Synergy Blockchain Summit: Spring 2018F502019-05-14T17:21:06-07:00
June 25th 2018 - Crowne Plaza, Palo Alto
To everyone who joined us at the F50 2018 Synergy Blockchain Summit we hope you discovered newfound insights about trends in the crypto world, and gained valuable industry connections. A special thanks to our sponsors Grubmarket, Nebulas, UPower, Open Garden, OnePiece, and GeniPaper Studios for contributing to this successful event. Be sure to sign up for F50’s newsletter at F50.io to be the first to know about future events, and stay tuned for F50’s Founder World convention coming to San Francisco this September!
The Synergy Blockchain Summit, a fusion of traditional venture capital and blockchain investment. Meet VCs, investors, thought leaders, and select entrepreneurs as we learn from industry experts about the future of blockchain investment and Token economy compliance.
The summit will feature over 50 global leaders from the top law firms, CPA’s, and VC’s in the investment ecosystem, along with extraordinary blockchain companies, and 400+ attendees from the venture capital and global investment community, including select VC executives, influential long-term investors, corporate ventures and corporate executives, asset management companies, and a group of high potential local CEOs.
Keith is Executive Chairman at Accelerated Digital Ventures (http://accelerated.ventures). He is also a founder of Venture Network (http://venturenetwork.io). Previously he was the co-founder Europe’s first consumer ISP – EasyNet, Silicon Valley’s first web service – RealNames and was founding shareholder of TechCrunch along with Michael Arrington.
Jack Lee is the Founding Managing Partner of HCM Capital. HCM Capital, backed by Foxconn Technology Group, is positioned to invest into pioneering technology services areas for value creation. Since 2015, HCM Capital has been actively invested into the early growth stage technology companies especially in the Blockchain technology spaces, such as DCG, Abra, Galaxy Digital and Cambridge Blockchain etc. Jack Lee and his team continue to focus on the distributed digital economy theme investment in China and the US markets.
Nick Yang is a Venture Partner with the Beijing office. Mr. Yang is a co-founder, president, Director and Chief Technology Officer of KongZhong, a succesful ePlanet portfolio company. Prior to establishing KongZhong in 2002, Mr. Yang served as Vice President of Technology and Chief Technology Officer of Sohu.com Inc., which merged with ChinaRen Inc., a company co-founded by Mr. Yang in 1999.
Gary Aguirre brings a career of real legal innovation to the challenge of creating a compliant interface where blockchain technology meets the capital markets. After an extraordinary career as a trial lawyer, Gary returned to law school to retool for a second career in securities regulation. His thesis won second prize in ASECA’s national competition. At the SEC, he headed the first successful investigation of a mega hedge fund for insider trading. Ethisphere ranked him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on corporate ethics, after his testimony and evidence caused two U.S. Senate committees to direct the SEC restructure its Enforcement Division. He now guides blockchain visionaries through the regulatory maze.
Prior to co-founding Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP, Bart worked for a boutique law firm focused on the investment management industry. His career has been focused on helping investment managers start and grow their businesses and he provides comprehensive support to firms throughout the country. His practice centers around forming domestic and offshore hedge funds, private equity funds, and other types of pooled investment vehicles. He also provides advice on management company operational issues, separately managed account structures, as well as registration and compliance matters. He has held a number of exam licenses including: the Series 3, Series 7, Series 24, Series 34, Series 63, and Series 65. Bart also created and runs the Hedge Fund Law Blog and has been quoted in a number of high-profile industry publications including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Compliance Update, and Absolute Return + Alpha. Bart lives in San Francisco and enjoys running (half-marathons) and golf.
Formerly Partner of JD Capital (SH.600053), Jian had invested in numerous unicorn companies in mobile internet sector with notable exits including 91 Mobile Assist ($1.9B M&A) and Tuandai（sz.300176, over rmb13B market cap).
In 2017, as a liscenced investor of SAC, Sun jian set up the first Token fund in China. Also Sunjian is the co-founder of crypto exchange, Cointiger, now ranked 25 in the world.
JLab: our flagship crytofund, previously known as JD Blockchain Lab. JLab has invested in over 40 blockchain projects globally. Portfolio includes Oasis, Ankr, Ont, CertiK, Comsa, Quoine, Kcash, Qunqun, Elf, Cointiger, Topchain, ShareX, CIC, Mytoken
Terry graduated from Arizona State University withPh.D. in computer science. He also received outstanding talents with special EB1A international contributions. During his PhD period, his research interest includes cloud computing and distributed systems, next-generation multi-hop networks and security. He has published more than 20 international research results include conference and journal articles, magazine articles, patents and textbooks. At the same time, he served as TPC reviews for more than 50 top-level conferences and journals. He has rich working experience with fortune 500 companies, including Microsft reseach asia, Deutsche Telekom Silicon Valley Research, Walmart Global E-Commerce and etc. Dr. Terry began doing research on decentralized distributed network protocols since his master study, and designed and implemented a variety of decentralized network protocols, and published a number of international papers. He has deep understanding and research on the blockchain system architecture and consensus mechanism. He is now the CTO of UPower.
Paul Hainsworth has 15 years of experience as an executive in mobile communications across startups and traditional network operators. He is the CEO of Open Garden, which is fundamentally changing the way people connect to the Internet by developing a protocol that enables anyone to share their Internet connection and earn OG, its cryptocurrency. It’s like Airbnb for Internet access. The protocol can make the Internet more affordable, accessible, faster and more private.
Mike Xu, Founder & CEO of GrubMarket Inc: Mike founded GrubMarket in his garage in 2014, and has built up the Company within 3 years to a profitable business with an annual run-rate of $100 million. GrubMarket is now the largest farm-to-table eCommerce business in West Coast of U.S.. Prior to GrubMarket, Mike was an established software engineering executive (VP of Engineering) in Silicon Valley. He began his career at Oracle and eBay, and then held Engineering Management and Executive positions in several well-established software companies in Silicon Valley. Mike’s strength is in product innovation and technology, people management and team building, optimization of large-scale execution, and large-scale acquisition. Mike holds 2 U.S. patents, was awarded Scholarship from Apple, and studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mike was also accepted by Y Combinator, the world’s No.1 startup incubator, in 2015, and subsequently raised $60+ million for GrubMarket in Seed, Series A and Series B and Series B+ funding. GrubMarket under Mike’s management is poised to IPO in Nasdaq within 2 years with a stock symbol called “GMKT”.
Reese Jones is a biophysicist with experience in innovation, patents, start-ups, entrepeneurship, venture finance, corporate and non-profit governance. As a venture strategist Reese has engaged in a dozen companies’ innovation, start-up, financing, IPO, boards, mergers, acquisitions and fundraising campaigns. Activities include Netopia, Farallon, Convergence, C-Core, Mediabolic, Rotani, RCDb, WatchWith, Self Health Network, Cambrian Genomics, Focusatwill, FutureMed, SU Labs, and Singularity University; Venture Partnerships include Accel, August, Telesoft, Current Group, and others. Technologies Reese has worked on include internet broadband infrastructure, smarter power grids, media infrastructure, wireless, drones, brain imaging, post discharge health software services, neuropsychopharmacology, and synthetic biology. Reese’s academic experience is biophysics and human brain research at UC Berkeley, LBL, and UCSF. Jones supports public education via UC Berkeley, Wikipedia, Chabot Space Science Center. Reese serves on the Genetics Advisory Counsel at Harvard Medical School, is an associate founder of Singularity University at NASA Ames, and serves as a Trustee at the Santa Fe Institute.
Samuel M. Smith Ph.D. Is the founder of the Reputation A.I. spoke within Consensys, the largest decentralized organization creating apps on Ethereum. He is building a decentralized cross-chain portable reputation platform to enable trustworthy interations on blockchain based applications. He also wrote the original white-paper for self-sovereign identity using distributed consensus which has now become Sovrin.org. He serves on the technical governance board of Sovrin.org. He originated the open source RAET protocol, an elliptic curve based end-to-end encrypted and authenticated protocol for reliable peer-to-peer transport. He also the originated the open source Ioflo flow based programming and AI framework. Samuel received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University in 1991. He then spent 10 years at Florida Atlantic University, eventually reaching full professor status. His research specialties included automated reasoning, machine learning, and autonomous vehicle systems. He has over 100 refereed publications in these areas and was principle investigator on numerous federally funded research projects. Dr. Smith has been an active participant in open standards development for networking protocols and is a serial entrepreneur.
As CEO of Finova, Keough has driven the company’s mission to transform the future of global banking through the creation of fair and affordable digital financial services for consumers outside of formal financial and investment systems. Finova has raised over $100M from Silicon Valley VCs and private equity firms and is working now to transform the traditional capital raising process through the creation of digital equity securities (equity tokens) to be traded in cryptocurrency on the blockchain through the JOBS Crypto Offering (JCO) an open source initiative of the Institute for Blockchain Innovation backed by numerous pioneers in the blockchain and crypto space. Keough is a serial entrepreneur who previously served as CEO of a MasterCard Telefonica joint venture for global Mobile Financial Services, and over the last 20 years was founder and CEO of multiple venture-backed companies going back to the early days of the internet.
I am a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and investor who has founded and led 3 high-tech-focused companies over the last 17 years: an enterprise software company, a peer-to-peer decentralized infrastructure company, and a management consultancy. I raised $48M in venture capital for my own companies. I am launching a Blockchain Fund (StarChain Ventures) and working extensively with blockchain startups in the area of strategy and ICO advisory. I’ve written multiple articles on blockchain and have been an invited guest speaker at Stanford, Google & CryptoMondays SF. My first company was a pioneer in the Web globalization space (GlobalSight; acquired in 2005) and so I am an expert in globalization, internationalization, and multilingual technology. I have worked with many Fortune 500 companies like Apple, HP, VMware, Cisco, etc. over the years providing globalization strategy.
Larry Li is a Founder and Managing Partner at AMINO Capital. He serves on the boards of String Lab (incubated Dfinity, and Phi), SkuChain, Candy House, Battlefy, etc. and leads investments in companies with success exits or growth, such as Assemblage (acquired by Cisco), Orbeus (acquired by Amazon), Ozlo (acquired by Facebook), Woomoo (acquired by Priceline), Contastic (acquired by Sugar CRM), Human Longevity Inc, Skycatch, Skuchain, Webflow and Grail. Larry also co-founded TAF (invested in ZOOM) in 2010, and currently serves on the board of TEEC. He has backed next generation blockchain protocol since 2014, and led the seed and A round of String Labs, which incubated one the most anticipated ICOs in 2018, DFINITY, and also participated in pre-sales and ICO of DFINITY, NuCypher, Kyber, 0X, Grid+, OmiseGo, which later became known as the first ICO unicorn.
Yuriy Lavor, 10+ years in sales, finance and marketing. Been trading in traditional markets for over 5 years and in crypto for 2. Blockchain enthusiast who started YouTube channel Cypher Haunt to raise crypto awareness and help strengthen blockchain community. Built events in San Francisco Bay Area to connect blockchain community.
Richard B. Levin is the Chair of the Financial Services Technology (FinTech) and Regulation Practice at Polsinelli PC. His practice focuses on the representation of early stage and publicly traded companies in the FinTech industry, including broker-dealers, hedge funds, alternative trading systems (ATSs), exchanges, peer to peer lending platforms, robo advisors, crowdfunding portals, and digital currency platforms. He represents these firms before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Financial Industry and Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Richard has represented clients before regulators in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Richard played a leadership role in the launch of two joint ventures of leading investment banks, and served as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of two U.S. ATSs and a U.K. based multi-lateral trading facility (MTF). Richard is a frequent speaker at conferences on blockchain technology, regulatory, and market structure issues and is the co-author of the chapter on U.S. regulation of virtual currencies for the Handbook of Digital Currency and the chapter of the Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion on SEC and CFTC regulation of blockchain technology – both published by Elsevier.
Mr. Yuan is the Executive Director of Shuimu Tsinghua Blockchain Capital, an Initiator of the Prometheus Blockchain Application Union and a Committee member of the ‘Internet +’ College Students innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition held by The Ministry of Education. Mr. Yuan has years of experience in the primary and secondary market, particularly in asset management and the early stage investment field. He is also a proven entrepreneur in the financial data field. Mr. Yuan’s investments focus mainly in FinTech and the AI field. His investment portfolios include Romacredit, Stardust, izm.cc, Datoubao, Aqrose, HME, Yixianghu and 91Yaoyao, etc.
Radhika Iyengar-Emens is a Founding Partner at StarChain Ventures and Managing Partner of DoubleNova Group, a Silicon Valley-based blockchain consultancy and ICO advisory. She is a TEDx speaker, a Silicon Valley Woman of Influence, a serial entrepreneur, a crypto investor and an expert in blockchain, digital health and global entrepreneurship.
Danny is working at Youbi Capital responsible for its silicon valley investment in Blockchain space. Youbi Capital is an N.Y. and Shanghai based crypto-fund and invested near 40 projects mainly in US since 2017. Before Youbi Capital, he worked at a silicon valley blockchain company in charge of its consulting practice. He co-founded an open-source distributed consensus database startup called “Treode DB”, where he wrote the consensus algorithm called “mini-transaction”. Danny had 12 years enterprise cloud and distributed computing experiences with MBA education from UC Berkeley.
CEO and Co-founder of Hackers/Founders, a global tech founders co-operative. Jonathan helped achieve $600M portfolio market cap in the first 5 years. Member of SEC Advisory Committee for Capital Formation for Small and Emerging Business. Board member of Wilson Center for Public Policy, Latin America. Jonathan’s vision includes moving economies, reducing poverty, and improving life for tech founders around the world.
Node Capital is one of the most influential token fund all around the world. We have invested over 130 blockchain startups including Huobi.com, Cointiger, IOST, WAX, RUFF, Jinse.com, ChainUp, Cointime. Personal portfolio: NKN, DxChain, LiteX, Cocos, Mainframe, Open Platform, Fantom, HUB, Rate3, Vite.
Sergey Paramonov, PhD founded SPMax, Inc. after spending more than 15 years in life sciences both in academic research and industrial biotechnology. SPMax focuses on providing basic health care services to the underserved members of communities in the United States. Sergey is overseeing all aspects of strategic direction for SPMax in addition to being responsible for decision making on all acquisitions and related ventures. Early on, Sergey realized a great potential behind blockchain technology and made strategic investments in the field back in 2014. With extensive experience in business organization from idea to profitability, he is now actively involved in the investments in the blockchain and healthcare spaces and is passionate about helping and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs to succeed in these exciting fields.
Bruce Elliot is a 25-year eCommerce veteran who has held senior leadership roles in privately held and listed companies in online payments, gaming, venture capital and trust and corporate service sectors in North America and Europe. Elliot is a recognized international conference speaker on entrepeneurship, venture capital, and emerging investments into clean tech, gaming, blockchain and fintech companies. Career highlights include Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales of AIM-listed Neteller plc, Director of Boston Group Limited and Managing Director of Boston Ventures Limited.
Martin Stroka is a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist and Managing Director of Crypto Science. He co-founded F50, a venture capital fund that seeks out promising technology companies in North America. Martin is the founder of Decentralized SF, a blockchain protocol group, and Cryptoexchangedata.com. Martin has ten years of cross-border business and investment experience between the US and China and is well-versed in priming projects from Asia for western markets. He brings the leadership qualities of a VC to Crypto Science: gauging market sentiment, providing tactical guidance, and ensuring that all clients are prepared for entry in the US and globally.
Over twenty years of progressive experience in delivering software solutions, managing product & project development, startup entrepreneur, blockchain enthusiast. Co-founded a startup, Brightstems Inc, to offer automatic customization of mindfulness practices based on continuous user engagement.
David is a pioneer and passionate leader of the venture capital ecosystem in Silicon Valley. He has led F50’s process of selecting 400 hot startups. He also has led the investment processes for over 30 of the selected startups. David is personally involved in DeepTech and HealthTech. David founded Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs & Startups 10 years ago, and now is Silicon Valley’s largest entrepreneur community with over 34,000 members. He also serves or has served as an advisor for DocSign, Ehouse Capital, and Peakview’s Fund of Fund. David Cao was the Founder & CEO of GWC US (Sold to holding company), where he oversaw the CEO clubs and the production of GMIC SV (the leading global mobile conference). He is also the founding president of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Toastmaster Club, a nonprofit organization for public speaking training. Prior to GWC, David founded and served as Chairman and CEO of ExtendLogic, a Silicon Valley-based smartphone end-to-end solutions company that was acquired by BeyondSoft in 2010. Prior, he was the VP of Engineering at PlayPhone (Acquired by Gungho), a leading mobile entertainment in USA, and Engineering lead for LightSurf, a leading MMS company acquired by VeriSign for $274M. He also served as VP of Software Development for The Critical Thinking Company. He is a big fan of Chinese Medicine. He enjoys Taichi, hiking, and biking in his spare time. David holds a Masters in Computer Science from Xidian University.
Chase is the Community Manager for SVE. He received his BBA in Finance at Eastern Michigan University. After his baseball career, he transitioned into the role of assistant to the director of baseball ops and helped coordinate fundraisers, banquets, and award ceremonies for the team. Chase was an account manager for a construction company and started his own landscaping business as well.
Jim Steele is VP of Engineering at Knowles and IIR at F50. He joined Knowles through acquisition and prior to that led his motion sensor startup to a successful acquisition as well. Jim has held senior management positions at variety of technology companies working on machine learning and complex systems. He has held research positions in theoretical physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ohio State University. Jim is the lead author of The Android Developer’s Cookbook and is also a noted invited speaker on a variety of technical topics. Most recently he is an instructor on Blockchain Applications and Smart Contracts for O’Reilly’s online learning platform. Jim holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Shih-Chieh Tao, chief technology officer (CTO), leads GrubMarket’s long-term technology vision and is responsible for the GrubMarket’s Blockchain initiative. Prior to joining GrubMarket in 2017, Shih-Chieh is a technology startup veteran co-found several funded startups in both China and USA. As the founding CTO and China CEO of HaoEdu Inc (haostay.com/haoschools.com), he led HaoEdu’s education service technology infrastructure and launched HaoEdu’s smart school application, housing, and collaboration online products. Before the startup venture, Shih-Chieh, an early adapter in Hadoop and Spark, worked on several AI technology and backend infrastructure for Verisign, IBM, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection. Shih-Chieh graduated from University of Maryland (UMCP) with a degree in Computer Science and a degree in General Business.
GrubMarket is the fastest-growing and biggest farm-to-table eCommerce company in the West Coast with operations primarily at California. The company purchases farm produce directly from hundreds of farms and deliver them to thousands of restaurants, grocery stores, corporate offices and individual consumers, as well as to Chinese eCommerce giants Alibaba and JD. With a profitable financial status at over $100 million annual run rate, GrubMarket is expanding quickly to East Coast and overseas market such as China. GrubMarket believes that a next-generation supply-chain blockchain solution that tailors toward the food industry will revolutionize this traditional market. The company aims to use blockchain technology to make assets easier to track, maintain and exchange. GrubMarket has developed a multi-blockchains environment and a complete end-to-end DAPP solution that target this $1.6 trillion dollar industry. GrubMarket plans to introduce an ERC-20 coin called the “WQS” and a privately managed coin called the “QS”. Merchants and business will earn QS coin by providing connectivity and making transactions on the network. Non-business entities will earn QS by applying to become a member and participate actively in the network.
UPower is a decentralized clean self-energy ecosystem that is powered by its own clean energy hardware and blockchain based software system. It aims to establish an Apple-like ecosystem in the clean energy domain. The platform ranges from power generation, storage, transmission, distribution, trading, consumption and sharing to achieve a completely decentralized global clean energy system. UPower also proposes the world’s first clean energy driven consensus mechanism called Delegated Proof of Power (aka, DPOP). Participants of the ecosystem can also use UPower hardware to mine UPC tokens or other cryptocurrencies to contribute to the network. So no matter which part of the UPower network you choose to take part in, you’ll be rewarded with UPC Tokens for your contribution to build a cleaner future!
Open Garden is changing the way people connect to the Internet. By enabling anyone to securely share their own Internet connection and earn money, the Open Garden protocol empowers millions of people to create their own networks in their own communities, while making Internet access more affordable, faster and private. Open Garden turns your phone into a hotspot and securely shares your WiFi connectivity to other Open Garden users in range. Other users never see your personal information or content. Depending on your phone and the speed of the connection, you can stream up to 4K video in real time through Open Garden. In early 2018, you can earn Open Garden cryptocurrency for sharing your connection. Use it to pay for bandwidth when you’re on the go, or convert it to local currency.
As a Managing Director of The Fuller Group, Michael Fuller brings his ability to source, value and manage deals as well as numerous contacts throughout the commercial real estate profession.
Michael Fuller has spent close to 30 years in the financial and real estate business. After 18 years as an options specialist/ trader on the floor of the American Stock Exchange, Michael took his propensity for numbers and his enthusiasm for deal making to the world of commercial real estate. Michael’s first foray was to invest five years as a commercial real estate appraiser and consultant where he learned every aspect of valuation across all types of asset classes. These included but were not limited to hotels, office buildings, multi-family, retail centers and development projects. Along the way he was introduced to a variety of players in the commercial real estate field such as developers, lenders, asset managers and owners.
Michael then moved on to work as a commercial real estate broker specializing in development deals and small institutional sales throughout NYC and the Boroughs. As a Managing Director at NAI Global, his role as a single point of contact in their Special Asset Solutions sector afforded him a unique perspective on what was going on with commercial real estate in many markets throughout the United States. Additionally, he worked with a number of large special servicers such as CIII and Trimont Real Estate Advisors as well as a number of large financial institutions on their portfolios of distressed debt. Assignments included assets with total portfolio values exceeding $500MM.
Michael received his BS in Economics from Binghamton University and has completed coursework towards receiving a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy. Michael is also a licensed salesperson in the State of New York.
Genipaper is a one-stop media hub where you can create, distribute and process payments for high quality original film, gaming, sports and technology content. Our full-service studios allow you to create the content, our dedicated Blockchain smart contract exchange data center allows you to securely distribute the content and get payment instantly from OTT distributors or from the consumers directly. Similarly, you can pay your right holders instantly using these smart contracts all while you perpetually manage and track your IP. GeniPaper is a revolutionary type of multimedia studio; a smart residential and commercial film and technology development hub for creating original media content. This content can be hosted on our own dedicated, decentralized data center using Blockchain smart contracts on a GeniPaper propriety exchange platform.
Micha is a visionary and serial entrepreneur focused on technologies of communications and exchange to bring the world together. At age 8, Micha taught himself how to code and subsequently wrote his first games on a Texas Instrument TI 99 4A, ATARI 512ST and Amiga 500. After being a pioneer in VoIP and having launched several telecommunications services, he enabled Skype to start SkypeIn and SkypeOut. In 2011, Micha co-founded Open Garden to build a new generation of mobile networks leveraging the smartphone infrastructure. While at Open Garden, he created FireChat, the first off-the-grid messaging app, leveraging peer-to-peer mesh networking technologies. FireChat was built for Burning Man and eventually got used during many other festivals, music events and pro democracy events like the Hong Kong Umbrella revolution in September 2014 when half a million people installed the app in a week to coordinate their movement and stay connected. In early 2018, Micha sold a decentralized Twitter app named Piperchain to Rightmesh in Canada, a blockchain company looking at connecting the next billion people to the Internet. Currently, Micha is focusing on building Nodle, a global and decentralized wireless network for connecting IoT devices to the internet for free.
Nodle is an IoT and connectivity network provider. The company has built a network for collecting data from remote devices that do not have regular Internet connections. This network is of value to companies that manufacture and/or own hardware and want to gather data from these remote devices. We refer to these companies as ‘subscribers’, and they pay cash (and eventually coins) to receive a service from the network. The Nodle network is live and operating today. Nodle believes that using a tokenized blockchain will greatly enhance the value of the network to network participants. To this end, Nodle plans to introduce a digital coin the NODL. The company will introduce a finite pool of NODL. Contributors to the network (i.e. app developers) will earn NODL coins by providing connectivity through a proof of work, or “proof of connectivity”, which generates data about remote devices.
Google Assistant AI project leader.Former Google Shopping AI project leader. Google Area 120 entrepreneurship Gifter project founder. Best Paper Winner at International Top Social Network Analysis and Mining Conference (ASONAM).Best Paper Winner at International Top Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering International Conference (BIBE).International Top Machine Learning Conference (ICML) and Reviewer of International Top Data Mining Conference (KDD). Published more than 20 international top-level conferences and journals. During his master’s degree, he studied with Sargur Srihari & Rohini Srihari, the advisors of Baidu founder Robin Li. During his PHD’s degree, he is the Student of IEEE/ACM Fellow, Distinguished Professor Aidong Zhang who specializing in distributed machine learning and network mining.
ALZA is an off-chain technology powered infrastructure for high-frequency and micropayment applications. ALZA is an end-to-end solution which links the dedicated high-throughput blockchain with self-organizing payment fields. This mechanism allows [an] arbitrary set of users to create payment fields that process extremely low latency transactions within each field. Therefore, users can make transactions almost immediately. Since all transactions are conducted within fields, transaction costs will be reduced by several orders of magnitude. In addition, ALZA distributes [a] main ledger to each client through an innovative replication mechanism. Therefore, the system will be significantly more robust to blockchain system failures. In theory, ALZA can complete millions of transactions in one second, which naturally supports high-frequency trading.
Manshu is the CEO of Ponder, a platform for decentralized matchmaking. Using game mechanics and token rewards, Ponder seeks to make matchmakers out of everyone. Manshu has over a decade in leadership roles at startups, during which he has raised over $100m in investment. He had a prior career on Wall Street, doing M&A and private placements for technology firms. Brought up in England, Manshu has mad love for soccer – just don’t ask him how his team is doing right now. Manshu is a Cambridge engineer, and a Columbia MBA.
Ponder is a mobile game for playing matchmaker where you can win real money for making successful matches. Ponder decentralizes matchmaking, allowing anybody to play matchmaker for their friends and a community of singles. Users drag and drop photos of singles that they think could be a good match based on their profiles’ info. For every successful match a matchmaker earns $10, and $1000 if they eventually marry. Singles receive a curated stream of quality dates suggested by friends and a community of matchmakers. The beta product currently has 70k registered users with high levels of engagement from both singles and matchmakers. Ponder will later be extended to other forms of social connection eg. matchmaking for friendships, business, and interests. Ultimately, the vision is for a decentralized platform that creates new connections between people in a fun and mutually rewarding manner.
John E. Richards is the CEO and a founder of Difuon, a game-changing blockchain IT company. As an entrepreneur, venture investor, mentor, and educator John has extensive experience in founding, running, selling, and investing in several enterprises. Entrepreneurially, John grew one of the largest independent yellow pages publishing companies in the U.S. and then launched the first-ever Internet yellow pages venture which, in turn, eventually became InfoSpace, Inc., a leading search and directory business and multi-billion IPO in 1998. After heading up operations for Google in Utah John and his family reside there.
Difuon is a Decentralized Federated Ephemeral Edge Computing Platform and Marketplace. The cloud will be displaced by the fog as the future home of data integration and analytics computing. The global Difuon Fog is the only decentralized federated ephemeral edge computing platform and marketplace that will meet the upcoming demands by connecting buyers and sellers of computing power and associated applications.
BitClaims is a full service blockchain-based tool that enables value-based Direct Primary Care (DPC). BitClaims is a blockchain-based smart contract enabled platform for patients and service providers (e.g. primary care physicians and general practitioners) to connect directly to schedule health services, render payments, and execute terms. BitClaims empowers patients to self-capitalize and crowdsource their healthcare plans. Patients and providers can contract primary and elective (cosmetic) care services via the blockchain, in a trustless, secure environment that provides a mathematical proof that funds are available and the terms of services are executed. This network provides value for service providers seeking to alleviate the pains associated with dealing under the scope and inefficiencies of third parties. BitClaims network seeks to both eliminate administrative inefficiencies related to currently-implemented physician compliance programs and increase value savings to health providers by reducing the need for recoupment actions and bulky overhead costs.
Director at The Seasteading Institute since 2011; creator and leader of the The Seasteading Institute’s Floating City Project; Real estate investor, business investor, early Bitcoin, Ethereum and altcoin adopter, philanthropic trustee.
Founded in 2017 by the Executive Director and Seavangelist of The Seasteading Institute, a Belarusian businessman, a former Polynesian government minister, and a French entrepreneur, Blue Frontiers is a company made up of passionate individuals from Polynesia and Beyond.