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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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).
Charlie Lee is the creator of Litecoin, the most popular alternative currency to Bitcoin. He is a software engineer at Coinbase. Prior to joining Coinbase, he spent 6 years at Google working on YouTube Mobile, Chrome OS, and the Google Play Games platform. Charlie earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in electrical engineering and computer science from M.I.T.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-founder, The Mises Circle and President, Satoshi Nakamoto Institute
Michael Goldstein is a computer science student at the University of Texas. He is the founder of the Mises Circle, a student-led economics reading and discussion group following in the tradition of the Austrian school, and the co-founder and president of the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute, a non-profit promoting scholarship exploring the history and social implications of Bitcoin, cryptography, and the wider crypto-anarchist and Cypherpunk movements. He also runs Bitstein Consulting which helps local businesses and individuals understand and implement Bitcoin payment systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Tucker serves as CEO of Liberty.me, a social network and community-based publishing platform. He is also distinguished fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, and research fellow of the Acton Institute. He is the founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, serves as economic consultant to the popular podcast Let’s Talk Bitcoin, and writes a fortnightly column for Crisis Magazine. He is author of Bourbon for Breakfast, It’s a Jetson’s World, and A Beautiful Anarchy, and thousands of articles, introductions, and prefaces. Following his 15 years as editor and builder of the website Mises.org, he now writes and speaks widely, and curates and writes editorial introductions to the product offerings for the Laissez Faire Club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 & 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.
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!.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.