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ICOs and the Token Economy: Disruption or Deception?
Even the most seasoned investors, entrepreneurs, and established businesses have been caught off guard by the meteoric rise of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), cryptographic tokens, and blockchain-based application development. Early-stage startups raised nearly $4B from ICOs during the past year, far outstripping venture and angel funding. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently spoke out, emphatically cautioning that many ICOs may be violating securities laws. Beyond the legal concerns and the hype awaits a potential technological and economic disruption not seen since the birth of the worldwide web: the decentralization of the Internet. If successful, decentralization of data storage and ownership promises to dramatically upend the status quo, cutting out intermediaries and centralized platforms and replacing them with token-based, peer-to-peer transactions executed via “smart contracts.” Myriad service industries are in blockchain’s crosshairs, from financial and payment processing to ride and home sharing, such as Uber and Airbnb. • As decentralization evolves, what form will it take? When will it occur, and at what scale? • What are the obstacles and barriers? • Given recent SEC action, what is the future of ICOs? • How will companies, businesses, and markets benefit from these changes? Join us on February 27, 2018, to find out. *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-* Important: Tickets are required for this event. Please purchase your ticket at https://www.vlab.org/events/icos-and-the-token-economy/ *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

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Welcome to VLAB (http://vlab.org)'s Meetup Page. Established in 1990, VLAB is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and success of high-tech entrepreneurial ventures by connecting ideas, technology and people.

We host one of the leading ongoing gathering of Silicon Valley's leading entrepreneurs, industry experts, venture capitalists, private investors and technologists to exchange insights about how to effectively grow high-tech ventures amidst dynamic market risks and challenges. In a world where markets change at breakneck speed, knowledge is a critical source of competitive advantage. Our forums provide an excellent opportunity to network and learn about pivotal business issues, emerging industries and the latest technologies. Visit our website to learn more about VLAB (https://www.vlab.org/about-vlab/).

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