Llew is the Executive Director of the Bitcoin Foundation, the largest and oldest Bitcoin advocacy organization globally, headquartered in San Francisco, US. The Bitcoin Foundation coordinates the efforts of the members of the Bitcoin community, helping to create awareness of the benefits of Bitcoin, how to use it and its related technology requirements, for technologists, regulators, the media and everyone else globally.
Llew is also Managing Partner of Newtown Partners, a venture capital firm based in Cape Town, South Africa, founded by him and Vinny Lingham. Newtown Partners invests in early-stage technology startups in Africa and the US, that show global potential.
He co-founded Clicks2customers (rebranded to www.nmpidigital.com) with Vinny Lingham, now a global digital marketing agency with annual billings in excess of $100 million and Synthasite (rebranded to www.yola.com). Llew has a Masters degree in the Management of Technology & Innovation.
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.
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.
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.