The Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami added to the Florida city’s growing reputation as one of the key locations for cryptocurrency and blockchain development. Now, thousands of crypto enthusiasts are now traveling to another major event, this time in the exotic location of the Bahamas.
Specifically, an invitation-only event dubbed ‘Crypto Bahamas’ is taking place between April 26 and April 29 and its 2,000 participants will include some of the most notable names supporting the crypto industry, according to the event website and The Information newsletter from April 25.
Some of the names that will join up for the four-day collaboration and networking include quarterback and crypto startup investor Tom Brady and the former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who will be discussing topics ranging from Bitcoin (BTC), NFTs, decentralized finance (DeFi), web3, regulation, gaming, and more.
Other notable speakers include Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz, Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood, FTX Ventures’s Amy Wu, and Katie Haun of Katie Haun Ventures. Founders of new crypto unicorns like Circle, Dapper Labs, and Alchemy, are also expected to join.
Crypto meets Wall Street
It is important to note that the event is organized by the Bahamas-based crypto exchange FTX and Anthony Scaramucci’s forum SALT, demonstrating the changing perspective on Wall Street towards cryptocurrencies.
In fact, SALT is the global thought leadership forum on finance and technology founded by Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director and founder of SkyBridge, the New York asset management company specializing in hedge fund solutions and opportunistic investment vehicles.
‘The Mooch’, as he’s affectionately nicknamed, is a long-time crypto enthusiast who has recently slammed anti-crypto personalities Berkshire Hathaway’s CEO Warren Buffett and vice chairman Charlie Munger, JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, and Blackrock’s Larry Fink, over not doing ‘their homework’ on crypto.
By contrast, almost half of SkyBridge’s $3.5 billion in assets under management is linked to cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Algorand, and publicly traded, crypto-related stocks, according to an interview he recently gave to Bloomberg.