One of the more interesting crypto stories of recent weeks was the announcement that Lightyear has bought Chain in order to create a new company, Interstellar, with the former Chain CEO Adam Ludwin as CEO with Jed McCaleb, co-founder of Stellar Development Foundation and Lightyear, as CTO. That’s an impressive combination, so it’s no wonder that it’s attracted plenty of attention and no wonder in turn that I was delighted to be asked by Money20/20 to have a “fireside chat” with Adam and Jed on stage in Las Vegas on October 23rd. I’ll be talking to them about the rationale for the deal, their vision for the new company and their opinions of some of the wider issues around the evolution of what I have taken to calling the Enterprise Shared Ledger (ESL) category. Here’s the blurb…

“In 2014, on the Money20/20 stage, Adam Ludwin launched Chain and set out to lead the market for enterprise adoption of blockchain technology. That same year, Jed McCaleb founded Stellar, an open network that allows any currency or asset to be digitally issued, transferred, and exchanged over the internet. Now meet Interstellar, formed from the acquisition of Chain by Lightyear, Stellar’s commercial arm. For the first time at a major industry event, hear Interstellar’s co-founders share their vision for how assets of all kinds can be tokenized and transferred seamlessly over the internet. Learn how Interstellar seeks to accelerate the adoption of blockchain in the corporate world by providing enterprises–like Chain’s clients Visa, Nasdaq and Citi–access to Stellar’s public blockchain.”

From “Money20/20 US: Meet Interstellar: Tokens as the New For…”.
You’d be mad to miss this, in my humble opinion. The evolution of a regulated token market should be of great interest to anyone who is looking at the future of digital financial services and the next generation of new and better marketplaces.
(By the way, both Stellar and Chain are companies that we were interested in for a variety of reasons. If you want to hear something about them from the archives, here’s a podcast with Jill Carlson at Chain in 2016 and a podcast with Jed McCaleb and Joyce Kim at Stellar in 2015.)

(In case you are wondering about the title of this blog post, Interstellar Overdrive is Pink Floyd at their early avant-garde psychedelic proto-prog finest.)

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