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Rob Dawson

Chief Technology OfficerConsenSys

Washington State

Member Since March 2022


Distributed Systems
Agile Software Development


IT Developer and Leader with experience in a wide range of technologies, including thin and thick clients, agile and heavy methodologies, security and protocols. At ConsenSys I have the privilege of helping to bring in the web3 future and it is amazing. I get to help bring web3 software to direct users, and to empower developers to build on web3. In my role as CTO I'm helping ConsenSys Software to work together to build the web3 future. There are two things I'm passionate about in my career. Building useful software, and helping my teams to do the same. I love working through new ideas, and helping the teams I'm working with to skill up and implement. I've done this in a mix of individual contributor and leadership roles. There are good challenging problems to solve in both, and I enjoy solving them with teams either in more of a management role or directly.

Published content

10 ways the ETH Merge will change crypto (and how insiders can prepare)

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The ETH Merge is set to usher in multiple positive changes for crypto, and insiders need to be prepared. In September 2022, the much-anticipated (and repeatedly delayed) Ethereum Merge was realized. The shift from a proof-of-work to a proof-of-stake mechanism is slated to come with multiple benefits, from significantly reduced energy consumption to far higher total transactions per second to lower transaction fees (aka “gas” prices). The Merge may well address the most prominent concerns that have been keeping companies and users out of crypto. For companies and users already established in the industry, knowing what’s to come can place them ahead of the game and ready them for the accompanying rise in business. Below, 10 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle discuss the ways they believe the ETH Merge will change the crypto industry for good.

15 ways the DeFi industry can build credibility and garner more adoption

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To garner more adoption, the DeFi industry must proactively address both actual and perceived barriers to entry.  Decentralized finance has the potential to bring revolutionary ease and security to financial transactions through the use of blockchain technology. And with its ability to introduce a unified, standardized system across the globe, DeFi can open up new financial opportunities to those who may not have had them before. As with much of the crypto industry, however, DeFi struggles with both prevailing ignorance of its structure and capabilities, as well as widespread skepticism about its trustworthiness and scope. Below, 15 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share ways DeFi pioneers can help build the industry’s credibility and reach.

11 ways crypto leaders are working to build trust in their market

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Blending strong customer service with a commitment to transparency can help new and growing crypto businesses earn market trust.  Gaining market trust is an early hurdle for any new company — gaining market trust as a new company in a new industry is an even bigger challenge. Those new to the crypto industry can be wary because they’re still learning its complexities and technologies, while those who have been in crypto for a while place a high value on transparency and community. According to crypto leaders, combining robust customer service with transparency about their work in an ever-evolving industry helps earn the trust of customers and colleagues. Here, 11 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle share specifics about what they’re doing to foster trust in their unique missions and work.

13 crypto trends industry leaders are watching in 2022

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From new financial solutions to community development through NFTs to gaming, crypto is set to make a splash in the months ahead. Crypto may not have intentionally been flying under the radar for the last few years, but many average consumers had little to no experience with or understanding of the industry. In recent months, though, crypto has hit the headlines, and a worldwide audience is coming to understand that there’s more to the industry than Bitcoin.  With new players ranging from global corporations to gamers jumping into the space, crypto is going to see both evolution and new developments in the months ahead. Here, 13 members of Cointelegraph Innovation Circle discuss the trends they see coming in 2022. 

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ConsenSys is the leading Ethereum software company. We enable developers, enterprises, and people worldwide to build next-generation applications, launch modern financial infrastructure, and access the decentralized web. Our product suite—composed of Infura, Quorum, Truffle, Codefi, MetaMask, and Diligence—serves millions of users, supports billions of blockchain-based queries for our clients, and has handled billions of dollars in digital assets. Ethereum is the largest programmable blockchain in the world, leading in business adoption, developer community, and DeFi activity. On this trusted, open source foundation, we are building the digital economy of tomorrow.



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