Co-Founder, Blockchain Beach -- Twitter: @John_Marchesini -- Disclosures: I own Overstock stock. Whenever there is the potential for real or perceived conflict in what I write about, I promise to bring it up, and link back here.
Roy, an associate at Wave Financial is passionate about crypto’s potential to transform global finance and has been involved in the space since 2016. Most recently, Roy led Market Development efforts at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, helping educate large organizations on the impact of blockchain technology. Prior to the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Roy worked at Optoro, a late-stage supply chain logistics start-up backed by Kleiner Perkins, UPS and Franklin Templeton. Roy received a BS in International Finance from American University.
Jordan is an entrepreneur, technologist and former finance professional passionate about distributed ledger technology and its ability to transform our world. He previously worked for Guggenheim Partners in their investment banking division and in real estate structured finance for HFF, a NYSE publicly traded company. Jordan received a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Yaosh is currently CFO of Superlinear, a blockchain startup building tools for dapp developers to create communities. He was previously the Executive Vice President at Miramax, SVP of Corporate Finance at Lionsgate’s streaming networks division, and held senior business development roles at Google, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and The Huffington Post. He was also the founding product manager for Amazon Video. Yaosh holds 3 patents issued and filed. Yaosh graduated with a B.A. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He also holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford and a MBA from Harvard. Yaosh is a CFA Charterholder.
Julian is a freelance tech and public affairs writer. He is a former Cision editor and frequent contributor at Beyond Bylines, where he covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence to cryptocurrency.
Stefan Ateljevic is the Head of Content and Casino Auditor at BitcoinPlay. With an extensive background in content creation and love for online gambling and all things crypto, Stefan aims to improve the current state of the crypto gambling industry by creating casino case studies and other valuable content. Outside of work, Stefan enjoys a glass of whiskey and late night poker sessions.
Guest Contributor. Beverly is the author of the best selling book The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing. She teaches the Global Business of Sports & Entertainment at UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a thought leader in emerging technology and media trends. She is also part of the UCLA Blockchain Lab -- Twitter: @BeverlyMacy
Managing Director @ 3iQ Digital Asset Management (Bitcoin Asset Manager) and Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University teaching Digital Assets Finance. Former ibanking and quant finance at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Glasscock is a builder that helps visionary CEOs manifest precision organization and results. He has been a crypto currency investor since 2013 and was the Co Founder of DNA.fund, a firm focused on investing in and launching blockchain ecosystems for enterprises and entrepreneurs. Twitter: @ElephasVentures
Alex is an award winning advisor and whitepaper author for many companies in the Blockchain space. He is also the Chief Instructor for the Blockchain Executive Program at Kingsland University.
Jason King -- Humanitarian Hacker. Executive Director, Unsung.org. Co-Founder, Academy: School of Blockchain, the world’s first accredited school of Blockchain (part of the innovative Kingsland University, formerly Social Media Management University). http://www.academytoken.com
Jakt is a digital product & innovation studio. We partner with companies of all sizes, from startups to enterprises, through a mix of product strategy, business strategy, design, software development, and marketing. We aim to positively impact the lives of 100 million people through solutions we’ve created by 2027.
Gabriele Giancola is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of qiibee, the Swiss loyalty token protocol helping brands around the world run their loyalty programs on the Blockchain. A serial entrepreneur, Gabriele has co-founded multiple companies including gratis-auto.ch, a start-up focused on mobile outdoor advertising, and a mining farm with around 60 miners.
Andrés Franco is currently a JD/MBA candidate in the Class of 2020 at American University. Since graduating from Davidson College with a BA in History in 2015, Andrés’ graduate studies have focused on capital markets, the energy industry, regulatory policy, and emerging technologies. In 2017, Andrés was selected for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)'s Student Honors Program, where he gained experience in the Division of Enforcement and the Division of Corporation Finance. In 2018, Andrés and his colleagues at the Washington College of Law founded the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Law Society, a student-managed organization that seeks to generate interest in topics relating to distributed ledger technologies.
Raleigh currently serves as Co-Founder of Genesis Block and AxiomLevel Technologies. Through strategic advisory, financial services and technology solutions, Genesis Block and AxiomLevel accelerate adoption for industry-leading companies looking to unlock the potential of blockchain technology. Previously, Raleigh was SVP of Client Services & Operations for AOL and holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Nash Foster, CEO and Co-founder of Pyrofex, has over 20 years of experience in the computing industry and has served on the engineering staffs of Google, Oracle, Counterpane, iBiblio, and many others. Nash studied mathematics and the theory of computation at the University of North Carolina and George Mason University. He has helped Fortune 100 companies design, implement, and manage networks and network applications securely.
Martin Floreani is the founder and CEO of Rokfin. He focuses on delivering a product that creates the world's most efficient content network. He previously founded FloSports, a leading subscription-based sports media company. He ran the company for 12+ years as its CEO, and raised more than $40MM in funding through a combination of debt and equity rounds. After leaving FloSports, Martin reflected on the media landscape and noted the glaring inefficiencies that exist in how content creators, consumers, and digital platforms interact. In particular, he recognized the value being stripped away from content creators by digital platforms. He knew there was a better way to capture this value utilizing blockchain technology. With that, Rokfin, as we now know it, was born.
Chris McAlary is the Founder and CEO of Coin Cloud, the world’s largest network of two-way digital currency machines (DCMs) and the first to hit the 1,000-unit milestone. From his early days as a Bitcoin miner to now, he is a pioneer in the digital currency industry. Today, Coin Cloud is the only nationwide operator that allows customers to both buy and sell digital currency with cash at every one of their 1,200+ machines.
Cyrus Taghehchian is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spl.yt. Cyrus, a Deloitte Consulting alum, is a world-class consultant, co-active coach and Lean-Agile thought leader who has helped C-level and executives improve their organizations’ product management processes, development practices, and team culture at companies such as Intel, Bank of America, Paypal, and more. A serial entrepreneur at heart, Cyrus specializes in technology strategy and implementations in the e-commerce and digital marketing space, including leading his previous companies through product and market fit phases. Cyrus entered the blockchain space in 2015, having taken several notable active involvements, collaboration and advisory roles within the blockchain community where he applies his unique business development perspective, to promote blockchain and distributed ledger technology.
David Bleznak is the CEO of Totle, a decentralized crypto trading platform. David is passionate about cryptocurrencies and believes taking a UX-first approach is key for driving the industry toward mainstream adoption. One of David’s greatest strengths is in iterating solutions that are user-friendly without sacrificing the values of decentralization that drew many crypto enthusiasts to cryptocurrency in the first place - namely, privacy, autonomy, and control over one’s own assets.
Daniel Ameduri is co-founder of the Future Money Trends newsletter, an authority for financial freedom and economic research in commodities, cryptocurrencies, personal finance and income ideas
Fiction Riot co-founder Mike Esola draws on his experience in Hollywood for nearly 20 years, primarily as an agent representing directors, screenwriters, showrunners and actors. He created Ficto to help artists better align their content with how digital and mobile natives now prefer to consume it as well as to fill the void left by Hollywood’s traditional means of production, which has grown outdated and expensive for premium mobile content considering the exponentially growing demand for it.
Kelley Weaver is a young female entrepreneur and founder of Melrose PR, a leading crypto and blockchain communications agency based in Los Angeles, California. She is also the host of Crypto Token Talk, a podcast for those looking to enter the new frontier of blockchain technology and learn “Crypto 101” from leading industry experts. She is deeply passionate about communicating how decentralized technology will change the world.
Mick Tsai is the Co-Founder of Contentos. Mick has over 15 years software industry working experience, currently leading the Contentos foundation. With over 600 million potential global users and over 100,000 global creators, Contentos project aims to leverage blockchain technology to re-define the value of content for global creators. Before Contentos, Mick served as Sr. Product Director in LiveMe, the #1 mobile live streaming app in the US. He also used to work for Clean Master as product director in Cheetah Mobile and Sr. development manager in Trend Micro.
Meredith Wood is the founding editor of the Fundera Ledger and a vice president at Fundera. She launched the Fundera Ledger in 2014 and has specialized in financial advice for small business owners for almost a decade.
Izak Fritz is a computer science student at the University of Michigan. Izak is interested in how cryptography can be used to make the internet more robust and secure. He enjoys trading cryptocurrencies and also writing algorithms that trade for him. He is part of the stably.io team.
Currently trading at Wave Financial. Formerly Avi was the founder of Ledger Capital, a quantitative cryptocurrency hedge fund. Avi also writes a weekly newsletter about the cryptocurrency, CryptoAM. Avi received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington University.
DE-based freelance content writer, passionate about tech, crypto, and generally, anything innovative that can lead to ground-breaking progress. Mostly interested in the human coordinate to our modern means and needs!
William, Chief Product Officer at BitCar, is a technical business leader and full-stack system engineer with experience in React, Microsoft technologies, database systems, and infrastructure. He has specialized in information technology roles since 2004, being involved in the development of several new products across different market sectors. William brings his deep understanding of technology, along with his managerial, product, and leadership qualities to help bridge the gap between the business and technical sides of the business. William manages the product development, design, and technical operational aspects, along with hands-on development of the platform.
Paul Monsen is the Co-Founder of Digital Asset Advisors, a full service Blockchain and Emerging Technology consulting firm. He is also an active project contributor to Slice.Market the cross border solution to investing into institutional US commercial real estate. Since 2014 he has facilitated over $1 Billion of transactions across commercial real estate and early stage technology companies. He is a board member of the Marquette University Blockchian Lab and active speaker on Security Tokens, Tokenomics, and the applications of blockchain into existing business models.
Robin is the founder of Koinly.io - a cryptocurrency tax solution that automatically generates capital gains reports. He is a former Fintech engineer with a knack for numbers. Besides being a crypto enthusiast, he is also a passionate gamer and can be found in Orgrimmar when not at his desk.
Justin Wales (@WinstonOnoWales) is a lawyer and the co-chair of Carlton Fields’s national blockchain and virtual currency practice. He is an author of Thompson Reuter’s treatise, State Regulations on Virtual Currency and Blockchain Technologies, and the author of Bitcoin is Speech: Notes Toward Developing the Conceptual Contours of its Protection Under the First Amendment.
Jason is Senior Engineer & Blockchain Practice Lead at Very, working with clients to build solutions that create an outsized impact. Very works with clients to determine the best path forward in Blockchain and other Development needs.
Nicolas Gilot is the Co-CEO of Ultra, a blockchain-based, game publishing platform designed to put an end to the current PC game market status quo. A serial entrepreneur and strategist, Nicolas led Xiaobawang as CSO, a game console project undertaken in partnership with AMD with a budget of over US$100m. He is responsible for the success of numerous businesses including game studio PixelBeam which was later acquired by Kingsoft (Xiaomi), and multiple game/app projects including Plants VS Zombies, Highnoon and The Economist.
Dan Gorman is an MBA candidate at American University (AU) focusing on marketing (digital, analytics, brand, strategy), emerging technology (blockchain), and all things innovation. He received an undergraduate degree in Sport Management from Syracuse University, and has worked for Stanley Black & Decker, Mydala, MKTG, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Dan is the Founder and President of the AU Digital Strategy and Innovation Club, which is centered around hands-on learning (i.e., Tableau workshops) and thought leadership (i.e., Blockchain panel with Jose Arrieta and other industry leaders).
Juan Hernandez is the Chief Executive Officer of OpenFinance Network. A serial entrepreneur and business strategist with over 14 years of business technology and strategic management experience, Juan has built multiple startups including PeerRealty, Endurance Commerce, and the Pop Stock Exchange.
Crystal Rose Pierce is a prominent technologist, entrepreneur and investor. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of Sensay, a communications company building SENSE private messaging and decentralized applications on the blockchain. She raised $21M in capital with prominent institutional VCs and completed a successful ICO for the SENSE digital token, and is anticipating the coming release of her company’s fully decentralized messaging application, Sense Chat (http://sense.chat). She is a co-founder of shEOS, a female-run block producer on the EOS network and the shEOS Foundation, providing computer science scholarships to young women. Crystal previously founded a digital interactive agency producing apps, enterprise applications and e-commerce solutions for brands. She then co-founded two technology startups and established an angel investment fund.
Karim Nurani is an entrepreneur, investor, and chief strategy officer of Linqto, a leading platform providing liquidity in the private sector. He has 30 years of experience in new business development with a focus on strategy and business transformation. As a visionary who can assess business models from the perspectives of both an executive and investor, Nurani is responsible for the formation and success of over a hundred startups ranging from mining to process manufacturing. As a partner at Keiretsu Connect, and throughout his time with Bay Angels, Sandalwood Ventures and other entities, he has guided investors and new venture leaders to the launch and development of markets as diverse as IoT, GreenTech, CannaTech, AR and VR and more.
Alex Labowitz is General Counsel at Cadre. Prior to joining Cadre, Alex served as an Associate at both Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP. He worked on a broad range of corporate and commercial real estate transactions for private equity funds such as Blackstone, KKR, Northwood Investors, Centerbridge Partners, and Carlyle; foreign and domestic financial institutions including Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, and Citigroup; and sovereign wealth funds such as WAFRA. Alex received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Professor Dr. Christoph Meinel (Univ. Prof., Dr. sc. nat., Dr. rer. nat., 1954) is Dean of the Digital Engineering Fakulty of the Potsdam University and Director and CEO of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HP). Meinel is author/co-author of 9 books and 4 anthologies, as well as editor of various conference proceedings. More than 400 of his papers have been published in high-profile scientific journals and at international conferences.
David is an entrepreneur, author, philosopher, attorney (retired), and educator whose recent research focuses on the nexus of science, technology, ethics, and public policy. He is the founder and CEO of EncrypGen, Inc..
Emma Garnick is an MBA candidate at American University focusing on information systems, emerging technology, and blockchain. She received her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and has served two years with AmeriCorps.
Davis Marklin is the Co-Founder of Euphrates, a blockchain consultancy focused on education, business case analysis, and proof-of-concept development for enterprise customers. He is also the co-founder of the Marquette University Blockchain Lab, a student-run blockchain educational organization which hosted the State of Wisconsin's first blockchain conference.