Vice President, AlphaPoint
Scott is a Vice President of AlphaPoint, a white label exchange platform for digital currency businesses. Bitcoin and altcoin exchanges all over the world have launched leveraging the AlphaPoint platform, helping people globally adopt digital currencies.
Prior to AlphaPoint, Scott was at Baynote, a leading provider of big data solutions for retail, with 12 Fortune 500 customers, 8 Patents along with 6 patents pending. Scott has also founded and served as CEO of two coffee companies, one focused on importation and distribution of green coffee, and, the second that created and distributed retail products. Scott is also a past board member of the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club and active member of the San Francisco Little Italy, Telegraph Hill community.
Associate, Crowley Corporate Attorneys
Andrew is a corporate attorney in Los Angeles, California. His practice focuses on venture capital financing and advising virtual currency startups. He represents bitcoin exchanges, large sellers, ATM operators and companies in the consumer services space, dealing specifically with state and federal regulatory issues. Andrew is also an advisor to a number of Bitcoin 2.0 companies, working on issues related to crowd sales, DACs and distributed governance.
CEO & Founder, GoCoin.com
Steve is serial entrepreneur with a keen eye for emerging technologies and the business instincts to develop companies in the critical path of the trends.
In the early 90’s, Steve helped DIRECTV launch the first commercial satellite television service in the US and Latin American countries. He played a key role in the design and integration of their business systems and the in-country rollout of service.
As the Internet gained steam, Steve identified email as the next “killer app” and launched a successful Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration practice for international fortune 100 companies. In 1998, Steve took that practice mobile after RIM showed him an early prototype of a two-way mobile email pager (the device was ultimately rebranded as the BlackBerry.) Recognizing the trend early, Steve positioned his company REGARD as the first west coast BlackBerry partner and at one point become the largest independent reseller of BlackBerry products in the US.
Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce business, conducted due diligence and made countless angel investments into startups, acted as outside business process and technology strategist to countless “C-Level” executives of Fortune-500 and SMB Businesses. Steve was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine (9/07), is often quoted in trade rags, and speaks at southern California universities & tradeshows on entrepreneurship, mobility, social media, and NOW cryptocurrencies!
Creator, UnbreakableCoin and Co-Founder, CryptoMarket
Jim Blasko has been building cryptocurrency companies and communities since he first discovered Bitcoin in 2009. Blasko is creator of the cryptocurrency UnbreakableCoin, and co-founder and voice of Bitcoin Talk Radio. In May 2015, he teamed up with BitAngels chairman Michael Terpin to create bCommerce Labs, an incubator of bitcoin and blockchain consumer and e-commerce companies based in Las Vegas. He is also co-founder and Chief Crypto at the incubator’s first company, CryptoMarket, which is aiming to become the world’s largest consumer-to-consumer online marketplace run entirely through cryptocurrency.
Director & Co-Founder, DECENT
Matej was always interested in new technologies and future progress. During his studies at the Technical University in Bratislava, he took an internship in BMW Munich as a technical concept creator. Although his background is in applied mechanics, he became involved with blockchain based technologies in 2013. Fascinated by the decentralized protocols, he was interested in the cryptocurrency mining at first. Since then he supported the community by helping organize events such as Central European Bitcoin Expo Vienna and Bitcoin 2 Business Congress Brussels, advising on mining technologies and discussing future possibilities for blockchain technologies. Currently he is focusing on the main project he co-founded: Decent – an independent decentralized web 3.0 platform for creative people, authors, bloggers, publicists and their fans and followers allowing borderless publishing of any text, picture, video or music content.
Co-Founder and CEO, Clef
Brennen is the co-founder and CEO of Clef, two-factor authentication from the future. For Bitcoin to grow, normal users need access to much better security, so his focus is on making advanced security simpler and easier to use. Clef relies on the same public key cryptography as Bitcoin wallets and wraps it in a mobile app that makes logging in faster and easier than ever. Technology leads markets with innovation, but it’s the user experience that makes the technology useful to our everyday lives.
Brennen and his team launched Clef in June of 2013, and has grown to power logins on more than 30,000 sites around the web. The New York times described logging in with Clef as “magical” and has been recommended by usability and security experts across industries.
Director, Vanbex Group
Lisa Cheng is the Director of the Vanbex Group, a consulting firm specializing in strategy, monetization, and influence creation for Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, and Decentralized technologies.
She serves as an advisor for several crypto projects and is sought after for business development and go-to market strategies for including Storj.io, Swarm, Trucoin, and the DApps Fund. Prior to this, Lisa was leading the Business Development effort for the Mastercoin Foundation and in 2012 Co-founded a FinTech startup delivering machine learning algorithms to the Financial Services industry. She comes from an accomplished sales career with Fortune 500 companies such as SAP and ADP. She is located in Vancouver, Canada and you can find her on Twitter under @lisacheng
Founder and President, BitAML, Inc.
Joe Ciccolo is the Founder & President of BitAML, Inc., the leading provider of BSA/AML compliance services for digital currency startups. Joe is an accomplished expert in building, developing and implementing successful AML compliance programs for both traditional and non-traditional financial services institutions.
Prior to entering the digital currency market, Joe was a founding member and architect of State Farm Bank’s BSA/AML program, establishing a mature, high-functioning, standalone department, within less than one-year, resulting in a satisfactory finding and complimentary feedback from regulators. Previously, he was an AML project manager with the Royal Bank of Scotland. While there, Joe led several regulatory and AML external audit remediation projects, and consulted on the enhancement of existing KYC documentation and record retention.
He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Anti-Money Laundering Certified Associate (AMLCA). Joe is also a student advisor at the Northeastern University College of Criminal Justice from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
He provides pro bono financial regulatory advisory services to Rotary International service projects, and is a passionate advocate of digital currency and access to financial services for the unbanked.
CEO, NIN Ventures and Harvard Business School Private Equity and Venture Capital Group of Chicago
Ms. Nin Desai, CEO, is an experienced fund manager and a technology geek. At Alpha Capital Partners (or Alpha), Ms. Desai was responsible for identification and evaluation of potential investments across a range of industries. At Alpha, she successfully completed the sale of Sircon (portfolio company), a software as a service provider company, to Vertafore. Prior to Alpha she was with Pacific Crest Securities (or PCS), a technology investment banking firm. Her experience spans all facets of mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance including public offerings and private placements. Her PCS corporate finance transactions include RACK, LOOP, LQDT, DBTK, AMIS, SLRY, VOCS, OWW and others. Her M&A deal sheet includes the sale of Financial Profiles to EISI, Buyseasons to Liberty Media, and others. She started her professional career at Merrill Lynch. She is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and has a technical diploma in E-commerce by IBM, holds Series 7 and 63 licenses from NASD, and is an B.B.A and M.B.A in Finance/International Business from Loyola University of Chicago. She recently attended a leadership program in Private Equity and Venture Capital at Harvard Business School.
Ms. Desai also Chairs the Harvard Business School Private Equity and Venture Capital Group of Chicago, and is a member of Women’s Association of Venture and Equity (WAVE). She also sits on the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA) Legislative/IVCA PAC Board and Events Committee. She enjoys golf and piloting light aircraft in her spare time.
Founder, Trestor Foundation
Kunal is a strong advocate of “People don’t buy Crypto, they buy Outcomes” therefore project development must be use-case driven, Trestor works it’s way backwards from real world pain-points to crypto-economic solution design. Kunal is excited about the future of cryptocurrencies, ” For the very first time in human history, we have a global currency (Bitcoin) which is neither backed by the market (commodity money) or the state (fiat money)”
Trestor’s mission is to “Create the most efficient, money, payment and market system for the world”, Trestor has a global, last-mile broker-dealer network of over 600 Retail locations in 65 Countries. Trestor Foundation has recently been instrumental in helping Greeks escape capital controls.
Head of Operations, Digital Development, eBusiness, Isle of Man Department of Economic Development
Brian trained in Marketing with British American Tobacco UK & Export and went on to successfully manage an international portfolio of established branded products. Senior posts followed in the european marketing management industry, including board positions with the Publicis Group DMB&B (Irl), advising clients such as Procter & Gamble and Mars/Masterfoods
Joining the I.T. industry in the 1990’s, Brian developed specialist skills in telecom software and internet technologies with MCI, Worldcom and Openet International before relocating to the Isle of Man in 2001 to work on the successful development and global roll out of 3G telecom technologies with Manx Telecom
Brian’s current role is with the Isle of Man Government, Department of Economic Development, as Head of Operations, Digital Development & E-Business, where he is responsible for positioning the Isle of Man as the new world capital for Digital Currency/Blockchain.
Associate, Lead Analyst for Emerging Technologies, Spitzberg Partners LLC
Steve Ehrlich is the Lead Analyst for Emerging Technologies at Spitzberg Partners, a boutique consulting firm headquartered in NYC that advises innovative technology companies on strategies to navigate political and regulatory hurdles worldwide. Prior to joining Spitzberg Partners, he was a Senior Intelligence Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the U.S. Department of Defense and Defense Intelligence Agency. In this role, he led a team of all-source intelligence analysts that provided intelligence support to Senior Defense Officials and combatant commands on emerging security threats in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, East/Southeast Asia, and Latin America. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Additionally, he is a Certified Information Privacy Professional at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
CEO and Founder, LivelyGig
Ed Eykholt is CEO and Founder of LivelyGig, creating a decentralized and distributed freelance marketplace that leverages Bitcoin. Ed is an experienced software product leader, with over 25 years of experience cultivating productive teams, creating software products that satisfy customers.
Chicago Technology Icon and Visionary
Flip is one of the most prolific technology entrepreneurs and philanthropists in Chicago. Flip founded and built Platinum Technology into the 8th largest software company in the world, before being acquired by CA for $4 billion in cash in 1999 – the largest software transaction in history at that time. Mr. Filipowski is and founding partner of Tally Capital and chairman of SilkRoad Equity. Mr. Filipowski also serves as chairman of Fuel50. Mr. Filipowski was the former COO of Cullinet, one of the largest software company of the 1980’s. Upside Magazine named Mr. Filipowski one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Information Technology. A recipient of Entrepreneur of the Year Awards from both Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch, Mr. Filipowski has also been awarded the Young President’s Organization Legacy Award and the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty award for his work fighting hate on the Internet.
Founder and Executive Director, BitGive Foundation
Ms. Gallippi took an early leadership role in Bitcoin philanthropy, founding BitGive in mid-2013. She is also a spokesperson for the social impact of Bitcoin and elevating female leaders in the community. Previously, Connie worked with environmental organizations in California for over 14 years, specializing in consulting, strategy development, policy and advocacy, funding assistance, and program management. Most notably, her work included the development and implementation of multi-million dollar programs in public funding for the environmental sector. She remains involved as a Board Member for California Urban Forests Council.
Jeremy attended both Bard College and University of Michigan, where developed multidisciplinary studies in political strategy. While at Michigan, he founded the College Cryptocurrency Network, an international nonprofit organization, and began to work with several blockchain-related startups. You can often find him on the road, at a conference or club, extolling the virtues of the blockchain to anybody within earshot. He leads marketing for Augur.
Founder, Dunvegan Space Systems and Bitcoin Core Developer, Bitpay
Jeff Garzik is a futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer. Jeff founded and runs Dunvegan Space Systems, and works as a bitcoin core developer with BitPay. Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory board of Chain.com and WayPaver Labs. Jeff has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain at TEDx, State of Digital Money, many bitcoin conferences, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks, and hedge funds.
Jeff has a long history of early technology adoption. After helping to inaugurate CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, he worked for a succession of Internet startups and service providers. At the same time, he worked continuously on open source software engineering projects for over two decades.
Involvement in one of the best known open source projects – the Linux kernel – led to an extended tenure at Linux leader Red Hat during open source’s most formative years. Jeff’s work is found in every Android phone and data center Linux installation today.
In July 2010, Jeff stumbled across a post describing bitcoin. Immediately recognizing the potential of a concept previously thought impossible — decentralized digital money, he did what came naturally: developed bitcoin open source software. That gave rise to the start of micro-businesses with bitcoin at their foundation. Almost by accident, Jeff found himself at the heart of the global, revolutionary, technology phenomenon known as bitcoin.
Bitcoin and blockchain served as a springboard for many new ideas and ventures, including sending objects into outer space.
Co-Founder, BitAngels and Managing Director, Decentralized Application Fund
David has been a 10X serial entrepreneur developing companies in various different fields from software to biotech. He is currently co-founder of the BitAngels (the world’s largest angel group) and serves as the Managing Director for the Decentralized Application Fund. As the Managing Director, David evaluates investments in Decentralized Applications & Protocols that are based on open source software, and use a distributed blockchain for token ownership and access to the application. He is also a board member at the Mastercoin Foundation, which encourages the development of open source protocols on top of the Bitcoin Protocol.
David got into the Bitcoin space in 2012 and has been excited to see the disruptive potential of the technology in finance and beyond. David and his wife currently reside in Austin, TX when he is not traveling the world speaking at conferences or core developers of new technologies.
Associate Investor, March Capital Partners and Mentor, Plug and Play Tech Center
Alyse Killeen is an Associate Venture Capital Investor at March Capital Partners in Santa Monica, CA. Alyse has previously invested with Future\Perfect Ventures in NYC, and Clearstone Venture Partners in Santa Monica. Distributed ledger technologies, data application, connected devices (IoT), and digital banking are areas of investment focus. Alyse has presented globally on the confluence of cryptographic currency and IoT, the development of innovation ecosystems, and the Sharing Economy, and has authored a book chapter in the Handbook of Digital Currency titled: The Confluence of Bitcoin and the Global Sharing Economy. She is a mentor at the Silicon Valley based Plug and Play Tech Center in the Bitcoin and Fintech accelerator tracks. Prior to working in Venture Capital, Alyse conducted research in the field of biopsychology and earned an MS degree in Health Psychology as a Maytag Fellow at the University of Miami. Alyse received her M.B.A. from USC as a Forte Fellow, and is active in LA’s Mensa Chapter.
Partner, Baker Marquart LLP
Brian Klein is partner at the boutique litigation firm Baker Marquart LLP. There, his practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense and civil litigation matters in state and federal court. He has extensive experience representing clients involved with Bitcoin, including many prominent early adopters and well-known start-ups. He formerly volunteered as the outside general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation, the industry’s leading trade group. He has spoken about Bitcoin around the world at, among other places, global law firms, major payments and technology companies, and conferences for Bitcoin industry members and legal professionals. He also teaches a federal criminal practice seminar at USC’s law school.
Before joining Baker Marquart, Brian was a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for five years (2007-2012). As a federal prosecutor, he handled significant white-collar criminal cases, including cases involving money laundering, corporate fraud, and tax violations.
Chief Marketing Officer, Factom
Tiana is the Chief Marketing Officer at Factom Inc and the Factom Foundation, the first usable blockchain technology to solve real world business problems by providing an unalterable record keeping system.
Her passion is growing great companies. A serial entrepreneur, Tiana started her first business at 16. Earlier this year, Tiana sold her company, Digital Aptitude, which handled multi-million dollar marketing accounts.
Tiana was introduced to Bitcoin through her agency, were she lead a team that sold over 34 million dollars in bitcoin miners in 2013 and 2014. After selling her agency,Tiana co-founded Factom Inc. with other members from the Factom Foundation.
She loves helping young inspiring entrepreneurs learn about business. Tiana has spent time volunteering with Rotary, Young Entrepreneurs Business Week, and The Portland State Entrepreneurs Club.
Tiana also sits on the board for the Nayariva Foundation, whose mission is to empower women entrepreneurs around the world. Tiana has a BA in Business and Leadership from Portland State University. When Tiana is not working on businesses, she can be found running or rock climbing in Austin TX.
CEO and Founder, BTC China
Bobby Lee is CEO and co-founder of BTC China, the first Bitcoin exchange in China and the leading Bitcoin financial platform worldwide.
Most recently, Mr. Lee was Vice President of Technology for Walmart’s e-commerce business in China. Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer of SMG BesTV, the largest IPTV operator in China with the most subscribers globally. He moved to Shanghai in 2007 and started off at EMC’s China Center of Excellence, as Director of Software Engineering, with responsibilities for Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage.
Mr. Lee started his career in Silicon Valley as a software engineer at Yahoo!, and led the development of the earliest online communities. He graduated from Stanford University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and was a member of the Mayfield Fellows Program. He earned an E-MBA degree from CEIBS in China.
Mr. Lee currently serves on the board of Bitcoin Foundation, a non-profit organization that fosters the adoption of bitcoin globally. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, watching movies, and playing poker.
Founder, Co-CEO and Chief Technology Officer, Ciphrex Corporation
Eric Lombrozo is founder, Co-CEO, and Chief Technology Officer at Ciphrex Corporation, a software company providing security tools and an application development platform for peer-to-peer payment networks. Lombrozo has participated in several projects related to decentralized consensus protocols, contributing source code to multiple open source projects including Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum.
Co-Founder, Cryptsy and CTO, Project Investors, Inc.
Marshall Long is the CTO of Project Investors, Inc, FinalHash, and a board member and CTO of Mintsy. He is an advisor to several bitcoin 2.0 projects such as Factom. He runs the Hashers United mining conference, and has an extensive background in programming, mining, internet marketing, integrated circuit design, large-scale data center deployment, OTC trading, financial technologies and international business. He has been in Bitcoin since late 2009, and has over 10 years of experience developing applications for emerging technologies.
Stu Lustman is a commercial finance professional and active blogger on the subject of P2P Lending in USD and in Bitcoin. Currently, he is the Credit director of a small specialty equipment finance company. In March 2013, having been introduced to Prosper.com and seeing that much of the same Credit information used on a daily basis is accessible in loan listings here, he started P2PLendingExpert.com in an attempt to show investors how a Commercial Credit professional looks at and analyzes peer loans. In Spring 2014, the blog was expanded to include investments and coverage of Bitcoin based p2p lending platforms as well. He is one of the longest running bloggers on the subject and the only one who reports returns on all personal investments in loan platforms on a monthly basis.
Stu is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park with an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland.
President, Digital Currency Institute and Founding Member, San Diego Bitcoin Association
Steven Michaels is a bitcoin consultant, investor and entrepreneur. He is the current president of the Digital Currency Institute, founding member of the San Diego Bitcoin Association, and co-organizer of the San Diego and Orange County Bitcoin Meetup Groups. Steven is a strong advocate for technologies that enable the protection of individual property rights.
Founder and CEO, Third Key Solutions
JPamela is an entrepreneur, attorney and educator who has spent most of her career working in and advising small businesses. As a founding member of Empowered Law PLLC, she is a widely respected authority in the use of multisignature for corporate governance and consumer protection. Her practice focuses on digital currencies and legal innovation using technology to reduce risk and uncertainty in business and legal settings. As a founder and CEO of Third Key Solutions, she now spends much of her time working with bitcoin companies to implement multisignature, key management, cold storage, and recovery solutions.
Founder and CEO, Crypto Media Hub
Tatiana Moroz is a singer-songwriter and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Crypto Media Hub, an advertising, PR, and marketing agency for the Bitcoin and FinTech ecosystems. As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Tatiana began spreading the word about cryptocurrencies through music and presentations at various Bitcoin conferences around the world including Bitcoin South in New Zealand, the Latin American Bitcoin Conference, Bitcoin in the Beltway, Coins in the Kingdom, the Libertarian National Convention, Inside Bitcoins, and many more. She created Tatiana Coin, the first-ever cryptocurrency project designed to support artists. Tatiana is also owner of the activist talent and event agency Same Side Entertainment and the founder of the Women’s Crypto Association.
Founder and CEO, Netki
Justin is an early Internet pioneer and startup veteran. As CEO of NetKi, Justin has been building Netki’s Wallet Name Service, which allows users to link multiple wallet addresses via an easy to share Wallet Name. Justin is focused on creating solutions to foster the mass market adoption of digital currency through the Netki platform.
Prior to founding Netki, Justin created over $2 billion in new revenue and savings at various start-ups, including AboveNet, NetZero, Demand Media and Blackline. Justin currently serves on the Board of Directors for ADRA Match Software and Vision Fleet’s Advisory Board.
Managing Partner, Decentralized Applications Fund
Is the co-founder and the Managing Partner of Decentralized Applications Fund, which is the first venture fund to raise all of its investment capital in cryptocurrency and invest only in Bitcoin 2.0 applications. Previously, he had co-founded and managed BitAngels, growing the network from 60 to 500 members (world’s largest angel group). He is a published author, has a triple degree bachelors and a Master of Science in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Director of Development, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Susan Poole is the Director of Development for the Chamber of Digital Commerce, which is the trade association for Digital Currency / Digital Assets, based out of Washington DC. Founded by Perianne Boring, the Chamber’s mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital currency, digital assets and related blockchain technologies.
Susan left traditional high tech in mid 2014 and has fully committed her life and career to digital currency including bitcoin and blockchain technologies. She participates locally in Las Vegas with the local specialist who enables small businesses to accept bitcoin. Prior to the Chamber of Digital Commerce, she engaged with Transform Group, engaging high-tech and bitcoin startups on major events including CoinAgenda, CES, and SouthBySouthWest.
Susan Poole has over 20 years in high tech sales leadership roles for Microsoft, Microsoft International, VMware, HP and other leading technology companies, living in the USA, UK, Australia, and Asia. Her specialty is in setting up new sales entities, including the first international sales team for Platinum Technology, the first Small/Medium Business outsourced sales team for Microsoft International, and running the first international support sales team for VMware.
Additionally, Susan has been on the start team as sales / business development lead for 4 successful startups, 3 which were successfully acquired, and one where her partnership deliverables with Intel and Microsoft resulted in closing a $25 million funding round.
CEO and Co-Founder, Airbitz
Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz, a company with a vision of Bitcoin mass adoption through ease of use and ease of security. Airbitz has been focused on delivering a great user experience to connect Bitcoin users and merchants through their Bitcoin Directory and integrated mobile wallet.
Paul is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to development of custom web CMS systems. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia Corp and Chromatic Research. Most recently he owned and operated several non-technical small businesses where he implemented solutions to streamline the intersection of people, business, and technology.
Early-stage VC, The Hive
Kamesh Raghavendra is an early-stage VC investor with The Hive in Palo Alto, CA. Decentralized applications, connected devices (IoT), financial services and enterprise are his areas of investment focus. Within The Hive’s company-creation model, Kamesh works closely with the entrepreneurs to accelerate the companies’ team creation, product vision and business ecosystem. His portfolio of investments include ambient intelligence for industrial IoT and redefined analytics for blockchain-based decentralized apps.
Prior to working in Venture Capital, Kamesh led product design and development of distributed systems at NetApp across a variety of product & marketing roles. Before that, he had a stint at Goldman Sachs trading mortgage based securities. Kamesh has received his M.B.A. from IIM Bangalore, and majored in Computer Science in his undergrad at IIT Madras.
CTO and Co-Founder, BitMEX (Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange)
Samuel Reed is a full-stack developer and Bitcoin enthusiast who has been mining and trading Bitcoin since 2009. While working a development contract in Hong Kong, Samuel met Arthur Hayes and started BitMEX. BitMEX grew from the rising need in the Bitcoin space for a reliable, properly-engineered derivatives market that allows both businesses and speculators to meet and trade contracts that are suitable for hedging.
BitMEX has been trading for seven months and remains one of the few exchanges online with a reputation unmarred by security breaches or technical mishaps. BitMEX lists Bitcoin-denominated contracts available nowhere else, and uses industry-leading technology to provide a market that is truly unparalleled in the Bitcoin space.
Samuel currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Community Manager, Swarm
Caterina Rindi comes from a background in teaching and project development, and most recently has been the Community Manager for Swarm, a Bitcoin startup disrupting financial technology. She spent much of 2014 traveling through Europe, studying the Collaborative Economy and Bitcoin. She’s a multilingual speaker and occasional contributor to Shareable magazine. Follow her on Twitter @CaterinaRindi.
Co-Founder and CEO, Glidera Inc.
Dave Ripley is the Co-Founder and CEO of Glidera Inc., a digital currency venture with headquarters in Chicago, IL. Glidera offers a bridge to the existing financial system for digital currency developers. Using Glidera’s service, Bitcoin wallet and other application developers can directly integrate Bitcoin buy and sell services into their applications. End users can then easily obtain and convert Bitcoin using the wallet or application of their choice. Dave brings more than 15 years of diverse business experience to Glidera. He has worked across multiple industries including technology and financial services. Most recently, as Principal for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Dave advised C-level executive teams of Fortune 500 corporations. Previous to his time at BCG, Dave held roles in software engineering and product management with Syclo, a mobile enterprise software company (acquired by SAP in 2012). Dave received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and his BS in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).
Founding Partner, Tally Capital
Mr. Roszak is founding partner of Tally Capital, a venture capital firm focused on blockchain-enabled technologies and currencies with a portfolio of over 20 investments in the Bitcoin ecosystem, including: BitFury, BitGo, Blockstream, ChangeTip, Factom, MaidSafe, and Xapo. Named as one of the “who’s who of the crypto-currency world” by The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Roszak is a Bitcoin investor, advocate and speaker. He has spent over 18 years in private equity and venture capital with Advent International, Keystone Capital Partners, Platinum Venture Partners and SilkRoad Equity, and has invested over $1 billion of capital (from start-up to IPO) in a broad range of industries. Mr. Roszak is a member of the National Venture Capital Association, and serves on the boards of: BitGive, Blockchain Capital, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Dunvegan Space Systems, Factom, Noble Markets and Romit, amongst others. Mr. Roszak is founder and chairman of the Chicago Bitcoin Center, and an advisor to Decentral (Toronto) and Plug and Play (San Francisco). Mr. Roszak was also a producer of the first ever Bitcoin documentary, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin. Mr. Roszak is a sought after commentator on blockchain technology, and has been featured on CNBC, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Business Insider, CoinDesk, Bitcoin Magazine and CoinTelegraph.
Attorney, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Marco Santori is an attorney with Pillsbury and is a leading authority on Bitcoin and digital currency. Described by American Banker as “the dean of digital currency lawyers,” Santori is a recognized authority in the law of bitcoin, digital currencies and emerging payments. He counsels exchanges, payment processors, institutional miners, and other companies making new and exciting uses of virtual currency technology, including “Bitcoin 2.0” implementations. Recently, he won the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert.
Santori advises clients on regulatory matters, including the compliance with and avoidance of money service business and securities regulations and New York’s newly implemented bitlicenses. He works with his clients to structure their business plans to comply with these regulations. His practice focuses on early-stage companies in the high-technology sector, including web, e-commerce, financial technology, and the emerging digital currency space. For these businesses, Santori offers comprehensive, full-service business counsel, including advice on seed, angel and venture-backed fundraising. His commercial litigation practice, focusing on high-technology matters, covers intellectual property, trade secrets, defamation and securities fraud disputes. He is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution and lectures on the topics of mediation and arbitration.
As Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, his knowledge of the latest industry trends develops in near real-time and he is fluent in the Bank Secrecy Act, the Patriot Act’s application to digital currency businesses, including Know Your Customer and Anti Money Laundering regulation. He appears as a commentator on “Real Money with Ali Velshi” and Bloomberg TV. He has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Wired, Entrepreneur.com and Crain’s New York Business. He won the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert.
Santori received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Philosophy. Santori comes to Pillsbury from Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP.
CEO, Rivetz Corp
Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz Corp. and one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms.
Steven is the co-founder of Rivetz Corp. a new company focused on the use of trusted computing and TEE for the consumer market. Rivetz is also playing an important role in providing the key technologies for the protection of private keys and secure instructions for Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.
Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He enjoys farming in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters, and a few too many horses.
Chairman, BitAngels, Partner, AngelList Bitcoin Syndicate and CEO, Transform Group
Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels (www.bitangels.co), the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and now serves as its chairman. The distributed angel network currently has more than 600 members, and it has made more than 25 investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies with two exits and several follow-on rounds. Terpin is also co-founder and managing partner of bCommerce Labs (www.bcommercelabs.com), the first technology incubator fund focused on e-commerce companies for bitcoin and the blockchain. Terpin is also a partner at Flight VC, where he helps run the AngelList Bitcoin Syndicate with legendary super-angel Gil Penchina.
In addition, Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group, a marketing holding company that includes SocialRadius (www.socialradius.com), one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms, and Transform Public Relations (www.transform.pr), a global digital PR firm. The Firm currently represents more Bitcoin companies than any other PR firm in the world, including ChangeTip, iGot, Noble Markets, Neucoin, Rivetz, ShapeShift and Tether, and has worked on projects for Bitcoin Shop, Counterparty, Factom, Gem, Gyft, KnCMiner, Kraken, MaidSafe, Mastercoin/Omni and Swarm. Transform Group is headquartered in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Santa Monica, Mountain View, and Dallas.
Head of Research, Brave New Coin
Tone has been working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a risk analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the financial crisis. His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in Crypto Currencies in early 2013 he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology to people looking to better understand the current financial system. Living in NYC, Tone is often found at the NYC Bitcoin Center and recently started speaks at Bitcoin Conferences globally. He is the Head of Research at BraveNewCoin where you can find his latest work after previously writing at CoinTelegraph. Tone still attempts to maintain his personal blog LibertyLifeTrail focused on sound economics, privacy, free-thinking and adventurous travel. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in mathematics and Geology.
President, International Ripple Business Association (IRBA) and Founder and CEO, Coinist Inc.
John Whelan is the elected President of the International Ripple Business Association (IRBA). IRBA’s goal is to promote the growth of the Ripple ecosystem while encouraging Ripple gateways to follow best practices. John is also the Founder and CEO of Coinist Inc., a digital asset ratings service.
Prior to being involved in fintech, John spent nearly ten years in the financial services and management consulting industry, experiences that he capitalizes on today through his consulting work with banks and other financial companies on the opportunities being presented by blockchain technology. He holds an MBA from DePaul University and obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin.
Founder and Lead Developer, Storj
Shawn “decentralize everything” Wilkinson is the Founder and Lead Developer of the Storj project, which aims to bring cheaper, more secure, peer-to-peer cloud storage to the masses. He received a BS in Computer Science from Morehouse College and has been deeply involved in crypto-currencies ever since 2012.
CEO & Founder, Credits
Nick is the CEO & Founder of Credits, a company building a framework and toolset for custom blockchain protocols built for enterprise, institutional, and government installations. Nick recently left PokerStars where he managed the Operations and Product of PokerStars Ring Games, the largest real money poker offering in the world, for close to four years. Having discovered Bitcoin in 2010, Nick has been building blockchain software for the past five years, Credits being the most recent and prominent example.
Solomon Wu is CTO of DiQi.us. DiQi is a permissioned blockchain with native colored coin capability. Its capability includes native multicurrency, tradable tokenized asset, and multi-tier permission structure.
DiQi’s vision is to utilize blockchain technology to revolutionize industries related with trust.
DiQi is the brainchild of Stanford graduated entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley veterans. Its 20+ member team, spanning from Silicon Valley, Texas, Taipei, and Beijing, are dedicated to the advancement of blockchain technology. DiQi received funding from a Nasdaq-traded company.
Solomon is just a silly person with a dream of changing the world with blockchain technology. Solomon is a Stanford-graduated entrepreneur with 10+ years of industry experience in Silicon Valley. Solomon has been the creator of one of the top apps of the Windows Store and has won various awards and hackathons.
Managing Partner, Binary Finacial
Harry Yeh is a Managing Partner at Binary Financial and is known in the digital currency space for trading and facilitating large bitcoin transactions between high net worth individuals.
Harry is Serial Entrepreneur with a software and infrastructure engineering background, and has over 15 years experience in the Technology and Business Field. He has been the CTO and Co-Founder in a few startups as well as running his on technology consulting company. Harry also have years of experience trading stocks, options and currencies.
Harry is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario and has a BA in Statistical Science and studied Computer Science at Stanford’s professional development program. Harry currently resides in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
CEO, Coinado.com and CEO, Mercury Digital Partners Inc.
Aaron Zirker is the founder and CEO of Coinado inc, and Mercury Digital Partners inc. Aaron began his interest in Bitcoin in 2011 when he started personal GPU mining and subsequently began personal digital trading across multiple exchanges. He developed profitable automated arbitrage strategies for his personal accounts, and then founded The Cryptocurrency Analytics Company in 2013 to arbitrage a private group of funds, booking over 15 million USD in profitably arbitraged value over a year and a half.
In late 2014 Aaron closed the private company and created a publicly accessible management company for bitcoin trading accounts, called Coinado. Coinado is a subsidiary of Mercury Digital Partners inc. Mercury Digital Partners is a group of experienced FX traders and programmers that developed the trading technology and user interface for Coinado. They continue to run the analytics and management behind the service.
Coinado.com provides algorithmic trading services directly to a client’s bitcoin exchange account such as Bitfinex, Bitstamp, and Kraken. This service is similar to what would traditionally be called a managed account. Clients maintain full custody of their funds because trading occurs inside their personal or business exchange accounts. The API, access granted by the user, that Coinado uses to control these funds does not allow for withdrawal or deposit rights, creating a managed account that is in full custody of the client. Through this service Aaron hopes to bring affordable and profitable Cryptocurrency arbitrage services to clients ranging from small Bitcoin investors to large institutional investors, particularly those who value having full access to their investments at all times.
Founder and CEO, Alt-Options LLC
Joe is the founder and current CEO of Alt-Options LLC, a Boston based Bitcoin derivates exchange. He has had experience in the investment banking, private M&A, institutional FX trading space, as well as over 6 years of experience trading equities/derivatives. Joe has a degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship from Boston University.