• Bancor co-founder Guy Benartzi’s at the Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv on September 15, 2019 (Photo by Molly Jane Zuckerman for Modern Consensus).
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    ‘After the flood comes rainbows and sunshine’: Bancor’s Guy Benartzi on state of the crypto space

    The co-founder of the liquidity-focused blockchain protocol spoke with Modern Consensus at the Ethereal Summit about the possibilities for a multi-blockchain, multi-crypto world

    Bancor co-founder Guy Benartzi’s talk at the Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv on September 15 was straightforward: he wanted to discuss the company’s Year 3 roadmap, and he wanted to share the new creator.eco platform—built on the Bancor protocol—that helps content creators monetize through a staking system.

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    Bringing smart contracts to consumer loyalty rewards programs

    Blockchain-as-a-service provider Loyyal is betting distributed ledger technology can reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction

    Consumer loyalty is a business that Greg Simon, the founder and CEO of Loyyal, thinks is ripe for disruption by blockchain technology, and particularly smart contracts.

  • Bittax VP Or Lokay Cohen at the Ethereal conference in Tel Aviv on September 15, 2019 (photo by Molly Jane Zuckerman for Modern Consensus).
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    How the IRS is cracking down on crypto taxes: A conversation with Bittax’s Or Lokay Cohen

    At this weekend’s Ethereal Summit, Modern Consensus delved into the murky waters of cryptocurrency taxation and its various pitfalls

    Or Lokay Cohen has been at crypto tax calculation service Bittax since 2016, which means that she may know more about how to file crypto taxes than any other person alive. Lokay Cohen told Modern Consensus that she came to the Ethereal conference in Tel Aviv on September 15 to meet other like-minded crypto people, as she was toying with the idea of using Ethereum-based smart contracts to pay your taxes automatically for the IRS.

  • Kaleido’s co-founders, CEO Steve Cervency and COO Sophia Lopez, at the Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv, September 15, 2019 (photo by Molly Jane Zuckerman for Modern Consensus).
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    Zk-SNARKs: What are they and how can they protect your privacy?: A talk with Kaleido

    During this weekend’s Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv, Modern Consensus grabbed some time with enterprise blockchain solution startup Kaleido’s founders to talk about this awkwardly named technology

    Blockchain solution Kaleido, which is backed by ConsenSys, is working on a way to make privacy more of a reality in the enterprise blockchain sphere. While Kaleido made even the traditional financial news headlines last May for its collaboration with Amazon Web Services, the startup’s recent partnership with privacy tech firm QEDIT for zero-knowledge proofs implementation is a decidedly less-recognized name. Modern Consensus spoke with Kaleido’s co-founders, CEO Steve Cervency and COO Sophia Lopez, on this deep tech topic.