Putting the "Decentralized" in DeFi -- How to Build Decentralized Finance Projects

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Matt Luongo
Thesis, CEO

Matt Luongo, CEO - Matt Luongo is the founder and CEO of Thesis, the crypto venture production studio behind Fold, Keep, tBTC, and Saddle. Since its inception in 2014, Thesis’s portfolio has served millions of users and holds over $300M in total locked value, partnering with brands like Visa to drive forward adoption of Bitcoin and other digital assets.
Matt Luongo has been a serial entrepreneur for the last decade, and held multiple technical executive roles before entering the cryptocurrency industry full time in 2014. Matt holds a Bachelor in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and is based in Atlanta, GA where he is a husband and father of two.

Thesis believes that individual freedom is what makes us human, but the economic and technological reality for many today means our freedom is inhibited by censorship, surveillance, and institutional control. From banks to funds to credit rating agencies, intermediaries and gatekeepers siphon value and control access. The blockchain and crypto community is full of engineers, designers, and visionaries bound by the shared belief there is a better way to build the systems that power our world. This discussion will be an overview of how to build the protocols and create the tools and systems that we all need to build a future that involves less centralized control. That means building decentralized, permissionless platforms with new technology that ensure control and privacy — what we call sovereignty — to individuals.