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August 2017

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.

Zach Harvey

Zach Harvey is the CEO of Lamassu, a pioneer of Bitcoin ATMs, a leading case study for user experience in the sector. Zach and his brother Josh began working with Bitcoin in 2011.  At the time the two of them had decided to start accepting Bitcoin payments at their Tel-Aviv-based online guitar shop.  In 2013, obsessed with the problem of making Bitcoin more accessible, they created the prototype for one of the world’s first Bitcoin ATMs which they initially designed to bring to Bitcoin Meetups in Manchester, New Hampshire.

July 2017

Domen Ursic

Domen Ursic is Chief Marketing Officer at Hive Project. Prior to joining Hive, he worked as the ICO adviser for ICONOMI and provided PR and marketing consultancy services to several domestic and international companies.  He also has a reputation in Slovenia as an adviser to successful political campaigns and elections in the region.

Jelle Herold

Jelle Herold is the author of Statebox, a new logic-programming language for smart contracts that can be deployed across blockchains. He has a decade of experience leading open-source software development and a degree in Artificial Intelligence from The University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. Over the last three years he has participated in and won various hackathons, such as “hack4good.”

Tom Kysar

Tom Kysar is the Product Manager for Augur, the world’s first decentralized prediction market. He was previously head of marketing for blockchain startups Koinify and Tierion. As head of marketing for Koinify, Tom helped raise about $800,000 for GetGems and $580,000 for Factom during their respective crowd sales.

Steven Sprague

Steven Sprague is the CEO of Rivetz Corp, and one of the principle evangelists for trusted computing technology in the protection of private keys, encryption and secure instructions for blockchain transactions, identity, messaging, IOT and cryptocurrencies.