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.
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!.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason King is a homeless advocate from Pensacola, Fl. He is best known as the founder of Sean’s Outpost / Satoshi Forest and feeding tens of thousands of meals to the homeless all paid for with Crypto-Currency.
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.
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.
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.
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.