• Sold Out - Waitlist - The (secret) march toward Bitcoin privacy tech

    Join our inaugural event of the reboot of Silicon Valley Bitcoin where we discuss the much-needed protocols being explored today for securing privacy innately on the blockchain, and how devs and non-devs alike can participate in supporting a censorship-resistant financial future. SPEAKERS: 1) Benedikt Bunz of the Stanford Center for Blockchain Research and inventor of the incredible privacy breakthrough BULLETPROOFS. Benedikt has been published in CoinDesk - https://www.coindesk.com/aim-fire-bulletproofs-breakthrough-privacy-blockchains and his bulletproofs concept has been famously implemented by Monero this past year. 2) Ed Yu, CEO of cutting-edge decentralized data privacy vault STRONGSALT - https://www.strongsalt.com - for storing, searching, and sharing encrypted data. "We believe everyone was born with the right of privacy... Privacy is the foundation for security even though security [is mistaken] as the foundation for privacy." FREE FOOD AND DRINKS FOR ALL (thanks to Plug & Play) ATTENDANCE: We are keeping this talk small, intimate, and focused, capping attendees at 85. Don't worry, there will be a waiting list. Also, sign up for 1-min lighting talk (no not THAT Lightning) for a project you're working on, a passion you have, or an ask of the community. http://go.svbtc.org/1min-lightning-reg (Your topic and contact info will be available to attendees after the event)

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  • Mystery Guest Speaker...

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    Hi Folks! We've got a surprise in store for you! Mark your calendars for this Thursday, March 21st for a meetup like no other. RSVP before we fill up and see you soon! Wednesday, Mar 20th to RSVPed members. ** LOCATION UPDATE** Scott

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  • Silicon Valley Bitcoin with Paul Puey / Edge

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    SPEAKER Paul Puey, Founder & CEO of Edge BIO Paul is a proud Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate of UC Berkeley with a wide range of technical skills from low-level 3D graphics engineering to development of custom web CMS systems, even before people knew what a CMS was. He held lead engineering positions with Nvidia and Chromatic Research, but most recently owned and operated several non-technical small businesses throughout California. There he learned the importance of the intersection of people, business, and technology. Today, Paul aims to bring Bitcoin mainstream with software and products aimed at simplifying Bitcoin and making it insanely easy to send and secure this revolutionary currency while maintaining the highest level of privacy. When not converting people to bitcoin you’ll likely find him climbing a rock in Joshua Tree or at a local climbing gym.

  • Libbitcoin & Ryan X. Charles at Plug and Play - 12/19

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    Join us on Wednesday December 19th at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale for the Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup! Schedule: 6:00pm - 6:30pm - Arrival & Networking 6:30pm - 7:00pm - Libbitcoin: James Chiang & Eric Voskuil 7:00pm - 7:30pm - Ryan X. Charles 7:30pm - Close - Networking ================ Speaker Bios: James Chiang - Libbitcoin Contributor James is a contributor to Libbitcoin, a Bitcoin developer toolkit focused on readability, performance and scalability. He is a technical writer who has documented much of the library and provides lectures and training on the developer API. James also operates a multi-day Bitcoin programming bootcamp using the Libbitcoin Explorer (BX) command line power tool to illustrate various aspects of Bitcoin (teachbitcoin.github.io). ================ Eric Voskuil - Lead Developer of Libbitcoin Eric Voskuil is the lead developer of Libbitcoin, a free and open source high performance Bitcoin developer toolkit. He is also the author of Cryptoeconomics, a comprehensive volume on Bitcoin principles. He has worked in Bitcoin for the last five years and speaks at conferences and meet-ups globally. He is also a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, martial artist, adventure seeker and former US Navy fighter pilot. Ryan X. Charles Ryan X. Charles is an American entrepreneur and blockchain enthusiast based in San Francisco, CA. He is the founder of Yours, a content sharing platform.

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  • Casa at Mindrome

    MINDROME INC

    Come hear Casa.keys speak about their solutions at Mindrome in Santa Clara! Speakers: 1) Thomas Connors - Casa A distributed engineer with a background in mobile. Thomas previously worked at Twilio developing Mobile SDKs and Platform APIs. He enjoys building for other developers and believes the blockchain ecosystem can benefit immensely from improving developer tools. Fundamentally he believes Bitcoin can promote a self sovereign individual. 2) Michael Borglin - Casa As a seasoned software engineer, Michael sees the potential for Blockchain technology to make a huge impact on the world. More specifically, he sees the immutability and censorship resistant properties that Bitcoin holds as prime reason why it will continue growing as a store of value to complete on the world stage similar to gold. Beyond gold, Michael believes along with many others in the community that Bitcoin has the potential to be more than just a store of value. Bitcoin can be a currency. To that end he has co-founded this company to build out that potential. Dedicated to easy and secure payments, Michael strives to deliver sounds money to millions of businesses and individuals world wide. Learn more about Casa: https://keys.casa/ Learn more about their Node solutions: https://keys.casa/lightning-bitcoin-node/ 3) Marina Wei (CMO) and Jeff Flowers (Advisor) on "Building a Decentralized Mapping Platform for Emerging Markets" Synopsis: GoWithMi is building the first entirely public Blockchain supported Location Based Services (LBS) ecosystem. We believe in the vision of connecting real world location based data using decentralization technologies. At GoWithMi, we are establishing a low-cost global distributed mapping platform to chart the world in real-time. The challenges of traditional, centralized, map providers include high cost, poor real-time performance, weak privacy guarantees, and revenue models that entirely neglects the needs of end users. We are building the infrastructure to support location-triggered smart contracts that will correct current shortcomings of today’s mapping solutions. Schedule for Meetup 6:00 - 6:20 - Arrival 6:20 - 6:30 - GoWithMi Presentation 6:30 - 7:10 - Casa Presentation 7:10 - 8:00 - Closing & Networking

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  • Bitcoin Meetup at Plug and Play

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    Speakers will include: 6:00pm - 6:20pm - Vault Wallet (Daniel Arulraj, Founder & CEO) 6:20pm - 6:40pm - Xelpha Health (Lauren Welch, COO & Co-Founder + Frank Atore, CTO & Co-Founder) 6:40pm - 7:00pm - Tim Potter & Dave Alexander 7:00pm - Close - Roger Ver (Via Skype) ================ Speaker Bios: Daniel Arulraj - Vault Wallet Founder & CEO Founder and CEO of Vault Wallet. Experienced hardware engineer and blockchain/crypto analyst. Designed next-gen CPUs at ARM and Ethernet/Fiber Channel hardware at Emulex. Authored 2 patents. ================ Lauren Welch - Xelpha Health COO & Co-Founder Lauren is an Alumni Member of MIT’s Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. With eight years of hospital experience, sits on the Board of Directors for Kimberly’s List assisting students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, an Advisor for Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute’s initiative to support children of incarcerated parents, and an Programming Board Member for Startout empowering LGBTQ future business leaders. As COO and Co-Founder of XELPHAhealth Lauren helps underserved communities through new solutions in healthcare. ================ Frank Atore - Xelpha Health CTO & Co-Founder Frank was a University Innovation Fellow at Stanford where he worked as a design thinking facilitator for Microsoft, Google, and Adobe. With experience as an NXP Process Engineer and Software Developer, he was an Advisory Board Member for the GLEAMM Spark Fund investing in renewable energy, grid organization, and cyber security. With experience in transportation and manufacturing, Frank continues to consult in data science and machine learning for systems. As CTO of XELPHAhealth Frank utilizes cutting edge technology as a force multiplier for the good of humanity. ================ Roger Ver In 1999 Roger began his career by founding MemoryDealers.com at the age of nineteen while still attending college. Under his leadership the company quickly grew to become a market leader, employing dozens of people across the world and generating millions of dollars in revenue. MemoryDealers is still in business to this very day with a team of happy people around the world. In 2005 Roger saw an opportunity in the market for fibre optic transceivers used in networking subsystems, so he founded Agilestar.com. Agilestar went on to become a world leader in optical transceivers used by fortune 100 companies around the world. To this very day thousands of Agilestar transceivers are sold to customers around the world each year, and thousands more can be found on secondary marketplaces like Ebay.com In 2011 Roger heard about Bitcoin for the first time. The price was still under one U.S. Dollar each, but he already knew that it was one of the most important inventions in the history of humankind. His company Memorydealers became the first established business in the world to start accepting Bitcoin for payments. Roger then went on to become the first person in the world to start investing in Bitcoin startups. He nearly single handedly funded the entire first generation of Bitcoin and Blockchain businesses including Bitcoin.com, Blockchain.com, Bitpay.com, Kraken.com, purse.io, and many many more. Those businesses have gone on to raise hundreds of millions of additional funding, and serve tens of millions of customers around the world. Subsequent investors in the companies that Roger helped provide the seed funding for have been people such as Sir Richard Branson, Virgin, Google Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Founders Fund, and many more. Roger has devoted his full time attention to Bitcoin and blockchains ever since.

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  • Bitcoin meetup with Bobby Lee

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    SPEAKER Bobby Lee, Co-Founder BTCC and Board Member Bitcoin Foundation BIO Bobby Lee is the co-founder of BTCC (formerly BTCChina), the first bitcoin exchange in China and the leading bitcoin financial platform worldwide.Before BTCC, Mr. Lee was Vice President of Technology for Walmart's e-commerce business in China. Previously he was the CTO of SMG BesTV New Media, the largest IPTV operator in China with the most subscribers globally. He moved to Shanghai in 2007 and started off at EMC’s China Center of Excellence, as Director of Software Engineering, with responsibilities for Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage. Mr. Lee started his career in Silicon Valley as a software engineer at Yahoo!, and led the development of the earliest online communities. He graduated from Stanford University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science, and was a member of the Mayfield Fellows Program. He earned an EMBA degree from CEIBS in China. Mr. Lee currently serves on the board of Bitcoin Foundation, a non-profit organization that fosters the adoption of bitcoin globally. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, watching movies, and playing poker. TITLE OF THE TALK: Bitcoin is Perfect Money: A new model of ownership and a revolutionary digital asset class, Bitcoin is already displacing traditional money as a new form of payment.

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  • Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup - 6pm @ Plug and Play Tech Center

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    The Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup is hosted monthly, every 2nd Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at Plug and Play Tech Center's 2nd Floor Event Center Please join us and meet other Bitcoiners! 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arrivals & Introductions 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Karen Hsu 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Willie Wang 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Networking ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Karen Hsu Title of the talk: Start Using Multiple Blockchains Blockchain Within Seconds Description of talk: In this session you'll hear how blockchain companies have launched 6 months faster and with 35% or more less development costs. You'll hear about blockchain application best practices and see specific examples of use cases (e.g. payments) that you can test immediately. With the quick tutorials, you'll be able to: 1. enable payments in bitcoin, litecoin, ether, dash, and dogecoin for an exchange or application 2. verify identity of a device or person for mobile or other application Twitter handle: @karenhsumar ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Willie Wang Title of the talk: Crypto Investing, Simplified - Explanation of Stable and Synthetic Coins Description of talk: Introduction to Abra, the world’s leading global retail investor app for crypto currencies. We will provide a detailed overview of how Abra's synthetic currency technology works and answer questions on the company's underlying platform. Twitter handle: @williewang1

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  • MEETUP MOVED TO MAY 22

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    Do to a scheduling conflict, this event will be moved to May 22. We apologize for the conflict!

  • Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup Featuring Tone Vays - @ Plug and Play Tech Center

    The Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup is hosted monthly, every 2nd Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at Plug and Play Tech Center's 2nd Floor Event Center Please join us and meet other Bitcoiners! 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arrivals & Introductions 6:30pm - 7:30pm: Presentation by Tone Vays 7:30pm - 8:00pm: Networking ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tone Vays Bio: Tone has worked on Wall Street for almost 10 years starting as a Risk Analyst at Bear Stearns and later becoming a VP at JP Morgan Chase in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. His expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis. Ever since getting involved in the Crypto Currency ecosystem in early 2013, he has been very active in spreading the relevance and importance of this technology as it helps promote economic freedom. Tone was recently featured in a Bitcoin Documentary – Magic Money. Tone is now an independent content creator at LibertyLifeTrail , on his YouTube Channel & WorldCryptoNetwork focused on sound economics & finance. Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University along with Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics and Geology. Title of Talk: TBD Website: www.libertylifetrail.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToneVays Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbiWJYRg8luWHnmNkJRZEnw

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  • Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup: Featuring Terrence Yang

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    The Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup is hosted weekly, every Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at Plug and Play Tech Center's 2nd Floor Game Room. Please join us and meet other Bitcoiners! The Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup is hosted monthly, every 2nd Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at Plug and Play Tech Center's 2nd Floor Event Center Please join us and meet other Bitcoiners! 6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arrivals & Introductions 6:30pm - 7:00pm: 1. Featured Talk - Terrence Yang 7:00pm - 7:30pm: Networking ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Terrence Yang Title of the talk: Contrarian thoughts on current events in cryptocurrencies, regulatory issues and smart contracts. Description of talk: I'd like to talk about what's topical at the time. My eoxeirence is thats what peioel care about most. If the market is cratering they want to talk about that. If there's a new Parity and DAO level hack they'll want to talk about that. Etc. Twitter handle: @yangventures During the meeting please tweet all questions to #pnpcryptolaw and Terrence will choose a few to answer after his presentation!

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