The CVA published its Q4 2017 newsletter on December 23. As Board Member Sam Chadwick wrote in the editorial, we’ve had quite the start:

It has been a remarkable quarter – and remarkable year – for our Association. We have continued to establish ourselves as a highly visible, highly respected name in the global blockchain community and have welcomed over 200 members in the last two-and-a-half months, bringing the total to more than 550.

This is of course gratifying and validates the hard work we put in every day disseminating information and contacts to startups and investors, answering questions and interview requests from international media outlets, organizing events, participating in the blockchain-based policy debate in Switzerland, publishing news and opinion from and about our community, and building Crypto Valley’s reputation through attendance at events around the world.

All of us directly involved in running the CVA do so as volunteers. We are passionate about this community and strive to do the best we can to add value for our members. While I personally am proud of what we achieved so far – the list of activities and achievements in this newsletter is considerable – there is no doubt that, after only nine months since establishing the CVA, we are only just starting our journey.

Our mission remains unchanged: to build the world’s leading ecosystem for blockchain and cryptographic technologies in Switzerland. While 2017 was about establishing our footprint, 2018 will be about scaling up to deliver upon that mission. We will hold our inaugural Crypto Valley Conference in June, the Association will see its first full-time staff, we have our first local Chapters and our Working Groups have set themselves even larger objectives. This has been made possible by the introduction of Strategic Partners and Supporting Partners programmes, and the decision at the Special General Assembly in October to raise Corporate Member fees.

I encourage all members to contribute to the Working Groups if you are not already. Participation is the best way to get value from your membership. 2018 promises to be another great year for the evolution of the technology, the Association and the Crypto Valley ecosystem, and we look forward to continuing on this journey with you.

On behalf of the Board, please let me wish you and your family season’s greetings and a Happy New Year.

You can read the full newsletter here.