The Real Vision Crypto Gathering unites crypto tribes, the crypto curious, and rock star speakers.
Over 3 immersive days, you’ll go on a mind-altering journey of discovery into the digital assets revolution as it changes the world.
Thousands of attendees enjoyed dynamite interviews, how-to sessions, panel discussions, event Slack channels, Happy Hour, and much more.
As the traditional financial system frays, the future of everything is here. It’s a revolution no one can afford to sidestep.
Yep. It’s back…
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Let’s set the stage, shall we? Day 1 is all about digging into the macro backdrop of the space, and the collision between traditional finance and digital assets…
10.00am – 10.05am:
10.05am – 10.50am:
Bitcoin’s Role in the Macro Landscape with Travis Kling, Luke Gromen, and Lyn Alden
11:00am – 11.50am:
WTF is Happening with Regulation? with Caitlin Long, Jeff Horowitz, and Ash Bennington
12:00pm – 12.50pm:
A Conversation with Greg Tusar
1:00pm – 1.30pm:
Live Coverage Break with Ash Bennington, Shiliang Tang, and Zach Dexter
2:15pm – 3:00pm:
Bridging the Gap Between Old Money & New Money with Will Peets, Steven McClurg, Alex Mashinsky, and Mark Yusko
3:15pm – 4:05pm:
Learnings from a First Mover, with Raoul Pal and Michael Saylor
4:30pm – 5:15pm:
Why Bitcoin will Green the Planet, with Meltem Demirors, Caroline Cochran, and Whit Gibbs
5:30pm – 6:15pm:
Tapping into Bitcoin’s Potential, with Raoul Pal and Robby Gutmann
6:30pm – 7:15pm:
The Next Wave of Regulation, Adoption, & Intersection of Private Cryptos & CBDCS with Kyle Bass and Peter Smith
8:00pm – 8:45pm:
What’s Fueling the Rocketship? with Matt Milsom, Ben Radclyffe, and Sam Bankman-Fried
Event Speakers in Slack channels on the day:
To be announced.
Societal change. Crypto investing. DeFi. Tokenization. NFTs. The Metaverse. Exciting new companies and opportunities.
9:00am – 9:30am:
Coffee with Ash Bennington and Sebastian Moonjava
9:30am – 10:15am:
How Traders Can Get a Financial Edge in Digital Assets, with James Putra, and Scott Melker
10:30am – 11:15am:
The Final Piece of the Puzzle, with Raoul Pal, Anthony Scaramucci, and Christine Sandler
11:25am – 12.10pm:
The Tokenization Revolution with Kevin Kelly, Jeff Dorman, and Kevin Chou
12:20pm – 1:05pm:
DeFi panel with Hunter Horsley, Michael Anderson, Ben Forman, and Nick Grossman
1:15pm – 2:00pm:
We Need to Talk About Stablecoins, with Ash Bennington, Christian Catalini, Alan Lane, Michael Moro, and Dan Matuszewski
2:15pm – 3:25pm:
Premiere: Welcome to the Metaverse, with Piers Kicks and Raoul Pal
3:30pm – 4:15pm:
Building the Next Generation of Financial Infrastructure, with Elizabeth Stark and Lyn Alden
4:30pm – 5:15pm:
The Synergy Between Black Economics & Blockchain Technology, with Isaiah Jackson and Meltem Demirors
5:30pm – 6:15pm:
Crypto, Culture & Capital, with Micah Johnson, Summer Watson, and Erikan Obotetukudo
6:30pm – 7:15pm:
Can NFTs Fix the Broken Music Industry? with André Allen Anjos (RAC) and Raoul Pal
7:30pm – 8:15pm:
Live episode of Between2Chains with Neda Whitney and Sasha Fleyshman hosted by Peter Hans
8:15pm – 9:00pm:
A Fireside Chat with Polkadot Creator Gavin Wood and Olaf Carlson-Wee
Event Speakers in Slack channels on the day:
To be announced.
Arguably the biggest financial innovation of the 21st century, Day 3 will look at what’s in the near and distant future for the OG digital asset…
9:00am – 9:20am:
The Real Vision Crypto Origin Story, with Ash Bennington and Raoul Pal
9:30am – 10:15am:
Bitcoin is Eating the World, with Jack Mallers, Nic Carter and Peter McCormack
10:30am – 11:15am:
It Starts with Charts with Willy Woo and Peter Brandt, hosted by Laura Shin
11:30am – 11:55am:
Live Coverage with Cristofer Atiencia and Sebastian Moonjava
12:05pm – 12:50pm:
Bitcoin is Eating Inequality with Andrew Tam and Isaiah Jackson, hosted by Ash Bennington
1:00pm – 1:30pm:
The Chain* – Travis Kling interviews Robert Breedlove
1:30pm – 2:00pm:
The Chain – Robert Breedlove interviews Nic Carter
2:00pm – 2:30pm:
The Chain – Nic Carter interviews Dan Held
2:30pm – 3:00pm:
The Chain – Dan Held interviews PlanB
3:30pm – 4:15pm:
Ethereum and Bitcoin: Can There Only Be One Winner?, with Joe Lubin, Erik Voorhees, and Ash Bennington
4:30pm – 5:15pm:
How I Lost My Crypto Virginity, with Anthony Scaramucci and Michael Bucella, host by Jason Buck
5:30pm – 6:15pm:
Under the Microscope – The Gathering Crowd’s Crypto Portfolio, with Mark Yusko, Dan Morehead, Chris Sullivan, Matt Hougan, and Jeff Dorman
6:30pm – 7.15pm:
with special guests
Link to Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89187775264?pwd=bGczYysxd0dBcS9zb2xMVXNGdGx3QT09
Password: To be announced…
Event Speakers in Slack channels on the day:
To be announced.
* The Chain: A Real Vision series that’s legendary among early members. It’s series of peer-to-peer interviews between financial legends. As the name suggests, The Chain kicks off with Travis Kling interviewing Robert Breedlove. From there, the interviewee becomes the interviewer creating a chain of captivating discussion between peers… and we’ve revived it especially for Crypto Gathering 2021.
(Yes. It’s a lot. But don’t worry – once you have a ticket, we’ll email you post-event access in the days straight after the event – sooner if we can – so you can watch every single session, whenever you want, wherever you want – in case you can’t watch everything live.)
CRYPTO GATHERING 2021
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In June 2020, Real Vision dreamed up and put on a two-day online event: The Crypto Gathering.
It took us just 15 days to put together – the result?
More than 8,500 people joined us to learn from rock stars like Niall Ferguson, PlanB, Marty Bent, and Caitlin Long…
Close to 2,000 people joined the conversation in Slack…
And its success led to the birth of the Real Vision Crypto channel, the world’s premier cryptocurrency and digital assets video channel.
In 2021, The Crypto Gathering is back. And it’s bigger, better, and bolder than ever.
CRYPTO GATHERING 2021
Right now, you can get your 3-day event ticket along with a 3-month Real Vision Essential membership for $99, through March 23 at 11.59pm ET.
Thousands of people have become new Real Vision members in the last few days… and we’re thrilled to welcome so many new members to the revolution.
After 11.59pm ET on March 23, standalone walk-up tickets will cost $169, or you can join Real Vision Essential for the full one-year price of $239.
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We’re currently putting the final touches on an extraordinary agenda and line-up. We have a couple of speaker surprises still to come, as well as an agenda that is about as far away as you can get from the usual online event…
We’ll send your invite to join the Crypto Gathering Slack channels a couple of days before the event.
We get it – crypto can feel a bit walled off to some. You’re either a card-carrying member of the revolution or you’re on the outside looking in. But the Crypto Gathering will be quite literally that – a gathering.
Whether you’re a crypto novice or a veteran, we will widen your understanding of this revolution. We’re going to help you get to grips with the basics, as well as hear in depth discussions on the cutting edge of future projects, along with where the industry is now and how we can all profit from it.
No problem. Once you have a ticket, you’ll be able to watch absolutely everything whenever you want, wherever you want. This is also an important addition for those who can attend live, as we’re fitting a LOT in over three days…)
One of the reasons we set up Real Vision was because we knew the financial system faced existential problems. People got left behind by governments and central banks, with the gross over-financialization of the economy. The crypto world is changing that, giving everyone a chance to get in on the ground floor of the 21st century revolution.
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Joseph Lubin is a Co-Founder of Ethereum and the Founder of ConsenSys, a full-stack, global blockchain company.
Lubin has established himself as a guiding force in the fast-growing blockchain industry and a powerful advocate of decentralized technology.
Raoul Pal is the Co-Founder and CEO of Real Vision, the world’s pre-eminent financial media platform, which helps members understand the complex world of finance, business, and the global economy.
Real Vision members also have access to Real Vision Crypto, a cryptocurrency and digital assets video channel watched by over 80,000 people. In addition, Raoul has been publishing Global Macro Investor since January 2005 to provide original, high quality, quantifiable and easily readable research for the global macro investment community hedge funds, family offices, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. It draws on his considerable 31 years of experience in advising hedge funds and managing a global macro hedge fund. Global Macro Investor has one of the very best, proven track records of any newsletter in the industry, producing extremely positive returns in eight out of the last twelve years.
He retired from managing client money at the age of 36 in 2004 and now lives in the tiny Caribbean island of Little Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Previously he co-managed the GLG Global Macro Fund in London for GLG Partners, one of the largest hedge fund groups in the world. Raoul moved to GLG from Goldman Sachs where he co-managed the hedge fund sales business in Equities and Equity Derivatives in Europe. In this role, Raoul established strong relationships with many of the world’s pre-eminent hedge funds, learning from their styles and experiences.
Other stop-off points on the way were NatWest Markets and HSBC, although he began his career by training traders in technical analysis.
Elizabeth Stark is CEO and Co-Founder of Lightning Labs, where she is building a programmable financial layer for the internet with fast, scalable bitcoin transactions. She is a fellow at Coin Center, the leading digital currency policy organization, and an advisor to numerous cryptocurrency companies and initiatives. Stark previously taught at Stanford and Yale University about the internet’s impact on society, the economy, and the law, and was a visiting fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project. She has worked with startups in areas ranging from decentralized technology to AI and was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford StartX. Stark holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
An engineer by training, Lyn runs an investment research service for both retail and institutional investors, and her focus is on fundamental investing with a global macro overlay, with a specialization in currency differentials and equity valuations.
Isaiah Jackson is the best-selling author of, Bitcoin and Black America and host of “Community Crypto” on Coindesk TV. He is an award-winning speaker and educator that travels the world teaching investors and financial groups about Bitcoin and blockchain technology. His work has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Vogue, and Black Enterprise.
He is a native of Charlotte, NC, and a NC State University alumnus.
Bitcoin and Black America is a dynamic new book that explores the synergy between black economics, Bitcoin, and blockchain technology. The global financial system is changing and the digital revolution will not be televised.
We explore how to incorporate cryptocurrency in your business, job, and educational institution. This book also outlines the need for separation from the racist banking system and a comprehensive list of black professionals actively working in the Blockchain industry.
Community Crypto is a new show on Coindesk TV that empowers a global community with local crypto meetup groups. We explore groups in the U.S. and abroad to show creative ways cryptocurrency can be beneficial. The initial air date is February 2021.
Peter L. Brandt entered the commodity trading business in 1976 with ContiCommodity Services, a division of Continental Grain Company. From his start in the commodity industry, Peter’s goal was to trade proprietary funds. But, he first needed to learn the business.
From 1976 through 1979, Peter handled large institutional accounts for Conti, including Campbell Soup Company, Oro Wheat, Godiva Chocolate, Swanson Foods, Homestake Mining and others.
In 1980, Peter founded Factor Trading Co., Inc. In his capacity as CEO, Peter was primarily engaged in trading proprietary capital. Factor Trading also produced market research and managed the trading activities of several large institutional clients. Among Peter’s institutional trading clients was Commodities Corporation (“CC”) of Princeton, NJ, at the time one of the world’s largest trading houses.
In 1990, Peter published his first book, titled Trading Commodity Futures with Classical Chart Patterns.
In 2011, John Wiley and Sons published Peter’s 2nd book, Diary of a Professional Commodity Trader. The book became Amazon’s #1 ranked book on trading for 27 weeks. His first book, Trading Commodity Futures with Classical Chart Patterns, was published in 1990, is considered a classic by many traders.
Alex is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) with a foundational patent dating back to 1994 and is now working on MOIP (Money Over Internet Protocol) technology. Over 35 patents have been issued to Alex, relating to exchanges, VOIP protocols, messaging and communication.
Alex is a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based startups, raising more than $1 billion and exiting over $3 billion. Alex founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000: Arbinet, with
a 2004 IPO that had a market capitalization of over $750 million; and Transit Wireless, valued at $1.2 billion.
Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including being nominated twice by E&Y as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, in 2002
& 2011; Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur; the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal; and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).
As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other popular web companies. Additionally, Arbinet’s fundraising story was featured as a case study in 2001 by Harvard Business School.
Micah is an artist and creator. His most recent creation, Aku, is an animated character that stands to empower kids to dream without limitations. Aku, along with Micah’s paintings are important parts of Micah’s mission to answer his nephews question,
“Mom, can astronauts be black?”
Although Micah spent 7 years as a professional baseball player, you rarely see reference to his career in any of his works. He sees art as an independent journey with the opportunity to inspire a broader demographic around the subjects of racial equality, chasing your dreams without limitations, and the empowerment of young people.
Took care of business at TuneIn, Pocket Gems and Playdom (sold to Disney for $763M) – i.e. product, content and marketing at top consumer tech startups. But first, she was a DJ, artist manager and early employee at a leading indie hip hop label out of Oakland.
I’m a crypto/blockchain journalist and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts. I’m working on a book about the history of the crypto space to be published by PublicAffairs/Hachette.
As a former senior editor of Forbes, I was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time.
I graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Stanford University and have a master of arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism.
Erikan Obotetukudo is the Founder of both KIN, a tech and media advisory firm that expands financial institutions and fintech startups across cultures and generations globally. Trusted partners include IKEA, NowThis, Entrepreneur Media, Conde Nast, Elliott Management, Singapore’s Ministry of Entrepreneurship, Africa Development Bank, and venture capital firms across the US, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She’s also an Executive Producer and Writer at PaperTrail Media, a production company that merges money and culture in TV and Film. Erikan is a TED speaker, serves on several boards including the Henry Kravis Leadership Institute, and is the President of Crypto for Black Economic Empowerment – a global movement of black/African cryptocurrency and blockchain leaders moving culture, tech, art, and finance.
Willy Woo is an on-chain analyst, a new field that extracts market intelligence signals from Bitcoin’s blcokchain. He writes The Bitcoin Forecast, which is the top ranked paid letter in the crypto industry.
Mr. Saylor is a technologist, entrepreneur, business executive, philanthropist, and best-selling author. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Office of MicroStrategy, Inc. (MSTR). Since co-founding the company at the age of 24, Mr. Saylor has built MicroStrategy into a global leader in business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. In 2012, he authored The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, which earned a spot on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
Mr. Saylor attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology, and Society.
Jeff Horowitz is the Chief Compliance Officer of BitGo where he’s responsible for the company’s global compliance program. Jeff will oversee BitGo’s Compliance and AML programs across the entire enterprise to meet the highest standards of compliance and regulatory requirements.
Prior to joining BitGo, Jeff was the CCO for Coinbase, where he led the firm’s global compliance program, managed regulatory and bank partner relationships and helped to shape Crypto, AML and FATF regulation with both foreign and domestic regulators. Prior to joining Coinbase, Jeff spent over 12 years with Pershing in various leadership roles including as Managing Director and Global Head of Compliance; CCO, as well as the Firm’s Chief Anti-Money Laundering and OFAC Officer, responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s Global AML Program.
Jeff was also a past co-chair of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Anti-Money Laundering Committee, member of FINRA’s Large Firm Advisory Committee and the U.S Treasury’s Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG), representing both the Securities and Crypto industries as well as an active participant in FATF’s private sector consultative initiatives.
Prior to joining Pershing, Jeff held leadership roles for compliance and AML programs for Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers. He began his career as a regulator with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the Division of Resolutions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Trenton State College and holds the FINRA Series 7, 14, and 24 registrations.
Free-Trust Technologist currently focused on building the Polkadot Protocol.
President and founder of Web3 Foundation, founder of Parity Technologies, inventor of Polkadot.
Co-founder Ethereum and former CTO of Ethereum Foundation. During his role as CTO, he coded the first functional implementation of the platform released as “POC-1” and authored “Yellow Paper”, the first formal specification of any blockchain protocol. Inventor of the Solidity language.
Dan is currently Growth Lead at Kraken. His former company Interchange, a portfolio reconciliation tool for crypto institutional traders, was acquired by Kraken in 7/2019. Prior to that, he was at Uber on Rider Growth/Global Data.
Before Uber, Dan built some of the most popular early crypto products including ChangeTip (acquired by AirBnB), and ZeroBlock (acquired by Blockchain.com in the second ever all Bitcoin acquisition). He was part of the original 2013 crypto meetup group in SF which was comprised with the founders of Kraken, Coinbase, Litecoin, and others.
Kevin Chou is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rally, a crypto platform that allows creators and artists to launch their own digital currency and to build sustainable, independent economies with their fan communities.
Kevin currently serves as the Chairman of Forte, a new blockchain whose mission is to build a more collaborative future in gaming by realigning the economic relationship between players and developers. He is also Chairman of Gen.G, a new esports enterprise bridging Asia and North America.
Previously, Kevin was CEO and co-founder of Kabam, a top developer of mobile games. Kevin led the company from business plan founding to over $400M in annual revenue serving over 500 million players. Kabam developed leading partnerships with Marvel, Star Wars, Fast & Furious, Lord of the Rings, and Hunger Games. Kabam was profitable from 2012 until the sale of the company’s studios to Netmarble, 21st Century Fox, and GAEA, which in total generated nearly $1 billion in value.
He’s been honored by Fortune in 40 under 40, CNN in Smartest People in Tech, and Business Insider’s Silicon Valley Top 100. Kevin Chou graduated magna cum laude from the UC Berkeley undergraduate Haas School of Business program. He serves on the Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley.
Will is the Chief Investment Officer and Founder of 100 Acre Ventures.
Prior to 100 Acre Ventures, Will spent six years at Passport Capital serving as the Chief Investment Officer of Passport Digital Holdings and Chief Risk Officer for Passport Capital. While at Passport, Will informed the portfolio construction process and provided guidance on position sizing, hedging, and risk management for the fund’s $4.5B in assets. Previously, Will was a Vice President at MSCI where he consulted with hedge funds on their portfolio construction process and their use of Barra and Risk Metrics.
He is a CFA charter holder and has a BS in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, with concentrations in Accounting and Finance. He currently sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the college of business.
Robby Gutmann is Co-Founder and CEO of NYDIG. He is also Co-Founder of Stone Ridge, where he is a member of the firm’s management committee and investment committee. Prior to his role as CEO of NYDIG, Robby served as Head of Product Development and Execution at Stone Ridge, overseeing investment strategy formulation and serving as a portfolio manager on all Stone Ridge funds. Robby received his BA in Mathematics and Music from Columbia University.
Meltem Demirors is Chief Strategy Officer of CoinShares, an investment firm that manages billions in assets on behalf of a global investor base, and is a trusted partner to investors and entrepreneurs navigating the digital asset ecosystem. Meltem oversees the firm’s managed strategies group and its New York office and leads corporate development.
Previously, she was part of the founding team of Digital Currency Group. As a veteran investor in the digital currency space, she has invested in over 250 companies in the ecosystem.
Meltem is passionate about education and advocacy, and teaches the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Programme and co-chairs the WEF Cryptocurrency Council.
Mark Yusko is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management. He is also the Managing Partner of Morgan Creek Digital Assets.
Morgan Creek Capital Management was founded in 2004 and currently manages close to $2 billion in discretionary and non-discretionary assets. Prior to founding Morgan Creek, Mr. Yusko was CIO and Founder of UNC Management Company (UNCMC), the Endowment investment office for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that, he was Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office. Mr. Yusko has been at the forefront of institutional investing throughout his career. An early investor in alternative asset classes at Notre Dame, he brought the Endowment Model of investing to UNC, which contributed to significant performance gains for the Endowment. The Endowment Model is the cornerstone philosophy of Morgan Creek, as is the mandate to Invest in Innovation.
Mr. Yusko is again at the forefront of investing through Morgan Creek Digital Assets, which was formed in 2018. Morgan Creek Digital is an early stage investor in blockchain technology, digital currency and digital assets through the firm’s Venture Capital and Digital Asset Index Fund.
Mr. Yusko received a BA with Honors from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago.
Peter McCormack is a full time journalist/podcaster covering topics such as Freedom, Human Rights, Censorship and Bitcoin. Peter created and hosts the What Bitcoin Did Podcast, a twice-weekly Bitcoin podcast where he interviews experts in the world of Bitcoin development, privacy, investment and adoption. Launched in November of 2017, the podcast has grown to over 100 episodes with a guest list that is a testament to the diversity of knowledge and opinions that represent the broader Bitcoin community. Expanding his growing list of human interest recordings, documentaries and films Peter has recently launched the Defiance podcast and DefianceTV.
Kevin Kelly is a Co-Ffounder and Head of Global Macro Strategy for Delphi Digital, a research & consulting firm dedicated to the digital asset market, where he provides key insight on the salient trends impacting both traditional and digital asset markets, helping bridge the gap between conventional market analysis and blockchain-specific applications.
In his prior role as a U.S. Equity Strategist, Kevin provided insight on global equity markets for a vast array of institutional clients. He is often cited in financial journalism or can be found discussing markets across various financial media outlets (TV, radio, etc.). Kevin is a CFA charterholder and co-host of The Delphi Podcast.
Luke Gromen has 25 years of experience in equity research, equity research sales, and as a macro/thematic analyst. He is the founder and president of macro/thematic research firm FFTT, LLC, which he founded in early 2014 to address and leverage the opportunity he saw created by applying what clients and former colleagues consistently described as a “unique ability to connect the dots” during a time when he saw an increasing “silo-ing” of perspectives occurring on Wall Street and in corporate America.
FFTT caters to institutions and sophisticated individuals by aggregating a wide variety of macroeconomic, thematic and sector trends in an unconventional manner to identify investable developing economic bottlenecks for his clients. Prior to founding FFTT, Luke was a founding partner of Cleveland Research Company, where he worked from 2006-14. At CRC, Luke worked in sales and edited CRC’s flagship weekly thematic research summary piece (“Straight from the Source”) for the firm’s clients. Prior to that, Luke was a partner at Midwest Research, where he worked in equity research and sales from 1996-2006. While in sales, Luke was a founding editor of Midwest’s widely-read weekly thematic summary (“Heard in the Midwest”) for the firm’s clients, in which he aggregated and combined proprietary research from Midwest with inputs from other sources.
Luke Gromen holds a BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He earned the CFA designation in 2003.
Dan founded Pantera Capital in 2003 – managing a billion dollars in hedge fund strategies. He previously served as Head of Macro Trading and CFO at Tiger Management with Julian Robertson. Dan began his career as a Collateralized Mortgage Obligation trader at Goldman Sachs. Dan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S. in Structural Engineering and received the Carmichael Prize for his thesis.
Pantera Capital is the first institutional investment firm focused exclusively on bitcoin, other digital currencies, and companies in the blockchain tech ecosystem. Pantera launched the first cryptocurrency fund in the United States when bitcoin was at $65/BTC in 2013. The firm subsequently launched the first exclusively-blockchain venture fund and recently concluded raising its third venture fund. In 2017 Pantera was the first firm to offer a pre-auction ICO fund. Pantera Bitcoin Fund has returned over 16,000% in seven years and has returned billions to its investors. Pantera manages $3.2bn across three strategies – passive, hedge, and venture — exclusively focused on bitcoin, other digital currencies, and companies in the blockchain tech ecosystem.
Prior to founding Ikigai Asset Management in 2018, Travis spent 10 years in traditional finance. From 2008-2010, he was an investment banker at Simmons & Company in Houston, focusing on energy M&A. From 2011- 2015, he was a senior analyst at Magnetar Capital in Chicago, investing in long/short energy equities and non-control private equity and debt. From 2015-2017, Travis was a Portfolio Manager at Point72 in New York, where he managed a L/S portfolio of energy and materials equities. Travis has a BS in Accounting and a MS in Finance from Texas A&M University.
RAC’s melody-driven indie-electronica washes over you like faint memories. The songs are soft, light, warm, and comforting, as though revisiting old photo albums and recalling years gone by without any of the day-to-day struggles. It’s at peace with the past, while lodged in the present.
Anjos had an unusual upbringing. He was raised overseas to parents who both worked as missionaries. His mother is American, and he always felt torn between worlds in terms of nationality, first language, even the concept of home itself. “I didn’t feel a part of any specific world, it was a bit alienating,” he recalls.
‘BOY’ pulls from these nascent years; ones in which words weren’t doing the talking, but more esoteric languages – little melodic phrases that would be stuck in his head, or plain pangs of the heart. Back in his youth, Anjos had to do it all from scratch with no knowledge of how to create. He was his own teacher and guide.
In the years since, he’s released three LPs, worked on Linkin Park’s final album, TV and film soundtracks, scored a ballet and remixed everyone from Lana del Rey to Odesza to Bob Marley. His songs have been streamed over half a billion times, he’s won a Grammy and his live performances have taken him to festivals the world over. He feels at ease with his success, and in a place of liberation to do and make as he pleases. The process of ‘BOY’ has changed him in a way that is now guiding his next moves.
Jason Buck is an entrepreneur and trader specializing in volatility, options hedging, and portfolio construction.
After living through 2008 as a commercial real estate developer, Jason became focused on how investors could better manage their risk. He spent the following decade consulting on portfolio construction and building bespoke long volatility strategies for family offices and high net worth individuals.
This experience in cross asset class trading spotlighted the need to create a diversified long volatility and tail risk fund designed to hedge the risks associated with economic downturns.
A former D1 soccer player and IMG academy graduate, Jason currently resides in Napa Valley, California.
Before founding Alameda and then FTX, Sam was a trader on Jane Street Capital’s international ETF desk. He traded a variety of ETFs, futures, currencies, and equities, and designed their automated OTC trading system. He graduated from MIT with a degree in physics.
Michael Moro has been CEO of Genesis since early 2016. Under his leadership the firm has grown from $115 million to over $40 billion in annual transactions, and has expanded from OTC trading into institutional borrowing, lending, derivatives, custody and prime brokerage services with offices in New York, London and Singapore. Previously, Moro served as COO of Genesis, responsible for all operations and management at the firm.
Prior to Genesis, Mr. Moro spent 6 years as Vice President and Director at SecondMarket, which grew to $2.5 billion in transactions and was acquired by NASDAQ. Before SecondMarket he spent 6 years working in investment banking at Citi, covering financial institutions including JP Morgan, Capital One and Sallie Mae.
Mr. Moro is a graduate of Georgetown University, holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 86/87 licenses, and is an active member of the Oversight Committee for the CME CF Bitcoin Pricing Products.
Co-Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder at Hyperion Decimus, LLC-Investment Manager for Libertas Fund, LLC, a quantitative-multi-strategy digital asset fund launched in 2018.
Since 2007, Mr. Sullivan has been in the securities and investment industry with concentrations in systematic strategies and algorithmic portfolio construction, volatility trading, futures and derivatives. Mr. Sullivan holds Series 3, 4, 7, 24, 30,31,66,215, AWMA, CRPC and is an active Chartered Market Technician (CMT).
Mr. Sullivan holds a BA in History and English, with minors in Music and Economics. He’s also completed an executive MBA in Blockchain at MIT SLOAN.
Mr. Lane has been with Silvergate since December 2008. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Silvergate Capital Corporation and is Chief Executive Officer of Silvergate Bank. With over 35 years of corporate and financial institution leadership experience, he formerly held the positions of Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Community Bancorp; Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Data Solutions, Inc.; and Director and Chief Executive Officer of Business Bank of California. In addition to his financial institution experience, Mr. Lane has served as President/CEO or Chief Financial Officer of both manufacturing and retail companies. Mr. Lane serves on the Board of Directors of Natural Alternatives International, Inc.
He earned his B.A. in Economics from San Diego State University.
James helped launch TradeStation Crypto’s offering which utilizes a true online brokerage model that self-directed investors and traders have come to expect for equities, futures, and foreign currency markets. He is a reputed crypto asset specialist and blockchain thought leader focused on helping people find innovative ways to participate in this space. He is active in the blockchain community with speaking engagements, TV appearances and mentoring. James has over 15 years of experience in the Fintech industry.
Steven McClurg is the Chief Investment Officer of Valkyrie Investments. He has considerable traditional finance and Fintech experience, ranging from insurtech and payments to blockchain.
Previously, Mr. McClurg was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, where he was a portfolio manager and responsible for portfolio construction and strategy for fixed income and private equity. Most recently, Mr. McClurg founded Theseus Capital, a blockchain-powered asset management platform which was acquired by a merchant bank, Galaxy Digital, where he continued as Managing Director, building their asset management and public funds businesses. He also co-founded payments company, Paydrop. He also has experience in leadership roles in technology companies such as Electronic Arts and Crowdfunder.
Mr. McClurg holds a Master of Science and an MBA from Pepperdine University, where he has served as an adjunct professor.
Dan Matuszewski is Principal and Co-Founder of CMS Holdings. Formerly, head of trading at Circle
After spending his early years as a finance executive, Robert began personally investing in the digital asset space in 2015 and became an early investor in Ethereum. Shortly after realizing that he discovered a space that combined three of his primary interests: technology, finance and social impact, Robert founded Parallax Digital in early 2017.
Prior to starting Parallax Digital, Robert served as the Consulting COO/CFO of Carepoynt, a venture funded healthcare software startup. Prior to that, he served as the CFO at Skywire, an international hospitality technology firm and served as the CFO of Xpert Exposition Services.
Roberts holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance and Masters of Accounting, Finance and Business Administration from the University of Tennessee of Knoxville. Robert is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Tennessee.
Andrew Tam is Senior Vice President of Marketing at BlockFi. In his role as a member of the company’s senior leadership team, Mr. Tam is responsible for BlockFi’s marketing strategy, including demand generation, growth initiatives, brand management, and marketing communications. He joined BlockFi from Credit Karma, where he served as Head of Marketing for Personal Loans, overseeing the company’s paid and owned channel marketing, product marketing, creative and brand strategies. He also served as a Senior Director of both Product and Performance Marketing at Credit Karma. Previously, Mr. Tam held the role of Vice President of Growth & Data Science at Apartment List, where he led a team focused on increasing the company’s demand-side value proposition across data science, product, and content initiatives. He also spent a number of his earlier years in the financial industry, working in private equity and investment banking. Mr. Tam is based in San Francisco and holds a BS in Finance and Management from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University.
Nic is a general partner at Castle Island Ventures, a Cambridge, MA-based venture firm investing in startups in the public blockchain industry, and the cofounder of Coin Metrics, a blockchain analytics firm. Previously, he served as Fidelity’s first cryptoasset analyst. Nic holds an Msc Finance from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in philosophy from the University of St Andrews.
Christian Catalini is a Co-Creator of Diem (formerly Libra), and the Chief Economist of the Diem Association. He is currently on leave from his role as Associate Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he founded the MIT Cryptoeconomics Lab and designed the MIT Digital Currency Research Study.
He is also a Faculty Research Fellow in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Christian’s research focuses on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and he previously worked on the economics of equity crowdfunding and startup growth, and the economics of scientific collaboration. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management), and MSc (summa cum laude) in Economics and Management of New Technologies from Bocconi University, Milan.
His research has been featured in Nature, Science, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, WIRED, NPR, Forbes, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, VICE news and the Washington Post among others. Christian has presented his work at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, London Business School, New York University, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, the Federal Reserve Bank, the US Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the World Bank, the IMF, the White House OSTP, and a number of central banks and regulators.
Ash Bennington is Senior Editor & Crypto Editor at Real Vision, where he covers finance, investing, and economics, with a particular focus on blockchain and digital assets. Prior to joining Real Vision, he ran CoinDesk’s market coverage. Mr. Bennington is a former CNBC reporter, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Nouriel Roubini’s Macro Economics Blog ‘Roubini EconoMonitor with Ash Bennington’. His work has appeared in Business Insider, The Christian Science Monitor, ZeroHedge, The Observer, and Yahoo Finance. Before becoming a journalist, he was a Vice President of e-Commerce at BB&T and held the title Assistant Vice-President & Technical Expert at Credit Suisse.
Christine Sandler is Head of Sales and Marketing for Fidelity Digital Assets℠, which provides enterprise-grade digital asset solutions for institutional investors. She leads all sales, marketing, and business development activity to accelerate business growth.
Prior to joining Fidelity Digital Assets, Christine served as U.S. Head of Sales for Coinbase, Inc. Shehas extensive experience in sales leadership and previously served as Head of Equity Electronic Sales for the Americas at Barclays Investment Bank, where she led cross-selling efforts and new business generation, and as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Sales for NYSE Euronext. Christine also previously served as Head of Electronic Sales at Merrill Lynch and worked as a buy-side trader.
An advocate for women’s leadership and the autistic community, she co-founded the Women’s Leadership Action Network, has chaired the Women in Finance Committee for the Security Trader’s Association, and serves as a Trustee of two public charter schools serving autistic students in New York.
Christine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and is a graduate of the INSEAD Global Executive Program.
Sebastian Moonjava is Associate Crypto Editor at Real Vision, where he covers crypto, decentralized finance, and token economics, with an emphasis on newer and more experimental projects in the digital asset space. Prior to joining Real Vision, he worked as a Community Manager for the crypto start up project Status.im. Sebastian has been actively involved in the crypto community since 2013, and full time in the space since 2016. His writings on crypto have been published by Hackernoon, Quartz and Keeping stock. Before joining the crypto space full time, he worked on several startups companies and held the title of Vice President of Investor Relations for Global Senior Housing.
Scott Melker is a crypto trader and investor, best known for hosting the Wolf Of All Streets podcast. He became a passionate advocate for Bitcoin after retiring from a 20 year career as a globe trotting DJ.
Neda recently joined Christie’s where she develops marketing strategy for the Americas, while leading Creative, Content, Strategy and Communications teams. She oversees the marketing campaigns for the Specialist Art Portfolios in the Americas, with a focus on innovation, data and best in class creative execution. Prior to Christie’s, Neda spent 2 decades working agency side in NY, SF, London and Paris. Most recently she was SVP, Managing Director of Client Services at R/GA where her client portfolio included Verizon, L’Oreal, Tiffany & Co, Unilever, Uber, Planned Parenthood, Amazon and ESPN.