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Paris Blockchain Week Experience and Summary

April marks the start of spring and the beginning of conference season.

With so many events happening this month our team has been busy spreading the word in Paris Blockchain Week and CyberTech Tel Aviv.

Paris Blockchain Week (PBW) 

Now in its fifth year, PBW is a major conference that draws 10,000+ people over a week of great panels, keynote speakers, and a plethora of side events. 

The constant FOMO feeling means there is always something good going on, and you wish you could clone yourself so you can simultaneously be in different places.

Aside from bringing Xplorisk to awareness, I had great conversations with lots of new projects at the forefront of blockchain technology. Some are making their debut entry, while others have been coming back for the second or third year in a row.

This year, PBW introduced the startup zone, where you could showcase your new project, find potential funding, and even win awards.

For us, taking a new platform to market is all about listening. We know what’s available in Web3 risk mitigation and our unique proposition.

However, we still listen carefully to the players in the ecosystem, big or small, established or new, to discover their pain points and how we can help them grow safely and securely.

In his opening keynote interview, Richard Teng was challenged about the Binance employee currently detained in Nigeria. The message Teng kept reiterating is that Binance is doing its best to bring about his release. He then talked about compliance, and we learned that Binance's compliance budget grew from $150m to $240m in just one year.

Are they doing their best, one might ask, throwing more money at the problem? That kind of growth in expenditure cannot be efficient even for a big company such as Binance.

Having bigger compliance teams without providing the tools for operational automation would not prevent the bottlenecks that compliance teams become as they rely heavily on manual processes.

Xplorisk can help Binance and the like become more efficient and resilient at the same time. 

Lastly, upon closing day, I stumbled upon a great keynote talk by Vlad Balaban of GT Protocol, who discussed Botrom’s Simulation theory. A few moments before, I had a real simulation moment outside the conference, whereby I ran into an ex-colleague whom I hadn’t seen for over 12 years. There, across from Hotel Du Louvre,  in the middle of a bustling junction in Paris, a city we both only visited for business, our paths crossed in the most simulated way, and I knew I was at the right place. I only needed to listen. 

Keren Barber

UK - Biz Dev and Sales Lead


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