Meet IOTA Co-founder Serguei Popov and Ecosystem Dev Fund MD John Licciardello


IOTA NYC is thrilled to host IOTA Co-Founder Serguei Popov and Ecosystem Fund Manager John Licciardello for our September 6th event.

Come learn about the origins of IOTA Tangle from one of its founding members. Serguei will discuss how the Tangle was born and what factors launched the IOTA project into existence.

John Licciardello will also be joining us to update us on the IOTA Ecosystem Development Fund!

This night is geared towards a wide audience with many backgrounds:

Developers that want to learn about IOTA distributed ledger technology
Entrepreneurs exploring blockchain-based businesses
Investors that want to understand the distributed ledger market

Once a month, IOTA brings together speakers, builders, and technologists to discuss innovations in cryptocurrency, decentralized systems, and distributed ledgers.

6:15 - 6:40 PM Arrival and Networking
6:40 - 6:45 PM Brief Introduction from Meetup Organizers
6:45 - 7:45 PM Presentation from Guest Speakers
7:45 - 8:15 PM Q&A
8:15 - 8:45 PM Post-Networking

About the Speakers:

Serguei Popov
Serguei is the Co-founder of IOTA, author of the original Tangle whitepaper, and Member of the Board of Directors at IOTA Foundation. He is Professor of Mathematics with a focus in Probability Theory at University of Campinas (Unicamp) in São Paulo, Brazil. He is also a mountain climber, chess enthusiast, and heavy metal lover. Serguei will be joining us via Skype video call.

John Licciardello
John is the Managing Director of the IOTA Ecosystem Development Fund and has built a career focused on financial innovation. After his undergraduate degree, John first moved to Mexico City where he played a key role in an early stage financial technology startup. The venture developed and brought to market an innovative and patented product to empower unbanked remittance beneficiaries to access any ATM. From 2011 to 2015, John had an active role in all aspects of the business from IT to finance. He spearheaded the integration of the technology with over 2,000 points of sale across Mexico and played a leading role in closing a $10 million Series-A financing round. This experience — developing a market-based solution to help those most disadvantaged by the current financial system — ignited a passion in John to build a career working on financial innovations enabling the economically disenfranchised to build a better life.
Building on this career focus, John has recently spent time with the Innovative Finance and Program Related Investments divisions of The Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, John learned how to view an original finance solution from the investor’s point of view. These teams at The Rockefeller Foundation deploy ‘high-risk’ capital to state-of-the-art finance solutions with the potential to mobilize significant private sector capital towards positive social and environmental impact. John completed the necessary due diligence of new proposals and assisted in the management of the active portfolio which included financial technologies using blockchain, financial engineering solutions, and pioneering fund structures.