Blockchain is a global movement. Where other industries have focused on single cities or regions (Tech in Silicon Valley, Entertainment in Los Angeles), the decentralized and distributed nature of blockchain technology encourages pockets of disruptors all around the world.
Cities that may be known for one form of industry are now quickly becoming hotbeds of blockchain innovation. In this interview, I talk with Donnie Benjamin, who is currently leading ConsenSys's expansion into Chicago about what it takes to build blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure in new cities, and what the future of local innovation looks like. If you’ve ever wondered how the big names in the industry get blockchain meetups going, or how to get started in a space that seems like it’s moving too fast to catch up, definitely give this one a listen!
About Donnie: Donnie Benjamin is the Chicago Region Lead for ConsenSys Donnie spent five years on active duty in the US Army where he supported operations in three countries. Donnie earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He then transitioned into a career in technology working at Google in Operations and Qualtrics in Customer Success. Upon discovering Ethereum, Donnie became focused on bringing decentralized technology and systems to a global society. Before opening the Chicago hub, Donnie worked alongside the founder of ConsenSys, Joseph Lubin, to align internal operations and bring the best projects and people into the “mesh.”
What you will learn in this episode:
- How to build blockchain communities and startup incubators.
- How you can start a community of blockchain innovators in your city.
- What blockchain ventures are looking for in new partners and employees.
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