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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • David A. Johnston

    Managing Director of the Decentralized Applications Fund

  • David A. Johnston

    Managing Director of the Decentralized Applications 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.

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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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  • 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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  • David Irvine

    MaidSafe.net

  • David Irvine

    MaidSafe.net

    David has in excess of 23 years experience in IT and 15 years running companies. He was previously responsible for Enterprise network design and project management and has worked on some of the world’s largest network projects. David is also a published author on papers in the fields of complex networking, distributed computing and cryptography related technologies. David enjoys sailing, engineering, camping and has a secret interest in intelligent robotics.

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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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  • Ben Swann

    Reality Check Series

  • Ben Swann

    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.

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  • Anthony Gallippi

    Co-founder and CEO, BitPay Inc.

  • Anthony Gallippi

    Co-founder and CEO, BitPay Inc.

    Anthony Gallippi, co-founder and CEO, saw a need for bitcoin payment processing and founded BitPay in 2011. As a start-up, Mr. Gallippi is involved in all of the day-to-day operations including new business development, marketing, and customer service. Mr. Gallippi has 15 years of experience in sales and marketing working in the Robotics industry.

    Bitcoin is a new financial technology, invented in 2009 as the first peer-to-peer digital currency. Using bitcoin, it is possible to send money like an email - to anyone, anytime, anywhere- without going through a bank or government or corporation.

    Before founding BitPay, Mr. Gallippi was District Sales Manager at Aerotech and Regional Sales Manager at Industrial Devices Corporation.

    Mr. Gallippi has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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  • M.K. Lords

    Editor, Bitcoin Not Bombs

  • M.K. Lords

    Editor, Bitcoin Not Bombs

    M.K. Lords is the editor for Bitcoin Not Bombs, writes for Bitcoin Magazine and Young Voices, appears regularly on The Bitcoin Group, and is active in Sean’s Outpost Homeless Outreach. She is fascinated by how Bitcoin can be used to help those who need it most, locally and globally. You can view her work at BitcoinNotBombs.com, BitcoinMagazine.com, and TheBitcoinGroup.com. In her spare time she is a fire dancer.

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  • Sheldon Weisfeld

    CEO - Co-Founder, CoinVault ATM

  • Sheldon Weisfeld

    CEO - Co-Founder, CoinVault ATM

    A serial entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder of CoinVault ATM a crypto-currency terminal kiosk operator of the CVATM network. CoinVault ATM(tm) allows a user to buy and sell Bitcoin in near real time. He previously founded Prepaid Wireless Services in 1992 helping to launch the consumer acceptance and proliferation of consumer cellular services by reducing the barrier to entry for the masses. CVATM is poised to do the same for crypto currency allowing people with a cell phone, id, face and a palm to access the global network Bitcoin represents.

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  • Ravi Iyengar

    Founder & CEO, CoinTerra, Inc

  • Ravi Iyengar

    Founder & CEO, CoinTerra, Inc

    Prior to founding CoinTerra, Ravi was CPU Lead Architect at Samsung Corporation. He has over 15 years of leadership and management experience at prominent semiconductor companies including Samsung, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Intel. Ravi’s areas of technical expertise include micro-architecture, architecture, RTL design and verification in CPU, GPU, desktop and server chipsets, and ASIC cores. Ravi holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Wright State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India. Ravi has submitted several patents and presented papers in numerous international forums.

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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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  • 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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  • Zezelia Olson

    Writer and Co-founder, Write-365.com and Dogecoin Advocate

  • Zezelia Olson

    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.

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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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