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The Winklevoss Twins Speak at GA on Bitcoin, The Future of Currency, and Gemini

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Big men on GA's campus

The Winklevoss Twins speaking at GA.

General Assembly recently welcomed Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to our headquarters in NYC for an enlightening interview about bitcoin, the virtual currency that’s been associated with the Dark Web.

Cameron and Tyler attended in their capacity as President and CEO, respectively, of Gemini, a new bitcoin exchange (the NASDAQ of bitcoin, they call it) that they have been developing. They were interviewed by Nathaniel Popper, a New York Times business reporter and author of the recently released book “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.”

The Winklevosses had no shortage of stories about their past but reminded the audience that, for bitcoin, “it’s still the early days…It’s so young and there’s so much to do.”

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Elias Roman, CEO of Songza, on The Future of Music Consumption

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The Future of Music

In the future, you will spend less time searching for music, and spend more time listening to it. With the help of technology, music will fit even more perfectly and seamlessly into different moments of your day. Why do I believe that we are headed in this direction? For these four reasons:

  1. The technology that drives our music consumption will feel more human, because it will be more human.
  2. The best music experiences will be driven by a marriage of algorithmic optimization and expert human curation. Think: personalized, opinionated, intuitive, and scalable.
  3. The sacred element will be what you are doing or feeling – your context. With so much good content available, the right content will be whatever improves your current context. Context will dethrone content as king.
  4. Music is already so inextricably linked to lifestyle. It will become more so as it becomes more and more driven by the things you do. As a result, music will be an even bigger factor in the brands you associate with, the products you buy, and the non-music media and apps you consume.

With this shift in the music industry and your listening behavior, technology will also expose you to a far greater variety of music than ever before. The future is sounding pretty good.

Elias Roman is the CEO of Songza, a music ‘concierge’ service that improves your life by streaming the perfect playlist for whatever you’re doing.

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