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.
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.
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, 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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founder, Adamant Research
Tuur Demeester is owner of Adamant Research, a research firm focused on how to invest and live a free life in the new world. His subscription based newsletter MacroTrends was the first in the world to consistently recommend Bitcoin as an investment, from January 2012 at $5. He’s also an investor in the Austin based Bitcoin Mining company CoinTerra.
After reading Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action as a student, Tuur decided to drop out of university and pursue his studies in a self-directed manner. He co-founded the Murray Rothbard institute in 2007 and later translated Jesus Huerta de Soto’s Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles into Dutch. He also co-founded two private Sudbury schools, one in Belgium and one in the Netherlands. Tuur has lived in Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Chile and Argentina, speaks or mumbles in six languages, and has traveled to over thirty countries.
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.
Co-founder, Satoshi Nakamoto Institute
Daniel Krawisz has been a bitcoin enthusiast since 2011. He received his Master’s degree in physics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010. In 2013, he was a founder of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute. He has written many articles on the economics of Bitcoin.