willem schroe botanix

Willem Schroe is the Founder and CEO of Botanix Labs. He is an engineer and lifelong entrepreneur from Belgium, where he researched authenticated encryption and macroeconomics, and was a national mathematics medalist. He formed the thesis of the Spiderchain while doing his MBA at Harvard, and he continues to believe in the vision of building a fully decentralized global financial system on Bitcoin.


  • Willem’s background in cryptography
  • Botanix EVM L2 enabling DeFi, Stablecoins, Tokenization, Staking and more
  • Recent $11.5 million funding
  • Tether minting USDT on Botanix Spiderchain
  • Bitcoin Maximalism and expanding BTC use cases
  • Bitcoin ETFs and adoption
  • Crypto Regulations


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02:15 Willem’s background

04:20 Bitcoin and Cryptography

06:17 Botanix overview

08:48 Spiderchains explained

11:53 New Bitcoin use cases

14:26 Tether USDT on Bitcoin Spiderchain

14:56 Lightning Network

15:34 Bitcoin Maxis and BTC use cases

17:06 Network Security

18:09 Working with Bitcoin Miners and ETF issuers

21:48 2024 roadmap

24:35 BTC adoption

26:38 Crypto Regulations

29:30 CBDCs

32:16 Wrap up questions

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