This is a group for anyone interested in learning about decentralized finance (DeFi) applications built on public permissionless blockchains like Ethereum and Bitcoin. DeFi applications include decentralized (peer-to-peer) payments, exchanges, lending, insurance, derivatives, and asset management.
We welcome your participation in meetups, suggestions on topics, speakers, and venues (we're currently looking for venue sponsors).
DeFi app developers, if you want to demo a DeFi app, please email us at DeFiToronto@gmail.com or DM any of our organizers via Meetup messaging.
Disclaimer: Any discussion and information shared in this group is for educational purposes only, not financial advice.
6:00 - 6:30 Interoperability in DeFi (Christopher Lee)
6:30 - 7:00 Augur Project 2.0 (Joey Krug)
7:00 - 7:30 Data analytics: two myths everyone believes about Ethereum that aren't true (Ganesh Swami)
7:30 - 8:00 Social and networking
Note: the first talk will start at 6 pm as the speaker needs to leave early. We are looking for a volunteer to help with putting up signs, holding up time-remaining signs, etc.
** Christopher Lee is CMO of Fabr(x) (www.fabrx.io), a San Francisco based startup that integrates blockchain platforms and protocols. Christopher founded his own digital marketing consultancy in 2013, and sold a successful e-commerce store to jump into blockchain and cryptocurrency full-time. Previously, he is Head of Growth & PR for Sapien Network's $20M raise.
** Joey Krug is Co-Chief Investment Officer of Pantera Capital and a co-founder of Augur Project (www.augur.net). Joey started programming in Applesoft BASIC when in middle school after his dad bought him an Apple II GS on eBay. He studied CS in college because he enjoys being able to translate his ideas into code. Prior to joining Pantera, Joey built a point of sale system enabling Bitcoin payments with sound (and did the first Bitcoin payment over sound) and Bluetooth. He is also a co-founder of the Forecast Foundation, a group that contributes to Augur, a decentralized prediction market platform and solution to the oracle problem. He also started an AngelList syndicate with a friend which is now one of the top fifteen by backing and is a Thiel Fellow and Edmund Hillary Fellow.
** Ganesh Swami is a co-founder of Covalent (www.covalenthq.com) – a blockchain data analytics company. Covalent is indexing all of the world's blockchain information and making it queryable via SQL. Ganesh is a serial entrepreneur and has over a decade of experience in big data
analytics. He started his career in building protein simulation algorithms to solve cancer.