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FTX, Uniswap and Visa talk blockchain economics and opportunities at Disrupt • TechCrunch


Whether you are bullish or bearish, web3 native or web3 naïve, you have to admit that nothing stays the same for long in the growing universe of blockchain, crypto, NFT and web3. And the entirety of this rapidly evolving space is coming under increasing scrutiny, both public and regulatory.

This constant change, combined with a lot of controversy, are just two reasons why we are thrilled that Brett Harrison, President of FTX US; Mary-Catherine Lader, COO of Uniswap Labs; and Cuy Sheffield, Vice President and Global Head of Crypto at Visa, will join us for a panel discussion at TechCrunch Disrupt October 18-20 in San Francisco.

In a conversation titled “Structure, Regulation, and Markets: The Way Forward for Crypto Startups,” we’ll examine how these leaders navigate ever-changing products, examine new opportunities presented by the the blockchain and will have their opinion on the future of their respective companies. markets.

We are curious about the big key regulatory issues plaguing everyone in the web3 space – trading platforms (FTX), traditional companies dipping a toe in the waters (Visa) and crypto-native companies (Uniswap). What are they currently facing and where do they agree or disagree? Regardless of their views, this should lead to quite a heated discussion.

Under Brett Harrison’s tenure, FTX US has become the third largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States by valuation. Prior to joining FTX US, Harrison was Head of Semi-Systems Technology at Citadel Securities, where he managed technology for the company’s options, ETFs, OTCs and ADRs globally.

Harrison has spent most of his career at Jane Street Capital, where he led the development of the firm’s algorithmic trading system. He previously worked at Headlands Technologies as a senior software developer. Harrison received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from Harvard.

Mary-Catherine Lader is Head of Growth, Business, Strategy and Operations at Uniswap Labs. Previously, as Managing Director of BlackRock, she was COO of the firm’s digital wealth management business and head of its climate technology business, Aladdin Sustainability. Lader also led strategic investments in fintech, including BlackRock’s blockchain business.

Lader has been a fintech investor, founder and operator for over a decade and began his career as an investment analyst in Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group. She holds a JD and MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School and a BA from Brown University.

Cuy Sheffield leads the global crypto product team within Visa’s product organization. He is also a Fellow of the Visa Economic Empowerment Institute, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cryptocurrencies, and a member of the Advisory Group of the Digital Dollar Project. Prior to joining Visa, Sheffield worked on business development and partnerships for TrialPay, a fintech start-up acquired by Visa in 2015.

Be sure to check out this interview with Mary-Catherine (MC) Lader in our Chain Reaction Podcast.

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