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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Andreas Antonopoulos

    Founder, RootEleven

  • Andreas Antonopoulos

    Founder, RootEleven

    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.

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  • Daniel Krawisz

    Co-founder, Satoshi Nakamoto Institute

  • Daniel Krawisz

    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.

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  • Michael Cargill

    CEO, Central Texas Gun Works

  • Michael Cargill

    CEO, Central Texas Gun Works

    Central Texas Gun Works is a local Austin training school and retailer of firearms, ammunition, and safety accessories. In addition to holding regular Texas concealed handgun license (CHL) classes, Central Texas Gun Works is also a licensed training school for Texas Private Security Bureau (PSB) Level II, Level III, and Level IV private security classes.

    Michael Cargill, CEO & President of Central Texas Gun Works, has served as a Texas DPS-certified CHL instructor for eight years and has over 20 years of firearms experience. He is also an NRA-certified Pistol Instructor, Chief Range Safety Officer, and Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor. In addition, he is a Texas DPS-licensed PSB Instructor for Level II and Level III private security classes. As of 2014, Michael has taught over 7,000 applicants the required material to obtain a Texas CHL, and has a 99% success rate.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jeff Berwick

    Editor In Chief at The Dollar Vigilante

  • Jeff Berwick

    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.

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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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  • 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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