Can financial speculation create useful Web3 ecosystems?
In the ninth episode of our new season of Web3 Innovators, our host Conor Svensson is joined by Lex Sokolin, Chief Cryptoeconomics Officer at ConsenSys where he has built and now leads the Cryptoeconomics team.
Lex is a New York and London entrepreneur who previously held the role of CMO & Global Fintech Co-Head at ConsenSys. He also writes a Fintech newsletter, Fintech Blueprint.
How being at a Conference and seeing how many other people owned Bitcoin, inspired Lex to start
The challenges surrounding Blockchain adoption
Lex’s view on the current capital market situation and how this impacts people’s view on crypto
How speculation surrounding regulation can generate economic use cases
How Lex believes computational infrastructure will develop as we want to create digital third spaces for ourselves, away from the home and office
The pain points that people experience in crypto
Lex’s opinion on where companies should and shouldn’t be using Blockchain
How he believes Web3 technology will impact the financial landscape over the next 10 years
It’s figuring out and taking action on how to help crypto businesses operate and how to remove barriers that prevent those businesses from having functional operations. So, it’s more about having these seamless rails in place, so that people can engage with the technology. - Lex
I think that you can draw a line and you can say, is blockchain a cost saver for your company or is it a revenue generator? - Lex
You can look at Apollo or KKR, the large private equity firms or some of the large hedge funds that are essentially price insensitive and are willing to continue investing into an ecosystem that they own because they own the underlying capital for the whole ecosystem. - Lex
I think there's some cases where they just put all of their own float on top of their own system or a system that essentially holds through equity ownership. But I think for most midsize to small, to even medium or large banks, the cost savings story is tough. - Lex
What's going to feel very natural in 10 or 15 years is that you'll have digital ownership over all your stuff. And if it's not on chain, and you don't have it in your wallet, then you will feel like it's not real. Like in the same way that I wouldn't want that paper document today, because it does me no good. - Lex