• Boost VC’s Adam Draper
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    As wildfires rage on, Adam Draper shares visions of decentralized world

    Dapps will topple Facebook and Apple; geo arbitrage will free the markets

    It was a dark and smoky night this past Tuesday in San Francisco. The fires of Northern California had blanketed the tech mecca with some of the worst air quality in the world. The streets were empty and the town had a surreal cyberpunk post-apocalyptic feel, but that didn’t stop Boost VC’s Adam Draper from partaking in an epic “AMA” (“ask me anything”) with the Crypto Underground. Down a dimly lit alley, in the basement of a coworking space, dozens of blockchain founders gathered to hear insights from one of Bitcoin’s biggest proponents. Draper, who was an early investor in Coinbase, talked about how its co-founder Brian Armstrong introduced him…

  • Bitcoin crash
    Bitcoin,  Innovators

    With Bitcoin’s latest bloodbath, tech entrepreneurs see buying opportunity

    ‘We’ve already chosen a winner’

    Wednesday morning’s dive in Bitcoin was brutal for even the digital asset’s most loyal HODLers. During the 11 o’clock hour (Eastern Time), Bitcoin plunged from $6,063.69 to $5,650.01 over the course of just 30 minutes. It then continued to fall in anticipation of the Bitcoin Cash hard fork scheduled for Thursday. The cryptocurrency hadn’t moved most of the year and crypto pioneers like Crystal Rose Pierce were starting to share excitement for Bitcoin’s stability. On Monday in San Francisco, following the EOS Global Hackathon, she told an audience of developers at their CryptoMondays meetup, “If we wrap up this year and Bitcoin hasn’t changed, or is marginally changing, that means…

  • Bitcoin superhero
    Bitcoin,  Innovators,  Litecoin,  Opinion

    Crypto’s superhero fixation has a dark side

    Is plutocracy a bug or a feature?

    “The technologies that we are creating today will literally give us super powers,” Adam Draper told a trendily dark, shockingly empty, incredibly large conference room in the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, where World Crypto Con 2018 was being held. It was before 11 a.m. on a Thursday, and Adam was standing on stage alongside his father, the well-known venture capitalist Tim Draper (who himself is the son and grandson of venture capitalists). “We’ll probably live 200 years and I don’t know, will get from one place to another just by thinking about it,” the younger Draper enthused. “And think about like, how people from 50 years ago, if they…

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