A Blockchain-dedicated conference hosted by Tech Crunch went down in the Swiss town of Zug this week, which has styled itself as the ‘Crypto Valley’. The city of Zug is a small town of just 30,000 people, and similarly to Malta has positioned itself as a home to the crypto and blockchain industry.
The Tech Crunch brand attracted all of the biggest names in the industry for the conference, from the now-legendary Vitalek Buterin (founder of Ethereum), Brian Behlendorf (Director, Hyperledger), Balajo Srinivasan (CTO of Coinbase), Joe Lublin (Founder of ConsenSys), Bill Tai (Board Member, Bitfury), Changpend Zhao (Founder, Binance), and lots of others.
The event saw a day-long masterclass in everything blockchain, covering tech developments in the industry (shards, scaling up and the like), stories of how businesses have grown exponentially in recent months, the global regulatory framework, and how the industry is gearing itself to change the way in which we organise our economies and how we interact with one another.
Interestingly, even though Zug was the chosen venue, Malta was brought up on a number of the panels. “Although Malta was lagging behind places like Switzerland and Singapore, in terms of regulation, it has now leapfrogged them both with recent developments”, commented one of the Swiss-based panelists. Another was asked by the Tech Crunch editor whether this conference will be held in Zug again next year, or whether we’ll be meeting in Malta or Singapore – “perhaps all three” was his enthusiastic reply. Similarly, CZ, Founder of Binance, as he’s come to be known, said Malta’s become one of his homes.
Thanks to Luke Frendo and Nicola Lapira, who attended the conference in Switzerland and helped with the article. Frendo Lapira Legal is a newly-formed boutique form based in Malta with a digital-focus.