• Stellar Meetup w/ Stellar Development Foundation & Blockchain Innovation Assoc.

    The Stellar Blockchain Meetup is back from Summer Break with a wonderful speaker lineup! We look forward to hosting all of you and mingling over pizza and drinks! Doors open at 6:00pm and presentations start at 7:00pm. Presentation 1: Blockchain Innovation Associates, Inc. Presenter: Alexander Mologoko, Founder Bio: Alexander Mologoko is the founder of Blockchain Innovation Associates, Inc. He has over 20 years of software development experience, most of those spent designing and developing electronic trading systems in the financial services industry. Immediately prior to founding BINA Inc. Alex spent 8 years at J.P.Morgan working with trading desks, institutions, exchanges, vendors, and industry groups to make electronic trading in Fixed Income markets a reality. Active participant in Financial Information Exchange Protocol community and architect behind one of the leading FIX software implementations - B2BITS FIXAntenna suite - he's the pioneer of FIX Protocol application in electronic trading of bonds (designed the first ever bonds FIX API for ValuBond ECN, now KCG BondPoint) as well as the author of support for Credit Default Swaps in FIX 5.0 specification (EP119). Having witnessed universal transition to electronic execution, clearing and settlement since the end of the last century, Alex is a firm believer in blockchain and crypto-assets as the next breakthrough in the evolution of global capital markets. He has been interested in cryptography since his college days back in Ukraine where he earned BS/MS in Computer Science and Air Force rank of lieutenant. Alex also holds MBA in Finance from CUNY Baruch, Zicklin School of Business. Presentation 2: Stellar Development Foundation Presenter: Kyle McCollom, Product Manager Bio: Kyle is a Product Manager at SDF, where he works on Stellar.org, documentation, and developer tools. He started and previously ran Lumenauts.com, and is a fan of light electric vehicles and making margs. Kyle will be discussing Kelp, the new free and open-source trading bot on Stellar.

  • Stellar Meetup with IBM, Worldsquare, & Blockchain Innovation Associates Inc.

    Stellar Pioneer’s next meetup is fast approaching! Come ready to network over pizza and drinks in Distributed Global’s beautiful TriBeCa loft space on May 7th. We have an amazing lineup of presenters from Worldsquare, Blockchain Innovation Associates, Inc., and IBM! Doors open at 6:00, presentations start at 6:45. Presentation #1: Worldsquare Presenter: Domenick Packett, Founder & CEO Bio: Domenick Packett is the founder and CEO of Worldsquare. He brings to this role nearly a decade of experience designing and developing web and mobile applications across a variety of industries. He has worked throughout the application development life cycle on a wide range of products from enterprise applications to bespoke software solutions and MVPs. Now he is on a mission to provide users with a better way of engaging in online commerce by leveraging the power of Stellar. He hopes to accelerate the mass adoption of cryptocurrency by providing a viable commercial application that delivers an unparalleled user experience. Presentation #2: Blockchain Innovation Associates, Inc. Presenter: Alexander Mologoko, Founder, Bio: Alexander Mologoko is the founder of Blockchain Innovation Associates, Inc. He has over 20 years of software development experience, most of those spent designing and developing electronic trading systems in the financial services industry. Immediately prior to founding BINA Inc. Alex spent 8 years at J.P.Morgan working with trading desks, institutions, exchanges, vendors, and industry groups to make electronic trading in Fixed Income markets a reality. Active participant in Financial Information Exchange Protocol community and architect behind one of the leading FIX software implementations - B2BITS FIXAntenna suite - he's the pioneer of FIX Protocol application in electronic trading of bonds (designed the first ever bonds FIX API for ValuBond ECN, now KCG BondPoint) as well as the author of support for Credit Default Swaps in FIX 5.0 specification (EP119). Having witnessed universal transition to electronic execution, clearing and settlement since the end of the last century, Alex is a firm believer in blockchain and crypto-assets as the next breakthrough in the evolution of global capital markets. He has been interested in cryptography since his college days back in Ukraine where he earned BS/MS in Computer Science and Air Force rank of lieutenant. Alex also holds MBA in Finance from CUNY Baruch, Zicklin School of Business. Presentation #3: IBM Presenter: Antonio Fazzalari, IBM Blockchain World Wire for Cross-Border Payments, Network Growth and Market Expansion North America Lead Bio: As a core member of the IBM Blockchain offering for cross-border payments (‘World Wire’), Antonio is responsible for growing the platform through the addition of new participants and expanding World Wire impact across the financial services ecosystem. He identifies and builds partnerships and strategic financial institutions that either become core network participants, alliance partners, or both. Prior to his current job in the IBM Blockchain organization, Antonio was part of the Cognitive Solutions team within IBM Watson where he was a trusted advisor in the financial services industry to help organizations achieve the outcomes desired by applying IBM Watson, Analytic Solutions, Analytic Platform, and Commerce and Business Consulting Services.

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  • Stellar Blockchain Meetup **LOCATION CHANGE**

    16 Vestry St

    **Due to inclimate weather warnings, the AWS Loft is closed today. The location of the meetup has been changed to 16 Vestry St. 4th Floor.** Come meet and mingle with fellow Stellar builders and entrepreneurs over pizza and beer, while listening to a fantastic line up of speakers. Doors open at 6pm. Presentations start at 7pm. Stellar’s own Director of Partnerships, Lisa Nestor will kick off the night. Special Guest: Tomer Weller, Senior Solutions Architect at Stellar Development Foundation, will start the evening's presentations by speaking about surge pricing! Presentation #1: Blockdaemon Presenter: Konstantin Richter, CEO and Co-Founder of Blockdaemon Bio: Konstantin is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He has led several SaaS B2B companies towards meaningful exits in the media/advertising space, most notably, Audiotube, Lookbooks and Wiredrive. He also is an advisor to blockchain company Gem, and serves on the board of MadHive, a leading media/advertising blockchain business. He currently serves as CEO of Blockdaemon, the industry agnostic nodes-as-a-service entity. Presentation #2: Coinsquare Presenter: Cole Diamond, CEO of Coinsquare Bio: A Toronto native, Coinsquare CEO Cole Diamond aims to build Coinsquare into a 21st century financial institution that disrupts how the financial services industry operates. He is a serial entrepreneur, now launching his third company, with a proven track record of taking companies from nothing to millions of dollars in monthly revenue. In 12 short months, Cole has led Coinsquare to 150 employees, 300k+ users, and $55M+ in funding, opening Coinsquare up for being in the conversation for Canada's fastest growing company. Cole speaks on panels and keynotes regularly for the FinTech scene in North America. Further, he has built a transparent and entrepreneurial culture within Coinsquare in order to build the best technology company in Canada. **Please note that due to limited space at the AWS Loft, your RSVP must be approved for you to attend the event. When RSVP’ing, please provide your full name and email address as per the venue’s rules. If you do not provide this information, you will be placed on the waiting list! Even if it is indicated that there are no spots left at the event, please still RSVP with all your information and we will try our best to accommodate you.

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  • NYC Stellar Meetup #1 (rebooted) with LendLedger and Keybase

    This is the NYC Stellar reboot we've all waited for! We have a great line up and wonderful location. Come meet your fellow Stellar builders and entrepreneurs. Doors open at 6 p.m. and you'll need to register. Come, mingle, have a beer and a slice of pizza. Presentations start at 7 p.m., end at 8. Stellar Development Foundation and inter/stellar representatives will be in attendance. Presentation #1: LendLedger Presenter: Gautam Ivatury His bio: Gautam Ivatury is the CEO of LendLedger and a pioneer in expanding financial access using technology for nearly two decades. He has started or led ventures such as India’s first microfinance institution to IPO (SKS Microfinance), Kenya’s first mobile-based credit provider (Jipange Kusave), India’s first digital micro-lender (ArthImpact/Happy Loans), and the firm that incubated M-Kopa, Africa’s largest pay-go solar financier. Gautam also has run the Gates Foundation’s largest-ever grantee in financial inclusion (the $26m CGAP technology program at the World Bank), chaired the GSMA (global telecom association) fund for mobile money, advised US-based VC and private equity funds, consulted to Fortune 500s such as Microsoft and Visa, and developed projects in 9 countries. Gautam is a Director of Vaya Finserv, an advisor to Encourage Capital, and an investor in multiple fintech startups. Presentation #2: Keybase Presenter: Miles Steele His bio: Miles Steele is a software engineer at Keybase where, since 2016, he has worked on end-to-end encrypted chat, secure team management, and building out Keybase’s integrated Stellar wallet. Previously he earned a B.S. in Computer Science at MIT and interned with Google, Khan Academy, and Nest. He enjoys juggling and building little web apps to go along with board games.

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