Well the North American Bitcoin Conference is fast upon us, starting on the 17th of this month, and continuing through the 18th (Wednesday – Thursday); it will be held in Miami, Florida, at the James L. Knight Center (third floor). The conference has not aimed to disappoint, and has rounded together some of the most prominent speakers in the fintech industry, who will speak on a variety of subjects, with information that you can implement right away. DinarDirham is pleased to be one of the supporting sponsors of the event. And we’re also pleased to have our very own CTO and Co-Founder, Arai Ezzra as one of the speakers (9:20am on Thursday the 18th, look for him in the schedule below).
We wanted to give you a little bit of a taste of what you can expect when you’re at the conference. With that in mind, the following is a list of all the speakers that will be present at the conference, their speaking times, and their speaking topics, as well as the general schedule (lunch, etc). And remember, if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, and you’d like to go, then make sure to purchase those today on the North American Bitcoin Conference website. The following information was derived from a handout of the event.
*Schedule for Wednesday the 17th of January:
Speaking topic: The Future of Monero
The Future of Payrolls
Easy Bitcoin Wallets
Making Cash Mobile
The Future of Payments
SEAN WALSH – REDWOOD CITY VENTURES
PAMIR GELENBE – LIBERTUS CAPITAL
MICHAEL TERPIN – BITANGELS
CHANDLER GUO – ANGEL INVESTOR
MATTHEW ROSZAK – BLOQ
BRIAN DONEGAN – ISLE OF MAN DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Bitcoin, Volunteerism, and the Future
CEO, GENESIS MINING
The Future of Mining
Enterprise Grade Blockchain
A Free Market for All
FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION
Bitcoin, a Monetary Technology – Revolution from Below
MANAGING DIRECTOR, ATLANTIC FINANCIAL
FOUNDER AT UNSUNG
Digitization of the 3 Layers of the Money Base Supply Chain
How to trade Bitcoin
Decentralized Prediction Markets
PARTNER AT REDWOOD CITY INVESTMENTS
Bitcoin’s Killer App: How we’ll achieve mainstream adoption
4:40pm – 6:00pm
*NETWORKING DRINKS ON TERRACE
*Schedule For Thursday the 18th of January
Built-in Hardware Security
*9:20am – Thursday the 18th!*
CTO & Co-Founder, DINARDIRHAM
Crypto in South-East Asia
Making Cash Mobile
Digital Money for a Digital World
MCAFEE ASSOCIATES, INTEL SECURITY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BLOCKCHAIN EDUCATION NETWORK
CHAIRMAN, TALLY CAPITAL
High-End Financial Analysis
Architecting Blockchain Solutions for Scalability and User Security
MANAGING PARTNER, BLOCKCHAIN CAPITAL
Investing in the Blockchain
Securing the Future of Blockchain Technology
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, DASH
HEAD OF TRADING, CUMBERLAND MINING
Over the Counter Bitcoins
Intel Security, McAfee Associates
John McAfee is a world-famous technologist, CEO, computer scientist, civil disobedience activist, privacy advocate and pioneer of the commercial antivirus industry, and recent Libertarian candidate for President of the United States. In May 2016, McAfee announced preparation to assume the roles of Chairman and CEO of MGT Capital Investments, as well as complete the acquisitions of security technology companies D-Vasive and Demonsaw.
CEO at Bitcoin.com
Roger is the CEO and founder of MemoryDealers.com. With an educational background in economics and computer science, Bitcoin caught his attention in late 2010 and he has been a devoted promoter of Bitcoin and the benefits of Digital Currencies as a technological advance that can greatly enhance the free flow of payments around the world. Roger has invested in numerous Bitcoin related startups and fondly believes that there are numerous ways that Bitcoin will change the world for the better.
Founder of Keynote Events
Moe is a visionary entrepreneur and futurist interested in the growth of the greatest innovation since the internet. A member of several international working groups such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Party 9 in Paris and The Global Blockchain Council in the United Arab Emirates. Moe works with governments, regulators, banks and corporations as a liaison and consultant to bring people together from around the world, building thriving ecosystems and successful communities. Prior to founding Keynote, Moe was responsible for launching a venture-backed startup in Europe which raised $30m from Richard Branson, Index Ventures and others. Moe also organizes the most successful North American and European Bitcoin conventions in Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Amsterdam, after a long history in publishing and marketing.
CTO of Intellisys
Mr. Shrem is a Bitcoin Pioneer, CTO of Intellisys.ai / Mainstreet.ky, & founder of the Bitcoin Foundation (Vice-Chairman 2012- 2014). As CEO of BitInstant, one of the earliest and largest Bitcoin companies processing 30% of all Bitcoin/USD volume, Mr. Shrem had developed joint ventures between traditional finance companies and Bitcoin companies such as Payza.com. His current venture is a capital management firm issuing a tokenized, securitized, asset on the Blockchain.
Founder at Veritaseum
As a serial entrepreneur and perpetual student, Reggie Middleton’s unconventional experience has given him the ability to recognize value, or the lack thereof, well before much of the professional populace. His ability to identify opportunity and his “out-the-box” mind-set are due to years of entrepreneurial pursuits in insurance, financial valuation/modeling, technology, media, and real estate.
CEO at Bloq
Jeff Garzik is a futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer. Jeff is co-founder and CEO of Bloq. Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory board of BitFury, BitPay, Chain.com, Netki and WayPaver Labs. Jeff has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain at TEDx, State of Digital Money, many bitcoin conferences, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks, and hedge funds. Jeff has a long history of early technology adoption. After helping to inaugurate CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, he worked for a succession of Internet startups and service providers. At the same time, he worked continuously on open source software engineering projects for over two decades. Involvement in one of the best known open source projects – the Linux kernel – led to an extended tenure at Linux leader Red Hat during open source’s most formative years. Jeff’s work is found in every Android phone and data center Linux installation today.
Foundation for Economic Education
Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.
Chandler Guo is Angel investor in Bitcoin and Ethereum Classic star.
Executive Director at Bitcoin Foundation
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.
Managing Director at Binary Financial
Harry is a serial entrepreneur with an engineering background, and has over 15 years experience in the Technology and Business Field. Harry has been the CTO and Co-Founder for a few startups as well as running a technology consulting company. He has managed and developed technology solutions for organizations between 5 to 200 Million in revenue and worked at Fortune 50, 100, 500 companies, Hedge funds, Internet Startups and dotcoms. Harry also has years of experience trading stocks, options and currencies.
Partner at Libertus Capital
Pamir is a Partner at Libertus Capital where he focuses on decentralised systems, enterprise blockchain, and digital currency. He is an investor in Kraken and Crypto Facilities, and serves on the boards of Kraken, Peak Games, On Device Research, Souq Al Mal, Eon Aligners, and Eatupp. Previously, he served as a Partner at Hummingbird Ventures, and also worked at Morgan Stanley and D.E. Shaw. Pamir graduated from Duke University and Columbia University with a BSc. in Electrical Engineering and MSc. in Operations Research.
CEO at GoCoin
Founder of GoCoin, the world’s top transaction volume Blockchain payments company. Steve is also a serial entrepreneur, strategist and angel investor. In his 25-years as a technology pioneer in Fintech, mobile apps and eCommerce, he has negotiated multi-year agreements with industry giants DIRECTV, BlackBerry, AT&T, Verizon, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Honda, Microsoft, IBM, Wells Fargo Bank, LIONSGATE Films, Creative Artists Agency and a myriad of state & federal gov’t agencies. Steve has been COO of a publicly traded eCommerce business, sits on numerous strategic boards and actively speaks around the globe evangelizing mobile, eCommerce, Fintech and Blockchain technologies. He is often quoted in trade press and speaks at prominent universities such as USC, UCLA, Pepperdine, Frostburg, Chapman, and the UK’s prestigious Oxford University Saïd Business School.
CTO at Tether
Craig Sellars leads the development of global innovations on top of the Bitcoin blockchain as the Chief Technologist of the Omni Foundation and acts in a variety of roles as Co-Founder, Technologist, Facilitator, Director, and Advisor for several blockchain projects and companies including Omni, Tether, vAtomic, Bitfinex, Unsung, Fuzo, Factom, Synereo, Tau Chain and the MaidSafe Foundation. Occupying several entrepreneurial and executive roles over the past two decades, Craig continues to push the boundaries in cutting-edge technology, decentralized systems and software development. With a degree in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and years of experience founding and leading public and privately-held technology ventures, Mr. Sellars is a seasoned executive technologist and thought leader providing insight into the future of decentralized applications.
Chairman and Co-Founder at Bloq
Matthew is a Founding Partner at Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on blockchain-based technologies and currencies. 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. He has spent over 18 years in private equity and venture capital with Advent International, Keystone Capital Partners, Platinum Venture Partners and SilkRoad Equity, and has invested over $1 billion of capital (from start-up to IPO) in a broad range of industries. Mr. Roszak serves on the boards of BitGive, Blockchain Capital, Chamber of Digital Commerce, Chicago Bitcoin Center, Dunvegan Space Systems, Factom and Robocoin, amongst others. He was also a producer of the first ever Bitcoin documentary, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin.
CEO at Rivetz
Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz Corp. and one of the principal industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven has a strong technical foundation in the principles, capabilities and business models of incorporating trusted hardware into everyday computing, and is skilled at translating these concepts into layman’s terms. Steven is the co-founder of Rivetz Corp. a company focused on the use of trusted computing and Trusted Execution TEE to enhance the quality and security of the relationship with the user and their device. Rivetz provides app developers services and tools to enable simple integration of embedded cyber security capabilities of modern devices.
CEO of Bitwage
Jonathan Chester is founder and President of Bitwage, a blockchain-powered international wage payment and payment processing company named the top 7 blockchain companies in the US and the top 21 in the world. He is a also contributor on Forbes for all things bitcoin & blockchain related. Jonathan has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, FinancialIT and spoken in front of members of the European Parliament regarding regulation of the blockchain industry as well as for the Amsterdam Institute of Finance and conferences such as SCAPayments, Transact15 and Inside Bitcoins.
Founder at UnSung
Paul is CEO and Co-Founder of Airbitz, a mobile wallet and single-sign on security platform for blockchain apps. Airbitz has won accolades including being one of the top 3 mobile apps for bitcoin in the 2014 Blockchain Awards, being voted the #1 Bitcoin Company by the World Crypto Network, and being voted in the ‘Top 50 FinTech Companies to Watch’ by AlwaysOn Inc. As an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley, Paul possesses a wide range of technical skills from 3D visual engineering to development of custom web content management systems. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia Corp and Chromatic Research. Paul now combines his lifelong technical and business experience to drive Airbitz to be the leading security platform for digital currencies.
Partner at Goodwin
Veronica McGregor has deep experience in all aspects of the payments landscape. Veronica works with companies ranging from FinTech startups to major technology companies as well as those investing in FinTech. Specifically, her practice focuses on payment systems, financial services, virtual and cryptocurrencies, mobile banking payments/commerce, prepaid cards, consumer lending, anti-money laundering issues, and privacy/data security. She represents businesses and individuals across a variety of financial services-related matters. Her clients include technology companies, banks, payment system providers, virtual currency platforms, retailers, social networking companies, gaming companies, online service providers, and app developers.
Chairman at Tally Capital
Andrew J. “Flip” Filipowski is a Polish American technology entrepreneur born in 1950 in Chicago. He is currently the Executive Chairman and CEO of SilkRoad Equity, a private investment firm, and founded Platinum Technology in 1985. He founded or co-founded Blue Rhino Corporation, Primo Water, SilkRoad technology Inc., DBMS Inc., the House of Blues, SolidSpace Inc., onramp Branding, MissionMode and InterAct 911. Platinum technology was sold to Computer Associates in 1999 for $3.5 billion, a record at the time for a software company.
Director of Finance at Dash
Ryan Taylor is currently Director of Finance for Dash, an innovative digital currency that offers a number of improvements over Bitcoin. He is an expert in the payments industry, with over 15 years of experience in financial services and technology. Prior to Dash, Ryan was a hedge fund analyst covering a global stable of payments industry investments for the private equity and public market funds of a $20 billion investment firm based in New York. He possesses a comprehensive understanding of the payments landscape and the drivers for success within the payments industry. Ryan was previously an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Business Technology Office in New York, where he served senior executive clients of some of the world’s largest financial institutions, covering a wide variety of strategy and technology topics.
Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels (www.bitangels.co), the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and now serves as its chairman. The distributed angel network currently has more than 600 members, and it has made more than 25 investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies with two exits and several follow-on rounds. Terpin is also co-founder and managing partner of bCommerce Labs (www.bcommercelabs.com), the first technology incubator fund focused on e-commerce companies for bitcoin and the blockchain, and a partner at Flight VC, where he helps run the AngelList Bitcoin Syndicate with legendary super-angel Gil Penchina.
CEO at BreadWallet
Aaron is co-founder and CEO of breadwallet. Previously, Aaron led mobile app development at Yammer and Banjo. Aaron was co-founder of Lightt, a popular social video sharing app, which was sold in 2014. Throughout his career, Aaron has held a variety of software development positions at prominent Silicon Valley mobile app and web startups. He has a strong focus on consumer applications designed with the utmost care for simple and intuitive user experiences.
Executive Director at Blockchain Education Network
Dean Masley is Executive Director of the Blockchain Education Network (BEN), a robust network of blockchain clubs at university campuses across the world to create #GenerationBlockchain. BEN believes that the blockchain paradigm shift starts on college campuses and empowers these blockchain clubs to create hubs of enthusiasm that affect their local communities. When students see their effect on the local community, they inspire others across the world that it’s possible to shape the world as you see it.
Head of Operations – Department of Economic Development at the Isle of Man
Head of Operations – Digital Development, eBusiness. Brian Donegan is one of the leading government figures on the Isle of Man, and has been key to developing momentum behind growth in digital business innovation. He will explain how the Isle of Man has constructed a global hub for crypto-currency/Blockchain startups driven by low taxation, effective regulation and world class technology.
CTO & Co-Founder of DinarDirham
Arai Ezzra is the Co-Founder/CTO of DinarDirham, a global fintech company in Southeast Asia. He is also the founder of a company which is a leading provider of outsourced connectivity services to the fx market. he has been involved in the fx industry for over 10 years, in technology, sales, marketing, and advisory roles, focusing predominantly on fx ecommerce products.
CTO at FinalHash
Marshall is a serial entrepreneur. He has a background initially in engineering, however quickly moved to Bitcoin. His claim to fame is being one of the world’s first bitcoin miners. He is the CTO of FinalHash, a bitcoin consulting company. He also has recently broken out into the eSports industry as the CEO of Mockit eSports. Marshall has an expertise in P2P economies as well as breaking into new markets, mostly in Asia.
Core Developer at Monero
Riccardo is a member of the Monero Core Team, who are stewards of the Monero Project, and is also the lead maintainer of the Monero and Monero Core projects. With an academic background in informatics and logistics, Riccardo spent many years in software development, before starting a business in the import/export industry with his wife. Due to the success of that business, he had enough freedom to start tinkering with Bitcoin early in 2011. In 2012 he became involved in various cryptocurrency-related projects, and more recently he has launched PayBee, a digital currency payment processor.
Founder at Augur
Jeremy Gardner is the founder and chairman of the Blockchain Education Network (BEN) and a founder of Augur, the decentralized prediction market platform. He now works as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Blockchain Capital and as editor-in-chief of Distributed Magazine. Outside of the blockchain space, he is a board member at Unsung, the food waste and hunger-fighting nonprofit startup.
Head of Trading at Cumberland Mining
Mike Komaransky is the head of trading at Cumberland Mining and Materials and a partner at Chicago-based DRW Trading. He has been with DRW since 2001 trading fixed income derivatives in DRW’s Chicago and London offices. After several years of Bitcoin involvement, Mike opened Cumberland in 2014. Cumberland is the leading liquidity provider for bitcoins, focusing on over-the-counter USD/BTC trading.
Founder and CEO, BitFury
Seasoned entrepreneur with an eye for market opportunity and over 15 years of experience in information technology and business management. A proven track record in building successful companies and high performing teams. Original founding member of BitFury. Assumed the role of BitFury CEO in 2011. Prior to that, held numerous technology and business leadership positions at 212.ua, Advideo.ua, Allroll and Uzdevumi. MS Riga Transport & Telecommunication University.
Co-founder at Ledger
Thomas France is the cofounder of Ledger, the leading Blockchain security company. The team is behind the Ledger Nano hardware wallet used by tens of thousands of people all across the world. Ledger has lately developed enterprise HSM solutions for exchanges and institutional funds. Prior to his Bitcoin involvement, Thomas was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group before founding Prixing, a mobile shopping app sold to $HCO in 2013.
CEO of Netki
Justin Newton is an early Internet pioneer and technology startup veteran. His last four companies: AboveNet, NetZero/United Online, Demand Media and Blackline Systems have all exited with $1 Billion + IPOs. He was responsible for architecting each company’s platform for global scale and preparing their data systems for Sarbox compliance. He founded The Internet Service Provider’s Consortium (the first trade association for ISPs) and was their Public Policy Director.
CEO of Bitt
Gabriel is the co-founder of Bitt, a Caribbean based digital asset exchange whose core focus is on providing access to cryptocurrencies in emerging markets. He led his team to a number of firsts in Barbados. First digital asset and crytocurrency exchange in Barbados. First startup to be valued at $50M, and First local venture to secure a series of funding of $16M from a global player like Overstock.com.
And there you have it. We really hope we can meet you at the event! But don’t worry if you can’t, we’ll be making a follow up blog of the event. If you’d like to know more about the speakers, please see the Event Handout, or visit the website: http://btcmiami.com/.
Have a great day!
We’ll see you soon.
The DinarDirham team.
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