Last week, nearly 2,000 people gathered in the Caribbean under the palm trees and blazing April sun for the Crypto Bahamas event, which was co-hosted by crypto exchange FTX and the investment forum SALT. As the air conditioning blew at full blast, goodie bags including everything from sunscreen and sunglasses to T-shirts and boat caps were handed out. Attendees came from all over the world, including Singapore, and drove over from FTX’s offices, which is approximately a 20-minute drive away.
It’s between the millionaires in suits and the billionaires in cargo shorts, as someone joked. “We wanted to differentiate it from the more retail-focused conferences by creating a premium conference oriented for the institutions and people who would help shape policy and markets,” said Brett Harrison, president of FTX.US.
The three-day event kicked off with FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and SALT Chairman Anthony Scaramucci (who is also the founder and co-managing partner of SkyBridge Capital) on the main stage to talk about where crypto is at in its journey. “There are a lot of different things going on,” Scaramucci, 58, told TechCrunch. “My generation needs a deeper dive into the crypto.” “It’s time for my generation to get used to where this space is headed.”
Many participants sported hoodies or T-shirts with casual shorts or jeans, contrasting the professional financial world with the new — and supposedly more progressive — internet age. Money Makers sheds light on the typically shadowy private-sector companies that power the modern economy.
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