start Chainalysis when he saw how the cryptocurrency space was struggling to become part of the financial system. He used his experience from managing big data projects for scientists and his crypto knowledge from the industry’s early days to develop the data platform that has become the foundation of Chainalysis products today. Prior to Chainalysis, Michael was COO and co-founder of the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken.

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