Blow your mind with 400 of the most epic events including Mark Cuban, Priscilla Chan, Winklevii, Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeouf, Anna Kendrick, Mindy Kaling, Dakota Johnson, Elle Fanning, Jason Sudeikis, Jordan Peele, Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella, Matthew McConaughey, Garry Kasparov, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kevin Systrom, Billie Eilish, Lukas Nelson, Car Seat Headrest, Broken Social Scene, Andrew WK, Lance Bass, Beastie Boys, Joan Jett, SNL Stars, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, Martha Stewart BBQ, Neil Gaiman Zombie Apocalypse, Bishop Briggs Meditation, Viceland’s Biggie Smalls Roller Rink, Jodie Foster Master Class, Fonzie, Karate Kid, Salt Lick, Torchy’s, aaaaahhhh!!!

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The iconic tech arts music festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), is nearly upon us with more than one hundred thousand influencers about to descend upon the ten day bacchanal that takes place in Austin, March 8 through March 17.

It’s a star-studded spectacle unlike any other with thousands of events offered around the clock featuring tech visionaries, presidential hopefuls and rock stars mixing it up among big brand activations. This year’s line up includes:

  • Celebrities: Amanda Palmer, Anna Kendrick, Baron Vaughn, Ben Masters, Brooklyn Decker, Charlize Theron, Dakota Johnson, David Fincher, Elisabeth Moss, Elizabeth Banks, Elle Fanning, Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Henry Winkler, Jason Blum, Jason Sudeikis, Jodie Foster, Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Costner, Kumail Nanjiani, Matt Besser, Matthew McConaughey, Max Minghella, Mike Judge, Mindy Kaling, Neil Gaiman, Olivia Wilde, Open Mike Eagle, Padma Lakshmi, Ralph Macchio, Richard Pryor (in memoriam), Robert Rodriguez, Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeouf, SNL Aidy Bryant, NBC Late Night Amber Ruffin & Jenny Hagel, Simpsons Al Jean & Stephanie Gillis, Trevor Noah, Will Forte, Woody Harrelson, Zoe…

Startup Grind Event Coverage

Collison discusses globalization of payments and his growing media empire

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Stripe CEO John Collision opening keynote at Startup Grind Global

Startup Grind Global kicked off this morning with opening remarks by Stripe CEO John Collison in conversation with Ashlee Vance of Bloomberg Businessweek. What follows is a summary of key insights:

Been there, done that

“People tend to think online already happened and everything that’s already been figured out has already occured, but in fact in a bunch of countries, there’s a very rapid rise in digital money. The dominant behaviors and methods are changing. Ali Pay and WePay came out of nowhere and payment players are now winning the market, in China in particular. …

BTT ICO announced for 1/28, airdrop for 2/11

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TRON CEO & Founder Justin Sun onstage with NBA legend Kobe Bryant at the Nitron Summit in San Francisco (photo credit: Martine Paris)

TRON was the third top mover this past Monday with its cryptocurrency TRX jumping 5.03%, now the 9th largest cryptocurrency ranked by market capitalization, according to ForbesCrypto Markets. This coming off the heels of its debut NiTROn Summit, a developer conference held in San Francisco last week that impressed even the most skeptical in the EOS community.

TRON’s charismatic 28 year old CEO and founder, Justin Sun, took the stage during opening remarks proudly donning his BitTorrent hoodie and talking about how its recent acquisition of the legendary peer-to-peer network that pioneered distributed file sharing makes it the largest decentralized ecosystem in the world. In pursuit of BitTorrent’s 100 million monthly active users, with a drama that spanned the first half of last year, Sun beat out several other blockchains including Neo which, according to Coindesk, offered $170 million, nearly $50 million more than the $120 million bid from TRON. …


Martine Paris

Forbes contributor and freelance tech reporter for Fast Company, VentureBeat, CoinDesk, Pocket Gamer and more: muckrack.com/martineparis

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