Tokyo FinTech Meetup #61 - FutureProof: The Coming Age of Proof-of-Stake


With Ethereum’s impending switch to Proof of Stake (PoS) , staking is expected to take a most substantial portion of the market’s attention. There are already several PoS protocols in the market, such as Cardano and EOS. At this meetup, we will discuss the difference between Proof of Work (PoW) and Proof of Stake (PoS), why there is a strong movement towards PoS, and share some experience from stakers.

- Introduction to Proof-of-Stake
- The Ethereum 2.0 Roadmap
- Cardano & how Emurgo drives its commercialization
- EOS & a Milestone Based Issuance (MBI) for utility tokens
- Panel discussion


Speaker Profiles

Yosuke Yoshida is the CEO of EMURGO Japan. After graduating from the Keio University Faculty of Economics, he joined Marubeni Corporation, a major trading. Over 15 years, he has worked in various roles, mainly in Southeast Asia, including as a project development manager, international bidding project manager, and business investment manager. Currently, as EMURGO Japan Representative Director, he is leading the blockchain industry in the consulting field.

Jeff Wentworth is Co-Founder of Curvegrid, a blockchain tooling startup that has developed the MultiBaaS blockchain application server to make it faster and easier to build a decentralized application (DApp) on the Ethereum and OmiseGO blockchain platforms. Previously, Jeff spent six years at Goldman Sachs as a Vice President and global product owner of block and object storage. Prior to that, Jeff was a technology consultant and customer engineer at EMC. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Computer Engineering.

Gavin Leslie is the Founder of GSL, a blockchain financial services platform, that has three unique but complementary functions. These functions include Investment Mangement, Capital Markets as well as M&A services. The MBI framework allows for the incremental release of funds and associated utility tokens that increases investor protection, gradually introduces the secondary market for utility tokens and mitigates “pump and dumps”, stops ICO exit scams, and encourages a lean and agile approach to enterprise or project growth.

Norbert Gehrke is a General Partner at FINMIRAI, Founder & Representative Director of Tokyo FinTech, and an advisor to several FinTech companies, including Advanced Blockchain AG, asvin GmbH & Tontine Trust. As a former Goldman Sachs and Barclays Managing Director in Technology, Norbert is passionate about the work of leading critical enterprise-wide, cross-functional initiatives from strategy through technology implementation that transform organizations and innovate by applying leading technology and exploiting data.


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