• Chethan Machaknur

Bitcoin was born in a financial crisis and it will come of age in this one.


“Bitcoin was born in a financial crisis and it will come of age in this one”, said Dan Morehead, Founder & CEO of Pantera Capital at Dubai’s annual World Blockchain Summit (#WBSDubai) as it kicked off virtually gathering over 400 blockchain and cryptocurrency investors and enthusiasts globally.


In an age of unprecedented possibilities for blockchain innovation & cryptocurrencies, #WBSDubai attracted prominent voices in the blockchain and crypto ecosystem including Anthony Pompliano, Co-Founder of Morgan Creek Digital; Dan Morehead, Founder & CEO of Pantera Capital; Christian Hasker, CMO at Hedera Hashgraph; Dr. Marwan Alzarouni, CEO of Dubai Blockchain Center and Prof. Lisa Short, Founder for Mind Shifting and Co-Founder of P&L Digital Edge Ltd; to name a few.

“This year and a couple of years after the economic shock from the pandemic, it is probably a very important time to invest in digital assets.” - said Dan Morehead in his exclusive keynote that shared numerous insights on the market.

The summit also featured a fireside chat between Kevin Soltani, CEO of Gima Group and Anthony Pompliano, famously known as “Pomp”. When asked what the tipping point will be for crypto going mainstream he said, “As with any technology you continue to see evolution and improvement. The question is which countries go first and what is the incentive mechanisms that drive that innovation.”

WBS also featured an interesting panel discussion on ‘The State of Blockchain and Crypto in the Middle-East’ included Dr. Marwan Alzarouni; Gabriel Abed, Founder of Bitt Inc.; Alexia Hefti, CEO of eGovern; Justas Pikelis, Co-founder of Monetha and Joeri Van Geelen, Managing Partner APAC of Prysm Group.

Other speakers who joined the conversation included Alex Nascimento, Co-Founder of Blockchain at UCLA, Managing Director of 7CC - Blockchain Investments; Grigory Rybalchenko, Founder & CEO of Emirex.com; Daniele Marinelli, Founder of Dtsocialize and Brian Condenanza, Chief Technology Officer at Bidao; to name a few.


Attendees were treated to an immersive virtual experience via Vmeets, a leading virtual platform provider.

World Blockchain Summit - Dubai was officially sponsored by: Gold sponsor – Emirex; Silver sponsor – Bidao; Associate sponsors – DT Circle & Exhibitor - Bitica

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