8 May 2018 | PMQ, Hong Kong
Nick Spanos is one of the earliest adopters of bitcoin and blockchain, founder of the Bitcoin Center NYC, and CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corp. and Zap.org. Zap.org works to solve one of the biggest challenges in the blockchain industry by providing an open marketplace for oracles that can provide smart contracts with access to off-chain data.
Additionally, Spanos is the founder and inventor of VoteWatcher, the patented first-ever blockchain voting platform. He was also featured in the recent documentary Banking on Bitcoin and has been part of many conferences on blockchain technology.
David A. Cohen is the founder and Chairman of Dcntral, a blockchain-based Cybersecurity company. He is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in the Decentralized Software industry and recently in the Digital Currency and Blockchain industry. David was named as one of the Top 100 Movers and Shakers in the SmartGrid by Greentech and is a founding member Emeritus of the GridWise Architecture Council. David is a former member of the IOTA Foundation and is currently on the advisory of Hedera Hashgraph.
Alexander Borodich is a Lithuanian venture investor, serial entrepreneur, and digital media strategist. Currently, he is working at his new project, the Universa blockchain platform. Universa will offers users “the cheapest, fastest and most secure way to create smart contracts and applications based on its blockchain.” Universa plans to operate with an unprecedented speed, which accounts for more than 20,000 transactions per second, with cheap transactions without dependence on mining.
Focused on healthtech and blockchain, Bonnie leads 500 Startups’ operations from HK. 500 Startups is one of the most active seed investors globally with over 1800+ portfolio companies including Prenetics, uBiome, MyHealthTeam and Siren Care. Formerly head of strategic planning for the Zuellig Group, holding company of Zuellig Pharma and EBOS (NZE:EBO) for 7 years, Bonnie is passionate about finding disruptive technology companies that can change the traditional business models. Prior to joining the healthcare industry, Bonnie is an enterprise software veteran having worked with IBM, AT&T, HP, Deloitte etc. She is a chartered CFA and holds a double major B.A. in Engineering & Economics from Dartmouth College.
Maksim is the founder and CEO of santiment.net. Santiment is building a big data platform and community-generated insights on cryptocurrencies (SANBase). Santiment was one of the most successful early ICOs in 2017. Hitting its hardcap with over $12M, Santiment is a high profile cryptocurrency success story and innovator with a total network valuation of $80M – $120M.
Maksim is a regular media commentator and has been featured in Forbes and other financial publications. A distinguished sentiment analysis and crowd psychology expert, he has been successfully applying Elliott Waves Theory to crypto markets. He has more than 15 years experience building and leading international teams, and more than 10 years experience in financial markets analysis.
Dr. Ben Goertzel is the founder and CEO of SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI marketplace. Dr. Goertzel is also the Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics, a Hong Kong-based engineering and robotics firm that is best known for their development of humanlike robots with AI. His research work encompasses artificial general intelligence, natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, virtual worlds and gaming and other areas. He has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles. Before entering the software industry he served as a university faculty in several departments of mathematics, computer science, and cognitive science, in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.
Jonathan Chou is the Co-founder and CEO of Bee Token (BEE) — Bee Token is a decentralized ecosystem for the sharing economy powered by the BEE token with a seasoned team of industry veterans from some of the most disruptive companies in Silicon Valley including Google, Facebook, Uber, and Civic, reimagining the sharing economy by leveraging the efficiency and security of the Bee Protocols.
Marta serves as the Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger. Marta obtained her BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology and a double Master from Computer Science and Informatics at Technical University of Berlin and Warsaw University of Technology. Marta received PhD in User-Informed Design of Privacy Tools while working at one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley – Blockstream. Marta also taught at Technical University of Berlin as a Post-doc. As part of her role in Hyperledger Marta evangelizes the technology and Open Source at conferences around the world and helps enterprises with applying permissioned Blockchains to their use-cases. Marta is passionate about how Blockchain can help in non-traditional spaces, such as identity, last mile aid and education delivery and sustainability.
Julian is Vice President, Asia, for Hyperledger, the Linux Foundation open source collaborative project created to advance cross-industry blockchain. Julian started his career in London, working in technology within investment banking at HSBC, Lloyds Bank and Kleinwort Benson. He then spent the past 20-plus years in Asia Pacific business development and leadership roles within leading technology companies HP, Sun Microsystems, Juniper Networks and Cisco. He is a strong advocate for open source and the truly transformational potential of blockchain. Julian has a BA (Hons) in Systems Analysis from the University of West of England. He is based in Hong Kong, where he was born, and is married with two children.
In 2013, Mr. Xiong Lijian joined the bitcoin industry, who founded the DiglnForce (R & D and sales of the world’s first LTC machine), WiiBox (the world’s first graphical interface management software, SFARDS (mining) and ore mining chip R & D enterprises) and other companies in the Bitcoin and blockchain industry. In 2016, he completed China’s first 10 million RMB ICO project, and attracted hundreds of thousands of users in the industry. Mr. Xiong Lijian was once a senior manager of foreign companies and domestic listed companies, and served both as a digital marketing consultant of many well-known enterprises and as distinguished lecturers in many top-one universities. He works both the CEO of LoMoStar —— the community for crypto world and Xstar —— a HK based digital assets exchange.
Ms. Alexeeva is currently supervising international development department at a blockchain innovative start-up that aims to disrupt and digitalize Silicon Valley – Smart Valley. It is a decentralized scoring platform that brings together backers, projects and experts in a closed ecosystem. Today Olga specializes in ICO consultancy & pitching, roadshow organization and crypto investor relations. Prior to diving into blockchain world, Olga worked in the traditional retail sector, with a startup accelerator and also lectures to students on a variety of business subjects. Olga is a trilingual marketing professional with advanced entrepreneurial, presentation, and ICO consulting skills, as well as work experience in Russia, Italy, UK and USA. She studied international business and administration at MGIMO University in Moscow and holds a Master degree in Strategic Marketing from Imperial College London.
Alex has been involved with Ethereum from a very early stage. He worked at ETHDEV, where he architected and coded devp2p, Ethereum’s underlying P2P protocol layer. Alex also made key contributions in Ethereum encryption and security and remains active in the protocol steering group. Alex advises decentralized applications and is developing a decentralized, secure, and authenticated P2P messaging application.
Joseph Daniels is Co-Chair of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies practice. He represents startup to publicly-held technology, life science and consumer companies, venture capital and private equity funds and investment banks in a wide range of seed and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and other public offerings. He regularly advises a broad range of startups, venture-backed companies and VC funds, and has led hundreds of venture and strategic financing transactions. Mr. Daniels has helped companies and private equity firms handle dozens of merger, acquisition and disposition transactions. Additionally, he has represented issuers and underwriters in scores of IPOs and follow-on public offerings involving companies in the technology, life sciences and consumer sectors, including leading investment banks such as Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Oppenheimer.
Juwan Lee is an entrepreneur, VC, blockchain and fintech influencer and investment professional with three decades of investment industry experience, managing portfolios and organizations on behalf of multi-billion dollar hedge funds, proprietary trading desks, asset management and venture capital firms.
He is the Founder and CEO of NexChange, an innovation platform, CEO of Arrakis Ventures and co-Founder and Director of the Blockchain Center of Hong Kong. Formerly, the CIO of Shanghai’s largest asset management firm. Spent numerous years at JP Morgan in a variety of roles from principal investments to heading equity within asset management division. Early pioneer in managing technology portfolios on behalf of SAC Capital, Rothschilds and Montgomery. He funded many star companies in the Silicon Valley, Taiwan’s Hsinchu Science Park, Korea and Israel.
Samson Lee is the Co-founder of Blockchain Centre of Hong Kong, and the Founder and CEO of Coin Street. He is also the Founding Executive Chairman of GHM Greater Bay Area TechFin Association, and the Co-founder of Ethereum South China and South Asia communities. Samson has over 20 years of experience in TMET sector. His work is recognised with proven success across in Asia, including world’s first “charge-to-bill” mobile VAS payment service in 2000 with Hutchison n Telecom, world’s first verified-by-VISA SMS payment service with VISA and Bank of China in 2002, world’s first mobile e-wallet in 2003 with HKCSL, Asia’s first O2O e-commerce in 2004 with Li & Fung Group, Asia’s first premium Hollywood movies VOD service in 2006 with Vide online, and world’s first 4G premium VOD service in 2012 with China Mobile.
Samson holds an MBA, an MSc in Telecom & Networking from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and a Bachelor Degree of Commerce, from University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Tagir Aushev is a Russian physicist, and a professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences. He worked in ITEP laboratories, as well as the Lausanne Federal Polytechnic School (EPFL), in the research center for high energy physics of KEK in Japan. In 2014, he established the Laboratory of High-Energy Physics at MIPT. In 2015-2017, he held the position of vice-rector for scientific research and strategic development at MIPT. Most recently, he headed the Technical Committee on blockchain technology regulation established by the Russian Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology.
He is an active member of government steering committees on the national strategy of science and technology development in Russia and the international cooperation in science and technology. His interests include exploring visions and the role that blockchain and AI will have in the University.
Alex is the Co-founder and CEO of WaLiMai, an anti-counterfeit company that provides a safe-channel ecosystem for consumer products. He is formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Co., and Sales Director at a leading infant formula producer. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He can also speak conversational Mandarin Chinese.
Francis has over a decade of experience in creating, launching, and managing successful businesses. Having always gravitated towards enterprises and ideas that question and disrupt the status quo, it was a natural step for Francis to start Bucket Technologies. Coming up with the concept for Bucket over 10 years ago, Francis finally set aside other ventures to focus and commit to his mission of eliminating coins and alleviating the environmental and governmental stresses from the production, distribution, and management of coin currency.
Francis recently moved to Bentonville, Arkansas and when he isn’t working or traveling for Bucket you will find him off-roading with his wife Kristine in the Ozarks.
Eyal Moshe is a serial entrepreneur with years of experience in collaborating and reporting to director boards & stakeholders in the American and international markets.
He has years of experience building world-recognized brands for both enterprise and consumer markets. As a former executive at CA Software, he racked up more than a decade working with government intelligence and defense industries. He is a co-founder of PlanetSoho and a passionate and innovative entrepreneur, with proven capabilities to realize business ideas into full execution.
Olga Petrunina is the co-founder and CEO of Adara.io, a highly-secure, AI-enhanced financial blockchain ecosystem including real-time trading, tokenization and portfolio management. The company has a worldwide footprint – based in Zug, Switzerland but with research and development in Moscow, plus sales and marketing in San Francisco and additional offices in Seoul and Dubai.
Prior to forming Adara, Petrunina was the CEO and Founder of Visatohome (2013 – 2016, exit January 2017) and CFO at AnyWayAnyDay.com. Petrunina helped raise a total of 5 investment rounds totaling $34M for both projects, with a total valuation of $300M.
While at AnyWayAnyDay, Petrunina built the entire financial structure for the conglomerate’s group of Companies (Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Germany, Cyprus, BVI) as well as supervising financial planning, reporting and cash flows. In 2012 the conglomerate’s turnover reached $400M and took a second private placement.
Petrunina is a member of the RACIB, the Russian Association of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies. Her educational background includes graduating in 2010 from Rostov State Economics University with a major in International Monetary Relations. In her free time, she is a columnist at Millionaire Magazine, writing on how blockchain is transforming the financial system.
A ‘citizen of the world’ with a Swedish passport, Dušan was awarded the Business Angel of the Year in Europe in 2013 by EBAN (European Business Angel Network) after having three positive exits within a week, previously unheard of in the global angel history. He was also nominated as one of four Business Angels of the Year in Europe 2009 by EBAN. Announced as among Fintech Asia 100 Leaders In Asian Fintech in 2016 after moving in 2014 to Asia. He has worked for more than 20 years within business development primarily within Fintech. Half of the time at GE Capital and Monabanq.com and the rest with own ventures/investments. Strong international network in primarily Silicon Valley, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Berlin, London and Paris. Has learnt 6 languages and as many cultures and working habits. Regular Speaker and judge on conferences on more than 100 occasions since 2005, including: 2016/2015/2014: London (Disruption Banking), Paris (Disruption Banking), Hong Kong (Next Bank) Hong Kong (Fintech KPMG Day), Singapore (Fintech Startupbootcamp) Washington D.C (Global 1000) , San Diego (Angel Capital Association), Innovfest (Singapore), Rise (Hong Kong), Silicon Valley (GVF), Dublin (Websummit) Stockholm (Disruption Banking) Beijing (Annual Conf. Chinese Venture Cap. Ass.), Beijing (GMIC – Mobile Conference), Dublin (EBAN) Manilla, Boston (Sibos – Innotribe) Hong Kong (Hong Kong Start Me Up), Helsinki (EBAN)
Solid track record with 9 out of 18 investments fully or partly exited. All exits related to payments & Fintech. All other investments have reached a first break even point and none has closed down.
Brad is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and advisor who has started and bootstrapped several companies from inception to maturity over the past 20 years. Brad is currently the co-founder and Managing Partner of Krowd Mentor, a strategic crowdfunding advisory firm focusing on ICOs, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and token powered organizations.
As the co-founder for Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) with over $5 Billion dollars allocated to blockchain and cryptocurrency projects and has access to extensive dealflow and experience analyzing disruptive technologies, Brad has participated in dozens successful crowd sales, which have raised over $500 million from 10,000s of investors since 2016.
Brad also served as managing director of Yasar Corporation where he mentored, advised and invested in more than 50 companies. Passionate about where the worlds of technology and marketing collide, Brad is frequently invited to speak at events related to entrepreneurship, angel investing and business strategy. Most recently, he presented at GCC, Digital Hollywood, and ITU Gate Accelerator Program. A big believer in coaching younger generations of entrepreneurs, Brad serves as a mentor for the Pepperdine Alumni Association.