Moving Beyond Bitcoin
The introduction of blockchains has now moved to an ecosystem of financial services known as “DeFi.” Yet, the practical penetration in the investment advisory market is still nascent due to a long lag in product development and delayed regulatory framework. In the meantime, the Crypto industry is moving full steam ahead with DeFi, the ramification of which is still not well understood by the investing public.
The panel of industry experts will discuss the following topics::
- DeFi and its definition
- What are the roles of crypto currency’s disrupting finance, and how do investors capture this once in a generation move to the open digital economy?
- How can digital Smart Contracts be enforced in the physical world?
- Emerging and alt coins and their role in financial services and the digital ecosystem
- Government coins and their role
- Proof of Work vs Proof of Stake
- Is Bitcoin a catalyst or an obstacle?
- Investor accessibility and new/existing fund solutions
- Regulation by the S.E.C.
Zoom Meeting features will enable you to ask questions, and chat with your colleagues in real time during the speaker session, which will be followed by a 30-minute town hall session with small breakout rooms for you to share ideas and thoughts together.
Christine Lee | Christine anchors and produces "First Mover," at 9am/NYC every weekday live, CoinDesk TV's flagship show and first look at the day's global crypto news headlines, and "All About Bitcoin," at 3pm for markets analysis and all things BTC. CoinDesk is the leading news, events and data provider for the blockchain and digital assets industry.
Previously, Christine anchored live daily market updates and reported business news features for television stations around the world at Thomson Reuters. She first began covering cryptocurrencies at Bloomberg TV Canada, where she interviewed leading experts in the blockchain industry, produced segments on ICOs, and reported live financial news updates from the Toronto Stock Exchange. As co-founder of Blockchain Advisory Group, she developed strategic partnerships for start-ups and spoke at fintech conferences throughout North America.
In New York City, her research and writing on nuisance abatement laws at ProPublica contributed to an investigative series that was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and led the New York City Council to pass sweeping changes to the law. In Boston, she was a political reporter covering the Massachusetts State House for WWLP 22NEWS, an NBC affiliate. Her coverage helped WWLP win two regional Emmy awards and an Associated Press award. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the bar of Upper Canada in 2007. Back To Top ^^
Franklin Bi | Franklin Bi serves as Pantera’s Director of Portfolio Development, focused on supporting and accelerating the firm’s portfolio companies. He was previously Vice President and Blockchain / Crypto Strategy Lead at J.P. Morgan, as a founding member of the Blockchain Center of Excellence in 2015. He previously launched a blockchain-focused strategy consulting firm, as Founding Partner at Scale8 Partners and Associate Director at Wachsman.
Franklin’s previous experience includes corporate strategy and development at J.P. Morgan, early-stage investing at ff Venture Capital, and advising founders at Techstars. Franklin graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics and concentrations in Finance, Management, and Entrepreneurship. Back To Top ^^
Matthew Horne, CFA | Matt Horne is head of business development in the Digital Funds division at Fidelity Investments. In this role, Mr. Horne is responsible for business development for Fidelity Digital Funds, where he partners with investors to confidently navigate the emerging digital asset space.
Prior to assuming his current position, Matt held various roles across Fidelity’s asset management business and distribution channels, including helping to launch and build out Fidelity’s ETF business. He also served as a sector investment strategist.
Prior to joining Fidelity, Matt was a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy where he served as a nuclear submarine officer. Mr. Horne earned his bachelor’s of administration degree in economics from Holy Cross and his master's of business administration degree from Boston College. He is also a CFA® charterholder and holds the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses. Back To Top ^^
Benjamin Tsai | Benjamin Tsai, the President & Managing Partner at Wave Financial, is a trilingual financial executive with 15 years of proven success in developing global investment solutions for SWF, insurance firms, non-profits, and private banks. He has managed profitable teams in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taipei, and served as CEO of Merrill Lynch Singapore Commodities.
Subsequently at AllianceBernstein, Ben has served as Senior Portfolio Manager for the alternative investments business across Asia. In addition to his work at Wave Financial, he invests and mentors early stage startups in Southern California. He volunteers at the LA Blockchain Lab, a non-profit connecting academia and government in the field of blockchain technology.
He holds a BS in engineering from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from UCLA where he is currently a professor teaching crypto finance. Back To Top ^^
Gerard Watson | Gerard Watson joined Morgan Creek in Business Development after a long career as head of institutional equity sales at several firms on Wall Street. He works towards understanding investors goals and uses Morgan Creek's unique alternative opportunities to find solutions. He also offers co-investment opportunities and private investments where appropriate. While much of his focus was on emerging market equities, Gerard held strategic management positions in customer relationship management, selling funds of hedge funds and developing sales teams in Asia, Latin America and the US. Gerard has had experience in a number of financial instruments including, SPACs, hedge funds, private equity and venture.
Gerard received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the State University of NY at Oneonta and his MBA in both Marketing and Finance from PACE University’s Lubin Graduate School of Business. He continues his studies and has received certificates in blockchain/cryptocurrencies and alternative investments. Back To Top ^^
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