SODM | Past Speakers


Featuring Keynote Speaker

Jeff Garzik, Bitcoin Core Developer at Bitpay  
on "The Future of Bitcoin"


Scott Bambacigno is the Vice President at Alphapoint
@AlphaPointScott | @AlphaPointLive

Prior to AlphaPoint, Scott was a Senior Account Executive at Baynote responsible for key client acquisitions like IBM, Wolters Kluwer, BlueFly and many others. Baynote is a leading provider of big data solutions for retail, with 12 Fortune 500 customers, 8 Patents along with 6 patents pending. Scott has also founded and served as CEO of two coffee companies, one focused on importation and distribution of green coffee, and, the second that created and distributed retail products. With over 14 years of startup and enterprise sales experience, in addition to his time at Baynote, Scott worked at two more SaaS companies in Silicon Valley where he successfully acquired many of the company's largest accounts to date and managed a team of sales development representatives.


Judd Bagley is the Director of Communications at Overstock.com
@Overstock

... and is heavily involved in the company's crypto initiatives. During his time at Overstock.com, Judd has also served as director of social media and manager of the company's efforts to integrate Web 2.0 technologies within the enterprise. Prior to joining Overstock.com, Judd worked as a political consultant, speechwriter, journalist and even the wacky side-kick on an FM radio morning show. Judd's favorite things in life are jogging, family and vanilla ice cream with those little bean specks mixed in.


Andrew Beal is an Associate at Crowley Corporate Attorneys 
@ajbeal

... in Los Angeles. In addition to providing general corporate counsel to emerging technology companies, Andrew advises virtual currency companies in the areas of federal and state regulation, Bank Secrecy Act compliance, and securities issues related to the advertising and sale of digital assets. He is also a mentor at Plug N Play’s Bitcoin Accelerator Program in Silicon Valley. 


Steve Beauregard is the CEO & Founder at GoCoin.com
@GoCoinCEO | @GoCoin

Steve is serial entrepreneur with a keen eye for emerging technologies and the business instincts to develop businesses 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. In the late 90's, Steve identified email as the next “killer app” and launched a successful Enterprise Messaging and Collaboration practice and later became the first BlackBerry partner in the western US bringing mobile email to west coast law practices and entertainment industry giants. 


Eric Benz is the VP of Payments at BitReserve
@EricBenz84 | @bitreserveorg

At the forefront of mobile and alternative payments, Eric engages with merchants and payment service providers around the world. His expertise is vast in the European and emerging markets and has worked in many different places immersing himself with localized payment solutions for the under banked consumers who live in low card penetration demographics. Shaping the future of money is the main driving force for Eric. Recently, Eric has been providing innovative fintech services utilizing rapidly emerging blockchain technologies. The identity of payments is rapidly evolving from legacy financial services to new dynamic cutting-edge blockchain based applications. 

Prior to joining Bitreserve, Eric served as a Director for the UKDCA (UK Digital Currency Association) and advised companies like GoCoin, Changetip, XBTerminal and many others.


Connie Chung is the Senior Payments Product Manager at Expedia
@Expedia

... and is responsible for launching the acceptance of Bitcoin on Expedia.com in June 2014. She has been with Expedia for over seven years, a perfect place to combine her passion for technology and her love of travel. She holds a degree in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia. Connie’s favorite way to spend her time off is with her family, traveling and exploring the world.


Adrian Malik Fenty is a member of the Business Development team at Perkins Coie LLP
@PerkinsCoieLLP

... and a special advisor at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He served as the sixth mayor of the District of Columbia.  Fenty holds advisory and business development roles with OpenGov, 2U, and Box. He also serves on the Board of Directors of three nonprofits: Genesys Works-Bay Area, College Track and Fight for Children. He has also embarked on a career as a paid speaker and part-time college professor. Previously, Fenty was a D.C. Council member for six years. A Washington, D.C. native, Fenty is a graduate of Oberlin College and Howard University Law School.


Connie Gallippi is the Founder and Executive Director at the BitGive Foundation    @conniegallippi @BitGiveOrg

She took an early leadership role in Bitcoin philanthropy, founding BitGive in mid-2013. She is also a spokesperson for the social value of Bitcoin, elevating female leaders in the community, and helping to bring more women into Bitcoin. Previously, Connie worked with environmental organizations in California for over 14 years, specializing in consulting, strategy development, policy and advocacy, funding assistance, and program management. Most notably, her work included the development and implementation of multi-million dollar programs in public funding for the environmental sector.


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Jeff Garzik is the Bitcoin Core Developer at BitPay
@jgarzik | @BitPay | @DunveganSpace

..., and the CEO of Dunvegan Space Systems (the manager of the BitStat project) and Sleepy Dragon Properties, both one-man micro-businesses. After helping to inaugurate CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, Jeff worked at a succession of Internet startups and service providers, all the while, working on open source software engineering projects for over two decades.   In 2010, Jeff began developing bitcoin open source software, and started micro-businesses with bitcoin at their foundation. Almost by accident, Jeff found himself square in the middle of the global, disruptive, amazing hurricane of a technological phenomenon known as bitcoin.


Matthew Gertler is the Head of Strategy at the Digital Currency Council
@magertler

…, a professional organization that provides training, certification, and networking opportunities to attorneys, accountants, and financial professionals. Matt has actively shaped state regulation of digital currency companies by responding to New York’s proposed BitLicense, as well as California’s recent HR Bill. He has provided legal and compliance support to a number of financial technology companies and is finishing up his JD/MBA at the USC Gould School of Law and Marshall School of Business.


Lingyun Gu, Investment Advisor of IDG Captial Partners

He is also Chairman and CEO at Equinox Decisions, a fin-tech start-up focusing on providing services to financial institutions using big data driven methods to evaluate credibility of individuals and small businesses. Meanwhile, Lingyun also takes positions as board of directors of Turbo Financial Group and advisor of Asset Avenue.


Alyse Killeen is an Associate Venture Capital Investor at March Capital Partners
@AlyseKilleen

... in Santa Monica, CA. Alyse has previously invested with Future\Perfect Ventures in NYC, and Clearstone Venture Partners in Santa Monica, and continues to support the active portfolio companies of both firms. Distributed ledger technologies, data application, fintech, connected devices (IoT), the sharing economy, and healthcare IT are areas of investment focus. Alyse has presented globally on the confluence of cryptographic currency and peer-to-peer marketplaces, and has authored a book chapter on the same subject. She is an advisor to Innov8 America, Girls Raising, and Factom, and a mentor at the Silicon Valley based Plug and Play Tech Center.


Brian Klein is a partner at Baker Marquart
@brianeklein

... and is an accomplished trial attorney who has successfully litigated in federal and state court.  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 has extensive experience representing clients involved with Bitcoin and formerly volunteered as the outside general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation, the industry’s leading trade group. Brian also teaches a federal criminal practice seminar at USC’s law school.


Andrew Lee is the CEO of Purse.io
@2drewlee | @PurseIO

Andrew is an entrepreneur who previously founded companies in payments and education. Before Bitcoin, he covered emerging payment technologies at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and started his career as an engineer at LG. He's a graduate from Georgia Tech and the University of Florida. 


Ken Miller is the Chief Operating Officer of Gem
@RealKenMiller | @gemhq 

..., a simple and secure platform for blockchain developers. An experienced veteran in the payments and start-up world, Ken’s background encompasses executive roles throughout the evolution of payments, from brick and mortar banks, to online payments, and now Bitcoin.  Ken was the VP of Risk Management and employee #22 at PayPal, where he built PayPal’s anti-fraud and credit systems that are still in use today. He went on to become Co-Founder and CEO of Anchor Intelligence, a company focused on ad optimization and eradicating click fraud, and then served as Vice-President of Product, XD, and Risk Services at Intuit’s payments division. Ken has also served as an advisor to numerous companies including Square, CapLinked, and Balanced, and currently advises the Better Than Cash Alliance, an Omidyar Network and Gates Foundation funded non-profit with a charter to convert cash to electronic payments in emerging countries.  Ken’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CIO Magazine, Bloomberg, New York Times, USA Today, and TechCrunch, among others.


Justin Newton is the CEO of Netki
@NetkiCorp

... and is an early Internet pioneer and startup veteran. He created over $2 billion in new revenue and savings at various start-ups, including AboveNet, NetZero, Demand Media and Blackline. As CEO of NetKi, he’s focused on building a Wallet Name Service that highlights the blockchain as a viable alternative to existing, centralized Internet governance. Justin is a leader in creating solutions to foster the mass-market adoption of transformational technologies. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for ADRA Match Software and Vision Fleet’s Advisory Board.


Paul Puey is the CEO and Co-Founder at Airbitz
@paullinator | @Airbitz

... and is an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to development of custom web CMS systems. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research, but most recently owned and operated several non-technical small businesses throughout California. Today, he aims to bring Bitcoin mainstream with software and products aimed at simplifying Bitcoin and making it insanely easy to use and secure this revolutionary currency while maintaining the highest level of privacy.


William Quigley is the Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners
@quigleyreport

..., 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.  A number of William’s early-stage investments have gone public, including eMachines, eMusic, Meru Networks, MP3.com, and PeopleSupport. 

William is 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 interest is in building intelligence systems that can replace intermediaries in the global payment systems, particularly in the online sectors of gaming and e-commerce.


Alex Rozman is a Senior Manager in the Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP
@rozman7

..., specializing in technology and anti-money laundering compliance in the emerging payments industry.  Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Rozman worked as a Managing Partner for a litigation boutique law firm, served as a Director for a consulting company, and served as a Chief Compliance Officer for a forex broker-dealer.  He is a frequent speaker on emerging payments and cryptocurrency issues and has served as an advisor to the senior management and boards of directors of technology and financial services institutions.  He holds a JD degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and a BA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.


Craig Sellars is the Co-Founder and CTO for Tether
@Tether_to
 
..., and leads the development of global innovations on top of the Bitcoin Blockchain and acts in a variety of roles as Co-Founder, Director, Advisor or Senior Executive for several Bitcoin 2.0 projects including Omni, Factom, Synereo 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.


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Brett Stapper is the Founder and CEO at Falcon Global Capital, LLC
@BrettStapper | @FalconGlobalCap

... and has been featured on Fox News, CNBC, Financial Times, and Forbes for the company’s efforts involving Bitcoin. He is a federally registered Pro-Bitcoin lobbyist and is currently working towards positive regulation for the Bitcoin industry.


Marco Streng is the Co-founder and CEO at Genesis Mining
@Marco_Streng | @GenesisMining

..., the leading cloudmining service, which enables users to mine Bitcoin, Litecoin and other crypto-currencies in the cloud.  Coming from mathematics, Marco Streng became involved with Bitcoin by studying emerging and self-organising networks. He has taken part in the community since its earliest days and has invested in several Bitcoin related startups so far. 


Nick Sullivan is the Founder and CEO at ChangeCoin, Inc.
@gorillamania | @ChangeTip 

Over the years, Nick's primary focus has been on Web-based product development, specializing in JavaScript (including Node.js), Python, Continuous Integration, Open Source, Django, Cloud, and Linux, among many others.  As a founder of three companies, and engineering leadership at three others, Nick has created tens of millions of dollars’ worth of value at multiple companies by accelerating the velocity of teams with sound decision making, excellent software development, management practices, and cultural engineering to keep teams happy and motivated.  Nick gives back to the entrepreneurial community by helping to run SFJS (the world’s largest JavaScript Meetup), as well as mentoring and advising multiple startups.  With his investor hat on in the Bitcoin community, Nick is an active partner in the largest Bitcoin syndicate on AngelList.


Michael Terpin is a Co-Founder at BitAngels
@michaelterpin

..., 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 founder of CoinAgenda, a bitcoin investing conference taking place in October, and co-founder of the Bitcoin Syndicate, the largest bitcoin investor syndicate on AngelList.  He has spoken widely on bitcoin at leading conferences, including Bitcoin 2014, BitFin, CoinSummit, Inside Bitcoins, North American Bitcoin Show, Satoshi Roundtable, South by Southwest, and TEDx Hollywood.


Sam Onat Yilmaz is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Decentralized Applications Fund
@materionaut | @DappFund

..., 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's of Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.