The future of Blockchain is top of the agenda at CryptoBlockCon Los Angeles, taking place April 4-5 at Hudson Loft, downtown.

Highlights of the event will include keynotes with Crystal Rose, Miko Matsumura, and William Quigley, and panel discussions discussing future benefits of blockchain; the technology, the currencies and market activity for the coming year.

As a BlockExplorer reader, you can save 25% on your ticket by entering the code BlockExplorer25 at registration.

CryptoBlockCon co-founder CJ Smith was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions about the event. A transcript of the interview is reproduced below.

Interview with CryptoBlockCon Co-founder CJ Smith

What motivated you to found CryptoBlockCon?

CryptoBlockCon Co-Founder CJ Smith

Blockchain technology, and in particular decentralization, has the potential to impact and improve almost any industry. New and disruptive technologies have always captivated me, and blockchain is not only disruptive but has the ability to save lives in the healthcare industry by allowing doctors to get informations quicker and with higher accuracy, it has the ability to provide bank accounts and credit to people who do not have access, and will provide transparency and security for industries which need it most.

Todd, my business partner, owns and has owned and sold many conferences, one of which I also work for. He and I have spoken about blockchain and bitcoin since the day we met, and blockchain technology in particular is something which we are both very passionate about. Last September we started talking about holding a blockchain a cryptocurrency conference, as it seemed like a natural fit between our interests and professional experience, and we want to help educate, connect, and create conversations around this technology. We held our first event in Las Vegas, December of 2017, as a proof of concept, and the rest was history!

What makes CryptoBlockCon events unique?

First, we have many friends and professional connections in the blockchain space which will help differentiate us from other blockchain and cryptocurrency events. We know that any event is only as good as its content and attendees.

Second, we’ve held many events, varying in size, and we know what works well and what doesn’t when it comes to producing a conference. We know how to create a large yet intimate experience, and we know how to help facilitate dialogue and create a community, as opposed to a lecture hall. We will hold opening and closing receptions, again focusing on community. CryptoBlockCon will also provide entertainment for attendees like music, because a good experience is all about the right balance.

How will attending CryptoBlockCon benefit investors, startups, and business professionals?

Investors will learn from other professional investors on our investor panel, will listen to ICO pitches during our ICO pitch competition, and will meet many startups and entrepreneurs in the blockchain space.

Startups will be able to learn from professional investors about how to appeal to potential investors and raise capital, as well as meet developers, and learn from other entrepreneurs and startups using blockchain technology.

What networking opportunities will attendees have?

For the Los Angeles event, April 4-5, we will hold a ‘blockchain and bourbon’ event during one of the evening receptions. The founder of the world’s largest bourbon database will show his creation, which lives on the blockchain, and everyone will all be able to try some of the bourbons. It’s experiences like this which help bring people together before and after an event and solidify relationships. We also provide lunch so people do not need to leave the venue, we will have a small exhibit floor for people to learn about different companies and talk to their teams, and we put a lot of emphasis on the venue we select which many event organizers fail to do. The venue dictates the flow of the overall show, and really impacts the overall experience for attendees.

What types of insights can attendees expect to take away from CryptoBlockCon?

For the Los Angeles event, some of our featured panels will be discussing investing in blockchain startups, blockchain impacting the music industry, the ability to digitally send wealth and assets, ethics and humanitarianism with blockchain, and SEC compliance for ICOs. Attendees will learn from seasoned blockchain entrepreneurs and experts about real world blockchain applications, meet developers, listen to ICO pitches, and network with some of the brightest minds in the blockchain industry.


Bay Area Block2TheFuture Event Scheduled Aboard USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier 

 Blockchain Event April 4-6 Features 100+ Blockchain Speakers, Free Beer and Free Chicken Tikka Masala

Los Angeles – March 1, 2018 – Block2TheFuture will be holding its 2018 San Francisco Blockchain Conference April 46 aboard the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier and Space Museum. The unique event for adults and kids aims to educate the next generation about the vast potential of blockchain and cryptocurrency, while giving all attendees actionable takeaways.

“All signs are pointing toward this being a groundbreaking three days for the cryptocurrency and blockchain world,” said Kurt Kumar from Block2TheFuture. “It’s fitting we chose an aircraft carrier for the event because we are entering uncharted waters as it did in its day. We are looking forward to kids, technologists, developers, grandmothers and crypto experts all exploring the world of blockchain together and leaving with four-to-five actionable steps that they can take home and implement right away.”

Those attending can expect to receive free gifts, such as a paperback copy of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation Series,” Elon Musk’s biography and Nassim Taleb’s “Antifragile.” Attendees will also get a free fractional Bitcoin and enjoy free beer and chicken tikka masala.

The event is free for children and this will be the first blockchain event to actively engage children.

All-in-all over 100 speakers will be presenting at the event, including:

– Tim Draper (DFJ)

– Brock Pierce (Entrepreneur)

– H. E. Ehlil Ahmad Hakimi, Finance Minister of Afghanistan

– Dr. Larry Sanger (Everipedia and Wikipedia co-founder)

– Anthony Pompliano (Full Tilt Capital)

– Aubrey de Grey (SENS – Cure Aging)

– Justin Newton (NetKi)

– Kavita Gupta (Consensys)

– Armin Ibrahimi (Shocard)

– Lily Liu (Earn)

– Liz Steininger (Least Authority)

– Paul Walsh (MetaCert)

– Stan Miroshnik (Element Group)

– Howard Marks (Start Engine)

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United States Department Of Treasury

The US Treasury discussed the need for regulation around both fiat and cryptocurrencies in a press release on Tuesday.

The undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence stated:

“Kleptocrats and criminals are also attempting to find new ways around our controls to exploit the financial system.”

Sigal Mandleker referenced the use of cryptocurrencies for this purpose. This press release is a continuation of the discussions regarding money laundering laws that BlockExplorer looked at earlier this year, though this press release seems to indicate a stronger intent than previously seen.

In Mandleker’s address to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Conference:

“The lack of AML/CFT regulation of virtual currency providers worldwide greatly exacerbates virtual currency’s illicit financing risks. Currently, we are one of the only major countries in the world, along with Japan and Australia, that regulate these activities for AML/CFT purposes. But we need many more countries to follow suit, and have made this a priority in our international outreach.”

Regulation enforcement

The press release stressed the importance of a financial institution’s compliance with regulations and discussed its ongoing aggressive enforcement of regulation on the cryptocurrency market. The document specifically referred to a $110M USD fine against BTC-e (At the time of writing BTC-e’s domain has been seized by the US Treasury) a non-US based trading platform that had been trading with parties within US borders. The US Treasury’s reasoning for this (and other) fines and seizures is that the cryptocurrency trading platform was used for illegal purposes such as money laundering or theft.

What does this mean for cryptocurrencies going forward?

The US Treasury seems extremely committed to its attempt to regulate cryptocurrencies. The last half of the press release contains recommendations for compliance with regulators. Whether or not this aggressive attempt at regulation is good or bad for cryptocurrencies remains to be seen. One could imagine a world where simply owning cryptocurrency is viewed as illegal or where every single transaction must be tracked. And as discussed in BlockExplorer’s previous article, it can be extremely difficult to completely regulate cryptocurrencies, especially as there are some cryptocurrencies dedicated to high levels of anonymity and privacy.


Tarsnap, the privacy-oriented backup service announced today in an email from its founder that it would be suspending the ability to pay for its services using Bitcoin. The decision was made by Tarsnap on Tuesday.

‘The final straw came on Tuesday when Stripe (which Tarsnap uses for both credit card and Bitcoin payments) announced that they were going to cease their support for Bitcoin , due to exactly the same problems as I noticed…’

With Stripe citing high transaction fees and volatility as the reason for its decision. Tarsnap is not the first company to stop accepting Bitcoin based on these reasons. It is the continuation of a trend started by Steam and Microsoft (though Microsoft has since reversed its decision). The email stated that Tarsnap will cease accepting Bitcoin payments on April 1st. Tarsnap chose the date presumably to allow customers using Bitcoin to secure other means of payment.

Tarsnap’s future plans

The email went further to state that Tarsnap intends looking into other cryptocurrencies for payment. Specifically referencing wanting Stripe to support them. And indicating a want for currencies not based on proof of work. The email links to a Stripe announcement where it is mentioned that Stripe is looking at the Lightning Network, OmiseGO, Ethereum, and Stellar. With a comment towards Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and other ‘Bitcoin variants’ as a possible solution as well.

End of Bitcoin as a payment option?

Tarsnap’s decision is one of a few made in recent months that paint Bitcoin used as a payment mechanism in a bad light. The idea that Bitcoin is more of a commodity than a currency is not a new one. Though it’s not an idea that has completely taken hold (yet?). If this trend continues, Bitcoin may find itself left behind as other cryptocurrencies take the lead in usability and adoption. Though only time will tell what lies in Bitcoin’s future.