Why Care About Crypto?
On the Wonderland that is Web3
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Above: A portrait of the web3 wanderer as a youngish old man.
In a past issue of White Noise, I wrote the below:
To know me is to understand that I have been, am now, and will continue to be knee-deep (read as: submerged) in both web3 and crypto. For better or worse—depending upon who you ask—this is not new; I have been beating the web3/cryptocurrency drum for a number of years now. The disintermediation of trust, from partial third parties to objective mathematics and cryptography, represents an innovation the likes of which I have never seen in my young life.
But I am getting far ahead of myself—much more on this both in what follows and future editions of White Noise. Simply put, it sure seems that web3 and Tom White are a match made in heaven.
If the mention of words like web3, crypto, and their complementary acronyms—NFT, DAO, DeFi, et cetera—prompt fears or jeers, derision or confusion, I shall serve as Virgil to your Dante.
In light of my
fanaticism passion, my friends Matt and Parakh invited me to deliver a guest lecture to the wonderful students enrolled in Fintech Entrepreneurship, a course offered by the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.
Below, I invite you to watch my very-roughly-edited twenty-five minute lecture (please be kind as I dabble more in verbiage than videography!).
If of interest, please find the presentation’s slides here.
Above: Evangelizing electronically with a tiny subset of the class at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.
Above: All those to whom I have successfully spread crypto’s credo and creed.
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