As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe (and no, it’s not related to Corona beer, if you’re one of the 38% in a poll that said you would not order a Mexican Corona beer now “under any circumstances”), large gatherings and events have been cancelled as each country grapples with how to contain the virus.
The crypto community has been hit hard in certain ways unique to its occasionally troll-y nature — moral issues arose with the appearance of a CoronaCoin “backed by proof of death” alongside Corona Babies digital collectibles, and media outlets have run amok with headlines like “Is the Coronavirus The Black Swan Event That Crushes Cryptocurrency?” as they try to connect the virus with Bitcoin’s recent drop below $6,000.
But most importantly to some, crypto conferences fall under the heading of those large gatherings that are being cancelled and postponed worldwide.
For those crypto conference enthusiasts, CoinMarketCap has assembled a list of the conferences in the crypto space that will (and will not!) go on in this new coronavirus era.
Keep in mind that while some of these conferences may be cancelled for now, expect a flood of postponed conferences to be taking place in Q3 2020 and later!
Brandon Chez, the founder and CEO of CoinMarketCap, made a rare public-ish appearance online last week (without a mask and a cape this time, we assume) to answer questions for CMC’s first-ever AMA conducted via Twitter (#CMCAMA) and in the comments of Chez’s Crypto Titans interview.
In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of some of the best (and weirdest) questions.
You only get to ask Satoshi one question. What is the question? -Mamba Forever
“Satoshi, what do you think of CoinMarketCap…?” (Nervous anticipation)
Favorite crypto meme? -DeShawn
It’s over 9000!!!!!
What’s your spirit animal, and why is it Jigglypuff? ? -Lina Wong CY
I wish I could be as charming as Jigglypuff! I’m more like a Scyther.
What were some other naming considerations before you decided on “CoinMarketCap”? -May not be trying to build another CMC
The original name for the project was “Crypto Cap.” I honestly don’t remember why it was changed, but likely for a simple reason like the domain name was already taken.
What’s your most significant epiphany since you started CMC? -Sumanthi
There’s unlimited demand for people to create their own cryptocurrencies that fill specific niches and use cases. Ultimately, this is a good thing since it puts competitive pressure on other cryptocurrencies to innovate and better serve their target audiences.
What’s your favorite technology item you use at home? What about outside? -Techbro
I actually don’t use much technology in my daily life outside of my desktop computer or cell phone. However, the Oculus Quest is very cool!
Hey Brandon, what’s your desert island book pick? -Izabella Crawford
This is tough choice between “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card and a “Desert Island for Dummy’s” type of book.
Will BTC/ETH atomic swaps with privacy coins help increase the privacy of public blockchain and increase their real world usability? -srt
Absolutely. If we can perfect atom swaps, we’ll be in a much greater position to utilize the features of other coins. There’s still too much friction to exchange coins.
Will CMC launch a token that people can buy? Some way that users can invest/support CMC & share in its growth/profits etc – Matt (@Cyebit)
It’s a great idea. Unfortunately, the regulatory environment in the United States makes implementing this quite complicated.
Has CMC ever faced any hacking attempts? If so, can you describe the most interesting? – BJ Pirus (@BenjaminPirus)
CMC been DDoS’d several times in the early days but I’m happy to say that we’ve never been hacked.
How has the initial vision of CMC changed to today’s vision of the future? – Miʞe (@23Michalis)
Originally it was to provide users the ability to obtain insight about the cryptocurrency markets at a glance. More recently, we’ve been expanding our focus beyond market data and into making CMC a comprehensive resource for the industry.
If you enjoyed reading this AMA with Brandon — there’s more where that came from! Check out Brandon’s first interview from CMC’s Crypto Titans series.