The BWTT conference is back for its 5th year and bigger than ever — with the goal of empowering women entrepreneurs in tech and closing the gap in funding.

The 5th annual Black Women Talk Tech (BWTT) Roadmap to Billions 2021 conference is “designed for (women like) you, by women like you.”

In a tech industry traditionally dominated by men — at the product and coding level and among founders and leadership — BWTT is helping to balance the inequity in funding and basic encouragement to create opportunities for brilliant minds in tech no matter who they are. To that end, this year’s conference will host a national pitch competition with $50,000 worth of cash and prizes.

The conference has grown quite a bit this year, with speakers for…


As the U.S. Treasury Department eyes stablecoins and EU targets terrorism financing, blockchain leaders discuss the costs of compliance — and of non-compliance.

The only thing worse for blockchain projects than dealing with crypto regulations seems to be lack of clarity from regulators. In light of new regulations emerging in the U.S. and in the EU, we took the time to speak with blockchain leaders to get a sense of what the industry is thinking.

On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department issued a statement that made it clear they had their eyes on stablecoins.

In part, the Treasury Department statement reads:

“…participants discussed the rapid growth of stablecoins, potential uses of stablecoins as a means of payment, and potential risks to end-users, the…


Is it sacrilege to use the world’s most popular cryptocurrency as a currency?

Bitcoin has had some significant troubles over the past month — regulatory worries and a big dent in public sentiment have taken a delightful 15-month bull run and made a distinctly bearish turn.

That said, there is good news for devoted Bitcoin HODLers — even if we don’t see “laser eyes” in 2021 (Bitcoin reaching the $100,000 price point), you can use the world’s most famous cryptocurrency to rent yourself a superyacht.

It is a currency, isn’t it?

Ironically, one might track the first cracks in the impressive Bitcoin Bull Run back to an announcement by Elon Musk in mid-May that Tesla won’t be accepting Bitcoin…


Interviews with Tim Draper and industry leaders concerning Bitcoin’s recent tribulations.

Bitcoin is not the only cryptocurrency — just the only one your relatives are likely to have heard of. However, the fate of Bitcoin can impact the price of altcoins everywhere and the cryptocurrency industry overall.

In the past week, Bitcoin dipped to around $32,000 — less than half of its April high of $65,000 — and though it has shown some signs of recovery, public sentiment seems to feel worried. …


Exclusive interviews with Gary Vee and Chemical X on the strength, self-expression, and social currency of NFTs.

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are the darling of the crypto world in 2021 and, even more unexpectedly, one of the few elements of the crypto world to cross the invisible barrier into mainstream awareness and relevance.

NFTs are effectively a digital receipt, recorded immutably on blockchain — but anything can be attached to the sale of the NFT making them far more variable and colorful than one would expect from a receipt and making them an attractive new means of digital ownership.

Pioneering digital artist Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, contributed in no small part to the NFT craze with…


Interview with privacy blockchain, Panther Protocol regarding their efforts to prioritize privacy for businesses and users.

It’s 2021 and the great mainstreaming is here, bringing with it an end to ICOs/ITOs and making way for a new generation of blockchain projects that are working leaner, with small private fundraising and agile teams, to pave the way for the future of blockchain technology.

But at last count, there were nearly 9,000 altcoins — and hundreds of first layer blockchain network solutions, each vying for its own unique identity and reason to carry on into the future.

Of course, the price of entry in this field seems to be the same mantra — decentralized, secure, immutable, three of…


Some sensible advice from Tim Draper, Brock Pierce, and other crypto leaders.

It’s a great week for Bitcoin enthusiasts living in El Salvador. For the rest of us, the week has been “meh” at best.

According to a tweet by Documenting Bitcoin, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has promised to deliver $30 in Bitcoin to each registered El Salvador citizen, adding “The wallet app will work anywhere with a cell connection, and you won’t have to have a cell plan to use the app.”


Google’s closed search index makes their control indomitable in the space and shields them from scrutiny. OIP wants to change that.

In one of the most memorable presentations from Consensus 2021 in late May, “You Are Getting Manipulated Online! Here’s How Crypto Could Help,” Amy James, Co-Inventor of Open Index Protocol (OIP) helped explain another aspect of Google’s questionable practices and, better yet, a potential solution.

James and co-presenters Dr. Robert Epstein and Devon Read presented a case for the ill effects of Google’s monopoly on search — citing an unregulated ability to influence people with search results and a crushing state of monopoly coming from the size of their index.

James explained that Google’s index is too large and not…


Interviews with Pierce Brosnan and “Tiger King” Joe Exotic and leaders in the NFT space.

Sales of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) may have dropped between May and June 2021, but celebrities, brands, and creators continue to jump into the fray to digitize new assets.

This week, CNN began selling moments from history and Mattel has rolled into the scene with the first-ever Hot Wheels® NFT Series. As though to illustrate the variety in notable people entering the space, artist, producer, and former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has announced a new NFT collection titled BIG NOISE while “The Tiger King” Joe Exotic launched his first NFT series of collectibles on June 15th from federal prison in…


For much of its short history, the crypto world has been looking for a solid use case that proves the viability of Bitcoin as a currency. In El Salvador, it seems to have found a use case with real scale.

On Wednesday, El Salvador, a Central American country with nearly 6.5 million people, passed a new law that made Bitcoin legal tender. The law has been called “mostly symbolic,” but it does represent some real changes in practice.

Other nations have previously recognized Bitcoin as one valid form of payment — but El Salvador is the first to make it…

Justin Roberti

Justin has written & made media for 20+ yrs— gaming, media, tech, fintech, & web culture. Producer https://www.growthmanifesto.com/podcast . Twitter: @sensible

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