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Bitcoin Wednesday #62

In advance of Michael Jackson’s keynote on the ICO market for Bitcoin Wednesday on 1 August, 2018, we’ve published this opinion piece for our new blog on Medium to explain what this emerging industry has not become — at least not yet.

As we emphatically do not curate the speakers and presentations that appear at Bitcoin Wednesday, there is a very real risk that a scam artist will sooner or later take the stage and try to convince you to send him or her your cryptocurrency.  Learn by meeting these founders in person at live events and comparing the good, bad and ugly secure in the basic knowledge that you alone are responsible for the choices you make. Time after time history has shown that blind trust in a third party — whoever that may be — can turn out an expensive mistake. The best protection anyone can have is education and real experience, something regulations can never substitute.

Quoting the piece:

It is ironic that policymakers around the world have dreamed of engineering a way to capitalize their home-grown (i.e. outside of Silicon Valley) startup sectors, but now that this world has suddenly arrived in the form of a thriving, global ICO marketplace, many jurisdictions seem to feel the need to try to regulate it out of existence.

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Geoff Goodell, Researcher at University College London
Geoff Goodell

Geoff Goodellis a researcher at the Department of Computer Science at University College London and an authority on the interface between computer science, finance and public policy. His talk for Bitcoin Wednesday will cover the range of available options on the subject of financial privacy, from total surveillance as represented by traditional financial institutions to the use of cryptocurrencies and related privacy enhancing technologies.

Lyn Ulbricht, mother of Ross Ulbricht
Lyn Ulbricht

Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the man sentenced to life in prison at the age of 36 for his involvement in Silk Road. The dark web marketplace has made an indelible impact on the industry.

JP Thieriot, CEO of Uphold
J.P. Thieriot

J.P. Thieriot is CEO of Uphold, a digital money platform that serves 1.7 million customers in more than 184 country and has processed almost $6 billion in transactions.

Ruben Merre, CEO of ngrave
Cold Hardware Wallets

Ruben Merreis co-founder and CEO of Ngrave, an end-to-end hardware wallet solution that tackles the what-ifs of managing digital assets and cryptocurrencies.

Patrick Dai, CEO of Qtum
Patrick Dai

Patrick Dai is CEO of Qtum. He will talk about how Qtum built a smart contract system on top of Bitcoin’s infrastructure.

Thomas Borrel, CPO of Polymath
Thomas Borrel

Thomas Borrel leads the Product Strategy, Product Management and Product Marketing teams across Polymath’s product portfolio. Prior to joining Polymath, Thomas was Director of Product Management at Extreme Networks where he led Extreme’s Software and Cloud offerings.

Micha Roon, CTO of EnergyWeb
Micha Roon

Micha Roon is the CTO of the Energy Web Foundation and the Share&Charge Foundation. He is an authority on energy grid decarbonization, electrical vehicle charging and the tokenization of renewable energy.