At Viva Tech, the real rock stars are the crypto entrepreneurs

Much of the tech elite met in Paris at Viva Tech, the industry’s premier trade show hosted in the capital. Among the industry’s longtime experts, it was the crypto ciphers that stood out the most.

Stage 1 of Viva Tech, the Paris show dedicated to new technologies, is a large amphitheater that can accommodate several hundred people. However, it was necessary to come in advance, this Thursday, June 16, to be sure of a seat and to be sure to return. Because that day, one conference was eagerly anticipated: the one between Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the Ethereum blockchain, and Changpeng Zhao (or CZ), the founder of Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange platform in the world.

Half an hour before their arrival on the stage, the visitors thronged the hall, sitting on the floor, between the chairs, looking for a place at all costs. And when CZ finally appeared, he was greeted with cheers, applause and a crowd that stuck to his doings. Vitalk Buterin, who was not in Paris but took part in the interview via video conference, received a similar welcome when his face appeared on the screen facing the stage. Some stood to applaud them. rock stars.

Vitalik Buterin and CZ were the rock stars of this edition of Viva Tech // Source: Numerama

Cryptos have conquered technology

The two entrepreneurs were the attraction of this conference – much more than Maurice Lévy, the moderator of the exchange and chairman of the supervisory board of Publicis, a luminary of French business. Above all, they were the attraction of the whole show, which does not specialize in cryptos. But the craze was felt throughout the room, where many onlookers nodded in agreement at every line from CZ or Vitalik Buterin, and where my neighbor couldn’t help but check the price of bitcoin every two minutes on his phone.

Cryptos have become a real social phenomenon. The phrase has been true for years, but is now an amplified phenomenon. The popularity of these digital assets, along with their price, exploded during the Covid crisis and the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021.

And since then, despite the crypto asset market being a bear market, project failures are piling up and bitcoin has lost more than 50% of its value in 6 months, the community remains extremely active and convinced by the project. The enthusiasm was especially evident at Viva Tech, where crypto entrepreneurs are the new big names to invite, more than the bosses of ‘classic’ technology.

In a completely purchased room, the two founders answered Maurice Lévy’s questions for just twenty minutes. Passage to proof of stake for Ethereum, difference from the Binance blockchain, importance of NFTs in the metaverse… All the main topics are covered, in a kind of short introduction to cryptos and the challenges they face. CZ even got the chance to say they’re a big fan of the ” start-up nation ” French.

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Maurice Lévy and CZ at Viva Tech // Source: Numerama

In fact, there was no spectacular unveiling. But the conversation between the two most important and respected figures in cryptocurrencies was worth the detour in itself. And for the fans, to see their idol. † You are building the future ‘ even concluded, admiringly, Maurice Lévy at the end of the conversation. When CZ and Vitalik Buterin left, nearly half of the stage 1 crowd suddenly rose – without even glancing at the conference of the unmissable Yann Le Cun, one of the fathers of machine learning and AI director of Meta. A former tech rock star.

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