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Web Summit, one of the premier world tech conferences, is back live in Lisbon. The event brings together the founders and CEOs of technology companies, fast-growing startups, policymakers, and heads of state to discuss the future of the tech industry.
In 2022, Web3 is one of the biggest topics of tech discussion, and Web Summit 2022 is no different. Cointelegraph has set up a team for the event to present the latest updates in a real-time fashion.
The opening event of Web Summit saw the Mayor of Lisbon, the minister of the economy of Portugal and Binance CEO Changpang Zhao as keynote speakers.
Carlos Moedas, mayor of Lisbon, stressed the importance of tech conferences and the investment it brings to the country. António Costa Silva, the minister of Economy of Portugal, talked about the rise in investment as well as failures and the challenges that the tech industry brings.
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao was the first guest to be interviewed, who shed light on the current crypto trends, metaverse and Web3 technologies in general. Zhao said:
“Everything is volatile even the most lucrative tech stocks, so yes Bitcoin did drop from $69K to $20K but it depends on the perspective. If you take a 5-10 year time frame crypto is the best-performing asset.”
Web Summit day one kicked off with a discussion about the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the future of tech. The discussion later expanded to more niche topics, including industrialization, public companies and super apps.
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12: 30– Cointelegraph’s Gareth Jenkinson got in touch with Binance’s executive vice president of Europe, Martin Bruncko, to discuss the exchange’s plans in Europe. When asked about the recently approved MiCA regulation and how it would impact crypto exchanges, Bruncko said:
“MiCA is good news for every crypto operator, and our mission is to advance crypto adoption rather than on-boarding as many users as possible. I think MiCA would help a lot with our plans for crypto advancements.”
11: 30– Cointelegraph CEO Wes Kaplan joined by Nicholas Johnston from Axios and Joy Robins from Washington Post to discuss how monetization works in media.
Robins said in today’s world advertising is not the only way to make a good revenue model and explained:
“I don’t think advertising is a dominant revenue model for news, I think the idea that only advertising can make way for a good revenue model is false and subscription-based models have proved it.”
10:50 – Checkout.com and Bolt founders joined CNBC’s Karen Tso to discuss the ongoing trend in the tech world, the adoption of crypto by payment processors and more.
Guillaume Pousaz, the founder of checkout.com, explained the advantages and disadvantages of being a public company:
“Being a public company forces you to be a very well-operated business. The markets are what they are, and there are not many IPOs in recent times. I have no pressure to go public and I think people care about compounding value rather than going public or being private.”