Washington, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2023) – This month, Blockchain Association celebrates its five-year anniversary. Over the past half decade, we’ve grown to become the leading, fastest-growing trade association dedicated to the crypto and digital asset industry. Though we have continued to grow along with the ever-changing crypto landscape, our mission remains the same – and more critical than ever: advance the future of crypto in the United States, promoting the potential of blockchain technology and shaping policy that ensures its success.
Along with our five-year anniversary, we celebrate another milestone – a record 114 member companies. This summer, we welcomed Coinbase, CoinFund, Endaoment, Hiro, Horizen Labs, Matter Labs, Multicoin Capital, North Island Ventures, Pantera Capital, RISC Zero, Room40, and Variant. Along with our membership, our staff has grown, expanding significantly in the past two years to 18 full-time employees.
The following statement is attributed to Blockchain Association CEO Kristin Smith:
“Blockchain Association – and our more than 110 members – sits at the intersection of crypto and policy in Washington. This nascent industry is making its presence known and advocating for the next generation of the internet. As the collective voice of the industry, we’re speaking in our nation’s capital clearly and with purpose that crypto is here for good.
“I’m deeply proud of the work Blockchain Association’s team has done in Washington over the past five years, as well as the dedication and engagement our members have shown on the thorniest policy and regulatory questions facing our industry. We’ve made sustained progress in raising the level of awareness of and appreciation for the promise of digital assets, though many challenges remain. I look forward to cracking those challenges, with the support of BA’s members and team, over the next five years.”
Senior Director of Industry Affairs Dan Spuller added, “Our record growth not only reflects the industry’s trust in our advocacy but underscores a distinct difference between us and those that merely follow. As we look to the future, we remain dedicated to pioneering policy, championing the potential of blockchain, and ensuring that crypto’s voice in Washington, D.C., resonates louder and clearer than ever before.”
This fall, our members will convene for Blockchain Association’s second annual Policy Summit – a members-only event featuring discussions with key policymakers, regulators, and industry leaders. The Summit comes at a critical moment in Washington with multiple crypto-specific bills working their way through Congress.
We’re honored to count the industry’s best companies among our members, and we look forward to a strong and hopeful future, together.