Nick Spanos is a pioneer in the bitcoin and blockchain technology space. In 2013, Spanos founded Bitcoin Center NYC — the world’s first-ever cryptocurrency trading floor, which initially opened directly across from the NYSE in 2013. Spanos is also CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corp., which patented VoteWatcher, the first-ever blockchain voting platform. He is co-founder of Zap.org, which solves one of the biggest challenges for blockchain smart contracts, by allowing real-world data and events to trigger smart contract provisions for the first time. Spanos was featured in the recent Netflix documentary Banking on Bitcoin and is a sought-after speaker at blockchain events worldwide.
He is co-founder of Zap.org, which solves one of the biggest challenges for blockchain smart contracts, by allowing real-world data and events to trigger smart contract provisions for the first time. Zap is a cross-chain multifunctional DeFi protocol. Users can swap tokens, earn rewards by validating oracle data feeds, and raise funds on customizable bonding curves on our platform. Spanos was featured in the recent Netflix documentary Banking on Bitcoin and is a sought-after speaker at blockchain events worldwide. He was also Founder of GetaRoom.com in 1997. In 1983 he attended New York Institute of technology where he studied computer science and AeroSpace Engineering.
When did you first meet with the crypto business?
Nick: “In 2010 a colleague of mine wanted to buy a website domain name that I owned, and he convinced me to accept Bitcoin as payment. That was my first interaction with Bitcoin. Since then I became increasingly involved with the technology. Near the end of 2013, I rented out a large event space for a Bitcoin-themed Christmas party, and we all decided to keep the place open as a center where people can assemble to learn about Bitcoin. Bitcoin Center NYC exists today as the first physical representation of this highly decentralized technology.”
What motivates you?
Nick: “Well for starters the 2.5 billion unbanked people in the world who could add to the global economy are unreachable. Bitcoin allows us to supply these people with the resources and the support to learn about this technology and send value to someone on the other side of the globe. What also motivates me is the blockchain, and its ability to independently verify a multitude of transactions that originally required a room full of people to process. Bitcoin operates person to person. The benefits of a truly decentralized financial system are becoming increasingly apparent. You don’t need a third party or people in smoke-filled back rooms making decisions with the stored labor of your life. That’s what motivates me as well.”
Nick Spanos, Co-founder at ZAP, did us the honor of speaking at AIBC Summit this November 2021. During the main stage event for DeFi & Emerging Tech, Nick gave a keynote speech to open the event! AIBC Summit aims to be a pillar in the technological development by uniting tech-leaders, regulators, investors and entrepreneurs from across the world to discuss, share ideas, make partnerships and build the foundation for the industry of tomorrow. 👉 Check out what AIBC has lined up for 2022 ➡ https://aibc.world/