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Bryan Ballard has been part of the Kansas City IT community for over 18 years. After leaving Kansas University, he founded and operated Ballard electric in 1994. In 1996 Bryan Ballard sold Ballard Electric to Raisin electric in order to assist Internet Direct Communications as one of the principal founders and technical staff. Over the course of the next 4.5 years Bryan Ballard assisted in the management and growth of Internet Direct Communications and the merger of 22 regional ISPS into Grapevine Internet with a final subscriber base of over 300,000 users. Grapevine Internet was sold in late 1999, and Bryan Ballard left the startup environment to take a position as Director of Network Security for Transworld Airlines (TWA). While at TWA, Bryan Ballard was approached by several of his former clients to assist with Consulting and IT Design projects. At the behest of many former clients he founded Netsolus Consulting as an IT consulting and design firm in May of 2000. Bryan Ballard left TWA in 2002 to grow Netsolus fulltime. Netsolus has experienced an average growth rate of 30% to 50% year over year and quickly became a well respected and received brand in the Kansas City market, with clients like Procter & Gamble, Reece & Nichols Realtors and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. As part of Netsolus’s growth, Bryan Ballard started a collocation and hosting business unit in 2004 followed, by a Bitcoin hosting arm in 2013.
Currently Bryan Ballard serves as CTO and COB of Netsolus.
CEO & Founder
Steve is serial entrepreneur with a keen eye for emerging technologies and the business instincts to develop companies in the critical path of the trends. In the early 90's, Steve helped DIRECTV launch the first commercial satellite television service in the US and Latin American countries. He played a key role in the design and integration of their business systems and the in-country rollout of service. As the Internet gained steam, Steve identified email as the next “killer app" and launched a successful Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration practice for international fortune 100 companies. In 1998, Steve took that practice mobile after RIM showed him an early prototype of a two-way mobile email pager (the device was ultimately rebranded as the BlackBerry.) Recognizing the trend early, Steve positioned his company REGARD as the first west coast BlackBerry partner and at one point become the largest independent reseller of BlackBerry products in the US. After the Y2K craze, REGARD expanded into a high-end boutique Internet strategy firm to compete with Razorfish, March-First and the like. REGARD quickly added clients TRW, VPA (bought by Fidelity), DIRECTV and John Deere while the mobility division landed Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Wells Fargo Bank, Countrywide, Hughes, LIONSGATE, Creative Artists Agency and myriad state & federal gov't agencies. In 2003, REGARD opened an Indian software development subsidiary and established a nationwide reputation with RIM, Microsoft, AT&T, Sprint/NEXTEL, & Verizon a “go-to" mobile and eCommerce company. Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce business, conducted due diligence and made countless angel investments into startups, acted as outside business process and technology strategist to countless “C-Level" executives of Fortune-500 and SMB Businesses. Steve was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine (9/07), is often quoted in trade rags, and speaks at southern California universities & tradeshows on entrepreneurship, mobility, social media, and NOW cryptocurrencies!
Dr. Nikos Bentenitis
Founder, CoinSimple and Chair of Education Committee, Bitcoin Foundation
Dr. Nikos Bentenitis holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. As a university professor, he has held teaching and research appointments in universities of New York, Texas and Ecuador. He is the founder of CoinSimple (coinsimple.com), a Bitcoin startup that simplifies the acceptance of Bitcoin for merchants, and he is heavily involved in cryptocurrency education as a Chair of the education committee of the Bitcoin Foundation.
Director of International Operations
Eric has been involved in the 'payments technology sector' for the best part of a decade and has delivered retail payment solutions for the world's largest merchant brands transforming the way in which they sell and ship to their worldwide customers. He continues to lead innovative Pay-Tech solutions for the rapidly emerging digital currency and mobile wallet markets. Eric's specialties mainly lie in providing and integrating a wide range of merchant services in combination with accelerating brand and product development. Being at the forefront of mobile and alternative payments has allowed Eric to stay informed and engaged with merchants and payment service providers alike.
Eric's expertise is vast in the European and emerging markets. He has worked in many different places immersing himself with localized payment solutions for the under banked consumers who live in low card penetration demographics. Whilst working in Russia, he was instrumental in establishing and scaling combined online/offline retail whilst pushing for rapid adoption of mobile app ecosystems.
Eric's involvement in the Digital Currency Space is vast and he is working with some of today's most innovative and exciting financial technology companies. Shaping the future of money is the main driving force for Eric currently in this ecosystem and he is focused on providing innovative financial services to mature and emerging markets. With eyes set on the future, Eric is building a bridge, which connects the old world of money transmission to this new world of finance. Currently Eric serves as a director for the UKDCA (UK Digital Currency Association) and advises companies like GoCoin, Expresscoin, and many others.
Chartered Accountant and Investor
Jon is a mathematics graduate and chartered accountant, who qualified with KPMG in London; he is currently a professional investor focusing on the listed equities space. Jon has participated at many Bitcoin conferences in the past, going back several years.
Pathfinder Capital Ltd
Bastian Brand, Ph.D. is the investment Manager of the Pathfinder Crypto-currency Fund (PCF) at Pathfinder Capital. Pathfinder Capital was created in order to provide investors with a structured way to access the potential high-growth opportunities available in today’s frontier markets. Offering investors an exciting opportunity to invest in the crypto-currency space, the newly created Pathfinder Crypto-currency Fund (PCF) is a venture capital fund which aims at identifying, financing and advising promising Bitcoin-related startups. Having studied finance and politics, Bastian Brand has co-founded an e-commerce start-up and worked for several years as a corporate finance consultant at McKinsey&Co. He first got to know about Bitcoin in Autumn 2011 while he was still working on his Ph.D. thesis. Since then the focus of his work has been to advise clients on the Bitcoin ecosystem from a financial and strategic perspective.
Nicolas Cary is CEO of the world's most popular Bitcion website: Blockchain.Info. He brings inspired insight and a unique skill set of creative passion and ethical, pragmatic, thought leadership to his role at Blockchain. He has helped publicly articulate the emerging Bitcoin economy in forums as diverse as Wired, Bloomberg News, The New York Times, and conferences world wide. An engaging speaker, Nicolas combines compelling story telling with hard data driven visuals to explain complex business issues with down to earth authenticity. When not working, Nicolas is a superb chef, outdoorsman, and fitness runner.
Coinprism and Predictious
Flavien is the founder of Pixode which develops online applications and games. Notable products include Predictious, the Bitcoin derivatives and prediction market, and Coinprism, the first colored coins web wallet. Colored coins allow people and organizations to securely issue and trade real-world assets like commodities, stocks and bonds on the bitcoin network. Coinprism recently won the global Startup Challenge hosted by the Bitcoin Foundation in May 2014. Flavien has a software engineering background. He is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Lyon, France, where he received an Msc. in Engineering.
Abe Cofnas is President of Quicksilver Concept Inc., a trading algorithm and training company focused on developing alerts for traders that use fundamental, sentiment, and technical signals in innovative ways. The company has developed an innovative trading and training platform that provides fast-track learning on how to trade and is developing a Bitcoin Trading Team technology and AP.
Cofnas is a leader in training trading focused on currencies, and sentiment analysis and is a published author.
Joe Colangelo serves as the Executive Director of Consumers' Research, America's oldest consumer organization. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization works at the intersection of emerging consumer trends and policy. He regularly advises policymakers on the impact of regulations and current tax policy on the evolution of the crypto-currency ecosystem. Joe graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a major in Political Science.
Cryptographer and Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
University College London
Nicolas T. Courtois is a cryptologist. He has obtained a PhD from Paris University. Then for 7 years he worked as a cryptography engineer at the French smart card champion Gemalto. He is a highly influential cryptologist with more than 60 regular publications and more than 3700 citations. He is responsible for the cryptanalysis of many real-life ciphers used by hundreds of millions of people every day, such as the Bluetooth cipher E0, the automobile cipher KeeLoq and the MiFare Classic Crypto-1 system which is used in public transportation and building access control. He has 8 patents on industrial applications of cryptography. He has co-authored several research papers on bitcoin.
CEO and Co-Founder
Simon Dixon is the CEO & co-founder of BankToTheFuture.com & author of the book 'Bank to the Future'. An active banking reformer and director of the UK Digital Currency Association & UK CrowdFunding Association, who regularly speaks on the future of finance to governments, businesses, investors and financial institutions. An ex-investment banker that left corporate in 2006 to launch his first business, angel funded by billionaire Peter Hargreaves and advocate of CrowdFunding since raising finance for BankToTheFuture.com through Equity CrowdFunding on it's own platform. You will find Simon regularly quoted & appearing in much of the major press & media including BBC, FT, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal to mention a few.
VP Central Europe & Brazil
The Draghi Family
Cristiano is a second-degree nephew of the guy which some call the "boss
of bosses" in Europe. He studied economics and philosophy / psychology
and gained experience as a journalist, financial analyst and trader,
entrepreneur and consultant, mainly working for the Draghi family in
Munich, Berlin and Brazil. Recently the family board decided to stop
their traditional business and to live entirely off freshly printed
Euros and some legal investments, but there are rumors that Cristiano is
just a fictional character played by Christian Jacken, co-creator of
the "Liquid Democracy" peer-to-peer e-democracy & crypto-voting
concept (presented in 2004) and a libertarian advocate of alternative
currencies, currently working on "some next big thing".
Founder and President
Bruce Fenton is the founder and President of Atlantic Financial which, in 1994 became the first full service investment firm to use the Internet. Prior to Atlantic Financial Bruce was with Morgan Stanley and has specialized in emerging technologies and emerging markets. He is also Managing Director of a subsidiary of the company which focuses on emerging markets economic consulting.
Bruce has completed over $4.5 billion in transactions and served as an advisor to large government funds, investment firms, high net worth individuals and charitable organizations. Bruce lives half of the year in the Middle East and has spoken at MIT, Tony Robbins, the Global Competitiveness Forum and other major events and has been quoted by the Wall St. Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and others.
Bruce is a lifetime member of the Bitcoin Foundation and a founding member of the Bitcoin Association, an industry advocacy group.
Smart Equity AG
Michael is a graduated mathematician who started his working life as a derivatives trader at JPMorgan. As a Vice President he stayed with the firm for six years experiencing the credit crunch from the first row. He then founded and later sold his own business in Berlin before joining the online retailer Zalando SE, where he is leading a team of mathematicians and data scientists to optimize payment option algorithms. He is also the CEO of Smart Equity AG, a company listed on the Hamburg Stock Exchange that is solely focusing on cryptocurrencies & blockchain technology.
Chief Marketing Officer
Global Coin FX
Phoebus is Global Coin FX's Chief Marketing Officer and community evangelist. He has been involved in Bitcoin from its earliest days in the #bitcoin-dev and #bitcoin-otc freenode IRC channels. He is the author of the BitVote decision-making system which relies on blockchain technology and peer to peer trust-less authentication in order to register community consensus on pressing matters.
Outside of Bitcoin, Phoebus has spearheaded marketing campaigns for fortune 500 organisations world wide since the early dot com days. He has worked across three continents delivering measurable ROI and boosting sales for his clients through revamping branding, creating high impact SEO campaigns, business analysis and product placement.
Phoebus graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg, Canada. Following university, Phoebus served with distinction as a 2nd Lt information security officer with the Greek army where he received an honourable discharge.
Lukas Gilkey is the President of Cloudhashing, the largest privately owned mining operation in the world with four Petahashes on the network that serves over 10,000 customers daily. Lukas brings over a decade of experience in the Direct Marketing industry for a variety of products and services. He merged his passion for Bitcoin and marketing with Cloudhashing and is currently focused on converting the masses into CloudHashing customers as the Bitcoin industry continues to grow.
Director of e-Business and CEO of e-Gaming Development
Isle of Man Government's Department of Economic Development
Peter Greenhill moved to the Isle of Man in July 2013 to take up the position of Director of e-Business and CEO of e-Gaming Development at the Isle of Man Government's Department of Economic Development. Following a long and successful career in technology, especially in Banking and Banking Systems with Credit Lyonnais, GE Information Services and Unisys, Peter moved into the gaming industry. He has now had 18 years of gaming experience having held executive management positions at Cyberview Technology, Betex, TCS John Huxley and Essnet.
Founder, ICE³X and Founding Member
UK Digital Currency Association
Gareth is a Digital Currency Expert & Speaker, the Founder of the Bitcoin Exchange ICE³X.com and also a Founding Member of the UK Digital Currency Association. Gareth has over 14 years of experience in IT Infrastructure & Architecture development, and has held positions at Investec Bank, UBS, BNP Paribas and Lloyds TSB. Gareth was born and raised in South Africa and currently resides in London.
Anka Hakert LL.M. (Tax)
German Attorney at Law
practices tax law, business law and the law of nonprofit organizations. As an experienced German attorney, she focuses on company taxation and the involved issues. With her special focus on value added tax, she regularly holds lectures concerning tax matters of Bitcoin businesses. Anka makes sure that clients interested in trading or using Bitcoins are well prepared when it comes to tax and regulatory issues.
Consequently, Anka Hakert specializes in international tax law. She gives legal advice to both corporate and private clients on all transnational issues including the application of relevant double tax treaties. In particular, she handles questions of international corporate tax and estate tax in cross-border cases as well as questions of transfer pricing in case of associated corporations. Anka is one of three WINHELLER attorneys that have worked on challenging domestic and international Bitcoin cases. Together, they have advised a number of prominent Bitcoin companies, including, but not limited to, exchanges and contests.
Anka studied law at the University of Trier, Germany. During her mandatory practical legal training she also gained international experience by spending one term working for a law firm on the Seychelles. After completing her bar exam, Anka began to work as an attorney. Before joining WINHELLER, she was employed for several years as deputy head at a nonprofit organization located in Berlin.
Founder, Chairman and CEO
J. Bradley Hall is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ICON. Brad is the architect behind the launch of a number of successful companies and enjoys a reputation as a focused, energetic entrepreneur with 28 years of finance, M&A, operational, gold trading and fund management experience. Brad is a thought leader who has deployed disruptive new business models that challenge out dated and often vulnerable incumbents across cultures and geographies including: the Americas, Brasil, Western/Eastern Europe, the CIS and Asia.
Dr. Timo Hanke
Chief Technology Officer
Timo has over fifteen years at the forefront of research into the crossroads of computer algebra and number theory. His research accomplishments include development of specialized algorithms for state-of-the-art computer algebra systems in fields of research previously inaccessible by machine computation. By doing so, he solved decades-old open problems in abstract algebra. His achievements significantly advanced our current knowledge about mathematical structures called finite-dimensional division algebras. Timo has held post-doctorate positions at renowned international universities including the Technion in Israel, UC San Diego and UNAM Mexico City. Prior to joining CoinTerra, Timo was a lecturer at RWTH Aachen University, Germany for six years.
He has been invited to speak around the world at prestigious mathematics conferences and has had numerous articles published in highly-regarded scientific journals including the Journal of Algebra, the Journal of Number Theory and Mathematische Annalen. Timo’s background of expertise in cryptography led him to become an early enthusiast of Bitcoin, and he has over three years of in-depth experience with the Bitcoin protocol and its associated ecosystem. His research lead to a new payment protocol layered on top of Bitcoin’s cryptographic foundations which delivers unprecedented built-in fraud protection. He has pioneered development of a functional proof-of-concept modification of the core Bitcoin software that enables the blockchain to become an autonomous decentralized distributed Certificate Authority. Timo received his PhD from University of Potsdam and his Diploma (Master’s Degree) from the Free University, Berlin.
Xavier Hawk Is the founder of Permacredits and also founded Colony Earth, an Eco Village and Eco Development company in Western North Carolina that runs on Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. The business model he developed for profitable Permaculture Eco Developments is already being adopted and implemented in locations across the globe, and the work he is doing with Permacredits is laying the groundwork for how DACs and Bitcoin 2.0 protocols function in the marketplace.
CEO and Co-Founder
A veteran entrepreneur in the enterprise software market, Ken is a co-founder and CEO. He was most recently the Chief Technology Officer for Data Quality and Master Data Management at Informatica. Ken has consistently delivered positive returns for investors in his companies, having founded four successful companies that were acquired by larger companies in the enterprise software market: Verix, Skunk Technologies, Summit Interactive, and Siperian. Through Ken's leadership Siperian became the industry-standard MDM platform recognized as a leader by both Gartner and Forrester, before it was acquired by Informatica in January 2010.
Curtin University, Curtin Law School
Sheree Ip is an Academic at Curtin University’s Law School in Western Australia. She teaches across various areas of law at Curtin Law School and researches in Digital Currency Law. She has a keen interest in how blockchain technologies will advance financial services and other industries in the future. She is a Consultant with seven years of experience in legal across a range of laws and industries including Higher Education Institutions, Construction, Mining, Logistics and Bitcoin. As a qualified Practitioner in Commercial Law & Litigation she holds a JD, PGCL, GDLP and BComm.
Eitan Jankelewitz is an intellectual property lawyer at the firm Sheridans. Eitan specialises in software and technology, working with a range of bitcoin businesses including bitcoin mining hardware manufacturers, hosted bitcoin mining providers, bitcoin exchanges, wallet developers and businesses accepting payment in bitcoin. Eitan has formed part of a number of delegations to discuss bitcoin with UK government departments and regulators, including HMRC. Eitan is a founder member and founder director of the UK Digital Currency Association.
David A. Johnston
Managing Director, Decentralized Application 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 travelling the world speaking at conferences or core developers of new technologies.
Sandeep is Co-Founder of Miss Bitcoin, the innovative company behind maximising the leverage potential of women and crypto currencies. Sandeep proposes guidelines and suggestions on all aspects of the Miss Bitcoin technology platform and IT operations.
She brings with her 8 years of IT experience to Miss Bitcoin and holds a MBA Degree in IT. She began her career as an IT Consultant and specializes in creating business strategies and managing IT projects. Her interests is in the stock market as a trader, which brought her into the crypto currency world
Baker Marquart LLP
Brian Klein is a partner at the litigation boutique Baker Marquart. There, Brian
has extensive experience representing clients involved with Bitcoin (e.g.,
he represented Erik Voorhees in his settlement with the SEC). His practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense and civil litigation, and he aggressively and effectively advocates for his clients in a wide variety of state and federal matters. Brian also volunteers as the outside general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation and teaches a federal criminal practice seminar at USC’s law
school. Before joining Baker Marquart, Brian was a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for five years (2007-2012). As a federal prosecutor, Brian handled significant white-collar criminal cases, including cases involving money laundering, corporate fraud, and
Chief Operating Officer
Nick started his working life in project management roles with IBM and Sanmina SCI, before a change in tack led him into senior marketing positions with a diverse range of companies, which included a successful exit to a large US corporate. Nick has an MSc in marketing and is responsible for managing all aspects of MaidSafe's business, including overseeing the firms commercialisation, intellectual property, marketing and business strategy.
Founder & CEO
Joe Lee is the Founder and CEO of Btc.sx, one of Bitcoin's most popular trading platforms. Prior to his involvement with crypto currencies, Joseph's career started in London at Barclays Bank working in Business Intelligence. He subsequently moved to Sydney, Australia where he worked at Macquarie Group in Financial Regulation. For two years his involvement in Bitcoin trading included algorithmic and arbitrage trading. During this time, he ran the market's largest bots that saw him shift up to 10% of the entire market's daily volume. The inception of Btc.sx and its core trading engine stemmed from his experience in trading on the illiquid markets with the realisation that there was a huge demand for leveraged trading products. His passion for creating an intuitive, secure and transparent user experience is the key driver for Btc.sx's earliest successes.
Jonathan Levin, Co-Founder of Coinometrics, a website dedicated to producing new methods of measuring activity on the Bitcoin network. Jonathan Levin is a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford whose research focuses on Virtual Currencies. He is also the convenor of the Oxford Virtual Currencies Working Group, an interdisciplinary working group focussed on Virtual Currencies.
EVP of Strategic Partnerships & Chief Transparency Officer
Juan is EVP of Strategic Partnerships and Chief Transparency Officer at Bitreserve.org, a cloud-based payment network that allows members to remove bitcoin's volatility and merchants to receive payments at zero cost. He co-founded, and until recently was the EVP and Compliance Officer of Unidos Financial Services, Inc., an innovative financial services and technology provider catering to merchants and under-banked end consumers in the USA and Latin America. He is responsible for the formulation and execution of the company's technology strategy, as well as its AML and compliance risk management infrastructure. Previously, he was Chief Compliance Officer of Remesas Quisqueyana, Inc. in New York City. He is a member of the Bitcoin Foundation's Regulatory Affairs and Education Committees, Co-Chair of DATA's AML Working Group, writes about risk and virtual currencies in his blog (ContrarianCompliance.com), is an advisor and board member at various crypto-currency and technology start-ups. A Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist since 2003, Juan has over a decade's experience of building and managing AML/CFT and regulatory compliance programs for multiple international jurisdictions, including Canada, Italy, the United States and Spain, and is recognized as a pioneer in the development of compliance and risk management best practices for the money transfer industry.
Regional Manager Europe
Chief Executive Officer
Jaron Lukasiewicz is the Chief Executive Officer of Coinsetter, which offers a high-performance levered trading platform for Bitcoin. Prior to Coinsetter, Jaron was the Co-Founder of Ticketometer, an social media-focused online ticketing platform. Prior to that, Jaron was an Associate at The CapStreet Group, a Houston-based private equity firm, and an investment banker at J.P. Morgan and Madison Williams in their global investment banking groups. Prior to that, he was a summer analyst at SPB Partners, a Las Vegas-based private equity firm. Jaron is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Jaron graduated from Rice University on the President’s Honor Roll with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Co-Founder and CTO
Hakim is a bitcoin enthusiast turned bitcoin evangelist actively promoting global acceptance of bitcoin in society. After a successful career in the City of London as IT expert for financial institutions ranging from Investment Banks to Central Banks, Hakim decides to travel the world and eventually settles in Chengdu, China, where he creates a mobile and internet application startup. Hakim is now back in Europe, lobbying for bitcoin and vetting bitcoin entrepreneurs and startups for Seedcoin.
CISSP, Chair, CNP Payment Forum and Founder
Ashok Misra, CISSP has built ecommerce systems for Amazon.com, Real Networks and Linden Labs ( Second Life) . He is the founder of Alina Consultants Inc, a boutique consulting firm advising and building solutions for ecommerce merchants on epayment architecture and security. He has considerable experience in crypto currencies and in particular in building bitcoin purchase paths. He is widely regarded as a Payment Security Expert and possesses in-depth knowledge on PCI Compliance. He has a deep knowledge of country specific payment methods and mobile payments. He is the Chairperson for the European Customer Not Present Payments Forum (EU CNPPF).
Global Advisors (Jersey) Limited
Jean-Marie is a partner at Global Advisors (Jersey) Limited. Jean-Marie is registered with the NFA as a Principal, an Associated Person, and an NFA associated member of GAJL and is approved as a Key Person of GAJL by the JFSC. After 15 years in the commodity space, Jean-Marie and his two partners made an all but discrete entry in the bitcoin ecosystem by launching the first regulated investment vehicle targeting institution investors. Previous to Global Advisors, Jean-Marie worked as a commodity trader at Hermes Fund Managers and Lehman Brothers, among others. Jean-Marie holds a MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from the Sir John Cass Business School, London (2009), an MSc in Bank-Finance-Insurance (2008) and a Degree (BSc) in Economics (2007) from the University Paris X, France.
CEO & Co-Founder
Will is CEO and co-founder of BitGo (https://bitgo.com/), a premier, venture-backed Bitcoin services company that offers the industry's first multi-signature Bitcoin wallet. Will is also an angel investor and advisor to early stage startups. Will previously held executive and leadership roles at Big Fish Games (social casino, casual games), TrialPay (in-app payments and advertising), Random Walk Computing (real-time trading technology) and has founded and operated his own startups in consumer Internet and media. Will is an accomplished public speaker and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, AllThingsD, BusinessWeek, VentureWire, Time, Fortune Small Business and various industry press. He has presented at a variety of industry conferences and appeared on television. Will holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard University.
Co-Founder and CTO
Chris Odom is the co-founder of Monetas, and the creator and lead developer of the Open-Transactions digital finance suite. His twenty-year software career has encompassed coding and managing enterprise software development projects for leading US and foreign multinationals.
Breaking Bit Ltd
Michael Parsons is an independent Bitcoin Advisor, Entrepreneur and experienced (Worldwide & UK) Bitcoin Presenter and a founder member of the UK DCA (Digital Currency Association).
Michael is also a UK qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and was previously a Banking Management Consultant for two of the ‘Big Four.’ (KPMG in Moscow & PwC in London).
Michael is the crypto/virtual currency advisor to the States of Alderney and was the first formal presenter of Bitcoin to a major UK clearing bank - Barclays Bank (HQ Canary Wharf) and Barclaycard (HQ Northampton) in 2012.
Michael was asked and provided the first official presentation of Bitcoin to the UK Government (Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) in Victoria) in May 2013, attended by 50 senior civil servants from GCHQ, the Home Office, HMRC, SOCA and the Inteligence Services as reported in the Financial Times on May 13/14th. In the same year, Michael led the New Finance roundtable 'Bitcoin and Virtual Currencies' discussion which produced a document delivered to the UK No 10 Cabinet Office. Michael continues to discuss virtual currencies with UK government departments and regulators including HM Treasury and HMRC. Some current projects are part-or wholly confidential.
His Bitcoin and Blockchain knowledge is supported by 25 years experience of traditional banking, money and finance, starting at Credit Suisse First Boston, then travelling overseas to lead the start-up of, and design all the procedures for, a newly licenced bank in Dubai (Emirates Bank International) and then (upon return) restructuring an existing UK Bank (Moscow Narodny Bank Ltd). Both positions were as the Bank’s Chief Financial Officer.
In 1993, Parsons designed and introduced the first Western Bank accounting database system (Chart of Accounts) to Russia (Kemerovo, then Sberbank, Moscow), as it emerged from the former Soviet Union.
Michael Parsons’ extensive operational and strategic banking/financial services experience and understanding gives him a unique perspective on the future application of the Bitcoin/Blockchain technology protocol and the emerging Bitcoin/Virtual Currencies/Blockchain financial services Ecosystem.
Crypto Currency Partners
Brock Pierce is a 15x entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. He is Co-Founder of GoCoin, expresscoin, BlockStreet, ZenBox, and Crypto Currency Partners. Pierce is a sought-after commentator on the Bitcoin economy and sits on the Board of the Bitcoin Foundation. Pierce is a prolific angel investor, city leader of BitAngels Los Angeles and runs the first Bitcoin syndicate to achieve top 10 status on AngelList. Pierce has raised more than $200 million on behalf of his companies and led more than 30 acquisitions in his career.
Pierce’s entrepreneurial activities are focused in the areas of digital currencies like Bitcoin, gaming, ad tech and payments. He is the founder of IMI Exchange, the worlds leading digital currency marketplace for games with sales exceeding US$1 billion annually, which raised over $100 Million from blue chip investors such as Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners; ZAM, one of the world’s largest media properties for gamers with more than 15 million monthly users which was sold in January 2012 to Tencent; IGE, the company credited with pioneering the market for digital currency in online games, which generated $100 million in revenue in 2006 and was sold in early 2007. He is also a founder of Playsino, Five Delta, Evertune, GamesTV, Digital Entertainment Network. Pierce also led the acquisition of Xfire from Viacom.
Pierce is also an active supporter of non-profit and advocacy organizations and is a member of Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been a guest lecturer at Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
CEO and Co-Founder
Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz, a company with a vision of Bitcoin mass adoption through ease of use and ease of security. Airbitz has been focused on delivering a great user experience to connect Bitcoin users and merchants through their Bitcoin Directory and integrated mobile wallet.
Paul is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to development of custom web CMS systems. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia Corp and Chromatic Research. Most recently he owned and operated several non-technical small businesses where he implemented solutions to streamline the intersection of people, business, and technology.
Tom gained an MPhys (First Class) in Physics from the University of Oxford, followed by a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics.
He began his career at a major global IT consultancy, before moving into finance and the commercialisation of new technologies emerging from universities. He was a co-founder of MOF Technologies, a nanotechnology start-up.
Tom currently leads Elliptic’s business development, regulatory compliance, and marketing activities. Tom also spearheaded the efforts that led the UK tax authorities to issue guidance on the taxation of digital currencies.
Founder and CEO
Alan Safahi is the Founder and CEO of ZipZap, Inc., the world’s largest cash payment network for online financial services and ecommerce transactions. A serial entrepreneur with nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in the information technology, telecommunications, and financial services industries, Alan has successfully created and managed numerous high technology and payment processing startups. Prior to ZipZap, Alan founded three start-ups including Card Express Inc. (CardEx), prepaid card processor and program manager with a history of innovations such as the first open loop MasterCard Gift Card (1996), the first open loop reloadable MasterCard prepaid card (1997) and the first virtual MasterCard prepaid Card (1999). Alan serves on the Advisory Board of OpenCoin,Inc., the creator of Ripple open source currency platform. Alan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from California State University, Fullerton and his M.B.A. from University of Southern California (USC).
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Marco Santori is an attorney with Pillsbury and is a leading authority on Bitcoin and digital currency. Described by American Banker as “the dean of digital currency lawyers,” Santori is a recognized authority in the law of bitcoin, digital currencies and emerging payments. He counsels exchanges, payment processors, institutional miners, and other companies making new and exciting uses of virtual currency technology, including “Bitcoin 2.0” implementations. Recently, he won the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert.
Santori advises clients on regulatory matters, including the compliance with and avoidance of money service business and securities regulations and New York’s newly implemented bitlicenses. He works with his clients to structure their business plans to comply with these regulations. His practice focuses on early-stage companies in the high-technology sector, including web, e-commerce, financial technology, and the emerging digital currency space. For these businesses, Santori offers comprehensive, full-service business counsel, including advice on seed, angel and venture-backed fundraising. His commercial litigation practice, focusing on high-technology matters, covers intellectual property, trade secrets, defamation and securities fraud disputes. He is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution and lectures on the topics of mediation and arbitration.
As Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, his knowledge of the latest industry trends develops in near real-time and he is fluent in the Bank Secrecy Act, the Patriot Act’s application to digital currency businesses, including Know Your Customer and Anti Money Laundering regulation. He appears as a commentator on “Real Money with Ali Velshi” and Bloomberg TV. He has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Wired, Entrepreneur.com and Crain’s New York Business. He won the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert.
Santori received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Philosophy. Santori comes to Pillsbury from Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP.
Founder & CEO
Moran is the Founder and CEO of Miss Bitcoin, an innovative company that was created to empower the economic potential of women’s financial decisions, offering them a place to get inspired and educated about relevant services, products, industry news and recommendations. Tailored to fit the needs of women, Miss Bitcoin is primed to maximize the engagement potential of women and crypto currencies. Up until recently, she severed as the Co-Managing Partner of the Tel Aviv Bitcoin Embassy. Moran holds a Bachelors in Visual Communications and has a vast experience in brand promotion and advertising concepts.
Promontory Financial Group
Adam Shapiro is a director in Promontory Financial Group’s San Francisco Office and Promontory’s West Coast AML Lead. He helps his clients design efficient and effective AML and compliance programs and develop sound regulatory relations. Adam’s recent engagements include designing and implementing compliance and AML programs for Bitcoin companies, as well as helping them submit strong state licensing applications. He also has extensive experience advising prepaid firms and traditional money transmitters on compliance, risk and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Promontory in 2006, Adam worked for the U.K. Financial Services Authority for eight years, including serving as Chief of Staff to the Chairman.
Jeffrey Smith is a co-owner of CEX.IO, a multi-functional Bitcoin crypto exchange and cloud mining service. Jeffrey is also a member of the Board of Directors at iXcoin an open source digital currency.
He is passionate about technology, innovation, communication, marketing, and progress, in general.
Jeffrey specialises in development and delivery of IT strategies, rationalisation of complex IT environments creating profitability through improved products and services, reduced costs and utilised resources.
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 is the co-founder of Rivetz Corp. a new company focused on the use of trusted computing and TEE for the consumer market. Rivetz is also playing an important role in providing the key technologies for the protection of private keys and secure instructions for Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.
Steven graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He enjoys farming in Western Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters, and a few too many horses.
Dr. Bob Swarup
Dr. Bob Swarup is Principal of Camdor Global and a Fellow in Finance at the IEA. Bob is also author of the recently-released book, Money Mania. He has twice featured on Coindesk discussing the bitcoin as well as in The FT, City AM, the BBC, CNBC and ABC amongst others.
CFE, Director, Financial Services Regulatory Practice
Daniel Tannebaum is a Director in PwC’s Financial Crimes Advisory Practice and the Leader of the U.S. Sanctions Practice. Dan provides regulatory crisis management support to global financial institutions including banks, broker dealers and money services businesses. He also provides strategic AML and Sanctions Compliance Program support during both program creation and remediation. Previously he was Senior Associate and Commercial Financial Crimes Leader at Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton he served as the Head of Compliance for the Americas and Global Sanctions Champion at Travelex. In this capacity, Dan was responsible for a variety of divisions including Retail/Wholesale Foreign Exchange, Corporate FX Payments, Prepaid Access, Travel Insurance and a Brazilian Bank Holding Company. Dan directed a staff of over 30 Compliance professionals in the U.S., Canada and Brazil.
Before joining Travelex, Dan was the OFAC Compliance Coordinator for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he advised the Bank on OFAC issues. Dan also served as Senior Consultant at Protiviti Inc., serving in the Regulatory Risk Practice as the firm’s OFAC subject matter expert. Dan has conducted BSA/AML/OFAC compliance audits for major domestic and international financial institutions and developed OFAC policies, procedures and risk assessments for various clients.
Co-Founder and CEO
BitAngels and SocialRadius
Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, with Engine CEO David Johnston and four other founding members. The distributed angel network currently has more than 100 members, representing $15 million in capital for bitcoin and cryptocurrency investments. Terpin is also CEO of SocialRadius, one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms, and Terpin Communications, a leading international high-tech PR firm, where he launched some of the biggest success stories of the consumer Internet era, including America Online, Earthlink, and The Motley Fool. Success stories at SocialRadius include the viral outreach for recording artist Will.i.am’s Yes We Can video during the Obama campaign (which won an Emmy, Webby and Clio Gold Lion), as well as social media event marketing for Live8 and LiveEarth, and blogger outreach for Participant Media (“The Cove”) and several divisions of Philips. SocialRadius is headquartered in Las Vegas, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006. Terpin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo and degrees in Newspaper Journalism and English Literature from Syracuse University, where he serves as an advisor to its top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications and was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in 2000. Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including FundAmerica, Liquipel, Stockr, Virurl, Walls360, YouMail and XFire.
Marc Warne is the founder of Bittylicious, a service which offers users the easiest way to buy Bitcoins. Marc has a thorough background in Computer Science and discovered the Bitcoin world in 2012. Bittylicious was launched in June 2013 and has traded over £5m worth of Bitcoins.
Gavin earned a Masters and Doctorate in Computer Science at York, UK. He later specialised in advanced computational and domain-specific languages before founding OxLegal, a software venture specialising in
the semantic analysis of legal documents. He is now CTO of the Ethereum project, a next-generation blockchain-based crypto-law system.
As Butterfly Lab's Operations Manager, Mr. Zerlan is responsible for operations within Butterfly Labs, as well as long term product evolution and development. Mr. Zerlan has an excellent track record of identifying industry trends, capitalizing on upcoming product and service vacuums that will present an excellent opportunity for fast, nimble start ups to fill. Mr. Zerlan designed, built and deployed one of the most recognized Bitcoin mining pools. He has also operated a successful ISP for over a decade. He has held roles as diverse as IT, banking system administration, network & system architect, database administration, hardware development and medical robotics and image guidance. Mr. Zerlan is an Army Veteran, having served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Korean linguist in the 1990's and holds degrees in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science and Liberal Arts.