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September 2017

Karl Kreder

Karl Kreder is Director of Energy at ConsenSys and a co-founder of Grid+, which delivers Ethereum-enabled hardware and software for the energy market. Before this he graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where he received his PhD in Materials Science for research in advanced battery technologies. Karl also worked at Southwest Research Institute where he helped to build the Energy Storage System Evaluation and Safety (EssEs) consortium into a global alliance of 12 industry members from 3 continents with a budget of more than $3 million.

Dether

Hamid Benyahia is CEO of Dether, a peer-to-peer network for connecting cryptocurrency buyers and sellers and physical stores that is based on an Ethereum decentralized application that can run on any smartphone. Hamid will be joined by his co-founder Mehdi Amari.

Rockchain

Sébastien Jehan is CEO of Rockchain, a privacy-centric distributed network for processing sensitive data on the public Ethereum blockchain. He is a veteran software architect with more than 20 years experience with bank and trading systems as well as a Telecommunication engineer with a master’s degree in econometrics and financial regulation.

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.