Codex co-founder and chief evangelist Alex Gordon-Brander spoke to Cryptooshala about his history of bitcoin, real-world use cases for cryptocurrencies, and the economic downturn during an interview with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Standing on the sidelines in front of the “Crypto House” in Davos at dusk, where Gordon-Brander had just finished demonstrating the possibilities of the Code during a crypto panel, the co-founder shared an upbeat outlook on cryptocurrencies.

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Gordon-Brander, a longtime crypto enthusiast and veteran of traditional fiction, told Cryptooshala that he had been exploring digital and energy currencies prior to the discovery of bitcoin (BTC). He explored a “distributed currency based on renewable energy loans and governments” but admits it was “over-complicated”.

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Around the same time, a friend pitched the idea of ​​Bitcoin to Gordon-Brunder, but like most people who hear about Bitcoin for the first time—especially so early—Gordon-Brunder thought it “probably wouldn’t work.”

He tried to get some Satoshi, but his employer at the time, Bridgewater Associates, founded by former Bitcoin mobster-turned-Bitcoin bull Ray Dalio, “couldn’t handle compliance.” Fast forward to 2015 when the Ethereum network was launched and Gordon-Brander realized that the cryptocurrency space had legs.

“I was really intrigued by Bitcoin, but the idea of ​​a programmable currency – the idea of ​​a world computer and an interacting financial system – blew me away,” he said.

Starting in 2015, Gordon-Brander helped launch a cryptocurrency exchange and participated in the initial coin supply boom before joining Codex Labs.

“CBDC is a natural evolution,” says HyperLedger director Barbosa.

Even though investor interest in decentralized applications is growing, for example among those who want to purchase their first ether (ETH), institutions still show a lot of interest in bitcoin. Finally, while the bearish price movement in the market drags on, there is hope for bitcoin and cryptocurrencies:

“As a long-term trend, digital assets still make a lot of sense.”

Ultimately, Gordon-Brender explains, there was an awakening about crypto finance and the role it can play in solving real problems, from “ordinary people who realized that their money in the bank was no longer safe if their government didn’t like it.” policy”, to the fight against climate change:

“With this technology, the world is a much better place than without it.”

His former boss at Bridgewater, Ray Dalio, now recommends a small investment in bitcoin, and it’s hard to ignore the optimism that crypto has brought to the WEF.