SXSW 2022

Bitcoin DeFi - The Latest Developments


Bitcoin has a problem that stands in its pathway to hegemony, and it’s nothing to do with the technology. It’s about perception.

Thanks to new tech developments like Taproot, DeFi on Bitcoin is now a reality. It promises to revolutionize everybody’s relationship with money through a huge range of new DeFi utilities, from smart contracts to cheap and instant money transfers. The problem is DeFi’s ‘niche’ perception: the idea that it’s only of interest to a small group of traders. In reality, decentralized finance is for everyone - especially the unbanked and underbanked.

This session examines the communications challenge around DeFi, and explores how we can make decentralized finance tools available to the billions of people around the world who have so much to gain from them

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  1. The full range of DeFi is only possible on Bitcoin thanks to its decentralized nature and technical maturity, stability and security.
  2. How DeFi applications are not only relevant to traders and institutions, but will benefit billions of people around the world.
  3. Through Bitcoin technologies, DeFi advances from a ‘niche interest’ to a fundamental building block of future global finance



Alyse Killeen, Managing Partner, Stillmark Capital

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Tech Industry
  • Track 2 Startups
  • Level: Intermediate

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