Blockchain Speakers Interview Series
The Blockchain Expo conference arrived in Santa Clara on 28-29 November 2018. The conference featured notable experts exploring the industries set to be disrupted most by blockchain technology.
Introducing Hob Khadka
Hob Khadka is a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist, Founder & CEO of XcelTrip, a decentralised travel platform built on Blockchain technology. He’s one of the key influencers in the bitcoin/blockchain economy and has been actively driving its growth over last 5 years.
His first venture, XcelTrip was built to disrupt the trillion dollar travel industry with blockchain and democratise crypto use-cases. You can book over 500,000 hotels around the world on XcelTrip.com using top crypto. His second venture, XcelPay is a crypto wallet and Merchant POS system that will enable millions of users and merchants to use crypto for everyday purchases. It will be launched at Blockchain Expo North America.
How was your talk meaningful for Blockchain Expo attendees?
“The crypto & blockchain economy is at a cross roads. There are some amazing use-cases out there which can change the world for the better. At the same time, there are many who don’t understand the nuances of doing it right, be it technology integration or planning an ICO. I’ve seen many go down in flames.
My talk “Blockchain Application – Hype or Reality” addressed the key points of what makes blockchain a game changer. It asked the critical question, Is there a real substance in this technology, and can this really usher in a new economy? My second talk on “ Building Blockchain Start-ups”, was an interactive session providing a step-by-step approach to build a blockchain start-up. And it was based on my personal experiences.
Attendees got a better understanding what blockchain is and what it isn’t. You may’ve heard all the success stories – I explained the pitfalls and how avoid them.”
What specific tips or insights did attendees get?
“During both my sessions I demystified blockchain by cutting out the hype and presenting the reality. One of the biggest learnings I shared was about how to build real use-cases. Gone are the days, when whitepapers used to get people excited about investing in ICOs. Failed attempts and scams have made investors and the crypto community more skeptical.
My venture gained tremendous momentum because we broke the mould. We choose not do an ICO. Instead, XcelTrip became a utility token based a real use-case before token sales. Our journey has been hard, yet fruitful. I believe our experiences serve as a good case-study for young entrepreneurs.
My presentation provided practical insights for both enterprises and investors, enabling them to make better decisions. I encouraged an open community discussion and productive debate.”
Why did you decide to give this talk?
“Blockchain Expo North America is close to my team’s heart. We made a promise last year to create a ready use-case for the crypto community that lets them use their crypto and enjoy the benefits of travel services. We’re excited to have fulfilled that promise in such a short span of time. You can now visit XcelTrip.com, or on iOS and Android Applications to use XcelToken, Bitcoin, BNB, and ETH to book over 500,000 hotels and resorts around the world.
We were glad to have Blockchain Expo as a platform to present, debate and gain feedback from their vibrant crypto community. We were back to learn more, present some exciting new verticals and add value for building a decentralised economy.”
About Blockchain Expo North America
Attendees at Blockchain Expo North America met with over 8,000 + like-minded individuals, 400+ exhibitors such as IBM, SAP, Hyperledger, Stratis, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and Bitfury, in a series of networking opportunities. The Blockchain Expo allowed them to ask questions to the events 250+ thought leading speakers in Q&A sessions.