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Software developer Sida Wang educates Silicon Valley about cryptocurrency
Being successful in the tech world requires as much vision and proactive momentum as it does skill. Software engineer Sida Wang has been fascinated with cryptocurrency since he first discovered the idea nearly a decade ago.

During his tenure at Airbnb, Wang decided to educate those working at Airbnb who were interested in this new financial currency. To do so, he created Blockbnb. The very premise seemed to be completely congruent; Airbnb was founded on giving control directly to the people and cryptocurrency is in the beginning stages of doing the same. Airbnb’s 2017 revenue was $2.6 billion and many at the company found themselves interested in seeing how the world’s availability to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Steem might replicate this success. As an expert in the field and developer of apps like Partiko which make cryptocurrencies easily available for mobile use, Sida created Blockbnb to inform and appeal directly to insiders at Airbnb.

When his original Slack channel talk about cryptocurrency was overwhelmingly embraced, Sida “leveled-up”, hosting tech talks with notable guest speakers to bring this knowledge to more people. This solidified form of Blockbnb is an affiliation of blockchain-oriented Slack channels, guest speakers, and employees at Airbnb which covers topics ranging from technical discussions of blockchain projects to cryptocurrency and token financial markets. The aspiration is that the forward thinking internal Airbnb community will learn and help each other navigate the increasingly exciting and complex world of blockchain-based technologies, their markets, and their real-world impacts.

Blockbnb’s talks have included some of the most recognized and progressive members of the community. Among those who have been spoken at Blockbnb’s seminars are: Coinbase CEO & Co-Founder Brian Armstrong (one of the most influential company in the blockchain space, and he’s one of Forbes 40 under 40, West Coast Regional Director at Consensys Alessandro Voto (who sits on the Governance Committee of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and works with ConsenSys' Enterprise team to form strategic technology partnerships), Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas, and Linda Xie (formal product manager at Coinbase and currently co-founder and managing director of Scalar Capital). These leaders in the world of cryptocurrency are equally able to communicate its potential as well as how to integrate it into modern society while complying with established governing bodies.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky recently stated that the company will be ready to IPO in 2019 though there has been no confirmation that it will. Still, its success and the evolving prevalence of cryptocurrency interest and use both within the company and outside it leaves one wondering if this new form of transaction may be part of this process. The way that we live and travel has seen a dramatic shift in the recent years and this may be an indication that the manner in which we handle our money and make transactions will follow this example. While Airbnb has restructured the way we look at the places we vacation and live on a daily basis, SIda Wang’s work with Blockbnb places him in the innermost circle. When posed the question about Bitcoin’s possible use, Sida responds, “I don’t think Airbnb is likely to implement blockchain right away but disruptive technologies always find their ways. The root idea is very simple, crypto make things easier and it make possible what’s never possible before.

Transfering money (or things with value) anytime, in any amount, to anyone at anywhere around the world was never been possible until crypto came into being. Just as the internet unlocked the potential for transferring information, crypto is going to unlock the potential for money/value transferring. Money is the most fundamental and ancient human invention, even predating language. When the transferring of money can be made a thousand times easier than before, it’s going to change the world. Crypto lets users truly own their money with cryptography and mathematics.”

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