Next Money Moscow Meetup #1: Blockchain: A fork in the road

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Born out of the Bitcoin protocol, blockchain is the new intellectual word, but is it that magical and everpresent in every preconcieved problem? Can it operate outside of the Bitcoin domain, propagate trust as part of a private chain, solve regulation obstacles. Or is it just another gimmick, that enjoyes attention thanks

to the founder’s myth and a vibrant developer’s community, spawned by mistrust for the central banking system of[masked]?

We are announcing the kick-off of an exciting Next Money Moscow journey with a breathtaking journey on blockchain, where leading international minds as well as local practitioners would share their knowledge.

All times Moscow time

School of management SKOLKOVO, Singapore auditorium

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9:00 Arrival, Coffee and networking

9:30 Next Money introduction. Daniel Gusev, Next Money Moscow chapter lead and managing parner of Digital Space Ventures:

Daniel Gusev is a seasoned entrepreneur in financial services innovation space, starting and chairing several successful labs and design-driven project offices in leading banks of Russia, advising aspiring companies and established banks in Europe and the UK. His present professional interests lie in behavioral spending control (, payments and remittances (, insurance telematics ( and helping others to succeed through a London-based venture fund (

9:45 ‘A 15 minutes to mastery course’: what blockchain is (and is’t). Meetup moderator

10:00 Update on the blockchain technology implementation + Q&A. Chris Skinner, The Financial Services Club

Chris Skinner, author most recently of “The Value Web”, “The Digital Bank” books, is a reknown authority in banking and financial services innovation. Regular speaker at conferences, BBC, CNBC etc. He writes a regular blog

10:30 The state of blockchain projects in Russia by Artem Tolkachev. Managing partner of a Tolkachev and Partners law-firm and acting president of Russian blockchain community (http://

Artem is one of the leading minds in the law-aspects of blockchain technology in Russia, and a speaker at anumber of professional meetups and conferences, eg., Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia.

11:00 Fascinating usecases of blockchain usage and main caveats to master the art. Dave Birch - Consult Hyperion: (also joined by Sally Parulava, CHYP Bitcoin Research Scientist)

David G.W Birch is Director of Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; Named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine); One of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand);

11:30 An investment profile of blockchain projects. Gleb Davidyuk. Managing Partner of iTech Capital VC.

Gleb has almost 20 years of private equity experience in both Western and Eastern European private equity funds. Prior to founding iTech Capital Gleb spend 5 years [masked]) as a Partner with Mint Capital, midsized Scandinavian private equity fund actively investing in the Eastern European market. Before that Gleb worked for more than 5 years [masked]) as Managing Director at Alfa Capital Partners, where he was also one of the co-founders.

12:00 An academic perspective and impact on real-life applications of blockchain tech. Vili Lehdonvirta, Senior Research Fellow (faculty member) at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), a department of the social science division of the University of Oxford.

Vili is also a OII's DPhil Programme Director, responsible for the department's doctoral programme. His two main research themes are online labour markets and virtual economies. More generally, his research deals with the design and socioeconomic implications of digital marketplaces and platforms, using conventional social research methods and novel data science approaches.

12:30 Accelerating blockchain projects in Russia by Maxim Avdeev. Head of international business development of Life.SREDA VC.

Maxim is also VP of strategy of a Kazan based blockchain technology that is a joint operation between Life.SREDA and TFB Holding, is mentoring a number of fintech projects and advise a number of banks and telcos.

13:00 The old guard: the challenges of blockchain survival without Bitcoin. Jon Matonis, Bitcoin Foundation.

Jon Matonis is a Founding Board Director of the Bitcoin Foundation and his career has included senior influential posts at VISA International, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank, and Hushmail. An economist and e-Money researcher focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Jon also serves as an independent board director to companies in the Bitcoin, blockchain, mobile payments, and iGaming sectors.

13:30 Roundtable Q&A and closing remarks

14:00 Networking

15:00 End of Meetup