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This week at Blockchain Melbourne we had the pleasure of hosting Paul Puey from Airbitz to talk about the promise and perils of blockchain tech. If you want to watch it here’s a LINK to the Periscope.

What I always find interesting is the cross-pollination of ideas and experiences that occur at our events. Those just trying to understand the industry and those with calcified views on where chains are headed get to collide in a way that is helpful to both parties. In many ways this is what I feel is one of the core values of a great blockchain ecosystem — the ability for people to connect and pass on knowledge.

It’s no surprise some great connections are being made at our meetups with many seeing it as the centre of gravity for the local blockchain ecosystem here in Australia.

However, it’s very easy to forget the value ecosystems play in building great startups. It isn’t hard to go fishing for exogenous factors like regulatory change, government support and VC funding as the reason why blockchain companies agglomerate in a particular place. However, what I’m seeing is that organic grass roots driven communities are playing an important role in supporting, nurturing and helping to create startups. In many ways, they are the heart and soul of their local blockchain communities and they matter — a lot.

We plan to continue to do what we can to build out an amazing blockchain ecosystem here in Melbourne. I’d encourage you to go along to your local event/s and get amongst it. Who knows, you might even be inspired to found a startup yourself.

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