Consensus 2021

Crypto Long & Short: What I’ve Learned in the Past Five Years

Seven main takeaways on crypto markets from my time at CoinDesk. Plus: the future of the Bitcoin Mining Council.

Markets  ·  30 May 2021

What $DESK Says About Scarcity, Value and Money

Pull up a $DESK, we're talking about a rewards token.

People  ·  28 May 2021

State of Crypto: What Regulators Said at Consensus 2021

Regulators are getting more involved in crypto, or so they said at this year's Consensus event.

Policy & regulation  ·  28 May 2021

White House Cyber Adviser Highlights Potential for Misuse of Crypto

Carol House, the National Security Council’s director of cybersecurity, said crypto developers failed to hardcode necessary guardrails.

Policy & regulation  ·  27 May 2021

What ING Bank Might Steal From DeFi

ING blockchain lead Mariana Gomez de la Villa said Ethereum’s composability could inform the next generation of banking services.

Business  ·  27 May 2021
Donald Trump

FinCEN’s New Head Says Controversial Trump-Era Crypto Proposal Is Still Pending

"Nothing's been decided," says Michael Mosier, the former Chainalysis counsel who became acting head of the financial crime-fighting agency this year.

Policy & regulation  ·  27 May 2021

See Tom Brady Speak at the Last Day of Consensus

Also, go deep on DeFi, social tokens, crypto-native banks and more.

News  ·  27 May 2021
Web 3

Cory Doctorow’s Web3 Rallying Cry: ‘Seize the Means of Computation’

The sci-fi author exhorted Consensus 2021 attendees to take back power for internet users from a tech cartel whose leaders “can fit around one table.”

Tech  ·  27 May 2021

Binance Says ‘Rollback’ Not Possible After DeFi Exploits on Binance Smart Chain

Binance is not responsible for "rug pulls" on Binance Smart Chain, an exchange representative says.

News  ·  27 May 2021

Consensus 2021: 7 Questions for Bitcoin Anarchist Eric Voskuil

We asked a Bitcoin developer about the patronage model, on-chain privacy, lessons from Taproot and Bitcoin's energy consumption.

People  ·  26 May 2021

Consensus Day 3, Recapped: The Battle Over Electronic Money

The future of CBDCs, stablecoins and untethered cryptocurrencies was all up for grabs on an action-packed day at CoinDesk's flagship event.

News  ·  26 May 2021

DBS Bank CEO: We Have Twice as Many Engineers as Bankers

Banks and financial regulators should facilitate the tokenization of the financial system, DBS CEO Piyush Gupta said during Consensus 2021.

News  ·  26 May 2021

Mastercard Exec Shares Thoughts on Crypto Rewards, Stablecoin and CBDC Plans

Jessica Turner, the storied payment network’s fintech executive, reflects on mainstream crypto adoption at Consensus 2021.

People  ·  26 May 2021

Lawrence Summers on Inflation: Fed ‘Will Only Remove the Punch Bowl After It Sees People Staggering Around Drunk’

“I think policy is rather overdoing it,” the former U.S. Treasury secretary said at Consensus 2021.

Markets  ·  26 May 2021

Libra Co-Creator Still Has Regulatory ‘PTSD’ From Her Time at Facebook

To change global payment rails, "you probably need to be a cowboy if you're a startup," Morgen Beller said.

Policy & regulation  ·  26 May 2021