At Viva Tech, crypto entrepreneurs behaved like rock stars

Much of the tech elite gathered in Paris at Viva Tech, the leading trade fair for the sector organized in the capital. Among the old experts in the field, it was the cryptographic figures that stood out the most.

Stage 1 of Viva Tech, the Parisian exhibition dedicated to new technologies, is a large amphitheater that can accommodate several hundred people. However, it was necessary to come early, this Thursday 16th June, to make sure you have a seat and to be sure to return. Because that day a conference in particular was highly 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 scene, the visitors were already crowding into the room, sitting on the floor, among the chairs, looking for a place at all costs. And when CZ finally appeared, he was greeted with cheers, cheers and a crowd clinging to his actions. Vitalk Buterin, who was not in Paris but attended the videoconference interview, received a similar reception when his face appeared on the screen overlooking the stage. Some stood up to applaud them. Rock star.

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

Cryptocurrencies have conquered technology

The two entrepreneurs were the attraction of this conference, much more than Maurice Lévy, moderator of the exchange and chairman of the supervisory board of Publicis, a luminary of the French economy. Above all, they have been the attraction of the whole show, which doesn’t specialize in cryptocurrencies. But the craze was felt throughout the hall, where many spectators nodded in accordance with every sentence uttered by CZ or Vitalik Buterin, and where my neighbor couldn’t help but look at the price of bitcoin.

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

And since then, despite the cryptocurrency market having entered a bear market, the failures of the project 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 fervor was particularly visible in Viva Tech, where crypto entrepreneurs are the new big names to invite, more than the leaders of “classic” technology.

In a fully acquired room, the two founders answered Maurice Lévy’s questions for just twenty minutes. Proof of stake transition for Ethereum, difference with Binance blockchain, importance of NFTs in the metaverse … All the most important topics have been covered, in a sort of short introduction to cryptocurrencies and the challenges they encounter. CZ also had the opportunity to say that he was a huge fan of the ” starting nation ” French.

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

In reality, there has been no spectacular revelation. But the conversation between the two most important and respected figures in cryptocurrencies alone was worth the detour. And for the fans, see their idol. ” You are building the future “, Also concluded, admiring, Maurice Lévy at the end of the conversation. Once CZ and Vitalik Buterin left, nearly half of the stage 1 audience suddenly stood up – without even glancing at the lecture by must-see Yann Le Cun, one of the fathers of the automatic learning and AI Director of Meta. A former tech rock star.

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