Bitcoin Foundation, Blockchain Capital Brock Pierce is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with an extensive track record of founding, advising and investing in disruptive businesses. He's credited with pioneering the market for digital currency in games and has raised more than $500 million for companies he has founded. He is the Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, co-founder of Blockchain Capital, co-founder and Head of Strategy at Block.one, and founding board member of Mastercoin (first ICO).
Joshua is an Internet-media entrepreneur. He worked at Accenture as technology and corporate strategy consultant and Deutsche Bank in its global investment banking and M&A group prior to starting North America’s first free-to-play MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) publisher, GamersFirst, which became one of the largest free-to-play MMORPG publishers in the Western Hemisphere with offices in U.S, India, Brazil and Turkey. He also started a virtual game asset trading platform in Asia and one of the largest virtual currency payment platform for gamers in North America, Palyspan, as its early backer, shareholder and a board member, and it was acquired by Visa International. He won the local Business Journal’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award in 2010 and was chosen as one of 40 under 40 in 2011. He is also Founder and General Partner of Exponential, a $150M early-stage venture fund. He also founded and chaired YPO Singularity University Seminar, awarded one of the highest rated educational programs in YPO, Young President’s Organization. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and International Business. He is a runner, yoga practitioner, meditator, and burner.
Miko Matsumura founded crypto exchange Evercoin, and is a Venture Partner with BitBull Capital. He is also an investor in the Pantera Capital ICO Fund (a $100M ICO-only fund). He is personally invested in FileCoin, Brave, CIVIC, Propy and Lyft.
As chief Evangelist for the Java Language and Platform he participated in the first wave of the Internet, and is now fully engaged in the crypto-fueled Internet of value.
As a 25 year operating exec in Silicon Valley, he has raised over $50 million in capital for Open Source startups. He was an advisor to AI startup Sentient during their 100M series C and currently advises cryptocurrency startups like Guardian Circle (Decentralized Global 911 Emergency Services) and Hub (Decentralizing Professional Social Networking). He is also an LP with Focus Ventures, a firm with over $800M under management, 9 IPOs and 44 exits.
He holds an Master’s degree in Neuroscience from Yale University where he worked on abstract computational neural networks.
In 1999 Roger began his career by founding MemoryDealers.com at the age of nineteen while still attending college. Under his leadership the company quickly grew to become a market leader, employing dozens of people across the world and generating millions of dollars in revenue. MemoryDealers is still in business to this very day with a team of happy people around the world.
In 2005 Roger saw an opportunity in the market for fibre optic transceivers used in networking subsystems, so he founded Agilestar.com. Agilestar went on to become a world leader in optical transceivers used by fortune 100 companies around the world. To this very day thousands of Agilestar transceivers are sold to customers around the world each year, and thousands more can be found on secondary marketplaces like Ebay.com
In 2011 Roger heard about Bitcoin for the first time. The price was still under one U.S. Dollar each, but he already knew that it was one of the most important inventions in the history of humankind. His company Memorydealers became the first established business in the world to start accepting Bitcoin for payments. Roger then went on to become the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin startups. He nearly single handedly funded the entire first generation of Bitcoin and Blockchain businesses including Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Bitpay.com, Kraken.com, purse.io, and many many more. Those businesses have gone on to raise hundreds of millions of additional funding, and serve tens of millions of customers around the world. Subsequent investors in the companies that Roger helped provide the seed funding for have been people such as Sir Richard Branson, Virgin, Google Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Founders Fund, and many more. Roger has devoted his full time attention to Bitcoin and blockchains ever since.
Crystal is passionate about building A.I. responsibly to augment and uplift humans, rather than replace them. Her life mission is disrupting the future of work by decentralizing jobs and creating a world of entrepreneurs, in which any human is their own enterprise. Along this mission she is the Chairman of Restart Week, a philanthropic organization for the benefit of underserved countries through technology and capital. She was previously the Founder of LA Startup Week, an annual 5-day series of events celebrating entrepreneurs and startups in Los Angeles and the Code for America Brigade in Los Angeles (Code for LA) supporting open government and civic hacking for the Mayor's Office.
Mr. James Glasscock is the co-founder of DNA and serves as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Machinima, Inc. Mr. Glasscock has more than 15 years of comprehensive industry experience, primarily in leadership positions for numerous digital and media entertainment companies. He joined Machinima from Playboy Plus Entertainment (Playboy Television), where he rose to the rank of Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning & Operations. While at Playboy, he increased viewership across linear television and video on demand (“VOD”) distribution, spearheaded key organization enhancement initiatives and decreased costs by redefining partnerships and renegotiating existing contracts. He managed his own consulting and business optimization enterprise, Front Row Ventures. He also spent three years as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Synergy Beverages and three years as Director of Digital Business Development at Turner Broadcasting System. Mr. Glasscock holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting from the University of San Diego. He is a decorated U.S. Navy Veteran and was named the Sailor of the Year for Destroyer Squadron One.
Maja Vujinovic started her career as an entrepreneur in mobile payments in Sub Saharan Africa. Working across 5 continents Maja built government and enterprise infrastructure across industries such as mobile payments, energy and healthcare. She took interest in bitcoin in 2011 and was instrumental in development of a first blockchain company in 2013.
In her past role, as a Chief Innovation Officer of Emerging Tech at General Electric, Digital, she spearheaded the full framework for blockchain. She ran pilots across treasury, aviation, energy, provenance and additive manufacturing. Maja was a catalyst for an electronic wallet for machines in GE’s brilliant factory project. She disrupted current business models through concepts of tokenization and helped design the Future of Work group (looking at the effect of emerging technology and digital economy on employees and workforce).
Maja currently runs OGroup. OGroup is an investment firm focused on token economics and blockchain for enterprise. She sits on the board of CoinDesk.
Thomas advises clients in traditional and/or alternative products, which makes him coveted his expert advice. Rye is the VP of one of the world’s leading investment and securities firms, a Harvard Graduate, who’s acquired tremendous experience in institutional asset management. This has led Rye to be one of the first to truly determine the capabilities of Blockchain and its potential impact on the real economy.
Christopher spearheads Carey Olsen's crypto practice, advising on the launch in 2017 of Coinshares Fund I (a venture cap fund investing in crypto assets) and ARC Reserve Currency, Jersey's first initial coin offering or "ICO". Christopher also advises on all aspects of fund and corporate transactions, including the legal and regulatory aspects of fund launches, and joint ventures. He also has considerable experience in dealing with the Jersey Financial Services Commission in navigating investment vehicles through the Jersey regulatory approval process.
Tom is an advisor for Jersey's Minister for External Relations on strategic policy initiatives for the development of Jersey's export banking, fintech, blockchain and corporate finance industries. Tom is building Jersey's framework for the growth of the blockchain and fintech industries including legislative proposals for the regulation of initial coin offerings and negotiating a game-changing memorandum of understanding between Digital Jersey and Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange.
Dr. Andreas Glarner works with international companies in the technology, industrial and internet sectors. He specializes in the fields of intellectual property, unfair competition, advertising law, licensing and distribution, as well as information technology and data protection. He acts both as legal counsel and litigator in these fields. In addition, he has extensive expertise in fintech and blockchain technology applications, gaming services, e-payments and export control measures, both from a legal and a compliance point of view. Andreas Glarner has published various articles on topics related to his practice areas.
Charles Michael Yim is a seasoned 3x serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, that is passionate about pioneering, inventing and building innovative consumer focused technologies -- Charles is currently the Founder and CEO of Cointopia, a community driven token marketplace, the Managing Director of cMy Ventures, and a mentor at Stanford University's accelerator program StartX and 500 Startups, a global venture capital seed fund with a network of startup programs. Prior to Cointopia, Charles was recognized on ABC's Emmy award-winning show “Shark Tank” where he convinced all five celebrity investors (‘sharks’) to invest $1M in his smart breathalyzer Breathometer. In 2013, he was one of 12 entrepreneurs acknowledged by President Obama and the White House’s Champion of Change for Crowdfunding. Charles graduated with a B.S. in Business Economics from UC Riverside and from Stanford Graduate School of Business in the Executive
Chris Miess was the CFO of TenX conducting a 80m USD ICO. This ICO was the largest in Asia and has set the standard for many ICOs to come. Before his tenure at TenX, Chris worked for many years in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London. He advised FinTech companies on capital markets and M&A transactions. Amongst his clients were FinTechs, banks, credit card companies and other financial institutions. Chris is also the founder and CEO of ICONIC Capital, the leading ICO consulting and investment company in Asia. Most recently, ICONIC was integral in completing highly successful projects such as GIFTO, Appcoins, Aidcoin, Datum and Quantstamp. In total ICONIC has raised more than half a billion dollars for its clients. Chris has recently been appointed as the official advisor in Blockchain and FinTech matters to the Austrian government.
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.
Christian completed his Doctorate in Law in 2005 before furthering his studies with an Adv. LL.M. in International Taxation from the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. Christian has worked as a tax advisor for a Big 4 Audit firm in Malta as well as reputable local Corporate Service provider.
In 2009 Christian together with Karl Schranz was one of the founding members of another a Corporate Services Provider in Malta, before leaving to set up E&S Consultancy in 2010. Christian currently sits on the board of all of the companies within the E&S Group and his competences include Malta direct and indirect taxation, international tax structuring, Taxation of Tokens, Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, trusts, corporate and company law and related legal advice.
Having founded 5 companies with 4 exits on 3 continents, Jamy sees the enormous potential blockchain provides to 'reimagine' business. With an eye on the future Consumer, Jamy wants to solve the problems of everyday usage for the everyday person. The BDXAlliance uses blockchain to connect businesses & consumers.
Being a Technology Futurist, Salman is early Blockchain adopter and key influencer in the space, currently empowering the next wave of Blockchain innovators through evangelizing, training & speaking at global forums. Efficacious author and public speaker, Salman has been featured as success story in “Soul Beats @ UAE” the book published by Department of Economic Development of Dubai.
He advises regulators, corporates & senior managers on applications of Distributed Ledger DLT, Big Data & IoT and AI. Salman lives, plays and works in UAE and on stages around the world committed to empower the human potential.
A seasoned CTO, with experience in Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Disaster Recovery, Bigdata, AI, &managed services professional focused on business value. Jorge has been advisor in seven ICOs with comprehensive understanding of applications of risks of Blockchain technology.
He created the process A 6 of security: Assess, Architect, Apply, Administer, Awareness and Agility. He architects practical & business focused solutions using standards and industry best practices, designed SLAs to meet today’s business resiliency using cloud computing & managed services business requirements. Mr. Sebastiao has been the speaker at numerous international conferences with topics including: Blockchain, AI, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Big Data, & Managed Services.
Sergey Zhdanov has remarkable and diversified experience in Finance. Before EXMO, as EY Auditor, he was involved in completing the IAS/IFRS/US GAAP transformation, consolidation, modelling and analytical procedures, auditing BS and PL accounts, completing internal controls systems (SOX), preparing reporting deliverables and providing professional guidance for junior EY colleagues being in charge and managing the team comprising 5 members. He was also involved in advisory projects, preparing deliverables and presenting it to the top management of the client.
Founded in 2013 and based in London, Kiev, Barcelona and Moscow, EXMO is #1 exchange in Eastern Europe, and one of the world's largest global exchanges in volume and liquidity. There are 1.5 mln users, 50 000 active traders, 315 000 daily visitors, 70 trading pairs, 5 fiat currencies (USD, EUR, RUB, PLN, UAH) on the platform. The average daily trading volume is $50 mln.
“Art is the soul language of all movements. I’m here to decentralArt”, - Nanu Berks
Originally from Argentina, always nomadic, currently building art installations that explore the intersections between consciousness expansion and transcendental technologies. Nanu has a background in Social/Tech/AI/Communication, and enjoys “sharing information about the blockchain evolution through experiential art” Ask her about crypto cultural creation, color mind&body maps, and 5 senses social experiments.