• (Virtual) Future of Mining: Can Bitcoin take society beyond Type I Civilization?

    RSVP on Eventbrite: https://go.svbtc.org/eventbrite-2020-07 RSVP on Facebook: https://go.svbtc.org/facebook-2020-07 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is Silicon Valley Bitcoin's first ONLINE-ONLY event. And unlike those other online conferences, we're structuring it in a way that will have you glued to your monitor... === TOPIC: === Mining bitcoin is among the most competitive industries in the world. The advantage is gained by miners who can shave fractions of a penny off their energy costs or have access to the latest ASIC chips before the others... BUT the real breakout winners are the miners who fundamentally think differently about energy sourcing and consumption. These are the entrepreneurs founding cross-disciplinary businesses to subsidize massive electricity needs. They operate in public energy markets, find and harness excess production, seek out the coldest, best-ventilated places on earth to maintain an edge in a never-ending race. Some think Proof Of Work's (PoW) unquenchable energy consumption is going to ravage the planet's resources just to win some block rewards. However, other visionaries think just the opposite. These renegades of economics point to Bitcoin's reward in the race for hashpower as THE VERY INCENTIVE our planet needs as miners are pushed to find cheaper, effective, and sustainable forms of generating electricity... potentially leading to the holy grail of scientific discoveries: FREE ENERGY. The impact on humanity will be innumerable. Join us as Silicon Valley Bitcoin and George Burke host our panelists of the most innovative crypto miners in the world: - Marco Streng - CEO, Genesis Mining - one of the largest mines and cloud mining operations in the world, located in Iceland. - Marty Bent - Tales from the Crypt podcast host, co-founder of Great American Mining Co. - harnessing free, excess energy from oil/gas drilling rigs. - Leo Zhang - CEO of Anicca Research - studies the emerging phenomenon of hashpower as a new asset class. - Marshall Long - CEO of Hashers United, FinalHash - created first group mining pool. Designed and operated mines throughout the world. - Mike Maloney - Co-founder, Galaxy Digital, CFO of CoinMint - hydro-powered mine in Upstate NY, operating as a public utility company to buy/sell energy on the open market. === SCHEDULE: === 9:30am - welcome and intro by George Burke 9:35am - five-min intros by panelists 10:00am - panel discussion 10:45am - Q&A 11:00am - Bye-bye :) === WHO ARE OUR SPEAKERS? === MARCO STRENG: https://twitter.com/Marco_Streng https://www.linkedin.com/in/marco-streng-6491a67b/ https://www.genesis-mining.com/ MARTY BENT: https://twitter.com/MartyBent https://www.gam.ai/ LEO ZHANG: https://twitter.com/Leorzhang https://www.linkedin.com/in/leo-zhang-2615632a/ https://www.aniccaresearch.tech/ MARSHALL LONG: https://twitter.com/OGBTC https://www.linkedin.com/in/marshalllong/ MIKE MALONEY: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blockchain-mike/ https://coinmint.one GEORGE BURKE (host): https://linkedin.com/in/georgeburke https://twitter.com/geoburke https://getportal.co ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RSVP on Eventbrite: https://go.svbtc.org/eventbrite-2020-07 RSVP on Facebook: https://go.svbtc.org/facebook-2020-07

  • Demystifying Crypto Accounting & Tax Law

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    RSVP on Eventbrite: https://go.svbtc.org/eventbrite-2020-01 RSVP on Facebook: https://go.svbtc.org/facebook-2020-01 === 50 ATTENDEES MAX === After the first 50 RSVPs there will be a waiting list. === TOPIC: === Crypto accounting is hard enough -- fluctuating assets, mark-to-market transactions, capital gains payable with every trade and every purchase of coffee -- but there are really quirky issues that taxpayers and tax accountants alike can't seem to figure out. Hard forks, airdrops, lost private keys, stolen coins... What to do about these? And business accounting? Quickbooks just won't cut it. You're about to learn how to properly track your crypto accounting and trades, and optimize your trading strategy and other best methods for minimizing your tax liability. Join us this month for a great lineup of speakers that will have you walking away with tips and strategies to implement for 2019 and 2020. - Alice Townes (Crypto tax attorney at Perkins Coie. Crypto tax law since 2013) - Ben Taylor (CEO of SoftLedger - business accounting suite for crypto) - Patrick Larsen (CEO ZenLedger - crypto tax tracking, optimization & preparation) - This will be an intimate setting with a max of 50 attendees. If sold out, don't worry, there's a waitlist. - FREE FOOD AND DRINKS FOR ALL (thanks to sponsors of Silicon Valley Bitcoin) === SCHEDULE: === 6:30pm - free food and drinks 6:45pm - Talks 8:15pm - 1-min lightning talks - Want to speak? Register here: http://go.svbtc.org/1min-lightning-reg 8:25pm - Networking till close === WHO ARE OUR SPEAKERS? === ALICE TOWNES: https://twitter.com/towneslaw https://www.linkedin.com/in/alicetownes/ BEN TAYLOR: https://twitter.com/bctaylor8 https://www.linkedin.com/in/bentaylor8/ https://softledger.com PATRICK LARSEN: https://twitter.com/PatrickLarsen https://www.linkedin.com/in/patlarsen1/ https://zenledger.io GEORGE BURKE (host): https://linkedin.com/in/georgeburke https://twitter.com/geoburke RSVP on Eventbrite: https://go.svbtc.org/eventbrite-2020-01 RSVP on Facebook: https://go.svbtc.org/facebook-2020-01 Sponsors: The Blockchain Debate Podcast https://twitter.com/blockdebate

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  • SF Blockchain Week

    San Francisco Marriott Marquis

    You're probably aware the big event - San Francisco Blockchain Week - is coming up at the end of the month. A huge week of crypto conferences, talks, and parties. The organizers -- who also run Blockchain At Berkeley and the SF Bitcoin Meetup -- are giving Silicon Valley Bitcoin members a discount to attend the main events: 1) CryptoEconomics Security Conference @ UC Berkeley | October[masked]) Blockchain Career Fair @ UC Berkeley | October 30 3) SF Blockchain Week Epicenter @ Marriott Marquis Downtown SF | October 31- November 1 4) DeFi Hackathon @ Downtown SF | November 1-3 Register here and enter code SVBTCSTAR20 for the discounted attendance. http://go.svbtc.org/SFBW-2019 See you there!

  • Andreas M. Antonopoulos: Thoughts on the Future of Programmable Money

    Starfish Mission - Emerging Tech Coworking Space

    SVBTC's own co-organizer (and legend) Andreas Antonopoulos is speaking in SF this Thursday at Starfish Mission! ====== RSVP & TICKETS ====== Reserve at: https://go.svbtc.org/2019-10-24-Andreas-Antonopoulos 50% OFF code for Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup: SVBTC19 ============================= ====== ABOUT ANDREAS ====== Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a critically-acclaimed best-selling author, speaker, educator, and one of the world’s foremost bitcoin and open blockchain experts. Andreas makes complex subjects accessible and easy to understand. He is known for delivering electric talks that combine economics, psychology, technology, and game theory with current events, personal anecdotes, and historical precedent—effortlessly transliterating the complex issues of blockchain technology out of the abstract and into the real world. In 2014, Antonopoulos authored the groundbreaking book Mastering Bitcoin (O’Reilly Media, 2014), widely considered to be the best technical guide ever written about the technology. His second book, The Internet of Money (Merkle Bloom LLC, 2016)—which explains the technology’s potential impacts on human civilization—is a bestseller on Amazon. The much-anticipated second volume of The Internet of Money was released in the late fall of 2017 and sold thousands of copies in the first month alone. His fourth book, Mastering Ethereum (O’Reilly Media, 2018), followed swiftly behind and was published in 2018. Antonopoulos is: an expert who has been interviewed on the BBC, Bloomberg Business, CNN, The Economist, Forbes, and Motherboard/VICE; a widely published author of articles and blog posts on bitcoin; a permanent host on the popular Let’s Talk Bitcoin Podcast; a frequent speaker at technology and security conferences worldwide. Andreas M. Antonopoulos was born in London, England, and raised in Athens, Greece. After earning degrees in Computer Science, Data Communications and Distributed Systems at University College London, he went on to co-found and manage a technology research company in New York City. In this capacity, Antonopoulos advised dozens of Fortune 500 company executives on networking, security, data centers, and cloud computing—more than 200 of his articles on security, cloud computing, and data centers have been published in print and syndicated worldwide. In 1990, he began to move into the public eye as an educator and speaker. Antonopoulos honed his public speaking skills in front of audiences ranging from five executives in a corporate boardroom to thousands in conferences. With more than 1,000 speaking engagements under his belt, he has become one of the world’s most sought-after bitcoin speakers who can explain the far-reaching complexities of the technology in deeply human terms. In 2014, Antonopoulos was appointed a teaching fellow with the University of Nicosia, the first university in the world to offer a Masters Degree in Digital Currency. He helped to develop the curriculum and continues to co-teach the Introduction to Digital Currencies course that is offered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Antonopoulos is one of the rare bitcoin and open blockchain experts who approaches the subject from an educational, political, cultural, and human perspective—not merely discussing the technology in investment terms. He serves on the Oversight Committee for the Bitcoin Reference Rate at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and has appeared as an expert witness in various capacities, testifying in hearings of the Australian Senate Banking Committee and the Canadian Senate Commerce, Banking and Finance Committee—his testimony for the latter has been lauded as an historically-important presentation that has influenced public policy vis-a-vis bitcoin in Canada and globally. ============================= ====== RSVP & TICKETS ====== Reserve at: https://go.svbtc.org/2019-10-24-Andreas-Antonopoulos 50% OFF code for Silicon Valley Bitcoin Meetup: SVBTC19 =============================

  • Waitlist - Top crypto VCs: Battle to fund a future with unstoppable exchanges

    NOTE: NEW MEETUP LOCATION Hero City at Draper University in San Mateo ____________________________ NEW WAY TO REGISTER: RSVP on Eventbrite: http://go.svbtc.org/eventbrite-2019-09 RSVP on Facebook: http://go.svbtc.org/facebook-2019-09 ____________________________ === EVENT FULL === But get on waitlist. More tickets to be released soon. === LIVESTREAM === Register for livestream: http://go.svbtc.org/livestream === TOPIC === Prominent crypto investors converge to discuss how to unburdening Bitcoin trading from the difficulties of exchange & custodial risk/regulatory risk, and how VCs see the opportunities and pitfalls along the way toward a world of trust-minimized ownership and unstoppable trading infrastructure. George Burke is back to host our panelists of thought-leader crypto investors: - Haseeb Qureshi (ex-MetaStable partner, Earn.com, Partner at unannounced firm) - Joey Krug (Pantera Capital chief investment officer, Augur founder) - Preethi Kasireddy (ex Andreessen Horowitz a16z partner, TruStory CEO) - Will O'Brien (Ex-BitGo CEO, Blockchain Capital advisor, angel investor) - Chris McCann (Proof Of Capital general partner, ex Greylock partner, Startup Digest founder) - Tim Draper (the one and only) And a presentation by Portal CEO Dr. Chandra Duggirala and Eric Martindale (ex-Blockstream engineer strategist, Lemniscap Fund advisor) together unveil the future of sustainable, censorship-resistant crypto trading with the first zero-knowledge cross-chain atomic swaps, built into a wallet that can privately participate in Portal's decentralized liquidity pool. ____________________________________ - This will be an intimate setting with a max of 100 attendees. If sold out, don't worry, there's waiting list. - FREE FOOD AND DRINKS FOR ALL (thanks to sponsors of Silicon Valley Bitcoin) ____________________________________ ____________________________________ SCHEDULE: 5:30pm - free food and drinks 6pm - Tim Draper 6:30pm - Portal presentation - Chandra Duggirala, Eric Martindale 7pm - VC Panel: Chris McCann, Will O'Brien, Joey Krug, Haseeb Qureshi, moderated by Preethi Kasireddy 7:40pm - 1-min lightning talks - Want to speak? Register at http://go.svbtc.org/1min-lightning-reg 7:50pm - Bye-bye ____________________________________ === WHO ARE OUR SPEAKERS? === HASEEB QURESHI: https://twitter.com/hosseeb https://www.linkedin.com/in/imhaseeb ERIC MARTINDALE: https://twitter.com/martindale https://linkedin.com/in/martindale https://lemniscap.com WILL O'BRIEN: https://linkedin.com/in/willobrien https://blockchain.capital CHANDRA DUGGIRALA: https://twitter.com/csentropy https://getPORTAL.co JOEY KRUG: https://twitter.com/joeykrug https://linkedin.com/in/joeykrug http://panteracapital.com PREETHI KASIREDDY: https://twitter.com/iam_preethi https://linkedin.com/in/preethi-kasireddy-41383528 http://trustory.io CHRIS MCCANN: https://twitter.com/mccannatron https://www.linkedin.com/in/mccannatron http://proof.fund TIM DRAPER: https://twitter.com/TimDraper https://linkedin.com/in/timothydraper https://drapernetwork.com GEORGE BURKE (host): https://linkedin.com/in/georgeburke https://twitter.com/geoburke ____________________________________ REMEMBER TO REGISTER: RSVP on Eventbrite: http://go.svbtc.org/eventbrite-2019-09 RSVP on Facebook: http://go.svbtc.org/facebook-2019-09 ____________________________________ === LIVESTREAM === Register for livestream: http://go.svbtc.org/livestream NOTE: NEW MEETUP LOCATION Hero City at Draper University in San Mateo

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

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    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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