Paris Blockchain Week, Apr. 12: Latest updates from the Cointelegraph team on the ground

Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS), a flagship European blockchain conference hosted at Palais Brongniart in Paris, started on Wednesday with an all-star cast. Fresh after announcing its French version, Cointelegraph has set up a team for the event to present the latest updates for the event in a real-time fashion. 

The first day of event will see significant names in the crypto and blockchain ecosystem to speak about the crucial topics for the ecosystem. The Cointelegraph ground team will present last-minute updates in one easy-to-read article with time codes.

Don’t forget to check this article regularly to get notified about the most recent announcements from the event.

All time codes are in the UTC time zone

9:05 – Crypto combines many things that everyone doesn’t understand, Cary continues: “However, with a peer-to-peer approach, that hurdle can be overcome. If we work together, we can become stronger.”

9:01- Talking about the diversity in the crypto community and how it could eventually help the industry grow further, Cary said:

“If you want to see crypto go to the moon, my challenge to everyone in this room is to download a wallet and set up five of your friends with that crypto wallet and send them $5-$10 worth of crypto each. If we managed to do that, we will see a 5X increase in the number of users in 12 months.”

8:55 – “In the long run we are leaning into some fundamental human values such as open-source system which is quite different from traditional finance. We are building systems based on which anyone can build tools to protect their own wealth.”

8:47 – Talking about the difference between blockchain and crypto events of today and the ones from the early days, Cary says “the blockchain events have become more acceptable today, while earlier people used to wear face masks to remain anonymous.”

“We are building fabrics of the internet that would allow anyone regardless of their circumstances to trade, exchange, save, earn rewards of different types of digital wealth.”

8:43 – Nicolas Cary talks about the difficulties of running a blockchain company that started in 2011 and how the firm started developing various tools around Bitcoin.

“Our first tool was a Bitcoin wallet which was one of the first non-custodial wallets with over 85 million users across 200 countries.”

08:40 – Blockchain.com co-founder Nicolas Cary and Cointelegraph editor-in-chief Kristina Lucrezia Corner takes the stage to talk about a decade in crypto.

08:10 – Decentralized blockchain identity protocol KILT announced web3name. It enables users to create unique names representing their digital identity, which can be linked to addresses on KILT and across the Polkadot ecosystem.

7:30 – Binance CEO’s keynote concludes with the announcement of a new partnership with Station F, a major startup campus in France.

7:29 – CZ says France is very uniquely positioned in terms of regulations, talent and expertise and has the potential to become a leading crypto hub in Europe. “I think France has one of the most progressive and open-minded governments that could help in developing pro-crypto regulations.”

7:25 – Talking about how he manages such a large consortium of crypto platforms, CZ said: “The key secret is they should not do very much.”

Binance’s growth depends on the growth of the ecosystem and “This is why we don’t see other crypto platforms as competitors and rather as their peers.”

7:22 – Binance plans to offer [customer] support in all 31 languages that it supports in the near future.

7:18 – CZ explains how regulations have evolved over the years and how the approach of regulators has changed significantly.

Binance CEO CZ on the stage at the PBWS

 “We have seen a great shift of attitude towards crypto over the past year until last year regulators were talking in a negative way while many regulators today approach us with a positive note.”

7:15 – Binance is now available in over 70 countries out of the top 100. Binance Labs, the investment arm of the exchange, has invested more than $100 million in about 100 crypto projects whose combined liquid market cap of $7 billion, seeing a 66X increase in three years.

07:06 – Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao is on the stage. Started his speech with a basic question: “How many of you hold Bitcoin (BTC) or crypto?”

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