Real Vision and MGM Resorts have joined forces to host a groundbreaking event on the biggest revolution since the internet: blockchain.
At the iconic MGM Grand in Las Vegas, we’ll be exploring blockchain’s present and future… how it’s touching almost every industry and transforming our lives — and we’re still only in the early days.
The Takeover will be a big event with big names and even bigger ideas. The current price of bitcoin will probably be discussed during lunch, but rarely on stage…
And the After-Dark Takeover will bring the community together with parties in some of Las Vegas’ most celebrated venues (and bring the house down).
Here are just 6 of the rock stars joining us live in Las Vegas — featured speakers updated regularly.
With the Cayman Islands’ closing its borders for much of the last 18 months, having the CEO and co-founder of Real Vision on the ground in Vegas wasn’t a done deal… but now it is. Raoul will be hosting and joining several chats onstage and at parties…
The creator of “Aku Dreams” will be joining us in Las Vegas for a special panel hosted by Delphi Digital’s Kevin Kelly. Buckle up for a fascinating discussion on building a Web 3.0 native media company, how it will transform the media landscape, and what it means for us as the audience.
The multi-platinum Grammy-winning super-producer was recently ranked by Billboard Number 3 on a list of the 50 greatest producers of the 21st century. He has launched his own NFT series, Opera Noir, and united with Bored Ape Yacht Club owners to form Ape-In-Productions. He’ll be talking about the future of music ownership, Ape-In Production’s OG token, and more.
Perianne is the founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. She’ll be joining Caitlin Long to discuss regulations (and a few more surprises)…
When you want someone to discuss, predict, and strategize on the state of crypto regulation on a state level… you want Caitlin Long, founder and CIO of Avanti Financial Group. She’ll be joined by Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce.
in LAS VEGAS
NFTs. DAOs. Fan tokens. It’s a new era of ownership, community, and business models, and it’s transforming entire industries overnight. Where do we go from here?
Decentralized technology is giving communities a real stake in everything from environmental changes to cannabis manufacturing, from healthcare to racial bias. What does society 10 years from now look like?
Hey Wall Street, there’s a new occupier in town. The fractionalization of everything is here: from collectibles to real estate to people themselves. Could this be the true democratization of finance?
Even a year ago, crypto was still the Wild Wild West. Now we’re down to the Wild West, with the mainstream takeover happening at a dizzying pace. As regulators struggle to keep up, what’s next?
All times are US Pacific Time (PST)
Important info for booking your flights… The full agenda is coming your way very soon, but event registration will start from 2:00pm PST on Thursday, December 9, and continue throughout.
Opening sessions will start later that day at 5:00pm PST.
On the last day, Saturday December 11, sessions end at 5:30pm PST, and the party (and after party) will run to around 2:00am PST.
Here’s a taste of what’s coming up…
5 Tracks: Arts and Entertainment, Regulation, Finance and Investing, Society and Business, the Future.
Important: All sessions excluding VIP-only sessions will be recorded – and all attendees get post-event access.
Registration Check-In — Welcome to Las Vegas
Reception — Welcome to The Takeover and the MGM Grand
NFT-ing the World
with Raoul Pal and Bill Tai (MAINSTAGE)
VIP After Dinner Drinks
Our mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and blockchain-based technologies. Through education, advocacy and working closely with policymakers, regulatory agencies and industry, our goal is to develop an environment that fosters innovation, jobs and investment.
Extraordinary experiences. Iconic venues. Rule-breaking content with big names.
After-dark parties and dinners. The in-person experience in Las Vegas will be unforgettable…
(For Covid protocols, see here.)
There are just 400 General Admission tickets available in total — and not many left.
Real Vision members: please check your email for your unique additional discount code.
Your Pass includes:
The Takeover Sessions: Full access to general sessions and keynotes, General Admission breakout sessions, and breakfast and lunches on December 10 and 11.
The MGM Grand Takeover: Attendees have access to an excellent rate at the main event venue, The MGM Grand. Details on how to take advantage of this rate will be delivered by email.
On-the-Ground Community Access: Every attendee will be invited to a special Takeover Discord group to facilitate meetings, drinks, and parties.
Post-Event Access: It’s going to be a packed 3 days, but don’t worry about missing a thing – a complete Virtual Pass is included in your access.
The Takeover After-Dark: Your Early Adopter Pass includes access to a welcome party on Night One, plus the Final Party and After Party on Saturday, December 11.
Strictly limited to 50
With just 50 VIP Passes available, this gives you the next level of access and experience at The Takeover.
Your VIP Pass includes:
The Takeover Sessions: Full access to general sessions and keynotes, VIP breakout sessions, and lunches and private VIP breakfasts on December 10 and 11.
The NoMad Takeover: A suite at the NoMad is included in your VIP pass. Our concierge team will reach out once your ticket is confirmed to take care of the booking.
On-the-Ground Community Access: Every attendee will be invited to a special Takeover Discord group to facilitate meetings, drinks, and parties.
Post-Event Access: It’s going to be a packed 3 days, but don’t worry about missing a thing – a complete Virtual Pass is included in your access.
The Takeover After-Dark: Your VIP Pass includes access to VIP drinks, dinner, and a welcome party on December 9, VIP drinks and dinner on December 10, the Final Party and After Party on December 11, and more.
More guests and full agenda to be announced soon…
The MGM Grand is the central node during the day, but The Takeover attendees will be partying at some of Las Vegas’ most iconic venues…
“This is an incredible group of brilliant, unique investors and entrepreneurs who each bring something unique and distinctive to the table and who enjoy each other’s company and hanging out together.”
— Ben H.
“Extraordinary! World class applied experience being articulated from some of the most elite people in finance. Nothing remotely like this or even a fraction of it available anywhere in the world.”
— Shane T.
“This conference could be one of those seminal landmarks in the history of finance.”
— Daniel A.
“Blown away. Head exploding, TMI! My face is actually aching from holding excited expressions for the last 3 days!”
“Thanks for doing this. It’s definitely one of the best crypto/macro events/gathering/collective of speakers and ideas I have ever attended. Fantabulous…”
— Manish G.
“Thank you, RV, you provide more value for money than my psychiatrist…”
— Alexandros A.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Excellent info, access the best minds in crypto and a Masters Degree in Crypto in 3 days – Thanks Real Vision and Raoul.”
“Real Vision is becoming something iconic in the world of financial education.”
— Adrian D.
“Forget drinking from a firehose, this is drinking from Niagara Falls… Love it. Thanks Real Vision.”
Yes…! We have negotiated a discount for all Real Vision members. Your unique discount code has been emailed to you – if you didn’t receive it, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have the code, simply click register, select your preferred ticket type, and click “Add promo code” at the checkout.
An allocation of discounted rooms is available at the MGM Grand for GA attendees.
MGM Resorts has kindly extended these special rates for several days before and after, in case you want to turn your trip into a Vegas vacation…
You can book your room now through this link.
VIP Pass holders — your room is included in your ticket. Details to follow soon.
As part of our commitment to safety at The Takeover, all attendees must provide proof of vaccination OR negative COVID-19 test results in order to receive a badge to enter the event.
The Takeover will be using Health Pass by CLEAR, which provides a secure, digital proof of COVID-related health insights via the free CLEAR mobile app. Complete your health screening with Health Pass by CLEAR ahead of time for expedited check-in and entry.
Download and enroll here: https://clear.app.link/thetakeover
For testing, only lab-administered PCR and antigen COVID-19 tests will be accepted and must be administered within 72 hours of the event(s) you are attending. (On-site testing will be available on Thursday, December 9, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm, and on Friday, December 10, from 7:00am to 11:00am.)
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 200,000+ Real Vision members get a competitive edge like no other on the planet…
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.
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.
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.
Caitlin Long is Founder & CEO of Avanti Bank & Trust. 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).
Mark Yusko is the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management. 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.
Kelli Richards is recognized as a leader and a trailblazer in the world of digital media where Silicon Valley meets Hollywood. She was a long-time Apple exec in charge of music and entertainment and has worked with tech & media execs, celebs, musicians, innovators and entrepreneurs fostering new ways to re-imagine content creation, monetization and distribution to delight consumers. In a nutshell, suffice it to say that she works on cool things with cool people.
She’s also served as a trusted advisor to these same individuals as they’ve approached their “what’s next” crossroads. In this context, she has supported them holistically across both their professional and personal lives to re-invent and pivot such that their lives are more fulfilling and more focused on what really matters to them. She thrives in working with purpose-driven, creative, innovative and forward-thinking women who want more meaning from their work and their lives as they fine-tune their legacies.
Kelli is known as a thought leader as host of her own podcast, has published several books and scores of articles in leading publications, and is frequently sought after as a guest contributor for select podcasts and events. She’s a Senior Partner with Monaco Foundry. She holds an MBA, two coaching certifications (focused on integrative coaching), & has been honored as a “Top 100 Woman of Influence” by Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Kevin Kelly is a co-founder 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.
Perianne Boring is the Founder & President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. The Chamber’s mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and blockchain-based technologies. Working with policymakers, regulatory agencies, and industry, the Chamber advocates for a pro-growth policy environment that fosters job creation, innovation, and investment.
Perianne was named America’s Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes. In 2016, she was named 10 Most Influential People in Blockchain by CoinDesk.
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.
Fabian Alsultany is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Bitfury Surround in North America. Alsultany’s quarter-century of experience has spanned music, live events, and emerging tech. Previously, he served as Director of Business Development for the blockchain platform, RChain Cooperative, where he focused on the development of music technologies related to the future of streaming, micropayments, and digital identity. As VP of Programming for Wanderlust Festivals, he curated seven weekend-long festivals and 40 single-day events in top urban markets. He served as the lead business advisor for the largest concert in the history of Cuba. Alsultany served in executive positions at Palm Pictures as Director of A&R alongside industry legend Chris Blackwell (Island Records, Bob Marley, U2) and with Putumayo World Music as Director of Festivals & Tours. He founded and produced the 2012 Tadasana Festival of Yoga and Music in Santa Monica in partnership with Kevin Wall (LiveAid, Live Earth). Showcasing his creative side, he has toured internationally as a DJ and musician, releasing multiple albums as an artist and producer. Alsultany is a longtime supporter of artists, spending the last five years immersed in blockchain in order to support artists and fans being rewarded through micropayments, smart ticketing, digital assets, and generational royalty distribution.
Gabby is the Co-founder of Yield Guild Games, a play-to-earn gaming guild. YGG invests in yield-producing NFTs in games and virtual worlds organizes its player community from around the world to earn an income from playing these games.
He has been making games since 2003 and have shipped 20+ games on mobile and PC platforms. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Altitude Games, a mobile and crypto game developer, and Chairman of Alto.io, a platform that connects games to the blockchain. These days, he is most excited about the various applications of blockchain for the game industry.
He is a founding member and former president of the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP) and former coordinator of the IGDA Manila chapter.
Josh Neuman is President of MELON, a powerhouse metaverse development studio, focused on Roblox. MELON’s proprietary technology and systems have powered the development of experiences and virtual goods across music, sports, fashion and film/TV. MELON recently created the first avatar-based music concert on Roblox with Tai Verdes (Arista/SONY Music Entertainment) and was responsible for the record-breaking Chipotle “Boorito” campaign on Roblox.
Josh is an entertainment and music industry pioneer with over 25 years of experience. Before joining MELON in late 2020, he co-founded 88rising, where he served as COO for six years, developing the company from the ground up to become a leading Asian music and media lifestyle brand with a huge digital footprint, artist roster, festival properties, product/apparel and brand division. Previously, Josh managed artists such as Tiësto and Fall Out Boy, and built major artist management firms. Josh also founded Recreation Worldwide, a brand creative agency and the THUMP EDM content platform, which were acquired by VICE Media in 2016. Josh has been at the intersection of celebrity culture, media and brands throughout his career and has architected some of the most innovative partnerships in the space.
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.
Timothy is the founder and CEO of Emerging Transport Advisors providing strategic guidance to companies, investors, startups and governments on the emerging active, shared, electric, connected and automated transport transition. He is a trusted thought leader in both technology and government with extensive global experience in the movement of people and things.
Previous roles include strategic partnerships at Google X and Waymo, where he collaborated with teams to prepare the company’s commercialization, set up first-in-kind partnerships to launch the world’s first highly automated mobility as a service. Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco’s municipal transportation agency, where he lead cross-functional teams to deliver high profile initiatives including; the US Smart City Challenge; the Strategic Work Plan which met its 50% sustainable mode share goal 3 years early; major multimodal, shared mobility and mixed-use redevelopment public/private partnership projects; and the Mayor’s Vision Zero traffic safety program.
His unique insights and thought leadership draw from his varied experience and strong track record to join the dots, lead teams, build partnerships and deliver innovation.
LinkedIn: Timothy Papandreou
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.
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.
Denise Shull’s Wall Street career began in 1994 when she joined one of the first electronic trading firms in Chicago. She then traded at Schonfeld Securities before she was recruited to move to New York to run her own desk at Sharpe Capital.
In 2003, an academic journal published her pioneering University of Chicago master’s thesis “The Neurobiology of Freud’s Repetition Compulsion.” This led Denise to discover the then emerging research indicating that, contrary to popular belief, emotion is required for perception, judgment and decision making.
She founded The ReThink Group in 2006 to apply this radical finding to the problem of market and risk decision making. The Shull Method, based on modern psychoanalysis and the science of anticipatory affect, is outlined in her 2012 book, Market Mind Games: A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk which has been reviewed as the “best of its genre” and a “veritable Rosetta Stone of trading psychology.”
In 2016, Ms Shull’s consulting company added professional athletes to their client roster and today also work with Broadway Directors and Sports Agents as well as investing firms.
Demetri Kofinas is a media entrepreneur and financial analyst whose mission is to help others uncover the hidden forces and pivotal patterns shaping our world. His contrarian perspective and critical-thinking approach has helped hundreds of thousands of people make smarter, more informed decisions.
He is currently host of the Hidden Forces podcast, where he gives listeners an edge by using a financial and cultural lens to help them make connections, challenge consensus narratives, and realize novel ways of looking at complex problems.
To keep up to date on his latest thinking, listen to Hidden Forces at hiddenforces.io, and follow Demetri on Twitter @kofinas.
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.
Shawn Layden is the former Chairman of PlayStation Worldwide Studios for Sony Interactive Entertainment. Prior to that, Layden was President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, responsible for leading the PlayStation business in the Americas.
Layden has more than 30 years of experience in the gaming, consumer electronics and digital entertainment industries, including over 20 years at Sony Interactive Entertainment where he held a variety of senior positions including President of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and for over eight years led international software development in London for the PlayStation European studios. Layden also served as COO and founding executive of Sony Network Entertainment and drove the dramatic growth of the PlayStation Network.
He joined Sony Corporation’s corporate communications department in 1987 in Tokyo, Japan, and worked for several years as a secretary and communications advisor for Sony founder and Chairman, Akio Morita.
Layden graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in American Studies.
In 2015, David founded Wachsman to provide public relations support to the rapidly growing bitcoin ecosystem. Wachsman has since expanded to become a leading communications-based consultancy for the blockchain industry, with more than 115 employees working from offices in New York, Dublin, and Singapore.
David and his team have represented and acted as strategic consultants to more than 200 of the most indispensable companies, organizations and projects in blockchain including eToro, R3, Hedera Hashgraph, CoinDesk, Chainlink, The Government of Gibraltar, Protocol Labs, Rarible, Bitso, Galaxy Interactive, Stellar, Avalanche, Cosmos, NGC Ventures, Bitcoin Suisse, Cardano, Core Scientific, Framework Ventures, Decentraland, Kraken, Cosmos, Dash, Rally, Zilliqa and Block.one, among others.
Before founding Wachsman, David led the day-to-day operations for a boutique public relations agency in Manhattan and held roles in advertising, political affairs, and biotechnology.
Andrew Rosener is an industry leading Domain Broker, Domain Investor, Digital Asset Investor and pioneer in domain name valuation methodology. He has completed more than $500 Million in domain name transactions and has been involved in Bitcoin and other crypto currencies since 2013.
The industry leader in third party escrow services, Escrow.com, has recognized Andrew and his firm, MediaOptions.com, as the #1 or #2 Domain Broker in the World since 2013 when they began the Award. He has also won and been nominated for many other awards, including Domain Name Hall of Fame and Domain Investor of the Year. Furthermore, Andrew Rosener is the creator of the Rosener Equation, an algorithm that determines the full objective end user or retail value for premium generic .com domain names. “My job is to create liquidity for an illiquid asset,” says Andrew.
Andrew is Co-Founder & CEO of MediaOptions.com, a boutique domain acquisition & domain brokerage firm specialized in ultra-premium & high value domain names, where he has led the company to complete 9 figures in dollar sales of domain names for both startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. Andrew is responsible for the acquisition of X.com by Elon Musk, RH.com by Restoration Hardware, Zoom.com by ZOOM as well as Prime.com, Podcast.com, Tube.com, Author.com and others by Amazon, just a few examples of the tens of thousands of domain names he has sold over the years.
Andrew is also the Chairman & Co-Founder of Ganjapreneur.com, a leading B2B Legal Cannabis Media Platform, a Bitcoin investor & an active Angel Investor in the consumer tech, legal cannabis & consumer products spaces. Recent interests and investments include NFT’s, particularly Bored Ape Yacht Club where he among the top 1% of owners in the World.
He now lives in Lisbon, Portugal with his wife and kids, but was born in Rhode Island and lived in Panama for 10 years as well as Australia, Germany and Venice Beach, California.
Phil is Co-CEO of B2C2, the counter-party of choice in the institutional crypto market. He joined the firm in 2018 to lead expansion in Asia, successfully securing B2C2’s position as the number one foreign crypto liquidity provider in Japan. In 2020, B2C2 was acquired by Japanese financial group SBI.
Previously, Phil worked at Goldman Sachs where he oversaw the FX G10 business and commodities trading for EMEA, as part of the systematic market making team. Prior to that, he was an FX voice and systematic trader at Barclays and JPMorgan.
Phil holds a BSc in Industrial and System Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MSc in Financial Engineering from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Citizen Hex is a games industry veteran experienced in the process and delivery of global games and games culture at large.
Alex Levine is the Head of Regulatory Affairs & SVP, Legal at Dapper Labs where he leads the company’s initiatives and engagement as to the ever-changing regulatory and legal framework for digital assets and NFTs within the blockchain and web3 space. He has spent more than 20 years as an attorney and legal executive focused on regulatory, securities, and derivatives law. Prior to Dapper Labs, he has held C-level roles at three other prominent blockchain companies: Tokensoft, TrustToken, and LedgerX. In these roles, Alex has built out legal and regulatory affairs programs related to cryptocurrency, blockchain, and web3 technology.
Levine previously served in senior positions in the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and where he was intimately involved in the regulatory response to the credit crisis and rule makings under the Dodd-Frank Act. He has also been a senior executive at The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) and a multi-strategy hedge fund. Levine started his career as an Associate Attorney at the prestigious law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Levine received a J.D. from Stanford University Law School focusing on the study of law and economics. He attained an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Analytic Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also graduated with a B.A. in Economics & Politics from Oberlin College.
Mr. Gilmartin has spent nearly three decades in senior compliance roles in the broker-dealer industry, Fintech, and as a regulator, including prior positions as the CCO of Liquid, a Director of Regulation at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and in senior compliance roles at Merrill Lynch and Jefferies. At DriveWealth, Mr. Gilmartin oversees the compliance program for its institutional division and is responsible for building a robust compliance and surveillance program focusing on cryptocurrency trading under US state regulations.
While at the NYSE, Mr. Gilmartin was responsible for rebuilding its surveillance and investigations program for trading across its five equity and options exchanges. Mr. Gilmartin has held a number of financial services registrations including the series 4, 7, 9, 10, 24, 57, and 14 exams as well as holding a NYSE floor broker designation. Mr. Gilmartin spent 17years as an active and vocal member of several of FINRA’s exam review committees as well as NYSE business conduct committees.
Mr. Gilmartin is an attorney and has acted as legal counsel on behalf of the firms he has worked at, often providing legal guidance and counsel to his firms’ senior product managers as part of his day-to-day duties. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Iona College and received his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University. He is ACAMS is admitted to practice in New York State and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Jess is the co-creator of Seed Club, an incubator for tokenized communities.
Started as a DAO, Seed Club is a growing family of creators, mentors and operators building the future of community. Since its inception less than a year ago, Seed Club has successfully completed three cohorts – helping 36 projects on their path to decentralization.
Seed Club is backed by leading funds and angels in web3, and is now home to a venture arm, a podcast and the mCLUB DAO.
Jess hosts the popular Seed Club Podcast and regularly speaks on the emerging web 3 and DAO ecosystems on podcasts like The Defiant, Real Vision and more.
Jay Moore is a massively parallel entrepreneur, human connector, and industry insight merchant.
In his 30+ years in the video game industry he has spoken internationally and is domain expert on community branding, startup ecosystems, and new venture and strategic market planning. Jay a successful track record in 12 new ventures with four exits.
Most known for being GarageGames’ chief evangelist, he helped grow a community of 250,000 game developers. GarageGames licensed the first AAA game engine for $100 and coined the term “Indie Games” and ignited the indie game movement.
Jay believes the future will be massively improved by Prasaga’s blockchain, empowered by AI, and driven by an economy based on reaching our full human potential.
Richard is the Financial Services leader for Deloitte Consulting’s Blockchain and Digital Assets practice. He has been a financial services consulting partner for over 20 years and brings deep industry experience and a background in technology strategy and business transformation. He has served in practice and strategic leadership roles, including international experience leading the financial services technology consulting practice for EMEA based in London. During his career, he has worked with financial services executive teams across the globe for some of the largest and most innovative financial services companies.
He has been delivering solutions in the blockchain space since 2015, starting with an Ethereum-based bank rewards solutions, and is leading the expansion of emerging technologies and blockchain solutions to simultaneously transform the financial services industry as it replatforms on blockchain, adopts digital assets, and creates new growth models based on digital assets.
Justin Newton is the CEO and co-founder of Netki, the leader in digital ID validation solutions for Onboarding, KYC/AML and Travel Rule compliance. Netki’s solutions help wallet providers, exchanges, banks, fintech, governments and any company using blockchain technology comply with recent FATF, FINMA and FinCen guidance, while maintaining the principles of privacy and autonomy on which blockchain and cryptocurrency are founded.
Justin has strategically positioned Netki to lead the charge in setting standards and policy for enterprise, digital identification, and digital currency ecosystems. Justin currently serves on the Leadership Committee of the Anti-Money Laundering Working Group of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. Netki is a highly sought-after participant to government-led initiatives on Digital Identity by US Treasury, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Central Bank of Aruba and other global agencies.
Justin is a pioneer in the development of Internet and blockchain technology. Justin previously served on the Advisory Council for ARIN, the multinational registry for IP addresses and founded ISPC, the first trade association for Internet providers. He played a key role in ensuring the Internet Tax Freedom, the Communications Decency, the Digital Copyright, and the CAN-SPAM Acts aided the Internet industry’s growth while ensuring security and privacy for its users. He is the only person that has contributed to authoring Internet standards (RFCs) and Bitcoin standards (BIPs).
Ari Redbord is the Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, the blockchain intelligence company. TRM provides next generation blockchain analytics software to governments, financial institutions and cryptocurrency businesses. Prior to joining TRM, Ari was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the United States Treasury. In that position, Ari worked with teams from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and other Treasury components to use sanctions and other regulatory tools effectively to safeguard the financial system from illicit use by terrorist financiers, weapons of mass destruction proliferators, drug kingpins, and other rogue actors, including Iran, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela. In addition, Ari worked closely with regulators, the Hill and the interagency on issues related to the Bank Secrecy Act, cryptocurrency, and anti-money laundering strategies. Prior to Treasury, Ari was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for eleven years where he investigated and prosecuted terrorism, espionage, threat finance, cryptocurrency, export control, child exploitation and human trafficking cases.
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.
Jagruti is the CFO of BitPay, the world’s largest blockchain payment processing company. Prior to joining BitPay, Ms. Solanki, CPA, MBA, CGMA served as an Assurance Partner with Aprio, LLP, specializing in technology and blockchain companies including Fintech, Software and SaaS. She oversaw accounting, auditing, and financial reporting advisory for technology companies including blockchain companies with digital assets. Ms. Solanki is well-known in the industry, is a board advisor, and a mentor to growth-stage tech companies. She speaks at blockchain conferences providing companies with insights, best practices, and pitfalls related to blockchain accounting, audit, tax, regulatory, valuation and cyber risk considerations.
In 2018, she received the AICPA’s Innovative Practitioner of the Year Award for her work on blockchain accounting. In 2019, she was named as 50 On Fire by Atlanta Inno, and also listed as one of the 21 people by Accounting Today to watch in 2020 in the Top 100 Most Influential People. In 2021, she was recognized as 40 under 40 by Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Ms. Solanki received a Bachelors of Commerce in Advanced Accounting, Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance, MBA in Management Accounting and holds a CPA in the State of Georgia.
Gary Marella is the Co-founder of Beatclub with his business partner Timbaland. Marella is also the founder of Mono Music Group a producer management company based in Los Angeles, CA with a roster that includes Grammy Winning producers Timbaland, Larrance Dopson, Federico Vindver, Angel Lopez, Dallas Austin and more. In addition, Marella was an integral part of the music platform Verzuz with partner Timbaland and Swizz Beatz which they created and sold in under one year to Triller for over $100M. Previously Marella was an artist manager at Roc Nation, prior to that was on the major label side of the business for 15+ years having spent 10 years at Universal Records most recently as Senior Vice President of promotion. Marella has received over 100 platinum and gold plaques and over 20 RIAA certification awards among other awards.
With a background in journalism, technology and business development, Dwayne Desaulniers is leading the exploration of blockchain and metaverse for The Associated Press. Based in New York, Desaulniersis working to determine the role of these new platforms and technologies in the news industry. AP was the first news agency to publish data onchain, to auction NFT art and to launch an oracle to serve smart contracts with AP’s trusted news and data.
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.
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.