April 25, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1251 6th Ave
New York, NY 10020

Will Cryptos ever be Currencies?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
at the offices of DWT
1251 Avenue of the Americas, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10020

Spending with cash is easy and fast; spending with a payment card is almost the same. But spending Bitcoin is a different matter: it can take many minutes to complete a transaction, with varying costs. And with rising values Bitcoin seems to be treated more as a commodity like gold, rather than a form of payment. Many now doubt that Bitcoin itself will ever achieve the goal of a ubiquitous “electronic cash system” competing with fiat currency.

But not so fast. First, developers have proposed solutions to more quickly and less expensively validate Bitcoin transactions. Also, Bitcoin’s most prominent competitor, Ethereum, may shift away from the “proof of work” model that underpins Bitcoin to a “proof of stake” model that promises more efficient and inexpensive transactions. And perhaps there are other innovations over the horizon that will surpass even these.

So what does this mean for Bitcoin? And for other cryptocurrencies such as Ether and its thousands of progenies, from FileCoin to EOS to Tether? Join NYPAY for a bit of a lesson (but no quiz at the end) and a lot of discussion.

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The Panelists

Lance Koonce

Lance Koonce

Partner, DWT

Lance Koonce focuses his practice on intellectual property and technology, and acts as litigator and advisor for clients in the media, advertising, and consumer products fields, and has extensive experience analyzing the implications of emerging technologies. As a litigator, he has over 20 years of experience trying complex commercial cases in state and federal court, including jury trials. Lance writes and speaks frequently on IP and technology issues, and leads DWT’s cross-practice Blockchain and Distributed Technologies initiative. He is the founder of the Creative Block(chain) blog, which focuses on how blockchain technology intersects with the creative industries.

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