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Amin Shams is a doctoral candidate in finance at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary research interests are empirical asset pricing, FinTech, and forensic finance. Amin’s job market paper examines how different investor bases across the globe drive variation in cryptocurrency returns. He also has a published paper in the Review of Financial Studies on potential manipulation of the VIX index and a working paper on the influence of Tether on cryptocurrency prices, both coauthored with Professor John M Griffin. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, Amin received a masters in global policy studies from the LBJ school of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Amy Castor is an independent journalist based in Cambridge, MA. Her stories on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology have appeared in CoinDesk, Forbes and Bitcoin Magazine. She has been writing about high tech for more than two decades.
Amy James is the author of Open Index Protocol, a blockchain specification for a worldwide public record, and co-founder of Alexandria.io the ‘search all’ for everything published to the Open Index (think: Google for the public index). She introduced the ’Salutary Protocols’ blockchain economic model to contribute to the ‘fat’ and ‘thin’ protocol models. Previously, she has worked at nonprofit arts organizations, political campaigns and as an independent writer/director. How blockchain will benefit creators, audiences & the web is the most exciting story she’s ever told.
Andrew Beal is a senior manager in Ernst & Young’s (EY) San Francisco Office and a West Coast lead for the firm’s Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Advisory Practice, leading client engagements in the financial services, healthcare and life sciences sectors. Andrew is also a cryptocurrency subject matter expert (SME) for the firm, supporting tax and audit engagements.
Prior to joining EY, Andrew was a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, and securities, In addition to providing general corporate counsel to emerging technology companies, Andrew advised virtual currency companies on a wide range of state and federal regulatory issues, including anti-money laundering, general Bank Secrecy Act compliance and state money transmitter licensing. He has represented virtual currency exchanges, wallets, payment processors, cryptocurrency developers and foundations, cloud miners, and ATM operators.
Andrew is a recognized legal authority on virtual currency and has contributed to the Uniform Law Commission’s Virtual Currency Model Law Framework and provided comment on California Assembly Bill 1326 (virtual currency framework proposed in 2015). He is also a frequent speaker on topics related to blockchain technology and virtual currency and has presented to State banking associations, venture capital and angel funds, compliance organizations, the California Bar Association, and BankersOnline.
Andrew is the VP of Product Management at Factom. He has been building software since the late 90’s. Andrew has helped build four companies; two have been sold, and the other two are still in operation. He is also a trusted advisor in the healthcare and blockchain community. He has acted as an adviser for Factom, Storj, and HealthNautica. Andrew also supported Bitcoin mining companies, in the early days, with ASIC mining hardware. He is active in his community and has served as a Healthcare Judge for the Dupage County Election Commission. Despite these accomplishments, he is humble, friendly and approachable.
Ann-Marie Hopkins does not particularly care about game theory or Byzantine Generals. She wants control of her own money and is passionate about making cryptocurrency easier to use. As CEO of bitsy.com, she has developed a biometrically secured wallet that lets users hold their own keys and offers a unique recovery system as a backup service for people who like to be in control but sometimes lose things.
Asger Folmann is an influencer, scholar, author, actor, and entrepreneur. He hosts YouTube’s cryptocurrency focused channel, In it for the Money. He is the author and publisher of The Folmann Report – a cryptocurrency focused investment report – as well as several upcoming books on entrepreneurship and cryptocurrency. Asger holds an MS in Psychology and an MA in Language & Strategic Communication. He is an avid proponent of using science, reason, and social psychology in investing. Asger advices and collaborates with several blockchain companies, i.a. Rewards.com, Autonio, and CurveBlock.
Ben Swann has spent 18 years working as a journalist in broadcast news, behind and in front of the camera. Swann began his journalism career in El Paso, Texas as a news photographer, quickly working his way up to prime time anchor. Along the way, Swann became a two time Emmy Award winner and two time recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award. Covering Mexico’s drug war, Ben Swann discovered the national media was not reporting the truth of what was actually happening in Mexico’s drug war or the problems associated with the failed “War on Drugs” in the United States.
In 2010, Ben moved north to Cincinnati, Ohio, earning the prime time anchor seat at FOX 19 and soon became the producer/anchor of a viral segment titled “Reality Check.” Covering the 2012 Republican Presidential primary, Swann confronted problems in the American electoral process, the stranglehold of America’s two party system and the suppression of voters’ choices by mainstream media. During this time, Swann became the first journalist in the nation to take on President Barack Obama face to face regarding the Constitutionality of his “kill list” and is the only journalist to confront Mitt Romney about the railroading of duly elected delegates during the 2012 Republican National Convention.
Swann’s bold approach created an internet firestorm strong enough for Swann to venture from his position as anchor at FOX 19 in Cincinnati, launching his own independent platform. Upon establishing the Truth In Media Project at BenSwann.com in June of 2013, Swann’s brand met immediate success.
Swann launched the Truth in Media project through crowdfunding and has created two seasons of “Truth in Media” videos that examined subjects such as the truth behind cannabis and CBD oil, the origin of ISIS, the roots of police militarization and more. These videos have millions of combined views online.
Ben Swann is now the industry leader for independent journalists, shattering the “Left vs. Right” paradigm, with a sharp focus on restoring Truth In Media. With over 400,000 combined Facebook followers, 53,000 YouTube subscribers, and monthly page views surpassing 2 million per month, Swann’s impact and influence is undeniable.
In May of 2015, Benswann.com expanded its role as a disruptive force in American media and made the transition to TruthinMedia.com, partnering with even more voices across the political spectrum.
Following a hiatus from Truth In Media and Reality Check, Swann has revived both with thanks to an exclusive sponsorship from the SmartCash, digital currency system. SmartCash’s revolutionary, decentralized network harmonizes with Swann’s longstanding commitment to objective and independent reporting. With this historic partnership, Swann, Truth In Media and Reality Check are continuing to speak truth to power.
Bradley joined Dash in December 2017 as the Global Head of Business of Development, coming from American Express where he has spent the last 17+ years in a variety of partnership and finance roles across the globe. Originally from Arizona, he has spent the last 13 years in Sydney Australia where most recently he led a regional team in sourcing, negotiating, and managing strategic partnerships for the benefit of American Express Centurion and Platinum card products and customers.
Brad brings tenured experience in working with global teams, managing and leading remote teams, as well as a strong partnership philosophy. In addition, he is passionate about the cryptocurrency space which has seen him participate as an investor and perform ad hoc ICO due diligence/analysis.
Brandon Buchanan is a Co-Founder and Partner of Iterative Capital Management, an investment management firm specializing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Since 2016, Iterative Capital Management has raised six separate investment vehicles in the cryptocurrency space, ranging from a large scale cryptocurrency mining operation to a hedge fund employing event-driven trading strategies. Prior to forming Iterative Capital Management, he was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Metamorphic Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in New York, where he oversaw fund operations and was a member of the deal team. Before Metamorphic, Brandon was as a Corporate Associate at Gunderson Dettmer, where he served as counsel to hundreds of startups, incubators and venture capital funds, advising on company formation, corporate governance, and venture financings. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brown University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Bruce Fenton is an experienced economic advisor and an active member of the Blockchain industry. He is the founder of Atlantic Financial, the former Executive Director and a current board member of the Bitcoin Foundation, a co-founder of the Bitcoin Association, and the organizer of the first Dubai Bitcoin Conference. He is also the host and founder of the Satoshi Roundtable retreat, an exclusive, invitation-only retreat for leaders in the blockchain industry.
Currently, Bruce is serving as the Managing Director of Atlantic Financial which, in 1994, became the first full-service investment firm on the internet. Prior to Atlantic Financial, he was with Morgan Stanley and specialized in emerging technologies and emerging markets.
Bruce has completed several significant transactions and served as a consultant to large investment funds, along with ultra high net worth individuals, and families. Bruce has served as an advisor to one of the world’s largest charitable organizations for Gulf engagement and a top ten global private equity firm. He travels extensively, and has lived in the US and Asia, as well as Riyadh and Dubai.
Bruce counts amongst his speaking credits numerous Blockchain conferences: the MIT Enterprise Forum, Tony Robbins Wealth Mastery, DevCore, the Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF) Saudi Arabia and other major events. He has also been interviewed by the Wall St. Journal, CNN, CNBC, Investor’s Business Daily and others.
Carol Van Cleef maintains a practice that guides her clients through the growing web of laws and regulations surrounding 21st century financial services.
Carol provides counsel to a full spectrum of banks, securities firms, insurance companies, and money services operating globally. She has emerged as a go-to attorney for blockchain developers, virtual currency exchanges and wallets, FinTech companies, payment processors, prepaid access providers, and other software developers.
Additionally, she advises clients on structuring and operating business models to address key legal and regulatory considerations; developing and enhancing anti-money laundering compliance programs; preparing for examinations by federal banking regulators, the Internal Revenue Service (for money services businesses) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and addressing federal and state regulatory enforcement actions.
As a certified anti-money laundering (AML) specialist, Carol created a series of AML compliance training programs sponsored by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and attended by state regulators, executives from domestic and foreign banks, securities firms, money services businesses, and other entities. She also developed and leads an AML Compliance Bootcamp for Virtual Currency and Blockchain Businesses. She has participated in the Uniform Law Commission’s efforts to draft a model legal code for virtual currencies.
Chris Burniske is a partner at Placeholder, a New York venture firm that invests in decentralized information networks, and co-author of the book, “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond.” Prior to Placeholder, Chris pioneered ARK Investment Management’s Next Generation Internet strategy, leading the firm to become the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin, and now sits on ARK’s Board of Advisors. His commentary has been featured on national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and Bloomberg. Twitter @cburniske.
Chris Dannen is co-founder and partner at Iterative Capital, a large-scale cryptocurrency miner, investment fund, and wholesale dealer. Prior, he worked at Undercurrent LLC, where he re-organized technical teams at Fortune 50 companies using agile methods. Prior, he served as technology editor at Fast Company magazine, where he covered the practices of no-manager companies like Github, Valve, and Yammer. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and lives in New York, NY.
Clare Nelson, CISSP, CIPP/E, is Vice President of Business Development & Product Strategy, North America of identity pioneer, Sedicii (headquartered in Waterford, Ireland). She is a co-founder of C1ph3r_Qu33ns, and an Invited Expert for the W3C Verifiable Credentials Working Group. Previously Clare held leadership positions at breach response stalwart, AllClear ID, and mobile security star, Mi3 (acquired by Zimperium). Clare is also the founder and CEO of ClearMark Consulting, with expertise in smart contract audits, biometrics, identity proofing, multi-factor authentication, federation, and trust frameworks. Clare earned a BS in Mathematics from Tufts University and is a graduate of the UT Austin Center for Identity, Identity Leadership Program.
Clarissa Peereboom is Decred’s Marketing Lead, and CEO of Company One-TX. She oversees all marketing and communication for Decred. She is a seasoned speaker and curates a speaking series for women working in blockchain and cryptocurrency. Prior to Decred, she worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years and is an award-winning photographer
Daniel is the CEO and co-founder of Vault Wallet, a mobile-first blockchain wallet that is solving user experience and security. Previously, Daniel worked on the Architecture Prototyping team at ARM and before that he worked at Emulex. At ARM, Daniel was responsible for the design and implementation of numerous projects in HPC (high performance computing) and hardware security. Daniel has an BS & MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Daniel has been in Bitcoin since 2011 and co-founded the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute in 2013. In 2017 he started his youtube show Bitcoin Stuff.
David Vorick is the CEO, Co-founder and Lead Developer of Sia, the leading decentralized cloud storage network secured by blockchain technology. David has been active in Bitcoin and the larger cryptocurrency space since 2011. He studied computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and co-founded Sia parent company Nebulous in 2014 during his senior year of college. David is based in Boston where he also serves as the founder of Obelisk, an ASIC mining hardware company.
Denys Zayets is a Founder of Cryptobits, UI/UX Design contractor for Decred and many other blockchain projects. Advocating and working in blockchain space since 2010. Currently based in Florida.
Devin Blitzer is a young and charismatic American Entrepreneur who is founder and CEO of BYOBitcoin, a rapidly growing mining operations company based out of Austin, Texas. As CEO he oversees the company direction, leads partnership relations with franchise owners, and uses his engineering knowledge to consult and create data center designs. He has a Degree in Computer Science and has industry experience working at IBM, projects including The Weather Company using Watson & Data Analytics, and Cloud Engineer specializing in cloud computing and distributed systems at the enterprise level. He has industry expertise in Blockchain, Cloud, IoT, and Robotics Engineering.
Dhruv Bansal is an experienced technology entrepreneur and co-founder of Unchained Capital, a blockchain financial services company that provide cash loans to long-term cryptocurrency holders. Prior to founding Unchained, Dhruv was a co-founder and CSO of Infochimps (acquired by CSC in 2013). At Infochimps, Dhruv led development and sales teams that built products which powered big data applications inside dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
Dhruv’s background in math, physics, and network theory led him to become fascinated with Bitcoin soon after its launch. He believes blockchain is the most important invention since the telegraph and is excited to build products that accelerate the adoption of decentralized technologies.
Jack Lu is an early adopter of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He is a pioneer and entrepreneur in the blockchain ecosystem, most known for his current role as Founder & CEO of Wanchain, and previous role as Co-Founder and CTO at Factom.
Jagruti is an assurance senior manager at Aprio, specializing in Technology and Blockchain. With the shift to and the emergence of more cryptocurrencies and crypto-businesses, Jagruti has been instrumental in the development of blockchain accounting best practices and the launch of Aprio’s Blockchain Services group.
Jagruti and the blockchain team at Aprio are pioneers in blockchain accounting, having provided tax, audit, audit readiness and consulting services to companies on the blockchain for over five years. This experience has allowed Aprio to develop accounting and financial reporting best practices that help companies navigate the domestic and international accounting and tax obstacles associated with tokenization and cryptocurrency. Today, Jagruti speaks at blockchain conferences across the U.S., providing companies with insights, best practices and pitfalls related to blockchain accounting, audit, tax, regulatory, valuation and cyber risk considerations.
Jagruti has dealt with issues in ASC 606 revenue recognition, business combinations and purchase accounting, consolidations, variable interest entities, fair value accounting, discontinued operations, trouble debt restructuring and alternative financial instruments, including hedge funds and other derivatives.
In 2018, Jagruti received the AICPA’s Innovative Practitioner of the Year Award for her work on blockchain accounting.
Jagruti received her Bachelors of Commerce in Advanced Accounting and Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance from India. She graduated with her MBA in Management Accounting from Iowa. She holds a CPA in the State of Georgia.
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Jared Tate is the founder & creator of the DigiByte Blockchain. Jared is the author of the upcoming book ‘Blockchain: 2035.’ Jared has traveled the world speaking about blockchain over the past several years and is very passionate about helping pioneer new innovations and real world applications of applied blockchain technology.
Anarcho-Capitalist. Libertarian. Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks. Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast. Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and cryptocurrency conferences including his own, Anarchapulco, as well as regularly in the media including CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business.
Joel is a partner at Placeholder, a venture capital firm based in New York City that invests in decentralized information networks. Before starting the company with Chris Burniske in 2017, he spent 3 years at Union Square Ventures developing the firm’s crypto investment thesis and portfolio. Prior to joining USV, Joel founded the Digital Economy Department at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Dominican Republic, and developed a background in computer science, economics and public policy.
Professor John M. Griffin is currently the James A. Elkins Centennial Chair in Finance at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. He has also served on the faculty at Arizona State University, Yale University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Harvard Business School. His research focuses on understanding the role that conflicts of interest and misreporting played in the financial crisis. Specifically, his recent papers have centered on forensic finance and understanding the role of anything that is potentially illegal, illicit or immoral in financial markets. His expertise is in structured finance, credit ratings, international finance, and institutional investments with topics of papers including: manipulation, mortgage misreporting, credit ratings, insider trading, investment banking, cryptocurrencies, IPOs, hedge fund performance, co-movement, anomalies, pricing models, and understanding currencies and international stocks.
Jon began contributing to the Decred project in 2016, and is a lead developer of dcrdata, Decred’s original block explorer and web API. His background is in research and engineering, with extensive work in image processing, machine learning, and algorithm development.
Joseph Kelly is a serial tech entrepreneur and CEO of Unchained Capital, a blockchain financial services company that provide cash loans to long-term cryptocurrency holders. Prior to founding Unchained, Joe was a co-founder and COO of Infochimps (acquired by CSC in 2013). At Infochimps, Joe was responsible for operations, among other roles, and led the company through its pivot from a data marketplace to an enterprise software platform which powered big data applications inside dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
Joe’s interest in technology and finance helped to stoke his passion for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. He enjoys reading, writing, and flying his plane.
Joshua Baer helps people quit their jobs and become entrepreneurs at Capital Factory, Austin’s center of gravity for entrepreneurs that provides coworking, mentorship and funding for tech startups. Josh founded his first startup in 1996 in his college dormitory at Carnegie Mellon University and now teaches a class at the University of Texas for student entrepreneurs. He was recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow and Braddock Scholar at the Aspen Institute, a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations Young Leaders Forum, and an Eisenhower Fellow. Josh lives in Austin with his wife Amy and three children. The best way to reach him is on Twitter @joshuabaer
A decentralised technologies purist, focusing on open-source software, incentive models, decentralised ways-of-working, and on-chain governance. Joshua coordinates a large portion of Decred’s Asia-Pacific operations. In addition to his contributions to the Decred Project, Joshua also co-organizes the Blockchain Melbourne community with 3,100+ members, Australia’s largest blockchain focused community.
Karl served as the Director of Energy at ConsenSys before cofounding Grid+. Prior to ConsenSys, Karl graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his PhD in Materials Science researching advanced battery technologies. Before attaining his PhD, Karl worked at Southwest Research Institute where he started the Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety (EssEs) consortium which performed testing, characterization, and research on large format lithium ion batteries for >10 kWh energy storage. Karl has been a member of the Bitcoin community since 2012 and is excited to share his work building scalable and secure physical infrastructure for blockchains.
Kevin has spent his career researching and developing various DNA sequencing technologies in both the research and clinical industries. Additionally Kevin has had a parallel interest in driving the tools used for personalized medicine into the world of cannabis medicine. Kevin believes the intersection of personalized medicine, genomics, blockchains and cannabis is one of the most exciting growth opportunities in our lifetime.
Kevin is the CSO and Founder of Medicinal Genomics and has pioneered the genomics of cannabis and hemp to build a stronger scientific environment (Kannapedia.net) for the study of cannabis based therapeutics and blockchain technologies for tracking and verifying cannabis genetics. Previously, Kevin was the CSO of Courtagen Life Sciences, Inc., and held the position of Vice President and Director of R&D of Life Technologies where he managed the development of Life Technologies next generation SOLiD sequencing technology. Integral to the SOLiD R&D process, Kevin oversaw over 100 research collaborations exploring the new biological frontiers with next generation sequencing and saw particular excitement and traction in human tumor sequencing. Kevin initiated an R&D project to investigate chemFET semiconductor based DNA sequencing and spearheaded a process to acquire the DNA sequencing company Ion Torrent for $350M. These collaborations resulted in hundreds of publications and 7 Journal covers from Science Translational Medicine to Nature.
Kevin was the President and CSO of Agencourt Personal Genomics, a startup company he co-founded in 2005 to invent revolutionary sequencing technologies that dropped the cost of sequencing a human genome from $300M to $3,000; a 100,000-fold improvement in sequencing speed and cost in a few years. Kevin oversaw the growth and research of APG until it was sold it to Applied BioSystems. In 2000, Kevin Co-Founded Agencourt Biosciences Corporation and acted as the CSO until 2005 where it was acquired by Beckman Coulter. From 1996 to 2000 Kevin managed the Research and Development for the Human Genome Project at Whitehead Institute/MIT resulting in several patents for nucleic acid purification. Kevin holds a B.S. in Biology from Emory University with a focus on cloning and expressing Norepinephrine Transporters. When not decoding DNA and unraveling the mysteries of cannabis medicine, Kevin enjoys boating, skiing, and gardening.
Perkins Coie attorney, Kyle Wood advises technology clients, from startups to FORTUNE 100 companies, on an array of technology transactions and privacy matters, with a particular emphasis on blockchain technology. As an active member of our Blockchain Technology & Digital Currency industry group, Kyle represents clients in launching commercial platforms powered by blockchain tokens and counseled teams through their initial coin offerings (ICOs) process by offering regulatory guidance and corporate advice in engineering domestic and international corporate structures. Recent clients have included companies in such industries as decentralized advertising, cloud storage, eSports, motion picture distribution and virtual reality imaging.
Leo Zhang leads the cryptocurrency research effort and mining business development at Iterative Capital. Prior to joining Iterative Capital, Leo worked as a corporate strategist and equity derivative specialist at various financial institutions. Leo holds a BS in mathematics from Stanford University.
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Dr. Luis Crespo, President and CEO of Digital Documents Advisors and the Instituto Interamericano del Documento Legal Digital. He directed the implementation of e-government in the province of Cordoba, Argentina, with special emphasis on document management, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank (WB). He is specialized in computer technology and the development of Scenario-based Planning Models.
Luke Powell is a key member of Decred’s development team. He currently works on Politeia, Decred’s proposal system, as well as serving as a project evangelist, hosting the popular YouTube show “Decred Roundtable,” where he leads innovative discussions with users and the investment community about how Decred has built a governance layer to distinguish itself from other projects. Prior to Decred, Luke was a full-stack developer at an enterprise software startup. He has also built weather simulation models for the oil and gas industry.
Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, a peaceful 34-year old who was sentenced to double life without parole for all non-violent charges associated with his role in the Silk Road website.
Since Ross’ arrest Lyn has strived to direct awareness beyond the sensationalism to issues at stake and how the case impacts freedom in the digital age. She has spoken at numerous events; appeared on many TV, radio and podcast shows, including Reason TV, CNN, HuffPost Live and Fox; and conducted interviews with major and alternative media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Guardian. She is also featured in the documentary Deep Web.
After working 10 years as International Marketing Manager for a worldwide software company, Maarten have been active as entrepreneur: starting and running successful, small, agile software companies.
As co-founder and Product Owner of Sphereon, Maarten now focusses on Product- and Business Development as well as advise on Strategy, like the impact of Blockchain on our industry.
Sphereon provides the leading API-platform for Document Processing and Blockchain services, a crucial building-block of today’s API economy.
Besides thinking about long-term strategy, Maarten finds Product- and Business Development still the most interesting and fulfilling aspects of his daily work.
Marco Peereboom is one of the founders and currently the New Systems Development Lead for Decred; a cutting-edge crypto currency that provides advancement in blockchain technology while also offering true governance. He is an avid open source developer who has been actively involved in crypto currency since 2011 working on and around several Bitcoin projects. He originated several innovations such as on-chain voting which set Decred apart from other digital currencies. He serves as the CTO of Company Zero and continues to hack on Decred’s next generation digital governance tools. When not plastered in front of a screen Marco enjoys cooking, brewing, baking and farming chickens.
Mark Thorsen is COO of Yeoman’s Capital, the first all crypto family office. Prior to joining Yeoman’s, Mark led due diligence for the most active angel investment group in the US for 4 years. LinkedIn profile
Matt Whittington a Lead Software Developer at Factom, a blockchain-as-a-service company. He brings over two decades of software development experience to Factom where he’s responsible for building applications and focusing on IoT development in the blockchain space. Before joining Factom he spent a year dealing with the technical and regulatory aspects of launching a US based digital currency exchange. Previously, Matt was the Senior Software Developer/Architect at Myriad Development. Inc. and an Information Systems Analyst at Ascension / Seton Healthcare.
Experience: Business Developer, Software Development, Mobile Development, Project Management, Digital Marketing, Python, Blockchain and AI.
I grew up in Macau, studied in computer science in the Algarve University and founded Dengun and some other companies. I always loved the web and all things related with the digital world, I have been designing and building Web Projects and Digital Marketing Strategies, since 1996.
I founded Dengun with some friends out of University and we grew the company from 0 to 70 team members with more than 600 happy clients . Nowadays I am focusing more on international business development and helping other entrepreneurs give life and grow their digital ideas/projects.
Dengun is a Full-Service Digital Agency headquartered in the Algarve, Portugal, specialised in designing and developing awesome websites and mobile applications, as well as fully integrated 360º Digital Marketing Strategies.
Technology has never been so instrumental for a business success as nowadays and that’s the main reason why we’re constantly on the lookout for state-of-the-art and groundbreaking technological solutions and methodologies; oh, and did we mention we’re obsessed with conversion?
As a mature digital agency, we have worked closely with numerous companies from various sectors in the creation of tailormade solutions. Our core activity revolves mainly around Python & Django based projects. We have a specialised team experienced in web and mobile development, web design, blockchain technology and AI. We also boast a team fully focused on creating 360º Digital Marketing Strategies.
To top things off, we have awesome international partners/clients such as 15Five.com, Triller.co, QuintadoLago.com & JustTeeTimes.com , who all speak highly of us.
Nancy Wojtas has served as counsel in connection with corporate governance matters, acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, private and public offerings, joint ventures, venture capital and bank financings, proxy contests, cryptocurrency offerings and going private transactions.
Nancy began her career with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the division of Market Regulation and later served as counsel to the Chairman of the Commission.
Nancy was recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Governance in Palo Alto by The Best Lawyers in America in 2013. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Governance from 2007-2018 and in its 2016 “Women Lawyer of the Year” awards.
Nancy is a member of the Opinions Committee of the California State Bar. Formerly she was the co-chair of the Corporations Committee of the Business section of the California State Bar.
Nancy is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, securities law and cryptocurrency topics.
Nicole Jolie, an Implementrepreneur, chooses to run her businesses based on “people watch what you do more than they listen to what you say.” Daring greatly, Nicole authored The Smart Woman’s Guide to Blockchain so that she could learn about the subject of blockchain. On the heels of launching her new show on IGTV, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Blockchain the same weekend of the EOS London Hackathon she helps people learn about blockchain technology the easy way, with laughter and easy going style.
Giving value to women, and men too, the globe over, all about blockchain so they can use it in their businesses with less hassle, live their lives with more privacy, and achieve both their personal and professional goals using blockchain technology and Dapps. Discover what EOS is, how it works, what block producers are and why proxy voting is the new way of creating decentralized democratized blockchains. Nicole is an independent EOS blockchain influencer not sponsored by any specific chain or group. She works on her own to influence and become the “go to” source for EOS and Telos and DPOS blockchains.
The show Smart Women’s Guide to Blockchain is currently on IGTV tune in at @IAmNicoleJolie on Instagram, or check out blockchain adventures and her site at www.smartwomenblockchain.com
Niels is CTO for Sphereon.com, where he is responsible for its Content and Blockchain Services API platform. He is also one of the five Guides for the Factom blockchain project, focusing on governance and technology to help the project reach its full potential. Niels has more than 15 years of experience in various CTO roles. He has more than 20 years of experience with GNU/Linux, including High Availability, Clustering, as well as software development for large Enterprises.
Omar Hamwi is the Regional Manager of Business Development in the U.S. and Canada for Dash, the leading cryptocurrency for payments. At Dash, Omar creates and manages partnerships and projects within the U.S. and Canada focusing on innovative use cases of Dash that solve existing problems in specific industries. For example, Omar recently project managed a large multi-faceted launch in Venezuela for a mobile phone company.
Prior to joining Dash, Omar began his career with the Global Bank Advisory Services and Credit Bureau Development team within IFC, the World Bank’s private sector arm. Omar then entered the private sector as a management consultant, consulting for a number of companies on Wallstreet and major television networks in New York City. Most recently, he led Global Business Development for a Dubai-based global Fintech company. Omar holds an MBA and a certificate in Decision Sciences from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from York University.
Parker is a dynamic autodidact with a passion for problem solving with computers. Raised in Cleveland, he was a hopelessly defiant student and voracious reader. His philosophical and political interest in Bitcoin further developed into a fascination with blockchain technology and decentralized systems. Prior to founding decent, Parker lent his talents to computer programming, web and mobile app development.
decent is a software development and consultancy firm specializing in blockchain technology. Founded by expert software developers with extensive experience deploying production applications in dozens of programming languages-we are constructing the future of the digital economy, through cryptography. As a team of software and product industry experts, we think through business models, craft inspiring products around them-and build. Our value lies in our ability to leverage our diverse range of skill sets and relationships to execute blockchain centric projects from conceptualization to completion.
Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz, a mobile wallet and single-sign-on security platform for blockchain technology and decentralized applications. Airbitz has won accolades including being one of the top 3 mobile apps for bitcoin in the 2014 Blockchain Awards, being voted in the ‘Top 50 FinTech Companies to Watch’ by AlwaysOn Inc, and receiving first place in the Inside Bitcoins 2015 and Coin Agenda 2016 pitch competitions. Paul held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Paul Snow is the chairman of the Texas Bitcoin Conference, Inventor of the Factom protocol and a co-founder of Factom Inc. He has spent 30+ years writing compilers, interpreters, protocols, and rules engines. An early adopter of Bitcoin, he organized Passing Bitcoin Around the World in 2013, a stunt highlighting the speed at which value can be exchanged around the world in 2013. He continues to run meetups, speaks, and even testifies before Congress about Bitcoin and crypto technology.
Rachel Wolfson is an entrepreneur, blockchain journalist and podcast co-host. She earned her B.A. in English and Political Science at The University of Texas at Austin and received a Master’s Degree in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. Rachel has been writing about blockchain technology and cryptocurrency for over two years and currently contributes to Forbes, Bitcoin Magazine and a number of other publications. She also serves as a board advisor for a blockchain supply chain management company based in New York. Additionally, Rachel has been named by The Next Web as one of the top five women working to change the world of crypto and was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as an influential woman in the blockchain space.
Robert Long previously served as a senior attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result, Rob is uniquely qualified to defend regulatory and white collar investigations and prosecutions; advise corporations, hedge funds, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other market participants on compliance and regulatory matters; and conduct internal investigations.
Rolf Versluis is an experienced business owner in the IT industry and owns a mid-size Cryptocurrency mining in Atlanta Georgia. With prior experience at Cisco systems, the semiconductor industry, and as a nuclear trained officer in the US Submarine force, Rolf brings leadership, management, and technical operational expertise to the Horizen organization.
Sam currently serves as Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Chronicled, which leverages blockchain and IoT technologies to deliver smart supply chain solutions. Prior to serving as CMO, she led product development and architecture as Chief Product Officer for 3 years.
She is also a Co-Founder at Better Kinds, which fosters everyday practices of conscious consumption and responsible production by empowering people to make better micro decisions that lead to better macro results.
Recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, Sam is a thought leader in the blockchain sector and the founder of Machine Elf Consulting, an emerging technology and product development consulting firm based in Brooklyn, NY. Founded in 2012, the firm focuses on blockchain, IoT, and additive manufacturing advisement to enterprises and individuals.
Sam has an entrepreneurial background that spans several technology companies. She became interested in blockchain as a mechanism to facilitate trusted interoperability, a challenge she sought to overcome leading her first two companies. Before joining Chronicled and Better Kinds, she previously served as the CTO of Huckabuy, a consumer product metadata aggregator and standards company and Founder and CEO of Stunable, a provider of inventory management and marketing software utilized by consumer products brands to integrate e-commerce sales with cross-channel interactions.
Scott Christian is a Decred Project contributor involved with marketing of the project on social media platforms and presence at events. With a background in IT and Software Development, Scott has a knack for breaking down complex concepts into the comprehensible that doesn’t require domain expertise and knowledge of technical jargon.
An Ethereum enthusiast, Sebastián Brocher is a technology executive and entrepreneur with an artistic mind. He created CryptoArte.io, a generative blockchain art collection, non-fungible token, and decentralized application, to help grow the Ethereum community by fostering awareness of the technology in a fun and accessible way.
Previous to CryptoArte, Sebastián founded multiple startups (including SiteCondor, acq’ by gShift Labs in 2015), headed technology for WhiteGlove Health, and held engineering management roles at Schlumberger.
Sebastián holds a degree in Computer Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), and is fluent in Spanish, French, and English. In his free time, Sebastián enjoys spending time with family and friends, making music, traveling, and exercising.
University of Texas at Austin – Professor – Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng.
Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz Corp. and one of the principle industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms.
Steven Sprague was successful at Wave System Corp. a Nasdaq company, taking the company from delisting in 1997 to over a 2 billion dollar valuation in 2000 and leading the industry in OEM and enterprise trusted computing software. Rivetz has been an early participant in the ICO process and completed a token launch event in sept of 2017. Developing early models for utility token security and services. Steven has served as both a board member and advisor to a number of early stage startup companies. Steven holds multiple patents in the area of trusted computing, data security and microtransactions. Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
Tamia Simons is an associate with Phillips Anker, PC, a CPA firm in North Austin. She has over 16 years experience in accounting and tax compliance services. Because of her passion with solving IT problems, she immediately became excited with blockchain and its potential to become a universal virtual currency. As a parent of a highly intellectual 12 year old, staying abreast of technology and gaming is part of Tamia’s daily life. Her research in the world of cryptocurrency is ever-evolving. She continues to stay informed on Congressional legislation and Internal Revenue Service treatment of cryptocurrency. Tamia graduated from Northwest Christian University with a B.S. in Accounting and is currently completing the requirements for her CPA credential.
Tawanda Kembo is a fourth generation entrepreneur and one of Africa’s foremost cryptocurrency experts. Tawanda started Africa’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Golix in 2014 – it’s now available in 7 countries and growing fast. Tawanda is one of the earliest adopters of cryptocurrency on the African continent through his involvement with bitcoin in 2012. He has spoken at several major international cryptocurrency conferences, is an avid blogger and has contributed to and advised numerous cryptocurrency-related companies and projects over the years. Tawanda is committed to giving every person in Africa financial autonomy.
Todd Rowan, CEO of Rewards.com is a serial entrepreneur. Todd started his last loyalty software company with American Airlines and Charles Schwab as his first two clients. His portofolio grew to include Bank of America, American Express, IHG, Marriott, Caesars, Sony, TD, and many others.
Driven by his entrepreneurial vision and leveraging over 20 years of expertise, Todd is now innovating loyalty on the blockchain. Throughout the advancement of technology Todd has harnessed emerging innovations in the rewards and loyalty marketplace. This journey has embodied Todd’s belief that the proliferation of blockchain and cryptocurrency will be the most impactful change the loyalty industry has ever seen.
Silicon Valley business attorney Wendy L. Moore counsels on executive compensation, including equity compensation, employment benefits and corporate governance. She advises public and emerging growth companies and their investors on the securities, tax, corporate, employment and stock exchange requirements for cash and equity compensation, and, most recently, on cryptocurrency and tokens used as compensation. Transactional counsel on executive compensation and employee benefits, particularly in M&A deals, is a major practice focus. Her technology-centered industry experience includes blockchain/distributed ledger technology, fintech, biotech, health tech, medical devices, cybersecurity, IoT, data analytics and SaaS.
Wendy works with entrepreneurs who are bringing disruptive technologies to our lives, helping them create stock option and RSU programs, token bonus and token unit programs, liquidity tender offers and carve out bonus plans. Wendy is pioneering solutions on founder and token-based compensation in conjunction with our Blockchain & Digital Currency industry group teams and our Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice teams, helping to advise clients on the launch of commercial platforms powered by blockchain tokens and the initial coin offerings (ICOs) process. Her recent counsel includes addressing the securities and tax implications for founder token allocations, IRAs purchasing tokens, and broad-based token bonus programs. Wendy has also been working closely with leading accounting, tax, valuation and compensation consulting firms to structure efficient compensation in the realm of virtual currencies, coins and tokens.
In addition to her valuable contributions to M&A, IPO and ICO deal teams, Wendy provides extensive counseling on compensation and benefits. She helps companies develop employment, equity, bonus, deferred compensation, severance, retention and change of control arrangements; plan and execute initial equity compensation strategies; and negotiate agreements for executives and employers that are aligned with company growth stages. She is particularly skilled in areas involving U.S. Tax Code sections 409A, 83, 280G and 162(m) and securities issues involving Rule 701, Reg S-K and the tender offer rules.
Wendy works regularly with boards, executives and management as well as clients’ auditors and compensation consultants. In addition to her counsel on various plans, she is actively involved in the issuer’s annual compensation calendar, including issue spotting on plan design changes, drafting CD&As and proxy proposals, and supporting shareholder outreach campaigns. Wendy also provides board/management education on legal changes, and works to minimize the risk of compensation-based litigation.
Ranked by Chambers USA, Wendy is an active member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and the American Bar Association, and she presents at national conferences on emerging issues in executive compensation and related concerns.
Zachary CFO of Factom, is an accomplished architect in the world of finance and economics having served as an executive in several ambitious ventures. He is a champion at increasing enterprise value, solidifying financial operations and managing enterprise risk. Having led complex financial transactions in companies, he brings significant leadership experience. He is an accredited architect for mission-critical, financial systems with significant budgets while working for KPMG. He holds an MBA from the Acton School of Entrepreneurship and a BA from Austin College in Economics, Political Science and Business Administration.