April 7-8, 2014 New York Register Today!


Exhibit Hall Hours: Mon., April 7, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm | Tues., April 8, 10:00 am – 3:45 pm

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April 7 8:15 am - 9:00 am Registration Opens
April 7 9:00 am - 9:30 am Opening Keynote: Mainstreaming Bitcoin: The Next Phase of Digital Currency Growth & Value Creation In 2013, media coverage, sensational events and government attention rapidly spread mainstream awareness of Bitcoin. But, widespread adoption of digital currency for payments and other financial transactions has been slower to take hold. Circle Founder and CEO, Jeremy Allaire, examines the trends, regulatory environment and product innovations likely to coalesce in a tipping point for the mainstream adoption of Bitcoin. At the intersection of open source communities, open standards, industry and government collaboration, Allaire also looks at the potential of Bitcoin Governance to emerge and define the next phase of growth and value creation for digital currency in 2014 and beyond. 
  • jeremyallaire Jeremy Allaire Founder & CEO
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April 7 9:30 am - 10:15 am New Ideas in Bitcoin Cryptocurrency represents the bleeding edge of financial tech, these folks represent the bleeding edge of Bitcoin.  New business models, new use cases and lower fees than ever.  This panel is made up of entrepreneurs and visionaries who are leading the charge into the future of money.  They'll share their successes, their failures and help spark new ideas along the way.
  • austinalexander Austin E. Alexander Deputy Director,
    Bitcoin Center NYC
  • ryancharleston Ryan Charleston CEO & Founder,
  • peterearle Peter C. Earle Chief Economist,
  • jamesgatto James Gatto Partner,
    Pillsbury Law
  • chrisodom Chris Odom Co-Founder & CTO,
  • jonathanmohan Jonathan Mohan Founder,
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April 7 9:30 am - 10:15 am A Startup Perspective: Building a Trading Platform from Scratch Starting a company from scratch presents a lot of challenges. There are a mountain of things to consider with very limited resources. Join us for an enlightening session as Luke Jones shares his experience of starting Coinarch from scratch and explains what to do (and what not to do) to increase the chances of success.
  • lukejones Luke Jones Co-Founder,
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April 7 10:15 am - 10:45 am Morning Break
April 7 10:45 am - 11:45 am Emerging Issues in Digital Currency Regulation and Enforcement The leading attorneys in digital currency will address the latest developments in digital currency regulation and enforcement. Topics will include the New York Department of Financial Services' proposed ""BitLicense"" and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's recent rulings on Bitcoin mining and Bitcoin exchanging for investment purposes. Panelists will also discuss what these evolving trends will mean for the future of digital currency.
  • jeffreyalberts Jeffrey Alberts Partner,
    Pryor Cashman LLP
  • jacobfarber Jacob S. Farber Senior Counsel,
    Perkins Coie LLP
  • brianklein Brian Klein Partner,
    Baker Marquart LLP
  • andyroth Andy Roth Co-Chair of Global Privay and Cybersecurity Group,
    Dentons, LLP
  • deborahpeden Deborah Thoren-Peden Partner,
    Pillsbury Law
  • marcosantori Marco Santori Commercial Litigator and Business Attorney,
    Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP (Moderator)
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April 7 10:45 am - 11:45 am Bitcoin Merchant On-Ramp There has been much talk as to WHY merchants should accept Bitcoin such as lower transaction fees, eliminating chargebacks and monetizing new markets but there had been little talk of HOW? Learn from and an eCommerce veteran real hands on methods to enable your eCommerce website, game, blog, charity or store to accept digital currency and understand the operational adjustments required to support these new tech savvy digital currency customers. We will also touch on digital marketing techniques to out pace your competitors.
  • stevebeauregard Steve Beauregard Founder & CEO,
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April 7 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Best Practices for Using and Securing Bitcoins Alan will give a layman's introduction to how Bitcoin works, and then discuss best practices that every Bitcoin user should know to safely use and manage bitcoins. He will describe why Bitcoin is different than other payment systems, how the network reaches agreement on transactions, how to backup your wallets, and how to use addresses to maximize privacy. The concept behind ʺCold Storageʺ will also be explained with information for new users to get started using it. The presentation will also touch on developing technologies in the Bitcoin community, including hardware wallets and multi-device authentication.
  • alanreiner Alan Reiner CEO,
    Armory Technologies
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April 7 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Politics, Press and Regulation: Bitcoin in Washington, DC Washington, DC has a short attention span for complex issues but a long memory when it comes to black marks. Silk Road, Mt. Gox and other less savory episodes in Bitcoin world will linger in official minds, but those events will compete with a desire to be on the right side of history. If Satoshi Nakamto is going to conquer the world, then politicians will want to be the ones who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the ... well, somebody ... who ushered in the age of cryptocurrencies.
  • christineduhaime Christine Duhaime, B.A., J.D., CAMS Duhaime Law
    Toronto & Vancouver
  • jacobfarber Jacob S. Farber Senior Counsel
    Perkins Coie LLP
  • israelklein Izzy Klein Prinicpal
    Podesta Group
  • mercedestunstall Mercedes Kelley Tunstall Partner
    Ballard Spahr LLP
  • carterdougherty Carter Dougherty Consumer Finance Reporter, Washington D.C.,
    Bloomberg News (Moderator)
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April 7 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch Break
April 7 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Afternoon Keynote: International Review: Bitcoin Stories from Across the Globe From Berlin to Buenos Airies the fabric of the Bitcoin community is strengthening. Nicolas Cary, the CEO of Blockchain.info will review compelling stories and exciting projects from across the globe. Bitcoin is borderless, come learn why Bitcoin is going to reshape the way the world thinks about technology.
  • nicolascary Nicolas Cary CEO,
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April 7 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Moving Bitcoin Forward: Bringing Trust, Legitimacy and Transparency to the Market Even as bitcoin continues to play a larger role in mainstream culture, plenty of skepticism remains. Going forward, what are the challenges facing the bitcoin community as it attempts to bring trust, transparency and legitimacy to the burgeoning bitcoin market? This panel will discuss the challenges of bitcoin adoption.
  • karstenbehrend Karsten Behrend Co-Founder & CEO,
  • josecaldera Jose Caldera VP of Marketing & Product,
    IdentityMind, Inc.
  • jamesdangelo James D'Angelo Co-Founder & Host,
    World Bitcoin Network
  • briannelson Brian Nelson Broker & Director of Communications,
    Alpha Surety Brokerage and National Money Transmitters Association (NMTA)
  • brockpierce Brock Pierce CEO,
    Playsino &
    Managing Director,
    Clearstone Global Gaming Fund
  • michaelterpin Michael Terpin Co-Founder,
    BitAngels &
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April 7 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Data Center Planning Calculator for Megawatt Mining The global bitcoin network now exceeds 30 PetaHash and 100’s of Petaflops/sec, 600 times larger than the combined power of all the supercomputers in the Top500 list. This is driving Miners to Industrial Data Centers that can provide the insatiable demand for power. Typical wholesale data centers are built for large Enterprises requiring 100% uptime with daunting economic models that do not fit Crypto Mining community. Furthermore, next generation 28nm mining ASICs have thermal profiles that far exceed the power and cooling designs delivered in traditional enterprise data centers. In this session, you will learn fundamentals of data center strategy specific to ASIC mining requirements that will minimize data center CAPEX and OPEX costs, so you can deploy more of your capital to purchase more mining equipment upfront. The session will conclude with a deep dive into a tool that demystifies the planning process for heterogeneous mining hardware. The calculator outputs the associated financial models specific to your deployment and the runtime costs in a purpose built mining data center.
  • bryanballard Bryan Ballard CTO,
  • patrickmcginn Patrick McGinn Product Manager,
    CoolIT Systems
  • joshzerlan Josh Zerlan Operations Manager,
    Butterfly Labs
  • ericdoricko Eric P. Doricko Data Center Crypto-Consultant (Moderator)
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April 7 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm How History Will View Bitcoin Is bitcoin the Friendster, MySpace, or Facebook of virtual currency? We will explore different future scenarios for the bitcoin protocol and virtual currency, discussing the implications for business, government, and citizens.
  • maxhoblitzell Max Hoblitzell GovLab Fellow,
    Deloitte Consulting
  • vetankapoor Vetan Kapoor GovLab Fellow,
    Deloitte Consulting
  • tiffanywan Tiffany Wan GovLab Fellow,
    Deloitte Consulting
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April 7 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Bitcoin and e-Commerce Pain Points Ecommerce presents some unique requirements for payment processing. Currently credit cards are a dominant form of payment for ecommerce. However, credit card payment processing was not originally designed for internet commerce and hence exposes a large number of pain points for consumers and stakeholders. Bitcoin in its current form has the potential to resolve several of these pain points, however some may need further development. Attend this session to deep dive into the pain points in the current state of ecommerce, the ones that can potentially be addressed by Bitcoin and ones that need further innovation.
  • ashokmisra Ashok Misra CISSP Chair,
    CNP Payment Forum &
    Alina Consultants
  • Bryan C. Skarlatos Bryan C. Skarlatos Partner,
    Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP
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April 7 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon Break
April 7 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Cybersecurity in Cryptocurrency As crypto currency becomes more and more relevant there is a need for companies dealing in this space to have an insurance product that properly mitigates this risk. In this discussion we will talk about insurance products available to the BitCoin market as well as what security measures need to be put inlace in order to qualify for this insurance. Furthermore, we will discuss how securing the proper and necessary insurance can lead to wider public acceptance of BitCoin and Cryptocurrency as a whole.
  • benjimarkoff Benji Markoff CEO & Founder,
    Founder Shield
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April 7 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Bitcoin in the Cloud This enlightening talk will cover the application of mining in a world where virtualization is becoming the standard.
  • benjamingorlick Benjamin Gorlick COO,
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April 7 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Media & Legal Challenges for Cryptocurrency Advocates As a 25-year talk radio veteran, ex-prosecutor, standup comic, author, as well as television commentator and legal analyst on New York’s heritage PIX 11 News, Lionel knows firsthand the challenges in explaining to audiences why Bitcoin is critically important not to mention a fascinating subject. The first problem and hurdle are the entrenched and unimaginative Ted Baxter sockpuppet mainstream media, who for the most part seem to delve into subjects only after getting the green light from the ruling class.
Lionel will address inter alia:
  • The thoughts of a (civil) libertarian over the prospect of over six billion people with no access to the world of money and how Bitcoin can change that
  • The thoughts of an ex-prosecutor when dealing with the fears that Bitcoin will provide illicit transaction mechanisms
  • The thoughts of a media commentator in dealing with an audience who sincerely would like to understand the ramifications of Bitcoin but have been convinced it’s over their head
  • How alternative media such as lionelmedia.com and podcasting platforms can be utilized to address an audience who crave anything that appears in the slightest to reject the Fed, fiat currency and central bank control
  • The public’s Pavlovian and patellar reflex in rejecting anything new.
    • lionel Lionel Author & Legal Analyst,
      New York's PIX 11 News
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    April 7 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Bitcoin Comes To Main Street Imagine if you woke up tomorrow morning and bitcoin was accepted at every store in the country. How would that impact bitcoin’s growth and adoption, not to mention its value? Bitcoin is emerging at the same time as other disruptive trends in the payment landscape, such as mobile payments and alternate payment rails, all of which are forcing innovation at the point of sale. These trends mean we won’t need to wait for every Main Street merchant to take on their own complex integrations to accept bitcoin. In this session, we will discuss innovative initiatives leveraging these trends and dramatically fast-tracking bitcoin’s place in every day commerce. The goal of the session is for you to walk away with ideas that will help accelerate this phenomenon.
    • tylerroye Tyler Roye Co-Founder & CEO,
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    April 7 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem Bitcoin has been a major draw for entrepreneurs as venture capital has eagerly embraced Bitcoin as a technology. But what kinds of opportunities are available to entrepreneurs interested in Bitcoin today. For active players, what are the challenges and the exciting possibilities on the horizon? This panel includes entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and technology journalists to discuss what is currently hot in the entrepreneurial space for Bitcoin.
    • johnbiggs John Biggs East Coast Editor,
    • kyledrake Kyle Drake Founder,
    • adamdraper Adam Draper Founder & CEO,
    • danheld Dan Held Product Manager,
    • kashmirhill Kashmir Hill Senior Online Editor,
      Forbes Magazine
    • robbanagale Rob Banagale CEO & Co-Founder,
      Gliph (Moderator)
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    April 7 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations This panel will provide you with firsthand insight from a variety of perspectives including regulatory, in-house compliance and external advisor to explore how emerging digital currency companies can ensure their compliance regimes are “fit for purpose.” In today’s environment of regulatory uncertainty and confusion, it is more critical now than ever to develop robust compliance programs that will survive the scrutiny required to become a licensed entity in the U.S. It is also critical to develop internal and external communication strategies to best manage regulatory expectations at a critical juncture in the evolution of digital currencies.
    • johnbeccia John Beccia General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer,
    • karengifford Karen Gifford Chief Compliance Officer,
      Ripple Labs
    • danieltannebaum Daniel Tannebaum, CFE Director, Financial Services & Regulatory Practice,
      PricewaterhouseCoopers (Moderator)
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    April 7 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm A Primer on Canadian Bitcoin Law This session will focus on the federal legislation as it applies to Bitcoin activities, specifically how the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and FINTRAC (Canada’s version of FINCEN) view Bitcoin. We'll also cover the applicable provincial legislation (most consumer protection legislation) as it applies to Bitcoin businesses operating in Canada.
    • matthewburgoyne Matthew Burgoyne Associate,
      McLeod Law LLP
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    April 7 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm The Future of Crypto-Exchanges In light of recent developments, our panel of existing exchange founders and operators will discuss the future of Bitcoin and other crypto-currency exchanges. Join us as we examine the current challenges and opportunities facing crypto-exchanges along with the technologies and developments we can look forward to in this fast evolving sector. We'll also delve into the large opportunities and risks that remain unaddressed in addition to the steps that can be taken to improve security and trust for users.
    • jaronlukasiewicz Jaron Lukasiewicz Chief Executive Officer,
    • jessepowell Jesse Powell Co-Founder & CEO,
    • paulvernon Paul Vernon CEO & Founder,
      Project Investors Inc. & Cryptsy.com
    • kenmajmudar Ken Majmudar, CFA Founder & Chief Investment Officer,
      Ridgewood Investments (Moderator)
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    April 7 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception Sponsored by Circle
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    April 8 8:15 am - 9:00 am Registration Opens
    April 8 9:00 am - 9:30 am Opening Keynote: Wall Street's View of Fair Value For Bitcoin An increasing number of Wall Street firms are beginning to make make forecasts about the price and impact of Bitcoin. From Merrill Lynch's 14 page research report that implied a fair value of $1,300 for Bitcoin, to Wedbush Securities prediction that Bitcoin represents a long term threat to Visa and MasterCard, Wall Street is taking notice. Thought leaders from Wall Street will discuss the new frameworks they're developing to understand Bitcoin, the potential value of the crypto currency, and the global impact they're telling clients that Bitcoin could have across the global financial, technological, and consumer landscape.
    • gilluria Gil Luria Managing Director,
      Wedbush Securities
    • georgesamman George Samman COO,
    • gregschvey Greg Schvey Partner,
    • barrysilbert Barry Silbert Founder & CEO,
      Bitcoin Investment Trust
    • loukerner Lou Kerner Founder and Analyst,
      The Social Internet Fund &
      Former Owner,
      BitcoinWallet.com (Moderator)
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    April 8 9:30 am - 10:15 am Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World One of the most talked about use cases for Bitcoin is as a way to transmit money across borders – more quickly, cheaply and easily than through the banking system or companies like Western Union and Moneygram. This panel will look at the possibilities for this technology to facilitate international remittances from immigrants in the West to their families in the developing world, and in the longer term for decentralized, trustless networks to allow entrepreneurs in poor countries to find customers for their goods and services around the globe. We will also consider some of the practical hurdles to realizing these visions, including Bitcoin’s price volatility and, of course, regulation.
    • pellebraendgaard Pelle Braendgaard Co-Founder,
    • marydent Mary Dent Founder,
    • christianjacken Christian Jacken Financial Specialist & Cyprtocurrency Entrepreneur,
      CoinsNG.com, SecureEvoting.com, and LiquidDemocracy.de
    • stephaniemurphy Stephanie Murphy, PhD Talk Radio Host,
      Let's Talk Bitcoin!
    • edanyago Edan Yago CEO,
    • marchochstein Marc Hochstein Executive Editor,
      American Banker (Moderator)
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    April 8 9:30 am - 10:15 am Birth of a New Asset Class: The Institutional Investor View on Bitcoin Despite bitcoin increasing in value by more than 50x during the course of 2013, it remains for virtually all institutional investors an untapped asset class. Retail investors have led the charge when it comes to bitcoin, leaving institutional investors to ponder how best to proceed into uncharted territory. Bitcoin has entered the mainstream media and awareness among financial professionals is growing. Nonetheless, bitcoin remains disconnected from the traditional investment management ecosystem. Bitcoin’s risks and volatility are evident, but the potential reward is enormous. Rarely does the world see the birth of an entirely new asset class, and the possible upside that comes with it. While sophisticated institutions remain concerned by negative media headlines and grapple with somehow integrating bitcoin into portfolios with legacy investment mandates, the industry is on the cusp of toppling barriers for institutional exposure.
    • bastianbrand Bastian Brand Investment Manager,
      Pathfinder Capital Ltd.
    • danielgallancy Daniel H. Gallancy, CFA Investment Professional/Technology
    • danmorehead Dan Morehead Founder & CEO,
      Pantera Capital Management
    • davidnamdar David J. Namdar, CFA Investment Professional
    • dimitrinemirovsky Dimitri Nemirovsky Partner,
      Reyhani Nemirovsky
    • bryanreyhani Bryan Reyhani Partner,
      Reyhani Nemirovsky (Moderator)
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    April 8 10:15 am- 10:45 am Morning Break
    April 8 10:45 am - 11:30 am Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies A mere four years after its inception as an anonymous white paper and protocol, the world value of bitcoins has skyrocketed from $10,000 to more than $1.5 billion - and yet it's still barely 1/100th of 1 percent of the world's currency and commodity markets. What advances will be required in the bitcoin infrastructure to make bitcoins 1 percent of the world's value storage? Which companies need to be built to pave the way? And which class of investors will lead the way in creating the next $100 billion in value creation? A panel of early-stage bitcoin investors and entrepreneurs will discuss both what it takes to build a company worth funding on the widely perceived shaky ground of digital currency and what metrics investors need to consider.
    • adamettinger Adam Ettinger Partner,
      Strategic Counsel Corp.
    • galfrypuechavy Galfry Puechavy Founder & CEO,
    • williamquigley William Quigley Managing Director,
      Clearstone Venture Partners
    • matthewroszak Matthew Roszak Bitcoin Venture Investor, Co-Founder
      SilkRoad Equity &
      Chicago City Leader,
      Bit Angels
    • pbstephens P. Bart Stephens Co-Founder & Managing Partner
      Stephens Investment Management, LLC (SIM)
    • rikwillard Rik Willard Co-Founder & CEO,
    • michaelterpin Michael Terpin Co-Founder,
      BitAngels &
      SocialRadius (Moderator)
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    April 8 10:45 am - 11:30 am Beyond Bitcoin: BitShares Delves Into Digital Shares Bitcoin is disruptive in that it functions as an unofficial stateless currency, but the true technological revolution is what's behind it - the invention of the blockchain. Primarily used to create crypto-currencies, this technology now allows the creation of crypto-equities, or digital shares. These function with all the same properties of Bitcoin: instant transactions, borderless trade, trust-free, open ledger transactions, and near zero costs. In addition the transaction fees from transactions go directly to the shareholders in the form of dividends, combining for the first time the profit model with block chain technology. Daniel Larimer is CEO and founder of BitShares, the world's first digital shares platform. He is the creator of the concept of the DAC (decentralized autonomous company) and a thought leader in the industry. He will share with you exciting new realms of possibility where the technology behind Bitcoin can be applied, and discuss the potential doors it opens into many of the world's largest industries.
    • daniellarimer Daniel Larimer Founder & CEO,
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    April 8 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Decentralized Autonomous Corporations Just as email was the tip of the iceberg of what the internet could do, so to is payment processing the first application of Bitcoin. Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are the notion of having entire companies based on the Bitcoin Blockchain and is the most disruptive innovation on the horizon of the cryptocurrency space.
    • jonathanmohan Jonathan Mohan Founder,
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    April 8 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Collapse of a Bitcoin Giant An update from the front lines of MtGox’s bankruptcy proceeding in Japan, major litigation involving MtGox in the United States, as well as other major ongoing bitcoin litigation. The presentation will also emphasize important lessons for start-up companies which all-too-frequently disregard litigation concerns and will include tips that will save you time, money, and heartache.
    • edgarsargent Edgar Sargent Partner,
      Susman Godfrey, LLP
    • rogertownsend Roger Townsend Partner,
      Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC
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    April 8 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Banking MSBs: A Compliance Officer’s Perspective FinCEN’s March 18, 2013 interpretative guidance classified digital currency companies as money service businesses (MSBs). According to U.S. regulators, MSBs are considered to be of higher risk for money laundering. Thus, financial institutions are required to perform additional due diligence on MSBs when providing banking services. Moreover, digital currency companies are being grouped in with traditional MSBs, such as check cashers and money transmitters. Understand from a compliance officer’s perspective, how financial institutions bank money service businesses that are classified as high risk.
    • brianstoeckert Brian Stoeckert CAMS, CFE, Chief Strategy Officer,
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    April 8 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Bitcoin: Getting Ready for Mass Adoption Despite considerable press coverage, Bitcoin is still a difficult concept for most people to grasp and buying and selling Bitcoin is complicated and risky. Simon Nahnybida, SVP Business Development at ZipZap, reviews ideas, trends, regulatory obstacles and product developments needed to get Bitcoin into the hands of millions of people.
    • simonnahnybida Simon Nahnybida SVP Business Development,
      ZipZap, Inc.
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    April 8 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch Break
    April 8 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Congressional Perspectives on Bitcoin and Digital Currencies John Collins is a Professional Staff Member for Chairman Tom Carper on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The Committee held the first Congressional hearing on the subject of digital currencies in late 2012. Recognized as Capitol Hill’s leading digital currency expert, he is the Committee’s principal advisor and investigator on law enforcement, regulatory, and societal issues related to Bitcoin. His experience includes developing and managing several Congressional oversight and investigative projects, specializing in government management and intergovernmental collaboration. Collins has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public of Public Administration from the University of Delaware.
    • johncollins John G. Collins Professional Staff Member,
      U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
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    April 8 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Mining for the Future: What Bitcoin Businesses Need to Know In a future where bitcoin is popular and pervasive, bitcoin mining is about much more than mining for profit. There are many facets of bitcoin mining that not only high volume, large bitcoin businesses need to consider, but the small and medium businesses as well. Bitcoin mining will affect nearly everyone in some fashion, even if you have no interest in mining yourself. This discussion centers around what you need to know for your business in the brave new bitcoin world.
    • joshzerlan Josh Zerlan Operations Manager,
      Butterfly Labs
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    April 8 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Preparing Your Business to Accept Payments in Bitcoin As cybercurrency grows in popularity, more and more businesses – both private and public will look to accept it as payment. This panel will address the various issues and related legal considerations necessary to consider when preparing your business to accept cybercurrency for goods and services. Some topics that will be addressed include: legal and regulatory compliance issues, valuation strategies, technological considerations, reporting obligations and related issues.
    • normanbloch Norman Bloch Partner,
      Thompson Hine LLP
    • jamesjalil James P. Jalil Partner,
      Thompson Hine LLP
    • thomaszych Thomas Zych Partner,
      Thompson Hine LLP
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    April 8 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Bitcoins vs Altcoins Bitcoin is far ahead in the race for the first place, but how far is it exactly? Let's talk about network effects, exchanges and pump and dump schemes. At the end you can decide if you want to hold some altcoins on the side. This session will include an in-depth discussion on the meteoric rise of Dogecoin.
    • bendoernberg Ben Doernberg Bitcoin Expert, Board Member,
      Dogecoin Foundation
    • stanislavwolf Stanislav Wolf VP Product Development,
      Yacuna AG
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    April 8 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm How to Stop Bitcoin Theft: Multi-Signature Wallets Make Bitcoin Secure and Useful for New Industries If you read the Bitcoin headlines, it seems like every week there is a story about a major theft or loss of someone's Bitcoin holdings. Why? Because nearly every exchange and wallet uses a single private key which can be stolen or corrupted. In this talk, learn how multi-signature protocols are going to make Bitcoin holdings secure while remaining liquid. Also hear about new industries that open up with multi-signature technology, from escrow to real estate and beyond.
    • willobrien Will O'Brien CEO & Co-Founder,
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    April 8 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Emerging Markets vs. Developed Markets: Who Will Win the Bitcoin Race? Frontier markets, emerging markets or Wall Street, the race is on for leadership in Bitcoin investment, development, employment and technology. Bruce Fenton founded the Internet's first full service investment firm in 1994 and today spends half of each year working internationally. Come learn about the next big things coming along in Bitcoin and the challenges and opportunities in various global markets.
    • brucefenton Bruce Fenton Founder & President,
      Atlantic Financial
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    April 8 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon Break
    April 8 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm The Crypto-Wars:  Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Transaction Everyone has secrets. From non-standard hieroglyphs carved into Egyptian monuments 4,000 years ago to the compromised Nazi Enigma machine mathematicians during World War II.  And there has been grave persecution, from Galileo being confined to house arrest to the United States criminally punishing the mere expression of math equations under the Munitions Act. But in the 1990s the Supreme Court ruled encryption to be protected by the First Amendment under freedom of speech. Now crypto-currency, Bitcoin being the first, has arrived to disrupt and restore freedom of transaction which is among the most eroded yet essential checks and balances in the political machinery of the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court has long held the First Amendment protects anonymous speech. Additionally, Article 1 Section 10 Clause 1 provides for an anonymous monetary system equal to all under chemical law. Consequently, a Constitutional crisis of epic proportions is rapidly approaching as individuals are quickly abolishing their ties to political currency and substituting a mere math problem to reclaim and enforce their financial sovereignty while protecting their monetary secrets.
    • tracemayer Trace Mayer Financial Blogger and Author,
      Great Credit Contraction
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    April 8 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Permacredits: Bitcoin 2.0 in Action This engaging session will thoroughly cover Permacredits (CREDITS), and their role as the first ecosystem wide DAC. We'll also explore what the future of Digital money looks like with the advent of new functions.
    • xavierhawk Xavier Hawk Founder,
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    April 8 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm The State of Bitcoin Security Bojan will provide some of his firsthand experiences with the state of Bitcoin businesses with regard to security and how many individuals are (insecurely) handling their Bitcoins. These experiences will demonstrate some "hacks" that that have occurred in the real world and the impact that they can have on the industry. The talk will include an overview of simple security steps that individuals and businesses who are working with Bitcoin should take to in order to mitigate the chance of hackers stealing Bitcoin and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from them and their customers. Whether you are an individual or business that is already leveraging Bitcoin or plans on doing so, this talk will teach you the security steps you need to take.
    • bojansimic Bojan Simic Founder,
      Bitcoin Security Project
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    April 8 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Decentralizing the Internet: How Proof of Resource Will Allow All Internet-Based Services to Become Blockchain-Enabled MaidSafe has created Project SAFE, a fully distributed platform that rides on top of TCP/IP and uses key value storage and Kademlia based routing to decentralize every aspect of the Internet, including all Web Services. CEO David Irvine and COO Nick Lambert will explain how the creation of "safecoins" will incentivize end users, developers and backers, eliminating the need for middlemen in all network transactions, from online storage to social networks to website hosting and trading mechanisms, to name a few.
    • davidirvine David Irvine CEO,
    • nicklambert Nick Lambert Chief Operating Officer,
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    April 8 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Bitcoin: Protocol vs. Product This session will provide an examination of the first mover advantage, infrastructure and how standardized protocols are similar to and differ from consumer products. A look at what alt coins should be doing, and why their current path is doomed for failure is all part of the discussion.
    • joshrossi Josh Rossi Founder,
      Satoshi Square
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    April 8 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Bitcoin, Banking and Payments: How Asia Can Still Lead the World Despite the cascade of negative news and rumors about Bitcoin coming from China, Asia’s development in the Bitcoin space continues to accelerate unabated. Hong Kong is now being seen as Asia’a ‘Bitcoin Capital’ and has recently opened the world’s first brick and mortar exchange. Singapore is also blossoming into a world-class fin-tech capital for cryptocurrency. Companies such as ItBit and Cryptex Card are at the forefront of this new wave of innovation. Rich Teo, CEO of ItBit Exchange (Singapore) and James Foster, head of business development at Cryptex Card (Hong Kong) will focus on the development of Bitcoin and its underlying technologies in the world’s largest emerging marketplace. Asian Bitcoin companies represent an expanding space for innovation in the ecosystem. The discussion will center around these topics, as well as an introduction to Cryptex Card, a Bitcoin ATM/ Debit issued in Asia, but available globally, that is being announced at Inside Bitcoins NY.
    • Rich Teo CEO,
      ItBit Exchange
    • James Foster Head of Business Development
      Cryptex Card
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