Where The Power League Of CryptoBlock Influencers Are Flocking
In a sea of endless, harried cryptoblock conferences and stiff investor-founder dinners that often read like either desperate or apathetic speed dates, a new entry has arrived on the scene. Recently the inaugural event of an offering on the emerging front made a stealth, but impressive arrival. Part hip cocktail mixer, part ephemeral lounge, the new social event series entitled Phantom Salon is about the power of doing business within the emerging tech space on a smart, sophisticated level. And if the series continues with such steam as its debut, it seems well-positioned to be the new see and be seen of tech gatherings in New York City.
Designed to be an intimate collective of an entire eco-system of professionals who meet at the intersectional point of cryptocurrency, blockchain and a bit of Artificial Intelligence, Phantom Salon is produced by an upcoming venture in the space called Vapor Media. Hand-curated and invitation-only, Phantom is as evanescent and commanding as its name connotes.
Lasting only three hours in the early evening, the intent of the Salon is to convene key investors, founders, attorneys, cultural influencers, policymakers and digital executives in the emerging tech space to both forge new relationships and deepen existing ones and talk trends. It is an unprecedented step in the arena.
Over hand-crafted sushi and artisanal pasta dishes, individuals from NBC/Universal Media Lab and Google to buzzed-about blockchain startup founders, digital heads of major record labels and edgy ad agencies, crypto-pioneers, notable venture capitalists and policymakers chatted high atop a private residence in Manhattan, complete with wrap-around views while a bow-tie clad DJ spun hot beats.
CryptoBlock influencers and politicians
Sen. Jesse Hamilton(D-NY) attended with various staff members and remarked, “ New technologies such as blockchain and more are moving so fast that it’s great to all be in the place at once where brilliantly progressive minds in the business, technology and cultural sectors come together to share great ideas on legislation and increasing educational opportunities in the areas of diversity, entrepreneurship, new technologies, investment opportunities. New York City is a hotbed for trendsetting and leadership so it’s no surprise that events such as Phantom would be launched here first.”
Sen. Hamilton was on-hand particularly given the program he introduced which is entitled The CAMPUS. It is the country’s first tech, health, wellness and career readiness hub created to empower and prepare the youth of Brownsville, East Flatbush and Crown Heights, for the next era of career opportunities. He added, “I look forward to inviting some of the leaders I met at the event to work with my kids at the CAMPUS in hopes of inspiring them and exposing them to all things possible.”
The hand-curated event was sponsored this time by brX Exchange, Inc. a multi-jurisdictional securities token exchange. “This is about supporting a series that seeks to help like-minded individuals connect through thought-provoking dialogues on security token exchanges, digital finance, emerging technologies and global markets, ” explains Eli Ansari, co-founder,brX Exchange, Inc.
Ansari noted that given the fact that the company highly values long-term relationship building in the global financial community, the event was a perfect fit in that it connects people to the future what’s next in technology, including the future of regulated digital securities and overall trends.
While clearly no match for the massive cryptoblock conference in various parts of the country and world nearly weekly now, Phantom seems to be an edgy supplement that has sparked intrigue. The crowd not only drew those from various demographics but also international territories. To ensure a particular level of privacy and intimacy, the exact addressed was not released until just hours before the event.
This series is truly about doing business, being inspired, hearing what’s next in trends and concepts and collaborating on a refreshing level. That is, if you can get in.
This article originally appeared in Forbes.