Ask people about crypto and they are likely to talk about price, trends, NFTs, or maybe scams. But few take a step back to ponder about the fundamental drivers of the $1.7 trillion market, which—depending on whom you ask—either memed itself to this point or fought off every untoward step and emerged stronger.
But prices and memes aside, the charming Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr says the very people who build in crypto are the most important thing to have happened to this space.
Cornèr, for the uninitiated, is the Managing Editor and Head of Features of industry publication Cointelegraph. She caught up with Alex Fazel of crypto edutainment channel Cryptonites this week in Dubai to discuss all things crypto.
She holds an M.A. in political science and classical philology and is a passionate communicator who loves promoting innovations like cryptocurrencies—a drive that served as the catalyst to leave behind a lucrative career in research to pursue the wickedly beautiful world of cryptocurrencies.
“It was kind of a logical, natural step for me to start working with crypto because crypto is just an opportunity to contact the people who dare to think ambitious ideas and there to make them happen,” she revealed.
Here’s what else Cornèr had to say.
Cornèr’s biggest discovery in the crypto space, she confesses, are the very people she ended up interacting or working with. And she’s not even talking about the well-heeled and well-famed crypto figures: “Maybe my biggest discoveries in terms of human beings were not creators of famous projects,” she said, adding some under-the-radar developers trying to bring quantum computing to blockchain technology were part of that group.
She does—jokingly—confess it does take a “glass or two” for most to really get talking.
“Normally, after some time, they start talking about real problems that they want to solve. They talk about politics, about the economy, about the freedom of money, about the freedom of people,” she shared.
Some of those insights flow over to the work with Cointelegraph, which publishes news, features, research, and interviews with influential crypto persons, she added.
For a person like Cornèr, who has a finger on the pulse of the crypto space at all times, the stories extend far beyond just altcoin prices or what Bitcoin decides to do a certain day.
And while she has no particular favorite topics, she seems to have taken a liking to non-fungible tokens (NFTs), or tangible/intangible items represented cryptographically on a blockchain.
“I would even maybe idealistic and bit ambitious, but I really dream of a moment when all the art, the natural, the historical heritage of Italy will be tokenized,” she said, adding it could be a way to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage years into the future.
Meanwhile, Cornèr’s firm on what role must crypto-focused media play in the industry. “The most important thing is real adoption of the technology. It’s about how we change the world, how we give access to people who may be before didn’t have access to this decentralized technology (before) in different sectors,” she ends.
(Want to hear more of Cornèr’s insights about Bitcoin, her work, and the role of media? Tune into the entire Cryptonites interview available right below!)