Crystal Rose Pierce has been at the forefront of blockchain technology for over a decade. The entrepreneur, technologist and founder of Lighthouse NFT Smart Gallery in Puerto Rico has played an active role in the evolution of the Web3 community since the early days of Bitcoin. She joined Roundtable at Bitcoin 2022 in Miami to discuss how cryptocurrency is evolving, what to look forward to in NFTs and the future of mass crypto adoption.
Pierce observes that the cryptocurrency community has grown at the same rate as Bitcoin's market cap: within just a few years events like Bitcoin 2022 have gone from drawing a few hundred guests to attracting tens of thousands.
"Miami feels like crypto South by Southwest," she says. "We have 35,000 people at one event. But beyond that, there are hundreds of events happening around the city that are all related. And it's not just because we want to promote Bitcoin, it's because we want to promote the ideals and the philosophies that underlie the entire movement."
The movement's growth, Pierce explains, has come with the rapid development of new blockchain-based technologies.
"Everything is constantly growing as people adopt. For 10 years, the main purpose of our conferences like this was adoption," she says. "As other technology has started to emerge around it—smart contracts and other cryptocurrencies—we've been advocates of that as well because we see it transforming the future."
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Pierce emphasizes that crypto is a particularly wise investment for mothers—and it's never too early to start.
"It's perfect for value creation for their families," she says. "There's a great concept of 'Bitcoin babies'. With our daughter, when she's born, we'll give her one Bitcoin. When she's 18, she can have the private keys herself."
Watch the full discussion below:
Crystal Rose Pierce, technologist, entrepreneur and founder of Lighthouse NFT Smart Gallery in San Juan, Puerto Rico