Video: Tomicah Tillemann on Web3, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (4/19/22)

Our discussion with Tomicah Tillemann on web3, blockchain and crytpocurrency was among the more interesting public conversations we've had in some time.  We encourage you to watch/listen, and learn more about this really important emergent space from a critical thought leader.  I learned a lot and am sure you will too.  You can watch or download the video here.

As additional background be sure to review Tomicah’s recent essay about President Biden’s new executive order, “A Turning Point for Web3, and Perhaps, Democracy.”  The essay begins with this paragraph:

“Today’s Executive Order on digital asset policy represents a landmark for the web3 community. It signals a long-term commitment by the White House to support innovation and American leadership in the space, and — at a moment when democracies are facing unprecedented challenges — it moves web3 closer to realizing its potential as the next generation of a more open, democratized, decentralized internet. It also marks the culmination of an extraordinary amount of work.”

You can stay in touch with Tomicah's work by following him on Twitter, @TomicahTD.  

About Tomicah - Tomicah Tillemann is the Global Chief Policy Officer at Katie Haun's new firm.  Previously, Tomicah was a partner and Global Head of Policy for the crypto team at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), where he builds public policy architecture to support the next generation of the internet. Tomicah served as Senior Advisor to two secretaries of state, leading a team of experts that built 20 major initiatives in 55 countries. He joined the State Department in 2009 as Hillary Clinton's speechwriter and spent four years on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee working with Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and John Kerry.

Tomicah also served as the Executive Director of the Digital Impact and Governance Initiative at New America, where he led programs to address social impact, finance, and governance challenges worldwide. He authored extensive research on how to harness frontier technologies to strengthen democratic institutions, and launched successful efforts to use decentralized platforms to combat public corruption, increase government efficiency, and promote private sector accountability. He helped deploy the world's first decentralized land registry and managed development of open source technology platforms for city, state, and federal agencies in the U.S.

Tomicah is a co-holder of four patents. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.