Mr. Michael Terpin

Michael Terpin is founder and CEO of Transform Group, whose divisions include Transform PR, a global public relations firm that has served more than 200 clients in the blockchain field and helped launch more than 100 ICO’s, including Aion, Aeternity, Augur, Bancor, Dent, Ethereum, Factom, Golem, Gnosis, Lisk, MaidSafe, Neo, Qtum, SALT Lending, VideoCoin, and WAX Token; CoinAgenda, an event series for cryptocurrency investors, and Transform Strategies, the company’s advisory division.  Transform Group International, LLC, is headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with offices in Santa Monica, Las Vegas, Silicon Valley, New York, Toronto, and Denver.  The Firm is also a partner in TokenMatch, the leading investor matching event series, presented across Asia, Europe and North America, 12-18 times a year.

Terpin also co-founded BitAngels (, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups, in May, 2013, and he is co-founder of Aspire, a new asset creation blockchain platform scheduled to do its token generation event in 2018. Previously, Terpin founded Marketwired, one of the world’s largest company newswires, which was acquired in 2006 and later sold to NASDAQ for $200 million.  He also co-founded Direct IPO, one of the earliest equity crowdfunding companies, and founded his first PR firm, The Terpin Group, which represented many of the early Internet leaders, including America Online, Earthlink, and the Motley Fool, as well as serving as AOR for divisions of Alpine, Fujitsu, JBL, Kawai, Konami, Playboy and TEAC. The Terpin Group was sold in 2000 to Financial Dynamics, now part of FTI Consulting (NYSE: FCN), the same year he received venture funding from Sequoia Capital and Hummer Winblad for Marketwired’s predecessor, InternetWire.

Terpin holds an MFA from SUNY at Buffalo and dual BA in journalism and English from Syracuse University, where he serves on the board of advisors at the top-ranked Newhouse School of Public Communications.  Terpin is also an investor and advisor to many blockchain, media and technology companies, including Aion, Alpha Networks, Polymath,, ShapeShift, VideoCoin and WAX. He is a general partner and heads up the ICO investment committee in Alphabit Fund (, a Cayman Island registered digital currency fund with $400 million assets under management and a first-year return on investment of more than 750 percent.


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Mr. Michael Reed

Micheal has a passion for sparking movements which can be traced back to his days as a co-founder of Restore the Fourth, an international privacy rights movement.  During his tenure with AT&T, he received a rapid string of promotions was able to teach himself C++ after-hours. With an understanding of the inner-workings of blockchain protocol and in-depth knowledge of immersive technologies, he leads the Practical team with his unique fusion of business success and technical acumen.


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Mr. Josh Deems

Josh Deems co-leads business development for Fidelity Digital Assets, which provides enterprise-grade digital asset solutions for institutional investors. Prior to joining Fidelity, he led coverage of both public and private applications of blockchain and cryptocurrencies within State Street’s Emerging Technologies Center. Prior to State Street, Josh spent six years as a management consultant in the asset management sector. Josh holds a B.B.A. from the George Washington University.

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Mr. Brice Wilson

Brice Wilson serves as Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Asset Management of XBTO Group, one of the world’s largest and most diversified participants in the cryptocurrency markets.  The firm is involved in systematic trading, market making, OTC trading, asset management, mining, blockchain development, and strategic venture investing.  XBTO is primarily located in New York, Paris, and Bermuda.

Prior to joining XBTO, Brice spent six years in business and investing capacities at Magnitude Capital, LLC, a $4 billion fund of hedge funds based in New York City, where he served as both the Head of Operational Due Diligence and the Head of the Managed Account Platform.  Prior to that, Mr. Wilson was a Director at AlixPartners where he led investigations of complex financial frauds and other litigation matters.  Brice spent the first ten years of his career at Deloitte, serving the firm’s top financial services clients in audit and other capacities, with a focus on broker-dealers, banks, internal control, and a variety of technical accounting and regulatory matters.

Brice holds a BS in Computer Engineering and Computer Science, and a MS in Accounting, both from the University of Southern California.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a CFA Charterholder.

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Mr. Gideon Powell

Gideon O. Powell is the Co-Founder and CEO of Autonomous Crypto Corp. Gideon joined his family’s upstream oil and gas company, Cholla Petroleum inc, (“Cholla” ) in 2012 as Director of Acquisitions & New Ventures. In this role he identified, orchestrated and managed Cholla’s successful entrance into Permian basin of West Texas.  He founded Autonomous Oil LLC in 2014, to invest alongside Cholla in deals he generated and sourced.

After successfully exiting a portion of his Permian investments, Gideon began studying the global power market for CO2 utilization projects. Through this work he and his team identified an opportunity for crypto currency mining. In 2017 with Jesse Peltan, his former intern, Gideon Co-Founded Autonomous Crypto to take advantage of low cost and scalable electricity in Texas. Autonomous Crypto has broken ground on the worlds largest purpose built bitcoin mining facility at 100MW.

Gideon is passionate about free markets, individual liberty, and building stronger communities.  He is actively involved as an advisor to Buried Alive, an initiative focused on ending mass incarceration in America through systemic change by policy, people, and the podium. He resides in Dallas, Texas with his beautiful, smart, Liberty minded wife and three amazing children.


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Mr. Ed Hightower

Ed Hightower is a technologist and business development manager with extensive wireless and machine-to-machine experience.  I’ve been in the North Dallas tech community for over 30 years and been involved with Tech Titans ( for 20 years now.  I am presently a Tri-chari for the Tech Titans IoT Forum ( and am the Track Chair for the IEEE MetroCon Conference scheduled for Nov. 7th in Hurst, TX ( ).  I speak regularly about the Internet of Things to the IEEE and to other tech organizations.  I also host a monthly IoT breakfast each 3rd Friday of the month in Plano.  I have over 300 IoT technologists, entrepreneurs and business executives on my email distribution list and usually have between 40 and 50 people attend each breakfast.


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Mr. Matt Oguz

Matt Oguz is founding partner at Venture Science, the tech investment arm of the Iris Family Office. He’s known for his quant investment approach to venture capital and is also a writer for TechCrunch. Matt’s investment tenure covers multiple early stage companies in Silicon Valley as well as late stage unicorns such as Ripple, Circle and Lyft. He can be reached at


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The New York Blockchain Nov Conference 2018

08:00-09:00am Registration & Refreshments
09:00-09:10am Opening Remarks: Mr. Denny Chared, Founder & CEO, DC FinanceConference Moderator: Ms. Donna Parisi, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Blockchain Session
09:10-09:30am Prof. Ari Juels, Professor of Computer Science, The Jacobs Institute, Cornell Tech, and Co-Director, The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3)
09:30-10:00am Blockchain Corporate Panel
With: Mr.Hadley Stern, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Labs; Ms. Adryenn Ashley, Founder & CEO, Loly and Partner, Slay Ventures; Mr. Ismail Malik,Editor-in-Chief, ICOCROWD and Founder & CEO, Blockchain Lab;  Mr. Lior GlassGlobal Blockchain Lead, Treasury Services Systems, BNY Mellon
10:00-10:20am Hedera Hashgraph – Next Generation Distributed Ledger - Mr. Tom Trowbridge, President, Hedera hashgraph
10:20-10:35am How Today’s Financial Ecosystem halts the Evolution of Banking and Investing into Alternate/Emerging Asset Classes – Fireside Chat with Mr. Jason Blick, Director & CEO, EQIBank and Mr. Denny Chared, Founder & CEO, DC Finance
10:35-10:50am Topic TBA – Mr. Avishai Ziv, CEO, Alignment Group
10:50-11:20am Break
11:20-11:50am Panel: Blockchain and its Impact on the Real Estate Industry
Moderator: Mr. Kris Ferranti, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLPWith: Mr. Kevin Shtofman, National Blockchain Lead, Real Estate at Deloitte, Mr. Stephan D. Ott, Partner, Ott Capital Ventures, Mr. Michael Oved, Co-Founder, Fluidity, Mr. Todd Lippiatt, Founder & CEO, Propellr
Blockchain technology is likely to have a major impact on real estate. Real estate transactions, brokerage, insurance, property data, title records, and more are all targets of disruption. This panel will discuss the topic from a holistic perspective.
Cryptocurrncies Session
11:50-12:10pm Crypto outlook
Mr. Mike McGlone, Senior Commodity Strategist, Bloomberg Intelligence
12:10-12:40pm Mr. Eric Ly, Founder & CEO at Hub and LinkedIn Co-Founder
12:40-01:10pm The SFO Panel
Moderator: Mr. Matt Lyons, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLPWith: Mr. Jag DeSaintMr. Guy Dietrich, Managing Director, Rockefeller Capital Management, Ms. Victoria SaucierPartner, Ignite 500; Mr. Aylon MorleyInvestment Director, Wentworth HallMr. Robby DermodyPrincipal, Stoic Capital LLC
This panel will discuss family offices and blockchain investing: Is the “crypto” market space a good place to invest in?  If so, which types of companies, verticals, are more (or less) appropriate for family offices, and where should they look for advice?  What is the future for family office investing in the crypto space?  Should family offices have exposure to coins and cryptocurrency as a part of their portfolio? 
01:10-02:10pm Lunch
02:10-02:30pm Mr. Kevin Shtofman, National Blockchain Lead, Real Estate at Deloitte


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The London Blockchain Family Office Conference 2018

08:00-09:00 am Registration & Refreshments
09:00-09:10 am Opening Remarks – Mr. Denny Chared, Founder & CEO, DC Finance
Moderator: Mr. Ian Morley, Chairman, Wentworth Hall Consultancy Ltd
The Blockchain Session
09:10-09:40 am The Blockchain Corporate Panel
Moderator: Mr. Daniel Gabriel, Legal Director: Accenture Blockchain, Finance and BPO Global Regulatory Lead, Accenture
With: Mr. Ismail Malik, Blockchain R&D + ICO Strategist, Mr. Ayoub Fakir, Blockchain Advisor, AXA and Consultant & Head of Blockchain for Devoteam Group, Mr. Todd McDonaldCo-Founder and Head of Partnerships, R3, Mr. Fausto DassennoGumtree Head of Product and Tech B2C @ eBay and Blockchain Advocate
This panel will focus on enterprise blockchain solutions. Panelists have direct experience in creating corporate solutions in the blockchain space. Don’t miss this panel discussion as it will examine where enterprise blockchain solutions are today and where they will be tomorrow.
09:40-09:55 am ICOs: Current Market State and What’s to Come – Mr. Dominik Zynis, Co-Founder, WINGS Foundation
09:55-10:05 am Vision for Crypto-Exchanges in Europe and Beyond: Security, Compliance and Performance – Mr. Pierre Noizat, Founder & CEO,
 10:05-10:15 am Blockchain in the Real World: Industrial Impact Mr. Franco Petrucci, Founder & CEO, Futuryng INC.
 10:15-10:25 am Using Blockchain to Repair a Broken Music Industry – Mr. Tamir Koch, President,, Inc.
10:25-10:55 am Break
The Cryptocurrencies Session
 10:55-11:15 am Creating the Internet of Trust – Mr. Gilbert Verdian, CEO, Quant Network and Founder, TC307 Blockchain ISO Standard
11:15-11:25 am Crypto Assets’ Biggest Weakness: Custody of the Intangible – Mr. Dmitry Tokarev, CEO, Copper Financial
11:25-11:35 am Applying Hedge Fund Strategies on Cryptocurrencies Dr. Philipp Kallerhoff, CEO, Protos Management
11:35-11:55 am Bitcoin Investments as an Alternative Asset Class – Mr. Jon Matonis, Board Director, RACE-CAP Inc. and Founding Director of the Bitcoin Foundation
11:55-12:40 pm The SFO Panel
Moderator: Mr. Aylon Morley, Investment Director, Wentworth Hall
With: Mr. Aditya Nagarsheth, Founder, Perpetual Value Partners, Mr. Rodrigo Jesus, Board Member, SFO, Mr. Alexandre Perrin, Investor overseeing Blockchain & Venture Investments for the Branson Family Office & the Virgin Group, Mr. Guy Dietrich, Managing Director, Wealth Management, Rockefeller, Mr. Stephan Ott, Partner, Ott Capital Ventures, Mr. Henry Monzon, Chief Revenue Officer, Bitfury Group
This panel will discuss family offices and blockchain investing: is the crypto market space a good place to invest in? Is there a future for family office investing in the crypto space? 
12:40-01:40 pm Lunch
01:40-02:10 pm Working Toward A Very Human Future – Mr. Steve Wells, COO, Fast Future Publishing Ltd
02:10-02:30 pm Is Real Estate ready for Blockchain? – Mr. Kevin Shtofman, National Blockchain Lead, Real Estate at Deloitte
02:30-03:15 pm Legal and Regulatory Issues Panel
Moderator: Mr. David Michels, Researcher, Queen Mary University of London
With: Ms. Sue McLean, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Mr. Daniel Gabriel, Legal Director: Accenture Blockchain, Finance and BPO Global Regulatory Lead, Accenture
This panel will highlight a number of the key legal and regulatory issues facing ICOs, cryptocurrencies, and the wider blockchain landscape today. Topics include the regulation of ICOs as securities, tax implications, and GDPR compliance.
 04:00-06:00 pm The Conference will be followed by a Cocktail Reception at Hambro Perks, 8 Greencoat Pl, Westminster, London SW1P 1PL, UK


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The New York Blockchain April Conference 2018

Wednesday April 25th, Day I – Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies & ICOs – Overview, Risks and Opportunities
08:00-09:00 AM Breakfast & Reception
09:00-09:10 AM Opening Remarks Mr. Denny Chared, Founder & CEO, DC Finance
Conference moderator: Ms. Kari Larsen, Counsel & Co-Head of the Global FinTech Team, Reed Smith LLP
Part I – The Blockchain Session 
09:10-09:50 AM The Blockchain Panel
Moderator: Mr. Aaron Wright, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Tech Startup Clinic and Blockchain Project, Cardozo School of Law
With: Mr. Thomas Golway, Chief Technologist – Blockchain, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Mr. Yorke Rhodes III, Cofounder Blockchain, Microsoft, Mr. Hadley Stern, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Labs, Mr. Andrew Keys, Co-Founder, ConsenSys Capital, Mr. Jed Talvacchia, Director, R3
  An overview of the Blockchain universe and the efforts of some of the world’s leading tech companies.
09:50 – 10:30 AM The opportunities in the Blockchain & Crypto Space – Mr. Moshe Hogeg, Co-Founder & Chairman, The Singulariteam Technology Group
10:30 – 10:50 AM Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Tech: It’s Been Validated; What’s Next? – Mr. Jonathan Manzi, Co-Founder & CEO, Beyond Protocol
10:50 – 11:05 AM Hedging against the Black Swan – Making your portfolio Quantum Resistant Mr. Adam Koltun, Marketing Manager, The Quantum Resistant Ledger
Part II -The Cryptocurrencies Session
 11:05-11:20 AM Cryptographic Asset Class Investment Strategy – Ms. Melanie Swan, Founder, The Institute for Blockchain Studies
11:20 – 11:50 AM Refreshment Break
 11:50 – 12:05 PM A Case for Cryptocurrency – Separating facts from fiction – Mr. Brian Sewell, CIO, Rockwell Capital Group
12:05 – 12:20 PM To Decentralize or Not to Decentralize: Striking a Balance – Mr. Alex Wearn, CEO, Aurora Labs S.A.
12:20 – 12:30 PM Security of Crypto Assets: How to protect your digital wealth Mr. Jean-Michel Pailhon, VP Corporate Development, Ledger
12:30 – 12:40 PM Building the Internet of value and its applications, through exchanges, wallets and cryptographic protocols Mr. Pierre Noizat, CEO & Co-Founder, Paymium
12:40 – 12:50 PM TBA
12:50 – 1:20 PM The Regulation Panel
With: Ms. Kari Larsen, Counsel & Co-Head of the Global FinTech Team, Reed Smith LLP, Mr. Keith McGowan, Financial Services Assurance Office Managing Partner, BDO LLP, Mr. Kevin K. Batteh, Partner, Delta Strategy Group
Regulators around the world are becoming increasingly educated regarding cryptocurrency trading and token sales and are deciding how to address these products.  We will discuss how global regulators are debating consumer protections, market manipulation risks, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism risks, licensing requirements, revenue recognition, audit standards, and the taxation with regard to various types of tokens and cryptocurrencies.
Part III – The ICO Session
01:20- 01:40 PM Much talked about fin-tech “Crypto Currency” and the role of Gold Bits Coin – Mr. Mustafa Mohammed, CEO, Gold Bits Coin
01:40 – 01:50 PM Distributed AI is the next level of Blockchain evolution – Mr. Max Prasolov, CEO, Neuromation
01:50 – 02:00 PM Blockchain based Digital Asset Solutions Mr. Pete Wassell, Founder & CEO, Augmate
02:00-02:10 PM Crypto is a consumer product – Mr. Sergey Shenderov, CEO & Co-Founder,
2:10- 3:10 PM Lunch
03:10- 03:40 PM The SFO Panel
Moderator: Mr. Aylon Morley, SFO, UK
With: Mr. Stephan Ott, SFO, Germany, Mr. Aditya Nagarsheth, SFO, UK, Mr. Aiaze Mitha, Independent Investor, France & US, Mr. David Nage, Managing Director, Apeiron Ventures
Families who invest in the Blockchain space will discuss why they chose this space, what to avoid and how to evaluate the opportunities in the market.
Thursday April 26th, Day II – Interviewing Blockchain’s largest Investors and A Deeper Dive into the World of ICOs
08:00 – 09:00 AM Reception & Breakfast
 09:00 – 09:10 AM Opening Remarks Ms. Kari Larsen, Counsel & Co-Head of the Global FinTech Team, Reed Smith LLP
09:10- 09:40 AM Fireside Chat with Mr. Barry Silbert
With: Mr. Barry Silbert, Founder & CEO, Digital Currency Group
Moderator: Mr. David Teten, Managing Partner, HOF Capital
Barry Silbert, CEO of Digital Currency Group, is a long time New York entrepreneur and pioneer in the digital currency space.  Venture capitalist and fintech entrepreneur David Teten will interview Barry to learn more about DCG’s unique business model and how DCG is leveraging its industry position to promote a compliant digital currency ecosystem.
 The Crypto Session
09:40- 10:00 AM The institutionalization of cryptocurrency – Mr. Ari Paul, Co-Founder & CIO, BlockTower Capital
10:00- 10:20 AM Cutting edge technology to deliver education for the masses – Mr. Tony Lorge, CEO, SuccessLife
 10:20-10:35  TBA – Mr. Steve Askew, Executive President, GCOX
10:35- 10:50 AM
Hello Gold (Aran)
10:50- 11:20 AM Refreshment Break
11:20 – 11:40 AM Fireside Chat with Mr. Tim Draper
With: Mr. Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Associates
Moderator: Mr. David Teten, Managing Partner, HOF Capital
Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Associates and DFJ, is a prominent VC and digital currency pioneer. Venture capitalist and fintech entrepreneur David Teten will interview Tim to learn more about Tim’s current areas of focus and expectations for the future of digital currency.
 The ICO Session
 11:40-11:55 AM
VR all ART
 11:55-12:05 AM Bit Minutes
 12:20 -12:35PM  uCoin Corp


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