Banking the Unbanked: How the Crypto Community Can Make a Big Impact

For tech-savvy young adults in communities often overlooked by traditional big business, the crypto and blockchain industry offers opportunities that others don't.

AccessTimeIconApr 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 8:35 a.m. UTC

For tech-savvy yet unbanked young adults in communities often overlooked by traditional big business, the crypto and blockchain industry offers opportunities that others don’t.

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“Hodl” has become quite the rallying cry in the crypto industry today. But to boost adoption, that might be the wrong trend. 

So says Carlos Acevedo, director of sales and the regional lead of Latin America for Brave, the crypto-powered web browser. In this episode of CoinDesk Live, hosted by Consensus organizer Stephanie Izquieta, Acevedo seemed to invoke the giving nature of early bitcoin enthusiasts such as Roger Ver, who would give away bitcoin to anyone and everyone he met. 

According to Acevedo, that’s the best way to get more people interested in the technology. They’ll not only be interested from a price perspective but become more curious about how crypto could offer efficiencies and benefits in other areas of their life. 

For people in lower-income communities that are unbanked or underbanked, it’s introducing a whole new concept of finance they didn’t have access to before.

“The movement is so small but so, so powerful,” Acevedo said.

Listen in to hear more about: 

    • Acevedo's work building the Crypto Community Project in the Bronx (N.Y.) and his broader crusade to help the unbanked 
    • What he learned what interests students during his time as a teacher 
    • The missing topic in young people's education about money: personal finance 
    • What has the largest impact on a person's scholastic success? 
    • How to use Brave and its Basic Attention Token (BAT)
    • Monetizing your attention 
    • The Brave web browser and, specifically, its crypto rewards functionality as a gateway drug for going further down the blockchain rabbit hole 
    • How crypto could help push people out of poverty
    • The fork that allows you to use Brave just like Google Chrome; why would you ever go back to using data-extracting search engines? 
    • Crypto stimulus and helping the unbanked

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