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Spotlight on Learning from Failure: Stablecoin Derisks The Blockchain Landscape with Wayne Chang

Explore opportunities and risks of stablecoins

Wayne Chang

Stablecoins—cryptocurrencies designed to avoid volatility—have been tried various times in the past with little to no success. Today, they're seeing a resurgence, as multiple firms work to develop their own stablecoins in an effort to solve the volatility crisis in cryptocurrency. Although nascent, these deployments have seen a wide amount of traction with both trading and application. But does the increased interest in stablecoins actually assuage the volatility crisis, and what does it mean for the future of blockchain-enabled businesses?

Join us for this edition of Spotlight on Learning from Failure to find out how stablecoins work, what opportunities and risks they present, and what to expect in the future with regard to the greater blockchain landscape. Wayne Chang will explain the history of stablecoins, how they solve for volatility issues in businesses and applications, and how they’ve been implemented over time. Wayne will also discuss the trade-offs between different stablecoins and how they fit into existing business models in order to drive value.

O’Reilly Spotlight explores emerging business and technology topics and ideas through a series of one-hour interactive events. You’ll engage in a live conversation with experts, sharing your questions and ideas while hearing their unique perspectives, insights, fears, and predictions for the future.

In every edition of Spotlight on Learning from Failure, you’ll learn about, discuss, and debate the lessons learned from failures both large and small. Best of all, you’ll discover how successful companies have addressed setbacks, missteps, and challenges and how you can grow from their examples.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live show, you’ll better understand:

  • How stablecoins help mitigate cryptocurrency’s volatility crisis
  • How stablecoins will play a key role in the future of the blockchain landscape
  • The different types of stablecoin implementations

This training course is for you because...

  • You're an investor or work in finance and need to understand current thinking on how to counter cyptocurrency’s biggest challenge.
  • You're an engineer or developer and want an overview of the technical approaches to implementing stablecoins.


  • Come with your questions for Wayne Chang
  • Have a pen and paper handy to capture notes, insights, and inspiration

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About your instructor

  • Wayne Chang directs Alpine's software products, independent research, and consulting services. As the head of token engineering at ConsenSys's Token Foundry, he helps build meaningful and sustainable decentralized ecosystems that aren't solely comprised of cryptoasset speculators. He has a rich background in software development and startup methodology, never losing sight of customers and their needs. Previously, he consulted companies on software architecture and product-market fit, delivering solutions to IBM, the MIT Media Lab, and numerous software startups. He also built and exited a software company in the healthcare industry.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET

  • Introduction and presentation (15 minutes)
  • Interactive discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)