FTX, Uniswap and Visa talk blockchain economy and opportunity at Disrupt • TechCrunch


Whether you are bullish or bearish, web3 native or web3 naive, you have to admit that nothing stays the same for long in the growing blockchain, crypto, NFT and web3 universe. And the whole rapidly evolving field is coming under increasing scrutiny – both public and governmental.

This constant change, combined with much controversy, are just two reasons why we are pleased that Brett Harrison, President of FTX US; Mary-Catherine Lader, COO at Uniswap Labs; and Cuy Sheffield, vice president and global head of crypto at Visa, will participate in a panel discussion at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18-20 in San Francisco.

During a talk titled “Structure, Regulation, and Markets: The Way Forward for Crypto Startups,” we’ll explore how these leaders are driving ongoing product development, consider new opportunities offered by the blockchain economy, and share their thoughts to obtain the future of their respective person markets.

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We are curious about the big, important regulatory issues threatening all players in the Web3 space – trading venues (FTX), traditional companies dipping a toe in the water (Visa) and crypto-native companies (Uniswap). What are you currently confronted with and on which points do you agree – or disagree? Regardless of their perspectives, there should be a lively discussion.

Under Brett Harrison’s tenure, FTX US has become the third largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States by valuation. Prior to joining FTX US, Harrison was the head of semi-systematic technology at Citadel Securities, where he led technology for the firm’s global options, ETF, OTC and ADR trading.

Harrison spent most of his career at Jane Street Capital, where he led the development of the firm’s algorithmic trading system. He previously worked at Headlands Technologies as a senior software developer. Harrison received his MS and BA in computer science from Harvard.

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Mary-Catherine Lader is responsible for growth, ventures, strategy and operations at Uniswap Labs. Previously, she served as Managing Director at BlackRock as COO of the company’s digital wealth business and as head of climate technology business Aladdin Sustainability. Lader also led strategic fintech investments, including BlackRock’s blockchain operations.

A fintech investor, founder and operator for more than a decade, Lader began her career as an investment analyst at Goldman Sachs’ Special Situations Group. She holds a JD and an MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, as well as a BA of Brown University.

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Cuy Sheffield leads the global crypto product team within Visa’s product organization. He is also a Fellow at the Visa Economic Empowerment Institute, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cryptocurrencies, and a member of the Advisory Group for the Digital Dollar Project. Before joining Visa, Sheffield worked on business development and partnerships for TrialPay, a fintech startup that was acquired by Visa in 2015.

Be sure to check out this interview with Mary-Catherine (MC) Lader on our Chain Reaction Podcast.

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