Founder, Argentinian Bitcoin Foundation and Co-Founder, Global Bitcoin Alliance
Owner of CESYT, the first college in the world to take Bitcoin (since early 2012), Rodolfo is a key member in the Latinamerican Bitcoin Ecosystem. He is founder of the Argentinean Bitcoin Foundation, the Bitcoin Center Buenos Aires, hoster of the Latin American Bitcoin Conferences, and co-founder of the Global Bitcoin Alliance.
He is a serial entrepreneur, since 1997, with his first project named “Bitcoins” (bitcoins.com), now turned into a Bitcoin 2.0 startup called Amiko “Friends of your brand”, and also working in two other bitcoin startups: bitcoinear.me, “The most simple, fair and secure way to buy bitcoins” and the Bitcoin Time Capsule, the first ever of it´s kind and capable of showing the full scope of Bitcoin capabillities beyond the store of value to the mainstream audience.
CEO & Founder, ProDataLab
Peter Alexander has been an entrepreneur managing companies and employees for most of the past 28 years.
Peter is self-taught and has a very capable and comprehensive ability in the domain of computer science. Being an autodidact, he has had front-line experiences in the un-needed complexity and in-flexibility of current software systems. Peter is determined to change the current paradigm to a more practical, intuitive and efficient one.
He recently released a whitepaper titled “Proposal for a Modern Software Ecosystem”. Utilizing state-of-the-art crypto currency technologies and an unconventional programming model, a complete paradigm shift in technology production is possible. Time-to-market for all software developers could decrease by a hundredfold. The innovations presented, Peter believes, will change the way all computing is produced and consumed in the future.
Lastly, he is strong participant in, and advocate for, open source software and its 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.
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!
Founder, Satoshi Fantasy
Satoshi Fantasy is a distributed autonomous fantasy football game. Jay is a high frequency trading developer and decentralized cryptotoken application expert. He was the high stakes fantasy football league winner in 2013.
Founder and CEO, Digital Currency Council (DCC)
David Berger is the Founder and CEO of the Digital Currency Council (DCC), the leading provider of digital currency-related training, certification, and continuing education. Mr. Berger is an attorney with extensive experience in finance in the United States and Asia. He has a passion for building professional networks that support members’ advancement with actionable commercial insight.
Prior to launching the DCC, Mr. Berger was the CEO Americas at Campden Wealth, the parent company of the Institute for Private Investors – the premier decision support network for ultra high net worth investors and family offices. Mr. Berger is also the founder of Private Investor Collective, a Hong Kong-based network for sophisticated private investors, and played a key role in the development of two network-based advisory firms for CEOs in Asia Pacific. He also founded Asia Executive Solutions, a Hong Kong-based strategy consulting firm, where his clients included SecondMarket, Corporate Executive Board, and NPD Group.
Prior to his career in finance, Mr. Berger was an attorney in the Washington DC office of the global law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he focused on securities law. Mr. Berger also spent two years at the United States Department of Justice. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Emory University.
Founder & CEO, Noble Markets
John Betts is the founder and CEO of Noble Markets, the digital currency marketplace powered by Nasdaq. John’s career spans over two decades in technology and finance where he has been active in driving adoption of emerging technologies to solve mainstream business challenges and innovating new products and markets. For the past 12, years John focused on FinTech where he has held senior trading and technology roles at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and UBS, and has been an active entrepreneur in FinTech startups including Corvil and Strevus. Prior to that, John was a management consultant for leading multinationals in Europe and co-founder of an Internet Service Provider that he eventually sold which became UUNET Africa. John’s interests in digital currencies and blockchain technology stem from the combination of his experiences in internet, trading, regulation and how blockchain represents the confluence of these trends into a powerf
Founder and President, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Perianne M. Boring is the founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the first D.C. based trade association dedicated to promoting digital currency 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, Perianne served as an economic analyst in network cable news. Additionally, she worked as a legislative analyst on Capitol Hill, advising on finance, economics, tax policy and healthcare policy.
Executive Director, Coin Center
Jerry Brito is executive director of Coin Center, a nonprofit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency technologies such as Bitcoin. He also serves as adjunct professor of law at George Mason University. Jerry is the coauthor of Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers, as well as other scholarly work on the regulation of cryptocurrencies. He has testified before Congress twice on cryptocurrencies, and he has held numerous briefings for and consultations with policy makers. His op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and elsewhere.
Management Consultant, Growthink
Luke is a management consultant with the investment bank Growthink, focusing on strategic growth initiatives for low to middle market companies with $3-50 million in yearly revenue, primarily in the technology, medical, and internet sectors. He also runs Growthink’s Investor Prep Bootcamps, manages projects, and conducts pitch deck and business development training. Luke was instrumental in doing the research and implementing bitcoin payments for Growthink in January, 2015. Prior to working at Growthink, Luke was the Director of Client Services for Tony Robbins and Chet Holmes at Business Breakthroughs International.
Luke is a former entrepreneur who started and sold three companies in the banking, telecommunication, and distribution industries.
He is also a Visiting Entrepreneur at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He teaches business planning using the Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup methods. He has worked with students in the USC Entrepreneur Club, USC Summer Accelerator and Blackstone Launchpad. In addition, he was a Mentor at South by Southwest Vegas to Venture.
Luke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a minor in Psychology from Pepperdine University and a certificate in Internet Marketing from HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing University.
Seasoned Executive, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor
With studies in Business Administration and Marketing by UDLA and ITAM, in the early nineties was hired by Microsoft in Latin America to develop the early stages of the software market in the region. In 1999 was recognized by Expansion business magazine on its cover as one of the key Internet people in Mexico. Following his strong entrepreneurial spirit in 2002 focused on Angel Investment for technology startups and later to collaborate in Visionaria, the first VC and business accelerator in México where he founded Axeleratum.com one of the most respected Startup and SMB community with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. In most recent years Joel Cano has engaged with startup incubation as a Mentor in Wayra from Telefonica and Startup Mexico from INADEM and he is an active investor and advisor in the Bitcoin ecosystem. He is now in charge of Operations for meXBT a leading cryptocurrency exchange in Latin America.
Senior Columnist, The Wall Street Journal and Co-Author, The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order
Michael J. Casey is senior columnist covering global finance at The Wall Street Journal, where his “Horizons” columns are frequently published. He is also a regular host of the AM News Hub show on WSJ Live. In a career spanning Perth, Bangkok, Jakarta, Buenos Aires and New York, he has covered currencies, bonds, equities and economic policy for Dow Jones Newswires, The Journal and as a guest commentator at multiple major media outlets. Michael is the co-author, along with Paul Vigna, of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order. He has also written two prior books: The Unfair Trade, about the global dimensions of the financial crisis, and Che’s Afterlife, on the international impact of Alberto Korda’s iconic image of Che Guevara. He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has a Masters Degree from Cornell University.
Senior Manager, Financial Services Office, Ernst & Young LLP
Angus is a Senior Manager in EY’s Regulatory Compliance Technology practice in New York and coordinates the firm’s global cross-competency Digital Asset Working Group, which provides advisory services to both traditional financial services clients and startups on blockchain and consensus technologies. In the last five years Angus has specialized in anti-money laundering remediations at top tier banks working with a number of regulatory authorities, and consequently has a strong understanding of their unwritten expectations. He has led teams that have established industry leading AML practices in the financial sector, including the development of customized technology to address tactical and strategic compliance needs. Angus also serves on the Advisory Panel for LibraTax, the first comprehensive tax and accounting software solution for digital currencies, and writes for Consumers Research on digital currencies.
Founder and COO, Bitwage
Jonathan is the Founder & COO of Bitwage, Bitcoin’s first formal payroll company dedicated to streamlining payrolls and payments to international workers. Jonathan previously worked at Oracle, where he led the open source sales division in Iowa and Kansas, working with large corporations such as Payless and Epic. Bitwage helps employees and contractors in the United States and around the world receive their wages in Bitcoin, with or without their employers signing up. Employers using the Bitwage system streamline their Bitcoin payroll process and have easier ways to pay all international employees.
Director of Institutional Client Group (ICG), itBit
As the head of itBit’s ICG team, Bobby provides tailored client relationship trading services to itBit’s global network of institutional clients. Previously, Bobby was Vice President of Trading and a Municipal Securities Principal at Secondmarket where he specialized in the trading of numerous asset classes, most notably bitcoin and asset-backed securities. Bobby helped create the first broker-dealer based institutional bitcoin trading desk. He has extensive experience in both bitcoin and securities trading with clientele ranging from Fortune 500 companies, hedge funds, asset managers and other financial institutions. He also serves as a Mentor to Plug and Play Tech Center’s startup accelerator program. Bobby holds a degree in Business Administration from Villanova University.
Founder, Seven Advisory and Board Director and Secretariat, DATA (Digital Asset Transfer Authority)
Constance serves on the boards of several digital currency companies and advises startups and traditional financial institutions in global financial regulations, licensing and compliance, government advocacy, corporate restructuring, and strategic market development for digital currencies and distributed cryptographic ledger technologies. One of the founders and Board Directors of DATA, the self-regulatory organization for digital currency firms comprised of over 40 companies worldwide, Constance spearheads sound public policy and the development of best practices for these emerging technologies.
Prior to these roles, Constance served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Kraken, where she helped transform a software development startup into a globally respected financial institution. Constance is a member of the California State Bar, holds a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, and undergraduate degrees from Brown University and University of Cambridge.
She formerly practiced at Kirkland & Ellis, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Perkins Coie, focusing on internet law, IP law, privacy, data security, consumer protection and constitutional rights.
CEO and Co-Founder, Spondoolies-Tech
Guy Corem is the CEO and co-founder of leading Bitcoin mining ASIC manufacturer Spondoolies-tech. Guy has a broad mix of professional experience that ranges from founding start-ups, through working in the corporate world for Intel and Voltaire, to consulting projects where clients covered the full spectrum of start-ups and established companies. Guy’s foremost expertise is in leading open source development teams in the areas of ASIC, drivers and firmware.
Global Editor in Chief, Reuters Breakingviews
Rob Cox has been the Global Editor of Reuters Breakingviews in New York City since 2012. Rob is an entrepreneurial journalist who co-founded and built financial commentary website, Breakingviews.com, which was sold to Thomson Reuters in 2009. Rob has worked as a journalist in the United States, UK, Italy and Japan, and travels extensively to meet business leaders, government officials and investors worldwide. Rob oversees an award-winning team of columnists in New York, London, Hong Kong, Madrid, Beijing, Dubai, Singapore, Chicago and Washington. Four years after founding Breakingviews in London in 2000, Rob spearheaded its expansion in the United States and edited daily columns in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Breakingviews columns continue to appear in influential newspapers globally and are distributed on premium Thomson Reuters platforms everywhere.
CTO & Co-Founder, BitGo
Ben Davenport is CTO and co-founder of BitGo Inc, as well as an active angel investor in Bitcoin companies. He previously co-founded Beluga, which was acquired by Facebook and became the basis for Facebook Messenger.
Chief Economist, Humint
Pete Earle sits on the Advisory Board of Lumen, an early stage game technology firm; he is also the Chief Economist of Humint, a global cryptocurrency development consultancy. He has spent nearly two decades trading equity, derivative, commodity and currency markets, most recently managing the Asian and night FX desk at R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management. Pete has also consulted on the building and management of several large game economies, most notably for Red 5 Studios (Firefall) and Machine Zone (Game of War: Fire Age). He has published numerous articles on economic history and spontaneous order, and is the author of “A Century of Anarchy: Neutral Moresnet through the Revisionist Lens”, published in 2014. A current part-time graduate student, he has a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA.
Executive Director, Bitcoin Foundation
Bruce Fenton is the founder and President of Atlantic Financial which, in 1994 became the first full service investment firm to use the Internet. Prior to Atlantic Financial Bruce was with Morgan Stanley and has specialized in emerging technologies and emerging markets. He is also Managing Director of a subsidiary of the company which focuses on emerging markets economic consulting.
Bruce has completed over $4.5 billion in transactions and served as an advisor to large government funds, investment firms, high net worth individuals and charitable organizations. Bruce lives half of the year in the Middle East and has spoken at MIT, Tony Robbins, the Global Competitiveness Forum and other major events and has been quoted by the Wall St. Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and others.
Bruce is a lifetime member of the Bitcoin Foundation and a founding member of the Bitcoin Association, an industry advocacy group.
Partner, Securities Litigation and White Collar Defense Group, Privacy and Data Security Practice, Goodwin Procter LLP
Grant Fondo, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Litigation Department and a member of its Securities Litigation & White Collar Defense Group and its Privacy & Data Security Practice, represents technology, life sciences and venture capital clients in a wide range of contested matters. An experienced federal prosecutor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California, Mr. Fondo has significant experience conducting trials and appeals in state and federal courts, as well as representing clients before administrative agencies. He focuses his practice on white collar, class action and securities litigation, SEC enforcement proceedings, whistleblower claims, M&A due diligence and litigation, privacy matters, internal investigations, trade secret litigation and licensing and contractual disputes. He joined Goodwin Procter in 2013. Grant is the lead editor of Digital Currency Perspectives, a new blog that chronicles industry news, including regulatory developments and other issues affecting the digital currency industry.
CEO and Founding Member, SolidX Partners
Daniel is the CEO and a founding member of SolidX Partners Inc. He has ten years of investing and trading experience, having worked previously as a proprietary trader and as an investment professional in the long/short equity hedge fund industry where his areas of focus included semiconductors, semiconductor capital equipment, IT hardware, software and telecommunications. Daniel was an investment professional at BeaconLight Capital and, prior to that, at Alson Capital Partners. Daniel has worked on several bitcoin-related private investments and bitcoin-related projects, and speaks regularly at hedge funds and investment banks on the topic of bitcoin. Daniel earned an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BA in Physics and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Daniel is a CFA Charterholder.
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.
CEO, 112 BIT LLC
Juan Garavaglia is CEO of 112 BIT LLC, the largest vendor of Bitcoin Mining hardware in the USA. He is also VP of Business Development at Microelectronics Technology Company (MELYD:OTC), owners of a large mining operation and the first audited mining pool BTC Pool Party. Juan is an early adopter of Bitcoin and has been involved in Bitcoin mining assisting the largest mining operations in USA/Canada to start and to expand their operations.
Eric Grill stands at the forefront of the intersection of bitcoin technology and financial services. He has spent the last year evangelizing for the massive adoption of bitcoin technology, and has positioned his company as a leader in the bitcoin kiosk space. Always on the lookout for new growth opportunities, Grill has proven that a lot can be accomplished with a little.
The US Navy veteran and former financial services software developer and project manager brings twenty-five years of software development to the table. Grill has worked for Credit Suisse, Reuters, Nielson Media Research, Northpoint Solutions, Blackstone, Delta Hedge.
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.
Co-Founder and CEO, BitMex (Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange)
Arthur Hayes obtained his BA in Economics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Subsequently he moved to Hong Kong where worked as an equity derivatives trader for Deutsche Bank and Citigroup for 5 years. Arthur made markets on the Hong Kong and Singapore stock exchanges on 50+ Exchange Trade Funds (ETFs). In January 2014, BitMEX – Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange was formed. BitMEX through its financial products helps eliminate price volatility for businesses accepting and using Bitcoin. Arthur used his experience trading in the traditional financial markets to help create a professional Bitcoin derivatives exchange. BitMEX opened its doors in November of 2014 and is fast becoming the exchange where professional investors trade Bitcoin and cryptocurrency derivatives.
Editor in Chief, American Banker
Marc Hochstein became the Editor in Chief of American Banker in July 2014. He joined the publication in 1998 as a reporter covering mortgages and has steadily added responsibility over the years. At one time or another he has overseen American Banker’s coverage of consumer finance, payments, and community banking; the vibrant opinion blog BankThink; the wildly popular Morning Scan newsletter; and the reinvigoration of SourceMedia’s mortgage publications. Marc was responsible for some of the earliest serious coverage of Bitcoin anywhere and chaired SourceMedia’s successful Digital Currencies conference in July.
Partner, Akerman LLP
Christopher Hopkins is a partner with Akerman LLP with extensive trial and appellate experience. Christopher’s practice frequently involves emerging technologies such as crypto currency, cloud computing, drones, e-discovery, internet crimes, privacy, and social media. Mr. Hopkins published a law article on bitcoin back in 2011 and recently wrote a second article about bitcoin regulation in 2014. He personally owns bitcoin. Mr. Hopkins represents alt coin developers, investors, and a bitcoin ATM company. He has degrees from the University of Richmond (B.A.), Wesley Theological Seminary (Master’s), and Tulane Law School (J.D.).
Cedric Jeanson serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of BitSpread Ltd founded in 2014 delivering enhanced returns on Bitcoin investment trading strategies. He runs the Trading strategies, and oversees the executive, strategic and operational aspects of the firm. Before 2014, Cedric served as the Chief Operating Officer for Equity Derivatives at Nomura International where he set up algorithmic and complex event processing trading infrastructures for online and on-exchange trading. Prior to this, Cedric headed several trading desks at JPMorgan, BNP Paribas and Barclays in fixed income and equity derivatives.
He received his M.Sc. in Finance from HEC 1997, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from ISEP, and M.Sc. in Advanced Systems from Brunel University and also holds a B.A in Economics from Brunel University 1995.
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.
Contributor, CNBC’s Fast Money and Founder & Managing Member, Brian Kelly Capital LLC
Brian Kelly is an investor, author, and financial markets commentator. He is an expert in global financial markets, macro-economics and digital currencies. Brian Kelly has over twenty years experience in financial markets and is the author of the book The Bitcoin Big Bang – How Alternative Currencies are About to Change the World. He is a CNBC contributor and can be seen regularly on Fast Money.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he received a BS in Finance. He also holds an MBA from Babson Graduate School of Business with a concentration in finance and econometrics.
A passion for investments and entrepreneurship has led Brian to start several successful investment businesses. His most recent start-up BKCM LLC is a global investment management firm specializing in Global Macro and Currency investing.
Prior to BKCM LLC, was co-founder and Managing Partner of Shelter Harbor Capital LLC and managed the Shelter Harbor Capital Global Macro Hedge Fund. As well, Mr. Kelly was a co-founder and President of MKM Partners, a brokerage firm catering to institutional investment managers.
Brian provides money management services to a select clientele, consults on digital currencies and is available for speaking engagements.
Executive Director, Bitcoin Alliance of Canada and Director, Global Bitcoin Alliance
Kyle Kemper is an Ottawa-based business consultant and passionate bitcoin evangelist. Kyle is the Executive Director of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada and a Director of the Global Bitcoin Alliance. For his work in the space Kyle has been featured on major Canadian radio, broadcast, and print media as well as the majority of Bitcoin outlets for his work in the space. Kyle has also worked closely with the Canadian Senate Committee on banking, trade, and commerce and appeared before it in April of 2014. Kyle has a BCOMM degree from Dalhousie’s University. Follow Kyle on twitter @kylekemper.
Peter Kirby, president of Factom, the first usable blockchain technology to solve real world business problems, works with leaders in financial services, government, law and security to address the most complex data security issues throughout the globe using distributed ledger technology.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Peter has spent the past 15 years involved in numerous successful early-stage technology companies, and brings a deep knowledge of business development and community based marketing in the technology sector to his role at Factom. As a leader in the blockchain space, Peter has run multi-million dollar operations and been the driving force behind major projects delivering products to market. His expertise has made Peter a sought-after speaker throughout the globe, as well as a trusted source to leading outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and numerous other industry trade publications.
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.
Lead Developer, Augur
Joey attended Pomona College where he studied Computer Science, before leaving to to focus full time on Augur. Joey has spent most of his life honing his programming skills, and has an in-depth knowledge of Bitcoin Core. He conducted the first Bitcoin transaction via sound. Recently, Joey and Jack completed Sidecoin, which allows new crypto-currency distributions to be based on a “snapshot” of Bitcoin account balances.
Gary Le is a Co-founder of Moneta. Moneta is a next-generation cryptocurrency with a vision to be a better version of Bitcoin – significantly faster, significantly more private, and significantly more democratic. Moneta is the world’s first cryptocurrency to have successfully implemented the ZeroCoin protocol, solving Bitcoin’s privacy problems. Gary studied at Dartmouth College, but dropped out to be a fellow in the Thiel Fellowship program. He is passionate about new technologies.
Founder and CEO, Huobi
Leon Li is the founder and CEO of Huobi. He is responsible for corporate strategy, product planning, team building, and investor relations. He graduated from Tsinghua University with a master’s in automation engineering. He went on to work at Oracle and then became an entrepreneur in 2009, founding Friend Network and Renrenzhe social e-commerce business. In 2013 he founded Huobi, one of the world’s most influential digital currency companies. Huobi is committed to leading the development and innovation of the digital currency industry worldwide. Huobi’s business includes Huobi.com, the first zero-fee bitcoin trading platform; BitVC.com, which offers margin trading, futures trading, and interest-bearing coin saving accounts; Quickwallet.com, China’s first multi-signature bitcoin wallet; BitYes.com, a USD trading platforms; and Digcoin.com, a comprehensive hosted bitcoin mining platform. Huobi has a professional, experienced team and has received venture capital investment from Sequoia Capital China, Zhenfund, and other major investors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chairman and CEO, TeraExchange
Christian Martin, Chairman & CEO directs overall management and strategy of TeraExchange – a CFTC regulated exchange.
A former market maker and proprietary fixed income trader he co-founded TeraExchange with the goal of addressing the rapidly evolving needs of derivatives market participants in the post Dodd-Frank environment as well as driving the firm to establish critical capital markets infrastructure for the global Bitcoin ecosystem. Earlier in his career, Mr. Martin spent more than 20 years in senior trading and management positions at Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, where he managed trading desks across rates, credit, financing and securities lending transactions.
He started his career on the floors of the New York Stock Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the Singapore Mercantile Exchange.
CEO, Boone Martin
Sarah leads Boone Martin, where she directs public affairs and communications. She specializes in mobile payments and digital currency and focuses on emerging markets. Sarah writes regularly about bitcoin and public policy and is dedicated to raising awareness about digital currency worldwide.
Previously, Sarah served as VP of Communications and Business Development at Fanclub Studios, an LA-based digital distribution company. She led internal and external messaging and directed successful M&A negotiations.
Before founding Boone Martin, Sarah spent ten years overseas in Asia, Africa, and Latin America/the Caribbean as a public policy analyst for the: US Dept of State, US Dept of Defense, USAID, UN, Harvard School of Public Health, and Princeton University.
Financial Blogger and Author of Great Credit Contraction
Trace Mayer is an entrepreneur, investor, journalist, monetary scientist and ardent defender of the freedom of speech with degrees in Law and Accounting. He has studied Austrian Economics focusing on the work of Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises and operates the privacy blog How To Vanish.
He was among the first popular bloggers to publicly recommend Bitcoin in its infancy with a market cap under $2m and well before its massive rise over $2.5B in April 2013. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Bitcoin Magazine which receives millions of visitors per year and has presented on Bitcoin, both objectively and persuasively, to a wide variety of audiences including members of the Federal Reserve, Bundesbank, major financial institutions, HNWIs, IRS, FBI, conferences and many others.
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 & CEO, Veritaseum
Reggie Middleton has spent the last year bringing to the market a peer to peer swap platform called Veritaseum. The platform provides an opportunity for any two parties to speculate on any financial asset and set their rules for notional amounts and time to expiration. The collateral used in trades is bitcoin so the platform can function independently without any middlemen standing in the way of financial transaction. Prior to working on Veritaseum Reggie maintained a very popular blog called BumBustBlog along with a very successful Research arm servicing thousands of investors and traders. As a Financial Analyst Reggie has participated in several of CNBC’s stock draft competitions winning in both 2013 and 2014. He is often seen interviewed on all the major financial shows like Keiser Report, Boom Bust, Bloomberg and CNBC, and is on record for perfectly calling turning points like the housing crisis in 2007 and a 50% fall in Apple’s stock price as it hit $700 in 2012.
Founder, Leverage Holdings
David Miller has a background in electronics, Forex trading and network security. He is a former Cisco Academy Instructor and Microsoft Data Center Engineer.
Leverage Holdings is focused in the development of trading applications utilizing crypto-currencies. We are currently exploring the facilitation of price discovery for major players in the realms of bitcoin, oil and gold futures.
CISSP, Chair, CNP Payment Forum and Founder, Alina Consultants
Ashok Misra, CISSP has built e-commerce 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 e-commerce 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).
Partner, Global Advisors (Jersey) Limited
Jean-Marie is a partner at Global Advisors (Jersey) Limited. Jean-Marie is registered with the NFA as a Principal, an Associated Person, and an NFA associated member of GAJL and is approved as a Key Person of GAJL by the JFSC. After 15 years in the commodity space, Jean-Marie and his two partners made an all but discrete entry in the bitcoin ecosystem by launching the first regulated investment vehicle targeting institution investors. Previous to Global Advisors, Jean-Marie worked as a commodity trader at Hermes Fund Managers and Lehman Brothers, among others. Jean-Marie holds a MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from the Sir John Cass Business School, London (2009), an MSc in Bank-Finance-Insurance (2008) and a Degree (BSc) in Economics (2007) from the University Paris X, France.
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.
Founder and CEO, Pantera Capital Management
Dan founded Pantera Capital Management in 2003. He also co-founded and was CEO of Atriax, a $100 million currency trading platform with 110 employees in London, New York, and Tokyo. Prior to that, he was Head of Macro Trading and CFO at Tiger Management, Global Head of FX Options at Deutsche Bank in London, and managed a $500 million global macro fund and the derivatives trading units in North America and Japan at Bankers Trust. Dan graduated from Princeton University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, and received the Carmichael Prize for the most outstanding thesis in civil engineering.
Partner and Head of Trading, SolidX Partners
David has a decade of international business and financial market experience and currently is the Head of Trading at SolidX Partners Inc., where he addresses bespoke swaps and other derivative products on behalf of institutional investors seeking exposure to alternative asset classes. He has significant trading expertise in equities, derivatives and foreign currencies and in using fundamental and quantitative analysis to invest on a global basis. He previously was at Millennium Management LLC and served as the head trader and analyst for one of their equity relative value portfolio teams. David has a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from the USC Marshall School of Business and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Founder, BTC Launch & Bond Manager, Alpha Surety Brokerage
Brian Nelson is the lead Bond Manager at Alpha Surety Brokerage, which is the premier surety bond brokerage for money service businesses, including digital currency companies. In this position he has worked with FinTech companies ranging from startups in the Bitcoin space to billion dollar electronic payments companies. Brian is also the founder of BTC Launch where he manages many decentralized application projects covering topics such as MSB compliance, capital raising and blockchain technology education. Brian was introduced to Bitcoin in 2010, but like most, he didn’t see the vision. However, after watching the progress of Bitcoin for a few years he decided to get actively involved in early 2013 and now dedicates his time to the progress of decentralized applications in an effort to strengthen the global economy.
Managing Director, Rosenblatt Securities
Garrett Nenner offers unique expertise within portfolio management, trading, operations and trading technology and is known for his combined experiences in fund management, brokerage and business development. He is a trading infrastructure and market structure specialist with a deep focus on improving execution for institutions.
Previously, Garrett served as MD of Global Markets & Market Structure at Momentum Trading Partners, and built the original trading desk and managed a large high-volume quantitative stat-arb portfolio at Millennium Partners hedge fund. Later, he was recruited by Lehman Brothers to work on further commercializing the RealTick trading/order management platform for high-volume fundamental, quantitative and agency B/D clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Brazil.
Mr. Nenner is also a visiting instructor at the New York Institute of Finance, and asked to speak at noted graduate masters programs. He is a recognized expert commentator, and presenter, keynote speaker and moderator at significant industry and academic conferences worldwide focused on market structure, trading and trading technology, and on the effects of regulation on portfolio strategy and the industry.
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.
Technology Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, and Crypto Currency Executive
Will O’Brien is a seasoned technology entrepreneur and executive with deep expertise in bringing innovative and disruptive businesses to market. He is also active in the early stage ecosystem, as an investor and advisor.
Will most recently co-founded and was CEO of BitGo, the leading bitcoin security company and a pioneer in multi-sig technologies. BitGo raised more than $14MM in venture financing.
Will was previously an executive at Big Fish Games (social casino, casual games) where he led Corporate and Business Development. Big Fish was acquired by Churchill Downs (NASDAQ: CHDN) in 2014.
Will also held leadership roles at TrialPay (in-app payments and advertising) acquired by Visa in 2015, Random Walk Computing (real-time trading technology) acquired by Accenture in 2006, 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 and in film. Will holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Will has dual citizenship in the US and Ireland.
Chief Executive Officer, Genesis Trading
Brendan O’Connor serves as the CEO of Genesis Trading and is responsible for executing the strategic vision for the company. Previously, he served as Managing Director for the Trading Team at SecondMarket, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations for the team, which was focused on trading fixed income securities and digital currencies. While serving as Managing Director for the Trading Team, Brendan was also a member of the firm’s senior management team and a member of the firm’s risk committee. Prior to joining SecondMarket, Brendan spent almost nine years working at AllianceBernstein L.P. where he served in a variety of key management and sales positions on both the buy side and the sell side. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, and holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Co-Founder and General Counsel, Epiphyte
Gabrielle is a UK & US lawyer specializing in cryptofinance and cryptonetworks. She is Co-Founder and General Counsel of Epiphyte. Epiphyte provides a middleware software solution that enables systems to interface with cryptofinancial networks in a controlled, secure manner, with built in regulatory compliance and security.
President, CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4)and Director, Bitcoin Alliance of Canada
Michael is President of CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium (C4), a non-profit organization dedicated to standards and certifications in the cryptocurrency industry. Michael is also a Director of the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, and President of Bitcoinsultants. With a background in digital forensics and information security, Michael Perklin is a recognized expert in cryptocurrencies and cybersecurity whose firm conducts cybersecurity audits and consultations. Michael’s expertise has been called upon by law firms, telecoms, and most recently the Canadian Senate’s Banking Committee on digital currencies.
Author, The Ultimate Bitcoin Business Guide
Kirk Phillips, aka the TheBitcoinCPA, is an entrepreneur and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) passionate about technology and the possibilities for bitcoin to disrupt, decentralize and bring transparency into the business world. He is author of “The Ultimate Bitcoin Business Guide,” a first of its kind inspirational business focused bitcoin book for entrepreneurs and business advisors coming soon in all mediums including audiobook. He weaves risk management into business process outsourcing, crypto business consulting and education.
He brings more than 15 years’ experience working with high-net worth business owner individuals in public accounting and private industry while launching multiple businesses including invizibiz.biz, a virtual accounting and back office subscription service. Kirk is a member of the curriculum committee of the DCC, Digital Currency Council. In addition, he recently obtained the Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP) designation issued by C4, the Crypto Currency Certification Consortium and holds multiple other designations including Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) to name a few. Kirk has immersed himself in bitcoin and blockchain technology and its currently only one of a handful of qualified CPA strategic advisors in the bitcoin and cryptocurrency space.
Founder and Managing Partner, Blockchain Capital
Brock is founder and managing partner at Blockchain Capital and is serial entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. Blockchain Capital has invested in more than 30 blockchain enabling technology companies. Pierce is also a founder, advisor, mentor, or board member of GoCoin, Tether, ZenBox, Blade Financial, Expresscoin, Noble Markets, BitGo, ChangeTip, BlockStreet, Coin Congress, and Plug and Play. He is a sought-after commentator on the Bitcoin economy and was elected to the Bitcoin Foundation Board in 2014. Pierce is the city leader of BitAngels Los Angeles and runs an AngelList top 10 Syndicate.
Chief Editor, BitcoinVOX
Francois is the CEO/Founder of BitcoinVOX, a Media Coverage of the Digital Currency World in English and in French. He got into the Bitcoin space in 2012 and has been excited to promote the disruptive potential of the technology in finance. He is an early stage Bitcoin enthusiast who focus on mainstreaming Bitcoin. He serves as a strategy advisor for several bitcoin companies and investors willing to develop their ROI. Francois has been involved in mining and he has developped a particular expertise in large-scale mining operations. Francois has experience with several industries such as Finance, Telecoms and Satellite. Francois is a former CFO with a Master Degree in Finance and a Master Degree in Business Law.
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.
CEO, Digital Currency Labs and Co-Founder, Wall Street Bitcoin Alliance
Ron is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur, with 25 years of experience in the financial services and technology sectors. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of Digital Currency Labs, a financial technology and strategic advisory firm which focuses on bridging the gap between the emerging world of digital currencies and Wall Street. He is co-creator of the Bitcoin Volatility Index (xBVIX), and also served as an advisor to Falcon Global Capital, one of the first bitcoin investment funds. In addition, he is co-founder of the Wall Street Bitcoin Alliance, an advocacy group whose mission is to guide and promote comprehensive adoption of digital currency technology across financial markets, as well as a member of the Digital Currency Council and the Beyond Bitcoin Expert Calling Network (BBECN). Prior to Digital Currency Labs, Ron served as CEO of DerivaTrust Technologies, a pioneering software and communications provider of secure transaction and information platforms for financial market participants. Before this he held a variety of roles at Thomson Reuters, the global news and information firm, culminating as Global Head of Trading Analytics. Ron holds an executive certificate in Information Systems and Technology from Villanova University, and an MBA in International Finance from St. John’s University.
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.
Founding Partner, Tally Capital
Mr. Roszak is Founder and CEO of Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on blockchain-based technologies and currencies. 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 serves on the boards of BitGive, Blockchain Capital, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Chicago Bitcoin Center, Dunvegan Space Systems, Factom and Robocoin, amongst others. He was also a producer of the first ever Bitcoin documentary, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.
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.
Chief Editor, CoinTelegraph
Allen is the Chief Editor and writer at CoinTelegraph. He is an avid traveler and Bitcoin-aficionado from New York City with a background in journalism and economics. Under his guidance, CoinTelegraph has grown from a small news blog to become one of the top news publications as well as the largest media group in Bitcoin. Allen has interviewed some of the most prominent experts, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders within the cryptocurrency space.
Digital Currency Market Maker, BitSpread
Ritika’s love for the new technology space and considerable experience in the financial industry sparked her keen involvement with digital currencies. At BitSpread Ltd, a company founded in 2014 delivering enhanced returns on Bitcoin investment trading strategies, Ritika works on the Sales strategies of the firm. Prior to BitSpread, Ritika worked on the Equity Derivatives Delta 1 Desk at Nomura International as a Trading Assistant managing the Desk’s primary market making activities and looking after operational aspects involving management of Risk and PnL. She started her career in the Prime Brokerage division in Lehman Brothers in London.
Ritika received her M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics in 2007, an M.A. in Politics and International Relations from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, and a B.A in Political Science from Presidency College, Calcutta, India.
Digital Currency Lawyer, Androit Lawyers and Global Strategy Director, igot
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.
Professor of Law, New York Law School
Houman is a Professor of Law at New York Law School and influential expert in financial law who specializes in hedge funds, derivatives, startups, and cryptocurrencies. He is currently focusing on how blockchain technologies can contribute to the fintech ecosystem. Houman is a Director of the Center for Business and Financial Law and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions. He often advises corporations, financial institutions, and entrepreneurs on issues relating to compliance and operations.
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.
Founder, Digital Currency Group and Founder, SecondMarket
Barry Silbert is the Founder of Digital Currency Group, a company building the foundation for the digital currency revolution by investing, starting and growing companies in the Bitcoin space.
In addition, Barry also created the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private, open-ended trust that is invested exclusively in bitcoin and derives its value solely from the price of bitcoin. It enables investors to gain exposure to the price movement of bitcoin without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping bitcoins.
Barry is also one of the most prolific angel investors in the bitcoin space via his personal investment vehicle, Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., with investments in over 40 bitcoin-related companies, including BitGo, BitPay, BitPagos, BitPesa, Chain, Circle, Coinbase, Gyft, Kraken, Ripple Labs, TradeBlock, Unocoin and Xapo.
Prior to founding Digital Currency Group, Barry founded SecondMarket, a platform that enables private companies and investment funds to more efficiently raise capital and provide liquidity to their stakeholders by simplifying complex transaction workflows, streamlining investor onboarding and verifying that investors are accredited.
SecondMarket has received numerous accolades in recent years including being named by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer and has received honors from Forbes, Fast Company, Deloitte and other organizations. Barry has received several individual honors including being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain’s, and being selected to Fortune’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list.
Prior to founding SecondMarket in 2004, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Director of Strategic Initiatives, BitGo
Jonathan Silverman is the new Director of Strategic Initiatives at BitGo, Inc. Mr. Silverman is a former partner and co-¬founder of Sator Square Partners, one of the first Investment Managers to focus exclusively on actively managed strategies in Digital Currency. In 2013, Mr. Silverman was Head of Trading at Tradehill, Inc., a start¬up bitcoin exchange based in San Francisco. Prior to Tradehill, he traded Delta ¬One Equity Products at Morgan Stanley for the firm’s institutional client base. Mr. Silverman has been an active trader in Digital Currency since May 2011. Mr. Silverman received a B.S. degree in Biology from Duke University where he was Co-¬President of the Duke Investment Club. He has held Series 3, 7, 55, and 63 designations from FINRA.
CTO, HyprKey and Founder Bitcoin Security Project
Bojan is CTO at the Bitcoin startup HyprKey and founder of the Bitcoin Security Project. He is responsible for all engineering and technical management of HyprKey and has also performed penetration tests, threat modeling, and security code reviews of hundreds of software programs. Bojan has conducted research in the field of web application security, cryptography, and has experience doing developer training on web application best practices, architecture, and security.
Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP
Mr. Skarlatos represents clients in tax audits, civil tax litigation, sensitive tax issues, criminal tax investigations, voluntary disclosures and IRS whistle-blower matters. Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers states that Mr. Skarlatos is “extremely knowledgeable and very well connected to the various taxing authorities…Clients applaud him as being exceptionally brilliant at coming up with great outcomes.” Mr. Skarlatos is an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law where he teaches a course on Tax Penalties and he has taught several courses on tax procedure, penalties and ethics to various offices of the IRS. Mr. Skarlatos is co-chair of the annual NYU Tax Controversy Forum and chair of the annual Practicing Law Institute program on “Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties.” Mr. Skarlatos regularly speaks and publishes articles on the topics of civil tax litigation, tax penalties and criminal tax prosecutions and is frequently quoted in media outlets such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Barron’s, Reuters, Bloomberg, Tax Notes and the BNA Daily Tax Reporter. Mr. Skarlatos has been the chair of several tax committees at the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association and he is an elected Regent in the American College of Tax Counsel. He has been recognized in “Chambers USA”, “Best Lawyers of America”, where was selected as Lawyer of the Year for Tax Litigation in New York City and “New York Super Lawyers”, where he was selected as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys” in the New York Metro Area.
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. With in-depth knowledge both of IT and the business of market trading he was the driving force behind the team that delivered the hedging technology that managed the company’s far ranging positions in real-time.
Gavin founded FGC to bring capital market access to the altcoin community. And it is his expertise in risk minimisation and technical innovation that will allow the company grow and develop as a leader in this burgeoning field as the blockchain merges with the rest of the world financial landscape.
Dr. Smith oversees product design and business development as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Elliptic, a VC-backed custodian bank for the blockchain. Elliptic’s core product, Elliptic Vault is the world’s first insured and accredited bitcoin storage service.
Prior to Elliptic Dr. Smith was an options trader for market-making firms in the City of London. Dr. Smith has a computer science PhD from the University of Oxford in Natural Language Processing as well as a computer Science MPhil and BA from the University of Cambridge.
Director, Sales and Business Development, Grayscale Investments
Michael Sonnenshein joined Grayscale Investments in January 2014, where he is spearheading the sales and business development efforts on behalf of the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT), developing relationships with hedge funds, family offices, and other institutions. Prior to joining Grayscale, Mr. Sonnenshein was a financial advisor at JP Morgan Securities, covering HNW individuals and institutions. He also worked in a similar capacity at Barclays Wealth, providing coverage to middle-market hedge funds and institutions. Mr. Sonnenshein earned his Bachelors of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and is currently pursuing his MBA at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses.
Founder, Bitcoin Center NYC
Nick Spanos is the founder of Bitcoin Center NYC, the city’s only brick-and-mortar organization dedicated to further adoption of Bitcoin. From the center’s 40 Broad Street headquarters 100 feet from the NYSE, Nick directs all center functions including technology, finance, operations, and communications. Nick’s prior experience runs the gamut of commercial fishing, entertainment, real estate, philanthropy, and politics. Nick built his first computer in 1978 and is an Internet entrepreneur many times over. He first learned about Bitcoin in 2009 and today he has a wealth of contacts in the community’s growing circle of investors, developers, startups, activists, and legal experts.
Managing Partner, Stratis Advisory
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.
CEO and 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.
Chief Technology Officer, Coinsetter
Marshall Swatt is the Chief Technology Officer of Coinsetter. Marshall has deep experience with numerous startup ventures, as well as creating and managing the development of challenging and complex software systems for large corporations. Prior to Coinsetter, Marshall was a senior lead developer on the development and launch of Citigroup’s fully-rebuilt retail forex trading platform. Prior to that, Marshall led the design and development of Opt-Intelligence’s successful real-time advertising platform. Previously, he was a lead developer on the redevelopment of a real-time SMS inter-carrier messaging platform that was eventually sold to Real Networks, and he has worked on numerous software projects for companies such as Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Financial, Conde Nast, Digital Draft FCB, MRM Worldwide, Pixelpark A.G., Agency.com, Magnet Interactive, National Geographic Society, Mind’s Eye, MoMa, and Microsoft.
Marshall graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Prior to AlphaPoint, Vadim was Senior Vice President at OpenX Lift. Ranked #7 in the Forbes “America’s 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 OpenX, Vadim was the Founder & CEO of LiftDNA (acquired by OpenX), a digital ad exchange handling real-time pricing predictions for over 10 billion ads per month. Currently, Vadim is a board member of EasyCopay, a pharmacy payment platform, and a founder at Admire Capital, a systemic value and activist hedge fund.
Chairman, BitAngels, Partner, AngelList Bitcoin Syndicate and CEO, Transform Group
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 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 of the Bitcoin Syndicate, the largest bitcoin investor syndicate on AngelList. He has spoken widely on bitcoin at leading conferences, including Bitcoin 2014, BitFin, CoinSummit, Inside Bitcoins (Berlin, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, NY), North American Bitcoin Show, Satoshi Roundtable, South by Southwest, and TEDx Hollywood.
In addition, Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group, a marketing holding company that includes 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 ChangeTip, Factom, Gem, Synereo, and UnbreakableCoin, and has worked on projects for Bitcoin Shop, Counterparty, Gyft, KnCMiner, Kraken, MaidSafe, Mastercoin/Omni and Swarm. Transform Group is headquartered in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Santa Monica and Mountain View.
Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated 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 CoinVox, CommPro, eSpend, GoCoin, Liquipel, Revenue.com, Rivetz, Walls360, XFire and YouMail.
Co-Founder & Chief Start Up Officer, Seedcoin
Eddy Travia is the co-founder of Seedcoin, a global Bitcoin startup virtual incubator helping Bitcoin and Blockchain startups in the development of their services and products around the world since mid-2013. Seedcoin startups include wallets, exchanges, trading platforms, payment processors and software companies.
Eddy has been living in China and Hong Kong for the past ten years where he has managed private equity investment funds focusing on Greater China. Eddy has completed the Stanford Financial Engineering program in Hong Kong and has extensive experience in private equity, deal structuring, due diligence supervision and advising foreign funds and angel investors investing in emerging markets. Soon after learning about Bitcoin he decided to shift the focus of his investment actitivies to Bitcoin-centric startups, convinced of the great potential and disruptive power of the blockchain technology to transform our society.
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.
Co-Founder, MD – Professional Services and CISO, Armory Enterprise Security LLP
John co-founded Armory Enterprise Security LLC, a wholly owned division of Armory Technologies Inc, aimed at assisting clients in securing their Bitcoin crypto-currency assets. John leads the professional services division of this highly innovative Bitcoin startup. With nearly twenty years of IT security consulting, cryptography and secure payments expertise gained primarily in the financial services industry, John is uniquely positioned to bring a wealth of commercial / enterprise grade security capabilities to this exciting new field.
Prior to joining Armory, John was a Principal in Accenture’s technology consulting workforce, based in London. He was part of Accenture’s specialist security capability with over 17 years of consulting experience across multiple business and industry sectors.
John holds a B.Comp.Sci. and M.Comp.Sci. degree specialising in cryptography and information security. John is a full (founding) member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, IISP – M.Inst.ISP.
Founder and CTO, AlphaPoint
Joe Ventura has over 15 years of software architecture experience specializing in secure, scalable, and high performance financial systems. Joe previously worked for Mantara, where he successfully designed and implemented multiple large, complex, high speed, and low latency software systems for multiple financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Merrill Lynch, connecting to all major equity venues, such as the NYSE, NASDAQ, and DirectEdge. In addition, Joe architected PhotonTrader, a futures and options trading front end for FuturePath, a Chicago based brokerage connecting to CME, CBOT, NYMEX, COMEX, Eurex, Liffe, and BATS.
Vice President, Pantera Capital
Paul is currently Vice President at Pantera Capital and focuses on the firm’s venture investments. Since joining in 2014, Paul has helped to launch the firm’s second venture fund and has executed 9 investments. Paul is also a mentor at Boost VC, an accelerator in Silicon Valley started by Adam Draper and focused on seed stage Bitcoin companies, and a mentor at Golden Gate Ventures, an accelerator in Singapore. Prior to joining Pantera, Paul worked at Strive Capital as an Associate focusing on investments in the mobile space, including an early stage investment in App Annie. Previously, Paul was at Hatch Consulting and LECG and performed partnerships and growth for Urban Spoils, an early stage startup in the daily deal space.
Reporter, The Wall Street Journal and Co-Author, The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order
Paul Vigna is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, covering equities, the economy, and bitcoin for the Journal’s MoneyBeat blog. He is also the host of the Journal’s daily WebTV show, also called MoneyBeat. He is a regular guest on Fox Business network, “This Morning” radio show with Gordon Deal, and appears often on other media outlets. Paul is co-author, along with Michael J. Casey, of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order. He is a graduate of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn.
SVP of Operations, itBit
Steve Wager – SVP of Operations for itBit USA. Steve has significant experience in securities services through his 20 years of Custody; Product, Sales, Operations and Client Services roles, where he has managed businesses in the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and Canada. Prior to joining itBit, Steve was a Custody Product Head for Citibank’s Markets and Securities Services franchise, overseeing the Bank’s global and direct Custody platforms in both the United States and Canada. He is a leader in both financial services innovation and business development and is focused on helping itBit develop sustainable bitcoin 2.0 initiatives. Steve earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Business (Northwestern) and received his a B.A. in business administration from SUNY Albany.
Partner, Pantera Capital
Steve heads the venture investments for Pantera Capital. Steve is an entrepreneur whose experience spans the lifecycle of venture-backed startups. In 2000, he joined Infrasearch, a peer-to-peer search engine acquired by Sun Microsystems. He held several positions at Sun, including creating the Honeycomb storage product line. He co-founded RPX Corporation and helped grow it through IPO. He then co-founded Koru Ventures, an investment firm providing loans using IP as collateral. At Fortress Investment Group, he served as CTO of the IP finance group. Steve holds Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. degrees in engineering from Cambridge University, where he received the Isaac Newton prize for Ph.D. research.
Co-Founder & CEO, MintCombine
Rik Willard is Co-Founder and CEO of MintCombine, a Global Cryptocurrency Incubator and Decentralized Technology Lab headquartered in New York City. With portfolio companies and affiliates in the US, Africa, South America, MintCombine has fast become a leader in the digital currency space. Rik is an acknowledged pioneer in branded mediatech including DOOH and large-public screen projects, content production, CMS, mobile and social media with clients and productions including: MGM Resorts, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Lucent Technologies, Dictaphone, The World-Famous Apollo Theater, Couture designers (including Chado Ralph Rucci, Oscar de LaRenta and Kevan Hall), The French Ready-to-Wear Association (Pret-a-Porter) and others. He is a f eatured speaker for live appearances and on national television (from the Harvard Business School to CNN) concerning entrepreneurship and digital matters. He is also the Founder of the ON:21 Vision Series which explores digital interconnectedness, new entrepreneurship and creative financing within the nascent Cryptocurrency movement.
CEO and Founder, Gem
Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO and Founder of Gem, a simple and secure platform for blockchain developers. Gem’s mission is to empower individuals to be sovereign over their own assets, starting with bitcoin. An active Bitcoin community organizer and thought leader, Micah regularly speaks, moderates, and hosts at Bitcoin and startup events, and is co-organizer of the Los Angeles Bitcoin meetup group of over 1,000 members. Micah is also a significant contributor to the Bitcoin developer community as the author of MoneyTree, a popular open-source library used to create Bitcoin wallets and the first Ruby implementation of a Bitcoin HD wallet. Prior to his contributions to the Bitcoin world, Micah spent 10+ years developing software for companies including AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose.
Wu Jihan is a graduate of Peking University, holding degrees in both economics and psychology. Mr. Wu has been active in the Chinese Bitcoin community since 2011, co-founding 8btc.com and acting as translator for the Chinese version of Satoshi’s original whitepaper. In 2013, Mr. Wu founded Bitmain as the lead investor and director. Before joining the Bitcoin space, Wu was a financial analyst and investment manager at a private equity fund.
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.