Leah Callon-Butler

Leah Callon-Butler

Leah Callon-Butler is the director of Emfarsis, a Web3 investment and advisory firm with special expertise in strategic communications. She is also a board member at the Blockchain Game Alliance. The author holds a number of cryptocurrencies, including Web3 gaming-related tokens such as YGG, RON and SAND, and is an angel investor in 15+ Web3 startups.

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The True Value of Web3: You Can Take Your Toys and Leave
Unlike Web2 applications like Roblox that trap users in, Web3 empowers users with digital property rights so they can move freely.
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Privacy Isn’t Just an Edge Case for Crypto
Financial privacy is useful for dissidents in extreme situations. But nobody should have to justify keeping their personal lives private, says our columnist.
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Play-to-Earn Will Make the Pie Bigger
Despite being ostracized by the broader gaming community, financially-motivated players could unlock remarkable growth in both gaming and crypto, says Leah Callon-Butler.
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Decentralization on a Spectrum: How Fully On-chain Games Are the Future of Web3 Gaming
Game developers should stop worrying about Web3’s friction and think more about many true benefits that blockchain can bring, says Leah Callon-Butler.
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Barbie Is a Metaverse
Virtual worlds, like Barbie’s, are a source of meaning and fulfillment for people seeking more in life. And these worlds gain from interactions: the more interoperability, the...
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The Next Big Web3 Trend Wasn't on Stage at Consensus
If you want to know what's coming next in this industry, you need to listen to people still on the sidelines, says Leah Callon-Butler.
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"Pinstripe Atticus" created by Leah Callon-Butler on OpenSea. (Leah Callon-Butler)
2023 Predictions: The Year of Web3 Pets
Virtual pets have been around for decades, but with NFTs, we set to own our online cats and dogs this year, not just play with them, says Leah Callon-Butler.
"Pinstripe Atticus" created by Leah Callon-Butler on OpenSea. (Leah Callon-Butler)
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Why Crypto Isn't a Tool for Protest in Argentina
The idea that growing stablecoin use can offer a solution to Argentina's persistent economic and political problems doesn't accord with reality, says Leah Callon-Butler after...
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Megan Kaspar: Meta-a-Porter Fashion
A pioneer in digital luxury fashion weighs in on the future of wear-to-earn and online photorealism. Kaspar is a speaker at CoinDesk's Consensus festival starting June 9.
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'Not About Playing It Safe': Krista Kim on How Artists Inspire the Metaverse
As contemporary artist Krista Kim sees it, there are too many corporate executives conceiving these new virtual worlds and not enough genuine creatives.
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