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Epicenter - Increasing Wallet Usability to Decrease the Anxiety of Self-Custody

Published on December 30th, 2019 by BTCMedia

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Managing crypto-assets can be an anxiety-inducing experience for a lot of people. While it's quite empowering to “be your own bank,” it's also scary for a lot of people who understand the risks associated with self-custody. Although cryptocurrency wallets have made tremendous progress since the days when a full-sync of the blockchain was required, there are still significant hurdles that limit broad adoption.

This conversation on the future of wallets at SF Blockchain Week Epicenter conference includes Taylor Monahan of MyCrypto, David Gold of FIO Protocol, Dan Finlay of MetaMask, and Ouriel Ohayon of ZenGo. They discuss design, app store policies, and the evolution necessary to enable more people to send, receive, and manage their tokens confidently. The panel is moderated by Epicenter host Sebastien Couture.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Advancements in the usability of cryptocurrency wallets over the last year
  • The importance of mobile-first development
  • Frustrations with iOS and Android app stores
  • How to make developing wallets economically feasible
  • The future of wallets
  • Self-custody vs. custodial wallets
  • Regulation of self-custody wallets
  • What to look forward to in the near-term

Links mentioned in this episode:


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  • Pepo: Meet the people shaping the crypto movement

This episode is hosted by Sebastien Couture. Show notes and listening options: epicenter.tv/319

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