• 2X or No2X? All you need to know about Segwit2x conference call

    A little over three months ago, SegWit, a Bitcoin upgrade, was activated, resulting the creation of an altcoin called Bitcoin Cash, which was created as the opposition to the Segwit solution. As part of the New York Agreement brokered by the DCG group between several industry players, The Segwit activation came with a condition: a block-size increase within three months of activation (i.e., a hard fork). This hard fork is now commonly referred to as SegWit2x, or “S2X.” S2X is implemented in code as btc1 by former Core developer and Bloq CEO Jeff Garzik. It’s scheduled for activation at block height 494,784 around November 19th. While the original advantages of increasing block size were obvious, NYA has proven highly unpopular among the some of Bitcoin's users and Bitcoin Core developers, judging by commentary and activism across various media platforms. Click here to register to the conference call (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1809340227952467203) To understand the reasons for and against the S2X fork, we invited two of the leading personas on each side of the fence to join us for the call and explain the pros and cons of S2X: Pro 2X: Mike Belshe - Co-founder and CEO at BitGo. Mike Belshe is a veteran technologist who invented the multi-signature protocols used at BitGo. Prior to BitGo, Mike worked at Google on the founding team of Google Chrome, was the co-inventor and driving force behind SPDY (which has now become HTTP/2.0), and co-founded Lookout Software, an email search company acquired by Microsoft. He holds a C.S. degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. No2X: Alex Morcos - Co-Founder, Chaincode Labs. Alex is one of the early pioneers of automated trading and co-founded Hudson River Trading in 2002, where he spent 10 years working to make markets more efficient and improve market structure. He discovered his passion for Bitcoin in 2012, and in 2014 he co-founded Chaincode with Suhas. He has enjoyed contributing to Bitcoin Core and learning about the exciting nascent field of cryptocurrency ever since. Click here to register (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1809340227952467203)

  • How & Why To Execute & Invest In An SEC Compliant ICO - Conference Call

    In the rapidly evolving ICO ecosystem, one of the few things that most people agree on is that more regulation is coming. While “uncertainty dominates (https://goo.gl/zNceCQ)” in China, the regulators are cracking down on crypto. Regulators in Singapore stated that businesses that issue tokens there will be regulated by the Monetary Authority if the tokens constitute products regulated under the Securities Act. The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority told investors to be “conscious of the risks” of ICOs, and, of course, the SEC issued an Investor Bulletin (https://goo.gl/gQP4zb) on July 25th stating “Depending on the facts and circumstances of each individual ICO, the virtual coins or tokens that are offered or sold may be securities.” The regulatory environment is, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, a timely topic of discussion. Given the importance of this topic, we’ve put together four key thought leaders on cryptocurrency and designing ICOs to comply with SEC regulations. Each of the speakers will be coming at the topic from a different perspective, including an operator about to launch an SEC compliant ICO, a lawyer who’s worked on many leading ICOs, the General Counsel of an investment bank focused exclusively on the crypto capital markets, and an active crypto fund manager. The hour long call will leave 20 minutes at the end of for questions. Click here (https://goo.gl/aFB6iR) to register for the call at GoToWebinar Speaker Bios: Mike Jones, CEO and Founder of Science (https://goo.gl/yVg15B) , a successful L.A. based incubator currently in the process of executing an ICO to provide capital for Science Blockchain, an incubator focused exclusively on companies in the distributed ledger space. Emma Channing, General Counsel at Argon Group, an investment bank focused exclusively on the digital finance sector — specifically the emerging digital token based capital markets. Emma is a key participant in the ICO marketplace, and has been directly involved in a number of the most prominent ICOs structured to operate within SEC guidelines. Tom Kineshanko, Co-Founder of Protos Cryptocurrency Asset Management, a tokenized hedge fund that invests in pre-ICO tokens and trades established tokens like Bitcoin using quantitative strategies. Tom is also a Co-Founder and advisor at First Block Capital, Canada’s first ever licensed investment fund focused exclusively on cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Lee Schneider, Counsel at Debvoise & Plimpton, and a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Group, where he heads the broker-dealer regulatory and FinTech practices. Lee is recognized as a leading blockchain lawyer from his work on Coinbase’s “A Securities Law Framework for Blockchain Tokens.” Click here (https://goo.gl/aFB6iR) to register for the call at GoToWebinar

  • How To Value Cryptocurrency - Conference Call

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    Register here to get all the conference call details: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/673937241115793155 With the market cap of the top 100 cryptocurrencies now trading at over $150 billion, the major question investors are still grappling with is how to evaluate these new entities. We're excited to have three cryptocurrency thought leaders to share their views Chris Burniske - Co-Founder Placeholder Ventures - a New York firm that specializes in crypto assets. Prior to Placeholder, Chris pioneered ARK Investment Management’s Next Generation Internet strategy, leading the firm to become the first public fund manager to invest in Bitcoin. He then transitioned to focus exclusively on crypto assets, paving the way for Wall Street to recognize it as a new asset class. Chris has been featured on CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Stephen McKeon - Assoc. Professor of Finance at the University of Oregon where he teaches valuation, financial analysis, and venture capital. Stephen’s work on crypto assets, security issuance, and M&A has been published in top finance journals, and widely quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and NY Times. His professional experience includes 6 years as a CFO and works with VC backed startups as a Co-Founder and Board Member. Ryan Selkis - Entrepreneur and investor, active in the cryptocurrency space since mid-2013. Ryan was formerly Managing Director at CoinDesk and Director of Investments at Digital Currency Group. Register here to get all the conference call details: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/673937241115793155

  • Is Augmented Reality At A Tipping Point? Conference Call

    Google Glasses was greeted with great fan fare when it went on sale for $1,500 in 2013. Legendary tech blogger Robert Scoble (https://goo.gl/WXm6ya) became the public face of AR when he changed changed his profile picture to a photo of him showering with his Google Glasses. We all know how that ended. Sales of Google Glasses were halted in January, 2015, and the AR hype faded. While lots of progress was being made with AR technology, the world didn’t hear too much about AR until Pokemon Go took off in July, 2016. While the Pokemon Go fad has waned, there are still 65 million monthly active users. (http://www.businessinsider.com/pokemon-go-65-million-monthly-active-players-2017-4) Over the last few months we’ve seen meaningful consumer AR announcements from Facebook (https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/18/facebook-camera-effects-platform/) and Google (http://www.businessinsider.com/google-tango-2017-5/#tango-wont-work-on-just-any-phone-it-requires-a-lot-of-processing-power-and-an-array-of-special-cameras-and-sensors-1), and the re-emergence of Google Glasses for the Enterprise (https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/18/google-glass-is-back-with-hardware-focused-on-the-enterprise/). But the biggest recent news in the AR world was Apple’s introduction in June of ARKit. It’s estimated that there are over 380 million iPhones in the world today that have A9 (or more powerful) chips, including all iPhone 6s or greater, that are compatible with ARKit technology. And that number is expected to grow to grow to over 850 million in 2020. With all the activity over the last few months, are we finally at an AR inflection point? Is AR finally ready for primetime? Is AR really tracking to be an $80 billion industry in 2020 as projected by Digi-Capital (http://www.digi-capital.com/news/2017/01/after-mixed-year-mobile-ar-to-drive-108-billion-vrar-market-by-2021/#.WYMr6tPyvcK)? What industries are most likely to be impacted in the near term by AR? What new industries will emerge? To answer these questions, and others, we’ve put together a great panel of industry thought leaders who are all approaching AR from different vantage points, who will share their views on where AR is today, and where it’s going over the next few years: The hour long call will leave 20 minutes at the end of for questions from the audience. Click here (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2360770596101238019) to register for the call at GoToWebinar Speaker Bios: Robert Scoble — Partner at The Transformation Group, which is dedicated to helping brands develop their Mixed Reality strategies. Robert also recently published “The Fourth Transformation How AR and AI Will Change Everything”. Fred Davis — is an experienced entrepreneur, technology pioneer, media professional, and public speaker. He has played a part in the tech industry for over 30 years and has been hailed as a technology visionary for pioneering and predicting many innovations and industry trends. VR evangelist for 20+ years, AR for 4 years. Adam Kaplan — Co-founder and CEO of Edgybees, which enables AR experiences for anything that moves at high speed, including drones, cars, trains, and wearable devices, for both consumer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccgJVkgxxdY) and commercial applications. Don Stein - Co-Founder & Managing Director at Candela Paramount, a venture capital firm focusing on companies developing AR/VR technology. Click here (https://goo.gl/SqRNdf) to register for the call at GoToWebinar

  • Why ICOs Are Poised 2 Disrupt Everything - Conference Call

    In our last conference call, we talked with four crypto currency thought leaders (from Tezos, Bancor, DCG, and Polychain Capital) and had over 400 participants. You can read a blog post and listen to a replay of the call here (https://medium.com/r/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoo.gl%2Fv2Zub3). In the month since the call, Etheruem is down 30%+, and Tezos raised a record shattering $232 million in it’s ICO. Calling this space dynamic is an obvious understatement. Two things became apparent listening to the call. First, ICOs are a poised to be a disruptive force in the global tech and finance ecosystems. Second, a follow up call was needed to go in to greater detail about ICOs, from the perspective of both companies (who should consider an ICO, what are the keys to a successful ICO, what are the downsides to an ICO…), and from investors (how do you put different ICOs in to context, what’s the best way to buy and trade ICOs …). To answer these questions, and others, we’ve put together another great panel of thought leaders who have all run their own successful ICOs, who will go in to greater detail about their ICO experiences and give greater context to the entire ICO process and token ecosystem. The hour long call will leave 20 minutes at the end of for questions. Click here (https://medium.com/r/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fattendee.gotowebinar.com%2Fregister%2F2360770596101238019) to register for the call at GoToWebinar Speaker Bios: Vinny Lingham — Co Founder and CEO at Civic, an identity platform with the goal of bringing mobile & digital democracy to the world by utilizing the Blockchain to give everyone a digital identity. Civic recently completed a $33m token sale after raising $5.75m in venture capital. Prior to Civic Vinny started Gyft, which became the leading consumer platform accepting Bitcoin before selling it to First Data in 2014 and joining them as SVP of Product Development. Vinny has founded a number of other companies, including Click2Customers, Yola & Newtown Partners (VC) Adam Perlow — CEO and Founder at Zen Protocol, a decentralized financial platform backed by a breakthrough protocol for creating, issuing and trading real financial assets. Stan Miroshnik—CEO of The Element Group, a full-service investment bank for the digital token capital markets providing advisory, capital markets, technology, and asset management services. Click here (https://medium.com/r/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fattendee.gotowebinar.com%2Fregister%2F2360770596101238019)to register for the call at GoToWebinar

  • Overview of Latin America's Fintech Market- Needs, Challenges and Opportunities

    My name is Lee and I work at the Israeli Latin America Chamber of Commerce. We are hosting an event next week - July 5th 17:00-19:15 at Citi Accelerator about Latin America's Fintech Market. We would love for you to come and spread the word. Below is a link to our event and agenda. https://www.meetup.com/Citi-Accelerator/events/240963329/

  • Bitcoin, Etheruem, Tokens ...  Oh My! The Crypto Currency Conference Call

    In the blog post The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency (https://medium.com/@felixsalmon/the-bitcoin-bubble-and-the-future-of-currency-2b5ef79482cb), Felix Salmon writes that “…it’s only a matter of time before the bubble bursts”. After all “A few days ago, the value (http://blockchain.info/charts/market-cap?timespan=all&showDataPoints=false&daysAverageString=1&show_header=true&scale=0&address=) of all the bitcoins in the world blew past $1 billion for the first time ever”. That post was written on April 3rd, 2013. A little more than four years later the value of Bitcoin is over $40 billion and the aggregate market cap of the top 10 coins is hovering around $100 billion In addition to all the excitement about Bitcoin and Ethereum, we’re also witnessing the explosion of Tokens (https://goo.gl/so4joR) and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs (https://goo.gl/gs5TaY)). These tools are potentially disrupting VCs and other business models. Brave (https://goo.gl/8c7NPQ), which is building a new browser to enable blockchain based digital ads that properly values user attention, raised $30 million through an ICO for their Basic Attention Token on May 31st, in less than 30 seconds. Bancor (http://coinmarketcap.com/), a platform built on Ethereum that enables anyone to launch tokens, raised 396,720 ETH in two hours on June 12th, worth $150 million. The point here is obvious, crypto currencies are having a moment, in terms of valuation creation, media attention, and most importantly, innovation. But the pace of all this change is challenging to keep up with and put in to perspective. While the question of the moment, once again, is “are we in a bubble (https://goo.gl/mSJcn7)”, the far more important questions are what all this means for the future of crypto currencies, blockchains, tokens, ICOs, smart contracts, and all the other technologies being enabled by these platforms. What industries are most ripe for disruption? Who are the early winners and losers? What’s up with the regulators? Is the rest of 2017 going to continue to see this pace of change and innovation? What’s the most important thing happening that no one is talking about? We’ve assembled a panel of experts who will each talk about the current state of affairs from their perspective to help put this moment in to greater context. The hour long call will leave 15 minutes at the end of for questions. Click here (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7429290501153788673) to register for the call at GoToWebinar Speaker Bios: Meltem Demirors (https://twitter.com/Melt_Dem) - Director at Digital Currency Group: Digital Currency Group is the world’s leading bitcoin and blockchain investment firm, with investments in over 100 companies across 27 countries, and 4 subsidiaries including Genesis Trading, Grayscale, CoinDesk, and DCG Connect — an enterprise focused blockchain insights firm. At DCG, Meltem leads the development team and DCG Connect and serves as the “connective tissue” between DCG’s subsidiaries, portfolio companies, investors, and corporate partners and is focused on creating new models for partnership and growth. Meltem holds a B.A. from Rice University and and an M.B.A. from M.I.T. Olaf Carlson-Wee (https://www.linkedin.com/in/olafcw/) - Founder and CEO of PolyChain Capital: Polychain Capital manages the world’s premier blockchain asset hedge fund, investingt in protocols, not companies. Olaf previously worked as Head of Risk & PRoduct Manager at Coinbase, which operates GDAX, a leading digital currency exchange. Olaf graduated from Vassar College. Gil Luria (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gil-luria-79347a2/) - Director of Research D.A. Davidson and Wall Street’s Recognized Crypto Currency Thought leader. Gil joined D.A. Davidson in March 2017 as Director of Research. Previously Gil was an analyst and head of technology research at Wedbush Securities for 11 years, primarily focused on e-commerce and financial technology companies. Gil has made frequent appearances at FinTech conferences, along with regular appearances in the media, including CNBC, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and NPR. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hebrew University and has an MBA from Columbia Business School Eyal Hertzog (https://www.linkedin.com/in/hertzog/) - Bancor - Foundation CouncilVenture-backed technology entrepreneur for over 20 years. Founder of MetaCafe, Israel's fastest growing video sharing site reaching over 50m uniques at its peak. Previously, Eyal founded Contact Networks, one of the first social networks in 1999. Eyal has been an outspoken thought leader on cryptocurrency in Israel and is a talented piano and bass musician. Click here (https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7429290501153788673) to register for the call at GoToWebinar

  • The Profound Implications of Five Increasingly Dominant Tech Companies

    Bank Leumi, Geektime, The Israeli Founders Syndicate on AngelList are pleased to invite you to an evening of tech related content and networking. The Meetup will feature a presentation on "The Most Important Thing in Tech - FAMGA", followed by a lively discussion on the implications of the five increasingly dominant tech companies on Israel's tech landscape. Most importantly, there will be plenty of time for networking. In his recent blog post "The Profound Implications of Five Increasingly Dominant Tech Companies (https://medium.com/startup-grind/facebook-apple-microsoft-google-amazon-aka-famga-is-eating-the-world-d3ba0c62df8b)", Lou Kerner focused on the growing dominance of FAMGA (Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon), in terms of market cap and what it means for the tech landscape. For instance, what happens to innovation when areas like internet advertising and e-commerce are dominated by one or two players. A second issue is adjacent markets (e.g. cloud, autonomous vehicles, AR/VR, AI ...) that FAMGA are rapidly becoming players in. We've seen dominant companies (e.g. IBM and Microsoft ) ebb, as computing eras moved from mainframe to desktop to mobile. Is there any reason to believe that this time is different? What about the rise of AI and data as important factors in determining future business success? Does FAMGA have huge advantages in those areas? What are the biggest threats to FAMGA? Lou will provide a data-driven analysis of the growing dominance of FAMGA, and outline his views on the implications, before opening up the discussion to the broader audience in what will surely prove to be a thought-provoking dialogue. Lou will be joined by two of Israel's leading VCs, Daniel Cohen (General Partner at Carmel Ventures) and Nir Blumberger (Venture Partner at Accel Partners, formerly Corp DEV Deal Lead at Facebook) who will join himfor a Fireside chat regarding "The Profound Implications of Five Increasingly Dominant Tech Companies (https://medium.com/startup-grind/facebook-apple-microsoft-google-amazon-aka-famga-is-eating-the-world-d3ba0c62df8b)"

  • How to pitch global Tech Media? - 10 International Tech Journalists in One Panel

    About once a year, we gather together with our fellow Israeli tech media colleagues for a panel, explaining how entrepreneurs should work with the Israeli press covering tech in order to secure coverage. As part of Geektime Techfest, Geektime and Blonde 2.0 will be hosting a delegation of international tech reporters from different countries around the world. We invite you to join us in a special panel hosted by Ayelet Noff, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Blonde 2.0, on How to Pitch International Tech Writers. The Panel will give you the opportunity to gain a different perspective on best practices for pitching international tech reporters in various regions. Below is a partial list of the reporters who will be joining us: 1. Europe - Matthew Hughes -The Next Web 2. China - Zini Huang - Tencent News, Editor 3. Australia - Sky News - Brent O'Halloran 4. South-Korea - Korea Economic Daily - Ms. Gayung Chu 5. South-Africa – Mr. Alistar Anderson - Editor Business Day Live 6. Japan NewsPicks - Jun Morikawa 7. Russia - TV RUSIA 8 Russia - Anstasia Dolgoshova, Vedomosti 9 India - Sarosh Bana, -Executive Editor - Business India 10. Germany - André Kramer , Editor for Heise-OnlineKramer , Editor for Heise-Online

  • Geektime Code Elevation

    David Intercontinental Hotel

    Join over 1,000 of Israel's top technology experts, developers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists for cutting edge sessions on the latest technologies, platforms, trends, and startups at Geektime Code Elevation. If you are in the Israeli tech industry, this is a day you can’t afford to miss! For more information, Full agenda and tickets: http://techfest.geektime.co.il/code/