Tony Tao speaks about his blockchain research and investment company X-Order, the beginnings of Bitcoin in China, how complexity theory explains tokenomics, how data influences venture capital, how blockchains create value by creating niche demand, the value proposition for decentralized exchanges, what he looks at in due diligence when investing, China as a location for blockchain projects and why it will be the most innovative space for token economics in five to ten years, his definition of freedom, and much more.
Tony is the founder of X-Order, a token virtual economy think tank and investment fund, he is the founding partner of NEO Global Capital, a member of the Ali Microfinance Forum Expertise Group and Tencent Tengyun Think Tank Group, co-writer of ‘Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy’ and ‘Blockchain Technology-From Digital Currency to Credit Society’.
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