Blockchain Innovation Speakers

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  • Steve Stockman

    Key Speaker

    Representative, Congressman, Advocate for Cryptocurrency

  • Steve Stockman

    Representative, Congressman, Advocate for Cryptocurrency

    Rep. Steve Stockman is considered to be one of the leading advocates for cryptocurrency, championing free market and libertarian ideas and causes in Congress.

    Congressman Stockman was twice elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas, once in 1994 and again in 2012. He has consistently fought for less government and restoration of Constitutional liberties. Stockman serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

    The congressman has been described as a futurist in the areas of nanotubes, 3-D printing, and cryptocurrencies. His intellect and humor make him a popular speaker around the world.

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  • George Gilder

    Key Speaker

    Founder and Partner at The Gilder Technology Fund

  • George Gilder

    Founder and Partner at The Gilder Technology Fund

    Mr. George Gilder is the Founder and Partner at The Gilder Technology Fund. Mr. Gilder is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Gilder is the Founder and Chairman of Gilder Publishing, LLC. Mr. Gilder is Senior Founding Member of Gilder Mobile Internet Fund and the Managing Member of Gilder Cremers Fund. He was the former Editor-in-Chief of the Gilder Technology Report (published by Forbes Inc., 1996–2007). He serves as the Chairman of Advisory Board at ASOCS Ltd. He is also the Chairman of George Gilder Fund Management, LLC. He has been Independent Director of Wave Systems Corp. since 1993. He serves as Director of Berkshire Corporation and The International Engineering Consortium. He was Member of Advisory Board at Garage Technology Ventures. Mr. Gilder served as a Director of K12 Inc. He served as Chairman of the Lehrman Institute Economic Roundtable and a former Program Director for the Manhattan Institute Mr. Gilder is the author of several books, including Life after Television, Microcosm, The Spirit of Enterprise, Wealth and Poverty and Telecosm; contributing editor to Forbes Magazine. His 1981 bestseller Wealth and Poverty advanced a practical and moral case for capitalism during the early months of the Reagan Administration. In 1986, President Reagan gave George Gilder the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Four years later, Mr. Gilder published Microcosm, his acclaimed history and prophecy of microchips. His latest book, the influential Israel Test, last year introduced Gilad Garon and ASOCS to Gilder’s readers. He is also a contributing writer at Wired and Forbes and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He is a recipient of White House award for Entrepreneurial Excellence from President Reagan. He is Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute where he directs Discovery’s program on high technology and public policy. Mr. Gilder attended Exeter Academy and Harvard University.

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  • John Allen

    Key Speaker

    Chairman of the Protector Committee for the HOPE Gold Coin Charitable Trust, and Senior advisor for the Festival of HOPE

  • John Allen

    Chairman of the Protector Committee for the HOPE Gold Coin Charitable Trust, and Senior advisor for the Festival of HOPE

    Previously, Mr. Allen has served as Co-Chairman along with the late Bob Hope for the Westmoreland Scholar Foundation, now located at the Texas Tech University Vietnam Center and Archive. In 1981 Mr. Allen served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

    He has served as an advisor for six US Presidents and has extensive experience working with the US Congress, as well as many Foreign Ministers, and Heads of State. After leaving the White House, he founded the Washington, D.C. consulting firm of John Allen & Associates International, Ltd. Mr. Allen’s firm was involved in a wide range of projects in over 42 countries.

    Mr. Allen currently serves as a senior advisor on international trade to the current US Secretary of Commerce and US Trade Representative. He has over thirty-seven years of experience negotiating political and economic issues between foreign governments and the US. He remains active as an advisor not only to the US and foreign governments, but also to small, medium, and large multi-national companies in the areas of procurement, trade, government relations, security, and international business relations.

    He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal; Inc. Magazine; Bloomberg Financial Markets and Commodities News; as well as many local newspapers and journals. He is a frequent speaker and has appeared numerous times as a guest commentator on the FOX News TV station in Washington, D.C.

    Mr. Allen continues to work on various humanitarian projects worldwide for the conservation and protection of the world’s limited fresh water supply.

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  • Guillermo Peña Pantin

    Founder and Executive Director, The Eleuthera Foundation

  • Guillermo Peña Pantin

    Founder and Executive Director, The Eleuthera Foundation

    The Eleuthera Foundation, a non-partisan, public policy thinktank in Honduras that aims to demonstrates that good rules, access and protection to the legal system and a path to prosperity are possible without having to leave Honduras. We are using the blockchain to disrupt the top-down order in developing countries. The blockchain holds the key for low cost, secure transactions and transparency that low-income countries need to leap their institutions forward.

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  • Daniel Winters

    Global Tax, LLC

  • Daniel Winters

    Global Tax, LLC

    Daniel Winters has over 12 years of tax experience and holds both a Masters of Taxation and an MBA. An active member of the New York area Bitcoin community, Daniel has presented at the NYC Bitcoin Center and is featured in a weekly column on Bitcoinist.net about Bitcoin and taxes. Before founding Global Tax Accountants, Daniel was employed by top tier accounting firms in the US and Poland such as KPMG, Ernst & Young and Schoenbraun McCann. Daniel’s areas of tax expertise include Bitcoin and crypto currencies, U.S. businesses and individuals with international activity and preparing taxes for businesses and high net worth individuals.

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  • Elisabeth Grothe-Møller

    Vice-President and Spokesperson of CommonCollection.com.

  • Elisabeth Grothe-Møller

    Vice-President and Spokesperson of CommonCollection.com.

    Elisabeth Grothe-Møller is the Vice-President and Spokesperson of the new social site CommonCollection.com that has been under development for the past 7 years and will now be launching on the 29th of March 2015. CommonCollection is described as ’the new Google of charity’. It is a platform for global peer-to-peer giving using Bitcoin for low-cost money transfer, thereby bridging needs and potentials globally.

    Elisabeth previously worked at the National Gallery of Denmark for three years as part of the youth group, ULK, advocating the benefits of art at the Museums events and at one of the largest music festivals in Europe, Roskilde Festival, intenting to increase the visitor-number of the younger demographic.

    With an interest in digital publishing solutions she founded an eBook publishing house, KunstGeist, in 2013.

    Elisabeth is currently a student at the University of Copenhagen.

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  • Michael Perklin

    President of CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium

  • Michael Perklin

    President of CryptoCurrency Certification Consortium

    Michael is a well-respected Bitcoin expert who has launched the first Bitcoin consulting firm in Canada. Michael enjoys delivering high-level “What is Bitcoin?” presentations tailored to specific audiences as well as low-level Bitcoin technical assistance for developers and technical experts. From pure geekspeak to plain English, Michael brings clarity and confidence to the emerging world of Bitcoin.

    Michael is a certified information security professional with over a decade of experience in the computing and security industries. An accomplished cyber-crime investigator and public speaker, Michael has been invited to speak at leading computer security conferences both locally and internationally.

    Michael’s career began in the banking industry as a computer programmer. His interest in security drove him into more specialized roles in cryptography, cyber security, digital forensics, electronic discovery, and cyber-crime investigations.

    Michael holds degrees in information assurance and security theory, as well as certifications in the fields of digital forensics and information security. Michael has taught classes in digital forensics, information systems security auditing, and computer security.

    Michael’s interest in security lead to an active role in the emerging Bitcoin community. Michael has contributed new features and code changes to one of the leading alternative Bitcoin clients and has been a vocal proponent of new security features that will enhance the security of this online decentralized cryptocurrency. Michael has been invited to speak about cyber-crime issues surrounding Bitcoin to various legal, regulatory, and law enforcement audiences, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada, and will be assisting in the Bitcoin Incubator program at Bitcoin Decentral in Toronto, Canada.

    Michael continues to conduct independent research in the security field and enjoys thinking of new ways to break things.

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  • Perianne M. Boring

    President and Founder Chamber of Digital Commerce

  • Perianne M. Boring

    President and Founder Chamber of Digital Commerce

    The Chamber of Digital Commerce is a Washington, DC-based trade association representing the interests of the digital asset community. The Digital Chamber’s mission is to educate policymakers in shaping regulation and advocate for the acceptance and use of digital assets. Ms. Boring is a frequent speaker at FinTech conferences, and has also testified to governments around the world. CoinFilter named Ms. Boring the top woman in Bitcoin for her efforts in public policy, promoting a pro-growth legal framework for digital assets. Ms. Boring is also the author of the “Boring Bitcoin Report,” a leading industry news blog. Prior to forming the Digital Chamber, Ms. Boring was a television host and anchor of “Prime Interest,” an international finance program that aired in over 100 countries to over 650 million viewers. Ms. Boring was also a contributor at Forbes, and authored the column “Boring Economics.” Ms. Boring began her career as a legislative analyst in the US House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy.

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  • Nicholas Courtois

    Senior Lecturer at University College

  • Nicholas Courtois

    Senior Lecturer at University College

    Nicolas T. Courtois is a cryptologist and a Senior Lecturer at University College. He has received his PhD from the Paris 6 University. Then he worked as a cryptographic engineer for the French smart card firm Gemalto. He has 8 patents on applied cryptography and smart cards.

    He is a highly influential code-breaker with more than 100 regular publications and more than 5800 citations. His H-index is 32. He is responsible for the cryptanalysis of many real-life cryptographic systems used by hundreds of hundreds of millions of people every day, such as the Bluetooth cipher E0, the automobile cipher KeeLoq and the MiFare Classic Crypto-1 system which is widely used in public transportation and building access control.

    Recipient of the UK University Cipher Champion 2013 award.

    At UCL he teaches about the following topics: Computer Security, Applied Cryptography, Cryptanalysis. He is a bitcoin activist and runs a regular bitcoin research seminar every week in central London. He has authored several research papers on bitcoin.

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  • Danno Ferrin

    Founder of Numisight

  • Danno Ferrin

    Founder of Numisight

    Danno Ferrin is a software engineer with 16 years of practice, having worked on software in industries such as supply chain analytics, insurance, networking, and defense. One common theme in his work has been developing user interfaces and user experiences with graph visualizations. Danno has a B.S. in Computer Science from BYU, Provo.

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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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  • John Bush

    The Host of Rise Up Radio Show

  • John Bush

    The Host of Rise Up Radio Show

    John Bush is the former Executive Director of Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) and is the co-founder of Operation Defuse. John has been a featured speaker at liberty events across the country and hosts the Rise Up Radio Show.

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  • Jose Rodriguez

    Partner of Unisend, and cofounder of PesoDigital.org.

  • Jose Rodriguez

    Partner of Unisend, and cofounder of PesoDigital.org.

    Jose Rodriguez has worked for over ten years in Financial Services companies. He is a partner of www.Unisend.com , the first Bitcoin exchange in Argentina, and www.Unisend.mxin Mexico. He is the co-founder of PesoDigital.org , and has met with the Mexican Central Bank to incoporate Bitcoin type technology into the payment systems and digitalization of the currency as a new monetary aggregate. He is the founder and partner of ALTIS: Alternative Investments Services, which invest in Bitcoin, altcoins and the development of its ecosystem.

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  • Brennen Byrne

    Co-Founder and CEO of Clef

  • Brennen Byrne

    Co-Founder and CEO of Clef

    Brennen is the cofounder and CEO of Clef (getclef.com), two-factor authentication from the future. For Bitcoin to grow, normal users need access to much better security, so his focus is on making advanced security simpler and easier to use. Clef powers logins on more than 35,000 sites and The New York times described logging in with Clef as “magical” and has been recommended by usability and security experts across industries. It keeps users safe with the same public key cryptography used by Bitcoin wallets and wraps it in a mobile app that makes logging in faster and easier than ever.

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  • Steven Sprague

    CEO, Rivetz

  • Steven Sprague

    CEO, Rivetz

    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.

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  • Melanie Swan

    Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies

  • Melanie Swan

    Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies

    Melanie Swan is the Founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, a non-profit organization articulating the philosophical and societal research agenda for blockchain technology (Bitcoin Protocols 1.0 and 2.0 Explained: http://www.slideshare.net/lablogga/presentations). She is a contemporary philosophy graduate student at Kingston University London and Université Paris 8 focusing on information theory and technology philosophy. Her research interests include an ethics of perception of nanocognition, the philosophy of big data, the ideology of the biocitizen and the quantified self, the future of personal identity, and the case for cognitive enhancement. She has a traditional markets background with an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and work experience at Fidelity and JP Morgan. She is a quantitative methods and prediction markets instructor at Singularity University.

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  • Micah Winkelspecht

    CEO and Founder of Gem

  • Micah Winkelspecht

    CEO and Founder of Gem

    Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO and Founder of Gem, a simple and secure platform for blockchain developers. Gem’s mission is to empower individuals to be sovereign over their own assets, starting with bitcoin. An active Bitcoin community organizer and thought leader, Micah regularly speaks, moderates, and hosts at Bitcoin and startup events, and is co-organizer of the Los Angeles Bitcoin meetup group of over 1,000 members. Micah is also a significant contributor to the Bitcoin developer community as the author of MoneyTree, a popular open-source library used to create Bitcoin wallets and the first Ruby implementation of a Bitcoin HD wallet. Prior to his contributions to the Bitcoin world, Micah spent 10+ years developing software for companies including AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose.

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  • Tawanda Kembo

    Crypto Counter Cofounder

  • Tawanda Kembo

    Crypto Counter Cofounder

    Tawanda has been a Bitcoin Evangelist ever since he discovered the technology in July 2013. He was particularly drawn to it and impressed by it’s ability and potential to empower people. Between then and now, he started the project Bitcoin Dictionary - An authoritative source of definitions for all Bitcoin-related words (bitcoindictionary.org), Set up a Bitcoin Exchange in Zimbabwe (http://bitcoinexchange.co.zw) and is now working on the Crypto Counter - A Smart, Next Generation ATM (http://cryptocounter.co.zw).

    Tawanda is also a polyglot who has been writing code for over 13 years and he has previously worked in 4 startups.

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  • Shawn Wilkinson

    Founder and lead developer of the Storj project

  • Shawn Wilkinson

    Founder and lead developer of the Storj project

    Shawn “decentralize everything” Wilkinson is the Founder and Lead Developer of the Storj project, which aims to bring cheaper, more secure, peer-to-peer cloud storage to the masses. He received a BS in Computer Science from Morehouse College and has been deeply involved in crypto-currencies since 2012. Shawn has been a part of the Bitcoin Core Development team, Web Lead for Peercoin, Web Lead for Primecoin, a developer on Armory Guide, and a freelancer for many other projects. He loves anything to do with crypto, especially if it is decentralized.

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  • Cédric Cobban

    Co-founder of PeerTracks

  • Cédric Cobban

    Co-founder of PeerTracks

    Cédric Cobban is an entrepreneur whose interest in Austrian economics, business and investing lead him to Bitcoin in 2011. His fascination with blockchain technology, coupled with an understanding of sound economics, lead him to BitShares in 2013.

    This new, highly disruptive software allows for a complete revamp of the music industry urging him to co-found PeerTracks, a music streaming website sitting on top of blockchain technology.

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  • Daniel Dabek

    CEO Infinity Algorithms

  • Daniel Dabek

    CEO Infinity Algorithms

    Daniel has worked previously in the hedge fund space as a software engineer, and when discovering SAFE Network, the decentralized internet he knew to get involved, developing for and evangelizing the SAFE Network technology from MaidSafe, and launching Infinity Algorithms a company that is pioneering the SAFE Network. He is all set to deliver SAFEX protocol as a first application on this new internet that unites decentralized transactions. Leading the endeavor pioneering the SAFE Network.

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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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  • Connie Gallippi

    Founder and Executive Director of BitGive Foundation

  • Connie Gallippi

    Founder and Executive Director of BitGive Foundation

    Ms. Gallippi is the Founder and Executive Director of the BitGive Foundation. She took an early leadership role in Bitcoin philanthropy, founding BitGive in mid-2013. She is also a spokesperson for the social value of Bitcoin, conducting outreach to nonprofits about Bitcoin, working to elevate female leaders in the community, and helping to bring more women into Bitcoin.

    Previously, Connie worked with environmental organizations in California for over 14 years, specializing in consulting, strategy development, policy and advocacy, funding assistance, and program management. She remains involved as a Board Member for California Urban Forests Council.

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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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  • Paul Puey

    Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz

  • Paul Puey

    Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz

    Airbitz is a company with a vision of Bitcoin mass adoption through ease of use and ease of security. Airbitz delivers a mobile bitcoin wallet with the familiarity of mobile banking but with true bitcoin decentralization, autonomy, and privacy. Paul is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to front end user interfaces. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia Corp and Chromatic Research. Most recently he owned and operated several non-technical small businesses where he implemented solutions to streamline the intersection of people, business, and technology.

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  • Kimberley J. Morgan

    Executive Board Member of the Texas Coinitiative

  • Kimberley J. Morgan

    Executive Board Member of the Texas Coinitiative

    When Kimberley entered the bitcoin ecosystem, she brought with her a breath of knowledge and diversity to the space. Kimberley is currently doing Public Relations & Social Media campaigns for businesses such as LoveStamp & Cryptoart, as well as the Texas Coinitiative. Kimberley is also a Partner at The Coinsultants. Additional affiliations include Cryptowomen Worldwide & Women in Bitcoin.

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  • Tone Vays

    Head of Research at BraveNewCoin

  • Tone Vays

    Head of Research at BraveNewCoin

    Tone has been working on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a risk analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the financial crisis. His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in Crypto Currencies in early 2013 he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology to people looking to better understand the current financial system. Living in NYC, Tone is often found at the NYC Bitcoin Center and recently started speaks at Bitcoin Conferences globally. His is the Head or Research at BraveNewCoin where you can find his latest work after previously writing at CoinTelegraph. Tone still attempts to maintain his personal blog LibertyLifeTrail focused on sound economics, privacy, free-thinking and adventurous travel. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in mathematics and Geology.

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  • Henryk Dabrowski

    CEO Alternet Systems

  • Henryk Dabrowski

    CEO Alternet Systems

    Mr. Dabrowski has more than twenty five years of experience creating, leading and successfully harvesting information technology and telecom ventures in North and South America. Previous ventures include; RKM IT Solutions, a Latin American IT & telephony integrations solution provider; Vox2Vox, a global IP telephony and value added services provider and TekVoice, a Miami based IP telephony and wholesale billing platform provider, Newmarket Technology Latinamerica, Transtech Sino America and Utiba Americas. Since that time he has led Alternet’s transformation into an investment and management services holding company focused exclusively on high growth markets of disruptive payment technologies, mobile payment, digital security and currencies.

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  • Catherine Bleish

    Writer/Blogger/Host Bitcoin Magazine, Money and Tech, TheBitMom.com blog and ConsignBit.com

  • Catherine Bleish

    Writer/Blogger/Host Bitcoin Magazine, Money and Tech, TheBitMom.com blog and ConsignBit.com

    Catherine Bleish, MPA (@TheBitMom) runs TheBitMom.com blog and podcast. Catherine writes for Bitcoin Magazine, Money and Tech, and hosts an online bitcoin consignment shop at ConsignBit.com. You can follow her journey toward a more voluntary and natural life through the SovereignLiving.com blog or the SovereignLiving.tv reality show. She speaks at events across the country about natural living, alternative currencies, and raising sovereign children. Her current passion is to introduce the unschooling community to the cryptocurrency world and the cryptocurrency community to the virtues of unschooling. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management in 2011.

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  • AC, Age 8

    CEO of BitMugs

  • AC, Age 8

    CEO of BitMugs
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  • Verengal Mabika

    Cofounder Crypto Counter

  • Verengal Mabika

    Cofounder Crypto Counter

    Verengai is a young leader in technology, social innovation and sustainable development, with keen interest in youth actions towards a better world. An Ashoka Global Fellow, a Mandela Washington Fellow and a member of the BMW Foundation Young Leaders Forum. He is the Founder and Director of Development Reality Institute (DRI). He is passionate about ICT based solutions for Climate Change. With sound knowledge on social innovation, technology and capacity building, Verengai has started a Bitcoin Exchange in Zimbabwe (http://bitcoinexchange.co.zw) and is now working on the Crypto Counter - A Smart, Next Generation ATM (http://cryptocounter.co.zw).

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  • Scott Bambacigno

    Vice President, Alphapoint

  • Scott Bambacigno

    Vice President, Alphapoint

    Scott is a Vice President of AlphaPoint, a white label exchange platform for digital currency businesses. Bitcoin and altcoin exchanges all over the world have launched leveraging the AlphaPoint platform, helping people globally adopt digital currencies. Prior to AlphaPoint, Scott was at Baynote, a leading provider of big data solutions for retail, with 12 Fortune 500 customers, 8 Patents along with 6 patents pending. Scott has also founded and served as CEO of two coffee companies, one focused on importation and distribution of green coffee, and, the second that created and distributed retail products. Scott is also a past board member of the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club and active member of the San Francisco Little Italy, Telegraph Hill community.

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  • Paul Snow

    co-Founder and CEO of Factom, and Chairman of the Texas Bitcoin Conference

  • Paul Snow

    co-Founder and CEO of Factom, and Chairman of the Texas Bitcoin Conference

    Paul Snow has been writing compilers, interpreters, and Rules Engines for use in graphics, embedded systems, and web applications for over 30 years. In 1987, Paul wrote and Printware shipped the first clone of Adobe’s PostScript Interpreter. He designed the Rules Engine used in Texas and Michigan to evaluate eligibility for SNAP, TANF, Medicare, and other Health and Human Services programs.

    Paul learned about Bitcoin in 2011, and even purchased some Bitcoin, but didn’t dive into the technology until 2013. He organized the Bitcoin Meetup Group in Austin for nearly a year starting in May of 2013. This led to the Mini Bitcoin Conference Series in Austin, and the Texas Bitcoin Conference. In May of 2014 he began working on how to leverage the Bitcoin Blockchain to solve problems that are not fundamentally asset tracking problems. This grew into the Factom project.

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  • Adam Hayes

    Researcher in Finance & Economics

  • Adam Hayes

    Researcher in Finance & Economics

    Adam graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science, and is currently working towards his Masters in Economics in New York City and is also a CFA Level III candidate. An early Bitcoin adopter, he has taken up the study of digital currencies and the Bitcoin ecosystem from a finance and economics viewpoint. Adam has over a dozen years of professional experience in the financial markets and enjoys writing about finance, economics, technology, and of course Bitcoin.

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  • Samuel Kovac

    Bitcoin Evangelist, Consultant, Trader and Blogger

  • Samuel Kovac

    Bitcoin Evangelist, Consultant, Trader and Blogger

    Samuel Kovac was in Slovakia. He currently lives in Mexico. He studied mathematics, programming and holds university degree in economics, banking and trade. He is passionate about the latest inventions and technologies, that have potential to change and improve the life of people around the world. He is an active member of Mexican and Slovak Bitcoin communities. He gives lectures and writes on subject of Bitcoin for almost two years.

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  • Alma Sommer

    Editor of the Under Employed and Hungry Newsletter

  • Alma Sommer

    Editor of the Under Employed and Hungry Newsletter

    Creator of Agorist Marketplace, Founder of the Jackalope Freedom Festival, and Editor of the Under Employed and Hungry Newsletter.

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  • Helena Margarido

    Partner at HMO Law - eAdvisor, co-founder of Fundação Bitcoin Brasil and mentor of Bitcoin-related companies

  • Helena Margarido

    Partner at HMO Law - eAdvisor, co-founder of Fundação Bitcoin Brasil and mentor of Bitcoin-related companies

    Expert in project financing, structuring and implementing investments and different businesses models for internet & new technologies market. Provides legal assistance to Banks, VC funds, angel investors and Startups on cross-border structuring & transactions, compliance, and regulatory matters.

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  • Carol Van Cleef

    Partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

  • Carol Van Cleef

    Partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

    Ms. Carol R. Van Cleef has been a Partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP since February 2014. Ms. Van Cleef was a Partner of Banking Regulation and International Transactions Practices for Bryan Cave, LLP since March 2005. She created and regularly teaches at the Boot Camp for BSA/AML Professionals, jointly sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and Bryan Cave. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Van Cleef served as Consultant of Golembe Associates, Inc. a bank consulting firm. She has been a Member of Advisory Board at Bitcoin Shop Inc. since October 20, 2014. Ms. Van Cleef served as a Member of the Editorial board at Complinet Group Limited and Complinet Ltd. Ms. Van Cleef has a JD from American University in 1984 and BSFS, from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, 1978.

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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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  • Anthony Di Iorio

    A Founder of Ethereum, Decentral, Decentral.tv, KryptoKit & Rushwallet, and much more

  • Anthony Di Iorio

    A Founder of Ethereum, Decentral, Decentral.tv, KryptoKit & Rushwallet, and much more

    Anthony is entrepreneur, VC, advocate and long serving member of the global bitcoin, and decentralized technology movement. He is a founder of the Ethereum Project, Decentral, Decentral.tv, KryptoKit & Rushwallet; and a founding member of the community organizations Bitcoin Alliance of Canada and Global Bitcoin Alliance. Located in downtown Toronto, Anthony and his businesses operate our of Decentral, a business development centre and home to tech start-ups and entrepreneurs involved in the decentralized technology space.

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  • Toni Lane Casserly

    CEO of CoinTelegraph

  • Toni Lane Casserly

    CEO of CoinTelegraph

    Apart from her role at the largest media group in Bitcoin, Miss Casserly advises several companies at the intersection of the internet of finance and the next gen web and is working with ZeroG Colony on a galactic music experience. Toni Lane is an an artist practicing in performance art, writing (poetry), photography and dance.

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  • Joey Krug

    Augur

  • Joey Krug

    Augur

    Joey attended Pomona College where he studied Computer Science, before leaving to to focus full time on Augur. Joey has spent most of his life honing his programming skills, and has an in-depth knowledge of Bitcoin Core. He conducted the first Bitcoin transaction via sound. Recently, Joey completed Sidecoin, which allows new crypto-currency distributions to be based on a “snapshot” of Bitcoin account balances Augur is the world’s first decentralized prediction market platform. Inspired by Bitcoin, open-source, and built on ethereum (employing sidechains), this software could potentially be the catalyst that makes bitcoin a consumer technology.

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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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  • Eric Bruntmyer

    VP for Financial Affairs at Dallas Baptist University

  • Eric Bruntmyer

    VP for Financial Affairs at Dallas Baptist University

    Eric is the Vice President for Financial Affairs at Dallas Baptist University. Eric practiced law in Fort Worth, Texas for 7 years with most of his time spent in the area of litigation. He received his MBA in Accounting from Dallas Baptist University and his Law Degree from Baylor University School of Law. He also studied Economics at Texas Tech University. Eric has served on various committees and boards for civic and religious institutions.

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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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  • Eddie Corral

    co Founder of PeerTracks

  • Eddie Corral

    co Founder of PeerTracks

    Eddie Corral has a 25 plus year career in the business of music - his vast knowledge and experience of the industry stretches from record producer to music publisher, concert promotions to radio broadcast. Eddie was a regional A&R rep for Universal/Republic, Atlantic, Arista and Epic Records, during that time he successfully had five major label signings with a total sales volume of eleven million records sold.

    He is a current active voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (NARAS), he donates and contributes time to the MusiCares Foundation an organization that provides critical assistance for musicians in time of need.

    Eddie is currently developing new talent and working on Peertracks full time

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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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  • Eric Lombrozo

    Co-Founder, Co-CEO and CTO of Ciphrex Corporation

  • Eric Lombrozo

    Co-Founder, Co-CEO and CTO of Ciphrex Corporation

    Eric Lombrozo is founder, Co-CEO, and Chief Technology Officer at Ciphrex Corporation, a software company providing security tools, account management applications, and application development platforms and libraries for peer-to-peer payment networks. With a background in computer science and mathematics, Lombrozo has worked at several software startups and has years of industry experience in the areas of security and software architecture. He is the architect and author of the first scalable multisignature cryptocoin account management system. Lombrozo has participated in several projects related to decentralized consensus protocols, contributing source code and ideas to various open source projects including Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum.

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  • Paul Puey

    Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz

  • Paul Puey

    Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz

    Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz, a company with a vision of Bitcoin mass adoption through ease of use and ease of security. Airbitz delivers a mobile bitcoin wallet with the familiarity of mobile banking but with true bitcoin decentralization, autonomy, and privacy. Paul is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to front end user interfaces. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia Corp and Chromatic Research. Most recently he owned and operated several non-technical small businesses where he implemented solutions to streamline the intersection of people, business, and technology.

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  • Jeremy Gardner

    Founder College Cryptocurrency Network

  • Jeremy Gardner

    Founder College Cryptocurrency Network

    Jeremy attended both Bard College and the University of Michigan, where he developed multidisciplinary studies in political strategy. While at Michigan, he founded the College Cryptocurrency Network, an international nonprofit organization, and began to work with several blockchain-related startups. You can often find him on the road, at a conference or club, extolling the virtues of the blockchain to anybody within earshot. He leads marketing and PR for Augur.

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  • Danny Sessoms

    Entrepreneur and Creative Director of The Crypto Show

  • Danny Sessoms

    Entrepreneur and Creative Director of The Crypto Show

    A central Texas small business owner that not only accepts bitcoin but encourages other small to do so as well. Motivated by the idea free market money bitcoin has replaced his former belief that any political party could ever make a difference. As co-host/creative director of The Crypto Show, a Bitcoin focused FM radio show on 90.1 fm in Austin tx, Danny mixes various pro liberty topics on the show always bringing it back to Bitcoin to further spread the idea.

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  • Erik Voorhees

    CEO of ShapeShift.io

  • Erik Voorhees

    CEO of ShapeShift.io

    Erik Voorhees is among the top-recognized serial Bitcoin advocates and entrepreneurs, understanding Bitcoin as one of the most important inventions ever created by humanity. Having been a featured guest on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, BBC Radio, The Peter Schiff Show, and numerous Bitcoin and industry conferences,

    Erik humbly suggests that there is no such thing as a “free market” when the institution of money itself is centrally planned and controlled. Erik is the CEO of the instant cryptocurrency exchange, ShapeShift.io, and blogs at MoneyAndState.com.

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