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World Crypto Con | Joseph Ciccolo on Regulating Crypto Properly

Welcome to the World Crypto Con Spotlight series. Today’s guest: Joseph Ciccolo.

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World Crypto Con (WCC) is a platform for industry leaders to share their knowledge of the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, as well as introduce their projects to the world. WCC welcomes both experts and novices to attend; there’s something for everyone.

Our World Crypto Con Spotlight series will be focusing on moments from the conference, speaking to headliners about their experience with WCC.

Thanks to World Crypto Con, we at CryptoCurrencyNews.com had the pleasure of interviewing Joseph Ciccolo, Founder and President of BitAML.

Today, Joseph tells us a little bit about how he found his way into crypto and gives us a sneak peek at his AML panel discussion.

World Crypto Con Spotlight: Joseph Ciccolo

Q: Just to give our readers some background, can you tell us a little about yourself, such as your schooling and professional background?

A: I went to college at Northeastern University where I remain an active alum, consulting and funding research into cryptocurrency. After graduation, I built a career in traditional bank compliance where I spent ten years in AML leadership positions at some of the top financial institutions in the US prior to launching BitAML.

Q: What year did you get into the cryptocurrency/blockchain space and what drew you to it?

A: I heard about cryptocurrency for the first time at a banking conference in 2014. The other attendees had a markedly negative view of this new tech, but it piqued my interest. At the time, I remember thinking that this innovation was long overdue in banking. I started doing some independent research into crypto, and by late 2014 and early 2015, I was attending meetups and giving some off-the-cuff compliance advice to the attendees there and online. I was having a lot of fun and decided to turn it into a full-time business. I left traditional banking and went all-in on crypto. The rest is history.

Q: You’re the founder of BitAML. What made you start a company on your own rather than just working as an exec position within the space?

A: While I was making the rounds at meetups, it struck me that the people there were some of the best and brightest I’d ever met; incredibly smart, innovative, and passionate. However, they seemed to be a little stuck when it came to compliance and money transmission laws and such. It became very clear that they weren’t just under-served, they were un-served. Once I put that together, I knew I could help these innovators and that I wanted to be along for the ride.

Q: You’re holding a panel at World Crypto Con surrounding AML and compliance. What do you want crypto enthusiasts to get out of this discussion?

A: The cryptocurrency space has matured and is ready for the next level of AML and compliance. Regulators have taken notice and examined the industry, and while there were some bright spots, it’s clear that we have a lot of work to do when it comes to our compliance. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts can look forward to learning about some of the recent developments and expectations in crypto AML and compliance, some regulatory trends to keep an eye on, and what businesses and entrepreneurs can expect in the next several months and throughout 2019.

Q: Since AML is the biggest issue for most government bodies when it comes to cryptocurrency around the world, do you see the framework of AML shifting in the crypto space with trying to comply with these new government regulations?

A: When it comes to AML, cryptocurrency is a bit of a round peg in a square hole. Governments have adapted and will continue to adapt existing regulatory frameworks in light of new technology, and this is especially true in the US. Internationally, it appears that the EU and other jurisdictions are taking proactive steps to create AML guidelines more specific to cryptocurrency.

Q: Data protection and cybersecurity are also huge points of interest for large companies looking at blockchain technology. Do you see anything new emerging in cybersecurity?

A: Absolutely. Expectations are rising. Regulators are beginning to demand stronger cybersecurity controls, documentation, data protection, and recovery. This is a regulatory compliance vertical on the rise in crypto, and we expect to see it ramp up even more in 2019.

Q: What or who are you most excited to see at World Crypto Con?

A: I’m eager to learn about the practical applications proposed for serving the unbanked and underbanked. On a personal note, as a dad, I’m interested in learning more about how blockchain can disrupt and innovate education and systems of learning.

Thanks again to World Crypto Con for the opportunity and to Joseph Ciccolo for taking the time to speak with us.

Joseph Ciccolo will be a panelist in ‘Regulation in a Decentralized World’ on November 2nd.

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World Crypto Con | Chris J. Snook on His Journey through Crypto

Welcome to the World Crypto Con Spotlight series. Today’s guest: Chris J. Snook

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World Crypto Con (WCC) is a platform for industry leaders to share their knowledge of the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, as well as introduce their projects to the world. WCC welcomes both experts and novices to attend; there’s something for everyone.

Our World Crypto Con Spotlight series will be focusing on moments from the conference, speaking to headliners about their experience with WCC.

Thanks to World Crypto Con, we at CryptoCurrencyNews.com had the pleasure of interviewing Chris J. Snook, Founder and Chairman of World Tokenomic Forum.

Today, Chris tells us a little more about himself and fills us in on his panel, in case you missed it.

World Crypto Con Spotlight: Chris J. Snook

Q: Just to give our readers some background, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A: I am a 19-year serial entrepreneur/investor, the author of Digital Sense and forthcoming 2019 titles ‘Tokenomics’ and ‘Rebooting Retail’ and currently serve as Chairman at World Tokenomic Forum and the Editor-in-Chief at Token Standard.

Q: How and when did you get into the cryptocurrency/blockchain space?

A: Through curiosity and as a very part-time hobby back in 2012, but with full organizational effort and investment focus in our holding company Launch Haus in late 2016.

Q: It seems like you’re involved in all sorts of companies within crypto. Can you explain briefly what Token Standard and World Tokenomic Forum are?

A: Token Standard is a media platform, research arm, and publishing house dedicated to providing a highly curated and “less is more” feed of timely content to c-level executives, policymakers, technologists, and money managers around who and what is driving the next iteration of our global economy.

The World Tokenomic Forum is an invitation-only consortium of members across the public and private sectors marrying emerging technologies, to enterprise and capital through our Sandcastle Series initiative. We also host an annual summit of members in Grand Cayman each Fall to convene members, shape research agendas and policy initiatives. Launch Haus is our digital holding company and portfolio of related tech, agency, and blockchain investments.

Q: It seems like you’re speaking at all sorts of crypto conferences around the world. How have they been going?

A: I spoke at 22 conferences this year, and 17 of them have been related to crypto or blockchain outside of our own annual summit. I will attend far fewer next year and expect that the market will mirror that as well. The events that will last and provide value moving forward will become platforms that incorporate value exchange across every aspect of the value chain (enterprise, startup, capital provider, regulator, media, etc.) and find ways to do more than just provide startups with a platform to pitch and buy booth space.

I am excited by the vision of the WCC founders to connect technology and people to experiences that help ground people in the present and future capabilities of this space as it evolves. It is a bold mission, and the event platforms that achieve that and execute will likely get the majority of visitor and attendee traffic moving forward.

Q: At World Crypto Con, you’ll be leading a panel on ‘The Current and Future State of Adoption.’ How important is adoption to cryptocurrency? Do you think crypto adoption has dropped since the start of the crypto market’s recent downfall?

A: Adoption is always important in any technology. Use cases and proof-points are far more valuable than ideas. We also have to realize that everything that scales follows the path of infrastructure, protocols/standardization, and applications. We will see a continued “spaghetti on the wall” model and race to protocol development in 2019 and 2020 and infrastructure design as well. Applications will emerge and cut down paths for their competitors like in every cycle prior. User adoption based upon speculation is over and will likely not return, so the next wave of adoption will be driven more by a true readiness level across these three domains and some healthy speculation on top of true use cases and proof points.

Q: Your panel will include Grant Cohen, Sebastien Henot, Jeff Burton, Jan Pasboel, and Michael Proper. What are their thoughts on the state of adoption for cryptocurrency?

A: You will have to attend the session to hear from these amazing people first hand. I am not going to give away the goose before its cooked 🙂

Q: What are you (or the others in your panel) most excited about for World Crypto Con?

A: Meeting some new people, reconnecting with some friends, and experiencing the vision and production value that WCC has promised to deliver!

Thanks again to World Crypto Con for the opportunity and to Chris J. Snook for taking the time to speak with us.

Chris J. Snook participated in the ‘Mariposa Keynote Stage’ on November 1st and moderated ‘The State of Adoption with Chris J Snook’ on November 1st.

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World Crypto Con | Vesa Kivinen Expresses Cryptocurrency through Art

Welcome to the World Crypto Con Spotlight series. Today’s guest: Vesa Kivinen.

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World Crypto Con (WCC) is a platform for industry leaders to share their knowledge of the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, as well as introduce their projects to the world. WCC welcomes both experts and novices to attend; there’s something for everyone.

Our World Crypto Con Spotlight series will be focusing on moments from the conference, speaking to headliners about their experience with WCC.

Thanks to World Crypto Con, we at CryptoCurrencyNews.com had the pleasure of interviewing Vesa Kivinen, crypto artist and filmmaker, with strong influences in the blockchain art space.

Today, Vesa will be giving you a sneak peek at his keynote, integrating creativity, blockchain, and marketing all in one.

World Crypto Con Spotlight: Vesa Kivinen

Q: Can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

A: I’m a mixed media artist currently living in London. My early years as a professional creative were influenced by Ken Wilber—the father of integral theory. This means to look at the projects from multiple angles including spirituality, economy, relationships, movements, politics, and philosophy.

Q: You are a renowned artist. Why do think art is important in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space? They are not a usual pairing, are they?

A: Oil paint is technology. It is just a very old one, so people don’t think of it as that. Our capacity to express has, for a very long time, been coupled with technology. The status quo of the art world mostly explores the past and is critical of the present. I relate to the giants of our past who dared to also imagine where we might be going.

Q: How can one benefit the other in your eyes?

A: The people who are involved in the tech space are rarely great communicators. The actual substance of the blockchain space inspires awe. We’ve only scratched the surface of understanding what will now be possible due to this invention. Coupled with VR and AI, it offers hope for the whole human enterprise. We’ve created an enormous amount of wealth during the past couple of centuries, but this has fuelled a lot of corruption too. Bitcoin and the decentralized solutions that follow it deserve their story be told in various ways to help people get why they are relevant.

Q: Separate from your artistic endeavors in the space, how has cryptocurrency inspired you? What excites you about this world?

A: They can’t really be differentiated from one another. The resources of the space were a part of the push towards creating the Art For Crypto platform, but it was driven first by getting rabbit holed by its potential. Blockchain allowed me, for the first time, to be authentically inspired by money. After hearing someone like Andreas Antonopoulos speak for a couple of hours, you have to be a bit tone deaf to not see why.

Q: You’ve been speaking at many conferences lately, how has the reaction been to your talks?

A: It’s been intense and engaging. I try not to get ideological despite excitement and present as balanced of a perspective on it as possible with a creative angle. Of course, adding a show element to the keynotes and art exhibits helps to transmit something people have not yet seen others do in it. Having just accepted a brand ambassadorship for Orion Vault and a collaboration with FourPark Blockchain, there are plenty more to come. There is a third new Fortune 100 company collaboration going forward, which will open up new doors, but this is not something I can talk about publicly yet.

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Q: How has the reaction been to your cryptocurrency art pieces?

A: The reaction is supportive and positive. People buy them and space keeps offering me new opportunities. It is one of the best moves I’ve ever made and has helped me to develop as an artist and a human being.

Q: You have created a limit on some of your art pieces, similar to how, say, there is a limit on Bitcoin. Is this working? Are you finding that it helps sell your art to crypto-enthusiasts who feel there is a finite number?

A: I’m currently in the process of re-limiting the editions much more due to my new partnerships. As a result of fewer works available, the price will significantly increase. I innovated a new pricing system on how this art is sold for the flagship series Artevo, which functioned okay but only for a select few who took the trouble of understanding it. The price doubling mechanism will now finally have the necessary decentralized trust behind it due to smart contracts. I can’t wait to write the News BTC launch article on this once all the contractual details are sorted.

Q: Tell us about Artevo and how it works?

A: The word Artevo comes from the combination of art and evolution. It describes the content well but is also a reminder to keep constantly moving forward. The combination of content and technique is illustrated well in the two-minute opening video of the site. To write it would take more than people have the patience for in this format without doing the whole thing a disservice.

Q: What does the future hold for yourself and Artevo?

A: I just saw the first VR demo of an Artevo piece, and we are developing the experience further with a Swedish AR/VR company called Wavr. The quickly put-together demo alone felt like looking at the future of art. I feel fortunate to be one of the first to ride this overwhelming wave. As mentioned, these pieces require a certain state of mind to open up, which I feel will be greatly increased by immersive experiences.

Q: What are you most excited about for World Crypto Con?

A: My own part is a big challenge to get right, but the totality of what Adam and the guys have put together is the future of crypto conferences. There will be a new reality for what people expect from these gatherings after it, which raises the bar for everyone.

Thanks again to World Crypto Con for the opportunity and to Vesa Kivinen for taking the time to speak with us.

Vesa Kivinen will be attending the ‘Mariposa Keynote Stage’ on November 1st, and will also be performing his crypto live art on November 1st.

>> Check out more interviews from World Crypto Con!

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