The feeling in the crypto and decentralized finance space has been shifting and evolving. The industry is also becoming more scrutinized and, inevitably, more organized. Some weeks ago, United States President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order to expedite and focus regulatory oversight of the $3-trillion industry.
The order will spur the government to examine the risks and benefits of cryptocurrencies, with a particular focus on consumer protection, financial stability, illicit activity, U.S. competitiveness, financial inclusion and responsible innovation. While the results of this order have yet to unfold, this moment helps to set the table for more clarity, predictability, security and stability for decentralized finance (DeFi).
Like with any industry, clarity on how DeFi and crypto should operate is important. Regulatory oversight by the U.S. government will be ultimately helpful and should be welcomed by participants and organizations in the DeFi community.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of signs that the DeFi and crypto ecosystem is teeming with talent, creativity, energy — and capital hungry to participate. Denver recently hosted one of the largest Ethereum conferences and hackathons of the pandemic era. Over nine days in February, ETHDenver welcomed more than 12,000 people to the in-person event to share ideas, build and reveal new protocols, curate investments and socialize.
Word got around town during the conference that a group of brilliant youngsters in…