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CTRL/ALT/Disrupt: The Crypto Network with Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss

From the power of network effects to crypto’s transformative promise

March 24, 2021

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Brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have long been the catalysts of technological disruption, first in pioneering the digital social network and then with the rise of Bitcoin. Today, as cofounders of Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian, their mission is to empower the individual through crypto. Additionally, their Winklevoss Capital corporation has supported 75+ startups led by founders who share a similar vision for a better future.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss joined Jason Illian, managing director of Koch Disruptive Technologies, to share their wisdom, experiences and passions across a range of timely topics. 


Finding Bitcoin

In 2012, the brothers discovered and went all-in on Bitcoin, realizing its incredible potential. To help cryptocurrencies go mainstream they cofounded Gemini as a regulated on-ramp where people can buy, sell and store crypto.


Gold 2.0

Whether people are buying them as a store of value, or as a hedge against inflation of other currencies, interest and investment in cryptocurrencies has skyrocketed over the past year. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss make the case for Bitcoin as digital gold. 


Network Effects

As participants in the development of the modern social media platform, the Winklevoss brothers understand the power of being first when it comes to creating network connections between people. They believe that the same “network effect” is also empowering the widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. 


The Gemini Mission

“Not only can we do well, but we can do good around the world,” Cameron Winklevoss said. His words sum up their belief that cryptocurrencies can one day become the kind of financial services that lift unbanked people out of poverty, regardless of geography.  


Embracing the Frontier

A startup mentality goes hand in hand with accepting risk. Tyler Winklevoss shares how their father’s passion to succeed as an entrepreneur inspired their own belief that “the real risk is sitting on the sidelines.” 


Our Decentralized Future

Imagine a media platform that is decentralized – a place where users own and control their own content and ideas, and can’t be censored or de-platformed by a host. The Winklevoss Brothers already have. And they believe the technologies behind cryptocurrencies are the key to making this future a reality.  


This story is part of the CTRL/ALT/Disrupt speaker series presented by Koch Disruptive Technologies. Access past sessions on Koch Newsroom here and the entire series on KDT's website here.