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SPEAKER ADDED: PPS Narayan, Technology Executive

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P.P.S. Narayan (also known as PPSN) is a technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in software engineering, distributed and large scale systems. Until recently, PPSN held various leadership positions at Yahoo and Oath/Verizon, where he led teams that built much of Yahoo Video platforms and Cloud services. Namely, encoding, players/sdks, video AI/ML, structured and unstructured storage, user data, pub-sub messaging, serving and the edge. He was also the head of Systems Research at Yahoo Labs for part of his tenure. Prior to Yahoo, PPSN spent 10 years at Bell Labs Research where he led research and development in areas such as databases, query processing, network management and discovery, and geo-fencing for location based services. PPSN holds a bachelor’s and masters degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He has co-authored multiple publications in top-tier database conferences and holds patents in many areas across databases, network management, storage, and video. These days, he is mentoring, providing consultations, advising and blogging about all matters technology and products, including blockchains.

SPEAKER ADDED: Mike Han, CTO Splend Ltd

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Mike Han is a blockchain developer with 20 years of experience in software development in Silicon Valley. Mike’s technical and financial services background and blockchain software experience led to envisioning Splend’s powerful technology – Integrated Blockchain Architecture™ (IBA™). Prior to Splend, Mike had the role of CTO, senior and lead engineer on multiple projects, including first-generation enterprise applications, platform re-architecting efforts, and mature, existing applications.

SPEAKER ADDED: Emin Gun Sirer, CoFounder/Chief Scientist BloXroute Labs

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Professor Emin Gun Sirer is the co-founder and Chief Scientist at bloXroute Labs, a venture backed team of Professors and PhDs from Cornell and Northwestern Universities that are developing networking solutions to solve the blockchain scalability problem at Layer-0. Prof. Sirer is also the Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts (IC3) at Cornell University. He has played pivotal roles in characterizing the Nakamoto consensus and the DAO detection and aftermath, and is the inventor of the Falcon backbone relay network which has been operational in the Bitcoin network since April 2016.

SPEAKER ADDED: Dr Stephen Tse, Founder Harmony

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Stephen founded Harmony that scales and verifies smart contracts. He holds PhD in security protocols, formal methods, language design. Stephen worked at Microsoft Research, Google and Apple where he built global-scale systems for personalized search. At Harmony he is building a decentralized AI marketplaces with millions tx/sec, an open consensus platform must scale end-to-end from protocols, systems to smart contract verification. They focus on integrating the latest research to production with 100k nodes.

SPEAKER ADDED: Jason E. Barkeloo, Founder/Chairman Knowbella Technology

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Jason E. Barkeloo has thirty-four years of experience as an entrepreneur, researcher, investor, and educator. He began his career as a US Army air defense operations and intelligence assistant. Later, after the US Army sponsored his higher education, he managed military medical facilities and research laboratories. At the end of his US Army career with a final assignment as the lab operations officer of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Medical Detachment, Jason was selected for the Department of Defense “Troops to Teachers” program. In that role, Jason spent 5-years as an inner-city high school science teacher. He received national recognition and awards for innovations in science education including the Sam’s Club/Walmart Teacher of the Year. Notably, he was a founder of a virtual high school focused on prescriptively delivering physical and life science content to students. After teaching, Jason became an entrepreneur and launched a number of startups. Jason’s first company, TouchSmart Publishing, was an educational content company providing content to special needs students. His second company, Somatic Digital, created the touch user interface (TUI) human-computer interface technology and had relationships with NASA, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Freescale Semiconductor, and the National Federation of the Blind. His third company, Pilus Energy, was a synthetic biology company. It was purchased by a publicly traded company in 2014. Jason’s current 9-year effort is Open Therapeutics; an open science company that crowdsources orphan therapeutic intellectual properties (IP) to the global scientific community, particularly the underserved scientists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The blockchain-enabled collaboration platform is Therapoid.net that is currently in alpha testing. He hired the CEO and serves as Chair of the Board. His second current effort is Knowbella Tech; an open science effort crowdsourcing IP to researchers around the world. Knowbella Tech will provide Helix tokens (“cryptocurrency”) based upon Ethereum blockchain to the researchers who collaborate within the Knowbella Platform. He is the inventor of blockchain-based patents and speaks at conferences, particularly about Security Token Offerings (STO). Jason speaks internationally on the advantages of open science and Open Access publishing. He has patents in synthetic biology, digital rights management, and has patents pending in blockchain-enabled technologies. He holds an Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in education with certifications in biological sciences and social studies from Antioch University. He dropped out of a PhD program to launch his first startup.

SPEAKER ADDED: Wayne Vaughan, Founder/CEO Tierion

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Tierion is a proof engine that turns the blockchain into a universal platform for proving the integrity of any data, file or business process. Prior to Tierion, Wayne pioneered the development of marketing automation software. He is the co-author of Chainpoint, the first standard protocol for anchoring data in the blockchain. In 2004, Wayne was a member of the first team of amateurs to launch a rocket into space.

SPEAKER ADDED: Joseph Ashby, CoFounder/Partner Sergenian Ashby

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Joseph Ashby is CoFounding Partner of Sergenian Ashby LLP in Los Angeles. Joseph’s practice concentrates on startup disputes, founder disputes, partnership disputes, and trade secret disputes, with an emphasis on representing blockchain companies and individuals in such disputes. Joseph was previously with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. He earned his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.

SPEAKER ADDED: Marta Belcher, IP Attorney Ropes & Gray

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Marta Belcher is a technology and intellectual property attorney at Ropes & Gray LLP in the Silicon Valley, and a leader in the area of blockchain law. Marta represents blockchain companies and a blockchain trade association in matters related to public policy, as well as speaking about blockchain law around the world, including at CryptoHQ during the World Economic Forum in Davos and in the European Parliament in Brussels. Marta also represents clients in matters related to blockchain and intellectual property, including drafting a blockchain-transferrable software license and advising in industry-wide discussions about blockchain patenting. She is the author of “Defensive Patenting Strategies for Blockchain Innovators” and a participant in an international working group on blockchain for social impact. Marta is an alum of Stanford Law School, U.C. Berkeley, Apple, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She has been named a “Huffington Post Greatest Person of the Day” and has been featured in Forbes.

SPEAKER ADDED: Monette Stephens, Head Corporate Development TokenSoft

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Monette Stephens has a unique combination of entrepreneurial, investing, technical, banking, sales and marketing expertise. As the Head of Corporate Development of TokenSoft, she has been instrumental in building the sales and partnership pipeline supporting over 20 fully compliant Security Token Offerings with investors from over 170 countries. Monette co-founded and ran a FINRA registered Broker-Dealer obtaining Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations and had multiple exits through IPO or M&A. She has BS and MS degrees in CS/ECE.