gathering 2021.5



2021 has been an explosive year for digital assets. Thousands joined Real Vision for an electrifying one-day online event where crypto rock stars answered the questions, “Where are we NOW, where are we going, and how do you stake your claim on the future of everything?

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  • All Access Online Pass to the Crypto Gathering 2021.5, on September 17
  • Networking, chats, and Q&As in the Slack channels
  • Post-event access to transcripts
  • Lifetime access to Crypto Gathering 2021.5 recordings (subject to speaker permission)

Starting September 17, 10am ET

Crypto Gathering 2021.5

An update on the future of everything - online.
anywhere you are.
Sept. 17

Real Vision’s Crypto Gathering 2021.5 unites crypto tribes, the crypto curious, and rock star speakers.

Thousands of attendees enjoyed a full day online of exceptional conversations, panel discussions, event Slack channels, and more.

They joined A-listers including Dan Morehead, Raoul Pal, Caitlin Long, Hunter Horsley, and more…

Err. Why is it called “2021.5”?!

Fair question. In March, more than 12,000 people attended Real Vision’s Crypto Gathering 2021 online event. Victor F. summed up the mood in Slack by saying: “Once a year… I’d be thrilled if this event happened once a month.”

2021 has been a landmark year for digital assets. So while we can’t do a monthly Crypto Gathering… it’s definitely time for a fresh day of exploring the space.

So What Happened?

Sept 17, 2021

Typical Macro: All the Buses Come Along At Once
10:00am – 10:50am ET
with Mark Yusko and Dan Morehead, hosted by Ash Bennington

Is There Life in the Metaverse?
11:05am – 11:50am ET
with Jamie Burke, hosted by Samuel Burke

NFT-ology: Who Owns the Future?
12:00pm – 12:45pm ET
with Dr. Pippa Malmgren and Matt Hougan, hosted by Damian Horner

Old Rules for a New World?
1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
with Caitlin Long and Brian Brooks, hosted by Ash Bennington

VC Has Entered the Chat
2:15pm – 3:15pm ET
Brian Foster and Matthew Beck, hosted by Raoul Pal

Raoul’s Adventures in Crypto: Novo’s Big Picture Crypto View

3:45pm – 4:30pm ET
with Mike Novogratz, hosted by Raoul Pal

2021: DeFi Goes Exponential
4:45pm – 6:00pm ET
with Hunter Horsley, Ben Forman, Peter Hans, and Ryan Todd, hosted by Ash Bennington

Your Rock Star Speakers

Nowhere else on the planet will you find this mix of digital assets A-listers, macro key thinkers, and investing heavy hitters.

Founder & CEO

Avanti Financial Group

Co-Founder & CEO

Real Vision


Morgan Creek Capital Management

CEO & Co-Chief Investment Officer


Partner, Monaco Foundry

Former Economic Advisor to President George W. Bush


Bitwise Asset Management

Senior Crypto Editor

Real Vision


Bitwise Asset Management

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Real Vision

Director of Investments

Digital Currency Group

Managing Director


Ben Forman

Managing Partner

ParaFi Capital

Managing Editor & Senior Host

Real Vision

Senior Manager

Coinbase Ventures

Research Lead, Digital Assets

Fintech Collective

Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency

Jamie Burke

Founder & CEO

Outlier Ventures

Who’s Crypto Gathering 2021.5 For?

It’s for you. Yep… you. It’s called “Gathering” for a reason – because it unites all the digital assets tribes for a full day of learning from each other and from our rock star line-up. At Real Vision we believe that the massive diversity of experiences and opinions in the digital assets space is a strength, not a weakness.

Designed with both crypto novices and experts in mind, Crypto Gathering 2021.5 is packed with both big picture macro analysis and actionable information.

That’s why Crypto Gathering 2021.5 is for you if you’re…





The curious could be forgiven for thinking you’ve “missed” the digital revolution. But you haven’t… not even close. If you dive into your learning journey now, you’re still early…

So the best time to start learning about it? Right now…


2021 is the year crypto and macro worlds converged. There’s been an influx of institutional investment, and traditional finance tools like options, ETFs and more are joining the digital assets space all the time.

So now’s the time to get a handle on what’s happening.


Whether you think Bitcoin is the one true digital asset and everything else is a s**tcoin… or you think digital assets provide a real life-raft to the broken financial system…

Crypto Gathering 2021.5 will deliver a day of full-spectrum analysis.

Reaction to Crypto Gathering 2021

I’m already excited for Crypto Gathering 2022 and it’s not even over.”  – Nathan

These events are 100% better than any professional training experience.” – Nik D.

Blown away. Head exploding, TMI! My face is actually aching from holding excited expressions for the last 3 days!” – Caroline

Keep up the great work! For people that are on the fence… 1 year RV membership is the same price as an annual TV license (in the UK)… think about which one can bring you the most value…” – Ben M

Thank you, Real Vision… It’s 2am and I have to work in 4 hours. Worth it.” – Luis G

This single discussion paid for the entire price of this conference BY FAR!!!” – Shane T.

Great work, this has been the best $99 ever spent.” – Bobby C.

Amazing conversations today and the past couple days. Just keep getting blown away.” – Richard

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Excellent info, access best minds in crypto and a Masters Degree in Crypto in 3 days – Thanks Real Vision and Raoul.” – Katie

Thank you to everyone who made this an unbelievable event. More knowledge shared in 3 days than anywhere else on the planet (or metaverse).” – Kevin H.

Thank you, RV, you provide more value for money than my psychiatrist…” – Alexandros A

Congratulations Real Vision!! This was an absolutely and incredibly mind-blowing last few days… Really exciting and inspiring!” – Benjamin E.

About The Crypto Gathering

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, and its success led to the birth of the Real Vision Crypto channel, the world’s premier cryptocurrency and digital assets video channel.

In March 2021, the second annual Crypto Gathering – this time with more than 12,000 people gathering.

Now, it’s time for our first ever inter-Gathering update. It’s Crypto Gathering 2021.5.

About Real Vision

Real Vision is an on-demand finance and education platform you can watch basically anywhere (mobile, desktop, smart TV).

We’re on a mission to democratize access to financial intelligence. And we help you understand the complex world of finance, business and the global economy with real in-depth analysis from real experts.

The 140,000+ Real Vision members get a competitive edge like no other on the planet…


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 2021.5 will be quite literally that – a gathering.

Whether you’re a crypto novice or a veteran, we will widen your understanding of this revolution.

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 one day…

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.

Caitlin Long

Custodia Bank, Founder & CEO

Caitlin Long is Founder & CEO of Custodia Bank. A 22-year Wall Street veteran, Ms. Long became involved with Bitcoin in 2012. She was a managing director who ran Morgan Stanley’s pension solutions business (2007-16), held senior roles at Credit Suisse (1997-2007) and began her career at Salomon Brothers (1994-97).

From 2016-18 she jointly spearheaded a blockchain project for delivering market index data to Vanguard as chairman and president of Symbiont, an enterprise blockchain start-up. In 2017, after a flaw in a Wyoming law blocked her from donating appreciated bitcoin to endow a scholarship for female engineers at the University of Wyoming, she volunteered to help fix the statute. That led to her helping spearhead a multi-year initiative to make Wyoming, her native state, an oasis for blockchain companies in the US, where Wyoming has enacted 24 blockchain-enabling laws since 2018. Two Wyoming governors have appointed her to serve on the Wyoming Legislature’s Blockchain Task Force/Blockchain Select Committee.

She is a graduate of Harvard Law School (JD, 1994), the Kennedy School of Government (MPP, 1994) and the University of Wyoming (BA, 1990).

Raoul Pal

Real Vision, Co-Founder & CEO

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 235,000 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.

Mark Yusko

Morgan Creek Capital Management, CEO & CIO

Mark Yusko is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management and the Managing Partner at Morgan Creek Digital Assets. Prior to forming Morgan Creek, Mr. Yusko was President, Chief Investment Officer and Founder of UNC Management Company, the Endowment investment office for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from 1998 to 2004.

Throughout his tenure, he directly oversaw strategic and tactical asset allocation recommendations to the Investment Fund Board, investment manager selection, manager performance evaluation, spending policy management and performance reporting. Total assets under management were $1.5 billion ($1.2 billion in endowment assets and $300 million in working capital).

Until 1998, Mr. Yusko was the Senior Investment Director for the University of Notre Dame Investment Office where he joined as the Assistant Investment Officer in October of 1993. He worked with the Chief Investment Officer in all aspects of Endowment Management.

Mr. Yusko received a BA with Honors from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago. Mr. Yusko is an Advisory Board member of a number of private capital partnerships and alternative investment programs and has served as a consultant on alternative investments to a select group of institutions. Mr. Yusko is an Investment Committee member of the MCNC Endowment, President and Chairman of the Investment Committee of The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Foundation at the University of Notre Dame, and President and Head of the Investment Committee of the Morgan Creek Foundation.

Dan Morehead

Pantera, CEO & Co-Chief Investment Officer

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.

Dr. Pippa Malmgren

Partner Monaco Foundry, Former Economic Advisor to President George W. Bush

Dr. Pippa Malmgren is a former Presidential Advisor, Chief Currency Strategist, and Deputy Head of Global Strategy for global banks.

She has been nominated for the National Technology Awards in 2020 and named a Most Influential Woman in Tech by AccelerateHer and We Are Tech Women. She is also a best-selling author of award-winning Books including: Geopolitics for Investors (2015), Signals: How Everyday Signs Help Us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy, a crowd-funded best-seller (2016), and The Leadership LAB: Understanding Leadership in the 21st Century (2018) a bestseller which was an FT Business Book of the Month and named Business Book of the Year and Best Book on Leadership in 2019.

She gave the commencement addresses at the London School of Economics in 2013 and 2016 and lectures at Sandhurst, INSEAD, Duke Fuqua Global Executive MBA. She has also lectured at U Texas Austin and Tsinghua University. Makes regular appearances as a guest anchor on CNBC and a commentator on the BBC including The Today Program, Newsnight, Hard Talk, and on Monocle Radio.

Hunter Horsley

Bitwise Asset Management, CEO

Hunter Horsley is Chief Executive Officer of Bitwise Asset Management. Prior to Bitwise, he was a product manager at Facebook, working on advertiser products including the multibillion-dollar sponsored content ecosystem and ad breaks in videos. Before Facebook, Horlsey was a product manager at Instagram, responsible for multiple advertising products generating several hundred million dollars of revenue. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in economics. Recently, Horsley was named a member of Forbes’ 2019 “30 Under 30” list.

Ash Bennington

Real Vision, Senior Crypto Editor

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.

Matt Hougan

Bitwise Asset Management, CIO

Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, and financial technology. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Bitwise Asset Management, the world’s largest provider of cryptocurrency index funds. He was previously CEO of ETF.com and Inside ETFs, where he helped build the world’s first ETF data and analytics system, the leading ETF media site, and the world’s largest ETF conference.

Matt is co-author of two publications for the CFA Institute Research Foundation: “A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds” and “Cryptoassets: The Guide to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Professional Investors.” He is a crypto columnist for Forbes, a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable, a member of the ETFdb’s ETF Hall of Fame, and the eighth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from ETF.com for contributions to the ETF industry.

Hougan sits on the board of directors for Equbot, creator of the first AI-driven ETFs (in partnership with IBM Watson), and is a strategic advisor to multiple crypto-and financial advisor-related startups, including Blockworks, Stratifi, Advisor Circle, and Exchange.

Damian Horner

Real Vision, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

After studying Psychology, Damian began his career in Advertising and Design.
He worked at some of the biggest agencies in Europe before co-founding a creative hotshop where he won multiple awards, was listed as one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in Media’ and even worked with Damien Hirst on a campaign that was later exhibited at the Tate Modern Gallery.

In his spare time he also curated a major exhibition at The Design Museum in London.

Following the sale of his agency to a major global network, Damian spent a year travelling through the French Canals to Spain with his young family in a wooden boat.
He co-wrote the story of their adventure with his wife – and their book was published internationally (hardback and paperback) by Orion.

Damian lived in Spain for ten years and from that base he worked globally as a marketing strategist with clients such as Microsoft and Universal Records. He also worked in the book industry where he is particularly well-known for his strategies for many famous authors including JK Rowling, Lee Child, Jodi Picoult and Stephen King.

Damian was also part of the core team that conceived ‘Belgravia’ the multi-media story app developed with Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame. This was subsequently turned into a successful novel and television series.

Damian then went on to conceive and develop an award-winning, No.1 gaming app that was highlighted by Apple for its revolutionary and genre-bending approach.

Now Damian is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Real Vision.

Real Vision is a disruptive financial media brand, created to help investors understand the complex world of finance, business and the global economy, with in-depth analysis from real experts.

The video platform delivers exclusive, long-form interviews, research, documentaries and analysis from impossible to access guests and the sharpest minds in global finance.

There is also written research and a range of live events held all over the world.

In addition, Real Vision is commissioned by leading financial services brands and fintech to create and distribute bespoke video content on their behalf.

Real Vision has a young, wealthy and educated audience that engages with content at levels that are unprecedented in the industry.

Matthew Beck

Digital Currency Group, Director of Investments

Matt joined Digital Currency Group in 2020 as Director of Investments after four years building DCG’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Grayscale Investments. As Director of Investments at DCG, Matt oversees digital currency investment strategies, and looks to capitalize on opportunities across public and private markets.

Prior to joining Grayscale, Matt worked at MSCI and Bridgewater Associates.

Matt graduated from Lafayette College and is a CFA charterholder.

Peter Hans

Arca, Managing Director

Peter Hans is Managing Director at Arca Funds and is responsible for all aspects of strategy and management across IR, distribution and strategic relationships. Peter also serves on the Risk Committee for the Arca Digital Assets Fund.

Prior to joining Arca, Peter was the co-founder and CEO of the popular financial technology company, Harvest Exchange, which he ran from its founding in 2013 through 2019. For the past 20 years, Peter has led teams and been responsible for goal-exceeding organic growth across multiple asset management and capital markets companies.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Colby College and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University.

Ben Forman

ParaFi Capital, Managing Partner

Mr. Forman is the Founder and Managing Partner of ParaFi Capital. ParaFi is a leading investment firm focused on the blockchain and digital asset markets, and an early pioneer in decentralized finance (“DeFi”). ParaFi is one of the largest investors, users, and governance participants within the DeFi ecosystem, spanning the full network lifecycle from pre-launch to full decentralization. Mr. Forman serves as the Chief Investment Officer across the firm’s strategies, which include fundamental token investing, crypto fixed income, and venture investing.

Prior to founding ParaFi in 2018, Mr. Forman spent 10 years at leading alternative investment managers, including KKR and TPG. While at KKR, Mr. Forman served as a Director in the Credit business, investing across a wide array of industry sectors and strategies, including distressed special situations, private credit, and opportunistic and liquid credit. Prior to KKR, Mr. Forman served as a Vice President with TPG’s former credit business, Sixth Street Partners, as one of the first investment professionals to join the platform, helping scale its private credit vehicle, TPG Specialty Lending, which listed publicly in 2014.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Forman worked in private equity at Littlejohn & Company and investment banking at Rothschild & Co. Mr. Forman graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Samuel Burke

Real Vision, Managing Editor & Senior Host

Samuel Burke is a three-time Emmy award-winning business journalist who serves as Real Vision’s Managing Editor and Senior Host.

Prior to joining Real Vision, he produced, reported and anchored at CNN, ABC and NPR. Burke has interviewed the heads of the world’s largest companies like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, Tinder Founder Sean Rad, Ford CEO James Hackett, T-Mobile CEO John Legere, former Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, former Ford CEO Mark Fields, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, TransferWise CEO Taavet Hinrikus, as well as heads of state such as Robert Mugabe, Israeli Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, as well as Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

Brian Foster

Brian Foster

Coinbase Ventures, Senior Manager

Brian Foster is a Senior Manager on Coinbase’s Institutional Sales, Trading, and Prime Services team and an investment committee member of Coinbase Ventures.

Previously, Brian held strategy and product roles at Curv, a digital asset security company, acquired by PayPal, and was a VC at Founder Collective and Innovation Endeavors (FKA Marker LLC), where he focused primarily on crypto assets, cybersecurity, and enterprise software. He began his career in marketing and sales at BuysideFX, an FX trading software start-up.

Brian holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Middlebury College.

Ryan Todd

Fintech Collective, Research Lead, Digital Assets

Ryan is the Research Lead of Digital Assets at Fintech Collective and sits within the firm’s dedicated DeFi Strategy.

Previously, he was a research analyst at The Block and helped to build out its public markets coverage of the broader digital asset ecosystem. Prior to crypto, he started his career at Deutsche Bank as an equity analyst in Financials & Payments.

Ryan’s research has been cited and has made appearances on Bloomberg, CNBC, Cheddar, among other outlets.

Brian Brooks

Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency

Brian Brooks is one of the most visionary global leaders in fintech and cryptocurrency. Cointelegraph ranked him 13thon its list of the top 100 people in blockchain, and Qredo placed him on the list of America’s top 20 crypto regulatory voices. In January 2021, Crunchbase ranked Brian tenth on its list of global influencers. Brian recently served as CEO of Binance.US, one of the ten largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world.

From May 2020 to January 2021, Brian served as Acting Comptroller of the Currency, heading the U.S. government agency that charters and supervises the federal banking system. He also served as a member of the FDIC board of directors and as a voting member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council. Often referred to as the “first fintech Comptroller” and “CryptoComptroller,” Brian is noted for historic achievements on bank charters, granting the first fintech charter (to Varo Bank) and the first crypto charter (to Anchorage Digital Bank), as well as for his work promoting bank-fintech partnerships through the “valid when made” rule and the “true lender rule.” He also signed the Fair Access Rule, designed to ensure open access to the banking system for all legal businesses regardless of political popularity.

Earlier in his career, Brian served as chief legal officer of Coinbase; general counsel of Fannie Mae; vice chairman of OneWest Bank, N.A.; and managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

Brian currently serves on the boards of directors of Interfirst Mortgage, Spring Labs, Valor Latitude Acquisition Corp., and EJF Acquisition Corp., and he is a previous board member of Fortune 20 mortgage giant Fannie Mae and fintech unicorn Avant, Inc. He has been an advisor to such fintech innovators as EarnUp, LoanSnap, TextIQ, HyperDraft, and others. Brian is also an accomplished pianist and a former board member of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

Mike Novogratz

Galaxy Digital, Founder & CEO

Michael Novogratz is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Galaxy Digital. He was formerly a Partner and President of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Prior to Fortress, Mr. Novogratz spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was elected Partner in 1998. Mr. Novogratz served on the New York Federal Reserve’s Investment Advisory Committee on Financial Markets from 2012 –2015. Mr. Novogratz serves as the Chairman of The Bail Project and has made criminal justice reform a focus of his family’s foundation. He also serves as the Chairman of Hudson River Park Friends, and sits on the boards of NYU Langone Medical Center, the Princeton Varsity Club, Jazz Foundation of America, and Artists for Peace and Justice. Mr. Novogratz received an AB in Economics from Princeton University, and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army.


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