In this unique episode, Andrew and Fahad speak with Kristin Smith, Executive Director from the Blockchain Association in Washington D.C. They dive into blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and how policymakers are addressing emerging technologies.
Hosts: Fahad Shoukat and Andrew Wolfe
Today's Guest: Kristin Smith, Executive Director of Blockchain Association
Kristin runs the Blockchain Association, where she leads the crypto industry’s development of a strategic roadmap for public policy. She is an experienced policy professional, with senior-level experience in both House and Senate offices as well as private sector experience advocating for companies in the telecommunications, Internet, and other tech-focused industries. Kristin holds an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a graduate degree from Georgetown University.
The Blockchain Association is a trade association representing the interests of the open blockchain and cryptocurrency industry before Congress and policymakers in Washington D.C.
Our guest in this episode is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association, Kristin Smith. Interacting between public policy and disruptive technology, such as cryptocurrency, is an exciting place to be because the policies haven't been built yet and the dynamic is continuously changing.
The work that the Blockchain Association is doing is so important because this technology is really complicated. When dealing with non-tech background policymakers, it's important to have a voice in the room who is able to communicate the key ideas in a way that people understand. If we want to get a better public policy that supports the development of this technology, you have to show up, present ideas and ask for help. Having a trade association here on the ground is important for the companies that came together to launch it.
Concerns about Blockchain in the Public and Private Sector
Politics and Blockchain
Emerging Technology and Regulation
Attitudes Toward Crypto
Protecting the Blockchain Industry
Fahad has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He brings over 15+ years in Business Development, Strategy, Sales, Product, and Marketing in various industries such as software development and Internet of Things (IoT). His experiences have led him on an unwavering pursuit to meet thoughtful people and build thoughtful software.