It’s no secret Ethereum was among the hardest hit coins during the crypto winter after a tough year of regulatory uncertainty surrounding security tokens and ICOs. If anyone should seem worried, it would be blockchain pioneer Joseph Lubin, whose company ConsenSys is an incubator for Ethereum projects. Yet, he couldn’t appear further from losing sleep. Lubin was featured as the Interactive Keynote speaker at SXSW 2019, where he shared his zen vibe with a live audience, saying:“Ethereum is not going away. It’s not going to fail. It will remain very significant.” * Are Ethereum Tokens Securities?
Increasingly, there are reasons to be optimistic about the Ethereum’s future. Most recently SEC Chairman Jay Clayton seemingly agreed that digital assets might not be securities based on the Howey framework. ConsenSys is “intimately associated with the Ethereum protocol.” It has 85 Ethereum blockchain protocol engineers busy building day in and day out.“ConsenSys projects and tools are focused on Ethereum because it’s the only game in town, really,” said Lubin.
The way he sees the world, ConsenSys is more dependent on a decentralized ecosystem succeeding than it is any one project. “We’d probably give up if…a decentralized World Wide Web never materialized,” said Lubin, pointing to decentralized bandwidth, identity, and lots of other interoperating decentralized protocols.Join CCN for $9.99 per month and get an ad-free version of CCN including discounts for future events and services. Support our journalists today. Click here to sign up.
Of course, the elephant in the room was the ETH price, which since plummeting has been stuck in a rut and unable to break out of a pretty narrow range. Lubin, however, was with Vitalik Buterin from almost the beginning and has seen market cycles come and go. He is playing the long game.“Since the start of the ecosystem and since 2009, we’ve seen many incredible rises in the price of these tokens f...