Elizabeth works as Global Business Development Head at Coinsecure, India’s lead Bitcoin exchange. Elizabeth previously handled non profit and political outreach for BitPay where she focused on bringing charities, political candidates, non-profits, and educational institutions into the Bitcoin ecosystem. She also serves on the Board of Code to Inspire, a newly formed non profit focusing on digital literacy through digital currency for women in Afghanistan. Elizabeth has also served as Director of Operations and Outreach for Bitcoin Magazine, the first international print publication dedicated to all things Bitcoin. Prior to catching the Bitcoin Bug, Elizabeth served on staff for US Member of Congress. She has a background in public policy, grassroots activism, and a keen desire to promote decentralization and individual liberties. Elizabeth is fascinated with Bitcoin and the multiple opportunities for this peer to peer disruptive technology and movement to empower individuals around the world. Since getting involved in Bitcoin, Elizabeth views the cryptocurrency realm as a gateway to empower individuals around the world and provide an opportunity for long term financial success for the unbanked population.
Brock Pierce is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur best known for pioneering the market for digital currency. He is a founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital and Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation. Blockchain Capital has invested in 35 blockchain enabling technology companies. Pierce is also a founder, advisor, or board member of BitGo, ChangeTip, GoCoin, Tether, Blade Financial, Noble Markets, Expresscoin, BlockStreet, ZenBox, and Coin Congress. He is a sought-after commentator on the Bitcoin economy and was elected to the Bitcoin Foundation Board in 2014. Pierce is a BitAngels city leader and runs a top AngelList Syndicate. As an entrepreneur Pierce raised more than $200 million for the companies he founded and led more than 30 acquisitions throughout his career.
Pierce’s entrepreneurial activities have been focused in the areas of digital currencies like Bitcoin, virtual worlds, gaming, payments, and ad tech. He is the founder of IMI Exchange, the worlds leading digital currency marketplace for games with sales exceeding US$1 billion annually, which raised over $100 Million from blue chip investors such as Goldman Sachs and Oak Investment Partners; ZAM, one of the world’s largest media properties for gamers with more than 15 million monthly users which was sold in January 2012 to Tencent; IGE, the company credited with pioneering the market for digital currency in online games, which generated $100 million in revenue in 2006 and was sold in early 2007. He is also a founder of Xfire 2.0, Playsino, Five Delta (Sold to OTCBB: SCRI), Evertune, GamesTV, and Digital Entertainment Network.
Pierce is also an active supporter of non-profit and advocacy organizations and is a member of Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Milken Global Conference, Singularity University, Stanford, USC, and UCLA.
After serving as CEO of Memorydealers.com for over a decade, Roger discovered Bitcoin in early 2011. He quickly realized that it was the most important invention in the history of the world since the internet itself. MemoryDealers became the first mainstream business to accept bitcoins as payment, and Roger became the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin related startups, earning the nickname Bitcoin Jesus in the process. He also created Bitcoinstore.com, the world’s first Bitcoin accepting website with hundreds of thousands of items available for bitcoin. It helped pave the road for main stream bitcoin adoption from traditional merchants.
He is also well known for his million dollar Bitcoin Bet, in which he publicly claimed that Bitcoin would outperform the Gold, Silver, the US stock market, and the US dollar by more than one hundred times over the next two years. In reality, it took two years and two months, so true to his word, he donated more than one million dollars worth of bitcoin to the Foundation for Economic Education. His current investments include Blockchain.info, Bitpay.com, Kraken.com, Luxstack.com, Shapeshift.io.
Jim Harper is on the Board of Directors of the Bitcoin Foundation and in 2014 served as its Global Policy Counsel. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, working to adapt law and policy to the information age in areas such as privacy, cybersecurity, telecommunications, intellectual property, counterterrorism, government transparency, and digital currency. A former counsel to committees in both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, before joining Cato in 2004 he represented companies such as PayPal, ICO-Teledesic, DigitalGlobe, and Verisign.
A founding member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, Harper co-edited the book Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy is Failing and How to Fix It. He has written several amicus briefs in Fourth Amendment cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and is the author of Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. He has been cited by numerous print, Internet, and television media outlets, and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and other leading publications. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.
Harper holds a JD from the University of California – Hastings College of Law.
Connie Gallippi is the Founder & Executive Director of the BitGive Foundation. Ms. Gallippi took an early leadership role in Bitcoin philanthropy, founding BitGive in mid-2013. She is also a spokesperson for the social value of Bitcoin and elevating female leaders in the community.
Previously, Connie worked with environmental organizations in California for over 14 years, specializing in consulting, strategy development, policy and advocacy, funding assistance, and program management.
Most notably, her work included the development and implementation of multi-million dollar programs in public funding for the environmental sector. She remains involved as a Board Member for California Urban Forests Council.
Matt is one of the most active and respected investors in the Bitcoin industry. He was a producer of the documentary The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin and serves as a board member on numerous companies and non profits.
In addition to Tally Capital, Matt’s board seats include: Romit, Blockchain Capitall, Chicago Bitcoin Center, Denvegan Space Systems, Chamber of Digital Commerce, The BitGive Foundation, EBoost, TrueLook, Onramp, Pendulab, SolidSpace and others. Matt is the owner of the House of Blues Myrtle Beach and an advisor to Decental.
Erik Voorhees is among the top-recognized serial Bitcoin advocates and entrepreneurs, understanding Bitcoin as one of the most important inventions ever created by humanity.
Having been a featured guest on Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, BBC Radio, The Peter Schiff Show, and numerous Bitcoin and industry conferences, Erik humbly suggests that there is no such thing as a “free market” when the institution of money itself is centrally planned and controlled.
Nick Sullivan is the Founder & CEO of Changetip. As a founder of three companies, and engineering leadership at three others, he understands what it takes to build top-quality technology teams that accomplish a business’ goals. Nick has created tens of millions of dollars worth of value at multiple companies, driven by an insatiable appetite for getting things done. He accelerates the velocity of teams with sound decision making, excellent software development and management practices, and cultural engineering to keep teams happy and motivated.
With his investor hat on in the Bitcoin community, Nick is an active partner in the largest Bitcoin syndicate on AngelList.
Vinny Lingham is a South African Internet entrepreneur who is the co-founder & CEO ofGyft – amobile gift card company, backed by Google Ventures. He was also previously the founder and CEO of Yola, Inc. (formerly known as SynthaSite), a San Francisco-based Web 2.0 start-up that provides free website building, publishing and hosting services.
He is also the co-founder of SiliconCape.com, an NGO based in South Africa that aims to turn Cape Town into a technology hub. Lingham was previously the founder and CEO of the global search marketing firm incuBeta and its subsidiary Clicks2Customers. Lingham serves on the boards of ChessCube, SkyRove, and Personera and previously served on marketing advisory boards for Nasdaq-listed companies ValueClick and Yahoo.
Jeffrey Tucker is CLO (Chief Liberty Officer) of Liberty.me and publisher of Laissez Faire Books. Tucker is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton Institute associate. He is past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor for the institute’s website, Mises.org.
Nick Spanos is the founder of Bitcoin Center NYC, the city’s only brick-and-mortar organization dedicated to further adoption of Bitcoin. From the center’s 40 Broad Street headquarters 100 feet from the NYSE, Nick directs all center functions including technology, finance, operations, and communications. Nick’s prior experience runs the gamut of commercial fishing, entertainment, real estate, philanthropy, and politics. Nick built his first computer in 1978 and is an Internet entrepreneur many times over. He first learned about Bitcoin in 2009 and today he has a wealth of contacts in the community’s growing circle of investors, developers, startups, activists, and legal experts.
Paul Snow has been writing compilers, interpreters, and Rules Engines for use in graphics, embedded systems, and web applications for over 30 years. In 1987, Paul wrote and Printware shipped the first clone of Adobe’s PostScript Interpreter. He designed the Rules Engine used in Texas and Michigan to evaluate eligibility for SNAP, TANF, Medicare, and other Health and Human Services programs.
Paul learned about Bitcoin in 2011, and even purchased some Bitcoin, but didn’t dive into the technology until 2013. He organized the Bitcoin Meetup Group in Austin for nearly a year starting in May of 2013. This led to the Mini Bitcoin Conference Series in Austin, and the Texas Bitcoin Conference. In May of 2014 he began working on how to leverage the Bitcoin Blockchain to solve problems that are not fundamentally asset tracking problems. This grew into the Factom project.
Jeff Garzik is a futurist, entrepreneur and software engineer. Jeff founded and runs Dunvegan Space Systems, and works as a bitcoin core developer with BitPay. Jeff serves on the board of Coin Center, and the advisory board of Chain.com and WayPaver Labs. Jeff has delivered presentations on bitcoin and blockchain at TEDx, State of Digital Money, many bitcoin conferences, as well as private briefings to corporations, governments, central banks, and hedge funds.
Jeff has a long history of early technology adoption. After helping to inaugurate CNN.com on the Internet in the early 1990s, he worked for a succession of Internet startups and service providers. At the same time, he worked continuously on open source software engineering projects for over two decades.
Involvement in one of the best known open source projects – the Linux kernel – led to an extended tenure at Linux leader Red Hat during open source’s most formative years. Jeff’s work is found in every Android phone and data center Linux installation today.
In July 2010, Jeff stumbled across a post describing bitcoin. Immediately recognizing the potential of a concept previously thought impossible — decentralized digital money, he did what came naturally: developed bitcoin open source software. That gave rise to the start of micro-businesses with bitcoin at their foundation. Almost by accident, Jeff found himself at the heart of the global, revolutionary, technology phenomenon known as bitcoin.
Bitcoin and blockchain served as a springboard for many new ideas and ventures, including sending objects into outer space.
Nicolas Cary is Co-Founder at Blockchain and CEO of the world’s most popular Bitcoin website: Blockchain.Info.? He brings inspired insight and a unique skill set of creative passion and ethical, pragmatic, thought leadership to his role at Blockchain.
He has helped publicly articulate the emerging Bitcoin economy in forums as diverse as Bloomberg News, The New York Times, and conferences worldwide. An engaging speaker, Nicolas combines compelling storytelling with hard data-driven visuals to explain complex business issues with down-to-earth authenticity. When not working, Nicolas is a superb chef, outdoorsman, and fitness runner.
Chairman, BitAngels; Managing Partner, bCommerce Labs;
Partner, Flight VC Bitcoin Syndicate; CEO, Transform Group.
Michael Terpin co-founded BitAngels (www.bitangels.co), the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and now serves as its chairman. The distributed angel network currently has more than 600 members, and it has made more than 25 investments in bitcoin and cryptocurrency companies with two exits and several follow-on rounds. Terpin is also co-founder and managing partner of bCommerce Labs (www.bcommercelabs.com), the first technology incubator fund focused on e-commerce companies for bitcoin and the blockchain. Terpin is also a partner at Flight VC, where he helps run the AngelList Bitcoin Syndicate with legendary super-angel Gil Penchina.
Terpin has spoken widely on bitcoin at leading conferences globally, including Bitcoin 2014, BitFin, CoinAgenda, Coin Congress, CoinSummit, Inside Bitcoins (Berlin, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, NY), La BitConf (Brazil), North American Bitcoin Show, Satoshi Roundtable, South by Southwest, and TEDx Hollywood.
In addition, Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group, a marketing holding company that includes SocialRadius (www.socialradius.com), one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms, and Transform Public Relations (www.transform.pr), a global digital PR firm. The Firm currently represents more Bitcoin companies than any other PR firm in the world, including Augur, Blade Payments, Gyft, Noble Markets, Safe Cash and Voxelus, and has worked on projects for Bitcoin Shop, ChangeTip, Counterparty, Factom, Gem, Glidera, KnCMiner, Kraken, MaidSafe, Mastercoin/Omni, Neucoin, Swarm and Tether. Transform Group is headquartered in Las Vegas, with additional offices in Santa Monica and Silicon Valley.
Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in 2006 for $35 million. Terpin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo and degrees in Newspaper Journalism and English Literature from Syracuse University, where he serves as an advisor to its top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications and was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in 2000. Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many media and technology companies, including CoinVox, ChangeTip, GoCoin, Liquipel, Purse.io, ShapeShift, and YouMail. He also serves as a mentor at Plug and Play’s bitcoin/fintech accelerator and at SparkLabs, a Korean technology incubator.