Donna Redel was a featured closing panel speaker at StablecoinNY– Monday Nov 26.
“It’s the Holy Grail of cryptocurrencies, an asset with all the benefits of decentralization but none of the volatility.”
Bloomberg 21 February 2018
The conference featured many experts in the cryptocurreny arena:
Opening of Conference
NILS VEENSTRA, DIRECTOR AT BECON
BECON is a world-leading organizer of events that focus on how new technologies impact governments and enterprises, and change the way we work, live and play. In addition to trade events, investor round-tables, blockchain masterclasses and conferences,
BECON is responsible for organizing Blockchain Solutions World, which saw 16,250 delegates visit Fira de Barcelona in October 2018.
Keynote: The State of Stablecoins
EDAN YAGO, FOUNDER AT CEMENTDAO
Edan Yago is the Founder of CementDAO, a clearing house and rating agency for stablecoins through a system of decentralized governance. Yago helped financial institutions integrate DLT technologies to deliver instant settlements through his previous company, Epiphyte, and he’s been investing and advising blockchain companies for the past seven years, often-quoted as a thought leader in the space . Prior to going “full time crypto”, he engaged in the digital currencies initiative at Zynga and founded a venture-backed Biotech company.
Keynote: What’s driving the Stablecoin marketplace?
ALEXANDER PANASUK, FOUNDER AT STABLECOIN.FOUNDATION
Alexander Panasuk PMP is the Founder at Stablecoin.Foundation; a global professional trade association of Stablecoin issuers and their active stakeholders. Alex is the Co-Founder of Stable.Report; an independent news resource curating global content on “stable” digital assets. As a Stablecoin Advocate and evolving digital asset expert, he looks for opportunities to augment but also disrupt the traditional financial system. He has 20+ years of financial services experience working at Accenture, Bank of America / Merrill Lynch, and other institutions in Canada, USA and Europe. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and was previously a Technology Consultant, Solutions / Technical Architect and Software Developer. He lives in Berlin, Germany but regularly attends blockchain events
Meet the Stablecoins
SAM TRAUTWEIN CEO AT CARBON
Sam Trautwein is an Entrepreneur and Advisor with expertise in the Blockchain, Crypto, and AI sectors. He has focused on the intersection of system design, economics, and technology, concentrating mainly on distributed systems, markets, and encryption.
Sam is the CEO & Co-Founder of Carbon, a NYCbased price stable cryptocurrency project that aims to make the global economy more inclusive and efficient who’s investors include General Catalyst, Firstmark, Bloomberg Beta and Digital Currency Group.
11.10 – 11.20 JASON PAGE, COO AT INTERCOIN
Jason Page has over 6 years of experience in cryptocurrency and distributed ledger technologies. He studied moving image arts and political science from 1996 to 2000 at the College of Santa Fe. He worked in film distribution as a producer representative for over a decade. He was an early adopter of Bitcoin and has been actively involved in the cryptocurrency community since 2012. He was affiliated with the Bitcoin Center from 2013 to 2015. He has studied various public and private blockchains such as Ethereum, Hashgraph to Hyperledger. He has advised on various blockchain projects for Blockchain Tech Corp. Mr. Page co-founded Intercoin Inc. with Gregory Magarshak in November 2017 with a goal of helping to introduce basic income to communities.
STEVE KIRSCH, CEO AT TOKEN.IO
Steve is a serial high tech entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has founded 7 companies. Two of these had billion dollar valuations.
His current venture, Token, is building a software for banks for use in open API banking that uses a new digital signature based flexible paradigm for information and payment authorizations: “smart tokens.”
Token is also creating fiat-backed digital tokens (“digital money”) which are specially designed to be very attractive to banks. These tokens are usable in smart contracts on multiple public and private blockchains. The design goal is over 1M tps with sub-second latency. This will enable the unbanked worldwide to transact business in over 40 digital fiat currencies.
Panel: The Role of Exchanges
IGOR TELYATNIKOV, CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT AT ALPHAPOINT
Igor has over 15 years of experience in building, operating, and investing in financial services, security, and media technology firms. Prior to AlphaPoint, Igor served as Managing Director of Cvetlo, an early stage venture firm making investments in fintech, adtech, and online media. Prior to Cvetlo, Igor led West Coast Business Development for LiftDNA, a digital ad exchange platform focused on managing online publisher ad revenue by making real-time pricing predictions for over 10 billion Ads Per Month. LiftDNA was acquired by OpenX, a global leader in digital and mobile advertising, in 2012. Previously, he held multiple roles over 5 years in the Security Technologies and Systems Integration divisions of Ingersoll Rand (TICKER: IR) / Allegion (TICKER: ALLE), where he drove adoption of new security technologies.
AlphaPoint is a financial technology company that powers digital asset networks and provides institutions a Distributed Ledger Platform to digitize, trade, and manage any asset. AlphaPoint powers digital asset networks on 5 continents, and is led by a seasoned team with over 200 years in financial technology. AlphaPoint has offices in New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
JERALD DAVID, COO AT EMX
EverMarkets Exchange (EMX) represents a sea change in the way futures are offered, traded, margined and cleared. It combines key aspects of the emergence of financial technology (fintech) during the last decade. It features a platform that offers trading and margining of cryptocurrencies, creating its own cryptocurrency in the process — a cryptocurrency index and a broad swath of traditional futures contracts.
Jerald has 20 years experience in finance and exchanges. Chief Administrative Officer, GreenX. Director of Venture Management, CME Group. Chief Marketing Officer, Dubai Mercantile Exchange. B.S. International Business, Franklin & Marshall College.
DIANA PIRES, INSTITUTIONAL SALES MANAGER, OKEX
Diana boasts over 7 years of financial sales experience – having built a successful sales career in S&P Cap IQ, Numerix and most recently Intercontinental Exchange. Today Diana is the Institutional Sales Manager at OKEx out of the Hong Kong office where she is responsible for managing and growing the institutional client base. A keen crypto and blockchain advocate Diana pushes the crypto message globally as well being a proud HODL’er, currently enrolled in the first MSc program focused on Digital Assets under Andreas Antonopoulos.
OKEx is a world-leading digital asset exchange, providing advanced financial services to global traders by using blockchain technology. OKEx provides hundreds of token & futures trading pairs to help traders to optimize their strategy. OKEx is also one of the top digital asset exchanges by trading volume, serving millions of users in over 100 countries. Their BTC futures trade has nearly $1.5B of volume daily, and is widely recognized as the gold standard for the industry.
WILFRED DAYE, HEAD OF MARKETS, OKCOIN
Founded in 2013, OKCoin is a world leading digital asset trading platform. OKCoin currently provides fiat trading with major digital assets, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin. OKCoin has recently expanded to the United States and is looking to serve more users around the world in the future.
JEFF BANDMAN, CO-FOUNDER GLOBAL DIGITAL FINANCE
Global Digital Finance (GDF) is a not-for-profit industry initiative with a mission to drive global cryptoasset standards and best practices for market participants, including some of the most influential digital currency and token companies, academics and professional services who support the industry. GDF conducts policymaker, regulator and industry outreach to build a shared understanding of the risks and opportunities presented by tokens and cryptoassets and has developed a global Code of Conduct for the cryptoassets market and its participants. GDF is proud to include Circle, Coinbase, ConsenSys, DLA Piper, Diginex, Hogan Lovells and R3 as patron and founding members.
Jeff is a Principal of Bandman Advisors, an advisory practice helping clients meet strategic innovation and regulatory challenges focusing on blockchain, FinTech and RegTech. He was formerly a senior official at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission. As FinTech Advisor to Chairman Giancarlo, he was Founding Director and architect of LabCFTC. He also established and led the CFTC’s blockchain and virtual currency working group. He leads the regulatory engagement for GDF.
Meet the Stablecoins
DANIEL COLSON, CO-FOUNDER AT RESERVE
Daniel is the Co-Founder at Reserve and doing economic research for its protocol development.
Previously he co-founded the Human Advancement Project, the Government and Politics Association and the Polybian Society, and was a sociology researcher at Paradigm Academy.
DAVID WELLS, DIRECTOR AT PAXOS
David Wells is a director leading business and product for the Paxos Standard stablecoin, the itBit digital-asset exchange and related trading, OTC, custody and escrow services.
Prior to joining itBit in October 2017, David served as a Strategy and Corporate Finance Associate at McKinsey, where he played a crucial role in shaping portfolio strategies and undertaking major investment and financing decisions. Before McKinsey, David built a career in the US Navy, serving as a Lieutenant directing teams in the creation of strategic intelligence products for Senior Department of Defense officials.
David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from Michigan State University.
MOHAMMED ABDEL, CO-FOUNDER AT CANNDOLLAR
Mohammed’s reputation as a trail-blazing entrepreneur precedes him as a 20-year veteran and creator of Financial, Blockchain and ICT solutions. Mohammed has decades of experience in Precious Metals, Trading, Capital Markets, Structured Financial Products, Private Wealth Advisory and FOREX markets. Having developed trading platforms, Mohammed has worked in AI and Blockchain developing, financial and e-commerce solutions for several prestigious international Financial Institutions since 2006, and on Wall Street in the mid 90s. His global experience spans North America, Europe and the Middle East. In 1994 Mohammed attended Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and specialized in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS).
Keynote: Why invest in Stablecoins
NITHIN EAPEN, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AT ARCADIA CRYPTO VENTURES
Crypto-Evangelist, Speaker, Investor, Trader, Technologist, Advisor, Educator, and Entrepreneurial Business Leader.
Creator of the Belpointe Crypto Index (Bloomberg Ticker CRYPTO).
Core skills include strategy development, network leveraging and team building beside deep hands-on knowledge of technology and trading.
Bootstrapped a boutique IT consulting company to a Multi-Million dollar business with teams spread across continents and multiple fortune 50 clients.
An early crypto-currency evangelist I spend my time helping people understand the bitcoin/blockchain space.
Besides completing an MS in Financial Mathematics Degree from the University of Chicago while doing a full-time job my life stories go beyond an interesting path to entrepreneurship from being a market-maker on wall street, a poker player, a trivia-of-all-kinds fan and an avid squash player.
Meet the stablecoins
JOSH GOODBODY, GLOBAL GENERAL COUNSEL AT HUOBI
Josh is the Global General Counsel, Institutional Business Team at Huobi Global.
Tasked with building Huobi’s London office with the CEO – focussed on enabling growth and capitalising on strategic market opportunities.
Huobi is the world’s leading digital asset financial ecosystem – we provide a best-in-class cryptocurrency and token exchange, OTC trading and blockchain-focussed venture capital.
SVEIN VALFELLS AT MONERIUM
Sveinn Valfells first transacted Bitcoins in mid-2011. He has since given numerous interviews and talks about Bitcoin and blockchains, including on the BBC (Radio and TV), at Coin- Summit (London), Scaling Bitcoin (Montreal) and DLD (London, Tel Aviv). Outside blockchains, Sveinn has advised, worked for, co-founded and invested in companies in biotech, bioinformatics, financial services, telecoms, mobile software and venture capital. Sveinn completed a B.S. in applied physics (Columbia), a M.S. in economic systems (Stanford), and a Ph.D. in physics (Boston University).
Keynote: The Role of Investors in Shaping the Stablecoin Ecosystem
JOEL TELPNER, CORPORATE & FINANCE PARTNER AT SULLIVAN & WORCESTER LLP
Joel Telpner chairs the Fintech and Blockchain practice group of the international law firm, Sullivan & Worcester. Joel is a highly sought after strategist and counselor who was recently named a “Trailblazer” in the National Law Journal’s inaugural Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and Fintech List. He structured some of the first token offerings and blockchain-based applications, including the first issuance of digital securities utilizing blockchain technology for Overstock.com, and helped Overstock’s tZero trading platform obtain the necessary regulatory approval to trade crypto securities. He led a panel discussion about ICOs and best practices in Davos during the World Economic Forum in January 2018, and co-founded a global trade association for stablecoins in October 2018. He works on global regulatory policy initiatives for the Blockchain Research Institute, the Global Blockchain Business Council, Wharton Reg@Tech and the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Group.
Panel: Why are Stablecoins interesting for investors?
MITCHELL DONG, MANAGING DIRECTOR, PYTHAGORAS INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Mitchell is a private investor and manager of Dong family office and an investor in hedge funds, PE and VC funds.
In addition, Mitchell is a Bitcoin trader and cryptocurrency investor, and an active participant in ICOs, bitcoin and blockchain companies.
STEPHEN LEAHY, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT COSIMO VENTURES
COSIMO Ventures is a pioneering, deep tech investment firm that transforms promising disruptive companies into global industry leaders.
Stephen invests in new technology paradigms such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, VR & AR, IoT, artificial intelligence and big data to disrupt global markets.
DAVID SEGURA, ANGEL INVESTOR
David served as the Founder & CEO of Giant Media, an early Native Video Advertising exchange that included Toyota, American Express, and Dollar Shave Club as clients. Giant Media was successfully acquired in 2014 by Adknowledge, an AdTech platform funded by TPG, JMI, and Nokia. David is also an active Angel Investor in more than 40+ startups including Everipedia, Origin Protocol, Basis, TrustToken, Eaze, and Mogul, among others. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
ROBERT LEVIN, CEO AT EMERGING STAR CAPITAL LLC
Robert is an inventor, mobile & digital health expert, serial entrepreneur, and author. He is currently the CEO of Transclick, a real-time translation service with over 14 million digital client downloads. He has over 25 years of senior level Wall Street & Technology experience, and has raised $150 million for funds and technology companies. He is an inventor, best-selling author, public speaker and holds one issued US patent. He is also a strategist in global macro, emerging markets and technology investments. He was trained at Salomon Brothers and was a top strategist for 2 hedge funds, reporting to Paul Tudor Jones at Tudor and Louis Bacon at Moore Global. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance at the Columbia Business School teaching global investment strategy and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University. He has a Masters in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business.
HECTOR ROSEKRANS, DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND OPERATIONS AT MESSARI
Hector is the Director of Policy and Operations at Messari, where he is focused on improving transparency and data standards across cryptoassets to better protect and inform investors. He works with regulators and policy makers to help them better understand the industry, and in particular the benefits of open source approaches to investor protection. Hector has spent his career on the front lines of economics, technology, and public policy. Prior to joining Messari, he worked at JP Morgan on cryptocurrencies, tokens, and other blockchain use cases. He began his career in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, and has worldwide operational leadership experience. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and a BSc in Physical Oceanography from the US Naval Academy.
ALEX MASHINSKY CEO AT CELSIUS
NICHOLUS ANDREWS CEO AT AERYUS
Closing Panel: Token Economy; The Future of Finance
DONNA REDEL, BOARD MEMBER AT NEW YORK ANGELS
BRIAN MULHERIN, GENERAL COUNSEL AT NEW ALCHEMY
EDAN YAGO, FOUNDER AT CEMENTDAO
ALEXANDER PANASUK, FOUNDER AT STABLECOIN.FOUNDATION
MODERATED BY MICHAEL TERPIN
Mr. Michael Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group, whose divisions include Transform PR, a global public relations firm that has served more than 200 clients in the blockchain field and helped launch more than 100 ICO’s, including Aion, Aeternity, Augur, Bancor, Dent, Ethereum, Factom, Golem, Gnosis, Lisk, MaidSafe, Neo, Qtum, SALT Lending, VideoCoin, and WAX Token; CoinAgenda, an event series for cryptocurrency investors, and Transform Strategies, the company’s advisory division. Transform Group International, LLC, is headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with offices in Santa Monica, Las Vegas, Silicon Valley, New York, Toronto, and Denver. The Firm is also a partner in TokenMatch, the leading investor matching event series, presented across Asia, Europe and North America, 12-18 times a year.
Fireside chat: Tokenizing the Future
MATTHEW ROSZAK, CO-FOUNDER AT BLOQ
AND CHAIRMAN AT DIGITAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Matthew Roszak is co-founder and chairman of Bloq, a leading blockchain enterprise software company. Mr. Roszak is also founding partner of Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on digital assets and blockchain-enabled technology with a portfolio of over 20 investments, including Blockchain Capital, Block.One, Blockstream, Civic, Factom and QTUM. Mr. Roszak is a blockchain investor, entrepreneur and advocate. He has spent over 20 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 is a sought after thought leader on blockchain technology, and has testified as an expert before US Congress and spoken at the US Federal Reserve. Mr. Roszak has been featured on CNBC and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Financial Times.