Speakers

Charles W. Allen
Chief Executive Officer, Bitcoin Shop
Charles W. Allen, is the Chief Executive Officer of Bitcoin Shop. He is responsible for our overall corporate strategy and direction as well as managing our corporate finances. Mr. Allen is also on the advisory board of GoCoin LLC a leading virtual currency payment processor. Mr. Allen has extensive experience in business strategy, investment banking and capital markets transactions. In addition, he started his career as an engineer in the telecom industry and brings a balance of business and financial leadership and technical proficiency to the Bitcoin Shop Inc. team. Prior to joining Bitcoin Shop Inc. he worked domestically and internationally on projects in technology, media, natural resources, logistics, medical services and financial services. He has served as a Managing Director at numerous boutique investment banks focused on advising and raising capital for small and mid size companies. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a M.B.A. from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Bitcoin Ecosystem Investing : Do’s and Dont’s

Jeremy Almond
CEO, PayStand
Jeremy Almond is the Founder & CEO of Santa Cruz based startup PayStand, a next generation payment gateway that enables organizations to take credit cards and digital money online without transaction fees. Jeremy is a serial entrepreneur, starting his career as an engineer at nanotech startup Digital Instruments, later acquired by Veeco (Nadaq: VECO). At Veeco he led the enterprise architecture, helping shrink massive computers down to devices that now fit in our pockets. Since then Jeremy has worked as an operator and investor at a number of startups & established companies to drive the adoption of digital commerce. Mr. Almond’s speaking and writing has been featured in a variety of media outlets including: This Week in Startups (TV interview), CNN Money (print interview), Colorado State University (speaking event), The Business Journal (print interview), CBS News (TV Interview), TechCrunch (print interview), Silicon Valley Tech Meetup (speaking event), Bank Innovation (print interview), and others. Jeremy’s passions lie at the intersection of how technology, finance and commerce are changing today’s culture. He also speaks on entrepreneurship, social enterprises, and our work-life purpose. Mr. Almond holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of California and a Master’s in business from the University of Massachusetts.
Session

October 6 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem

Roark Andrade
Technology Integration Specialist, Artist, Designer, Educator
Roark has a current body of bitcoin inspired art pieces in progress at www.TransmutationOfNehushtan.com and has also created bitcoin inspired artwork exhibited and auctioned at the Bitcoin Expo 2014 in Toronto, Canada. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Roark taught for years as a studio instructor at the Art Gallery of Ontario, then moved on to become a training developer at graphics software companies Alias and Autodesk. Currently Roark acts as a technology integration specialist at the Bishop Strachan school. In Roark’s work he explores themes in martial arts, spirituality, iconography, mythology and technology.
Session

October 7 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Tales from the Crypto: Bitcoin Inspired Art

David Banys
Director, Business Development, Green Revolution Cooling
David Banys is the Director of Business Development for Green Revolution Cooling, an Austin-based company that produces the CarnotJet liquid submersion cooling system. He has witnessed the development of liquid submersion cooling in the data center from an NSF-backed feasibility study in early 2009, to full-scale, massively deployed data center technology today. David believes that liquid submersion cooling will enable the next generation of gains in efficiency, flexibility, and deployment speed for cryptocurrency network infrastructure, while reducing build-out costs and thermal management limitations.
Session

October 7 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Crypto Currency Mining: A 360 Industry Perspective

Marc Barach
CMO, Jumio
Marc Barach brings an accomplished track record of marketing, leadership and operational experience in the B2B and B2C internet technology sectors. Marc currently serves as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Jumio, Inc., an Andreessen Horowitz-funded company in the online and mobile payments space. Prior, he was CEO of Emotive, Inc., a mobile platform and apps start-up serving consumer and enterprise sectors. He has also served as CMO of Marin Software, the leading SaaS paid search management software company. As CMO of Ingenio, he co-invented and brought to market a new form of performance-based advertising, Pay Per Call, which spawned a billion dollar market and led to the acquisition of that company by AT&T. As CMO at online insurance pioneer InsWeb he helped drive the growth which enabled a $100 million IPO. Marc has been quoted often by business and national press and is a well known speaker at leading conferences around the world.
Session

October 7 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
(Self) Regulating The Bitcoin Industry

Andrew Beal
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.
Session

October 7 | 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Crowd Sales and the De-Facto Regulators: What Should Companies Do?

Steve Beauregard
CEO & Co-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. After the Y2K craze, REGARD expanded into a high-end boutique Internet strategy firm to compete with Razorfish, March-First and the like. REGARD quickly added clients TRW, VPA (bought by Fidelity), DIRECTV and John Deere while the mobility division landed Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Wells Fargo Bank, Countrywide, Hughes, LIONSGATE, Creative Artists Agency and myriad state & federal gov’t agencies. In 2003, REGARD opened an Indian software development subsidiary and established a nationwide reputation with RIM, Microsoft, AT&T, Sprint/NEXTEL, & Verizon a “go-to” mobile and eCommerce company. 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!
Session

October 6 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Bitcoin Merchant On-Ramp

Valerian Bennett
Founder & Chief Filmmaking Officer, TheProtocol.TV
Valerian Bennett is a veteran television producer/editor and an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a wealth of experience across the entertainment industry. A Silicon Valley native, Valerian attended the prestigious University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television in Los Angeles where he received his degree in Cinema-Television Production. As an editor, Valerian has worked on hit shows for MTV, A&E, Fox Sports and many more. His earlier music video editorial career saw him collaborate with top artists like 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, and Mariah Carey. Valerian’s feature-length documentaries have been shown in film festivals around the world including New York, Toronto, and Rome. Valerian is the producer/director/editor of the new short documentary film, “Bitcoin: Buenos Aires” and founder of TheProtocol.TV, a startup premium video network dedicated to covering the global decentralization movement.
Session

October 7 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Tales from the Crypto: Bitcoin Inspired Art

Tamas Blummer
VP of Enterprise Software, CoinTerra Inc.
Prior to joining CoinTerra, as the Founder and CEO of Bits of Proof Zrt., Tamas was responsible for building a number of pioneering Bitcoin enterprise applications including the BOP Bitcoin Server – a modern and modular implementation of the Bitcoin protocol, BopShop – a merchant payment processor for both online and “brick and mortar” shops, BullionBitcoin – the first real-time auditable exchange for institutional investors, and the back-end for myTREZOR – the first hardware Bitcoin wallet. Prior to his Bitcoin-related endeavors, Tamas held a number of senior Financial Technology related positions. As Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in Budapest, Hungary, he was responsible for building and leading a team of software engineers who redesigned and implemented its ledger substantiation for trading books.
Session

October 7 | 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Bitcoin Enterprise Hardware and Software Stack

Perianne M. Boring
Founder & President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Perianne M. Boring is the founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the first DC-based trade association dedicated to promoting the acceptance and use of bitcoin and digital assets to public-policy makers. Boring is a sought-after speaker, and author of the “Boring Bitcoin Report,” a popular industry blog. Prior to forming the Digital Chamber, Boring served as an economic analyst in network cable news. Additionally, she worked as a legislative analyst on Capitol Hill, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy.
Session

October 6 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations

Kyle Burgess
Director of Operations, Consumers’ Research
Kyle Burgess is the Director of Operations of Consumers’ Research, America’s oldest consumer organization. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization works at the intersection of emerging consumer trends and policy. Kyle is responsible for strategic initiatives and outreach. Since 2003, she has worked with a range of private, public, non-profit, and multi-national organizations, including the Department of State and the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the co-founder of two social enterprises and holds a Master’s in economics from Johns Hopkins.
Session

October 6 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts

Patrick M. Byrne
CEO, Overstock.com
Patrick launched Overstock.com in 1999 with revenues of $1.8 million. In 2013 Overstock.com had revenues of $1.3 billion and net income of $88.5 million. Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country for 2010, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). Byrne received the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Byrne received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has taught at the university level and is a frequent guest lecturer discussing Internet commerce, capital markets, Wall Street practices, education, leadership and ethics.
Session

October 6 | 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Keynote: Cryptosecurities: the Next Decentralized Frontier

Lisa Cheng
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.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
New Ideas in Bitcoin

Bryan Cooley
CEO, Virtual Empire
Bryan Cooley is CEO of Virtual Empire, a crypto-currency venture fund and incubation lab focused on FinTech, Gaming, and AdTech. Previously Bryan founded a mobile gaming company which reached over 80 million downloads for fun-to-play casino games and LangLearner, an award winning language learning software firm. Bryan is also the founder of Yoero, a digital agency which develops high end mobile applications for startups and F-100 companies. Prior to his own ventures, Bryan helped grow 2 Inc 500 companies in the defense/space industry and business process management sectors. He started his career as a founding member of Angel.com which is now the world’s largest IVR company.
Session

October 7 | 9:00 am – 9:00 am
Bitcoin Casinos: The Final Frontier in Online Gaming

Raphael Paulin-Daigle
Co-Founder, DucatFlow
Raphael is the co-founder of DucatFlow, a bitcoin consultancy that helps companies understand bitcoin and integrate it into their operations. An avid bitcoin fan, he also organizes occasional bitcoin events in New York City and in Atlantic Canada, where he grew up. His entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 11 years old. Passionate about magic, he began performing, and from 2007 to 2014 he performed over 300+ magic show for all types of events. In 2011, he launched a company that helped small businesses with their marketing, and a year later, he had the opportunity to participate in a startup accelerator program that allowed him to pitch another of his startups in front of a 300+ people audience with a combined net worth of over $7B.
Session

October 7 | 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
How Bitcoin will Disrupt Companies of all Industries

James D’Angelo
Co-Founder & Host, World Bitcoin Network
James D’Angelo is one of the founders and hosts of World Bitcoin Network, a news & educational channel focusing on all things Bitcoin. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and worked as a design engineer for NASA in the 1990s developing electronics for the highly successful WIND spacecraft. Since then, he has worked as an environmentalist in over a dozen countries around the world, particularly Gabon and Kenya, and is fluent in five languages. His wife, Ronah, is Ugandan, and together with their colleagues in Kampala, they are anticipating their launch of an international remittance company based on Bitcoin. Personally he is investigating the possible use of the block chain as a tool to curb carbon emissions.
Session

October 6 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
What is the Bitcoin Revolution?

Eric Doricko
Data Center Crypto-Consultant
Eric brings 25 years of data communications and cloud experience to the virtual currency industry, with passion for helping with large scale infrastructure requirements for industrial Bitcoin mining in data centers. Eric was part of the Exodus Cable & Wireless data center team in the northeast prior to the acquisition by Savvis communications in 2004, and most recently been consulting for Data Center companies on product strategy and financial models in the crypto and cloud space. Eric has worked closely with global 1000 Enterprises and ISPs throughout his carreer including a 10 year stay at Cabletron and Riverstone pioneering ASIC network switching solutions, and worked with broadband telecom service providers in the Caribbean, LATAM and Brazil as the Co-Chair of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for 7 years and also with Calix Networks.
Session

October 7 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Crypto Currency Mining: A 360 Industry Perspective

Andrew “Flip” Filipowski
CEO, SilkRoad Equity
Andrew “Flip” Filipowski, is a serial (actually parallel) high-tech CEO and entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and an industry visionary. In addition to MissionMode, he founded or co-founded Blue Rhino Corporation, SilkRoad technology Inc., DBMS Inc., the House of Blues, SolidSpace Inc., Onramp Branding, HardMetrics and InterAct 911. He began his career serving in various managerial and technical positions with A.B. Dick, Motorola and Time, Inc. He became COO of Cullinet, the largest software company of the 1980′s, followed by founding and leading PLATINUM technology as its CEO. He grew PLATINUM into the 8th-largest software company at the time of its sale in 1999 to Computer Associates for $4 billion dollars, setting a new record then for realized value of a software company at the time. Upside Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Information Technology and the Triad Business Journal named him as one of 2008′s 75 Most Influential People in the Triad.
Session

October 7 | 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
You Gotta REALLY Comprehend Currency to Understand Bitcoin

Josh Garza
CEO, GAW Miners
Josh Garza is a serial-entrepreneur with a focus on technology startups that are community-focused and force the industry to evolve and grow with integrity. In 2004, Josh founded the Great Auk Wireless High-Speed Internet Inc (where GAW originally got its name) which was dedicated to providing fast and affordable internet access to both urban and rural areas that were traditionally under-served by the competition. Over the next eight years, GAW became one of the largest wireless-based companies in New England. In 2012, Josh founded another technology startup, GAW Labs, which provides a complete API-based voice and video communications platform. In late 2013, early 2014 Josh founded GAW Miners after very negative experiences with the existing hardware suppliers in the cryptocurrency industry. Since the launch, GAW Miners has become the largest mining hardware distributor in the world in just a few short months. The company is on track to gross over $100MM for it’s first year.
Sessions

October 6 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Building a Bitcoin World

October 7 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Crypto Currency Mining: A 360 Industry Perspective

Brandon Goldman
CEO & Co-Founder, FreshPay
Brandon Goldman is the CEO and co-founder at FreshPay, working on products and services that help people use digital currencies in the real world. Brandon entered the digital currencies space in early 2013, when he created a Bitcoin arbitrage trading bot. Previously, Brandon was one of the first dozen employees at Box, where he worked as a software engineer. Later, he was VP of Engineering at Miso Media, a music education technology company in Los Angeles. He also ran a successful consulting firm, where he worked with dozens of startups and companies to create web apps and custom software. Brandon is based in the San Francisco bay area.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
New Ideas in Bitcoin

Kirill Gourov
Co-Founder, CSquared
Kirill is the co-founder of CSquared, a start-up firm engaged in multi-faceted strategy consulting within the Internet 3.0 areas. He has been an active trader and broker in the Bitcoin space since the inception of “Satoshi Square,” a term he coined. He continues his work through consulting and brokering large volume transactions for institutions and high net worth individuals and spends his spare time developing valuation theories for cryptocurrency. Kirill’s words have appeared in several news outlets including the Financial Times, CNBC, Coindesk, NYTimes, and others.
Session

October 6 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
The Future of Altcoins

George D. Greenberg, Esq.
Attorney Bitcoin, Law Offices of George D. Greenberg
George D. Greenberg, Esq. practices in Bitcoin Law and has been a practicing attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada for 24 years. He decided to get in on the ground floor and learn the nuts, bolts and basics so he built and bought miners and contracts for himself to understand the mind set from the consumers point of view. Mr. Greenberg is Legal Counsel for Eobot and also advises businesses from hardware to pools to trading platforms, start-up’s and established. He believes it is a brave new world and while we are breaking new ground, the laws of contract and regulations are established and we must be mindful of the rules of the road.
Session

October 6 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations

J. Bradley Hall
Founder, Chairman & CEO, ICON
J. Bradley Hall is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ICON. Brad is the architect behind the launch of a number of successful companies and enjoys a reputation as a focused, energetic entrepreneur with 28 years of finance, M&A, operational, gold trading and fund management experience. Brad is a thought leader who has deployed disruptive new business models that challenge out dated and often vulnerable incumbents across cultures and geographies including: the Americas, Brasil, Western/Eastern Europe, the CIS and Asia.
Session

October 7 | 9:30 am – 10:00 am
BTC 2.0 – The Blockchain Is Where the BTC Magic Is!

Jacob Hansen
CEO & Co-Founder, CrowdCurity
Jacob is the CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdCurity, which is Silicon Valley based security startup incubated by boost.vc and funded by Tim Draper and Kima Ventures. He is a long term advocate of decentralisation and crowdsourcing, both applied to monetary systems as well as to web security. Before co-founding CrowdCurity Jacob was documenting bitcoin adoption around the world via his work at Bitcoinfilm.org
Session

October 6 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem

David A. Johnston
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.
Session

October 7 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Crypto Currency Mining: A 360 Industry Perspective

Jeremy Kandah
Founding Partner, TeamBlockChain
Jeremy Kandah is Founding Partner at TeamBlockChain, a team dedicated to building and evangelizing early stage block chain projects. Jeremy is leading innovation on Appcoin theory and building business models around block chain technologies. Jeremy started Appcasher, LLC a mobile rewards platform with millions of users that has given out millions in rewards to every country in the world. He has worked in the startup industry as well as strategy consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton. He earned an MBA at The College of William and Mary and a BS at Purdue University.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
New Ideas in Bitcoin
October 6 | 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
The Future of the Block Chain

Zennon Kapron
Managing Director, Kapronasia
Zennon is the founder and Managing Director of Kapronasia and has been involved in the financial technology industry for over 15 years. Kapronasia is one of Asia’s leading providers of independent research, custom consulting, and advisory services focusing on the financial industry and financial technology. Clients of Kapronasia include some of the world’s largest financial institutions and technology companies. Kapronasia helps clients understand and navigate the challenges they face from a challenging region with a rapidly changing business, operational and technological environment. Zennon has been published and mentioned in numerous online and offline industry publications including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Financial Times and Bloomberg, and is a regular participant in industry events both in Asia and globally. Zennon is the author of “Bitcoin in China” a book published by Penguin looking at the evolution of bitcoin in China. Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel based out of Shanghai, China and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Session

October 7 | 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
A Look at the Past, Present and Future of Bitcoin in Asia (and China)

Jordan Kelley
CEO, Robocoin
Jordan Kelley is the CEO of Robocoin, the world’s first and leading Bitcoin ATM company with more than 40 branches in key financial markets and cultural hubs across the world. Kelley has presented Robocoin for the U.S. Congress and the Italian Parliament and has been featured in CNN, TIME, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NBC, USA Today, VICE, and Forbes among others. Previously, Kelley graduated from Babson College and began a career in investment banking at Credit Suisse before founding jobbi.com and Handii.
Session

October 7 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Brian Klein
Partner, Baker Marquart LLP
Brian Klein is a partner at the boutique litigation firm Baker Marquart LLP. He is an accomplished trial attorney who represents individuals and corporate clients in criminal, regulatory, and civil matters in state and federal court. Brian is the chair of the Bitcoin Foundation’s legal advocacy committee and is well-versed in various criminal aspects concerning Bitcoin and other digital currencies. He also teaches a federal criminal practice seminar at USC Gould School of Law. Before joining Baker Marquart, Brian was a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for five years. As a federal prosecutor, he handled significant white-collar criminal cases, including cases involving money laundering, corporate fraud, and tax violations. Brian is admitted to practice in California and New York and before various federal courts.
Session

October 6 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts

Brian Koffler
President, Koffler Legal & Consulting Services, PLLC
Brian is an attorney and entrepreneur based in New York City. While his practice focuses on cryptocurrency consulting and guiding start-ups to success, he also works as the General Counsel and Chief Technology Officer of K3 Learning, Inc., an education management firm. Brian entered the cryptocurrency space in early 2013 working on a large-scale mining project which spun into a massive endeavor involving the innards of the Bitcoin protocol. As a result, he became a huge advocate for ensuring that Bitcoin 2.0 comes to fruition since he believes that the current implementation of the protocol is barely scratching the surface of its potential. Brian currently consults with small firms around the USA who are seeking to understand and utilize Bitcoin, and provides training for government agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His educational background includes a Masters in Information Systems from Harvard University, a JD from New York Law School, and a BA from George Washington University—along with a year studying at the London School of Economics.
Sessions

October 6 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts

October 7 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Crypto Currency Mining: A 360 Industry Perspective

Dmitri Korablev
VP of Engineering, Strevus
Prior to Strevus, Dmitri was a VP and General Manager of the Product Information Management business at Informatica. His previous roles at Informatica included leading the product strategy for Master Data Management and the Industry Solutions group focused on Financial Sector and Retail solutions. Before Informatica, Dmitri led Engineering and Architecture at Siperian, which was acquired by Informatica in 2010. At Siperian, Dmitri also held a number of critical development, product strategy and architecture positions and was responsible for introducing all of the new product offerings and the delivery of the Siperian MDM platform to strategic customers. Dmitri has over 20 years of industry experience in data management, SaaS, data integration, enterprise security and telephony, working in the US and Europe.
Session

October 7 | 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
KYC and AML Compliance for Bitcoin

Nathan Lands
CEO & Co-Founder, QuickCoin
Nathan Lands, CEO & Co-Founder of QuickCoin. Nathan Lands is a technology and gaming entrepreneur, having coined the term “Gamify”, created and sold Gamification.org to Badgeville, as well as building several other technology companies such as GameStreamer which raised over $10 million and competed with Gaikai and OnLive. Nathan now believes that the most impactful technology of the next 10 years is Bitcoin, and is focused on building beautiful software to take bitcoin to the mainstream.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
New Ideas in Bitcoin

Daniel Larimer
Founder, BitShares.org
Daniel Larimer is the founder and chief developer at BitShares, an open source software company based in Virginia. Dan is the originator of the concept of DAC’s, or decentralized autonomous companies and one of the thought leaders in the decentralized industry. In July BitShares technology was used to launch BitSharesX, a fully decentralized crypto exchange. This is one of half a dozen DACs powered by BitShares and is currently the fourth largest in the world by market cap, at times reaching second highest daily volume, after Bitcoin. The company’s flagship concept is bitUSD, a digital currency that solves some of the fundemental weaknesses inherent in Bitcoin.
Session

October 7 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Morning Keynote: Bitcoin and Beyond

Bobby Lee
CEO & Co-Founder, BTC China & Board Member, Bitcoin Foundation
Bobby Lee is the CEO and co-founder of BTC China, the first Bitcoin exchange in China, and now one of the leading Bitcoin exchanges worldwide. Bobby started his career in Silicon Valley, as a software engineer at Yahoo!, pioneering the earliest online communities on the Internet. He then moved to Shanghai, China, where he has been for the past 7 years. He was the Director of Software Engineering at EMC in China, innovating in Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage. After that, he was the CTO of SMG BesTV, the leading IPTV company in China, and also the world’s largest by subscriber base. Most recently, he was Vice President of Technology for Walmart’s China E-Commerce business, based in Shanghai. Bobby graduated from Stanford University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and was also a member of the Mayfield Fellows Program. He has his E-MBA from CEIBS. Bobby also serves on the board of Bitcoin Foundation, the world’s first and leading non-profit digital currency trade organization founded in 2012 with offices in Seattle, Washington, D.C. and London. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, watching movies, and playing poker.
Session

October 6 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Afternoon Keynote: The Tremendous Rise of the Bitcoin Industry

Ragnar Lifthrasir
CEO & Co-Founder, Meson
Ragnar Lifthrasir is the CEO and Co-Founder of Meson, a comprehensive Bitcoin real estate transaction platform where payment, escrow, and title are performed on the blockchain. He has over ten years of commercial and residential real estate experience including development, title insurance, and investment. Ragnar has a MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a General Contractor and Real Estate license in California. In 2013 he co-founded AnArk, the first Bitcoin marketplace with a “Trustless” escrow.
Session

October 6 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations

Juan Llanos
EVP of Strategic Partnerships & Chief Transparency Officer, Bitreserve.org
Juan is EVP of Strategic Partnerships and Chief Transparency Officer at Bitreserve.org, a cloud-based payment network that allows members to remove bitcoin’s volatility and merchants to receive payments at zero cost. He co-founded, and until recently was the EVP and Compliance Officer of Unidos Financial Services, Inc., an innovative financial services and technology provider catering to merchants and under-banked end consumers in the USA and Latin America. He is responsible for the formulation and execution of the company’s technology strategy, as well as its AML and compliance risk management infrastructure. Previously, he was Chief Compliance Officer of Remesas Quisqueyana, Inc. in New York City. He is a member of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs and Education Committees, Co-Chair of DATA’s AML Working Group, writes about risk and virtual currencies in his blog (ContrarianCompliance.com), is an advisor and board member at various crypto-currency and technology start-ups. A Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist since 2003, Juan has over a decade’s experience of building and managing AML/CFT and regulatory compliance programs for multiple international jurisdictions, including Canada, Italy, the United States and Spain, and is recognized as a pioneer in the development of compliance and risk management best practices for the money transfer industry.
Session

October 7 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Eric Lombrozo
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, account management applications, and application development platforms and libraries for peer-to-peer payment networks. With a background in computer science and mathematics, Lombrozo has worked at several software startups and has years of industry experience in the areas of security and software architecture. He is the architect and author of the first scalable multisignature cryptocoin account management system. Lombrozo has participated in several projects related to decentralized consensus protocols, contributing source code and ideas to various open source projects including Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum.
Session

October 7 | 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Bitcoin Security: A Practical Perspective

Jaron Lukasiewicz
Chief Executive Officer, Coinsetter
Jaron Lukasiewicz is the Chief Executive Officer of Coinsetter, which offers a high-performance levered trading platform for Bitcoin. Prior to Coinsetter, Jaron was the Co-Founder of Ticketometer, an social media-focused online ticketing platform. Prior to that, Jaron was an Associate at The CapStreet Group, a Houston-based private equity firm, and an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and Madison Williams in their global investment banking groups. Prior to that, he was a summer analyst at SPB Partners, a Las Vegas-based private equity firm. Jaron is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Jaron graduated from Rice University on the President’s Honor Roll with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Session

October 7 | 10:00am – 10:30 am
How to Win in the Bitcoin Exchange Ecosystem

Gil Luria
Managing Director, Wedbush Securities
Gil Luria is a Managing Director covering Financial Technology stocks at Wedbush Securities. He joined Wedbush in 2005 and was previously at Sanford C. Bernstein covering large U.S. telecommunications companies. Prior to that he was a Manager with Deloitte Consulting focused on telecommunications companies. Mr. Luria holds a B.A. in Economics from Hebrew University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Gil was among the first to publish research on bitcoin and Wedbush was the first US financial institution to accept bitcoin payments.
Session

October 6 | 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Opening Keynote: Sizing the Opportunity for Bitcoin and Digital Currency Technologies

Steven Michaels
President, Digital Currency Institute & Founding Member, San Diego Bitcoin Assocation
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.
Sessions

October 6 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
The Future of Altcoins

October 7 | 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Gabriel Miron
CEO & Founder, meXBT/Crypto Exchange of the Americas
Gabriel Miron is a serial entrepreneur based in Mexico City. He has been nominated as one of the most prominent entrepreneurs of Central America in 2012, after being selected to join the 2nd generation of Wayra Mexico, the biggest business accelerator around the globe with presence in 18 countries. After he discovered crypto currencies and decided to go full time and devoted to grant access to cryptos in Latin America. He was selected in the first batch of Seedcoin Bitcoin virtual accelerator with presence around the globe and together are launching the most profesional trading platform for Crypto currencies in Latin America.
Session

October 6 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
The Future of Altcoins

Ashok Misra
Chair, CNP Payment Forum & Founder, Alina Consultants
Ashok Misra, CISSP has built ecommerce systems for Amazon.com, Real Networks and Linden Labs ( Second Life) . He is the founder of Alina Consultants Inc, a boutique consulting firm advising and building solutions for ecommerce merchants on epayment architecture and security. He has considerable experience in crypto currencies and in particular in building bitcoin purchase paths. He is widely regarded as a Payment Security Expert and possesses in-depth knowledge on PCI Compliance. He has a deep knowledge of country specific payment methods and mobile payments. He is the Chairperson for the European Customer Not Present Payments Forum (EU CNPPF).
Session

October 5 | 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Workshop 4: e-Commerce and Bitcoin: Facilitating Online Transactions

Jonathan Mohan
Founder, BitcoinNYC
A diehard Bitcoin believer, Jonathan Mahon, knows the digital currency will change the world by disrupting the legacy payments systems in place today. Jonathan is the founder of Bitcoin NYC, a professional association of Bitcoin enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Under him, Bitcoin NYC has expanded, growing to be the largest community of Bitcoin aficionados in the world. In addition, Jonathan is also developing a micro-donation payment processing platform to facilitate small denomination donations to online content creators in Bitcoin. By using the analytics based on the donations, the startup can inform advertising decisions across online content more effectively.
Sessions

October 5 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Workshop 2: Bitcoin for Beginners: Basics and Beyond

October 6 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem

Stephanie Murphy, PhD
Talk Radio Host,, Let’s Talk Bitcoin!
Stephanie Murphy, PhD, hosts the award-winning Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast. Stephanie has been an active bitcoiner since 2011. In addition to her work as a talk radio host, she is a voice actor, a former biochemist, and an organizer at an all-bitcoin charity.
Session

October 5 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Workshop 2: Bitcoin for Beginners: Basics and Beyond

Brian Nelson
Broker & Director of Communications, Alpha Surety Brokerage and National Money Transmitters Association (NMTA)
Brian Nelson is the lead Bond Manager for Alpha Surety Brokerage and the Director of Communications for the National Money Transmitters Association (NMTA). His primary focus is on providing his clients with comprehensive surety bond programs. He also works with progressive organizations to develop innovative solutions to regulatory issues faced by non-banking financial institutions. Brian is the founder of a recently launched industry blog called MSB Talk where he and other contributors provide commentary on current events and news. He was introduced to Bitcoin in 2009 by his neighbor and previous boss, Mike Caldwell, who is the founder of Casascius Physical Bitcoins. Prior to joining Alpha Surety and the NMTA, Brian worked as an account executive and FX derivatives trader for a corporate foreign exchange brokerage.
Session

October 7 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Will O’Brien
CEO & Co-Founder, BitGo
Will is CEO and co-founder of BitGo, the leading bitcoin security platform and a pioneer in multi-sig technologies. Will is also an angel investor and advisor to early stage startups. Will previously held executive and leadership roles at Big Fish Games (social casino, casual games), TrialPay (in-app payments and advertising), Random Walk Computing (real-time trading technology) and has founded and operated his own startups in consumer Internet and media. Will is an accomplished public speaker and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, AllThingsD, BusinessWeek, and various industry press. He is a regular presenter at industry conferences and appeared on television. Will holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Session

October 7 | 10:00am – 10:30 am
It’s Time to End the Cold Storage Ice Age and Adopt Multi-sig

Justin O’Connell
Author, Bitcoinomics & CEO, GoldSilverBitcoin
Justin O’Connell is the author of Bitcoinomics and the fiction work Town & Country. He is the CEO of GoldSilverBitcoin and a co-founder of BitcoinATM. He also hosts the radio show Our Very Own Special Show and is an active music producer.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Bitcoin Ecosystem Investing : Do’s and Dont’s

JiJi Park
Partner- Payments Team, Pillsbury Law
JiJi is a Partner in Pillsbury’s Corporate & Securities group. Her practice includes corporate, regulatory, and real estate law. In her regulatory practice, she advises
financial institutions, money services businesses, and retail corporations on regulations applicable to electronic funds transfers and electronic payments, escheat of unclaimed property, anti-money laundering laws, and privacy. With respect to payments services, she has counseled clients on compliance with applicable federal and state laws regarding registration, licensure, compliance, disclosure and cash redemption requirements and restrictions on expiration dates and fees. She has represented prepaid access issuers, program managers and distributors, advising on closed-loop and open-loop programs, including e-wallets, virtual currency loyalty and promotional programs, government
benefit programs, and payroll cards. She has suggested alternative corporate structures for prepaid access issuers, worked on licensing and compliance issues with regulators throughout the country, represented purchasers and sellers of payments companies, prepared disclosures and website terms and conditions, reviewed advertising materials and marketing strategies, and negotiated agreements among program participants.
Session

October 6 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts

Michael Perklin
President, Bitcoinsultants Inc.
Michael is a cyber-security expert and founder of the world’s first Bitcoin consulting firm that specializes in security: Bitcoinsultants. Michael has a Master’s degree in Information Assurance, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Security, holds CISSP and CISA certifications as well as certifications in digital forensics. Michael has conducted security audits of Bitcoin exchanges, Bitcoin software, and has implemented highly-secure key management solutions for companies who require more security than simple cold wallets could provide. Michael has been invited to speak about cyber security, digital forensics, and bitcoin security at conferences internationally and continues to enjoy thinking of new ways to break things so that they can be rebuilt more securely.

Session

October 6 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem

Piotr Piasecki
Chief Scientist, Provable Inc.
Piotr Piasecki is Chief Scientist at Provable Inc., a Vancouver-based software development startup. He has been a respected member of the Bitcoin community since 2011, posting under the nickname “ThePiachu”. Piotr wrote his master thesis on Bitcoin security in Technical University of Lodz, in Poland. He is a moderator of Bitcoin.StackExchange.com and the /r/Bitcoin subreddit. Piotr runs a number of Bitcoin-focused websites, including Vanity Pool and TestNet Faucet and writes a blog on cryptocurrencies.
Session

October 6 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem

Brock Pierce
Managing Director, Crypto Currency Partners
Brock Pierce is a 15x entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. He is Co-Founder of GoCoin, expresscoin, BlockStreet, ZenBox, and Crypto Currency Partners. Pierce is a sought-after commentator on the Bitcoin economy and sits on the Board of the Bitcoin Foundation. Pierce is a prolific angel investor, city leader of BitAngels Los Angeles and runs the first Bitcoin syndicate to achieve top 10 status on AngelList. Pierce has raised more than $200 million on behalf of his companies and led more than 30 acquisitions in his career. Pierce is also an active supporter of non-profit and advocacy organizations and is a member of Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been a guest lecturer at Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
Session

October 6 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
The Future of Altcoins

Paul Puey
CEO & 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.

Session

October 7 | 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Bitcoin Wallets: Balancing Security, Privacy, and Ease of Use

Devon Read
CEO, Blockchain Technology Group
Devon is CEO of Blockchain Technology Group (aka Blocktech), a company with a vision for blockchain applications far beyond financial remittance. Blocktech builds distributed applications, engineers cryptoeconomies, develops hardware, and offers consulting services for businesses looking to start using cryptocurrencies. Projects that are currently underway include an unalterable ledger of history, a truly private tor-based distributed marketplace, a new kind of lower-cost, higher speed media distribution, safe and inexpensive securities and commodities trading, open-source DIY retail hardware, and a coin agnostic ATM. Devon has a background in technology, business and design and over 10 years of leadership experience – from being named a Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year by the US Marine Corps to leading development of an iPad POS solution as well as working in the visual effects industry and as a creative for Apple Inc.
Session

October 6 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem

Ted Rogers
Chief Strategy Officer, Xapo
Ted Rogers serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at Xapo. Prior to Xapo, Ted co-founded and served as a General Partner for Arpex Capital, an international investment firm based in Sao Paulo, Brazil with a focus on financial technology and services. Prior to Arpex, Ted worked in corporate finance and venture capital for FBR and Co. and in business affairs for America Online. Mr. Rogers graduated from Williams College in 1991 and cum laude from Georgetown University Law School in 1996. He spent two years as a reserve linebacker for the Washington Redskins, including during their Super Bowl Championship season of 1991-1992.
Session

October 6 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem

Matthew Roszak
Founding Partner, Tally Capital
Mr. Roszak is founder partner of Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on the digital currency ecosystem. 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. Mr. Roszak has invested in over a dozen Bitcoin start-ups, including BitFury, BitGo, GoCoin and Sunlot. Mr. Roszak is also a founding partner with Crypto Currency Partners. Mr. Roszak is an advisor to several Bitcoin accelerators and incubators, including Bitropolis (Los Angeles), Decental (Toronto) and the Chicago Bitcoin Center. In addition, Mr. Roszak is the co-chairman of The North American Bitcoin Conference in Chicago. In 2013, Mr. Roszak founded and hosts the Bitcoin Supper Club, a gathering of CEOs, founders and extraordinary individuals in the Bitcoin community. Mr. Roszak is also one of the producers of the Bitcoin documentary “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.” Mr. Roszak is the chairman of BitcoinCares, a charity that leverages the Bitcoin community for initiatives in education and fighting child hunger. Mr. Roszak is a member of the National Venture Capital Association and a lifetime member of the Bitcoin Foundation and Bitcoin Association. Mr. Roszak has spent over 18 years in private equity and venture capital with Keystone Capital Partners, Advent International, Platinum Venture Partners and SilkRoad Equity, and has invested in excess of $1 billion of capital in a broad range of industries.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Bitcoin Ecosystem Investing : Do’s and Dont’s

George Samman
COO, BTC.sx
George Samman is the COO of BTC.sx, the world’s first bitcoin derivatives trading platform. He is a former Wall Street Senior Portfolio Manager and Market Strategist as well as a technical analyst. A seasoned trader, George has over 8 years of experience in the financial markets.
Session

October 7 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Marco Santori
Commercial Litigator and Business Attorney, Pillsbury Law
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 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.
Session

October 6 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations

Craig Sellars
CTO, Mastercoin Foundation & Co-Founder, CTO, Tether
Mr. Sellars leads the development of innovations on top of the Bitcoin blockchain for the Mastercoin Foundation, and acts in a variety of roles as co-founder, director, advisor or senior executive for several Bitcoin 2.0 projects including Tether (RealCoin), MerchantCoin and the MaidSafe Foundation. His entrepreneurial and executive experience is the result of over two decades of excellence pushing the boundaries of cutting edge internet services and software development.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
New Ideas in Bitcoin

Amor Sexton
Digital Currency Lawyer, Adroit Lawyers
Amor Sexton is Australia’s first Digital Currency Lawyer. As a lawyer at the boutique technology law firm, Adroit Lawyers, Amor helps bitcoin and digital currency businesses navigate the uncertain regulatory landscape and commercialize their ventures. Amor also works with both the Bitcoin Association of Australia and the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association to provide advice on policy considerations and to liaise with the government, regulators, and key other stakeholders on behalf of the digital currency industry in Australia. Adroit Lawyers specializes in providing commercial legal advice to innovative businesses in industries that include mining, engineering, e-commerce, media and financial services. Adroit Lawyers was also one of the first law firms in Australia to accept payment in bitcoin.

Session

October 6 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts

Adam Shapiro
Director, Promontory Financial Group
Adam Shapiro is a director in Promontory Financial Group’s San Francisco Office and Promontory’s West Coast AML Lead. He helps his clients design efficient and effective AML and compliance programs and develop sound regulatory relations. Adam’s recent engagements include designing and implementing compliance and AML programs for Bitcoin companies, as well as helping them submit strong state licensing applications. He also has extensive experience advising prepaid firms and traditional money transmitters on compliance, risk and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Promontory in 2006, Adam worked for the U.K. Financial Services Authority for eight years, including serving as Chief of Staff to the Chairman.
Session

October 6 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations

Matt Slater
Co-Founder & CEO, Hedgy
Matt Slater is Co-founder & CEO of Hedgy, a marketplace for OTC bitcoin derivatives on the block chain. Hedgy has designed a smart contract used to hedge against bitcoin price volatility. It is a Boost VC incubated company, based in Silicon Valley and was born out of Matt’s experience trading and arbitraging bitcoin while completing his Masters in Finance this past year. Prior to Hedgy, Matt was President & Co-founder of Campus Ink Apparel, a full service custom apparel company acquired in 2013. Matt along with his team of bitcoin veterans, designers and engineers are excited about using the bitcoin block chain to re-imagine the way financial contracts are executed and settled.
Session

October 7 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Bitcoin Derivatives: The Future of Investment

David Smith
Bitcoin Investor, Bitcoin Bulls
David has been interviewed for CBS MoneyWatch and USA Today spreading the word about bitcoin. David Smith owns Bitcoin Bulls a site, helping bitcoin investors mitigate risks and access opportunities. Mr. Smith evangelizes bitcoin to everyone at So What’s Bitcoin.com and has educated congressional policy makers on bitcoin. Prior to becoming engrossed in bitcoin, Smith owned a mobile app development company. In his free time he enjoys playing Frisbee and basketball with his five year old son.
Session

October 6 | 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
How to Explain Bitcoin in Plain English

Gavin Smith
CEO, First Global Credit
Gavin Smith is the CEO of First Global Credit. FGC has created a trading platform where people who have mined or traded bitcoin use them as collateral to buy and sell over 100 well known stocks and stock markets. He has over 20 years’ experience working for banks, exchanges and large corporations in London and Geneva where his specialty is managing complex hedging requirements in financial and commodity markets. Gavin started his career in an Options risk management team for a Global Market Making company; responsible for both hedging the company exposure to risk as well as finding and taking advantage of inefficiencies in markets as they became available. More recently he has worked for a leading international commodities trading firm, defining hedging strategies that protect the business against market exposure in the fast moving commodity marketplace.
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Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
New Ideas in Bitcoin

P. Bart Stephens
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Crypto Currency Partners, LP
Bart Stephens is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Crypto Currency Partners, LP (“CCP”) a leading venture capital fund in the Bitcoin ecosystem. Crypto Currency Partners has invested in 24 Bitcoin start-ups and provides strategic advice, recruiting, capital, and access to a network of Bitcoin thought leaders, entrepreneurs and operating executives. Bart is also a co-founder and Managing Partner of Stephens Investment Management, LLC (SIM). Stephens Investment Management is family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart earned a BA degree in Political Science from Princeton University in 1997. While at Princeton, his academic work focused on the intersection of information technology and national security issues. Bart lives in Tiburon, California with his wife Amanda (P’94) and their two children.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Bitcoin Ecosystem Investing : Do’s and Dont’s

Brian Stoeckert
Chief Strategy Officer, CoinComply
Brian is the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinComply, a digital currency consultancy, offering the first and only end-to-end anti-money laundering program (AML) with a fully integrated know your customer and transaction monitoring platform solely dedicated for cryptocurrency companies, including Bitcoin. At CoinComply, he works with seed-stage, early stage, and later stage digital currency companies, venture capitalists, law firms, and financial institutions on Bitcoin AML compliance. Brian previously served as a strategy and management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in San Francisco, CA, advising executive management of money service businesses, financial institutions under consent orders, and international intelligence firms. Prior to Booz Allen, he served as Vice President for OneWest Bank, where he managed the AML M&A due diligence of three failed financial institutions purchased from the FDIC and developed a fully integrated enterprise-wide AML program. He serves as the Chair of the ACAMS Chapter Steering Committee, as Co-Chair of the ACAMS Northern California Chapter, and served as a founding Executive Board member of the ACAMS Southern California Chapter. Brian is also the recipient of the 2011 ACAMS Volunteer of the Year Award. He received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University.
Session

October 6 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Banking MSBs: A Compliance Officer’s Perspective

Marco Streng
CEO & Co-Founder, Genesis Mining
Coming from mathematics, Marco Streng became involved with Bitcoin by studying emerging and self-organising networks. He has taken part in the community since its earliest days and has invested in several Bitcoin related startups so far. He is also co-founder and CEO of Genesis Mining, the world’s largest scrypt hashpower provider, which enables users to mine Litecoin and all scrypt-based crypto-currencies by renting the most efficient hardware and infrastructure.
Session

October 7 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Crypto Currency Mining: A 360 Industry Perspective

Wes Swenson
CEO, C7
Wes is a man of action – which explains his love of high-adventure hiking and biking. After you meet him, you’ll realize why he’s an ideal leader for C7. His vision is an integral part in setting and achieving corporate strategies, where he implements his knowledge from over 25 years of experience in the high-tech market.
Session

October 7 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Vadim Telyatnikov
CEO, AlphaPoint
Prior to AlphaPoint, Vadim was the Senior Vice President at OpenX Lift. Ranked #7 in the Forbes Americas Most Promising Companies of 2013 List, OpenX is a global leader in digital and mobile advertising technology, serving four trillion ad impressions in 2012. Before its acquisition by OpenX in February 2012, Vadim was the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of LiftDNA, a digital ad exchange platform focused on managing online publisher ad revenue by making real time pricing predictions for over 10 Billions Ads Per Month.
An active Angel investor and entrepreneur, Vadim is also a founder of Admire Capital, a systematic value and activist hedge fund; a board member to EasyCopay, a smarter way to pay for prescription drugs; and a board member to Independence LED, a LED tube manufacturer.
Session

October 7 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World

Michael Terpin
Chairman & Co-Founder, BitAngels & CEO, SocialRadius/Transform
Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels, 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 500 members, and it has made more than a dozen investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies in its first year. Terpin is also founder and CEO of SocialRadius, one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms, and Transform Public Relations, a global digital PR firm. The Firm currently represents more Bitcoin companies than any other PR firm in the world, including Bitcoin Shop, CrossCoin Ventures, Cryptex Card, KnCMiner, Kraken, MaidSafe, and Mastercoin. SocialRadius/Transform is headquartered in Las Vegas, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006. Terpin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo and degrees in Newspaper Journalism and English Literature from Syracuse University, where he serves as an advisor to its top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications and was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in 2000. Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including Cryptex Card, GoCoin, Liquipel, Revenue.com, Rivetz, Stockr, Sverve, Walls360, XFire and YouMail.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Bitcoin Ecosystem Investing : Do’s and Dont’s

Tone Vays
Blogger, Trader, Risk Analyst, Former VP, Bear Stearns and JPMorgan Chase
Tone is the creator of the blog LibertyLifeTrail.com which focuses on financial independence, privacy and self responsibility. A former risk analyst at Bear Sterns and JP Morgan Chase, he is currently involved in creating risk analysis software for investment funds. He discovered bitcoin in early 2013 and immediately began promoting its sound Economic principles. Today he is a Market Maker at the NYC Bitcoin Center’s physical exchange and is a proud owner of one of the 4500 small business listed on CoinMap.org. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology.
Sessions

October 5 | 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Workshop 3: Bitcoin Trading and Analysis Fundamentals

October 6 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts

Bryce Weiner
Director of Cryptoeconomy Engineering, Blockchain Technology Group
Bryce is the Director of Cryptoeconomy Engineering at Blockchain Technology Group (aka Blocktech). He is a cryptocurrency maven and educator whose analysis and discussions of blockchain technology are followed by thousands of people worldwide from common investors to members of the U.S. Treasury Department, and he is frequently sought out for large-scale cryptocurrency implementation projects. He has 20 years of tech industry experience ranging from Data Analysis at Thomson Reuters, to Classified Engineering Projects at Lockheed Martin.
Session

October 6 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
The Future of Altcoins

Stanislav Wolf
VP Product Development, Yacuna AG
Stanislav Wolf is VP Product Development of Yacuna AG, an upcoming all-in-one solution for digital currency users, based in Switzerland. Stanislav has a passion for digital currencies, was the co-founder of the first bitcoin conference in Germany and is one of the organizers of the World-Bitcoin-Forum. He explored the possibilities of digital currencies during his studies at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and was one of the first bitcoin users in Germany.
Session

October 6 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
The Future of Altcoins

Harry Yeh
Managing Partner, Binary Financial
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.
Session

October 6 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Bitcoin Ecosystem Investing : Do’s and Dont’s