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August 2017

Video: Interview with Henri Pikhala

Unlocking the Value of Real-Time Data Before he became the CEO of blockchain startup Streamr, Henri Pihkala was an algorithmic trader who designed high-frequency algorithmic trading platforms.  In this illuminating 20-minute interview he now explains his vision for decentralized real-time data streams monetized by the new cryptocurrency called DATAcoin.  He is joined here by Frans […]


Video: CoinDash

Ram Avissar, Marketing Director of CoinDash, gave this intro to cryptocurrency investing and presented his platform for managing portfolios during Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 June 2017. After this presentation CoinDash successfully raised $13.4 million prior to its launch marred by a tragic $7 million-dollar hack of their website, which caused them to conclude the crowd sale […]

Ran Reichman

Ran Recihman is CEO of Snip, a decentralized content publishing and distribution platform. It aims to disrupt traditional media through decentralization and in doing so to change the way we consume information.

Risto Karjalainen

Risto Karjalainen is the COO of Streamr, a decentralized, peer-to-peer infrastructure for real-time data that has been integrated with the Ethereum blockchain. An engineer by background, Risto received his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in behavioural finance, machine learning and evolutionary computation. Before he became fascinated with real-time data and blockchain technology, he worked for a number of years in London as a quant and portfolio manager with institutional asset managers at J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch as well as with a few hedge funds.


Video: Nationalized Slice of Life

From among the 13 video presentations featured at Bitcoin Wednesday’s conference on 6 April, 2016, ‘Nationalized Slice of Life’ – a video work by Yacinth Pos (The Netherlands), Jaap Smit (The Netherlands) and Lucas Jankoschek (Austria) – plays with the idea that banks aren’t as trustworthy and reliable as they claim to be. The work […]


Video: Looking Back

Here are some impressions of the Bitcoin Wednesday conference held on 2 August, 2017 at Amsterdam’s EYE Film Museum. Special thanks to: Domen Ursic, CMO of Hive Project, who also deserves congratulations for his team’s successful $8.5 million crowd sale; Jelle Herold, creator of Statebox; Zach Harvey, CEO of ATM producer Lamassu; Henk van Arkel, […]

Rik Esselink

Rik Esselink will serve as Session Chair for Bitcoin Wednesday on 7 June 2017. He was also Session Chair for Bitcoin Wednesday’s CoinFest edition on 5 April, 2017. He has been an active member of the Amsterdam blockchain community for many years. He is the former Marketing Director at Philips, and is currently helping foreign companies establish their presence in Europe.

Not Like Gold

Rico Brouwer was third on the candidate’s list of the Piratenpartij in the Tweede Kamer parliamentary election held on 15 March, 2017.  He didn’t win, but he did write this very enjoyable song, Not Like Gold, which he will perform for Bitcoin Wednesday.

Blockchain in Real Estate

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy is the CEO of LAToken a blockchain-based platform for managing illiquid assets such as real estate, bank loans and works of art. Valentin previously founded the home equity marketplace Zalogo which facilitated more than 12000 home equity offers and 1000 transactions in 2016.

Before that he was director of one of the world’s largest startup accelerator programs, the Founder Institute, and worked for the financial institutions Avega Capital, Marcuard Spectrum, IHS CERA, Sberbank and VTB.


Video: Real-Time Data with Streamr

Henri Pihkala, CEO of Streamr, gave this intriguing demo during Bitcoin Wednesday’s 4-year anniversary edition on 5 July, 2017. He also explains why we need a decentralized infrastructure for real-time data. A detailled profile of Henri and his work on Streamr can be found here.