On the Fourth Day of OZY ...
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
To celebrate our fifth birthday, and the holidays, we’re looking back at some of the 700+ times OZY has put you ahead of the curve over the years.
By OZY Editors
OZY just turned five — so we’re taking the opportunity to wish ourselves a happy birthday and you a happy holiday season. To celebrate this milestone, we’re taking you through the 12 Days of OZY (with the corresponding number of stories for each day in the run-up to Christmas), telling you why we’re here and sharing examples of the 700+ times we have delivered on our promise to bring you ahead-of-the-curve, provocative and thoughtful news coverage.
OZY co-founders Carlos Watson and Samir Rao — lovers of great storytelling — looked out into the media landscape six years ago and found a stark lack of originality. Legacy outlets were offering similar headlines and failing to thrill curious readers in a way that would excite them about the world around them.
So OZY set off to do just that — and, to this day, feeds the minds of curious readers by offering them new takes on the exciting and surprising world around them, near and far. For your chance to win an OZY birthday gift — everything from hoodies and water bottles to tickets to next summer’s OZY Fest in NYC — please tell us how we’re doing by taking this survey (in the line asking for your email, mention “birthday” for a chance to win OZY prizes). And come back for Day 5.
No. 4: Navigating the brave new world of cryptocurrency, then and now.
Blockchain and cryptocurrency burst onto the scene a couple of years ago, with both the price of Bitcoin and the volume of hype surrounding it booming by roughly a zillion percent — and falling by roughly a zillion percent a few months later. OZY’s been there since the start, helping you make sense of what is just hype, and what could actually change the world.
If you have no idea what we’re talking about, let’s start at the beginning — WTF even is blockchain?! This new shared digital infrastructure is set to transform the economy and revolutionize how you consume media, how you communicate online and even how you vote. OZY explains this new technology of trust — with the help of our very own comic book hero, Blockie.
Beyond the financial markets of Wall Street and the networks of global trade, the crypto world is rapidly opening up new opportunities and ways of interacting with the world. Fancy betting on whether SpaceX or Virgin will be the first private company to launch a rocket to the moon? Or when Frank Ocean will release his next album? Well, now you can, thanks to a range of new online gambling markets built on the Ethereum blockchain. Is it legal? Nobody really knows …
To dive deeper into the legal murkiness of this brand new digital realm, check out how the future of crime will be shaped by blockchain and cryptocurrency. Money laundering? Hacking? Millions in cash just disappearing without a trace? You betcha.
And finally, it may not be the most economically significant application of the tech, but it is the most viral. OZY was the first to tell the story of blockchain-backed collectible crypto-pets, which have now become a billion-dollar industry.
To get vaulted ahead on more cutting-edge crypto-tech trends, strap in with OZY in 2019.
Why You Should Care: Because it’s set to change the world, whether you want it to or not.
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