Speakers

 
Anthem Hayek Blanchard
 

A co-founder of cryptocurrency blockchain company AnthemGold Inc. (AnthemGold.com) and co-founder of precious metals dealer Anthem Vault Inc. (brands: AnthemVault.com, AmagiMetals.com), Anthem Hayek Blanchard also serves as both companies’ Chief Executive Officer as well as a member of both Board of Directors.

He was raised by legendary goldbug and precious metals pioneer, James U. Blanchard III, who helped restore Americans’ right to own gold and also founded rare coin and bullion company, Blanchard & Company – once, the world’s largest. As Director of Strategic Development and Marketing with European-based GoldMoney, Anthem helped develop and implement their current business model, overseeing marketing and product development efforts which resulted in an increase of total value held by the company from $1 million in 2002 to $368 million by 2008; today, the company holds over $2 billion in client assets. He also assisted thousands of clients personally over the years, answering their questions regarding buying and selling gold and silver.

From 2010-2014 Anthem served as an independent director and member of the audit committee, compensation committee and nominating committee at Pernix Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (ticker symbol: PTX, traded on NASDAQ), a pharmaceutical company based in The Woodlands, Texas.

Anthem holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Goizueta Business School at Emory University, with concentrations in Professional Accounting and Finance.

 
Bruce Fenton
 

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.

 
Chris Housser
 

Chris grew up in western Canada as an active baseball and junior hockey player and ran several successful online businesses as a teenager. During university, he joined the Canadian Forces as an infantry soldier. After graduating, he served at forward-operating bases in Kandahar, Afghanistan for 6 months with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Upon return from Afghanistan he traveled the world for over a year, including two months working on a pearl fishing boat in the Indian Ocean. After his travels, he taught intensive leadership courses with the army. Deciding to change things up, he moved across the country to do a law degree. In 2013,Chris practiced as a lawyer in downtown Toronto, while nearly simultaneously becoming fascinated with bitcoin. After 4 years of deep diving into blockchain technology, investing and advising projects, Chris linked up with Trevor in 2017 to begin working on Polymath.

 
Daniel Krawisz
 

Daniel Krawisz got his master’s degree in physics in 2010. He bought his first bitcoins in 2011. In 2013 he co-founded the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute. He works as a software engineer for Stash Crypto.

 
Daniel Winters
 

Daniel Winters owns Global Tax Accountants, which provides Blockchain tax & accounting services. Daniel has presented at conferences in New York, Austin, San Francisco, and Saint Louis.

He advises multiple Blockchain startups, including companies launching ICOs. Clients include crypto miners, day traders and blockchain devs. Daniel has written for Coindesk about crypto taxes and created a course for CPAs about Bitcoin tax issues.

Daniel owns Bitcoin himself, and is excited to present at the Texas Bitcoin Conference for the second time.

 
David Johnston
 

David Johnston is the Chairman of the Board at Factom, Inc. the first Blockchain technology company to solve the scalability, cost and speed problems with securing large enterprise data in a tamper proof and secure way. A skilled fund manager in the digital currency space, David played an early role in several billion dollar blockchain applications including Bitcoin and Ethereum, and helped launch important decentralized infrastructure such as the Safe Network and Factom.

In the blockchain space David previously served as the Managing Director of the Decentralized Applications Venture Fund and before that as the Executive Director of BitAngels in 2013, one of the world’s largest angel investment groups. An avid entrepreneur and early adopter of emerging technologies, David has founded several enterprises in industries ranging from biotech to open source software.

David is an internationally sought­ after speaker and has presented at the Money 20/20 Conference, Amsterdam Bitcoin Foundation Conference, Singapore Coin Congress, North American Bitcoin Conference, Tel Aviv Inside Bitcoin Conference,­­ just to name a few. He is also a trusted media source on the topics of decentralization and blockchain technology and was recently interviewed on Bloomberg TV.”

David Johnson is on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn, Medium and has a personal website.

 
Dmitry “Rassah” Muraschik
 

Dmitry “Rassah” Murashchik has been involved in Bitcoin almost from the beginning, including mining, investing, venture funding, and volunteering as a Bitcoin consultant for various businesses.

He has worked as a treasurer and head of the first bitcoin charity, Bitcoin100 from 2011 until 2016, as a treasurer holding hundreds of bitcoins in funds for the Bitcointalk.org forum and /r/Bitcoin Reddit, and as a Brand Manager and Community Manager for Mycelium, one of the top Bitcoin wallet companies, from 2014 until May of 2017.

Dmitry has a tech background with history in networking and software development, and holds a bachelor and master in finance and global economics. He is an entrepreneur and technologist who likes to examine trends in the market to predict future developments.

 
Dylan Senter
 

Dylan is an accomplished entrepreneur who has founded multiple businesses over the past several years. He is currently a co-founder with Sensytec, a smart materials technology startup that has received over $3M in R&D funding to date. He is also an experienced e-commerce expert, operating his own Amazon storefront (SuperSenter) that generated $500,000 in sales for 2016. His entrepreneurial achievements earned him honors and scholarship from the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2015. His specialties are in business development, marketing, and growth strategies.

 
Elisabeth Grothe-Møller
 

Elisabeth Grothe-Møller is the co-founder of the humanitarian, social network CommonCollection.com that makes it possible for users to send resources to people in need or fund entrepreneurial projects in third-world countries using Bitcoins.

Before going into bitcoin-space, she worked in the art industry. She worked for three years at the National Gallery of Denmark, hired to increase millennial visitor numbers amongst other things. She creates compelling events, which profoundly influenced her eye for aesthetics and her skills in marketing.

Currently, Elisabeth works at the Bitcoin exchange, WeMoveCoins.com, and as a Fintech Student Assistant at Danske Bank in Copenhagen. With her experience working with Fintech, her passion for digital currencies and the blockchain technology together with her academic degree and natural eye for visual aesthetics she runs the creative consultancy Studiolit.dk.

Elisabeth wants to use her passion for crypto technologies and visual aesthetics to design compelling UI/UX that will help make the technology mainstream. By creating beautiful product designs that empathically connect with the user’s needs, we can shift the users focus on what bitcoin and blockchain are to what this amazing technology can do.

At this conference, Elisabeth will talk about how we can use design to make bitcoin more mainstream. Related to this she will unveil an innovative humanitarian project and show how she integrates design techniques and visual aesthetics.

 
Ian Freeman
 

Ian Freeman is the host of nationally syndicated talk radio show “Free Talk Live”, the program director of LRN.FM, The Liberty Radio Network, and the founder of FreeKeene.com. He moved to New Hampshire as part of the ongoing NH Freedom Migration in 2006. He’s also a cryptocurrency evangelist and has been a key player in making his home of Keene, NH into the city with the most bitcoin-accepting-businesses-per-capita on the planet.

 
Jason Tyra
 

Jason M. Tyra is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the State of Texas and an ACFE Certified Fraud Examiner. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management’s Cohort MBA and Master of Science in Accounting programs (concentrations in Taxation and Assurance Services) and also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Texas.

Jason is a former auditor for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and has public accounting experience working for a large regional firm in Texas. He is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. His specific areas of practice include:

  • Federal, state, local tax preparation
  • Assurance & attest services (audits, reviews, compilations)
  • Crowdfunding & private placement work
  • Virtual currency process implementation & tax preparation
  • State tax consulting

Jason has previously contributed to Bitcoin Magazine, Coindesk, and Bitcoin4Biz, where he writes about tax and accounting issues affecting entrepreneurs and individuals who employ virtual currencies as a means of payment and store of wealth.

 
Jay Postma
 

Jay Postma, as founder and President of MSB Compliance Inc., provides BSA/AML compliance consulting to MSBs, TPPPs and community banks. With extensive experience in financial services, Jay has worked as an intrepreneur within the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and entrepreneur at Towne Services, El Banco de Nuestra Comunidad, Ingo Money and other entities to create value while ensuring effective risk mitigation. Mr. Postma, Co-Chair of the Atlanta ACAMS Chapter and Lifetime Member of the Bitcoin Foundation, has worked for multiple digital currency clients and has previously spoken on bitcoin for the Southwest Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance, Western Union’s Consumer Protection & Compliance Conference, Texas Bitcoin Conference, Caltech Entrepreneur’s Forum, and American Conference Institute. Mr. Postma has achieved recognition as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and as a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist (CFCS). Mr. Postma helped to organize the ACAMS Atlanta Chapter and currently serves as Co-Chair of the group.

 
José Rodriguez
 

Jose has over 10 years of experience working at Mexican and US Financial Institutions on their Back, Middle and Front Offices. He has participated in Investigations and Intelligence Services collaborating with Authorities discovering and documenting frauds, corporate corruption and misappropriation of funds in some of the largest cases in Mexican Financial Institutions.

Credited with organizing the first meeting with the Mexican Central Bank to talk about Bitcoin and Blockchain. Has participated and helped to organize most Bitcoin and Blockchain meetups, workshops and hackathons in Mexico. Assisted with the Organizing Committee of the Latin American Bitcoin Conference in Mexico, laBITconf.

 
Julie Smith
 

Julie joined Medici Ventures as Director of Research in 2017. Prior to joining Medici, Julie worked in Morgan Stanley’s Sales & Trading division where she worked with some of the firm’s largest pension, hedge fund, and mutual fund clients across equity-based products.

Julie is a graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Philosophy.

 
Karl Kreder
 

Karl is the Director of Energy at ConsenSys and is a Cofounder of Grid+. Before joining full time, Karl served as a subject matter expert advisor for the Energy group at ConsenSys. Prior to ConsenSys, Karl graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his PhD in Materials Science researching advanced battery technologies. Prior to 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. The EssEs consortium had 12 industry members from 3 continents with a budget of more than $3 million.

 
Kevin McKernan
 

Kevin is the founder and CEO of Medicinal Genomics Corporation. Medicinal Genomics made worldwide news in 2011 when it publicly released the first genome sequence for Cannabis sativa L. As a result of this work, Medicinal Genomics (MGC) launched a suite of qPCR tools for the detection of microbial contamination on Cannabis. Prior to Medicinal Genomics, Kevin was the team leader of R&D for the human genome project at Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research. This work led to the foundation of Agencourt Bioscience corporation which was acquired by Beckman Coulter and Agencourt Personal Genomics that was acquired by Applied Biosystems for development of the SOLiD Sequencer.

 
NNena Ukuku
 

Nnena Ukuku is a startup attorney from Silicon Valley. She is a partner at both Venture Gained Legal and Simplicity@Legal, law firms that specialize in working with innovative companies. She thrives as an attorney when law, policy, technology, and the creative, entrepreneurial spirit intersect.

Nnena is passionate about creating more opportunities for underrepresented communities in technology. She is one of the founders of Black Founders Startup Community (Black Founders) and was formerly the CEO of Black Founders from 2009-2014 and remains an active board member. For her work with Black Founders she was awarded one of Forbes 2012: Women Who are Changing the World.

Nnena has also spoken on issues regarding tech policy (panelist at the Tech Policy Summit), diversity in the valley (NPR and other media outlets). She has also appeared in various media outlets such as Essence on subjects related to entrepreneurship. She is one of the founding members of the Startup Clinic at Hastings Law School.

She also enjoys dancing (tango), writing plays, cooking and singing, and filling her home with food and good conversation. Nnena earned her BA. from Georgia State University; her J.D. from Mercer University, where she was a member of the Coif.

 
Mark Edge
 

Free Talk Live, Mark’s nationally syndicated radio program introduced Roger Ver to Bitcoin, making Mark Bitcoin’s John the Baptist. FTL is credited by many early adopters as giving Bitcoin the early boost that it needed to break through into the world-changing tech that it is today. Mark loves crypto and reports on major stories often.

 
Melanie Swan
 

Melanie Swan is a Blockchain Theorist and Distributed Ledger expert, in Philosophy and Economic Theory, at Purdue University. She is the author of the best-selling book Blockchain: Blueprint for a New Economy. Her education includes an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Philosophy from the New School, and a BA in French and Economics from Georgetown University. She is a faculty member at Singularity University. Previously Melanie was a Registered Investment Advisor, hedge fund manager, and professional options trader at Cygnet Capital, a Securities Analyst at Fidelity in Boston, and a Mergers and Acquisitions Investment Banking Associate at JP Morgan in New York.

 
Pablo Gonzalez
 

Pablo holds a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University. He started his first company over 8 years ago. His second company continues to operate and generates over 10M USD in revenue per annum.

Pablo has over 10 years of design, marketing, and product development expertise. He is also one of the founders of the Mexican Fintech Association.

 
Paul Puey
 

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
 

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.

 
Steven Sprague
 

Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz Corp. and one of the principal 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 is the co-founder of Rivetz Corp. a company focused on the use of trusted computing and Trusted Execution TEE to enhance the quality and security of the relationship with the user and their device. Rivetz provides app developers services and tools to enable simple integration of embedded cyber security capabilities of modern devices. Rivetz is playing an important role in providing the key technologies for the protection of private keys, encryption and secure instructions for blockchain, identity, messages, IoT and cryptocurrencies.

Steven graduated from Cornell University with a BS in mechanical engineering.

 
Sheldon Weisfeld
 

Chief Executive Officer of CoinVault ATM, Sheldon is a seasoned entrepreneur and business development guru. Sheldon constantly seeks the opportunity to solve industry problems with novel solutions. Sheldon is well-versed in creating long term value within organizations and seizing market opportunities.

CoinVault ATM was the first fully registered digital currency ATM operator in North America having launched the first CoinVault ATM in Austin Texas during the first Texas Bitcoin Conference in 2014.

 
Tamia Simons
 

Tamia Simons is an associate with Phillips Anker, PC, a CPA firm in North Austin. She has over 15 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 digital currency is ever-evolving. She continues to stay informed on Congressional legislation and Internal Revenue Service treatment of digital currency.

Tamia graduated from Northwest Christian University with a BS in Accounting and is currently completing the requirements for her CPA credential.

 
Tawanda Kembo
 

Tawanda Kembo has been geeking out about bitcoin since 2012 and has been deeply involved in bitcoin and the blockchain technology since 2013. Tawanda is 4th generation entrepreneur who co-founded BitFinance, the company running Zimbabwe’s bitcoin exchange. Tawanda has launched, contributed to and consulted for several blockchain-related projects in Africa so he understands the bitcoin landscape in Africa very well. Tawanda has spoken at several blockchain conferences worldwide, is a widely published author of bitcoin-related articles and blog posts. Previously, Tawanda started his career as a software engineer having writing his first software program in 1999 (when he was 13 years old).

 
Trace Mayer
 

Trace Mayer is an entrepreneur, investor, journalist, monetary scientist and ardent defender of the freedom of speech. He holds degrees in accounting and law. He has studied Austrian economics focusing on the work of Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises.

In 2008 during the worldwide financial crisis he wrote The Great Credit Contraction explaining the causes and likely effects. Shortly later he was among the first popular bloggers to publicly recommend the first blockchain technology, Bitcoin, as a virtual currency, in its infancy with a market cap under $2m.

Then he started funding core blockchain infrastructure including (1) Armory which provides the foundational security for Bitcoin wallets, (2) Bitpay the largest Bitcoin merchant processor and (3) Kraken the largest Bitcoin/Euro exchange and a major worldwide liquidity provider.

He hosts the extremely popular Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast where he interviews the top people in the Bitcoin world.

Mr. Mayer has presented on Bitcoin, both objectively and persuasively, to a wide variety of audiences including members of the Federal Reserve, Bundesbank, major financial institutions, the IRS, FBI, FTC, HNWIs, conferences and many others on the topics of Bitcoin, cyber security, financial cryptography, digital currency, entrepreneurship and other topics.

 
Trevor Koverko
 

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur – 2 Exits.
2013 : eProf – Peter Schiff TechCrunch BNN.
2015 : Polymath Labs (world’s first VR exit) – Demo.
Academic All-Canadian from Canada’s top business school (Ivey Business School).
Austrian Economist.
Mündliche Prüfung scholar.
Founded DAI, world leading private equity firm focused on acquiring ultra profitable websites.
Former NHL hockey player (New York Rangers).

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