Ferdinando M. Ametrano
Founder, Hayek Money Project
Founder, QuantLib Project
is senior quant in the interest rate and credit financial engineering
team at Banca IMI (IntesaSanpaolo Group), where he oversees rate curves
and fixed income clearing tools. He teaches Interest Rate Derivatives as
Adjunct Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He is founder
and co-administrator of the QuantLib project, a comprehensive
free/open-source software framework for quantitative finance. His
current area of research is cryptocurrency price stability: he is the
founder of the Hayek Money project, advocating automated
non-discretionary elastic monetary policy for a new generation of
cryptocurrencies. Previously he headed quantitative and risk-management
teams in Banca IMI, Banca Caboto and Monte Paschi Asset Management; he
has also been co-founder and managing partner of RiskMap (now StatPro
WINHELLER Attorneys at Law and Tax Advisors
As a banking and finance lawyer, Lutz Auffenberg
deals with questions regarding regulations and required licenses for financial service providers (such as BaFin licenses), counseling large corporations and newly minted startups alike. Those licenses are often required for businesses operating with cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Litecoin. Lutz is one of three WINHELLER attorneys that have worked on challenging domestic and international Bitcoin cases. Together, they have advised a number of prominent Bitcoin companies, including, but not limited to, exchanges and contests. His expertise further includes the "Zahlungsdiensteaufsichtsgesetz" (German law for payment providers). In addition to German, Mr. Auffenberg is fluent in French and English.
Head of Business Development
is Head of Business Development at Elliptic. Elliptic is a full-service
bitcoin custodian for investment funds and trading firms. Kevin spent
most of 2014 as Director of Membership at the Bitcoin Foundation, where
he worked closely with bitcoin companies all over the world. Prior to
his career in Bitcoin, Kevin led major growth and innovation projects
for financial service companies including Charles Schwab, Bain Capital,
Fisher Wealth Management and The Hartford Insurance Co. He brings with
him an entrepreneurial spirit and international perspective, having
founded two international companies and worked throughout North America,
Asia and the Middle East.
founded SatoshiPay, a white-label bitcoin payment processor, aiming to
enable transparent bitcoin integration everywhere. As open source
developer, social entrepreneur and avid shoestring traveller with 50
countries under his belt, Meinhard experienced the need for a global and
decentralised currency first-hand. He already experimented with
different alternative monetary systems for years when bitcoin crossed
his path in 2011. As miner, trader, developer and speaker he pushes the
cryptocurrency ecosystem forward ever since.
Coinprism and Predictious
Flavien is the founder of Pixode which develops online applications and games. Notable products include Predictious, the Bitcoin derivatives and prediction market, and Coinprism, the first colored coins web wallet. Colored coins allow people and organizations to securely issue and trade real-world assets like commodities, stocks and bonds on the bitcoin network. Coinprism recently won the global Startup Challenge hosted by the Bitcoin Foundation in May 2014. Flavien has a software engineering background. He is a graduate of Ecole Centrale Lyon, France, where he received an Msc. in Engineering.
Brian Fabian Crain
Founder, Bitcoin Startups Berlin and Bitcoin Center Berlin
Founder/Co-Host, Epicenter Bitcoin
Brian Fabian Crain is a Berlin-based economist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and co-host of Epicenter Bitcoin, Europe’s leading Bitcoin podcast, and the founder and organizer of Bitcoin Startups Berlin, the largest Bitcoin meetup in Germany. He is also one of the founder of the Bitcoin Center Berlin, a cryptocurrency-focused co-working space. He has degrees in economics, philosophy and cognitive science from the University of Chicago, London School of Economics and University College London.
Kunal advocates that “Adoption is the true
disruption" for any cryptocurrency 2.0 protocol. Applications are
disruptive when they help execute a task better than the alternative;
Protocols on the other hand, are disruptive when they achieve mass
adoption, therefore simpler and elegant protocols with minimal technical
and organizational overhead are better positioned to win.
began his entrepreneurial journey when he was 11, by starting a comic
book library. At 13, he made money organizing inter-community quiz
competitions, at 14 he sold sandwiches and partnered with his brother
for a gaming business during Diwali celebrations in India. On 10th
October 2005, Kunal started his first incorporated business, a
bioinformatics company. Kunal is an astute student of money and human
cognitive biases, he builds his models by leveraging the fact that human
beings are visibly irrational, especially in a group/tribe format.
VP Central Europe & Brazil
The Draghi Family
Cristiano is a second-degree nephew of the guy which some call the "boss
of bosses" in Europe. He studied economics and philosophy / psychology
and gained experience as a journalist, financial analyst and trader,
entrepreneur and consultant, mainly working for the Draghi family in
Munich, Berlin and Brazil. Recently the family board decided to stop
their traditional business and to live entirely off freshly printed
Euros and some legal investments, but there are rumors that Cristiano is
just a fictional character played by Christian Jacken, co-creator of
the "Liquid Democracy" peer-to-peer e-democracy & crypto-voting
concept (presented in 2004) and a libertarian advocate of alternative
currencies, currently working on "some next big thing".
Jeremy attended both Bard College and University of Michigan, where developed multidisciplinary studies in political strategy. While at Michigan, he founded the College Cryptocurrency Network, an international nonprofit organization, and began to work with several blockchain-related startups. You can often find him on the road, at a conference or club, extolling the virtues of the block chain to anybody within earshot. He was a fan of InTrade before it was shut down. He leads marketing and is the spokesperson for Augur.
Chief Sound Officer, Sound Wallet and Founding Member, Bitcoin Frankfurt User Group
Theo Goodman has created a way for people to store their private keys in audio form on CD, Tape, or Vinyl which is called "Sound Wallet". He is also a founding member of the bitcoin frankfurt user group, on the haasonline.com team and makes regular appearances on the World Crypto Network talk shows. Theo Goodman is also Involved in experimental music and is the chairman of the board of the association for the advancement of phonographie and experimental music.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jacob is the CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdCurity, which is Silicon Valley based security startup incubated by boost.vc and funded by Tim Draper and Kima Ventures. He is a long term advocate of decentralisation and crowdsourcing, both applied to monetary systems as well as to web security. Before co-founding CrowdCurity Jacob was documenting bitcoin adoption around the world via his work at Bitcoinfilm.org
Co-Founder and Strategy Director
Yves-Laurent Kayan is the Co-Founder and Strategy Director of CoinPlus. He is in charge of the entire business development and the establishment of the company's strategy. Yves-Laurent is an entrepreneur at heart. For more than 10 years, he has been involved in the development of several companies and projects, essentially focused on the online gaming and gambling industry in France. Prior to launching CoinPlus, he worked as a Director of Sales EMEA for a start-up specialised in web and mobile development; and also co-founded a European B2B marketplace for tires. Yves-Laurent strongly believes that actors in the bitcoin space must be regulated. Therefore, under his impulsion, CoinPlus, the Luxembourg based euro-bitcoin secured wallet, has just started the process for the ministerial approval in Luxembourg. Yves-Laurent graduated from EDC Paris Business School, with a specialisation in the creation and management of SMEs. He also took the first part of an executive Development Programme at IMD Lausanne. He has been an instructor and jury for BEP/Bac Pro/BTS/Business School for more than ten years.
Peter has been an entrepreneur and start up specialist for 20 years. He has launched 6 companies including a real estate development firm, a neurochemistry consumer product company, and a bitcoin mining hardware company. He is currently leading the Factom project, which aims to build a data layer on top of the blockchain and bring honesty and transparency to business systems everywhere.
Baker Marquart LLP
Brian Klein is a partner at the litigation boutique Baker Marquart. There, Brian
has extensive experience representing clients involved with Bitcoin (e.g.,
he represented Erik Voorhees in his settlement with the SEC). His practice focuses on high-stakes criminal and regulatory defense and civil litigation, and he aggressively and effectively advocates for his clients in a wide variety of state and federal matters. Brian also volunteers as the outside general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation and teaches a federal criminal practice seminar at USC’s law
school. Before joining Baker Marquart, Brian was a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for five years (2007-2012). As a federal prosecutor, Brian handled significant white-collar criminal cases, including cases involving money laundering, corporate fraud, and
Bitfilm and Organizer, Bitcoin Exchange Berlin (BXB)
Aaron is the managing director of Bitfilm, a film production company specialised on commercial films, and the co-founder and CEO of AMIKO, a Bitcoin 2.0 start-up that offers loyalty programmes based on Bitcoin technology. His book on Bitcoin from an Austrian Economy perspective will be published by Finanzbuchverlag Berlin this spring.
Pavel has a Ph.D. in information security and has worked as an engineer on public key infrastructures for the banking industry and government. In 2014 joined Stellar Development Foundation and worked there as a cryptographer. Pavel is passionate about educating people about cryptocurrencies - he created an academic course and already held it in 2 universities. He also founded a research lab that is dedicated to resolving scientific problems of cryptocurrency industry.
Joey attended Pomona College where he studied Computer Science, before leaving to to focus full time on Augur. Joey has spent most of his life honing his programming skills, and has an in-depth knowledge of Bitcoin Core. He conducted the first Bitcoin transaction via sound. Recently, Joey and Jack completed Sidecoin, which allows new crypto-currency distributions to be based on a "snapshot" of Bitcoin account balances.
Before Techstars, Jens was a partner at Forward Labs, which he co-founded in January 2012. Forward Labs built profitable startups at high speed using lean startup principles. Out of over 100 businesses tested, five successful businesses were built during his tenure. Before Labs, Jens co-founded and was CEO of aiHit, a provider of automated company data to the business information industry. aiHit is backed by Amadeus and VTB Capital and sells to some of the world’s largest information players including Dun & Bradstreet, Experian, and Equifax. Prior to this, he was the VP Analysis & Consulting at Library House (now Dow Jones), a business information and research company, which he helped grow from seven to over 50 employees within four years. During his PhD at Cambridge University, he developed, patented and licensed new water technology. Jens lives in Berlin with his wife Iris and young daughters Lucie and Anna.
Founder and CEO, Simplex
Board Member, Israeli Bitcoin Association
is a geek, hacker, maker, serial entrepreneur, and CEO and Founder of
Simplex. Simplex allows crypto-currency businesses to accept credit card
payments at zero fraud risk. Nimrod
has over 17 years experience with development and tech management,
founded a software boutique in 2004 that served large range of clients
in all technologies and platforms worldwide. Nimrod is also a board member in the Israeli Bitcoin Association, one of the founders of www.GeekCon.org - a maker type hackathon (10 years now) and of the GarageGeeks - the israeli startup and entrepreneurs group
Hans has 16 years of executive management experience in disruptive technology. Currently he runs allcoinsnews.com, a publication providing intelligence on crypto-currencies and other blockchain technology applications. From 2003, Hans developed a boutique research firm focused on new and high tech industries in China and secured its sale in 2013. During the Internet boom, he gained tech journalist credentials at internet.com, Internet World and Mecklermedia, interviewing Jack Ma, Jerry Yang, Vint Cerf & various other Internet luminaries. In the year of the 1997 handover, Hans earned a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong.
Founder, Co-CEO and Chief Technology Officer,
Eric Lombrozo is founder, Co-CEO, and Chief Technology Officer at Ciphrex Corporation, a software company providing security tools and an application development platform for peer-to-peer payment networks. Lombrozo has participated in several projects related to decentralized consensus protocols, contributing source code to multiple open source projects including Bitcoin, Ripple, and Ethereum.
CISSP, Chair, CNP Payment Forum and Founder
Ashok Misra, CISSP has built ecommerce systems for Amazon.com, Real Networks and Linden Labs ( Second Life) . He is the founder of Alina Consultants Inc, a boutique consulting firm advising and building solutions for ecommerce merchants on epayment architecture and security. He has considerable experience in crypto currencies and in particular in building bitcoin purchase paths. He is widely regarded as a Payment Security Expert and possesses in-depth knowledge on PCI Compliance. He has a deep knowledge of country specific payment methods and mobile payments. He is the Chairperson for the European Customer Not Present Payments Forum (EU CNPPF).
Co-Founder and CTO
Chris Odom is the co-founder of Monetas, and the creator and lead developer of the Open-Transactions digital finance suite. His twenty-year software career has encompassed coding and managing enterprise software development projects for leading US and foreign multinationals.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Marco Santori is an attorney with Pillsbury and is a leading authority on Bitcoin and digital currency. Described by American Banker as “the dean of digital currency lawyers,” Santori is a recognized authority in the law of bitcoin, digital currencies and emerging payments. He counsels exchanges, payment processors, institutional miners, and other companies making new and exciting uses of virtual currency technology, including “Bitcoin 2.0” implementations. Recently, he won the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert.
Santori advises clients on regulatory matters, including the compliance with and avoidance of money service business and securities regulations and New York’s newly implemented bitlicenses. He works with his clients to structure their business plans to comply with these regulations. His practice focuses on early-stage companies in the high-technology sector, including web, e-commerce, financial technology, and the emerging digital currency space. For these businesses, Santori offers comprehensive, full-service business counsel, including advice on seed, angel and venture-backed fundraising. His commercial litigation practice, focusing on high-technology matters, covers intellectual property, trade secrets, defamation and securities fraud disputes. He is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution and lectures on the topics of mediation and arbitration.
As Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, his knowledge of the latest industry trends develops in near real-time and he is fluent in the Bank Secrecy Act, the Patriot Act’s application to digital currency businesses, including Know Your Customer and Anti Money Laundering regulation. He appears as a commentator on “Real Money with Ali Velshi” and Bloomberg TV. He has also been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, The New Yorker, Wired, Entrepreneur.com and Crain’s New York Business. He won the first annual Blockchain Award for Bitcoin Legal Expert.
Santori received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Philosophy. Santori comes to Pillsbury from Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP.
Promontory Financial Group
Adam Shapiro is a director in Promontory Financial Group’s San Francisco Office and Promontory’s West Coast AML Lead. He helps his clients design efficient and effective AML and compliance programs and develop sound regulatory relations. Adam’s recent engagements include designing and implementing compliance and AML programs for Bitcoin companies, as well as helping them submit strong state licensing applications. He also has extensive experience advising prepaid firms and traditional money transmitters on compliance, risk and regulatory issues. Prior to joining Promontory in 2006, Adam worked for the U.K. Financial Services Authority for eight years, including serving as Chief of Staff to the Chairman.
Pavlo is a Chief Executive Officer at Monexy payment system. Pavlo holds an MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge Business School and Certificate in General Management from Stanford University. He is an experienced professional with 10+ years of experience. His key areas of focus is on mobile payments, business development, project and risk management. Pavlo was Editor-In-Chief of Information Systems Journal at the London School of Economics. He is also the author of multiple publications on entrepreneurship and business development. Pavlo is a member of IFIP Working Group 9.5 (Virtuality & Society), Association for Information Systems (AIS) and Risk Management. Pavlo also active with a number of space related projects.
Adam is a qualified lawyer and director of Diacle ltd., which provides licensing and compliance support to financial services firms (from consumer credit firms, fund managers, forex brokerages, fintech businesses, including digital currency start ups). He also acts as a consultant for Neopay; leading the market in delivering compliance solutions to e-money institutions, payment institutions and related industries. Adam is a director of the UKDCA, the UK Digital Currency Association.
CEO and Founder
Micah Winkelspecht is the CEO and Founder of Gem,
a simple and secure platform for blockchain developers. Gem’s mission
is to empower individuals to be sovereign over their own assets,
starting with bitcoin. An active Bitcoin community organizer and
thought leader, Micah regularly speaks,
moderates, and hosts at Bitcoin and startup events, and is co-organizer
of the Los Angeles Bitcoin meetup group of over 1,000 members. Micah is also a significant contributor to the Bitcoin developer community as the author of MoneyTree,
a popular open-source library used to create Bitcoin wallets and the
first Ruby implementation of a Bitcoin HD wallet. Prior to his
contributions to the Bitcoin world, Micah spent 10+ years developing software for companies including AT&T Interactive, Guide Financial and Pose.
VP Product Development
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.
Harry Yeh is a Managing Partner at Binary Financial and is known in the digital currency space for trading and facilitating large bitcoin transactions between high net worth individuals.
Harry is Serial Entrepreneur with a software and infrastructure engineering background, and has over 15 years experience in the Technology and Business Field. He has been the CTO and Co-Founder in a few startups as well as running his on technology consulting company. Harry also have years of experience trading stocks, options and currencies.
Harry is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario and has a BA in Statistical Science and studied Computer Science at Stanford’s professional development program. Harry currently resides in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
Sam Onat Yilmaz
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Decentralized Applications Fund
Sam Onat Yilmaz is the co-founder and the Managing Partner of Decentralized Applications Fund, which is the first venture fund to raise all of its investment capital in cryptocurrency and invest only in Bitcoin 2.0 applications. Previously, he had co-founded and managed BitAngels, growing the network from 60 to 500 members (world’s largest angel group). He is a published author, has a triple degree bachelors and a Master of Science in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.