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September 2017

Blockmason’s Michael Chin

Michael Chin is co-founder of Blockmason, a startup that registers debt and credit obligations on the Ethereum blockchain. Michael worked for J.P. Morgan’s principal mezzanine credit group in New York followed by JPM’s Debt Capital Markets and Syndicated Leveraged Finance group in Hong Kong, where he helped Asian issuers with Investment Grade, High Yield debt, and syndicated loan offerings. After four years at JPM, he worked for another five years at the Hong Kong office of Intermediate Capital Group (a FTSE 250 composite company), one of the pioneers of mezzanine debt in Europe. Blockmason has already successfully closed their private sale at 18,000 ETH, or 40% of the total hard cap of 45,000 ETH, and plans to launch a token generation event on 1 October, 2017.

Adrian Garelik

Adrián Garelik is a script writer and film producer (“To fool a thief”, “Unsuscribe”) who was always interested in technologies for video distribution on the Internet. In 2011 he worked with Diego Gutierrez-Zaldivar, one of Argentina´s internet pioneers, on CinePop, a democratic network for film distribution to cinemas. In 2014 they turned their attention to blockchain technology for video distribution, which became the foundation for RSK (aka Rootstock), a smart contract platform on top of Bitcoin. After two years at RSK Adrian left to team up with Federico Abad, the creator of Popcorn Time, on the blockchain-based video sharing app called Flixxo.

Grzegorz Borowik

Grzegorz Borowik is a senior software engineer in the R&D team at Golem, the global, open sourced and decentralized supercomputer. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where he carried out advanced problems of neuroscience. His research interests include Computational Intelligence, Deep Learning Algorithms, Optimization Techniques, Numerical Algorithms, IoT, and Cybersecurity.

August 2017

Ran Reichman

Ran Reichman 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.

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.

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.

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.