We ask the buidlers within the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector for their ideas on the trade… and throw in a number of random zingers to maintain them on their toes!


This week, our 6 Questions go to Pat Duffy, co-founder of The Giving Block — a crypto donation answer that gives an ecosystem for nonprofits and charities to fundraise Bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies.


Pat is co-founder of The Giving Block, and has raised over $100,000,000 in crypto for nonprofits within the final yr. From 2020 to 2022, Pat and his co-founder Alex Wilson grew The Giving Block from a four-person crew into one of the quickest rising firms within the nonprofit sector, with 1000’s of nonprofit shoppers and the world’s largest crypto donor group.

1 — What is the primary hurdle to mass adoption of blockchain expertise?

People say schooling, and I feel that’s mistaken. When individuals say “education,” I feel that results in individuals getting up on phases and explaining blockchain to individuals who don’t even perceive how their microwaves work. It feels very puritanical to me and it’s been stunting progress on adoption. I feel individuals are too hooked on decentralizing every little thing, together with crypto adoption, which results in rather a lot of individuals creating “educational” content material as a substitute of constructing middleman firms and inspiring beginner-level crypto possession that doesn’t require staking yams. I’d like to see individuals cease making an attempt to elucidate how the pistons fireplace within the engine block so we are able to focus extra power on making a degree of crypto entry that requires zero technical understanding.


2 — What has been the hardest problem you’ve confronted in our trade to this point?

Teaching younger crypto homeowners in regards to the tax incentive to donate crypto. It’s so laborious to elucidate to a bunch of individuals who hodl in any respect prices that they really find yourself with bigger crypto positions after they donate crypto versus donating money (they donate the crypto, then use the {dollars} they might have donated to purchase crypto at right this moment’s cost-basis. Voila — they owe no tax on the appreciated crypto they gave to a charity, and the brand new crypto they purchased right this moment resets their tax legal responsibility). That’s been an actual uphill battle, since these of us haven’t been educated on this like older of us who donate shares yearly for the identical cause.


3 — Does it matter if we ever work out who Satoshi actually is or was? Why, or why not?

I couldn’t care much less, however rather a lot of individuals appear hell-bent on figuring it out. I don’t see the utility of it, and suppose it simply opens of us as much as getting tricked into investing or not investing based mostly on the ethical professionals and cons of the person. The concepts aren’t any extra true or false regardless of who developed them. I might concern the identical factor will occur that we see in politics, the place individuals help concepts based mostly on the one who’s saying it relatively than the advantage of the thought itself.


4 — What do the individuals closest to you let you know off for? Feel free to supply a couple of reply.

This is a wild query, however I dig it. I’d say the primary factor I hear is “That’s not funny” once I take a threat with a loopy joke. Which of course makes it extra humorous. I’ve by no means accomplished heroin, however I think about that the closest I’ve come to experiencing an opiate excessive could be telling jokes that make my mother a bit mad whereas everybody else laughs.


5 — What makes you offended, and what occurs while you get mad?

I’d say the primary driver of seething rage lately could be seeing individuals I care about having heated discussions about issues they aren’t actively engaged on (and by no means will actively work on). Seeing family and friends get upset about political conditions or cultural modifications that they’re not making an attempt to impression personally is a weird self-harming obsession that every so often will get me to explode on the dinner desk. Anytime somebody is complaining about one thing, I prefer to ask them “What are you going to do about it?” If the reply is that there’s nothing they’ll or will do about it, I feel all of us have an obligation to beg them to cease studying about it. 

There is way much less time within the day than individuals suppose there’s. All the time individuals spend (*6*) straight takes away from time they’re spending bettering their life or the lives of the individuals they care about. Would like to see extra individuals obsessively studying about topics that they really leverage to make issues work higher.


6 — What’s the silliest conspiracy concept on the market, and which one makes you pause for a second?

The Flat Earth concept is the funniest one proper now. Right at that good intersection the place simply sufficient individuals are purchased in to make you suppose the top of the world is close to. “Birds Aren’t Real” could be my favourite if there have been some NBA gamers who had been pumped on that. Ones that make me pause aren’t all that outdoors the field — typically it’s suicides or assassinations the place there’s an awesome deal at stake. When there are apparent causes sure of us may need you useless, then it doesn’t take a leap of religion for you to start out considering there could be extra to the story.


A want for the younger, formidable blockchain group:

I hope you all leverage what you’re studying to enhance the lives of the individuals you care about. That may be by making transformative cash, by fixing vital issues, constructing vital firms or making vital connections. Whatever it could be, you’re ready to do one thing vital, so make the chance depend.


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