Ben Bartlett, Berkeley Councilman, Tech Lawyer

Ben Bartlett, Berkeley Councilmember Interview On Blockchain Financing

Ben Bartlett, Berkeley Councilmember Interview On Blockchain Financing

ONN – Ben Bartlett, Berkeley Councilmember Interview On Blockchain Financing

Berkeley District Three Councilmember Ben Bartlett sat down to join me, Zennie Abraham, in a conversation about what will be an innovative new form of municipal financing combining “micro-bonds” and blockchain.

What started the idea for Councilmember Bartlett was a desire to solve the homeless problem and put investment capabilities in the hands of Berkeley’s low-income citizens. During the course of trying to solve that problem, blockchain was mentioned in his office. But, when he announced the program idea, Councilmember Bartlett found that there were no shortage of true experts on blockchain who lived in Berkeley.

Bartlett: “You know this micro bonds as we call them, that nickname that’s coming up with investors. It’s meant to solve two things there right now: (First) all societies are faced with one and depressive deficit. (Second) that means there’s not much money to pay for
what happening and then also no money to transition into the new economy.”

The rest of the details are in our near 30 minute interview and also in this WIRED Magazine Interview, but you can reach out to his office for more information. Send an email to or call at (510) 981-7130.

Stay tuned.

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