2014 Austin Conference

March 5-6

The First Texas Bitcoin Conference™ was held on March 5-6 at the Circuit of the Americas Event center. The conference featured over 90 speakers and panelists, the first ever “Bitcoinert”, 1 Million Dollar Bitcoin 2.0 Hackathon, the “Bitcoin as a Force for Good” Charity Luncheon, and more. The Bitcoin conference was organized and executed from the members of the Bitcoin community in Austin Texas.

We believed in inclusion, and we are proud of the diversity of our speakers, audiences, and the wide range of perspectives presented.

We plan to continue the tradition with the 2015 Texas Bitcoin Conference.

Speakers

Please see a sample of our speaker lineup for 2014. View the entire speaker lineup for 2014.

  • Nnena Ukuku

    Partner, Venture Gained Legal

  • Nnena Ukuku

    Partner, Venture Gained Legal

    Nnena Ukuku is a partner at Venture Gained Legal (a boutique startup law firm) and the CEO and co-founder Black Founders Startup Ventures. She is passionate about helping startups navigate the regulatory worlds, including Bitcoin. Her clients encompass a wide range of industries that are atypical such as construction technology and Bitcoin payment platforms, to those that are more common such as social networking and fund formation. She is also an advisor with Hackers and Founders and is an affiliated scholar with Hastings Law School.

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  • Charlie Lee

    Creator, Litecoin

  • Charlie Lee

    Creator, Litecoin

    Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin, the most popular alternative currency to Bitcoin. He is a software engineer at Coinbase. Prior to joining Coinbase, he spent 6 years at Google working on YouTube Mobile, Chrome OS, and the Google Play Games platform. Charlie earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science from M.I.T.

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  • Catheryne Nicholson

    Founder, MommaZoo

  • Catheryne Nicholson

    Founder, MommaZoo

    Catheryne Nicholson is Founder of MommaZoo, a K-12 education company, and a soon-to-be-announced Bitcoin start-up. Catheryne is an engineer, entrepreneur, and mother. She has built energy and emissions management, CRM, and defense software for C3, Siebel Systems, and Northrop-Grumman. She graduated from the U.S Naval Academy and Stanford University and holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering, a MS in Environmental Engineering, a MBA, and is a registered PE in Mechanical Engineering.

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  • Catherine Bleish and John Bush

    Founder, TheBitMom.com Co-star/Co-Executive Producer, Sovereign Living

  • Catherine Bleish and John Bush

    Founder, TheBitMom.com Co-star/Co-Executive Producer, Sovereign Living

    Catherine Bleish of TheBitMom.com is a stay-at-farm mother of two young children and over 100 chickens in Southeast Austin. She is a vocal advocate for agorism, raising sovereign children, and sustainable living.

    Catherine obtained her Masters Degree in Public Administration / Nonprofit Management and serves as a consultant to grassroots organizations in the areas of strategic planning, team development and independent research. She is also an experienced event planner and enjoys putting on large conferences. Catherine accepts Bitcoin, Silver and barter for her services.

    John Bush was born and raised in Austin, Texas where he has become a notorious community activist. He has dedicated over a decade to promoting the ideals of a free society through grassroots mobilization campaigns, speaking on liberty issues across the country, and building alternative institutions.

    Well versed in precious metals and the barter economy, John has taken a keen interest in Bitcoin, launching a media, marketing, and consulting firm called SovereignBTC, and producing a weekly Bitcoin podcast with the same name.

    John is also the editor and operator of The Liberty Beat, a daily radio news service which operates entirely on bitcoin. John and his wife sell chickens and eggs for Bitcoin on their farmstead, The Blush Family Farm. John and Catherine are also starring in a reality show called Sovereign Living, of which one episode is all about Bitcoin.

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  • Susan Hitch

    CFO, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

  • Susan Hitch

    CFO, the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

    Susan Hitch is Chief Financial Officer of the D Las Vegas Casino Hotel and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, located in downtown Las Vegas, the first casino properties to accept Bitcoin. Co-Owner and CEO Derek Stevens decided to adopt the currency to meet the demands of his customers and accommodate another preferred method of payment. Susan successfully guided the internal setup process and customer interface for the BitPay systems and trained staff within a matter of days. The properties accept bitcoin at six locations including both hotels’ front desks and the D’s gift shop and restaurants, Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse, D Grill and American Coney Island.

    Before entering the gaming industry, Susan began her career as a CPA with Ernst & Young in Chicago, IL in 2000. After 3 years as Controller at Cold Heading Company in Warren, MI, also owned by Derek Stevens, she was named Controller of Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in 2008. When Golden Gate’s owners purchased the former Fitzgeralds in 2011, Susan was named Chief Financial Officer of the sister properties.

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  • Chris Odom

    Co-founder and CTO, Monetas and Creator, Open-Transactions

  • Chris Odom

    Co-founder and CTO, Monetas and Creator, Open-Transactions

    Chris is the creator and lead developer of the Open-Transactions digital finance suite. His eighteen-year software career has encompassed coding and managing enterprise software development projects for leading US and foreign multinationals.

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  • Ryan Selkis

    Founder, Good-Bits and Good-Benefits

  • Ryan Selkis

    Founder, Good-Bits and Good-Benefits

    Ryan Selkis is a the founder of Good-Bits, the first charitable giving platform that allows people to donate bitcoin to any charity in the U.S. Good-Bits was a 2013 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition finalist, 2013 MassChallenge Finalist, and the U.S. Champion of Dell’s Social Innovation Challenge.

    Ryan is a former venture capital associate (Summit Partners) and investment banking analyst (JPMorgan). He also blogs about the Bitcoin industry from a non-technical perspective under the Two-Bit Idiot pseudonym (and no, he’s not changing the name).

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  • Bruce Fenton

    Founder, Bitcoin Association - Founder and Managing Director, Atlantic Financial

  • Bruce Fenton

    Founder, Bitcoin Association - Founder and Managing Director, Atlantic Financial

    Bruce Fenton is the founder of the Bitcoin Association (bitcoinassociation.org) a new industry trade group focused on education and advocacy for Bitcoin and related technologies with individuals, governments, businesses and charities.

    Bruce is also founder and Managing Director of Atlantic Financial, which, in 1994, became the first full service investment firm to use the Internet. For over 22 years Bruce has focused on emerging markets and emerging technologies and has completed over $4.5 billion in investment sales. Bruce spends about half the year traveling internationally to locations such as Asia and the Middle East and serves as an advisor to some of the largest investors in the world. Bruce has been quoted in the New York Times, Bloomberg, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune Magazine and many other publications

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  • Justus Ranvier

    Bitcoin Blogger and Activist

  • Justus Ranvier

    Bitcoin Blogger and Activist

    Justus Ranvier encountered Bitcoin in 2010 from a background in nuclear power, electrical engineering, and cryptoanarchism and has been an avid proponent ever since. Since early 2013 he has worked full time on helping spread Bitcoin adoption beyond the tech crowd, building bridges between Bitcoin and other related communities, and creating new systems that fully leverage Bitcoin’s unique capabilities compared to legacy currencies. He has written for Bitcoin Magazine, LocalBitcoins and his own blog.

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  • Stephanie Murphy, PhD

    Host of Let's Talk Bitcoin and Free Talk Live

  • Stephanie Murphy, PhD

    Host of Let's Talk Bitcoin and Free Talk Live

    Stephanie Murphy, PhD, is a freelance voiceover artist, talk show host, and former research scientist. She hosts the popular podcast, Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and is also a host of the nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live. She can also be heard as an audiobook narrator on Audible.com, and voicing numerous video narrations and radio ads for clients in the bitcoin space and beyond. Stephanie has been interested in Bitcoin since 2011, and in human freedom her whole life.

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  • Charlie Shrem

    Co-founder and CEO, BitInstant

  • Charlie Shrem

    Co-founder and CEO, BitInstant

    Charles ‘Charlie’ Shrem IV (born November 25, 1989) is an American businessman and entrepreneur. He is co-founder and CEO of the Bitcoin startup company BitInstant. He is a founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation and was Vice Chairman until late January 2014. On January 26, 2014, Shrem was arrested at New York’s JFK Airport on money laundering charges as he was in route to speak at the Miami Bitcoin Conference. Prosecutors allege that Shrem and another defendant, Robert Faiella, conspired to supply Bitcoin to users of the original Silk Road marketplace.

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  • Stefan Molyneux

    Host of Freedomain Radio

  • Stefan Molyneux

    Host of Freedomain Radio

    Stefan Molyneux is the host of Freedomain Radio, the largest and most popular philosophy show in the world. He is an acclaimed public speaker, and has interviewed world experts on moral philosophy, politics and relationships. He also spent 15 years as a software developer, manager and entrepreneur.

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  • Angela Keaton

    Director of Operations, Antiwar.com

  • Angela Keaton

    Director of Operations, Antiwar.com

    Angela Keaton is the Director of Operations at Antiwar.com, the web’s leading source of antiwar news, views, and activities. She was also the producer of the Scott Horton Show for Antiwar Radio through 2011. She is currently the national chair of Outright Libertarians and on the board of Ladies of Liberty Alliance.

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  • Teresa Warmke

    Co-Founder and Treasurer, Fr33 Aid

  • Teresa Warmke

    Co-Founder and Treasurer, Fr33 Aid

    Teresa Warmke is Co-Founder and Treasurer for Fr33 Aid, a Bitcoin-based organization of medically skilled liberty lovers created to help individuals organize projects that educate people about the value of mutual aid.

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  • Tatiana Moroz

    Singer/Songwriter

  • Tatiana Moroz

    Singer/Songwriter

    Tatiana Moroz is a singer-songwriter from New Jersey. She has successfully written, produced and self -released 2 full length LPs, “Tatiana” and “Love and Liberty”, 2 EPs, “Fall In August Live” and “For the New Year”, as well as several singles. Tatiana graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music with a concentration in Jazz Vocal Performance and Music Business from the prestigious music school, Berklee College and has managed some of New York City’s top recording studios. Currently she is working on her third LP and performing at liberty events worldwide. She is also the owner of Same Side Entertainment, an activist/talent booking and event marketing company.

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  • Dr. Robert P. Murphy

    Economist, Research Fellow Independent Institute

  • Dr. Robert P. Murphy

    Economist, Research Fellow Independent Institute

    Robert P. Murphy has a PhD in economics from New York University. After teaching for three years at Hillsdale College, Murphy went into the financial sector where he wrote research reports and helped maintain the stock portfolios for clients. Murphy is now the head of Consulting By RPM, and runs the popular blog “Free Advice.” He has written hundreds of articles and several books for the layperson, including the Study Guide to Mises’ “Theory of Money and Credit.” Murphy wrote the EconLib featured article, “The Economics of Bitcoin.”

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  • Matthew Roszak

    Founder & CEO, Tally Capital

  • Matthew Roszak

    Founder & CEO, Tally Capital

    Mr. Roszak is founder and CEO of Tally Capital, a venture capital firm focused on blockchain enabled 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. Mr. Roszak has invested in over 20 Bitcoin start-ups, including BitFury, BitGo, Blockstream, Robocoin and Xapo. Mr. Roszak is also a founding partner with Crypto Currency Partners. Mr. Roszak is an advisor to several Bitcoin accelerators, including Bitropolis (Los Angeles), Decentral (Toronto) and The Chicago Bitcoin Center. In addition, Mr. Roszak is the co-chairman of The North American Bitcoin Conference. In 2013, Mr. Roszak founded the Bitcoin Supper Club, a gathering of CEOs, founders and extraordinary individuals in the Bitcoin community. Mr. Roszak is also a producer of the first ever 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 promoting education and fighting child hunger. Mr. Roszak is a member of the National Venture Capital Association, serves on the executive committee of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and is a lifetime member of the Bitcoin Foundation. Mr. Roszak is a board member and beneficial owner of various companies, including: Barefoot Landing, Eboost, InterAct911, MissionMode, Onramp, Pendulab, SolidSpace, TrueLook and Viwawa. Mr. Roszak 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.

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  • Rodrigo Batista

    CEO, Mercadobitcoin.com.br

  • Rodrigo Batista

    CEO, Mercadobitcoin.com.br

    Rodrigo is CEO of Mercadobitcoin.com.br the first professional Bitcoin exchange in Brazil. 

He is an experienced in equities trading and technology. been working in different trading related positions at Santander, Morgan Stanley, Itau BBA, BM&F, SOCOPA and Credigy. He is pensioned for technology businesses and startups. And graduated in Business Administration at University of São Paulo and technology in technical high school.

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