Think Bitcoin is in the Mother of All Bubbles? Try Ethereum

By Gavin Serkin | 1 September 2017
Gavin Serkin
United Kingdom (UK)

OnFrontiers Editorial Director and a seasoned expert in everything to do with media in frontier and emerging markets

Gavin hosts OnFrontiers’ #ExpertChat series, which connects emerging market leaders to audiences in live online discussions. He previously led the Eme...

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After Bitcoin’s 70% rally during August to 50,000 times its price in 2010, even the most ardent digital Luddites must be pausing for thought.

But for anyone tempted to jump on a runaway cryptocurrency bandwagon, the choices are dizzying: Ethereum, another digital currency, is up 4,400% this year. Six of the world’s biggest banks announced this week that they’re working on another form of e-cash dryly named the “utility settlement coin.”

Akin to The Emperor’s New Clothes to many people’s minds, cryptos are all of a sudden being lovingly described as a “safe havens” like gold amidst the threat of a North Korean nuclear strike. Venezuelans are hoarding the virtual money to buck hyperinflation.

In short – it’s time to take a serious look at the digital frontier of cryptocurrencies.

We’ve assembled a panel of experts on everything to do with digital money and blockchain technology – and how it’s shaping developed and emerging economies and societies. Sign up now – it could make it a whole lot easier to talk with your grandchildren.

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Hosted by Editorial Director Gavin Serkin on Friday, Sept. 8, our panel will include:

  • Vanessa Grellet, Executive Director of ConsenSys, which uses Blockchain technology to push for people empowerment and decentralized governance
  • Werner van Rooyen, head of Business Development and Marketing at Luno, the oldest and largest Bitcoin platform in Africa, with a presence in Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe.
  • Anish Mohammed, former lead security architect for Blockchain initiatives at HSBC and Chief Science Officer for Blockchainsmokers, which connects startups with blockchain technology
  • Brian Iselin, president of slavefreetrade.org, which uses Blockchain-type technology to monitor trade supply chains for links to slavery
  • Federico Ast, founder of Crowdjury, a Blockchain-based decentralized justice system

Registered attendees will learn

  • Which countries are leading the way in cryptocurrencies and bitcoin applications — and how to get involved!
  • The differing attitudes of regulators around the world
  • How this technology is REALLY going to become disruptive as it matures

 

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OnFrontiers Editorial Director and a seasoned expert in everything to do with media in frontier and emerging markets
United Kingdom (UK)
Editorial Director, OnFrontiers

Gavin hosts OnFrontiers’ #ExpertChat series, which connects emerging market leaders to audiences in live online discussions. He previously led the Emerging Markets news team for Bloomberg. He has been recognized by the Society of American Business Editors & Writers and the Society of Professional Journalists. Gavin wrote "Frontier: Exploring the Top Ten Emerging Markets of Tomorrow" and has been a commentator on frontier markets for two decades. He also manages Frontier Funds Consultancy.