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.
Please see a sample of our speaker lineup for 2014. View the entire speaker lineup for 2014.
Editor In Chief at The Dollar Vigilante
Jeff Berwick is a Bitcoin entrepreneur and thought leader who is well known for his writing at The Dollar Vigilante and regular appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business and keynote speeches at liberty, finance, precious metals and Bitcoin conferences worldwide.
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.
Writer and Co-founder, Write-365.com and Dogecoin Advocate
Zezelia Olson is the co-founder of Write-365.com and member for the Site Operations team at RetailMeNot. Zezelia first became interested in cryptocurrency after receiving Dogecoin as a Christmas gift. She is fascinated by the inroads a crypocurrency can make with the right branding and believes Dogecoin in particular can be useful for promoting the arts and goodwill via online communities. Zezelia has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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.
Co-founder and CTO, Conformal Systems
Marco Peereboom serves as the CTO of Conformal Systems, an open source engineering firm focusing on privacy and security oriented solutions. He oversees and is actively involved in current product development such as Coinvoice, Cyphertite and btcd. He has over 20 years of development experience spanning from circuit design to user facing software.
Marco is also an avid open source developer and has worked on many projects such as OpenBSD, Bitrig, xombrero, spectrwm etc. He is practically minded and scratches whatever itch he has. Currently he is working on a user-transparent cryptographic communications suite. His motto is: well, someone has got to reinvent the Internet!.
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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Tucker serves as CEO of Liberty.me, a social network and community-based publishing platform. He is also distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, and research fellow of the Acton Institute. He is the founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, serves as economic consultant to the popular podcast Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and writes a fortnightly column for Crisis Magazine. He is author of Bourbon for Breakfast, It’s a Jetson’s World, and A Beautiful Anarchy, and thousands of articles, introductions, and prefaces. Following his 15 years as editor and builder of the website Mises.org, he now writes and speaks widely, and curates and writes editorial introductions to the product offerings for the Laissez Faire Club.
Reality Check Series
Ben Swann has spent 15 years working as a journalist in broadcast news. Moving his way up through the ranks from news photographer to prime time anchor, Ben became the main anchor at WXIX, Fox 19 in Cincinnati, Oh. It was at Fox 19 that Ben became the producer/writer/anchor of a segment called “Reality Check”. While covering the 2012 Republican Presidential primary, Swann began to confront problems in the American electoral process, the stranglehold of America’s two party system and the suppression of voters’ choices by mainstream media.
After receiving international acclaim on for his Reality Check series, which was viewed by people in 140 countries over 10 million times, Ben set out to launch his own media company and the Truth in Media Project in 2013. Today, you can find Ben’s work at BenSwann.com, and on his Roku and Youtube channels.
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.
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).
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
Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz and has spent the last 15 years as a leading expert promoting the built-In Trusted Computing standards in consumer devices. Rivetz is a startup focused on leveraging those capabilities to provide the benefits of a hardware security to any Wallet provider. This presentation will outline how Existing hardware can provide a best in class vault to protect and execute the users instructions to the block chain.
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.”
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.
Former founding partner of Nemertes Research an Industry Analyst firm, Andreas is a broad-reaching technologist, who is well-versed in many technology subjects. He is a serial tech entrepreneur, having launched businesses in London, New York, and California, in the Bay Area. He has earned degrees in Computer Science, Data Communications and Distributed Systems. With experience ranging from hardware and electronics to high level business and financial systems technology consulting and decades as CTO/CIO/CSO in many companies — he combines authority and deep knowledge with an ability to make complex subjects easy to understand.
He often brings a fresh perspective to a topic with surprising insights and his ability to identify underlying principles and connections between different topics. More than 200 of his articles on security, cloud computing and data centers have been published in print and syndicated worldwide. His many expertise include Bitcoin, crypto-currencies, Information Security, Cryptography, Cloud Computing, Data Centers, Linux, Open Source and robotics software development. He also has been CISSP certified for 12 years.