CoinDesk Confidential_ Kristin Smith

CoinDesk Confidential_ Kristin Smith

The crypto whisperer from Washington, D.C. answers our special questionnaire in advance of Consensus 2022.

The Proust Questionnaire - an old-fashioned magazine format popular in the French writer's day - asks a series of personal, philosophical and prosaic questions that, in theory, show a side of a person not often seen. Here, Kristin Smith, the heart, soul and often face of industry lobby group The Blockchain Association, reveals some of her "true essence" and the crypto industry. Smith is a speaker at CoinDesk's Consensus Festival, taking place June 9-12 in Austin, TX.

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Do you own bitcoin?

Yes

Do you own dogecoin?

No

What about SHIB?

No

Where are you from?

California

Biggest fear?

Spiders

Biggest joy?

Latte

What quality do you value most in a man/woman/person?

Sense of humor

What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue?

Patience

Do you often remember your dreams?

Yes

Do you like lemons?

Yes

Is the crypto economy still thriving?

Yes!

Is crypto an ugly duck?

No

Should Elon Musk be running Twitter?

Yes

Should countries be run as businesses?

Yes

Will there be more or less money in 100 years?

Less

Is the U.S. dollar a Ponzi scheme?

No

Is everything [a Ponzi scheme]?

Possibility 1

Who is your favorite politician? And why?

Tom Emmer [Republican, U.S. Congressman from Minnesota] because he was there from the beginning.

Is bitcoin forever?

Yes

Which living person do you admire the most?

My mother

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A vacation

Ću vi parolas esperanton?

Huh?

Doing what you want or doing what you have to?

What you have to do

Would you choose a green thumb or an absolute guarantee that you won't get gangrene?

Absolute guarantee

What is your best attribute?

My responsiveness

What trait do you complain about most in yourself?

My responsiveness

Do you use a hardware wallet?

Yes

Biggest extravagance?

Bergdorf's

Your biggest regret?

Graduating from high school

Favorite TV show?

"Sex and the City"

Any words of wisdom?

90% of the job is approaching people.

You can invite a historical figure to coffee. Who do you choose?

Satoshi, duh

Jack Dorsey wanted a "blue sky" for Twitter; should the web be built on open protocols only?

Yes

Approximate size - depth and width - of the biggest hole you dug?

Still digging

What is your biggest accomplishment?

The Blockchain Association

AI. Should it be pursued?

No

What is your current state of mind?

Happy

Would you want to live forever? Why or why not?

Yes - there is too much to do.

Do cars look like faces to you?

No

Dogs or cats?

Neither

Can dogs smile?

Yes

Who is your favorite singer?

Elton John

Napkins: for or against them?

For

Do you have a library card?

No

How is the weather today?

Nice

On what occasion do you lie?

Never!

What do you dislike about your appearance?

Hair

Which living person do you despise the most?

Better not to say

Do you write a list before you go shopping?

No

If you could be catapulted somewhere safely, would you rather walk?

Beach

Do you own an item of clothing that could be considered indigo?

Yes

Bees see ultraviolet; do you see the same world (or most of it)?

Yes

Bagels from New York or San Francisco?

New York

How many glasses of water do you drink per day?

8

Are birds real?

Yes

What drives you?

Coffee

Would you drive a red convertible on a regular basis?

Yes

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Crypto

What words or phrases do you most often overuse?

Better not say

What is your strongest belief that would make you "cancel"?

Masks

What's the funniest/smartest tweet you've seen that you can recall off the top of your head?

Something from Frank

Single favorite meme?

Unknown

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Flying

How would you like to die?

In my sleep

In three words or less, what is the greatest harm to society right now?

Better not say

In three words or less: What is the greatest hope for society right now?

A good crypto policy