Jamie is a well traveled executive who has worked in 6 countries with startups & corporates. He is currently the co-founder and President of Securitize, the leading platform for Security Token Issuances. During his more than 18 years of experience he has participated in over $500m worth of transactions including Kontera, Sansa Security, Jajah, Tokbox, RingRing Media and Zingy and has seen his share of meeting rooms across the globe. His previous employers include Ericsson, Telefònica o2 and AT&T and he has worked at numerous startups including Zingy, RingRing Media, Thumbplay, Kontera and Sansa Security and Aki Technologies. He has been in San Francisco for the past 5 years after spending 6 years in London and becoming a Chelsea supporter. Jamie grew up in Puerto Rico and is a native English and Spanish speaker.
BTC Labs is an innovation studio for Web 3.0 protocols and businesses where Elliot has contributed significantly to projects like Po.et, CoinCart, and MAD Network. Elliot also serves as the Technical Editor for yBitcoin Magazine and has been featured in Bitcoin Magazine, Distributed, and Wolter’s Kluwer Securities Regulation Daily.
Mike works with the top blockchain projects @Coinlist, helping them to address their fundraising and compliance needs. After hearing about Ethereum for the first time in August 2015 and already being familiar with Bitcoin, Mike was immediately drawn to the many possible applications of the nascent technology. Prior to CoinList, Mike ran a team at Facebook focused on mobile gaming and draws in on that experience to advise projects on incentive mechanisms and growth opportunities. Mike is an advisor at the AlphaLab Startup incubator in his hometown of Pittsburgh but is base in San Francisco
David is a veteran of the electronic trading industry within the traditional finance industry. As a senior sales executive at Maystreet, Citadel and Knight Capital, David was responsible for building out a sales team focused on unique order routing and connectivity to market centers. Prior to that David was one of the key members responsible for Knight Capitals acquisition of EDGETRADE. Originally from NYC, David has spent the past 5 years in San Francisco.
TokenSoft is the market leader in launching and supporting compliant security token sales through its white label, SaaS token sale platform. An expert on blockchain compliance, Mr. Borda works closely with private equity funds, investment banks and other financial institutions to implement next-generation, blockchain-based equity structures, and has supported the launch of tokens as compliant securities in over 50 countries. Prior to launching TokenSoft, Mr. Borda developed and scaled foundational technologies for Bitcoin and Ethereum, the world’s two largest cryptocurrency platforms. His notable achievements include architecting the custody infrastructure for the blockchain launched by the Royal Mint of England, developing the world’s first-ever multi-signature Ethereum web wallet, and helping scale BitGo, a cryptocurrency custody platform, up to $1 billion in transactions per month. Mr. Borda holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
John has worked at TV, newspapers, radio and Internet companies for 20 years. He’s an advisor at StartupGrind.com and has written for Fast Company, NBC, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, BusinessInsider, USAToday and Venturebeat among others.Moderator: John Boitnott, Journalist/Digital Consultant. John has worked at TV, newspapers, radio and Internet companies for 20 years. He’s an advisor at StartupGrind.com and has written for Fast Company, NBC, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur, BusinessInsider, USAToday and Venturebeat among others.
Jalak Jobanputra is Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund in NYC focused on next generation technology such as blockchain and machine learning.FPV’s portfolio includes Abra, Open Garden, Blockstream, Bitpesa, FuseMachines, Everledger and Blockchain. Jalak was awarded Institutional Investor’s Top Fintech Dealmakers in 2017 and 2016. In 2017, she was cited as a “Top 5 Investor Powering the Blockchain Boom” and CB Insights noted FPV as one of the top VC funds in blockchain “before it was cool”. Since founding the firm, she has spoken on blockchain technology at many global conferences, including the Milken Global Institute, Dutch Development Bank/FMO annual meeting, and The Economist Buttonwood Gathering. Prior to FPV, Jobanputra was the Director of Emerging Market Mobile Investments at Omidyar Network, a philanthrocapitalist fund started by Pierre Omidyar, co-founder of eBay. Previously, she worked at Intel Capital investing in enterprise software in Silicon Valley from 1999-2003. as well as New Venture Partners and the NYC Investment Fund where she formed one of NYC’s first seed funds and helped establish the Fintech Innovation Lab in 2010. She started her career as a media/tech/telecom investment banker in NYC and London. Jobanputra is also active in supporting education reform and social entrepreneurship. She servedas a Trustee of Achievement First Bushwick Charter Schools (Brooklyn). She is on the Board of Directors for the Center for an Urban Future, Advisory Board of L’Oreal’s Women in Digital Initiative, member of Mayor DeBlasio’s Broadband Taskforce, and former Access to Capital Committee member of the US Secretary of State Clinton Women’s Leadership Council. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in Economics
(concentration in Finance) from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Communications from the Annenberg School. She received her MBA from Kellogg in 1999.
Vivaris Capital is an 18 year old private equity firm. Mark Hamade is a Conscious Capitalist, meaning he passionately respects People, the Planet and Profitable enterprise, and believes that organizations have a responsibility to uphold all three Ps equally. He is an accomplished, visionary senior executive with more than twenty years’ experience in driving revenue growth, building world-class teams, enforcing cultures of excellence, strengthening operational effectiveness and increasing profitability. A strategist, developer and leader of people and culture, and a go-to Merger and driving growth in strategic operational roles with measurable top-line results of over $1 Billion. He has had returns between 21% and 68%.
Bart Stephens is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital, the first venture capital fund to invest exclusively in the blockchain technology sector and the first to raise a venture fund through an ICO. Blockchain Capital is the pioneer and most established VC firm in the Blockchain sector with more than 75 portfolio companies across four funds. Prior to Blockchain Capital, Bart Stephens was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Stephens Investment Management (SIM), a family owned and operated hedge fund and venture capital firm. Bart and his brother and Co-founder, Brad, invented the term and pioneered “Nanocap” investing – venture capital style investing in the public markets focused on sub micro-cap equities. Bart has a background as both an operating entrepreneur and a venture capitalist. Prior to co-founding SIM, Bart was Executive Vice President, Venture Capital for Ivanhoe Capital Corporation (ICC), an international investment firm. Before joining ICC, Bart was a founding investor and Head of Corporate & Business Development for Oncology.com. Oncology.com grew to become the internet’s largest cancer related web site before being sold to Pharmacia (now Pfizer) in 2001. Prior to Oncology.com, Bart spent more than two years with E*TRADE, an early internet innovator in online financial services. While at E*TRADE, he held senior positions focused on product marketing, business development and corporate development. Bart earned a B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University.
Adam J The Lawyer (Adam S. Juratovac) is an attorney at Juratovac Law and represents emerging companies and entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley. He has successfully championed for causes such as entrepreneurs rights and fair pay in addition to helping guide entrepreneurs in emerging industries. Prior to his career in law, he worked at CLEVER in the social media industry. He built the brands of over 100 professional athletes and celebrities leading to successful brand partnerships. His book, Student-Athletes And Social Media, continues to be the standard in digital branding at athletics departments. He is currently the NCAA’s Subject Matter Expert on Social Media. Adam J’s roots run deep in Palo Alto. He is a board member of two Palo Alto non-profits, My Digital TAT2 and Magical Bridge Foundation, in addition to being a football coach at Menlo-Atherton High School.