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Speakers

Jeffrey Alberts Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP Jeffrey Alberts is a partner in Pryor Cashman’s Litigation Group and head of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. Jeffrey’s practice focuses on government investigations and prosecutions and related regulatory proceedings, asset forfeiture and money laundering litigation, victims’ rights representation, and complex civil litigation. Jeffrey is an experienced trial lawyer who has served as lead counsel in numerous trials, including civil and criminal federal jury trials, state jury trials, and state and federal bench trials. Jeffrey has represented clients in disputes involving virtual currency. He also has been quoted by the media concerning criminal prosecutions of virtual currency service providers and government seizures of bitcoins. Immediately prior to joining the firm in 2013, Jeffrey spent six years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of white collar criminal offenses, including money laundering, securities fraud, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. Jeffrey served for several years in the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and was lead counsel in numerous civil and criminal asset forfeiture actions and civil money laundering cases.
April 7 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am Emerging Issues in Digital Currency Regulation and Enforcement
Austin E. Alexander Deputy Director, Bitcoin Center NYC Austin E. Alexander is the deputy director for external relations at Bitcoin Center NYC. He currently leads daily educational courses on Bitcoin from the center's location 100 feet from the NYSE. Austin also interfaces with a growing clientele of investors seeking consulting services as these investors seek to enter the digital economy. Austin first discovered Bitcoin in 2011 while working at the Mercatus Center, a free-market economic policy think tank. He previously served as a political consultant specializing in voter contact, working on the campaigns of numerous liberty candidates including Ron Paul.
April 7 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am New Ideas in Bitcoin
Jeremy Allaire Co-Founder & CEO, Circle Jeremy Allaire is Founder & CEO of Circle, a digital currency company with products that make it easy to exchange, store, send and receive bitcoin. For the past 20 years, Jeremy has been building software platforms and online services used by hundreds of millions of consumers and hundreds of thousands of business worldwide. Jeremy's first company, Allaire Corp, pioneered a web application development platform, which grew to serve over a million customers around the world, was a profitable, $120 million revenue, NASDAQ-traded public company. Allaire Corp was sold to Macromedia in 2000, where he became CTO and helped transform Flash into a rich application platform that would become the most widely adopted piece of software in the history of computing. Jeremy's next company, Brightcove, pioneered a cloud software platform for publishing and distributing video on websites, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs. The company grew to become a profitable, $100 million revenue, NASDAQ-traded public company, with more than 6,000 customers in 60 countries. Jeremy stepped into a chairman role on the Brightcove board in early 2013 and continues to serve in that capacity today.
April 7 | 9:00 am - 9:30 am Mainstreaming Bitcoin: The Next Phase of Digital Currency Growth & Value Creation
Bryan Ballard CTO, Netsolus 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 at CTO and COB of Netsolus.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Data Center Planning Calculator for Megawatt Mining
Rob Banagale CEO & Co-Founder, Gliph Rob Banagale is CEO and co-founder of Gliph, a startup focused on private communications and transactions. Rob builds mobile tools that protect consumers against data breaches and manage the sharing of personal data. He is passionate about online privacy and personal data security. His startup, Gliph has been recognized by Forrester Research as an emerging niche leader in consumer endpoint security, and was recently named one of the top ten ways to avoid being tracked online by NPR's Marketplace. Rob previously worked as Director of Strategy and Innovation for mobile agency Übermind in Seattle. He holds an MBA from Babson College and a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem
Steve Beauregard CEO & Co-Founder, GoCoin.com 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. 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!
April 7 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am Bitcoin Merchant On-Ramp
John Beccia General Counsel & Chief Compliance Office, Circle John Beccia is General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Circle, a digital currency company with products that make it easy to exchange, store, send and receive bitcoin. Prior to joining Circle, Mr. Beccia was Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and BSA Officer at Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., a national financial services organization that specializes in private banking, where he advised on bank regulatory, anti-money laundering, and corporate law issues. Prior to his time at Boston Private, Mr. Beccia served as the Assistant General Counsel of Investors Bank & Trust Company and as Chief Regulatory Counsel and Research Director for The Financial Services Roundtable, which represents 100 of the largest integrated financial services companies providing banking, insurance, and investment products and services to American consumers. During his time at the Roundtable, Mr. Beccia served on the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group. Mr. Beccia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Providence College, a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law, and a LLM in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law. He is Chair of the In-House Counsel Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Banking Law Committee and sits on the board of Digital Asset Transfer Authority (DATA). Mr. Beccia is an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law and is a frequent speaker on legal and regulatory issues impacting the financial services industry.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations
Karsten Behrend Co-Founder & CEO, BitCM Karsten Behrend is CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer at BitCM, a United States based digital currency company offering a meta-exchange platform that allows users to discover trading opportunities and manage their collective exchange accounts through a single, unified interface. BitCM prides itself on transparency, frictionless transacting, enterprise level security, and a robust compliance program. Karsten also serves on the Executive Board of the Northern California chapter of the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), an elite international organization of anti-money laundering and compliance professionals. Well versed and respected in the tech and finance industries, Karsten has held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley tech firms and global financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase. Karsten received his formal education in Denmark and the UK in International Business, with a specialization in EU Regulations, Trade, and Tax Law, and later his MBA in Information Technology Management. He is a digital currency advocate and a member of the Bitcoin Foundation and the Digital Asset Transfer Authority (DATA). He can be followed on Twitter @BitcoinCEO.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Moving Bitcoin Forward: Bringing Trust, Legitimacy and Transparency to the Market
John Biggs East Coast Editor, TechCrunch.com John lives in Brooklyn, NY and writes about technology, security, gadgets, gear, wristwatches, and the Internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, he switched gears and became a full-time journalist. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, Sync, The Stir and he has written Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age and Bloggers Boot Camp. He has forthcoming books about Marie Antoinette’s watch as well as a YA fiction book, Mytro. John is currently East Coast Editor of TechCrunch.com and runs the BWL family of blogs, SlushPile.net and WristWatchReview.com. He also recorded the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem
Norman Bloch Partner, Thompson Hine LLP Norman A. Bloch is a New York based partner and a member of the Thompson Hine LLP’s White-Collar Criminal/Internal Investigations, Business Litigation and International Trade practice groups. He focuses his practice on white-collar criminal matters and related civil litigation. He has represented businesses and individuals in fraud, FCPA, export controls, public corruption, environmental, antitrust, labor racketeering, perjury, and RICO investigations and prosecutions conducted by federal, state and foreign authorities. Mr. Bloch has represented clients Asia, Europe and throughout the United States. He has also conducted internal investigations on behalf of public and private companies, including banks, and has represented parties in internal investigations and in proceedings initiated by various federal and state enforcement agencies, including the SEC, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the Department of Justice and the New York State Attorney General's Office. Bloch went into private practice in 1989 after serving for seven years as special counsel and as a special attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime Strike Force for the Eastern District of New York. He successfully prosecuted Lucchese family members and Teamsters union officials involved in labor racketeering and extortion in the air freight industry at JFK International Airport. He also handled fraud, perjury and tax evasion cases in the Strike Force. Before joining the Strike Force in 1982, Mr. Bloch was an assistant district attorney for five years in the trials, appeals and rackets bureaus of the New York County District Attorney's Office.
April 8 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Preparing Your Business to Accept Payments in Bitcoin
Pelle Braendgaard Co-Founder, Kipochi Pelle Braendgaard is a software developer and entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in working with internet technologies in Europe, the US and Latin America. He has worked with a diverse group of services from being Alta Vista's first web master to investment banking in Deutsche Bank, consumer banking in BRF Kredit to developing secure communication platforms for doctors at Doximity. As an entrepreneur he has worked in early cryptocurrency startups in the Caribbean and Latin America. He is currently working on bringing Bitcoin to consumers and merchants in Africa with Kipochi.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World
Bastian Brand Investment Manager, 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.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Birth of a New Asset Class: The Institutional Investor View on Bitcoin
Matthew Burgoyne Associate, McLeod Law LLP Matthew was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2005 and the Alberta Bar in 2006 and maintains a commercial practice which includes advising on business transactions, securities and corporate finance related matters. He has extensive experience in acting for borrowers and private lenders, including mortgage investment corporations (MICs) and syndicated mortgage entities. His practice also includes acting for Bitcoin entities operating in the developing area of virtual currency law, specifically assisting Canadian clients with regulatory and compliance advice and banking assistance tailored to start-up ventures in the Canadian bitcoin space.
April 7 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm A Primer on Canadian Bitcoin Law
Jose Caldera VP of Marketing & Product, IdentityMind, Inc. Jose Caldera has developed security managment products for enterprise for the past 15 years, managing Securify's enterprise management products and later McAfee Firewall's next generation management interface. He has now spent the past 5 years in payments, developing cutting-edge products for risk management and anti-fraud. He earned a Masters of Science in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Moving Bitcoin Forward: Bringing Trust, Legitimacy and Transparency to the Market
Nicolas Cary CEO, Blockchain.info 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.
April 7 | 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm International Review: Bitcoin Stories from Across the Globe
Ryan Charleston Founder & CEO, Bitcorati Ryan Charleston is a multi-disciplinary professional with experience in digital marketing, web development, ad tech, research and web analytics. He’s a persistent, creative thinker with a passion for all that intersects art and technology. Ryan started his career in architecture before moving into finance and economics through his work as a commercial real estate analyst. After the real estate collapse of 2008-2009, Ryan broadened his skill sets in marketing and sales roles at two small tech companies and continued to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests. His previous start-up Adpressive.com, a native advertising business inspired by BuzzFeed, was sold in December 2013. Ryan left his marketing analyst position at eBay in September 2013 to launch Bitcorati.com, a global directory and professional community for the people and business involved in Bitcoin.
April 7 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am New Ideas in Bitcoin
John G. Collins Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs John Collins serves as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for Chairman Tom Carper (D-DE), with responsibility for special investigations and issues related to critical infrastructure security. Mr. Collins is the lead for the Committee’s inquiry into issues related to digital currencies and the Chairman’s principal advisor on the subject. He has led hearings and investigations into issues such as overprescribing of America’s foster care population and taxpayer costs related to the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mr. Collins was lead staff author of the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 and the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act, sponsored by Senator Carper, both of which were signed into law by President Obama. He served as Senator Carper’s Campaign Manager during the 2012 election and was named one of Campaign and Elections magazine’s Top Influencers. John resides on Capitol Hill and is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Masters’ degree in Public Administration.
April 8 | 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Congressional Perspectives on Bitcoin and Digital Currencie
James D'Angelo Co-Founder & Host, World Bitcoin Network James D'Angelo is one of the founders and hosts of World Bitcoin Network, a news & educational channel focusing on all things Bitcoin. He has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and worked as a design engineer for NASA in the 1990s developing electronics for the highly successful WIND spacecraft. Since then, he has worked as an environmentalist in over a dozen countries around the world, particularly Gabon and Kenya, and is fluent in five languages. His wife, Ronah, is Ugandan, and together with their colleagues in Kampala, they are anticipating their launch of an international remittance company based on Bitcoin. Personally he is investigating the possible use of the block chain as a tool to curb carbon emissions.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Moving Bitcoin Forward: Bringing Trust, Legitimacy and Transparency to the Market
Mary Dent Founder, dcIQ Mary is the founder of dcIQ, a consulting firm that helps empower entrepreneurs by providing insight into public policy issues affecting their businesses. Before forming dcIQ in August 2013, Mary served as General Counsel and Vice President of Public Policy for Silicon Valley Bank, the leading provider of financial services to innovative companies and their investors around the world. Before joining SVB, Mary served as General Counsel and Special Counsel for New Skies Satellites, a Netherlands-based company that owned and operated a global satellite communications system. Mary's work with SVB and New Skies built on more than a decade in Washington, D.C., where she worked on the staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and as an attorney with Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright, advising companies on spectrum policy and other issues before the Federal Communications Commission. Mary serves on the Boards of Green Dot Corp. and Green Dot Bank and on the Advisory Board of Stanford’s Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS). Mary holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World
Ben Doernberg Bitcoin Expert, Board Member, Dogecoin Foundation Ben Doernberg serves on the board of the Dogecoin Foundation and is an active member of the New York bitcoin community. Passionate about the potential of networks to make the world a better place, Ben has worked to protect online privacy with Restore the Fourth and net neutrality at Public Knowledge. He has appeared to promote his causes on Fox News and BBC Radio, and his acts of digital journalism have been cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
April 8 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Bitcoins vs. Altcoins
Eric P. Doricko Data Center Crypto-Consultant Eric brings 25 years of data communications and cloud experience to the virtual currency industry, with passion for helping with large scale infrastructure requirements for industrial Bitcoin mining in data centers. Eric was part of the Exodus Cable & Wireless data center team in the northeast prior to the acquisition by Savvis communications in 2004, and most recently been consulting for Data Center companies on product strategy and financial models in the crypto and cloud space. Eric has worked closely with global 1000 Enterprises and ISPs throughout his carreer including a 10 year stay at Cabletron and Riverstone pioneering ASIC network switching solutions, and worked with broadband telecom service providers in the Caribbean, LATAM and Brazil as the Co-Chair of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for 7 years and also with Calix Networks.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Data Center Planning Calculator for Megawatt Mining
Carter Dougherty Consumer Finance Reporter, Washington D.C., Bloomberg News Carter Dougherty is a consumer finance and digital currency reporter for Bloomberg News in Washington, specializing in Bitcoin and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Carter joined Bloomberg in 2010 following five years as a European economic correspondent for the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times in Frankfurt, Germany. While there, he was a member of the team that produced the series “The Reckoning” on the origins and effects of the current economic crisis. He also co-authored a piece about the global reach of the crisis, which won the Loeb Award, a prestigious citation in business journalism, and became part of the NYT’s Pulitzer Prize submission and a finalist in the public service category. Before his time in Germany, Carter reported on Central Africa from Rwanda, contributing to a number of outlets including The Economist, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the New Republic. He reported on the lingering effects of the Rwandan genocide, the war in Congo and on the early stages of the Darfur crisis. Before that, he covered international trade and business for The Washington Times. Carter attended Kalamazoo College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is fluent in German and French.
April 7 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Politics, Press and Regulation: Bitcoin in Washington, DC
Kyle Drake Founder, Coinpunk.com Kyle Drake is the founder of Coinpunk.com, the first fully open source HTML5 web wallet funded in-part through a grant from the Bitcoin Foundation. A self-described "professional cyberpunk", Kyle has a long track record of building emerging tech startups from the ground up, and sees Bitcoin as a logical extension of the personal computing revolution's goal to decentralize technology, information, and financial power for the benefit of society.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem
Adam Draper Founder & CEO, Boost Boost was founded by Adam Draper, a fourth generation venture investor who loves mentoring startups. Adam has invested in companies such as Path, Coinbase and MinoMonsters, and sits on the boards of four companies. Adam has two goals in life: one is to help every entrepreneur find their mission in life and the other is to build an Iron Man suit.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem
Christine J. Duhaime, B.A., J.D., CAMS Duhaime Law, Toronto & Vancouver Christine Duhaime is a corporate finance and banking lawyer with a specialized regulatory practice in financial crime, gambling and anti-money laundering law. She routinely represents national and international clients in respect of a variety of regulatory law matters, including financial compliance, securities law compliance, gambling and casino law regulation, foreign corruption compliance, economic sanctions and on a variety of business and commercial law matters. Christine is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, a U.S. certification and is frequently consulted to advise on complex and emerging legal issues in connection with financial crime and money laundering risk issues, including in respect of virtual currencies, carbon trading, securities trading and government procurement cases. She is one of the only lawyers in world practicing in the area of gambling and anti-money laundering law, and advises casinos, gaming companies operating on mobile and online platforms, and social media entities on compliance with gaming, sports betting, wagering, anti-money laundering, and privacy laws. She also advises securities brokers, law firms, accounting firms and other reporting entities in respect of anti-money laundering compliance, and underwriters on transactional due diligence risks related to financial crime. Christine was appointed to the Canada Advisory Board established by the U.S. Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and is the Canadian anti-money laundering representative member of a Canadian multi-association cyber-security forum that addresses cyber crime security issues for executives.
April 7 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Politics, Press and Regulation: Bitcoin in Washington, DC
Peter C. Earle Chief Economist, Humint Pete Earle is the Chief Economist for Humint, a global cryptocurrency development consultancy. He has spent nearly two decades trading in equity, derivative, commodity and currency markets, and also has an unending fascination in finding and studying illiquid, overlooked and offbeat markets. Additionally, Pete is the resident economist for Firefall, a free-to-play shooter/MMO game developed by Red 5 Studios. He has published numerous articles on economic theory and history, often focusing on the relationship between spontaneous order, economic prosperity, and liberty, and is presently involved in several writing and research projects. Most recently, Pete has been active as one of the architects of the GoxCoin recovery proposal. He has an MBA and a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
April 7 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am New Ideas in Bitcoin
Adam Ettinger Partner, Strategic Counsel Corp. Adam Ettinger helps entrepreneurs build great companies as a partner of the law firm Strategic Counsel. In particular, Adam helps technology companies and their investors navigate a course to success while complying with laws that have not caught up with technological innovation. His practice focuses on online and mobile apps, Bitcoin, social gaming, networking technology, computer hardware, and internet advertising. Successes include Hashfast, Twist, Self Aware Games (Acquired by Big Fish), Undertone Networks, Netblue/Connexus, Briefing.com, PeopleSupport, Magma Design and Network Solutions Inc. (NSI). Adam headed the legal team at SmartAge as it negotiated over fifty partnerships with companies such as AOL and Microsoft, and raised $47 million dollars from Accel Partners, Softbank Capital, Ron Conway, Roger McNamee, Michael Dell and Vint Cerf. Before law school, Adam developed and integrated complex computer systems as a systems engineer with AT&T. While with the Center for International and Strategic Affairs (CISA), he architected and programmed the first system to track nuclear proliferation using non-classified information.
April 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 am Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies
Jacob S. Farber Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie LLP Jacob Farber is a Senior Counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Technology Transactions & Privacy practice. Jacob represents clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 20 companies in a wide variety of IT and technology-focused transactional and counseling matters, including general commercial contracting, Internet and e-commerce agreements, technology and software acquisition and licensing, strategic procurement, outsourcing, logistics, joint-ventures and other partnering arrangements, privacy, data security and mergers & acquisitions. He represents clients across a broad variety of industries, with an emphasis on communications, mobile, social networking, online service provider, emerging payments, interactive entertainment, and healthcare companies. One area of focus in Jacob’s practice is electronic financial services, including mobile payments and financial services, traditional and emerging payment systems, virtual currencies, payment processing, and prepaid access. Jacob represents electronic financial services clients in negotiating a wide variety of agreements including mobile payments and wallets, direct carrier billing, mobile commerce, online payments, credit card processing and gateway services, and payment processing.
April 7 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am Emerging Issues in Digital Currency Regulation and Enforcement
April 7 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Politics, Press and Regulation: Bitcoin in Washington, DC
Bruce Fenton Founder & President, Atlantic Financial 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.
April 8 | 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Emerging Markets vs. Developed Markets: Who Will Win the Bitcoin Race?
Daniel H. Gallancy, CFA Investment Professional/Technology Daniel has nine years of investing and trading experience, having worked as an investment professional in the long/short equity hedge fund industry and as a proprietary trader. Daniel’s areas of focus have included semiconductors, semiconductor capital equipment, IT hardware, software and telecommunications. Daniel was an investment professional at BeaconLight Capital and, prior to that, at Alson Capital Partners. Beyond investing, Daniel’s experience also includes technology consulting and advisory work. Since early 2013, Daniel has worked on several bitcoin-related private investments and bitcoin-related projects. He has been an invited guest speaker at hedge funds and investment banks on the topic of Bitcoin. Daniel earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2006, a BA in Physics and a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Daniel is a CFA Charterholder.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Birth of a New Asset Class: The Institutional Investor View on Bitcoin
James Gatto Partner, Pillsbury Law Mr. Gatto created and is the leader of the law firm's top-ranked Social Media & Games team and leader of the Open Source team. He leverages his unique combination of nearly 30 years of IP experience, business insights and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property, internet and technology law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and open source. Mr. Gatto advises clients of all sizes (start-ups to Fortune 100 companies) on key legal and business issues relating to the use of virtual currency and goods, social media, video games, social games and online gambling (gamblification), social networks, virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, open source user-generated content, location-based services and gamification.
April 7 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am New Ideas in Bitcoin
Karen Gifford Chief Compliance Officer, Ripple Labs Karen Gifford is the Chief Compliance Officer of Ripple Labs, Inc. Ripple Labs is the creator of the Ripple protocol, an open source, distributed payments protocol that enables users to make free and instant payments in any currency. Previously, Ms. Gifford worked as an attorney in the private sector and at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she was Counsel and Officer in the Litigation and Enforcement Group. Her work at the New York Fed included the successful defense of a claim by the Central Bank of Iran arising out of the hostage crisis for over $1 billion, and co-heading an investigation into misconduct in the sales and trading of complex leveraged derivatives at Bankers Trust. Later, she was a Senior Director at Promontory Financial Group, where she advised global banks and financial companies on regulatory issues and conducted investigations. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. from Vassar College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations
Benjamin Gorlick COO, CloudHashing.com Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. His background is in Computer Science and Industrial Process Engineering. He is an entrepreneur at heart, and spent 8 years serving as President for Global Engineered Products, a company specializing in highly engineered product solutions for Gold Mining and Petroleum industries. Bitcoin's allure stirred his passion for international business causing him to reach out to Emmanuel Abiodun and develop Cloudhashing.com as the world-wide leader in Bitcoin mining virtualization. His motto is “Passion, Enthusiasm, and Fun!”
April 7 | 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Bitcoin in the Cloud
Xavier Hawk Founder, Permacredits 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.
April 8 | 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Permacredits: Bitcoin 2.0 in Action
Dan Held Product Manager, Blockchain.info Dan Held is the product manager for Blockchain.info, the world’s most popular web wallet. Dan was also the co-founder and designer of ZeroBlock which was recently acquired by Blockchain.info. Prior to his involvement with Bitcoin, Dan spent the last 3 years working at an investment firm. Dan discovered Bitcoins mid 2011 with his future ZeroBlock co-founder, Kevin Johnson, when they both lived in Dallas, Texas. He purchased a few Bitcoins, but didn't become deeply involved with the scene until he moved to San Francisco in January 2013. Dan then created ZeroBlock in April 2013 after being frustrated with the mobile Bitcoin experience.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem
Kashmir Hill Senior Online Editor, Forbes Magazine Kashmir Hill is a senior online editor at Forbes Magazine, where she writes about the collision course between privacy and technology. During her reporting, she has hacked into a stranger's smart home, told a Supreme Court Justice about a law school class stalking him, paid an unexpected visit to the NSA datacenter in Utah, and lived on Bitcoin for a week. She has written an e-book, "Secret Money: Living on Bitcoin in the Real World." She lives in San Francisco.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm The Bitcoin Startup Ecosystem
Max Hoblitzell GovLab Fellow, Deloitte Consulting Max Hoblitzell is a GovLab Fellow and Strategy & Operations Consultant in Deloitte’s Federal Practice. He is currently researching virtual currencies and the impact of this emerging financial technology on the global economy and international security. Previously in GovLab, Max researched the use of challenge prizes and open innovation to solve problems in the federal government. Max’s previous consulting experience includes work in the healthcare and telecommunications segments. Max has a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University. You can reach him at @MaxHoblitzell.
April 7 | 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm How History Will View Bitcoin
Marc Hochstein Executive Editor, American Banker As Executive Editor of the trade publication American Banker, Marc Hochstein oversees BankThink, a provocative blog, and the Morning Scan, a wildly popular daily e-newsletter summarizing mainstream media coverage of the banking industry with sophistication and wit. Marc joined American Banker in 1998 as a reporter covering the mortgage beat and has gradually added responsibility over the years. At one time or another he has directed the paper's news coverage of mortgages, credit and debit cards, consumer finance and community banking. Marc began his career as a reporter covering financial markets for Dow Jones, and he has also worked as a senior editor at GRID, a commercial real estate and architecture magazine. Marc has a bachelor’s degree in history from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in urban and regional planning studies from the London School of Economics.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World
David Irvine CEO, MaidSafe David has in excess of 23 years experience in IT and 15 years running companies. He was previously responsible for Enterprise network design and project management and has worked on some of the world’s largest network projects. David is also a published author on papers in the fields of complex networking, distributed computing and cryptography related technologies.
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
Christian Jacken Finanicial Specialist & Cryptocurrency Entrepreneur, CoinsNG.com, SecureEvoting.com, and LiquidDemocracy.de Christian Jacken is the inventor (together with John Washington Donoso) of the peer-to-peer e-democracy concept called "Liquid Democracy", jointly presented in 2004 and which later became famous in connection with the German Pirate Party reaching 13% in national polls before crashing due to internal struggles. Christian grew up in Germany and Brazil and went through two cycles of government price controls, money confiscation, accelerating inflation and collapse of the Brazilian currency until the adoption of a relatively sound monetary policy in 1994. He studied economics and philosophy and gained experience as a journalist, financial analyst and trader, consultant and entrepreneur. After running for the German Parliament in 2013 opposing EU centralism he is dedicating himself to cryptocurrency evangelism and entrepreneurship.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World
James P. Jalil Partner, Thompson Hine LLP James P. Jalil is a partner in the New York office of Thompson Hine and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He is a member of the Corporate Transactions & Securities, and International practice groups and Chair of the firm’s cybercurrency group and the firm’s India Desk. Jalil concentrates his practice on securities and corporate transactions, in the United States and internationally, including contract drafting and negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, private placements of securities exempt from registration, venture capital financings, and hedge fund, investment adviser and broker-dealer formation and compliance. In addition, Jalil counsels clients on a variety of cybercurrency matters, including establishing procedures and controls necessary to accept cybercurrency, regulatory compliance and related issues. Outside of his law practice, Jim is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches an upper level course in specializing on securities regulation.
April 8 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Preparing Your Business to Accept Payments in Bitcoin
Luke Jones Co-Founder, Coinarch Luke is the co-founder of Coinarch, a startup focusing on bringing investment products to bitcoin. Luke's career started in financial consulting at Ernst & Young to major banking clients. This progressed to a role at Macquarie Bank responsible for the launch and management of new structured financial products. Watching the growth of the bitcoin community over many years, Luke decided to leave his role to pursue his passion for developing new technologies over multi-disciplinary fields. Luke holds an honours degree in Software Engineering, a degree in Mathematics and is a CFA Charterholder.
April 7 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am A Startup Perspective: Building a Trading Platform from Scratch
Vetan Kapoor GovLab Fellow, Deloitte Consulting Vetan Kapoor is a GovLab Fellow and Strategy & Operations Consultant at Deloitte’s Federal Practice. His areas of expertise include economic development, financial analysis and modeling, and policy analysis. He is currently researching virtual currencies and the impact of this emerging financial technology on the global economy and international security with his research partner, Tiffany Wan. Vetan has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public of Public Policy from the University of Virginia.
April 7 | 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm How History Will View Bitcoin
Lou Kerner Founder & Analyst, The Social Internet Fund and Former Owner, BitcoinWallet.com Lou Kerner is the Founder and Senior Partner of The Social Internet Fund, which invests in the primary and secondary shares of rapidly growing privately held social, mobile, cloud and video companies. The Fund’s investments include Appcelerator, Appia, FireEye (FEYE:NASDAQ), Livefyre, LiveRamp, Meetup, Optimal (acquired by Brand Networks) , Palantir, Scrib’d, TripleLift, and Yashi. Lou is also a Co-Founder of MobSoc Media, the largest media company focused on the Facebook platform. Lou was previously Wall Street’s first social media analyst, first on his blog, SecondShares, and then at Wedbush Securities, where he was the Managing Director of the Private Shares Group, which started the first private shares trading desk on Wall Street. It was on SecondShares, in March of 2010, that Lou published his original report on Facebook. The report, which predicted that the value of Facebook (then $16 billion) would rise to $100 billion, garnered significant media attention, and lead to his return to Wall Street. Lou not only writes about Social Media, he was the first Wall Street analyst to live it, growing past 10,000 Twitter followers, and posting his research and expert conference calls on SlideShare.net where pieces often generated over 20,000 views. Lou is regularly quoted in social media stories in the WSJ, NY Times and other business publications, in addition to his recurring appearances on CNBC and other business related TV programs.
April 8 | 9:00 am - 9:30 am Wall Street's View of Fair Value For Bitcoin
Brian Klein Partner, Baker Marquart LLP Brian Klein is a partner at the boutique litigation firm Baker Marquart LLP. He is an accomplished trial attorney who represents individuals and corporate clients in criminal, regulatory, and civil matters in state and federal court. Brian is the chair of the Bitcoin Foundation's legal advocacy committee and is well-versed in various criminal aspects concerning Bitcoin and other digital currencies. He also teaches a federal criminal practice seminar at USC Gould School of Law. Before joining Baker Marquart, Brian was a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles for five years. As a federal prosecutor, he handled significant white-collar criminal cases, including cases involving money laundering, corporate fraud, and tax violations. Brian is admitted to practice in California and New York and before various federal courts.
April 7 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am Emerging Issues in Digital Currency Regulation and Enforcement
Izzy Klein Principal, Podesta Group Israel “Izzy” Klein is a principal at Podesta Group, where he spearheads government relations and media outreach efforts for a host of global financial services, technology, telecommunications and energy clients. Izzy has led a coalition of small start up technology companies during the consideration of the Dodd Frank Act; quarterbacked a comprehensive legislative effort to pass the JOBS Act in 2012; and is a go-to resource for organizations with complex political and high profile policy challenges. The New York Times, Politico, Bloomberg News, and The Boston Globe, among others, have sought Izzy’s political and policy expertise on the record. Before joining Podesta Group, Izzy was a senior communications strategist and policy adviser for leading members of the US Senate and House, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA). Izzy was the Deputy Staff Director for Communications for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), chaired by Sen. Schumer. In that role, Izzy had a front row seat to the start of the economic crisis and helped tackle crucial issues, including the housing and credit crisis, energy policy, sovereign wealth funds and tax and trade policy. He was previously Sen. Schumer’s communications director, assisting the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate with his work on the Senate Finance, Banking, Housing and Urban Development and Judiciary Committees.
April 7 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Politics, Press and Regulation: Bitcoin in Washington, DC
Nick Lambert Chief Operating Officer, MaidSafe Nick starting his working life with blue chip technology companies, fulfilling a variety of project management roles. A change in tack led Nick into senior marketing positions with a diverse range of companies, including a successful exit to a large US corporate. Nick has an MSc in marketing and is responsible for MaidSafe’s intellectual property, marketing, licensing and assisting with the company’s business strategy.
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
Daniel Larimer Founder & CEO, BitShares.org Daniel Larimer is a Virginia based entrepreneur and software engineer with a passion to find free market solutions to secure life, liberty, and property. He is co-founder of Invictus Innovations and the originator of the concept of DACs (decentralized autonomous companies). He is the chief architect of the peer-to-peer, trust-less, block chain based financial system known as BitShares.
April 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 pm Beyond Bitcoin: BitShares Delves Into Digital Shares
Lionel Talk Radio Veteran, Author and Legal Analyst New York's PIX 11 News In 2012 CE, Lionel announced, “The revolution will be televised.” Stewarding the helm, Lionel anchored and contributes to PIX 11′s Morning News in a show format that is literally and actually without peer. Lionel presents, dissects and applies a heaping helping of critical thinking to the news stories that warrant his special brand of review ad explication. It’s what you need to know and, more importantly, what you need to ask. In addition to his Mother PIX news duties (as in seven days a week) on New York’s heritage 5 and 10 PM PIX 11 News providing commentary, man-on-the-street and vox pop features, newsmaker interviews – just to name a few – the Emmy® nominated Lionel provides audio and video podcasts on his website LionelMedia.com. There isn’t a day that goes by where Lionel is stopped on the street and not reminded by a faithful viewer and L-Train fan of his signature valedictory: Comment as you see fit! And do they ever.
April 7 | 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Media & Legal Challenges for Cryptocurrency Advocates
Jaron Lukasiewicz Chief Executive Office Coinsetter 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.
April 7 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm The Future of Crypto-Exchanges
Gil Luria Managing Director, Wedbush Securities Gil Luria is a Managing Director covering Financial Technology stocks at Wedbush Securities. He joined Wedbush in 2005 and was previously at Sanford C. Bernstein covering large U.S. telecommunications companies. Prior to that he was a Manager with Deloitte Consulting focused on telecommunications companies. Mr. Luria holds a B.A. in Economics from Hebrew University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Gil was among the first to publish research on bitcoin and Wedbush was the first US financial institution to accept bitcoin payments.
April 8 | 9:00 am - 9:30 am Opening Keynote: Wall Street's View of Fair Value For Bitcoin
Kaushal "Ken" Majmudar, CFA Founder & Chief Investment OFficer Ridgewood Investments Kaushal "Ken" Majmudar, CFA is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Ridgewood Investments. Ken graduated with honors from the Harvard Law School in 1994 after being an honors graduate of Columbia University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Prior to founding Ridgewood Investments in late 2002, Ken worked for seven years on Wall Street as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers where he has extensive experience working on initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions transactions and other corporate finance advisory work for Fortune 1000 companies. He also has experience with earlier stage investments and venture capital. Ken is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey though retired from the practice of law and occasionally invests in and/or advises Financial Technology companies including companies in the crypto space.
April 7 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm The Future of Crypto-Exchanges
Benji Markoff CEO & Founder, Founder Shield Benji has been involved in the NY Startup Scene since graduating college. His time in the community fostered an intense passion for providing services that make entrepreneurs’ day-to-day lives a bit easier to manage and helped him realize how much the startup community needs an education on the importance of proper insurance coverage and risk management practices. With Founder Shield, Benji is filling this need.
April 7 | 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Cybersecurity in Cryptocurrency
Trace Mayer Financial Blogger & Author, Great Credit Contraction Trace Mayer is an entrepreneur, investor, journalist, monetary scientist and ardent defender of the freedom of speech with degrees in Law and Accounting. He has studied Austrian Economics focusing on the work of Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises and operates the privacy blog How To Vanish. He was among the first popular bloggers to publicly recommend Bitcoin in its infancy with a market cap under $2m and well before its massive rise over $2.5B in April 2013. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Bitcoin Magazine which receives millions of visitors per year and has presented on Bitcoin, both objectively and persuasively, to a wide variety of audiences including members of the Federal Reserve, Bundesbank, major financial institutions, HNWIs, IRS, FBI, conferences and many others.
April 8 | 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm The Crypto-Wars:  Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Transaction
Patrick McGinn Product Manager CoolIT Systems Pat McGinn is a Product Manager at CoolIT Systems in Calgary, AB, Canada. CoolIT is an industry leader in Direct Contact Liquid Cooling ™ technologies for data centers and IT environments. Pat helps companies deploy advanced cooling systems which considerably reduce data center operating expenses while allowing for considerable increases in processing power and density. Pat has 8 years of experience in product development and product management having held positions with both B2C and B2B companies in the technology space. Pat has a proven track record of driving product concepts from the white board to the customer’s hands. Working most often in start-up environments representing disruptive technologies, Pat is at-home in a world of fast-paced product development driven by high-growth markets.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Data Center Planning Calculator for Megawatt Mining
Ashok Misra, CISSP Chair, CNP Payment Forum & Founder Alina Consultants 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 cryptocurrencies 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).
April 7 | 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Bitcoin and e-Commerce Pain Points
Jonathan Mohan Founder, BitcoinNYC A diehard Bitcoin believer, Jonathan Mahon, knows the digital currency will change the world by disrupting the legacy payments systems in place today. Jonathan is the founder of Bitcoin NYC, a professional association of Bitcoin enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Under him, Bitcoin NYC has expanded, growing to be the largest community of Bitcoin aficionados in the world. In addition, Jonathan is also developing a micro-donation payment processing platform to facilitate small denomination donations to online content creators in Bitcoin. By using the analytics based on the donations, the startup can inform advertising decisions across online content more effectively.
April 7 | 9:30 am- 10:15 am New Ideas in Bitcoin
April 8 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Decentralized Autonomous Corporations
Dan Morehead Founder & CEO, Pantera Capital Management Dan founded Pantera Capital Management in 2003. He also co-founded and was CEO of Atriax, a $100 million currency trading platform with 110 employees in London, New York, and Tokyo. Prior to that, he was Head of Macro Trading and CFO at Tiger Management, Global Head of FX Options at Deutsche Bank in London, and managed a $500 million global macro fund and the derivatives trading units in North America and Japan at Bankers Trust. Dan graduated from Princeton University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, and received the Carmichael Prize for the most outstanding thesis in civil engineering.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Birth of a New Asset Class: The Institutional Investor View on Bitcoin
Stephanie Murphy, PhD Talk Radio Host, Let's Talk Bitcoin! Stephanie Murphy, PhD, is Chief Operations officer at Fr33 Aid, a bitcoin-based charity specializing in health education, volunteer first aid, and international disaster relief. She has written and spoken about the potential of bitcoin for microlending and in the developing world. She is a host of the popular podcast Let's Talk Bitcoin, and of the nationally syndicated radio show Free Talk Live, and can also be heard as an audiobook narrator on Audible.com.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World
Simon Nahnybida SVP Business Development, ZipZap, Inc. Simon has over 30 years experience in payment processing, electronic payment infrastructures and money transfers. Simon’s deep payment knowledge was developed by working in management positions at various institutions including MasterCard, CheckFree, Online Resources and Western Union. He specializes in both product and business development for payment-services. Simon’s experience includes consulting on electronic payment solutions for companies in the US as well as in Austria, Germany, Greece, Switzerland and the UK. One of his major achievements was designing a private, electronic payment infrastructure that launched in the mid eighties and continues to be utilized by all of the banks and other providers of PC and phone-based bill-payment services in the US. He has published several articles on electronic bill payments, has presented at payment conferences in the US and Europe, and is a recognized leader and innovator in electronic payments and remittance processing. Since 2011 Simon has been part of the senior management team at ZipZap Inc., responsible for putting together the global, walk-in payment network to support cash-payments for digital currency and remote purchases. Simon received Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and his MA from Tulane University.
April 8 | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Bitcoin: Getting Ready for Mass Adoption
David J. Namdar, CFA Investment Professional David has 8+ years of international business and financial market experience. He has gained significant trading expertise in equities, derivatives and foreign currencies and in using fundamental and quantitative analysis to invest on a global basis. He most recently was at Millennium Management LLC and served as the head trader and analyst for one of their equity relative value portfolio teams. David has a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from the USC Marshall School of Business and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Birth of a New Asset Class: The Institutional Investor View on Bitcoin
Brian Nelson Broker & Director of Communications, Alpha Surety Brokerage and National Money Transmitters Association (NMTA) Brian Nelson is the lead Bond Manager for Alpha Surety Brokerage and the Director of Communications for the National Money Transmitters Association (NMTA). His primary focus is on providing his clients with comprehensive surety bond programs. He also works with progressive organizations to develop innovative solutions to regulatory issues faced by non-banking financial institutions. Brian is the founder of a recently launched industry blog called MSB Talk where he and other contributors provide commentary on current events and news. He was introduced to Bitcoin in 2009 by his neighbor and previous boss, Mike Caldwell, who is the founder of Casascius Physical Bitcoins. Prior to joining Alpha Surety and the NMTA, Brian worked as an account executive and FX derivatives trader for a corporate foreign exchange brokerage.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Moving Bitcoin Forward: Bringing Trust, Legitimacy and Transparency to the Market
Dimitri Nemirovsky Partner, Reyhani Nemirovsky LLP Dimitri Nemirovsky is the co-founding partner of New York City boutique law firm Reyhani Nemirovsky LLP. Since launching the firm in 2012, Dimitri has written about Bitcoin, developed a niche’ practice concerning non-traditional institutional investments and is involved with related business opportunities. Dimitri also has represented financial services firms since 2000 and his representations extend to regulatory, litigation, and business counseling in connection with matters such as auction rate securities, structured products, underwriting, CDOs, derivatives, swaps, commodities, equity research and market timing. Dimitri also counsels clients on matters involving private equity, asset purchases, licensing, corporate formation and general corporate governance. Dimitri was previously at Bingham McCutchen and counsel at Merrill Lynch. He earned his JD from Brooklyn Law School and holds an MBA and BBA from Baruch College.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Birth of a New Asset Class: The Institutional Investor View on Bitcoin
Will O'Brien CEO & Co-Founder, BitGo 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.
April 8 | 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm How to Stop Bitcoin Theft: Multi-Signature Wallets Make Bitcoin Secure and Useful for New Industries
Chris Odom Co-Founder & CTO, Monetas Chris Odom is Co-Founder and CTO of Monetas, the world’s first decentralized system for financial and legal transactions, and the creator of the Open-Transactions digital finance suite that Monetas is based on. Open-Transactions features industry-leading innovations that solve critical problems in digital finance, and addresses urgent needs in the Bitcoin economy. Chris’ eighteen-year software career has encompassed coding and managing enterprise software development projects for leading US and foreign multinationals. He is experienced in a wide range of languages, platforms, and applications, and has deep experience in cross-platform high-security cryptographic applications and as system architect.
April 7 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am New Ideas in Bitcoin
Brock Pierce CEO, Playsino & Managing Director, Clearstone Global Gaming Fund Brock Pierce is a 10x entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. He has raised more than $200 million on behalf of his companies and led more than 30 acquisitions. Pierce launched his first of many digital currency startups in 1998, which have collectively processed billions of dollars in sales. He was an early adopter and advocate of Bitcoin beginning with mining in 2009, starting numerous businesses in the Bitcoin economy, and speaking at many notable conferences on the subject including the Milken Global Conference in 2012. Pierce is currently a Managing Director of the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund and sits on the boards of IMI Exchange, Xfire, Playsino, GoCoin, FGL, Spicy Horse Games, KnCMiner.cn and the Mastercoin Foundation. He is also an active angel investor, member of Bit Angels and an investor in BTC China.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Moving Bitcoin Forward: Bringing Trust, Legitimacy and Transparency to the Market
Jesse Powell Co-Founder & CEO, Kraken Jesse is a serial entrepreneur in the virtual goods marketplace industry and the co-founder and CEO of Kraken, one of the fast growing Bitcoin exchanges targeting European and US customers. Expert in virtual currencies, online/international payments and fraud, Jesse is the founder and former CEO of Lewt, Inc., a virtual goods business established in 2001. He then founded and was CEO of Internet Ventures and Holdings in 2006. Jesse was a professional Magic: the Gathering player at 15, collegiate at 16 and entrepreneur at 18. He attended California State University Sacramento majoring in Philosophy with emphasis on Ethics and Law. By 25 he employed 50 people, and at 27 he founded Verge Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts center in Sacramento, CA. His interests include travel, art, finance, CrossFit, philanthropy and education. He’s been obsessed with everything Bitcoin since he first discovered it in March of 2011.
April 7 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm The Future of Crypto-Exchanges
Galfry Puechavy Founder & CEO, MintSpare Galfry Puechavy is a young entrepreneur with extensive experience in E-Commerce. He initially designed and distributed a line of minimalistic Apple accessories that were sold throughout the United States. This company's success, coupled with his passion for filmography, led him to form a new company that specializes in selling high-quality video eqipment. As a visionary with a keen understanding of E-commerce, Galfry most recently created Mintspare: an electronic trade-in service that provides all with the opportunity to reach the untapped prospect for growth in the budding Bitcoin economy.
April 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 am Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies
William Quigley Managing Director, Clearstone Venture Partners William Quigley co-founded Clearstone Venture Partners and concentrates on the firm’s Internet related investments. During his first three years with the firm, he worked out of the famous idealab incubator and helped to launch and lead investments in many idealab backed consumer Internet companies, including Homepage.com, FreePC, FreeMusic.com and PayMybills.com. Clearstone was the first and largest institutional investor in PayPal. The Firm held its investment in PayPal until its acquisition by eBay. Clearstone has subsequently made investments in numerous payment related companies, including Bill Desk, the largest digital payment processor in India. A number of William’s early-stage investments have gone public, including eMachines, eMusic, Meru Networks, MP3.com and PeopleSupport. William is now deeply involved in the next generation digital currency movement. He has made 9 investments in this area, including a number of bets in the Bitcoin eco-system and other alternative currencies. His primary investment focus is building intelligence systems that can replace certain intermediaries in the global payment systems. William joined Clearstone from Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds (MAVF), where he invested in early-stage technology companies. Prior to MAVF, William spent six years in a variety of business planning and operational roles at The Walt Disney Company. William received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and holds a BS in Accounting with honors from the University of Southern California. He is a CPA and a Kauffman Fellow.
April 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 am Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies
Alan Reiner CEO, Armory Technologies Alan Reiner is CEO of Armory Technologies, Inc and core developer of Armory Bitcoin Wallet which is a popular, open-source wallet application focused on security for users and businesses. It was the first and only Bitcoin wallet to make "Cold Storage" (offline wallets) accessible through an intuitive user interface, and is one of the most trusted tools for securing and managing large quantities of bitcoins. Alan has degrees in applied mathematics and engineering mechanics, and additional background in statistics, data mining and cryptography. He spent seven years developing image & video processing algorithms at a physics lab in Maryland (USA) before switching to Armory full-time and founding Armory Technologies, Inc in mid-2013. Alan has become one of the top Bitcoin experts in the community, and a trusted source for security best practices and innovation. His goal is to pioneer the world of Bitcoin wallets, and make high-security easy to practice even for "regular" users.
April 7 | 11:15 am - 12:00 pm Best Practices for Using and Securing Bitcoins
Bryan Reyhani Partner, Reyhani Nemirovsky LLP Bryan Reyhani is the co-founding partner of New York City boutique law firm Reyhani Nemirovsky LLP. Since launching the firm in 2012, Bryan has developed a Bitcoin specialty, has handled Bitcoin-related litigations in both federal and bankruptcy court, and alternative dispute resolution venues, and has written about Bitcoin for the financial services industry. Bryan represents clients from across the country and around the world in connection with Bitcoin-related matters. In addition to legal matters, Bryan is involved with entrepreneurial ventures involving Bitcoin. Bryan also has fifteen years experience representing the financial services industry in connection with regulatory matters, business counseling, compliance and litigation relating to matters such as offshore accounts, private placements, commodities, REITs, prepaid forward contracts, collars, complex trusts, derivatives, ISDA agreements and foreign currency trading. Bryan was previously a Partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP and counsel at Merrill Lynch. Bryan earned his JD from Brooklyn Law School and BA from Syracuse University. You can reach out to Bryan on Twitter at @BryanReyhani.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Birth of a New Asset Class: The Institutional Investor View on Bitcoin
Josh Rossi Founder, Satoshi Square Josh Rossi has a background in Finance and Technology, and immediately found an outlet for both of those passions in Bitcoin. He founded Satoshi Square in New York, a decentralized exchange which takes its cues from the historical evolution of marketplaces, leverages the strength of social networks and community, while lowering the barrier to entry. Groups adopting this model have sprung up in London, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Los Angeles, Miami as well as numerous other cities. He has been an active voice in the bitcoin technology scene, and currently works at Coinapult.
April 8 | 4:45 pm - 5:15 pm Best Practices for Using and Securing Bitcoins
Matthew Roszak Bitcoin Venture Investor, Co-Founder, Silk Road Equity, Crypto Currency Partners, BitAngels Named as one of the "who's who of the crypto-currency world" by The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Roszak is a Bitcoin investor, advocate and speaker, and has backed several Bitcoin start-ups including Coinsetter, ExpressCoin, GoCoin, FreshPay, NYBX and ZipZap. Mr. Roszak is also a principal with BitAngels, the largest Bitcoin investment network in the world. Mr. Roszak is co-founder and vice chairman of SilkRoad Equity, a global private investment firm. Mr. Roszak has spent over 18 years in private equity and venture capital and invested in excess of $1 billion of capital in a broad range of industries.
April 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 am Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies
Andy Roth Co-Chair of Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, Dentons, LLP Andy Roth, a privacy advocate and technology evangelist, is Co-Chair of Dentons' Global Privacy and Security Group. Andy has deep expertise enabling new technologies such as social, mobile, cloud and big data, with a specialization in large-scale systems that leverage proprietary and third-party data to drive actionable insights and organizational transformation. His unique background in law and technology help him design client-focused strategies for accelerating new products and services to market with strict respect for personal privacy. Andy specializes in crisis management and has guided several clients through high profile data breaches that required coordinating investigations amongst state and federal agencies as well as customer and media outreach. Andy is also a prominent thought leader on digital payments, virtual currencies and cybersecurity, providing insight into the unique regulatory challenges surrounding next generation financial services. He is a frequent commentator on the legal implications of Bitcoin and recently negotiated a $1M settlement on behalf of a gaming client with a State Attorney General regarding Bitcoin mining, a matter which was covered by Wired and Forbes magazines. Andy also serves as pro bono counsel to the Bitcoin Foundation in its mission to promote and standardize the use of Bitcoin.
April 7 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am Emerging Issues in Digital Currency Regulation and Enforcement
Tyler Roye Co-Founder & CEO, eGifter Tyler Roye is the co-founder and CEO of eGifter, a mobile and social gifting marketplace and platform. eGifter is has developed a suite of truly disruptive technology that is revolutionizing gift-giving for both consumers and retailers. Prior to creating eGifter, Tyler was the co-founder and CEO of Invision.com, Inc., one of the first and most innovative eCommerce and Managed Service Providers (MSP) in the country. Invision delivered PCI Compliant application development, and SAS 70 Type II hosting and support for hundreds of fortune 1000 companies such as IBM, Computer Associates, McKinsey and Canon. The company was widely considered a pioneer in what has today become the omnipresent cloud services business. He successfully sold the fast-growing venture in 2007. Tyler and the eGifter team are committed to adopting emerging payment options to enable fraud-free frictionless mobile commerce for their retail partners. To that end eGifter became a supporter and early-adopter of bitcoin and in the process gave the bitcoin community the ability to use their bitcoin in more than 50,000 retail locations across the US via the eGifter mobile apps on Android and iOS.
April 7 | 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Bitcoin Comes To Main Street
George Samman COO, BTC.sx George Samman is the COO of BTC.sx, the world's first bitcoin derivatives trading platform. He is a former Wall Street Senior Portfolio Manager and Market Strategist as well as a technical analyst. A seasoned trader, George has over 8 years of experience in the financial markets.
April 8 | 9:00 am - 9:30 am Opening Keynote: Wall Street's View of Fair Value For Bitcoin
Marco Santori Commercial Litigator & Business Attorney, Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP Marco Santori is a business attorney and commercial litigator in New York City. His business practice focuses on early-stage companies in the high-technology sector, including web, e-commerce and the burgeoning digital currency spaces. He advises his clients on regulatory matters, including the compliance with, and avoidance of, money services and securities regulations. Marco assists his clients in protecting their own intellectual property as well as licensing the intellectual property of other rights holders. Marco is one of the few lawyers in the world with a substantial digital currency practice. He represents entrepreneurs in the three major segments of the digital currency space: payments, mining and investments. As Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, his knowledge of the latest industry trends develops in near-real-time. Marco’s litigation practice focuses on commercial and high-technology matters. He litigates disputes arising out of intellectual property, trade secrets, defamation and securities fraud. Marco is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and lectures on the topics of mediation and arbitration.
April 7 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am Emerging Issues in Digital Currency Regulation and Enforcement
Edgar Sargent Partner, Susman Godfrey, LLP Edgar Sargent has thirteen years of experience trying cases across the United States. He has recovered over $1 billion for his clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes, including patent infringement, breach of contract, business tort, insolvency-related claims, accounting malpractice, and business valuation matters. Mr. Sargent has litigated claims in many of the largest United States bankruptcies of the last ten years, including Washington Mutual, Lehman Brothers, Chrysler, and Hostess. With Roger Townsend, Mr. Sargent currently represents CoinLab in its $75 million breach of contract action against MtGox and its parent Tibanne pending in federal court in Seattle. Mr. Sargent is a partner in the Seattle office of the firm Susman Godfrey, LLP.
April 8 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Collapse of a Bitcoin Giant
Greg Schvey Partner, TradeBlock Greg oversees TradeBlock's client relationships and product design. He co-founded the firm with his brother, Jeff, after recognizing the need for analysis uniquely possible with block chains, transactional graphs, cryptocurrencies, and their effect on global financial markets. Greg previously worked as a fixed income analyst for Citigroup before founding a payments software company in 2011.. Greg studied Finance and Securities Analysis at Cornell University.
April 8 | 9:00 am - 9:30 am Opening Keynote: Wall Street's View of Fair Value For Bitcoin
Barry Silbert Founder & CEO, SecondMarket & Creator, Bitcoin Investment Trust Barry Silbert is the Founder and CEO of SecondMarket, a platform that enables private companies and investment funds to more efficiently raise capital and provide liquidity to their stakeholders by simplifying complex transaction workflows, streamlining investor onboarding and verifying that investors are accredited. SecondMarket has received numerous accolades in recent years including being named by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. Barry has received several individual honors including being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain's, and being selected to Fortune's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. In addition to founding SecondMarket, Barry also created the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private, open-ended trust that is invested exclusively in bitcoin and derives its value solely from the price of bitcoin. It enables investors to gain exposure to the price movement of bitcoin without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping bitcoins. Barry is also one of the most prolific angel investors in the bitcoin space via his personal investment vehicle, the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund, with investments in over 20 bitcoin-related companies, including BitPay, Coinbase, Gyft, BitPremier, Coinsetter, itBit, Ripple Labs, Korbit and BitPagos. Prior to founding SecondMarket in 2004, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
April 8 | 9:00 am - 9:30 am Opening Keynote Panel: Wall Street's View of Fair Value For Bitcoin
Bojan Simic Founder, Bitcoin Security Project Bojan is the founder and main contributor to the Bitcoin Security Project. The project is a free and open source resource that is dedicated to spreading security awareness across the Bitcoin community by helping individual bitcoin holders and businesses follow security best practices. These practices ensure better security of individual holders' investments and Bitcoin business customers. The Bitcoin Security Project is comprised of several contributors who have over 50 years of combined security experience. Professionally, Bojan has performed penetration tests, threat modeling, and security code reviews of hundreds of software programs. These reviews identify vulnerabilities associated with software and the network software and infrastructure they are deployed on. Research in the field of web application security and experience doing developer training on web application best practices, architecture, and security.
April 8 | 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm The State of Bitcoin Security
Bryan C. Skarlatos Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP Mr. Skarlatos represents clients in tax audits, civil tax litigation, sensitive tax issues, criminal tax investigations, voluntary disclosures and IRS whistle-blower matters. Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers states that Mr. Skarlatos is “extremely knowledgeable and very well connected to the various taxing authorities…Clients applaud him as being exceptionally brilliant at coming up with great outcomes.” Mr. Skarlatos is an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law where he teaches a course on Tax Penalties and he has taught several courses on tax procedure, penalties and ethics to various offices of the IRS. Mr. Skarlatos is co-chair of the annual NYU Tax Controversy Forum and chair of the annual Practicing Law Institute program on "Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties." Mr. Skarlatos regularly speaks and publishes articles on the topics of civil tax litigation, tax penalties and criminal tax prosecutions and is frequently quoted in media outlets such as CNN, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Barron’s, Reuters, Bloomberg, Tax Notes and the BNA Daily Tax Reporter. Mr. Skarlatos has been the chair of several tax committees at the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and New York City Bar Association and he is an elected Regent in the American College of Tax Counsel. He has been recognized in “Chambers USA”, “Best Lawyers of America”, where was selected as Lawyer of the Year for Tax Litigation in New York City and “New York Super Lawyers”, where he was selected as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys” in the New York Metro Area.
April 7 | 2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Bitcoin and e-Commerce Pain Points
P. Bart Stephens Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Stephens Investment Management, LLC (SIM) Bart Stephens is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Stephens Investment Management, LLC (SIM). Stephens Investment Management is family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart and his brother brad invented and pioneered “Nanocap” investing – venture capital style investing in the public markets focused on sub micro-cap equities. Bart has a background as both an operating entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding SIM, Bart was Executive Vice President, Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (ICC), an international investment firm. Before joining ICC, Bart was a founding investor and head of corporate & business development for Oncology.com. Oncology.com grew to become the Internet’s largest cancer related web site before being sold to Pharmacia (now Pfizer). Prior to Oncology.com, Bart spent more than two years with E*TRADE, an early leader in online financial services. While at E*TRADE he held senior positions focused on product marketing, business development and corporate development. Bart has been a guest lecturer at four different business schools and testified in front of the President Council on Science and Technology – all before the age of 30. Recently, Bart’s investment activity has been focused on Bitcoin. SIM has made venture investments in GoCoin, ExpressCoin, and Coinsetter. The Stephens Family office is also a limited partner in two leading Bitcoin venture funds. Bart is a co-founder of Hash Dynamics LLC and Verabit. Bart earned a BA degree in Political Science from Princeton University in 1997. Bart lives in Tiburon, California with his wife Amanda (P’94) and their two children.
April 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 am Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies
Brian Stoeckert, CAMS, CFE Chief Strategy Officer, CoinComply Brian is the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinComply, a digital currency consultancy, offering the first and only end-to-end anti-money laundering program (AML) with a fully integrated know your customer and transaction monitoring platform solely dedicated for cryptocurrency companies, including Bitcoin. At CoinComply, he works with seed-stage, early stage, and later stage digital currency companies, venture capitalists, law firms, and financial institutions on Bitcoin AML compliance. Brian previously served as a strategy and management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in San Francisco, CA, advising executive management of money service businesses, financial institutions under consent orders, and international intelligence firms. Prior to Booz Allen, he served as Vice President for OneWest Bank, where he managed the AML M&A due diligence of three failed financial institutions purchased from the FDIC and developed a fully integrated enterprise-wide AML program. He serves as the Chair of the ACAMS Chapter Steering Committee, as Co-Chair of the ACAMS Northern California Chapter, and served as a founding Executive Board member of the ACAMS Southern California Chapter. Brian is also the recipient of the 2011 ACAMS Volunteer of the Year Award. He received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Stony Brook University.
April 8 | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Banking MSBs: A Compliance Officer’s Perspective
Daniel Tannebaum, CFE Director, Financial Services Regulatory Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers 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 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 began his career in Compliance when he served as a Compliance Officer with the Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of the Treasury.
April 7 | 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations
Michael Terpin 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.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Moving Bitcoin Forward: Bringing Trust, Legitimacy and Transparency to the Market
April 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 am Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies
Deborah Thoren-Peden Partner, Pillsbury Law Ms. Thoren-Peden is the leader of the firm's Consumer & Retail industry team as well as leader of the firm's Privacy Group. She was also a former member of the Firm’s Managing Board. Her practice focuses on banking, electronic commerce, privacy, anti-money laundering and the Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations. She represents and advises bank and non-bank financial institutions (both domestic and international), money transmitters, high-technology, Internet, telecommunications, insurance and a variety of other types of companies. Her primary area of practice also includes the Bank Secrecy Act, investment products, electronic funds transfers, gift and prepaid cards, escheat of unclaimed property, web site terms and conditions, privacy programs and policies, co-branding and licensing agreements, advertising, bank operations, bank deposit products and services, Fair Credit Reporting Act, fair lending, interstate banking, risk management, compliance, contract review and outsourcing arrangements. Ms. Thoren-Peden participates on the NACHA Council for Electronic Billing and Payment; NACHA’s new Global Payment Forum US – International Committee; and NACHA’s new Mobile Payment Committee, as well as the ATMIA Debit Council, Bank Operations Committee Association, and is a member of the National Retail Association, the Direct Marketing Association, and the California Retailers Association. Ms. Thoren-Peden is one of the leading attorneys in the country in the field of electronic payments, Internet banking, gift and prepaid cards.
April 7 | 10:45 am - 11:45 am Emerging Issues in Digital Currency Regulation and Enforcement
Roger Townsend Partner, Breskin Johson & Townsend PLLC Roger Townsend is a complex dispute attorney with 20 years’ experience in litigating technology, intellectual property, partnership, breach of contract and related business disputes. Mr. Townsend is presently lead or co-lead counsel in multiple cases in the bitcoin space, including CoinLab v. Mt.Gox, in the United States District Court in Seattle and multiple bitcoin mining related disputes, which comprise several of the largest bitcoin cases in the U.S. Mr. Townsend co-founded Breskin Johnson & Townsend PLLC in 2007. Mr. Townsend began his career as a law clerk in the federal courts, both in the Western District of Washington and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Townsend is a frequent speaker regarding emerging litigation issues.
April 8 | 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Collapse of a Bitcoin Giant
Mercedes Kelley Tunstall Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP Mercedes Kelley Tunstall is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Privacy and Data Security Group and a partner in the firm's Consumer Financial Services Group. Ms. Tunstall counsels clients on compliance with consumer financial services laws, including unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices, as well as the investigations, rulemakings, and proceedings of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission. She also works with clients from a spectrum of industries on mobile and other e-commerce initiatives, privacy and cybersecurity issues, and the use of social networking sites for marketing, customer service, and crowdsourcing purposes. Before joining Ballard Spahr, Ms. Tunstall spent eight years working in-house at large financial institutions, including Bank of America and HSBC.
April 7 | 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Politics, Press and Regulation: Bitcoin in Washington, DC
Paul Vernon CEO & Founder, Project Investors Inc. & Cryptsy.com Paul Vernon is the CEO and founder of Project Investors Inc. and Cryptsy.com. Paul is a long-time veteran of technology implementation with extensive experience in e-commerce and enterprise-level technology and coding. He has created and worked at multiple start-ups, founding his first internet company in 1997. He has also served as either CTO or CIO at several established companies. Prior to his activities in the private sector, Paul served for over 7 years in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst holding a "Top Secret" Military Security Clearance and providing intelligence briefings to high-level Armed Services decision makers including multiple 2 to 4 star Generals. Paul current leads all facets of technology at Cryptsy.com, including strategic visioning of its technology path going forward and leads the teams responsible for Cryptsy.com's daily technology operations and new developments, management, internal systems and regulatory compliance. Founded in 2013, Cryptsy is a leading player in the alternative cryptocurrency sector.
April 7 | 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm The Future of Crypto-Exchanges
Tiffany Wan GovLab Fellow, Deloitte Consulting Tiffany Wan is a GovLab Fellow and Strategy & Operations Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Federal government practice. She is currently researching virtual currencies and the impact of this emerging financial technology on the global economy and international security with her research partner, Vetan Kapoor. Her area of expertise focuses on the intersections of strategy, finance, and policy. Tiffany’s experience includes policy formation and implementation, financial forecasting, and debt/budget management for Federal agencies, multilateral institutions, and a variety of U.S. municipal entities. Tiffany has a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.
April 7 | 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm How History Will View Bitcoin
Rik Willard Co-Founder & CEO, MintCombine Rik Willard is Co-Founder and CEO of MintCombine, a Global Cryptocurrency Incubator and Decentralized Technology Lab headquartered in New York City. With portfolio companies and affiliates in the US, Africa, South America, MintCombine has fast become a leader in the digital currency space. Rik is an acknowledged pioneer in branded mediatech including DOOH and large-public screen projects, content production, CMS, mobile and social media with clients and productions including: MGM Resorts, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Lucent Technologies, Dictaphone, The World-Famous Apollo Theater, Couture designers (including Chado Ralph Rucci, Oscar de LaRenta and Kevan Hall), The French Ready-to-Wear Association (Pret-a-Porter) and others. He is a f eatured speaker for live appearances and on national television (from the Harvard Business School to CNN) concerning entrepreneurship and digital matters. He is also the Founder of the ON:21 Vision Series which explores digital interconnectedness, new entrepreneurship and creative financing within the nascent Cryptocurrency movement.
April 8 | 10:45 am - 11:30 am Creating and Funding the Next 100 Great Bitcoin Companies
Stanislav Wolf VP Product Development, Yacuna AG Stanislav Wolf is VP Product Development of Yacuna AG, an upcoming all-in-one solution for digital currency users, based in Switzerland. Stanislav has a passion for digital currencies, was the co-founder of the first bitcoin conference in Germany and is one of the organizers of the World-Bitcoin-Forum. He explored the possibilities of digital currencies during his studies at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and was one of the first bitcoin users in Germany.
April 8 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Bitcoins vs. Altcoins
Edan Yago CEO, Epiphyte Edan Yago is an entrepreneur, investor and activist, highly engaged in the world of crypto-finance. He is CEO of Epiphyte, which provides financial institutions with back-end services for engaging in the world of cryptocurrencies. Epiphyte’s customers include hedge funds, banks and Bitcoin exchanges around the world. Yago is a founding member of DATA, the international self-regulatory body and standards association for the Bitcoin industry. Yago is also known for his involvement in the Free Cities project in Honduras. In the past, Yago has worked in the field of Virtual Currency in the game industry. Prior to that he founded the biotechnology company Enzium, which develops advanced proteomic tests.
April 8 | 9:30 am - 10:15 am Bitcoin, Remittances and the Developing World
Josh Zerlan Operations Manager, Butterfly Labs 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 archetect, 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.
April 7 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Data Center Planning Calculator for Megawatt Mining
April 8 | 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Mining for the Future: What Bitcoin Businesses Need to Know
Thomas Zych Partner, Thompson Hine LLP Thompson Hine partner Thomas F. Zych, based in Cleveland Ohio, chairs the firm's Emerging Technologies Practice and heads up the firm’s Privacy & Information Security team. Tom has over 30 years of experience in a wide range of data protection, intellectual property, consumer protection, competition and antitrust matters. Tom represents a full range of business enterprises in their privacy and data security operations. His technology practice focuses on providing strategic counseling to both mature and early stage technology ventures, including click and mortar enterprises, biotechnology and bioinformatics ventures, and established businesses adopting electronic and technologically advanced means of competition, marketing and electronic payments. He also has considerable experience in trade secret litigation and counseling; patent, trademark and copyright litigation; intellectual property transactions including joint ventures, development agreements and licensing transactions; corporate internal investigations; merger and acquisition counseling; antitrust criminal investigations; and antitrust civil litigation.
April 8 | 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Preparing Your Business to Accept Payments in Bitcoin

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