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Everything an investor needs to know about the expanding opportunities of cryptocurrencies and blockchain will be at your fingertips at the Crypto Invest Summit, April 30 to May 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The conference offers more than two full days packed with insights from leaders, innovators and investors in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors.
The sessions described in this article are tentative. For an up to date schedule, visit https://cryptoinvestsummit.io/schedule.
Prior to the information packed sessions that begin on May 1, attendees will have a chance to get acquainted informally during a kickoff party at 8 p.m., April 30, at the LA Live Grammy Museum and Target Terrace.
The Summit gets down to business on May 1 with opening remarks at 8:55 a.m. by Josef Holm, a global serial entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of startup, growth hacking, business development and digital marketing experience, and Alon Goren, a principal at Wavemaker Genesis, a crypto hedge fund with an early-stage venture strategy.
A keynote presentation will follow at 9 a.m., with the presenter to be determined.
Morning Sessions Cover The Gambit
Leemon Baird of Hashgraph speaks on distributed ledger technology at 9:30 a.m., presenting “When a DLT is Secure, Fair and Fast, What Will You Build?” Baird is the inventor of the Hashgraph distributed consensus algorithm and is the co-founder and chief scientist of Swirlds Inc.
The focus switches to crypto investment funds at 10 a.m. with a panel of A-rated experts.
Sara Borazan is the principal and director of business development at North Capital. Jeremy Gardner is the founder and chairman of the Blockchain Education Network (BEN) and a founder of Augur, the decentralized prediction market platform. Scott Walker, of Wavemaker Genesis and DNA, has invested in several early stage crowdsales including Ethereum, EOS, Blockv, CVC, Storj, Funfair, and dozens of others. Adam Draper is the founder and managing director of Boost VC. David Siemer founded Wavemaker Partners, formerly Siemer Ventures, to assist early growth technology companies to achieve their full potential.
At 10:45 a.m., Alex Kokhanovskyy, the CEO and co-owner of DreamTeam – the first e-sports and gaming recruitment and management network, offers an overview of one of the fastest growing online industries, “Blockchain in e-Sports & Gaming.”
Tim Draper, the founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ, offers a half hour fireside chat at 11 a.m.
Then at 11:30 a.m. a panel focusing on women in the blockchain industry, featuring Veronica Reynolds, a second-year student at UCLA School of Law, where she is currently researching government adoption of blockchain; Tavonia Evans, developer of $Guap Coin, a coin to support black owned businesses; Koh Kim, who advises gaming and blockchain companies; Sara Borazan of North Capital; and Jenny Ta, founder and CEO of Sqeeqee, a social “networthing” site.
Afternoon Sessions Pick Up The Pace
Blockchain focus continues at 12:15 p.m. as Devin Thorpe, a Forbes contributor and author speaks on “Blockchain for Social Good.”
The focus returns to investing at 1:30 p.m. as Kyle Samani, founder of Multicoin Capital, and Randall Kaplan, founder and CEO of JUMP Investors, a venture capital firm, and James Glasscock, a veteran crypto investor, speak on “Successful Crypto Investing.”
At 2:15 p.m., the popular topic of ICOs takes center stage with a panel on “ICO Marketing,” featuring Elliot Han, managing director at the Argon Group, an investment bank focused exclusively on the digital finance sector; Susan Akbarpour, co-founder of Mavatar, a media technology company; Simon Bogdanowicz, a managing partner of BlockTeam Ventures, an investment group; and Michael Terpin, who has supervised PR campaigns in the digital media era.
Another fireside chat at 3 p.m. features Baron Davis, an investor and NBA All Star, and Rob Vickery of Stage Venture Partners.
At 3:45 p.m. the focus switches to regulatory issues with a legal and regulatory overview by Ryan Arzlein, a shareholder in Stradling’s corporate and securities law practice and a member of the firm’s emerging growth companies practice group; Marty Tate, a partner at Tate Lehnhof Israelsen; Jor Law, a co-founder of Homeier Law PC, where he practices securities law; and Amy Wan, founder and chief legal hacker at Bootstrap Legal, a startup that automates the drafting of real estate syndication, private equity, and crowdfunding fundraising legal paperwork.
At 4:30 p.m., Carlos Domingo offers an overview of his SPICE VC, a tokenized fund on the blockchain. Domingo, in addition to founding SPICE VC, is also the founder and chairman of Securitize, a security token issuance company.
The focus shifts back to ICOs at 4:45 p.m. with a presentation on “ICO Success Insights” by Alex Wearn, who specializes in leading operations, marketing and sales analytics for cutting-edge software products; Malcolm CasSelle, CIO of OPSKins and president of Worldwide Asset eXchange; and Crystal Rose, founder of Sensay, an AI-based platform that connects humans for advice and opportunities.
The day’s activity unwinds at 5:30 p.m. an expo floor networking party.
Day 2: Value Sessions Continue
The second day begins at 9 a.m. with a fireside chat by Brock Pierce, chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation and co-founder and managing partner of Blockchain Capital, the first sector-focused venture fund that invests solely in blockchain technology companies.
At 9:30 a.m., a session on crypto trading insights will be presented, with speakers to be determined, followed by a keynote at 10:15 a.m.
At 10:45 a.m., the issue of security versus utility tokens will be discussed by Han of the Argon Group, Jason Paltrowitz, executive vice president and global head of business development at OTC Markets Group, and Kathleen Breitman, the CEO of Tezos, a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network.
At 11:45 a.m., Zahid Aziz of MillerWard & Company discusses “Crypto Taxes & Accounting Overview.”
Afternoon Education Intensifies
At 12:15 p.m., Rayaan Arif, founder of FundingTree.com, discusses real estate crowd investing.
At 1:15 p.m., Apolo Ohno, an Olympic medalist and a businessman and philanthropist, joins Jesse Tevelow, co-founder of the international marketing and publishing agency, LaunchTeam and a managing partner at BlockTeam Ventures, in a fireside chat.
At 1:45 p.m., the ICO topic returns with a presentation on ICOs versus crowd sourcing. Speakers include Brian Mac Mahon, the founder of Expert DOJO, the largest startup high performance center for entrepreneurs in Southern California; Amit Singh, shareholder in Stradling’s corporate and securities law practice; Andrew Dix, CEO and co-founder of Crowdfund Insider, a news and information site for the global crowdfunding industry; and Dara Albright, a speaker on topics relating to market structure, private secondary transactions, next-gen IPOs, P2P, fintech and crowdfinance.
Afternoon topics also include stable coins, ICO platforms and token builders, entertainment on the blockchain, and the future of blockchain and ICOs.
Sponsors include: Hashgraph, Spice Venture Capital, DreamTeam, Securitize, American Airlines, HybridBlock, Computershare, Park Capital, Aurora, Fundopolis, Digital Niche Agency (DNA), BitvestIRA, OTCMarkets, New Direction IRA Inc., dbbmckennon, Homeier Law PC, VerifyInvestor.com, MillerWard, Stradling Attorneys At Law, Krowdster, investin and good clean fund.
Tickets are available, beginning at $249.50.